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 Grant County Schools would like to announce that they will be offering five-day meal bags to virtual students, homeschooled students and any children ages 2 to 18 who are not already receiving meals at school.

 Five breakfasts and five lunches will be included along with milk. Meal bags can be picked up at schools each Wednesday between 1:30 - 2 p.m.

 Registration is only once and will then last the rest of the school year.

 Register at grantcountyschools.org and complete the form to register labeled Virtual, Homeschooled and ages 2 to 18 years old.

 Registration cut off is each Thursday by noon. Please remember that once registered that you are registered for the rest of the school year.

 Glenville State College (GSC) student Colton Watts will perform his senior recital on Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

 The senior recital will feature Watts on horn and guitar. He will be accompanied by Joshua Stubbs on piano, Dr. Lloyd Bone on the euphonium, David Porter on the trumpet, Christopher Chambers on keyboard and vocals, Mitchell Blackburn on drums, Brady King on bass guitar, and Nathan Coleman on rhythm guitar. The concert will include compositions from Francis Poulenc, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney.

 Watts is originally from Petersburg, West Virginia and is the son of Christopher and Janet Watts. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 2016. During his time at GSC, he has been a member of the Alpha Xi Omega fraternity as well as the National Association for Music Education. He plans on graduating from Glenville State with a degree in Music Education and becoming a music teacher in West Virginia.

“I would really like to thank Mr. [Harry] Rich, Dr. [Lloyd] Bone, Mr. [David] Porter, Dr. [Jason] Barr, Mr. [John] McKinney, and Dr. [David] Lewis for all of their support and for helping me hone my skills,” Watts said.

“I also want to thank the campus and the community for their support, their support is the reason we do what we do,” he added.

 His recital is free and open to the public.

 In response to the recent defeat of the so-called “Freedom to Vote Act,” W.Va. Secretary of State Mac Warner released the following statement:

“The latest attempt by Washington, DC bureaucrats to nationalize our states’ elections has now suffered the same defeat as H.R. 1 and other ill-fated, fraud-enabling efforts introduced over the last several years. Once again, supporters of this bill in Congress did not listen to their constituents or state and local election officials.

“In West Virginia, 54 of 55 county clerks opposed the Freedom to Vote Act. Following existing law and state-specific processes over the past five years, our clerks worked tirelessly to make our voter rolls more accurate than ever before and registered more than 255,000 voters.”

(AP) Top West Virginia officials on Friday said they would welcome three Maryland counties that inquired about becoming part of the Mountain State, even though the likelihood of the union is almost nonexistent.

“We’re absolutely standing here with open arms,” Gov. Jim Justice said during a morning news conference that included Senate President Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, who also offered their support.

 Justice offered to call state lawmakers back for a special session to vote on a resolution that would add about 250,000 people in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties in Maryland to West Virginia.

 Maryland officials representing the counties wrote letters dated Oct. 14 to Blair and Hanshaw expressing interest in joining West Virginia, news outlets reported. The letters were signed by Maryland state Sen. George Edwards and Delegates Wendell Beitzel, Jason Buckel, Mike McKay and William Wivell.

“The western areas of the state feel they’re being shortchanged in a lot of respects, and we had a lot of constituents approaching us saying, ‘Why can’t we just join West Virginia?’ It’s just that simple,’’ Beitzel told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

 The West Virginia University Potomac State College - Community Concert Band, under the direction of Brian Plitnik, PhD, will hold a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center Auditorium.

 The concert is free and open to the public.

 The band, consisting of members of the campus and community, will perform the following selections: “Gavorkna Fanfare” by Jack Stamp; “Canto” by Francis McBeth; “Shenandoah” arranged by Claude Smith; “Folksong Festival” by Ryan Nowlin; “Chorale” and “Alleluia” by Howard Hanson; “Marching Up Broadway” arranged by Robert Lowden; “A Toonful Tune” by Rick DeJonge; and the “Quarantiner March” by Charles Whitehill.

