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Vehicle pursuit leads officers through three counties

TAYLOR COUNTY—Officers from four different departments were led on a chase on Wednesday night, that started in Taylor County. According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy, the office received a call about a stolen vehicle from Preston County, that might possibly be found at a home in Taylor County. The deputy responded to the home, but the driver, later identified as Christopher Lee Larew, 35, had already left the residence, after having an argument with the homeowner. She revealed to the deputy that she had security camera footage that showed Larew pulling into her driveway in the stolen truck.

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Man picked up on malicious assault charge

GRAFTON—Officers from the Grafton Police Department were called to Grafton City Hospital, after an assault complaint was made by an individual, that resulted in some hefty charges against a local man. Kevin C. Williams, 21, of Grafton, faces numerous felony charges including attempted murder, malicious wounding and kidnapping, following an investigation that occurred Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the department, an individual was picked up by a motorist on North Pike Street and was taken to the Grafton City Hospital’s Emergency Department, during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 19.

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Truck vs house sends one to hospital

GRAFTON—Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the call of vehicle into a house with an entrapment and injuries, on Tuesday. The call came in to Harrison-Taylor 911 dispatch at approximately 8:30 p.m. Members from each department quickly sprang into action and responded to the scene at the corner of West Boyd and Chestnut Streets, near the Fetterman area of Taylor County. According to officials from the Grafton Police Department, the investigating entity, the driver of a pickup truck left the roadway, possibly after experiencing a health issue, and traveled through a grassy area before striking the corner of the home.

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Moats sentences defendants back to jail for failure to address drug issues

TAYLOR COUNTY—A local man was back in Taylor County Court to enter a guilty plea, after he fled from officers. Kevin Brian Runner was present in Taylor County Circuit Court with his defense council Sam Hess, to enter a guilty plea to fleeing from an officer. The charge carries a potential sentence of not less than one nor more than five years in prison and a fine of $1,000-$2,000.

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Tygart Lake to host job fair

TAYLOR COUNTY— Spring will be here next week, and before long, Tygart Lake State Park will be filled with guests. To help accommodate those guests, the park will be holding a Job Fair next weekend, to help fill many open positions. Park Naturalist and Park Activities Coordinator Jacob Jackson shared that they have many seasonal and part-time positions they are looking to fill. “The Job Fair will be a great opportunity to allow folks that are interested to come out,” shared Jackson. “The fair will be held two days, and we will be here to meet potential candidates and answer questions.”

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Skaggs earns All-American status

GRAFTON—Former Grafton High School standout wrestler Keith Skaggs earned All-American honors last weekend, while wrestling for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Skaggs took to the mats, wrestling in MIT’s 125 lb weigh class. Skaggs compiled a record of 3 and 2 enroute to the medal round. He finished the NCWA National Championship in eighth place, earning the All-American status.

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Bearcats record first win of season against North Marion

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School baseball team (1-1) was back in action on Thursday night as they hosted the North Marion Huskies at Upton Park. The Cats used a five run first inning to cruise to a 13—8 victory. In the first inning, the Cats opened the game with four back-to-back hits and a homerun by Garrett Williams. That was William’s first homerun as a varsity Bearcat. The Bearcat runs in the first were scored by Noah Hodges, TJ Summers, Garrett Moats, Chase Setler and Williams.

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Grafton High School Tennis looking to improve in 2019

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School tennis teams began their 2019 campaign last week as they traveled across the mountains to Moorefield, but before we get to the results, let’s meet the 2019 Bearcats. This year’s tennis team is composed of six girls and seven boys. On the girl’s side of the net Brooklynn Teeple is a senior and has played all for years for the Bearcats. She will play the one seed for singles again for the girls team and will be playing one doubles with senior Natalie Weber who in in her third year with the team. Natalie will play the two seed for singles. The three singles is being played by Morgan Johnson (3 yr player) and she is playing two doubles with Rylea Setler (2 yr). The four singles spot is played by Chloe Collins (2 yr) and her doubles partner for three doubles is first year player Jocelyn Countryman.

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GHS boys track looking to have a solid 2019 track season

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys track team will be opening their season this coming Tuesday as they will host their first of three home meets. This year’s team has a great mix of veteran runners and throwers to go along with several young athletes that may make a huge impact on this team.

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Lady Bearcat Softball falls to Lady Bucs 13—4

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School softball team played their first home contest on Tuesday night as they hosted the Lady Bucs of Buckhannon-Upshur. The Lady Cats scored one in the second and three in the third but it was not enough as the Lady Bucs would put 13 runs in the score book. The final saw GHS fall 13—4.

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  • 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.