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Local Kroger supports Mountaineer Food Bank

Local Kroger employees presented a check to Mountaineer Food Bank last Thursday totaling nearly $24,000 help the organization’s fight against hunger. Pictured (Left to right) Suzie Facemire, Christina Miller, Mike Knight, John Reeder, Aaron Clevenger Gassaway Kroger Manager Michael Grubb, Jennifer Dobbins, Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank, Cathy Bollinger and Pam Boggs.

Donates nearly $24,000 in cash and 334,000 pounds of food

On Thursday, January 28 Kroger presented Mountaineer Food Bank with nearly $24,000 to be used in the fight against hunger in West Virginia.
Kroger also reported donating 334,000 pounds of perishable food to the Food Bank last year. The food is safe for consumption but not suitable for retail sale. The perishable food was enough to provide 275,000 nutritious meals valued at approximately $575,000.
“The Mountaineer Food Bank has been a partner in West Virginia for many years,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division. “We are delighted to donate meals that include meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, dairy products and other perishable food items to improve the nutrition of thousands of our neighbors in the Mountain State,”
The check was presented by Mike Grubb, manager of the Gassaway store, to Chad Morrison, executive director of the Food Bank at the Gassaway location.
The money came from Kroger’s Bringing Hope to the Table program. “This program brings together our associates, suppliers and customers in a major effort to feed the hungry in the communities we serve in West Virginia,” said McGee.
Mountaineer Food bank will use the funds to buy food to be distributed to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, day care centers, after school programs, back pack programs and senior centers. The food bank supports 500 programs in 48 West Virginia counties.
“Many families struggle to access healthy, nutritious foods,” said Morrison. “Over the years, Kroger has been a valuable partner in our vision of a hunger-free West Virginia. The support of Kroger, its associates and customers will help us feed thousands this year,” he added.
Mountaineer Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger agency. Kroger is a founding partner of Feeding American.
The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 120 stores, 115 pharmacies and 88 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by support hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, local schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities. In 2013, Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division contributed nearly $13 million to communities served. Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America.” For more information, visit www.kroger.com.


40 place names on Ballots for Primary Elections

With the passing of the filing deadline for offices to be decided in the May Primary Election last Saturday, the stage is now set for the upcoming contest.
Circuit Clerk Susan Lemon, Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin and County Surveyor S. Pat Roberts are the only county offices where the incumbents will not face a challenger in the Primary Election. All three are running on the Democratic ticket.
With incumbent County Clerk, Susan Lunceford not seeking reelection, three individuals will be contesting for that seat on the Democratic ballot. Teresa “Terry” Frame of Sutton, JR Roach of Heaters and Sue Rutherford of Sutton have filed for the position.
Three individuals will via for the opportunity to face incumbent Republican Sheriff Eddie William in the General Election. Vying for Democratic nomination will be Russell J. Belknap of Gassaway, John E. Stump of Burnsville and Fred G. Thompson of Frametown.
Three Democrats will vie for the office of Assessor, since Brenda Mollohan does not plan to seek another term. Esta Boggs of Gassaway, Leah Herndon of Flatwoods and Edith “Edie” Tichner of Sutton will all seek the Democratic nomination. Tyler Morlan of Gassaway is running unopposed for the Republication nomination.
Incumbent County Commissioner Gary T. Ellyson II is seeking reelection. Challenging him will be Lisa Mace Godwin of Burnsville, Matthew Austin Perrine of Napier and J D Whitesel of Gassaway.
Several non-patrician positions will be filled during the Primary Election. They include Board of Education, Conservation District Supervisor, County Magistrate, Family Court Judge and Circuit Judge.
The most hotly contested non-patrician race will be for the two Board of Education seats currently held by Kathy Parker and Elizabeth Stewart. Parker of Heaters is seeking reelection. Stewart is not. Also competing for those positions will be Shane Brown of Sutton, Jill Cooper of Burnsville, Allyson Peters Lewis of Burnsville, Charles “Billy” McDonald of Heaters and Bradley Shingler of Little Birch.
Both Bradley Meadows of Gassaway and Donald Burroungs of Heaters are competing for the position of Conservation District Supervisor.
The race for the office of Magistrate has changed this year. Not only are the positions non-patrician, but challengers actually run against each other in one of two divisions. Past elections were decided by the top voters. Incumbent Beth Smith is running unopposed. Incumbent David R. Singleton of Gassaway is being challenged by Paula M. Cunningham of Frametown.
Both Circuit Judges representing the 14th Judicial District are seeking another term. Jack Alsop of Webster Springs and Richard “Rick” Facemire of Gassaway have filled. Also on the ballot will be Hiram C “Buck” Lewis IV of Procious. Only two will be elected.
Incumbent Family Court Judge Robert Reed Sowa of Frametown will seek another term. He will be challenged for the position by Mikal-Ellen Bennett Bailey and Theresa Cogar Turner both of Weston.
Neither incumbent Senator Doug Facemire nor Delegate Brent Boggs will face opposition in the Primary. Both will have challengers in November’s General Election. Facemire, a Democrat from Sutton will be challenged for his seat in the 12 Senatorial District by Republican Derrick W. Love of Horner. Boggs, also a Democrat, from Gassaway will face Republican Dwight M. “Ike” Given of Heaters in the fall for the House of Delegates, 34th Delegate District seat.
For a complete list of national and statewide candidates see the Secretary of State’s website at: www.sos.wv.gov.
County residents who wish to vote in the May 10 Primary Election must be county residents and registered voters. Anyone wishing to register may do so in the office of the Braxton County Clerk by April 19.

