Shirley Ann Canter
70, of Widen

Ed Cavendish
77, of Bruce

Mary Louise Fitzwater
89, of Summersville

Norma Lorraine Frame Hamrick 85, of Widen

Ellen Hewitt
99, of Richwood

Marada Kathleen Ward O’Quinn
84, of Craigsville

Daryl Preston Smith
61, of Fenwick Mtn.

Wendell W. Young
76, of Cowen








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Farmers and Artisans Market opens in Summersville

One of the many vendors at the new Summersville Farmers and Artisans Market


The brand new Summersville Farmers and Artisans Market opened Saturday, Oct 3. Many different items were offered, representing an interesting variety of merchandise. There were still vegetables available, even though we are getting to the end of the growing season.

There were peppers, potatoes, apples, and fresh kale, among other veggies. One vendor offered beautiful, very creative sewing items for sale. An attractive array of pumpkin and banana breads was displayed. Candles and goat milk soap were for sale. One could buy all the necessary, healthy body care articles and herbs from another vendor. There were free-range eggs offered, too. There was frozen meat available from a farmer in Greenbrier County. 

Art was represented by Connie May, who will have an open studio reception Friday, Oct. 9, from 5 till 8 p.m. at Old Main, where her beautiful work will be for sale. All the vendors took great care to display their fare in an attractive manner. They were welcoming and ready to answer questions.

The Cactus Kickers entertained the market visitors with their nicely choreographed performances. “I would encourage the local population to support the next scheduled markets,” said Verena Sava. “We can purchase local merchandise, produced in our county, well suited for meaningful Christmas presents.”




Long-awaited Richwood water project moves a step closer

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Local residents and government officials didn’t mince words: This is one of the most positive developments in Richwood in the last 40 years.

“Water in my home will be a life changer.’ You don’t know how many times I’ve heard that,” said longtime resident Steve Khuri, part of a 71-year family business in Richwood.

“Forty years ago, we started asking for this. This is a great day for Richwood.”

The occasion was a signing ceremony at Richwood city hall on Sept. 28 to bring the Hinkle Mountain/Little Laurel water extension project one step closer.

The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is committing $200,000 and the Nicholas County Commission $100,000 to the design phase of the project.

The design phase is expected to be completed next spring, and construction will likely take two and a half years, depending on funding, officials said.

If all goes as planned, 118 customers on Hinkle Mountain and along Little Laurel will have safe, reliable, running water from the Richwood Water Department.

“This is just the first step,” said Khuri, a Hinkle Mountain resident who has helped spearhead the project. “We have a long way to go and we’ll be there. I thank all those who have worked to obtain this funding.”

Col. Philip Secrist of the Corps of Engineers Huntington District was on hand for the signing.




Solid Waste Authority employs new Landfill Manager

The Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors last Tuesday evening, Sept. 29, announced the employment of a new manager of the Nicholas County Sanitary Landfill.
The Board also allocated funds for the purchase of new weigh scales, heard a recycling update from a private hauler in the county and a financial update.

Present for the meeting were Board Vice Chairman Lawrence Tully and members Lynn Sommerville and Dave Taylor along with Acting Board Chairman Mark Holstine of the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board who was present by telephone. Tully presided at the meeting.

New Landfill Manager
Holstine advised the Board that Leonard Sniffin of the Sutton area had been employed as the new landfill manager. Holstine said Sniffin has worked at other landfills and in other states and has experience. He began his position Oct. 5.

It was noted that Sniffin’s position would be outside managing the facility as a working foreman and managing and overseeing the work being done by employees. Landfill office manager Robin Stroh will manage the landfill.

The Board also elected Stroh as the secretary of the Board of Directors. There will no longer be a title of executive director.

Holstine also reported to the Board that the rate increase requested by the landfill is still pending and under consideration by the state Public Service Commission. He added that based on his conversations with the agency, he is optimistic that the requested rate increase will be granted by the PSC to the landfill.




School Board hears Financial update;

Volunteer Approval Procedure Discussed

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Oct, 5, heard a revised financial statement that includes carryover funds from the previous fiscal year.

The Board also discussed possibly developing a procedure for the approval of parent volunteers, heard the results of the audit of all 15 schools in the county, set the minimum bid for the auction of the former Beaver Elementary School property, approved fencing for a portion of a school in Richwood, discussed tiered bussing as it relates to school start times and approved two policies.

Present for the meeting were Board President Dr. Lloyd Adkins, Vice-President Phil Berry and members Bob M. O’Dell, Fred Amick and Darrell White.

Financial update
Board Treasurer Kevin Hess presented to the Board an update of the 2015-16 fiscal year budget which had been revised to include carryover or unassigned fund balance figures from the 2014-15 fiscal year budget, which ended June 30.

Hess explained that on June 30, the Board had an unassigned funds balance of $4,223,268. It is projected that there will be an outflow of $1.2 million of that amount to make up for shortfalls in the previous year budget and the current fiscal year budget. This would decrease the unassigned fund balance to $3,023,268 on June 30, 2016. Based upon the same outflow projections for the following fiscal year, the unassigned fund balance would decrease to $1.8 million on June 30, 2017.

But Hess advised the Board could save $500,000 if they close Dixie Elementary School, which would increase the unassigned fund balance to $2.3 million.

The Board has taken the first step in closing Dixie Elementary School at the end of the current school year with two public hearings scheduled over the next couple of months at both Dixie Elementary School and also at Zela Elementary School where Dixie students will attend if the school is closed.




Kanawha man gets 1 to 5 years for sex crime

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Kanawha County man who admitted having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to the maximum 1 to 5 years in prison last week in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

Samuel Roberts, 31, of Campbell’s Creek, was also ordered to spend 10 years on extended supervision in Kanawha County after he is released and register as a sex offender for life. The court also ordered that he undergo HIV testing.

He was given credit for 336 days already served in jail.

Roberts pleaded guilty on Aug. 4 to a prosecutor’s information charging him with one count of third-degree sexual assault.

Roberts, who was 30 at the time, admitted he engaged in sexual intercourse with the girl, who was then 15, in Craigsville in June 2014. He told the court at his plea hearing that he was spending the summer in Craigsville with his father and brother.

During the Sept. 29 sentencing hearing, Nicholas Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Crane told the court that Roberts thought the girl was 21 based on social media information.

“I find that to be an incredible assertion,” Crane said.

Crane did say Roberts cooperated with law enforcement and pleaded guilty.

Defense attorney Paul Williams asked the court to consider probation for his client.

“He has a favorable pre-sentence report,” Williams said. “He did take some responsibility. He was up here visiting family. Prior to that, he was working.

“He has served about 11 months,” Williams added. “He knows what it’s like to be in jail.”
Roberts told the court he “would be very grateful” for probation.

“I would do everything that’s required,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to jail.”

Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson noted that Roberts had a “fairly decent” pre-sentence report.

“But you should know that if you’re 30 years old and you have sex with a 15-year-old, you’re going to go to jail for it,” the judge said. “I’ve seen a picture of the victim. Not only does she not look 21, she does not look 15.

“I think probation would unduly depreciate the seriousness of the crime,” the judge added. “I think it was a dangerous act, and I think it was a deliberate act.”




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