Aden Lacy Blankenship
80, of Richwood

Velljean Hudkins Bragg
90, of Lewisburg

Barbara Ellen Brown
66, of Birch River

Teresa Louise Deal
56, of Mt. Lookout

Harold Walter Hilton Sr.
74, of Craigsville

Orval “Jerry Pie” Mullins

Ada Maxine Rose
93, of Birch River

Frances Isabell Shields
88, of Craigsville

Arnel Junior Silman
82, of Hacker Valley

Wilmer “Junior” Taylor
81, of Drennen

Minnie Evelyn Thomas
93, of Watauga, Texas

Crystal Michelle Walker Wall 43, of Richwood








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Board Awards bid for Summersville

Middle School Modular Classrooms

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Sept. 26, awarded the bid to provide modular classrooms for Summersville Middle School.

The Board also approved a lease agreement with a property owner in Richwood to provide additional parking for Cherry River Elementary School, which will be a temporary school site, and reviewed the temporary schools sites for Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School.

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

Modular classroom bids
Marie McCauley and Dave Ferguson of Board architects ZMM of Charleston came before the Commission to present bid proposals for the modular classrooms for Summersville Middle School to be located on the practice field behind Nicholas County High School. The middle school building was flooded in June and in all likelihood won’t reopen. Students are currently attending the emergency site at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.

McCauley said several bids were received and they were scored based on both cost and when the companies could complete the installation. The modulars will be used for four years until a new middle school is constructed.

The two lowest bidders were Advanced Modular and Modular Genius. McCauley said Advanced Modular had the lowest bid, with an installation completion date of Feb. 28, 2017.

Modular Genius had the second lowest bid but had a completion date of Nov. 28, which is about the date that students are to be out of the armory according to the emergency site agreement with the Summersville armory.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick advised the Board that she had met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earlier in the day in Charleston and told them that if they had to select the low bidder, students will have to remain in unfavorable conditions until Feb. 28 and it would cost the Board an additional $210,000 to keep the middle school students at the armory until the modular installation date.

She added that if you subtract the $210,000 from the second-lowest bid total, there would only be a $741,000 difference between the two bids.

“They (FEMA) said they would approve it since it would allow us to get the students out of the arena on time,” said Dr. Burge-Tetrick.

The bid from Modular Genius was $5,248,752 and the bid from Advanced Modular was $4,386, 250.




‘Jacks crown their Queen

Richwood High School principal Scott Williams crowns Danielle Milam as the 2016 RHS Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies of the Richwood vs. Pocahontas County High School football game on Friday night, Sept. 23, at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood.




SRMC Board accepts CEO Ayres

Resignation; finances improving

The Summersville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees on Thursday evening, Sept. 22, accepted the resignation of hospital Chief Executive Officer Dan Ayres.

The Board also hired an immediate replacement for Ayres, heard a Corporate Compliance Report and received an improved financial report.

Present for the meeting were Board Chairman Brian Johnson and members Mark Shiflett, Jim Epling, Kenny Baker, Jim Marsh, Stephen Boone, Dr. Kevin Brown, Robert Shafer, Judy Sentz, Valerie Phillips, Mike Steadham, Dr. Bandy Mullens and Saundra Kinser.

CEO Report
Chief Executive Officer Dan Ayres advised the Board that he was resigning his position immediately. He said he was returning to the state of New York to take a position with a hospice organization where he will work on consolidation and network development.

“This was strictly a personal decision,” said Ayres. “It had nothing to do with the hospital or this board.”

He said a major contributing factor was that he was unable to sell his house in New York and had to leave his family behind.

“My experience here has been very rewarding and I want to thank everyone,” he said.

As part of a management contract with Quorum Health Resources of Brentwood, Tenn., the hospital’s consultant, the Board hired Karen Fiducia, of Texas, as the new hospital Chief Executive Officer, effective Friday, Sept. 23.




Man gets lengthy term for child sex crimes

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Summersville man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for sexually abusing a young girl under his care.

During a hearing in Nicholas County Circuit Court on Sept. 19, Brent Woodrow Cavendish, 31, was sentenced to the maximum term of 80 to 160 years in the penitentiary.

“I still don’t think that’s sufficient for what you did,” Circuit Judge Gary Johnson told the defendant in handing down the sentence.

Cavendish pleaded guilty on July 12 to eight counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

Judge Johnson sentenced Cavendish to the maximum 10 to 20 years for each count, to run consecutively.

Cavendish was indicted in January on 25 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, 20 counts of third-degree sexual assault and five counts of incest. In exchange for plea, the other counts in the indictment were dismissed.

Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan Calhoun said at the plea hearing that both he and the investigating officer, State Police Cpl. D.P. White, had spoken with the victim and that she was “100 percent onboard” with the plea agreement.




Richwood Council fills open seat,

learns of another vacancy

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Moments after filling one vacancy, Richwood Common Council learned that another member had resigned.

Meeting on Sept. 22, Council, on a unanimous voice vote, approved the appointment of Britt Nicholas to fill a Ward III seat that had been vacant following the resignation of Terry Trivolette Lewis.

Nicholas previously served on Council, and currently is a member of the Richwood Park Board.

Mayor Bob Henry Baber then informed Council that Chuck Taylor had resigned his Ward II seat.

Taylor was appointed in July after no one sought the seat in the June election.

Baber said Taylor had some health issues and that serving on Council, especially in the aftermath of the June 23 flood, was “a little more stressful than he thought it would be.”

Baber added, “I want to thank him for what he’s done. He’s done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes.”

Council also approved the appointment of Tammy Coleman to the Richwood City Building Commission and voted in Bruce Breuninger as an alternate RCBC member.

Council again devoted most of the meeting to flood-related matters.

Members discussed the $512,000 disaster loan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and how much the city could draw down in the first year.

Council approved a motion to draw down as much as it could.

Council was told that $680,000 in debris removal costs was ready to be submitted to FEMA for reimbursement.



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