Vol. 42, No.35

August 30, 2016

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Braxton quarterback named AARP Scholar
Athlete of the Week

Quarterback Heath Cottrill recently received the honor of being named the AARP West Virginia/Metro News Scholar Athlete of the Week for the current week.
The son of Scott and Pam Cottrill of Heaters, Cottrill carries a 4.0 GPA. He is president of his junior class and a member of the BCHS Student Council. He is also involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
As a sophomore, Cottrill had a record-setting season at quarterback for the Eagles. In the last seven games of the season, his pass completion was close to 60 percent.

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Maggie Cutlip wins prestigious
Department of State scholarship

Maggie Cutlip, a senior at Braxton County High School, will serve as a United States youth ambassador to Germany during the 2016-17 school year. Maggie is one of only 50 students selected through the Council on International Educational Exchange to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship, which covers a year of study and cultural immersion in Germany.
The CBYX program was created in 1983 to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy and cultural understanding.

Kindergarten classes among topics discussed at Board of Ed meeting

The Braxton County Board of Education meeting was held on Tuesday, August 23. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Cooper at 6:00 pm. All in attendance said the Pledge of Allegiance and Vice President David Hoover provided a nondenominational prayer. Other members present were Shane Brown, Van Carr and Bradley Shingler.
The board recognizes Little Birch Elementary Staff of the Month, Sandy Rose, for her service. The board also recognized a few individuals that were missed at the last meeting for their work with the Summer Reading Program. Those individuals included Sharon Desper, Michelle Winemiller, Olivia Wayne, and Meredith Hoover.
The first individual signed up to speak before the board was Michael Parks. He is a father of a kindergarten student at Flatwoods elementary. He chose to wait until later in the meeting when the discussion of kindergarten overages in the county would take place. The next individual was Mackenzie Helmick, BCHS math teacher. She spoke to the board concerning the honors class requirement.


Knicely charged with forgery and uttering

Phillip Knicely of Gandeeville has been charged with forgery, uttering and obtaining goods under false pretenses. On July 1, an individual contacted West Virginia State Police, Spencer detachment, to file a complaint for a stolen check and forgery. According to the criminal complaint, her bank, Poca Valley Bank, had contacted her concerning her account being overdrawn a few days after her live-in boyfriend, Knicely, had moved out.


Numerous charges filed against Smith

On August 18, Sutton Police Chief A.L. James received information that an individual Bratten Smith of Richwood, was involved in several thefts and destruction of properties that had occurred over the past few days in Sutton. He, along with Braxton County Sheriff’s Department LT Bryce Scarbro, located Smith at his sister’s residence on Town Hill in Sutton.
According to the criminal report, Chief James spoke with the suspect and learned that he did have some involvement in the crimes in question.





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.

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