Braxton County man charged after trying to set camper on fire

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A Sutton man is accused of pouring gasoline around a camper with a pregnant woman inside and lighting it on fire.

Authorities said 33-year-old Jessie Lee Boling is the father of the woman’s child. The incident happened early Thursday morning in the Sugar Creek area near Route 4.

The victim and three dogs were able to escape without injury.

According to a criminal complaint, Boling pepper sprayed three other people near the camper and shot one of the people in the chest with an air rife. Family members said each case is related. Boling also allegedly slashed all the tires on one of the victim’s vehicles.

Boling is charged with first-degree arson, domestic battery, domestic assault, and destruction of property. His bond was set at $25,000.

Justice Issues Statement on Mountain Valley Pipeline Decision

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Governor Justice issued this statement on the recent MVP decision:

“As governor of this state and in conjunction with WVDEP, I can say without a shred of doubt that we will always do what is in the best interest of protecting the waters of this state and the health of its people.

While the WVDEP is not a party to this lawsuit, we can say that this project is extremely important to West Virginia. This project represents thousands of jobs and millions of dollars being spent to benefit this state, not to mention the long term stability and boost the energy economy of this country will see as a result of this project’s completion.

I have been in contact with WVDEP leadership and they report that the builders of each segment of this pipeline work hard to protect the waters of this state, and they are doing a good job. While there have been violations that have resulted from the WVDEP’s inspection of this pipeline, these violations have been corrected quickly.

We will continue to monitor these proceedings closely to determine what role the state may play in expediting the construction of this pipeline. This project is vital to the energy future of the United States and we will do everything we can to ensure it is constructed in an environmentally sound manner.”

Working Toward Better Adolescent Health

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Landing the first real job is an important step in an adolescent’s journey toward becoming an independent adult. In addition to the economic benefits of a job, work experiences are an important part of healthy development as they give teens the chance to practice key developmental tasks, such as time management, decision-making, and social skills.  

Most young people gain work experience through full- or part-time jobs and summer employment. However, some young people may struggle to find job opportunities because they lack the skills or education needed to join the workforce or they face other barriers such as lack of transportation or disabilities. 

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recognizes the connection between adolescent health and workforce opportunities. Adolescent Health: Think, Grow, Act® (TAG), OAH’s national call to action to improve adolescent health, was recently expanded to include information for workforce development professionals. TAG now includes a series of action steps and resources tailored for employers and for organizations and professionals that prepare youth for the workforce.

The TAG Playbook encourages workforce development professionals and employers to take concrete steps to benefit adolescents’ health today and facilitate young people’s transition to adulthood as healthy, productive employees. These action steps can be found on the OAH website: 

  • Incorporate positive youth development into professional development training
  • Identify services to meet the unique needs of opportunity youth
  • Work with vocational rehabilitation partners
  • Facilitate mentoring opportunities
  • Identify and improve transportation options
  • Promote financial literacy for youth and their families
  • Engage employers in the community


TAG provides links to free resources to support stakeholders in implementing these action steps. Workforce development resources available on the OAH website include:

  • Youth Employment Resources
  • Resources for Youth with Disabilities 
  • A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers
  • Mentoring: A Critical Support Strategy for Youth Career Engagement and Workforce Development
  • The Passport to Career Success

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Annual TryThis conference promotes healthy eating, physical activity

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Another successful annual conference weekend is in the books for TryThis West Virginia, after three days of workshops and activities on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The non-profit organization, based out of Charleston, promotes healthy eating and physical activity in order to knock the Mountain State off of the worst health lists, community by community.

“We had 500-plus people from all over the state of West Virginia, 130 presenters, 40 workshops, all sharing stories and ideas about how they either are inspired and want to start getting healthy and helping others get healthy, or the things that they’ve already done,” said Deputy Director Kayla Hinkley​.

The weekend included roughly 15 different physical activity options, from zumba, yoga and tai chi to swimming and paddle boarding.

“And these are all West Virginians who are donating their time and their resources,” Hinkley said. “We don’t pay anybody to do any of this stuff. They come because they want to share their ideas and what they’re doing with each other. That’s what makes it special.”

This year was Hinkley’s second conference after getting involved with TryThis West Virginia last March, inspired by health concerns in her own family.

“When I was in seventh grade, my mom was diagnosed with COPD and she was given two years to live if she didn’t quit smoking,” she said. “So fast forward, she’s still with us, but she’s on oxygen full-time and lots of hospital visits and those kinds of things.”

