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Prominent Charleston attorney victim of Frametown fatal crash

A mechanical malfunction may have been the cause of a fatal car crash, involving two vehicles last Thursday evening near Frametown which claim the life of a prominent Charleston Attorney. The June 3 accident was reported at 5:00 p.m.
According to investigating officer CPL J.D. Jordan II of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Joseph Messe Jr. of Stonewood was traveling north on I-79 when his vehicle is believed to have blown a tire causing it to cross the median and strike another vehicle head-on at the 49.5 mile-marker. That vehicle was driven by Sean Patrick McGinley of Charleston.
Both drivers were taken to Braxton County Memorial Hospital where McGinley was pronounced deceased. No information regarding Messe’s condition has been released.
Both the Frametown and Servia Fire Departments responded to the accident.
McGinley, 55, was a partner in the DiPiero, Simmons, McGinley & Bastress PLLC law firm of Charleston. He represented the Charleston Gazette and Gazette-Mail in a number of legal cases including Freedom of Information (FOI) actions.
He was the father of two sons and an active member of his community. Funeral arrangements are pending.
CPL Jordan stated the investigation is ongoing at press-time. He is being assisted in by TFC E.D. Schoolcraft, Trp J. Garrett and Trp E. Clark.

Libraries request funding from County Commission

One of the first delegations to speak to the Commission at their regular meeting on Friday, June 4, was representatives of the Burnsville, Gassaway and Sutton Libraries. Beth Atkins served as spokesperson for the group. She explained how organizations such as theirs received funding from the State. She said monies must be matched locally to draw down the State funding. She stated that last year, money was left on the table as local match was not available due to the COVID shutdown. Atkins requested that each library be allocated $7,000 to allow for maximation of state funding. Lisa Godwin, Commission President, told the group that the Commission had put the requested amount in their budget that would go into effect in July.

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Board honors retirees

The Braxton County Board of Education conducted its most recent meeting on June 1. The meeting was called to order at 6:01 pm by Board President DeAnna Whipkey. Prior the start of the meeting, the board hosted a reception with the help of the Braxton County Association of Retired School Employees to honor the 2020-2021 retirees. Several were in attendance and recognized for over 300 years of combined servi

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Local hospital earns
WVHA Gold Honors Award

The West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) recently recognized WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital with the Gold Honors Achievement Award for outstanding work in the Commitment to Excellence Honors Program and their commitment to the following topic areas: Antibiotic Stewardship, Breastfeeding Initiative, Care Transitions, Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE), Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), Influenza Vaccination, Opioid Stewardship, Tobacco Cessation Assistance and WVHA Discharge Data Program.

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Scholarship recipients omitted

In last week’s article titled “$96,000 in local scholarship awarded to BCHS seniors” a production error omitted several of the scholarships and recipients. We sincerely apologize for the omissions. Below is the portion of the article that did not make it print.

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Braxton anglers take 1st place in
B.A.S.S. WV High School Tourney

Two Braxton County anglers captured top honor in the B.A.S.S Nation West Virginia High School Fishing Tournaments. The event held June 6 on the Ohio River at Ravenswood was last stop of the 20/21 school year tournament series.





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