Henry W. Amick
78, of Kettering, Ohio

Katherine Marie Flanagan
87, of Little Mountain, S.C.

Lena “Grandmam” Barbara Hammonds
78, of Craigsville

Jerry Max Henline
67, of Cowen

Mary Jane Knopf
79, of St. Albans

Alfred Emanuel Morton
88, of Pulaski, Va.

Vina Leona Mullins
77, of Warsaw, Ohio

Doris Pauline “Polly” Stanley 89, of Cottle

William “Bill” John Stemple 84, of Webster Springs

Gaylord Allen White
70, of Craigsville

Charles Williams
64, of Richwood







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Preliminary injuction denied; full hearing set for May 10

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A judge denied a preliminary injunction last week in the Nicholas County school consolidation controversy, but scheduled further testimony in the case in two months.

Judge James J. Rowe made his ruling at the end of a two-hour hearing on March 9 in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

A group of Richwood area plaintiffs filed a civil complaint in mid-February against the county school board and Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick, seeking injunctive relief to stop the defendants from proceeding on a proposal to consolidate the county’s two high schools and two middle schools, along with the Nicholas County Career Technical Center, into a single complex at the Glade Creek Business Park near Summersville.

Richwood High School, Richwood Middle School and Summersville Middle School were declared to be totaled as a result of the June 23, 2016, flood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will fund at least 75 percent of the cost of new schools. The state will pick up the rest of the tab.

The plaintiffs alleged school officials violated state open meeting laws in formulating the consolidation proposal, which was approved by the board on March 7 following five pubic hearings.

The board’s action will now go to the state Board of Education for a vote. The state BOE’s next regular meeting is set for April 12.




Not so fast, Spring.

Sincerely, Winter

After a very mild winter and several recent days that resembled mid-spring, winter storm Stella showed up on Monday night to remind us that blooming flowers don’t always mean spring is here. Fortunately, we were just touched by the edges of the storm, with the highest accumluation numbers in the single digits. On the east coast and in the northeastern part of the country, Stella wreaked havoc, creating blizzard conditions and quickly dumping over two feet of snow on some areas.





School Board approves levy rates;

updated on RHS Auditorium

The Nicholas County Board of Education can convey the Richwood High School Auditorium to the City of Richwood without requiring any bonding on the part of the city.

This was learned at the Tuesday evening, March 7, meeting of the Nicholas County  Board of Education in which the Board approved the proposed regular and excess tax levy rates for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, heard Local School Improvement Council reports from three schools and employed a Clerk of the Works for the upcoming demolition of Summersville Middle School, Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School.

Present for the meeting held at Mount Lookout Elementary School were Board President Dr. Gus Penix, Vice-President Fred Amick and members Darrell White, Phil Berry and A.J. Rogers.

RHS Auditorium update
Following a one-hour executive session with Board attorney Rebecca Tinder of Bowles Rice, LLC of Charleston to discuss legal issues, the Board returned to regular session. No action was taken as the result of executive session.

Attorney Tinder advised the Board that there would not be any bonding required by the city to take ownership of the Richwood High School Auditorium, which the city is wanting to spare from being demolished with the flood-damaged high school building. It had been previously believed by the Board that the City of Richwood would have to provide $68,000 in bonding in the event that the city would no longer own the building after five years and it would revert back to the Board. The $68,000 is the cost to demolish it.

Tinder advised the Board that since one governmental entity is transferring the auditorium to another governmental entity, there is no reverter clause in the property deed, and no bonding would be required by the City of Richwood in taking ownership of the auditorium. Tinder said a reverter clause would only be necessary if the auditorium was being transferred to a 501-C-3 organization.

Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick said the conveyance of the RHS auditorium to the City of Richwood will be finalized at the March 20 meeting.




Man pleads guilty to endangerment charges

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A man has entered a plea in connection with an incident last September when he threatened his wife and son with a gun.

During a hearing in Nicholas County Circuit Court on March 8, Christopher Noland Jarvis, 46, pleaded guilty to a prosecutor’s information charging him with two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm.

The information stated that Jarvis created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury when he pointed a loaded gun at his wife to keep her from leaving their residence during a domestic dispute.

It also stated that Jarvis used the gun to demand that his son give him the keys to a vehicle to prevent his wife from leaving.

Sentencing was set for April 18 following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report.

Jarvis is facing 1 to 5 years in prison on each count. The state will recommend the terms run concurrently.

The court was told that Jarvis was initially charged with kidnapping and could have faced a life sentence.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sweeney said Jarvis’s wife had not been cooperative and that she claimed portions of her statement to police were not true.

Attorney James Milam, who was appointed guardian ad litem in the case, said the minor son and other children in the family “don’t want to see their dad do any more time than he has to.”

He recommended that the court accept the plea agreement.

Sweeney said another reason for the plea offer was that Jarvis did not have a prior criminal history.

Sweeney told the court the incident unfolded over the course of a number of hours, beginning on Sept. 11, 2016, and continuing into the morning hours of Sept. 12 when State Police Senior Trooper G.K. Davis responded to a shots-fired call on Widen-Dille Road near Birch River.




Variance issue addressed by

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Summersville Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday evening, March 7, approved a request for a variance to a setback regulation to allow the construction of a carport.

The Commission also heard an update on building permits and vacant properties.
Present for the meeting were Commission Chairman Dave Harper and members Bruce Sigler, Jill Fowler, Thomas Baker and Craig Chapman.

Variance request
Code Official Ashley Carr updated the Commission on the request from Vickie Morris of Maple Street for a variance in the setback requirements for the construction of a carport.
The city’s setback regulations require that a carport be constructed at least 25 feet back from the street.

Carr said he had looked at the property more closely since the variance request was tabled by the  Commission last month. He said the 12 foot by 18 foot carport would be constructed 16 or 17 feet back from the street right-of-way. He said there will still be room to plow snow from the street if the eight foot variance were permitted, and he felt this was an adequate setback.
Carr recommended that the request by Morris for a variance in the setback requirements be approved with the stipulation that the carport remain open unless it is decided to move it back further on the property.

On a motion by Fowler, the Commission voted to allow the request for the variance in the setback requirements for the construction of the carport with the stipulation previously stated by Carr.




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