Hinkley said she had a choice — to either get upset or to do something about it.

“So throughout middle school, high school and then college, I was in a lot of anti-tobacco groups,” she said. “Wesleyan is actually a tobacco-free campus, and I co-chaired that initiative when I was a senior here at Wesleyan in 2016.”

Then after graduating, she found TryThis West Virginia.

“TryThis was a really good fit for me because it’s all about knocking West Virginia off the worst health lists, and the top three causes of that is causing, a lack of healthy food access and a lack of physical activity,” she said. “It’s one of those things that they mesh well together, and if I can mesh well together, and if I can help on the prevention end and the recovery end of all these different spectrums, I think that it makes a difference. Like so many millennials, making a difference is really important. I love West Virginia and I love my home state, and I want it to be the best to live.”

One of Hinkley’s favorite parts of the annual conference is seeing West Virginians of all generations, all races and all economic statuses come together for a common purpose.

“In our program, we don’t have your degree next to your name or anything like that,” she said. “It’s the type of conference where you come wearing what you’d wear to play frisbee in because we want everyone to be on the same level so we can learn from each other.”

Ages range from middle and high school students, to college and post-grad “and the gamete just keeps on going.

“One of our second stage grantees was a retired policeman, and he’s using his retirement to build a multipurpose park in Hamlin, West Virginia,” Hinkley said.  “I think that’s what makes us special, too.”

Now, those who attended the conference will have the chance to apply for mini grants funded by TryThis West Virginia. In the last four years, the program has provided mini grants in 40 of the state’s 55 counties.

“We fund between 50 and 60 mini grants between $500 and $3,000 each year,” Hinkley said. “Over the last four years, it’s 207 mini grants that we’ve funded, and they do tons of amazing things.”

For more information on TryThis West Virginia, click HERE.

~~  Brittany Murray ~~

Lewis County man indicted on drug and firearms charges

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John David Davisson, of Weston, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Davisson, age 27, is charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime,” and one count of “Obliterated Serial Number.” Davisson is accused of possessing a .45-caliber pistol and two 9mm pistols while possessing crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, in October 2017 in Lewis County. The .45-caliber pistol was allegedly stolen, and one of the 9mm pistols had an obliterated serial number.

Davisson faces up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the carry during a drug crime count, 20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the methamphetamine count, up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 fine for each of the remaining counts. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

State unemployment rate remains at 5.4 percent

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West Virginia’s unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in May, marking the eighth month in a row the rate has not changed.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, the number of unemployed people increased by 100 individuals to a total of 42,300.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 10,600 jobs.

The national unemployment rate last month fell to 3.8 percent.

Stellar performance earns State Star honors for WV SBDC coach Susie Higgins

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The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) has selected Business Coach Susie Higgins as West Virginia’s 2018 State Star, announced Erika Bailey, WV SBDC state director.

Higgins, along with SBDC State Star honorees from across the country, will be recognized during the national America’s Small Business Development Center 38th Annual Conference, September 04 – 07, in Washington, D.C. To be nominated, State Stars must demonstrate exemplary performance, make a significant contribution to their SBDC programs and show a strong commitment to small business development in their respective states.

“Susie is a top performer in the WV SBDC network, working diligently and conscientiously to assist her clients,” Bailey said. “In the past 12 months, she has enabled 23 new businesses to start up, assisted in the creation or retention of 98 jobs and helped clients access over $10 million in capital to fund their business.”

A native of Elkins, Higgins received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University. She has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial and operational management. Her career has included work in healthcare, private industry and local government.

She joined the WV SBDC in 2015. Her office, based in Buckhannon, serves Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties.

Higgins is part of the WV SBDC statewide network of business coaches. The coaches are skilled individuals with professional certifications who provide confidential one-on-one consulting for small businesses interested in opening, improving or expanding in the state. 

Since 1983, the WV SBDC has remained the premier resource for small business creation and expansion in the Mountain State. As a key economic driver, the WV SBDC offers a variety of services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to increase their profitability and customer base, enabling continued growth and prosperity for West Virginia’s diversifying economy.

Halliburton Energy Services Submits Voluntary Remediation Program Application

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The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) application submitted by Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. to address environmental conditions at the Elkview Field Camp in Kanawha County.

