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In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding out-doorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics.

“Hunting ethically and legally preserves our image as sportsmen and women and promotes good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

One of the first steps in planning a hunting trip is identifying a place you’d like to hunt and checking regulations for that area/county. Topography or proximity to your home also may be a factor in choosing a location.

Should a hunter choose to hunt on private land, they should obtain written permission from the landowner and go over any ground rules for hunting in the area. While private land makes up 90 percent of West Virginia, there are still more than 1.4 million acres of public land open to hunting. This includes wildlife management areas, state forests and national forests.

“We encourage folks to check out the DNR Hunting Interactive Map online at www.mapwv.gov/huntfish/ to explore areas open to hunting,” said Paul Johansen, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

Hunters also should practice shooting skills before the season. Other things to keep in mind include being courteous to other hunters and not crowding folks that got to the area before you. Successful hunters, should be mindful of how they dispose of a harvest. Dumping carcasses and hides on public land is illegal.

“Treat all land, whether public or private, as if it were your own,” Johansen said.

“How we act in the field and treat others reflects on all of us as hunters.”

Jordan Foster, of Piedmont, West Virginia, and Brandon Suter, of Keyser, West Virginia, were sentenced for drug distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Foster, age 22, was sentenced to eight months incarceration. Foster pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Hydrochloride” in March 2018.

Foster admitted to distributing cocaine hydrochloride in August 2017 in Mineral County.

Suter, age 26, was sentenced to three years probation. Suter pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrochloride” in March 2018. Suter 

admitted to assisting Foster in possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride in August 2017 in Mineral County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges college students to use caution as another school year begins and sensitive information is shared.

Identity thieves may take advantage of students’ newfound freedom to try and access personal and sensitive information.

“It can be pretty easy for college students to get caught up in the excitement of the college experience and forget how important it is to safeguard personal information,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Not doing so can cause a lot of unwanted issues and headaches down the road.”

College is the first time many young adults are in charge of their own personal affairs, which makes them susceptible to scammers.

Students should use strong passwords to protect access to devices and never share or leave personal information on display.

Billing statements and other sensitive information should be shredded or kept secure rather than carried in a purse or backpack.

Students should also be wary of any unsolicited attempt to gain access to personal information and never divulge such information without verifying the authenticity of the recipient.

Additionally, college students are encouraged to download firewalls and software that prevent computer viruses and spyware from impacting their devices.

The attorney general’s office issues this advice as part of the fifth annual Off to College Consumer Protection Week. To learn about consumer protection efforts in West Virginia, visit www.ago.wv.gov/consumerprotection.

Community Enrichment Network Inc. announces their sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The CACFP is a federally funded program that provides reimbursements to day care providers serving nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children in their care. All family child care home providers licensed through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are eligible to participate.

If you have questions about the program or would like to enroll as a CACFP participant, please contact Amanda at 304-790-2201.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating.

A plea hearing has been scheduled for a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice Menis Ketchum, who is facing a federal felony charge related to the personal use of state-owned vehicles and fuel cards.

News outlets cited court documents that say the hearing for Ketchum is set for Aug. 23 in U.S. District Court in Charleston. U.S Attorney Mike Stuart announced last week that Ketchum was being charged and had agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Ketchum abruptly announced in a handwritten letter July 11, that he would step down effective July 27, two years before the end of his 12-year term. The letter gave no reason for his resignation.

A special election will be held to fill the remainder of Ketchum’s term.

By The Associated Press

A list of articles of impeachment approved and rejected by the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee last Tuesday, including the justices involved and the allegations against them.

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.

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. 

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.

A second West Virginia Supreme Court justice is facing federal felony charges related to the personal use of state-owned vehicles and fuel cards.

U.S Attorney Mike Stuart said last Tuesday that Menis Ketchum has agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. Ketchum now faces a plea hearing and up to 20 years in prison.

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