Price Beane plans collegate
snowboarding in Nevada
Price Beane signs his letter of intent to compete in snowboarding. (L to R) Parents Sterling Beane Jr, and Monica Beane as well as BCHS AD Keith Greene were on had for the special occasion.
By Shirley Shuman
Not one to walk in the footsteps of others, Braxton County High senior Price Beane chose his primary sport, snow-boarding, early. That choice has paid off as he recently signed a letter of intent to compete for Sierra Nevada College located near Lake Tahoe in Nevada. With this move, Beane has become unique among BCHS signees of all times. Others have signed with out-of-state schools, that’s true; no other, however, has signed to compete in intercollegiate snowboarding.
After being allowed “to choose his own path,” as his parents Sterling Jr. and Monica Beane noted, Beane went the route of snowboarding. He began his pursuit of what was at first a recreational activity “about 11 years ago,” but soon became interested in competitive racing. He has been “competing seriously” for three years although he actually first competed five years ago. During that time, he has qualified for the USASA Nationals in boardercross three years in a row. Last year he placed sixteenth overall in the USASA Nationals. The young man has also earned “several gold, silver, and bronze medals in USASA Nationals boardercross.
Another interesting aspect of Beane’s success is that he has basically coached himself. Although there have been individuals who offered advice. His father, asked whether he had coached him, responded with a smile. “Basically, I’ve been the equipment manager,” he said, adding, “I definitely have not been his coach.”
The college which Beane has chosen is a liberal arts college of approximately 6000 students. It offers 35 undergraduate majors and has a 14:1 student-faculty ratio. Ninety percent of the student body receive scholarships or grants. Beane, one of that 90 percent, has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship. He plans to major in biology.
Explaining why he chose Sierra Nevada for his education and further competition in snow-boading/boardercross, young Beane said, “It was the first school to reach out to me. Others emailed me, but [a representative from] this school actually called me.” He added, “The school also has the best facilities for what I want. It may be a challenge, but I want to be the best I can be.”
Beane’s mother said she is “very happy with his choice of schools.” She continued by saying, “We have given him every opportunity to practice snowboarding and to further his education. We believe strongly in education.”
“We’re extremely proud of him,” his father stated, “for charting his own course. He identified a path he wants to take and overcame obstacles to get there.”
State Parole Officer arrested on drug charges
On Monday, April 18, Braxton County Sheriff’s Deputy J.D. Jenkins, West Virginia State Police SGT A. Shingler, CPL B. Huddleston, and TRP J. Hensley along with the assistance of a “cooperating individual” conducted a drug transaction at the Flatwoods Outlet Mall. This transaction led to the arrest of Christopher Bright, a state parole officer.
According to the criminal complaint, once the transaction was completed, the officers stopped Bright and found the just purchased Oxycodone placebo pills at his feet inside of the vehicle. Deputy Jenkins then met with the “cooperating individual” and collected the money he received for the pills from the suspect.
Bright was transported to the WVSP Sutton detachment and interviewed. During the interview, he confessed to the purchase and also confessed to buying, on four different occasions, Hydrocodone pills from the same “cooperating individual.”
At the time of the investigation, Bright was working in his official capacity as a parole officer. He was carrying his duty weapon and also had a personal firearm in the vehicle with him which, according to his supervisor, is against department policy.
Bright is being charged with possession of controlled substance and five counts of conspiracy. Magistrate Beth Smith performed the arraignment and placed the suspect on a $10,000 cash only bond.
Braxton’s Katrina White signs
to run at Glenville
(Standing L to R) Coaches Jarren Morlan, Lauri Spencer, father Mike White and Keith Greene watch Katrina White sign her letter of intent to run track at GSC.
By Shirley Shuman
Katrina White ran cross country only one season at Braxton County High School, but during that one season she definitely saw success. That success, along with her records in track, have provided her an opportunity to pursue both sports further. She recently signed to run both cross country and track at Glenville State College.
