Shoplifter nabbed by Grafton PD

GRAFTON—After returning to the scene of the crime, one individual found himself behind bars, following a theft from a local retail establishment. Ryan Glenwood Amos, 38, of Pullman, WV, was arrested and charged, by officers with the Grafton Police Department, with third offense shoplifting. According to a criminal complaint filed by the officer, on Wednesday, November 28, Amos allegedly pulled his company truck, belonging to JAFLO Inc., to the front doors of the Grafton Wal-Mart. He exited the vehicle and entered the store, where a group of televisions were on display near the entrance. The report states that he attempted to pick up on television, but then shifted his focus to another. Amos allegedly secured the other television and carried it out of the store, placing it in his vehicle, before leaving the premises. After tracking down a supervisor with the company, the officer was able to send pictures from the store’s security footage to him, to verify the identity of the suspect.

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Cindy C. Wyckoff

Cindy C. Wyckoff, 60, of Flemington, WV, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born in Philippi on April 9, 1958, a daughter of the late Donald D. Wyckoff and Mary V. (Maley) Lantz. Cindy is survived by two children: Amy Saltis and husband Steve of Flemington, Mike Snider and wife Jodi of Bridgeport; companion Kevin Isner of Flemington; five grandchildren: Alex Saltis and wife Nicole of Flemington, Alexis Saltis of Flemington, Sarah Pratt of Bridgeport, Madison Snider of Bridgeport, and Bryson Snider also of Bridgeport; and aunt Joann Streets and husband Murl of Grafton.

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Performing in the dance of a lifetime

GRAFTON—One local dancer received the dance of a lifetime, after being accepted into a historied dance group. In the summer of 1986, Mike Miller from Spirit of America secured the first opportunity for dancers to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Spirit of America cheerleaders and dancers are the only performers who hold a permanent berth in the parade, aside from Santa Claus and the Rockettes. This year, Grafton’s own Payton Forte got to join the Spirit of America Dancers in this incredible tradition.

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City of Grafton transformed into a picturesque scene of Christmastime

GRAFTON—The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in the city of Grafton this weekend. Annual Christmas festivities kicked off Friday, with Light Up Night. “There are approximately 55,000 lights,” said City Manager Kevin Stead. “There are 2,000 plus alone on the tree”. The rainy cold weather didn’t keep Grafton residents away from watching Mayor Peggy Barney throw the switch to bring the little hamlet to life. And this year, she didn’t do it alone. The cold and callous Mr. Grinch was apprehended by local law enforcement for making a ruckus at the lighting ceremony. Mayor Barney had a heart to heart with the Grinch, and with a hug, filled him with the holiday spirit. Together, they flipped the switch turning Grafton into a picturesque display of Christmas.

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Leer Coal Diggers recognized for their Relay for Life fundraising efforts

TAYLOR COUNTY—Each year, clubs, organizations, businesses, friends and families come together to show their support for cancer research, during Taylor County’s annual Relay for Life. One local group was recently awarded for their fundraising efforts through the event. The Leer Coal Diggers work diligently to help raise crucial funding that goes toward cancer education and support for families dealing with the deadly disease, during the annual event, which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Recently, Megan Pitrolo, Relay for Life Community Development Manager, made her way to the Arch Coal Leer Mining Complex, to present a plaque to the Coal Diggers, a group comprised of volunteers who have a tie to the mine. “The Coal Diggers raised over $18,000 for the 2018 Taylor County Relay for Life,” Pitrolo revealed. “With that amount, they were the second largest fundraising group in Taylor County.”

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GHS wrestlers open season with solid win over PB

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School wrestling team opened their --2018-2019 season last week as the hosted the Philip Barbour Colts for an afternoon match.

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Bearcub wrestlers represented well at Philippi

PHILIPPI—The Grafton Youth Wrestling Club competed in the Philip Barbour Open last Saturday at Philip Barbour High School. The Cats had several top four finishers return home with hardware. Finishing with first place trophies were Garrett Davis, Cade Mooney and Christian Cox.

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Gabbert named 2018 Little Miss Bearcat

GRAFTON—The 2018 Little Miss Bearcat competition was held once again this fall to support the Grafton High School Cheerleaders. The winners of the event were announced at a home GHS football game. The top three place winners were honored.

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GHS boys finish second in Sam Bord Memorial

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School boys basketball team had a chance to bring home the championship trophy on Friday night as they faced Trinity in the final game of the Sam Bord Memorial Tournament.

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Lady Bearcats finish third in Sam Bord Tournament

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School girls basketball team played in the consolation game of the Sam Bord Memorial Tournament Friday against the Philip Barbour Colts. The Cats and Colts played back and forth in the first half as the game was tied at 22 when both teams headed to the locker room at the half.

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  • Sports

    TCMS JV teams played host to St. Francis

    GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School JV basketball teams were back in action on Wednesday night as they played host to St. Francis Catholic School from Morgantown.

  • 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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