Vol. 40, No. 37

September 16, 2014

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Tanker wreck closes I-79

Traffic was backed up for miles following a tanker truck wreck last Thursday, September 11. The incident occurred with a truck leased by Spirit of West Virginia, of Nitro, lost a front tire while traveling south on 79 near the 53 mile marker. The vehicle took out approximately 100 feet of guardrail before rolling over an embankment destroying the truck and spilling its load.
In spite of the devastation of the crash, the driver, who was identified as Jeff Gladwell of Nitro, survived. He was extricated from the wreckage by the Frametown, Servia and Gassaway Volunteer Fire Departments and taken to Braxton County Memorial Hospital. He was transferred to a Charleston Area Medical Center with what was termed, non-life threating injuries.


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Local shelter dogs can fly

Two small planes arrived at Braxton County Airport Friday evening to pick up a special group of passengers. There was a blind boxer, a lab/mastiff mix which had just had eye surgery and a young hound. Shortly after the first plane arrived a second skidded to a halt on the run-way to drop their passenger that had been picked up in Ohio. She was a young mix breed that friskily jumped to greet her landing party in spike of a deformed hip.
Julie Covert, Assistant Animal Control Officer and Rescue Coordinator explained that the rendezvous was a collaborated effort between the local facility, Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue in Buffalo, NY and the nationwide volunteer group called Pilots-N-Paws.

Community Service has no boundaries for BCMH staff

The following article is the first in a series featuring BCMH staff volunteering their service to others within Braxton County as well as outside the elusive boundaries of community. Many patients receive care ‘close to home’ at their local, healthcare facility provided by family, friends and neighbors. Other patients have discovered compassionate healthcare at Braxton County Memorial Hospital while traveling far and wide.
While many employees are natives of Braxton County, there are also those who reside in surrounding counties, and those who have relocated to this area bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Thus, it is no wonder that Braxton County Memorial Hospital staff would volunteer within their community and beyond in their efforts to serve others. Such is the case with BCMH Administrator, Ben Vincent.























Sutton Fall Festival to host 2nd annual Wild Game Cook-off

The Sutton Fall Festival invites any one who loves to hunt, fish or just plain cook, to enter the 2nd Annual Wild Game Cook-Off. This event will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 1:00pm. There are cash prizes of: First Place- $250.00, Second Place- $150.00, Third Place- $50.00. Door prize drawings and other awards will also be given for category winners. Anyone interested in contending or with questions in regards to the Wild Game Cook-off may contact Kathy Cogar @ 304-765-4019 or the Sutton Mayors office @ 304-765-5581 for information. Entry forms for this event and others can be found at the town of Sutton website, suttonwv.com, under the documents link. Below you will find the rules and expectations for this event. Sponsors for this years cook-off are, Country Charm and Hometown Events, and General Appliance.












Wednesday evening accident claims 19 year old Ireland man

A 19 year old Ireland man died of injuries he received in a single vehicle accident that occurred on Routes 4 & 19 near the Braxton Lewis county lines. The accident was reported at approximately 9:37 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10.
According to investigating officers, the lone occupant of the vehicle was ejected from the automobile before it rolled over landing on top of him. Kieran Ray Claypoole, 19, of Ireland was pronounced dead at the scene according to lead investigating officer, Deputy Luke Johnson of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Deputy Johnson, Claypoole had no driver’s license. A plate on the automobile did not match the vin number. In addition, authorizes are still trying to determine to whom the vehicle belonged. The investigation is continuing.










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