Halloween Activities

The Freedom Message will host their annual Trunk-or-Treat on Friday October 27 at 7:00 p.m., while Trunk-or-Treat sponsored by the CVB will take place behind the Mother's Day Shrine on Saturday October 28, at 6:00 p.m.Trick-or-Treating for area youth will take place on Tuesday, October 31 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. Also, on October 31, Churches of the Knottsville Charge and the community of Thornton will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event, at the old Thornton School, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. In addition, All Aboard Grafton is once again putting on their haunted house fundraiser which will be open on weekends starting at dark, beginning on October 13.

  • TCAC urges creativity with two new art classes

    GRAFTON— The Taylor County Arts Council will be hosting artist Charlie Cowger in October, as he teaches not one, but two art classes. “We have had Charlie in the past, and we are so excited for him to be with us again,” share Taylor County Arts Council Member Holly Hill. Cowger will work to release the inner artists in his students through two classes— Art with Charlie Cowger and Portrait Drawing with Charlie Cowger. “We are looking for both interested art students, as well as models for the portrait drawing class,” shared Hill. “Models will be paid for their time.” Models are needed in four different age groups including, 7-8-year-olds, 10-11-year olds, those 18-44 years of age and 65 years and older.

  • WTES to hold 6th Annual Fall Festival

    FLEMINGTON—If you’re looking for a fun family activity to celebrate fall, then look no further. West Taylor Elementary School will host its annual Fall Festival, Saturday, October 21, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., and is open to the public. Hayrides, cakewalks, raffle baskets, silent auctions, bounce houses, games, concessions, and face painting are just some of the activities planned. The event has expanded every year to keep the festival fresh. This year, live bluegrass music from the band Shelby Grass will set the tone, along with kettle corn, and use of the outdoor school pavilion. Other new additions include a video game trailer, a fire-safety house model demonstration, and a Lifeflight helicopter, weather permitting. Also, games will close at 3 p.m. this year, to allow workers a chance to bid on baskets. One of the main attractions for visitors is the chance to win great prizes, said WTES PTO President Velve Swisher. Fifteen baskets are up for raffle and more than 30 are available for the silent auction. “This year we have a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV, a Fire tablet

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Are you ready to hit the mats? Taylor County youth wrestling registration going on now

GRAFTON—It’s that time of year again, when the weather begins to cool down outside, but indoors the temperature begins to heat up, as athletes take to the wrestling mats to prove they have what it takes, and the Grafton Wrestling Club, located at 24 West Main Street, Grafton, has announced they have begun holding registration for the upcoming season.

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Bearcats drop third consecutive game of season

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School football team returned home last Friday to face Braxton County. The Bearcats were able to keep up with Braxton in the first half, but the Cats were not able to score in the second half and fall to Braxton 35—14.

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Taylor County Athlete of the Week

Senior lineman Garrett Ware has been named the Grafton High School student-athlete of the week. Garrett led the Bearcat defense last week against Lincoln with seven tackles including two tackles for losses.

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Knights XC runs at Doddridge County

DODDRIDGE COUNTY—The Taylor County Middle School cross country team ran at Doddridge County last Tuesday night. The Knights ran against 33 of the finest cross country teams in the area. The schools that ran in the competition were Ripley Middle, St. Francis, Williamstown, Mountaineer Middle, Suncrest, Doddridge County, Central Preston, East Fairmont, Ritchie County, Tyler Consolidated, Pleasants County, West Fairmont, Hamilton, Mountaineer (Harrison), Belington, South Middle, Fairmont Catholic, Elkins, Bruceton, Trinity, Jackson, South Preston, Webster County, Terra Alta/East Preston, Mannington, Blennerhassett, Edison, Warren, Wirt County, West Preston, Barrackville and Vandevender.

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Lady Bearcats score at will against Lincoln

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School girls soccer team (8-8-2) played host to Lincoln last Tuesday night, in what was the last home game for the senior girls. The Lady Cats dominated play all night and ended up on the greater side of a 9—0 victory. The Cats scored early and often, as they managed a total of five goals in the first half. The first goal was scored by Rachel McKinney off the assist by Ally Peters. Peters then score the next two goals for GHS to give them a 3 —0 lead. The next two goals were scored by Josie Gras, with Jocelyn Countryman and Kadie Dunham providing the assists.

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