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Sophia Chieffo crowned Homecoming Queen

Queen Sophia and King Zack with their royal 2017 BCHS Homecoming Court.

Sophia Chieffo was crowned 2017 BCHS Homecoming Queen during half time ceremonies at last Friday’s football game. Her escort Zack Reed was selected Homecoming King
Queen Sophia is the 18 year old daughter of Charles Chieffo. King Zack is the 20 year old son of Rebecca Reed. Zack activities include church, going to D&D Auction and working puzzles.
Senior class attendants to the Queen were Beth Ramsey and Grace Hefner.
Beth is the 18 year old daughter of Timothy and Shannon Ramsey. Her escort for the evening was Timothy Harman, the 17 year old son of Timothy and Lindsay Harman.
Grace is the 17 year old daughter of Mark and Jami Hefner. She was escorted by Payton Lockard. Payton is the 17 year old son of Chad and Jamie Lockard.
Representing the Junior class was Kristen Shaffer and Nicole Cline. Kristen is the 16 year old daughter of Michael and Amy Shaffer. She was escorted by Phillip Steele. Phillip is the 15 year old son of Doug and Suzie Steele.
Nicole is the 16 year old daughter of Debra Cline-Reynolds. Nicole’s escort was Jacob Marshall, the 17 year old son Lisa Marshall.
The sophomore class was represented by Samantha Cochran and Chandice Litton. Samantha is the 15 year old daughter of John and Marsha Cochran. Samantha’s escort was Trebor Grose. Trebor is the 15 year old son of Robert and Nicole Grose.
Chandice is the 15 year old daughter of Patrick Litton and Teresa Miller. In her free time, Chandice likes to spend time with family and friends.
Chandice’s escort was Jordan Williams. Jordan is the 16 year old son of Duane and Leatha Williams.
Representing the freshman class was Camylle Leake and Emily Oates. Camylle is the 14 year old daughter of Mike and Christine Cool. Dakayden Kirby served as her escort. He is the 14 year old son of Carrie Kirby and stepson of Scott Ott.
Emily is the 14 year old daughter of Jamie and Becky Oates. Emily’s escort was Logan Conley, the 14 year old son of Barry and Kara Conley.
Rounding out the 2017 BCHS Homecoming Court was flower girl this evening is Riley Williams and crown bearer Crue McPherson. Riley is the 3 year old daughter of Zach Williams and Ashley Johnson and the granddaughter of Tina Johnson of Gassaway and Susan Williams of Gassaway.
The crown bearer is the 5 year old son of Chris and Alicia McPherson. He is the grandson of Larry and Lori Craft of Sutton and Roger and Linda McPherson of Burnsville.

Grand Jury indicts 31

On Tuesday, October 3, the October term of the Braxton County Grand Jury convened with the Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Circuit Court Judge presiding. The jury returned indictments against 31 individuals on various charges.
Those indicted were: Melinda Dawn Randall, Gregory Bryant Stewart, Jeremy Steven Duckworth, John Westley Brown, Albert Lee Fuhrmaneck, Jesse Alan Jordan, Courtney Leigh Claypool, Vincent Franklin Harris, Robert Quinton Given, Ryan Justin Myers, Dakota Trevor Blake, Ryan Seth Williams, Ronnie Jack Thayer, Jr., Delvert Dale Fisher, Jr., Charles Leroy Sprouse, Johnny Jacob Patterson, Amber Dawn Kowalski, Camden Allen Carpenter, Donna Lynn Stout, Harry Carl James, Franklin Shane Cottrill, Johnny Lee Kerr, Nathaniel Jones, Demius Nathaniel Jones, Emmanuel Lewis Phifer, Jr., Cody Merrie Martin, Patrick John Childers, Michael Shawn Mace, Joshua Matthew Richardson, Phillip Warren Dailey, and Gary Lynn Cogar.
Due to the large number of indictments and holiday, the complete details of the indictments will follow in next week’s edition.

