Bernice Mae Chapman 85

Cathy Mae Lesher 54, of Nallen

Sarah Lee Miller 82, of Wilmington, N.C.

Bernice “Jean” Peyatt 81, of Craigsville

Ira Alexander Ramsey 81, of Mt. Nebo

Ray Edward Tincher 70, of Fenwick

Reda Ann Zimmerman 62, of Hico








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Provisional votes change Richwood

election in Baber’s favor

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Last week, it was Glen Weiler.

This week, it’s Bob Henry Baber.

Next week?

“I think it’s a little premature to celebrate, to be honest,” Baber said Monday night, June 20, after a count of provisional ballots gave him a one-vote edge over Weiler in the race for Mayor of Richwood.

“It’s so close, it could be contested,” he added. “I’m not going to do any celebrating until the results are ratified by the state.”

Those who packed Richwood Common Council chambers for Monday night’s canvass were told that losing candidates had 48 hours to ask for a recount and/or contest the election.

Weiler, who held a two-vote advantage over Baber after ballots were counted on Election Day, June 14, said he did not plan to ask for a recount.

Baber, speaking by phone from Utah where he was visiting family, said he would have taken the same approach.

“If Glen would have won by one vote, I would say, ‘Let’s go. Glen’s our man,’” he said. “I would have gotten behind Glen.”

A total of 13 provisional ballots were cast in the election. Common Council, serving as the Board of Canvassers, agreed to count six of those ballots and rejected the other seven.

Of the six that were counted, Baber, a former mayor, was the choice on four of them. Weiler picked up one more vote, and David Skaggs received the other one.

Five of the six provisional ballots that were counted were cast by Election Day poll workers who voted in the precinct where they were working, not where they were registered. The other one was cast by a person who was not listed in the poll book, but was confirmed as an eligible voter by the Nicholas County Clerk’s Office, according to City Clerk Abby McClung.

Of the seven provisional ballots that were rejected, two people had moved to Richwood from other locations in Nicholas County but had not updated their voter registration to reflect the address changes, three were not found in the poll books, one owned a business in the city but was a non-resident and one provisional envelope listed no reason.

After the provisional ballots were counted and the new totals announced, Common Council, on a unanimous voice vote, approved a motion to certify the results.

The new totals gave Baber 104 votes and Weiler 103.

They were followed by current Mayor Robert Johnson (82), Drexel McMillion (81), former Mayor John McClung (49), Gary King (40), Skaggs (15), Kevin Bennett (14), Patrick Mays (11) and Sean Rose (7).

Peggy Scott picked up two votes in the recorder’s race to finish with 127, but she still fell well short of winning candidate Chris Drennen, who gained one vote to finish with 179. Both Drennen and Scott were write-in candidates.

Ward III Councilman James Vannoy, who was unopposed in his re-election bid, picked up one more vote to finish with 89.

None of the other races on the ballot were affected.




Nicholas County Potato Festival Royalty

The 2016 Nicholas County Potato Festival royalty was crowned on Saturday evening, June 18, in a pageant held at the Nicholas County High School Auditorium. Shelbey Groves, left, was crowned the 2016 Nicholas County Potato Festival Queen and Makenzie Dotson, right was crowned the Nicholas County Potato Festival Teen Queen. Both will reign over the 47th Annual Nicholas County Potato Festival to be held Sept. 9-10 in Summersville.





Mount Nebo woman pleads guilty

to obtaining prescription opioids by fraud

A Nicholas County woman who issued herself prescriptions without authorization from a doctor pleaded guilty on Monday, June 20 in federal court in Charleston, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto.

Cary Lynn Eades, 47, of Mount Nebo, entered her guilty plea to obtaining the prescription opioid pain medication tramadol by fraud.

On numerous occasions between January 2012 and March 2015, Eades took advantage of her position as a medical practice manager at Summersville Regional Medical Center to issue herself prescriptions for tramadol using the names and DEA registration numbers of doctors for whom she worked. Eades filled prescriptions at pharmacies in Nicholas, Fayette, and Kanawha counties. The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force became involved in February 2015 when one of the medical practices reported suspicious prescriptions being issued to Eades.

