Vol. 43, No. 20

May 23, 2017

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Commencement exercise
sees 144 receive diplomas

The 144 members of the Braxton County High School Class of 2017 said their final farewells on Friday, May 19 in the high school gym. The commencement ceremony began with Principal Jessica Pierson saying a few words and welcoming the processional of the graduating seniors. She introduced the Top Ten Seniors with special recognition for their hard work over the last four years. Principal Pierson also awarded Valedictorian Hollis Skidmore and Salutatorian McKenze Yanero plaques for their outstanding work and leadership.
Throughout the graduation ceremony, the top ten seniors gave speeches to the huge audience in attendance.
Seth Shingler welcomed everyone to the ceremony and Seth Backus provided the audience with the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Leslee Coffman.

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Braxton Eagles capture Sectional
Baseball Crown

The Eagles outlasted Herbert Hoover in what turned out to be the sectional championship game to win 11-10 in eight innings. Looking at the game and the fact that his team won the sectional championship, Coach Jacob Wolfe began by saying, “Is there such a thing as an ugly great win?” The coach added, “It’s a big deal to win the sectional championship, and it was a good series for us. The last game presented us with a lot of challenges mentally, [but] the team stayed together and came out with a fantastic win.”
In that game, the Eagles found themselves down 6-0 going into the bottom of the second. They did come up with two runs in that inning.

Braxton Circuit Court hands down sentences

On May 8, the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire completed several sentencing orders. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton was present on behalf of the state and Jacob Foster was representing the Braxton County Probation Office.
Richard Cory Barker and attorney, Eric Hensil appearing on behalf of Timothy Gentilozzi, came before the court. The defense requested some type of alternative sentencing and the state recommended probation per the plea agreement. The court ordered Barker to a period of one to five years in the state penitentiary for the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone, but granted the request for probation. The defendant’s sentence was suspended and he was admitted to six months home confinement to be followed by five years of probation.
Frankie Dewayne Clowser, II and his attorney, Eric Wildman appeared before Judge Facemire for sentencing on the felony charge of conspiracy.


Emergency meeting validates firing of EMS director

The Braxton County Commission called an Emergency Meeting for 8:30 a.m. on Friday, just 30 minutes prior to their regular meeting. The purpose as stated in the agenda was “Dismissal of EMS Director and appointment of Interim Director.” A note on the agenda read, “At this time there is not an EMS Director. This emergency meeting is being called to fill the vacancy of the Director and appoint an Interim.”
The extraordinary session was called to order by President Ron Facemire. At 8:31 a.m. George Skidmore made a motion to go into executive session to discuss the situation.


Grand Jury summoned

The following citizens have been selected to serve on the upcoming term of the Grand Jury beginning on Tuesday, June 6 at 8:45 am.
Dewey Justin Nottingham of Duck, Lois Ann Teets of Strange Creek, Marion Jackson Marlow of Sutton, Samantha Lynne Goodwin of Duck, Betty Lou Keener of Strange Creek, Casey J. Westfall of Heaters, Sandie Kay Metheny of Duck, Margaret Esther Blake of Burnsville, Brett Kenneth Gump of Gassaway, Donna Darlene Posey of Sutton, Autha Nae Douglas of Sutton, Paula Lynn Frame of Gassaway, Douglas C. Duckworth of Gassaway, Kelli Dawn Woodward of Flatwoods....





Commission meeting features
writing contest awards presentations

The first order of business at last Friday’s Braxton County Commission meeting was to recognize the winners of the Braxton County writing contest hosted by the County Commissioners and the Braxton Citizens’ News. The contest is also part of a state wide competition. Vivian Parsons, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of WV was on hand to present a local student with a third place award in the state competition.

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