Two arrests made in Taylor County farm animal neglect case

TAYLOR COUNTY—After weeks of investigation, two individuals have been arrested and charged in a recent animal neglect case in Taylor County. Marvin Reay Austin, 67, of Thornton, is currently being charged with 22 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, and Grace Elaine Austin, 20, also of Thornton, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The arrests stem from an investigation and the removal of animals from a farm, belonging to Marvin Reay “Marty” and Bonnie Austin, in April, where 20 horses were taken by multiple animal rescue groups from the farm to receive treatment. After receiving complaints of animal neglect, West Virginia State Police officers were able to execute a search warrant on a large farm in the Thornton area of Taylor County. During the search on Saturday, April 20, officers found numerous neglected horses and cows on the 687-acre farm.

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Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept. to hold checkpoint

TAYLOR COUNTY—In an effort to ensure the safety of individuals on the roadways, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a DUI/Safety Checkpoint. According to Chief Deputy Randy Durrett, the check point is slated to take place on Saturday, May 25, from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. “We will once again be set up on U.S. Route 50 West, just west of the Taylor County Emergency Squad,” he reported. When holding a checkpoint, departments must notify drivers of alternate routes of travel, and Durrett shared that those wishing to not participate in the event may take Pruntytown Pike/Old Route 50 West.

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Austin sentenced in child porn case

TAYLOR COUNTY—A local man was back in Taylor County Circuit Court to hear his fate in a case involving the possession of lewd pictures of children. Back in February, Terry Vaughn Austin, II, 29, of Grafton, appeared before Taylor County Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats to enter a guilty plea to two counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. With the entry of a guilty plea, the defendant faced confinement in a prison for not more than two years for each charge, a requirement to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of his life and following his prison term, he would be subject to an extended probationary period of up to 50 years.

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Robert Lee (Bob) Hunt

Robert Lee (Bob) Hunt, age 66, of Grafton, passed away peacefully Wednesday May 15, 2019, at Mon Health Medical Center, formerly Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 11, 1952 in Grafton.

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Bite Me Bait Shop is open for business

TAYLOR COUNTY—The forecast for this week is gorgeous and many folks will be hitting the lake to fish. On the way there be sure to stop at Bite Me Bait and Tackle Shop to get all of your gear. Bite Me Bait and Tackle Shop, located in Parkview, on the way to Tygart Lake State Park, opened its doors a few weeks ago. Owner Mikael Poling and Manager Brenda Mikolon have been busy stocking the shop full of merchandise for the season. Poling is originally from Grafton. He grew up here as a young child then moved to Pennsboro, WV and lived there until last year. “I moved back to Grafton last year because I’ve always considered this town home,” he expressed.

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Entertainers needed for Friday performance

GRAFTON—Calling all past Grafton High School Entertainers! Past performers of the GHS singing and dancing sensation, the Entertainers, are needed for the Friday Entertainer event at the Spirit of Grafton.

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Summer camp offers learning and fun

GRAFTON—Summer is around the corner are you looking for something fun for your child to participate in this summer? Look no further than the local Salvation Army. The Salvation Army of Taylor, Barbour and Randolph Counties is pleased to announce that they have been given the opportunity to send at least 20 local youths to enjoy a week-long camping experience, where they will do more than swim and roast marshmallows.

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  • Community

    Women of a New Season

    Psalm 68: 11-12: The Lord gives the command, the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great army. Kings of armies flee, they flee, and she who remains at home will divide the spoil. NASB Memorial Day is fast approaching. It’s a wonderful time for us because we get to be with most if not all our kids and grandkids. We have a fun time enjoying one another and the festivities offered by our Patriotic town of Grafton.

  • Obituaries

    Ronald Howard Poling

    Ronald Howard Poling, 80, of the Lucretia Community, passed away at Grafton City Hospital, Saturday, January 14, 2017, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Grafton, May 2, 1936, a son of the late Howard Frederick and Mabel Norris Poling.