Vol. 41, No. 8

March 03, 2015

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Ag Commissioner visits BCHS

A visit from West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick highlighted a week-long celebration of National FFA Appreciation Week by local students. Commissioner Helmick addressed the student body during an assembly were he told students of the vast opportunities that agriculture in West Virginia offers.
“Never has there ever been a better time for Agriculture in West Virginia. The USDA tells us that West Virginians consume more than $7.3 billion in food annually yet we only produce around $700 million. That’s a $6 billion opportunity that we have,” Commissioner Helmick said. “Now we know we won’t be able to close that entire gap but we can and we will close that gap, by doubling what we produce over the next decade.”


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Rotary announces date for Spring Blood Screening
New service added

The Braxton County Rotary Club has announced the date of their Spring Blood Screening which will be Saturday, April 18. President Lana Dancy has also announced that for the first time a Shingles vaccine will also be available.
“We are pleased to again be providing this service to our citizens. It would not be possible without the cooperation of our partners at Braxton County Memorial Hospital and Braxton County Health Department” says Dancy. The testing represents a 90 percent savings over what is commonly charged by doctor’s offices and medical facilities. “It is a value that could very well save your life. As families struggle to meet the ever increasing costs of living, it is important that we don’t forget about our own health and wellbeing,” she added.


Braxton Countians have varied opinions on idea of free
concealed carry

Assuming that the bill which recently passed 32-2 in the West Virginia Senate has the same success in the House of Representatives and with Governer Earl Ray Tomblin, residents of the state will soon be allowed to carry concealed firearms without permits. The bill, if it becomes a law, will repeal the current law which not only requires a permit to carry a concealed gun but also requires an applicant for the pemit to take a class in gun safety. The proposed law will apparently also lower the legal age to own a gun in West Virginia from 21 to 18.
During its time in committee and on the floor of the Senate, the bill sparked much discussion with widely divided opinions. A recent limited survey of Braxton County residents reflected a similar division.























Several area residents have day in Circuit Court

Barbara Ann Green appeared in Braxton County Circuit Court on January 29 before Judge Richard A. Facemire for the purpose of a sentencing hearing upon the conviction of delivery of a controlled substance, to-wit: hydrocodone. Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state in the matter with Timothy Gentilozzi standing in as counsel.
Green, by and through counsel, requested alternate sentencing before sentence was provided. The Court ordered that Green be sentenced to the state penitentiary for no less than one nor more than five years. However, alternate sentencing was granted and Court ordered that all but 10 days of previous sentence to be suspended, and admitted Green to probation for five years. During the first year of probation, Green is to be placed on home confinement. The Court further made orders that while on probation she shall abide by a strict set of terms and regulations. Green will be given credit for time awaiting disposition in the matter.










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