Vol. 40, No. 30

July 29, 2014

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Precision Services offers opportunity for many

A non-profit business located in Gassaway offers what executive director Jack Holcomb calls “job training along with independence training” to several individuals, and these individuals have jobs with the company once the training is complete. Precision Services, which currently trains and employs 67 individuals, actually generates, Holcomb said, “around 95 percent” of its revenue through the work of its employees.
The workers, about 80 percent of whom have some type of disability, receive minimum wage pay to begin. Here the director commented, “The Division of Rehabilitation Services wants integration among our work force, and they approve of the 80-20 division.” These individuals, whose ages range widely—one worker has been with the business for 31 years, the director noted—are involved in four different types of work.


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Commissioners differ over budget revisions

Commissioners had different ideas of how to make mandatory budget revisions at a special meeting last Friday, July 25. The bulk of the hour and a half session was devoted to debating different ideas on how to balance the budget for county expenses as State Code Requires.
Commission President Gary Ellyson had a different idea of how to balance the revised budget than did his colleagues, Terry Frame and Ron Facemire. Ellyson voiced concerns over what he felt was insufficient funding to meet the county’s obligations to the Regional Jail Authority. He also objected to taking money from the Hotel Motel Tax for the West Virginia University Extension Services. Ellyson read a letter from the State Auditor’s office contouring with his opinion that the use of Hotel Motel funds did not comply with state code.
Ellyson said that cuts originally proposed would nearly make up the short falls and he felt restoring those deletions was not in the best interest of the County. In making a motion to approve the revision, Terry Frame stated that she felt the changes would best benefit the taxpayers. The revisions were adopted on a two to one split vote with Ellyson voting against the changes.

Motorcycle accident
claims Frametown man

A motorcycle accident on the Wilsie/Stumptown Road in the Big Run Hill area has claimed the life of a 19 year old Frametown man. The incident was reported at approximately 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.
According to a witness, the lone rider of a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja, lost control of his motorcycle, veered from the roadway and struck the guardrail. The impact ejected the rider who was thrown approximately 20 feet into a tree. Dillon Tyler Sears was taken to Braxton County Memorial Hospital by Braxton EMS where he was pronounced dead from his extensive injuries.
Deputy Luke Johnson of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department stated that an eye witness following the motorcycle saw the accident and reported it. The investigation is continuing.























Burnsville fugitive apprehended

Sgt. M.R. Yost of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a tip that a fugitive wanted in the state of Florida was in the Burns-ville area. On Thursday, July 25 Troopers J.D. Jordan and J. M. Maynor along with Braxton County Sheriff’s Deputy T.V. Flint traveled to the Pine Ridge Apartments in Burnsville to attempt to locate Andrew Tyler Dennison. The search of the local housing complex was unsuccessful.












Landmark Studio set to celebrate 25 years

Developing from a beginning group of a few individuals to a noted venue for theater and other cultural aspects, the Landmark Studio has reached its twenty-fifth year of existence. A year-long celebration filled with performances and activities has already begun and will continue through June 2015.





receives REAP
Litter Control Grant

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman recently announced the recipients of the DEP’s REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Litter Control Matching Grants. There were 23 individual applicants approved for amounts totaling $54,518. The grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities. Funding for the litter control program is generated through Legislative Rule §22-15A-4; “For unlawful disposal of litter, the circuit clerk shall deposit 50 percent of all civil penalties into the Litter Control Fund.”
Locally, the Town of Burnsville will receive $3,000 which will be used for dumpster and disposal fees for the annual cleanup event.






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