Braxton Circuit Court holds forfeiture hearings

Recent Braxton County Circuit Court activities included forfeiture hearing, before the Honorable Richard A. Facemire. On January 13, the State of West Virginia, through Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin and Trooper J.O. Hensley and Trooper E.D. Schoolcraft on behalf of the West Virginia State Police appeared before the court on two separate forfeiture hearing orders. The defendants, Franciso Javier Torres Rodriguez and Humberto Parra Flores, did not appear nor have attorneys present. In the matter for Rodriguez, the amount of $2607 was forfeited to the state, specifically, 50% to the WVSP and 50% to Braxton County Sheriff’s Department. In the matter for Flores, the amount of $2604 was also forfeited to the state, specifically, 50% to the WVSP and 50% to BCSD. In both cases, proper Order of Publications and Notice of Hearings were provided and the defendants had adequate notice of these hearings.
Another forfeiture hearing took place on January 19, 2016 with the state being represented by Prosecuting Kelly Hamon McLaughlin. The Braxton County Sheriff’s Department was represented by Deputy J.D. Jenkins. The defendant, Tanya Prater, was present but without an attorney. The state provided an Order of Publication and Notice of Hearing giving the defendant proper notification. Prater and Deputy Jenkins both provided testimony to the court. Based on the testimony cited, forfeiture was granted for the amount of $2080 to specifically be provided to the BCSD.
Also in Circuit Court, a probation revocation hearing on Randy Thayer was held December 8, 2015. Thayer did not appear, but his attorney, Jonathan Fritto was present. Also present were Braxton County Prosecuting McLaughlin representing the state and Mike Haley, representing the Braxton County Probation Department. A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Thayer and the court ordered that once he was apprehended he would be placed in the Central Regional on a $200,000 cash only bond. Once the defendant is taken to CRJ, he will be drug tested and the results will be provided to the court.
On December 14, 2015, Christy Ann Wine along with her attorney, Bryan Hinkle, appeared before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing. The state of West Virginia was represented by Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin. Both parties announced that a plea agreement had been reached and Wine would plead guilty to the felony offense of driving revoked for DUI-3rd offense. The state agreed to dismiss pending charges in Magistrate Court and would remain silent during sentencing. The court moved to delay sentencing in order for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. Sentencing is scheduled for February 3, 2016 beginning at 10 am.
Rylan Johnson appeared before Judge Facemire along with his attorney, Bernard Mauser and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin on January 7, 2016 for an extradition hearing. Johnson stated he was willing to return to Ohio to answer charges pending against him.
The court ordered the defendant to CRJ until he could be delivered into the custody of Ohio’s law enforcement agents. Johnson is currently serving a sentence for charges sustained in Braxton County and will remain in custody of the West Virginia Department of Corrections until his sentence imposed in Braxton County is completed. The state of Ohio will have seven days to take custody of Johnson once his sentence is completed.


