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BCHS welders earn state certification
Ten BCHS students have earned their state welding certification. They are (Front Row L to R) Seth Arnold, Andrew Jackson, Nathanael Lawson, Christian Serevance, Jason Wayne - welding instructor. (Back row L to R) Austin Litton, Luke Campbell, Kenny Dobbins, Noah Facemire and Jacob Beckett.
By Shirley Shuman
High school welding instructor Jason Wayne recently released the names of 10 of his welding students who have earned state certification in different areas of welding. All are seniors.
Louie Ancell led the group in the number of certifications received. Wayne noted that Ancell is now certified in SMAW stick welding, plate, and pipe. He also holds certification in GMAW mig welding and plate welding.
Two students—Noah Facemire and Jacob Beckett, are now certified in SMAW plate and pipe.
The other seven, which includes Andy Jackson, Luke Campbell, Nathan Lawson, Seth Arnold, Kenny Dobbins, Chris Severance, and Austin Litton, received certification in SMAW plate welding.
Asked to explain just what holding these certifications means to the young welders, instructor Wayne answered with, “It proves they can weld.” He continue to explain.
“It helps them get their foot in the door with some company. It says they have a good work ethic since they worked hard to accomplish [the certification],” he said.
Wayne also noted that it is “a bit unusual for this many welders” to achieve state certification. The 10 who became certified represent about 50 percent of his senior students. “These boys have worked really hard,” he said. “Students don’t acquire these skills in one year, he added. “They got this on top of us helping with community projects.”
All of these young men have also studied CPR, first aid, and have an OSHA 10 card.
Three BCMS students earn
Local Golden Horseshoe winners were (L to R) Levi Demastus, Lane Martin and Joey Johnson.
By Shirley Shuman
Three eighth-graders from Braxton County Middle School will soon join the honored group of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. Levi Demastus, Joey Johnson, and David Lane Martin recently learned that their performance on the statewide test qualified them as winners.
All three of the boys, who insisted they were “surprised” they had won, credited their West Virginia Studies teacher Lori Dittman as being influential in their success. Demastus explained that Mrs. Dittman “makes class interesting” and said she had encouraged him to take the test.
Johnson, the son of Shawn Johnson and Karen Price, described Dittman as a “fun teacher,” and said “Mrs. Dittman makes learning easy. Martin also credited his teacher with helping him learn about the state. Johnson was the only one of the three who indicated he had studied about the state before this school term. He noted that he became interested when his sister had West Virginia studies. “I was in the sixth grade,” he said.
All three are obviously interested in their home state. Martin, the son of Ranae and Dwight David Martin, explained he likes “the geography of West Virginia best.” Johnson likes to study about it because “West Virginia is a beautiful state.” He also commented on the “many different state parks and beautiful places.” Demastus, whose parents are Rich and Wendy Demastus, is interested in West Virginia, he said, because “it has a lot of rich history, nice people, and breathtaking scenery.”
The Golden Horseshoe actually began in the early 1700s in colonial Virginia after Gov. Alexander Spotswood and some 50 men explored the land west of the Allegheny Mountains. Upon return, the governor presented each of the men with a golden horseshoe. One side featured a Latin inscription; the other had the words “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.”
The Golden Horseshoe Test was first given in 1931. Now over 200 eighth-grade students receive the award each year. During the induction ceremony, which takes place in Charleston, students kneel as the State Superintendent of Schools uses an antique sword to dub them “knights” or “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe.
Braxton County High School 2018 Top Ten
By Shirley Shuman
Tied for number five among the BCHS Top 10 seniors, Payton Lockard is one of those students who go beyond academic activities during their high school careers. The son of Chad and Jamie Lockard, he, in addition to being active academically, has also been a three-sport athlete for part of his high-school career. Lockard played football, basketball and baseball.
Actually, the young man’s favorite memory at Braxton County High School relates directly to sports. His response to this question was “winning the regional championship and going to the 17-18 boys’ state tournament.”
In addition to sports, Lockard enjoys hunting and fishing. Among his school activities, he belongs to the local chapter of the National Honor Society and is a member of SADD.
Asked about his favorite teacher, he said, “Mr. T [Toumazos] is my favorite teacher because he has strengthened my math skills and prepared me for my major in college.
