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James “Jim” McLemore Reneau  Mountain Statesman

James “Jim” McLemore Reneau, 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, after a brief illness.



Colonel Jacqueline (Swanson) Mason  Mountain Statesman

Colonel Jacqueline (Swanson) Mason, age 72, of Lynnwood, WA, passed quietly at home August 10, 2019, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Grafton, ...



Remembering a local hero and friend  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Jim Reneau was known and beloved by many in Taylor County. As an educator and administrator with the Taylor County Board of Education, ...



High school junior Jason Gainer already sets sights on professional music  WV News

Sixteen-year-old Jason Garner of Bridgeport hopes to “start from the bottom and go to the top” with his music hobby, from playing in the high school band to ...



Charles Richard 'Rick' Kirkpatrick | Obituaries  WV News

GRAFTON — Charles Richard “Rick” Kirkpatrick, age 65, of Maple Avenue, Grafton, WV passed away Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Allegheny General ...



Charles Richard “Rick” Kirkpatrick  Mountain Statesman

Charles Richard “Rick” Kirkpatrick, age 65, of Maple Avenue, Grafton, WV, passed away Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Allegheny General Hospital in ...



Two GHS thespians earn high honors at international festival  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Last month, two Grafton High School Thespian Troupe 3663 members traveled to the International Thespian Festival that was held in Lincoln, ...



Taylor Dawn Bolton | Obituaries  WV News

NUTTER FORT — Taylor Dawn Bolton, 26, of Rosemont, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at her residence following a long battle with metastatic breast ...



Sylvia Marie Smith Abel  Mountain Statesman

Sylvia Marie Smith Abel, 93 years of age, of the Colfax Community passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Pierpont Center, Fairmont, WV. She was born ...



Prevention Resource Officers honored for service to WV students, schools  WV News

CHARLESTON — Several prevention resource officers, including two from Harrison County and one from Taylor County, were honored recently during the ...



Grafton High Tennis takes on BUHS and BHS  Mountain Statesman

BUCKHANNON—The Grafton High School tennis team headed out on the road Monday night, as they traveled to Buckhannon to take on the Bucs. The boys ...



Robert “Willie” Frederick Hicks  Mountain Statesman

Robert “Willie” Frederick Hicks, 63, of Morgantown passed away on Thursday July 18, 2019. He was born September 20, 1955 in Great Lakes, IL, son of Sylvia ...



Saturday Salutes | Columns  WV News

Editor's Note: The Exponent Telegram presents Saturday's Salutes in an effort to recognize the positive efforts of many throughout North Central West Virginia ...



Rhodes Cruise-In closes it doors after 20 years  WV News

KINGWOOD — After 20 years, the final Ryan A. Rhodes Cruise-In was held Saturday.



Hard times at Grafton High for Lady Bearcats  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls basketball team hosted one of the top teams in WV at home on Wednesday night. The Bearcats' opponent was the ...



Hometown girl returns to area to serve childhood community  Mountain Statesman

PRESTON COUNTY—A local girl with a 1,000-watt smile has achieved her dreams and joined a dental practice in nearby Preston County. Dr. Breana Marie ...



Young Lady Cats look to make impact this season  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School softball team will play their first contest of the season this coming Saturday as they travel to Petersburg to take on the ...



Grafton High School golfers improve to 7 and 0  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School golf team remained unbeaten last week as they added to more dominating performances to their impressive resume.



Michael Allen Shuman  Mountain Statesman

Michael Allen Shuman, 61 of Thornton, passed away, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center, Pittsburgh, PA., with his family by his ...



Bearcats host North Marion in Regional final  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School boys basketball team (10-15) will host the North Marion Huskies tonight in the WV AA Region 1 finals in the Scotty ...



GHS Cheerleaders compete  Mountain Statesman

WHEELING—The Grafton High School cheerleading squad competed last week for the WV Regional I AA championships in Wheeling. The girls gave it all they ...



Catching up with the Grafton High School Lady Cats  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls soccer team has been busy this fall playing at least two games per week and now it's time to update where they stand ...



Grafton High School Swim Team ready for new season  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School swim team will be taking to the pool for their third season in a row. The Cats welcomed 12 swimmers into their practice ...



GHS teachers defeat TCMS teachers on the hardwood  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—In front of almost 1400 students in a packed Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium, the Grafton High School and Taylor County Middle School teachers put ...



GHS Homecoming court announced  Mountain Statesman

2018 Grafton High School Homecoming Court. This year's court includes seniors Payton England escorted by Andrew Devart, Morgan Griffith escorted by Garrett ...



