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Entertainment lineup announced for
Braxton Fair & Festivals Celebration

The entertainment schedule for the 2016 Braxton County Fairs & Festivals Celebration, to be held July 19 - 23 at Holly Gray Park on the Airport Road in Sutton, has been released.
The annual festivities will kick off on Tuesday, July 19th when the American Legion Post 33 will conduct the opening ceremony at 6:00 PM. Tuesday is Gospel Night on stage. Singing will start after the opening ceremony and will feature Gospel artists Carolyn Connor, the Mountain State Baptist Youth Choir, Angel’s Echo, the Harper Boys, Saved by Grace and Five Smooth Stones. In the Multipurpose Building, livestock exhibitors will open at 5:00 PM with the Poultry and Rabbit Shows followed at 7:00 PM by the Swine Show.
Wednesday, July 20th, at 6:00 PM Braxton County 4-H and FFA members along with local farmers will be exhibiting beef cattle including feeder cattle, market steers, heifers, bulls and cow/calf pairs. At 7:00 and 9:00 PM, fairgoers will be treated to Tributes to Elvis and the Blues Brothers.
Thursday, July 21st, will feature the Sheep and Goat shows at 6:00 PM. Country Legends will take the stage to perform with tributes to Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Reba at 7:00 and 9:00 PM. This should provide an entertaining and fun show for the whole family.
This year, there is an all-new Side-by-Side Mud Bog on Thursday that will begin at 7:00 PM. This mud bog will include large 4-wheelers as well. See the fair’s website, www.braxtoncounty fairwv.com for more information and rules.
On Friday, July 22nd, the Braxton County Fair has something for everyone. At 7:00 PM 4-H and FFA members will auction their market steers, heifers, market hogs, market goats, market lambs, and market rabbits to the highest bidder. In the horse ring, the Draft Horse Pull also begin at 7:00 PM. In the mud bog area, Monster Trucks will rev their engines for a one-and-a-half hour show starting at 7:00 PM. Instigator, Muddy Girl, and Backdraft will thrill fairgoers with their jumps, spins and car crushing tricks. Mini-Monster Trucks, including FireStarter, will also be featured during the show. Monster Truck rides in the General Hazzard will be available from 4:00 to 7:00 PM for $10 per person. Also at 7:00 and 9:00 PM, local performers, Taylor Conrad, and Amy, Ginger & Missy will perform.
Cledus T. Judd will take the stage at 7:30 and 9:00 PM. Parody singer-songwriter Cledus T. Judd has signed with Warner Bros. Nashville, and will release his first major label single in nearly a decade on DATETK. “Double D Cups,” an uproarious answer to Toby Keith’s smash hit “Red Solo Cup”—with an obvious tweak in subject matter—is exactly the kind of instantly memorable and quick-witted track his legions of fans have come to expect from Judd, often called the “Weird Al” Yankovic of country music. “There ain’t a redneck in America that won’t sing along with ‘Double D Cups,’” Judd laughs. “I’ve bought several pair myself, you know.” The new single marks Judd’s return to the spotlight after several years out of the public view, and it finds the good-natured funnyman primed and ready. Come enjoy an evening of fun and laughter at the Braxton County Fair with Cledus T. Judd.
Saturday, July 23rd, will provide a full day of fun and entertainment for the whole family. At 10:00 AM is the Junior Horse Show which is sponsored in part by the Central WV Riding Club. Be sure to check out the Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at 10:00 AM.
At 11:00 AM the Street Class and 4 Wheel Drive Mud Bog will begin.
Family fun, “Down on the Farm” will be available from noon to 6:00 PM in the Multipurpose Building. A variety of agriculture related events and activities will be going on throughout the afternoon. Farm animals, maple syrup production, honeybees and games will be highlighted.
Saturday evening’s entertainment will begin at 7:30 PM with a performance by RaeLynn. With her empowering Top 20 hit, “God Made Girls,” RaeLynn became the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. Now, her follow-up, “For a Boy,” is available on iTunes. The vibrant 20-year-old was selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and recently released her “ME” EP. Just like her musical hero Dolly Parton, RaeLynn embraces her Country roots with a flash of pizazz, commemorating her Grand Ole Opry debut with an “Op-Rae Selfie” from center stage. The Voice (season 2) alum, who has returned to the show to perform, is featured on “Buzzin’” from coach Blake Shelton’s new album. In September, she’ll be joining Blake Shelton on tour.
Capping off Saturday’s events, the Swon Brothers take the stage at 9:00 PM. There really must be something in the water in certain parts of Oklahoma. The state has produced more country greats per capita than probably anywhere else on earth. In fact, Zach and Colton grew up right down the street from American Idol- champ-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood, and the three shared a stage many times together throughout their childhood years. The Swon Brothers were recently finalists on NBC’s “The Voice” on team Blake. Prior to their “Voice” experience however, The Swon Brothers spent years performing and recording music on their own label. Songs like the irresistibly catchy “Oklahoma Lovin’” and the bluesy, soulful, “This Close To Gone,” not only show off their diverse vocal strengths, but also their ability to write gripping lyrics that resonate with audiences from young to old. Their sheer talent shines through as they launch into their tight-knit, seamless harmonies. It’s evident when you watch them perform that music is not only in their blood, it’s in their hearts as well.
The 2016 Braxton County Fair will come to a loud and thrilling end with one of the largest fireworks displays in central West Virginia.
There are a limited number of stage front reserved seats available for Tuesday through Saturday, so reserve yours today by calling 304-765-0333. Season tickets are now available at $30 each. They may be purchased until 4:00 PM on July 18th from local Premier Bank locations (Gassaway, Sutton, Burnsville and Clay), Summit Media locations in Sutton and Summersville, Facemire Foodland locations in Glenville and Craigsville, Shoppers Value Foods in Gassaway, and Nettles Equipment in Servia.
For more information on the Braxton County Fairs & Festivals Celebration, call 765-0333; email: info@braxtoncounty fairwv.com; or check out our website at www.braxtoncounty fairwv.com.

