Russell Louis Acord Jr.
73, of Summersville

Dianna Lynn Allen
63, of Summersville

William Steward Bailes Jr.
84, of Summersville

Beulah Mae Cochran
88, of Ronceverte

Gloria Crouse
87, of Twenty Mile

Flavie Hugh “JR” Ellison
43, of Summersville

Judy Carol (Alley) Kincaid
68, of Bentree

Karen Ruth Lawson
59, of Craigsville

Robert Allen “Bob” Nuttall
of Falls View

Johnny Robinson
66, of Cowen

Anthony “Tony” Spenia Sr.
87, of Summersville

Debra Frances Triplett
59, of Buckhannon

Monica Eva Utt
41, of Gloucester, Va.

Ricky Wayne Waugh Jr.
36, of Summersville

Robert “Bob” Allen Wyatt
92, of Cowen








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Grand jury indicts 17 individuals

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Seventeen individuals were named in 14 indictments returned on Jan. 12 by a Nicholas County grand jury.

Among those indicted was suspended county school principal Timothy Wayne Bennett, who was charged with 34 counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Bennett was arrested by State Police last April on sexual abuse charges and was suspended without pay from his principal’s job at Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood.

In May, then-Prosecutor James Milam moved to dismiss the charges to further continue the investigation. Magistrate Wayne Plummer granted the motion to dismiss the charges without prejudice, meaning the charges could be refiled.

Bennett has remained suspended from his job.

The allegations against Bennett involve adult female employees of the county school system, authorities said.

Bennett was scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Nicholas County Circuit Court. Other arraignments were set for Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The grand jury also indicted a Craigsville man on multiple sexual assault and abuse charges.

Delbert Guy Davis was indicted on 14 counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian and one count of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Two other people were indicted on sexual assault and abuse charges in separate cases.




Shelter from the storm

With temperatures in the single digits and wind chill factors in the negative range on Tuesday, the resident mallard ducks on Dave and Tammy Harper’s pond stick close together to draw body heat from each other. Mike Peters, waterfowl project leader for the state Division of Natural Resources, points out that the state’s earlier mild fall weather has confused the ducks ordinary migratory patterns and fooled them into settling further north than is customary.





President Adkins resigns from School

Board; Rogers appointed successor

Nicholas County Board of Education President Dr. Lloyd K. Adkins resigned from his seat on the Board at a special meeting on Wednesday morning, Jan. 13.

The Board also appointed a successor to fill Adkins’ seat and elected new officers for 2016.

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

President’s Resignation
Board President Dr. Lloyd K. Adkins asked that the Board accept his resignation from his seat on the Board, effective immediately.

Adkins said he plans to run for the Nicholas County Commission on the Republican ticket, representing Cherry District.

According to state law, Adkins is required to resign his seat on the Nicholas County Board of Education in order to run for Nicholas County Commission.

Adkins was in the fourth year of his third term on the Board and had served as president the last several years.

A tearful Dr. Adkins told the Board that “it has been a privilege to serve the people of Nicholas County on this Board. Nicholas County has made a lot of strides over the past few years to become one of the top school systems in the state and this has been the result of the hard work of the teachers and employees, I have just been one of the leaders in that effort. I now feel I can serve the people of the county in a different way.”

Dr. Adkins’ official letter of resignation stated in part: “I do hereby submit my resignation from the board which will be effective upon the board’s affirming it. It has been an honor serving the people of Nicholas County for 3 terms. I appreciate the support that the board has shown for me through the years as your president. I would like to also thank all of the employees of our board for their work in improving our school system and the people who elected me to represent them.”

The Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Dr. Adkins.




Several more candidates file for Primary Election

Several additional candidates filed later last week to be on the ballot for the statewide May 10 Primary Election.

Among those filing for countywide offices was Summersville attorney and former prosecuting attorney, House of Delegates member and State Senator Greg Tucker who is seeking the Democratic nomination for a four-year term as Nicholas County Prosecuting Attorney. Tucker previously served as prosecuting attorney during the 1990s.

Dr. Lloyd Adkins of Richwood filed as a Republican candidate for the nomination for election to a six-year term on the Nicholas County Commission representing Cherry District. Adkins was required by state law to resign from his seat on the Nicholas County Board of Education in order to run for County Commission. He was currently serving as Board President and was in the last year of his third four-year term on the school board.

Robert “Bob” Dorsey of Keslers Cross Lanes filed as a candidate for the Republican nomination for election to a four-year term as Nicholas County Sheriff.

Former Nicholas County Deputy Sheriff William F. Nunley filed for the Democratic nomination for election to the office of Sheriff for a four-year term.

Filing as a non-partisan candidate for election to an eight-year term as Nicholas County Circuit Judge for the 28th Judicial Circuit was Summersville Attorney Steve Callaghan.

Summersville attorney Brad Dorsey filed as a non-partisan candidate for the office of Family Court Judge for the 16th District for an eight-year term. The 16th District also includes Clay County.

Other Democratic candidates filing for county offices earlier in the week were Deputy County Clerk Shannon Bailes for a six-year term as County Clerk, incumbent Circuit Clerk Debbie Sweeney Facemire for re-election to a six-year term, incumbent Sheriff David Hopkins for re-election to a four-year term and incumbent Assessor Ernie Dennison for re-election to a four-year term.




Judge to rule on prisoner’s bid for release

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson will issue a ruling later in the year on a bid by convicted murderer Richard White to be released from prison.

Judge Johnson presided over a Jan. 14 circuit court hearing on a habeas corpus petition filed by White claiming ineffective assistance of counsel at his trial.

The judge gave White’s current lawyer, Chris Moorehead, until Feb. 15 to file final written briefs in the case. The state, the respondent in the petition, will then have until March 15 to respond. The judge will make his decision thereafter.

Habeas corpus is a term used on the justification of a prisoner’s detention. The court, after considering evidence and testimony at a hearing, determines the legality of custody and decides whether to order the prisoner’s release.

A Nicholas County jury, on March 30, 2011, convicted White of first-degree murder in the December 2009 shooting death of Harvey Hersman at the victim’s residence in Mount Nebo.

White, who claimed he shot Hersman in self-defense, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.



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