That major will be chemistry, he explained, He plans “to attend Honors College at West Virginia University.” After completing his major, Lockard “will attend medical school and pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.”
Two more arrests in ongoing
investigation bring total to nine
Two more arrests have been made in the ongoing drug investigation involving the Central Regional Jail. Amber Bjornsson, 32 of Spencer and Jimmy Gladwell, 39 of Richwood have both been charged with two counts of attempting to deliver controlled substances into a jail for meth and marijuana, and two counts of conspiracy.
The investigation started back on March 20 when Braxton County Sheriff Eddie Williams received information about females who were going to bring drugs into the magistrate court and drop them off in the restroom for an inmate to pick up and take back to CRJ. BCSD Deputy C.E. Westfall and LT B.A. Scarbro arrived at the magistrate’s office and checked the bathroom. They then waited and monitored who was entering the restroom. Jalysa Mosley entered the restroom and after exiting, Deputy Westfall located finger tips off of rubber gloves containing meth and marijuana. She informed the officers that two other women, Jessica Neal and Kelly Hughes, were outside in a vehicle and they were aware of what she was doing. All three were charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver for meth and marijuana, and two counts of conspiracy.
The following day Deputy Westfall was in contact with investigators at CRJ and retrieved recorded phone conversations of Matthew Friend and William Wright, an inmate. During the conversation, Friend talked about meeting Hughes at his residence to pick up the drugs that were to be dropped off at the magistrate office. An arrest warrant and a search warrant were issued for Friend and his residence in Napier. Wright was charged with two counts of attempting delivery of a controlled substance into a jail, one for marijuana and one for meth, and two counts of conspiracy.
On Saturday, March 24, Sheriff Williams, Deputy Westfall, LT Scarbro, SGT T.V. Flint, Deputy J.D. Jenkins, Deputy L. Johnson, Deputy A. Groves, WVSP CPL P.A. Huff, TPR J.O. Hensley, TPR E.D. Schoolcraft, TPR W.C. Heaster, and TPR L. Mohr served the search warrant at the residence. Three individuals were in the residence at the time, Friend, Mackenzie Wimer and Benjamin Dean. The officers located drugs including meth, hydrocodone, and Xanax, along with digitals scales, rubber gloves and a backpack meth lab. Also located in the home was a rifle with ammunition and Friend is a convicted felon. Friend is facing charges of three counts possession with intent to deliver for hydrocodone, meth, and Xanax, manufacturing meth, possession of altered pseudoephedrine, possession of precursors, felon in possession of firearm, two counts of delivery of controlled substance for meth and marijuana, two counts of conspiracy, and two counts of attempting to deliver controlled substance to jail for meth and marijuana. Wimer and Dean have been charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver for hydrocodone, meth and Xanax, manufacturing meth, possession of altered pseudoephedrine, and possession of precursors.
Both Bjornsson and Gladwell were inmates at CRJ on other charges at the time of the investigation. Deputy Westfall had received phone conversations between Gladwell and Mosley about bringing the drugs into the jail. Mosley was identified as Gladwell’s girlfriend. Bjornsson was the inmate who was to pick up the drugs in the bathroom at magistrate court. Bond for both individuals on the current charges was set at $10,000 cash only by Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton.
At this point in the investigation, a total of nine individuals have been arrested and are facing various drug related charges.
Braxton fiddler... Melvin Wine
Melvin Wine was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow in 1991. As a result he was written up in Art Works magazine and enjoyed a wide range of performances and apprenticing students.
Melvin Wine was born in 1909 in Burnsville WV. His father Bob Wine played the fiddle and his mother Elizabeth Sandy Wine sang ballads and hymns. Some of Melvin’s earliest memories were of lying in bed at night listening to his father’s fiddling. He often said that some of the tunes he heard touched and overjoyed him. This was the spark that started his fiddling interest.
Melvin Wine had little formal education. He started playing the fiddle when he was nine and taught himself his first tune, “Bonaparte’s Retreat”. He played it for his father, who then taught him tunes his own father, Nelson Wine, had taught him. In turn, Nelson learned from his father Smithy Wine. According to Melvin if had difficulty with a tune, his father would stand behind him, hold his arm and show him how to do it.
