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Premier Bank donates
22 computer monitors to Precision Services

Premier Bank VP Jim McQuain (left) shows Precision Services Executive Director Jack Holcomb (center) and IT Administrator Chad Harris one of the 22 monitors the bank is donating to the local technology based company.

Premier Bank recently donated 22 Thin Client computers terminals to Precision Services. Bank Vice President, Jim McQuain stated the workstations were of good quality but a recent change in their technology system had rendered the units as surplus. “We are very pleased that this equipment can be used by a local technology based company like Precision Services,” said McQuain. “We are always glad to contribute to the community we service.”
Jack Holcomb, Executive Director and Precision Services IT Administrator Chad Harris picked up the donated equipment last Friday. “This equipment is really going to help the clients we serve. We certainly are thankful to Premier Bank for their generosity,” said Holcomb.
Precision Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was formed primarily to provide employment opportunities to individuals who are physically disabled or developmentally challenged. It was established in 1980 and currently employs approximately 55 people. They are located at 483 Elk River Rd, Gassaway.

J. W. Morris named Braxton County
Rotarian of the Year

At a recent evening meeting of the Braxton County Rotary Club several important activities took place. Among them, was the naming of the Rotarian of the Year. The special award recognizes a members for outstanding service to the organization which has donated an estimated $200,000 in local scholarship as well as over $75,000 to other local projects during its existence.
Outgoing president Lana Dancy made the announcement at the installation of officers meeting held at Vision’s Restaurant at the Day Hotel and Conference Center in Flatwoods. J. W. Morris was selected by a special committee for his devoted service to the club. The president pointed out his extensive work with the club’s elimination dinner and their Christmas giving program. “J.W. has always been there any time we call on him,” said Dancy. “He is extremely deserving of this honor.” In accepting the award Morris said he was proud of the work Rotary did to support its community and proud to be a part of the service organization.
The outgoing president presented pins to charter members, past presidents, and incoming officers. Her final act was to pass the gavel to incoming president Jim Malick.

One goes to jail, two await sentencing, others have day in Circuit Court

Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire recently finalized numerous court orders through the Braxton County Circuit Court. The State of West Virginia was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney in the following hearings.
On June 21, Attorney Davis, representing his client, Kelly Marie Woods who was not available, appeared before the Court along with Probation Officer Britner for sentencing. The sentencing hearing followed a plea hearing on February 24, in which Woods agreed to plead guilty to the felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. The defense requested for probation or an alternative sentencing option and the state remained silent per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire sentenced the defendant to the state penitentiary for a period of not less than one year but no more than five years. The Court granted the defense motion for alternative sentencing and ordered the sentence suspended all but one year to be served on home confinement. Woods would then be placed on probation for five years and must abide by all rules, regulations and special conditions.
James Key, his attorney Chattin, and Mike Haley, probation officer for the Braxton County Probation Office appeared before the Court for a probation revocation petition. The defendant admitted to all of the allegations contained in the petition. The defense requested Key be readmitted to probation, but the state objected and requested a sentence of 60 days at the Central Regional Jail before being placed back on probation. The Court ordered the defendant to be sentenced to the Diagnostic and Classification Unit for a period of 60 days and undergo an evaluation with focus on substance abuse. Sentencing was scheduled for September 12 beginning at 10:30 am.
Stacey Dawn Boggs came before Judge Facemire on June 14 with her attorney, Jeff Davis for a plea hearing. She agreed to enter a guilty plea to the misdemeanor offense of shoplifting-2nd offense, reduced from shoplifting 3rd offense. The state recommended home confinement in this matter. The remaining felony offense against the defendant was dismissed with prejudice. The Court moved to delay sentencing in order to have a pre-sentence investigation report completed. Sentencing was scheduled for July 15 beginning at 11:00 am.
On June 8, Jonathan Gibson, his attorney, Bernard Mauser, and Vickie Britner, representing the Braxton County Probation Office appeared before the Court for a revocation for probation petition. The defendant admitted to the allegations contained in the petition. Gibson had been placed on probation and home confinement numerous times over the past few years and none of the opportunities proved to be successful. Therefore the Court ordered the probation revoked and sentenced Gibson to the maximum confinement in the state penitentiary for a period of not less than one year but no more than five years. He did receive credit for time served of 689 days at the Central Regional Jail.
Richard Kimble and his attorney Eric Wildman came before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing on May 13. A plea agreement had been reached by both parties and the defendant agreed to plea guilty to the felony charge of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The state agreed to dismiss all other charges and remain silent at sentencing. The Court moved to delay sentencing in order to have a pre-sentence investigation report completed. Sentencing was scheduled for July 11 beginning at 10:00 am.
Chrystal Bailey appeared before the Court with her attorney, Andrew Chattin for a hearing on the defendant’s motion for bond reduction on February 17. The court denied the order stating it was a fair and reasonable bond.
On May 13, Ann Herwat along with her attorney, J. Paul Williams, appeared before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing. Both parties announced that a plea agreement had been reached. Herwat entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine. The state agreed to dismiss all other charges and remain silent at sentencing. The Court moved to delay sentencing in order to have a pre-sentence investigation report completed. Sentencing was scheduled for July 11 beginning at 9:30 am.

