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 Grant County Schools and the Communities In Schools program were presented a check from Derrick White, complex safety manager with Pilgrim’s Cook Plant in Moorefield.

 The program will be using the generous monetary donation from Pilgrim’s to help purchase new shoes and other needed items to ensure kids have what they need.

 E. A. Hawse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center presented Grant Memorial Hospital (GMH) Cancer and Infusion Center with a $2,000 donation from the American Medical Facilities Management Charitable Foundation.

 Presenting the donation to GMH CEO Robert Milvet Jr. was executive director of E.A. Hawse Pauline Vance.

 Also attending the presentation were Rebekah Swick, Kari Evans, Kelly Smith-Riggleman, Brooklyn Vetter, and Monica Brown.

 United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld has been named chairperson of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) Executive Board and will now lead efforts in the region to combat the trafficking of fentanyl and other illicit substances.

 Ihlenfeld is the U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of West Virginia, which includes Grant County.

 The Appalachia HIDTA is comprised of drug task forces from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, and was responsible for nearly 2,400 drug arrests in 2021, along with the seizure of substantial quantities of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine, as well as firearms.

 “It’s an honor to be asked to serve in this capacity and I’ll use the opportunity to strengthen the region’s response to the alarming increase in drug overdoses, many of which are being caused by fentanyl,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld.

 The Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail.

 Hazards such as uneven surfaces, wet pavement, and snow and ice can pose a serious threat to Postal Service employees.

 Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways, and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.

 Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear.

 Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snowplows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

 (AP) West Virginia set a pandemic record for the number of daily positive coronavirus cases as officials continued to implore a state with only half its population fully vaccinated to pursue their Covid-19 shots.

 The 3,345 confirmed cases reported last Thursday were 29% higher than the former mark of 2,585 cases set previous Friday. Daily positive records have been broken four times in the past week, including on three consecutive days last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources’ virus dashboard.

 The number of people hospitalized from the virus is creeping up, too. There were 758 Covid-19 hospitalizations last Wednesday, up from 557 on Christmas, health officials said. The record is 1,012 set on Sept. 24.

 The state has adjusted the number of active cases based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that now reflect an active status length of five days instead of 10 days.

 Yesterday (Monday) the active case total was 15,124, up from from 13,980 on Friday. Nearly 5,500 people have died in West Virginia since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Emily Allen

Mountain State Spotlight

 Annetta Tiller is used to water in her yard and her basement; rain swelling the Tug River and its tributaries over their banks is a regular occurrence in McDowell County.

 But every three or four years, the water will get a little higher, and Tiller and her family will spend hours carrying their belongings out of their home in Bartley and into cars, later parked on top of hills out of the river’s reach.

 “It makes you cry because you know you’re going to lose stuff that you don’t have time to save,” Tiller said.

 Tiller grew up in Bartley and has seen this play out over and over again. And it’s more than just personal belongings that are affected by the flooding. When the rain comes down hard, the whole community is hit: homes and businesses are devastated, bridges wash out, utility poles are toppled and roadways are destroyed.

 “Whenever they’re flooded here, it’s hard for them to bounce back,” Tiller said. “There’s infrastructure that they’ve lost... It’s really hard to replace those things.”

 But despite ongoing flooding in McDowell and throughout the state — including a flood five years ago in several other counties that killed two dozen West Virginians — state officials have failed to act on most of the recommendations from a nearly 20-year-old state flood protection plan.

 The result has been state officials scrambling to react after flooding events, and a statewide failure to take proactive steps to protect West Virginians from the reality of more frequent, intense storms in a warming climate.

 Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a legal challenge Monday to a West Virginia water permit for the natural gas project.

 The petition filed by environmental and community groups argues that the state Department of Environmental Protection violated the Clean Water Act in granting the permit. The Sierra Club was among the groups that filed the petition with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 A challenge was filed last month involving a similar permit in Virginia. The 303-mile pipeline would take natural gas drilled from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations and transport it through West Virginia and Virginia.

