Hazel Francis “Short” Boggs
94, of Fenwick Mountain

Ruby Kay Bennett Chettle
59, of Dacula, Ga.

Troy Shawn Clevenger
41, of Summersville

Mack H. Fleming
66, of Cottle

Virginia Ballard Kinser
90, of Mt. Nebo

Kevin Lane Kyle
55, of Nettie

Lula Belle Legg Mullins
75, of Craigsville

Roberta Faye Paytes
76, of Summersville

Raymond A. Pippenger
89, of Mt. Nebo

Victoria Lynn Reel
59, of Richwood

Robert Allen Russell
83, of Nettie

The Rev. Orville “Red” Simmons
95, of Drennen







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Local State Trooper Honored

Richwood State Police Detachment Trooper Danny P. White was recognized last week with a Merit Award for his efforts in protecting children from abuse and neglect in Nicholas County.

The recognition came at the Children’s Memorial Flag Day ceremony held Wednesday afternoon, April 9, on the Nicholas County Courthouse lawn.

Nicholas County Juvenile Probation Officer Levi Bragg began the ceremony by noting that Children’s Memorial Flag Day was started in 1998 by the Child Welfare League of America to remember children lost to abuse or neglect and to raise community awareness regarding child abuse and neglect.

“In 1998, the ceremony started in a few states and places and it quickly spread to every state in the country,” said Bragg. “Most counties in West Virginia have their own ceremony as well as the state ceremony at the capitol in Charleston.”

Bragg explained that the centerpiece of the effort is the children’s memorial flag which he referred to as it was being raised on the Courthouse flagpole by Nicholas County Chief Probation Officer Mike Williams.

He pointed out that the flag has a design of several children on the front of it but among them in the group is the blank outline of a child. “We fly the flag in April to remember all of the children who have died because of abuse and neglect,” said Bragg.

Bragg noted that in the last year, three children were lost in Nicholas County because of abuse and neglect. A moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the three children.

Bragg also noted that there are a number of people in Nicholas County who “are standing in the gaps and doing their absolute level best to make sure there are no more blank spots.”




Hang tough

Elijah Lawson, 8, of Craigsville, enjoyed hanging upside down on the playground near the Summersville Dam on Route 129 on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon. Many were out in Nicholas County enjoying the weather after an especially harsh winter. The capricious April weather has turned cold again with snow in the forecast.





State Agency’s Performance

Review critical of County Landfill

The Nicholas County Landfill has won several state and national awards for its countywide recycling program which has received much recognition. The program is being participated in by all schools in the county resulting in substantial savings to the Board of Education.

Despite these facts, a recent Performance Review of the landfill by the state Solid Waste Management Board was highly critical of some issues and aspects of the facility.

The state Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) is statutorily required by the State Legislature to conduct a Performance Review of all sanitary landfills in the state every two years.

The SWMB stated that since their Performance Review in 2011 when the landfill improved to the “Satisfactory” category, “there has been a steady decline with the Authority regressing below its previous level.”

Since the landfill was placed in the category of “impaired” after its 2013 Performance Review with regression below its previous level, the SWMB has intervened into the operation and management of the landfill as part of a 90-day improvement period. The improvement period includes having the Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority (NCSWA) employ a consulting firm to oversee the management and operations of the landfill.

“There is a power struggle not only between the Board members and staff but also among the Board itself,” the report said. “Many of these issues are unnecessarily caused by conflict among themselves and with refusal to accept the authority or assistance of state agencies.”

The SWMB recommended that the NCSWA’s Board of Directors reinstate monthly meetings.




Summersville Mayor identifies

2014 revitalization projects

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer has identified a dozen city revitalization projects for 2014.

In an open letter to citizens, city employees, organizations and local volunteers, Shafer said, “I wish to extend my deep appreciation and gratitude for your support in helping me make Summersville and Nicholas County an attractive, peaceful and vibrant place to live, work and raise families.

“We are blessed with a very special place called Summersville, WV. Our air is clean, our lake is sparkling and our historical downtown is best characterized as a rough diamond just needing some artful trimming and polishing.”

The mayor said the challenge for 2014 “is to build on the positive efforts and accomplishments of past years by making this ‘special place’ more livable, more citizen-oriented and more visitor-appealing.”




Corps Seeks Assistance in Solving

Crime at Battle Run Campground

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking assistance in identifying the individual(s) who broke into the Battle Run Campground near Summersville Dam and stole a Green 2008 Kawasaki Mule All Terrain Vehicle. The theft occurred sometime between March 28 and March 31. Access gates, an ice machine and a building were also vandalized at the same time.

Any individual with knowledge or information of this incident is encouraged to call Corps Watch toll-free at 1-866-413-7970. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Huntington District is a participant in Corps Watch, a neighborhood crime-watch deterrence program to protect U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assets. Every year, millions of dollars in property are lost due to theft, vandalism and other threats or suspicious activity against Corps property nationwide. This program is designed to heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the impacts of crime within or around dams, lakes, navigation locks, recreation areas and other Corps facilities.

To help fight these crimes and reduce operations and maintenance costs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received Congressional authority to participate in the Corps Watch Program. This program does not replace the 911 emergency notification systems.

For more information or questions please contact the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.




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