Elzie Willis Boyce
89, of Nettie

Virginia Lee Craig
69, of Summersville

Mr. Frank Callaghan Collins
77, of Foley, AL

Gladys Kate Hammons
86, of Camden on Gauley

Howard Eugene Hunt
79, of Richwood

Shirley Irene (Jeffers) Tawes Kincaid
71, of Gauley Bridge

Carl Leslie Moses
79, of Persinger

Maycil Garnett Reel
91, of Richwood

Alene “Granny” Roach
of Richwood

Donald Carlton Shafer
74, of Canvas

Ruby Jynell “R.J.” Slone
82, of Grottoes, VA

Hugh D. Smith
77, of Richwood

Dollie Marie Underwood
81, of Pool









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Gauley River Public Service District

Receives Funds for Waterline Extension Project

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development West Virginia State Director Bobby Lewis joined with local officials and residents on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Gauley River Public Service District (PSD) office in Swiss to honor long-serving board members and staff and to celebrate funding for the PSD’s Summersville Phase III Water Line Extension Project. The Gauley River Public Service District is the recipient of loan and grant funds from USDA Rural Development agency totaling $2,187,000 to support the construction of this important project.

The Gauley River PSD owns and operates an existing water distribution system that serves approximately 1,400 households, businesses, and schools within Nicholas, Fayette and Clay counties. This Phase III water extension project will provide an additional 58 customers with public water service from the Zela area to Drennen.

The areas within the project are not currently served by a public water system and fire service has not been available. The households in the area are often times served by inadequate individual water systems consisting of wells or cisterns. The wells generally have levels of iron and magnesium above the acceptable parameters of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. Many of the residents in this area have been hauling water in from an outside source.




NCHS and RHS Homecoming Queens crowned

On the left, NCHS Senior Makala Legg, second from left, is shown after being crowned the Nicholas County High School 2014 Homecoming Queen on Friday evening, Oct. 10, during halftime of the NCHS Grizzlies versus Webster County Highlanders football game at Nicholas County Memorial Stadium. She was escorted by senior Sherwin Miller, second from right, and received her crown from NCHS Principal Kandy Rapp, far left, and assistant principal Karen King, far right.  
On the right, Richwood Senior Miranda Clendenin is shown being crowned the Richwood High School 2014 Homecoming Queen by RHS Principal Jimmy Weber during halftime of the Lumberjacks’ game against Tygarts Valley at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood on Friday night, Oct. 10. Miranda was escorted by Senior Braden Johnson, right.





Wilderness PSD Board votes not

to pursue Wastewater Facility Feasibility Study

On Sept. 18, the Wilderness Public Service District Board of Directors voted not to proceed with a proposed feasibility study for a wastewater treatment facility.

The vote was in response to the results of a survey of Mount Lookout and Mount Nebo residents. Of the 826 survey forms, only 414 (50 percent) were returned. A total of 209 residents (51.2 percent) selected a “yes” to proceed with the feasibility study and 199 (48.8 percent) selected “no.” Six of the returned surveys were not usable due to being incomplete, the resident had moved, or other reasons. The Board had previously set an 80 percent “yes” threshold of the returned survey forms for them to proceed.

The residents who selected “no” on the survey were primarily concerned with the monthly cost and mandatory connection requirements. The residents who selected “yes” were for the positive economic impact and were concerned about the age of the existing system, repairs and number of times the systems had to be pumped. They were also concerned about the monthly sewage fees.

Residents responding to the survey had several questions. Local residents, elected officials and business owners initiated the effort for a wastewater treatment facility. Other major reasons cited for a wastewater treatment system are health concerns and the lack of such a system holding back economic development. The feasibility study would have determined the initial coverage area and where the treatment facility would be located.

The survey was sent to Mount Lookout residents on the west side of Route 19, out each road until the house density dropped and out Mount Lookout Road on the east side of Route 19 to the water storage tower. Both the east and west sides of Route 19 in Mount Nebo and out Route 129 to Summersville Dam made up the survey coverage area.

The monthly fee for customers for sewage treatment would be set by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The number of customers, grants, loans, and monthly water usage would also impact the monthly fee.




County Division of Emergency Management

adopts new countywide wrecker policy

On Oct. 10, the Nicholas County Division of Emergency Management released a new policy to manage countywide wrecker requests.

Mike Judy, Director of Nicholas County Emergency Management, explained that several months were spent developing a comprehensive policy that the county can be proud of. He emphasized that the program was created to encompass three distinct purposes; to promote public safety, to reduce response times, and to ensure coordination of response efforts.

“Over the past few years, wrecker services have been a hot topic within Nicholas County,” said Judy. “In an effort to streamline wrecker operations, the new policy calls for ‘closest wrecker’ station dispatching,” which activates the wrecker station that’s closest to the location of the emergency.”

Judy said that by using this approach, wrecked and disabled vehicles can be moved out of the road faster, which ultimately reduces the amount of time the emergency responders spend in harm’s way directing traffic on snow-packed and icy roads. He added that a computerized mapping platform is currently being designed to tell 911 dispatchers which wrecker station is closer to the emergency. In the meantime, 911 dispatchers will continue using a “wrecker rotation” until the new mapping platform is completed.




Off-road Trail System study and

Wrecker Services get Commission attention

The need for a feasibility study for an off-road trail system for the Richwood area and a decision affecting wrecker services in the county occupied much of the meeting of the Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The Commission also heard a financial request from the child development center in the county for additional classrooms, received land use management information from the local economic development agency, heard the need to evaluate the current phone plan, adopted proclamations in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness, approved a resolution for a state grant for the Nicholas County Clerk’s office and set the date for Halloween Trick or Treat in the county.

Present for the meeting were Commission President John Miller, Commissioner Yancy Short M.D. and Commissioner Ken Altizer.

Off-road trail system feasibility study
Chuck Verrett of Integra Marketing Group Inc. of Beaver, Pa., came before the  Commission to request funding for a feasibility study for an off-road trail system near Richwood.

Verrett said the development of an off-road trail would bring much-needed economic development to Richwood.

Later in the meeting, Sen. Greg Tucker advised the Commission that he had secured a $20,000 Community Participation Discretionary Grant from the State Senate for the study which will cost $70,000.

Contributing to the study thus far have been the City of Summersville with $10,000, the City of Richwood with $10,000, the Nicholas County Building Commission with $15,000, the Richwood CVB with $5,000 and the Summersville CVB with $2,500. Is is anticipated that the Commission will provide for all or some of the funding still needed for the feasibility study.



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