Eades was indicted in Fayette and Nicholas counties in 2015 on more than 30 felony counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud. Her guilty plea in federal court reflects a consolidation of those charges as well as potential charges in Kanawha County.

Eades faces up to four years in federal prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 26, 2016.




Park Board OKs Veterans Appreciation Day

The Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday evening, June 16, approved the proposed Veterans Appreciation Day to be held next month at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park.

The Commission also heard an update on the tennis courts and received a financial report.

Present for the meeting were Vice-President Jason Swager, Treasurer Elizabeth Anderson, Secretary Anita Neary and members Jay Nowak, Eric Burkholder, Eugene Underwood and Jim Moyer. Swager presided in the absence of Commission President Jaime Antoline.

Veterans Appreciation Day
Local businessman and former public school teacher Mark Allen, owner of the Summersville Lake Marina and Sarge’s Dive Shop, came before the Commission to request use of the park for a Veterans Appreciation Day.

Allen explained that the proposed July 19 event would honor all veterans, both past and present, with a daylong celebration at the park. It will include food and drinks and the game “murbles” among the activities.

Allen said he hopes to get the Junior ROTC students involved by having them “adopt a veteran for a day.” It is hoped that veterans from veterans’ hospitals will also be in attendance.

The veterans support group LZ of Rainelle will also be assisting with the event and each veteran in attendance will receive a t-shirt listing the event sponsors on the back.

Allen said he plans to give the veterans tours of Summersville Lake at three different times during the day on the new large boat recently purchased by the marina. He also hopes to get shuttle bus service to transfer the veterans from the park to the lake.

Allen said he is tentatively planning on 48 veterans attending the event. Commission members said they would check and see if the 4-H Building kitchen could be used for cooking without a food handler’s card. If not, Allen said volunteers would cook on grills at the picnic shelter near the barn.

“We owe so much to our men in uniform,” said Allen.




School Board hears Super Scholar Concerns

Parent concerns about the Nicholas County Superintendent’s Super Scholar academic achievement award was the primary topic of discussion at the Friday evening, June 17, meeting of the Nicholas County Board of Education.

The Board also heard an update on the closing of Dixie Elementary School, the new roof project at Nicholas County High School, approved a revised health promotion and disease policy, approved several contracts and awarded bids to provide custodial supplies for the upcoming school year.

Present for the meeting were Board President Phil Berry, Vice-President Fred Amick and members Darrell White, A.J. Rogers and Gus Penix.

Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher attended his last Board meeting before he retires from his position July 1.

Scholar Scholar Concerns
Malinda Perrine, Chip Perrine and Gale Mullins came before the Board to express concern about the Nicholas County Superintendent’s Super Scholar award given each year to students in grades 4-12 for outstanding academic achievement.

Mrs. Perrine said her son was very disappointed at the Summersville Middle School Awards Day when his name wasn’t announced as being a recipient of the Super Scholar award. She said her son had studied hard during the year and thought his grade point average was high enough to meet the criteria that had always been followed to be eligible to receive the award.

She said parents hadn’t been informed during the school year that the criteria to become a Super Scholar had changed from last year.

Chip Perrine said he had checked into how other schools in the county determine Super Scholars and found that there were four different ways that Super Scholars were chosen among all of the schools in the county.

On Feb, 23, all principals were sent an email from the county, which said that the criteria for becoming a Super Scholar would be an A averaged or 93 percent or better in all subjects for the first three nine weeks or first four six weeks for students enrolled in the regular curriculum.

Perrine said he thought all subjects could mean all subjects averaged together overall, like it was previously, instead of each subject. He said the criteria should have stated an A average in “each” subject if it meant every subject instead of stating “all” subjects.

Mullins said her child was also very upset when they didn’t receive the Super Scholar award based upon the criteria of past years.

All three parents felt that something should be done for students who would have received the Super Scholar award based on last year’s criteria.



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