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Free tax prep programs available

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
By Sarah Jones
Senior Staff Writer

GRAFTON-- The Outreach Coordinator with North Central Community Action of Taylor County, Suree Sarceno, wants local residents to know about assistance programs that are offered for filing taxes.
"Even though returns aren't due until April 18, people can make tax time easier on themselves with an early start," stated Sarceno.
Volunteer Income
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Grafton Fire Department’s ladders undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
By Sarah Jones
Senior Staff Writer

GRAFTON--Engine On, Grafton's ladder truck, along with all of the Grafton Fire Department's ground ladders underwent their Annual Ground and Aerial Ladder Testings and Certifications yesterday.
The ladders were tested to ensure they followed the compliances of the National Fire Protection Association, along with ensuring the safety of the firefighters, who are
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Grand Jury handed down 18 indictments during Monday morning’s hearings

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
GRAFTON--Grand Jury met on Monday and handed down indictments to 18 individuals in cases ranging from burglary to escape.
Darrell Harry Beavers, 38, of Grafton, was indicted on one count of attempted burglary.
Michael Stephens Beavis, 45 was indicted on one count of felony escape, as well as one count of grand larceny.
Richard Paul Bracken, 25, of Grafton, was
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New refund times following new law

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
GRAFTON-- Due to a new law set in place by Congress at the end of 2016, the IRS is now required to hold the entire tax refund of those individuals who are claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or an Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until at least February 15.
According to the IRS, the Earned Income Tax
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WVU students volunteer at Wallace B. Murphy in honor of Day of Service

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
GRAFTON--Students from West Virginia University volunteered at Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facilty on Monday, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
King said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question, by coming together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to serve their
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Local program reaches out to families

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
GRAFTON-- With a vision for all children to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential, the Preston/ Taylor Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program is committed to providing the necessary support, and knowledge, to parents and caregivers in order to help their little ones flourish.
The program is currently seeking interested families to join the journey of becoming
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WVU Extension Services urges residents to eat smart, be healthy

Posted: Sunday, Jan 15th, 2017

GRAFTON--In their efforts to help families eat better for less, the West Virginia University Extension Service of Taylor County is offering "Eating Smart, Being Active" classes. The classes are offered as part of the organization's Family Nutrition Program.
There are eight class dates scheduled for every Friday at 5:30 p.m., beginning February 10, with the last class to
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Smoke alarm installation deemed successful by organizers

Posted: Sunday, Jan 15th, 2017
GRAFTON--The Grafton Fire Department and Thrasher Engineering teamed up with the American Red Cross on Friday, to install over 70 free smoke alarms in 28 residential homes across the county.
Before hitting the streets, representatives from the American Red Cross led a brief training, held in the City Council Chambers, for the members of the fire department and Thrasher,
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Date change for Empty Bowls

Posted: Sunday, Jan 15th, 2017
GRAFTON--The Empty Bowls fundraiser luncheon, which was previously scheduled for March, has been moved until later in the fall.
According to Vicky Steele, chairman of Empty Bowls Taylor County, the date is being moved because of a couple different issues.
"Our board members were concerned that the volunteer base would not be there to help us out," shared Steele. "With
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FULL STORY—Circuit Court heard multiple cases

Modified: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
GRAFTON--Circuit court convened on Monday, and Judge Alan D. Moats heard cases involving a plea agreement, mental competency findings and bond revocation.
Howard Franklin Vanscoy, Jr., 37, of Grafton, was back in court Monday morning to offer a guilty plea to two charges: failure to register as a sex offender and third-offense domestic battery.
According to court documents, Vanscoy failed
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Volunteer today to be a part of the Taylor County 4-H Summer Camp Program

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GRAFTON-- Although summer is still months away, and can be hard to think about, with the blistery cold weather the area is experiencing, the Taylor County 4-H Camp Program is getting a head start on recruiting adult volunteers for their summer camp event.
The camp program will be held on the week of June 25-29. The program is seeking
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Circuit Court heard multiple cases

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GRAFTON--Circuit court convened on Monday, and Judge Alan D. Moats heard cases involving a plea agreement, mental competency findings and bond revocation.
Howard Franklin Vanscoy, Jr., 37, of Grafton, was back in court Monday morning to offer a guilty plea to two charges: failure to register as a sex offender and third-offense domestic battery.
According to court documents, Vanscoy failed
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Taylor County BOE accepts SBA grant

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education met Tuesday evening, to discuss the recent West Virginia School Building Authority grant award, and varies other topics.
Superintendent Kathy Green addressed the board, requesting approval to accept a Needs Grant from the WV School Building Authority (SBA). The Needs Grant is for a maximum of $1.373,665, and requires a local match from the
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Board of Equalization and Review to hold tax assessment hearings in February

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GRAFTON--If the assessed value of your real property has increased by 10% (minimum of $1000), then you will be notified with a letter from the WV State Tax Department. If you feel you have received this letter by mistake or error, you have the right to file an informal appeal within 8 business days for the Assessor to review.
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A local student, with Venezuelan roots, talks to kindergartners

