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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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Tygart Lake offers free way to cool off during hot summer days

GRAFTON—As many of you may know, Tygart Lake State Park has kicked off the summer season with plenty of fun for the whole family. Some may not know that the lake offers a free swimming area, perfect for taking a dip on a hot summer day. Nestled in the park is a beach area that is open Wednesday through Sunday, until mid-August. After that, the area will be open on weekends only, until Labor Day weekend. Don’t fret beach goers, the swimming area will be open on Labor Day. The hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but swimmers need to be off the beach area at 5:30 p.m., so that the area can be cleared by 6:00 p.m., to allow workers to clean up.

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BOE recognizes the dedication of retiring teachers and personnel

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Board of Education honored retirees for their service and dedication to county on Tuesday. Before the regularly scheduled meeting, the board wanted to show this year’s retirees how much they appreciate their service to Taylor County. The professional retirees that were honored at the reception included Donna Jo Hause with 40 years of service, Cynthia Sue Oliver with 37 years of service, Stefan L. Smolski with 19 years of service and Sara. D. Weaver with 33 years of service.

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The History of Taylor County Chapter Two Hundred-Nine

Frank M. Keane who served as the first engineer of waterworks in charge of the pump station that was located on the south side of Grand street, South Grafton resigned to accept his former position with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad as inspector of the water stations along the line of the railroad, Millard F. Carr, a practical machinist, was appointed to fill the position. A son of John Carr who established the first machine shops and foundry in Grafton and in which the son gained practical experience made him particularly fitted for the position and operation of the pumping plant.

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Democratic Executive Committee pens resolution to Senator Joe Manchin, III

TAYLOR COUNTY—At the monthly meeting of the Taylor County Democratic Executive Committee, held on Monday July 15, a resolution was passed calling on Senator Joseph Manchin, III, to retain his seat in the United States Senate, instead of entering West Virginia’s 2020 gubernatorial primary. “With this resolution we are calling on Senator Manchin to honor the commitment that he made to West Virginians,” said Charles Marshall, Co-Chair of the Taylor County Democratic Executive Committee. “It is significant that every member of our committee supported the statement, and I believe that it reflects the feelings of most West Virginia voters.”

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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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    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.