Vol. 43, No. 17

April 25, 2017

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Two BCHS athletes sign letters of intent to play college sports

On Thursday, both Seth Backus and Drew Taylor signed letters of intent for college sports. Backus will run cross country at Fairmont State University; Taylor will play football at Glenville State College.
Asked why he chose to run at Fairmont State, Backus responded, “Fairmont isn’t a really small college, but it isn’t overwhelming large, either. I really like its size plus I was impressed with the cross country coach, Rob Nucilli.” Backus’s parents, John and Mary Anne Backus, are both pleased with their son’s choice. In addition to liking its closeness, they were impressed by the coach.
Backus enters college with a solid background in cross country. All four years of his high school career, he made the LKC First Team. He also qualified for the state meet all four years and was All-State his junior and senior years. He finished fifth in the state meet as a junior and third as a senior.

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Commissioners meet new county medical examiner

Highlighting last Friday’s regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission was the introduction of the County’s new Medical Examiner. The Commission reviewed a letter from State Medical Examiner Allen Mock, M.D. naming Stephanie Baker to the position. Baker, an employee of the Braxton Emergency Ambulance Service, was welcomed by the Commissioners to her new roll.
Laura Wilson, administrator of the Braxton Drug Testing Center was first to address the Commission after the meeting was called to order by President Ron Facemire.

Sutton School Apartments nears completion; now accepting tenants

All that is left is landscaping and finishing the parking lot for the new Sutton School Apartments, located on Town Hill in Sutton to be complete.
The company behind this project, AU Associates based out of Lexington, Kentucky, started on the old Sutton High School after local officials had seen their completed projects in Clendenin and Elkins.
AU Associates, founded in 1990, specializes in taking existing old historic structures and converting them into functional housing and commercial space for the communities in Kentucky and West Virginia.
According to the Director of Development, Johan Graham, the most time consuming aspect was the application process to begin the development. The application had been submitted three times from 2012 to 2014 before it was accepted and the construction could begin in 2015.


Braxton County High School 2017 Top Ten

The daughter of Matthew and Jessica Moran, Lydia Moran plans to earn a major in biology and a minor in education at West Virginia University. She explained that she will probably continue to medical school to become a pediatrician. However, the degree in education, she explained, will cover any change of mind she may have. “I love teaching,” she said, “and I also might want to go into another field.”
Moran has the opportunity to exercise her love of teaching one Sunday a month when she teaches a children’s class at Hope Baptist Church. This, she says, is one of her favorite activities outside of school. She also enjoys reading for pleasure, “mostly romantic novels,” drawing, and singing. The subjects for her drawing come primarily from nature, but she noted, “I just like to doodle.”


Braxton Circuit Court entertains pleas/motions

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney William A. McCourt, Jr. represented the state in the following hearings.
On March 28, Samuel Tanner and attorney Kevin Hughart appeared before the court for a plea hearing. A plea agreement had been reached by both parties. The defendant entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charges of possession of methamphetamine and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The state agreed to dismiss remaining charges and remain silent at sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing in order for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing hearing was set for May 11, beginning at 9:30 am.





Sutton couple arrested on drug related charges

On April 19, West Virginia State Police SGT A.J. Shingler of the Crimes Against Children Unit received information that a male and a female occupant at the Sutton Elk Motor Court were possibly using and selling marijuana with an infant inside their room. Tyler William Fleming, 21, of Herold Road in Sutton was the male occupant in the room. The female individual is his wife, a 17 year old juvenile.

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