 Attempts to kill the $6.2 billion project have so far failed. Five energy companies constructing the pipeline say it’s necessary to provide natural gas along the East Coast.

 

 Candidates planning to run for office in West Virginia’s May 10 primary election may file their paperwork now, Secretary of State Mac Warner said.

 The certificate of announcement may be filed with the secretary of state’s office or the county clerk’s office, depending on the office being sought. Paperwork and filing fee must be submitted by midnight Jan. 29.

 The paperwork must be filed in the secretary of state’s office for candidates seeking federal, statewide, legislative, and judicial other than magistrate offices, and for those running for office in more than one county. All other candidates file at their respective county clerk’s office.

 Offices on the ballot this year include U.S. House; state Senate and House of Delegates; county commissions; county boards of education; conservation district supervisors; political party executive committees for state, congressional, delegate, senatorial and county districts; and any vacancies for unexpired terms that are to be filled.

Tree Ornament Contest.

 The Grant County Bank sent judges for the contest and each member could submit up to three ornaments and were assigned a number to be judged.

 Ornaments were placed into three age categories and there was a record 55 submissions.

 The ornaments were used for decorating the 4-H WVU Extension office tree.

 Seniors: 1st - Andrew Fleming 2nd - Kari Rohrbaugh 3rd - Paisley Hawk and Jesslyn McCaslin

 Juniors: 1st - Katie Rohrbaugh 2nd- Olivia Layton 3rd - Degan Bomboy and Isaiah Goldizen

 Cloverbuds: 1st - Tatem Keplinger 2nd - Christopher Adams and Tatem Keplinger 3rd - Tatem Keplinger and Branson Hinkle

 Submitted by Alex Coffman, WVU Extension Agent for Grant County.

 Grant Memorial Hospital’s is seeking donations to be used to provide comfort to patients at their new cancer and infusion center.

 They will be accepting donations of hats, headwraps and blankets through March 1. The items must be new or never worn and free of perfume, pet hair and smoke. Soft yarn is best or cotton, acrylic silk or fleece.

 To donate, call 304-257-1026, ext. 2121 and ask for Brooklyn Vetter or Rebekah Swick.

 West Virginians can again sign up for free vegetable seeds and gardening instruction from the Grow This: West Virginia Garden Challenge, a program of the West Virginia University Extension Family Nutrition Program.

 Sign-ups opened on New Year’s Day and will run until Jan. 31. All West Virginia residents are eligible. Participants just need to fill out a short sign-up survey.

 “The Grow This program has expanded each year, and we’re sure 2022 will be our most successful year yet,” said Kristin McCartney, WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program specialist and assistant professor. “We’re especially excited to introduce a crop our participants have never grown before.”

 Grow This crops for 2022 will be Roma tomatoes, cucumbers and Brussels sprouts. Participants have grown tomatoes and cucumbers in years past, but this will be the program’s first time attempting sprouts, which are a cool weather crop.

 In addition to complimentary seeds, Grow This participants receive a weekly email newsletter and compete in contests on the Grow This Facebook page. 

 The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company held their annual appreciation dinner Jan. 8, in the Welton Room at the firehouse.

 After dinner, the following awards and recognitions were given: Royce Heare Award - Steve “Beef” Reel; President’s Award - Susie Long; Fireman of the Year - B.J. Bobby; Firefighter of the Year - Will Barb; Line Officer of the Year - Rodney Sites; Chief’s Award - Brian Barb.

 Top three responders for the year were Bobby Funk 178, Dalton Ours 167 and B.J. Bobby 165.

 Selected as firefighters of the month were: January, Mike Sites, February, Dillon Lantz; March, Ben Hanlin; April, Brian Barb; May, Jeremiah Mayle; June, Mike Sites; July, B.J. Bobby; August, Brian Barb; September, Luke Stump; October, Will Barb; November, Ashton Barr; and December, Sam Cook.

 Recognized for his help to the company was Wes Haslacker and the Business of the Year was Central Tie & Lumber Co. The EMT prayer plaque was given to Hunter Whetzel and the Firefighter prayer plaque was given to Ashton Barr.

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