Peeking behind the kitchen door of Braxton eateries

In an effort to keep our readership informed, the Citizens’ News presents another installment of a continuing series which details the findings of the Braxton County Health Department Sanitarian’s inspections. The BCHD officer is responsible for oversight of over 140 establishments that sell and/or prepare food for public consumption.
Violations are grouped under two categories: Critical and Non critical. Infractions cited on the “Food Establishment Inspection Report” shall be corrected within the time frame specified by the inspector as indicated at the time of inspection. The Citizens’ News believes that an informed public should know what the Health Department finds in these reports.
The following had no violations: Braxton County Middle School, Christ’s Cantina, Davis Elementary, Go-Mart #1, Flatwoods Elementary, Lake’s Carry Out, Robbins Nest Day Care, Little Birch Elementary and Frametown Elementary.
The following received only non-critical violations. Braxton County High School received two violations: four light covers (shields) in the kitchen are missing and hole in floor and well juncture in the dry store room. Stancati’s Family Restaurant had two violations: ice scoop improperly stored in the Coca Cola ice bin and inside surfaces of pizza refrigerator not clean. Go-Mart #1 Sub Express received two violations: stem thermometers for meat and food products are out of calibration (corrected during inspection) and floor not clean beneath cabinet-kitchen. Sutton General Store received two violations: inside of toaster oven not clean and inside surface of microwave not clean. Lloyd’s Restaurant had two violations: grill stand not clean and dry store room floor needs cleaned. Shoney’s of Flatwoods received five violations: storage rack in the walk-in cooler in poor repair, cook line preparation refrigerator not clean, storage racks in the walk-in cooler are not clean, floor not clean beneath prep line refrigerator, and walk-in freezer floor not clean. Sutton Moose Lodge 825 had three violations: backflow prevention device leaking water, reach-in cooler tracks need cleaned, and inside of microwave not clean. Vae’s Diner had eleven violations: bottle of vanilla extract not labeled (corrected during inspection), bottom of preparation refrigerator in poor repair, chest freezer is full of frost and ice, inside of convection oven not clean, mop sink not clean, refrigerator seals not clean, inside of preparation refrigerator not clean, deep fryer surface not clean, black catering trays not clean, floor beneath grill are not clean, and floor beneath stove not clean. Long John Silvers #31450 had four violations: reach-in freezer seal in poor repair, walk-in cooler floor not clean, walk-in cooler racks not clean, and used oil spilled onto parking lot and grass. Gilligan’s Lounge had six violations: three compartment waste drain leaking water, upper beer cooler seals not clean, inside surface of refrigerator not clean, inside of microwave not clean, kitchen floor not clean, and men’s restroom floor not clean. Dollar General #11180 received two violations: inside surface of milk cooler not clean and inside surface of egg cooler not clean. Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center received one non-critical violation: top of dish machine not clean. Ms. Kaye’s Daycare received one violation: bottom drawers or refrigerator not clean. The Red Rooster Café had six violations: chest freezer lid in poor repair, grill station not clean, bottom surface including racks of line refrigerator not clean, exhaust hood vents not clean, front of prep line refrigerator not clean and kitchen floor in poor repair next to dish machine.
The following had only critical violations. Shock-N-All Relaxation Station had one violation: can opener blade not clean to sight and touch.
The following establishments received both non-critical and critical violations. The Custard Stand received one critical violation for can opener blade not clean to sight and touch. They also received two non-critical violations for bottom of reach-in freezer not clean and hole in the wall at rear entrance. Arby’s #5287 had one critical violation for probe thermometers not clean to sight and touch and one non-critical for inside of reach-in freezer needs cleaned. Both violations were corrected during inspection. Pizza Hut #10398 had one critical violation for can opener blade is not clean to sight and touch. They also had nine non-critical violations: inside surface of pizza dough refrigerator is not clean, cart next to deep fryer not clean, outside surfaces of dish machine, including door spring, are not clean, inside surfaces of pizza preparation refrigerator are not clean, cart in walk-in cooler is not clean, bottom of reach-in freezer not clean, floor beneath deep fryer not clean, wall behind dish machine not clean, and floor beneath dish machine not clean. DZD Supper Club had five critical violations: there are damaged boxes of pancake mix and beans in the dry store room, cooked hamburger patties not date marked as required in the reach-in refrigerator (corrected during inspection), eggs and sliced ham in the half refrigerator not date marked as required (corrected during inspection), stem thermometer not clean from previous use, and evidence of pests as demonstrated by droppings and chew marks-dry store room. They also received five non-critical violations: inside bottom surface of reach-in freezer not clean, bottom of beer cooler full of water and rust, broken glass bulb in the dry store room, kitchen wall not clean next to deep fryer, and kitchen floor not clean in hard-to-reach areas. Braxton County Senior Citizens’ Center received one critical violation for two can opener blades not clean to sight and touch and one non-critical violation for floor drains in the kitchen need cleaned. Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers had one critical violation for thermometer not clean to sight and one non-critical violation for soap dispenser at kitchen hand sink not dispensing hand soap. The Waffle Hut received three critical violations: sliced ham and turkey in the kitchen refrigerator not date marked as required, inside surface of produce refrigerator not clean-food contact surface, and stem thermometer not cleaned from previous use. They also received twenty-two non critical violations: in-use utensil for had dipped ice cream stored in water at room temperature, kitchen refrigerator surface in poor repair, three compartment sink leaking water, grease leaking from oven onto the floor, employee toilet leaking water from reservoir, preparation refrigerator racks in poor repair, prep sink leaking water, wheeled cart not clean in dry store room, dry store room floor mats not clean, inside surface of drawer refrigerator not clean, drawer refrigerator seals are not clean, inside surface of preparation refrigerator not clean, inside surface of kitchen refrigerator not clean, can opener holder not clean, inside surface of microwave not clean, space present between bottom of rear door and floor-potential entry for pests, floor covering in poor repair beneath dish machine, women’s restroom wall in poor repair, part of kitchen floor not tiled or otherwise finished or sealed, floor beneath dish machine not clean, floor beneath grill not clean, and floor not clean beneath kitchen freezer.


