Walk off those holiday calories

TAYLOR COUNTY—Stay fit through the holidays with the new Holiday Wellness & Walking Challenge from WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program! The six-week challenge will start November 25 and run through January 5.

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Salvation Army Angel corner

GRAFTON—The Grafton Salvation Army is once again asking assistance from the community for their annual Angel Tree Program. “Our program doesn’t just help kids in the immediate area of Grafton,” explained Salvation Army Captain Denise Stewart. She shared that the program offers children in Taylor, Barbour and Randolph Counties the joy of opening presents on Christmas day.

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Providing comfort, warmth and love to area children in foster care

TAYLOR COUNTY— Many times, when children are removed from their home and placed into either a facility or with a foster family, they are unable to take their belongings. The friendly folks at PATCH realize being in an unfamiliar place can often cause additional stress, anxiety or sadness for the children.

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Rotary Club of Grafton recognizes students of the month

GRAFTON—On November 20, the Rotary Club of Grafton held their Student of the Month Luncheon at Grafton High School. During the event, the ProStart Class, taught by Bonnie Woods, prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner themed lunch.

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Sign up forms pulled from paper

TAYLOR COUNTY—Unfortunately, because of the increased theft of newspapers from our racks throughout the county, we have been forced to pull the sign up forms for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway and the FOP’s First Responders and Leer Coal Miners’ Christmas from the paper.

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Annual Light Up Night scheduled

GRAFTON—It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Grafton, as city workers have been busy prepping for the upcoming holiday season. From hanging banners and lights, to putting out decorations, crews have been working tirelessly over the past couple weeks to help user the Christmas season into the town.

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NCWVCAA seeking public input

GRAFTON—Lend us your voices and share your valuable opinions and insights as we at North Central West Virginia Community Action work through our Community Needs Assessment process. In order to ensure that we are serving our communities in addressing current local needs, we need to hear from you!

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Local non-profits receive grant funding

MORGANTOWN—Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF), announces the distribution of grants totaling over $115,000 to 25 local charitable organizations. Awards range from $500 to $18,000 and support many community-oriented programs, events, and activities in the region YCF serves.

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Tucker selected to perform in Macy’s Great American Marching Band

GRAFTON—Landon Tucker, a junior at Grafton High School and 3 year member of the Bearcat Marching Band, has been selected as a member of the 2019 Macy’s Great American Marching Band and will perform in the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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Teaming up for a bigger toy giveaway

GRAFTON—Each year, the staff at the Mountain Statesman gives back to the youths of the community, with a little help from our friends, during the annual Gigantic Toy Giveaway. The Giveaway was established to try and bring some Christmas cheer to the children of Grafton.

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Taylor County Family Resources holding toiletries drive

TAYLOR COUNTY—The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but for many area families, they bring with them a financial strain, and those families are left to choose between purchasing everyday items or special items for the holidays. One local organization is doing their part to help families in need.

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Gallagher wins cleanup contest

GRAFTON—One hard working resident was recognized for her home improvement efforts with Grafton’s City-Wide Home Beautification Award. Andrea Gallagher did a significant amount of work to her home, including the installation of a new front door, siding and landscaping to her Grafton home.

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BOE requesting community input for survey

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Board of Education is asking for the public’s help with a facilities plan that will guide the county school system for the next 10 years. In accordance with West Virginia Board of Education Policy 6200: State law requires all 55 West Virginia county school districts to formulate a Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan (CEFP) every 10 years.

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Servicemen and women recognized at THCC

GRAFTON— On Thursday, Taylor Health Care Center held an annual ceremony to honor veterans at the nursing home for their service and sacrifices made for America’s freedoms. Activities Director Joyce Moore welcomed everyone to the center and told them it was an honor to have everyone with them. Representatives Cindy Woodyard and Sonia Bailey-Gibson from WV Caring were at the ceremony and presented each veteran resident with a certificate and pin.

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TCMS students honor America’s bravest

PRUNTYTOWN—On Friday, Taylor County Middle School held its first-ever Veterans Day program at the school. The gym was filled with students, faculty members and veterans, as students spoke about the importance of those that have served. The Saluting our Heroes program started with the Presentation of Flags led by the FBI Honor Guard.

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FES sings a salute to area Veterans

FLEMINGTON—On Friday, Flemington Elementary School’s second, third and fourth graders presented their second annual Veteran’s Day Concert to veterans and their families. “Thank you to everyone who was able to attend today’s special program,” Principal Melissa Lampinen expressed. “It was an honor for our students and staff to pay tribute to the greatest defenders of our country.”

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A friendship found through the military

Working at the Mountain Statesman has brought many new faces and names to my attention I have met so many people who I am thankful to have met. One day I received the mail just like any other day I had opened up a letter and it had been typed by a man named Lonnie D. Nelson. As I read the letter I was inspired by a true Veteran story during Vietnam as I read the first few lines I was hooked. I then read clear to the end it was heartwarming I visualized it in my head. The story was a piece of history and honorable. I will share this letter with you in honor of November 11th “Veterans Day” The letter stated.

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