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The Christmas Season has arrived in Grafton

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON--On Friday evening members of the community gathered downtown for First Friday events before Mayor Peggy Barney flipped the switch for the town's Third Annual Light up the Night, event.
Numerous business downtown opened their doors with special events and store discounts.
The Grafton Model Railroad Society had a display set up in Horizon's Church and at the Historical
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Grafton’s first ever World AIDS Day Celebration deemed successful

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grafton's first ever World AIDS Day celebration, held at the International Mother's Day Shrine Thursday evening, was deemed a success.
The Taylor County Arts Council hosted the event, which featured speakers including Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, as well as performances by The Charleston Gay Men's Chorale and Countertenor Andrey Nemzer.
According to Ron Curry, the celebration's Master of Ceremonies,
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Holiday events held at Wallace B. Murphy

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON--Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility would like to extend their gratitude to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who helped make their last two major holiday activities possible. 
 At the end of October, the Nursing home hosted a trick-or-treat event for local children and their residents. 
The evening included children in their Halloween best, as well as
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All Aboard Grafton opens new headquaters

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON--All Aboard Grafton held their first meeting in their new headquarters, located at 121 West Main St., on Thursday afternoon.
Before the meeting was called to order, a ceremonial ribbon cutting took place to dedicate the new location.
City Manager Kevin Stead, Mayor Peggy Barney, Vice Mayor Brenda Thompson and All Aboard Grafton Board Member David Cantu cut the
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Santa’s Candyland candy hunt sweet treat for the kids

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON-- Children from all over the community gathered at the Maple Ave. Playground Thursday evening at 6 p.m. for Santa's third Annual Candy Land Candy Hunt.
According to City Manager Kevin Stead, over 2,000 pieces of candy, including, Kit Kats, Snickers, peanut butter cups, M&Ms and candy canes, were distributed throughout the playground with the help of ten volunteers.
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FBLA to host winter carnival

Posted: Sunday, Dec 4th, 2016
GRAFTON--Grafton High School's Future Business Leaders of America will be hosting a Winter Carnival on Friday, December 16, at the Grafton Social Center.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m., and will wrap up at 9 p.m.
According to FBLA members, the carnival will have plenty of crafts, games, and prizes for anyone thirteen and under.
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Boy Scout Troop Six spreads warmth through the downtown Grafton area

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GRAFTON--A local Boy Scout Troop spent Tuesday evening giving back to the community in a unique way.
Boy Scout Troop Six, lead by Scoutmaster Randy Lewis, gathered downtown with bags filled with winter hats, gloves, scarves and even winter socks. The group met to hang the bags throughout town, with the permission of City Manager, Kevin Stead.
Each
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Somethin’ Country welcomes Lauralyn’s Christmas Villiage during the holidays

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GRAFTON--Grafton's annual hometown Christmas just welcomed its newest miniature attraction in the form of Lauralyn Wittek's Christmas Village.
Consisting of over 100 houses, cars, carousels, ships and so much more, the village has something for everyone.
According to Wittek, the village's owner, originally from New York, it took nearly two weeks and 23 hours of labor to
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Responsible goverment lecture slated for January at the the public library

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GRAFTON--Gary DuBois, a Taylor County resident will be conducting a DVD lecture series on responsible government, at the Taylor County Public Library.
The DVD lecture series is scheduled to start Jan. 2 The class will be held each Monday night, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
DuBois said his hope is to provide an opportunity for local residents to educate themselves on
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WV Caring’s “Light up a Life” event draws crowd

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GRAFTON--West Virginia Caring, formerly Hospice Care Corporation, held a tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, at Grafton City Hospital.
According to a press release, the ceremony was apart of the "Light up a Life" event. The event is held annually and began in November, with various tree lighting ceremonies held throughout West Virginia.
The event is held in remembrance or
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Miss West Virginia USA 2017 talks to the girls at TCMS about being positive role models

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
GRAFTON--Miss West Virginia USA 2017 Lauren Roush talked to fifth-eighth grade girls at Taylor County Middle School, on Monday afternoon.
Roush gave a presentation to the girls that consisted of 19 things she would tell her younger self.
According to Roush, this was her sixth time doing the presentation for the youth in WV, but it was only her second
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Arts and Treasures celebrating five years, annouce plans for the future

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
GRAFTON--Arts and Treasures, located at 40 W. Main Street, will be celebrating their fifth anniversary this weekend, and the owners announce big plans for the future.
In honor of the event, the stores owners will be offering a storewide 15 percent off discount to all of their customers on both Friday and Saturday.
There will also be gift basket
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Woman’s Club of Grafton members walked the catwalk during fall fashion show and reception

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Woman's Club of Grafton recently held a fall fashion show and reception featuring outfits and accessories from the Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks collections.
During their meeting Tuesday evening, women from the club donned outfits from the collections and strutted their stuff on the catwalk.
"It was a fun event," said club president, Judy Collett. "It always amazes me how
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Local residents to take part in MAC Glee concert

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
MORGANTOWN-- The Monongalia Arts Center is sponsoring a concert with MAC Glee, a community chorus, on Sunday, Dec 11, at 2 p.m.
The concert will take place at the Avery United Methodist Church, located at 1152 Cheat Rd. with a $5 donation suggested as an entry fee.
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Officials at PCC looking for escaped inmate

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN--Officials from Pruntytown Correctional Center are looking for an escaped inmate.
Yesterday morning, Michael Stephen Beavis escaped from the custody of the West Virginia Division of Corrections, Pruntytown Correctional Center.
Beavis is described as a white male, 5'5" tall and weight approximately 145 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and wears glasses.

