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Flames destroy home in Thornton

Posted: Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--Fire crews responded to a house fire Saturday afternoon in Thornton.
According to Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm, crews were dispatched by Harrison/Taylor 911 to a structure fire on Bolyard Road at approximately 12:35 p.m.
Crimm said Grafton crews were the first on scene and arrived to find a home fully engulfed in flames. He said crews worked to extinguish
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Taylor County teens attend leadership summit

Posted: Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016
ST. GEORGE --Teen leaders from across the state shared ideas on solving problems faced by their peers while encouraging participation in community-based events during the 77th Teen Leadership-Service Summit at the Horseshoe Leadership Center.
In addition to participating in traditional camp activities, where teamwork and communication are at the forefront, the students engage in dialogue and debate on
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AAG has something other than food on its plate

Posted: Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--All Aboard Grafton will be selling two commemorative plates as a fundraiser for the organization.
One plate depicts the Mother's Day Shrine and the other shows the Tygart Lake Dam. The cost of each plate is $20.
The Andrews Methodist Church congregation commissioned the first Mother's Day Shrine plate after World War II. The plate was originally produced by
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Theatre company hopes to enrich lives of others

Posted: Sunday, Aug 28th, 2016
GRAFTON--The founder of a local theatre company is hoping to enrich the lives of the individuals in the communities they serve.
The Vintage Theatre Company, founded in 2012, is West Virginia's newest professional, non-union, for-profit theatre company. Founder Jason Young, says Vintage is dedicated to providing high quality theatrical education and professionally produced entertainment in West Virginia.
"Our goal is
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Board of Education gets environmental with new bus order

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education approved the purchase of two new Blue Bird school buses Tuesday.
During Tuesday's board meeting, Todd Bolyard, Transportation Supervisor, and Garry Weaver, the coordinator of Mechanical Services, were on hand to address the board members about the purchase of two 77-passenger liquid propane-powered buses.
According to Bolyard, the cost of the propane bus is
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Something fishy this way comes

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON, It's almost time for the 3,000-gallon Department of Environmental Protection aquarium to make its splash in Taylor County.
The 3,000-gallon aquarium will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 30, at Grafton High School for all who wish to take a look.
The aquarium will showcase fish and water life from Three Fork Creek, following extensive
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KFC closes doors in Grafton

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON-- Kentucky Fried Chicken, located on North Pike Street, closed its doors on Aug. 23.
According to KFC headquarters, the restaurant opened in the area in 1983, but changed locations in 2007. However, local resident Toni Skinner said she recalls that the establishment has always been in the same location, but with renovations done to the building in 2007.
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One arrested for recent home break-in

Modified: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Sheriff's Department arrested one man and is still chasing down a second man after a home invasion.
Michael Anthony Ketterman Sr., 52, of Flemington was arrested and charged with felonious armed robbery in the first degree, malicious assault, burglary and grand larceny after he turned himself in to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department after the United States
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Assessment deadlines approaching

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The assessing season is in full swing and some deadlines are fast approaching. Farm Reports and Commercial Property Returns are due September 1; Individual Personal Property and Real Estate Reports are due Oct.1; and new Homestead Exemption applications are due by Dec. 1.
Farm Reports must be filed by Sept.1 in order to qualify for the farm discount
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Rosie the Riveters to unite several locations with Labor Day bell ringing

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Rosie the Riveters (Rosies) will be honored at the same moment in many places on Labor Day. People in the US and Europe will ring bells to awaken the public to the importance of Rosies at 1 p.m.
At least 15 locations, some famous and some unknown - will be guided by Thanks! Plain and Simple (Thanks!)
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Grafton named in top 10 tax-friendly places for retirees in WV

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016
GRAFTON-- The city of Grafton has been ranked among the top 10 most tax-friendly places for retirees in the state of West Virginia.
The recent study comes from SmartAsset, which is a New York-based financial technology company.
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Kayak club to surface in Grafton

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON -- Project HOP2E and All Aboard Grafton are working together, to get a community kayak club up and running in the area.
The organizations received a Try This! Grant at the end of July. The group had its first meeting regarding the club on Saturday and is planning a second meeting, to be held sometime in the beginning of
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Police arrest man for taking hail damage repair money

