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BCHS students compete in FFA Regional Tractor Pulling

Senior, Luke Hefner was the third member of the Braxton team.

On Monday September 22, Braxton County High School’s FFA students participated in the regional tractor pulling competition. The competition was held at Roane County High School from 2pm to 7pm.
The categories of the competition were varied widely. However the youth from Braxton only competed in a select few categories. Senior Luke Hefner and Threy Jackson chose to compete in the Larger Tractor division; pulling two wheel and four wheel wagons. They were diligent competitors unfortunately they did not place.
Freshman Todd Hoover was the only Braxton student that placed in the competition. He chose to be a part of the smaller lawn tractor division. He took first place in the region. When asked if they enjoyed this experience all three students agreed they had enjoyed themselves. “I really had fun, and I would love to compete again next year,” says Hoover. Mr. Hoover will be representing Braxton again next summer at the state competition.

Senior, Threy Jackson competed in the large tractor division.

DNR assigns former county resident as the new Natural Resources Police Sergeant

The West Virginia DNR Law Enforcement Section has announced that Sergeant Timothy L. White has been assigned as the new area sergeant for Braxton, Clay and Nicholas counties.
Sgt. Tim White began his career with the Natural Resources Police (formerly known as Conservation Officers) in July of 2001 while he was a resident of Braxton County. He graduated the State Police Academy in December of 2001 as the Valedictorian of the 112th Basic Police Training Course and received an initial assignment in January of 2002 as a field officer in Hampshire County, District 2 at Romney. In June of 2002, he was assigned field officer duties for Nicholas County, District 3 at Elkins.
During Sgt. White’s nine year tenure in Nicholas County, he was named the district officer of the year three times and received the State Boating Officer of the Year Award in 2011. Sgt. White was promoted to the rank of Natural Resources Police Sergeant on September 01, 2011 and was assigned as the area sergeant for Webster and Pocahontas Counties. As the new area sergeant for Braxton, Clay and Nicholas Counties, he will be responsible for supervising the field officers’ day to day activities and operations of the law enforcement section in this area.
Braxton County currently has two Natural Resources Police Officers assigned to the county. The first is Corporal Kevin Bingaman, who has served in the county for over a decade and a half and is well known throughout the county. He and his wife, Lura, and their two sons live in the Sutton area. The second officer, and most recent addition to the county, is Officer Micheal “Mike” Lindale, who transferred to Braxton County from his previous assignment in Hardy County earlier in the summer. Officer Lindale is originally from Delaware, and he and his wife, Holly Frame-Lindale, (daughter of Coach Rick and Connie Frame) are currently residing in the county.
Sgt. White currently resides in the Birch River area of Nicholas County. He stated, “I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to return as the area sergeant for my home area. These three counties provide some of the best opportunities in the state for the sporting public. The area has an abundance of game and fish habitat and thousands of acres of public lands to utilize for outdoor activities. The area has three Corps of Engineers lakes, Summersville, Sutton, and Burnsville, accompanied by the WMA’s (wildlife management areas) that surround them. Clay County also has the Wallback WMA which has a small lake and several thousand acres of land for public use. I look forward to getting back on familiar turf and reconnecting with old friends in the area.”
The Braxton County office for the Natural Resources Police is currently located on the second floor of the Mon Power Building outside of Gassaway and the officers can be contacted at 304-364-8807 or by calling the district office in French Creek at 304-924-6211, Monday thru Friday 8-4:30 p.m. The Braxton County E-911 Center can also be contacted in an emergency or in-progress violation at 911 or 304-765-7366 for non-emergency calls.

What you should know about Enterovirus D68

By: Sissy Price, BSN RN
The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness. It was first recognized in California in 1962 and small numbers of EV-D68 have been reported regularly to CDC since 1987. However, this year the number of people confirmed with EV-D68 infections is much greater than that reported in previous years.
Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enteroviruses occur in the United States each year. Tens of thousands of people are hospitalized each year for illnesses caused by enteroviruses. Different enteroviruses can cause different illnesses, such as respiratory, febrile rash, and neurologic illness. In general, the spread of enteroviruses is often quite unpredictable. A mix of enteroviruses circulates every year, typically in the summer and fall months. Different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years. The strains of EV-D68 circulating this year are NOT NEW.
From August to October 08, 2014, in the United States, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 664 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. West Virginia have positive cases in the following counties: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Raleigh, Wirt and Wood, as of October 3, 2014.
Most people who are infected with enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. Symptoms of mild illness may include:
• fever
• runny nose, sneezing, cough
• skin rash
• mouth blisters
• body and muscle aches
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Some Enterovirus infections can cause:
• viral conjunctivitis,
• hand, foot, and mouth disease,
• viral meningitis (infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain).
Enteroviruses are known to be one of the causes of acute neurologic disease in children. They most commonly cause aseptic meningitis, less commonly encephalitis, and rarely, acute myelitis and paralysis.
The people at risk for EV-D68 infections would, in general, be infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become sick. That is because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposure to these viruses. The CDC, State and County public health officials believe this is also true for EV-D68. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection. Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing, or if their symptoms are getting worse.
Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
Enterovirus, EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test sick patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68.
There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infections. For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected with EV-D68.
There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections. You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. Since people with asthma are at higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should regularly take medicines and follow guidance to maintain control of their illness during this time. They should also take advantage of influenza vaccine, since people with asthma have a difficulty with respiratory illness.
A point to remember is, respiratory illnesses can be caused by many different viruses and have similar symptoms. Not all respiratory illnesses are due to EV-D68.
For more information on Enterovirus D68, you can go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html, or you can call the Braxton County Health Department at (304)765-2851 and ask to speak to the county public health nurse.

