Local law enforcement and teachers have showdown at TCMS


PRUNTYTOWN—On Thursday, local law enforcement and staff took to court at Taylor County Middle School for a good cause.

For just $2, students got to see their teachers and the local officers from the Grafton City Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, along with City Manager Kevin Stead battle it out on the court to see who will take home bragging rights.

The game was close, but in the end, the staff dominated the police with a 43-42 win.

Principal Matthew Keener shared that the game was a great success, and the students really enjoyed seeing the police officers and staff in a different light.

“I think it’s important to hold events like this to show the staff and officers in a different way,” he said. “The students really enjoyed the event and we plan to hold more in the future.”

During the game, students were also able to go buy concessions to enjoy while cheering on their teachers.

Keener revealed that the money raised from the event will go towards buying equipment for a new workout room at the school for students and staff to use.

“This has been a project Grafton Police Chief Bobby Beltner and I have been working on,” he commented. “I think it will be a great addition to the school and help better our athletic programs.”

He shared that the addition of the workout of room will be a great way to promote health and fitness among the staff and students.

Beltner shared that the game was not only good for the student’s but for his officers, as well.

“It’s good for us to come out to the schools and be involved with the youth,” he added. “My guys enjoyed coming out, it was a close game.”

Stead voiced that he would like to thank those who organized the game, as well as the prizes for those who participated.

The students really got into the game and that made it really enjoyable for us players,” he commented. “Great home court advantage. Great things happen when people put their heads together for great causes in this community.”

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