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Tanker wreck closes I-79

Firefighters apply flame retardant to the wreckage of the tanker truck near the 53 mile marker of I-79 to reduce the risk of fire.

Traffic was backed up for miles following a tanker truck wreck last Thursday, September 11. The incident occurred with a truck leased by Spirit of West Virginia, of Nitro, lost a front tire while traveling south on 79 near the 53 mile marker. The vehicle took out approximately 100 feet of guardrail before rolling over an embankment destroying the truck and spilling its load.
In spite of the devastation of the crash, the driver, who was identified as Jeff Gladwell of Nitro, survived. He was extricated from the wreckage by the Frametown, Servia and Gassaway Volunteer Fire Departments and taken to Braxton County Memorial Hospital. He was transferred to a Charleston Area Medical Center with what was termed, non-life threating injuries.
Even though the patient was removed, emergency proceedures were just beginning. The truck was carrying 4,500 gallon of what the bill of lading termed drilling fluid. However the emergency plaques on the vehicle indicated that the contents were highly flammable.
Firefighters applied foam to the wreckage and build a dam downstream to prevent the spilled material from seeping into Elk River. Emergency Service and Department of Highways officials decided to close the south bound lane to reduce the risk to passing motorists. Traffic was diverted from Exit 62 onto Route 4 to Frametown which caused massive delays. Traffic was stalled in the south bound direction for nearly four hours.
Officials later discovered that the plaques on the truck were incorrect and the vehicle’s contents were neither flammable nor a major pollutant. Fire personnel from Frametown, Servia, Gassaway and Sutton were on scene for over six hours following the accident which occurred just after 4:00 p.m.
The accident is still under investigation by Deputy Aaron James of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department.

Local shelter dogs can fly

Pilots-N-Paws and the Braxton County Animal Shelter teamed up to help some of their 4 legged friends find a new loving home. (L to R) Dan Drennan, JoAnn Manuel, Julie Covert, Doug Manuel, Larry Cox, John Proctor, and Wayne Covert prepare their passengers for the flight that will forever change their lives.

Two small planes arrived at Braxton County Airport Friday evening to pick up a special group of passengers. There was a blind boxer, a lab/mastiff mix which had just had eye surgery and a young hound. Shortly after the first plane arrived a second skidded to a halt on the run-way to drop their passenger that had been picked up in Ohio. She was a young mix breed that friskily jumped to greet her landing party in spike of a deformed hip.
Julie Covert, Assistant Animal Control Officer and Rescue Coordinator explained that the rendezvous was a collaborated effort between the local facility, Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue in Buffalo, NY and the nationwide volunteer group called Pilots-N-Paws.
Pilots-M-Paws, based at Leesburg, VA – just outside Washington, operates solely on donations. Pilots don’t get paid for their time nor expenses and provide their own aircraft. The airborne good Samaritans fly coast to coast in an effort to bring pets and loving pet owners together… often snatching them from certain death.
It is not just new homes in store for the Braxton County dogs, it will also be a new lease on life for most. The six year old blind bull dog will be medically evaluated with hopes of restoring her sight. The lab/mastiff will complete her recuperation before meeting her new owners. The crippled pup may also find surgical help.
Working with rescue groups in the New England states is nothing new for the Braxton County Animal Shelter. Covert has personally transferred over 500 dogs to rescue groups in that end of the country. The Pilots-N-Paws program substantially shortens the more than six hour trip that Covert and her husband Wayne have been making about twice a month since May. Julie says 444 dogs have traveled by land while only 60 have taken the air route to date. Space is the main limitation, while coordination between various shelters, rescue groups and pilots provide the challenge with air travel.
Last Friday, Dan Drennan of Buffalo, NY arrived at Braxton County Airport with one passenger he had picked up in Ohio. The second plane contained Doug Manuel, his wife JoAnn, Flight instructor Larry Cox of AD-Ed Flight School and their special 4 legged traveling companion from Kentucky.
After a short stop in Braxton County, to fuel the planes and a pit stop for the passengers, both two and four legged, the final leg of the journey got underway. Five loving pets were headed to a brighter future and a group of weary volunteers could take pride in saving the lives of their four legged friends.
Animals are also available for adoption at the Braxton County Animal Shelter. For more information call (304)765-2200. For more information on the Pilots-N-Paws programs or to make a donation visit their website at: pilotsnpaws.org.

Braxton County Animal Shelter’s Julie Covert says good bye to one of the dogs she helped give a new start in life, before it boards the airplane that will take it to it’s new home in New York.

Community Service has no boundaries for BCMH staff

Braxton County Memorial Hospital Administrator, Ben Vincent, receives the prestigious Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor achievable for volunteer scouters on the local council level.