Foodland shoppers can earn a free Thanksgiving turkey

Foodland, a locally owned and operated chain of grocery stores with locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, is proud to announce that shoppers can earn a free Honeysuckle frozen turkey when using their Rewards Card this fall. Stemming from a successful inaugural program in 2013, shoppers at participating Foodland, including the Elk River location, are eligible for this reward when spending more than $399 during the earning period beginning October 8 through November 11.
“We are excited to share this seasonal opportunity with our loyal customers for the second consecutive year,” said Andy Lewis Director of Marketing at SUPERVALU, supplier of Foodland locations in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. “The Thanksgiving turkey program is a great way to thank our local patrons for using their Foodland Rewards card and shopping with us during the holiday season.”
During the five-week earning period, shoppers who use their Foodland Rewards card and spend more than $399 are eligible to earn up to a 14-pound Grade A Honeysuckle free frozen turkey. In addition, when customers spend more than $499, they are eligible to receive up to an 18-pound Grade A Honeysuckle frozen turkey.
“We’re looking forward to rewarding our shoppers by putting turkeys on their Thanksgiving tables,” said Doug Facemire, Foodland storeowner. “It was great to see so many loyal shoppers take advantage of this promotion last year, and we’re happy to help make the Thanksgiving holiday even more special.”
Customers will be able to redeem their Foodland Rewards towards a free Honeysuckle frozen turkey beginning November 12 and continuing through November 27.
The Foodland turkey promotion is centered on the brand’s Foodland Rewards program that provides loyal shoppers with valued bonus services including eCoupons, weekly emails and access to recipe and meal suggestions.
For more information, please visit their website at: ShopFoodland.com.

Battle of Bulltown reenactment set for this weekend

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Burnsville Lake will host a “Living History Event” commemorating the Civil War Battle of Bulltown at the Bulltown Historical Area, Fort and Battlefield near Napier, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 10, 11, and 12.
The reenactment begins Friday, October 10, with presentations for visiting schools from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, October 11, living historians will be performing soldier drills, artillery demonstrations, and providing information about the camp life of Civil War soldiers who were at Bulltown. Camps will open to visitors from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be a spectator area provided and staffed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives during the programs. Also, there will be a candlelight walk and ceremony at the unknown Confederate cemetery honoring both Federals and Confederates on Saturday at 7 p.m. All parking and events are free.
On Sunday, October 12, camps will open to visitors from 9 a.m. until noon. Drill and artillery programs will be held from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. There will be a spectator area provided and staffed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives during the afternoon programs. All parking and events are free.
The Bulltown Historical Area contains an original battlefield site (which includes a Federal fort area with original trenches) under Federal law protection. This was the site of the Battle of Bulltown which occurred on Oct. 13, 1863 and the Federal occupation which occurred from 1861-1865. The property is on the Burnsville Lake project, which is under the authority and control of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (part of the Huntington District and unique in the Corps project system).
This is “Hallowed Ground” (in the same vein as National Park Service national military park sites such as Chickamauga and Gettysburg), and it is the responsibility of all participants and visitors to preserve and protect it for posterity. The living historians are all charged with providing visitors with a positive, safe, learning experience while keeping historic accuracy in-mind.
The living historian volunteers are all also charged with “Keeping Green” and “Honoring with Dignity” the memory of all the soldiers who fought here, those soldiers who were here during the duration of the fort’s occupation (1861-1865), and of all the civilians who were affected (especially the Cunningham family whose farm was occupied).
Schedule of Events
Friday: 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. School day
Saturday: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Camps open for visitors
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Infantry drill & maneuvers
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Light artillery drill & maneuvers
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Infantry drill & maneuvers
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Light artillery drill & maneuvers
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Camps open for visitors
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorial service (walk to cemetery—starting at Confederate Overlook parking lot)
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Camps open for visitors
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Infantry drill & maneuvers
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Light artillery drill & maneuvers
For more information, contact the Burnsville Lake Office at 304-853-2371 or the Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353.

Early Voting begins Oct. 22

Early Voting across West Virginia for the General Election will begin October 22 according to Braxton County Clerk Susan Lunceford. Those wishing to cast their ballot before be November 4 election day may do so at the early voting prescient across from the Courthouse on Main Street in Sutton during normal business hours.
Additionally, Early Voting will be conducted on the two Saturdays before Election Day from 9:00 am to
5:00 pm. The last day for Early Voting will be November 1.
Polling precincts across Braxton County will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 p.m. on November 4, General Election Day.

Kitty Fair set for Saturday

Just One Generation, the Braxton County affiliate of PURR WV, announces a kitty adoption fair to be held on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM in front of the former CVS Pharmacy in the Kroger complex between Gassaway and Sutton. Spokesperson Sally Stewart encourages anyone who has given thoughtful consideration to pet ownership to visit the fair and meet in person some of the cats and kittens available.
Seen here is one of the many healthy, loving, and socialized felines in search of a forever home. All of the animals have been spayed/neutered, and received age-appropriate immunizations. The adoption fee has been temporarily reduced to $20 for one and $30 for two. This may be one of the final opportunities of the season to take home one of these loving and social felines.
For more information, email: justonegen-eration @ gmail.com or call Sally Stewart at 304-364-4136.




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