Leaving a Legacy
‘Legacy’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died’ or ‘something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past’. This article is a tribute to Gladys C. Butcher and Georgia M. Crockett, former elementary school teachers, who undoubtedly knew the meaning of the word ‘legacy’ without ever having to consult a dictionary. Due in large part to their generosity, the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Foundation has exceeded the fundraising goal of the initial capital campaign, and is currently finalizing the installation of a new Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner within the facility. Although each and every contribution to the BCMH Foundation is greatly appreciated and will be recognized at a later date, the substantial estate bequeaths of Gladys and Georgia account for over 76% of the total funds collected to date. Additionally, a sizeable donation was received early in the campaign from Carolyn Jo Leonard in memory of her parents, Burgess and Mary Chenoweth, also a sister to Gladys and Georgia.
Gladys, Georgia and Mary were elementary school teachers during the 1940s and continuing through the 1970s. According to the handwritten records on file with the Braxton County Board of Education, both Gladys and Georgia began their teaching careers in Braxton County in 1941. Gladys retired in 1975, after 34 years of service, and Georgia continued teaching another four years before retiring. Mary’s years of service as a teacher in Braxton County also spanned 27 years, from 1945 through 1972. At some point during this time period, Ed Given of The Braxton Citizens’ News received his first grade educational instruction from Mrs. Chenoweth and gleaned the benefits of Mrs. Butcher’s third grade teaching. Remembering these sisters who taught at Davis Elementary School, commonly referred to as Davis Grade, Ed says, “They were the epitome of what teachers should be – caring and like a second parent. They nurtured us through illnesses and various aspects of the childhood experience, leaving a lasting impression on literally thousands of children in this community.”
Wilda Sears, an original member of the Auxiliary of BCMH, remembers her dear friend, Gladys Butcher, stating, “She was a great cook, loved to bake, work in her yard, and piece quilts. She loved rummage and bake sales, and enjoyed helping with fundraisers by selling tickets for our cancer quilts at the Dollar Store. Once she fell and broke her hip bringing things to our bake sale. If she knew someone was sick, Gladys would take them baked custard in little ramekins (a small cupcake size soufflé dish).” According to Wilda, Gladys married W. B. Butcher and lived her entire life in the Gassaway area, where she taught school and provided dedicated support to several organizations. She remembers Gladys as a ‘friendly, outgoing person’ who never held an office in the organizations she belonged to, yet she was very active as a member of the Auxiliary as well as the Elk Valley Homemakers, Eastern Star, and the Methodist Church. Wilda stated, “Gladys was close to all her sisters including, Madge Baker, and three brothers, Bob, Tom and Grant Crockett. She and two of her sisters taught at the same school, at the same time after graduating from Glenville.” Noting that Gladys passed away at the age of 97, Wilda said, “We were friends for more than 50 years. She taught my daughter in 3rd grade. Gladys was one of my quilting partners and I still miss her today.”
As a former elementary school student at Davis Grade, Barbara Adams, Chairperson for the BCMH Board of Directors, remembers Gladys, Georgia and Mary noting, “They were all three very different people, yet achieved a common goal – to be excellent teachers. During their time, teaching was considered a very admirable profession. Georgia was my 4th grade teacher and was always nice and kind; although, she was not as much of a ‘social butterfly’ as her sister, Gladys. Throughout my life, both ladies cared enough to inquire about my progress.” Most likely influenced at an early age by her elementary school teachers, Barbara chose a career in education; and in recent years retired from the Braxton County school system as principal of Flatwoods Elementary School. According to Barbara, another member of the BCMH Board of Directors and successful individual, Delegate Brent Boggs, also remembers many lessons taught by Gladys and Georgia during his elementary school days.
