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Regular readers are likely aware of the daily report/area arrests lists that appear in the newspaper [magistrates court report]. It includes the names of the arrestees, their age, their hometown and the charges against them.

Our cops and courts reporter routinely checks the arrest records at the public access terminal in the courthouse to gather this information. Usually included in the record are the name and address of the defendant, officer, magistrate, prosecutor (office address, never personal), what the charges were, case number, defendant’s date of birth, arrest date, bond amount and future court dates. But she noticed, starting at the beginning of this month, the addresses of everyone mentioned above were gone — the defendant’s personal address, as well as the office addresses of the court officials.

She reached out and was directed to Jennifer Bundy, the public information officer for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, who told her that the addresses for all involved in the charging or prosecuting of a crime — including the defendant — have been removed from public access terminals while the courts find a way to be compliant with Daniel’s Law.

Just after Elon Musk bought Twitter, promising more freedom, the Biden administration announces a new government agency to “protect” Americans and the world from harmful disinformation, especially about the Covid pandemic.

It is called the Disinformation Governance Board, although some would call it the Minitrue, short for Ministry of Truth, the ministry of propaganda in George Orwell’s novel “1984.” The abbreviation differs from KGB by only one letter.

There is the First Amendment, of course, but there is precedent for disregarding it, especially in war. Newspapers were shut down and editors arrested for expressing anti-war views, at the time of the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln and World War I by Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson even suppressed information about the raging 1918 influenza pandemic so as not to interfere with the war effort. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Wilson’s Espionage Act and its 20-year prison terms. Wilson even demanded that the Librarian of Congress report the names of those who ordered certain books! Today’s technology permits government to find out if you even looked at a book or article online.

In case you didn’t know or forgot, last week was National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week.

Over the course of the month of May, Grant Memorial Hospital usually honors their employees with ads in local newspapers in their service area. Even though we haven’t received anything in that regard, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to recognize all those who make it possible for us to have medical care close to home. We wish we could name them all.

The legacy of those who first opened the doors of Grant Memorial Hospital has been carried forward as we’ve seen the hospital grow and add services for our communities that previously had residents driving more than an hour away to take advantage of.

The newest expansion, GMH’s cancer center, in collaboration with WVU Medicine, is a real blessing to anyone facing that terrible disease and their family. In past years many cancer patients’ lives ended too soon when they were unable to endure the drive to obtain the medical treatment they needed.

 By George Ford

The Grant County Bank

Why should anyone in the state of West Virginia care about credit card routing mandates and the fact that Congress is looking at the issue? They should care because if routing mandates are implemented on credit cards — it will cost you money.

We need to make sure our leaders in Washington, D.C. are passing fiscally prudent policies that protect consumers and banks and that our representatives are not voting for laws that cater to large corporations. That is why I hope Congress will reject the effort to implement routing mandates on credit card transactions.

This effort echoes what occurred in 2010 when the Durbin Amendment was added to the Dodd Frank Bill. This harmful policy created routing mandates on debit cards and capped interchange fees on transactions. Both moves ended up costing banks billions of dollars in revenue.

Last week’s headlines, posts, blogs, websites and broadcasts screamed the news that the U.S. Supreme Court draft of the possible overturning of the Roe v Wade abortion ruling was leaked to a news site, Politico.

Both sides of the abortion issue have already taken to the streets in some cities, clashing with more than their opinions about abortion.

This clash has been an ongoing one since Roe v Wade was signed into law in the early 1970s. The fight for the rights of the unborn has never receded and has continued to be a political standpoint as well as a spiritual one.

If Roe v Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, it does not signal a nationwide ban on abortion. Instead, it turns the issue over to each state to determine the law.

By John Raby — Associated Press

 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday questioned a bill moving through the Republican-led Legislature that would prohibit mask mandates in public schools in response to the coronavirus, saying that he will wait on the proposal’s final outcome before deciding how to act.

 Justice has left the decision on masks in schools throughout the pandemic to officials in individual counties, and nearly all of the state’s counties have required them at some point.

