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Seven local fire departments responded to a fire on Thursday morning that destroyed a home in Petersburg.

Despite a year cut short by the pandemic, Petersburg High School hosted both an award ceremony and a graduation last week.

However, to ensure the events fell within guidelines given by the state, both were held at the Viking Memorial Field with graduates and attendees asked to remain six feet apart and masks were encouraged.

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company 400 appeared before the Grant County Commission last week to update the county on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on their operations.

During his report to the commission, Hunter Whetzel of the PVFC explained the funding for the company comes from three primary sources: donations from the community, a $12,000 a quarter input from the state and a $10,000 annual input from the county.

“The biggest impact has come from not being able to have a single fundraiser this year,” Whetzel said. “That is the majority of our income as a department.”

Response to the U.S. Census is finally picking up steam in West Virginia with a reported 53.2% of the state’s population responding so far. Of that total, 34.9% of the responses were through internet reporting available at 2020census.gov.

While the numbers are starting to increase, the state is still behind its final 2010 reporting number of 59.1% and over 10% behind out neighboring state of Virginia (66.5%), Maryland (65.6%), Pennsylvania (64.9%), Ohio (66.3%) and Kentucky (65.2%).

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