Kandy Sue Barnette
33, of Cowen

Helen Virginia Bartley
of Prattville, Ala.

Linda Sue Butler
61, of Craigsville

James Walton Chapman
66, of Nettie

Clifford Dotson
82, of Nettie

Charles Lloyd Hall
76, of Diana

Lue Belle Dorsey Hamilton
81, of Webster Springs

Mary Lou Harlow
64, of Summersville

John Andrew “Newy” Harvey 41, of Jodie

Irene Virginia House Hines
89, of Diana

Eileen Ernestine (Willis) Holliday
95, of Boomer


Lisa Sue McCutcheon Mize

Carmen Kathleen Springer
55, of Webster Springs

Oscar Theodore Tharpe
81, of Summersville









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Richwood Holds Annual Feast Of The Ramson

Locals Chuck and Katie Toussieng enjoy their first time at the Ramp Feed.


By Ruby Rogers
Richwood High School Reporter

Hundreds of people poured into the town of Richwood on Saturday, April 23, for what is said to be “the granddaddy of all Appalachian Ramp Feeds.” The annual Feast of the Ramson took place at the Richwood High School cafeteria, gym, and the RMS Red Gym. The Ramp Feed is run by the Richwood Chamber of Commerce, but many locals come out every year to help volunteer. This year, there were volunteers of all ages, from as young as 10 years old and some over the age of 80. All of the work for the ramp feed is done locally, from the digging of the ramps, to the cleaning and cooking. Some students from Richwood High School volunteered to help clean the ramps with RHS teacher, Lisa King.

There were 1,750 pounds of ramps dug and served and the unofficial number of guests fed is around 1,200. The famous ramps were served with beans, cornbread, ham, bacon, potatoes, and homemade desserts. People come from all around the country for the big Ramp Feed celebration and this year Richwood was visited by people from Delaware, New Jersey, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia. Two producers from PBS News who were in town to work with RHS’s Student Reporting Lab tried them for the first time. Their reaction was mixed. Many people also come from around the state to participate in and enjoy the Arts and Crafts Fair where vendors sell hundred of different Appalachian goodies from handmade pottery to homemade peanut butter fudge.




Woman sentenced to prison for sex crime

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A woman who admitted having sexual relations with a 14-year-old boy in her home has been sentenced to a term in prison.

Tina Elaine Roach, 33, was sentenced on April 20 in Nicholas County Circuit Court to 1 to 5 years in prison, the maximum term for third-degree sexual assault.

Roach pleaded guilty to the charge on March 10.

Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson also ordered Roach to serve 30 years on supervised release after she leaves prison and to register as a sex offender for life.

Roach was arrested last October, accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with the boy in her home on three occasions between August 2014 and December 2014. At the March 10 plea hearing, Prosecutor Samuel White said the boy was visiting his brother, who had been placed in the home.

Roach was indicted in January on three counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust to a child.

As part of the plea agreement, the other five counts in the indictment were dismissed. White said the victim was reluctant to testify at a trial.

During the April 20 sentencing hearing, White asked the court to impose the 1-to-5-year term.

“She received a significant break with the charges that were dismissed,” he said. “We believe that’s all the break she should be given.”

Defense attorney Tim Carrico asked the court to consider home confinement.

Carrico said Roach had undergone a psychological evaluation and had been admitted into an outpatient sex offender treatment program.




Board hears Truancy Diversion Update

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Tuesday evening, April 19, heard an update on the Truancy Diversion Program.

The Board also heard a concern from the Starting Points Child Care Center in Craigsville and Richwood, approved a revised employee sick leave donation policy, set the levy rates for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1, and received the results of an employee and parent survey regarding the start of the school day schedule.

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

Truancy Diversion Program Update
Nicholas County Circuit Court School-Based Probation Officer Rebecca Groves, Nicholas County Probation Officer Mike Williams and Director of Attendance and Student Services Vickie Nutter came before the Board to provide an update on the Truancy Diversion Program.

The new program began in December with the hiring of Groves, who is paid half by the Board and half by the Nicholas County Circuit Court.

Groves reports one day a week at both of the middle schools and both of the high schools in the county for meetings to intervene in instances where students have missed five or more days of school. For the first intervention, a letter is mailed out to the parents or guardians from the Board of Education and Nicholas County Circuit Court advising them of the criminal charges they could face if the student doesn’t have excused absences.

For the second intervention, a meeting is held with the student and parents or guardians.

Parent and physician excuses are obtained and referrals are made for appropriate services.

The third and fourth interventions and any additional interventions follow the same procedure as the second intervention.

Groves said intervention meetings are scheduled each week and new five-day letters are mailed out each week. The program compares week-to-week attendance at each school.




County Commission OKs new lease

with Summersville golf course

The Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, April 19, voted to approve a new lease with the Nicholas Memorial Golf Course, which will enable the course to begin selling beer at their facility on county-owned property.

The Commission also set the property tax levy rates for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1, heard a financial update, as well as hearing some concerns about the Birch River Public Service District. They also approved the order designating the banks in the county as depositories of county funds, approved an amendment to the agreement between the county and the owners of a site near Summersville where an emergency communications tower is located and appointed a couple of people to boards and commissions.

Present for the meeting were Commission President Ken Altizer, Commissioner John Miller and Commissioner Lyle Neal.

Golf Course Lease
Bob Page, President of the Nicholas County Golf Association, and Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation President Jaime Antoline came before the Commission regarding the long-term lease agreement between the County Commission and the Nicholas Memorial Golf Course, which is on county property adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park.

Antoline explained that Park Board Attorney Greg Sproles had written up a new lease between the county and the golf course since the previous lease had expired at the beginning of the year.

The yearly lease amount was increased to $4,134.51, which is a slight increase from the previous lease since there had been no increase for a few years. The lease with the county was also modified from 20 years to 10 years.

The new lease also allows the golf course to receive a non-intoxicating alcohol license from the state so that they can sell beer at the golf course. It was noted that outside entities had been selling beer at the golf course on different occasions and the local course was the only one in the area that didn’t sell it on the premises themselves. Players were also bringing their own beer and the golf course would like to begin selling both beer and food to increase profits.

The Commission approved the new lease with the Nicholas County Memorial Golf Course.




Richwood Council eyes clear title on Goodrich building

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood Common Council has taken one final step to enable the city Building Commission to gain clear title to the old BF Goodrich building.

During its regular meeting on April 21, Council adopted a resolution that will be sent to the West Virginia Development Office, seeking assurance the WVDO “has no claim or interest against the property.”

Mayor Robert Johnson said liens against the building are expected to be released soon by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and BB&T.

Those liens total about $400,000, including a $50,000 lien held by the NRGRDA, one of $200,000 held by USDA Rural Development “and the remainder by BB&T,” the mayor said.

“There remained a Development Office concern over some funding that was provided to help open a business (at the site) in 1999,” the mayor added, referring to the former Cherry Valley Furniture Co.

Mayor Johnson said Joe Brouse, director of business retention and expansion for the NRGRDA, had recommended sending a resolution to the state Development Office to clear up the matter.

City officials are hopeful a company may be interested in locating at the site. A recent assessment found no major structural deficiencies with the main building.

In another matter, the mayor said the city was successful in a grant application for a structural assessment of the former National Guard armory, which is now owned by the city.

The grant is for $10,000, which includes a $2,000 city match.



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