Vol. 42, No. 42

October 18, 2016

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Pierson named BCHS principal

Jessica Pierson was recently named principal of Braxton County High School. A graduate of the high school which she now heads, Pierson looks forward to fulfilling the duties of her new position.
“I love Braxton County, and I love Braxton County High School,” the new principal said. “I want to see this school reach its full potential, and I want to change the perception that people have of our school,” she continued.
Pierson noted that she feels strongly that the school has definitely seen positive changes since she came there in October 2015 as assistant principal. “The culture has changed since last October,” she said, “and we’re starting to see pride in their school from both the students and staff.”

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Facemire receives 60 year UMWA pin

On Saturday, October 1, Delegate Michael Caputo of Marion County and Vice President of the International United Mine Workers of America, traveled to Braxton County to present Russell A. Facemire with his 60 year UMWA membership pin. Facemire has been a UMWA dues paying member for over 65 years and worked under ground for 39 years.
House of Delegates member Caputo thanked Facemire for his service to West Virginia and coal mining. He stated it was his honor to present the 60 year pin to Facemire and that he did not have many opportunities to make such presentations to retired miners.

Facebook aids Deputies in four arrests

What started out as a routine questioning, ended up with the arrest of four individuals on numerous charges. On October 8, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy CE Westfall was speaking with Samuel Mowery of Gassaway, after being picked up on an outstanding Capias for failure to report to home confinement on joyriding charges. According to the criminal report, the suspect gave the officer permission to use his Facebook account to locate Justin Page Campbell of Sutton, who had allegedly stolen a vehicle earlier that day. A message was sent in the hopes of finding Campbell’s location and the account was left open for law enforcement to use.
Later, Randal Leeray Perry of Burnsville sent a message to Mowery’s Facebook account asking if he needed anything. BCSD Deputy JD Jenkins had reports of this individual selling and making drugs, so he sent a message back to see if he had drugs available.


BCMH welcomes new provider

Braxton County Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome mid-level provider, Bethany Ratliff, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, to the Braxton Community Health Center. She joins Board Certified Physicians in Family Medicine, Dr. Russell Stewart, Dr. Stephanie Frame, and Dr. William Douglas Given, in addition to Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Erin King, and Jerri Oney, Board Certified Physician Assistant, in providing primary care to patients in the community and surrounding area.Bethany received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from WVU - Charleston in 2001.


BCHS Dean of Students has
program of rewards

“I think it’s a good idea to reward students,” J.D. Drake, Dean of Students at Braxton County High School, explained. To do just that, Drake has developed a program which awards one student each month.
Begun last school term, this procedure, which the dean calls the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program, provides a reward for one student per month.





Ft. Lee Marine Commander to speak at annual local Veteran’s Day festivities

Central West Virginia Aging Services and American Legion Post # 33 is pleased to announce Lieutenant Colonel Johnny G. Garza, Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment in Ft. Lee Virginia will be the Keynote speaker for the Annual Braxton County Veteran’s Day Reception. The reception will be held on Friday November 11 immediately following the parade at the Braxton County Armory between Gassaway and Sutton.

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