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Braxton County: Frametown Fire Claims Life

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Another Fire in Braxton County has claimed one life.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office says it appears an electrical problem started a deadly fire in Braxton County.

The fire happened about 10:00 PM Thursday at a trailer about a mile off the Frametown exit.

The victim, a 74-year-old man, was trapped inside the residence in Frametown, WV.

The home was near Granny’s Kitchen, a 911 dispatcher said.

The man’s body was found in the the living room.

Investigators on the scene said there were no smoke detectors in the home.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Frametown Volunteer Firefighters responded to the fire.

Sadie Nicole Balcourt

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Sadie Nicole Balcourt, 6 pounds, 9 ounces, was born Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon, to Jessica Jade Balcourt and Joshua Balcourt of Burnsville, WV.

Mother’s maiden name is Jessica Mace.

Maternal grandparents are David and Mary Mace, Burnsville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Steve and Gail Balcourt, Exchange, WV.

James Fredrick Barnette

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James Fredrick Barnette

Age 70, of Herold Road, Sutton, WV went home to be with Jesus.

He was born on October 12, 1942 in Sutton, WV, to the late Delbert Walsh Barnette and Lena Myrtle Davis Barnette.

Fred retired from Costal Lumber Company with 40 years of service and served his country in the National Guard.

He was a member and a Trustee at Long Run Baptist Church, Canfield.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife Shirley Lough Barnette.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James F. Barnette, II and Elizabeth; daughters, Margaret Ann Barnette of Mt. Nebo, Barbara Lynn Barnette of Exchange, and Amy Sue Nicholson and husband Danny of Gassaway; also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Fred has requested a graveside service that was held at Middle Run Cemetery, Frametown on Monday, June 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

There was no visitation.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Barnette family.

Lena K. Barton

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Lena K. Barton

Age 105, formerly of Rosedale, WV and Gassaway, WV, passed away June 01, 2013 at Genesis Health Care Center in Glenville WV.

She was born at Davis Creek, Kanawha County, a daughter of the late Peter and Martha Toten Mooney.

Lena started working for the WV Committee on Aging and worked for 20 years for the Senior Companion Program. She drove her own car until she was 92 years of age when her eyesight caused her to quit.

She was one of 10 children and is survived by one brother, Carl Mooney of Chesapeake, WV; one grandson, Robert Barton of Titusville, Florida as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard P. Barton whom she married on May 07, 1924; and one son, Ray Barton.

Lena was an active member of the Braxton Senior Citizens and was a member of the Silver Haired Legislature, the Red Hats and the Order of the Eastern Star, Gassaway Chapter. She was a charter member of the Braxton Memorial Hospital Axillary.

Funeral services were held at the Rosedale United Methodist Church with Elder George Rose officiating.

Interment was in the Rosedale Cemetery.

Robert Lee Daugherty Sr.

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Robert Lee Daugherty Sr.

Age 72, of 193 Summit Street, Weston, WV, passed away at 1:00 PM, on Sunday, June 02, 2013 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born March 03, 1941 in Braxton County, WV: a son of the late Okey Raymond and Mary Vankirk Daugherty.

On May 28, 1965, he married the former Beverly June Harr, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert L. Daugherty Jr., and wife, Deborah, of Reidsville, NC, and Okey W. Daugherty and wife, Michelle, of Lexington, SC; two brothers, Charles Daugherty and wife, Arlene, of Hampstead, MD, and Donald Daugherty and wife, Marge, of Boca Raton, FL; one sister, Betty Barrett of Hanover, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army, completing his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., then was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for three-years. Shortly after leaving the military, he joined the Baltimore City Police force in Baltimore, Md., serving 12-years as a patrolman and a detective. In 1976, Robert and his family left Baltimore and moved to Jane Lew where he began working for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Clarksburg. In 1989, they moved to High Point, N.C., where they stayed until 2006, when Robert and his wife decided to come back to beautiful West Virginia.

