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Last week, Maysville Elementary closed its doors to students after a string of positive Covid-19 tests left the school short on personnel.

The decision to close the school for two weeks was made on Sept. 21 by Grant County Superintendent Doug Lambert and MES principal Megan DiBenedetto.

“It was absolutely an issue of personnel,” Lambert explained to the Grant County Board of Education during their Sept. 22 meeting. “We simply didn’t have the personnel to open the school. Right now, we have remote learning set up through Schoology or through paper and pencil options to get work to the students. Those professional and service personnel who are not in quarantine are allowed to come into the school to work, so there are people at the school.”

A Hardy County man was sentenced to prison earlier this month after a probation revocation hearing alleging he was charged with possession and use of a controlled substance, obtaining new charges, absconding from probation, failing to appear with Hardy County probation when directed and fleeing on foot at the time of his arrest.

An Indiana man passed away last week while traveling in Grant County after he lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to avoid a bear in the roadway.

The incident also included a second accident which occurred when another rider attempted to avoid the initial crash.

A new resolution signed last week by the county commission will now limit membership on the Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees to only Grant County residents.

The question of out-of-county members has been heavily debated over the past two years, with both Hardy and Pendleton previously having voting members on the board.

However, according to the Grant County Commission, members from other counties were never intended to have voting rights.

On July 31, a Pendleton County jury returned a guilty verdict in a civil case against a Grant County couple after they were accused of financially exploiting an elderly family in Upper Tract.

The case centered around the Full family, a group of four lderly siblings - Isaac, Loy, Charles and Nancy, and their family farm in the Upper Tract area. As the siblings aged, they entered into an agreement with Teresa and Robert Borror of 4265 Franklin Pike, Petersburg to help care for them in their old age in exchange for the deed to their property after their passing.

However, as years passed, the Fulls claim that not only did the Borrors not keep their agreement to help care for them, but they attempted to financially exploit them out of their home, their land and their belongings.

Two Hardy County residents have pleaded guilty to burning down a storage unit building in Grant County.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Dec. 14, 2019, when officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fire at the storage units located behind the 7-11 on Virginia Avenue, in Petersburg.

A Mount Storm man was convicted to serve 30 years in prison last week for distributing methamphetamine throughout Mineral, Grant and Randolph counties.

Robert Lee Pauley, Jr., 42, was sentenced to 360 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from March to May 2018.

In their ongoing effort to improve school safety, increase security and prevent violence, the Grant County Board of Education applied for and received a $390,069 grant through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

It was announced last week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia that several law enforcement agencies and school districts received more than $824,000 for school safety upgrades.

On Saturday, the Potomac Highlands Guild held their second annual Run for Recovery event at Michael Brothers Memorial Field in Petersburg.

The event included multiple informational setups from programs such as OnTrack, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Jobs and Hope West Virginia and West Virginia Suicide Prevention.

“This is an opportunity to hear from different organizations, to visit their tables and talk to them about what they can do,” said Roger Dodd, a peer recovery counselor with the Russ Hedrick Recovery Center. “This is an effort to get together as a community and show anyone who needs it that we are here for them and that there are options, there are people who care.”

Multiple runners and walkers came out to compete in the event.

Winners in the female category were Alexandria Murray and Hadessah Morrell. Winners in the male category were Josiah Morrell and Raj Masih.

September is National Recovery Month, a recognition aimed at bringing awareness to prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country.

According to the NAADAC, (an association for addiction professionals) Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

“The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover,” the NAADAC explains. “There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.”

Upon conclusion of the sentencing, the defendant stood up, looked at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail escort and said “Let’s roll!

A Grant County man is in jail after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager.

Thomas S. Powell II, 30, of Petersburg was sentenced on Sept. 10 by Judge James W. Courrier Jr. after hearing reports from Grant County Prosecuting Attorney John G. Ours and the defendant’s counsel, Brent Easton.

According to the report given by the victim, the incident happened on the “island” near the Petersburg City Park.

Four Grant County residents are facing federal charges for being involved in the distribution of enough fentanyl to kill an estimated 20,000 people

According to a release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, a total of five people were were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Elkins on Aug.18 on charges involving a drug distribution operation spanning Maryland and West Virginia.

The object of the conspiracy was to distribute at least 5 grams of methamphetamine and at least 40 grams of fentanyl.

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