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By Staff | Nov 8, 2016

Rats, beware if you dare to tread near Zoa Postlethwait's home in Paden City. Postlethwait told city council on Monday that she has killed 19 of the varmints in recent weeks.

Hard to get the ink flowing this morning.

There is an an election today, so go out and vote. Anyone who sees a dead person voting should report it to the proper authorities and then give the newspaper a call as that might be a bigger story than the outcome of any election.

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For those who will be working on matters associated to the election, you better make a big pot of coffee. Pending everything goes as planned, the Tyler Star News will be posting the results tonight.

Local races of interest are for sheriff and a seat on the county commission.

Republican Brian Weigle, Democrat Trevor Tallman and two write-in candidates — Mike Huffman and Steve Chaplin — are seeking election as sheriff.

Republican Eric Vincent and Democrat Arnold Schoolcraft are the candidates for the county commission.

In other news, not that this tidbit has any coincidental symbolic meaning to the national election, but Zoa Postlethwait talked about rats — lots of rats — at Monday’s Paden City Council meeting. Postlethwait of Jackson Street said she has killed 19 rats in recent weeks that are most likely coming from a vacant home nearby.

“It became my duty now to take care of this,” she said. “I’ve killed several rats around the back alley behind five houses. I set traps now and they work. I’m up to 19 rats.”

Like Tyler Star News columnist Betty Ruth Rush’s late night battle with a snake in September, Postlethwait is one tough warrior. Don’t mess with West Virginia women!

More on that story will appear in Wednesday’s paper.

Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights Volleyball will play in Round 1 of the State Tournament on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. The Tyler Consolidated Knights Football Team will play in Round 1 of the State Playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at East Hardy High School in Baker in Hardy County. Good Luck to both teams!

Speaking of football, Silver Knights’ quarterback Griffin Phillips and Tyler Anderson were mentioned in today’s story by Cody Tomer in the Intelligencer’s sports section.

Among other top players in the Ohio Valley, Phillips was noted for his “Aerial Attack” skills because this sophomore tossed a pair of touchdowns and 188 yards through the air during Friday’s game against St. Marys to help the Silver Knights reach the playoffs.

Among other players listed in the “Good Hands Team” section, Anderson gained notice because he hauled in five passes for 138 yards and a touchdown during the game.

Down the river at Paden City, Wildcats’ Hayden Hizer and Rander Amos were mentioned under the “Wrecking Crew” heading. Hizer delivered 16 tackles, including one for a loss, while Amos supplied 16 tackles and a sack during the 22-6 setback to Valley during last Friday’s game.

Congrats to Silver Knights and Wildcats for a good season.