Vol. 43, No. 3

January 17, 2017

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Braxton resident is Vandalia Award winner

Although many area residents may be unaware of the fact, Braxton County is home to the 2016 Vandalia Award, the greatest honor bestowed by the Vandalia Gathering. Joni Hoffman, a resident of Duck, received the award on May 29. The award ceremony took place on the stage of the Cultural Center.
The highest folk life award presented by the state, the Vandalia Award “celebrates the heritage, spirit and wonder of West Virginians who are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of folk life traditions.” Hoffman met these criteria through one of the oldest folk traditions in Appalachia—quilting. Not only does the 2016 recipient quilt, but she has also dedicated much of her life to ensuring that the tradition she loves so much lives on.

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Brown crowned county Spelling Bee Champion

This year marked the 42nd annual Braxton County Spelling Bee competition, held at Days Inn in Flatwoods, last Thursday, January 12. Students in grades four through eight spent months preparing for the event, and being a finalist in the county competition is quite an honor. At the end of a long and grueling competition Chesney Brown, a 6th grade student from Sutton Elementary School, emerged as this years champion. Chesney is the daughter of Tom and Kasey Brown of Exchange.
According to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the purpose of the bee is not only to help students improve their spelling, but also increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will assist them throughout their lives.

Third person arrested in
connection with Copen burglary

Rodney Jason Hershman, 40, of Gassaway has been arrested in connection to a burglary that took place in the Copen area on December 27. Previously two individuals, Justin Page Campbell and Jason Currence were charged with nighttime burglary, robbery, and conspiracy following the initial investigation by West Virginia State Police TFC L.D. Mohr.
According to the criminal complaint, the female resident stated three individuals had entered their home.


Accused Wood Co. murderer apprehended
in Braxton

Jeffrey Lyle Sampson, 46 from Mineral Wells in Wood County was arrested near the Sutton Dam on Tuesday, January 10 after a multi-county high speed chase.
Sampson allegedly opened fire on Shawn Michael Hardman, 43, and Brandy Lynn Hardman, 40, both of Waverly. The couple had been called to the residence of Sampson’s ex-wife, Karen Sampson, 30, where it was reported that an altercation occurred.
According to the criminal report, it was during that altercation that Sampson used a firearm to shoot the Hardman’s.


Michael Motor Ford donates to BCHS

On Tuesday, January 10 during half time of the BCHS Boys’ Varsity Basketball game, Gary Rexroad of Michael Motor Ford presented a check in the amount of $3,820 to Braxton County High School Principal Jessica Pierson and Band Director Courtney Elmore. This donation comes from the Drive 1 for Your School program held on Saturday, October 15, 2016.





The winter months...

One step outside last weekend instantly reminded me that the winter months are here. The thermometer hovered in the single digits with wind chills below zero. Fresh snow covered the ground as well as fresh tracks from the all of the critters that stirred the night before.
The air was brisk and cool to say the least while running the trap line. I really don’t mind the cold weather and snow as it’s to be expected this time of the year.

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