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Former BCHS band director receives state honor

Steve Jarrett to be inducted into
West Virginia Marching Band Hall of Fame




For 31 years, Stephen Jarrett directed the Eagles’ marching band, and he will soon receive statewide recognition for his hard work and success during that time. On October 27, Jarrett will be inducted into the West Virginia Marching Band Hall of Fame.
Each year, one band director is chosen for this honor. The ceremony will be held at Laidley Field—the University of Charleston’s football field, as part of the West Virginia Marching Band Festival.
It was during his period of leadership that the Braxton County High marching band became known as “The Pride of Braxton County,” and Jarrett is still proud of that title. Asked about his philosophy as a marching band director, he explained. “You have to get them to be part of something they can be proud of,” he said, and that certainly held true for his marching band members.
Sometimes regarding him as a hard task-master, his former band members will tell anyone who asks that Jarrett demanded perfection. It was that drive for perfection, however, that allowed them to be proud of being a part of the Eagles’ marching band.
He was especially happy “at seeing kids grow—personally and in responsibility, into useful adults.” He noted, “Working with the kids is what I miss most.”
During his tenure at the high school, Jarrett saw his band achieve numerous high rankings and awards. In particular, he remembers his group’s participation in the Norfolk by the Sea competition. There they won the first place award for marching bands, second place for concert band, and third place for jazz band. In the beloved director’s last year at the high school, the Eagles’ marching band emerged as Grand Champion of the Universal Small Space Show at Disneyland.
Jarrett, a native of Charleston, graduated from Dupont High School and Marshall University. After college graduation, he worked at Van High School in Boone County. Then, he was drafted into the army. When he left military service, he explained, “I was looking for a job and someone said, ‘There’s a job in Braxton County.’” He was hired for Sutton and Burnsville Junior High and moved here with his wife and new baby. After being in that position for one and one-half years, he was moved to the high school.
When he became director of the BCHS marching band, it had “55-60” members. At one point during his tenure at the high school, that number had increased to 129. “I’d say we averaged 80-85 members over the years,” he said. Jarrett, who noted the most difficult part of his job was “dealing with the red tape,” gave a great deal of credit for his success as the Eagles’ band director to “good kids, good parents and support.”
Grandfather of five and the great-grandfather of one, Jarrett of course enjoys his family. He works part time for Kerr’s Music World, and he still enjoys fishing. Although he didn’t mention it, he’s also available, and willing, to help whoever is currently in the job he held for 31 years.



Grand Jury returns indictments against 26


On Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, the Braxton County Grand Jury convened with the Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Circuit Court Judge presiding. The jury returned indictments against 26 individuals on a total of 80 various charges presented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton.

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Soccer coach commends local Moose Lodge for their help

Loyal Order of the Moose known for contributions to many


Braxton boys’ soccer coach Dan Grindo recently commended the Moose Lodge members for their support of local organizations, especially sports. Grindo explained that in mid-September, his soccer team held a car wash at the local Moose Lodge, and the Lodge made a sizeable contribution to the team. “The team made around $500 dollars, and the Moose gave us enough to make it $1,000,” he explained.

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Inmate who jumped from
2nd story Courthouse
window now heads to prison

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire.

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Commission conducts brief session


The Braxton County Commission wasted no time taking care of business last Friday in what was nearly a record 15 minute session. The meeting was called to order by President Ron Facemire at 9:02 a.m. First to address the Commission was John Hoffman, OES/9-1-1 Director. He presented his monthly report to the Commissioners which reflected a total of 738 calls handled by the emergency communications center. Hoffman also requested and was granted permission to replace the electronic entry system at the 9-1-1 building as it has failed.

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