 “I go back to if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’’ Justice said during a Covid-19 briefing. “Or don’t try to fix it.’’

 Around two-thirds of West Virginia county school districts require masks in schools now - 35 out of 55, according to the state Department of Education. Most others have policies that trigger a mask requirement if cases in the state or school community reach a certain threshold. Hardy County requires masks for unvaccinated students.

 House Bill 4071 would prohibits school and elected officials from implementing mask mandates in schools or during extracurricular activities even in the case of a Covid-19 outbreak, which it defines as 10% or three or more positive cases within a core group of students or teachers. A core group could be one classroom or a sports team, according to the bill.

At the recent Regional Track Meet, Union High School’s Bridgette Knapp not only brought home a state qualifying performance, but also broke a regional record in the high jump. Knapp’s qualifying jump hit 5’4” beating out the old 5’2” record. This is Knapp’s third trip to the state tournament in three years. Knapp is also a past Potomac Valley Conference (PVC) champion.

Knapp was not the only Tiger to qualify to compete in Friday’s West Virginia State Track and Field Tournament. Freshman Chantelle Sutton also qualified for the Charleston trip in the 300m hurdles and junior Alexandria Jones qualified in shot put.

The qualifying Regional A Track meet was held on May 13 at Doddridge High School in West Union.

The Petersburg Lady Vikings are making a strong run for another state appearence this year, picking up a championship win in the sectional finals. For their regular season, the team boasted a 15-2 record, with wins over Berkeley Springs, Pendleton County, Moorefield, Frankfort, Pocahontas County, East Hardy, Southern Garrett County and Tucker County with their only losses of the season coming from Allegany High and Keyser. The Viking players are: Caitlyn Cooper, Millie Kimble, Mackenzie Kitzmiller, Brianna Mercer, Mickala Taylor, Hannah Hamric, Jazlynn Mowery, Kennedy Kaposy, Abigail Alt, Brooklynn Rohrbaugh, Samantha Colaw, Rylan Crites, Braylee Corbin, Madison Whetzel, Jaslyn Shook, Makyiah Shirk and Jasmine Turner with head coach Dwayne “Bubba” Hedrick and assistant coaches, Matt Allanson, Doug Swick, Estel Sites, Derek Cooper and Jamie Alt

Last week, the Petersburg High School Vikings baseball team hosted their annual senior night. Seniors recognized during the event were: Cody Nuzum, Garrett VanMeter, Nate Travis, Slade Saville, Trevon Crites and Johnathan Mallow. The team wrapped up their regular season play last week with a 12-9 record. During the course of the season, the Vikings grabbed wins over East Hardy High School, Southern Garrett County High, Pocahontas County High, Keyser High School, Hampshire High, Tucker County High, Philip Barbour High and Tygarts Valley High.

Potomac Highland Beekeepers Association will be Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m. at the Bank of Romney Community Center, 165 E. Main St., Romney. All meetings are open to the public. If you are interested learning about beekeeping, are a beginner or experienced, this is the forum where you will be able to learn and exchange beekeeping information.

Miss Spring Mountain Festival pageants, March 11 & 12, Landes Arts Center, Petersburg. For more information see the Arts Center’s Facebook page.

American Legion Auxiliary meets the second Monday every month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 78 on Rt. 55 West, Petersburg.

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

Cookies & Fellowship Third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Maysville Bible Brethren Church. The community has suffered many losses in the past several years. Grief can be difficult. Please come for a time of fellowship.

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 the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. and fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the courthouse, lower level conference room.

Petersburg City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Gary Michael building on South Main Street.

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

Cancer Support Group: In conjunction with Grant Memorial Hospital and WVU Cancer Institute, a local support group for all cancer patients and caregivers, regardless of cancer diagnosis, has been formed meets the first Monday of every month at 5 p.m. at Living Hope Baptist Church, 1 Veach St., Peterburg. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Rebekah Swick, 304-257-1026 ext. 2127 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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