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05 Jun 2020 @ 08:00AM - 04:00PM - Grandview Subdivison Community Yard Sale
06 Jun 2020 @ 08:00AM - 12:00PM - Grant County Farmers Market opening
13 Jun 2020 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM - Covid-19 Testing

An investigation is ongoing into a two-vehicle accident on Route 42 that claimed the life of a Petersburg man and left another critically injured.

Officers from the Grant County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Petersburg Police Department and West Virginia Public Service Commission responded to a call on April 24 at 8:16 p.m. that reported an accident involving a commercial vehicle that was partially over an embankment and a second vehicle that was on its top.

Yesterday, the Grant County Health Department confirmed that two more Grant County residents have tested positive for COVID 19. According to a release by the department, both are self-quarantined at home.

After being informed of the positive test results, the Grant County Health Department personnel began an investigation. Any person who was identified as a possible contact, will be notified by the Grant County Health Department to assess and give guidance and monitor for signs or symptoms of illness.

A contact is defined as a person living in the same household, caring for that person, or being within six feet for 10 minutes or more, or being in contact with secretions.

With a statewide stay-at-home order still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community based programs aimed at protecting domestic abuse victims have faced a sharp rise in those reporting at-home violence.

One local agency facing this influx of reports is the Family Crisis Center, a nonprofit agency that provides services to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking in Grant and surrounding counties.

Earlier this month, a Hardy County man was arrested in the Radio Shack parking lot following a traffic stop.

On April 10, David Ray Steward, 39, of Wardensville, was arrested by officer D. Lambert of the Petersburg Police Department after he was stopped for a defective equipment violation.

In an interview last week, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey addressed multiple issues affecting Grant County, including price gouging and scams.

“It is our goal to be as responsive as possible to all 55 counties,” Morrisey said. “I never want Grant County to feel as if they are being overlooked because I can assure you, your concerns matter.”

Morrisey outlined his office’s role in preventing price gouging, an issue that has been heavily debated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an analysis by Finder, an independent comparison platform and information service, West Virginia’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic stands out among the nation.

The platform ranked the state number one in its response time to the pandemic, applauding the state government in their early reaction in not only closing schools but in also encouraging social distancing.

On April 22, West Virginia Governor Justice announced the state’s public schools would not be reopening this semester.

The announcement pertains to school buildings, with distance learning and meals continuing to be supplied for the duration of the regular season.

He also clarified that spring sports and basketball tournaments would be officially canceled.

The announcement did not address graduation ceremonies, a topic that appears to be left to individual districts.

Grant County superintendent Doug Lambert said the county is planning to recognize the graduating class of 2020 with a ceremony.

“Things are changing very rapidly but we fully intend to honor our seniors and, if all possible, we intend to do that with an in-person graduation,” Lambert said. “Graduation is important to the seniors, to their parents, to their family and to our employees. We don’t intend to lose that this year.”

He explained that the school year will continue via distance learning until the regularly planned end of the semester.

“We encourage everyone to stay positive,” Lambert said. “We are working as hard as possible to provide for our students and to make informed decisions in an ever-changing situation.

Customers from all over the region were sent home after a chicken sale hosted by the Pilgrim’s Fresh Plant in Moorefield was shut down prematurely last weekend.

Charges are pending in a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a Petersburg High School senior last weekend.

According to a report by WHSV news station in Virginia, Derika Crites, 18, of Maysville, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Tyler W. Custer, 21, of Fulks Run, Va., when the accident occurred.

Local police are investigating a suspicious fire that left an abandoned house destroyed but no one injured.

According to a press release from the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company, the fire started early in the morning hours of April 12. The department was alerted to a working structure fire at an abandoned residence in Grant County at just before 1 a.m. First on the scene was PVFC Deputy Chief Keen, who assumed command of the incident and requested additional assistance to deal with the fully involved structure fire. Upon arrival, multiple fire engine handlines were placed to start an exterior operation due to the extreme structural damage. Despite the severity of the situation, the responders were able to place the fire under control within 30 minutes.

Taxpayers will have a little extra time this season to pay their county taxes as, the deadline to pay personal and real property taxes was moved from April 1 to May 1, due to the closures caused by COVID-19,

The decision to move the date was handed down Governor Jim Justice earlier this month.

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