Poteete, Wright, Williams, Moats
sentenced to prison

The Honorable Richard A. Facemire recently completed several court orders in the Braxton County Circuit Court. The State of West Virginia was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton in these hearings.
On September 18, Keith Allen Poteete along with his attorney, Bryan Hinkle appeared before the court for sentencing on the felony charge of driving while license suspended for DUI. Tyler Morlan from the Braxton County Probation office was also present for the hearing. The defense moved for some type of alternative sentencing as Poteete is a non-violent offender and has several health issues. The state remained silent per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire denied the motion stating to sentence the defendant to anything other than incarceration would depreciate the seriousness of the offense. Poteete was sentenced to one to three years.
James Brett Wright and attorney Clinton Bischoff came before the court along with Morlan from the probation office for a probation revocation petition. The defendant did admit to the allegations contained in the petition. Judge Facemire ordered Wright’s current probation to be revoked. The defense then moved to be re-admitted to probation. The state argued the he should be sentenced to one to five years for his conviction of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. The court ordered Wright to one to five years in the state penitentiary; however he was granted probation all but sixty days and was re-admitted to probation for a period of five years with the first year under GPS monitoring and home confinement.
Jason Williams appeared before Judge Facemire along with his attorney, Bischoff for a sentencing hearing. Also present was Jacob Foster on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office. A motion for alternative sentencing was presented by the defense and the state recommended probation per the plea agreement. Williams provided documentation of attending NA/AA meetings. Judge Facemire found the defendant in need of correctional treatment and was troubled by the fact he did not have a high school diploma or the equivalent and his lack of a support system. The court was impressed with his initiative thus far, but denied the motion for alternative sentencing stating to sentence him to anything other than incarceration would depreciate the seriousness of the offense. For the felony charge of possession of an explosive device, Williams was sentenced to one to ten years in the state penitentiary. However, Judge Facemire suspended the sentence and assigned the defendant to the Anthony Center for a period of no less than six months but no more than two years, to successfully complete the program requirements and to receive intensive substance abuse rehabilitation.
On September 11, Jesse Moats and attorney Andrew Shaffer came before Judge Facemire for sentencing. Also available from the probation office was Foster. The defense moved to delay sentencing to allow Moats to be permitted to attend a long-term, in-patient rehabilitation program as he also had a companion abuse and neglect proceeding in process. The state did not object to the motion, but did note the court has given him many opportunities in the past. The state further requested he be sentenced to the state penitentiary and that sentence be suspended for completion in-patient rehabilitation. Then, if Moats failed to complete the rehabilitation or was discharged from the program, he would be arrested and placed in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections to serve his sentence. After Judge Facemire reviewed the defendant’s criminal history and previous opportunities, he found Moats in need of correctional treatment to address his drug and alcohol issues. The motion for alternative sentencing was denied. For the felony charges of grand larceny and arson in the third degree, he was sentenced to total of two to 13 years. However, the court noted he had been ordered to complete long-term in-patient drug rehabilitation by the Honorable Jack Alsop. Therefore, Judge Facemire ordered the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on GPS monitoring to be permitted to attend drug treatment. If he fails to complete the drug treatment program, he is to be arrested and placed in the custody of corrections.

GSC Gallery Exhibit featuring Early Appalachian Photography
Burnsville native co-authors book

Selections from the Glenville State College Archive will be on display for a gallery exhibit during Homecoming week.
The theme of the exhibit will focus on early Appalachian photography and will include several prints from glass negatives, equipment used during the process, and even some of the original glass negatives themselves. The show will feature four different collections: the Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection, the Early Gilmer County Collection, the Gainer Family Glass Negative Collection, and the Pickle Street Glass Negative Collection.
“This gallery exhibit will show you what was important to past generations in Appalachia through photography. I hope that the cultural perspective provided gives attendees a better understanding of central West Virginia. It also provides you with more of an appreciation as to what people had to go through and how challenging it was just to take a picture,” said GSC Librarian and Archivist Jason Gum.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, October 17 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Gallery. The show will be open the remainder of Homecoming Week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily and prior to the Bluegrass concert on Saturday, October 21 between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Beyond Homecoming Week, the gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
During the opening reception, there will also be a book signing for GSC’s recent history book, Preserving and Responding. Gum and the college’s Public Relations Specialist, Dustin Crutchfield of Burnsville, authored this work.
The Byron Turner Glass Negative Collection was preserved by Glenville State College’s former chemistry instructor, Byron Turner. Turner used the glass negatives as a project in his classes to demonstrate what chemicals were used to make the glass negatives and preserve the picture. The Early Gilmer County Collection was found in the Archives of Glenville State College. It dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Gainer family collection contains donated prints from glass negatives provided by the Gainer family. The pictures were taken by Lloyd Gainer and are from around 1902. The pictures were preserved by West Virginia State Folk Festival founder and 1924 Glenville Normal School graduate Patrick Gainer. The Pickle Street glass negative collection was brought in from the auction house on Pickle Street in Lewis County, West Virginia. The negatives were found in an old barn and later donated to GSC.
The exhibit will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Friday, November 3. The gallery is also open one hour prior to most musical performances in the Fine Arts Center.
For more information about the gallery exhibit or the book signing, call (304) 462-6163.

