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Taylor County Grand Jury indicts 27

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Grand Jury met Monday, April 15, and handed down indictments to individuals for multiple charges. In total, the Grand Jury administered indictments to 27 individuals, including Charles E. Bonner Jr. 38, currently house in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, who was indicted on two counts of incest, two counts of felony child neglect, four counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian and 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault.

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Makenzie Marie Deditch

Makenzie Marie Deditch, 17, of Grafton, West Virginia, formerly of Saltsburg, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019, with her grandfather, Willard Francis “Wig” Allshouse, Jr., in a tragic automobile accident on Route 286 in Homer City. Born June 6, 2001, in Indiana, PA, she was a daughter of William Deditch and Nonie M. Allshouse.

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Gladys Gaye Flesher

Gladys Gaye Flesher, 84, of Grafton, WV, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019, surrounded by her family, following a brief illness. Gladys was born in Turner Douglas, WV, on September 12, 1934, a daughter of the late George W. and Grace E. Bowser Alexander.

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Smith ready to style to perfection

GRAFTON—There’s a new stylist in town, and she is looking to be the perfect hairdresser for you! Although new to Grafton, Tina Smith has been cutting hair for many years. What started as a childhood hobby, has grown into a passion of hers, and she is excited to bring her signature style to Do r Dye Salon, located at 828 West Main Street, Grafton. According to Smith, she was just 12 years old when she ventured into the world of hairdressing. “I started cutting hair when I was young, but it was just a hobby at that point,” she said. “But as I got older, my passion for styling grew.”

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Griffith defends title of Fittest Lady

GRAFTON—Reigning champion of last year’s Fittest Lady Contest, Morgan Griffith, once again put her skills to the test during this year’s competition. The Fittest Lady Contest is designed to inspire everyone to work hard, become healthier by exercising and improving eating habits, while motivating the ladies to push to be the fittest of them all. According to Tygart Valley Rehabilitation and Fitness Center Manager Ricky Williams, Griffith led for most of the month-long competition.

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Rodriguez begins Ministry at Grafton Seventh-day Adventist Church

GRAFTON—The Grafton Seventh-day Adventist Church has announced the appointment of Abner Rodriguez as their new pastor. Pastor Rodriguez, 44, comes to Grafton from Roanoke, Virginia, where he served as Director of the Melrose Adventist Child Development Center.

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Kinsley sentenced in Federal Court

MORGANTOWN—A Taylor County woman was sentenced in Federal Court, after admitting to bank fraud. Karen Lynn Kinsley, 45, of Cara Marita Drive, Grafton, was sentenced to 36 months incarceration for taking out loans and opening accounts in bank customers’ names without their knowledge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. The defendant had previously pled guilty to one count of bank fraud in September 2018, after being arrested by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department on April 10, following an investigation at a Morgantown bank.

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Officials and residents meet for an Educational Town Hall meeting

GRAFTON—Last week, an education discussion was held in Taylor County to hear the public’s input on education ahead of the special legislature session to be held next month. The meeting was held in the Grafton City Council Chambers Tuesday evening and was hosted by Amy Summers R - Taylor, Majority Leader. In attendance were Delegate Terry Waxman R - Harrison, Delegate Ben Queen R – Harrison, along with Senators Randy Smith R – Tucker and Dave Sypolt R - Preston. The group introduced themselves and told the attendees that they look forward to hearing their input and ideas to make education better. In addition, Taylor County Superintendent Christy Miller and all five Taylor County Board of Education members attended, as well as approximately 15 other members of the community.

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Grafton couple charged after lengthy investigation by GPD

GRAFTON—Two individuals are facing serious charges, following an investigation by the Grafton Police Department’s Drug Task Force. Christopher Michael Hake, 43, and Christina Marie Hake, 42, both of West Main Street, Grafton, were taken into custody by officers from the City of Grafton Police Department on Tuesday, April 9, after officers executed a search warrant at their residence. The Hakes have been charged with felonious child neglect creating risk of injury.

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    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.