 Masking is required and concert attendees are asked to social distance where possible. For more information, please contact Plitnik at 304-788-6969.

 A federal court has charged a Petersburg woman with multiple drug crimes, including some that cross county lines.

 Tonda Marie Hixenbaugh, 30, of Petersburg, was indicted along with Scott Allen Greenwalt, 48, of Moorefield, for distributing methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth” and “ice,” this spring in Hardy County and elsewhere.

 According to an announcement by United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II, Greenwalt and Hixenbaugh were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

 Greenwalt was also indicted on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

 As the county continues to feel the impacts of Covid-19, one of the most affected groups in the county has been local students. With quarantines, virtual learning, social isolation and increased attention put on schools to ensure students have a safe place to learn, the pandemic has not only caused social and academic burdens but also a financial strain on the county. This is a reality being faced around the nation.

 To help combat this, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding program created and approved by the United States Congress released a funding plan for states called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF). As a state, West Virginia received a total of $1.2 billion to put towards the costs accrued due to the Covid pandemic. Of this, Grant County received approximately $3.7 million.

 Prior to receiving the funds, the school system put together a needs assessment based on a countywide data analysis. During this stage, a team of county educators and administrators looked at everything from learning benchmarks and test scores to student attendance and classroom technology needs and discipline histories.

 A former employee has filed a lawsuit against the City of Petersburg, claiming retaliatory termination and workers’ compensation discrimination.

 The lawsuit was filed in the Grant County Circuit Court earlier this month by Sheila Van-Meter, who had been employed with the city office for approximately 33 years before being terminated late last year.

 According to the suit, On Oct. 15, 2020, VanMeter injured her knee while at work, near the close of the business day. She reported the injury to the city the next day.

 VanMeter claims that she continued to have pain caused by the injury and on Nov. 5, she sought medical treatment for her knee.

 Around this time, VanMeter was asked by a consultant for the city to send a document of revised job descriptions for the next city work session scheduled for Dec. 2. She was also requested to have staff procedures ready for review by the city council in January.

 The WVU School of Nursing BSN Program Class of 2024 located on the Potomac State College campus, in Keyser, recently participated in their white coat and pledge ceremony. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate students’ entry into the study of nursing and highlight their commitment to professionalism, humanism, and compassion in their clinical studies. Additionally, students were given a humanism pin to remind them of the commitment they are making.

 Guest speaker for the event was Michelle House, Behavioral Health Therapist, MSW, at Potomac State College. Refreshments were made available following the ceremony by the WVU Potomac State College Alumni Association.

 Don’t pack up your fishing gear just yet. Fall trout stockings has returned to nearly 40 lakes and streams around the state as of Oct. 18.

 Fall trout stocking only lasts two weeks, so make sure you plan a trip while there’s still time. Use the lists below to plan your fishing adventure today.

 Lakes and Ponds

• Brandywine (Pendleton)

• Buffalo Fork (Pocahontas)

• Cacapon (Morgan)

• Coopers Rock (Monongalia)

• New Creek Dam 14 (Grant)

• Pendleton (Tucker)

• Rock Cliff (Hardy)

• Seneca (Pocahontas)

• Spruce Knob (Randolph)

• Summit (Greenbrier)

• Teter Creek (Barbour)

• Watoga (Pocahontas)

 While most of Monongahela National Forest is open year-round, closing only when access roads are snow-covered, some developed campgrounds, picnic areas and both visitor centers routinely close from late fall through midspring.

 Closing dates for recreation sites on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District (304-257-4488) in the Petersburg and Seneca Rocks areas:

• Big Bend Campground – Oct. 31

• Dolly Sods Picnic Area – Dec. 1

• Forest Roads 19 and 75 in the Dolly Sods area – Dec. 31

• Gatewood Group Campground – Area available for pack it in, pack it out camping with no services provided and no fees charged

• Jess Judy Group Campground – Oct. 24

• Johnny Meadows in Gandy Creek Dispersed Camping area – Area closes when snow-covered; toilet closes Dec. 1

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