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GHS gears up for Homecoming

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Students at Grafton High School are preparing to celebrate homecoming, with a week full of spirit.
To get started, a proclamation formerly declaring the week of Sept. 26, as home-coming week was created by the GHS student body.
Mayor Peggy Barney, along with the Student Body President Zachary Fancher, signed the proclamation on Wednesday.
The students will be showing their
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Coding, app and game design comes to GHS

Modified: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--A new program is now available to students at Grafton High School.
In response to a critical need for skilled technology and knowledge workers, the State of West Virginia recently established its first-ever coding, app and game design curriculum.
Godot Open Source Game Engine, is aiming to help power the future in West Virginia.
The curriculum will allow students to
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Grand Jury arraignments wrap up

Modified: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--The last of the Grand Jury cases were arraigned in court Wednesday morning.
Judge Alan Moats offered not guilty pleas to all the defendants, on all charges in the cases, to allow their council 30 days for discovery and to file any motions they need to.
Jeremy K. Shaffer, 27, of Bridgeport, was arraigned on one count of murder and
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Updates swing into Central Playground

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Central Playground, located between Knotts Avenue and Wilford Street, has some new equipment for the neighborhood kids to enjoy.
The lot was once the site of the old Central School. The school was built in the 1870s and was closed in 1926 by the Superintendent, who considered the old building unsafe for its students.
After the school building was torn
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Another area restaurant closes

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Another restaurant in the area has unexpectedly closed its doors.
Apple Annie's at the Tygart Lake State Park now chose to permanently close its doors on Sept. 18. This news follows the recent closure of the Grafton KFC in Blueville.
In a statement released via social media, the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation said the move was unexpected and that
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Grafton flag selected

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- A new flag soon will be flying high in Grafton, after Grafton City Council approved the symbolic design Tuesday that will represent the city.
The flag was designed by Project HOP2E Executive Director Bryan Smith.
"I have to say it was an honor to be asked to design the flag," Smith said. "I love my hometown, and now,
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PTO officers installed

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Anna Jarvis Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization held its first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.
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West Taylor Elementary to host 5th-Annual Fall Festival

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
FLEMINGTON -- It's Fall Festival time in the Meadland community, where can you jump on a hayride, perhaps win a cake in a cakewalk and possibly go home with a trip to Disney World?
The upcoming West Taylor Elementary School Fall Festival has all that and more. The school will host its annual Fall Festival, Saturday, October 8, 2016. The
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September Students of the Month selected by Grafton Rotary Club

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Grafton Rotary Club conducted its first GHS Student of the Month program for the 2016-2017 school year, on Wednesday.
The club recognized two outstanding sophomores.
Allison Brooke Bucklew is the daughter of Kristen and Brian Bucklew. She is a member of the GHS Marching Band and plays the trumpet.
She performs a solo piece
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WV 4-H Global Ambassador to come to Grafton for First Friday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- On Friday, Oct. 7, the Taylor County 4-H program will kick off the new 4-H club year as part of the many Grafton First Friday activities.
At 5:30 p.m., at the International Mother's Day Shrine, Caroline Hamrick, a WV 4-H Global Ambassador, will be giving a presentation on her recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. All
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Two unrelated cases set for hearing Wednesday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON-- Two cases set for hearing during Wednesday morning arraignments.
Judge Alan Moats questioned Jessica G. Chase, 30, of Grafton, who was being arraigned on a grand larceny charge, about attempting to smuggle prohibited items into a rehabilitation center.
Chase denied the allegations and Moats ordered that she would appear in court for an evidentiary hearing as soon as the
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Paradise Lake golf tournament raises funds for TCBB

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- A golf tournament, held at Paradise Lake Gold Course, raised much needed funds for the Taylor Co. Biddy Basketball, played at the St. Augustine Social Center.
Several people turned out on Saturday afternoon despite the rainy weather predictions, to support TCBB in the first annual Tom Shay, Larry Rogers, Homer Knotts Memorial Gold Tournament, sponsored by the
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VFW celebrates 3rd Annual 85 and Older Birthday Party

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Memorial City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3081 held its Third-Annual, 85 and Older Birthday Party at on Saturday.
The celebration was held for the VFW and their Auxiliary members. The birthday bash was hosted by VFW Trustee, Dale Zinn, and Auxiliary Trustee, Renee Taylor.
During the festivities, attendees were served a dinner prepared and by the ladies of the
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Taylor County Youth head to camp

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
HORSESHOE, St. George, WV, Summer camp is a rite of passage for many boys and girls throughout West Virginia as they took part in the 2016 Governor's Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp.
Four, six-day sessions are conducted at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County.
7-to-12-year-olds take part in kid-friendly outdoor activities including archery, swimming, creek walking, and nature hiking.
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Late Marine honored at service

