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Th-th-th-th-th-that's all.

"Dismissed with prejudice."

A legal complaint filed against the Grant County Circuit Court and the Grant County Commission concerning the public’s access to files was dismissed last month; however, the complainant did get his $5 back.

The complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by Jay Lawrence Smith who, in his filings, referred to himself as a “freelance legal researcher and journalist” out of Charleston.

Heinous, life-ruining pill drugs

Following a lengthy drug investigation conducted by Sheriff B. Ours, James Clark Long, 42, of Petersburg was indicted for drug distribution.

Big Sister

During last week’s Grant County Commission meeting, Eastern Allegheny Council for Human Services (EACHS) Head Start discussed a plan to further increase student safety by linking their security system cameras to the Grant County 911 Center.

Gary Redman of the EACHS program appeared before the commission to address how best to move forward with the partnership between the local emergency management and 911 office and to request support from the commission to link the security systems.

The EACHS Head Start is a federally funded education program that operates in the region, serving approximately 267 children. The program focuses on providing support for low income families but serves a broad range of preschool age children. Redman explained that the program works closely with the schools in the area, including Grant County schools, but is a separate entity from any of the county systems.

Douglas J. Carter
Carter in front of the PVTA’s newly named J. Douglas Carter Operations Center.

After a recent decision from their board, the Potomac Valley Transit Authority is now officially operating out of the J. Douglas Carter Operations Center, located in Petersburg.

While the headquarters of the program has not moved, the agency decided to change the name of their existing building to honor long-time former directer, Carter.

“So much of what the program is now, is due to the hard work and dedication of J.,” explained current director, Doug Pixlar. “We wanted to recognize him for that and ensure we always keep those principles he stands for in our minds.”

Pixlar is the former executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority in Martinsburg

Carter officially retired earlier this year after first beginning with the agency in 1977.

Pixlar explained that, under Carter’s leadership, the PVTA was able to expand its transportation options and open up new and often necessary routes to ensure local citizens could safely and reliably travel.

This is a goal that Pixlar has also expressed, with new routes recently announced including assisting those in need of travel to the Russ Hedrick Recovery and Resource Center.

This month, they also introduced a Petersburg Ready Ride Service, which allows individuals to schedule a ride with the service to take them nearly anywhere in their service area.

Pixlar explained that this service would play a key role in increasing transportation throughout the county.

Carl's no more
Brian Armentrout (Kari’s fiancé) and Kari Mullenax with her grandparents, Thelma and Carl Mullenax, in front of the newly named Kari’s Deli.

Regulars to Carl’s Store and Deli saw a small but important switch last week, as the sign out front officially changed from Carl’s to Kari’s Deli.

The new name marks a transition in the family-owned and operated business, as longtime businessman Carl Mullenax passes the deli onto his granddaughter, Kari Mullenax.

I am the law.
Petersburg Mayor Gary Michael, former PPD Officer Greg Campbell and PPD Police Chief, Darius Stark.

Last week, the Petersburg City Council said a special thank-you to Greg Campbell, a former officer with the Petersburg Police Department. Campbell recently announced his retirement from the force but said he plans to stay in Grant County.

During the meeting, Campbell was presented with a plaque from Petersburg Mayor Gary Michael on behalf of the council, thanking Campbell for his time on the force. Campbell was joined by PPD Chief Darius Stark. “We appreciate all the years you have given to the city,” Michael said. Campbell, who was unaware he was going to be recognized at the meeting, said he was grateful to the council and Stark for the recognition. He also laughed, saying he had been told to come to the office to sign some final paperwork and had no idea the council had anything planned.

Off Keplinger Road
Road damage at the intersection of Keplinger Road and Klines Gap Road.

After an estimated seven inches of rain, multiple locations in Grant County saw flooding over the weekend. 

One area heavily affected by this was Bayard, where some residents were evacuated and water rescues were performed. Many Bayard residents were asked to go to the Bayard Fire Station during the flood and the county’s Nixle alert system was activated.

“When Nixle activates your cell phone or your landline phone, listen to the message and acknowledge it,” advised the Grant CountyOffice of Emergency Management in a release. “Do not call 911. If you call the number back that you are getting the call from you are calling the 911 center on a business line. Do not call that number, they are extremely busy. In the future, when you receive a call like this acknowledge it, do what you were instructed to do, hang up, and do not call back and less you have an emergency.”

The office also released advisements about driving through flooded roads, stressing the danger that can occur when driving over water.

“Do not, I repeat, do not go near or try to cross with the vehicle any moving water any water at all,” wrote a representative of the Grant County OEM. “Keep in mind that you could have fast-moving deadly water in areas that you have never seen it before, where maybe, there was only a small ditch.”

The flooding also impacted the work being done on the removal of sediment and rock in the county.

“This type of work must be conducted during lower river flows,” said Mark Geary of Geary Associates. “The unexpected high water event this past weekend will cause a small setback of the sediment removal.”

For more information on the flood levees and their maintenance, see “Commission talks river work and wind turbines” on the front of this week’s edition of the Grant County Press.

The Grant County OEM and 911 is currently requesting that anyone in the county who has property that was damaged due to the recent flooding, contact OEM director, Peggy Bobo-Alt at 304-257-2140 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The ongoing improvements and maintenance to the local levee system was one of the major topics discussed during last week’s meeting of the Grant County Commission. 

The commission is tasked with the operation and maintenance of the Petersburg Flood Protection System, more commonly referred to as the “flood levees.”

Mark Geary of Geary Associates in Petersburg presented multiple updates on the efforts, including information on work being performed by Scott Excavating to remove sediment and rock from the river near the Petersburg Town Park.  

Geary said that he has received questions on the work and wanted to ensure the community knew what was being done in the area.

These recent efforts include the removal of sediment and river rock in the South Branch of the Potomac River and immediately upstream of the Petersburg bridge. Grant County began the continual process of conducting maintenance work on the levee system shortly after the construction was completed and, due to excessive amount of rain seen last year, it has become necessary to remove sediments and river rock accumulated near the bridge.

Drugs drugs drugs

A federal grand jury in Elkins indicted four Petersburg residents and one Moorefield resident on June 18 for distributing fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine.

The charges claim the group distributed the drugs throughout the region, including Jefferson, Berkeley, Grant and Hardy counties. 

Melanie Lyn Outen, 47, of Petersburg, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Giddy up little doggie
Grant County bus drivers Logan Willis, Randall Riggleman and Roger McAvoy with director of transportation Mike VanMeter in front of a Grant County school bus following their recent victory at the West Virginia State Bus Rodeo.

Three Grant County bus drivers, Logan Willis, Randall Riggleman and Roger McAvoy represented Grant County at the annual West Virginia State Bus Rodeo. The event was held in Ranson and was the first time Grant County drivers competed in the event.

The competition encompasses many aspects of student transportation, such as bus safety, including everything from picking up and dropping off students to preparing buses for trips, as well as driving skills, such as parking and backing up.

Run to the hills.

Gary Wayne Shanholtz, 46, was charged with possessing methamphetamine and Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance.

The charges stem from an incident on June 20, when Grant County Sheriff B.W. Ours and West Virginia State Trooper Rohrbaugh traveled to a residence in Oak Haven Farms subdivision to execute a federal arrest warrant on a resident of the area. 

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