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As more and more workers find themselves facing an uncertain future during Covid, the program that is responsible for multiple waterway cleanups in the county is offering a solution.
The grant funded program works through the Human Resources Development Foundation Inc., which is the social arm of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, for the purpose of providing economically disadvantaged West Virginians opportunities for self-sufficiency and improved living conditions.

Several parents and community members appeared before the Grant County Board of Education to voice their struggles with remote learning and the impact it was having on their children’s education.
Since being forced to close their doors to in-person learning in November due to the spread of Covid-19, the realities of remote learnings have brought with them a heavy learning curve not only for students but for teachers and administrators as they navigate the new virtual-only classroom dynamic. This, paired with unreliable internet access in many areas of the county, has resulted in a much higher than usual failure rate in a county that usually boasts very minimal failure numbers.
This fact was driven home when five concerned parents signed up to address the board during their regularly scheduled Jan. 12 meeting.

Emotions run high over “gender identity” term in new county policy

The Grant County Board of Education met last week to discuss everything from plans for students returning to school to the politics of gender identity.
The meeting, which occurred on Jan. 12, included multiple important announcements such as the decision to waive student exams for the first semester.  
It also included an update on staff vaccines, with approximately 70 employees receiving the Covid vaccination.

Plans to build the nation’s first hyperloop certification center are moving forward in Grant County as talks about the future of the Virgin Hyperloop program continue.
Kelsey Kirby, the West Virginia project development leader with Virgin Hyperloop, appeared before the Grant County Commission on Jan. 12 to provide an update on the status of the project and answer questions presented by the commissioners. During her presentation, Kirby confirmed that construction on the facility is set to begin by the end of 2021 and into early 2022.

Lawrence Allen Keplinger of Lahmansville admitted in a federal court hearing last week to selling methamphetamine in Grant County.

Shelly Crites, director of the South Branch Career and Technical Center, was among the first educators in the county to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The first round of vaccinations, aimed specifically at teachers and school staff, was held last week in the Petersburg High School cafeteria.      press photo

A stolen bicycle ended in the arrest of a Maysville man who is now facing charges of grand larceny.

South Branch Career and Technical Center is planning for their students to return to the classroom with a recruitment and information effort.
The center serves around 350 students each year, offering a wide range of classes including welding, automechanics, radio broadcasting, nursing, technology courses and hair design. The center recently added even more classes to their coursebook, including criminal justice.

Remote learning hotspots await Frontier activation

After a year filled with confusion, mandates and educational roadblocks, many Grant County students will be back in the classroom next week. The decision to allow students in pre-k through eighth grade back in school, despite the individual county infection rating, came from the governor’s office earlier this month.
This decision poses some unique challenges in Grant County, due to both high schools also serving younger students. Union Educational Complex houses the area’s high school, middle school and elementary school students while Petersburg High School serves both high school and middle school students.

After a year filled with unique changes due to the pandemic, another process that will look a little different is signing up to run for a city position in Petersburg.
Right now, there are multiple positions on the ballot for the June election.
Up for election are the position of city mayor (currently held by incumbent Gary Michael), three council positions (currently held by incumbents Icky Hyre, Jeremy Riggleman and Mike Feaster) and the remaining two years of the councilman position previously held by Boyd Sites (currently held by Robert Spanswick).
The main change that candidates planning to run will see is in the sign-up stage. In the past, hopeful candidates would visit the city office and request a candidacy announcement form. However, since the city office is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, candidates will need to call the city office and request the form be mailed or emailed to them. The city office number is 304-257-4944. The form also requires a filing fee, which is $5 for those filing to run as a city council candidate and $20 for those running for the position of mayor. The announcement form must be notarized.
All candidacy announcement forms must be submitted by Jan. 30.
Anyone interested in running for a seat must: be at least 18 years old, be a resident of the municipality and not be under conviction of a felony or other disqualification.
The Petersburg city council meets monthly to discuss city issues, hear from community members, approve building permits and receive updates on city efforts.
During their last meeting, the council reviewed two building permits from community member Jeff Roth, concerning the installation of two metal storage buildings for garage and storage near his businesses at 107 and 109 South Main Street. Both requests were approved pending an agreement on the relocation of an alley running along the site.
The council also reviewed an update from the Petersburg Police Department concerning their activity for the month of December.
During the month, the PPD handled 73 complaints, issued 41 verbal and 15 written warnings and issued on citation for speeding. The department obtained three warrants and conducted two arrests. They also opened three new criminal investigations and responded to two alarms.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Petersburg City Council is Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

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