Vol. 40, No. 34

August 26, 2014

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J.B.Hunt Trucking brings gifts to Frametown kindergartners

Last Friday, Frametown elementary teacher Marcy Skeens’ kindergarten students found themselves with Christmas in August delivered in a J.B. Hunt semi and distributed by a Santa all the way from Lowell, Arkansas. The fact that Skeens and her aid Michele Butcher knew what was coming and had alerted their students that they had a surprise in store did not diminish the children’s excitement.
The surprise, which wasn’t a surprise at all to Skeens and Butcher, came as part of J.B. Hunt Trucking Company’s nationwide Adopt-a-Class program. Each year, the company gives ten different classes throughout the United States $1,000 worth of supplies chosen by their teachers. The fortunate classes are chosen from a list of applications from the company’s employees who each nominate a class which contains a child or grandchild. . This year, driver Helen Shook nominated Skeens’ kindergarten class, in which her grandson Wade Foster is a student... and she won.


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WVWC names Braxton’s Gary Nottingham
head basketball coach

“It was the right time and the right place,” Braxton native Gary Nottingham said of his being hired as West Virginia Wesleyan’s head basketball coach. Nottingham, who most recently served 10 years as assistant coach in a highly successful University of Illinois basketball program, continued to say, “We’ve wanted to come back to the Southeast for some time now, so this was perfect timing.”

Town of Flatwoods dedicates community improvements

Members of the Flatwoods Town Coucil recently gathered at the Flatwoods Elementary School to dedicate their new basketball court and water fountain. The projects, which have recently been completed, were the product of a 2012 town meeting at which time city officials ask residents and business owners what they wanted to see done in their town. According to Brenda Naye, the response was overwhelmingly in favor or doing “something for the kids.”
From that point on, city officials present and past began working toward the basketball court on the campus of Flatwoods Elementary School and the water fountain on the northern end of the Community Building. According to Councilwoman, Mindy Kniceley, who coordinated the project, the response from the school, both students and staff, have been great. “We have received letters and a host of positive comments about the addition to the playground,” Kniceley said. The new facility is utilized by the school during school hours and open to the community when school is not in session.























Delegate Brent Boggs and Senator Doug Facemire present $15,000 in grants

Delegate Brent Boggs and Senator Doug Facemire presented $15,000 in grants following the most recent County Commission meeting. The House Finance Committee Chairman said he and Senator Facemire were pleased to be able to bring these much needed funds to their home county. “As you all know the state budget is tight. That makes it even more difficult to be selected by the Governor for allocation what funds are available considering the vast amount of projects that compete for those monies,” Delegate Boggs told those in attendance. The long time legislator presented a $10,000 grant to representatives of the Burnsville Community Building. On hand to receive the funding was James Lee Wine of the Burnsville Parks and Recreations Board along with Burnsville Mayor Paul Bragg. The funding comes from the West Virginian Development Office Community Development Division and will be utilized to upgrade the HVAC system and make other much needed repairs to the Community Center.












Area offenders have day in Circuit Court

On August 11, Jeremy Chad Kniceley came before the Braxton County Circuit Court with counsel David Karickhoff, for sentencing on the charge of delivery of a controlled substance: marijuana. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state.
Karickhoff addressed the Court prior to sentencing and requested that his client be re-admitted to probation; the State did not object. Upon mature consideration, Judge Richard A. Facemire granted Kniceley’s motion to be readmitted to probation for a period of five years.










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