Sidney Earl “Andy” Anderson

Joseph Wayne “Jo” Bostic
24, of Summersville

Irene Elizabeth George Bragg

Alva H. Cogar
78, of Bolair

Kelly Sue Bassett Flores

George Allen Hamric
73, of Orange Park, FL

Cheyenne Lea Heubi-Razor
21, of Webster Springs

Rosa Bell Meadows
89, of Craigsville

Pauline Edith Moran
68, of Sutton

Terry Glen “Joe” Williams
55, of Fenwick








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Woman sentenced for stealing thousands from employer

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Summersville woman will spend at least three years in prison for stealing nearly $170,000 from a trucking company where she was employed.

“What bothers me is the deliberate nature you committed these crimes,” Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson told Kimberly Vickers during a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“You manipulated the company’s accounts for two years and kept stealing, stealing and stealing.”

Vickers, 40, pleaded guilty on July 8 to a prosecutor’s information charging her with five felonies — single counts of embezzlement, forgery, uttering, computer fraud and unlawful use of an access device.

She was arrested on June 5 and charged with 281 counts following a two-month State Police investigation.

Judge Johnson sentenced Vickers to consecutive 1-to-10-year terms on the embezzlement, forgery and uttering convictions. He also sentenced her to consecutive 10-year terms for computer fraud and unlawful use of an access device, but those terms will be suspended after she completes the 3-to-30-year sentence and she will serve 10 years on probation.

Vickers will also be required to pay restitution to Happy Trucking Co. of Nettie. Her attorney, Christopher Morehead, told the court that Vickers had paid back $5,000 of the $168,000 she took and was prepared to pay “another thousand today.”

Happy Trucking President Rick Ruckman and members of his family attended the sentencing hearing, but did not address the court. They had previously sent letters to the judge.

Morehead asked the court to consider probation or concurrent sentences.

“She accepted responsibility in this matter from the very beginning and cooperated with the investigation,” he said.

“Her pre-sentence report is one of the top five reports I’ve ever seen. She has no prior offenses, not even minor traffic offenses.”

Morehead also said the report found that Vickers was a very low risk to re-offend.




Civil War Reenactment this weekend

Every other year in September, the Battle of Carnifex Ferry is reenacted on the same ground as the original conflict. The event attracts hundreds of the country’s best Civil War reenactors from several states and has been heralded as one of the finest small reenactments in the eastern United States. The photo above shows participants charging the crowd of spectators during a previous reenactment. For more information,





Eight arrested on drug charges

Eight people were arrested in Nicholas County last week on drug charges.

The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department and the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force made the arrests over a two-day period on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 4.

According to the criminal complaints filed in Nicholas County Magistrate Court, the arrests resulted from drug activity that had taken place over the past eight months.

Arrested on three felony charges each were Wayne Barnett and Joseph Spencer. Both are charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Barnett is accused of selling methamphetamine to an confidential informant on two occasions in February and once in May.

Spencer is accused of selling alprazolam to a confidential informant on two occasions in June and July and morphine once in May.

Both were arraigned by Magistrate Wayne Plummer and sent to the Central Regional Jail.

Spencer was released after posting $10,000 bond and he waived his preliminary hearing on Monday, Sept. 8. His case was sent to Nicholas County Circuit Court.

Barnett was released after posting $90,000 bond. A preliminary hearing will be held on Sept. 16 in magistrate court.




Commission gives $10,000 for

Richwood Wastewater Treatment repairs

The Nicholas County Commission contributed $10,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 2, to the City of Richwood for needed repairs to the city’s sewage treatment system.

The Commission also awarded a bid for the Courthouse heating and cooling system re-piping project, approved a grant awarded to the Nicholas County Airport Authority, adopted a proclamation declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and appointed a couple of people to Boards and Commissions.

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

Richwood Wastewater Treatment Plant repairs
Richwood Mayor Bob Johnson came before the Commission as a follow-up to his request on July 1 to request financial assistance for much-needed repairs to the city’s sewage treatment system.

Johnson had explained previously that the sludge basin in the treatment plant isn’t working properly. This is due to mechanical failures in which a rotating sweep-arm that is supposed to make the effluent a solid and liquid mixture is not working, meaning that raw sewage would be dumped into Cherry River, leaving the city out of compliance with state Division of Environmental Protection regulations.

Johnson said the cost of the repairs is estimated to be $160,000 and the city will be receiving an $80,000 grant from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC) and was requesting the Commission to assist financially with some of the remaining amount needed.

The mayor said the city has enough emergency reserve funds to put toward the project to meet the estimated $160,000 in repair costs. He said reserve funds will also have to go toward fixing some sewer lines in the Cherry River that are in need of repair, along with a manhole, both of which were discovered since his previous request.

The mayor added that the $160,000 may not cover the entire cost of mechanical repairs in the sludge basin because the full extent of the repairs and the cost isn’t known. Thus far, they are drilling holes in the concrete walls of the sludge basin to try and redirect the effluent.




School Board reviews Career and

Technical Center enrollment

The Nicholas County Board of Education at their Tuesday evening, Sept. 2, meeting reviewed the enrollment figures for the current school year at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center in Craigsville.

The Board also announced the dates of several school and community excess levy information meetings, adopted two revised policies, heard a request to establish a school soccer boosters organization, heard from a parent regarding a request to transfer a student and discussed outside consulting contracts.

Present for the meeting were Board Vice-President Phil Berry and members Bob O’Dell, Darrell White and Fred Amick.

Career and Technical Center enrollment
Nicholas County Career and Technical Center Principal Tommy Bayless came before the Board to present enrollment figures at the center for the current year.

He said enrollment was down slightly this year from last year with 96 students attending from Nicholas County High School, 44 from Ricwhood High School and 24 from Webster County High School.

The Board’s change in policy over the summer that allowed freshmen and sophomores to enroll in the Junior ROTC at the Career and Technical Center enabled the program to get back up to near the enrollment figures of last year. There are 40 students enrolled in JROTC with the next largest programs being Auto Tech with 20 students and welding and ProStart with 19 students each.

The Board has also worked to allow students to have a more flexible schedule so that they can take more courses to be a “completer” in a career field.

Board members expressed the need to increase Career and Technical Center enrollment by getting local businesses involved and encouraging them to employ students at the center to work after school and weekends in their field of study.



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