Robert was an avid fisherman, enjoying nothing more than a day of fishing on the lake with his friends and family. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden every spring. He loved bluegrass music and listening to his favorite country music stars, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. He was a sports enthusiast, who always cheered for the Baltimore Colts/Ravens and Orioles, and he never missed a televised game.

Robert’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private family service at a later date.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, is honored and privileged to serve the Daugherty family.

WV Day Festival - June 15, 2013

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Rose L. Cutlip Hoard

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Rose L. Cutlip Hoard

A memorial service will be held June 08, 2013 for Rose L. Cutlip Hoard at the home of her sister Ethel and Jake Loyd with services beginning at 11 AM and burial to follow in the Cutlip Family Cemetery located on the Exchange Road, Sutton.

Rose was born on March 05, 1939, a daughter of the late Bruce and Cora I. Scott Cutlip and died December 06, 2012.

She married H. Dale Hoard in June 1966.

To this union was born a son Franklin (Diane) and a daughter Tina (Dwayne) Cunningham and granddaughter Brianna Cunningham who survive.

Rose was a 1957 graduate of Gassaway High School and a graduate of WV Business College. She retired from Hiriam College in Hiriam, OH.

She was a past member of the Lloydsville Untied Methodist Church and a 30+ year member of Nelson Untied Methodist in Garrettsville, OH.

Following the service and burial, family and friends will continue the celebration of Rose’s life at the home of her sister Ethel Loyd. A meal will be provided.

Cija Renee Murphy

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Cija Renee Murphy

Age 20, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 01, 2013 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV.

She was born August 28, 1992 in Charleston, WV to Stanley Rutherford and the late Heather Murphy Rutherford.

Cija was a 2013 graduate of Braxton County High School.

She is preceded in death by her mother Heather Murphy Rutherford and paternal grandfather Bob Rutherford.

Cija is survived by her father; Stanley Rutherford of Sutton, brother; Stanley Emory Jackson Rutherford of Sutton, maternal grandparents; Loah and Inez Boggs of Sutton, paternal grandmother; Elonora Rutherford of Sutton, aunts and caregivers; Stacy Lawson and Lori Nash both of Sutton, caregiver; Melissa Sartin of Sutton.

Funeral services was held 1:00 PM Tuesday June 04, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Burial followed in Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV.

Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbling serving the Murphy family.

Margil (Jarvis) Sharpes

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Margil (Jarvis) Sharpes

Age 78 of Copley, WV passed away March 14, 2013.

Born in Mavis, WV to Earl and Carolina Jarvis, both deceased.

She worked at Hydroponic Chem. and Ridgewood Place, Copley.

She was a member of the former Lord’s House of Prayer and attended Celebration Church of Akron.

She loved working outside in her beautiful flower beds.

Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ordie, sisters, Anna Stump (Akron), Jessie Bishop (Summersville, WV) and Merle Fox (Parkersburg, WV). Surviving are sisters, Inez Frame (Wallace, WV), Ellen Jenkins (Belfont, WV), brothers, Ordie Jarvis (Barberton), Earl Jr. (Normantown, WV), Lester (Frametown, WV) and Stevie (Belfont, WV). She is survived by children, Bill Sharpes Sr. (Copley), Sharon (Tom) Peeples (FL), Wesley (Kelly) Sharpes (Ravenna) and Leonard (Jan) Sharpes (Copley). She is survived by grandchildren Bill (Joyce) Sharpes Jr. (Akron), Brian Peeples (FL), Christy (Heath) Peeples-Noss (FL), Angie Sharpes (Copley) and Travis Sharpes (Copley).

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5 – 8 PM at the Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley.

Funeral services took place on Wednesday, March 20th, 2 PM at Hummel Funeral Home, with Pastor Harvey Greathouse officiating.

Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park followed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross or your favorite charity.

Braxton County Connections Summer Program: Couch to 5K - June 10, 2013

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The Braxton County Connections program and RESA 4 are sponsoring a Couch to 5K-fitness program this summer.

The program will begin on June 10, 2012 and run through July 20, 2013, where participants will have the opportunity to compete in the 5th Annual That Dam Race 5K Run/Walk.

