Have your ad seen by over
6,500 households locally and countless others, by advertising
over the Internet!
Our website receives
over 60,000 hits per month !!
Place Your Commercial Ad
** Call For Details **
Braxton baseball player signs with Davis & Elkins
By Shirley Shuman
Brent McMillion, the Braxton Eagles’ starting shortstop and veteran pitcher, recently signed to play baseball at Davis and Elkins College. The Braxton senior, son of Travis and Bev McMillion, will receive a partial scholarship from the college, where he plans to study business management and marketing.
Starting the sport when he was four, he has enjoyed the coaching of his father, who also played college baseball. Of his son’s signing, Travis McMillion said, “The decision to sign this early was hard. We weren’t actually looking at Davis and Elkins. However, the coach (Charlie Goens) was really interested after Brent went to his camp. He called Brent and asked him to sign.”
His mother said she is “excited for him.” She added, “He gets to extend his baseball career plus get an education.” Bev McMillion also feels certain that playing a spot “will help him to stay focused and give him something to work for.”
High school athletic director Keith Greene said he thinks “it’s wonderful when any kid from our school can go on and play on the next level.” Continuing, Greene said, “It shows ability and work ethic.”
McMillion’s work ethic becomes apparent with his response to a question about his training. “During the off season, I’m in the weight room, and I long toss three days a week,” he explained. Running is also a part of his training regime, which will continue during basketball season. “I go to the weight room for an hour after basketball practice,” he said.
The Eagles’ baseball coach, Jacob Wolfe, also referred to McMillion’s work ethic.
“He has a great deal of potential,” Coach Wolfe said. “The best thing about him is how hard he’s working now that he has realized his potential in the last year. It’s kind of like seeing your little brother grow up and become an adult,” he added. The coach concluded with “As long as Brent continues his work ethic, he’ll be successful there (Davis and Elkins) and later on in life.”
Several receive prison terms following Circuit Court appearance
On October 27, Ordie Rose appeared before Judge Richard A. Facemire in Braxton County Circuit Court for sentencing in regards to his guilty plea to the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana. The defendant was represented by his attorney, Jonathan Fittro, and Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state.
Rose had admitted to a probation violation in another matter and was sentenced with regard to that matter on September 3, 2015. Attorney Fittro moved to permit his client’s sentence to run concurrent to the sentence he is currently serving with the state agreeing as per plea agreement.
Judge Facemire noted that defendant had shown no remorse for his actions, continued to violate the law, and had tested positive for methamphetamine on several occasions while on probation. The court believes Rose has a serious substance abuse problem and is in need of correctional treatment in a correctional setting, and therefore, denied the motion for alternative sentencing. The court ordered the defendant be sentenced to not less than one year but no more than five years in the state penitentiary and under its discretion doubled the sentence to not less than two years but no more than ten years. The defendant would be given credit for timed served of 119 days. The court furthered ordered the sentence to run consecutively to his current sentence for a total of not less than three years but not more than fifteen years. Rose was also ordered to pay court costs and fined $15,000.
While under the Division of Corrections, Rose is to receive drug treatment and rehabilitation. The defendant was remitted to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
Attorney Clinton Bischoff along with his client, Nedra Nash Anderson, and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin appeared before the court for a sentencing hearing on October 27. Attorney Bischoff moved to permit his client some type of alternative sentencing with the state recommending probation and restitution in the amount of $6,000 per a plea agreement.
Judge Facemire noted that Anderson was more of a follower than an actual participant, but she had shown no remorse for her actions and blamed the victim in the matter. Based on these issues and her lack of stable work and housing, the court finds Anderson in need of correctional treatment in a correctional setting, therefore denying the motion for alternative sentencing. The court then ordered Anderson to the state penitentiary for not less than one year but no more than five years for the felony offense of conspiracy. Anderson will also be responsible for her half of the restitution, in the amount of $3000, to the victim. She will not be released from parole until restitution is paid in full.
Judge Facemire also ordered the defendant be given credit for time served in the amount of 205 days against the maximum term of her sentence. The defendant was committed to custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
Also on October 27, Scott Hutchinson with his attorney, Eric Wildman, and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin came before Judge Facemire for sentencing in the matter of the felony offense of obtaining money, property and/or services under false pretenses. Attorney Wildman requested his client be placed on some type of alternative sentencing and the state recommended probation and restitution in the amount of $6,000 per a plea agreement. Judge Facemire noted that Hutchinson had shown no remorse for his actions and blamed the victim in the matter. Also the defendant has a history of committing similar crimes. Based on this and his lack of stable work and housing, the court finds Hutchinson in need of correctional treatment in a correctional setting, therefore denying the motion for alternative sentencing. The court then ordered the defendant to the state penitentiary for not less than one year but no more than ten years. Hutchinson will also be responsible for his half of the restitution, in the amount of $3000, to the victim. He will not be released from parole until restitution is paid in full. The court furthered ordered a fine of $2,500.
