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Shingler, Yanero crowned BCHS 2016 Homecoming King and Queen

The 2016 Braxton County High School Homecoming Court.

Highlighting last Friday’s gridiron contest between Braxton and Roane counties was the halftime crowning of the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. Senior McKenze Yanero, daughter of Thomas and Wendy Yanero of Heaters, was named Homecoming Queen. Her escort senior Seth Shingler was dubbed Homecoming King. He is the son of Andrew and Tanya Shingler of Flatwoods.
Queen McKenze is a member of the BCHS Student Council, National Honor Society and serves as vice president of the senior class. She attends Gassaway Church of Christ, participates in varsity softball and recreational ice skating. McKenze plans attend WVU to pursue a degree in nursing and ultimately become a nurse practitioner.
Seth is the parliamentarian of the Student Council and serves as head of the Blood Drive committee. He is a member of the BCHS Speech Team, the National Honor Society and an Inspired WV Leader. His future plans include attending college to major in Linguistics and minor in Spanish and French.
Senior attendants to the Homecoming Court were Logan Marie Bragg and Jessica Lynn King. Logan is daughter of Gregory and Robin Bragg of Burnsville. Her escort was Branden Poling, son of Teresa and Jay Poling of Sutton. Jessica’s escort was Colton Buckhannon, son of Kevin Buckhannon and Chris Hall of Flatwoods.
The junior attendants were Sophia Chieffo and Lauryn Jarvis. Sophia is the daughter of Charles Chieffo of Strange Creek. Her escort was Logan Rose, son of Mary Rose of Sutton. Lauryn’s escort was Thimothy Harmon son of Timothy and Lindsay Harmon of Sutton.
Elizabeth Dittman and Chloe Martin represented the sophomore class. Elizabeth is the daughter of Matthew and Melissa Dittman of Gassaway. Her escort was Gorka Saracibar. Gorka is an exchange student from Spain who currently living with the family of Crystal Spaur a BCHS counselor. Chleo is the daughter of Shannon Martin of Gassaway. Her escort was Jace Frame, son of Cristy Frame of Duck.
Representing the freshman class was Zoe Duffield and Chelsea McMillion. Zoe is the daughter of Davey and Marie Duffield of Gassaway. Her escort was Nicklaus Cicero, the son of Teresa Cicero and Rob Bowman of Servia. Chelsea is the daughter of Jeff and Samantha McMillion of Gassaway. Her escort for the evening was Jordan Williams, son Duane and Leatha Williams of Little Birch.
Serving as the 2016 flower girl was Charlotte Spaur three year old daughter of Burton and Crystal Spaur of Sutton. Three year old Ezra Minney, son of Tony and Kyre-Anna Minney of Glenville served as crown bearer.