The race is held at Sutton Dam on Saturday, July 20, 2013 as part of the Mountain Lakes Festival.

Registration for the Couch to 5k program will take place at Braxton County High School from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, June 10, 2013 and the program will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM following registration.

The program is free and open to all middle school and high school students, as well as community members.

The program will be organized and run by BCHS Cross Country and Track Coach Justin Whitford.

It will focus on training and good nutrition to help people go from the couch to running a 5K in just six weeks.

Athletes and other individuals looking to improve their fitness and overall well-being are encouraged to participate.

Should you have any questions, please contact BCHS at 304.765.7331 or email .

For more information about That Dam Race 5k, visit their website

Braxton County: Deadly House Fire

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A 42-year-old man was killed in a fire in Braxton County, WV that destroyed a house, a mobile home and damaged an outbuilding.

The blaze occurred between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM on Runnion Ridge Road in the Strange Creek area.

The fire apparently started in the man’s home, and his father and nephew were able to get out of the residence.

The fire apparently spread to a mobile home where four people lived and also damaged an outbuilding.


The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a deadly fire in Braxton County.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on Runyan Ridge Road Tuesday morning, June 04, 2013 near the Braxton-Clay county line close to the community of Duck.

There were two residences and an outbuilding damaged in the fire.

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Relaxing in Sutton Lake’s Houseboat Community

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Dave Shaffer pulled a bottle of sparkling water out of the refrigerator, twisted the top off and leaned against the wall as he raised it to his mouth.

“It’s just like home,“ he said.

Tacked to that fridge were newspaper clippings and family snapshots. There were dishes in the sink, a sleepy hound dog on the floor — all the things one expects to see in a lived-in family home.

But when Shaffer looked out the window, there was no lawn or street. All he saw was water.

Dave, his wife Linda and their dog Maddie, were in their houseboat on Sutton Lake for Memorial Day weekend.

That boat has all the amenities of house on water: a full refrigerator and stove, three beds and a bathroom. The Shaffers spend practically every weekend between April and September on this boat. When they were younger, their three sons did, too; the entire family can sleep comfortably on the 43-foot-long boat.

“I don’t know how many hundreds of people are here but those people are like our neighbors,“ Shaffer said, gesturing out the boat’s windows on either side. “It really ends up being a community.“

Indeed, other families who also spend most of their weekends at the lake were in the houseboats docked on either side of the Shaffers.

There’s Steve and Gina Silbough, of Hurricane, in their boat, the Black Pearl. And Delbert and Zerelda Blosser, of Spencer, in Summer’s Promise. (They worked all winter to restore the boat, looking forward to having it finished by summer, so the name seemed appropriate.)

Many of the people on the dock on a recent weekend have been coming to the lake for decades.

Dave Shaffer has been coming to Sutton Lake for more than 20 years: he can remember when the dock at the Sutton Lake Marina only extended as far as his own boat — now it’s been extended hundreds of feet. There are dozens more boats docked there these days.

“They kept adding and adding,“ he said.

Sutton Lake, in Braxton County, has a thriving community of houseboats — dozens of people pay to keep their boats docked there each summer, and the three that are available for rentals are regularly booked. It’s large enough to allow for large boats, unlike some of the other lakes in the state that won’t allow boats longer than 35 or 45 feet.

It also does a swift business with other types of boats: you can rent a pontoon boat or a day boat, kayaks and paddle boats. But it’s the houseboats that foster the long-abiding sense of community that it’s known for.

Every weekend, the same boat owners drive to the lake from the houses they have on dry land and take a small, weekend-long vacation on the lake. Inevitably, even though they spend much of the time out on the lake, part of the weekend is spent at the dock, where everyone gets to know everyone else.

Sometimes they come together for a family-style dinner on the dock.

They call themselves the “Redneck Yacht Club.“

“We love the people here. It’s like family,“ said Carolyn Arbogast. “It’s all the fun of camping with everyone all the time, plus with water.“

Carolyn and her husband, Scott Arbogast, of Hurricane, spend every weekend at the lake on their boat with their two children, Reece and Riley Stephens, ages 10 and 11.

