Ruth Edna Acord
86, of Swiss

Samuel Dunlap Brady III

Esker Lee Cutlip
90, of Erbacon

Christena Stowers Harrill
of Linville, N.C.

Carl Monroe Jones
81, of Gilboa

Richard Lee Perkins
57, of Boomer








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Woman admits to embezzling thousands from employer

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Summersville area woman admitted in court last week that she illegally took more than $160,000 from her employer over a 21-month period and used the money to go on a personal spending spree.

Kimberly A. Vickers, 40, pleaded guilty on July 8 in Nicholas County Circuit Court to five felony charges contained in a prosecutor’s information — single counts of embezzlement, forgery, uttering, computer fraud and unlawful use of an access device.

State Police arrested Vickers on June 5. She had been facing 281 counts involving the same five offenses. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining counts were dismissed.

The matter was referred to the county probation office for a pre-sentence investigation report. Sentencing was set for Sept. 4.

Vickers faces 1 to 10 years in prison for embezzlement, 1 to 10 for forgery and 1 to 10 for uttering. She also faces a determinate sentence of up to 10 years each for computer fraud and unlawful use of an access device. A determinate sentence carries a defined length that can’t be changed by a parole board or other agency.




Lumberjack Express performs in D.C.

Perhaps the most treasured photo in existence of the Richwood Lumberjack Express is that which was taken at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C. during the band’s springtime trip to perform at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Many veterans stood and watched the mass of young people posing with pride, which brought tears to many of their eyes. One veteran, who was especially moved by the band, said “This is something you just don’t see anymore: a group of young ladies and gentlemen standing silent at a memorial out of respect, showing pride for their obvious hard work. The town you are from must be very proud…”





Storm causes damage in county

Although it wasn’t a Derecho last Tuesday afternoon, those caught in the July 8th storm’s small path may have felt that it was reminiscent of that memorable weather phenomenon of late June 2012.

Last Tuesday’s brief storm was heaviest in the Summersville, Persinger and Calvin areas where damage was reported.

At Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park, a vehicle owned by Joan O’Quinn of Mount Nebo was parked next to the roadway in front of the dugout at the softball field when high winds from the storm blew the roof and some concrete blocks off the structure onto the hood and windshield of the car causing heavy damage to it. O’Quinn was sitting in the car at the time but wasn’t injured.

Also at the park around 4:30 p.m., a large 60- to 70-foot tree near the park residence was blown down by the high winds of the storm. Park Administrative Assistant Sally Stover who occupies the residence said the tree struck the back of the house where the washroom is located and damaged the roof, rafters, gutters and soffit.

The storm also blew an electrical box off of an unidentified residence in the Calvin area.
Several trees were also reported blown down across Route 41 in the Persinger and Calvin areas.




School Board focuses on upcoming Excess Levy call

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, July 14, discussed the various aspects of the upcoming school Excess Levy to be placed on the General Election ballot for renewal by county voters in November.

The Board also established their goals and mission for the upcoming school year, heard the need to update a number of policies and discussed the county’s needs in the area of support personnel.

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

Excess Levy
The Board’s current Excess Levy expires after five years at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The Excess Levy needs to be placed on the 2014 General Election ballot so that the Board can budget Excess Levy funds starting with the 2016 school year and expiring in 2021.

It was generally agreed by Board members that the two most important selling points for the Excess Levy to voters are that it includes funds for free breakfast and lunch for all students in Nicholas County along with Prevention Resource Officers (PRO) for both middle schools and high schools in the county. A total of $50,000 per year is included in the current Excess Levy for PRO Officers with the amount to be increased to $150,000 per year under the proposed levy.

Board Treasurer Kevin Hess presented figures which showed that with a small increase in the Excess Levy rate from the current 58 percent to 66 percent, annual revenues would increase from the current $3,497,124 per year to $4,393,948 per year.

Hess emphasized that an 8 percent increase in the levy rate would mean only an increase to the average county taxpayer of $12.78 per year in real estate taxes and $4.09 per year in personal property taxes for a total increase of $16.87 per year.

The figures are based upon the average taxpayer with a $100,000 home and $16,000 in personal property.




Fire again damages Broad Street building

A building in Summersville, which was severely damaged by fire a couple of years ago, was the scene of another fire this past weekend.

A spokesman for the Summersville Volunteer Fire Department said the fire broke out Saturday, July 12, at 2:57 a.m. at 731 Broad Street in the vacant building that formerly housed the Summersville Chapter of the Salvation Army.

The spokesman said the fire started in the middle of the second floor of the building, which is accessible from the parking lot from an adjacent laundromat and beauty salon. The fire spread upward to a confined area between two ceilings approximately two feet apart from each other, making the flames difficult for firefighters to reach. The spokesman said firemen had to cut into the area between the two ceilings to extinguish the blaze.

Fire damaged the second story of the building and the area between the two ceilings. Smoke and water damage was reported to the first floor of the building.

The vacant building was in the process of being renovated by local real estate agent Scott Ellison of Summersville. The building was being converted into apartments and retail space.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The SVFD responded to the call with two engines, two rescue trucks and a special response truck. Providing mutual aide were the Wilderness VFD with an engine and utility truck, the Nettie VFD with an engine, the Keslers Cross Lanes VFD with an engine, the Craigsville VFD with a ladder truck and the Richwood VFD Fire Chief in a private vehicle.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 7:30 a.m.





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