Patsy P. Bailes
81, of Nettie

Harry Gray Carper
87, of Summersville

Betty Ruth (Fitzwater) Dean
84, of Florida

Icie Lee Enix
86, of Moundsville

Recie Bertrice Hopkins Evans 85, of Burlington, N.C.

Charles Edward Good Sr.
77, of Gilboa

Carolyn Campbell Hoffmann 84, of Mooresville, N.C.

Stephen W. Morris
64, of Bristol, Va.

Kimberly Sue Neil
45, of Craigsville

Dorsey Ray Smith
91, of Craigsville

Alva Lee “Jeter” Stull
88, of Mt. Lookout

Charles Harold “Butch” Williams

Paul Dale Williams
81, of Summersville

Jonathan Russell Wilson
25, of Craigsville








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Woman sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Saying he could not overlook the fact that she took advantage of an elderly person, Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson sentenced a woman to prison for running up unauthorized charges on her stepfather’s credit card.

During a hearing on Oct. 27, Judge Johnson sentenced Melissa Brogan, 43, to 2 to 20 years in prison.

“I don’t think stealing off the elderly is something you should be rewarded for,” the judge told Brogan. “This court will not tolerate exploitation of an elderly person.”

Brogan pleaded guilty on Sept. 14 to one count of forgery of a credit card and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person.

She was sentenced to 1 to 10 years on each count. Judge Johnson ordered the terms to run consecutively.

Brogan will also be required to pay $1,633 in restitution.

Brogan told the court at her plea hearing that her mother, while married to the victim, had given her permission to use the card. But she said she used the card after her mother’s death in April 2013 and without her stepfather’s consent.

The stepfather, the original card holder, was left responsible for paying the credit card bill, the court was told.

During the sentencing hearing, Nicholas Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Crane read a letter written by the victim’s son. The victim now resides in a nursing home.
In the letter, the son asked that the maximum term be imposed.




Track or Treat!

J.R. and Brian Spencer of Fenwick Mtn. helped make the first-ever CRE Track-or-Treat event a success by showing up in their homemade Halo armor.





More critical work to do, SRMC Board told

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

With the holidays approaching and the year winding down, there is still critical work to be done at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

That was the word from SRMC Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Johnson during the Board’s monthly meeting on Oct. 29.

“A lot of key things have to happen in the final seven weeks (of the year),” Johnson said.

Summersville Regional Chief Executive Officer Dan Ayres added, “We’ve been behind for a long time and have to catch up. We’re getting close, but there’s more hard work to do.”

An outlook for the new year was shared with the Board, and a preliminary budget for 2016 was revealed. It was to be submitted to the state Health Care Authority as part of a 6.75 percent rate hike application. The increase would add about $800,000 to the hospital’s bottom line.

The preliminary budget projects net patient revenue of $47,044,093 and total operating revenue of $50,127,232.

Total operating expenses are projected at $47,709,591.

That leaves projected income from operations at $2,417,641 and excess revenues over expenses of $857,136.

An amount of $600,000 has been budgeted for market rate and merit increases for employees.

The hospital hopes to reduce overtime through better management of employee schedules and monitoring of productivity.




School Board holds work session on budget finances

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Wednesday morning. Nov. 4, held a special meeting that was a work session on finances.

The work session concerned how the loss of county property tax revenues will affect the school board’s budget for the 2016-17 school year.

Nicholas County Assessor Ernie Dennison explained that the county has suffered a substantial decrease in the amount of assessed property valuations over the past couple of years primarily as the result of coal mines closing and companies moving equipment out of the county.

Dennison said the county’s assessed values decreased by $69 million in 2014 and $3.7 million in 2015 with losses projected to be $4.2 million in 2016.

The assessor warned that the proposed elimination of business personal property taxes would cause a $100 million shortfall and is approximately 19 percent of the tax base, according to figures provided by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Board Treasurer Kevin Hess explained that the state will pay back to the county the amount lost in general levy fund revenues as the result of lower assessed values but not the excess levy fund revenues.

Hess said the original excess levy revenue estimate was $4,393,946 based on assessed values of $971,511,304, but the estimated excess levy revenue for 2016-17 is $4,300,584 based on the current estimated value of assessed values. This resulted in the loss of excess levy funds of $93,362 due to decreased values.

Hess explained that the recommended contingency in the total budget is 3 to 5 percent with the actual amount budgeted being $2 million.




Richwood Council tables resolution on armory grant

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood Common Council, meeting in regular session on Nov. 5, voted to table a resolution on matching funds for a grant to assess the condition of the former National Guard armory.

Under the resolution, the city would commit $2,000, its 20 percent match of a $10,000 grant from the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority to assess structural and other conditions of the Fitzpatrick Memorial Industrial Park building.

The structure is now owned by the city and is used for vehicle storage.

Mayor Robert Johnson explained that such grants require a 20 percent match.

“Whether we’re funded is up to the reviewers,” he said.

Some Council members expressed concern about spending $2,000 for an assessment they fear could reveal problems the city can’t afford to address.

The mayor said the building is still structurally sound, but added a complete overhaul of the plumbing is needed.

“Right now, the roof is not leaking,” he said. “But we have a boiler with its own Zip Code, and there is basically no insulation in the structure.”

Mayor Johnson said he believes the building could be put to beneficial use. He said it remains one of three options for the trailhead of a proposed ATV trail in the area. He also mentioned it could possibly be used as security headquarters for extraction industries.

“We have to find out what’s wrong to address any problems,” he said.




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