Obviously, Gladys Butcher and Georgia Crockett understood and personified both meanings of the word ‘legacy’ in choosing to leave monetary gifts to their local, community hospital as well as dedicating their lives to teaching the youth of their hometown. Gladys’ devotion to family and friends and her faithful service to civic organizations remains a testament to her gracious character. Prior to her death, Gladys served as a Life Member of the BCMH Auxiliary and was honored as the 2003 Volunteer of the Year. According to Wilda, she was also recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the Homemakers (currently referred to as the Braxton County Continuing Educational Outreach Service). Georgia was also a Life member of the BCMH Auxiliary and donated a beautiful picture in memory of her brother, Thomas Warren Crockett, which remains on display in the hallway at Med Surg. Georgia had continued her education after graduating from Glenville State College, attending Fairmont State College and receiving a Master’s degree from Peabody College in Nashville, TN. She passed away at the age of 95 in January of 2012. The parents of these remarkable ladies were Christopher C. and Nora Estelle Rader Crockett.
Barbara has expressed sincere appreciation for Gladys and Georgia as well as all those who ‘live and leave legacies’. Because of their generous gifts to the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Foundation, renovations have been completed and installation of a new CT scanner is underway. BCMH Administrator, Ben Vincent, states, “In a matter of weeks, this initial project will be completed and our first patient will have their CT scan performed inside the main structure of our local, community hospital. We are truly grateful for the estate bequeaths of Gladys Butcher and Georgia Crocket, for the lives they lived, and their desire to help others. Their gifts, and each monetary donation no matter how small, has allowed us to accomplish our goal and helps us continue Caring for you close to home.” Please monitor this publication regarding an upcoming grand opening celebration and recognition for all monetary support to the BCMH Foundation during this endeavor.
141 BCHS seniors receive diplomas
Salutatorian Makila Carr (left) and Valedictorian Laurel Lloyd (right) presented a joint speech at last Friday’s Commencement exercises.
The Braxton County High School Class of 2016 said their final goodbyes on Friday, May 20 in the high school gym. The commencement ceremony began with Principal Tony Minney saying a few words and welcoming the processional of the graduating seniors. The top ten seniors provided speeches to the large audience in attendance. First, Brooke Fincham welcomed everyone to the ceremony and Jessi Tyo provided the theme of this year’s graduation, the Dr. Seuss book, All of the Places You Will Go and she also provided the closing remarks.
Assistant Principal, Jessica Pierson, introduced the Top Ten Seniors with special recognition for their hard work over the last four years. Emily Conley led the audience with an invocation and Sarah Skidmore led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The introduction of the guest speaker, Dr. Monica Beane, was provided by Elizabeth Six.
Dr. Beane gave a moving speech about her relationship with numerous members of the Class of 2016 and what their future holds.
Next up, the Valedictorian, Laurel Lloyd and the Salutatorian, Makila Carr, presented a joint speech.
Michael Hamrick recognized the recipients of local scholarships. The Hat Toss was conducted by Malachi Cowling and Emily McChesney.
The event concluded with the presentation of the diplomas by Assistant Principal Pierson with the help of the Superintendent David Dilley and the members of the Braxton County Board of Education. The Class of 2016 consisted of 141 graduates. (See page 15 of this issue for additional photographic coverage courtesy of Howie McCormick.)
Commission recognizes CCAWV Essay Contest winner Braxton’s Marilyn Hosey
One of the first acts at last Friday’sregular meeting of the Braxton County Commission was to recognize Megan Stroup of theCounty Commissioners Association of West Virginia who in turn introduced the winner of the CCAWV’s statewide 2016 County Government Essay Contest, Marilyn Hosey an eight grade student from Braxton County Middle School.
Local Commissioners, Ron Facemire, Gary Ellyson and George Skidmore sponsored the local contest with assistance of Ed Given publisher of the Citizens’ News and Delegate Brent Boggs. Thirty-five members of Ms. Lori Dittman’s BCMS class entered the contest. Hosey was selected as the local winner and forwarded to the CCAWV for judging on the State Level.
Stroup presented Hosey with a $300 cash prize and a certificate in recognition of her selection as the State Winner. Ms. Dittman’s class was also presented $300 to use as the teacher sees fit.