Discussing her choice of schools, White said, “I prefer Glenville State over others because of their program in environmental sciences.” The daughter of Janet Mazanek and Mike White went on to explain that she plans a career as a wildlife biologist.
Her father is pleased with his daughter’s choice of schools. “I’m pretty excited about it,” he said. “Of course the school is her choice, and it’s a big decision. I’m extremely proud of her,” he added. Asked which of her races he prefers, he said, “Cross country is my favorite.”
During her one year of cross country at BCHS, White proved her talent. As a novice runner, the athlete made 1st Team Little Kanawha Conference and was named Performer of the Meet at the Battle Run Invitational. She made 1st Team All-Regional and therefore qualified for the State Cross Country Meet. There she finished eighteenth with a time of 20:57, her personal best.
Cross country coach Lauri Spencer is glad that another of her runners has decided to compete on the college level, and she indicated that she believes White can be successful. “I’m so glad that Katrina decided to run cross country her senior year. She was our top female runner. I’m excited to see her perform in college. She has the athletic ability and determination to be a standout in college as well,” Spenser said.
This spring, White is in her sixth year of track competition. In this sport, she runs mid-distances, the 400 yard dash and the 800 yard. Asked which of the two she prefers, she answered, “I like the 800 better. I feel more confident there, and I do better.”
“I’m excited to see her continue [her running] at the college level and to have the resources available to improve her athletic ability,” track coach Jarren Morlan stated. He added, “I’m very proud of her for choosing to do athletics in college.”
Hershman arrest on sexual assault charge
Rodney Hershman of Tunnelton was arrest on April 21, and charged with second degree sexual assault, domestic battery-second offense, domestic assault, and destruction of property.
According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Police TFC L.D. Mohr responded to a call at Braxton County Memorial Hospital in reference to a domestic dispute. Once arriving to the hospital, the officer spoke to the victim. She stated her ex-boyfriend, Hershman, had threatened to break her neck. She also stated that he had forcibly raped her the day before. He had also alledgedly punched several holes in the wall of her house.
TFC Mohr traveled to the residence and observed the damage to the walls. The victim was able to show the officer the clothes that the suspect had ripped off of her during the sexual assault.
Hershman was arraigned in front of Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith and was placed in the Central Regional Jail on a $35,000 cash only bond.
2016 Braxton County High School Top 10
By Shirley Shuman
The daughter of Frank and Terri Tyo of Frametown, Jessi Tyo is one of three Top 10 seniors ranked third in her graduating class. Her activities and career choice reflect a variety of interests.
Among her high school activities, Tyo lists her membership in the local chapter of the National Honor Society. She is also vice president of the senior class, and served as 2015 Homecoming Queen.
She reports as her favorite high school memory “having Mr. [Jarren] Morlan for Travel WV because we had so many fun times in that class.” Asked about her favorite teacher, she said, “Mr. Toumazos because he pushes you to do your best and learn as much as possible.”
One of those students who decide early what career they will follow, Tyo said she wants to be a pediatric oncologist. “I love kids,” she said,” and there is cancer in our family. I want to help with both.” To achieve that goal, she will attend West Virginia University to major in biochemistry and follow that with medical school.
Wood arrested for arson
On April 22, Braxton County 911 received a call about a camper next to the Servia fire department on fire. West Virginia State Police TRP J.O. Hensley was at that residence earlier in the evening interviewing Nathaniel Wood. The officer contacted the owner of the property and she stated Wood had left the property with another individual and no other person had been there. He then contacted the Fire Marshall to investigate a possible arson.
Later that evening, TRP Hensley received a call of a stranded motorist on I-79 north bound. Once he responded, he found the vehicle belonged to the individual that Wood had left the property in question with earlier. The officer learned that a couple matching the suspects’ description was seen walking north bound on the interstate. He contacted the Go-Mart off exit 62 and asked if they had seen the male individual recently. The staff advised TRP Hensley that he was currently there in the store. Braxton County Sheriff Deputies J. Jenkins and C. Westfall were dispatched and detained the defendant. TRP Hensley arrived on scene and questioned Wood about the camper fire. He said he did not know anything about it and the he never went back into the trailer after the officer had left.
