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A Grant County man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after a series of court hearings determined he had violated the terms of his probation multiple times.

According to paperwork from the court, on July 27, Virgil Moreland II, 53, of 658 Communications Dr., Mount Storm, appeared via video from the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail before Judge James Courrier for a probation revocation hearing.

This hearing was Moreland’s third charge of violating his probation.

Moreland’s probation violation allegation stems from an incident in which Moreland allegedly held a woman’s possessions hostage while having a pistol in his waistband. The victim also alleged that missing from the possessions was a controlled substance and over $2,000.

It was announced last week that the Grant County Public Service District was one of six communities chosen for federal funding to support efforts to modernize water and wastewater infrastructure in rural West Virginia.

The announcement came from the United States Department of Agriculture and said that an investment of $3,608,000 in loans and $750,000 in grants will allow the Grant County Public Service District to provide public water and limited fire protection service to 45 new customers in the Knobley Road area and 26 new customers in the Eston Carr Road -Buckbee Hollow area.

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From plans to sell, to being rescued by a local organization and finally to being returned to the county, the historical building known locally as the Old Scherr Schoolhouse has had a contentious history.

During their July 28 meeting, the Grant County Commission agreed to allow the county to reclaim the schoolhouse from the organization who acquired it previously.

According to commission president Doug Swick, who supported the decision to allow the building’s return, the schoolhouse was nearly sold years ago but was rescued by a band of local citizens who formed the Scherr Greenland and Culture Preservation Organization. As a result, the county commission agreed to give the property to the organization for them to run and maintain in their own community.

A Grant County grand jury convened late last month and returned a total of 16 indictments, including assualt, reckless driving and grand larceny.

The indictments returned included:

Trevor L. Carr, 20, of 261 Haven Farm Circle, Petersburg, was indicted on charges of fleeing from an officer with reckless disregard. Carr’s charges stem from an incident in March in which officers with the West Virginia State Police were conducting road patrol on Route 42 in Petersburg.

As Grant County’s positive COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the county has reported what is considered to be its first coronavirus related death.

Sandria Glasscock, the county’s public information officer and registered nurse with the Grant County Health Department, released information yesterday, saying the current positive case count is 89 total (86 positives and three probable) with two still hospitalized.

According to the West Virginia Health Department, Grant County’s positive cases have now bypassed Hardy, Hampshire and Pendleton counties.

Joshua Lee Grapes, 39, of Monongalia County was arrested on July 27 following a report made to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department of a man brandishing a gun walking along Route 42 outside of Petersburg.

The Grant County Board of Education announced last week it was their goal to have students return to school four and a half days a week next semester.

“It has been and will continue to be, the intention of the board of education and school system that we will be in school but we will follow the guidelines set forth regarding each of the scenarios and the circumstances we are faced with,” said superintendent Doug Lambert. “We will follow the guidance of the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) the governor’s office, the Grant County Health Department and board of education.”

The decision to have students back in the classroom came during the board’s July 28 meeting, with the board members and the superintendent expressing their desire to see students return to school for full days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with students released early on Wednesday for intensive sanitation and cleaning of the school facilities. However, Lambert explained that while returning to school is the board’s recommendation, it could still be changed on the state level.

Many Petersburg locals have already noticed the new striking green and black signs erected at the entrances of the town. Featuring a prominent black bear and depicting scenes of fishing, kayaking and hiking, the signs proclaim to all visitors that not only is Petersburg a notable stop but that it is a tourism destination.

To some, the new signage may seem like a sudden change, however, it is actually a small step in a program that has been underway for years.

The Mon Forest Towns partnership is a collaborative effort by 10 West Virginia towns, West Virginia University, the United States Department of Agriculture, a nonprofit called the Woodland Development Group and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

The Grant County Chamber of Commerce met with representatives from the Petersburg City Police, West Virginia State Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police to present all officers that serve the county with gift cards to local businesses in an effort to thank the officers for their dedication to protecting the local community.

“I am so grateful to live in Grant County,” said Kirk Wilson, the president of the chamber. “And our local officers are a great example of what law enforcment should be. We at the Chamber just wanted to take a moment and do something to show them they are appreciated in the community.”

Overall, the donation, divided between all the officers, was approximatley $1,560.

Grant Memorial Hospital, its board of trustees, and its chief executive officer Bob Milvet, have responded to a claim of sexual harassment filed against them by former employee Kim Linville, by officially denying her allegations and requesting the court dismiss the case.

Linville filed her suit in April, bringing allegations of misconduct against the hospital, the board, Milvet and the county commission. In her filing, Linville claimed she was wrongfully terminated after she brought light to perceived sexual misconduct by Milvet. She claimed that the board of trustees was aware of the harassment and did not act to stop it. She also claimed Milvet engaged in an “inappropriate” relationship with the hospital’s nurse manager and that it had a negative impact on the work and patient environment.

Earlier this month, a Hampshire County woman pleaded guilty to burglary charges in a Grant County court and has been ordered to pay back more than $6,000 in damages to the Burlington family whose home she robbed.

Sophie M. Holland, 43, of 2 Karen Dr., Shanks, was indicted in March on charges of burglary after breaking into a home on Killbuck Lane near Burlington in Grant County

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