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Memorial Day art exhibit submissions sought

Posted: Sunday, May 1st, 2016
GRAFTON, Submissions for the annual Memorial Day Juried Fine Arts Exhibit are still being accepted from 5-7 p.m. today at Gallery 62 West.
Accepted types of work include acrylics, oils, watercolors, mixed media, textiles, graphics (drawing and printmaking) and sculpture.
Exhibitors can submit up to three works of original art that has not been copied. Commercially reproduced prints

All hail breaks loose: Numerous damages discovered following area's severe hailstorm

Modified: Sunday, May 1st, 2016
GRAFTON -- A severe thunderstorm Thursday evening launched hail, rain and wind through Taylor County, leaving several damages in its wake.
Emergency officials responded to 38 calls within one hour of the storm, said Harrison/Taylor 911 Coordinator James Harris.
"These included power lines down, vehicle accidents, due to the storm and other related incidents," he said.
Grafton Fire Department Chief

Winners announced: Spirit of Grafton contestants compete in Saturday pageant

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN, The Spirit of Grafton, in conjunction with the city council, held its 2016 Spirit of Grafton Pageant at the Taylor County Middle School over the weekend.
Spirit of Grafton representative Melissa Knotts coordinated the pageant for the second year in a row. Knotts chooses experienced judges from across the state to help.
"I choose people I feel can

Newly established EMS Authority installs officers

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Taylor County Emergency Medical Services Authority held its inaugural meeting last Thursday at the Taylor County Court-house conference room.
The Taylor County Commission officially created the authority at its April 5 meeting when it also allocated $5,000 for the authority to operate.
The first order of business was the requirement to elect a president, vice-president and

Changes made to early voting

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Taylor County Commission held a special meeting last Friday to discuss changes to the early voting location inside the courthouse.
Early voting begins today through May 7, according to the County Clerk's office. Voters who wish to participate in the early voting process may do so during the week from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or on Saturdays

County third-graders receive personalized atlases

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Grafton Rotary Club visited third graders across the county on April 19 for its annual personalized atlas giveaway.
The organization reached out to all the local elementary schools, distributing the atlas to all third graders.
"Every year, the students are looking forward to our visit because we've been doing it for so long...," said Lorraine Isner, the new

Primary candidates interviewed on video

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
GRAFTON, With the 2016 primary election closely approaching, a local resident decided to produce and publish candidate video interviews for the public to learn more about who is running for office with opposition.
"I grew up here, and I see the need for more transparency around who is leading this community in politics or organizations or anything, Grafton resident Alex

Deputy Phil visits West Taylor Elementary students

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 27th, 2016
MEADLAND, The Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Taylor County Schools hosted the Deputy Phil program once again this year.
West Taylor Elementary School Principal Jamison Fisher welcomed Deputy Phil, Taylor County Sheriff Terring Skinner and Chief Deputy Robert Beltner to the school and introduced them to the students in the school gymnasium.
Choosing students from the audience to serve as

Man accused of attempted murder waives preliminary hearing

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
GRAFTON, A Grafton man remains incarcerated after waiving his preliminary hearing on numerous charges, including attempted murder.
Rollie C. Poynter Jr., 50, of Grafton, is facing three felony counts of attempts
to commit 2nd degree murder, three felony counts of attempts to commit malicious assault, one felony count of child neglect creating the risk of injury, one felony count of

Market searching for farmers, growers and craftsmen

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
GRAFTON, Relationships at farmers markets are characterized by a handshake. The hand that pulled the tomato, picked the apple, baked the bread and fed the chicken is the hand that accepts customers' money, answers questions and seals a handshake contract: The food is good, clean and safe. I know, because I grew it
and I eat it.
The relationship between

Taylor County Middle School teacher receives Golden Apple award

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Taylor County Middle School teacher Amanda Uhl was chosen by Arch Coal
Foundation as one of the West Virginia educators to receive the Golden Apple Award.
The Golden Apple awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's prestigious teacher recognition program, which recently honored 10 outstanding West Virginia
classroom teachers with its highest award, the Arch Coal Teacher

Local man charged with child neglect

Posted: Monday, Apr 25th, 2016
THORNTON, A Thornton man was arrested Thursday after allegedly trowing boiling water on a child.
The incident began as a response to a 911 call about an alleged assault between Carlisle Franklin Hoff Jr. and his wife, but it ended with child neglect charges.
Police arrested Hoff for unlawful assault and child neglect with creating risk of injury.
Hoff was

Police net two drug arrests

Posted: Sunday, Apr 24th, 2016
WEBSTER, Taylor County Sheriff's Depart-ment nets two drug-related arrests stemming from the traffic stop of a speeding vehicle last week.
Two suspects, Michael Ray Mallow of Keyser and Nathan Jun Cosgrove of Chloe were arrested after being pulled over for speeding for allegedly driving 54 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone on U.S. 250 in Webster.
While conducting

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