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Road rage incident lands one in jail

TAYLOR COUNTY—One individual found himself behind bars after a road rage incident last week. According to Sheriff Terry A. Austin, Matthew William Devericks, 29, of Grafton, is being charged with felonious wanton endangerment involving a firearm for his alleged actions during the incident. Devericks was further charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, after the vehicle he was driving was searched. Austin reported that on Thursday, two citizens called the Harrison-Taylor 911 dispatch to report two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed on Knottsville Road, near Beaulahland Assisted Living.

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Judge Moats delves deeper into meth problem in Taylor County

TAYLOR COUNTY—While presiding over a case in Taylor County Circuit Court, Judge Alan D. Moats took the time to learn more about why individuals choose to use methamphetamine. During a revocation hearing, Benjamin Allan Mooney was able to give some insight into his usage of the deadly drug, while answering questions asked by the judge. He told Moats that for the past couple of years, he had quickly become addicted to methamphetamine, and had almost escaped its tight grasp, but was quickly drawn back in. “Mr. Mooney was accepted into the Legends program and successfully completed it. He was then transferred to sober living and was terminated from their program after he began using drugs again,” shared Community Corrections Director Tammy Narog. “He was then accepted into another treatment facility in Charleston but was terminated from that program and was sent back to jail.”

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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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Defendant saved by the grace of a Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney

TAYLOR COUNTY—After pleading guilty to fraudulent schemes, a defendant was back in court to learn his fate during a sentencing hearing. Jacob R. Sparks, 24, was back in Taylor County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing last week, and had he not gained the support from a Taylor County Prosecutor, his fate would have been far worse. During a hearing last month, Sparks agreed to plead guilty to fraudulent schemes, which carries a potential sentence of not less than one nor more than ten years in prison, or at the court’s discretion one year in a regional jail and a fine of $2,500. As part of the agreement, Spark’s defense council, Jason Gain, would make a motion to enter a deferred statute to suspend the felony for such time that it would become a misdemeanor.

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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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Lady Bearcat softball drops season opener

PETERSBURG – The Grafton High School girls softball team played their first game of the year away from home as they made the two hour journey to Petersburg last Saturday. The girls could only manage one hit in the contest as they fell to Petersburg in three innings 10-0. The lone hit for GHS came in the top of the third inning as Hailey Perks hit the ball back up the middle for a single. The Bearcat defense was strong in the first inning as the Viking went three up three down to start the game. The Vikings would add three runs in the second and seven more in the third to close out the game with the ten-run rule.

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Bright wins 44th Annual Grafton 5 Mile Run

GRAFTON -- On a sunny and very windy Sunday afternoon in Grafton, the Grafton High School track team held the 44th annual Grafton 5 Mile Run. For the first time in two years the race saw a new winner. This year Matt Bright crossed the finish line in first place with TJ Abel finishing just 30 seconds behind in second place. The top female finisher was Lauryn Falcone with a time of 30:37. The second place female finisher was Emily Meadow with a time of 32:56. This year’s race saw 84 competitors running through the streets of Grafton with the start finish line being at the GHS track at McKinney Field. This was one of the largest turnouts the race has seen in several years. Also this year’s 5 Mile Run featured an all kids race so that Taylor County’s youth could be introduced to this sport.

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Grafton High School girls track welcomes 18 runners

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls track team will be opening their season this Friday as they travel to Bridgeport High School to compete in the Connect Bridgeport Invitational. This season Coach Becky Lake has welcomed eighteen girls into spring practice and is looking to build on a very successful 2018 season.

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Bearcats fall to eventual state champions

CHARLESTON – The Grafton High School basketball team played in the first round of the WV Class AA state tournament last Thursday evening in front of a packed house at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The packed house consisted of mostly loyal fans from Taylor County. Everywhere you looked was blue and gold on Thursday afternoon and evening as GHS brought three bus loads of students to the game.

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GHS Basketball Coaches named Taylor County Athlete of the Week

In a little twist on the Taylor County student athlete of the week selection, the Grafton High School boys basketball coaches were named the Taylor County Athletes of the Week.

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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.