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Taste of Central WV nets $12,000
for BCHS Band

Braxton County High School band hosted Taste of Central West Virginia on Saturday, December 1 at the Braxton Senior Center. This event was a wonderful evening in order to raise funds for “The Pride of Braxton County” in their efforts to purchase new uniforms.
Attendees received food samplings from The Red Rooster Cafe, The Thyme Bistro, Country Girl Catering, Phyllis Maher, Becky Conrad, and Amber Hyre. The evening also included Chinese, Silent, and Live Auctions, on a wide range of items. Live holiday music was provided throughout the evening by the BCHS Jazz Band.
A representative of Weyerhaeuser, Doug Cogar, was on hand to award $4,500 grant to the Band to go toward their goal of approximately $30,000. With this grant and all of the proceeds from ticket sales and the auctions, the band was able to collect over $12,000. They are currently $10,000 away from their goal.
One lucky ticket holder, Trevor Harper, received the $500 grand prize at the end of the night and various individual went home with some wonderful items from the live auction such as a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar donated by Kerr’s Music World, a Rhino Spray-In Bed Liner from Mid-State Chevy, and a trip to Disney World.
John Kimble, Band Director, stated he was “overwhelmed by the support and so impressed by the community and local businesses rallying behind our students.”
He went on to say, “The community has been so charitable in providing all of the items for the auctions. All of those items were completely donated, allowing us to make a 100% profit on them.”
The band would like to thank all of the people responsible for making this event such a huge success: Country Girls Catering, Red Rooster Café, Thyme Bistro, Amber Hyre, Becky Conrad, Phyllis Maher, Brent and Jean Boggs, Freedom Kia of Clarksburg, Mark LeRose Ford, Ware Insurance, Vicky Murphy State Farm Insurance, Michele Britton, Bi-Con, Alfred Blankenship, Alicia Wright-Scentsy, Bear Heaven, Billy and Terry Tyo, BCHS Band Sections, BCHS Soccer Team, Boody Talbott, Braxton County Rotary Club, Braxton County Visitor’s Bureau, City National Bank, Crystal Kniceley, Dollywood, Eat N Park, Everything Fiesta, Family Furniture, Marty and Tamra Hosey, Ginger Crow, Janis Collins, Jeremy Posey, Joe N Throw, Lost Road Candles, Jamberry Nails, Karin Gateless, Kerr’s Music World, Laura Bingaman, Lindsay Harman, Lloyd’s Hardware, Mary Juzkiw, Michele Williams, Mid-State Chevrolet and Buick, MLA Creations, Nettles Equipment, NILCO, Primanti Brother’s, Ruby Dean Collins-Baker’s Kitchen, Rexroad Supply, Rusty Wire Ranch, Shaylyn Dabbs, Supply Company, Sister’s Antique Mall, Smoke Hole Caverns, Starbucks, Susan Kearns, Sutton Lake Marina, Texas Roadhouse, Trina Beall, Urse Honda, The Works Salon and Spa, Sports Connections, Dairy Queen, Linda Carr, Pam Lake, and Weyerhaeuser.

Commission approves new paramedic
pay system

One of the first items considered by the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday was additional pay for the county’s paramedics. Dale Hall, EMS Director, said the county, like many in the state is suffering from a lack of qualified paramedics. He said the EMS Board had approved two measures affecting pay that they felt would improve the situation.
Hall requested that medics be paid a one-time fee if they took applicable medical runs when they were not otherwise scheduled to work. Those fees range from $95 to $160 depending on the destination of the patient. EMT would also be eligible for per-diem pay if they took runs outside their regular work schedule. They would receive between $76 and $126 per trip. Ambulance drivers, working under the same conditions would receive from $70 to $115.
Hall also requested that the Commission allow the Board to adopt a new pay scale based on experience. He proposed that medics starting pay rate be between $12.00 and $13.75 per hour depending on their experience. EMT pay rates would be $10.50 to $11.55 per hour while drivers would start at between $9.00 and $10.20 per hour.
Hall stated that both measures would allow his agency to attract better and more experienced personnel. Both measures were unanimously approved.
Hall also asked permission to solicit bids to replace an ambulance. That request was also granted.
Sherry Jenkins appeared on behalf of Mike Baker, OES Director. She requested permission to advertise for a part-time janitorial position at the 9-1-1 Center. She also requested permission to purchase a new IRP Radio for the Center from Miller Communications at a cost of $2,175.00. Both measures were approved.
Rhett Dusenbury, Constituent Service Representative for Congressman Alex Mooney, was present to introduce himself to the Commission and invite them and other area citizens to contact him with any matter that the Congressman may be able to assist with.
In other action, The Commission approved the probate appointments for the month of November as presented on a motion by Lisa Godwin.
George Skidmore made a motion to approve an application for correction of erroneous assessment for David and Mary Helmick.
It was Godwin who introduced action to allow the Courthouse offices to close on Wednesday, December 13 between the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m. for the annual employee Christmas luncheon.
No action was taken on an agenda item titled “Removal of Bubba Lane.” Commission President Ron Facemire explained that no action was necessary since it was on private property owned by one person and could simply be removed from the mapping records.
A budget revision was approved for the Sheriff on a motion by George Skidmore.
Anthony Rogers was approved to donate time to the County Sick Leave Bank.
George Skidmore made a motion to hire Wilma Lockard as a janitor for the Annex Building at an annual salary of $17,600 plus county benefits. She will serve a 90 day probationary period.
Following a review of the County Invoices, P-card vouchers, and EMS bills, Lisa Godwin made a motion to pay them as presented.
The minutes of the Commission’s November 17 meeting were also approved as presented.
Lisa Godwin made a motion to go into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. After spending approximately 46 minutes behind closed doors the Commission reconvened the regular session. Godwin made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:41 a.m.
The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be held on December 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Board to consider baseball program at
middle school

