BCHS has first female to pass
state welding exam
Senior Tiffany Conrad joined the welding program at the high school last year, when it was the only class open for the time period she needed. Once she started she realized she “liked it a lot” and she wanted to continue on to become state certified in SMAW or Stick Welding. She stated that welding was now her “back up plan” as she plans on majoring in Criminal Justice next year at Glenville State College. Conrad commented on being the only girl was pretty easy, but some of the boys said she couldn’t do it and she wanted to prove them wrong. “I’m proud of myself and what I have accomplished and I am thankful for Jason being my teacher and helping me when I needed it,” she said.
According to her instructor, Jason Wayne, “At the beginning of the year, she said she would get her certification and she set her mind to it and did just that. I am overwhelmed that I was able to be a part of it as her teacher.”
He also stated, “I am really proud of all of our welders and the number of certifications this year. It proves what kind of accomplishment they can obtain, when they commit themselves to doing it.”
Conrad was not the only student recently certified. Louie Ancell, a sophomore, also received his state certification.
When asked about his accomplishment, he said “it is pretty neat to be able to pass this year and is a good start for me to continue on and get other certifications, like MIG and TIG, the next couple of years.” He picked welding up around the farm and to “keep [him] out of trouble.” After graduating, Ancell plans on getting a job in the welding field.
In order for students to receive state certification in Stick Welding, they must pass a test in the 2G (horizontal), 3G (vertical), and 4G (overhead) positions on an “open v.” Students start out learning about flat beads on plates and work up to the “open v,” which is harder than a “v” on a plate. Wayne stated the welding program “was heading in the right direction and was getting better and better. The sky’s the limit.” Better facilities are needed for the welding program to keep growing, according to Wayne. “The kids are capable and at the level they need to be, I know we could be the top welding program in the state with more public and state support.”
Wayne also stated Pierpont Community and Technical College was interested in doing some adult welding classes at the high school in the evenings and he hoped these plans will be materializing in the near future.
Event at Sutton Library honors
writers of all ages
By Shirley Shuman
Last Thursday, along with the local winners of the Young Writers’ Contest, Braxton County writers and one writer from Oak Hill received recognition and shared ideas at the Sutton Library. The Friends of the Library sponsored the event with Pat McPherson heading the activities.
One interesting activity occurred early in the program when various individuals read to Beth Atkins’ kindergarten class from Little Birch Elementary and Flora Cox’s kindergarten class from Sutton Elementary. Atkins read We Like to Play, a book written by the students in her class.
Lou Ann Gaines, a retired Braxton County teacher, read her children’s book, The Wild Ride.
Last to read to the youngsters was Oak Hill native Brenda Moore. She read The Frightened Frog, which she wrote in response to a request from a representative from the National Gardening Club.
Following the kindergartners’ tour of the library, McPherson introduced the winners of the Young Writers’ Contest who were presented. She gave each a certificate and allowed those present to discuss the subjects of their stories. Those winners include Natasha Patterson, the 11th-12th grade winner from Braxton County High School, along with Elizabeth McGlaughlin, 9th/10th grade winner, and Marilyn Hosey from the middle school. Elementary school winners are Joel Sigman for first/second grades, Landon Stewart for third/fourth grades, and Dalton Hardway for fifth/sixth grades. All three elementary school winners attend Sutton Elementary.
The other writers present shared their subjects along with their views on writing. The youngest of those present was 17-year-old Hannah Linder. Home-schooled, Linden began writing at the age of 12 and has already written and published four books. A writer of what she termed “mysteries with romance,” she gave publishing as the biggest challenge she has faced.
Andrea Tonkin, another Braxton County writer, explained how she obtained ideas for writing. She spoke of reading an article “on how the world had gotten out of control.” She used ideas from that to write a book. She said, “What I write about is more than likely something in my own personal life.” Tonkin’s book is displayed at Tamarack.
