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Last week, two Hardy County residents were arrested in connection to a fire that burned down a storage unit building in Petersburg.

Virginia Avenue lost a unique feature late last month when the building that housed Third Base Sports Bar and Grille was demolished.

The building had suffered extensive damage from a fire earlier in 2019 and was no longer safe to house the business.

The small brick structure, which was owned by Tyler Kuhn, had caught fire early in the morning of Sept. 23. The fire was caught on film, and showed a container of recently dried laundry spontaneously combusting.

The city of Petersburg now has another police officer protecting its streets following the swearing in of D. Lambert during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Jan. 6.

Lambert was sworn in by Petersburg mayor Gary Michael in front of the city council, family, friends and Petersburg Police Chief D. Stark.

Lambert, who is also a member of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, is one of three county deputies to now also work for the city.

Also during the meeting, the council heard complaints from two local residents concerning two dogs often running at large in the city.

Allegheny Wood Products, a company based out of Petersburg, recently saw major damage at one of their locations in Pennsylvania.

The company’s sawmill in Marble, Pa. suffered loss from a fire that broke out in the early hours of Jan. 4.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company 2020 officers (front) Steven Reel, Donald “Duke” Weasenforth, Ben Hanlin, Marshall Collins, Jeremy Hottinger, Craig Howard, Danny Lambert, Nathan Keen and Brian Westfall and (back) Kristy Rohrbaugh, Bobby Funk, Hunter Whetzel and Mike Crites.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company 400 hosted their annual appreciation dinner Jan. 4, in the Welton Room at the firehouse, with West Virginia State Fire Marshal Joe Vacchio as guest speaker for the evening. He gave a presentation on the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office including a brief history, its leadership and investigations.

According the Vacchio, the office, created in 1909, has 11 investigators for the state who looked into 668 fire/arson-related crimes in FY2019.

Maysville Volunteer Fire Company recently received a donation that will allow them to upgrade lighting on their engine rescue truck.

The upgrade, which will be made to the company’s scene lights, is a result of a $5,000 donation made by Enbridge.

The donation was pre- sented by Josh Whitaker, the Enbridge plant manager and Cameron Kessel, the operations coordinator at the New Creek Wind farm, to MVFC president Kyle Porter and chief, Chris Crites.

Tabatha Marie Watson of Elk Garden is facing drug charges following a suspicious vehicle call at the Patterson Creek Liberty Station.

CEO Bob Milvet with GMH board members, employees and county officials prepare to cut the ribbon officially adding the hospital’s new wing

Grant Memorial Hospital ended the 2019 year with a celebration recognizing the grand opening of their new inpatient wing.

On Dec. 30, the hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by GMH employees, board members and county officials.

The new wing also marks a shift for the hospital into offering all patients private rooms.

Late last month, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General released more information on the now pending lawsuit against Verso Mill and its involvement in the pollution of the North Branch of the Potomac River.

This branch of the Potomac River flows through parts of Grant County.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has filed a lawsuit in the Allegany County Circuit Court against Verso Luke, LLC and its parent company, Verso Corporation (Verso) for unlawful pollution discharges into the North Branch of the Potomac River.

The filing period for those wishing to run for office in 2020 will run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 25.

Multiple positions in Grant County will be on the 2020 ballot, including: Grant County Commissioner (Grant district); two board of education seats (Grant and Union districts); prosecuting attorney; sheriff; two magistrate positions; assessor; surveyor and conservation district supervisor.

The primary election in West Virginia is going to be held on May 12 and the general election will take place on Nov. 3.

Those seeking to run for office must file candidacy papers with the Grant County Clerk.

For more information on filing as a candidate contact the clerk’s office at 304-257-4550.

It is important to note that Grant County Clerk’s Office will be open on Jan. 25, despite the day being a weekend, to ensure all potential candidates have the opportunity to file.

Filing for a candidacy involves a fee, which varies based on position.

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