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Drug Take-Back Program makes a difference

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Sheriff's Department helps to keep prescription drugs off of the streets and out of the landfills.
According to Sheriff Terring Skinner, the department recently collected approximately 50 pounds of drugs from the Drug Take-Back box located outside of the Taylor County Courthouse. Skinner said that the last time the box was emptied was about two and a
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Health departments offer numerous local services

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
GRAFTON--A regional epidemiologist, Robert "Bob" White, said local health
departments provide important services to the community.
White told the Grafton Rotary Club, on Wednesday, that he has been an epidemiologist for 20 years and now serves as a regional epidemiologist, working with the health
departments in seven different counties in the northeastern region of West Virginia. Before that,
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Pokémon Go among recent bans from National Cemeteries

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that the use of the newly popular cell phone gaming application, Pokémon Go, is prohibited on the campus of the West Virginia and Grafton National Cemeteries.
In a press release submitted by Public Affairs Officer Wesley R. Walls, it is stated, "VA National Cemeteries are dedicated to the service and
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City Council to sell police cruiser

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
GRAFTON-- The Grafton City Council met Tuesday to discuss multiple items, including the sale of the 2006 Dodge Durango police cruiser.
According to City Manager Kevin Stead, the Durango was slated to be replaced by a new cruiser for the city police.
"We received a new cruiser to replace this one," said Stead. "Low and behold a week after
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Fair seeks baking exhibits

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Is baking one of your specialties? Is canning a hobby that you think you're pretty good at? Do you craft your own jams, jellies, and preserves? Then bring your creations down as an exhibit at the Taylor County Fair.
The fair is currently seeking entries in Department C- Foods with categories ranging in: breads cakes and cookies, canned
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Energy Express promotes summer fun and learning

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
FLEMINGTON -- Energy Express at Flemington Elementary School soon is coming to a close, as its young participants enter the final week of the summer program.
Participants expressed excitement Thursday morning for the play they would perform at that evening's open house.
Jayla Lipscomb, 8, said this summer's play, "Underwater Sing", was something she was most looking forward to.
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City Council probes future fireworks ordinance

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
GRAFTON--The Grafton City Council will hold a workshop to discuss the options for a future city ordinance concerning fireworks.
The City Council met on Tuesday to discuss multiple issues, but one of the more highly discussed was the
possibility of a fireworks ordinance within Grafton. The council members have decided to hold a workshop at 10 a.m., Aug. 8,
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Volunteers needed to pull weeds

Modified: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
GRAFTON, Project HOP2E is in need of more hands to assist with pulling weeds from its produce garden.
The garden is located at 288 Drive-in Road in the Wilson Ridge area, just past a field that used to be a drive-in theater. The garden is in a yard next to a yellow house.
"Even if you can pull
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Power outage planned

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
GRAFTON -- There will be a planned power outage on Friday, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for portions of Grafton, according to Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corporation power company. 
The affected areas include West Side, Walnut Street, Maple Avenue and side streets. 
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Taylor County Fair seeks produce entries

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
GRAFTON -- Do you have a garden that is ready for harvest? Do you have forage crops that you're really proud of? Do you have some unusual looking vegetables growing in your garden? Then bring your harvest down as an exhibit to the Taylor County Fair.
The fair is currently seeking entries for Department B- Agricultural Produce with categories ranging
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Commissioners discuss upcoming projects and levy

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
GRAFTON -- Taylor County Commission is looking into the potential uses of the former bank lot, located next to the Taylor County Courthouse, which the county owns.
A local resident, Phil Kelley, asked the commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday evening, what the project entailed, and said he was concerned about it.
Commissioner Rusty Efaw explained that it was a proposed
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Magistrate Court hands down two sentences

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
GARFTON--Two defendants were sentenced in Taylor County Magistrate Court on Thursday.
Larry F. McDaniel was originally arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and obstructing an officer in April. During Thursday's court proceeding, he pleaded guilty to the domestic battery charge and petitioned the court to drop the obstruction charge. His petition was granted.
According to the Magistrate, McDaniel was
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Grafton man arrested on drug charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Sheriff's Department arrested one man on drug charges after a K9 unit is called to the scene of an altercation.
Ricky Aaron Cooper, 35, of Grafton, was arrested and charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance following an altercation on Sunday evening around 4 p.m. According to the criminal complaint, the caller said there was an
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Three arrested in unrelated charges of battery and DUI

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
GRAFTON--Three men were arrested in Taylor County in three separate cases involving domestic battery, fleeing in a vehicle and driving while their license was revoked for allegedly driving under the influence.
Kyle Lee Hawkins, 23, of Rosemont, was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence after an altercation on Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint, the West Virginia State
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“Twelfth Night” performance draws crowd at Toad Hall

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
GRAFTON -- On Sunday evening, Toad Hall in Grafton filled with the smell of snow cones and fresh vegetables cooking, and the sound of the Vintage Theatre Company's performance of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, mixed with music recognized by many today.
Founding Producer/Artistic Director Jason Young said the group's performance of "Twelfth Night" was part of its third summer
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Circuit Court hears wide range of cases

