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Three Grant County residents have been sentenced for distributing Fentanyl, a deadly opioid, throughout the county.

“The amount of drugs seized during this investigation curbed a potential increase of overdose incidents and deaths,” said Grant County Sheriff B.W. Ours. “Investigations of this nature reaffirms my decision to assign a Grant County deputy as a full-time member of the task force.”

Last week, the Grant County Commission met with Tammy Kitzmiller of the Grant County Development Authority and Jack Maytum, a senior broadband analyst of Design Nine Inc., the company performing the Grant County broadband feasibility study.

Maytum told the commission the company was located out of Blacksburg, Va., and had coordinated approximately 250 studies for counties and municipalities, primarily in rural areas. During his meeting with the commission, Maytum pointed to multiple potential funding courses for future broadband opportunities, including an array of grants and loans.

He also provided advice on steps the county could begin taking to ensure high speed internet is more likely to be spread throughout the area.

“My advice today, is that if you are doing any road work or having road work done in the county, ensure there is conduit put on the road. The conduit can then support fiber which can be leased out to providers to help them provide services to other people. I would also advise the installation of wireless towers. Towers are an area where a county could see as a long term investment. Counties often get paid back for towers because service providers would put their gear on the tower, you would charge them rent and eventually you’d pay off any money that might be incurred from those new towers. So that’s another consideration to take.”

According to superintendent Doug Lambert, after their first round of funding from the Grant County Commission, the Grant County school district is continuing to focus on school safety and improving security.

“I feel it is important that we be as transparent as possible concerning how we spend our money and the money from the commission,” Lambert said. “So I think it is crucial to provide a community update on what we have done at this point to ensure our schools are safe, not only for our students, but for everyone. I think it is important for the community to know where their tax dollars are going.”

School safety has been an area of concern for many citizens in the county; the issue was a focal point during the most recent Grant County Board of Education election. Several months ago, the board also held a School Safety Summit and invited community members to address their concerns and give suggestions for improvements they would like to see. During the summit, many community members requested updated security technology as well a security officer inside the schools.

During last week’s meeting of the Grant County Board of Education, members from the Haunted Dream Haunt, a charity haunted house in Petersburg met with board members Kelly Roby and Carla Kaposy to give a $1,500 donation to Project Equip.

The haunted house runs throughout October with a portion of the proceeds going towards one local charity.

“We are already looking forward to 2020,” said Joni Mayle, who helps organize and run Haunted Dream. “We are excited to find another great organization to support. We will be reconstructing Haunted Dream in its entirety to provide a whole new round of scares for the community. We thank everyone for their support, our volunteers, our sponsors and Project Equip for allowing us to help support a great cause.”

Project Equip is a backpack program that provides meals to children on weekends and over school breaks.

The story of how one Upper Tract company and one rescued puppy are impacting a community

Later this month, small businesses from all over the area, including four from Grant County, will come together in Pendleton County for a holiday market at Swilled Dog Hard Cider.

Swilled Dog Hard Cider, a family owned cidery and tasting room in Upper Tract, is hosting the event with the goal of showcasing small businesses and supporting their growth in the community. The event is scheduled for Nov. 30, beginning at 3 p.m.

“There will be a variety of artisans and small businesses that we want to feature as part of the market,” said Kim Kirk of Swilled Dog Hard Cider. “That weekend is Small Business Saturday and we just want to encourage everyone to come out and support these community-based businesses for the holiday season.

Schools from all over the state proved last week that community trumps rivalry when an unexpected accident saw the Petersburg High School field house go up in flames. 

Smoke began to rise from the building in the late afternoon of Nov. 6, during one of the Vikings’ final practices of the season. While the school is yet unsure of the amount of damage done to the structure, it left the team without equipment or a field for their upcoming senior night game against the East Hardy Cougars. 

According to a release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, two individuals tied to recent citizen complaints in “the Field” area of Petersburg were arrested last week on multiple drug-related charges and outstanding warrants.

Last week the Petersburg City Council increased city regulations concerning disorderly houses, abandoned vehicles and overgrowth of vegetation in the city when they unanimously approved three new or updated city ordinances. The meeting also included the swearing in of two new part-time officers for the city, S. Wratchford and L. Greenwalt. 

Both Wratchford and Greenwalt are deputies with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and will be assisting the city with their police presence.

The meeting included a second reading of all three ordinances, the most notable of which was the implementation of an ordinance addressing “drug and gang houses, houses of prostitution and other disorderly houses.” This regulation was discussed earlier this year when multiple community members attended a council meeting to voice concern with what they noted as an increase in illegal activity in Petersburg.

Late last month, the Grant County Visitors and Convention Bureau (CVB) welcomed their new director, Callie Taylor.

Taylor, whose family owns May Tree Farm in Grant County, brings with her a unique background in agri-tourism. She is a graduate of Petersburg High School and a Grant County native.

“I love Grant County and really enjoy whenever we have people come in from out of state and I get to suggest different things around the county they can check out and see,” Taylor said.

WRECKAGE - An image captured from the accident on Route 48 last week in which a Virginia driver collided with a rock truck. The driver of the vehicle lost his life in the incident and the driver of the truck was taken to Grant Memorial Hospital.

Last week, a Virginia man lost his life in Grant County following a vehicle accident due to a heavy fog on Route 48/ Corridor H.

Those in need of auto work now have a new option in Grant County with S&W Automotive Repair in Petersburg. 

S&W is an all-around mechanic shop that covers everything from maintenance services and repairs to tire work. 

The business is owned and run by Ismeal Sanchez, a long-time Grant County resident and lifelong mechanic. Helping Sanchez in the business are George Barr and Bev Hall, who say Sanchez is not only a great mechanic but also a great person to work alongside.

“We are a family here,” Hall said. “Izzy treats us like family, not employees and that tells you so much about what kind of person he is.”

Barr agreed, saying the focus of S&W is on customer satisfaction and ensuring everyone has ac cess to affordable auto work. 

“It’s something you work for,” Barr said. “If you treat your customers the same as you want to be treated, you will always keep your customer. And that is what we aim to do.”

S&W is located in the old Petersburg Motor Company building behind Your Sister’s Closet and Mountaineer Auctions. It is across the street from Alt’s Furniture near Summit Community Bank. 

For more information on the services they offer, contact 681-892-0222.

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