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Last week, West Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Route 42 involving a Maysville resident and a FedEx delivery driver from Cumberland, Md,

The incident occurred on Jan. 15, when West Virginia State Police from the Moorefield/Petersburg Detachment responded to a two vehicle traffic accident along W.Va. Route 42.

According to report released by the department, the accident occurred in the afternoon and was approximately 0.2 miles west of the intersection of W.Va. Route 42 and Buckbee Hollow Road.

During the course of the investigation, Corporal E.V. Vaubel discovered that a 2004 FedEx Chevrolet van, driven by Timothy Hewlin of Cumberland., had traveled across the center line of Route 42 and struck a 1993 Geo Tracker, driven by Danny Ketterman of Maysville in the west- bound lane. The incident resulted in a head-on collision.

Ketterman was flown to Winchester Medical Center and Hewlin was cited for left of center and failure to maintain control.

The South Branch Career and Technical Center in Petersburg was recently one of only three facilities in the state to take part in a financial fact-finding program to determine exactly how much communities get back from the money invested in career centers.

Director of SBCTC Tracy Chenoweth explained the project set out to determine the center’s return on investment (ROI).

“The West Virginia Legislature wanted to do an experiment to see what return the state and communities were seeing from, specifically the money being spent on, career and technical centers,” explained Chenoweth. “The money that is being invested in the tech centers for the equipment and the technical expertise, how is that coming back into the community, or more broadly, the state.”

Bob Milvet, who was named chief executive officer of Grant Memorial Hospital approximately four months ago, appeared before the Grant County Commission last week to go over some important updates ongoing at the hospital.

During his presentation, Milvet spoke about multiple new programs we planned to implement to increase the hospital’s bottom line.

One of the main new programs Milvet spoke on was a more comprehensive service he planned to offer local doctors’ offices concerning laboratory work.

Milvet explained that GMH is currently not processing lab work for medical offices in the community with these offices using other lab services.

He said this service was a missed opportunity for GMH to both be more involved with other offices in the community and increase revenue.


Two local citizens spoke on bullying and similar topics last week during the Grant County Board of Education meeting.

The meeting, which was held at Petersburg Elementary School, also featured an update from PES principal Mitch Webster.

The first community member speaker was Cheryl Bergdoll, who spoke before the board in previous meetings concerning bullying in the schools.

In her address, Bergdoll questioned why students who were participating in Optional Pathway programs at South Branch Career and Technical Center or students who had been expelled, were permitted to eat lunch at Petersburg High School. She said the issue was especially concerning when it came to students expelled for threats of violence. Bergdoll also addressed issues of bullying in the schools, referencing a series of articles that ran in the Cumberland Times-News concerning bullying issues currently being faced by Mineral County schools.

City Council Jan

The candidacy window for Petersburg residents interested in running for city council in June is now open. Three seats on the council are set to be on the ballot, including the position of recorder, currently held by Sarah Moomau, and two council seats, currently held by Alvin Rumer and Boyd Sites. 

Residents interested in running can declare their candidacy at the Petersburg City Office on Mountain View Street from Jan. 14-26.

Drug Fiend

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department removed more than half a pound of methamphetamine from the streets last week following a single traffic stop.

Miley Swears Loudly
New county commissioner Scotty Miley, surrounded by his family, friends and courthouse representatives, was sworn-in late last month.

The first meeting of the Grant County Commission of 2019 will also mark the first meeting for newly elected commissioner, Scotty Miley.

Miley was elected to the position after former commissioner Phyllis Cole decided not to run for re-election last year. 

During his 2018 campaign, Miley ran on a platform of transparency and fiscal responsibility, stressing his financial background and his goal to see security improvements at the county schools. 

Prior to his election as commissioner, Miley served at president of the Grant County Board of Education.

“My theory has always been, even when I first started with the school board, to unite the community and board,” Miley said. “In this position, I look forward to serving the people. The way I see it, I serve the people  of Grant County and it is my job to answer to them.”

Miley said he believes his experience in the financial field will help him better serve as a commissioner. 

“I am a numbers guy,” Miley said. “I deal with numbers every day and I enjoy digging into financial issues. As a commissioner, I can provide the public detailed financial updates, both good and bad, throughout the county.”

Miley’s first meeting is today at 9 a.m. at the Grant County Courthouse. 

Petersburg's Bravest

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company hosted their annual banquet last Saturday in honor of its local volunteers. 

The group recognized those volunteers who had responded to the most calls as the company’s top responders. Volunteers with the most call responses were: Bobby Funk with 180, Hunter Whetzel with 164, Nathan Keen with 149, Fred Harman with 139, Randall Riggleman with 132, Mike Crites with 131, Ben Hanlin with 122, Jeremiah Mayle with 114, Dillon Lantz with 109 and Duke Weasenforth with 107. 

Also recognized were those who had put in the most hours in fundraising efforts. As a volunteer organization, the company relies heavily on fundraising to operate. 

During one of their final  meetings of 2018, the Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees received an update on an expansion of services that will now allow patients to receive hip and knee replacements as an outpatient procedure. 

The hospital is entering into negotiations on pricing of the materials for the hip and knee replacements with the assistance of Dr. Joseph Hahn.

Also during the November 2018 meeting, the board received an updated audit report from Arnett Carbis Toothman (ACT), a CPA and advisory company, which ended in a lengthy discussion following their presentation. 

The presentation was given by Greg Gibbs, a partner with ACT, and reviewed the financial audit reports for the fiscal period ending June 30, 2018. Gibbs reported that the audit was “clean and unmodified” but did point to an unexpected adjustment of $400,000 to the final report which was attributed to the recently completed cost report. 

GOOD BUSINESS - Shelly Alt and her daughter Ragyn “Peanut” Alt. The Alts own Peanut’s Produce and Thrift Store in Petersburg.

One small, family owned business in Petersburg, Peanut’s Produce and Thrift Shop, offers customers a uniquely local experience.

Owned by Shelly and Richard Alt, the store has been open for five years and sells everything from fresh produce to furniture and collectibles. Peanut’s moved to their new location on South Main Street late last year.

The store is named for the couple’s young daughter, Ragyn Alt, who is affectionately called Peanut by her friends and family.

A big fan of fruits and vegetables, S. Alt explained that R. Alt personally taste tests much of the produce herself before giving it her seal of approval.

S. Alt explained that the store focuses heavily on the quality of the produce they sell and strives to ensure their customers get only the best.

“We try to keep everything as locally grown as possible,” S. Alt explained. “When you run a small business, the quality of what you provide is so important. We offer a money back guarantee on everything we sell, including the produce. It is our goal to sell a high quality product and we stand by that.”

Peanut’s will likely get their first shipment of seasonal fruits and vegetables in March and will offer fresh produce until November.

For more information on Peanut’s Produce and Thrift Shop, contact 304-257-3212.

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