The defendant was given credit for time served in the amount of 205 days against the maximum term of his sentence. The defendant was committed to custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
On November 9, 2015, Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin and the defendant, Rebecca Carr along with her attorney, David Karickoff, appeared before the court for the purpose of a sentencing. A request for alternative sentencing was addressed by Karickoff with the state remaining silent per plea agreement. Judge Facemire denied the request stating Carr had tested positive for marijuana and seems to have a substance abuse problem. The court ordered the defendant be sentenced to the state penitentiary for not less than one year but no more than three years for the felony offense of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. She would be given credit for time served of two days. Judge Facemire furthered ordered the defendant to pay court costs. Carr was committed to custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
Jason Ellison with his attorney, Eric Wildman, and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin came before Judge Facemire on November 12, 2015 for a sentencing hearing in the matter of child neglect creating bodily injury and for a commitment order. With the state remaining silent per plea agreement, the defense moved for some type of alternative sentencing. Judge Facemire noted that Ellison had committed acts which placed the children in very dangerous and harmful situations and caused these children emotional scarring that may never heal. Judge Facemire also stated that the defendant had attempted to harm himself on at least five occasions since March, 2015. The court believes he is a danger to himself and to others. Based on the serious of the offense and Ellison’s issues with controlled substances, Judge Facemire feels he is in need of correctional treatment, therefore, denying the motion for alternative sentencing. Ellison was sentenced to the state penitentiary for not less than one year but no more than three years and was given credit of for time served of 254 days. He was also ordered to pay court costs. The defendant was committed to custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
On November 12, Kevin Hughart, with his client, Danny Smallwood, and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin appeared before the court for a sentencing hearing in the matter of two counts sexual assault in the third degree. Jacob Foster representing the Braxton County Probation Office was also present for the hearing. The parents of the victim in the case and the defendant’s mother addressed the court before sentencing. Attorney Hughart moved for alternative sentencing for his client. Judge Facemire stated that based on the psychological reports, Smallwood, had not accepted responsibility for his actions and instead blamed the victim. The defendant had used extremely poor judgment, had taken advantage of a child and had a propensity to associate with underage females. Judge Facemire denied the motion for alternative sentencing and found the defendant in need of correctional treatment. The court ordered Smallwood to be sentenced to the state penitentiary for not less than one year, but no more than five years on each count to run concurrently, for a total incarceration period of not less than two but no more than ten years. Smallwood is required to register as a sexual offender for life. The defendant was also ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim or her family. He was also ordered to pay court costs and was given credit for time served of eleven days. The defendant was committed to custody of the Commissioner of Corrections, to be placed at the Central Regional Jail pending transfer to the state penitentiary.
Betty Katherine Hays and her attorney filed a motion for reconsideration of sentence on her conviction for fraudulent schemes before Judge Facemire on October 27, 2015. The court denied the motion stating the defendant had a prior felony conviction for a similar offense and did not want to diminish the serious nature of the crime and finds the sentence to be appropriate.
On October 26, 2015, Lisa Sutphin along with her attorney, Kevin Hughart, appeared before the Braxton County Circuit Court for an arraignment hearing. The state of West Virginia was being represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney, Kelly Hamon McLaughlin. Sutphin entered a “not guilty” plea to the one count of aiding escape and other offenses relating to adults in custody or confinement. Judge Richard A. Facemire ordered the trial to be set on December 15, beginning at 9:00 a.m. as both parties were ready for trial. The court further ordered the pre-trial hearing to be on December 14, beginning at 9:00 am. Judge Facemire ordered the defendant to remain in the custody of the Division of Corrections at the Lakin Correctional Facility pending trial.
Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin and attorney Bernard Mauser, representing Rylan Johnson, appeared before the court for a probation revocation order on October 26. The defendant, Rylan Johnson was not present for the hearing. Judge Facemire ordered for a bench warrant to be issued for the arrest of Johnson. Judge Facemire would allow Mauser the opportunity to contact his client and have him appear before the court. The bench warrant would be issued on Wednesday, October 28.
Also, on October 26, James D. Criner, his attorney, Eric Wildman, and Prosecuting Attorney McLaughlin came before Judge Facemire for an arraignment hearing. Criner entered a plea of “not guilty” to the eight counts contained in the indictment, including four counts of forgery and four counts of uttering. As both defendant and the state were ready for trial, Judge Facemire ordered the trial set for December 15, 2015, beginning at 9:00 am. Judge Facemire furthered ordered a pre-trial hearing to be set on December 8, 2015, beginning at 10:30 am. Criner would remain on home confinement and follow terms set before pending trial.
