Vol. 44, No. 28

July 10, 2018

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Moore competes at national FBLA level, brings home fourth place

Braxton County High School graduate, McKayla Moore, recently participated at the national level in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competition that took place in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of June.
Moore and her partner Cori Tallman represented Pierpont Community and Technical College at the competition and brought home a fourth place finish in Website Design. Moore is a Resort and Hotel Management as well as an Office Administration major and is currently completing an internship in North Carolina. Tallman is a graduate of Elkins High School and is a Business Management major at Pierpont.
The competition began back in April at the University of Charleston where they placed second in the state in Website Design. This second place finish allowed the young ladies to qualify to compete in Baltimore.


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New York man facing long list of charges

Julio Hisael Amonte, 27 of Bronx, NY, has been charged with grand larceny, obtaining goods under false pretenses, conspiracy, taking the identity of another, two counts of false information to a trooper, and possession of marijuana. His arrest came after Braxton 9-1-1 received a call about a gray truck pulling a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident on I-79 near mile marker 62 on June 30.
West Virginia State Police TFC E.E. Bostic responded to the call and waited at the Flatwoods exit when he saw a gray truck matching the description. The trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2018 Ford Raptor with WV temporary registration. Almonte stated the truck was registered to his brother-in-law, Dean Farmer aka “O”.
According to the criminal report, TFC Bostic obtained verbal consent to search the vehicle where he located multiple identification cards with the same photo on them, but with different names and personal information.

Sandcastle Contest hosted by Corps

During the week of the Fourth of July, the Sutton Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers hosted hikes, safety programs and a sandcastle building contest at Bee Run lake July 3 for all ages.
Ranger Erika Thorsell was in charge of the event and judging. Prizes, like safety whistles and kites, were given out to the winners.
Competitors were given an hour to create a sand masterpiece. Although it was a sandcastle contest, participants were not limited to just a castle. One group crafted a shark with a fish in its mouth. The second place winners created an alligator chasing two little turtles in the sand. The first place winners made two castles connected to one another, complete with a moat around the castle closest to the lake. The first place team consisted of Arianna Dent and Nathan Wagner. The second place team was Amber Smith, Bella Smith, Savannah Smith, Anthony Smith, Grace Green and McKenzie Green. Thornsell said this could become an annual event for local families to do together.
The week began June 30 with a boating safety booth. The next day there was a kayak and canoe paddle at the Gerald R. Freeman Campground. Monday was a Sutton Lake history presentation at Bakers Run Campground.


Braxton County Health Nurse updates Commission on Hep A

Sissy Price, Braxton Health Nurse and Administrator of the Health Department updated the County Commission regarding reported cases of Hepatitis A at their most recently meeting last Friday, July 6. Price stated that 4 cases of the illness have now been confirmed in Braxton County. She stated that two were food service workers, but were not working during their infectious period. She added that one was a truck driver and the fourth was a home worker. She assured the Commission that the threat to residents and visitors was very low. She added that the disease has been around for hundreds of years and is treatable.
Price stated that in conjunction with state and federal agencies she had implemented a prevention response to the disease. She explained that Help A is a viral infection of the liver spread by unsanitary practices. She added that it is extremely important to wash your hands often, specifically after using the bathroom or changing diapers and to wash your hands before handling or eating food. The BCHD is also encouraging area residents to contact their health care provider to arrange for vaccination that is a key component to curbing and controlling the illness.

New Board of Education members take seats

The new members of the Braxton County Board of Education participated in their first official meeting on July 6. Dolores Wright and DeAnna Whipkey were welcomed by current members President Jill Cooper, Vice President Dave Hoover, who was also recently re-elected, and Bradley Shingler.
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Cooper. She first wanted to recognize Shane Brown and Van Carr, even though they were not present, for their service to the community and the school system over the years sitting on the board.
President Cooper went on to ask Superintendent David Dilly to set up the retirees’ recognition for the next meeting on July 24. It was agreed upon for the recognition to be at 5:30 pm, before the start of the regular meeting.
Also discussed was the election of President and Vice President for the new fiscal year. It was decided that since it had not been included on the agenda, they would vote on the positions at the next meeting.





Suspicious vehicle leads to arrests

On June 29, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department CPL C.E. Westfall, was on patrol when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked at Falls Mill. An investigation has led to the two occupants, Daisy Mae Hall, 38 of Weston, and Joshua Dale Cutright, 28 of Vandalia being charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver for meth and marijuana, and two counts of conspiracy.
According to the criminal complaint, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he approached. After having both individuals exit the vehicle, he noticed a loaded needle in the console.

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