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Taylor Commission addresses Thornton VFD closure and assets

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON - The closing of the Thornton Volunteer Fire Department was the main topic of discussion at Tuesday night's County Commission meeting.
With Grafton, Flemington and Boothsville fire chiefs in attendance, County Commission President Orville Wright read a letter from the former Thornton fire chief, Dave Strader.
The letter announced the Department's closing,
explaining that, at the time of
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Energy Express asks for support

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- Energy Express is a five-week summer program, focused on good children's literature, writing, art and drama, to support a child's learning to read.
Children enjoy healthy family-style breakfast and lunch in small groups, in addition to the reading focused activities. Children come each day because the learning is fun and they are connected with mentors, volunteers, and the
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National Emergency Medical Services Week celebrated in Grafton last week

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- As part of National Emergency Medical Services week this year, Paramedic Mark Knotts was recognized with a 25-year plaque and pin for 25 years of service with the Taylor County Emergency Squad.
Knotts joined the department as a junior member, while attending Grafton High School in 1991.
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Prosecutor named Bar Foundation Fellow

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
CHARLESTON -- Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney John L. Bord was recently named a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow.
He was honored at a Bar Foundation Fellows dinner in Charleston.
For eighteen years, the Bar Foundation, which is the philanthropic organization for the legal profession, has selected "those lawyers whose
professional, public and
private careers have demonstrated
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Memorial Day to feature several activities

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON -- From muscle cars and amusement rides to main stage attractions, the Memorial Day and Spirit of Grafton celebrations will be in full swing starting Friday.
The three-day celebration plays host to numerous
activities for all age groups. There is something for everyone.
On Friday, there will be a pool party at the city pool and
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Fishing up a good time

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
A resident of Wallace B. Murphy, M.D. Nursing Care Facility enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of fishing at Family Fishing N' Camping on Wendell Road. A special Thank-you to Ralph and Crystal Morris for assisting in making the fishing trip a success, and also a special thank-you to the volunteers who assisted with the resident trip as well. Shown above
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Fitness center now registering participants, in youth program

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
BLUEVILLE -- The Tygart Valley Fitness Center, located at Green Plaza in Blueville, is now accepting youth participants for its New You Youth Program.
The program targets youth, ages 8-13, and teaches them the way to active and healthy habits, through activities that instill the importance of staying physically active, said Ricky Williams of Tygart Valley Fitness Center.
"This program
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White attire, a Memorial Day Parade tradition for children

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
GRAFTON -- This year is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, and in 2017, it will mark the area's 150th Memorial Day Parade.
Many years ago, an article appeared on the front page of the Sacramento Bee news-paper, in California, about the Memorial Day Parade in Grafton.
It stated that school children dressed in white and marched in the
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Health Department updates City Council on the plans and progress for its proposed new facility

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
By Melissa Toothman
Staff Writer

GRAFTON, Officials are trying to get the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department under a new roof, representatives told Grafton City Council Wednesday, when they asked for the city's support.
Vice Chair of the Board of Health John Taylor told the councilors that the local department is one of very few in the state that operates
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One hail of a line-up outside car dealership

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Editor's note: Editor Melissa Toothman is not related to the owners of Toothman Ford.

GRAFTON, Umbrellas and hoodies snaked the parking lot, and immediate area surrounding Toothman Ford in Grafton, like colorful scales, as customers from near and far attempted to slither their way forward in line to take a bite out of the company's hail sale inventory.
The
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New business blooms in Taylor County

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
BLUEVILLE -- The community turned out on April 29 to help celebrate the official grand opening of Petal Pushers Florist & Gifts, Grafton's newest business.
The flower shop, owned and operated by Sabrina Maynard and Greta Harrison, opened its doors for business in March, and specializes in fresh and silk flower arrangements, primitive gifts and home décor, along
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Grafton student among those recognized by Davis & Elkins

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
ELKINS -- Davis & Elkins students selected for membership into Sigma Beta Delta international honor society for business, management and administration were recognized during the College's annual Honors Convocation.
Area students recognized include Paul Louzy, the son of Paul and Kelly Louzy of Grafton.
Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive
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Taylor County Calico Contestants wanted

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Fair Board is currently seeking 2016 Taylor County Fair Calico Contestants.
This year's pageantry is open to Taylor County and surrounding counties, Barbour, Harrison, Marion, Monon-galia and Preston.
The pageantry information and applications can be obtained by visiting Taylor County Fair online at www.TaylorCountyFairgrounds.com.
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Taylor County asked to “step it up” in their participation in the summer walking challenge

Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Summer is right around the corner, and it is time to join the 2016 Taylor County Summer Walking Challenge.
Last summer, Taylor County was the statewide winner. Can we make it a repeat? The State of West Virginia is 24,230 square miles. Last summer, Taylor County participants walked 25,924.5 miles. Can we walk across the state again this
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Investigators probe death of Leer miner

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
THORNTON, A coal miner at the Arch Coal Leer Mining Complex, located outside Grafton, died early Monday morning, according to sources.
The WV Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training confirms the fatality at the Leer Mine Complex, according to agency spokesperson Leslie Smithson, who said the name of the individual has not yet been released, pending notification to the
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Hydro power plant coming to Grafton

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON, Advanced Hydro Solutions, subsidiary Tygart LLC, has announced plans to construct a 30-megawatt hydroelectric power plant at the Tygart Dam.
According to AHS President David Sinclair, Tygart LLC has acquired a 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and as soon as the rest of the permits and site plans are approved, he hopes to begin construction
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Drug and Violent Crimes Unit nets weekend drug bust

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Taylor County Drug and Violent Crimes Unit made its third drug bust in three weeks last Friday, April 13.
Officers from the unit arrested James Anthony "Bo" Goff, 34, of Grafton, on the felony charge of operating or attempting to operate clandestine drug laboratories, according to the criminal complaint.
As part of its ongoing efforts to eradicate drugs,
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Woman sentenced for bar shooting incident

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- A woman accused of shooting her husband at a bar in Taylor County received her sentence in Circuit Court Monday.
Kimberly K. Rector, 55, of Bridgeport, was sentenced to five years in a West Virginia penitentiary. She also was ordered to pay restitution for the victim's medical bills.
Her sentencing stems from the August, 2014, shooting of her
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Rotary to host Honor Guard Banquet Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN -- The Grafton Rotary Club is proud to host the 33rd annual Honor Graduate Banquet.
The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Taylor County Middle School.
This year, the Grafton Rotary Club and Grafton High School will recognize 27 distinguished graduates of the Class of 2016 for their academic excellence. The banquet
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Hospital auxiliary honors volunteers with banquet

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Grafton Hospital Auxiliary recently held its spring banquet.
The banquet took place in the hospital in the cafeteria late last week.
"This is our first of two banquets this year," auxiliary president Carrie Fitzwater said. "We hold two each year, one in the spring, and one at Christmas."
In addition to the banquet meal, the Auxiliary invites a
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GHS student learns pottery techniques

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Brandy Cathell, a Grafton High School senior, is pictured with the pottery that she made at the Zen Clay studio in Morgantown. She received a scholarship for six weeks of classes, during which she learned to use the pottery wheel and different glazing techniques.
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Calvary Baptist to host Memorial Day weekend worship service

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Calvary Baptist Church has been selected as the host church for the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship Service for 2016.
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, DAV, American Legion and Color Guard will join many veterans county-wide for this special service honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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Taylor County Community Funds to meet in June

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Community Funds (TCCF), a part of Your Community Foundation, will meet at 6:30 p.m., June 1, at the Grafton City Building.
The mission of TCCF is to provide the citizens of Taylor County with a way to establish permanently endowed funds to support the cultural, social, educational and economic needs within the county.
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Fire destroys garage and car in Thornton

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
THORNTON, Less than a week after the Thornton Volunteer Fire Department dissolved, area firefighters were dispatched to handle a fire in Thornton's first due area.
The Grafton Fire Department responded to a structure fire 911 call early Friday morning on Gragg Lane in Thornton.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a garage, with a vehicle inside, engulfed in flames.
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Fire destroys garage and car in Thornton

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
THORNTON, Less than a week after the Thornton Volunteer Fire Department dissolved, area firefighters were dispatched to handle a fire in Thornton's first due area.
The Grafton Fire Department responded to a structure fire 911 call early Friday morning on Gragg Lane in Thornton.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a garage, with a vehicle inside, engulfed in flames.
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Grafton students test their leadership and government skills in Charleston

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
CHARLESTON -- Ten students from the Youth Leadership Association (YLA) organization at Grafton High attended the YLA Youth in Government program in Charleston on the weekend of April 22 to 24.
These students participated in mock legislative and judicial processes in the West Virginia State Capitol building in Charleston that included participation of over 300 high school students from
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FRN in need of food donations after recent distributions

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network is in need of food donations, said executive director Cathy Coontz at a meeting on Wednesday.
"We had 194 families show up for food in a two-week period," Coontz said. "In two weeks, 194 families. That's unheard of. … We kind of got cleaned out last month. … We need to refill
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WV to develop Haunted Trail

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016

CHARLESTON -- Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages industry partners to submit events, attractions and/or destinations for consideration for the Haunted West Virginia Trail, which will highlight the state's haunted history.
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Spay and neuter program scheduling appointments

