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Tygart Lake State Parks announces new restaurant opening next week

TYGART LAKE—In the last couple of months, outdoor enthusiasts have enjoying exploring Tygart Lake State Park. From boating, hiking, fishing and, of course, swimming the lake truly offers something for everyone, but there has been one thing missing, a place to eat, until now. On Monday, July 8, Tygart Lake State Park is proud to announce they will be having a soft opening for their new restaurant that will be called The Lodge.

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Mauller sentenced to life in prison

TAYLOR COUNTY—Last month, it took a jury just over four hours to return a guilty verdict for one local man charged with third offense domestic battery. On Monday, the defendant was sentenced for his crimes. Charles W. Mauller, 32, of Flemington, was found guilty of domestic battery, battery and unlawful restraint, during his June trial, and on Monday, Judge Alan D. Moats ordered that he would be sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole in 15 years.

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Individuals charged with drug possession after traffic stops

TAYLOR COUNTY—Possession charges send two Grafton residents to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, while an arrest looms for one defendant. John Michael Thompson, 25, is being charged with driving under the influence of an impairing substance and possession of methamphetamine, a schedule-II controlled substance. Both charges are misdemeanors. According to the criminal complaint filed by Deputy Dylan Johnson of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, while on patrol in the Parkview area of Taylor County, he witnessed a vehicle stopped inappropriately in the oncoming lane of travel.

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WV Renegades participate in all-star tournament

TAYLOR COUNTY—The WV Renegades, a 16U softball travel team with three players from the Grafton Bearcats girls’ team on their roster, recently played in an all-star tournament at the Pinesburg Softball Complex in Williamsport, MD from July 6th-7th. The Renegades, with Aubree Collins, Mia Chambers, and Frederique Maloley of GHS leading the way, defeated the Pennsylvania Krunch (out of Harrisburg) 8-1.

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Early July arrests keep all area law enforcement agencies busy

TAYLOR COUNTY—A Philippi man is behind bars following an interaction with an underage female. Jordan M. Bodkins, 18, of Philippi, is being charged with felony distribution and display of obscene matter to a minor, after police learned he had been having conversations with a 14-year-old female via cell phone. According to the criminal complaint filed by Sergeant Robert Garrison from the West Virginia State Police, during the correspondence with the female, Bodkins asked the victim to send nude pictures of herself to him.

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Taylor County awarded funds

TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County has been chosen to receive $8,813 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and, the United Way of America. The Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

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Local athlete battles for spot on Jr. Olympic team

TAYLOR COUNTY—One local athlete is on her way to make a name for herself on a large scale, taking down those who stand in her way along her path. Rylee Jones, one of the area’s top martial artists in her age group, made her way to Chicago, Illinois on Friday, July 12, to compete to earn her spot on the United States Junior Olympic Team at the USA National Karate Federation Championships and US Team Trials. This year’s competition was the largest in the federation’s history. The four-day contest saw numerous athletes put to the test, as they go for the gold.

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Upcoming road closure this week

TAYLOR COUNTY—The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists of a road closure on County Route 11, Wendel Road, at Mile Post 3.29

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West Virginia Dirt Trackin’ King, Sr. wins BRP Modifieds

Fellow dirt eaters it saddens me to say that this column has been given the red/checkered flag and will no longer be in these pages. As always contact me at [email protected] or on face book. Without getting sappy, a deep heartfelt thank you to all that helped and supported me over the last 15 years. Until it’s time again to smell alcohol and eat dirt, have a good one. At Elkins on Friday Steve Wilmoth grabbed the point in the Super Late Models with Shane Hitt on his decklid. Paul Wilmoth Jr. would join the duo and nearly three wide for the spot. Paul snared the lead from his brother on lap 23. Paul parked in victory lane for the third time this year. Shane slipped by Steve for second. Ryan Montgomery and Tim Senic were fourth and fifth.

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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.