Terresa Lee “Terry” Casto
60, of Ansted

James William Chapman
82, of Richwood

Ida Carol Dillon
72, of Tioga

Mary Jane Fields
58, of Nettie

Robert Reed Flanagan
66, of Tioga

Summers O’Dell
87, of Lake City, Fla.

Timothy Gay Pyles
70, of Summersville

Garland Wanda Snider
69, of Nettie

Irene Morton Summers
92, of Kincaid

Ira Albert “Ratch” Truman
51, of Jodie

Ruby Ziemba
90, of Summersville








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Commission again looks at

county’s dire financial situation

The county’s serious financial situation was again the primary topic of discussion at the meeting of the Nicholas County Commission held Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Commission also heard from a couple of wrecker companies concerning the county’s system for dispatching wreckers to accidents, received a financial request from the county’s three public libraries and heard an update from the Nicholas County Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

County finances
“We’re short on cash,” Commission President Ken Altizer, himself an accountant, told county elected officials and department heads in attendance during the discussion of county finances.

Sheriff David Hopkins and Chief Tax Deputy Angie Evans explained that the county payroll is $400,000 per month and other monthly expenses combined with the county’s Regional Jail bill is $300,000 per month meaning that monthly expenses for the county are $700,000 per month.

But the county is no longer bringing in property tax revenue and other revenues as it previously did to cover the monthly expenses. This is due in part to a downturn in the coal mining industry in the county resulting in less property tax revenue and coal severance tax funds. Also, the county’s regional jail costs has also increased in recent months.

The sheriff has already had to dip into the county’s savings and money market accounts at a local bank on a few occasions during the past several months in order to pay the checks that are due.

With only $1.4 million remaining in the county’s savings account or rainy day fund, concern was expressed about what might happen if the current financial situation continues for another two months with county expenses being $700,000 per month and the county not bringing in that much in revenue.




Bread Run

Bread and milk shelves were bare all over the county this past week as people prepared for the two storms that eventually dropped around two feet of snow in some areas. The weekend storm was also accompanied by ice, followed by rain, which quickly melted some of the snow, causing high-water issues.





Former County School Superintendent

Kingery appointed to West Virginia

Board of Education

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced last week the appointment of former Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Beverly E. Kingery to the West Virginia Board of Education. The appointment is effective immediately.

Gov. Tomblin appointed Kingery to serve on the State Board of Education, filling the vacancy created by Priscilla Haden. Kingery’s term will end Nov. 4, 2022.

“Beverly’s educational background and years of experience make her extremely qualified to serve the students, teachers and people of West Virginia on the State Board of Education,” Gov. Tomblin said. “As a former teacher, principal and county superintendent, she has the working knowledge to strengthen and improve our state’s education system.”

Kingery began her career in 1974 as an elementary, secondary and vocational teacher with Boone County Schools, and later became an elementary school principal. While working at the West Virginia Department of Education as a K-12 coordinator, and director of the Reading First Project, Kingery served as an adjunct reading professor at Marshall University. In 2007, she became superintendent of Nicholas County Schools, where she served until retiring last year.

Throughout her years in public service, she has achieved many academic honors and awards, including induction in the West Virginia University Hall of Fame in 2008.




Summersville CVB Board hears

Executive Director’s Report

The Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board of Directors heard a report from the CVB Executive Director at their quarterly meeting held Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 18, at the Summersville Armory and Convention Center Arena Conference Rooms.

The Board also discussed a vacancy on the Board and the catering contract for the armory and convention center arena.

Present for the meeting were CVB Board President Jay Borrell and members Gary Withee, Bucky Frame, Fletcher Herold, Dave Harper and Robert Shafer.

Executive Director’s report
CVB Executive Director Marianne Taylor advised the Board that their business partner for the CVB’s billboard advertising on U.S. Route 19 in the Muddlety area had decided to no longer be a partner in the advertisement because they felt they weren’t getting enough business from it. Taylor said the cost of the outside advertising is $800 per month with the CVB paying $450 and the partner paying $350. She said the CVB would also pay the $350 per month until the contract runs out in May.

Taylor also advised the Board that the catering contract for the armory and convention center arena is due to expire at the end of the fiscal year June 30. She said the Board has the option to renew the contract for another year with The Celtic Cook owned by Beth Goette before having to advertise for bids.

The Board voted to renew the catering contract with The Celtic Cook for another year.

Taylor informed the Board that she has started a monthly program on the Summersville Cable TV local access channel in which she announces all of the events and activities happening in the county during the month. She said this includes both events at the armory and civic center arena and throughout Nicholas County.

Taylor also advised the Board that Kim Phillips, the part-time sales representative for the arena and conference center, had resigned her position to work in her husband’s dental office. Taylor said Phillips would not be replaced at the present time.

Taylor said the CVB will observe National Tourism Week May 2-10 with a luncheon during the week and some type of tourism activity each day of the week.

 The CVB will have a 2-page spread in West Virginia Executive Magazine, Taylor said. Taylor added that they were only going to have one page but she wasn’t happy with smudges on some of the “belly band” ad, so they are getting two pages for the price of one.

Taylor noted that she will be reducing the amount of print advertising and increasing the amount of social marketing.




School Board reviews Comprehensive

Educational Facilities Plan

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Feb. 23, reviewed the current Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, approved and repealed several county transportation policies. approved a request to produce history books on the two high schools in the county, approved several finance matters, conducted student disciplinary hearings and received an update on the makeup of snow days.

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.

Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher presented to Board members a copy of the 10-year Nicholas County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) for 2010-2020 prepared by ZMM Architects and Engineers of Charleston and required by the State Board of Education and the state School Building Authority. Some of the main purposes of the plan are to determine programs needs and requirements, to develop strategic facility options and to develop recommendations for a comprehensive plan for all school facilities, including potential building closures and new construction.

Butcher explained that the Board isn’t permitted to change the 10-year plan but can make amendments to it which must be approved by the state Board of Education and the state School Building Authority.

Under the consensus facility option, a new school was to be built to serve the former Craigsville and Beaver Elementary schools which became a reality with the construction of Gauley River Elementary School.

Also back in 2009 when the plan was developed, the plan called for a new school to serve Summersville, Glade Creek and 20 percent of Zela Elementary School and a new school to serve Mount Nebo, Mount Lookout and 80 percent of Zela Elementary School. At that time, the elementary schools were proposed to be consolidated because they were utilizing less than 80 percent of their space, based on enrollment.

It was noted that since that time, enrollment at Mount Nebo, Mount Lookout and Sumemrsville has increased with more than 80 percent of the space being utilized so that portion of the plan should be amended.

A new inter-county elementary school in the plan for Birch River and Little Birch in Braxton County has changed since then with the construction of the new Little Birch Elementary. A new inter-county elementary to serve Dixie along with Lizemore in Clay County had also changed because Lizemore Elementary has since been renovated.

The Board agreed to schedule a work session to determine how the CEFP would be amended.




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