The Braxton County Board of Education held their most recent meeting on November 28. The meeting was called to order by Board President Jill Cooper and Vice President David Hoover provided a non-denominational opening prayer. Other board members present were Shane Brown, Van Carr and Bradley Shingler.
The first to speak to the board were parents Shannon Triplett and Flora Cox. Both individuals discussed the possibility of forming a middle school baseball team. Currently the boys in that age group have to travel out of county to play on other teams since Braxton County no longer has a Pony League. Superintendent David Dilly told the parents he would get the item placed on the agenda for the December 5 meeting. Board member Shingler stated he would support the formation of the team to provide those boys the opportunity to play baseball in county instead having to travel for the sport.
The next person to speak to the board was Teresa Childers, PreK Education Specialist, on behalf of the Head Start Program. She provided the board with a Policy Council Update and went over general information on the Head Start Program.
The board approved the following consent agenda items: approval of November 14 meeting minutes; payment of bills; budget transfers and supplements; transportation requests and reports; and treasurer’s report.
The following professional and service personnel items were approved: resignation for Richard Roach, substitute teacher, effective November 29 and Patty Montgomery, academic coach, effective December 1; employment of Bradley Rogers, substitute custodian, effective November 29; and extension of administrative leave of Gbiamango Yewawa, 30 days.
The board approved the list of parent volunteers for the 2017-18 school year per background checks. Those parents were: Margie Toler, Carissa Mace, Deborah Hughes, and Amanda Burge.
All fundraisers were approved by the board as presented.
Superintendent Dilly provided the board with an overview of what the new PAX Good Behavior Game program that is currently being used in all of the elementary schools. He informed the board that the program has been completely funded by Community Care of West Virginia. Braxton County Schools are the first schools in the state of West Virginia to be a part of the PAX program that has been in use for over 30 years. Students work together to reinforce positive behavior and limit the number of disruptive behaviors. The program leads to better grades and more attentive behavior in the classroom by teaching children about impulse control.
The first reading and on comment of Wellness Policy 1006 was discussed by the board. Leatha Williams, Director of Food Services talked to the board about this policy in reference to complying with current state policies. This policy will be a combination of various policies in reference to items like snacks, physical activity, and health.
Superintendent Dilly spoke to the board about an upcoming webcast on RESA that would count towards two hours of training. He also talked to them about the high school art class painting a mural on the board meeting room wall. Superintendent Dilly informed the board of the upcoming state board meeting on December 5. The State Board of Education and the School Building Authority will need to approve the move of the sixth grade students back to middle school from the elementary schools. He stated he was going to attend the meeting and speak to them about getting the approval so the board could continue on with the move here in the county.
The board went into executive session at 6:54 pm. Once the board reconvened from the executive session, they adjourned the meeting at 7:22 pm.
The next board meeting is scheduled for December 5 beginning at 6:00 pm. This meeting will open with a discussion on the move of sixth grade students to the middle school. All interest individuals are encouraged to attend to ask questions or voice concerns about the move. The regular meeting will immediately follow the discussion. As always, members of the Braxton County community are encouraged to attend regular board meetings. Any parent or concerned community member wishing to speak as a delegate or with public concerns may do so by signing in up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Traffic stop leads to multiple drug arrests