The following article is the first in a series featuring BCMH staff volunteering their service to others within Braxton County as well as outside the elusive boundaries of community. Many patients receive care ‘close to home’ at their local, healthcare facility provided by family, friends and neighbors. Other patients have discovered compassionate healthcare at Braxton County Memorial Hospital while traveling far and wide.
While many employees are natives of Braxton County, there are also those who reside in surrounding counties, and those who have relocated to this area bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Thus, it is no wonder that Braxton County Memorial Hospital staff would volunteer within their community and beyond in their efforts to serve others. Such is the case with BCMH Administrator, Ben Vincent.
In addition to his background in healthcare, Ben has a long history with the Boy Scouts of America. In 1972, he achieved the highest honor a young man can attain, the rank of Eagle Scout. He has continued his lifelong service, most recently as a veteran adult scouter of the Mountaineer Area Council No. 615. Ben also serves as Scouting Coordinator for Wesleyan District of the United Methodist Conference of WV, and locally as a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 135, chartered by the Gassaway United Methodist Church.
On August 7th, Ben was one of two individuals presented with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award presented to a volunteer scouter on the local council level. The award was presented at the Annual Scouters Recognition Dinner held at Central Christian Church in Fairmont, WV. Ken Shanes, former Scout Executive and Executive Director of the Mountaineer Area Council, and volunteer scouter on the Mountaineer Area Council Executive Board, nominated Ben and praised his dedication to scouting by stating, “He is very deserving of this distinguished award. He has given outstanding leadership and service as our council treasurer for the past three years.” Ben’s dedication to Braxton County Memorial Hospital and the community is greatly appreciated as well as his service to others, which knows no boundaries…..

Wednesday evening accident
claims 19 year old Ireland man

A 19 year old Ireland man died of injuries he received in a single vehicle accident that occurred on Routes 4 & 19 near the Braxton Lewis county lines. The accident was reported at approximately 9:37 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10.
According to investigating officers, the lone occupant of the vehicle was ejected from the automobile before it rolled over landing on top of him. Kieran Ray Claypoole, 19, of Ireland was pronounced dead at the scene according to lead investigating officer, Deputy Luke Johnson of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Deputy Johnson, Claypoole had no driver’s license. A plate on the automobile did not match the vin number. In addition, authorizes are still trying to determine to whom the vehicle belonged. The investigation is continuing.

Sutton Fall Festival to host 2nd annual Wild Game Cook-off

The Sutton Fall Festival invites any one who loves to hunt, fish or just plain cook, to enter the 2nd Annual Wild Game Cook-Off. This event will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 1:00pm. There are cash prizes of: First Place- $250.00, Second Place- $150.00, Third Place- $50.00. Door prize drawings and other awards will also be given for category winners. Anyone interested in contending or with questions in regards to the Wild Game Cook-off may contact Kathy Cogar @ 304-765-4019 or the Sutton Mayors office @ 304-765-5581 for information. Entry forms for this event and others can be found at the town of Sutton website, suttonwv.com, under the documents link. Below you will find the rules and expectations for this event. Sponsors for this years cook-off are, Country Charm and Hometown Events, and General Appliance.
Wild game is defined as a meat of non-domesticated animal. Game cannot be purchased. It must be obtained legally or received as a gift. Anyone can participate, however a minor18 years or younger must have an adult as an assistant. Game may be from anywhere; West Virginia or out-of-state. Contestants may enter a dish in one or more of the following categories: Venison, Small Game (rabbit, squirrel), Fowl (turkey, pheasant, duck, grouse), Fish and Non-Native (wild game not found in WV, i.e., elk, antelope, ect)
Dishes must be cooked on site and contestants will need to bring their own tables, stoves, utensils and or other equipment required in the preparation of their dish. All fires must be contained in a grill, smoker, or other similar device. No fires on the ground or in pits are permitted. There will be a limited amount of electrical services available and will be given on a first request basis. Contestants will need to provide their own extension cords if electricity is needed.

The cook-off site will open at 9:00am for set-up. Anyone who would require additional cooking time should contact organizers in advance.
Contestants will provide all their own wild game, ingredients and fuel. A copy of the recipe with your name on the back is required to be submitted with your entry form. Your recipe will be on display with the dish for judging and for use in future cookbooks. Contestants should prepare enough of their wild game entry to feed 50-60 bite-sized portions for judging. Portion cups and serving spoons will be provided for judging samples.
Wild game must be cooked to 165 degrees for 15 seconds. For serving, prepared dishes will need to be kept at a hot holding temperature of 135 degrees or higher. Each contestant will need to provide a meat thermometer that they will be able to use to verify the hot holding temps of their dish.
There will be two rounds of competition. Ribbons will be awarded to the First, Second and Third place in each of the five categories. The winners of each category will then square off for the second round with prize money being awarded as follows: First Place- $250.00; Second Place- $150.00; Third Place- $50.00
Judging will begin @ 1:00 o’clock and be conducted as follows:
Round One: Fowl: Professional Judges- 1:00pm. Public Tasting and judging- 1:00-1:20pm
Small Game: Professional Judging- 1:30pm. Public Tasting and Judging- 1:30-1:50pm
Fish: Professional Judging- 2:00pm. Public Tasting and Judging- 2:00-2:20pm
Non-Native: Professional Judging- 2:30pm. Public Tasting and Judging- 2:30-2:50pm
Venison: Professional Judging- 3:00pm. Public Tasting and Judging- 3:00-3:20pm
Round Two: Best Overall: Professional Judging- 3:30pm
Judging will be conducted as follows: The public will be able to purchase 1st, 2nd and 3rd place tokens for voting. First place tokens will be worth 30 points, second place 15 points and third place 5 points. The contestant with the highest score will win the public vote. Only those from the public who have tokens will be able to taste your creation and vote. The public vote will then be added to scores given from 3 professional judges to determine the overall winner of each category.
The winner of each category will then move on to round two and face off with the other category winners. The 3 professional judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize money winners from the four winning dishes from the category round. Contestants should be sure to save a small portion of their dish in the event they are the winner of their category and the judges wish to sample it again in the final competition





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