A Braxton County Schools employee, Annie Johnson, “started writing in the first or second grade.” Johnson said she writes about “things [she is] passionate about.” A photo-journalist rather than fiction writer, she likes to publish in magazines. Her first published work appeared in Wonderful West Virginia.
Gaines explained she wrote primarily because she “loves to read.” She, too, feels that writers should deal with subjects about which they have deep feelings. Craig Smith, like Johnson a writer of non-fiction, has published a series of books on local history. His first was Braxton County: Looking Back, and he has published four more. Smith explained that he has basically compiled stories written by others.
Moore called herself an “accidental author” because she was actually asked to write a book before she had ever considered writing. She considers “being willing to tackle a subject” as well as “liking to write” important to prospective writers. Even though she has published only one book, Moore said she “has two manuscripts in the computer.”
County sees incumbents defeated in primary
With a better than usual turnout, Braxton County voters soundly supported Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump for president. Jim Justice received the nod for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Local voters, an estimated 41% of those registered went to the polls, also defeated several incumbents.
Long time Board of Education member Kathy Parker was defeated by new comers, Jill Cooper and Bradley Shingler. Cooper led the ticket with 1342 votes followed by Shingler’s 1234. Shane Brown received 1072 votes, followed by Parker with 987, Allyson Peters Lewis’ 872 and Charles “Billy” McDonald with 726.
Lisa Mace Godwin defeated incumbent Gary Ellyson II for the open seat on the Braxton County Commission. She received 1138, votes to Ellyson’s 903. J.D. Whitsel received 399 votes while Mathew Perrine received 377 in the Commission race.
The other incumbent defeated was Robert Reed Sowa for the position of Family Court Judge. Sowa won his home county of Braxton with 1861 votes to challenger Theresa Turner’s 1590 and Mikal-Ellen Bailey’s 222. Turner emerged the victor in the multi-county race.
Not all incumbents suffered losses. David Singleton retained his position as Braxton County Magistrate defeating challenger Paula Cunningham 2559 to 1160 votes. Beth Smith was not challenged for the other magistrate position. She received 3275 votes.
The other victorious incumbents included Jack Alsop and Richard “Rick” Facemire who won reelection as Circuit Court Judges. Alsop was the only one in a contested race. He received 2340 Braxton votes to challenger Hiram “Buck” Lewis, IV’s 1085. Alsop also prevailed in the remaining counties of the Judicial District. Facemire received 3372 votes.
Also on the non-partisan ballot; Beth Walker led Braxton County for the single seat on the Supreme Court. She received 1313 unofficial votes followed by Darrell McGraw, Jr. with 1064, William “Bill” Wooton with 623, Wayne King with 415 and Brent Benjamin with 289. Walker was also the top vote getter statewide and will take her seat in July.
The remaining race on the non-patrician ballot found Donald Burroughs defeating Bradley Meadows for the position of Conservation District Supervisor. Burroughs received 1911 votes to Meadow’s 1655.
On the Democratic ticket; Mark Hunt won Braxton County for the Democratic nomination to the House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District seat. He received 1013 votes locally, followed by Cory Simpson with 554, Robert “Robin” Wilson, Jr. with 506, Harvey Peyton with 199 and Tom Payne with 166. Statewide the race is a dead heat between Hunt and Simpson. The winner will not be certified until after all 55 counties have canvased their ballots. Simpson currently has a 54 vote advantage.
John Stump emerged as the Democratic nominee for the office of Braxton County Sheriff with 1123 votes. Fred Thompson received 849 while Russell Belknap garnered 667. Stump will face incumbent Eddie Williams in the fall. Williams was unopposed on the Republican ticket.
Edie Tichner took the Democratic nomination for the office of Assessor. She received 1094 votes followed by Leah Herndon’s 993 and Esta Boggs with 780. Tichner will face Tyler Morlan, the unopposed Republican nominee, in the General Election.
Sue Singleton Rutherford won the Democratic nomination to the office of County Clerk. She received 1355 votes to challengers J.R. Roach’s 1000 and Teresa “Terry” Frame’s 557. Rutherford currently has no challenger on the Republican ticket.