4-H team captures top honors in
State contest

Braxton County State 4-H Forestry Judging participants included (Front row, L to R) Stephanie Singleton, Ellen Collins, Julianna Rexroad, Hannah Cooley, Alex Collins. (Back row) Raven Friend and Debbie Friend.

Recently six Braxton County 4-H members participated in the WV 4-H Forestry Judging Contest held at the WVU Forest at Cooper’s Rock, WV.
The junior team of Ellen Collins, Hannah Cooley and Julianna Rexroad took top honors in the team competition. Individually, Ellen was 1st, Hannah was 2nd and Julianna was 3rd. Stephanie Singleton and Alex Collins also participated in the contest as juniors. Raven Friend competed individually in the senior category where she finished in 3rd place. The 4-H members were coached by Debbie and David Friend with special assistance from Jimmy Jenkins.
At the Forestry Judging Contest, 4-H members had to identify trees, tree diseases and insects that affect trees. They also measured trees, completed a forest management exercise, completed a written test and did compass and pacing work. Forestry Judging is a challenging contest because of the amount and variety of information participants need to know and understand.
Congratulations to these 4-H members for representing Braxton County so well in the State 4-H Forestry Judging competition. For more information about joining 4-H or these 4-H activities, contact Debbie Friend, WVU Extension Agent at 304-765-2809.

Famed Ken Chertow holds clinic
for area wrestlers

Olympic gold-medalist Ken Chertow (standing center) hosted a clinic last Wednesday for aspiring Braxton County wrestlers.

By Shirley Shuman
Twenty one wrestlers, ranging from kindergarten to high school age, recently attended a clinic given by former Olympic gold-medalist Ken Chertow. The clinic, which was held Wednesday at Braxton County Middle School, was sponsored by Braxton County Youth Wrestling.
Charles Spell, president of the organization, and member Kaleb Davis organized the event. Spell explained that they chose a Chertow clinic because their sons had attended one which he ran earlier and the fathers as well as the boys were highly impressed with his presentation.
Spell explained, “Ken Chertow is very well known as an athlete and as a wrestling coach.
We saw the intensity of his clinic and decided we’d like to host one in Braxton County for our young wrestlers.” He said, “When Kaleb and I took our sons and Tyler Cox to one of his clinics in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, we both liked his training methods. He’s phenomenal with the kids.” Jackson Davis and Bryson Spell, along with Cox, are all three promising young wrestlers.
Spell also emphasized the importance of the help he and Davis had in setting up this clinic. “We couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for some of the board members.” In addition, BCMS assistant wrestling coach Tyler Morlan assisted with the actual clinic.
Davis said that attendees at Wednesday’s clinic included wrestlers from Lewis County as well as Braxton. Most, he stressed, were “from middle school down.” Chertow “taught different wrestling techniques,” he commented, “and talked about nutrition.” He added, “He emphasized how healthy eating could help them become better athletes. We liked him because he was very upbeat and enthusiastic.”
Chertow is a West Virginia native and two-time West Virginia High School State Champion. After high school, he wrestled at Penn State where he was a three-time NCAA All-American.
A highlight of his wrestling career was competing as a United States Olympian.
Following college graduation, Chertow coached at Ohio State and Penn State. His Ohio State teams became strong competitors in the NCAA Championships. Returning to Penn State, this time as a coach, he saw his team finish second in the NCAA Championships.
Chertow left college coaching in 1994. During his coaching career, he had held summer clinics for young wrestlers, and he expanded greatly on those. Since 1994, he has concentrated on working with young wrestlers through his clinics and camps.
He will return to Braxton County June 25, 26, and 27 for a three day commuter camp at the high school. There is still time to register for that camp. Those who wish to do so may go online to kenchertow.com to complete registration and learn more about the upcoming camp.