The site is located at 5146 Elk River Road in Elkview and includes approximately 3.6 acres. The site was operated by Halliburton as a field camp for oil field services from approximately 1970 to 2016.

The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment identified the following areas which may be contaminant sources: an existing underground storage tank (UST), a previous UST release incident at the site, trench drains and oil-water separators, and hazardous materials containers. Future site use is expected to be industrial in nature.

OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicant. Under the VRA, the applicant will work with the WVDEP to identify human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site; establish applicable remediation standards; and ensure that standards are maintained at the site. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.

West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination. By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.

ATF offers reward in gun store burglary

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Gun Runner, a federal firearms licensee.

On May 05, 2018, at approximately 1:05 am, two unknown suspects burglarized Gun Runner, located in Fairmont, WV.  The suspects entered through a window, at the rear of the business.  Once inside, they removed 67 handguns from the display cases, along with a quantity of ammunition.  The burglars left the business and stole a 2013, GMC Sierra dually pick-up truck, black in color, belonging to Gun Runner.  In the truck bed was a number of bins, containing various parts and components for radio-controlled airplanes. The stolen truck was recovered on May 11, 2018, in the 1700 block of Evarts Street, N.E., Washington D.C.  No stolen items were recovered in the vehicle.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500 which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $5,000.  The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.  ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1.800.ATF-GUNS (800.283.4867) or the Clarksburg Field Office at 304.842.9830.  Information can also be sent to , or through ATF’s website at  Tips can be submitted by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting (link is external). All tips will be kept confidential.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction over violations of federal firearms laws. For more information about ATF and its programs go to” title=“”>

3 protesters bind selves to pipeline equipment, are arrested

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Three protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after binding themselves to equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

State police Sgt. C.K. McKenzie tells news outlets that they attached themselves to a tunnel and earth-moving machinery Monday.

Charges of trespassing, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest were filed against 18-year-old Sydney Patricia White, 21-year-old Evin Tyler Uger and 25-year-old Maxwell Harry Shaw. McKenzie described their resistance as “passive,” saying it took almost two hours to free them.

It’s unclear whether they have lawyers. Each was released on $1,500 bond.

Legal and regulatory challenges, tree-sits and other acts of resistance have failed to stop construction of the 300-mile (480-kilometer) natural gas pipeline.

Fire claims life in Braxton County

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A man was killed in a structure fire in Braxton County, authorities said.

The blaze occurred near Servia.

The death was reported to the state Fire Marshal’s Office early Monday morning.

The agency is investigating.

Tire collections set in West Virginia in Calhoun & Upshur Counties

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Efforts to collect old tires are being held starting this weekend in West Virginia.

The Department of Environmental Protection says collections will be held starting Saturday at the state Division of Highways garage in Buckhannon and at the Cabot Station Recycling Center in Grantsville.

Additional collection events will be held June 6 in Norton and Hinton, June 07 in Beverly and June 09 in Hamlin and Clarksburg. More will be held elsewhere later in the month.

Residents can dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia identification for the county in which the tire collection is being held. The tires must be off the rims and only car or light truck tires will be accepted.

Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

WVWC and WV SPOT to host Universe in the Park

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West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team are sponsoring a Universe in the Park event at Holly River State Park on Friday, June 01 at 8 p.m.  Two Wesleyan students will give an astronomy presentation that highlights some of the research conducted in West Virginia with the Green Bank Telescope.  If the weather is favorable, a planet walk will be set up to tour a scale model of our Solar System, and telescope observing will follow the presentation.  Sky maps will be available to help identify constellations, planets, and bright stars.  This event is free and open to the public.

Universe in the Park is a summer outreach program based on the idea that the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. Under this program, Wesleyan students travel to state parks on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months and present PowerPoint shows on astronomy topics. Typically, two students present each show. Recent astronomical news is often discussed, such as the discovery of new solar systems, and sky maps are handed out. On clear nights, after the presentation, telescopes are set up to view astronomical objects.

The West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT) began in 2013 as a partnership between the Green Bank Observatory and NASA. West Virginia college students are recruited and trained to bring presentations about current West Virginia science, technology, and engineering to West Virginia K-12 classrooms, museums, and youth programs. Since then, over 500 presentations have been delivered, and 18,278 student lives have been impacted.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tracey Delaney, assistant professor of physics, at ‘’.

