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Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck fire-arms season which ran from Nov. 19 through Dec. 1, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2018 harvest was 1 percent higher than the 2017 harvest. The top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were: Randolph (1,685), Preston (1,607), Greenbrier (1,479), Hampshire (1,471), Jackson (1,379), Pendleton (1,274), Grant (1,217), Hardy (1,212), Kanawha (1,212) and Mason (1,206).

The buck harvest increased in the eastern panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southwestern West Virginia (DNR District 5) and was similar to or slightly down in the remainder of the state.

Deer hunters have several days of opportunity left this year, including the remainder of the archery and crossbow seasons, which run through Dec. 31. Muzzleloader deer season opened Dec. 10 and remain open through Dec. 16. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open Dec.

26-27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season on Dec. 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

In addition, the new primitive weapons “Mountaineer Heritage Season” will be open during the period from Jan. 10- 13, 2019.

Crime running wild

Community members attend meeting to ask for action

Concerns about drugs and other illegal activity dominated the conversation at the recent Petersburg City Council meeting. 

Eight citizens attended the meeting to address the issue, requesting additional support from the council to fight an increase in illegal activity in the area of the city referred to as “the field.”

“We are not here to yell and scream and stomp our feet and cry,” said community member Debbie Cook to council members. “But we have concerns about what is going on down in the field. It goes on from East Avenue all the way out to the elementary school and football field. We have found bags of hypodermic needles - used and unused needles, we have had break-ins, have had things stolen from our yards, gas siphoned from our vehicles, we have had gas thrown on people’s homes - it is not safe.”

Karie Michelle Rudd
Karie Michelle Rudd

Karie Michelle Rudd, 23, of Petersburg, was arrested on Nov. 12 for felony drug charges.

Rudd was arrested following an investigation conducted by Sheriff Brian Ours relating to the distribution of methamphetamine.

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CHRISTMAS CHEER - Above: Jessica May, 6, attended the event with her mother, Michelle Wratchford, and hung ornaments on the Petersburg City Christmas tree. The tree was decorated by the community last Thursday during the Hometown Christmas event.

Last week, the city of Petersburg hosted a special holiday event at the Petersburg City Park that drew families from all over to meet Santa Claus, play games and decorate the city’s tree.

Community members were invited to bring an ornament from home to hang and the city also offered two large boxes of ornaments for those who did not have their own.

Prior to the event, the Petersburg City Council expressed joy at seeing the event hosted in the city park, saying it was a great opportunity to allow families to experience some Christmas cheer.

Also available were extra gloves for the little attendees as well as hot chocolate.

Following the decorating of the tree, the event opened to a series of holiday themed games and even a special visit from Santa Claus.

“It’s really something for families to enjoy together,” said Eileen Sindledecker of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sindledecker played a key role in the organization of the event.

american pickers
Jerry Fetch, owner of Jerry’s Antiques and More

Four local businesses are now calling South Main Street home: Mountaineer Auction House and Outlet, Jerry’s Antiques and More, Your Sister’s Closet and The Studio. 

The move came after the building, known by many in the area as the “old Petersburg Motor Company building” was purchased by the Dolly family. 

DethTax DethTax

While it is no longer true to a great extent, some still think that there is a death tax that has to be paid if a person’s estate goes to probate.

In 2018, only an estate of $11.18 million or more is subject to federal estate tax. Below that, there is no federal estate tax owed. West Virginia does not have an estate tax.

For the great majority of Americans, the death tax is dead.

Mail cat

The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First- Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.

What’s New this Year

Informed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:

Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

Dec. 20 – First-class packag- es (up to 15.99 ounces)

Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 20 – Priority Mail

Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25.

Mighty Union

Last week, Grant County took a major step concerning school and student safety in the community.

During the recent Grant County Commission meeting, superintendent Doug Lambert and facility manager Brent Nelson appeared before the commission to present a funding plan for two projects aimed at increasing school security.

Earlier this year, commissioner Doug Swick, with support from fellow commissioners Phyllis Cole and Jeff Berg, said the county would be able to set aside $40,000 each year for the next two years to help fund security improvements to the local schools.


watery grave
Dive team search members take to the water in search of a missing person.

A five hour long search following an automobile accident ended tragically last weekend when the body of Virgil Glenn Hall was discovered near Echo Park.

Hall, 67, was retired from CW Wright and was a resident of Seneca Rocks.

Hall’s vehicle was reported in a waterway in Grant County and many local agencies teamed up to search for the owner.

The search included a full waterway search with assistance from Deer Park and dive members, Deep Creek and dive team, Springfield and their swift water teams, Fountain and Romney with their swift water teams, Slanesville and their dive team, Maysville, Moorefield, along with Grant Emergency Management Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, County Medical Examiner, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Federal Forestry and Grant County’s 911 service.

Earlier this month, Grant County finalized their midterm elections as canvassing finished and administrators released official results.

When the county released their preliminary results following the Nov. 6 election, the results did not include approximately 130 early votes which were cast but not signed by poll workers.

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PROUD HUNTERS - Above: The hunters of the 2018 Bill Nesbit Memorial Hunt gather for a group photo.

Hunting is an important pasttime for many West Virginians, ranging as a casual hobby and for others a passion that leads them deep into the rolling forests of one of the nation’s most beautiful states.

It is that passion that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake near Elk Garden are striving to return to disabled veterans across the nation.

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