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Time remains to meet GHS
scholarship fund challenge

By Shirley Shuman
Fact: Nearly every Braxton County High grad who enters college can use extra money.
Fact: The GHS Alumni Association provides at least two $1,000 scholarships each spring to BCHS grads headed to college. Fact: By meeting a challenge by GHS alum Craig Gerwig, the association could be awarding even more and bigger scholarships each year.
Gerwig, who lives in Texas, will match all donations the Alumni Association receives up to $100,000. Since that offer ends on September 30, only seven weeks remain in which to meet Gerwig’s challenge….and the amount collected isn’t even close. Nancy Carr, Alumni Association treasurer, reported that donations since Gerwig made the challenge are under $10,000.
Still hoping that they can come closer to the $100,000 being offered, some members of the alumni association anticipate the possibility of awarding more scholarships and/or awarding larger scholarships. Those involved stress, however, that $1,000 can help an individual in the first year of college.
Two former winners of the GHS Alumni Scholarship attest to that fact. Both graduated from college and both hold professional positions. While neither maintains that this scholarship put them through school, both expressed appreciation for it.
Erin Duckworth King, a nurse practitioner, noted that the money “helped her further her education at Fairmont State.” She added, “There were always added expenses—books, dorm –living necessities, and others.” King went on to earn her Masters and has returned to this area to help serve.
Tashauna Hurst Chapman, another recipient of the scholarship, said she “was very thankful and appreciative to receive [it].” She continued to say that the money helped pay for some of her tuition and books at Glenville State College. “It was also nice knowing I had support from their organization,” she added. Chapman is a teacher in the county.
Many others have made good use of the scholarship money coming from the GHS Alumni Association. Many, many more could do the same if Craig Gerwig’s challenge were met. There is still time for that to happen.
Donation may be made to: Gassaway High School Alumni Association-Scholarship Fund C/0 Nancy Carr, 1105 Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV 26624. Remember, the offer of matching funds expires September 30, 2018.

Sutton man claimed in Calhoun auto crash

By Shirley Shuman

A Sutton man was killed as a result of a head-on crash with a septic truck in Calhoun County.
According to authorities, Jeremy Deal, 39 of Sutton was killed instantly on Friday, August 10 when his car crossed the center line on Route 16 in a curve and struck the commercial vehicle head-on near Chloe.
According to West Virginia State Police, Deal was not wearing his seatbelt and he “completely failed to negotiate” a curve in the road and crossed into the other lane.
Calhoun EMS responded and the roadway was closed for several hours while crews worked to clear the scene. No injuries to the occupant of the septic truck were reported. State Police and the Calhoun Sheriff’s Department and continuing the investigated.

Gassaway Dairy Queen has new owners
Some changes made, others planned

By Shirley Shuman
After nearly 60 years of ownership by the Chapman family, the familiar and still popular Gassaway Dairy Queen has new owners. Bob and Terri McCloy of Ripley bought the business and are currently working on some changes.

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Board hears about changes

The Braxton County Board of Education conducted their most recent meeting on August 7. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Cooper with the Pledge and Vice President David Hoover offering a non-denominational prayer. Other board members present were Bradley Shingler, Dolores Wright, and DeAnna Whipkey.


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GSC’s Marching Band Field
Commander is Braxton native

Glenville State College student Garrett Hacker will be serving as the field commander for the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band this semester. The music performance major hails from Burnsville, graduated from Braxton County High School in 2015, and is the son of Becky Jackson and Lee Hacker.

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Braxton County Athletic
Commission Soliciting
New Board Members

The Braxton County Athletic Expansion Commission, Inc. is recruiting new Board of Directors’ members. Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Directors or for more information, should contact Evelyn Post at 304-439-1863 or Vicky Murphy at 304-364-8600.
The Athletic Expansion Commission was created a few years ago with the goal of building a major sports facility to serve our youth and the community at large. The group was able to raise several dollars but the majority of those dollars were returned to the original donors upon request; however, there are still funds left over from those who chose to leave their donation with the group. The Board would like to recruit interested individuals to serve as Board members to take this goal forward.
The only qualification to serve is a genuine desire to move forward and work hard towards improving the athletic facilities in Braxton County. If new Board members are not recruited, the corporation will be dissolved and the remaining funds will be donated to an athletic facility.



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