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Chamberís executive board at a standstill

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board is calling out to potential members.
Until it has its needed members, it will remain at a standstill.
The executive board currently consists of just two individuals, Vice President Mike Manypenny and Secretary Bobby Jennings.
According to Manypenny, the board has been looking for new executive members for the last several months,
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Lacaria named Teacher of the Year

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
By Nicki Skinner
Staff Writer

GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Education honored their Teacher of the Year for Anna Jarvis Elementary School during Tuesday's meeting.
Gina Lacaria, a Title I teacher at AJES, was named as their Teacher of the Year and was presented with a plaque by Superintendent Kathy Green.
Green said she was very proud to be
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Grafton Rotary Club holds assembly meeting

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
GRAFTON-- On Wednesday, the Grafton Rotary Club held a club assembly meeting.
Instead of hosting a guest speaker this month, the club had an opportunity to discuss upcoming events.
Members of Rotary cast ballots to either oppose or support to change the number of members the club currently has in its Board of Directors.
The bylaws currently state that
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Crews respond to Thursday wreck

Posted: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
GRAFTON--A Shinnston man was lucky enough to walk away from a rollover car accident Thursday morning.
Robert Dillow was traveling northbound on W.Va. Route 73, at approximately 9:45 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle upon entering a curve, according to an accident report filed by a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy.
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Deputies net two arrests

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
By Nicki Skinner
Staff Writer

GRAFTON--Taylor County Sheriff's deputies
arrested two individuals over the weekend, in two separate incidents, ranging from sexual assault, to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Ernest Lee Poling Jr., 41, of Grafton, was arrested and charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a
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Chaplains appointed to police departments

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
By Melissa Toothman
Editor

GRAFTON --Two local police departments can take solace knowing they now have someone to confide in after the stress of day-to-day work.
Three new chaplains, Orville Wright and Charles and Paula Jeffries, were appointed recently to serve the Taylor County Sheriff's Department. In addition to the Sheriff's Department, Jeffries also were appointed to serve the
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Little Miss Bearcat winner raises thousands

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--The 29th Little Miss Bearcat was named on Friday evening.
Adriene Wiles, 4, daughter of Becky Phillips and Scott Wiles, who was sponsored by sophomore
cheerleader Brooklyn Teeple was crowned as the 2016 Little Miss Bearcat.
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The Salvation Army under new leadership

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
(Editor's note: Staff Writer Sarah Jones contributed to this press release.)
GRAFTON--The Salvation Army in Grafton welcomed new officers into its leadership.
Before being stationed in Grafton, West Virginia, Lieutenants Bo and Wendy Parsons entered training to become Salvation Army officers at the Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, Georgia, from which they were both ordained and commissioned as Salvation Army
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Spirit Week begins

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
GRAFTON -- The winning classes have been announced for day one of Spirit Week, Time Travel Day.
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FFA members attend Leadership Conference

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
CEDAR LAKES--Fourteen Future Farmers of America members from Taylor County participated in the 2016 Fall Leadership Conference, on Sept. 23 and 24, at Cedar Lakes near Ripley.
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Single-vehicle accident shuts down U.S. 50

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--A single-vehicle accident sends one patient to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
According to Harrison-Taylor County 911 officials, crews responded to the scene of a single- car accident on U.S. Route 50, in Belgium, in Taylor County. The call came in at 12:18 p.m.
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Premier exhibitors named at the 2016 Taylor County Fair

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--Over 80 individuals and organizations took part in a variety of exhibitions at the 2016 Taylor County Fair, held Aug. 16-20.†
From quilts to produce, photos to flowers, the Exhibit Hall was filled with products that took a lot of hard-work and dedication by these exhibitors, and that paid off for several.
Aside from more than $950 in
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Flemington Days Royalty announced

Modified: Sunday, Sep 25th, 2016
FLEMINGTON--The Flemington Days Fair and Festival has announced the winners of its pageant, crowned during opening ceremonies on Sept. 16.
Only one boy and one girl could be crowned as King and Queen of Flemington days, and the winners were crowned during the festival last weekend.
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Three officers recognized

Posted: Sunday, Sep 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--Three Taylor County Sheriff's Department officers were awarded Medals of Valor.
Sheriff Terring Skinner, Lieutenant Dayton Mayle and Deputy Chris Gowen were presented with their medals during the Taylor County Commission meeting, Tuesday.
The medals were presented to the officers for their conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while risking their lives above and beyond the call of duty during an
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Victory Headquarters now open

Posted: Sunday, Sep 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Republican Executive Committee held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their Victory Headquarters.
Victory Headquarters is located in downtown Grafton at 121 W. Main St. The building has recently undergone weeks of construction and remodeling to repair water damage.
" It is looking very nice in there," said Chairman of the Taylor County Republican Executive Committee,
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Two Grafton landmarks recognized

Posted: Sunday, Sep 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--Two of Grafton's historic landmarks have been chosen to receive statewide recognition in October.
Commissioner/State Historic Preservation Officer Randall Reid-Smith has notified Mother's Day Shrine Board Chairman Marvin Gelhausen that the International Mother's Day Shrine, formerly the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, was selected for recognition as one of Mountain State's nationally registered historic landmarks.
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Idea makes a splash in Grafton

Posted: Sunday, Sep 25th, 2016
GRAFTON--After a suggestion from members of the public, Grafton City Council is splashing around a new idea for a potential recreational opportunity in town, while separately pursuing the cleanup of a historical site in Grafton.
Locals have approached the council with the idea of bringing a splash pad to Main Street. Many ideas were discussed for where the potential splash
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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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