Flooding downpour has caused problems for Calhoun County EMS

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An EMS station in Calhoun County is still drying out a week after a flash flood caused widespread damage.

The facility is run by the Minnie Hamilton Health System for Calhoun County in the Millstone community. Water rushed into the facility rapidly last week and with little warning, according to CEO Steven Whited.

“It was 12:30 or 1:00 in the morning when I first got the call,” he explained. “At the time we were called, our staff was already in ankle and knee-deep water in some parts of our station.”

Kept in the station were two of the county’s five ambulances. Although the vehicles themselves are in working order, a considerable amount of equipment was lost.

“Batteries and inverters in some of the ambulances set lower in those compartments,” said Whited. “Some equipment inside the station like EKG machines or defibrillators, some of the batteries were destroyed along with some of our radios and communications gear.”

Damage assessment and cleanup continues, but already the price tag has exceeed $70,000 and continues to climb.

During the meantime, paramedics are running calls out of an adjoining building which was not impacted by the high water. The service is in the process of transitioning back to a county-run service. Whited indicated this might accelerate the transition.

“We’re really not sure what happened, it was just a cloudburst and the water came out of these hollows and got up so quick we couldn’t respond,” he said. “We’re still assessing trying to determine what can be done and what needs to be done.”

~~  Chris Lawrence ~~

Culinary students complete final assignment at salt works

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Not all final exams are held in the classroom.

And while top grades might be highly coveted, the exams themselves? Not so much.

However, in the Culinary Program at Carver Career and Technical Center, the final project is the big show. It’s what everyone looks forward to — a prestigious, farm-to-table dinner at the prominent J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works outdoor space, worth 20 percent of their final grade.

A recent Monday Monday, the program’s 10 students proved themselves worthy of chef coats and knives, with an ambitious gourmet five-course meal for 53. Some guests were family members and friends, while others were strangers.

For each table the class delivered a flavorful well-presented meal, proof of what they’ve learned throughout the program.

After drinks and three appetizers — fried green tomato pork belly skewers, spring pea shooters and an apple chicken sausage crostinis — several students formed an assembly line under the direction of their instructors.

“Nice and neat,“ said instructor Thomas Grant, placing the first ingredient, a rectangular prism of watermelon, diagonal on a square plate, then passing it to instructor Mandy Gum. “There you go.“

Gum set two hemispheres of the mascarpone panna cotta on each end. Next in queue, a student placed a tiny bunch of lettuce atop the fruit, another sprinkled fennel, then another added chopped cucumber bits. The salad was then topped with a lemon basil vinaigrette.

One person checked the presentation, using a white cloth to clean up stray bits of dressing, before someone else transferred the plate to another table for serving.

They called it “organized chaos.“

Each salad dish was completed under the supervision of students Morghan Camp and Emilee Wehrle. The two completed Carver’s high school culinary program before choosing to participate in the professional class last year.

“The high school program really opened my eyes to cooking and it actually helped me with public speaking a bit,“ said Camp, as she thinly sliced fennel to be pickled ahead of the dinner. “I was always a shy one. It opened me up and I also want to travel.“

Camp follows chefs on social media and after graduation would like to move south, possibly to Texas, to broaden her scope.

Wehrle will leave for Air Force basic training after completing the program. While a member of the Air National Guard, she plans to study dietetics at Marshall University.

The culinary program was her introduction to nutrition and fresh foods.

Each ingredient in their dish was to be washed, sliced and prepared according to the recipe.

On Monday, they arrived at J.Q. Dickinson with ingredients prepped and ready to be plated.

“Is there fennel on that one?“ Camp shouted before passing the plate back.

“Slow down,“ Grant said sternly. “Is anyone counting?“

“Yes, chef,“ a few replied. But each had different totals.

They made 68 — 15 too many by accident.

Onto the next: a pan-seared, striped bass atop a roasted tomato coulis and artichoke ravioli, garnished with a garlic crisp. The students responsible were Tevin Gordon and Angel Bee.

Already a cook at Mardi Gras Casino’s French Quarter restaurant, Gordon is experienced in serving large groups of people. He considers himself to be the calmest member of the group.

“I’m the levelheaded one out of everybody,“ Gordon said, smiling. “I try to keep everybody sane.“

He worked in home health care before his aunt, a former student at Carver herself, suggested he combine his love of cooking with an education.

