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Some of Grant County’s youngest but most talented musicians will be showcasing their skills next month, taking the stage alongside a few more experienced performers at the Landes Arts Center. 

Jakob Rohrbaugh, who is in the seventh grade, and Khloe Haslacker, who is in the ninth grade, will be performing at the center alongside local musicians Joe Crites and Corey Beavers. 

Crites, who is well-known in the area for his musical skill and local live performances, is headlining the concert and is responsible for organizing the event with Rohrbaugh, Haslacker and Beavers. 

“Really, it’s four concerts in one,” explained Crites, “I will be performing with my band, Corey will be performing solo and then both Jakob and Khloe will each be performing with backup support from my band members.”

Taking the stage with Crites will be band-mates Colton Watts, Duke Dahmer and Eric Houdersheldt. 

An Upper Tract woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly attacked a minor and later kicked a responding law enforcement officer. 

The incident began on the evening of May 11, when officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a call concerning an ongoing domestic violence involving a juvenile. 

When police arrived at the scene, they made contact with one of the residents and was told that Jacklynn Elizabeth Lowe, 29, of 940 North Montain Rd., Upper Tract (formerly of Maysville), had arrived at the residence in Maysville after attending an event and was intoxicated. He also told officers that she had started screaming during a disagreement they had concerning disciplinary actions with the children. 

He also told the officers that Lowe was “throwing chairs” at one of the minors in the home and that she had struck the juvenile with a closed fist. 

While the deputy was speaking with the resident, he observed Lowe and the juvenile get into another altercation in the doorway and out onto the front porch area of the residence. Lowe was allegedly observed shoving, pushing and throwing punches at the minor. The officer immediately intervened and separated the two and Lowe was placed into custody. 

A former Maysville resident is facing multiple charges after allegedly burning his own house to the ground. 

The charges stem from a fire that was reported early in the morning on May 8, 2022 at a one-story, wooden home in Maysville. At the time of the fire, the home was being purchased by Ferdinand Orthelo Battle, who had acquired the property under a land contract. 

Battle, 67, of 601 6th St., McKeesport Pa., (formerly of 72 Beagle Boot Ln., Maysville) was living in the residence with another adult, however, neither were in the home at the time of the fire. 

An investigation into the fire began after an investigator with one of the insurance companies holding a policy on the property contacted the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office to voice concern and suspicion over the cause of the blaze. 

Grant County voters turned out last week to participate in the state’s primary election, voting on a ballot that covered everything from local positions and judiciary seats to party presidential candidates and the county’s excess school levy. 

Sitting near the top of the state in overall voter turnout, a total of 3,296 people cast their ballots in Grant County. These votes were over the course of the early voting period and culminated in the May 14 primary election.  This puts the county’s total voter turnout at 43.94%. Of those voters, 3,041 were Republican voters, 209 were Democratic and 46 were nonpartisan.  

One of the most hotly contested questions on the ballot for voters to weigh-in on concerned the county’s excess levy that raises funds for the school system. The current levy was voted into place in 2020 and will expire next year. However, due to changes in rules surrounding the running of excess levies, the school system decided to run the levy on the 2024 ballot. 

Overall, the county came out in favor of the levy - even if it would turn out to be a very close call. Voters who selected to be “For the Levy” totaled 1,490 voters or 45.2% overall while those who voted to be “Against the Levy” totaled 1,467 or 44.5%. 

This means that Grant County’s excess School Levy will remain in place and collecting funds to support the county school system for next five years. 

In the ongoing battle against substance abuse and addiction, the Potomac Highlands Guild Prevention Department stands at the forefront, leveraging collaborative efforts and community engagement to drive meaningful change. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Week kicks off this May, the department reaffirms its commitment to combating substance use disorders in Grant County and regionally.

SAMHSA Prevention Week, an annual event observed nationally, serves as a pivotal moment for raising public awareness and advancing effective prevention strategies. For the Potomac Highlands Guild Prevention Department, this week holds particular significance, amplifying its ongoing efforts to foster healthy, resilient communities.

“At the Potomac Highlands Guild Prevention Department, every day is an opportunity to make a positive impact on community health,” said Barbra Masih, the Region 2 Prevention Coordinator for PHG, emphasizing the department’s unwavering dedication to substance abuse prevention.

Aligned with SAMHSA Prevention Week themes, the department’s initiatives target key substance abuse issues facing Grant County. From prescription drug safety to underage drinking prevention, their programs address the diverse needs of local residents, guided by evidence-based practices and community input.

Crucial to the department’s success is its collaboration with community coalitions such as OnTrack!. Together, they pool resources, expertise, and community networks to implement targeted prevention efforts and promote healthy behaviors.

Artist Kelson Thorne continues to make the community more beautiful (and colorful) with the completion of a large mural on South Main Street in Petersburg. 

Thorne’s newest mural, which is located on the building owned by the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company, is dedicated to the brave men and women who helped to fight the recent wildfires in the county and surrounding areas. 

 “This painting was inspired by the wildfires and heroic efforts our volunteer firefighters displayed during March of this year when thousands of acres were set ablaze, jeopardizing multiple properties,” said Thorne. “I chose to do a wildfire mural to also serve as a metaphor for regrowth and rejuvenation. As devastating as a wildfire is, it is also nature’s way of providing an opportunity for regrowth. Wildfires allow important nutrients to re-enter the soil creating new habitats for plants and animals.”

Thorne is the owner of Art Junkie LLC and has received statewide attention for his artwork. The mural was made possible by the Tamarack Foundation of the Arts and the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company.

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By: Ryan Colaw

PHS Softball

Petersburg and Moorefield met for the fifth time this season Friday — the latest installment for the region championship.

Moorefi eld was able to force a winner-take-all Class A, Region II, Section 1 title bout by defeating Petersburg on Thursday 3-1, but the Vikings responded with a 3-2 victory the following day to capture a ninth consecutive section championship.

Petersburg right-hander Samantha Colaw went the distance and earned the victory allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out fi ve. Colaw (15-5) has pitched in three straight section title games.

“It means a lot to me to get the chance to pitch in these games,” she said. “I have been blessed with great teammates, athletes and coaches to have my back when stepping onto the field.”'

Petersburg (23-8) advances to the Region II championship game, where it’ll play a best-of-three series with Doddridge County with a spot in the Class A state tournament on the line.

Longtime head coach Bubba Hedrick recently won his 400th game when the Vikings toppled top-seeded Pendleton County, 6-2, on May 5. His 401st victory Friday proved to be even more difficult.

“Hard, hard game,” said Hedrick, who has a 401-156 record at the helm. “You got two great nights of softball against Moorefield. Kudos to them. We just got enough hitting.

“A key home run by Shyane Tawney got us going and loosened us up a little bit. Sammy worked out of some jams and that was big for us.”

Moorefield (18-10) pushed Petersburg to the winner-take-all matchup after Amber Williams carried the Yellow Jackets by allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out nine Vikings to help secure the 3-1 victory.

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