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Grant Memorial Hospital ended the 2019 year with a celebration recognizing the grand opening of their new inpatient wing.
On Dec. 30, the hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by GMH employees, board members and county officials.
The new wing also marks a shift for the hospital into offering all patients private rooms.
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Late last month, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General released more information on the now pending lawsuit against Verso Mill and its involvement in the pollution of the North Branch of the Potomac River.
This branch of the Potomac River flows through parts of Grant County.
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has filed a lawsuit in the Allegany County Circuit Court against Verso Luke, LLC and its parent company, Verso Corporation (Verso) for unlawful pollution discharges into the North Branch of the Potomac River.
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The filing period for those wishing to run for office in 2020 will run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 25.
Multiple positions in Grant County will be on the 2020 ballot, including: Grant County Commissioner (Grant district); two board of education seats (Grant and Union districts); prosecuting attorney; sheriff; two magistrate positions; assessor; surveyor and conservation district supervisor.
The primary election in West Virginia is going to be held on May 12 and the general election will take place on Nov. 3.
Those seeking to run for office must file candidacy papers with the Grant County Clerk.
For more information on filing as a candidate contact the clerk’s office at 304-257-4550.
It is important to note that Grant County Clerk’s Office will be open on Jan. 25, despite the day being a weekend, to ensure all potential candidates have the opportunity to file.
Filing for a candidacy involves a fee, which varies based on position.
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Woman found guilty in Grant County of fraud claims unfair trial
After being found guilty of more than 22 felonies and receiving a sentence of nearly 80 years in prison, Brenda Cook and her defense are now appealing her case on the grounds that she did not receive a fair trial. The appeal filed by the defense includes multiple claims, however, focuses heavily on one juror who allegedly failed to divulge his bias against Cook, even once nearly getting into a physical fight with a co-worker who was defending her character.
In November 2017, Cook, 61, of Moorefield, was indicted by a Grant County grand jury on 15 counts of forgery, 15 counts of uttering, 15 counts of taking the identity of another person and 14 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Cook was accused of stealing money from a family support program aimed at helping those with special needs through from Potomac Highlands Guild, where she was employed as family support coordinator. The charges focused on checks on 15 accounts that amounted to approximately $14,000; although, during the trial, prosecution claimed the actual funds stolen by Cook were much larger.