Vol. 44, No. 2

January 9, 2018

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Delegate Boggs is key participant in WVPA’s Legislative Lookahead

The West Virginia Press Association hosted the West Virginia Legislative Lookahead at the Charleston Gazette-Mail conference center on Jan. 5 to preview key topics to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session.
The day consisted of several different panel discussions from tax reform to education. Delegate Brent Boggs was one of these panel members discussing tax reform.
Alongside Delegate Boggs was Delegate Mick Bates from Raleigh County, Delegate Eric Nelson from Kanawha County and Senator Ed Gaunch from Kanawha County. The four touched on what taxes have been introduced, which ones have been withdrawn and what new taxes could be introduced in the new year.
Delegate Boggs briefly discussed the issue of the property tax.
“Raising the property tax, to me, is not an option,” Delegate Boggs stated. “We have to move consciously, we have to continue to grow our economy and we have to make sure we grow the economy across the state, not just in selective pockets.”
Although numbers show a growth in the state’s economy, Delegate Boggs did not seem comfortable with those numbers, yet. “… the economy does appear to be somewhat bouncing back, but I don’t think six months into the fiscal year is enough to be declaring victory,” he said.

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Fire claims 3, injures 2

An early morning fire Thursday, January 4 claimed the lives of a mother and two of her sons. The father and a family friend were rescued from the inferno by neighbors.
The alarm came into the county 9-1-1 center at approximately 7:30 a.m. reports indicated that the two story home at 2729 Elk River Road was fully engulfed in flames and there were people inside.
Quick action by neighbors who saw the blaze and assisted James Vasey, 61, and Tina Dillon, 35, to escape the flames is credited with saving their lives.
In spite of the quick response by the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department, who arrived on scene just 16 minutes after the alarm was sounded, James Vasey wife, Cathy 57, and sons Thomas 26 and Charles 27 perished in blaze.
James Vasey and Tina Dillon were initially transported to Braxton County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Following initial treatment they were transported to the West Penn Burn Center with what was termed, serious but not life-threating injuries.
Single digit temperatures further hampered area fire fighters who spent over 14 hours on scene extinguishing hot spots and recovering the victims.

Weyerhaeuser grant to benefit WV Envirothon

The Weyerhaeuser Foundation recently presented a $5,000 check to the West Virginia Envirothon Committee for first place scholarship awards. The West Virginia Envirothon is an environmental competition which educates high school students about natural resources and environmental science through competitive events around the state. Weyerhaeuser has awarded first place scholarship funds to WV Envirothon annually since the first competition in 1997.
The Envirothon provides students the opportunity to learn about West Virginia’s eco system and how they can conserve and protect the environment for future generations. Students work as a team to exhibit their hands-on environmental problem-solving skills, with the goal of succeeding on the state and national levels and winning awards, prizes, and scholarships. The next WV Envirothon event will be held at Jacksons Mill, April 19-20, 2018.


Eighth grade students receive lessons in personal finance

Members of the eighth-grade class at Braxton County Middle School recently participated in a program to learn about managing personal finances. These students received practice in making financial choices and then saw the results of their choices, according to Pat Facemire, BCMS guidance counselor.
Facemire explained that the state treasurer’s office provides the free program and all needed materials. The goal of the experience, she noted, is to teach students about managing money through an activity in which they see differences between what they would earn with a high school—or less—education and with a post-secondary education.


Facemire to continue as
Commission President

One of the first actions of the new year for the Braxton County Commission when they met Friday, January 5 was the election of a president for the coming year. George Skidmore made a motion that Ron Facemire continue in that position which he held in 2017. The action was seconded by Lisa Godwin.
Three other items of routine business also comes with the new year. George Skidmore made a motion to approve the list of appointments of Commission representatives to set on various boards throughout the county. He was also the one who introduced action to keep the regular meeting dates of the Commission on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to approve depository/surety bonds for City National and Premier Banks.





Braxton Invitational Wrestling Tournament set for weekend

More than 20 teams will compete in the upcoming annual BCHS wrestling tournament, according to Coach Sterling Beane. Sponsored by Go-Mart, Inc., the tournament, which will be held in the high school gym, begins Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday at 10 a.m.
Coach Beane said he looks for “a well-rounded tournament,” and named Greenbrier West, Braxton, Berkeley Springs, Nicholas, and Herbert Hoover as some of the stronger teams participating in the two-day event. “Wrestling fans should see some really competitive wrestling this year,” the coach said.

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