Vol. 44, No. 28

July 10, 2018

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Joe Diffie to headline Braxton County Fair

The 2018 Braxton County Fairs & Festivals Celebration marks the 29th Anniversary of the event. This year’s Fair will be held July 31 to August 4 at Holly Gray Park on the Airport Road in Sutton. Many of the events that folks have come to expect and love are planned. There are also some exciting new additions to the Fair’s schedule.
This year’s headline entertainment for Saturday August 4 is Joe Diffie. When Jason Aldean released his hit single “1994” Joe Diffie’s place in the hearts and minds of country music fans was renewed. Diffie dominated the charts in the ‘90’s, and hasn’t had any new hits for the past few years, but Joe-Joe-Joe Diffie has never slowed down. He’s continued writing, touring and recording with other artists. Come to the Braxton County Fair to hear many of Joe Diffie’s top 10 singles including “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “John Deere Green.” His concert starts at 9:00 p.m. and will be followed by a huge fireworks display.
American Legion Post 33 will conduct the opening ceremony at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31st Join us for Family Night at the Fair and experience the High Energy Magic and Comedy of one of the East Coast’s premiere entertainers... Speed.


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NWTF Mountain Lakes Chapter hosts

The Mountain Lakes chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted its 17th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship) event Saturday, July 14th at Holly Gray Park.
A total of 75 participants tried their hand at archery, air gun shooting, fishing, 22 long rifle shooting, a scavenger hunt and a presentation by Taylor McClain about her experience in competitive shooting and other shooting sports.
Each child received a T-shirt made by MJCreations and a door prize. Kasey Armentrout and Liam Harman were the lucky winners of their very own kayak. Lunch was also provided by the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department. Each attendee was encouraged to bring canned food items for donation to Boy Scout Troop 135 from Gassaway.
“I would like to thank all volunteers who came out and made our day a success,” said Mike Shaffer, coordinator.

Gassaway man charged with sexual
abuse of juvenile

Zachary James Bailey, 27 of Cutlip Fork in Gassaway is facing five counts each of sexual abuse by parent or guardian, first degree sexual assault, and sexually explicit conduct following an investigation.
West Virginia State Police SGT A.J. Shingler of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations received two video storage devices on July 2 to give to SR TPR E.D. Schoolcraft for her investigation into the sexual assault of a six year old female.
According to the criminal complaint, SR TPR Schoolcraft, SGT Shingler, and TFC E.E. Bostic reviewed the videos on July 7. The videos showed Bailey participating and subjecting the female victim in sexually explicit acts. Bailey allegedly was recording and possibly distributing these videos as well.
SR TPR Schoolcraft obtained a digitally recorded statement from Bailey in which he admitted to what was contained on storage devices as well as other videos. Based on the confession, the trooper received two separate search warrants for multiple residences in the Gassaway area in an attempt to find further evidence connected with the crimes. During the search, officers seized nine cell phones and two laptops.


BCircuit Court hears pleas, hands down sentences

Numerous court orders were recently completed by the Honorable Richard A. Facemire in the Circuit Court. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton represented the state during these hearings.
On July 11, Eric Chad Ramsey appeared before the court along with his attorney, Jonathan Fittro for a pre-trial hearing. The state reported that it had extended plea agreements to the defendant but he had rejected them and requested a jury trial, which was set for August 7.
William Cody Lytle and his attorney David Karickhoff came before the court. It was announced that a plea agreement had been made and the plea hearing was set for August 2.
Attorneys Kevin Hughart representing William Ray O’Dell and Clinton Bischoff representing Monica Rae Rice came before Judge Facemire for arraignment hearings without their clients. Arrest warrants were issued for both defendants. The judge also ordered drug tests for both individuals at the Central Regional Jail after arrest and the bonds revoked.
On June 11, September Singleton along with her attorney Andrew Chattin appeared to face probation revocation allegations. Also present was Jacob Foster on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office. The defendant admitted to the allegations contained in the petition and the court ordered her probation revoked. The defense requested Singleton be readmitted back to probation and the state had no objection to the motion.

The GSC President’s Column

TWest Virginia’s public higher education system is definitely seeming more wild than wonderful lately. With talk of funding formulas, consultant recommendations, and Blue Ribbon Commissions, there is a natural tendency to think negatively about potential impacts and assume the worst. The idea of lost funding, mergers, and closing institutions is the stuff of nightmares and doom and gloom. While it is true that a contracting population and declining number of students enrolling in undergraduate programs can make small colleges like Glenville State vulnerable, great progress has been made this past year at Glenville in four critical and strategic areas to assure our long-term sustainability and viability. These four critical and strategic areas include improving student access and affordability, institutional efficiency, program quality, and fundraising.
Student Access and Affordability:
While other state colleges and universities continue to raise tuition and room and board costs and see their enrollment slipping, Glenville State has committed itself to making college more affordable by lowering its tuition and room and board costs. It is no coincidence that Glenville State saw its first enrollment increase in the last four years this past fall as the only baccalaureate state institution to hold the line on tuition and fees. In addition, this year’s summer enrollment was the highest it has been in 5 years.





Fairs & Festivals Car, Truck and
Motorcycle Show set for August 4th

The Braxton County Fair Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held on Saturday, August 4th at Holly Gray Park, with registration from 10:00 a.m. until noon. All entries will pay the gate admission of $14 per person, with no additional entry fee at the car show. This fee includes the amusement rides and Saturday night’s entertainment – Joe Diffie with the opening act of Northern Comfort.
Dash plaques will be presented to the first 50 entries with the top 20 places receiving a trophy. A trophy will be presented to the top Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, motorcycle and foreign make automobile.

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