(304) 257-1844

A city resident appeared before the Petersburg City Council last week to pitch a creative use for some currently unused city land. Rebecca Lanhardt of Petersburg spoke with the council about potentially building a dog park on the city-owned property near the water treatment plant.
“We don’t have a dog park in the area or really even in the surrounding areas,” Lanhardt said. “I’m not sure how much free acreage we have across from our city park, but I just think it would be a good thing for the community. It would entail designating a certain area, installing some fences and adding some benches for doggy parents to sit on.”

What changes will Covid bring to the annual event?

After a community effort with the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local health department, the 28th annual Spring Mountain Festival is set to return after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
While there will be safety precautions taken, including requiring all attendees to wear a mask and to social distance, much of the festival will look familiar to past visitors.
“Having the festival return in this way, I think, to a lot of people is a sign that the world still has a sense of normalcy,” explained Kirk Wilson, the president of the chamber of commerce. “Everything will not be exactly the same, we will be following safety guidelines, but we are moving forward. It’s something fun for the community, for the kids that have had a pretty dull time lately.”

After a string of vandalism across Petersburg, the city is now offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information on the culprit’s identity.
According to an announcement made by the City of Petersburg on Sunday, $500 will be given to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest of the vandal.
The most recent vandalism includes damage done to a tree in the city parking lot, just outside of the Petersburg City Park.
The damage includes someone deliberately scraping large amounts of bark off of the tree.
Other damage includes someone pulling plants out of the Petersburg Beautification Project maintained flower powers and throwing trash in the city parking lot.
The announcement also included a guarantee of privacy for anyone who comes forward with the information. Contact the City of Petersburg, West Virginia on Facebook or call the office at 304-257-4944 for more information.

Troy Cline fell in love with space while staring at the night sky from the soft grass of his grandmother’s farm. Decades later, Cline still recalls the wonder the seemingly endless expanse of stars first created in his young mind and the path it would lay out in his life.
“My grandmother knelt down beside me, placed her arm around my shoulder and told me to ‘look up’ and for the first time, as a three year old child, I looked up into the night sky,” Cline said. “I saw so many stars. It was so dark but the sky was so bright. She pointed to the one bright disk in the sky and she called it the moon. I will never forget that moment.”

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.


All registered candidates for the Petersburg City Council and Petersburg Mayor positions are invited to submit a 500 word candidate introduction article to run for free in the Grant County Press. All articles must run at least two prior to the election. For more  information, contact the Press office at (304) 257-1844.

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.

Petersburg, WV

  • Saturday Mostly Cloudy 61°39°
  • Sunday Chance Rain Showers 63°40°
Feed not found.

Editor - Camille Howard;
News Editor - Erin Camp;
Advertising Manager - Tara Warner Pratt; 
Print Shop Manager - Richard Knight; 
Bookkeeping - Peggy Hughes;
Circulation - Mary Simmons

© 2017-2018 Grant County Press

Go to top