Commission officially hires new
full-time assistant PA

Kelly Hamon McLaughlin appeared before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday to request that her part-time assistant become a full time employee prior to June 30. She explained that Bill McCourt would receive an advantage on his insurance coverage if employed full-time before July 1. Gary Ellyson made a motion to approve the request.
Sam Mace, Emergency Ambulance Services Director informed the Commission that a recent mandated inspection of the service has resulted in the local group receiving an A rating. Mace further explained that the exemplary class would allow the service to go 4 years before another inspection.
Mace also presented a request on behalf of OES Director Mike Baker who is currently on medical leave. Mace stated that he, Baker and their administrative assistances had attended a class recently that dealt with human resources issue. The class recommended a manual titled “The Complete Guide to Human Resources and Law 2016” which Baker wanted to purchase at a cost of $575. Gary Ellyson stated, when making a motion to deny the request, that he felt most serious personnel matters should be handled by the prosecuting attorney and did not believe that relying on a book would result in good decisions that would withstand court scrutiny. The motion passed without opposition.
The Commission approved the correction of erroneous assessments for the following: Horizon Energy, Carl and Anna Mae Hamrick, Coleman Conrad, Richard Dobbins, Billie Belknap and Pauline Vanderbilt, Bernie E. Staley.
A motion by Gary Ellyson approved a consolidation of contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes for Anetta and Camden Marks.
Only one purchase order was before the Commission for consideration. The County Clerk wanted to purchase recording books and filler from Casto & Harris at a cost of $761.90 plus freight. Permission was granted on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
Following a brief discussion, the Commission hired Anna Green to fill a full-time janitorial position. She will be paid $17,600 per year with full county benefits.
Several internal budget revisions were approved as presented by the Clerk.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to reappoint J.L. Campbell to the Braxton County Solid Waste Authority.
It was also Ellyson who introduced action to have three funding related items removed from the agenda stating that they could not be considered until after the end of the fiscal year. They were additional funding for the Rosedale Senior Center, funding for the WVU Extension Service and a carport for the BC Firefighters Association.
Under the topic of old business the Commission approved an agreement with the Braxton County Development Authority to utilize a portion of the 9-1-1 center property for additional parking for the Technology Building.
After review, the county invoices, P-card vouchers and EMS bills were approved for payment.
The minutes of the Commission’s previous meetings were also approved as presented.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on July 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Peeking behind the kitchen door
of Braxton eateries

