Vol. 42, No.18

May 3, 2016

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Two adventurers to hike, bike,
paddle Elk River




In what could be the first modern-day traverse of the Elk River, two outdoorsmen will set out on foot from the Southern Monongahela National Forest and follow the river — paddling the last 100 miles along the Elk River Trail — to the mouth of the river in Charleston. WV native Matt Kearns and teammate Adam Swisher have planned “Elkspedi-tion” to highlight the connections between the Elk’s headwaters in proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument and the waters we all enjoy and depend on.
Starting May 17, Kearns and Swisher will backpack through the proposed national monument to the Elk River headwaters. Hiking down Laurel Run to Slatyfork, WV, they will travel from there on bikes past the Elk River Dries, Bergoo, and Webster Springs on to Centralia. They will paddle the length of Sutton Lake, portage Sutton Dam, and then continue 100 miles to the confluence with the Kanawha River in Charleston. The duo will finish their Elkspedition sojourn Memorial Day, stopping at Coonskin Park for a free picnic open to the public and hosted by West Virginia Rivers Coalition.


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Traffic stop leads to 4 arrested
on drug charges

On Saturday, April 30, West Virginia State Police TRP E.D. Schoolcraft observed a vehicle with Ohio registration swerving side to side on the interstate. The officer then observed the vehicle exit the interstate and once on Route 4, going left of center leading to the officer initiating a traffic stop.
According to the criminal complaint, the driver, Frankie Clowser of Sutton, stated he thought his front tire was going flat and that was why he was swerving. TRP Schoolcraft noticed the odor of what appeared to be marijuana coming from the vehicle. The vehicle had three other passengers, Ethan Duckworth of Erbaccon, David Carper of Gassaway, and Mary Ellis of Duck. The officer asked if there were any drugs or weapons in the vehicle. Clowser stated there was not and gave his verbal consent to search. TRP Schoolcraft requested Braxton County Sheriff Department Deputy J. Jenkins K-9 unit.

Four have day in Circuit Court

Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire recently completed numerous court orders through the Braxton County Circuit Court.
Keith Rodenbach and his attorney, Melissa Roman, appeared before the court on April 25 for a plea hearing. The state was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Morton.
Rodenbach entered a plea of guilty on the charges of grand larceny and forgery per a plea agreement. The state agreed to dismiss all matters currently pending against the defendant and would remain silent during sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay the sentencing in order to have a pre-sentence investigation report completed.


 

Local author featured at May 7th Book Warehouse signing event

Book Warehouse, America’s leading closeout book seller, located in the Flatwoods Mall, is hosting a book-signing event with Braxton County native Tim Cogar author of The Janitor on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Growing up and living his whole life in the small farming area of central West Virginia, Tim loves the simple life of the country. He also loves to travel and has done so with different types of businesses over the years, however, when finished with work, he is always ready to go home.

 

2016 Braxton County High School Top 10

It might well be difficult to find a busier student than this year’s salutatorian, Makila Carr. From sports to in-school clubs, Carr has remained active throughout her high-school career.
A four-year softball player for four years, Carr lettered three times. Perhaps one of the more unusual of this young woman’s achievements, however, is lettering in football her senior year. Carr, who has played and lettered in soccer for three years, decided to try for the position of field-goal and extra-point kicker for the Eagles’ football team.




 

 

 

 

142nd GSC Commencement Ceremony
set for May 7


The 142nd Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the college’s Waco Center.
The GSC class of 2016 will walk across the graduation stage to receive their degrees in a variety of programs including business, education, land resources, criminal justice, science, music, and more.

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