UPDATE: Students return to Grafton HS after tragic death of classmate  WDTV

A teenager from Grafton was among the two people killed after a head-on collision in Indiana County.



GHS Band to host a special event  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—High school band members work tirelessly to learn their instrument and hone their skills and can often be thought of as just half-time entertainment ...



Rotary Club of Grafton awards three GHS students scholarships  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Three Grafton High School Alumni were honored at the Rotary Club of Grafton's weekly meeting on Wednesday. “We are here today to celebrate ...



Grafton Police make an arrest after threat made at Grafton High School  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—A Virginia resident has been extradited back to Taylor County to face some serious charges following an incident that occurred nearly a month ago.



GHS Band honored to play tribute at Flight 93 Memorial Park  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Band, under the direction of Christopher Rucker, made their way to Pennsylvania to visit and honor a place that will ...



Grafton falls just short vs. Keyser | High School  WV News

GRAFTON — When Keyser's girls' basketball team visited Grafton high school for a matchup with the Bearcats, the two teams went blow for blow until the very ...



Speech and Debate team competes  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Some kids are born with an innate knack for debating issues, and the Grafton High School Speech and Debate team is a good indicator of that.



Grafton Rotary Club honors outstanding students  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton Rotary Club met last Wednesday to honor some of Grafton High School's top students. During the meeting, juniors Chloe Collins and ...



Shooting threat to Taylor County Middle School deemed not credible  WBOY.com

GRAFTON, W.Va. - Taylor County Middle School students were in no danger despite a lockdown during school Wednesday, according to the Taylor County ...



Announcers pleased that Bearcat football to fill airwaves once more  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON–Most of us can remember a time in the past that we heard the Bearcat football games being called over the radio, and just like that, last year, there ...



Maids 4th, Minutemen 2nd at Grafton Track Meet  WV News

The Lewis County Maids and Minutemen traveled to Grafton High School on Tuesday, April 23 to compete in a Grafton High School meet. The Maids picked up a ...



City of Grafton kicks of 152nd Annual Memorial Day Parade  WBOY.com

GRAFTON W.Va. – Thousands of residents and visitors gathered together on Monday for the 152nd Annual Memorial Day Parade to commemorate those who ...



Grafton High School Theater Club takes the stage in multiple competitions  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Seven Grafton High School Theater Club students put on their best acts and competed in the West Virginia State Thespian Festival, held in ...



Grafton High School wrestlers open at Point Pleasant  Mountain Statesman

POINT PLEASANT – The Grafton High School wrestling team opened their 2017-2018 season this past weekend in Point Pleasant. The Bearcats wrestled ...



Makenzie Marie Deditch  Mountain Statesman

Makenzie Marie Deditch, 17, of Grafton, West Virginia, formerly of Saltsburg, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019, with her grandfather, Willard Francis “Wig” ...



GHS Bearcat basketball summer camp coming soon  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The annual Bearcat Summer Basketball camp is quickly approaching, and organizers are looking for basketballers to participate. “We have great ...



GHS Entertainers are ready to compete  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Get ready to come out this weekend to support a local group of talented students, while they celebrate the brave men and women that have served ...



Jerry L. Latta  Mountain Statesman

Jerry L. Latta, age 63, of Blueville Drive, Grafton, WV, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, ...



Russell Lowell Boice  Mountain Statesman

Russell Lowell Boice, 83, of Grafton, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, with his loving family by his side. He was born in ...



GHS Cross County hosts Bearcat Invitational  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School cross country team hosted the Bearcat Invitational last Saturday, at West Taylor Elementary School. The Cats hosted team ...



FBLA recognized for their achievements  Mountain Statesman

At Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, the 2019 Grafton High School FBLA WV State Leadership Conference Winners were recognized for all of their hard ...



Behind the scenes of Grafton High School's fall play  WDTV

GRAFTON, W. Va. (WDTV)- A lot goes into theater production behind the curtain. Sherwood Forest has taken root in Grafton High School theater with Robin ...



Sheila Eileen (Gillespie) Sayres  Mountain Statesman

Sheila Eileen (Gillespie) Sayres, age 64, of Walnut Street, Grafton, WV, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.



Tigers spoil Senior Night at Grafton High School  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School football team played their final home contest last Friday night, as they hosted the Elkins Tigers at McKinney Field.



Toothman and Maier lead Lady Bearcats to victory over Liberty  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School girls basketball team played host to the Liberty Mountaineers last Monday night, at the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.



Final stats for Grafton High School boys basketball  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Coach Mike Johnson just released the final stats for his 2017-2018 boys basketball team. The leading scorer this season will not be a surprise if ...



