Cody Campbell follows his dreams
Cody Campbell (foreground) steers the #3 to the pit area to get ready for a race at Daytona International Raceway.
By Shirley Shuman
Cody Campbell has found his niche in the world, and he loves it! The young man, formerly of Duck, builds NASCAR stock cars, and he considers himself one lucky man. Even more exciting for the Braxton County High grad, he is a part of the pit crew for a NASCAR driver. Although Campbell didn’t originally set out to do all of this, he definitely feels it’s where he belongs.
“Almost everyone in my family loves racing,” Campbell said. “My mom and dad and brother Eric and I have been NASCAR fans as long as I remember, and my sister Tiffany tolerated it.” However, as much as he loves racing, he didn’t immediately go into his current career. “After I graduated from Braxton [County High] in 2009, I went to WVU for two years and studied engineering,” he explained. Continuing, he said, “But it just seemed like there was something out there I really wanted to do, so I left WVU to find whatever it was.”
It really didn’t take him long, either. He enrolled in NASCAR Tech, a school in Mooresville, North Carolina, where students “can study different things.” However, and this is what attracted Campbell, if a student is interested in working in NASCAR, the school offers “higher intensity training.” Advancing his career and providing wages at the same time, he obtained a job working for Roush Yates while he still attended NASCAR Tech.
He thoroughly enjoyed that job, he commented. “While I worked for them, we built all of the Ford motors for NASCAR,” he said. After he completed work at the tech school, he remained with that job for awhile. Here he added something of which he is understandably proud. “While I was working at Roush Yates, we built the motor for Matt Kenseth when he won the Daytona 500, and that is a very big accomplishment,” he said. “We all got Daytona 500 rings,” he added.
Then several things happened for Campbell. “I became really involved with a church down here, and through that church I met my roommate, Cole Whitt,” he said. After talking to Whitt, a candidate for NASCAR Rookie of the Year, he “realized the direction [he] wanted to go.” He explained, “I realized that I wanted to go more into working with a pit crew, and Cole actually mentioned that I might become part of his.” However, Campbell declined the invitation because, as he noted, “I realized I wasn’t ready for that level of NASCAR for a couple of reasons. First, jobs at that level aren’t very secure. Also, I needed experience.”
He next began working for Race 101, where he helps “build entire racing cars.” He explained, “We build for each particular race. Mainly we build for the race, but then we add little finishing touches to fit the drivers’ tastes, for example in how a driver would want the car to handle.”
Then, of course, there are the races and his work on Carl Weber’s pit crew. “Carl is on a lower level,” he said, “but it’s still exciting to work those races.” His job with Weber’s pit crew is front-tire changing. Asked where and when Weber races, he responded, “We just raced in Florida. We race every two or three weeks, and we go all over the United States from February until October.”
Telling of the routine the driver and crew follow before a race, Campbell said, “If we’re racing Sunday, we’re usually at the site by Wednesday. From Wednesday until Sunday, part of the time is spent getting the car through inspection, and the pit crew practices.” Continuing, he added, “During the race, of course, we have set up scheduled pit stops. It’s no problem, though, if our driver has to make an unscheduled stop because we all have head sets and are in constant contact with him.”
Questioned about the best part of his job, Campbell said, “Because I actually work for the team during the work [at Race 101], to be able to see a car going 180 mph around a track and to know we built that [car]—that’s really cool.”
Noting that one of his goals is to make it to the Sprint series, which is the elite level of NASCAR, he commented that, to reach that goal, he needs to learn as much as he can. “Then I’ll be able to move up if I’m good enough,” he said.
For those who picture everyone associated with NASCAR as rednecks interested only in the roar of their motors and the speed of their cars, Campbell was quick to dispel that image. “Every Sunday before a race, in all NASCAR series, there is a church service for everyone who wants to attend.” Continuing, the young man commented, “What I do for the church is just as important to me as what I do for NASCAR.”
Active in his church, he attends Sunday services whenever his driver isn’t racing, and he attends the evening services and activities scheduled during the week. Here Campbell mentioned one of his church activities. “Actually, I’m a Life Group leader for teenage boys. I have about 15 who come regularly. I love that, too,” he said.
Whether he spends time at the church, on the job at Race101, or in the pit during a race, Cody Campbell has apparently found his niche in the world. That includes moving up to the Sprint series, and he’s working toward that reaching that goal. Looking at what the son of Rick and Susie Campbell has accomplished, it’s easy to believe he’ll make it.
