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Citations issued during recent checkpoint

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department reported their May 2019 DUI/Safety Checkpoint was a success. According to Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, the checkpoint was held on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 9:00 p.m., and extended into the early morning hours of Sunday, as they finished at approximately 2:00 a.m.

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Law enforcement continue to stay busy through month of June

TAYLOR COUNTY—Local law enforcement officials have been hard at work ensuring that the community is a safer place to live. Recently, three people were arrested on varying charges, showing that officials are working to better Taylor County. Earlier this month, Justin Allen Vincent, 29, of Fairmont was arrested and charged with felonious abduction and concealment of a child, by the Grafton City Police Department. According to the criminal complaint filed by Deputy Chief Michael Kochka, on June 4, a mother made a call to the Harrison-Taylor County 911 Center, stating that her 14-year-old son was missing.

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Joseph Clinton Paige, II

Joseph Clinton Paige, II, age 41, of North East, MD passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Born September 29, 1977 in Clarksburg, WV, Joe is the son of Joseph Clinton Paige and the late Debra Lynn (Wilt) Nowlan.

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Officials warn about Japanese Knotweed

TAYLOR COUNTY—With all of the rain that the area has seen lately, residents are seeing plants blooming every where, but officials warn that some plants can cause damage. WVU Service Extension Agent John Murray recently ran an article online about Japanese knotweed warning that, “Japanese Knotweed is a real issue in a number of areas in Taylor County. The stem looks similar to bamboo and many people think that’s what it is. This invasive plant can be a very big problem.”

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GHS Band honored to play tribute at Flight 93 Memorial Park

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Band, under the direction of Christopher Rucker, made their way to Pennsylvania to visit and honor a place that will forever be known in American History. Sept 11, 2001 is a date that not many Americans will soon forget. Everyone will remember that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings in New York and the Pentagon, but some may not recall the brave, heroic actions that occurred on another plane over Shanksville, PA.

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Clean up your part of the community for a chance to win some green

GRAFTON—Summer has officially arrived, and residents have been hard at work sprucing up their yards and homes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid for the improvements made to your home over the summer months? Well, you can! City Manager Kevin Stead announced that the city will once again be sponsoring their Cleanup Contest, and to entice individuals to take pride in their community, the contest will award a first and second place winner and each will receive a cash prize. “The first-place winner will collect a $500 prize, while the second-place winner will be awarded with $250,” shared Stead. ““The Grafton City Council thought that continuing the contest was a really good idea and wanted to encourage residents to take pride in their property and town.”

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Project HOP2E to host distribution

GRAFTON— Feeding the hungry of the community is the main goal of Project HOP2E, and the organization recently announced that they will be holding their annual food distribution to help those who need a little extra help in the community. On Saturday, June 29, Project HOP2E is partnering with Message of Freedom church, once again, for their annual Summer Food Distribution. “The food distribution will be open to anyone in need of food,” shared Project HOP2E Executive Director Bryan Smith. “We do not have guidelines. If you need a little extra help, please come out and get a box of food.”

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WV Feed to aid in stream revitalization

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Arts Council will be hosting a dinner to benefit a local organization that is striving to ensure the streams feeding into the Tygart River are healthier, guaranteeing a clean source of water for future generations. On Friday, June 21, join the arts council from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., for a WV Feed, with all proceeds going to the Save the Tygart Watershed Association. During the event, soup beans with ham, cornbread and a dessert will be sold. TCAC members encourage guests to bring a pint jar and fill it up for just $10, a perfect dinner for one. Make it a date night and bring a quart jar, for dinner for two.

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Join TCAC for afternoon music

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Arts Council is planning a fun-filled afternoon of music at Gallery 62 West. Taylor County Arts Council Member Cindy Rubenstein shared that they made a music committee in April, and had Ben and Jim Townsend showcase their musical talents. “It was wonderful! They did a great job, but we did not have many people come,” she reported. “We want the community to know we are here and have them come enjoy the arts.”

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Join Tygart Lake State Park for a WV Birthday celebration

TAYLOR COUNTY—Country roads have been welcoming guests to West Virginia, a place filled with scenic beauty and breathtaking views for over 150 years. This year, to help the Mountain State celebrate her 156th birthday on June 20, Tygart Lake State Park will be welcoming guests to a special celebration. West Virginia Day is a state holiday marking the day in 1863 during the American Civil War when West Virginia seceded from Virginia to rejoin the Union. The holiday has become an occasion to highlight the state’s many attractions, from scenic views to local brews, whitewater rapids to snowcapped slopes and celebrations in between.

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    WV Black Bears open their season

    MORGANTOWN—The West Virginia Black Bears opened their 2019 campaign this past weekend with the first two games in a five-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. 2018 Minor League Manager of the Year Drew Saylor made his debut as the team’s new manager on Friday and immediately saw his Black Bears go down by 3 runs early in the first inning. The Black Bears were able to respond quickly and cut the lead to 2 on an RBI double and an RBI groundout in the 3rd inning.

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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.