New look for GHS baseball  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School baseball team will have a “new look” this season as they take the diamond at Upton Field. The Cats will be showing off ...



Veterans Mobile Wall memorializes fallen heroes  WBOY.com

The West Virginia State Council Vietnam Veterans Mobile Wall is set up in Grafton May 25th to the 27th.



Wellman returns to pass Bearcats over Braxton  Mountain Statesman

FLATWOODS—The Grafton High School football team improved their record to 5 and 1 last Friday night, with another dominating win over Braxton County.



Taylor, WV, grand jurors accuse Clarksburg, WV, man of taking money, failing to provide monument  WV News

GRAFTON — A Clarksburg man accused of taking money to provide a monument for a beloved Grafton sports figure and then failing to provide it has been ...



Vivian Leigh Sickles  Mountain Statesman

Vivian Leigh Sickles, 51, of Grafton, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Wendel, ...



Memorial Day program held at WV National Cemetery remembers fallen heroes  WBOY.com

A Memorial Day program was held Sunday at the West Virginia National Cemetery.



Tygart Lake State Park provides Memorial Day weekend activities  WBOY.com

Located in Grafton, Tygart Lake State Park provides family-friendly entertainment all throughout the summer season. Things kicked off Friday with Memorial Day ...



Terring Wayne Skinner  Mountain Statesman

Terring Wayne Skinner, 60, of Grafton passed at Mon Health Medical Center on Monday, January 7, 2019, with his loving family by his side. He was born ...



Memorial Day activities throughout North Central West Virginia honor the fallen  WV News

CLARKSBURG — Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War, was a day set aside to honor and remember those who ...



Brittany Lane Davis  Mountain Statesman

Brittany Lane Davis, 31, of Grafton passed away at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV, on Monday February 18, 2019, with her loving family by her side ...



Grafton residents say 'good riddance' to old school building  WDTV

Residents in Grafton are relieved to see an old school building torn down, decades after the school closed.



Taylor County Prosecutor John Bord lives for the law and football  WV News

GRAFTON — After giving up a career as a college football coach, Taylor County Prosecutor John Bord followed in his father's footsteps, making a life in law in ...



Taylor County deputies make drug arrest after driver almost hits their vehicle  WBOY.com

GRAFTON, W.Va. - A Grafton man was arrested Thursday on a drug charge after deputies said he nearly hit their patrol car.



High school greenhouses open with post-Easter sunshine, in Harrison County, WV  WV News

CLARKSBURG — Spring only sprouted a month ago, but high school students in a trio of Harrison County schools have already grown a green thumb.



Christmastime coming to Grafton  Mountain Statesman

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 ...



2017 GHS Homecoming Court  Mountain Statesman

The 2017 Grafton High School Homecoming Court poses for a picture outside of the school. Pictured in no particular order are Seniors: Susanna Clelland and ...



Judge Alan D. Moats in Taylor, WV, livid that regional jail didn't transport prisoners on time  WV News

GRAFTON — The prisoner transportation problem that continues to vex courts throughout the region and the state popped up again Tuesday, this time in Taylor ...



International Mother's Day Shrine at Grafton needs funds to repair stained glass windows  The Dominion Post

GRAFTON — A mother's love lasts forever, but the shrine to mothers everywhere will not without an infusion of funds. The International Mother's Day Shrine at ...



Grafton's newest attraction will hopefully draw tourists to town  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—Grafton native, Brendan Gallagher, is making sure that the town is ready for the release of the game Fallout 76. The new game has a host of ...



UPDATE: Social media post from Rockingham County, Va., no threat to Grafton High School, students, police say  WV News

GRAFTON — An investigation into a social media threat “to shoot three people” at Grafton High School posed no threat to the school or its students, Grafton ...



BOE honors teachers and students Tuesday  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Board of Education met at Grafton High School on Tuesday, to see and hear about the progress and strides the school has made ...



Stephen Blake Deakins | Obituaries  WV News

GRAFTON — Stephen Blake Deakins, age 70, of Victor Street, Grafton, WV, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, with his wife and daughter by his side ...



Lady Bearcats continue to grow  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls basketball team will open the 2018-2019 season looking to build off of some experience that was gained last year.



Former cats take to the hardwood for GHS Alumni Game  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The annual Grafton High School alumni basketball games were held last Friday night, in the friendly confines of the Scotty Hamilton Gym. The GHS ...



Students at Taylor County Middle School set new Penny Wars record  Mountain Statesman

PRUNTYTOWN—The Grafton Rotary Club wrapped up Penny Wars at the Taylor County Middle School last week, with a new Penny Wars record, to be donated ...



