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Mountaineer Food Bank honors Denver Drake

By Shirley Shuman
Denver Drake of Gassaway recently received an award from Mountaineer Food Bank for being selected 2020 Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. Gabri Bonazzo, Communications Coordinator for MFB, explained the basis of the award and commented on Drake’s contributions as a volunteer.
“The award is based on the number of his volunteer hours,” Bonazzo said. “Denver has over 1100 volunteer hours since he began volunteering here.”
Drake, he said he “actually started about 10 years ago.” At first, he said, his volunteering “was sporadic” as he “went with a friend on deliveries to food pantries mainly.” At that time, Drake, an educator, was still working.
Following his retirement from the principal’s position as Braxton County Middle School in 2016, his volunteering increased. “At that time, I probably volunteered one afternoon a week for four to five hours,” he noted. Now he occasionally goes on runs with volunteer Beth Simmons, but he basically “works with their mail and files.”
“Denver has been really essential in doing office work and getting things done, like answering the phone,” Bonazzo noted. “Denver has also assisted with distribution and deliveries as well as working in the warehouse.”
Drake, who said he is “honored and touched” about receiving this award, explained why he volunteers, not only at Mountaineer Food Bank but also at the Christian Outreach Center and the Christian Food Pantry.
“God has given me good health most of the time,” Drake said. “I’ve always wanted to volunteer even when I was working full time. Now when I have more time, I like to keep busy, and I feel the places where I do volunteer work are worthwhile.”
This man, who gave so many years to the students of Braxton County, is still giving, but now to a wider range. One can safely assume that, as long as he is able, he will continue to give. That’s Denver Drake.

Plea hearings highlight
Circuit Court activities

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bryan D. Church represented the state during the court proceedings. Mike Haley, Jacob Foster and Tyler Morlan were present for several of the hearings on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office.

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Braxton student receives
WVU’s Bucklew Scholarship

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, West Virginia University’s Bucklew Scholars continue to maintain high standards for academics, a passion for discovery and a desire to serve their state and others, while eagerly awaiting an opportunity to travel abroad.

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Black ice shuts down I-79

The Sutton Volunteer Fire Department and other first responders were summoned north of the 67-mile marker of I-79 last Friday morning. Braxton Control reported multiple crashes on the southbound side of the Interstate north of Exit 67.

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