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Late last month, Grant Memorial Hospital presented an updated report that showed a sizable positive change in the financial wellbeing of the county’s hospital.

During their regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting, chief financial officer, David Applewood, presented updated financials from the month of December 2019.

As of that time period, the hospital showed a positive year-to-date gain of approximately $282,000. This is compared to the previous December 2018 report that showed a loss of more than $1 million. Grant Memorial Hospital’s financial year began in July.

A unique program is working to clean up some of Grant County’s waterways while also putting dislocated workers back into the local workforce.

The program has been working in Grant County since March 2019 and has made improvements on multiple waterways, including at Welton and Echo parks. So far, the crews have completed more than a dozen projects and have permission to do upwards of 20 more. They have worked with both local landowners, as well as Grant County government leaders, to locate areas most in need of cleaning.

One of their largest projects has been Welton Park, from which they removed a large amount of debris, including tires. This cleanup not only made the river a cleaner place for outdoor recreationists, but also directly helped the county’s flood conrol.

The mountains of Grant County will soon see new wind turbines following an update from Clearway Energy Group concerning a power purchase agreement between the company and AEP Energy and Toyota.

On Thursday, Clearway announced that it signed power purchase agreements with the two companies for its new 110-megawatt Black Rock wind farm, which will be located in Grant and Mineral counties.

Petersburg’s role in the Mon Forest Towns Initiative, a program aimed at fostering a sustainable recreation economy for communities throughout the Monongahela National Forest, is moving forward.

During last week’s meeting of the Petersburg City Council, Bob McCalley, the city’s representative in the program, presented an update on the initiative.

Last year, Petersburg was one of 10 towns that signed a memorandum of understanding within the program. Along with Petersburg, six towns from the northern end of the forest also signed the memorandum including: Franklin, Davis, Thomas, Elkins and Parsons. The tourism-based program is aimed at local beautification and the promotion of local outdoor recreation.

Newspaper advertising and the possible purchase of a new building topped the agenda at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Grant County Commission.

During the meeting, the commission spoke with Camille Howard, editor of the Grant County Press.

Howard attended the meeting to discuss her concerns with West Virginia house bill 4025 (HB 4025) currently moving through the state legislature.

This bill will reduce or eliminate the requirement that legal notifications run in local newspapers and will instead place them on a central government overseen website.

In her address to the commission, Howard said this action would negatively impact the community and limit transparency for many in the state.

Pursuant to felony drug investigations in Grant County conducted by Sheriff B. W. Ours, a Grant County man with multiple outstanding drug warrants was arrested late last month.

On Jan. 26, Nathan Bradley Cook, 36, of Edgar Avenue in Petersburg, was arrested for felony drug warrants derived from a drug investigation conducted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

During the course of the investigation, Cook conspired to deliver and distributed Alprozolam, a schedule four drug.

Early in the morning on Jan. 28, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a burglary in progress at a home on North Fork Highway.

Chief Deputy S. Wratchford and Sr. Deputy D. Lambert responded to the incident where they found an unexpected scene.

The alleged burglar, later identified as Christopher Burns, 34, of Route 220 North, in Petersburg, was laying face down on the ground.

After months of being closed for renovations, the Petersburg Sheetz reopened last week.

The store’s employees were joined by members from the Grant County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the business’ reopening with a ribbon cutting and the replacement of the location’s flags.

Following last week’s reopening, the newly remodeled store has now returned to their regular schedule.

During their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 28, the Grant County Board of Education heard a report from Suzanne Park and Monica Fitzwater concerning the rebuilding of the Petersburg High School field house. 

Park and Fitzwater were chosen to head up a community driven effort to rebuild the structure, which was destroyed in a fire late last year.

During their report, Park explained the building was in relatively poor condition at the time of the fire and that if funds are raised, the improved building would allow the school to better use the space.

“The field house was good at the time it was built because there was nothing else here,” Park said. “But over time it just didn’t hold up.”

Community Enrichment Network founder Tammy Kitzmiller, volunteer Amanda Kitzmiller, Mount Storm Power Plant manager Ken Lazarro and Dominion Energy external affairs manager, Christine Mitchell at the Allegheny Mountaintop Public Library in Mount Storm.

The Community Enrichment Network, a nonprofit created by Grant County resident Tammy Kitzmiller, received a $5,000 donation last week to continue their efforts of giving back to those in need throughout the community.

The Mount Storm-based program was created in 2016 to work directly with the state supported Child and Adult Care Food Program. While in the role, the network worked with daycare centers throughout the region.

“While in these daycare centers, we started to see a lot of other needs that weren’t being met,” Kitzmiller explained. “So we started to expand our efforts to provide for those being left out.”

One big project the network provides is their “comfort kits” which include multiple items, such as gloves, socks, food and hygiene products. These kits are available to families, specifically those with young children or elderly members.

“We try to be wherever the need is in the community,” Kitzmiller said. “Last year, we set out with a goal of meeting the needs of 250 with last year’s grant and we ended up being able to help over 1,400.”

For more information on the network, how to get involved or for questions about donations, contact the Community Enrichment Network at communityenrichmentnetwork@gmail. com.

The window to register as a candidate in the upcoming 2020 primary election came to a close last weekend, with only one seat in Grant County being contested. 

The only position that will see a primary race in the county is the commission seat currently held by incumbent Doug Swick. Swick, as well as two fellow republican challengers, will vie for the seat in May. 

Swick, Tyson Riggleman and Jill Long are all republicans from Petersburg. Currently, Swick serves as commission president. 

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

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