Vol. 42, No.34

August 23, 2016

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Local FFA member selected to perform
with National FFA Band

Braxton County High junior FFA member Hailey Vaughan will perform as a member of the National FFA Band at the 2016 National Convention. Vaughan, the daughter of Charlie and Lisa Vaughan will be playing bass clarinet in the 70-80 member band at the October 19-22 convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Vaughan, who has played bass clarinet for five years, explained how she received this opportunity. The idea to try to earn a spot in the band came last year through the encouragement of her FFA adviser, Josh Porto. She became interested right away.
“I thought it was an intriguing idea,” she said, “because it combined two things I love: FFA and music.”

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Gassaway Council holds long meeting;
little substance
New Police Chief resigns

A three hour meeting of the Gassaway Town Council produced lots of rhetoric but little action last Thursday, August 18. One of the highlights was the introduction of the Town’s new Police Chief, former Sheriff Howard Carpenter. During the meeting the Chief outlined his first week on the job. However, Carpenter resigned the position Friday morning.
During the lengthy session only two motions were acted upon, both made my Councilman Jim Criner. The first pertained to the financial statement. Council members discussed the lack of detail pertaining to checks written. Recorder Cherri Wilson provided only the number and amount of the check. Members questioned why they had received copies of checks in the past, but not now. The Recorded stated that she would provide the information in whatever form the council preferred. Criner’s motion rejected the approval of the financial statement until council reviewed the more detailed information.

Braxton FFA Dairy Cattle Team wins state competition Group earned right to compete
at national convention

“It was one of the proudest moments I’ve had as a teacher,” Braxton County High FFA adviser Josh Porto declared after four of his students had earned the right to compete at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 19-21.
Braxton’s Dairy Cattle Evaluation team, composed of Emilly Miller, Drina Kearns, Brady Bender, and Katlyn Moss, took first place in the state competition held at Jackson’s Mill on Sunday, August 15. In addition, Miller placed third individually and Kearns finished fifth. The top ten received recognition.


Gassaway woman arrested for shoplifting, trespassing

On August 12, West Virginia State Police TRP J.O. Hensley received a call from the Flatwoods Wal-Mart for an individual, Leslie Ramsey of Gassaway, trespassing. She has previously trespassed on other Wal-Mart properties and was know to the staff. TRP Hensley and TRP E.D. Schoolcraft arrived on scene and met the suspect at the outer doors.
According to the criminal complaint, Trooper Schoolcraft noticed Ramsey was wearing two pair of sunglasses on her head and one pair still had price tags on them.


County native takes in the
2016 Olympics Games

Travis Rexroad, a Braxton County native, now living in Los Angeles, recently spent nine days in Rio de Janeiro representing one of his company’s products at the 2016 Olympic Games. During that time, Rexroad interacted with several of the athletes and enjoyed several Olympic events.
His reaction, especially coming from the well-traveled public relations individual that he is, proves the impact of the Olympic experience.





Samual Veasey facing burglary
related charges

On August 13, West Virginia State Police TRP J.O. Hensley received a call of a burglary in progress on Elk River Road in Gassaway from Braxton County 9-1-1. The officer, along with Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy C.E. Westfall arrived on scene and discovered a male individual, Samual Veasey of Flatwoods, inside the residence.

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