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN--Betty Huffman waited 73 years for her deceased brother to be found and returned home, and on Monday, she and her family were able to finally lay him to rest in Grafton.
Private Emmett Leonard Kines, U.S. Marine Corp, gave the ultimate sacrifice in battle during World War II, when he was killed on the battlefield during the Battle of
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POW/MIAs honored with dinner

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
GRAFTON--September 16, 2016, was proclaimed as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) National Remembrance Day.
Mayor Peggy Barney read and signed the proclamation on Thursday, at the Taylor County Senior Center, in
front of a group of veterans and their families.
Barney called upon all Grafton and Taylor County citizens to join in honoring all former American Prisoners
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8th-Annual Fall Fest held at Tygart Lake State Park Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
GRAFTON--Rain pelted Tygart Lake State Park Saturday, but it didn't stop the Appalachian Fall Festival from continuing on in good spirit for its eighth annual event.
"We are enjoying ourselves immensely," said Mary Shuttlesworth, a Tygart Lake State Park Foundation member.
Most of the vendors were indoors for the festival, but a group making
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Bolton speaks at Constitution Week

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
GRAFTON--Residents were invited to attend a celebration of Constitution Week at the Mother's Day Shrine on Saturday.
During the celebration, Mayor Peggy Knotts Barney was present to read a proclamation declaring September 17-23, 2016, as Constitution Week in the City of Grafton.
"It is my pleasure to be able to present this proclamation for such a worthy anniversary of an
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Bearcats score 34 on Fighting Irish

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
GRAFTON--The question at the end of last week was could the Bearcat football team rebound from the lop-sided loss to South Harrison.
The answer was "yes" as the Cats put together a great ground game and defeated Notre Dame 34 to 14.
On the first few possessions in the first quarter the Bearcats could not put together a
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GHS girls defeat Bucs, tie Indians

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
BUCKHANNON--The Grafton High School girls soccer team traveled to Buckhannon to take on the Lady Bucs last Tuesday night. The Lady Bearcats scored all the goals they would need in the first half as they go on to a 2--1 victory.
Ally Peters once again scored the first goal for the Lady Cats 18 minutes into the first half
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TCMS soccer Knights begin season

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
BRIDGEPORT--The TCMS Knights boys soccer kicked off their 2016 season opener against Bridgeport on Sept. 9.
It was an extremely hard game, and the boys walked away with it being a learning experience. The final score was 9-0.
The Bridgeport team had 28 shots on goal. Levi Miller managed to save 14 of those. It was a tough
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Grafton man arrested while arraigned on separate charges

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grand Jury arraignments took a twist Friday, when one of the defendants was arrested on separate charges.
During the court proceedings Friday morning, Jamie Lee Owens, 34, of Grafton, who was being arraigned on charges of possession of a controlled substance, with intent to deliver, and persons prohibited from possessing a firearm, was arrested on separate charges.
According to the
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Rainy start for Flemington Days

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
FLEMINGTON-- Even with a rainy start Saturday morning, locals lined the sidewalks of Flemington to watch the annual Flemington Days Fair and Festival Parade.
Events for the weekend-long festival kicked off Friday evening, at 6 p.m., with a flag raising and the National
Anthem for opening
ceremonies. Vendors, games, and other events began after opening ceremony.
Entertainment Friday
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FES means success

Posted: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
FLEMINGTON -- In unison, approximately 130 students, as well as several school staff members, chanted the school cheer, "FES means success," outside of Flemington Elementary School Friday morning, as they posed for a picture following a recent school-wide achievement.
At a banquet on Sept. 7, the West Virginia Board of Education named FES as one of only 10 recipients of
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Walk for Women raises funds to fight breast cancer

Modified: Sunday, Sep 18th, 2016
GRAFTON--A local organization is gearing up for fundraising events to support breast cancer prevention and control.
The Taylor County Walk for Women Committee has hosted its Walk for Women for as long as 20 years, organizers said.
"We have shortened the walk to primarily be downtown, so more people can participate," said Alicia Lyons, a committee member through the Taylor
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Jim Justice meets with citizens

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice made a visit to Grafton Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issues affecting the state.
Justice, along with Senator Bob Williams, visited Arts and Treasures and sat down with county officials, city officials, All Aboard Grafton members, and concerned citizens to discuss the issues Taylor County residents are most concerned with.
During the meeting, Justice
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Armstead to speak at Reagan Dinner

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Republican Executive Committee will be welcoming West Virginia Speaker of the House, Tim Armstead, to Keynote the Third-Annual Reagan Dinner.
Armstead attended the University of Charleston where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science/history in 1987. Then, he went on to receive his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University's College of Law in 1990.
Armstead
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Grand Jury addresses home invasion and drugs

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grand Jury convened Monday to hear 46 cases involving a gambit of charges. Indictments were returned on 43 of the cases.
Two of the 43 indicted individuals were involved in a recent home invasion case in Taylor County.
Michael A. Ketterman Sr., 53, of Flemington, was indicted on one count burglary, one count grand larceny, two counts of robbery in
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New learning tool mapping students’ futures