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON--A local man is being charged after allegedly failing to render services from hail damage after a partial payment was made in advance.
Duane Edward Boyce, 52, of Fairmont, was arrested and charged with felonious obtaining goods under false pretenses on Saturday.
A complaint was filed with the Grafton City Police Department on Aug. 17 stating that, on July 26,
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Educators, Alpha Delta Kappa, help Greenbrier students get back on their feet with Socks & Shoes Project

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON -- Taylor County educators, members of Alpha Delta Kappa, recently began an outreach project to aid flood-damaged Rupert Elementary School in Greenbrier County.
Rupert Elementary's principal, Jenny Harden, reported that this year has been a great challenge to begin school on the targeted Aug. 22 date.
With the June flooding in southern West Virginia, the
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Taylor County Fair wraps up

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON -- After a week of carnival rides, music, consessions, singing, dancing, exhibits and more, the Taylor County Fair came to a close Saturday.
After adding some new forms of entertainment to this year's fair, organizers are happy with the success, and are looking forward to what's in store for next year.
"Parents and kids loved the Kidsbuck$ Game Show,
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New ArtStock festival aims to expand the arts in Taylor County

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
KNOTTSVILLE--Artists and vendors are gearing up for a new event dedicated to displaying, selling, and teaching about art and other products.
The first-ever ArtStock will be held at Hartland Lake Marie Campground, located off of Haislip Farm Road in Knottsville. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.
"This is an attempt to expand
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Back-to-School Pool Party was a splash

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- On Aug. 2, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. held its Back-to-School Pool Party for its local Foster Care clients, foster parents, and Right From the Start clients at the Grafton City Pool.
Approximately 75 people were in attendance. Pizza, chips, cookies and drinks were provided.
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Animal shelter in need of volunteers

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Animal Shelter has come a long way from its humble beginning, but according to Brenda Gerkin, it has a long way to go and she is asking for volunteer help.
Gerkin said that before she and Theresa Bruner got involved with the pound, it was a dire situation up there.
"It was basically a death sentence for
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Royal court chosen

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- For the first time since the fair has started back up, the pageant took place on the fairgrounds. The contestants and audience members filed into the Exhibit Barn Tuesday evening, in anticipation of who will be crowned.
"So, as you can imagine there are some hiccups," said JoAnn Jones, who organized the pageant. "There is some learning experience, but
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Bikers revving their engines to raise money for cancer

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Bikers For A Cure is an organization riding to raise money for those affected, by holding its 15th-Annual Ride For Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society, on Saturday.
The ride is organized by Chrissy's Relay Buddies and headed by Christine Musta and Clinton Monroe.
Musta has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society since 1996, she
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Local girl tames wild horse, will compete in contest

Posted: Monday, Aug 22nd, 2016
THORNTON--A local girl has been working to tame a wild mustang in order to bring awareness to the needs of the horses.
Jadyn Phillips and her wild mustang, Drexel, are competing in the Youth and Mustang Challenge for the Extreme Mustang Makeover, a contest held by the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Program.
"I got involved
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Taylor County Fair kicks off with rides, entertainment and more

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Fair is in full swing with spinning and dashing rides, mud-flinging entertainment and a musical ambiance to boot.
Today's admission is $10 at the gate, and it includes Gambill Amusement rides, which spin-off at 6 p.m., the same time as the "Oh Say Can You Sing National Anthem", and the Junior Livestock Market Hog Show.
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Grafton woman named to Agricultural Hall of Fame

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
GRAFTON -- A local woman was recently honored at the 42nd--Annual West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.
Jenny Carder, who co-owns and operates Circle C Farm in Grafton with her husband, Ronnie Carder, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the West Virginia University Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, after decades of hard work
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Vandals smash car windows in Grafton Manor Parking lot

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Grafton City Police Department was called to the scene of a reported vandalism Sunday.
A Grafton City Police
officer responded to the
vandalism call at the Grafton Manor at approximately 11 a.m., Sunday morning.
According to officials, the incident occurred sometime after 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
An officer said bricks had been thrown at
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Three arrests made

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
GRAFTON--A Fairmont man, who was arrested Aug. 5 on felony forgery and uttering charges, finds himself facing new charges, stemming from a new case against him.
John Benjamin Webb, 32, of
Fairmont was recently arrested and charged with felony grand larceny and breaking and entering.
The arresting officer stated in his criminal complaint, Webb had allegedly taken keys
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