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After more than 25 years, Cellular X-Press going out of business

DEDICATION - Debbie Heavner and Mindy Evans in the Cellular X-Press store on South Grove Street in Petersburg. Heavner has worked for the business for more than 25 years and Evans has been with the store more than 18 years.

Later this week, Grant County will lose one of its local, family owned businesses as Cellular X-Press closes their doors due to a decision made by the AT&T corporation.

The store has a unique and local history, including being the very first single-owner Cellular One (AT&T) dealership.

Derrick Berry
Derrick Berry

The U.S. Marshals Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for failure to appear in court on multiple charges of sexual assault of minors in Jefferson and Berkeley counties.

During their July 31 meeting, the Grant County Board of Education discussed school safety, school organization nance oversight and possible improvements to the schools energy plans and usage.

During the meeting, Maysville resident Larry Porter addressed the board and asked if any progress had been made to improving school safety.

The bells of Notre Dame
Last month, the bell tower on the old St. John’s Church on the Franklin Pike was removed to make way for roof repairs. Bill and Nick Moss helped the building’s owner, Mike DeVito, remove the bell tower. DeVito purchased the building after the congregation built a new church. The church was originally built in 1906 and the bell that once called the tower home is now housed in the new St. John’s Church.

Last week, the Petersburg City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the city office.

During the meeting, the council reviewed the Petersburg Police Department activity report for the month of July. 

LOCAL ROYALTY - The Tri-County Fair Queen’s Scholarship Pageant was held last week, with six ladies finishing as this year’s title holders. Winners were: Queen - Cassidy Bosley, first runner-up - Caylie Simmons, second runner-up - Carmen Ketterman, third runner-up - Katlyn Ruddle, fourth runner-up - Sadie Brooke Carr and Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic - Rachel West.

One of the final sentences in a trial concerning the shipment of drugs to Grant County was handed down last week by a federal judge.

Cesar Navarro, 40, of Los Angeles, Calif., was sentenced to to 480 months incarceration for mailing methamphetamine through the U.S. mail, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Navarro was also ordered to pay $350,600 in a money judgment.

nice road truckersLast week, emergency personnel and law enforcement officers responded to an accident in the Mount Storm area and discovered a tractor trailer laying on its side.

The driver, Luther Alvis Evans of Fayetteville, N.C., was hauling roof fencing for Mettiki Coal. Evans attempted to turn onto Communications Drive to get on Corridor H at too high of a speed. This caused the truck and trailer to roll over, due to the load shifting. The trailer and load landed on its side.

Evans was not injured in the accident and was able to climb out of the door.

The accident was investigated by Chief Deputy Wratchford, Sheriff Ours and Deputy Berg of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Also responding to the scene was the Division of Highways crew from the Knobley detachment, the Mount Storm and Maysville volunteer fire departments and Grant County Ambulance Service.

A woman was arrested last week after attempting to illegally pass multiple vehicles at the site of an accident.

Chief Deputy S. Wratchford conducted a traffic stop for Salena Sites of Petersburg, after she almost hit Sheriff B. Ours head-on while trying to pass multiple cars in an accident zone.

Due to an outstanding warrant, Sites was placed under arrest and transported to the magistrate court.

While there, a search was conducted of her purse and located in one of the side pockets were three small baggies of methamphetamine, a Suboxone strip, marijuana and multiple smoking devices.

She was then additionally charged with those possessions and numerous traffic violations.

She was arraigned at the Grant County Magistrate Office by Magistrate Feaster.

Assisting in the arrest and search was Deputy A. Berg and Sheriff B. Ours.

Sites’ bail was set at $6,000.

masksReceives visit from state curator

Two upcoming plays will be making their way to the stage at the Landes Arts Center in Petersburg later this year.

The plays will be directed and performed through West Virginia Theater East (WVTE).

New research explores community efforts across the Appalachian region for defying and impacting public health predictions

Three new resources from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky conducted an in-depth examination of communities in Appalachia and named Grant County as a bright spot in the region.

The examination pointed to communities that had defied public health predictions with better-than-expected outcomes. The studies pointed to often overlooked community factors, including active faith communities, grassroots initiatives to combat substance abuse, community leaders engaging and supporting health initiatives and local health care providers dedicated to public health.

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