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The original plaque that once hung on the Stony River Bridge, complete with steel frame, is now residing at the Old Grant County Courthouse Museum in Petersburg under the care of the Grant County Historical Society. 

The Stony River Bridge, which is part of U.S. 50 and spanned over the Stony River in Mount Storm, holds an interesting historical place in American infrastructure. Following the Northwestern Turnpike, the bridge was initially created as part of a tourist highway in the 1920s. However, in the 1930s the bridge was the part of a 0.7 mile realignment project that was built to the north side of the turnpike road and was officially designated as part of the George Washington Highway in 1939. 

The plaque was attached to the bridge by the original constructor, the Fairmont Mining Machinery Co., in 1931. Fairmont Mining Machinery built the bridge’s truss superstructure, which consists of a 130-foot long riveted steel truss system.

Emergency responders and search crews from all over the area concluded a tragic search-and-recovery effort last week after the bodies of two fishermen were discovered in Mount Storm Lake. 

The fishermen were first reported missing on May 20, when witnesses reported their capsized boat in the water. 

The nearly week-long search was assisted by the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Company, with mutual aid from not only other local agencies but also  from Hardy County, Garrett County, the West Virginia National Resource Police and Dominion Energy.  

“On behalf of Mount Storm VFC, I would like to take this time to thank all of our mutual aid departments for their assistance this past week at Mount Storm Lake,” said MSVFC chief Rusty Kitzmiller. “I regret not being able to thank you each personally, as I usually do. We appreciate the support and efforts of all departments and personnel involved. Please continue to keep the families in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Grant County Commission has approved a tower lease request from Buckhannon-based internet provider Micrologic, which will allow them to place equipment on the county’s communication towers. 

The lease agreement was reviewed by the Grant County Prosecutor’s office, who returned the document, along with a few revisions, to the commission for approval during their regularly scheduled May 28 meeting.

“This will allow Micrologic to be on our tower,” explained commissioner Tyson Riggleman. “The money we receive from the lease will be put back into 911 to help pay for the tower’s maintenance and keeping the tower up.”

Riggleman said the commission had contacted the West Virginia Ethics Commission concerning the legality of the county to receive a lease from the private company from their tower space. 

The ethics commission responded positively, saying they did not see an issue with the request. 

Riggleman said the county’s director of the Office of Emergency Management and 911, Peggy Bobo, also contacted the state and other counties who confirmed that leasing communication tower space to providers is common practice, with tower space being rented in both Mineral and Monroe counties. 

Micrologic is a high speed internet company that first caught attention in Grant County when they were awarded a portion of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to provide internet access to sections of the Maysville area. Micrologic was one of the only companies besides Frontier Communications to be awarded RDOF funding in Grant County. 

This update marks another step by the county to expand internet access and opportunity in the area. 

   

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. 

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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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