West Virginia FILMmakers Festival
returns to Sutton

The 17th Annual West Virginia FILMmakers Festival will screen 39 films in Sutton from September 30 through October 2. Of the 39 films, 21 were created by West Virginia filmmakers.
West Virginia filmmakers new to the festival include: Rose Ann Cowger, Jessica Lynn Fox, Dia Griffiths, Calvin Grimm, Jason E. Harman, Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman, Laura Holliday, Tyler Miller, Josh McComas, Ryan McKowen, Chris Parsons, Joe Robertson, Brad Rice, Holly Siders, Jenna Skeen, Lisa Tignor, and A.J. Wendel. Returning West Virginia filmmakers include: Ben Berry, Justin Litton, Ian Nolte, Michael Rhodes, Jesse Rivard and David Smith.
The festival will begin Friday, September 30, at 7:55 p.m. at the historic Elk Theatre in Sutton. The first film to be screened will be West Virginia Standing Together – After 911, a documentary short by West Virginia filmmakers Calvin Grimm and Tyler Miller. The feature narrative, The Lockpicker, will be shown at 9:10 p.m.
Michael Gioulis, a historic preservation consultant, will conduct a Sutton Historical Walk, on Saturday, October 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. starting at the Landmark Studio for the Arts on Main Street. All filmmakers and film fans are welcome to attend.
Saturday afternoon screenings will include animation, student shorts, narrative shorts, and documentary shorts. The evening will close with the award-winning comedy The Shickles by writer/director Donna Trousdale and producer by Jesse Rivard, a West Virginia filmmaker.
Sunday, October 2, will be West Virginia Special day and feature West Virginia filmmakers all day. The day will start with West Virginia documentaries, Swiss Family Balli, directed by Brad Rice and Rose Ann Cowger, and Marking Out, directed by Michael J. Rhodes and Chris Parsons. Afternoon screenings will feature animation, a student narrative short and other narrative shorts.
The FILMmaker After Parties, sponsored by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, will take place at the Landmark Studio for the Arts immediately following the last screening group each evening. Friday’s FILMmaker After Party will feature a 90-minute Comedy Jam with West Virginia comedians Ian Nolte, Nate Cesco, Angie Davis, Cody Lambert and Courtney Holschuh. Saturday’s FILMmaker After Party will feature music by Dogs Without Horses.
The FILMmaker Festival awards, West Virginia FILMmaker awards, FILMmaker of the Year and IMPACT Award winner will be announced at the awards reception on Sunday, October 2, at the Landmark Studio for the Arts at 5:15 p.m.
ntral Regional Jail Administrator James Shaver recently announced the awarding of the facility’s prestigious Employee of the Year recognition. The 2016 honor has been presented to Clara Wymer. The employee of the year is nominated by their supervisor then selected by the vote of the CRJ staff.
Wymer currently holds the position of Correctional Councilor. However she was a Correctional Officer II during the evaluation period that resulted in the award.
“Clara is a very hard worker. She is professional; has a wonderful work ethic and is very deserving of this special recognition,” says Shaver.
When asked how she felt about receiving the award, Wymer humbly commented, “I was very honored to be nominated and totally humbled to be selected. This is just an amazing honor for me. I have truly thankful to my brothers and sisters here at the CRJ who thought enough of me to select me for this honor.”
Wyner is a 2012 graduate of Braxton County High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in phycology.
When not working at the CRJ, Wymer enjoys hunting and working out.
The Employee of the Year will be honored with a staff luncheon at the local Regional Jail. She will also receive a Director’s Accommodation Medal from Regional Jail Executive Director David Farmer in recognition of his selection as Employee of the Year.

Florida pair arrested at local hotel
on drug charges

On September 18, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.O. Hensley received a call from the manager at the Microtel in Gassa-way. The manager stated there had been several complaints of people smoking marijuana in a room. When TRP Hensley, Braxton County Sheriff’s Deputies C.E. Westfall and J.D. Jenkins arrived at the Microtel, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from an open window.
According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Westfall spoke to a male and female at the window while the other officers went to the interior door. When they opened the door to speak with the individuals, the female suspect, Angela Marie Hernandez of Port St. Lucie, FL, grabbed her purse and attempted to run to the bathroom. Deputy Jenkins was able to stop her.
The officers explained to Hernandez and the male suspect, James David Long, also of Port St. Lucie, FL, they had received complaints about the odor of marijuana. Hernandez reached into her purse and gave Deputy Jenkins a plastic bag with two more plastic bags containing marijuana.