Mark Anthony Moyers, 34 of Wilsie is now facing numerous charges after fleeing from a traffic stop on November 25.
Sutton Police Department Chief A.L. James observed the suspect leaving the Rite Aid in Sutton. He attempted to initiate a traffic stop in order to question Moyers about another case in which he was a suspect.
According to the criminal complaint, Moyers attempted to flee as soon as Chief James turned on his lights and sirens. The suspect passed seven or eight vehicles at an extremely high rate of speed and continued down Route 4 toward Kroger. At that time, the officer watched him drive behind Rexroad’s and Family Furniture through a private yard, causing damage, and trapping himself behind the residence.
Chief James was able to catch Moyers and place him under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, he located three types of drugs, methamphetamine, marijuana, and Roxicodone pills, and drug paraphernalia.
The police chief transported the suspect to the SPD to obtain a statement. While providing his statement, Moyers confessed to the fleeing. He also admitted to working with two other individuals by sending them money through a financial service company in order to obtain pills and meth. He acknowledged that the drugs found in the vehicle were his.
Following the arrest of Moyers, Chief James also arrested Christina Cutlip, 39 and Daniel Thomas Stufflet, 59, both of Sutton. The pair have been charged with conspiracy. According to the investigation, Moyers admitted to conducting drug deals in the City National Bank/Central WV Aging parking lot as well as several other spots in the county with these two individuals.
Moyers was charged with fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. He was arraigned by Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith and is currently in the Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 cash only bond.
Cutlip and Stufflet are also currently lodged in CRJ on $10,000 cash or surety bonds set by Magistrate David Singleton.

Karate classes coming to Gassaway

By Shirley Shuman
Local individuals interested in karate now have the opportunity to take lessons without leaving the county. Dale Thayer, an experienced karate teacher as well as the head and founder of the Denta Bushido Kai Association, will teach karate classes in what was the Gassaway Hardware building.
Thayer, who has classes in Clendenin and Sissonville, began learning karate when he was “around 30” and opened his first school, the one in Clendenin, 30 years ago. “Even when I was pretty young, I was interested in karate. I’d read about it and think I’d really like to learn karate, but there were no classes around here.. When I finally got the chance, I took it and I’ve been doing it ever since,” he explained.
Saying that the karate he teaches involves “about 50/50 use of the hands and feet,” he noted that this martial art does far more than teach self-defense. “It’s a different way of life,” he said. “Karate teaches responsibility, dedication, honesty, all those things which make us good citizens.”
In addition, Thayer’s students “do a lot of competition.” He said that some of his students had just competed in Greenville, South Carolina. “We took 15 students. They won 23 medals, including four national championships,” he added. His association is a part of the National Karate Affiliation.
Classes in Gassaway are scheduled for Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.
The children’s class will be taught from 6:15 to 7:15, and the adult class will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Asked about ages for the children’s class, Thayer explained that he has had children as young as four. He continued to say that he adjusts classes according to size.
In karate, everyone begins as a white belt, the instructor noted. Beyond the white, there are eight different belts, ending with the familiar black one.
Thayer feels he asks “moderate rates” for his classes. For example, he plans to charge “about $65 a month.” Classes begin tonight (Tuesday), and the instructor hopes for a good turnout.



Mountaineer Food Bank receives $50,000 Walmart grant

Mountaineer Food Bank recently announced a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund the infrastructure that will ultimately help the food bank’s partner agencies secure and distribute more nutritious food to families in need. The grant will support investments in the equipment necessary to handle perishable products, such as refrigerated vehicles; coolers and freezers for transporting, storing and distributing food; thermometers and temperature calibration devices; among other items.
“One in 7 people struggle with hunger in West Virginia, including over 82,000 children,” said Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank. “We are thankful to the Walmart Foundation for helping to ensure that people who struggle with hunger have access to nutrient-rich food. This grant will go a long way in helping Mountaineer Food Bank and our partner agencies serve the Hungry in West Virginia.
Mountaineer Food Bank secures fresh, perishable food from retailers across our 48 county service area. Mountaineer Food Bank partners with 32 Walmart stores to receive over 1,655,250 pounds of food annually. Walmart donates produce, dairy, meats and dry goods to the Mountaineer Food Bank network of feeding programs. Funds from this grant will be used to provide agency pick-up partners with much needed capacity building items such as freezers, scales, thermal blankets and coolers.
The Walmart Foundation has been instrumental in helping food banks rescue and distribute more perishable food from retailers across the United States in a sustainable, cost-effective way. This grant is a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger by providing four billion meals to people in need in the U.S. by 2020.
Since 2009, the Walmart Foundation has been a leading supporter of infrastructure grants to Feeding America food banks and their member agencies. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks. Locally, Walmart has contributed annually to Mountaineer Food Bank through local community giving, state grants and disaster relief. In 2016, Walmart contributed $15,000 to aid in disaster relief for areas that sustained damage from the summer flood.
With food insecurity remaining high throughout the country, the ability to distribute more food is critical for food banks. According to the USDA, more than 42 million people nationwide are food insecure, which means that they may not know where they will find their next meal. In West Virginia, 275,280 residents are food insecure. To learn more about what the Mountaineer Food Bank is doing to fight hunger, visit www.mountaineerfood bank.org/.




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