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Robert Lee Bonnell

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
Robert Lee Bonnell, 74, of Grafton, West Virginia, passed away June 22, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
He was born in Barbour County, March 27, 1942, the son of the late Opal Bonnell and Roy Bonnell.
Robert served in the Army.
He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Nina Elder, daughter, Opal Renea Bonnell
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Haymond school auctioned off to the highest bidder

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education auctioned off the former Haymond School Thursday.
The auction, which was led by Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service, was held on site at Haymond at noon.
Bidders gathered to try to acquire the approximately 5,800 square-foot building, along with its approximately 2,700 square-foot annexed addition and nearly 2.61 acres of land.
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Commission renews increased insurance policy

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON -- With an increase in the county's property and building values, increased insurance policy rates were a topic of discussion during Tuesday's Taylor County Commission meeting.
Operations Officer Steve Rawlings, with West Virginia Counties Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool Inc.
(WV CoRP), addressed the matter with commissioners, discussing insurance policy updates/renewal information, including updated property values and policy rates.
Commissioner
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Worker struck by falling utility pole

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
KNOTTSVILLE --A worker was struck by a fallen utility pole Thursday, according to emergency responders.
Harrison-Taylor 911 Center dispatched emergency responders to the scene at 12:13 p.m., a dispatcher said.
The individual, who was working for a private contracting company, was responding with his crew to a downed tree on a power line along Knottsville Road, Grafton Fire Chief David
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Gardening workshop educates attendees

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON--With gardening season in full swing, Taylor County residents were invited to take part in a gardening workshop held on Thursday.
The WVU Taylor County Extension Office, in conjunction with Taylor County Project HOP2E, held the workshop to discuss common issues gardeners run into during the growing season. John Murray, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Agent led the workshop.
The
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Man arrested after vehicle accident

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON, A Mannington man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, following an accident that occurred Sunday on U.S. 50 near Middleville Road at the Harrison/Taylor county line.
Christopher Nathaniel White, 22, of Mannington, was arrested and criminally charged with aggravated DUI, for allegedly driving under the influence. He also faces charges for alleged improper passing and
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Motorcycle accident causes temporary road closure

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
Emergency crews responded to an 11:16 a.m. alert for a motorcycle accident on U.S. 50 East, near the Preston County line, Sunday.
When emergency responders arrived, one rider was found in the front yard of a house on the left side of the road. The other was found in the westbound lane, a little farther up the road.
Traffic was
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Fast response to structure fire saves home

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
THORNTON -- Fire officials were able to save a home from extended damages following an accidental fire on Wilson Ridge Road Friday evening, Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm said.
Responders were dispatched to the scene at 4:32 p.m. by the Harrison/Taylor 911 Center.
No one was home at the time of the fire, Crimm said.
"What happened was they
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Grafton City Hospital facility renovations underway

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
GRAFTON--The Grafton City Hospital is currently making improvements to its facility.
According to Tammy Barcus, the director of quality and patient safety, the hospital was recently awarded a grant of approximately $2 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to make improvements to the hospital facility and purchase some new equipment.
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Blood donors needed for summer supply

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
GRAFTON--With summer in full swing and colleges and universities being large blood donors, blood banks are in greater need for blood.
Local organizations are stepping up to help.
The First Baptist Church will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1-6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Grafton City Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring the blood drive. Everyone is welcome to
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Taylor County EMS discusses patient transport regulations

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
FLEMINGTON, Whether or not an ambulance has the authority to transport a patient to their hospital of choice was called into question at a recent Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad Authority meeting.
Authority members questioned Taylor County EMS Director Carl Bartlett on his squad's practice of transporting patients to their hospital of choice.
Members said state protocols require an
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WWII Grafton Sentinel donated for auction at USO Gala

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
GRAFTON, Grafton resident Peggy Barney has donated a framed original of the Grafton Sentinel newspaper announcing the surrender of the Japanese at the end of World War II.
According to event organizer Michaela Flohr, this original issue of the Grafton Sentinel is from Aug. 14, 1945, and will be auctioned Saturday, during the USO Dance Gala, which will be held
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Two arrested after domestic incident