Posted: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Thursday's Taylor County Circuit Court proceedings included cases involving extraditions, continuances, pleas and more. Judge Alan Moats presided over the court proceedings.
Carl Joseph Cosco was granted a continuance in his case. Cosco was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and incest in January. According to prosecutors he is now agreeing to take a
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Rainelle receives collected donations

Posted: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The area of Rainelle has received the numerous donations made by the Taylor County community for flood relief, HOP2E Executive Director Bryan Smith told the Taylor County Cooperative Family Resource Network at its regular meeting Wednesday.
"They were just amazed with everything we sent down," Smith said.
Smith said the people of Rainelle told him they were thrilled
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Foreign exchange student heads home

Posted: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Hollywood Sign, the Grand Canyon, China Town, or the Golden Gate Bridge are all landmarks that many who live in the United States might visit often, but for Alen Morinigo, this year's Grafton Rotary Club exchange student, those are all fresh new sights.
Morinigo was able to take part in a trip out West during his stay in the
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Area community foundation on the rise

Posted: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
GRAFTON--Community foundations like Your Community Foundation Inc., offer a way for citizens to establish endowed funds to support an array of community needs.
The needs supported through these organizations assist non-profits, animal rescues, scholarships and more.
Your Community Foundation Board Member Billy Atkins said YCF brings many different funds, for a variety of different purposes, under one financial umbrella.
"People
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Fair organizers seeking exhibitors

Posted: Sunday, Jul 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- In less than a month, the 2016 edition of the Taylor County Fair will open for the public.
This year, the fair has added new incentives for exhibiting your Produce, Fine Arts, Needlepoint, Flowers, and Foods. The "Premier Exhibitor" title will be awarded in each of those five departments to the individual who received the
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Circuit Court hears 14 cases

Modified: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--Taylor County Circuit Court gathered on Thursday morning to hear 14 cases presented to the Honorable Judge Alan Moats, including one case petitioning the court to allow a local girl a chance at recovery.
Angel Dawn Gray, 36, of Grafton, was previously convicted of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory and conspiracy. She was placed on community corrections.
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Non-profit helps adults with disabilities

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--A local couple say they are hoping to create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
Ann and Dan Burns founded The Homestead Farm Center, a nonprofit organization, in 2014. According to their website, the farm center is dedicated to opening opportunities for young adults with disabilities to work, learn, live and thrive in a rural farm setting, with an emphasis
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Presentations help area business

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Grafton was the latest stop in an effort to connect small businesses in West Virginia with the
resources they need to startup, expand or simply to refresh their memory on a business topic.
ResourceU, a "university" for small businesses, was open to all current or prospective business owners Wednesday afternoon at Horizons Church in Grafton. The program brought
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School board celebrates retiring employees

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education bid farewell Tuesday evening to some longtime employees.
Retirees for the 2016
fiscal year were acknowledged during the meeting, and after the meeting they were treated to a reception with cake and snacks.
Teachers Winnie Proudfoot, Shelley Elsey, Jeanne O'Neil, Doris Newcome, and Marta McCullough, along with Kindergarten Aide Judy Dawson and Custodian
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Performers to host free Shakespeare play

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is set to take place in Grafton this Sunday.
Vintage Theatre Company invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals' rendition of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 7 p.m., Sunday.
According to Jason A. Young, Vintages' founding producer and artistic director, the Rustic Mechanicals are West Virginia's only professional Shakespeare troupe. He said the group tours
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Local florist participates in Make Someone Smile Week

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--A local florist shop is hoping to put smiles on people's faces next week.
Sheila and Klet Larew, the owners and operators of Grafton Floral, are taking part in Teleflora's nationwide Make Someone Smile Week which kicks off Monday. The campaign will run July 18-23.
Teleflora florists are provided with mugs to fill with flower arrangements or plants. The
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Children mix reading and robots

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
GRAFTON--The West Virginia University Extension Reading and Robots program is in full swing.
Amber Bradley, a representative with the extension office, led yesterday's program that was titled "Alligator." The kids worked on building their alligator robots out of Legos. Once the robots were built, they were then plugged into computers and the kids could select commands to make their robots
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Four arrested on domestic battery and assault charges

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
GRAFTON--Police
arrested four individuals over the weekend on domestic
battery and assault charges in two unrelated cases.
Howard Franklin Vanscoy, Jr., 36, of Grafton, was
arrested and charged with felony third offense domestic battery Friday.
The arresting officer
received a complaint from a family counselor stating that Vanscoy had been violent
toward the
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FBLA returns from National Leadership Conference

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Grafton High School`s Future Business Leaders of America return from the 2016 National Leadership Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia.
There, the students attended sessions and participated in open events.
In sessions, students
listened to businessmen and women talk on various
subjects, such as leadership and how to respect others. The speakers highly
encouraged
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Police arrest woman for DUI with minor in vehicle after alleged battery

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
GRAFTON--Following an alleged domestic battery incident, a Shinnston woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor in the
vehicle.
Wanueta Loray Stonebraker, 39, was arrested and charged with
aggravated driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle and domestic battery on Friday, after officers were notified to be on the lookout
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Two vehicles collide on U.S. 50

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Sheriff's Department was called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon.
According to the accident report, Kimberly Green, of Grafton, was driving a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck, traveling west bound on U.S. Route 50, when she allegedly struck a 2011 Mazda CX7 driven by Sally DeBarr.
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