Hosey also received a $250 cash prize for winning at the local level. Second place local winner, Abigail Long received $200. Third place recipient Erin King received $150. The local prices were contributed by the Commissioner, personally, the Citizens’ News and Delegate Boggs. No taxpayer funds were used.
In other action, Vicki Lemon presented the monthly Day Report Center activity report. She also requested permission to purchase filing cabinets and desks for the new offices from Tri-State Furniture at a cost of $1,230. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore. Sheriff Eddie Williams reported that a search for a new executive director was ongoing. He commended Lemon for “stepping up” in the interim.
Andrew Smith gave an update to the Commission regarding the Braxton Convention and Visitors Bureau’s sponsorship of fishing tournaments. He explained that miss-communications has occurred and the organizations were working on next season’s activities.
Sheriff Eddie Williams requested permission to employee additional officers to work the 2016 Dam Patrol contract. They included: Louis Dellamea, Dwayne Duffield, Kevin Bingaman and Caleb Harper. Permission was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Mike Baker, OES/911 director, addressed the Commission regarding several issues. He requested permission change Brian White’s status from part-time to full-time. His pay rate will be $11.00 per hour with county benefits. Baker also requested permission to hire Lila Hoover and Philip Green as part-time dispatchers. Their rate of pay will be $8.75 per hour. All three requests were approved on separate motions.
Baker requested permission to use the county credit card for he and his secretary to attend Human Recourses Training on May 23 in Beckley. Permission was granted on a motion by George Skidmore. Baker also told the Commission, upon questioning, that he would not be leaving to take a similar position in Nicholas County as another applicant had been hired.
Baker also requested permission to use the county credit card for a Firewall Security Appliance/911 that was mandatory. The$659 purchase was authorized on a motion by Skidmore.
Short form settlements were approved as submitted, for the following: Elaine Ables, Lowell W. Knight, Authur J. Lambert and Erless Jean Nichols.
An application for correction of erroneous assessment for Coleman Conrad was approved.
George Skidmore made a motion to appoint Linda Brown to a vacancy on the Braxton County Recreational Development Authority.
President Facemire read a letter from Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin into the record pertaining to Larry Stump’s request to abandon a road he uses as a driveway. According the McLaughlin, her research showed that the road did not belong to the county or state and Mr. Stump had a right-of-way. George Skidmore made a motion to approve the recommendation of the Prosecutor.
Items to consider purchase of a truck for the maintenance department, request for financial assistance in wiring the new addition at the Rosedale Senior Center and purchase of a carport for the BC Firefighters Association were all tabled on separate motions.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to approve the agreement for insurance with WVCoRP.
It was also Ellyson who introduced action to purchase minute books for the 9-1-1 Advisory Board and the BC Firefighters Association.
The Commission set a work session for May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to discuss the purchase of a truck for maintenance, waterline extensions and Regional Jail bills.
Gary Ellyson’s motion authorized the annual elevator agreement with Thyssen Krupp.
Following a review, Ellyson made a motion to pay the county invoices P-card statement and EMS bills as presented with the exception of CAN Security pending additional information.
The minutes of the Commissions previous meeting were approved as presented.
The Commission recessed the meeting until 11:00 to conduct a public hearing on a request to abandon an unused portion of Hamilton Road that went through the Wayside Church’s parking lot. At the conclusion of the hearing the request was granted.
The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission is scheduled for June 3 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Confidential informant leads to drug arrests
On Monday, May 2, Braxton County Sheriff Department Deputy C.E. Westfall conducted a controlled buy of illegal drugs utilizing a confidential informant. This individual met with a gentleman at his residence in Burnsville and was able to purchase a small bag of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine for $50.
Then again on Monday, May 9, a second control buy was completed using the same informant. At this time, Robert Stewart was at his residence in Burnsville and the confidential informant was able to purchase one small bag containing what was believed to be meth for $50.
A third buy took place on Wednesday, May 18. Present during all three transactions was also another individual, Chelsea Cosner. A third person was also involved during two of the transactions. A warrant has been issued for their arrest. At press time they had not been apprehended.