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
GRAFTON, Law enforcement was called to a domestic situation in progress on Lincoln Sreet Sunday evening, involving two individuals who were both arrested.
Ricky Wayne Severe, 46, of Grafton, is facing charges of domestic battery and violating a protection order, and Pamela Nicole Severe is facing charges of domestic assault and obstructing an officer.
Through the process of questioning Ricky
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Construction and non-profits contribute to recent county growth

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
GRAFTON, In a report recently released by the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, Taylor County was listed as having the largest economic growth, so far for 2016.
According to the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, the report was compiled from data obtained through the new business license application division, and, in addition to new for-profit businesses, it also
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Nancy Jayne Kight

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
Nancy Jayne Kight, 78, passed away June 20, 2016, at Adena Regional Medical
Center following a brief illness.
She was born July 20, 1937, in Grafton, WV, to the late Thomas B., Sr. and Margaret A. (Dougherty) Jenkins.
On May 26, 1963, she married Robert W. Kight, Sr., who survives.
Also surviving are her children: Judith A. Kight,
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Relay for Life takes a strike against cancer

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Downtown was abuzz Sunday evening for the Taylor County Relay for Life.
The event kicked off at 6 p.m., lasting until midnight.Main Street, from the Grafton Fire Department to Somethin' Country, played host to multiple Relay for Life teams, selling food items, hosting raffles, and cheering on the cancer survivors and their caregivers, as they made laps
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McMasters seeks bond reduction

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
GRAFTON, Daniel McMasters appeared alongside his counsel, G. Phillip Davis, before Magistrate Reese Thursday afternoon, requesting a reduction in his bond, and agreeing to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
McMasters had previously been arrested on June 10, for three counts of allegedly failing to update his sex offender registry information, including allegedly using an unregistered Facebook account, using
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Keener honored at board meeting

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department recognized John Keener, a longtime member of the board, in a special post meeting ceremony Friday.
Keener, 82, a board member for 30 years, is retiring from the health board.
"It's been a short 30 years, not too many bumps in the road," Keener said. "I think I've been here long enough. I appreciate this.
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Libraries offer more than books

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Library offers more than just a place to read books.
Alesha Tocco, the director of the Taylor County Public Library, outlined the numerous other services and resources available, during her program at Wednesday's Grafton Rotary Club meeting.
"To some, it's just a library, but for others in the
community, it's almost home," Tocco said. "It
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Swim to benefit karate contestants

Posted: Monday, Jun 20th, 2016
FETTERMAN -- In benefit of Dragon's Den Martial Arts and Culver Karate, a discounted day of swimming will take place from 6-8 p.m., July 2, at the Grafton Municipal Pool in Fetterman.
Admission is $2, and discounted concession items are available to benefit Team Culver's Dragon (Rylee Jones and Gabby Kelly).
The funds raised will helm them get to the
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Multiple vehicles involved in accident

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Police and first responders were called to a multiple vehicle accident on U.S. 50 Wednesday evening.
Grafton Police and two units from the Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad were initially dispatched after a call had been received regarding a vehicle accident with injuries on U.S. 50/North Pike Street in Grafton, near Pit Stop and Biggies, according to Harrison/Taylor
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Crews respond to rollover

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON--Crews responded to a single vehicle accident Wednesday, finding the vehicle on its top.
A 911 call came in at approximately 1:42 p.m. for a single vehicle accident on County Route 9/Knottsville Road.
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Closed for WV Day

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department will be closed on Monday in Celebration of West Virginia Day.
There will be no Public Health Nurse available Tuesday or Wednesday, and there will be no public health
services available these two days.
TB Test and immunizations will not be given the week of June 20, unless prior arrangements have been
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Fundraisers on task to benefit Relay for Life