Day Report Center to reopen under new name

One of the first items of business at last Friday’s Braxton County Commission meeting was to change the composition of the Day Report Center which was not funded for the now current fiscal year. Commissioner Gary Ellyson reviewed, with those in attendance, a letter recently received from Delegate Brent Boggs who questioned why the local program did not receive funding. In a letter to the local representative, Richard Staton, director of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections cited three reasons Braxton was passed over for funding. A decrease in statewide funding; Underutilization of the program in the county; The county had not spent all of its funding in the last two budget years.
The Commissioners challenged all the reasons given and gave examples of why they felt were inaccurate. They also commented on the steady growth in utilization, the successful benefits to clients and the cost savings to the county in Regional Jail expenses.
Sheriff Eddie Williams explained that the Commission and the Day Report Center Board had investigated the options and felt the only way the program could continue would be with local funding and under a new title.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to close the Braxton County Day Report Center and open the Braxton County Testing Services. A second motion, by Ellyson, hired the current employees Vicki Lemon and Jeff Freeman for the new program. Lemon will be a full time employee with full county benefits. Freeman will continue as a part-time employee. A third motion approved a contract, under the new name, to continue drug testing for the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Vicki Lemon also gave the Commission a report on the recent activities of the Day Report Center.
Wilda Skidmore, representing the Braxton County Solid Waste Authority, addressed the Commission on her agency’s need for additional funding. She stated that the recent flooding in Birch River had closed Coffman Metals which had created an additional influx of business at the local facility. She added that the increase business had overloaded the single part-time employee at the facility and requested the Commission appropriate $3,000 to cover the additional expenses. On a motion by Gary Ellyson, action on the request was tabled. The Commission told Skidmore they would have to look and see if they could find the funding.
Paul Beatty, President of the BC Firefighters Association requested an update on his earlier requests to help purchase a medal carport building to be placed at the 9-1-1 Center to house the County’s hazardous materials trailer. Beatty had requested the Commission provide half the cost, $692. Gary Ellyson made a motion for the Commission to review their budget to see if they could find the money.
Beatty’s second request was funding for the Call Now program. The Program, which had been tested by one local fire department and found very successful, would send emergency information by text message when the station was alerted. Commission Ellyson, citing the county’s bleak financial picture, suggested Beatty approach the fire departments regarding help in fundingthe program.
Sam Mace, EMS Director, requested that he be allowed to hire Sawyer Dennison as a full-time Emergency Vehicle Operator. He explained Dennison would be paid $10.55 per hour with full county benefits. The request was granted on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
Mace also requested permission to hire Amanda Crawford and Rebecca Stewart as part-time EMTs. They would be paid $10.50 per hour with no county benefits. George Skidmore made a motion to grant the request.
Mike Baker, OES/9-1-1 Director was next to address the Commission. He requested permission to purchase a 20 by 36 foot metal building for storage at a cost of $6,000. Gary Ellyson made a motion to authorize the purchase.
Baker requested permission to give the dispatchers a 50 cent per hour pay raise which was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Baker requested $250 be allocated to provide an appreciation luncheon for the cleanup crew that had been working on flood damage through the Human Resource Development Foundation.
Baker renewed his request to purchase human resource handbooks which was earlier denied. Commissioner Gary Ellyson stated that he could not support the purchase, as he felt such issued should be handled under the guidance of the Prosecuting Attorney. Being no motion, the request was denied.
A motion by George Skidmore approved the short form settlements for the following as presented: Raymond T. Bays, Sonny Lee Cecil, Richard Jack Dobbins, Valarie Jane Green, Audra B. Harper, Roy Ray Hawkins, Stewart B. Law Jr., Marion J. Marlow, Bernice Olive Nottingham Moore, William H. Shaw, Thomas Michael Stump and Anne E. Troy.
Applications for correction of erroneous assessment were approved for Michael and Kimberly Johnson and Christopher and Stephanie Smyth.
George Skidmore introduced action to approve applications for the consolidation of contiguous tracts of land for tax purposes for Mancel and Virginia Carr and Julia Jarrell, Donald C. and Morna Green and Betty Lou Floyd.
It was also Skidmore who made a motion to change Julie Covert’s status of employment at the animal shelter from full-time to part-time. That motion also authorized advertising for applicants to fill the vacancy.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to allow Rite-Aid to administer flu shots at the Courthouse this fall with the approval of the Prosecuting Attorney.
The Commission accepted the resignation of Wayne Covert from the 9-1-1 Board and Airport Authority. That action also authorized the Commission to seek letters of interest to fill those vacancies.
Separate motions approved budget revisions for the Sheriff, General County and Coal Severance accounts.
The Commission reviewed a request to release $5,000 in funding for Mountain Clean Streams, Inc. Gary Ellyson made a motion to request a financial statement from the organization.
The Commission renewed a hardware and software maintenance contract with Software Systems for one year at a cost of $3,400.22.
George Skidmore made a motion to continue the part-time employment of Derek Barnette through the end of July.
It was also Skidmore who introduced action to reappoint Mike Johnson to the Braxton County Recreational Authority.
Following a review, both the invoices for payment and the minutes from the Commission’s previous meeting were approved as presented on separate motions.
Being no additional business to consider, the Commission adjourned at 10:45 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene at 9:00 a.m. on August 5.