Circuit Clerk Susan Lemon and Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin and County Surveyor S. Pat Roberts were unopposed in the Primary Election and currently do not have challengers in the fall.
Justice received 1644 votes locally for the Democratic nomination to the office of Governor. Booth Godwin received 686 to Jeff Kessler’s 442. Justice will face Republican Bill Cole in the fall.
Natalie Tennant easily won the nomination to the office of Secretary of State. Tennant received 1922 votes locally to challenger Patsy Trecost’s 801. Tennant will face Marc Warner in the fall who won statewide and received 590 votes locally to challenger Barry Holstein’s 239.
In the race for State Auditor, Mary Ann Claytor won the Democratic nomination and carried Braxton County with 890 votes. Robin Righter received 712 votes. Jason Pizatella garnered 709. Claytor will face
Republican Ann Urling in the General Election. Urling also won locally with 453 votes to challengers Larry Faircloth’s 374.
Republican Derrick Love earned the right to challenge Doug Facemire for his seat in the State Senate in the General Election. Love received 408 votes locally to his challenger, Franklin Cormette II’s 366.
Long-time House of Delegates member Brent Boggs will face Republican challenger Dwight “Ike” Given in the fall. Neither had opposition in the Primary Election.
The Braxton County Commission began their canvas of ballots on Monday. The official election results will be certified at the end of the canvas.
2016 BCHS Top Ten
By Shirley Shuman
First in the BCHS graduating class of 2016, Laurel Lloyd believes in striving to be the best at whatever she does. As the valedictorian and as the recipient of an athletic scholarship to play soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan College, she apparently has succeeded in two major undertakings.
Lloyd, the daughter of Betty Taylor and Greg Lloyd, cites as her favorite high-school memory “when we started our girls’ high school soccer team.” She said, “Our team has become a family, and I have so many memories to take with me.” Continuing, the senior stated that she wants to thank her soccer coaches Justin Whitford and Jarren Morlan for their guidance and support.
During her high school career, she obviously did more than play soccer and attend class. A member of the local chapter of the National Honor Society, she served as secretary of the senior class. She also ran track and will actually be running in the state track meet the afternoon of her graduation ceremony. Among her hobbies, Lloyd lists soccer, paddle boarding, and reading. Her preferences here are romance novels and crime-and-mystery stories.
Lloyd chose as her favorite teacher Mr. [Charles] Toumazos “because he has always been available to his students for questions and help. He genuinely cares about preparing his students for life after graduation.” She added, “Also, he has the world’s coolest cat, Tubby.” Other teachers to whom she feels grateful are Brenda Gibson and John Frazier.
After high school, Lloyd plans to attend WVWC “to pursue a career in engineering or anesthesiology while playing soccer for the Lady Bobcats.” She explained that her first choice is probably anesthesiology, but she’s interested in both. “I’ve always wanted to do something with science and math,” she said.
Several appear before Judge Facemire in Circuit Court
The Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire recently completed numerous court orders through the Braxton County Circuit Court.
A motion for reconsideration of sentence was filed by Grace Gose and her attorney on April 8. Judge Facemire denied the motion. The court cited the defendant had two past opportunities on probation and was unable to comply with the terms and conditions. Her probation had been revoked and the sentence of not less than one year but no more than five years in the state penitentiary had been imposed for the felony charge of failure to provide a change in required sex offender information.
Timothy Allen Carte with his attorney, Clinton Bischoff and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin representing the state, appeared before the court for arraignment on March 14. The defendant entered a not guilty plea to the two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, morphine contained in the indictment. The state and the defense both announced that they were ready for trial. The court ordered the trial to be set on May 3 beginning at 9:00 am.
On March 14, a motion to reduce bond was filed by attorney Andrew Chattin for his client Adron Claypool before Judge Facemire. Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin was representing the state during the hearing. The court ordered the bond to be set at $80,000 surety or cash, through a bondsman. The court also ordered the defendant to home confinement and not to leave the state, if he was able to make bond.
