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Make-A-Wish Foundation sends local girl to Hawaii

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--Make-A-Wish Foundation recently granted a Grafton girl her wish of going to Hawaii.
McKenzie Flohr, 12, who was diagnosed with leukemia, took the a trip to
Hawaii with her family thanks to the Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
According to Leandra Hickman, a spokesperson affiliated with Make-A-Wish, Flohr and her family were excited for their experience on
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Infant murder trial postponed once more

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--A court case involving the death of an infant from three years ago has been continued once again in Taylor County Circuit Court.
Judge Alan Moats ordered that yet another continuance be issued in the case of the accused, Marcus Curtis Lewis, so that Prosecutor John Bord would have ample time to gather information from an expert after a report
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Proposed new softball field discussed at BOE meeting

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--Plans are in full swing for a proposed new softball field at Taylor County Middle School.
Spencer Wooddell, a local contractor, addressed the Taylor County Board of Education at Tuesday night's meeting with plans and costs for a new softball field at TCMS. Wooddell said he was working with school officials and engineers from Thrasher Engineering on the plans.
According
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Kids to turn produce into art

Posted: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--Taylor County youth have been
invited to play with their food at First Friday in August.
The West Virginia University Extension Service of 4-H Development will be hosting an event from 4-6 p.m.,
Aug. 5 at Toad Hall, where kids will be turning produce into art.
Kids will be able to turn apples and potatoes into
animals
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Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility treats patients to ice cream

Modified: Thursday, Jul 28th, 2016
GRAFTON --Residents, staff and volunteers beat the summer heat with a taste of traditionally homemade ice cream at Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility on Thursday.
"The residents love old-fashioned things like this," said Resident of the Month Coordinator Carrie Fitzwater. "It brings back memories to them."
Residents gathered outside at a pavilion in the front of the facility before
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Employees fined by WV Alcohol Beverage Control Administration

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GRAFTON--Employees of two local businesses were fined after the Taylor County Sheriff's Department was asked to aid The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration with compliance checks.
Sheriff Terring Skinner said that, according to a recent report provided by the WV ABCA, 17 establishments were checked within Taylor County on July 9. Of the businesses
checked, violations were present
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Bridgeport man arrested for Grafton DUI

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GRAFTON--A Bridgeport man was arrested and charged for allegedly driving under the influence over the weekend.
Christopher Brian Sandy, 34, of Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with DUI
following a traffic stop Saturday night.
According to the criminal complaint, a Grafton City Police officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle
traveling 43 miles per hour, in a
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Health department looks at bond to fund new facility

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Plans to move the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department into a new facility are
continued with a new possible funding mechanism.
With an aging facility, originally designed to serve as a home, Grafton-Taylor County Board of Health members have been seeking ways to demolish an earlier home they operated in, to build a new facility that can adequately
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First Christian Church welcomes new pastor

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
GRAFTON --Members of the First Christian Church in Grafton said they are happy to announce that Jeff Hanlin has been called to serve as the church pastor.
Hanlin will minister each Sunday morning at the 9 a.m. service, and all are welcome to attend.
A native of Columbia, Maryland, Hanlin has resided in Clarksburg for the past 33 years. He
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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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