WVSP CPL P.A. Huff arrived on scene to assist the other officers. The officers noticed in plain view, plates with white and off-white powdery substances, a file, a paper tube and a razor blade. A search of the room provided the officers with a total of nine different types of pills, totaling 204 pills, what appeared to be 25 grams of marijuana, over 5 grams of what is believed to be heroin, 23 suboxone strips and two loaded pistols.
Both suspects admitted to be drug addicts. Long has a prior felony conviction.
Hernandez and Long were placed under arrest and charged with thirteen felony counts each including possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a felony and nine counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Both individuals were arraigned in front of Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith and are currently being lodged in the Central Regional Jail, each on $100,000 cash only bonds.
the actions that highlighted last Friday’s regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission was Sheriff Eddie Williams presenting the Commission with the formal acceptance of another year’s funding for the Prevention Recourse Officer (PRO-Officer) stationed at Braxton County High School. Sheriff Williams told the Commission that it had been one of his objectives to return the PRO Officer to the school system when he was elected and he was pleased that he was able to obtain grant runs to fund the position.
Amber Lunceford a teacher at Sutton Elementary School was first to address the Commissioners once President Ron Facemire called the meeting to order. She told the Commission about her plans to promote and educational distance run she tentatively has named the Harry Potter or Hogwarts 5K. She stated that her research and planning had left her confident that the event scheduled for November 12 would attract a number of competitors locally and from surrounding states. She said all proceeds would go to the Mountaineer Food Bank. Following a brief discussion, Gary Ellyson made a motion to contribute $500 from the Hotel/Motel Tax to help sponsor the event.
Vicki Lemon with Braxton County Testing Services gave a report to the Commission. She stated that her agency had conducted 270 drug screenings during the month of August.
Sheriff Williams requested that Felisha Watson’s employment status be changed from part-time to full time. Her salary will be $21,000 per year will full county benefits. Permission was grant on a motion George Skidmore.
The Sheriff also told the Commission that the bullet proof vests worn by the law enforcement deputies was approaching the end of its usable life and he and Commission needed to look for funding to replace them. Sheriff Williams also told the Commission that Law Enforcement Secretary Linda James would be retiring after 31 years with the department in October. He requested permission to advertise for a part-time replacement which was granted.
Mike Baker, OES/9-1-1 Director requested permission to change the status of Fay Parson who retired last week from full-time to part-time. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to hire Brent Allen Moore and Kenneth Allen Zirkle as part-time dispatchers at the 9-1-1 Center.
Baker also requested permission to transfer Jack Jenkins from a part-time position as grounds keeper at Holly Gray Park to the 9-1-1 complex. That request was also granted.
Baker also stated that the Braxton County Fire Fighters Association had recommend Trever Harper to be added to the 9-1-1 Advisory Board. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Scott Curry of A&S Recovery was on hand to question the Commission about his application to be placed on the county’s wrecker rotation system. Mike Baker told the Commissioners that the application was not complete and that he had not visited the impoundment site. Gary Ellyson made a motion to table action on the request pending the additional information.
The short form settlements submitted for the following by the Fiduciary Supervisor were approved: Larry J. Allen, Lester Bishop, Virginia Lee Carr, Timothy Wayne Clifton, Roy E. Cogar, John Robert Cox, Linda L. Cox, Patricia Alice Green, Richard H. Perkins, Ray Robison, Mary Lou Smith, Retta F. Taylor and Okey Ernest Truman.
An application for correction of an erroneous assessment for Guy and Wilma Smith was approved on a motion by George Skidmore.
A single purchase order was approved. The Sheriff was authorized to purchase a computer workstation form Teletech Voice/Data System in the amount of $809.00.
General budget revisions were approved on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
It was also Ellyson who introduced action to hold a work session on September 27 & 28 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The County Clerk submitted a list of Poll Workers for the November General Election which were approved as presented.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to reappoint Keith Dancy and Ed Given to the Braxton County Development Authority. It was also Ellyson who made a motion to release $3,000 from Fund 39 to BCDA.
Following a review, the county’s invoices P-card vouchers and EMS bills were approved for payment.
The final order of business was the minutes of the previous Commission meeting which were approved as presented. The meeting adjourned at 10:03 AM on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on October 7 beginning at 9:00 AM.