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Dorothea's Care is a part of P.U.R.R., West Virginia's shelter and sanctuary for cats. P.U.R.R. typically adopts out over 700 cats annually and allows unadoptable cats to live out their lives at the facility.
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Meeting slated to address economic Taylor County needs, among other topics

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Community Funds (TCCF), a part of Your Community Foundation, will meet June 1 at 6:30 PM at the Grafton City Building.
The mission of TCCF is to provide the citizens of Taylor County with a way to establish permanently endowed funds to support the cultural, social, educational and economic needs within the county.
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Sheriff’s Department reports April activities

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Sheriff's Department has released it's April Monthly report.
Officers reported conducting 107 traffic stops for speeding.
Deputy R.H. Beltner said the department is happy to report an injury-free month of April.
"We had a good month, as far as injuries," he said.
The Sheriff's Department made 20 arrests, issuing 25 charges including the following: intent
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Grafton Fire Department reports April activities

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Grafton Fire Department members were kept very busy during the month of April, 2016, answering 56 calls for assistance.
The department answered three calls for car/truck fires, one for a brush fire, nine emergency medical squad assists, four vehicle accidents with injuries, five fire alarms/carbon alarm investigations, two natural gas leaks and one trash fire.
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Sheriff’s office preps seniors against scams

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- With increasing scams occuring in new and unforseen ways, Sheriff Terring Skinner and the Taylor County Sheriff's Department hosted an informational program at the Taylor County Senior Center.
During the program, Skinner reviewed the possible ways scammers could attempt to get personal information. He went over phone scams, door to door scams and Internet scams.
He told the
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Methodist Parish seeking contributions to scholarship fund

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County United Cooperative Parish (TCUMP) has established a scholarship fund to help Taylor County High School Seniors planning to further their education.
Funds for this scholarship are provided by support from local churches, area busin-esses and individuals like you.
Your generous donation will help to provide scholarship money to our community youth today and into
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Sheriff’s tax office accepts credit and debit card payments

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Sheriff's Tax Office accepts credit card and debit card payments for personal property and real estate taxes.
The processing company, Point and Pay, charges a convenience fee of 2.5 percent, or $2.00 minimum payment, and adds it to your tax total. By law, county tax dollars cannot pay this fee. Therefore, the payee must
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Preschoolers take ‘notes’ on music

Modified: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON, The Little Shepherd's Pre-School hosted local musicians Skip and Cindi Mason, who provided a lesson in string musical instruments to the children.
Pre-School teacher Victoria Hoffman coordinated with the Mason's to put on a music lesson for her students.
"Victoria had been keeping in contact with us while we were in Florida, checking in to see when we would
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GHS Poster contest winners announced

Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
GRAFTON -- Grafton City Hospital would like to thank the Taylor County fourth grade students for participating in this year=s National Hospital Week Poster Contest. The theme for this year was AHealth Care from the Heart.@ All of the posters submitted were excellent, and it proved to be a very difficult decision for the judges to award only four
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Thornton Volunteer Fire Department dissolved

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
THORNTON, Effective last Sunday, the Thornton Volunteer Fire Department is dissolved.
The decision was made through a meeting of the fire department's board of directors to discuss the future of the department.
According to West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Public Information Officer Lawrence "Larry" Messina, the board met May 8, 2016, and accepted the resignation of
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Home damaged in Zinn Road fire

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
GRAFTON, Grafton firefighters were alerted at 5:28 p.m. of a structure fire at 913 Zinn Road, near the Marion County line.
Estimated losses were $50,000 to the property and $35,000 in content damages. There was no one inside the residence at the time of the fire, but ducks and chickens were in the area.
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Lack of local disaster declaration could halt FEMA’s assistance with hailstorm damages

Modified: Friday, May 13th, 2016
GRAFTON, It has been three weeks since the hail storm hit Grafton. In that time, many have begun the process of dealing with the aftermath.
Many are filing insurance claims, trying to get their vehicle and property damages repaired, and others have had to shop for new cars, due to because some vehicles were totaled as a result of
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Super lice harder to remedy

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
GRAFTON, Super lice is a new generation of lice that is much harder to kill. It is also resistant to normal over the counter lice treatments.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that between 6-12 million children between the ages of 3-11 are affected each year in the U.S., with cases reported in 25 states so far.
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Deputy requests pre-trial diversion

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
GRAFTON, Carlisle Franklin Hoff Jr., was granted a pre-trial diversionary program by Magistrate Robert Bolton, during his preliminary hearing.
Hoff appeared in court for the charges of unlawful assault and child abuse/neglect creating risk of death or injury with his attorney Jason Wingfield,
Prosecuting Attorney John Bord began the hearing, advising that the arresting officer had approached him (Bord)
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