The outside of their boat is painted with dolphins and palm trees, but the inside has all the usual things, including a full-sized couch and a DVD player — “for the rainy days,“ Carolyn said.

She likes bringing the kids to the lake because it gets them out of the house, closer to nature and away from all the technology they play with at home.

“This forces you to learn to relax,“ she said. “You have to learn to be still, be quiet. They get back to what kids did 100 years ago instead of video games and all the stuff kids do today.“

How do they occupy themselves at the lake every weekend?

“Play in the water,“ Riley said. “And swim.“

Reece chimed in: “Play with our friends,“ he said, gesturing to other children just down the dock.

“They really are just like our family,“ Carolyn said. “There’s always something to do with them.“

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 06.03.13


t’s always great to get the family together.  Distance understandably hinders Jessica and the grandsons from being at family functions, but we did get with Mom and Dan, Justin, Jen and the twins to celebrate Justin’s 30th birthday as they were camping last Saturday at Freeman Campground.  They really enjoyed the weekend of camping and Kenzie and Carson will fish for hours when the opportunity is available.  As an avid fisherman, that makes Justin a very happy dad. 

Last Friday night, one hundred sixty nine excited, bright and enthusiastic young men and women of the Braxton County High School - Class of 2013 celebrated their graduation.  The commencement ceremony represented Braxton County High School’s forty-fourth graduating class.  An overflow crowd of family, friends, teachers, faculty and staff gathered in the beautiful Mountain Lakes Amphitheater to share in this important milestone event in the lives of the graduates.

Watching the graduates; listening to the words of their class leaders; and, afterwards watching the handshakes and hugs from family, friends and other graduates was a joyous, moving experience.

As a graduate of BCHS, it was a privilege for me to offer the commencement address at this year’s graduation ceremony.  Not only is it a great honor, it also brought back many fond memories of my years and BCHS and our Class of 1974 graduation ceremony.  Likewise, it called in to remembrance the graduation of Jessica and Justin.  I know what a great educational foundation I received at BCHS and likewise for my children. It was an inspiring evening together that the graduates will carry with them for a lifetime.

These leaders of tomorrow are now off on the next leg of their life journey.  To each, along with all the 2013 grads from Gilmer County High School and Glenville State College, we wish you Godspeed as you embark on your future plans.

Finally, the folks in Oklahoma and other locations in the nation’s “tornado alley” have been devastated by over a week of severe and deadly weather.  Seeing the video, pictures and interviews of survivors is a moving experience.  I was in Oklahoma City just a few months ago near some of the most heavily damaged areas, which brought the tragedy a bit closer to home.  I’ve met with several fellow legislators from Oklahoma and also with Gov. Fallin and know firsthand of their concerns for the citizens of their state. 

Every state, every citizens, every community can experience some sort of disaster – natural or man-made - at any given time.  Despite the best efforts of federal and state government agencies, there are always unmet needs that remain.  So, whether through churches, civic groups, the Red Cross or other bona fide relief agencies, citizens across the country have the opportunity to assist.  West Virginians have been on the receiving end in the past and our citizens likewise have given generously to help other Americans in need.  And, as the recovery continues, keep them in your prayers, too.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: “” .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

James Frederick Barnette

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James Frederick Barnette

Age 70, of Herold Road, Sutton, WV went home to be with Jesus on June 01, 2013.

He was born on October 12, 1942 in Sutton, to the late Delbert Walsh Barnette and Lena Myrtle Davis Barnette.

Fred retired from Coastal Lumber Company with 40 years of service.

He was a Member and a Trustee at Long Run Baptist Church, Canfield.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife Shirley Lough Barnette.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law James F. Barnette, II and Elizabeth, daughters; Margaret Ann Barnette of Mt. Nebo, Barbara Lynn Barnette of Exchange, and Amy Sue Nicholson and husband Danny of Gassaway, also survived by 10 grandchikldren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Family has requested a graveside service to be held at Middle Run Cemetery on Monday, June 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled , to be serving the Barnette family.

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