BCHS Speech team prepares for first competition

(Front row left to right): Ruby Kniceley, Sam Minney, Sydney Ransbottom, (Middle Row left to right): Karlena Boyce, Siarah Conrad, Shay-lynn Brown, Taylor Conrad, Logan Wilson, (Back row left to right): Nathan Coleman, Jack Boyce, Seth Shingler, Connor Capron, Logan Rose, and Robert Boyce.

By Shirley Shuman

They don’t run six or eight miles day, and they don’t pass, kick, carry, or hit a ball. They probably don’t even perspire while practicing. However, Braxton County High has a team of 14 students who spend three or four afternoons after school each week preparing for competition. This is the speech team, and its members are as dedicated as those of any other team.
These individuals compete in different speaking events ranging from interpreting prose and poetry to sales speaking to the more serious extemporaneous speaking dealing with current events. All are challenging.
Braxton senior Logan Wilson, one of five seniors on the team, will compete in Prose Interpretation in the first tournament. Wilson, in his third year of being what is jokingly referred to as a “speechie,” also enjoys Poetry Interpretation, an event in which he placed second at last year’s Marshall tournament. He has also competed in Broadcasting.
A serious competitor, Wilson chose a challenging piece titled “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien. Asked about any problems he’s having preparing for the upcoming competition, Wilson responded, “I’m very particular about what I perform. I like to be passionate about my material, and I took a long time finding something.”
Robert Boyce, another senior, also enjoys competition. He placed sixth in Prose Interp and sixth in Storytelling at last year’s Marshall tournament. Boyce is currently preparing a poetry selection with an anti-war theme. His most difficult problem right now, he says, is “cutting [his] poetry.” All interpretation events must meet a 10-minute maximum time limit.
Always looking for additional competition, Boyce has done Improvisational Duo and Humorous Interpretation. He’s also interested in competing in Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Duo later this season.
Sydney Ransbottom, in her second year of competition, finds “time management” her biggest problem. “Juggling work, school, and my extra curriculars is very hard,” she explained. Nonetheless, the enthusiastic young woman is currently working on two events—Broadcasting and Poetry Interpretation. She told why she chose Poetry Interpretation. “I found a piece that I fell in love with and felt I had to do it,” she said. Ransbottom chose Broadcasting because she “felt that by doing broadcast [she] could have a very successful senior year.”
Switching from Impromptu Speaking and Improvisational Duo, her events last year, Samantha Minney plans to compete in Sales Speaking in the upcoming tournament. A two-year member of the team, Minney explained she chose Sales “because it seemed like a fun interactive event” and, she added, because she “needed to improve [her] speech writing ability.” Definitely happy with the speech team, the senior said, “I like it because it has opened so many great opportunities for me. It’s allowed me to make friends, get out of my comfort zone, and become part of something truly special.
Seth Shingler, in his second year of competition,” echoed Minney’s satisfaction with being a member of the group. “I love the fact that even though I haven’t been on the team very long, I was embraced with open arms by everyone on the team,” he said. “Within the first week, I was treated as if I had been around for years,” he added.
Shingler, who did Impromptu Speaking last year, has added Sales Speaking. Although he enjoys Impromptu because he is forced to think quickly on his feet, he explained he added Sales because he “really wanted to try an event that was more structured.”
As with some of the others, Shingler finds that his biggest problem is time management. “I’m finding it difficult to work on my events,” he noted, because of “school and various other extracurricular events.
Also experienced in competition are Logan Rose and Jack Boyce. Rose, a junior, said that he joined the team as a freshman “to become a better speaker.” Last year he competed in Prose, Impromptu, and Declamation. This year, Rose has chosen Extemporaneous Speaking, a difficult event, because, he noted, “I get to write my own speeches about current topics.” What he didn’t explain is that, after drawing a topic, he has only 30 minutes to prepare a speech on that topic. He also can have only 50 words of notes during the actual speech.
Jack Boyce, a sophomore in his second year of forensics, joined the team because his brother is a member. However, he noted that the most satisfactory aspect of being on the team is “enjoyment.”
Last year, he competed in Humorous Interpretation and Prose. This season he plans to do Dramatic Duo in the first tournament. The biggest problem he has encountered with the preparation is planning the movements for the duo.
Jack’s duo partner is Nathan Coleman, another sophomore. Coleman, in his first year of competition, explained why he decided to give speech a try. “My friend Jack and my sister Shellie both said I’d enjoy speech,” he noted. He agreed to work with Jack Boyce in Dramatic Duo. “I like acting, and I get to work with an experienced member of the team,” he commented Although he has “enjoyed learning about speech so far,” Coleman finds it “kind of intimidating because speech is different than any team [he has] been on.”
Sisters Siarah and Taylor Armstrong are also new to the team. Siarah, who said, “I really like speech and making new friends,” has chosen to compete in Prose. She commented, “I like to act, and I think it’s fun.” Her most difficult task so far has been “finding the right prose piece.”
Taylor chose to join the speech team because, she is in theater “and they kind of mesh together. They will help each other.” She, too, plans to compete in Prose “because it’s a good starter and there are a lot of good prose pieces.” Her biggest problem preparing for the event is “portraying many characters.” This young woman maintains she enjoys speech because of “getting to be around many talented people and learning from them.”
Ruby Kniceley, Karlena Boyce, Shay-lynn Brown and Cassie Burgess are also newcomers to the team. Kniceley, a senior, decided to join the team “to have fun and meet new people and make friends.” Boyce joined for an entirely different reason. “My mother forced me to so I can broaden my horizons and learn how to present and speak well,” she said. Brown, on the other hand, “thought it would be fun and decided to join.” Burgess’ reasons parallel Boyce’s in that she hopes to speak more effectively.
Kniceley is preparing a poetry selection for the October tournament. Her problem, she noted, is “speaking with emotion and working on transitions.” Boyce chose a prose piece because she “really wanted to do the ‘Hunger Games.’” She finds getting rid of her fear of speaking in front of others the most satisfactory aspect of being a member of the team. Her biggest problem, she explained, is that she doesn’t have enough emotion in her presentation.
Brown said she is doing both Prose and Poetry Interpretation. “I chose poetry because I enjoy it and prose because they [coaches] said so,” she noted. The problems she mentioned are working on pace, tone, and enunciation.
Guiding and instructing these young men and women, Coach Sharon Desper, loves her job. “Forensics is a life-changing pursuit,” Desper commented. “Not only do students face their fear of speaking in public, but they develop a sense of how to read and interpret all of the subtle components that go into their and other people’s communication. Learning how to truly speak is a skill that lasts a lifetime,” she added.
Speaking of this year’s group, the coach said, “The team this year is all over the map as far as forensics experience goes, but the one thing they all have in common is an appreciation and desire for this powerful skill.”
Braxton County High School has had a speech team for more than 25 years, and in that time many of its members have seen success through placing in tournaments, including the state tournament. It is safe to say, however, that all have seen success in that each and every one of them has improved his or her speaking skills. Trophies sometimes lose their value; the ability to communicate never does.

