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County has record breaking voter turnout

Surpasses state average

The recent election led to a record number of Braxton County voter turnout in both early voting and Election Day results. According to the statistics from the Braxton County Circuit Clerk, Sue Ann Rutherford, of the 8,235 registered voters, 51.66% cast a ballot in the mid-term election. During the early voting, 1,399 ballots were cast and on Election Day it was 2,794. Sixty-one absentee ballots brought the total ballots cast to 4,254. The local turnout surpassed the statewide numbers which was also a record breaking one with 47.67%. The numbers also substantially surpassed those who voted in the 2014 off-year election.
In the only local races, Republican Melvin “Buster” Gum won over Democratic challenger Kathy L. Cogar 2,123 to 1,958. Incumbent Brent Boggs handily outdistanced Republican challenger Logan Thompson to retain his seat in the House of Delegates by a vote of 3,430 to 1,108. Also on the local level, Jasmine R.H. Morton will continue as Braxton County Prosecuting as she was unopposed in the race.
The County results paralleled that of the state with Talley Sergent trying to win the 2nd Congressional Seat but fell short to incumbent Alex Mooney. Mooney received 2,208 votes to Talley’s 1,745. Rusty Hollen (L) gathered 156 votes.
In the highly contested US Senate race, Joe Manchin (D) received 2,140 Braxton County votes to Patrick Morrisey’s (R) 1,878.
In other state races, Mike Romano (D) received 2,352 votes to beat competitor Waymond Cork II (R) who had 1,602 votes to retain his seat in the State Senate’s 12th Senatorial District.
In the non-partisan Supreme Court Justice race, Tim Armstead won with 1,695 over his nearest challenger, Joanna Tabitt with 579 votes for the District 1. In District 2, Evan Jenkins narrowly defeated Jim Douglas, 1,387 to 1,294.
Amendment 1 passed with 1,983 for the amendment and 1,946 against. Also passing was Amendment 2 with 2,617 for and 1,033 against.

County celebrates Veterans Day

Braxton County’s Annual Veteran Days Celebration, hosted by Central West Virginia Aging Service, Inc., and American Legion Post #33 was held on Monday, November 12.

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Pleas and more heard in Braxton Circuit Court


The Honorable Richard A. Facemire recently completed several court orders in the Braxton County Circuit Court. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton represented the state during the hearings.

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CVB introduces county’s first souvenir Penny Press


On Monday, November 5th, Braxton County became home to its first penny press. Penny presses are machines that will press a design into a U.S. penny. Travelers probably have encountered them while on vacation or in popular tourist destinations. The designs found on these unique souvenirs are usually related to the attraction or area where the press is located. Typically, the price of pressing a penny is fifty cents.

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Chase resulted in damaged
Sheriff’s cruisers, arrest

Richard Thurmer, 24 of Grantsville was arrested on November 1 and charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, four counts of fleeing with reckless indifference, and destruction of property greater than $2500.

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Charleston woman charged with sister’s identity theft


Rosanna Lee Dennison, 32 of Charleston was arrested November 2 and charged with two felony counts of identity theft based on a criminal complaint filed in December 2017.

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