Rotary announces date for Spring Blood Screening
The Braxton County Rotary Club has announced the date of their Spring Blood Screening which will be Saturday, April 12.
“We are pleased to again be providing this service to our citizens. It would not be possible without the cooperation of our partners at Braxton County Memorial Hospital,” says Eddie Williams president of the local Rotary club. “The testing represents a 90 percent savings over what is commonly charged by doctor’s offices and medical facilities. It is a value that could very well save your life. As families struggle to meet the ever increasing costs of living, it is important that we don’t forget about our own health and wellbeing,” he added.
The Basic blood profile provides over 30 tests for the one low price of $35. Optional TSH (thyroid), A1c, and PSA testing will be available at a nominal additional cost. Tetanus inoculation will also be offered by the Braxton County Health Department for those who want to get ready for spring cleaning and the gardening season.
The fees are not chargeable to any insurance or third party payor. Cash or check will be accepted. Testing is available to those age 5 years and above.
Results of the testing will be mailed directly to the patient. Physician’s orders are not required. However, it is recommended that those receiving the screening forward the results to their family doctor. Participants must fast for at least eight hours prior to testing.
The Rotary will again be sponsoring a pancake breakfast during the morning of the event in the hospital cafeteria. The additional fee for the morning meal will be $5.
Pre-registration is preferred and is available, from any Braxton County Rotarian, the Citizens’ News office, Braxton County Health Department as well as the Braxton County Senior Center, between Gassaway and Sutton. Anyone wishing additional information may call 304-765-5193.
"Oklahoma" coming to Landmark Studio
Romance, comedy and music come together to create the Landmark Studio for the Arts production of, “Oklahoma!” The well-known production is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com and has become a national phenomenon that has been hosted and directed at many different theaters across the county.
Dr. Mark Waddell to head WVSOM Alumni Association
Becky Conrad and Allen Heath will be co-directing the musical which will be held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton (402 Main Street, Sutton) on March 13, 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 7:30pm and March 16 & 23 @ 2:30pm.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theater still being followed today. Set in a western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy (played by Jamie Jarvis), and Laurey, a winsome farm girl (played by Missy Rose), play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding reins, loves journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
For the first time ever the Landmark will be featuring a live pit orchestra with local musicians. The orchestra will be under the direction of Mr. Allen Heath, BCHS Band Instructor.
The cast line up includes: Missy Rose as Laurey, Jamie Jarvis as Curly, Ginger Crow as Ado Annie, Mike Schartiger as Will Parker, Joe Boyce as Jud Fry, Tim Hoover as Ali Hakim, Jeantte Boyce as Aunt Eller, Robert Boyce as Andrew Carnes, Randy Conrad as Ike Skidmore, Tiffany Peters as Gertie Cummings, Connor Capron as Slim, Timothy Harman as Fred, Siarah Conrad as Vivian, Quinn Hopen as Ellen, Kirsten Gateless as Virginia, Lydia Moran as Kate, Leah Facemire as Cord Elam, Heinrich Harman as Joe, Ruby Kniceley as the Farm Girl, and our farmer boys and girls Aaron Anderson, Abbi Crow, Kodie Conrad, Natalie Rose, Emma Rose, Emily Toler, Katelynn McMillion and Jewelienne Crites.
Filled with comedy and singing, this musical is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. For reservations, advance ticket sales or more information, please contact the Landmark at 304-644-3166 or visit their webpage at landmarkstudioforthearts.org. The Landmark Theater is a nonprofit organization and completely open to the public.
Dr. Mark Waddell serves as Braxton County Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department / Trauma Medical Director. His commitment to others is also evidenced in his willingness to serve as the new president of the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association. Having graduated from WVSOM in 1990, he served on the board for 18 years in addition to serving as Vice President and a Member at Large.
“There is a lot going on. Accepting this leadership role entails providing support to the campaign for constructing a new 120-foot Alumni Clock Tower,” states Dr. Waddell. “This May there will be over 3,000 alumni members. The students of WVSOM benefit from the great programs provided by the alumni,” he proudly adds. In addition to Dr. Waddell, there are several WVSOM alumni members affiliated with BCMH including Drs. Russ and Sally Stewart, Dr. Mike Gregory, Dr. Mac Bailes and Dr. Jeff Harris to name a few.Dr. Waddell has provided exemplary care to BCMH patients since January 2002. In addition to emergent care, he treats hospitalized patients in the local, healthcare facility as well. A man of many interests and possessing a wonderful sense of humor, Dr. Waddell is dedicated to his patients, his family, and his profession. He is also a man of great faith, routinely participating in medical mission trips, most recently to Bolivia in November 2013. During such excursions, he focuses on meeting the healthcare needs of the area in addition to sharing fun and laughter with his patients. He states, “It was quite the challenge to make balloon figures at an elevation of 12,000 feet.”
