Vol. 42, No.30

July 26, 2016

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Shane Brown appointed to fill
Board of Ed vacancy

The Broad of Education addressed the vacancy created by Jimmy Huffman’s resignation at their most recent meeting on Monday, July 18. Superintendent David Dilley told the board he had three individuals show interest in the vacated position, Kathy Parker, Mike Chapman, and Shane Brown. Bradley Shingler moved and Van Carr seconded the nomination of Brown, who placed third for the Board of Education in the May election, to replace Huffman and serve until the end of the year. The remainder of the unexpired term, thru June 30, 2018 will be up for election on the November ballot with the winner of that contest sworn in the first of January 2017.

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Gassaway Library offers programs for children

Highly enthusiastic about the library’s various programs for area children, director Beverly Cottrill noted that the Gassaway Library, in addition to having summer programs, offers year-round services for youngsters.
Cottrill explained that these programs are designed “to create an interest in reading” for children through the sixth grade. “The kids love it,” she said, and mentioned one of the rewards she receives from the younger children. “It’s fun to be at the store and have one of the kids walk up to me and say, ‘Hi, library lady.’ That shows me that we’re making an impression.”
Something which Cottrill considers important is the way such programs help children to develop.

Leah Bush facing numerous charges

Leah Bush of Burnsville was arrested on Monday, July 18 on charges of possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance-marijuana, two counts of obstructing/resisting an officer and child neglect creating the risk of injury.
Braxton County Sheriff Department Deputy C. Westfall received a complaint from Braxton 911, that a female had taken two children away from the father in Braxton Magistrate’s Court “kicking and screaming.” According to the report, he observed a female outside of the Sheriff’s office placing two small children inside a white vehicle.


Belknap charged after incident in Gassaway

Braxton County 911 Center received a complaint of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself on Grasslick Road in Gassaway on July 16, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy H. Teare was dispatched to the scene. Control advised him, while he was in route, the suspect, Levi Belknap, was unarmed and lying on the floor inside the residence.
According to the incident report, when the officer arrived on scene, he was flagged down by the suspect’s grandfather and was told Belknap was at the house lying on the couch. Deputy Teare along with BCSD Deputy J. Jenkins entered the home made contact with Belknap.


One area business sees brighter economic future Skidmore’s Auto & Diesel expands to bigger location

Though many see the local economic picture as dismal, at least one Braxton County business is expanding. Skidmore’s Auto & Diesel Repair recently moved their four year old operation to Sutton and nearly doubled the size of their work area. “We have been very blessed,” said owner Ryan Skidmore. “We simply outgrew our Chapel Route location. Our new site in the old Elk Valley Towing facility just below Sutton will allow us to better accommodate our customers and to expand the services we offer.”
Skidmore is not new to the world of vehicle repair. He began his career as a mechanic in 1993 at Elk Valley Dodge.





Sutton Dam tours available this Saturday

During the recent devastating flooding, Sutton Lake rose Twenty-Seven Feet during the flood, covering the Campgrounds and Day Use Areas. And still the Elk River rose to heights not seen in 100 years. Have you wondered how that could happened?

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