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Brooke sheriff involved in accident

WELLSBURG — Brooke County Sheriff Rich Beatty was transported for evaluation at a local hospital after his police truck was struck by another vehicle on U.S. Route 22 Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department said Beatty had been dispatched to the highway between the Main Street and Harmon Creek exits to divert traffic around a disabled tractor-trailer in the road when his truck was struck from behind while he was inside it.

The sheriff’s department confirmed the West Virginia State Police was called to investigate the accident and has charged the other vehicle’s driver with driving under the influence of drugs.

The driver’s name wasn’t available.

Edison back-to-school rally Thursday

RICHMOND — The Edison Local School District will hold its annual back-to-school rally from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Edison High School fieldhouse.

The rally will include games and treats from Movin’ & Groovin’ Productions of Toronto, free school supplies, information, a meet-the-team event with fall sports athletes and a performance from the EHS Marching Band. Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said kids can enjoy inflatable rides and lots of goodies as they prepare to return to class on Aug. 24.

Inflatable rides will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the meet-the-team event at 7 p.m., which will be immediately followed by a mandatory fall sports meeting. About 20 vendors will be present. Free school supplies will be distributed in string bags according to grade level and items range from pencils and crayons to notebooks and earbuds. Athletic passes will be available for senior citizens as well as fall season tickets and apparel for Wildcat fans.

Seven Ranges meeting scheduled

WINTERSVILLE — Seven Ranges Joint Fire District will meet in special session on Friday at 10 a.m. to increase appropriations.

The meeting will be held at Cross Creek Township Board Office, located at 1267 Cadiz Road, Wintersville.

Toronto schools to open soon

TORONTO — Toronto City Schools will reopen for preschool on Aug. 22, kindergarten on Aug. 19 and for all other grades on Aug. 17.

New students should be registered before Aug. 17 and may do so from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Administrative Service Center at 1307 Dennis Way.

Pre-school and kindergarten pupils must be 3, 4 and 5 years of age, respectively, by Aug. 1. A birth certificate, Social Security card and immunization record must be presented at registration.

All students must be fully immunized against measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and polio and children under 5 must have the HIB vaccine. Free immunizations are available through the school-based health clinic at Toronto Elementary School or the Jefferson County Health Department.

Pre-school, at the Karaffa Recreation Center, will be from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The school day for Toronto grades K-5, at Toronto Elementary School, will be from 8:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. and for grades 6-12, at Toronto Junior-Senior High School, will be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:36 p.m.

Bus routes will be posted on the school district’s website at www.torontocsd.org. Parents and guardians should watch for any changes there during the first week of school in the event unforeseen conflicts arise. Students should be at their bus stops at least 5 minutes before their pickup times.

The school district has secured funding to provide free meals for all students. But parents are encouraged to submit applications for free and reduced meals so the district may be reimbursed for those meals.

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