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TEAM EFFORT - Representatives from the LHC Group, Grant Memorial Hospital and Grant Memorial Hospice attended a recent event to recognize 10 years of partnership.

Last week, Grant Memorial Hospital hosted a special event for staff, patients and visitors at the hospital in recognition of the 10 year anniversary of the partnership between Grant Memorial Hospital, Grant Memorial Hospice and LHC Hospice Group.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon

On the night of Sept. 16, the Maryland State Police responded to a road rage incident turned full-public brawl over drugs. A total of six people, including a man from Mount Storm, was involved in the altercation.

Fentanyl

Following a recent investigation conducted by the Grant County Sheriff’s department, two men were arrested on drug distribution charges.

James Paul Donaldson, 32, of Petersburg, was arrested on warrants for distribution of Suboxone, a schedule three controlled substance. During the investigation, Donaldson distributed the controlled substance on two separate occasions in Grant County. If convicted, he could receive up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Domestic Conflagration

The West Virginia Fire Marshal is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information related to a recent fire in Petersburg.

According to report released by the department, they are seeking any and all information in reference to a fire that occurred at 118 Pine Street in Petersburg. The fire is assumed to have begin in the early hours of Saturday morning.

To report information to the department on this or any other suspected fire case, contact the West Virginia Arson Hotline at 1-800-233- 3473.

The Opioid Crisis Response Act, a new program designed to help stem the rising overdose and addiction rate in West Virginia, is now active in the state.

The program was designed to improve the Department of Health and Human Resources ability to address the crisis while also providing funding to smaller, more focused efforts throughout the state.

Rescue force
PREPARED - Images from the emergency preparedness meeting hosted by the Grant County Of- fice of Emergency Management prior to landfall of Hurricane Florence. Peggy Alt, the director of GCOEM estimated more than 50 people, representing dozens of local and government agencies attended the meeting.
image courtesy of grant county office of emergency management

Earlier this month, more than 50 people representing dozens of local community agencies and organizations gathered at the Grant County Emergency and 911 office to prepare for potential flooding from Hurricane Florence.

At the storm’s peak, the weather service predicted the region could receive more than 10 inches of rain. While the storm did not hit the area as previously predicted, according to Peggy Alt, the director of Grant County’s Office of Emergency Management and 911, the county was prepared for the worst.

Joshua Evans

The Hardy County man charged with killing a local resident in a hit-and run on Welton Orchard Road will face a jury later this year.

Hampshire County Veterans Foundation
Larrice Craver, Simeon Bright and Terry Craver at Tri-County Honda, one of the Freedom Ride stops this year.

Last weekend, the annual Freedom Ride, hosted by the Hampshire County Veterans Foundation (HCVF), filled its way through Petersburg.

The Freedom Ride started in Romney and ended in Capon Bridge, picking up motorcycle riders and supporters along the way. Along the road, riders had four scheduled stops along more than 100 miles.

Rebecca Lynn Shoemaker, 31, of P.O. Box 83, Flemington, W.Va., the former wife of Robert Lee Shoemaker, is still under investigation and has been charged with solicitation of murder.

During this month’s Petersburg City Council, the council talked about the pool closing for the season, trick-or-treat and reviewed the work of the Petersburg Police Department.

According to a report given by councilman Boyd Sites, the PPD handled 146 complaints in the month of August. In total, the department issued 25 verbal and nine written traffic warnings.

Refs MIA!

Football fans - both home and visiting, received a disappointing surprise earlier this month when they were sent home during the Petersburg and Grafton football game originally scheduled to be held at the Vikings’ field on Sept. 7.

The event was postponed and then later canceled when no officials arrived to referee the game.

Last week, Grant County was named as the recipient of a $113,300.74 grant to replace outdated voting machines and to improve the phsycial security of local elections. 

Spearheading the effort to obtain the grant was interim county clerk, Bud Fisher, who approached the commission earlier this year to request permission to seek the funding.

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