Garry Kent Baker
77, of Montgomery

Allie O’Dell Cook
79, of Hillsboro

Linda Diane Dorsey
66, of Quinwood

Orla June Hinkle Lowther

Nancy Aretta Nicely
of Nettie

Albert C. Rodebaugh Sr.
89, of Craigsville









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Farmland Protection Program explained

at Open House Meeting

A public meeting covering all aspects of the Farmland Protection program in Nicholas County and the state of West Virginia was held Monday evening, July 13.

Approximately 50 people attended the meeting sponsored by the Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board at the Nicholas County Senior Center.

Bret Singleton, chairman of the Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board, introduced both guest speakers. They were Lavonne Paden of Berkeley County and the West Virginia Farmland Protection program State Authority and Joseph Hatton of the Morgantown area and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Paden gave a presentation beginning with a background on Farmland Protection. She said the statewide program began in 1999 in the Eastern Panhandle after so much land started being developed. It was passed by the state legislature in 2000, and funding for local Farmland Protection boards began in 2002.

She explained that the program is voluntary on the part of the landowner and basically protects land by means of a conservation easement placed on the land, which is recorded on the property deed and is perpetual.

“What this basically means is that your land is never going to be developed for a subdivision or a commercial development,” said Paden. She said what is written in the deed of conservation easement is up to the desire of the landowner and could include such provisions as leaving it to your heirs to protect it.

Paden said there is both a local and state Farmland Protection program and they operate separately. A local Board is comprised of seven members who are county citizens of different backgrounds and professions. The Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board started in 2004 when it was established by the Nicholas County Commission, which appoints the members.

She said the state authority provides funds for the local boards to close on property and works in counties that do not have local boards.




A fitting tribute

Members of the Richwood and Craigsville Volunteer Fire Departments formed an arch with the booms of their ladder trucks to hold an American flag. The Jan-Care ambulance previously driven by the late EMT Mike Phillips drove under the arch as it transported his body from his funeral at Olive Branch Baptist Church to cemetery for burial.





School Board votes to sell Canvas property

The Nicholas County Board of Education voted on Monday evening, July 20, to sell nearly 2.41 acres of property in Canvas at public auction.

The Board also approved adding days to the contracts of two teachers and okayed the policy to allow year-long retired substitute teachers in fields where there is a critical shortage of teachers.

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.

Property sale
The Board voted unanimously to sell at public auction 2.41 acres of property on Route 39 at Canvas adjacent to the former Canvas Elementary School. The property was previously owned by Hubert Rader and is to the west of the former elementary school. A new U-Save convenience store and gas station will be constructed on property adjacent and to the west of the Board property.

The Board agreed to set a minimum bid price for the property. Board Treasurer Kevin Hess advised the Board that he will look back and see what amount the property was appraised for a couple of years ago and bring the information back to the Board at the next meeting to be used as a basis for setting a minimum bid.

“We’ve got people waiting for it, I think,” said Board member O’Dell of the property.




2015 Cherry River Festival begins

Richwood’s annual Cherry River Festival, 2015 version, will start this Friday, July 24, with the ever-popular pageant that puts the smallest of contestants on parade. The Little Miss, Little Mister, and Junior Miss Cherry River Festival will be crowned at the Richwood High School Auditorium at this 7 p.m. event.

The entire festival is a tribute to Richwood High School. RHS is celebrating a 100-year anniversary. One of the most anticipated aspects of this birthday party is the Friday, July 31, 2 p.m. reception at Richwood City Hall.

This is the time for all RHS alumni, teachers, service personnel, and diehard, true blue, supporters to don orange and black and come out to help blow out the candles on a special cake.

Richwood High has a long history of success. Whether it was in the classroom or on a field of sports, the students who have attended RHS over the past century, have “done us proud.”

This reception will provide a venue to meet old classmates, thank teachers who helped along the way, and indeed brag a little about your personal success story if you so desire.

Everyone who has ever had any connection to Richwood High is urged to attend this birthday bash!

No registration of any kind is needed. Just bring yourself, your family, friends, and fellow alumni. Think about your most memorable moment at RHS. Think of a classmate or teacher you have not seen for some time. Think about “home,” and make a pilgrimage for this special gathering that honors Richwood High School and the education received at this “School of Opportunity.”

Also, an event that will be of interest to RHS supporters is the ceremony where Richwood High School Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to four Alumni members. This award, started last year, recognizes RHS graduates who have achieved exceptional success in their chosen fields of endeavor. That ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m. on the festival’s outdoor stage, located at Richwood City Hall.




Field Damage concern of Park Board

Recent damage to the lower field area at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park was the primary topic of discussion at the Thursday evening, July 16, meeting of the Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Commission also discussed an excessive water bill for the Pine Lodge and the federal grant application still on file for the park swimming pool.

Present for the meeting held in the park office conference room were President Jamie Antoline, Treasurer Elizabeth Anderson and members Jon LeRose, Eugene Underwood and Andy Jarvis.

Lower field damages
Park Executive Assistant Sally Stover advised the Commission that considerable damage had been done to parts of the lower field area of the park during the rainy week of the recent Nicholas County Fair.

It was noted that there were several deep ruts in part of the field where vehicles had spun and areas where vendors had put down wood chips so that customers wouldn’t have to stand in mud.

It was the feeling of the Board that park workers could do some of the repair work, but much of it would have to be done by a contractor with heavy equipment to smooth out the field.

The repairs to the field have to be completed by Sept. 1 when the Summersville Youth Soccer League uses the field for their fall season.

It was the feeling of the Commission that the Nicholas County Fair Association should be responsible for paying for all or some of the damages to the field.

The Commission voted to send a letter to the Fair Association advising them of the situation and request them to assist in paying for some of the damages.

The Commission also voted to seek quotes from area contractors to repair the damage. If the repair work costs less than $5,000, the project won’t have to be advertised for bid.




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