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DEAR PAWS CORNER: I adopted an older cat recently. Chuck is a joy and has settled into the household without a problem. However, I’ve started to notice a trickle of liquid from one of his eyes recently. He seems OK otherwise. I took a cotton ball and dabbed away the liquid and found that it was tinged pink! Should I be worried? -- Lane V. Cleveland

Dear Lane: Chuck sounds like a wonderful cat! I’m glad he’s with an owner who cares and keeps a close eye on his health.

Excess tears or discharge from the eyes is a concern, but to determine how much of a problem it is, it’s always good to check in with the veterinarian. It sounds like the liquid is clear and tinged red, which is normal -- cats’ tears are naturally tinted reddish or brownish.

If his tears are gunky, greenish or yellowish, that can indicate an infection is going on around the eye (or even elsewhere in the body, such as a respiratory infection).

Allergies or even the shape of a cat’s eyes can cause irritation of the tear ducts.

Take a closer look at Chuck’s eyes. The membrane surrounding his eyes should be very light pink, almost white.

The eyes themselves should be clear with no inflammation in the white part.

His eyelids should look symmetrical -- if one is puffier than the other, there could be inflammation.

This site has more detailed information on causes and conditions of excess tears: https://tinyurl.com/yvu2wma9.

If you notice Chuck pawing at his face, squinting often or otherwise seems uncomfortable, make a vet appointment to try to find the root cause of his eye irritation.

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Two Vikings and a whole team of Tigers traveled last week to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the National Archery in School Program (NASP) 3D and Bullseye National Tournament.

Two Petersburg High School Vikings, Kadin Tinney and Payten Huffman, competed in the event. The two archers had to qualify through both local and state competition to win their place in the event.

During the competition, Tinney finished with a score of 289 points with 22 10-point shots (bullseyes). Tinney finished 76 out of 2,510 in the high school boys division and 22 out of 532 in the high school junior (11th grade) division. Overall, he finished 93 out of 7,387 among all the boys competing in the event.

Huffman finished with a score of 279 points with 13 10-point shots (bullseyes). Huffman finished 491out of 2,510 in the high school boys division and 104 out of 739 in the high school freshmen (9th grade) division. Overall, he finished 695 out of 7,387 among all the boys competing in the event.

The Maysville Elementary School Tigers also competed in the national event, qualifying to compete after finishing in second place at the NASP West Virginia State Archery Tournament.

In Louisville, the MES team finished 49th out of the 190 teams competing in the elementary school division.



The Petersburg High School Vikings baseball team is plundering their way through 2023 sectional play, grabbing wins over the Pendleton County High School Wildcats (11-1) and the East Hardy High School Cougars (5-3).

PHS Softball

On Thursday, the Petersburg High School Lady Vikings softball team took down the Tucker County High School Mountain Lions 11-3, making them the official 2023 Sectional Champions. The team has picked up 23 wins this season, including a sectional win over the Moorefield High School Yellow Jackets. The Lady Vikings are now set to move into their regional competitions with hopes of clenching their way back to the West Virginia State Softball Tournament.

Convention of States meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Petersburg American Legion. Come join the group that will save our country. https://conventionofstates.com.

Grant County Adult Education enrolls students for their High School Equivalency and does TABE testing for the DHHR every Friday from 8:30 am-12 noon. Call 304-257-1277 to schedule or request information.

Grant County Board of Education meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the board office on Jefferson Avenue.

Grant County Commission meets every month on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room. For the agenda check grantcountywv.org

Grant County Historical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the old courthouse. Anyone interested in local history is welcome to come.

GMH board meetings will now be held on Grant Memorial Hospital’s campus in the administrative conference room on the fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m.

New Beginnings Community Outreach, Thursday, 6-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

Petersburg City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Mt. View St.

Potomac Highlands Cancer Support Group for cancer patients and caregivers, meets the first Monday of every month, 5 p.m. at Living Hope Baptist Church, 1 Veach St., Petersburg. Refreshments.

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Living Hope Baptist Church on South Main Street in Petersburg. Call Wendy DeiCas at 304-257-2349 for more information.

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