Andrew Matthew Abad
31, of Summersville

David Franklin Adkison
78, of Cowen

Tressa Jean Orndorff Allen
89, of Worthington, KY

Brooks Lee Bailey
of Fairbanks, AK

Eugene Ross Coffman
85, of Mt. Nebo

Douglas John Cogar
51, of Cleveland, Ohio

Nathan Wallace Cox
63, of Craigsville

Arnett Dobson
91, of Quakertown

Carol Lee Flenner
76, of Craigsville

Thomas Arden Fletcher
78, of Mills Mountain

Olive Mae Hartley
99, of Nettie

Charles Andrew “CJ”
Jackson II
24, of Summersville

Larry Wayne Miller
62, of Kenosha, WI

Garland Mullens

Berneice Bias Pugh
77, of Summersville

David Keith Reeder
60, of Summersville








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Two die in Armstrong Road Crash

Two Summersville men died in a vehicle crash that occurred Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:20 p.m. on Armstrong Road.

According to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, Charles A. Jackson II, 24, of Summersville, was driving a 1994 Honda Del Sol when he struck a tree. Both Jackson and the passenger in the vehicle, Andrew M. Abad, 31, of Summersville, died at the scene as the result of injuries received in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation by the Deputy J.J. Bailes.

Both Jackson and Abad were employed by the Northside Automotive Group service department in Summersville.

According to Richard Bostic, inventory manager for Northside Chevrolet, Jackson was employed in the Express Lube at Northside Chrysler for the past three months where he was a technician.

“He was a good employee,” said Bostic. “He always had a smile on his face and was very friendly.”

Abad had been employed for approximately 4 years in the service department at the Quick Lube of Northside Chevrolet where he was an advisor and technician.

“He was always pleasant and friendly with everyone,” said Bostic.




School of Screams

The New River Community and Technical College Student Government Association hosted a haunted school on the Nicholas County Campus on Saturday evening, Oct. 25. There were plenty of games for smaller kids, and a spectacularly spooky section of the school for those wanting a little more of a thrill. Above, participants in the haunted school show off their gruesome makeup that was done by Emberleigh “IsaZombie.” Emberleigh is in the back row, third from right.




SRMC Board discusses Hospitalist Program

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Summersville Regional Medical Center officials discussed transitioning to a hospitalist program during a hospital Board of Trustees meeting last Thursday evening, Oct. 23.

The Board agreed to put the matter on the agenda for its November meeting, which has been moved up a week to Nov. 20 to avoid the Thanksgiving holiday.

The hospitalist program was discussed after new SRMC Chief Executive Officer Dan Ayres said he had met with an orthopedic surgeon and a primary care physician about the possibility of coming to Summersville Regional.

“Primary care doctors are looking to hospitalist programs,” Ayres said.

The hospitalist concept applies to medical practitioners whose primary focus is taking care of patients in a hospital setting.

In most cases, hospitalists do not have office practices. They specialize in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. They manage all aspects of a patient’s treatment from the time of admission to the time of discharge, working in collaboration with the patient’s own doctor.

Hospitals around the country are increasingly moving to hospitalist programs, according to research. Medical officials say that because hospitalists provide more efficient care, the lengths of hospital stays for patients are often shorter.




Commission OKs request for HAMER team

The Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 21, approved the establishment of a county Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (HAMER) team.

The Commission also authorized the Nicholas County Parks and Recreation Commission to apply for a federal grant to upgrade the swimming pool at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park, heard an update on a fundraising effort to raise money for a feasibility study for a proposed outlet mall in downtown Richwood, approved the closing of a street in the Muddlety area, authorized a grant resolution for the Circuit Clerk’s office and reappointed several individuals to commissions.

HAMER Team request
Mike Judy, director of the Nicholas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, came before the Commission to request permission to establish a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (HAMER) team for the county.

The (HAMER) team would respond to chemical spills which occur in the county. Judy said that with a large number of chemical trucks traveling on  U.S. Route 19 and to a lesser extent other roadways in the county, it was felt by the Nicholas County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) that there is the strong likelihood that such a spill could happen in the county. He said the closest HAMER team is in Beckley which is a slower response time.

Judy said local emergency responders are only trained at this point to respond to gasoline spills but not chemicals.

The necessary training and equipment will be paid for out of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management budget.




Horse Ring and Fair issues addressed by Park Board

The Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday evening, Oct. 23, heard a request from a county organization to lease the horse arena at the park.

The Commission also reduced the user fee agreement of the Nicholas County Fair for use of the park for the current year and heard an update on the Master Plan developed for the park.
Present for the meeting were Commission President Jaime Antoline, Treasurer Jim Moyer and members Jon LeRose, Jay Nowak, Joey Groves and Andy Jarvis.

Horse ring lease request
Approximately 20 members of the Nicholas County Equestrian Association were in attendance at the meeting to request that their organization be allowed to rent or lease the horse arena located near Pine Lodge below the swimming pool.

A spokesman for the group said they would like to have horse shows perhaps on a monthly basis at the park, which they said could bring in horse owners from all areas of the state which would benefit local motels, restaurants and gas stations.

The group would also like to lease the horse ring to provide a place for the youth of the county to learn horsemanship and practice and train for competitions.

Park Executive Assistant Sally Stover advised the group that electricity had recently been restored for the horse ring.

A spokesman for the Equestrian Association said that the fencing for the ring needs to be replaced and the surface needs some work.

Antoline advised the group that the Commission would have to further discuss the matter before making a decision on the request. She said any user agreement would have to include provisions to make sure the lease doesn’t conflict with other uses of the park, such as the week the entire park is used for the Gauley River Festival or Friday evenings during high school football games.

Association members said they would get together and determine what they would want to be included in their user agreement.




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