Ms. Ethel Maxine Adkins
93, of Gauley Bridge

Wanda Mullins Butcher
84, of Dille

Kevin Scott Campbell
46, of Newton, N.C.

Elizabeth Ida Dilley

Grace Louise Fields
81, of Nettie

Courtney JoAnn Malcomb Hamon
25, of Tioga

Phillip Steven Jenkins
61, of Richwood

Clarence “Bud” Lucky
73, of Craigsville

Caroline June Manning
68, of Craigsville

David Lee Richmond
59, of Calvin

John Wayne Schoolcraft
65, of Richwood

Mary Ellen “Mickey” Snyder
75, of Largo, Fla.








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Grand Jury returns murder indictment

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Nicholas County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a Birch River man last week in connection with the death of another man nearly a year ago.

The grand jury, meeting on May 12, indicted Kristopher Love, 27, on a charge of murder.
Love was charged in the death of James Lewis Frame, 39, also of Birch River.

Investigators said Love and Frame were involved in a fight on Powell’s Creek Road in Birch River on June 3, 2014.

When Nicholas sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found Frame unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the grand jury indicted Terry Bennett on a charge of aiding and abetting murder.
And four others, Dustin Lynn Bennett, Danielle Lynn Pickens, Michelle Lee Stull and Michael S. Wood, were named in a separate indictment charging each of them with accessory after the fact. Stull also faces a charge of battery on a governmental representative.



Taking an old bagful of t-shirts and turning them into a “work of art” are, from left, Peggy Basham, Irene Thomas and Dorothy Fitzwater. Thomas was reported by the other ladies to have done the greatest portion of the work. At left is one of their more traditional quilts. Money received for their work goes to pay the many expenses of maintaining the Senior Center. For more information, call 304 872-8147.


Seniors sew a surprise

Several talented ladies at the Nicholas County Senior Center in Summersville enjoy quilting and sewing treasures for people to enjoy. One of their latest efforts was the commission of a bedspread for Charlie Murphy of Charleston. His grandmother wanted the talented 18-year-old musician to have a keepsake from his high school years, so his mother collected all his old T-shirts, stuck away in drawers, which pertained to his favorite musicians. This is a graduation present he will always remember. His older brother, Colton, now a senior at WVU, was also given a bedspread for his high school graduation – only that one was from T-shirts relating to his prowess on the tennis courts.





School Board OKs 2015-16 Budget;

approves Career Center request

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, May 18, approved the 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

Also approved was a request for matching funds from the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center to finance a building project for students.

The Board also heard an update from the Nicholas County West Virginia University Extension Service Office, approved two contracts, approved four new policies and passed another one on first reading and approved playground equipment for an elementary school in the county.

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

Career and Technical Center request
Board Treasurer Kevin Hess advised the Board that another vacant lot had become available near the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center in Craigsville. He said the center would like to construct a house on the lot as they have done previously on other vacant lots near the center. The construction of the house would involve nearly all of the classes and course programs at the center.

Hess said it is anticipated that the house could be sold for approximately $100,000 given its good location and the current housing market in the area.

Hess said the cost of the materials for building the house are $70,000. He said the Career Center has $35,000 with which to purchase materials but is in need of funds to purchase the remainder of the material and they are requesting matching funds of $35,000 from the Board.

The Board would be paid back from the sale of the house and the Center would use the remainder of the proceeds toward the construction of another house in future years.

It was the feeling of the Board that the money would be well spent since the students will be receiving invaluable training in building trades and construction.

The Board voted to allocate $35,000 to the NCCTC from the general fund to assist in the purchase of materials to enable students to construct a house.




Law Enforcement Officials Announce

Results Of Area Counties Sex Offender

Registration Compliance Blitz

A major law enforcement blitz aimed at verifying compliance of more than 300 registered sex offenders currently residing in three southern West Virginia counties found 45 offenders out of compliance, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John D. Foster, and West Virginia State Police Lt. Michael Baylous announced last week during a press conference in Beckley. The week’s law enforcement sweep covered Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier counties.    

The initiative, known as Operation White Water Blitz, is a multi-agency law enforcement effort targeting registered sex offenders to determine individual compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as SORNA. Led by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division (CUFFED), the operation targeted 304 registered sex offenders. A total of 45 individuals were determined to be out of compliance within the Southern District of West Virginia during checks conducted last week. The violations ranged in severity from individuals who had failed to register vehicles or cell phones to one individual in Nicholas County who was in possession of three firearms and growing 76 marijuana plants on his property.




Help from above

By Mike Ensminger
The pilot of the crashed plane took inventory of his situation. His jaw was badly broken. Two of his passengers were in critical condition with broken backs; a third was also seriously wounded. The terrain was strewn with house-sized boulders interspersed with razor-sharp rocks jutting out from the earth like knives. The wreckage was the only man-made thing atop that mountainside in the Brooks Range of Alaska, just one hundred and fifty miles from the Arctic Circle. The only good things about that day in 1953 were that in August, freezing to death would only be a threat after sundown, and that by some miracle the plane’s radio still worked. He used that radio to call the pilot of the military plane he knew was circling overhead. Knowing a rescue was about to be attempted, the downed pilot, surveying the stone spikes all around him, begged his airborne counterpart to not permit a parachute jump.

The pilot of the plane relayed the message via intercom to the pair of rescue jumpers, “He says not to jump. He says you’ll rip yourselves to pieces.”

Pararescue Airman Walter F. Adkins and his partner, Charles R. Chapman upon learning of the critical nature of the injuries, disregarded that advice and flung themselves out of the Grumman SA-16 Rescue plane, falling amid the rocks below. Adkins ricocheted off the boulders like a pinball and was pretty banged up, but was still able to hike the five hundred yards to the crash site. The victims were extracted from the wreckage, their wounds treated and stabilized until a helicopter arrived for evacuation. Chapman and Adkins spent the night on the mountain with one of the survivors to make room on the chopper. All of the men lived to tell the tale of the ordeal that, had it not been for the men of the 74th Air Rescue Squadron, likely would have killed them.

Airman 1st Class Walter F. Adkins was just another West Virginia boy when his sister yelled that the “Japs had just bombed Pearl Harbor.” And now, 74 years later, Adkins can still recall his response: “Where in the hell’s Pearl Harbor?” A short three years later, Adkins was in the Navy. After the war ended he joined the Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne from 1947 to 1950. With more patriotism than two branches of the armed forces could contain, Adkins in 1951 joined the Air Force and the elite 74th Airborne Rescue Squadron and served until his retirement in 1972.



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