“The end goal is to move to a region where food is more appreciated and to truly learn the inside and out of their cuisine,“ Gordon said. “Eventually, I would like to have a farm and produce my own fruits and vegetables, grow my own cattle and stuff.“

He and his partner for the course, Bee, 21 years old and a cook at Red Lobster, explained their dish to the crowd as the rest of the team began an assembly line anew.

Then, it was all hands on deck.

For the next dish, a chocolate-salted filet mignon with beet gnocchi, ginger pistachio carrots and sangria sauce, Tanner Boyd and James Campbell took center stage.

“Learning to make everything from scratch has been an awesome experience,“ said Campbell, who is 34 and a cook at Paterno’s at the Park.

The two found the gnocchi to be the most difficult part. It required them to dry out poatoes and beets before blending them into a pasta.

They also used a new method for cooking the filet mignon: sous vide, which required them to place the meat in plastic pouches to be steamed in water before it was seared in a pan.

The evening was a little bittersweet, at least for the two apprentices who designed the menu. They are the final apprentices to be accepted into the Carver program. Jessica Painter and Lucyndel Wade both completed the pro-start culinary program while attending Riverside High School.

“I got on the competition team and just fell in love with it,“ Painter said. “My mother is a nurse and I always wanted to be a nurse, but then I came here.“

Painter was on a tour of the program when Wade, a friend of hers, was in the class.

“I told her, ‘you need to be in here,‘“ Wade said. “We’ve been together since we were kids.“

Wade’s father always wanted to be a chef, she said.

“I grew up in the kitchen, kind of stepping on his toes,“ she said. “I always wanted to cook. In middle school, I took a food class, as well.“

One day she’d like to open a restaurant which combines flavors from several different cuisines. Her former co-workers used to call her “Lucideli,“ similar to her name.

“So I’ve always joked that I’m going to open up a restaurant with a deli inside and call it that,“ she said.

For now, she and Painter work at Mardi Gras Casino’s French Quarter restaurant.

The two were responsible for the menu and logistics of the J.Q. Dickinson dinner, having completed a similar dinner last year with another graduating class.

They spent hours flipping through magazines and cookbooks in search of recipes, and admit the planning began backward with dessert.

“We knew we wanted to have popcorn on our dessert,“ Painter said. “We saw a popcorn dessert with popcorn ice cream caramel and I think there was a brittle on it. We knew we wanted it for dessert, so we started there.“

The apprenticeship program — a way to attract students still in high school — has been discontinued. The other eight graduates found their way to Carver on their own.

The final course was the responsibility of Tierra Mayo and Allison Saunders.

The popcorn ice cream evolved into a roasted peanut butter mousse with chocolate kahlua sauce, banana tarte tatin, peanut brittle and J.Q. Dickinson salted popcorn.

“I want everything to be perfect, but I feel like we’ve got this,“ Mayo, 25, said as she began preparing ingredients for the dish. She spread the hot peanut brittle onto a baking sheet. It was to set for five minutes before she began breaking it into near perfect triangular pieces.

As the final course began its descent, Mayo began lining up plates, using a brush to sweep chocolate across each one, set a pre-molded hemisphere of peanut butter mousse on one end, an upside-down banana tarte on the other, then supervised helping members of the class as they piped fresh whipped cream on the bananas, placed a piece of brittle on the plate and carefully placed each piece of stove-popped popcorn.

It seemed complicated, but Mayo had the vision perfectly crafted in her head.

The students were paired and placed on certain dishes based on their experience.

Mayo works as a baker in the Mardi Gras restaurant, but says she came to Carver to broaden her experience in cooking.

“I’m learning to use fresh food more instead of canned or frozen,“ Mayo said.

The meal was a step up for each of the students, despite making meals about twice a week for Carver’s staff.

“Logistics are a huge thing in catering,“ Grant said.

There were hiccups, like forgetting knives.

For nearly all of the students, it was their first time cooking in J.Q. Dickinson’s kitchen, much smaller in comparison to their own.

They came to rely on their partners for guidance and reassurance.

“They all come in as individuals and I think they learn at some point through the year they have to learn to work as a team in order to succeed for themselves,“ Grant said.

This was the third time a Carver class created a meal for a J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works dinner.

“I think their students are getting into the workforce and keeping the food scene here in Charleston interesting and vibrant,“ said Nancy Bruns, co-founder at the Salt-Works. “It works with what we’re doing here.“

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