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Garrett captures County Spelling crown

This year marked the 44th annual Braxton County Spelling Bee competition. On January 9, students from all across Braxton County converged at Days Hotel in Flatwoods, to represent their schools. Students in grades fourth through eighth had been busy studying for months. Not even the weather could deter them from their dreams of becoming the 2019 Braxton County Spelling Bee Champion. Emily Garrett a 6th grade student at Braxton County Middle School emerged as the champion. Abigail Lake took second followed by Riley Martin in third.
Although the students were nervous to compete in front of a packed house, they did an incredible job of spelling some difficult words. At the end of each grade level competition, winners and runners-up waited patiently for the Championship round. The talented spellers who won the Championship Round will participate in the Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee competition in Charleston, on March 9, representing Braxton County.
The 2019 Braxton County Spelling Bee winners by grade level were: 4th Grade, 1st Place - Makahla Case – Davis, 2nd Place - Rylan Criner – Flatwoods and 3rd Place - Alexis Dehaven - Little Birch. 5th Grade, 1st Place - Bailey Pritt – Burnsville, 2nd Place - Adyson Conant – Flatwoods and 3rd Place - Leah Legg – Frametown. 6th Grade, 1st Place - Emily Garrett – BCMS, 2nd Place - Mason O’Dell – BCMS and 3rd Place - Danielle Singleton – BCMS. 7th Grade - 1st Place - Riley Martin – BCMS, 2nd Place - Drew Wyne – BCMS, and 3rd Place - Catherine Gerwig – BCMS. 8th Grade, 1st Place - Quinton Wine – BCMS, 2nd Place - Abigail Lake – BCMS and 3rd Place - Zane Alexander and Chesney Brown – BCMS.
The Braxton County Schools would like to thank Days Hotel for working with them to make this event both possible and successful. Also, thank you to Denver Drake for serving as the pronouncer, and Barbara Adams for her role as Master of Ceremonies. Serving as judges and protestors for the county event were Kim Dennison, Joyce Floyd, Annie Johnson, Wanda King, Cindy Pendry, and Lisa Ratliff. A special thank you is extended to parents and students for their hard work and proudly representing their schools and county in this year’s bee.
Anyone interested in learning more about the local, regional, and national spelling bees should visit the Scripps website at http://www.spellingbee.com.
See additional photographic coverage on Page 8 of this issue.


Senator Manchin visits Food Bank


Mountaineer Food Bank welcomed US Senator Joe Manchin to their facility in Gassaway on Monday, January 14. The senator spoke to those in attendance about the ongoing federal government shutdown and the impact on the smaller communities. Senator Manchin is donating his salary, during the shutdown, to food banks in West Virginia, including MFB. Local community members as well as representatives from the Braxton Senior Center and WV Delegate Brent Boggs were on hand to air their concerns and discuss the impact of the shutdown.


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Several appear in Circuit Court

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton.

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Task force making progress in local war against drugs


On January 9, 2019, members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, along with deputies from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department executed a Search Warrant at 5611 Hall Road near Buckhannon WV. During this search, officers and Task Force agents seized heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, and a large sum of U.S. currency. Johnna Courtney and Garry Moran were arrested for on outstanding warrants issued in Marion and Upshur Counties. The drug related investigation is ongoing. The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit is comprised of officers from the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and WV State Police.

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Sutton Lake collects Christmas trees to build fish attractors

Live-cut Christmas trees can be put to good use after the holidays by donating them to the Christmas Tree Recycling Program sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake in Sutton.

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Braxton residents graduate
from Glenville State College

Seven students from Braxton County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

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