Gerald Alderman
formerly of Richwood

Roy Glenn Bragg
83, of Richwood

Christopher Logan Dotson
62, of Summersville

James Richard Ford
65, of Summersville

Don Otis Hall
53, of Cowen

Paul David Phillips
54, of Craigsville

Lynal Edward Rader
67, of Richwood








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15 Candidates seeking Summersville City Offices

A total of 15 people have filed to run as candidates in the non-partisan June 9 Summersville Municipal Election.

The June 9 election will have on the ballot the positions of Mayor, Recorder, two City Council seats from Ward I, one seat from Ward II, two seats from Ward III and two seats from Ward IV for a total of nine positions. All positions are elected to four-year terms.

One of two candidates filing for the office of mayor was incumbent Mayor Robert Shafer of Starbuck Road who is seeking reelection to a third term.

The other candidate for mayor is current Ward IV Councilman Joe Rapp of McKees Creek Road.

Candidates vying for the office of Recorder are incumbent Fred Reed of Holly Drive and current Ward III City Councilman Dave Harper of Vaughan Avenue. Reed is seeking reelection to a second term.

Filing for City Council in Ward I were incumbents Wayne Halstead of Groves Street and Amy Young of Walker Avenue. Halstead is seeking reelection to a second term while Young, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term, is running for her first full term on Council.

Two candidates are vying for the one Council seat in Ward II. They are Jim Epling of Water Street and Tom Baker of Valentine Circle. Ward II Councilwoman Lisa Baker did not file for reelection.

In Ward III, four candidates filed for election to the two Council seats. Incumbent Mike Steadham of Daniel Street is seeking reelection to a third term.

Marie Perry Parsons of Arbuckle Road, a former Summersville  Recorder, is a candidate for City Council.

The other two candidates in Ward III are Brandon Waters of Margaret Street and Judith Stanley of Hidden Springs Farm Road.

There are three candidates vying for two Council seats in Ward IV. Incumbent Eugene Underwood is seeking re-election to a second term.

The other two candidates are Teresa Clevenger of Lone Tree Drive and Peg Callaghan of Chestnut Hill Drive.

The filing period for the June 9 Summersville Municipal Election was over Saturday, Feb. 14.




Paint it blue

Mayor Robert Shafer, left, along with Summersville Police Chief Jay Nowak (right), Crpl. Seth Louden (middle) and Patrolman Rick Wiseman (second from left), hang the first of many blue ribbons that will decorate the city in honor of the national “Paint the Town Blue” campaign organized by the Wives Behind the Badge support group. The event will take place this Thursday, Feb. 19, and everyone is encouraged to show support for law enforcement by hanging a blue ribbon on the door of your home or business. Mayor Shafer said that despite the severe weather, the city will not be detered in showing their support for the law enforcement community. The ribbons that will be displayed in Summersville were handmade by DeeDee Fillinger.





Richwood’s new radio station — WXTH-LP 101.7

It has been in the planning stages since 2003, but finally, this past January, WXTH – LP came on the air. The low-powered FM radio station is the brainchild of Michael Tyler who is a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Tyler says, “It was during the ice storm of 2003 when I realized the frustration that existed about not being able to get information out to the public about the situation. Mayor Johnson commented in a conversation to me at that time that Richwood needed a local radio station.”

Mike started pitching the idea of the possibility of his church sponsoring a gospel radio station that could spread the Word, play good Christian music, broadcast community events and serve the Richwood area during times of emergencies or natural disasters.

First and foremost, Riverside’s church members wanted a gospel radio station that could spread the Word.

Over the years and through Mike’s affiliation with Wally Howerton (both were Ham Radio Operators) they started making plans to centralize the radio station in downtown Richwood.

The Family Center was the most logical place because of its central location and commitment to the community. The Family Center also had a generator donated by the Collins Companies Foundation that could power the Center and the Radio Station in the event Richwood should lose power.




Board conducts hearing on bus driver’s transfer

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Thursday evening, Feb. 12, conducted a hearing for a bus operator who was transferred from his position for the next school year.

The Board also conducted two student expulsion hearings and reviewed the previous expulsion of another student.

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

Bus driver’s transfer hearing
The Board conducted a personnel transfer hearing for bus operator Scott Nutter who was transferred from his position for the 2015-16 school year.

President Adkins explained that the hearing would consist of the general and personnel portions of the hearing.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher explained that Nutter was transferred from his position due to his present bus run being eliminated as the result of a reduction in the work force. He added that the work force was reduced in order to meet budget projections for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The students currently riding Nutter’s bus will be assigned to another bus. Butcher added that two bus driver positions were eliminated in next year’s projected budget. The two drivers can apply for other vacant positions in the system for which they are qualified and be hired based upon their seniority.

Butcher further explained that the Board is having to reduce the budget for next year by a projected $642,730 from the current budget. He said this includes a reduction of $142,730 in state school aid formula money as the result of a decrease of 16 students in county enrollment this past year. The county had to spend an additional $150,000 this year on the hiring of employees to positions where there were overages in enrollment that exceeded projections, such as some kindergartens which required hiring another teacher. The total also includes a projected reduction of $350,000 in excess levy revenue due to the loss of property tax revenue in the county.

Butcher said the Board has thus far reduced the projected budget for next year by approximately $520,000 leaving $122,000 in cuts that still need to be made.

The Board met in executive session to conduct the personnel portion of the transfer hearing.
No action was taken by the Board after they returned to regular session. A ruling is expected to be made at a future meeting.




Fire guts house in Richwood

Fire heavily damaged a house in Richwood and caused minor damage to another one beside it on Saturday, Feb. 14.

According to Richwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Coleman, the fire occurred at 5:20 a.m. on East Walnut Street at a vacant house owned by Jeff Bess of Summersville.

Bess was having the house remodeled for a relative.

The fire started in the basement of the two-story stucco home and spread upward throughout the structure. The basement of the home was fully involved when firefighters arrived, and flames were spreading to the first floor. The interior of the house was gutted.

The intense heat of the flames caused minor damage to the wooden siding of a house located beside the burned structure.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined and under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The RVFD responded to the call with 15 firefighters, three engines and a utility vehicle.

Several other volunteer fire departments provided mutual aid. The Summersville VFD responded with an engine and three men.  The Nettie VFD responded with an engine and four men. The Craigsville VFD responded with an engine, utility vehicle and six firefighters.

The Marlinton VFD responded with an engine and four firefighters. The Hillsboro VFD responded with an engine, support vehicle and six firefighters.




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