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON, Arch Coal is hosting its second-annual Leer Coal Diggers Golf Tournament this month, with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
According to Leer Mine Complex Administrative Assistant Sheryl Perks, the previously scheduled
tournament had to be cancelled, due to inclement weather, and is now rescheduled for, July 30, at the Tygart Lake Public Golf
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Firearm and drugs found after 911 call

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON, A firearm, drugs and drug paraphernalia is what police found when they responded to a call about an unresponsive male in a vehicle, blocking an area resident's driveway, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies were called to the residence Tuesday morning, which resulted in the arrest of Jamie Lee Owens, 34, of Grafton, who was charged
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Stolen credit card tracked to Grafton

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016

GRAFTON, Grafton City Police arrested a woman for alleged fraud, Tuesday, after investigating a complaint of a stolen purse.
Christina Yvonne Shoulders, 41, of Boothsville, was arrested and charged three counts of fraudulent use of an electronic access device, one count of driving on a suspended license, and one count of driving on a suspended
license that was
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Relay for Life honors survivors with dinner

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
GRAFTON--Relay for Life honored cancer survivors and their caretakers with a spsurvivor dinner Wednesday.
Survivors were invited to attend, and bring with them one caregiver, to enjoy an evening of fun, food, music, and recognition. The dinner, which was free of charge for the attendees, was hosted at the local Shriner's Club.
According to Leslie Pellegrin, co-chairperson for Taylor County
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Event casts a healthy alternative to drugs

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Tygart Lake State Park Foundation held its 2016 Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs event over the weekend.
The event was possible through the sponsorship of Arch Coal/Leer Mine. It was held in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' free fishing weekend.
According to Tygart Lake State Park Activities Coordinator and Naturalist Nichole Streets, the
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EDA negotiates recent land sale contract

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Taylor County Economic Development Authority held a special meeting last Thursday, regarding its recent purchase agreement with Ryan Environmental Inc., for the Jerry Run Road Property.
The sale of the property was met with some disagreement from the public, after complaints were lodged at previous meetings regarding insufficient notice to the public of the intent to sell the
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Arrest made for failure to comply with sex offender registry

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON, The West Virginia State Police recently arrested an individual on three charges of failure to register changes/updates to the sex offender registry.
Daniel Ray McMasters, 37, of Grafton, was arrested Friday by the West Virginia State Police on multiple counts for allegedly violating the mandate which requires an individual to register with the local State Police Detachment, and also
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Domestic call leads to DUI arrest

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN, A Taylor County Sheriff's deputy made an arrest for aggravated DUI late last week, after responding to a domestic disturbance call in Pruntytown.
Desirae Marie Leazer, 38, of Grafton, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, after police determined her Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was greater than .150 percent, according to the criminal complaint.
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Grafton Floral blooming in Taylor County for 30 years

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grafton Floral will celebrate 30 years of business Thursday.
Sheila Larew, owner and operator of Grafton Floral, has been in the floral business for 40 years, and this year will mark the 30th anniversary of owning her floral business.
"Our biggest accomplishment has been staying in business for 30 years," Larew said with some laughter. "So, I guess just
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Twirler competes in Ripley

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
RIPLEY -- The 2016 Miss Majorette of West Virginia competition took place on May 14 at Ripley High School.
Natalea Mumaw, a local girl, competed in both the pageant and open events, and once again held her own against some very skilled twirlers.
She went into this event, moving up to a beginner level in the 10-12
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Suspect arrested after fleeing from Community Corrections

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON, Austin William Moore, 19, of Clarksburg, was apprehended last week, after allegedly fleeing from the Taylor County Community Corrections Program.
According to the criminal complaint, Moore had been previously convicted of a fleeing charge, and was sentenced to community corrections, where he was to report to Director Tammy Narog.
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Source Water Protection Plan to be updated

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
GRAFTON-- The Taylor County Public Service District discussed recent updates and changes to its Source Water Protection Plan during its community meeting Thursday.
According to Everett Mulkeen, an engineer with Potesta and Associates, Inc. (POTESTA), the state has provided funding to assist smaller utility programs in upgrading their protection plan.
Taylor County is working with POTESTA to make changes
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