Pastor Ronald Gene “Ron” Ford  Mountain Statesman

Pastor Ronald Gene “Ron” Ford, 74, of Grafton, went to his heavenly home, Sunday December 16, 2018, after one month of knowing he had pancreatic and liver ...



John William Sturm | Obituaries  WV News

BRIDGEPORT — John William Sturm, 73, passed away at his home in Bluffton, SC, on June 11, 2019.



CSM. Tim Bolyard's body returns home to Grafton  WDTV

Command Sergeant Major Tim Bolyard was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month when two Afghan officers opened fire with a rifle and machine gun.



Wreaths still needed in Grafton for Wreaths Across America, Monday final day to donate  WBOY.com

Monday is the final day to donate to Wreaths Across America for the annual ceremony that will take place later this month.



Taylor assistant prosecutor Shawn Nines soon moves to judge in Barbour, Taylor, WV  WV News

GRAFTON — Come Jan. 1, Shawn D. Nines goes from one side of the bench to the other.



North Central West Virginia high school cheerleading squads prepare for regionals Saturday  WV News

CLARKSBURG — North Central West Virginia's high school cheerleading teams will compete in regional competitions this weekend, with one Harrison County ...



Grafton Dairy Queen reopens featuring last original DQ Eskimo Girl statue  WBOY.com

The Grafton Dairy Queen held its re-grand opening on Monday, and sitting on top of its roof was the last original DQ Eskimo Girl.



Federally-funded WV TRIO programs continue to help students succeed  WV News

CLARKSBURG — Area high school students moved onto college campuses in the Mountain State last week to get a jump start on their college educations ...



GHS tennis teams open the season against B-U  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School tennis teams opened their season on Monday night as they played host to Buckhannon-Upshur. On a very cold and windy ...



Toothman goes above and beyond in athletics and beyond | High School  WV News

Over the last couple of years Bailey Toothman has been a strong competitor both on the soccer field and on the hardwood for the Grafton Bearcats.



FNF/North-South Classic: Creech represents proud Big Red program  WVAH

The North Bears Football Team of 2019 will feature one player from the City of Parkersburg. Lineman Ryan Creech will look to make his presence felt while ...



Harrison and Taylor County schools expand health services  WV News

GRAFTON — Students, faculty and staff in two Taylor County schools will have in-school access to medical and behavioral health professionals for the first time ...



Daetwyler named 4-H All-Star  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—A Taylor County 4-Her received the very high honor of becoming a 4-H All-Star. Recent graduate of Grafton High School, Kristi Daetwyler was ...



Summer food programs for children  Mountain Statesman

TAYLOR COUNTY—School may be out for the summer, but the Taylor County Board of Education is preparing to help feed students throughout the county with ...



Taylor County Middle School holds career day  WBOY.com

Taylor County Middle School hosted a career day for students to help promote the future choices that could be made in different job fields.



Wellman throws 3 touchdowns, Cats still fall to Cougars  Mountain Statesman

SHINNSTON – The Grafton High School Bearcat football team made the journey to Shinnston last Friday night to battle the No. 16 Lincoln Cougars. In what ...



North Central West Virginia bands prepare for the annual Region 10 Band Festival  WV News

CLARKSBURG — Area middle and high school bands will showcase their skills and talent Thursday and Friday at this year's Region 10 Band Festival.



GHS Entertainers bring down the house with rock-n-roll performance  Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Entertainers held their open house on Friday, in the GHS auditorium. The 46th Edition of the Entertainers, performed an ...



Reed Between the Lines with TCMS Coach Jonathan Curran  Mountain Statesman

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Sports Editor Scott Reed sits down with Taylor County Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach Jonathan Curran.



Keith Skaggs  Mountain Statesman

Senior Keith Skaggs has been named the Grafton High School Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance at the West Virginia state wrestling tournament.



Parades, ceremonies to celebrate North Central West Virginia veterans  WV News

CLARKSBURG — Veterans Day will be celebrated throughout North Central West Virginia with ceremonies and parades to honor veterans and military ...



Woman grieves loss of daughter, father in crash  Indiana Gazette

They had kind of a “brawn and brains” thing going on. They were Makenzie Deditch and her grandfather, “Wig” Allshouse, who could do just about anything with ...



Tracie Lea (Chambers) Fisher  Mountain Statesman

Tracie Lea (Chambers) Fisher, age 46, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017. She was born in Nashville, TN on October 22, ...



Trophy case at GHS remembers teams from former Flemington High School  WDTV

These cases are full of different memorabilia from the school's different sports teams and other organizations.



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