County Commission to honor commitment for Exchange Waterline Project

One of the first to address the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, October 6 was Rodney Pritt, Manager of the Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service District. Pritt was following up letter he sent the Commission dated October 3 requesting that they pay the balance of a $50,000 commitment they pledged in 2015 toward expansion of water service in the Exchange area. Pritt told the Commission that the project was nearing his final planning stages and the Public Service Commission required them to collect all promised contributions before the project could go to bid. Pritt said that if the Commission was unable to honor their commitment, it would “substantially delay” the project. Upon hearing the explanation, George Skidmore made a motion that the Commission attempt to pay the $31,000 balance by the October 18 deadline.
Sheriff Eddie Williams addressed the Commission concerning the retirement of his Chief Deputy David Doak. He requested permission to give Doak his duty firearm as a gift of thanks for his years of service. That request was approved on a motion by Commissioner Skidmore.
Dale Hall, EMS Director appeared before the body concerning additional employment for his agency. He requested permission to hire Heidi L. Mollohan as a part-time paramedic at a pay rate of $13.50 per hour with no county benefits. He also requested permission to change the status of Michael J. Mathes and Shawn R. Ryan from part-time EMT/drivers to full-time. Each will be paid $11.73 per hour with full county benefits. All three requests were approved on a single motion.
In other action, the probate appointments were approved as presented.
A motion by George Skidmore approved applications for correction of erroneous assessments for the following: Sonnie McCraw, Donnie C. Nettles, heirs, Debra Dobbins, Kathy Dillon, Frances Cogar, Lillian King and Tammy Lowery.
Lisa Godwin’s motion approved a consolidation of contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes for Charley and Geraldine Brown.
The Commission approved the financial statement as submitted by the County Clerk for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1017.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to approved the resignation of Katherine Meckley as custodian for personal reasons. George Skidmore followed Godwin’s motion with one to post the job internally for one week, if no one was interested after that time, to advertise the position for two weeks.
President Ron Facemire discussed a request from Mountaineer Food Bank for a financial contribution to help with their “Share A Plate” program. Facemire stated that such a contribution by the Commission would not be legal but the Commissioners might want to contribute individually.
Following a review Lisa Godwin made a motion to change the financial institution previously stated in the Delbert Junior Bull estate.
It was also Godwin who made a motion to approve internal budget revisions as presented by the County Clerk.
George Skidmore made a motion to approve a $3,000 claim by Dylan Johnson for a cow and unborn calf that was killed by stray dogs.
Following reviews, separate motions approved the county, p-card and EMS bills for payment as well as the minutes from the September 15 Commission meeting.
Being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 9:27 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be on October 20 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Custard Stand to offer Freedom Day USA special October 12

The Custard Stand restaurants in Flatwoods, Summersville, and Webster Springs will join other businesses Oct. 12 in honoring active military and veterans with a Freedom Day USA special.
Active members of the military and veterans can enjoy a free hot dog with Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili, a free small drink and a free small cone on Thursday, Oct. 12.
“We believe that making the choice to serve our country for any amount of time makes one elite. There’s something rare and special inside a person who takes the good of the whole country upon themselves to the extent of their last full measure,” said Angie Cowger, co-owner of Custard Stand Food Products and The Custard Stand LLC. “Past and present military members deserve our appreciation and our prayers. This is one small way to say Thank You for all of their sacrifices and for protecting our freedoms. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”
Freedom Day USA is America’s largest military thank you event. There are 1,373,500 active United States military members and 990,025 reserve personnel for 324,118,787 Americans. Less than 1% of our population makes up our entire military force.
“Our men and women of our Armed Forces make great personal sacrifices in order to secure and protect our freedoms,” said Dr. Robert Martino, founder of the Freedom Day USA event. “Their families have endured hardships and some have given all they have so that we may live in peace – free to pursue our dreams. Let’s join together to say ‘Thank You’ for their sacrifices and for our freedom, by giving them a Day of Free!”
For participating businesses and services, visit FreedomDayUSA.org.


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