TRP Hensley traveled to Deer Forest apartments and spoke with the other individual. She stated he had gone back into the camper to retrieve his belongings. The individual further stated that when he got into the vehicle, he was very nervous.
The officer returned to the Go-Mart and arrested Wood for second degree arson.
The suspect is currently being held at the Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond after being arraigned by Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith.
GSC Professor is featured presenter at LBE’s Spring Flower Swap
Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jeremy Keene will be one of two guest speakers at this year’s annual Spring Flower Swap that is being held at Little Birch Elementary on Saturday, May 7. His presentation will focus on how to grow and propagate gesneriads, the best known of which is the African violet.
Keene, who is originally from southwest Missouri, has been an avid horticulturist and botanist for several years. He started growing plants, including African violets and orchids, as a child. The curious nature of those plants led him toward researching them and sharing that knowledge with others. His research focuses on the events that lead to speciation in several relatives of African violets from around the world. The close of the spring semester will mark the end of his first year of teaching at GSC.
“I am very happy to have been invited to the Flower Swap and look forward to this hands-on workshop. I will be teaching common methods to start seed and cuttings of African violets and their relatives,” said Keene.
This marks the fifteenth year of the swap, which is open to the public. Organizers note that the only rules for the event are that no money be exchanged, attendees bring at least one potted flower, vegetable plant, tree, shrub, seed, bulb, annual, house plant, or perennial to swap, and that any exchanges not begin before the official time. The Swap runs from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Keene’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the Spring Flower Swap, contact (304) 765-2994. For more information about Keene’s research or biology programs at Glenville State College, contact (304) 462-6313.
Cinco De Mayo coming to Landmark
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is having its Mexican themed fiesta and fundraiser on Saturday, May 7, starting at 6:30 pm for appetizers and dinner. Mexican food, appetizers and desserts are a perfect way to celebrate, socialize, and enjoy food and music, while helping raise funds to keep our Community Theater programs going. The Glenville College Jazz Band will be playing a selection of Jazz and Mexican themed music during the evening. Landmark Board members will be providing a sampling of tasty Mexican dishes and desserts. The cost is $25 for two or $15 for one person and includes food, beverage and music.
The Landmark Studio is in its 27th year of presenting art in the region. “A full season of theater, music and youth programs is a big part of our Mission,” explains a spokesperson. “We have a history of well received, award winning theater and a Board of dedicated volunteer members who help set the Season, raise funds and take care of our beautiful, Victorian era building.”
The Cinco de Mayo May 7th evening of fun is perfectly scheduled right in the middle of the Spring Season. The LYTE (Landmark Youth Theater Ensemble) production of “Peter Pan”, directed by Rebecca Conrad and Music director Marjie Foster, finished a 7 night “sold out” run with a cast of 50 children and a student pit orchestra. On Saturday April 23, the Landmark hosted “Old Time Music” evening, the Melvin Wine Memorial Concert, which featured regional fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, and singers of traditional music.
The summer continues the season with a grand musical “Annie Get Your Gun” directed by Jamie Jarvis and Rebecca Conrad. John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” will round out the late summer, directed by Lukas deGruyl.
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is a 501 not for profit organization dedicated to bringing the Arts to Braxton County and the region through music, theater, film, humanities, history and art opportunities for our youth. “We depend on our audience to support us through ticket sales, on businesses to sponsorships, on local and state financial support and on your generous donations. We hope to see you on Saturday May 7th for an evening of music, food and, if you like, dancing.” Door prizes and an auction are being arranged. Tickets may be purchased by contacting any Board member, calling at 304-644-3166 or checking their website and purchasing with Paypal.
The Landmark is located on Main Street, Sutton. More information by be obtained by on their Facebook page and the website at: landmarkstudioforthearts.org.