Richard Stanley Brogan
64, of Mt. Lookout

Paul “Gene” Donelson
81, of Owosso, Mich.

Ruth Hamrick Isenhart Grover 98, of Webster Springs

Martha Jean (Hamilton) Morriston
62, of Mt. Nebo

Lola Imogene Stout
74, of Medina, Ohio

Jasper Leviro Stull
81, of Durbin

Raymond Randolph Tolley
79, of Nettie

Lenora “Jean” Truman
78, of Richwood

Clarence Granville Woodring 80, of Webster Springs








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Man facing additional sexual assault counts

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Craigsville man is facing seven additional counts of first-degree sexual assault as his scheduled trial nears in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

A grand jury, meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, returned a superseding indictment charging Delbert Guy Davis, 40, with 21 counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Davis is scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 6. He was originally indicted in January on 14 counts of first-degree sexual assault as well as the other counts contained in the superseding indictment.

Davis is charged with committing the crimes against two children between September 2008 and December 2011.

The grand jury also indicted:

Marty Doyle Morris, 52, on two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of incest.

Amy Renee Swager, 37, and Kurt Wicker Jr., 27, on one count of first-degree robbery. The two are accused of striking a woman repeatedly with a metal rod in March and stealing $20 and a bottle of prescription medication from her.

Thomas Anthony McKinney, on one count of grand larceny and one count of entering without breaking. He is accused of stealing personal property worth more than $6,000 from a Mount Nebo residence in September 2015.

A complete list of the indictments will be in next week's Chronicle.





The adventure begins

“Gauley Season,” which runs through mid-October, officially began Friday, Sept. 9, with the unveiling of a new Gauley River tourism poster by the West Virginia Division of Tourism. There was also a ceremonial opening of the tubes that release water from Summersville Lake into the Gauley River, creating one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world. This weekend, Sept. 15-18, thousands of whitewater enthusiasts, like those shown above, will gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Summersville for the annual Gauley Fest.




Board accepts Suspended Principal’s Resignation

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Thursday evening, Sept. 8, accepted the resignation of an elementary school principal who had been suspended from his position.

Following an executive session held to conduct a personnel hearing, the Board voted unanimously on the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick to ratify the suspension of Tim Bennett and accepted his resignation, effective Sept. 8.

Bennett was suspended by the Board without pay from his job as principal of Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood after charges of sexual abuse were filed against him in April 2015.

Bennett was later indicted on 34 felony counts of sexual abuse. He was charged with sexually abusing six adult female employees at the school from December 2014 to April 2015.

Bennett was tried on the charges last month in Nicholas County Circuit Court, but a hung jury led the court to declare a mistrial.

Bennett remains under indictment on 34 counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He remains free on $20,000 bond, which he posted after being indicted in January.




Board presented potential Richwood

temporary school site options

Although it has tentatively been decided to keep Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School students, who were flooded out of their schools, at their current emergency locations for their temporary school sites, concerned residents presented the Nicholas County Board of Education with two alternative sites on Tuesday evening, Sept. 6.

The Board also reviewed the results of the 2016 General Summative Assessment achievement tests taken by county students and were updated on the newly created Teen Court and the flood damage evaluation of Summersville Middle School.

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

Potential Richwood Temporary School sites
Former Board President and current Republican County Commission candidate Dr. Lloyd Adkins of Richwood came before the Board to present them with two potential sites for the temporary location for modular classrooms for Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School, which were damaged by the June floods and in all likelihood won’t be reopening.

Adkins felt that modular classrooms could be placed on either site until a consolidated Richwood High School/Middle School is constructed in three or four years.

The first site Adkins presented through topographic maps is the “lumber yard” site near Collins Hardwoods at the end of Main Street. Other areas to be utilized as part of the site are the Richwood Public Library and Richwood City Hall.

Adkins said there was a proposal in place to purchase the former nearby Cherry River Bank property to be used as a gymnasium site.

He added that the larger part of the area could fit two pods or modulars and the smaller areas of the site could fit half-pods.




County Commission hears about Medicaid Expansion

The Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 6, heard about Medicaid expansion in the county.

The Commission also heard a financial status update.

Present for the meeting were Commission President Ken Altizer and Commissioner Lyle Neal.

President Altizer said that Commissioner John Miller was unable to attend the meeting because of illness. He noted that this was the first meeting that Miller had missed during his nearly six years serving on the Commission.

Medicaid Expansion
Doris Selko of Cool Ridge, Southern West Virginia Regional Coordinator for the non-profit West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, came before the Commission to present an update on Medicaid expansion and its impact on Nicholas County.

Selko explained that more than 165,000 West Virginias have gained Medicaid coverage since January of 2014 because of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

She said the West Virginians now covered by Medicaid include people who work in the service industries, hospitality and construction that make minimum wage who have never been able to get insurance before.

Selko presented figures from the West Virginia Medicaid Coalition which showed that in Nicholas County in 2015, Medicaid claims in Nicholas County totaled more than $42 million.

She said this provides for employment in doctor’s offices and hospitals in addition to improving health care for many low income residents.



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