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The Grant County Grand Jury returned eight indictment earlier this month, including two separate filings against the same person.
Renee Rose Jones, 41, of 3 Virginia Ave., Petersburg, was indicted on two separate incidents for arranging the sale of methamphertamine and opioids. Both charges claim Jones helped to organize the purchases and were conducted with the assistance of other people.

After more than a year, the Grant County Senior Center is open once again and providing in-person nutrition services to seniors in the community.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the center was unable to provide its traditional social meals, which are available for free to seniors 60 years old or older.

Joshua Allen Hinkle, of Cabins, has admitted in a federal court to a distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl.
 Hinkle, 36, pleaded guilty last week to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 40 grams of fentanyl. Hinkle admitted to working with others to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April 2020 in Grant County and elsewhere.

The Grant County CEOS sponsored Karen Brown Kitzmiller as the 2021 Belle at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville on June 18-20.
Kitzmiller has been a CEOS member for almost 50 years and is a member of the Jordan Run CEOS club. She is a 1965 graduate of Petersburg High School and, in 1972, she was employed at Petersburg Motor Company until 2000. She then became employed at the Grant County Bank until 2007.

The Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center (GRCC) has welcomed a new director, who is already filling the position at the facility. Trevor Harman, originally from Grant County, accepted the role earlier this year after the resignation of the previous director.
Harman, who graduated from Petersburg High School in 2014, has a background in respiratory therapy with a degree from Allegany College of Maryland. He then continued his education with a master’s degree in healthcare administration at Fairmont State.

With just over a week left in the month, the Grant County Health Department has reported 17 new cases of Covid-19 in June.

This number is down drastically from previous months, including more than 40 new case  in May and more than 50 in April. As of the last report, the county currently has only three active cases of Covid-19.

This makes the overall Covid cases for Grant County, 1,445 (1,177 are confirmed positives and 268 are probable). Of these, 1,411 have recovered and the county has reported 27 deaths listed as Covid related.

Free testing is still being offered and the health department is urging everyone to consider being vaccinated against the illness.

The June meeting of the Grant County Board of Education marked a set of bittersweet changes for the county, including superintendent Doug Lambert officially retiring and passing the position to longtime educator and administrator, Mitch Webster.

Visitors to Grant County’s Turner Park will likely notice several updates to the park’s signage as well as some new safety rules being enforced.
The decision to add the new written rules came as more and more safety concerns began to be voiced by visitors who said they witnessed unsafe, dangerous or damaging actions from other park-goers.
“We have had so many concerns come up lately from visitors,” said James Reel, director of the Grant County Parks department. “We have had people downrange while others were aiming down the barrels, we even had people running out to check targets just as people finished shooting. The maintenance crews have had to come out in the past to pick up pieces of toilet because people drug an old commode out here and shot it up.”

Last week, police discovered the body of Mark VanMeter, 46, along the National Forest side of the North Fork River in Grant County. VanMeter, a Grant County resident, was reported missing in January but had not been seen since December 2020. His body was discovered on March 15. The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s offi ce in Charleston to determine cause and time of death.
At this time, the case remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Approves second resource officer at schools

During their recent meeting, the Grant County Commission heard an update about the ongoing efforts to expand high speed internet throughout the county. Last year, the county received a grant through the Grant County Development Authority to conduct a Broadband Feasibility Study to highlight under-served areas and present options for a multi-phase plan to address the issue.
West Virginia House of Representatives Delegate John Paul Hott attended the meeting to update them on the happenings in the West Virginia legislature. Hott explained that, as of the last election, the Republican party has a super-majority in the state, meaning elected officials in the party hold the majority in both the house and the state senate as well as the governorship.  
Hott also introduced the commission via phone to fellow delegate Daniel Linville. Linville serves as the representative for Cabell and Lincoln counties. He is also the chairperson of the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure.

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