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Burlington United Methodist Family Services will have live music, food vendors and crafters for the ribbon cutting and dedication of their new Apple Harvest Auxiliary Building on Saturday, June 16, from noon - 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the new facility and view memorabilia from previous Apple Harvest Festivals. Apple butter will not be available at this event. Cindy Pyles may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for vendor information.

Colton B Watts earned a degree of Bachelor of Music Education (Pre K-adult) at Glenville State University on May 7.

He is the son of Chris and Janet Watts of Maysville and was a 2016 graduate of Petersburg High School.

Alexis Sherene Evans, daughter of Tom and Debbie Turner and granddaughter of Boyd and Leta Kimble of Franklin, graduated from West Virginia University College of Law on Friday, May 13, earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.

She was a member of the Lugar Trial Association during law school. She celebrated the day with her parents, husband and stepdaughter.

By Ravenna Redman Director of Social Services

The employees of GRCC have chosen Ralph Dolly as our resident of the week.

Ralph has been a resident of our facility since Feb. 2. He was born on Sept. 16, 1940, in Dolly Town, W.Va., to George Washington Dolly and Nida Mae Dolly. He was the middle child of 14 - Henry Dolly, Ruby McConnell, Mernie Shultz, Mary Dolly, Betty Dove, Walter Dolly, Eula Mae McConnell, Joy Davy, Katherine Dent, Jo Ann Rohrbaugh, Ruthlene Funkhouser and Carl Dolly. Ralph still has one brother and four sisters living.

When asked about going to school, he stated, “I only had one year of high school, and could not afford any more.” Ralph went straight to work. He stated that he had a variety of jobs: he drove a truck and worked for an orchard and worked at Hester’s in Moorefield for almost two years. Most of the time though, he worked at a sawmill - Kessel Lumber Company for 33 years, and then Terry’s Mechanic Shop, with his son. He retired from full-time working when he was 62 years old in 2002. He said he was ready to retire.

Petersburg native Forest “Jack” Bowman has been awarded a bronze medal for his novel, “All Our Yesterdays” by Global Book Awards, an organization that recognizes talent in self publishing.

The award was made in the psychological thriller category and, by happy chance, was announced on April 15, Bowman’s 84th birthday.

“All Our Yesterdays” is the story of an under-sized orphan living in a small town similar to Petersburg in the early 1900s, who is horribly mistreated by two brutal brothers and their powerful protectors.

When it becomes clear that the novel’s hero cannot get justice in any reasonably normal way, the reader watches as the mistreated orphan fashions a stunning and hair-raising revenge.

 May 11th

Team 1: Jerry Simmons, Mike McDowell, Ben Fout, Dave Campbell and Don Baker; -12.

Team 2: Phil Vance, Larry Taylor, Charlie Combs and Dave Burton; -10; onehole cardoff.

Team 3: Johnny garza, Terry Kesner, Jim Tompkins and Bob Hyson; -10.

Pin Winners: #3 Terry Kesner; #6 Jerry Simmons; #13 Dave Boland; #15 Bob Hyson; #17 Jim Burton.


May 12th

Winners: George Ford, Don Baker, Jacob Fisher and Jake Sager (-7) on the back 9.

Pin Winners: #13 - Clayton Burdoch, #15 - Jcob Fisher, #17 - Jim Tompkins.


The application deadline for the 2024 nursing cohort at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is 4:30 p.m. on June 1.

An application to the college must be completed as well as a separate nursing program application. Program admission requirements are available on the college website at https://easternwv.edu/academics/nursing-program.

Thirty-five graduates participated in Eastern’s graduation ceremony on May 7. First row: Tricia Poe, Melissa Walker, Kelsey Harper, Krista Thorn, Taylor Martin, Ashleigh Kimble, Chelsey Santiago, Allison Barr, Jennifer Sunryder, Marissa Simmons, Emily Stark, Victor Walker; second row: Emily Trail, Shana Price, Stacey Hose, Audrey Helman, Jessica Helman, Ashley Tilley, Ashley Riggleman, Tina Crites, Stacy Redmon, Adonica Keplinger, Jon Hof, Paula Bergdoll, Sierra McCaslin, Jordan Mongold, President Thomas Striplin, Ed.D.; back row: James Alt, Vanessa Hinger, Shayla Hartman, Hannah Merritt, Austin Locklear, Crystal Goodwater, Trenton Warner, Isaiah Smith, and Carmen Ketterman.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College honored 80 students as fall 2021 and spring 2022 graduates at the college’s commencement ceremony May 7, in Moorefield.

Thirty-five of the graduates participated in the ceremony, including all 14 graduates of the 2022 nursing program cohort. The nursing graduates had participated in the nursing program’s Pinning Ceremony the night before, where Kari Evans of Grant Memorial Hospital had served as keynote speaker.

Gospel group Westward Road will be ministering at Brake Covenant Brethren Church on Sunday, May 22 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Providing a unique blend of gospel and modern worship music, Westward Road is a dynamic family trio, led by Scott Roberts, a 20 year veteran worship leader and nation charting songwriter, and his wife, award winning vocalist, Kelli Roberts. Their son, Garrett Roberts completes the gifted musical family with his smooth vocal tones. A Westward Road concert will leave you uplifted by their message of hope and encouraged to live a life of trust in God.

The church is located on North Mill Creek Road at the twin bridges just off South Mill Creek Road, Petersburg.

All are invited to attend the concert on Sunday.

By Steven Allen Adams

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito agreed that a bill they voted against last Wednesday went far beyond simply codifying current protections for abortion put in place by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that could be overturned soon.

The Senate voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act in a 49-51 vote with Manchin, D-W.Va., joining all 50 Republicans in opposing the bill.

Supporters of the bill claim it codified Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to abortion procedures. But opponents, such as Manchin, said the bill went beyond that and would allow unfettered access to abortion at all stages of a pregnancy with no restrictions, including up to birth. Manchin voiced his opposition to the press before the vote.

By Grant County CEOS President Tracey Mullenax

The WVCEOS are celebrating May 15-20 as WVCEOS Volunteer Week. In partnership with WVU Extension the mission and purpose is to strengthen families, promote lifelong leadership development with community involvement.

The primary purpose of WVCEOS is education. The basis for CEOS existence is the desire of people to improve the quality of life, and to inspire families and individuals to make learning an adventure as they advance through life in the home and in their communities. The person who continues education and seeks to broaden their horizons is fulfilled and satisfied when it comes to volunteering.

WVCEOS is offered in each county through the WVU Extension Service Office. Grant County has five clubs: Dorcas, Jordan Run, Lahmansville, Landes and Town & Country.

West Virginia’s chief election official is requesting the recension of an executive order issued by President Joe Biden directing federal agencies to make plans to conduct state-level voter registration services unauthorized by state law.

Over the last five years, W.Va. Secretary of State Mac Warner has been a frequent visitor to Capitol Hill to discuss the role and responsibilities of state election officials. He’s been a vocal critic of the administration’s attempts to take federal control of state election processes beyond the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Warner’s advice and counsel has been sought by members of Congress and he has testified twice before committees of the U.S. Senate.

But this time, Secretary Warner is directly speaking to the White House to voice his concern over Executive Order #14019 issued by President Biden. The executive order, like other federal laws and regulations, has the misleading title, “Promoting Access to Voting”. In reality, it’s a directive to put plans into place whereby the federal government duplicates state voter registration activities.

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