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Crime running wild

Community members attend meeting to ask for action

Concerns about drugs and other illegal activity dominated the conversation at the recent Petersburg City Council meeting. 

Eight citizens attended the meeting to address the issue, requesting additional support from the council to fight an increase in illegal activity in the area of the city referred to as “the field.”

“We are not here to yell and scream and stomp our feet and cry,” said community member Debbie Cook to council members. “But we have concerns about what is going on down in the field. It goes on from East Avenue all the way out to the elementary school and football field. We have found bags of hypodermic needles - used and unused needles, we have had break-ins, have had things stolen from our yards, gas siphoned from our vehicles, we have had gas thrown on people’s homes - it is not safe.”

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Jerry Fetch, owner of Jerry’s Antiques and More

Four local businesses are now calling South Main Street home: Mountaineer Auction House and Outlet, Jerry’s Antiques and More, Your Sister’s Closet and The Studio. 

The move came after the building, known by many in the area as the “old Petersburg Motor Company building” was purchased by the Dolly family. 

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CHRISTMAS CHEER - Above: Jessica May, 6, attended the event with her mother, Michelle Wratchford, and hung ornaments on the Petersburg City Christmas tree. The tree was decorated by the community last Thursday during the Hometown Christmas event.

Last week, the city of Petersburg hosted a special holiday event at the Petersburg City Park that drew families from all over to meet Santa Claus, play games and decorate the city’s tree.

Community members were invited to bring an ornament from home to hang and the city also offered two large boxes of ornaments for those who did not have their own.

Prior to the event, the Petersburg City Council expressed joy at seeing the event hosted in the city park, saying it was a great opportunity to allow families to experience some Christmas cheer.

Also available were extra gloves for the little attendees as well as hot chocolate.

Following the decorating of the tree, the event opened to a series of holiday themed games and even a special visit from Santa Claus.

“It’s really something for families to enjoy together,” said Eileen Sindledecker of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sindledecker played a key role in the organization of the event.

Karie Michelle Rudd
Karie Michelle Rudd

Karie Michelle Rudd, 23, of Petersburg, was arrested on Nov. 12 for felony drug charges.

Rudd was arrested following an investigation conducted by Sheriff Brian Ours relating to the distribution of methamphetamine.

Mighty Union

Last week, Grant County took a major step concerning school and student safety in the community.

During the recent Grant County Commission meeting, superintendent Doug Lambert and facility manager Brent Nelson appeared before the commission to present a funding plan for two projects aimed at increasing school security.

Earlier this year, commissioner Doug Swick, with support from fellow commissioners Phyllis Cole and Jeff Berg, said the county would be able to set aside $40,000 each year for the next two years to help fund security improvements to the local schools.


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Dive team search members take to the water in search of a missing person.

A five hour long search following an automobile accident ended tragically last weekend when the body of Virgil Glenn Hall was discovered near Echo Park.

Hall, 67, was retired from CW Wright and was a resident of Seneca Rocks.

Hall’s vehicle was reported in a waterway in Grant County and many local agencies teamed up to search for the owner.

The search included a full waterway search with assistance from Deer Park and dive members, Deep Creek and dive team, Springfield and their swift water teams, Fountain and Romney with their swift water teams, Slanesville and their dive team, Maysville, Moorefield, along with Grant Emergency Management Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, County Medical Examiner, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Federal Forestry and Grant County’s 911 service.

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PROUD HUNTERS - Above: The hunters of the 2018 Bill Nesbit Memorial Hunt gather for a group photo.

Hunting is an important pasttime for many West Virginians, ranging as a casual hobby and for others a passion that leads them deep into the rolling forests of one of the nation’s most beautiful states.

It is that passion that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake near Elk Garden are striving to return to disabled veterans across the nation.

Earlier this month, Grant County finalized their midterm elections as canvassing finished and administrators released official results.

When the county released their preliminary results following the Nov. 6 election, the results did not include approximately 130 early votes which were cast but not signed by poll workers.

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