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WV Fire Marshal, Co. Commission recognize trio for lifesaving efforts

One of the first orders of business at last Friday’s, July 5th’s Braxton County Commission meeting was a special recognition of three area residents who recently performed what most believe was a lifesaving feat. The event occurred on June 7 when a house caught fire in Sutton. The trio entered the burning structure and removed a handicapped resident. “Though she received burns from the incident the efforts of these brave citizens surely saved her life,” said Martin Hess of the West Virginia State Fire Commission.
Hess and WV Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Alloway presented Brad Williams, DJ Fisher and Adam Tanner with plaques commemorating their bravery.
Commission President George Skidmore presented each of the three a special certificate naming them Hometown Heroes. Skidmore read the inscription to those in attendance, “In recognition of your heroic action on June 7, 2019. On the above date you unselfishly, with great risk to your own safety, entered a burning building at 228 Stonewall Street in Sutton to aid your fellow citizens in need. Your actions most certainly contributed to the two occupants’, one of whom was disabled, survival and minimized their injuries.
“Therefore, the Braxton County Commission bestows the honor of Hometown Hero on you in recognition of your heroic actions. Your actions exemplify the meaning of a productive and caring member of our community. We, the Commission, and the Citizens of Braxton County are eternally grateful!”
Randy James a local member of the WV Fire Commission was also on hand for the presentations.
Lori Dittman addressed the Commission to request financial support for the 2nd Annual – That Dam Triathlon. She explained the success of the first event held last year and outlined the increased participation expected in this year’s event. After hearing the presentation, Lisa Godwin made a motion to allot $500 to the event from the Hotel/Motel Fund. That action received the unanimous support of the Commission.
John Hoffman presented his month report of activities of the 9-1-1 Center and OES office. That report reviled that Braxton Control had received 863 calls for assistance during the month of June.
In other action the Commission approved the probate appointments for the month of June as submitted.
Melvin Gum introduced a motion to approve the applications for correction of erroneous assessments for the following: Christopher Allen, Janet E. & Milford Mollohan, Screenworld Inc., Screenworld LLC, John & Louella Singleton, Christopher & Ashley Shortall, Bob H. Davis, Jorea Marple, Laura Lou Fleming Trustee, Richard & Christine Allen.
Permission was granted for Joseph and Claud-Ann Ransbottom to consolidate contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes.
Four purchase orders were approved on separate motions. They were: $1,200 to Mike Amick Construction to repair garage a door at the 9-1-1 Building. SBM $1,495 for audio recording software for the 9-1-1 Center, Casto & Harris $729 for recording books for the County Clerk and APCO $963.79 for an upgrade to the EMD Cards.
Melvin Gum introduced a motion to reappoint Barbara Adams, Fred Thompson and Sissy Price to the E-9-1-1 Board. A second motion by Gum, later in the meeting, approved the reappointment of Adam, Thompson and Evelyn Post to the Emergency Ambulance Services Authority.
Patrick P’Malley was reappointed to the Braxton County Airport Authority.
The Commission approved the use of the County Credit Card for rooms and fees at Canaan Valley Resort August 4-6 for the Annual County Commissioners Association meeting. Rooms cost $109 to $93 per night while the event registration fee was $300 per person.
Following a brief discussion, Lisa Godwin made a motion to appoint or reappoint the following individuals to the Frametown Community Building board: Tara Wilson, Jennifer Butcher, Emily Nesselrotte, and Melody Kopfer.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to host a Regional Training on WV Governmental Ethics Act and Open Meetings Law on August 21 at the Braxton County Technology Building near Flatwoods.
Following a review, Melvin Gum made a motion to approve the county invoices, p-card vouchers and EMS bills for payment contingent on funds being available.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to approve the minutes of the Commission’s June 21 meeting as submitted by the County Clerk.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:24 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on July 19 at 9:00 a.m.


Three students represent BCHS at FBLA national competition

Three Braxton County High School students competed in the national FBLA competition held in San Antonio, Texas, June 28-July 2. Michael Lemon, Sam Groves, and Trevor Crites qualified for that competition by placing among the top four in their divisions at the state level.


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Dedication ceremony
held for Gassaway Depot

On June 29, several individuals gathered for a formal dedication of the landmark Gassaway Depot, built in 1914 by the Coal and Coke Railroad and renovated extensively. Most of those who spoke during the ceremony emphasized the importance of the railroad and the depot to Gassaway’s birth and ensuing growth.


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Board holds first meeting with new Superintendent

The Braxton Board of Education conducted a meeting on July 2 with the new Superintendent Kathy Hypes present. President Jill Cooper called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and an opening prayer was led by Vice President David Hoover.


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Canter, Rice, Holmes, McCartney, Stewart sentenced in Circuit Court

On June 10, the Honorable Richard A. Facemire recently completed several court orders in the Braxton County Circuit Court. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton presented the state’s evidence during the hearings.

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