Vol. 43, No. 12

March 21, 2017

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Drama competition proved fascinating



Four young actors. A tragic situation. Music. Comedy. These are the components of the hour-long play the Landmark Youth Theatre Ensemble performed during the Southeastern Theater Conference in Lexington, Kentucky in early March. Their performance not only provided entertainment for their audience but also provided valuable experience for cast members.
The play, Dani Girl, is a musical which features Dani, a nine-year-old-girl suffering from acute leukemia, her hospital roommate, her mother, and her imaginary friend/guardian angel. According to director Becky Conrad, the play projects a wide range of emotions, from sadness to comedy. According to cast members, it provided them with these emotions plus definite challenges. They all proudly declare they overcame those challenges.


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Prosecutor resigns;
Assistant appointed temporarily
Commission seeks permanent replacement



Kelly Hamon McLaughlin, who has served as Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney since January 2009, abruptly resigned Wednesday, March 15. The County Commission wasted no time filling the position on a temporary basis. “The Judge said the position needed to be filled immediately due to ongoing court proceedings,” explained President Ron Facemire in calling an Emergency Meeting for the Thursday morning.
At the special meeting President Facemire read the following from McLaughlin’s letter of resignation dated March 15, 2017, “Please accept this letter as notice of my immediate resignation from the office of the Prosecuting Attorney effective March 15, 2017. It has been an honor and pleasure serving the citizens of Braxton County,” McLaughlin wrote.

County Commission meets new
local Red Cross Volunteer Leader

One of the first orders of business at last Friday’s Braxton County Commission meeting was for Sharon Kesselring, Executive Director of Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross, to introduce their new Community Volunteer Leader Amanda Criner. Kesselring outlined the many services provided by the Red Cross and explained what had been done to directly assist local residents. She stated that with the addition of Criner, she was very optimistic that additional services would be coming to the County.
Rodney Pritt, Executive Director for Flatwoods Canoe Run PSD, was first to address the Commission. He explained that the Commission had pledged $50,000 to the Exchange Waterline Extension Project. He said that while he appreciated the $9,500 paid in February 2015 and again in December of the same year there was still a balance due on the commitment of $31,000.


 

Father/Daughter Ball set for April 7

The Braxton County Healthy Families Healthy Children Coalition cordially invites all young ladies and their fathers to enjoy an enchanted evening of dinner, music, dancing & fun at the First Annual Father Daughter Ball. This royal affair will take place Friday, April 7, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Braxton County Senior Center Royal Ballroom.

 

Braxton County High School 2017 Top Ten



He holds the school record in the shot put and last year finished second in that event in the state meet. Lucas Bonnett, ranked eighth in the 2017 graduating class at Braxton County High School, is a three-year member of the track team and has qualified for state competition all three years. He is also a four-year starter for the football team where he has earned All-LKC honors and was named Honorable Mention All-State last season.
Bonnett’s accomplishments and interests, of course, go further than the athletic area. As many of his classmates and probably his instructors will tell you, he thoroughly enjoys a good “debate.” Not surprisingly, he hopes one day to enter the political arena, and he has his route planned.


 

 

 

 

West Virginia FFA to continue
Food Bank fundraiser

The West Virginia FFA State Officer team has decided to pack bags again ¯ bags filled with food for children across the state.
In 2016, WV FFA raised $10,000 to purchase, package and donate food packages for Back Pack programs in West Virginia. The program was a large success, which included a huge packing event at Cedar Lakes with more than 200 FFA members joining in.

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