His colleagues and associates at Braxton Memorial extend their congratulations and special appreciation to Dr. Waddell for his dedication and commitment to others, both here and abroad!
Children in Bolivia enjoy figures made by BCMH's Dr. Mark Wadell.
Friend, Lytle, McCutcheon sentenced to jail
Several have recently appeared in Braxton County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Richard Facemire. Kelly Hamon McLaughlin, representing the State and Clinton Bischoff representing Gary Wayne Friend in the matter of Malicious Wounding were in Court on February 10. Bischoff requested alternative sentencing for his client. The State opposed the motion and requested that Friend be given the maximum sentence, to run consecutive to his sentence for parole violation for which he is currently serving. The Court found that Friend is in need of correctional treatment in a correctional facility. The Court felt there is a substantial likelihood that he would not comply with the terms and conditions based on the fact the he is a chronic, violent offender and shows no remorse or accept responsibility for the vicious and deliberate act of violence resulting in permanent and extensive injury to the victim. Further, the Court believes alternative sentencing would severely depreciate the seriousness of the offense that Friend entered a guilty plea.
The court denied the motion for alternative sentencing and ordered that he be imprisoned in the penitentiary for not less than two years nor more than ten years. This sentence will run consecutively with any sentence he is currently serving. Friend received credit for time served for this offense only.
· William Cody Lytle represented by J. Paul Williams and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin representing the state, were in Court regarding Lytle’s offense of delivery of methamphetamine. Lytle and Williams requested alternative sentencing of Home Confinement and Probation. McLaughlin recommended that Lytle be sentenced to the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. The Court found that the offenses that he has committed are very serious. The Court found that if granted alternative sentencing, he would likely re-offend. Lytle had a serious drug addiction problem, has poor work history, no steady employment, tested positive for THC and Cocaine at the arraignment hearing and does not accept responsibility for his actions laying blame on his co-defendant. The Court also found Lytle is in need of correctional treatment in a correctional setting. The motion for alternative sentencing was denied. Lytle will be imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than five. All remaining charges were dismissed. However, it was ordered that the sentence will remain the same and was suspended and that Lytle may self report to the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders for a period of not less than six months or longer to successfully complete the program requirements set by the warden, but not to exceed two years.
On February 10 Jedediah Shane McCutcheon appeared in front of Judge Facemire with his attorney, Clinton Bischoff. Prosecuting Attorney Kelly McLaughlin and Vickie Brinter, Parole Officer represented the state. Bischoff moved for alternative sentencing on behalf of McCutcheon in the sentencing matter of attempting to commit the Crime of Use of a Hoax Devise to Commit a Terrorist Act. The State stood silent pursuant to the plea agreement.
The Court stated that it was very troubled by this case due to the extensive history of criminal behavior and violence and continuing patterns of violent behavior and substance abuse. The Court felt that McCutcheon received a favorable plea deal. After a recess to confer with the Parole Officer the Court found that there is a substantial likelihood that he would not comply with the terms and conditions of probation based on his extensive criminal history, history of violence, pending charges in Nicholas County, failure to obtain gainful employment, admitted substance abuse and failure to benefit from prior opportunities. The Court ordered McCutcheon be placed in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than three. He shall also pay a fine of five hundred dollars.
On October 15, 2013 David Fae Duffield was represented by his counsel, Jonathan Fittro for sentencing. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the State. Fittro moved for alternative sentencing in the matter of Second Degree Sexual Abuse. The Court found that the offenses in which Duffield has been convicted are very serious and that if he was granted alternative sentencing such as probation or home confinement he would likely re-offend. Also, the Court felt alternative sentencing would depreciate the nature of the offenses. The Court found that Duffield is in need of correctional treatment in a correctional setting due to emotional and mental conditions and the deliberate nature of the offense. The Court denied the motion for alternative sentencing. David Fae Duffield was ordered to be imprisoned in the Central Regional Jail for twelve months and fined five hundred dollars for each count. The sentences will run consecutively and he will be confined at CRJ for a total of twenty four months and be fined one thousand dollars.
