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Officers from the Parkersburg area are investigating the suspicious death of a Grant County man who was found dead last weekend in Wood County.

According to reports following the incident, Christopher Valkos, 34, of Petersburg was discovered unresponsive in the Greenbrier Garden Apartments in Parkersburg.

Joshua Richard Lofton, 34, of Petersburg was sentenced last week to 78 months incarceration for methamphetamine distribution.

Freddie Baker in front of the squadron’s glider.

For those looking for a unique educational way to give back to the community, the Potomac Highlands Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is currently seeking new members.

On a larger scale, the Civil Air Patrol is a federally funded nonprofit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. In fact, the CAP performs 90% of U.S. inland search and rescue missions on behalf of the U.S. Air Force, as well as disaster relief and other emergency response efforts.

According to their website, the CAP performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth.

The Grant County Parks and Recreation Department discussed multiple upcoming plans to improve parks throughout the county.

One of the most recent improvements included the installation of new signs at Day Park and South Mill Creek Lake (Dam Site 7). Other upgrades will be rolled out at both these sites as warmer weather moves in, including the installation of sidewalks, new playground equipment and electricity at the pavilions in Day Park as well as new benches at South Mill Creek Lake.

“We have so many great parks in our county and think so many people may not even know they are here,” said parks and recreation director Jim Reel. “We are working to fix that.”

 

Map, summary and project documents can be found at https://www.freedomworksllc.net

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.

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