Emma Jean (Daisy) Caldwell
of Stuart, Fla.

Freda LaFrances Collands-Colby
of Oklahoma City

Wayne Gordon Meadows
73, of Summersville

Norville Golden Mullins Sr.
79, of Warsaw, Ohio

Tamara Renee Neal
52, of Mt. Lookout

Lacy E. Neff Jr.
49, of Fairmont

Allidene Frances Cool Pletcher 74, of Morgantown

Mary Bickerstaff Rogers
96, of Richwood








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Weiler edges Baber in Richwood

mayoral race; results unofficial

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

By a razor-thin margin, Glen Weiler was elected mayor of Richwood on Tuesday, June 14, according to unofficial results.

Weiler received 102 votes while former Mayor Bob Henry Baber was favored by 100 city voters.

The results won’t be official until a canvass on June 20 when election officials will go over provisional ballots. It was not known how many provisional ballots were cast.

Weiler is a former California resident who moved to Richwood just over a year ago.

Current Mayor Robert Johnson was third in the crowded, 10-man field with 82 votes. Drexel McMillion was fourth with 81 votes.

Former Mayor John McClung was fifth with 49 votes, followed by Gary King (40), David Skaggs and Kevin Bennett (14 each), Patrick Mays (11) and Sean Rose (7).




Past 80 Royalty

Bill Hammonds and Delora Erkman were crowned King and Queen of the Past 80 Party held in Richwood on Saturday, June 11.





Judges take up motion to dismiss

petition against Commissioners

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A three-judge panel said it would rule as soon as possible on whether to dismiss a petition seeking the removal of Nicholas County Commissioners John Miller and Ken Altizer from office.

The three circuit judges appointed by the state Supreme Court to hear the case – John Hatcher of Fayette County, Jennifer Bailey of Kanawha County and Alan Moats of Taylor County – heard arguments during an hour-long hearing on June 9 at the Nicholas County Courthouse.

Duane Ruggier, the attorney representing Miller and Altizer, said the petition, filed by retired CPA Kenneth Culp and George Mace, is statutorily invalid.

Culp and Mace maintained the petition is valid and said they should be allowed to present their case at a later hearing. The two are alleging financial malfeasance and neglect of duty on the part of Miller and Altizer.

The panel did not indicate when it would rule on Ruggier’s motion. Hatcher said the judges have their own respective county dockets and added that when a decision is made, an order would need to be prepared and signed by all three judges.

This is the second attempt to oust Miller and Altizer. A different panel dismissed the previous petition that was filed over the hiring of a county administrator. The hiring was eventually overturned by Webster County Circuit Judge Jack Alsop, whose ruling was upheld by the state Supreme Court.

Culp and Mace were not parties to the previous petition.




Nicholas County Fair to be held July 12-16

In 1915, residents banded together to hold the very first Agriculture Fair in Nicholas County. In 1924, the Nicholas County Fair Board was formed, and in 1945 when the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park was opened, the Fair moved to the park and became a summertime staple.

The Nicholas County Fair is now celebrating 92 years of serving Nicholas County. They are proud to support the park and local organizations. The Fair will pay $7,609.64 to the Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation for the use of the Park in 2016, plus they pay for water, electric, and trash removal during the Fair.

The Fair also puts money into the community by donating $1,000 to the Nicholas County Volunteer Rescue Team and the Richwood High School Band Boosters for helping with parking and ticket sales. Over the years, the Fair has also donated to several projects in the park. The livestock pavilion was built through the efforts of the Fair Board and is now a space the Parks and Recreation Commission can rent out for weddings, parties, and other events. When the electricity was upgraded, the Fair donated $5,000 to the Park. There have been many projects the Fair has contributed to over the past 92 years. The Nicholas County Fair Queens have received a college scholarship every year. The Fair is a non-profit organization committed to promoting agricultural education, family fun and entertainment, and support of local organizations.

The last few years have been difficult for the Fair with the derecho in 2012 that knocked out power all across Nicholas County, including the Park, just days before the Fair. In 2014, more high winds and rain hit the area, and 2015 brought the monsoon that left much of the state a disaster area, including Nicholas County.




Two sentenced to prison in armed robbery

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

One robbed the store, the other drove the get-away car.

Now, both are going to prison.

Philip A. Ruiz, 25, and Andrew J. Bailey, 23, both of Lockport, N.Y., were sentenced on June 8 in Nicholas County Circuit Court for their roles in the armed robbery of a Summersville clothing store 13 months ago.

Circuit Judge Gary Johnson followed the recommendations of the prosecutor’s office in sentencing Ruiz to 40 years in prison and handing Bailey a 25-year term.

The two pleaded guilty on April 6 to first-degree robbery. They were indicted last September in the May 11, 2015, armed robbery of the rue21 clothing store at Merchants Walk Plaza.

The penalty for first-degree robbery is a determinate term of 10 years to life.

Ruiz admitted he was the one who actually committed the robbery. Bailey admitted driving the get-away vehicle and said he knew what was happening.

A third defendant, Brandon J. Lake, 25, also of Lockport, pleaded no contest last November to conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison.

Authorities said Lake was in the back seat of the vehicle and might have been asleep or incoherent at the time of the incident, which occurred as the three men were passing through Summersville.



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