On February 17, Crystal Bailey, with her attorney, Andrew Chattin, appeared before the court for a hearing on a motion to reduce bond. Prior to this hearing, the bond had previously been reduced by the magistrate court to $10,000 surety with the condition Bailey be placed on home confinement. The defendant had the home confinement revoked due to a failed drug test. The court ordered her to remain incarcerated until a secure placement into a long-term intensive drug rehabilitation program. On April 29, she filed a motion for reconsideration, seeking release to be placed at the Prestera Center. Judge Facemire denied the motion and ordered the defendant to remain incarcerated in the Central Regional Jail.
Also on February 17, Daphne Pegg along with her attorney, Kevin Hughart appeared before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing. Pegg entered a guilty plea for the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana. The state, represented by Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin, agreed to dismiss any charges known to the state or pending and to recommend probation at sentencing as per the agreement. The court moved to delay sentencing in order for a pre-sentence investigation to be completed. Pegg was ordered to appear before the court on March 14 beginning at 1:15 pm for sentencing.
Jeffery J. Flint along with his attorney, Bernard Mauser, and Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLauglin, representing the state, appeared before the court for a plea hearing on February 9. Both parties announced to the court a plea agreement had been reached. Flint entered a guilty plea on one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory with the state agreeing to recommend home confinement. The court moved to delay sentencing in order to have a pre-sentence investigation report completed. The sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 14 beginning at 9:30 am.
Ronald Johnson came before the court with his attorney Clinton Bischoff, and the state was represented by Prosecuting Attorney McLauglin for a motion to reconsider sentence. The defense asked the court for alternative sentencing and the state remained silent. The court denied the motion. The initial sentence order was issued in October 2015 and the reasoning for the sentencing continues to exist at this time.
Local man’s art work receives recognition
By Shirley Shuman
Being juried at Tamarack provides evidence that an artist possesses potential, and that is just what has happened to one young Braxtonian. Patrick Facemire of Gassaway will soon have a display of his work at Tamarack. That, however, is not the full extent of his artistic endeavors.
Facemire was juried in March for a Tamarack showing sometime in June. “They seemed to see all of my pieces as up to their standards,” he said. His display will include “some lineocut things as well as paintings done with acrylic on canvas.” The young artist explained that lineocut is “essentially the same as woodcut print cut into board.” Instead of board, Facemire is using linoleum, which he described as “a lot softer and easier to cut into.” He also noted that the linoleum does not rot quite as easily as wood.
Asked about the subjects for his art work, Facemire noted that, while he does use a variety of subjects, he focuses “mostly on the theatrical and hyper-reality, where the difference between reality and fantasy is ambiguous.” Here the artist compared his idea to the difference between the past and history. He said, “History is narrative; the past is fact.”
A soon-to-occur and unusual artistic endeavor for Facemire will take place at the Engine Room Art Space, a gallery in Hagerstown, Maryland. There he plans to “fill the gallery with cardboard and then live there for three or four days.” While there, he will turn the cardboard into various building structures. Once it is finished, the public is invited to “come in and do what they will” with the structures. He explained that visitors to the gallery can “destroy, alter, take away” the structures he will have built. “I essentially want to put people in a space where their reactions reflect the community,” he explained.
There is still more to the artist’s current work. Right now, he maintains two websites. One features narrative art which he posts. This site contains an ongoing story where he takes people from the real world to a fantasy world. Here he noted that he has “managed to create some looks at the masters” along with “paradoxical situations.” For this site, Facemire explained, “A friend suggested a story in which he and [Patrick] are on a raft.” He continued, “At this point, there’s been a pirate kidnapping [them] and [he] was hit in the head with a squid.” The address for this website is www.perrigoredoyle@ wordpress.com.
Facemire, an upcoming senior at Shepherd University, where he is majoring in fine arts, also has an online portfolio, which he invites all to visit.
That address is www.behance@net/PatrickFacemire. Perhaps even more important is the fact that this young man is open for commissions in portraits and still-life paintings.