Richard Lee Bullion
66, of Craigsville

Charles Larry Deitz
68, of Mt. Lookout

Vernon Hall, Sr.
86, of Craigsville

Daniel Allen Hinkle
38, of Hurricane

Margaret L. Krise
71, of Summersville

Charlene Marie Lucky
83, of Richwood

Grover William Mathes
86 of Cowen

Dr. Andrew C. McClung
of Craigsville

W.J. (Bubber) McCroskey

Marsha Lynn O’Dell
52, of Nettie

Charles Leon Perkins
78, of Birch River

Melbourne “Sonny” Ramsey
80, of Mt. Nebo

Edward Martin Williams
82, of Summersville








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2015-16 county budget falls by more than $2 Million

The proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget recently approved by the Nicholas County Commission shows a sharp decrease of more than $2 million from the current fiscal year budget.

When it takes effect July 1, the 2015-16 fiscal year budget will total a projected $5,552,775 in revenues, which is approximately a 30-percent decrease from the current fiscal year budget of $7,882,757 or a drop of $2,354,982 in revenue.

The largest source of revenue, ad valorem property taxes, are projected to bring in $4,073,170, which is a more than $80,000 decrease from the current fiscal year property taxes of $4,153,489.

The next largest source of revenue, unassigned fund balance or carryover funds, showed a drastic decrease going from $1,518,466 for the current year to $321,029 for 2015-16 or a decrease of nearly $1.2 million.

Another major source of revenue, coal severance tax funds, are projected to be $110,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, which is a significant decrease from the $571,368 received this year.

Other sources of revenue are federal grants, which decreased from $275,121 this year to $92,126 next year, $130,000 in General School Reimbursements, $90,000 in federal payment in lieu of taxes, $85,000 in county clerk earnings and $80,000 in property transfer taxes.

On the expenditure side, expenditures for the current fiscal year totaled $8,961,817 and for 2015-16 will total $5,552,775 for a decrease of more than $3.4 million.

The largest expenditure for 2015-16 is the sheriff-law enforcement budget, which is $805,993, a decrease from just under $1.47 million spent this year. This was mainly due to 11 deputy sheriffs being laid off from employment.




On the hunt

Colorful eggs were plentiful as a large crowd of kids swarmed the front lawn of the Summersville Arena and Conference Center for the CVB and City of Summersville’s annual Easter Egg Hunt held on Saturday, April 4. Despite the chilly weather, the event was enjoyed by many.





Two plead guilty to crimes against minors

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Two defendants, in unrelated cases, pleaded guilty on April 1 in Nicholas County Circuit Court to charges involving crimes against minors.

Steven Vernon Knight, 42, of Richwood pleaded guilty to six counts of use of a minor in filming sexually explicit conduct.

Following his hearing, Amanda Sue McCartney, 32, of Nettie pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse resulting in injury.

Knight previously pleaded guilty in January to a prosecutor’s information charging him with 10 counts of use of a minor in filming sexually explicit conduct.

But the plea was set aside because Knight was not informed of the appropriate sentence.

He now faces a maximum term of 60 years in prison. Sentencing was set for April 9.

Knight will also be required to register as a sex offender for life and faces up to life on supervised release if and when he leaves prison.

Nicholas Prosecutor Jamie Milam said the other four counts in the January information would be dismissed as part of the revised plea agreement.

“We thought six counts would be sufficient,” Milam said. “This results in the victim not having to appear in court to testify,”

Assistant Public Defender Sarah Campbell said she saw no advantage in proceeding to a trial.

Knight admitted he photographed a minor under the age of 18 while the minor was engaged in sexually explicit conduct and displayed the conduct on his cell phone.

Milam said the investigation began in February 2014 when Nicholas Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Silman received a complaint about an inappropriate text message.




Richwood Council votes to continue

process for fire service fee request

Maxine Corbett
Richwood Editor

Richwood’s Common Council sat in regular session on April 2 where members voted for preparation of the legal document necessary for a requested $5 monthly fire service fee.

The request had been thoroughly discussed by the City’s Finance Committee in a meeting held prior to the Council meeting. Members had passed on this proposed $5 monthly fire service fee for a vote of full Council. Finance Committee members recommended approval.

An ordinance will be prepared with the necessary three readings to follow. The target date for the fee to go into effect is July 1. When all the legal work has been completed, the fee will appear on city utility bills as a separate item.

Mayor Robert Johnson said currently the city provides water, sewer, and sanitation service to 1,100 customers. Chief Tom Coleman again was the spokesman for the half-dozen volunteer firemen attending this meeting. Again, Chief Coleman stressed to Council that the RVFD needs additional revenue for operational costs.

Municipal Police Chief Allen Cogar gave an activity report for the month of March. He said 132 service calls were answered, with 16 of those calls originating through City Hall contact.

One eviction notice was served. Other activity included 27 misdemeanor warrants, 34 felonies, and eight citations. He is working with other agencies on 27 additional pending felonies. Narcotics with an estimated value of $3,200 were seized. Hours worked were 181.




Board addresses 2015-16 school calendar

The school calendar for the 2015-16 school year was a major topic of discussion of the Nicholas County Board of Education at their meeting on Monday evening, April 6.

The Board also gave final approval to two policies, placed two policies on public comment, approved a memorandum of understanding with the Nicholas County Division of Homeland Security and Department of Emergency Services, approved contracts with three vendors for internet service, computer software and computers and heard Local School Improvement Council reports from three schools in the county.

Present for the nearly three-hour meeting held in the Cherry River Elementary School cafeteria in Richwood were Board Vice-President Phil Berry and members Bob M. O’Dell, Fred Amick and Darrell White.

Board President Dr. Lloyd Adkins was unable to attend the meeting in person due to a death in the family but participated in the finance and personnel portions of the meeting by telephone conference call.

2015-16 school calendar
No one was present for a scheduled public hearing on the proposed school calendar for the 2015-16 school.

Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher advised the Board and those in attendance that members of the calendar committee had sent out a survey to parents, employees and students regarding the school calendar for the 2015-16 school year. All were asked whether they would like a week or two days off for Spring Break, a week or two days off for Thanksgiving Break, a seven- or eight-day Christmas Break, what day school should begin and when school should end at the end of the year.

So far, the survey results indicate that the majority of parents and employees support a two-day Easter Break with about an even split between support for a weeklong or two-day Thanksgiving Break.

Butcher said the calendar committee will develop two proposed school calendars for 2015-16 to be voted on later this year by employees based upon the results of the survey.



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