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Grafton gears up for holiday celebrations

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--The City of Grafton invites you to come and celebrate the magic of the Christmas season, with an array of events planned to accommodate all ages.
 Santa's Third Annual Candy Land Candy Hunt, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Maple Avenue Playground.
The youth of the community will search the playground with only
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EMS Authority heard multiple concerns during monthly meeting

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Emergency Medical Services Authority held their monthly meeting recently, and heard concerns from members of the Taylor County EMS.
Geoff Marshall, President of the EMS Authority, said they had received some complaints from members of the Taylor County EMS and that he felt like they needed to be dealt in in-house.
"I don't think it's the authority's
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Ron Curry named as 2016 Outstanding Democrat of the Year

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
GRAFTON--A Local resident and member of the Taylor County Arts Council, Ronald L. Curry, was named as the Taylor County Outstanding Democrat of the Year for 2016.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Curry as one of West Virginia's Outstanding Democrats of the Year.
Curry was recognized at the 2016 Jefferson-Jackson
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Anna Jarvis students learned about Thanksgiving in creative ways

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
GRAFTON­--Every teacher at Anna Jarvis Elementary School incorporated Thanksgiving into their curriculum, encouraging students to be creative, while they worked towards mastery on West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards.
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Grafton set to help celebrate World AIDS Day with innagural celebration

Posted: Sunday, Nov 27th, 2016
GRAFTON---- The Taylor County Arts Council will be hosting a World Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day event on Dec. 1.
The event is the first of its kind to take place in Grafton, and will be held at the International Mother's Day Shrine, beginning at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
According to Ron Curry, a member
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Taylor County Public Library to host a Christmas Open House on Dec 2

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016

GRAFTON--The Taylor County Public Library will be holding an open house on Dec. 2 from 5-7:30 p.m.
The event is free for the public to attend.
According to the library's director, Alesha Tooco, Santa Claus will be attending the open house.
Library staff will be taking photos of children with Santa, free of charge. The photos will be
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Local woman arrested for domestic battery

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
GRAFTON--Police arrest a local woman after being called out to a domestic on Clay Street.
Tammie Sue Minard, 49, of Grafton is being charged with domestic battery, after an altercation with a family member.
According to the criminal complaint filed by a patrolman with the Grafton City Police Department, he found Minard in a very excited state when he arrived.
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Local businesses hoping to draw in shoppers on Small Business Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016

GRAFTON--Small Business Saturday takes place this weekend, and some of the areas locally owned businesses, will be offering deals to celebrate the event.
According to Small Business Association's website, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.
SBA asks that communities please join them along with organizations
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LEER mine makes large contribution to the Mountain Statesman’s Gigantic Toy Giveaway

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
Kermit Melvin and Joseph Peter, representatives from Arch Coal's Leer Mine present Bryson Taylor, Advertising Manager at the Mountain Statesman, with a check for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Leer Mine often donates to area organizations, whether it is with their time, effort or money.
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FRN Christmas Outerwear Giveaway dates changed

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016


GRAFTON--The Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network's annual Christmas Outerwear Giveaway has seen an increase in the amount of participants this year.
There were over 100 applicants to the program.
Due to the overwhelming number of individuals who signed up for the FRN's annual Christmas Outerwear Giveaway, the organization will only be able to supply a small percentage
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Grafton Fire Department’s new ladder truck ready for action

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016


GRAFTON--The Grafton Fire Department received a new addition to its arsenal at the beginning of September.
According to Fire Chief Dave crimm, volunteers of the department purchased a ladder truck with funding from the state, tax levies and monies collected during various fundraisers that were held.
"We are so thankful for the support of the community
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Construction worker falls from courthouse roof

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Emergency crews were called out to the scene of an accident at the Taylor County Courthouse, on Monday.
The Grafton Fire Department, Taylor County Emergency Squad, Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Grafton City Police all responded to a call that came in to Harrison/Taylor 911 dispatch at approximately 1:20 p.m.
Reportedly, an employee of Storm Service Solutions was preparing to
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Project HOP2E mobile food pantry success at Flemington

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
FLEMINGTON--Taylor County Project HO2PE held a mobile food pantry distribution on Thursday evening.
Food distribution started at 6 p.m., and was set up at the Flemington Fire Department, and was given out in a first-come-first-serve manner.
The mobile pantry allows the program to serve individuals and families who may not otherwise have the means to visit the pantry.
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Faulty electrical wiring possible cause of Tuesday morning house fire

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON-- The Grafton Fire Department was called out to the scene of a structure fire, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Tuesday morning.
The fire occurred at a dwelling located on the 500 block of West Main Street.
The home is presently used as a rental property, and was occupied by one individual when the fire broke out.
According to
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Wintry weather driving tips to keep you safe

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--Local residents experienced the first snow of the season this past weekend, which made driving on some roads more hazardous.
According to Sheriff Terring Skinner, the sheriff's department saw an increase in weather-related accidents over the weekend.
"I'd say it's safe to say, we had about a half dozen wrecks because of the winter weather this weekend," explained Skinner.
There
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Board of Health discusses proposed new health department building and levy

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
GRAFTON--The Taylor County Board of Health met to discuss levy progress and monthly reports.
The Taylor County Board of Health discussed many topics at Friday's meeting. One of the main topics was the need for a new building for the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department.
The old building has many issues, and has to have repairs monthly to keep it
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Walk-thru nativity planned at Beulah

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
PRUNTYTOWN--Beulah Baptist Church invites members of the community to visit their walk thru Nativity, as a chance to learn what Christmas is all about.
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