Vol. 43, No. 30

July 25 2017

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Australian aborigine students visit County

Twenty one Australian aborigine students enjoyed swimming and boating on the lake at Bee Run last Thursday with a traditional American picnic during a short visit to the area. The students, along with teacher Ben Lewis and other adults, came to this area because Lewis wanted them to see a part of America which he loves.
Lewis is the son of a former Australian exchange student who attended Braxton County High School back in the 1970s. He explained that his mother, who lived with Frank and Ruth Atkins while she was here, frequently returned to visit the Atkins family. She brought him several times and, once he became an adult, he continued the visits.
Commenting that he and his group were on their way to Toronto to attend the World Indigenous People’s Conference in Education, he explained why they came here. “We stopped in New York City and visited Washington,” he said, adding, “I decided that, since we were so close, we had to come here. Besides, I wanted to see Grandma Ruth again.”

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Commission hires new EMS Director

Barbara Adams, Chairman of the Braxton County Emergency Ambulance Services Authority Board appeared before the County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, July 21. Her purpose was to propose her board’s choice for a new director of the ambulance service. Adams explained that a “tremendous amount of work and consideration has gone into this selection.” She stated that the interview committee was represented by several agencies including the EMS staff. “We had a number of excellent candidates and the choice wasn’t easy. However, we are very confident in our recommendation of Clifford Dale Hall as our next director. On behalf of my board we request that you hire him,” Adams told the Commission. She stated that Hall was an established paramedic with a number of years of field experience and was currently serving as assistant director of Webster County’s ambulance service. She further requested the Commission to pay him a salary of $45,000 per year. George Skidmore made a motion to approve the request, which received the unanimous support of the Commission.

Dam Race to help Food Bank feed
Braxton youth

The 2017 Dam Race to benefit Mountaineer Food Bank will take place in Sutton, at 8:00 a.m. on July 29. All proceeds from this year’s 5K race stay right here in Braxton County to help Mountaineer Food Bank fund local School Backpack Programs.
The West Virginia University Mountaineer will also be there to fire the starting gun (musket) for runners and “America’s Strongest Viking” John Mouser will attempt to break a world record by pulling a construction crane across the dam!
Race day registration will be $25. Participants 60+, Veterans, and Students $20. Bring the little ones out to participate in the Kids Race following the main even. Those interested may download an entry form at www.tristate racer.com/event.


Sutton couple arrested following complaint

On July 17, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department LT B.A. Scarbro, received a call from Braxton 911 to respond to a domestic situation on Old Woman’s Run near Sutton. It was reported that an individual had been cut with a knife. The officer, along with BCSD Deputy J. Jenkins and West Virginia State Police TPR J.O. Hensley, arrived on scene to find no one was home.
According to the criminal complaint, the officers did find evidence of a domestic situation, broken windows and other broken items. One of the residents, Gary Allen Stewart, 35, arrived while the officers were still there. He stated that he lived at the residence and was involved in an incident with Brittany Tinnel, who also lived at the residence, and another individual. Stewart and Tinnel, 26, have a six year old child together, also living in the home.


Traffic stop leads to arrest

Richard Allen Hammon, 22 of Flatwoods was arrested on July 20 after a traffic stop for expired registration. Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy B. Williams conducted the traffic stop along with Deputy J. Jenkins and West Virginian State Police TPR E.D. Schoolcraft.
According to the police report, Deputy Jenkins observed Hammon in the passenger side of the vehicle. TPR Schoolcraft had a warrant out for him for the possession of bath salts and conspiracy. Deputy Jenkins conducted a pat search, when the suspect told the officer he had some marijuana and methamphetamine in a bag down his pants.





New GSC President visits county

Several Glenville State College alumni, friends, staff, and government and community leaders attended an event held on Tuesday, July 18 at the Braxton County Senior Citizens Center in Sutton. The event was held, in part, to introduce Glenville State College’s new President, Dr. Tracy Pellett.
The event was sponsored by WV Delegate Brent Boggs (D-Braxton) and his wife Jean. Those who attended were able to spend time talking and getting to know Dr. Pellett, in addition to visiting with former classmates and acquaintances.

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