Harold “Doc” T. Drainer

Harold “Doc” T. Drainer, 92, of Rosemont, WV, passed away on Thursday November 2, 2018, at United Hospital Center from complications following surgery from a broken hip, with family by his side.

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Leer Mining Complex helping to bring the holiday spirit to kids

TAYLOR COUNTY—Before we know it, the holidays will be here and while the holidays are a cheerful and joyous time for most, they can be a little more difficult for those children who are spending them in foster care. One local company wanted to help bring some holiday cheer to a foster care organization. On Friday, Arch Coal Leer Mining Complex made a donation to the Potomac Center Foster Care organization.

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Grafton’s newest attraction will hopefully draw tourists to town

GRAFTON—Grafton native, Brendan Gallagher, is making sure that the town is ready for the release of the game Fallout 76. The new game has a host of monsters and mutants derived from West Virginian folklore, and most importantly, it has the Grafton Monster. The first sighting of the Grafton Monster occurred on June 16, 1964. Reports from the Grafton Sentinel, the Mountain Statesman’s predecessor, claimed that over 20 witnesses called the paper describing run ins with a strange and massive creature.

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Leroy Edward Freeze

Leroy Edward Freeze, 44, of Grafton passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He was born December 21, 1973, in Morgantown, son of Iris Freeze Shahan and her husband Jeffery Shahan, of Grafton. Leroy worked as a mechanic at Valley Auto Body in Fairmont. He enjoyed working on cars and loved spending time with his granddaughters.

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GHS teachers defeat TCMS teachers on the hardwood

GRAFTON—In front of almost 1400 students in a packed Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium, the Grafton High School and Taylor County Middle School teachers put their basketball skills on showcase, last Friday morning. The two schools came together in the first ever GHS versus TCMS basketball game. The game was organized as a fundraiser for parent organizations for both the high school and middle school.

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Five Lady Bearcats earn WVHSSCA post season honors

GRAFTON­—With the completion of the 2019 high school soccer season, the post season honors are being handed out. The GHS Lady Bearcats had five members to this year’s WVHSSCA All-Region team, as well as one selection to the WVHSSCA All-State team. Senior Morgan Griffith was the lone Bearcat to be selected to the WVHSSCA All- Region first team as a defender. Griffith was also selected to the WVHSSCA All-State honorable mention team. Fellow senior Maggie Dickey was selected to the All-Region second team as a midfielder, while teammate Payden Morris was also selected to the second team but as a midfielder. Kadie Dunham and Jacinda Devart were selected to the second team WVHSSCA All-Region as defenders. Coach Sharon Griffith also wanted to recognize Maggie Dickey, Morgan Griffith and Emily Knotts as they were her nominees for All Big Ten honors.

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Hooligans U12 end season at Target United Cup

BARBOURSVILLE—The U12 Taylor County Hooligans wrapped up their season at Target United Cup on October 27-28, in Barboursville, WV. Though they didn’t get the results they wanted, they came home with the “Fair Play Award”.

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GHS Cheerleaders compete

WHEELING—The Grafton High School cheerleading squad competed last week for the WV Regional I AA championships in Wheeling. The girls gave it all they had, but with a few extra deductions, they finished in sixth-place, which was a little lower than they had expected.

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Taylor Wyatt selected to Damascus Hall of Fame

GRAFTON—You may know her now as the extremely helpful and hardworking counselor at Grafton High School, or the energetic softball coach for the Lady Bearcats, but believe it or not, Taylor Wyatt had a life before coming to the hallways at GHS. Many of us never take the time to get to know our teachers or counselors to find out about their past and what they may have excelled at before arriving at GHS. Taylor Wyatt is the perfect example.

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Bearcats earn post-season boys soccer honors

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys soccer team received some great news early this week, as four members of the team have received post season honors. Senior Gabe Wolverton and junior Alec Correia have been selected to the Big Ten Conference second team for the 2018 season. Wolverton and Stetson Sanders were selected as first team members of the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association (WVHSSCA) All Region team, while teammates Marik Chambers and Correia were selected to the second team.

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  • Obituaries

    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.

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