CN to host Scary Story contest

Once again for the Halloween season the Citizens’ News is hosting a contest open to all children ages 5-18. To enter all that is required is for applicants to submit a scary story, such as a tale about a ghost, undead creature, or ghoul, of no more than 1500 words to the newspaper office. This year the contest will be spilt in to two categories, Ages 5-11 and ages 12-18. The first 50 entries will receive a free 12 month in-county subscription to the Citizens’ News.
All stories will be read by a panel of judges and winners selected prior to the Halloween issue. The top three winners will be published in our November 1 edition, along with a photo of the author.
The top place winners in each category will receive gift cards to a local business.
The stories must represent a substantial effort to create a tale or describe a family or community legend. Extra consideration will be given to tales that incorporate Braxton County into the theme. Only original work will be accepted. To submit a tale of terror please mail all stories to Post Office Box 516. Sutton, WV 26601. Submissions can also be sent electronically via email to: editor@bcnnews.com. Please put “Spooky Story Contest” in the subject line of e-mail submissions.
The deadline is October 20, any submissions received after that date will be disqualified from the contest. Please include contact information including mailing address of the author as well as a valid phone number so winners can be reached for photo purposes. “Good luck and may the fear be with you!”

Motorcycle chase ends in arrest of Wilsie man

On September 24, WV State Trooper CPL P.A. Huff observed Gregory E. Stewart of Wilsie, pull onto Main Street in Gassaway riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
According to the criminal complaint, CPL Huff tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect did not stop. Stewart drove the motorcycle at a very high rate of speed on River Street. The chase continued onto Chapel Road and Little Otter Road for approximately a mile.
CPL Huff arrested Stewart and found a bag containing seven smaller bags of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in the suspect’s pocket. Other items commonly used with contraband were found in a black metal container on the motorcycle.
Stewart was charged with possession with intent to deliver-methamphetamine, felony fleeing from officer-reckless indifference, driving suspended-3rd offense, no helmet, no motorcycle endorsement, no proof of insurance, no proof of registration, reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
He is currently being lodged in the Central Regional Jail awaiting fruther court proceedings. A $22,000 cash or surety bond was set by Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith.

Sutton Fall Festival set for this weekend

On Friday September 30 and October 1, 2016 the Town of Sutton will mark the 100th anniversary of the first fair in the county with the Sutton Fall Festival. That inaugural event was held in Sutton, a stone throw away from where the very first fair (known as the agricultural fair) was held in October of 1916 with
This year’s Sutton Fall Festival is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy! From Musical Entertainment , a magic show, mechanical bulls to yummy carnival food, this event will be something for everyone.
“Have the prettiest baby in the county? Why, we are sure you do, and we want you to show that adorable baby off in our pretty baby contest! How about the most pampered pooch in town, or the best dressed pup around, come on out and win your right to brag by entering our Howling Hottie Puppy Pageant (not just puppies….young and old alike we want to see ‘em all)”
Take your chances at winning $200 by adopting a $5 duck to be entered into the Rubber Ducky Regatta. Come out and celebrate the memory of a loved one during our “Light Suttons Sky” Memorial Lantern Ceremony.
Do you have a classy vehicle you like to show off? Bring it down for the “Show and Shine”; cars, trucks, motorbikes, ATV’s (whatever you got). Drive it on down and put it on display from 12-5 on Saturday October 1. It is free to enter and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.
There will be vendors galore, (food, arts, craft, novelty, ect.), carnival games with prizes hosted by CCUM AMPED as well as other games, like the penny toss. 50/50 raffles. Free bouncy houses, slides and mechanical bull rides will also be featured.
“Check out our schedule below and make it a family fun weekend right here at home….in downtown Sutton,” says an organizational spokesperson.
The Sutton Fall Festival Committee would like to thank the event sponsors for their generosity, that allows them to give the community a wonderful, free festival: Braxton County CVB, Sutton Lake Marina, Sutton Moose Lodge, Town of Sutton, Sutton Community Development Corp, Central West Virginia Aging, City National Bank, JAWS BBQ, Bernie Mauser, and the countless individuals and businesses that have helped along the way!



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