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--Taylor County Schools have implemented a new learning tool for the students to help boost test scores.
Thinking Maps is a unique set of visual teaching tools that aid in fostering lifelong learning.
A series of eight maps are linked together to help students think through and process different aspects of information given, according to Melissa Lampinen, National Board
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Bolton to be featured speaker for upcoming Constitution Day

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--This year's annual Constitution Day keynote address, sponsored by the International Mother's Day Shrine Community Education Institute, will be on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 4 p.m., at the International Mother's Day Shrine, located at 11 East Main St., in downtown Grafton.
This year's speaker is Taylor County Magistrate Robert Lee Bolton III. Constitution Day is a national event
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City treated workers to barbecue lunch

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grafton City workers were treated to a special barbecue lunch earlier this week.
The Grafton City Council members took to Toad Hall, with their grill in tow, Tuesday afternoon, to provide lunch for the city employees working for Grafton City Police Department, Grafton Fire Department and the employees at City Hall.
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Flemington Days starts Friday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
FLEMINGTON--Flemington Days Fair and Festival will be in full swing, starting on Friday.
Festivities will begin Friday, at 6 p.m., and will wrap up Sunday, at 5 p.m., with a variety of different activities going on each day.
Line up for the parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the parade is scheduled to start at noon.
The
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Home at Last: Marine’s remains returned 73 years after death on the battlefield

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON--It's been 73 years since he was lost to war, but the remains of Grafton native, Marine Private First Class Emmett L. Kines, will be returned to his hometown for burial.
"Being a Marine was something he always wanted to do," said Kines' younger sister, Betty Huffman.
Kines had three brothers and four sisters. Huffman, 90, of Grafton, is Kines'
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Grand Jury hands down 43 indictments Monday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON-- A total of 46 cases, with 43 indictments, were heard in front of the Taylor County Grand Jury on Monday.
A few of the numerous cases
carried heavy charges, such as murder, attempted murder, strangulation, and multiple assaults and battery charges.
Jeremy K. Shaffer, 27, of Bridgeport, was indicted on one count of murder and one count of
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Emergency planning a focus for National Preparedness Month

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON -- September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).
The event, now in its 13th year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
"Here in Taylor County, we pride ourselves on the rich history of our community," shared Public Health Threat
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Police net weekend arrests

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON--Police arrested three people over the weekend in two unrelated cases.
Carmon Elizabeth Todd, 23, of Grafton, was charged with felony third-offense domestic battery, following an altercation with Alessandra Elizabeth Treer, 23, of the same residence who also was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, stemming from the same incident.
According to the criminal complaint filed by a West Virginia State
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Bridge Street bridge construction wrapping up

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON--The new Bridge Street Bridge is in its final stages of construction and only weeks away from opening to traffic.
"There is a good chance we will be switching traffic to the new bridge within a week or two," said Steve Mullenax, the West Virginia Division of Highways District Four Area Engineer.
Mullenax said that workers are currently working to
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Bolton books it to Grafton Rotary Club

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016
GRAFTON--Each Wednesday, the "Mountain Statesman" runs an editorial page filled with numerous columns, but one that is frequently seen is written by a local man reviewing books.
Robert Bolton is an avid reader and lover of books. When he's not serving as a Taylor County Magistrate, he said he can be found teaching a class or reading a book.
"In
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Frontier Fest inspires students with history of the West

Posted: Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016
KNOTTSVILLE -- The West came alive again over the weekend, in Knottsville, with the 17th-Annual Terry Austin's Frontier Fest in full swing.
Austin, the organizer, said the festival relies on help from numerous volunteers.
"Frontier Fest would not be possible without volunteers who have helped through the years," Austin said. "Some people have been with us since day one.
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Preliminary drug survey findings concern surveyors, inspire more collaboration

Posted: Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016
GRAFTON -- A recent collaborative drug survey returned some preliminary results that already have officials talking.
Ninety percent of hundreds of survey-takers reported being "significantly concerned" and were "aware of" the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs, including those not prescribed to the user.
The survey also revealed that 75 percent of survey-takers believe that
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Local man seeks ideas for candidate interview questions

Posted: Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016
GRAFTON-- Alex Reneman, the president of Mountain Leverage, has partnered with All Aboard Grafton to conduct candidate interviews.
The candidates that will be interviewed are all running for local election, either city, or county.
Reneman conducted interviews for the primary election in the spring and said that it seemed to provide a ton of value for many in the community.
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Inaugural ArtStock deemed a success

Posted: Sunday, Sep 11th, 2016
KNOTTSVILLE--Crafters, vendors and musical acts showed off their talents at the inaugural ArtStock held Saturday at Hartland Lake Marie Campground.
According to Tom Hart, one of the founding members of the event, they were pleased with this year's event.
"It's just amazing, it has exceeded all of our expectations," said Hart. "Everyone really pulled together and made this a great
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