In an effort to keep our readership informed, the Citizens’ News presents another installment of a continuing series which details the findings of the Braxton County Health Department Sanitarian’s inspections.
The BCHD officer is responsible for oversight of over 140 establishments that sell and/or prepare food for public consumption. Violations are grouped under two categories: Critical and Non critical. Infractions cited on the “Food Establishment Inspection Report” shall be corrected within the time frame specified by the inspector as indicated at the time of inspection.
The Citizens’ News believes that an informed public should know what the Health Department finds in these reports.
The following had no violations: The Spot Dairy Bar; Kreamy Korner; Christ’s Cantina; Braxton County Little League Association; Burnsville Elementary School; Go-Mart #26; Catch-a-Break; Go-Mart #34; Walmart #6951; Walmart #6951 Deli; Braxton County Middle School; Bulk Food Superstore; Robbin’s Nest Day Care; Deonna’s Lounge, Inc.; Fast Fuel Food Store; Braxton County Senior Citizen’s Center; Braxton County Health Care and Rehabilitation Center; The Custard Stand; Braxton Pool Association; Gilligan’s Lounge; Ms. Kaye’s Daycare; Little General #2480; Little Birch Elementary; Elk Theatre; Go-Mart #44; and Lloyd’s Restaurant.
The following received only non-critical violations. Stancati’s Family Restaurant had two non-critical violations: wiping cloth not stored in chemical sanitizer and broken tiles in the storage room. The China Buffet received five violations with three repeat violations: bins of flour are not labeled (repeat observation), in-use utensils for white rice improperly store (repeat observation), surface beneath cutting board not clean; hole in the wall beneath wok (repeat observation), and walk-in cooler floor not clean (corrected during inspection). Elk River Foodland had five violations: waste drain for condensation line from produce walk-in leaking water, Hobart cuber lid in poor repair (lid duct tape to unit), sprayer arm in the meat room leaking water when under pressure, loading dock floor not clean, and dumpster area littered with cardboard and debris. Bulk Food Superstore Deli had one violation: storage racks in walk-in cooler in poor repair. Go-Mart #18 received one non-critical violation: walk-in cooler floor needs cleaned beneath milk. El Gallo Mexican Restaurant received three violations: in-use wiping cloths not stored in a chemical sanitizer solution between use, bottom of beer cooler has pooling water, and light fixture not working in the walk-in cooler and freezer. Pizza Hut had two violations: baking pans not clean and bottom inside surface of reach-in freezer not clean. Arby’s #5287 received two violations: cutting boards have excess scratching and pitting and thermometer stored in water before use. Go-Mart #1 had two non-critical violations: walk-in cooler floor not clean beneath milk and underside of the loading door of the F’real milk-shake machine are not clean. KFC/Taco Bell J33201 had four violations: Taco Bell warmer seals not clean, grill rack tube needs cleaned, floor not clean beneath drive thru line, and walk-in freezer floor not clean. P.J. Berry’s received three violations: kitchen refrigerator handles need cleaned, inside surfaces of hallway refrigerators not clean, and the light intensity in the kitchen hallway is less than 50 foot candles. Subway received five violations: excessive debris in the mop sink, three compartment sink leaking water from waste drain, mop sink not equipped with a faucet (repeat observation), walk-in cooler floor not clean, and floor not clean beneath three compartment sink.
The following received only critical violations. Go-Mart #1 Sub Express had one violation: can opener blade not clean to sight (corrected during inspection). Go-Mart #44 Deli received on violation: two unapproved drinking containers in the food preparation (corrected during inspection).
The following establishments received both non-critical and critical violations. Shock-N-All Relaxation Station received one critical violation: pain reliever, dietary supplement and antacid stored with cake mixes and ingredients (corrected during inspection); and two non-critical violations: food debris in the steam table well and Sprite cans stored next to spray paint. The Waffle Hut had one critical violation: slicer not clean to sight (corrected during inspection); and four non-critical violations: in-use wiping cloths not stored in a chemical sanitizer (corrected during inspection), thermometer for food temperatures not calibrated, microwave oven not clean on the inside (corrected during inspection), bottom of reach-in freezer not clean (corrected during inspection). Sophia’s Home Cooking received two critical violations: PHF foods in the reach-in refrigerator: eggs, meat sauce, lunch meats are 55 F and spray bottle with green cleaner solution not labeled (corrected during inspection); and three non-critical violations: shelf for microwave not clean (corrected during inspection), broken tiles next to the hot water tank, and floor in poor repair in front of walk-in. Papa Drake’s Hometown Pizza and More had one critical violation: can opener blade not clean to sight (corrected during inspection); and one non-critical violation: fryer basket encrusted with debris (corrected during inspection). McDonald’s received two critical violations: can opener blade not clean and inside of ice machine has visible mold growth; and four non-critical violations: inside bottom of 4 door freezer not clean, drive thru reach-in not clean (corrected during inspection), drink cups and cup carriers stored on the floor surface of the dry store room, and mop room floor not clean (corrected during inspection).

Braxton students named to
Spring Fairmont State University Dean’s and Presidents’s Lists

A total of 1,129 students have been honored for their academic achievement at Fairmont State University after completing the spring 2016 semester.
Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List and the President’s List to recognize high-achieving students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time students achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List.
The following Braxton County students were honored: FSU School of Graduate Studies: President’s List - Michelle Raines.
Fairmont State University: Dean’s List - Derek Barnett, Brodie Currence, Logan Frame, Rebecca Pendry, Logan Ratliff, Jordan Utt
Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, W.Va., is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. A city of about 19,000 people, Fairmont is close to larger cities and also to opportunities for outdoor recreation. Founded in 1865 as a private institution dedicated to educating teachers, FSU has a long history of academic excellence. At FSU, students find a wide range of fields of study with more than 80 four-year programs and graduate programs. With an enrollment of about 4,200, FSU is large enough that students find a vibrant campus life and small enough that they do not get lost in the crowd.



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