Vol. 42, No.25

June 21, 2016

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Entertainment lineup announced for Braxton Fair
& Festivals Celebration

The entertainment schedule for the 2016 Braxton County Fairs & Festivals Celebration, to be held July 19 - 23 at Holly Gray Park on the Airport Road in Sutton, has been released.
The annual festivities will kick off on Tuesday, July 19th when the American Legion Post 33 will conduct the opening ceremony at 6:00 PM. Tuesday is Gospel Night on stage. Singing will start after the opening ceremony and will feature Gospel artists Carolyn Connor, the Mountain State Baptist Youth Choir, Angel’s Echo, the Harper Boys, Saved by Grace and Five Smooth Stones. In the Multipurpose Building, livestock exhibitors will open at 5:00 PM with the Poultry and Rabbit Shows followed at 7:00 PM by the Swine Show.
Wednesday, July 20th, at 6:00 PM Braxton County 4-H and FFA members along with local farmers will be exhibiting beef cattle including feeder cattle, market steers, heifers, bulls and cow/calf pairs. At 7:00 and 9:00 PM, fairgoers will be treated to Tributes to Elvis and the Blues Brothers.

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4-H team captures top honors in
State contest

Recently six Braxton County 4-H members participated in the WV 4-H Forestry Judging Contest held at the WVU Forest at Cooper’s Rock, WV.
The junior team of Ellen Collins, Hannah Cooley and Julianna Rexroad took top honors in the team competition. Individually, Ellen was 1st, Hannah was 2nd and Julianna was 3rd. Stephanie Singleton and Alex Collins also participated in the contest as juniors. Raven Friend competed individually in the senior category where she finished in 3rd place. The 4-H members were coached by Debbie and David Friend with special assistance from Jimmy Jenkins.

Famed Ken Chertow holds clinic
for area wrestlers

Twenty one wrestlers, ranging from kindergarten to high school age, recently attended a clinic given by former Olympic gold-medalist Ken Chertow. The clinic, which was held Wednesday at Braxton County Middle School, was sponsored by Braxton County Youth Wrestling.
Charles Spell, president of the organization, and member Kaleb Davis organized the event. Spell explained that they chose a Chertow clinic because their sons had attended one which he ran earlier and the fathers as well as the boys were highly impressed with his presentation.


Commission officially hires new
full-time assistant PA

Kelly Hamon McLaughlin appeared before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday to request that her part-time assistant become a full time employee prior to June 30. She explained that Bill McCourt would receive an advantage on his insurance coverage if employed full-time before July 1. Gary Ellyson made a motion to approve the request.
Sam Mace, Emergency Ambulance Services Director informed the Commission that a recent mandated inspection of the service has resulted in the local group receiving an A rating. Mace further explained that the exemplary class would allow the service to go 4 years before another inspection.


Peeking behind the kitchen door
of Braxton eateries

In an effort to keep our readership informed, the Citizens’ News presents another installment of a continuing series which details the findings of the Braxton County Health Department Sanitarian’s inspections.
The BCHD officer is responsible for oversight of over 140 establishments that sell and/or prepare food for public consumption. Violations are grouped under two categories: Critical and Non critical. Infractions cited on the “Food Establishment Inspection Report” shall be corrected within the time frame specified by the inspector as indicated at the time of inspection.
The Citizens’ News believes that an informed public should know what the Health Department finds in these reports.





Braxton students named to
Spring Fairmont State University Dean’s and Presidents’s Lists

A total of 1,129 students have been honored for their academic achievement at Fairmont State University after completing the spring 2016 semester.
Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List and the President’s List to recognize high-achieving students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average are named to the Dean’s List.

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