Harold Ray “Howie” Bennett 43, of Gilboa

Abranda LeOra Blake
25, of Craigsville

Timothy B. Cogar
28, of Webster Springs

Mabel Ruth Daff
90, of Morgantown

Fredrick Junior Fox
83, of Hacker Valley

Kenneth Ray Keppinger
83, of Mt. Lookout.

Norbert John Muckelbauer Jr. of Silver Spring, Md.

Edmund A. Nutter
86, of Whitewater

Angelo Roberts
85, of Summersville

Shirley Roberts
91, of Summersville

Edward “Lil’ Red” Tyree
84, of Belva








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State Supreme Court rules against County

Commission in appeal of County

Administrator hiring decision

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled against the Nicholas County Commission in their appeal of a Nicholas County Circuit Court ruling regarding their hiring of a county administrator in 2013.

By a narrow 3-2 decision, the state’s high court ruled on June 12 that Special Circuit Judge Jack Alsop of Webster County hadn’t erred in his Jan. 28 ruling that rescinded the County Commission’s hiring of former Nicholas County Probation Officer Roger Beverage as County Administrator in August of 2013.

Canvas resident Tim Clifford filed an injunction in Nicholas County Circuit Court in September of 2013 contending that the County Commission had changed the form of county government by hiring Beverage as County Administrator and hadn’t followed the proper procedures in making the changes.

On Jan. 28, 2014, Judge Alsop granted Clifford injunctive relief by rescinding the hiring of Beverage. Judge Alsop ruled that the memorandum sent by the County Commission to county employees announcing the hiring of Beverage as County Administrator along with his job description were neither discussed nor approved during an open County Commission meeting, in violation of the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act. The ruling also stated that the Commission violated the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act by permitting Beverage to formulate his own job description and calculate his own salary, and the Commission conferred upon Beverage the unfettered authority and discretion to carry out his position without Commission oversight or approval, which exceeded the Commission’s constitutional and statutory powers and that the Commission failed to follow the statutorily-prescribed procedures for modifying the existing form of county government..




School ends, fun begins

Students at Summersville Elementary could barely contain their delight with the knowledge that today was their last full day of school. They will attend school tomorrow for a half-day and then be out for the summer. Their second grade teachers, Mrs. Loss, Mrs. Groves and Mrs. Thomas were out of camera range, wiping away their tears.

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SRMC board approves emergency department proposal

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

During a special meeting on June 11, the Summersville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees voted to enter into an agreement with a Dallas company to provide certain emergency department services at the hospital.

The Board had delayed a vote on the proposal at its last regular meeting on May 28.

SRMC Chief Executive Officer Dan Ayres and Chief Financial Officer Mark Lovell reviewed a cost/benefit analysis and presented a recommendation to the Board to enter into an agreement with EmCare Inc.

The agreement is unique in that SRMC’s existing emergency department physicians remain in place as employees of SRMC, Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Johnson said.

After significant discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed relationship, the Board of Trustees agreed with Ayres and Lovell that the agreement has the potential to be a win-win relationship for SRMC, EmCare and the community, Johnson said.

EmCare is a leading provider of certain specialty hospital services and is recognized as a Strategic Services Provider by Quorum Health Resources, Johnson said. SRMC entered into an advisory consulting relationship with Quorum Health Resources in 2014.




Superintendent’s evaluation and

ballfield update heard by Board

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, June 15, announced their annual evaluation of the county Superintendent of Schools.

The Board also heard an update on the new Richwood High School softball field, increased their allotment to the Craigsville Public Library, approved one revised policy and placed one on public comment, approved bids for fuel and food for the upcoming year along with a bid for surplus, approved a request for qualification for a guaranteed energy savings project and agreed to take action at their next meeting on the possible sale of Board-owned property in Canvas.

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

Superintendent’s Evaluation
The Board met in executive session to discuss the annual evaluation of the superintendent.

After returning to regular session, President Adkins released the following statement: “After evaluating Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher, it was determined that the superintendent had met or exceeded all of the goals for the past school year.




“Power to the Shelter” Project Underway in Craigsville

A committee of Craigsville residents comprised mostly of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church members have launched the “Power for the Shelter” project.

The purpose of the project is to assist the disaster relief shelter that has been established at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Activities building. The church signed a contract with the American Red Cross to become a disaster relief shelter.

Steve Keen, volunteer project manager, explained that the goal of the project is to raise $35,000 to purchase a 100-kilowatt natural gas fueled backup generator for the shelter.

“In order to assure our shelter is ready whenever needed, St. Luke’s needs to complete it with that crucial element by installing a natural gas fueled standby generator,” said Keen.

Based on proposals from qualified electrical contractors/generator suppliers, St. Luke’s expects to do this project for approximately $35,000, and that amount is the goal of this campaign.

“We think it is important for people in our area to know that this Disaster Shelter will be there when needed, and for them to know about the support Red Cross is providing to our community,” said Keen.

The external dimensions of the two-story St. Luke’s Activities Building are 120 feet by 70 feet, and with part of the building having two stories, the total interior floor space is approximately 10,600 square feet.   

Inside is a large open area that has basketball hoops, but this area of about 5,600 square feet is used for all activities that take place at the building. 

The Activities Building’s useable space also includes a fully-equipped commercial-quality kitchen, separate men’s and women’s restrooms with showers, and approximately 7,900 square feet of open areas that can be arranged as needed to meet sheltering or relief needs.

The Activities Building can provide safe accommodations for as many as 280 people forced from their homes by storms or other major events. Those people, as well as others needing support but not seeking a shelter to stay in, will be able to find hot food, water and emergency supplies. If used to provide meals only, the building will be able to seat up to 300 persons per meal.



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