Stewart is currently being lodged in the Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash only bond after arraignment in front of Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith on three counts of conspiracy and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance-meth.
Bond was set $15,000 cash only by Magistrate Smith for Cosner, who has been charged with three counts of conspiracy. She is also in CRJ at this time.
The investigation is continuing according to Sheriff Eddie Williams.
Annie Get Your Gun coming to Sutton’s Landmark Studio
“There’s No Business Like Show Business!” Bring in the summer with a bang as the Landmark Studio for the Arts when director Rebecca Conrad and musical director Marjie Foster wrap up the 2015-16 season with Irving Berlin’s hit musical, Annie Get Your Gun. This musical spectacle celebrates the legendary sure-shot, Annie Oakley, featuring timeless hits like “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” and the song that has become the anthem of all things Theatre: “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
Annie Get Your Gun is a fictional version of Annie Oakley, America’s greatest sharpshooter, and her romantic, tempestuous relationship with Frank Butler. From her humble beginnings in backwoods Ohio, Annie becomes America’s first female superstar. When she outshoots Frank Butler, the “Cham-peen Shot of the World,” she wins a job with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – and falls in love at the same time! But can a man’s ego survive being bested by a woman? After Frank quits and tours with a rival show, one final competition will bring the two together again…for better or worse!
Ginger Crow stars as Annie, with Jamie Jarvis as Frank. Also featured are Tim Hoover as Buffalo Bill, Caleb Wynne as Charlie Davenport, Jeanette Boyce as Ms. Wilson, Trevor Jeffrey as Tommy Keeler, Taylor Conrad as Winnie Tate, Missy Rose as Dolly Tate, Randy Conrad as Pawnee Bill, Joshua Carr as Little John, Briar Williams as Nellie, Leora Terry as Jessie, Gabriella Crow as sister Rose, Hazelee Williams as Mary, Connor Capron as Chief Sitting Bull. Ensemble performers are: Siarah Conrad, Kane Spencer, Kodie Conrad, Abbi Crow, Dawson Terry, Adam Tanner and Robert Boyce.
What audiences will really love is the music, the dancing, and the pageantry! Imagine Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, touring the nation and stopping by Sutton, WV on the Landmark Stage. It blends full-scale spectacle with old-time vaudeville. With a cast of 20+ members , beautifully painted Wild West banners, and timeless hit songs, Annie Get Your Gun is a family-friendly show that will delight and excite everyone! “But please, leave your guns at home – we’ll call all the shots!”
The performance dates are: June 2-4 and June 9-11 (Thursday-Saturday) at 7:30pm at The Landmark Studio for the Arts- Main Street, Sutton. For reservations or more information call the ticket hotline at 304-644-3166 or visit: www.landmarkstudio forthearts.org. Ticket prices are $12.00 - adults and $5.00 - students.
Landmark Studio offers
“Old Time” music scholarhip
The Landmark Studio for the Arts will be offering a $350 scholarship for Traditional Old Time Music students. The scholarship is the result of donations collected at the Melvin Wine Tribute Concert held April 23 2016 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton. The Concert was well attended by a variety of musicians who paid tribute to Melvin Wine and other old timers and their songs. This is the fourth year a scholarship will be offered.
The funds are intended to help support a WV student, or former WV student of traditional music in furthering their musical education. You do not have to be in school currently to apply. Some examples of how the scholarship might be used include taking lessons, attending a workshop, upgrading an instrument or another defined purpose.
Applications can be obtained from the Landmark Studio by calling 304-644-3166 or writing to us at Landmark Studio at PO Box 74, Sutton, WV 26601. The Landmark Studio for the Arts is a non profit community arts organization in Sutton dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts. They have an all volunteer Board of Directors who create the schedule of events and manage our facility and programming. They welcome new volunteers who might enjoy acting, creating sets, learning about sound and lights, planning events, sewing costumes, fundraising and so many other ways to enrich our community. Additional Landmark information is available on Facebook and on their website: landmark studioforthearts.org. Come out and see a live show in your neighborhood.