Petit jury finds
Patterson not guilty

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, petit jury for the Braxton County Circuit Court was convened for a case against defendant, David Patterson of Frametown on two felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance-hydrocodone and fleeing from an officer with reckless indifference. The charges stem from incidents occurring in July 2013 and June and July 2014 and were indicted by the grand jury in October 2014.
On count one of delivery of a controlled substance, the criminal complaint stated that Patterson was alleged to have sold four hydrocodone pills to a confidential informant utilized by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper L.D. Mohr on July 22, 2013.
According to a second criminal complaint for count two of fleeing from an officer, Senior Trooper J.M. Maynor and Trooper J.M. Tallman were conducting a road patrol on WV Route 4 near Frametown on Thursday, June 26, 2014 and observed a black vehicle speeding. When Sr. Tpr. Maynor tried to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect accelerated the motor in an aggressive manner. The troopers were unable to catch the vehicle at that time and stated they were traveling in excess of 100 MPH in sections of the roadway trying to catch the vehicle. A few days later, on July 2, 2014, Sr. Tpr. Maynor received information from a reliable confidential informant that Patterson was the suspect the troopers were pursuing.
The petit jury found the defendant, David Patterson, not guilty on both felony counts after a short deliberation. Once delivering the not guilty verdict on count two, the jury was told to deliberate on the lesser included offense of reckless driving, which they also found Patterson not guilty.




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