Virginia Marie Russell Dorsey 63, of Craigsville

Doy Allen Fowler
68, of Birch River

Marcella Anne “Marci” Gritt Hall
79, of Charles Town

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62, of Parkersburg







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Miness pleads guilty to first-degree murder

In Nicholas County Circuit Court on Friday, Aug. 4, Bobby Miness pled guilty to first-degree murder.

Miness, 36, formerly of Georgia, shot and killed 28-year-old Nathan Branham of Burnsville on Nov. 29, 2016. The murder occurred on Bays Road near Birch River at the home of Scottie Carter.

See the upcoming Aug. 10 edition of the Nicholas Chronicle for the complete story.




Nicholas County Schools Provide

Meals To Students At No Cost

Students in Nicholas County Schools will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost. The county is once again participating in a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Nicholas County’s ability to participate is a result of $350,000 provided by the excess levy. The current levy provides funding through June 2021.

The CEP was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high poverty areas. This is the fourth year for the option.

The CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty Local Education Agencies. If at least 40 percent of a school’s attendance is directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.

Nicholas County will have 13 schools participating in the CEP. This includes all elementary and secondary schools. The program affords each of our nearly 3,800 students one nutritious breakfast and lunch each school day.




The bucks stop here

These three young bucks, and another not pictured, are becoming breakfast-time regulars at this Golden Delicious apple tree in a Craigsville yard.





FEMA urges Richwood citizens to

submit comments and ideas

by Britiany Blankenship
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Richwood citizens on Thursday, July 27, at the Cherry River Elementary cafeteria to hear comments or concerns regarding the proposed memorial plan for Richwood High School. In attendance were around a dozen FEMA representatives and law enforcement officers and around 25 citizens.

Did FEMA or NCBOE decide to host this meeting?
Concerned citizen and former NCBOE maintenance employee, Gary Brugnoli, asked if this meeting was called to order by the NCBOE or if it was solely FEMA. Representatives ensured him this meeting was fully supported by FEMA and had nothing to do with the NCBOE, aside from them being a consulting party among the many others submitting ideas. Among this list of consulting parties were Richwood High School, the Richwood Alumni Association, and numerous others.

FEMA explains historic measures RHS meets
This meeting was announced to the public via a Nicholas Chronicle announcement, and when a concerned citizen asked if this was protocol for FEMA or if it was specifically requested from the Nicholas County Board of Education to hold the meeting, the representative for FEMA explained that during a time of complex public relations it is customary for them to hold an open forum to gather the affected community’s comments.

The FEMA representatives went on to explain that Richwood High School is protected historically and deserves a historical landmark of some kind for community impact. In the case of RHS, it has a very modern architectural design popular when it was built, which includes metal windows, emphasized horizontal lines, natural light, function based layout, and clean lines throughout. Because of this, FEMA is now able to honor the lost school buildings with a memorial in close proximity to the previous historical building. The proposed memorial will be on the land that once held Richwood Middle School, and according to FEMA representatives the high school land will be “green space”.




Richwood Council OKs permit

for middle school demolition

During a special meeting held Friday evening, July 28, the Richwood City Council approved the issuing of a permit to demolish the flood-damaged Richwood Middle School.

Upon the advice of their attorney, Council voted unanimously to issue a permit to contractor Raze International of Shadyside, Ohio, to demolish Richwood Middle School, which was damaged in the June 23, 2016, flood.

The permit was issued with the stipulation that the demolition work not begin until Aug. 7.

A permit hasn’t yet been issued by the city for the demolition of Richwood High School, which was also damaged in the flood and is no longer usable. The city has some issues they are concerned about with regard to the high school, including the auditorium, which they would like to save.

Raze International completed the demolition of Summersville Middle School, also damaged in last June’s flood, in late May.




Richwood City Council Hears from VOAD

By Ben Beaver
On July 20, the Richwood City Council gathered in Richwood’s City Hall for one of their bimonthly council meetings. A couple of topics of interest were discussed, such as deeds to certain properties in Richwood, budget for the Richwood City Police Department, and the praise of some Richwood city employees.

The first topic of discussion was led by Sarah Hambrick of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) and it was on new structures being put up in Richwood. Those mentioned were said to begin construction in August. One such example is a house that will be built on the land by the Dairy Queen. This property was offered to an individual because it would cost much more to build on this individual’s land than it would to build anywhere else. This property has not yet been given to the Richwood Building Commission, but the property will be separated by the surveyors and the individual will be given a specific section for his house to be built on.

Another topic of discussion came from Richwood City Police Chief Allen Cogar regarding the approval of a budget expenditure of about $63,000 for the police department. The budget is for new equipment. Once all of the new equipment is purchased they will have a surplus of about $8,000.







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