Braxton Adult Learning Center has HS Equivalency Graduation

On June 7, 2016 family and friends gathered to celebrate the success of their recent High School Equivalency Diploma graduates. Sandra Adkins, Adult Learning Center instructor welcomed everyone to the celebration. Shawn Cook, Regional Adult Education Coordinator, gave the invocation and greetings from RESA1. He also presented the graduates with a small gift. Graduation speaker was Matt Bailey, pastor and counselor at United Summit Center. Mr. Bailey spoke with the graduates and posed the question “What do you want to be to the world?” Mr. Bailey wanted to be ‘love’ and show love to others. He challenged them to not let past failures keep them from being what they wanted to be for the world.
Mrs. Adkins then called each graduate to the front to receive a small gift, a book, and to have an individual time of celebration for their achievement. Earning their High School Equivalency puts them in the top 60th percentile of graduating seniors who have taken the test as well. Therefore, it is a great accomplishment. She reminded them to not let the High School Equivalency be the end of the goals but the beginning and to keep moving forward.
If you are interested in obtaining your High School Equivalency Diploma, call the Braxton Adult Learning Center at 304-765-5415 and ask Sandra how to get started.

8th Annual That Dam Race set for July 30

July 30 marks the date for the eighth annual That Dam Race 5k. This race and its unique and challenging terrain have attracted many runners and walkers to the Sutton Dam for the past seven years.
This 5k offers diverse terrain including, blacktop road, steep hills, wooded trail, historic cobble stone streets, and the most unique terrain being the Sutton Dam itself. The US Army Corp of Engineers opens up the top of the dam once a year for this event which is out of the ordinary for most similar structures. In this day and age of liability and security concerns, having the opportunity to run or walk across the top of the majestic Sutton Dam is a rare treat. Why not be one of the few who will see the Town of Sutton from a bird’s eye view?
All proceeds from this year’s event will go the Mountaineer Food Bank. Registration is $25. The race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Race shirts will be included with the price of registration while sizes and supplies last.
As in previous years, the 5K crew will be conducting a children’s dash race, That Darn Race, after the 5k at around 10 a.m. Registration for That Darn Race will take place just before the dash. Participation is free.
Be sure to follow That Dam Race 5k on Facebook and use the hash tag #damstrong when sharing your 5k experiences on social media.
The organizers extend a special thanks to the 2016 race sponsors: Premier Bank, Go Mart, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Braxton County CVB.



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