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
GRAFTON­--Mrs. Hurst's kindergarten class, at Anna Jarvis Elementary School, was excited to welcome Keith Skaggs, a Junior at Grafton High School, to their classroom, during the school's Christmas Around the World celebration.
Keith's mother, Blanca Skaggs, is originally from Venezuela and is currently a Spanish teacher at Taylor County Middle School.
Skaggs came to talk with the students
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Board of Education to conduct Kindergarten Registration from January 30­-February 2

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
TAYLOR COUNTY--The Taylor County Board of Education will conduct Kindergarten Registration on January 30-February 2, 2017.
Children who will be five years old before September 1, 2017 should be registered. Parents are requested to contact the school to schedule an appointment for registration.
Children must be registered at the school that serves the attendance area in which
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4-H Young Adult Conference to be held Jan. 27-29

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GRAFTON--The West Virginia University Extension service will be hosting a Young Adult Conference (YAC), as part of State 4-H Opportunities, on January 27-29.
The conference will take place at the Jackson's Mill Center for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp. The event is open to any young adult, who turns 18 years of age, or older, before the start of
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Local art students brightening lives of residents with colorful artwork

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GRAFTON--Local teens are using art to help brighten the lives of the residents at Elizabeth Cather Towers.
For a couple of months now, students from Grafton High School have been decorating the windows of the cafeteria/community area at the towers. One student has been there each time, to lend her artistic touch.
Cassandra Stout said that originally two or three
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Horizons Church looking to LIFT teens with special service

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GRAFTON-- Horizons Church, now located on St. Johns Street, is offering a special "LIFT" service, which is geared toward teenagers, grades sixth to twelfth.
According to the church's youth pastors, Theresa and Ronald Nestor, this service presents the Biblical basics, using a different angle.
T. Nestor shared that this new approach allows the service to keep up with modern
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Horizons Church looking to LIFT teens with special service

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GRAFTON-- Horizons Church, now located on St. Johns Street, is offering a special "LIFT" service, which is geared toward teenagers, grades sixth to twelfth.
According to the church's youth pastors, Theresa and Ronald Nestor, this service presents the Biblical basics, using a different angle.
T. Nestor shared that this new approach allows the service to keep up with modern
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Grafton man charged with attempted first-degree murder

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
GRAFTON--A Taylor County man is facing serious charges, after deputies were called to his residence regarding a domestic dispute.
Gary Earl Radabaugh, 40, of Grafton, is being charged with felony attempted first-degree murder and wanton endangerment involving a firearm, following an altercation at his residence.
According to the criminal complaint filed by a deputy with the Taylor County Sheriff's Department,
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Man wanted in Barbour County arrested in Taylor County Thursday

Modified: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON--A man wanted for crimes committed in Barbour County was arrested by officers in Taylor County on Thursday evening.
Officers from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police apprehended Calvin Howard Reid, 26, who was wanted on multiple charges, including nighttime burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy.
According to officials, the Taylor County Sheriff's Department was
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Crews work ‘round the clock to clear first substantial snowfall of season

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON-- The first major snow fall of 2017 blanketed Taylor County with approximately five inches of powdery snow, on Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning.
In anticipation of the snowstorm, all Taylor County Schools dismissed two hours early on Thursday, and students enjoyed their first snow day of the school year on Friday.
This amount of accumulation also left
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City awaits grant funding to begin phase three of the Street Scape Project

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON-- The City of Grafton is working hard to do their part to "turn this town around."
The Public works department is currently working on installing sidewalks, benches, light posts and trash receptacles, in the downtown area, from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Home, to the post office, as phase three of the Street Scape Project.
Phase
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State representatives hear concerns at Town Hall meeting, on Friday

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON--Approximately 15 people, including representatives from the city, county and various groups, attended a recent Town Hall meeting.
The town hall, which was led by Delegate Amy Summers, Senator Dave Sypolt, and Senator-elect Randy Smith, touched on multiple issues of concern including, jobs and the economy and the state budget.
"We are holding this town hall, so that you can
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Board of Education talks truancy

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education held a round table discussion on Thursday.
Taylor County Commissioner Rusty Efaw, Delegate Amy Summers, Magistrate Robert Bolton and Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney John Bord were present at the meeting to discuss truancy in the county.
"We all have the same purpose of being here, to try to empart power for disciplining attendance
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Dave Cantu talks to Kiwanis Club

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON--On January 5, David Cantu presented the Kiwanis Club of Grafton with a history of the Taylor County Historical Society and some of its future projects.
According to Cantu, the Society was originally formed in November of 1954, to protect exhibits of Taylor County.
In February of 1978, work started on the History of Taylor County books. These
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TCMS attendance award winners

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
PRUNTYTOWN­--These students (see photo) won the November drawing. There were 297 students in the November drawing attendacen drawing, a sizable jump from the previous month. As with each month, student winners received a certificate and free kids' meal from Texas Roadhouse while parent/guardian winners received Dinner for 2 ($30) from the Roadhouse. They have generously sponsored the TCMS attendance program
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Two arrested after entering the home of a family member, and taking items

Posted: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2017
GRAFTON--Two individuals were arrested on felony nighttime burglary charges after the homeowner contacted police.
Adrian Fayth Pancake, 19, of Philippi, and Gregory Scott Edwards, 48, of Belington, are being charged after they allegedly entered a residence late last Sunday night.
According to the criminal complaint filed by an officer with the Grafton City Police Department, he was called to the
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