Commission approves EMS hiring, hears requests
When the Braxton County Commission met in regular session, last Friday November 20, Emergency Ambulance Service Director Sam Mace was the first to address the body. Mace requested permission to hire Wilma Lea Davila as a part-time paramedic at a rate of pay of $13.50 per hour. He asked to employee Joshua Allen Cogar as a part-time EMT at $10.50 per hour and CPR/Drivers Jerod Ryan Gerwig and Danny E. Stump at $9.00 per hour. None of the new hires will receive county benefits and all will serve a 90 day probationary period. All four were approved on separate motions.
Students donate stuffed animals to law enforcement
Mace also reviewed three bids he had received for a new ambulance on a lease purchase system. Mace recommended that the Commission accept the low bid by Penn Care an Ohio firm in the amount of $134,000. Mace also proposed that the vehicle be a lease purchase through Republic First National. The interest rate for five years will be 3.59% with a monthly payment cost of $2,260.84. That acquisition was approved on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
Wilda Skdmore approached the Commission requesting permission for the Town of Sutton to use electricity and erect a Christmas Tree on the Courthouse Square. Gary Ellyson made a motion to approve the request.
Amber Humphreys, Director of the Braxton County Day Report Center presented the Commission with a monthly activity report. She stated that her agency had conducted 200 drug screening in the month of October. She added that fifteen clients were being monitored on home confinement and 19 others were reporting to the Day Report Center.
Scott Witman represented a group of citizens wanting city water extended into the Kenner’s Ridge area. He requested a status report on progress made on his group’s prior request. Commission Administrative Assistant Edie Tinchner stated that she had been notified that the Commission was requested to attend a meeting on December 4 with representatives of Sugar Creek PSD, engineers and Region VII Planning and Development Council.
In other actions, a motion by George Skidmore approved the short form settlements submitted by the Fiduciary Supervisor for the following: William L. Alderman, Phillip E. Bleigh, Melinda K. Coombs, Glenna Marie Luzader, Liza Mae Talbert and Betty L. Thomas.
The Commission also reviewed an informational letter from Fiduciary Supervisor Tamera Facemire concerning three estates. She recommended approval of the request from Kathy Cutlip to have Barbara Jackson removed as administratrix of the estate of James Empoules and appoint Sheriff Eddie Williams to oversee the estate.
Facemire also recommended that Steve Jeffers requests to have the Sheriff replace Freda Jett as administratrix for the estate of Kiyoko E. Bender be approved. But requested the Commission hold off on a similar request by Jeffers to removed Robin Gill as administratrix for the estate of Steven French pending a meeting between Facemire and Gill. A motion by Gary Ellyson approved the recommendations of the Fiduciary Supervisor.
Following a brief discussion concerning the first Commission meeting of 2016 falling on a holiday, the Commission changed that meeting date to January 6 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to get quotes for health insurance from Shenandoah Valley Group to compare to PEIA.
The Commission reviewed letters from the Braxton County Development Authority and Flatwoods Canoe Run PSD to appoint Ben Vincent and Keith Dancy to vacancies on their respective boards. Gary Ellyson made a motion table action on the requests pending advertising for letters of interest.
On a motion by Gary Ellyson, the Commission went into executive session to consider a request from an EMS employee to utilize the personnel sick leave bank. When the Commission returned to regular session, approximately eight minutes later, Gary Ellyson made a motion to contact an attorney to make sure the county was in compliance in all state and federal laws.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to upgrade the county’s AS/400 system which was outdated.
George Skidmore made a motion to advertise the position of Deputy OES/911 Director.
Following reviews, the county, P-card and EMS invoices were approved for payment. A separate motion approved the minutes of the Commission’s most recent regular meeting and an Emergency meeting held on Friday, November 13.
Being not further business the meeting adjourned at 9:59 a.m. on a motion by George Skidmore. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be on December 4 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Mrs. Rader and Mrs. Moore’s Kindergarten class at Flatwoods Elementary hosted a very special luncheon recently. Their students collected and donated several stuffed animals for children, who due to circumstances, come in contact with law enforcement. These stuffed animals can be a great comfort to a child when they need it most.
Pictured along with the class are: Deputy C. E. Westfall of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper. E.D. Schoolcraft, Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Sgt. A.J. Shingler of the WVSP Crimes Against Children Unit, Cpl. P.A. Huff, Cpl. J.D. Jordan, both of the Sutton Detachment of the WVSP and Deputy B. A. Scarbro Braxton County Deputy Sheriff.
Local Tommy Hilfiger donates to animal shelter
As part of their corporate wide TH Day of Giving, the local Tommy Hilfiger outlet chose the Braxton County Animal Shelter as their beneficiary of the TH Day of Giving. Kim Blake, manager (left) and Megan Bush (right) sales associate, recently delivered the charitable donations to the local facility. Shelter staff thanked the members of the Tommy Hilfiger team for helping care for the county’s unwanted animal population.