Besides his father, Wine credited other area fiddlers as the source of many of his tunes including jigs, ballads and waltzes that he heard played by Sam Hacker, Jack Blake, John Cogar, Milt Perkins, Jilly Grace and others. Wine said he once made a pilgrimage to “Uncle Jack” McElwain’s home in Webster County to learn his songs. While there he got to visit Tom Dillon, who he said “played with two bows, strapped together and sometimes he danced as he played. Stood up and back-stepped.”
During the Great Depression, Melvin went on the road with his brother Clarence, playing restaurants and bars and over local radio. After three months playing at a Fairmont radio station they gave it up and came home. He then took any job he could find including coal mining and farming. In 1930 he met and married his wife Etta Singleton, who called square dances and played banjo and guitar. They raised a large family in the Copen area.
Over the years, Wine kept on fiddling, and his reputation continued to grow. For more than two decades he was the most frequent winner of the WV State Folk Festival fiddling Contest in Glenville. In the 1980s and 1990s he was invited to perform at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, the Berea Celebration of Traditional Music in Kentucky and in concerts and festivals across the country. Through the Augusta Heritage program he became a mentor to young apprentices seeking to learn his fiddle tunes and technique.
Acclaimed as one of the most versatile of fiddlers, Wine is also renowned for his deft bow work and the immensity of his repertoire, including the varied melodies and tunes of his youth, many of which date back more than 200 years to the earliest Appalachian settlers.
Melvin Wine’s birthday was celebrated in 1980 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton. The event started by Gerry Milnes of Augusta Heritage, while celebrating the birthday, also allowed regional musicians to play their tunes and honor Melvin. At the end of each concert, Melvin took the stage, playing tunes and joking with the audience, ending with cutting his birthday cake. The birthday tradition continued for nine years, until his death. Saturday April 21, the Landmark Studio will host the third Melvin Wine Memorial Concert at 5:00. All “Old Time” musicians are welcome to play and carry on his tunes. His family will end the concert with their gospel songs. Donations will be accepted at the door to be used for a scholarship.
Peeking behind the kitchen door
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.
of Braxton eateriesree
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.
The following had no violations: Frametown Elementary School Cafeteria, Little Birch Elementary School Cafeteria, and Mad Annie’s
The following received only non-critical violations. Davis Elementary School Cafeteria received only one non-critical violation - covered waste receptacle not provided in all female restrooms. Sutton Elementary School Cafeteria had only one violation - dishwasher water supply line leaks. Kreamy Korner received two non-critical violations – food items not labeled in chest freezer and hand sink used for non-handwashing tasks (corrected at time of inspection). Dairy Queen had one violation - covered waste receptacle not provided in all female restrooms. Pizza Hut had two violations - fountain drink dispenser not clean and food debris behind dishwasher. Moe’s/Pilot Travel Center had two non-critical violations - dumpster area has accumulation of trash on the ground and dumpster lids not closed (corrected). Kroger’s-Retail had only one violation – food items less than 6" off floor (corrected). CVS had one non-critical violation – toilet lid in poor repair. Family Dollar received two violations - covered waste receptacle not provided in all female restrooms and hand washing sign not provided at restroom hand sink.
The following establishments received both non-critical and critical violations. Old Star Bar received one critical violation – mold growth in ice machine, and two non-critical violations – utensils not presented to prevent hand contact with food contact surface of utensils and boxed foods stored less than 6" off floor (both corrected). Kroger Deli had two critical violations – employee handwashing not performed prior to glove use and cheese on counter (77° F) exceeds acceptable cold holding temperature (d” 41pF) (corrected), and seven non-critical violations - hand contact surface of scoop in bulk flour, hand sink obstructed (corrected), fan grates not clean, personal items in food prep area (corrected), food items less than 6" off floor (corrected), proofer box leaking, and slicer not cleaned between uses. The Spot received one critical violation – can opener not clean (corrected), and three non-critical - hand sink used for non-handwashing tasks, uncovered employee drink (corrected), and single-use containers reused (corrected).
Sanitarian Jessica R. Shreve provided these tips: Consumers - report public health issues, especially in permitted facilities, to BCHD as soon as possible by calling 304-765-2851. All complaints are kept confidential. Owners/Managers - self inspect your facility each day for good repair and cleanliness, and practice good managerial oversight of staff.