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NEWS P'burg plans hydrant flush Over the next few weeks, Petersburg residents may notice some unusual activity around fire hy- drants. That's because the Pe- tersburg Volunteer Fire Company will be flushing hydrants. This process is needed to assure proper op- eration of hydrants, as well as sediment removal. Mayor Gary Michael said the flushing process may cause some short-term water discoloration. Holiday notice The Grant County Press office will be closed, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. All news and advertising copy for the May 31 edition needs to be submitted by May 26, 4 p.m. The May 31 edition will be available atthe regular time on Tuesday. Union's Tiffany Jones wins state shot-put title for Class A, see page 1B Keep in touch Have an idea for e story you would like to sham, a complaint to aport or to place an ad, contact us at: News ............ (304) 257-1844 Advartlalng...(304) 257.4833 FAX .............. (304) 257-1691 E.mail ... Or wrlto ua et: P. O. Box39 Petersburg, WV 2#847 Stir Crazy .................................. 2 Editorials ................................... 4 Obits ......................................... 6 Sports ................................ 1B-3B Classifieds .............. , .......... 4B-5B Student page .......................... 8B Zoned advert00ing supplements this week * American Profile * Food Lion * Tractor Supply OIIII!U!!!II!!i!!j!i111 Check out our new Facebook page Tuesday May 24, 2011 Two sections 16 pages USPS 226480 Issue 21 high water It didn't cause problems nearly as bad as those along the flooded Ohio and Mis- sissippi rivers, but last week's rainstorms pushed many local streams to the tops of their banks. This was the scene, Wednesday, along the South Fork of Lunice Creek. $1 (94 plus 6 tax) Feds impose sentences for drug convictions Rohrbaugh gets 20 Several defendants with Grant County connections, recently, received federal court prison sentences. The first was 32-year-old Petersburg resident Shawn Lynn Rohrbaugh. On May 11, Rohrbaugh was sen- tenced to 240 months imprisonment by federal district court judge John Pre- ston Bailey. The sentence is to be fol- lowed by three years supervised re- lease. Rohrbaugh entered a plea of guilty, Oct. 1, to one count of an indictment charging him with the distribution of methamphetamine in Petersburg. The court determined Rohrbaugh was a "significant" meth dealer and was found to have been involved in the distribution of 11 kilograms of the ille- gal drug. Additionally, the court ordered Rohrbaugh to forfeit the following: 2000 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer edi- tion; $5,597 in currency; .40 caliber pistol magazine and cartridges; 2006 4- wheeler; a 5-by-10-foot utility trailer; four surveillance cameras; two digital cameras; Acer laptop computer; Hi- tachi television; two X-Box 360s with games and controllers; Playstation 3; radio scanner with accessories; and an audio amplifier. Rohrbaugh is in federal custody. Next came James Daniel Tawney, 25, Petersburg. He was sentenced to 63 months im- prisonment, plus three years supervised release. Tawney pleaded guilty, Feb. 3, to a one-count information charging hi with the distribution of meth in Peters- years for meth dealing burg. . He is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal insti- tution. Tawney's co-defendant, Startisha E. Keplinger, 22, Upper Tract, was sen- tenced to 36 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years supervised release. Keplinger entered a plea of guilty on Feb. 3, to one count of an indictment charging her with the distribution of meth, also on May 31. She is also cur- rently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. Stephen Blake Landis Jr., 43, Dor- cas, was sentenced to 10 months im- prisonment, plus three years supervised release in another meth case. On Feb. 24, Landis pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with the distribution of meth in Peters- burg. He is also currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated fed- eral institution. The Rohrbaugh, Keplinger, Tawney and Landis cases were all investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Vi- olent Crime Task Force. The task force includes officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and West Virginia State Police. The prose- cutor was assistant U.S. attorney Thomas Muckl0w. There was also assistance from the Mineral County Sheriff's Office. The court also disposed of another case with a South Branch Valley con- nection. See Court, page 8 Pack those bags ... P'burg family is going to Disney World There's been lots of rain around the South Branch Valley, lately, but a ray of sunshine shone brightly, Wednesday, on Petersburg's Grant Street. That's when a representative of the Sunshine Foundation delivered some good news to Jacob Hartman, a 10-year-old who suffers from pro- found hearing loss. The foundation is a charitable group which an- swers the "dreams" of chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages 3-18. In the case of Hartman, foundation representa- tive Sylvia Sites told him he's going to Disney World. Tagging along will be his parents, Shan- non and Jasper, plus siblings, Jordan, 12, and Jadyn, 6. "It will be our first trip to Disney World," said Shannon. "He chose to go." While in Florida, the Hartmans will stay at the foundation's "dream village." It is a 22-acre facil- ity located near Orlando. There are a collection of nine "fairytaJe-themed" cottages, plus a play- ground, heated swimming pool and miniature golf course. All facilities are handicap accessible, includ- ing the pool. The trip dates are June 9-13. According to Shannon, Jacob's hearing prob- lem stems from a bout with spinal meningitis at the age of six months. Fortunately, it is the sole health problem left over from the serious illness. He uses a hearing aid, a device which allows for "moderate" hearing while in use. When the heating aid isn't in use, his heating loss is just about complete. A student at Petersburg Elementary School, Jacob is assisted by an aide, Carol Mongold. Shannon said the hearing disability doesn't prevent her son from enjoying a full range of ac- tivities. For example, he enjoys playing sports of all kinds. Jacob is the grandson of Denver and Robin Riggleman, Petersburg, and Ricky and Judy Wag- ner, Elkins. He's also the grandson of Daniel and Kathy Hartman, Franklin. Sites said the trip was made possible by the foundation's "Dream Come True Program." This new program pairs volunteers with families, de- livering Disney World packages in person. The foundation was created 34 years ago. Its Web site is: BEARER OF GOOD NEWS - Sites (right) presented the Disney World trip package to Hartman (center) and his family. PHS, UHS valedictorians, salutatorians named On June 3, Petersburg High School's newest batch of seniors will be walking across the stage diploma in hand. There are five valedictorians this year: Will George, Aaron Goldizen, Jennifer Hanlin, Devon Hartmrn and Dawn Herron, along with two salutatorians, Kyle Hin- kle and Josh Hemperly. George is the son of Kirk and Kim George of Petersburg. He is a 4.0 gpa student-athlete and has ' played golf, soccer, basketball and tennis in his four years at PHS. Over the next three years, he plans on attending West Virginia See Grads, page 8