Jonathan Gibson and his attorney Bernard Mauser and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin, representing the State, appeared in front of Judge Richard Facemire for sentencing in the matter of Conspiracy. Gibson admitted to the allegations included in the Petition to Revoke Probation. The Court heard statements from Jan and Matt Gibson who spoke on behalf of Jonathan. Mauser motioned that Gibson be re-admitted to probation. The State objected to the motion and requested the Court sentence Gibson to the State Penitentiary for a period of not less than one year nor more than five. The Court continued the sentencing, giving Gibson a lengthy list of regulations to abide by.
Central West Virginia Outdoors: Late season rabbit hunt
Late season hunting opportunities have been few and far between with the winter we’ve been having. The last weekend of February the temperatures finally warmed up enough to thaw things out. With a break in the weather my buddy Jason invited me along for a rabbit hunt before the season ended.
It was a little chilly to start out with the thermometer reading 26 and a light coat of frost covering the ground. The snow had melted off and the beagles were eager to find a rabbit and it didn’t take them very long. Jason literally dropped the tailgate and let Rascal out. He walked across the road and into a briar patch and then opened up.
He followed the track into another thicket and jumped the rabbit and the first chase of the day was on. The beagles took the rabbit up a hill and around the head of a hollow. We positioned ourselves and waited for the dogs to bring the rabbit back around.
Rabbits tend to run in a circle and once jumped you get ready and listen to the hounds work. I eased out on a flat and was a minute too late as the dogs crossed as soon as I got there. As I watched the dogs smelling their way over the hill, John yelled and said “there it goes”.
I looked down and saw a brown flash darting through the briars but John was directly behind it and there was no way I was shooting. We watched as the rabbit ran across the road with the beagles’ right behind it. That rabbit let the dogs get right on top of it before it ran. It ended up going to a hole so we moved on.
We were still within sight of the trucks when the all of a sudden the hounds started barking and took off down the hollow. Once again we spread out down the road and listened and watched. Jason pointed down the road as far as you could see and said “Hey, is that a rabbit running up the road”? When I looked I didn’t see anything but he said it was only in the road for a second and then it jumped off the side beside the creek. The dogs were on a flat above it so Jason and I decided to walk down the road to where he thought he saw the rabbit. He pointed to the spot where he thought the rabbit left the road and I stopped there. The dogs came back around the flat and two of them came down the hill. Jason said “yep, I thought that was a rabbit”. He no longer said that when I looked up and saw the rabbit sneaking up the hill. I only saw it for a second before it disappeared on the flat where the other hounds were.
They took off way up the hollow before ending at another hole. After rounding up the hounds we walked around a point that had been logged within the past couple of years and had lots of briars and thick underbrush. Of course the rabbits were there and immediately another chase was on.
Jason and I stayed up high towards the top of the hill. The dogs took the rabbit around low and Jason walked to where he could see down over the hill. I stayed put. A couple of minutes went by when I looked down the old logging road to where Jason went over the hill and here came a rabbit just walking down it. I wasn’t exactly sure where Jason was, so I watched as the rabbit hopped up above the road.
I continued to watch and listen to the beagles barking over the hill. All of a sudden I caught some movement and saw the rabbit sneaking towards a rock face. I took a few quick steps up the road and shouldered my shotgun. Just as soon as I squeezed the trigger the rabbit disappeared into a hole in the rock face.
I walked up to the rock face and it was the only hole there. I decided to wait until the dogs came up and then I was going to pull them off that track. As I stood there I once again caught movement out of the corner of my eye. “I think that was another rabbit” I thought to myself as everyone else was down over the hill.
The beagles finally came up to where I was standing and then all of a sudden opened up and took off over the hill exactly where I saw the movement. I followed them and yelled down to Jason who was talking to a landowner holding a big Saint Bernard. They were both friendly but when the landowner told Jason that his son had a pit bull on up the hollow we decided to round up the beagles.
It was a great day and I saw four rabbits total. The dogs ran non-stop from the time we left the truck until we quit around noon. The funny thing is Jason hunted the same spot a week before with snow still on the ground and never saw a rabbit track. It just goes to show like every other type of hunting sometimes you just have to be in the right spot at the right time. It was good to get out and listen to the beagles one last time before the season went out on February 28.