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Three Grant County residents were arrested earlier this month following the discovery of a suspicious vehicle parked in “the Field” section of Petersburg.

Viking enrollment drops 20% over decade, falls below Yellow Jackets

Beginning the next academic year, Petersburg High School will no longer be competing as a Class AA division school. The move comes after a recent re-evaluation of West Virginia high school attendance.

A local man is facing multiple drug charges following a routine defective equipment traffic stop in Petersburg.

The charges stem from an incident on Nov. 20, when Deputy J.M. Rohrbaugh of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was conducting road patrol in the area of Keyser Avenue in Petersburg. During his patrol, he observed a blue Ford Ranger with defective equipment pull into Hartman’s Gas and Go.

According to a new report, Verso Corporation, owner of the now-closed Luke Paper Mill, is facing a lawsuit for the ongoing unlawful discharges of a toxic waste called “black liquor” that has allegedly been spilling into the North Branch of the Upper Potomac River.

“Being fed, not being hungry, is a very basic part of who we are. There is a lot we can get through in life without, but you have to have food. I really believe people are not at their best when they are hungry - providing food to someone is providing a massive improvement to their life and the way they interact with others.” -Karnsey Kimble, Petersburg Interfaith Food Pantry

As the weather cools and the holiday season moves closer, there is one American tradition that is celebrated in millions of homes across the nation - the holiday meal. It is a hallmark of the year, with an estimated 90% of American households celebrating with some form of family meal and consuming an estimated 46 million turkeys, according to the National Turkey Foundation

What may be a harder statistic to swallow for those struggling economically is the fact that this meal costs an average of nearly $50 a household for an extended family gathering, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. This reality can pose a painful burden to those struggling with food insecurity, meaning they live in a home that has inadequate or unreliable access to food.

This can be especially difficult in rural parts of the nation, which have less access to company-based giving, established homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

Three Grant County residents have been sentenced for distributing Fentanyl, a deadly opioid, throughout the county.

“The amount of drugs seized during this investigation curbed a potential increase of overdose incidents and deaths,” said Grant County Sheriff B.W. Ours. “Investigations of this nature reaffirms my decision to assign a Grant County deputy as a full-time member of the task force.”

Last week, the Grant County Commission met with Tammy Kitzmiller of the Grant County Development Authority and Jack Maytum, a senior broadband analyst of Design Nine Inc., the company performing the Grant County broadband feasibility study.

Maytum told the commission the company was located out of Blacksburg, Va., and had coordinated approximately 250 studies for counties and municipalities, primarily in rural areas. During his meeting with the commission, Maytum pointed to multiple potential funding courses for future broadband opportunities, including an array of grants and loans.

He also provided advice on steps the county could begin taking to ensure high speed internet is more likely to be spread throughout the area.

“My advice today, is that if you are doing any road work or having road work done in the county, ensure there is conduit put on the road. The conduit can then support fiber which can be leased out to providers to help them provide services to other people. I would also advise the installation of wireless towers. Towers are an area where a county could see as a long term investment. Counties often get paid back for towers because service providers would put their gear on the tower, you would charge them rent and eventually you’d pay off any money that might be incurred from those new towers. So that’s another consideration to take.”

According to superintendent Doug Lambert, after their first round of funding from the Grant County Commission, the Grant County school district is continuing to focus on school safety and improving security.

“I feel it is important that we be as transparent as possible concerning how we spend our money and the money from the commission,” Lambert said. “So I think it is crucial to provide a community update on what we have done at this point to ensure our schools are safe, not only for our students, but for everyone. I think it is important for the community to know where their tax dollars are going.”

School safety has been an area of concern for many citizens in the county; the issue was a focal point during the most recent Grant County Board of Education election. Several months ago, the board also held a School Safety Summit and invited community members to address their concerns and give suggestions for improvements they would like to see. During the summit, many community members requested updated security technology as well a security officer inside the schools.

During last week’s meeting of the Grant County Board of Education, members from the Haunted Dream Haunt, a charity haunted house in Petersburg met with board members Kelly Roby and Carla Kaposy to give a $1,500 donation to Project Equip.

The haunted house runs throughout October with a portion of the proceeds going towards one local charity.

“We are already looking forward to 2020,” said Joni Mayle, who helps organize and run Haunted Dream. “We are excited to find another great organization to support. We will be reconstructing Haunted Dream in its entirety to provide a whole new round of scares for the community. We thank everyone for their support, our volunteers, our sponsors and Project Equip for allowing us to help support a great cause.”

Project Equip is a backpack program that provides meals to children on weekends and over school breaks.

The story of how one Upper Tract company and one rescued puppy are impacting a community

Later this month, small businesses from all over the area, including four from Grant County, will come together in Pendleton County for a holiday market at Swilled Dog Hard Cider.

Swilled Dog Hard Cider, a family owned cidery and tasting room in Upper Tract, is hosting the event with the goal of showcasing small businesses and supporting their growth in the community. The event is scheduled for Nov. 30, beginning at 3 p.m.

“There will be a variety of artisans and small businesses that we want to feature as part of the market,” said Kim Kirk of Swilled Dog Hard Cider. “That weekend is Small Business Saturday and we just want to encourage everyone to come out and support these community-based businesses for the holiday season.

Schools from all over the state proved last week that community trumps rivalry when an unexpected accident saw the Petersburg High School field house go up in flames. 

Smoke began to rise from the building in the late afternoon of Nov. 6, during one of the Vikings’ final practices of the season. While the school is yet unsure of the amount of damage done to the structure, it left the team without equipment or a field for their upcoming senior night game against the East Hardy Cougars. 

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