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The “tail” of one local animal lover and his Cat House

After the passing of one local animal lover, there are 20 fancy felines in Grant County that are now millionaires. Allan Roswell Patchett, 83, of New Creek, passed away in December 2018 and left behind a will that allots a $1 million dollar trust to ensure the continued care of his cats.

According to his obituary, Patchett was a farmer, who owned hundreds of acres of land in the Grant District of the county. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of Potomac State College and a faithful and supportive member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Keyser. He possessed a charitable spirit, asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to The Grant County EMS, Maysville Volunteer Fire Department and Potomac Valley Highland Animal Rescue.

Travis Tritt

Award-winning country music entertainer Travis Tritt is coming to the 2019 Tri-County Fair in Petersburg.

Tritt is performing Tuesday, July 30, at 8 p.m. on the big stage.

Tritt continues to sell out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, he is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Among his numerous top 10 hits are “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to be Alive” and “Here’s a Quarter Call Someone Who Cares.”

The majority of his albums now hold a platinum selling certificate and he has sold millions world- wide and has won four Country Music Association awards.

Tickets may be purchased starting May 8 from the fair’s web site www.tri-countyfair.com or at South Side Depot in Petersburg. Also, for one day only, Wednesday, May 8, tickets may be purchased at the fairgrounds.

Commissioners say new deal will add full-time counselor to the county and will enforce fees on participants

Last week, the Grant County Commission approved a resolution and agreement to continue working with the Mineral County Community Corrections Program.

Commission president Doug Swick said the commissioners had “gone back and forth” over whether or not to sign the agreement. In the past, the group has considered moving the program, which allows those convicted of drug crimes to remain out of jail and receive drug counseling and regular drug testing, to move inside the county.

At a previous meeting, the commission had expressed concern with the distance those in the program have to drive when they need drug counseling. The commission also pointed to the fact that participation in the program costs the county between $46,000 and $48,000 each year and a counselor is available in the county only a few days every week.


Petersburg Elementary School students welcomed a surprise visitor to their class last week when Choosy, a friendly leader in lifestyle choices, stopped by to say hello.

“Choosy is a role model who always makes the right choices in regard to nutrition, physical activity and more,” explained Vicki Fertig, nutrition instructor with the West Virginia University Nutrition Progam who is partnered with Choosy Kids LLC and Keys for Healthy Kids.

The topic of medically assisted recovery was the top talking point at the Feb. 27 meeting of the local Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, Anti-Stigma and Recovery (PITAR) community organization. The group is a coalition of multiple local programs, including local churches, law enforcement and county agencies aimed at reducing illegal drug use throughout the region.

The February meeting was attended by Lincoln Wilkins, PhD of Alkermes Pharmaceuticals.

Wilkins presented information on the use of Vivitrol, a prescription medication that blocks the effects of opioids, preventing those struggling with addiction from experiencing a “high” from drug use. The medication also can be used to prevent the effects of heroin.

Michelle Jean Davis
Michelle Jean Davis

Michelle Jean Davis, 29, of Petersburg was arrested on Mar. 7 following a traffic stop conducted by Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputies in the Sheetz parking lot in Petersburg.

no Yardsale

Talks upcoming elections, PVTA funding, cemetery upkeep, building permits and potholes

On March 4, the Petersburg City Council reminded the public of an ordinance passed last year that regulates yard sales, flea markets and the sale of various merchandise during the county’s Spring Mountain Festival.

According to the ordinance, yard sales, flea markets or the sale of any merchandise of any type from a residence, vacant lot or lot of a commercial business not associated with that business are prohibited with or without a vendor’s license in the town during Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Spring Mountain Festival.

In their final meeting for the month of February, the Grant County Commission spoke with Kelly Stadleman of the Tucker Community Foundation about the county’s annual participation in the Run For It program.

Stadleman explained that Run For It is a 1.2 mile (2K) walk and 3.1 mile (5K) race around the town of Davis aimed at supporting nonprofits in the region. However, while the event culminates in a race, speed is not required to win.

Nonprofits in Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Tucker, Barbour and Randolph as well as Garrett County, Md., are invited to participate.

Stadleman said the program began in 2007 as a means to promote healthy activity and encourage local philanthropy but has evolved into a challenge-grant program that helps raise both funding and awareness for nonprofits.

Last week, the Grant County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held their regular meeting to discuss the ongoing needs of the community and the plans in place to address potential emergencies throughout the county.

The meeting came just one day after the group assisted the Ministerial Association in the establishment of a warming shelter, which was opened to the community on Feb. 26 at the Petersburg Church of God.

The Grant County Commission responded to two citizens last week about ongoing questions concerning the appointment of the Grant County Clerk, attorney usage, voting in the county and commission transparency.
Commissioners Doug Swick and Jeff Berg were in attendance at the meeting, which was held on Jan. 22.
The first citizen to appear before the commission was Jane Kite Keeling, who came to express multiple concerns.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a recording of a portion of the Grant County Commission meeting that was held on Dec. 22.
I generally record most of the public meetings I attend when a member of the community is set to speak or when an explanation of financials is on the agenda.
Generally, I do not record more mundane sections of these meetings as I am able to keep up with solely handwritten notes and often do not include quotes from general county/city/board business.
However, accuracy is very important to me, especially when it is a citizen there to speak - and this is often when I want to include as many quotes as possible to allow them to convey their message in their own words.
That being said, all the recordings are generally for my own use and had I known the complexity of this meeting, I absolutely would have recorded the meeting in its entirety, as opposed to starting at the first speaker.
Given the passionate tone this meeting took and the large amount of discussion and explanations that were presented during it, I feel it is best to make the recording available to our readers so they can review it themselves.
Listening to the meeting, as opposed to reading the words off the page (or screen) gives a much more accurate view of the tone of the meeting.

Prior to the first speaker on the recording (Alicia Reel, who is reporting the county finances through the county clerk’s office) the commission approved previous minutes, heard a simple budget request re Sandia Glasscock from the Health Department and spoke with JoAnn Harman about hiring an assistant librarian.

Approximate Time Stamps:

Alicia Reel speaks on the county budget until the 2:17:00 mark.
Jane Kite Keeling addresses the commission from 2:18:00 until 8:43:00
The commission (and later the County Clerk) responds to Keeling starting at 8:43:00
Jill Long addresses the commission at 17:42
The commission responds to Long at 20:00:00
Debbie Anderson speaks to the commission concern water clean-up at 29:30:00
The recording ends as Anderson finishes


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