Irene Gay Bailey
70, of Craigsville

Shelvy Yovonne (Donato) Blankenship

Garry C. Garvin
41, of Birch River

Laura Belle Hellems
92, of Mount Nebo

James Robert “Turtle” Milam
72, of Craigsville

Howard Francis McKinney
78, of Summersville

Betty Jo McMillion
76, of Summersville

Timothy Lloyd Morrison
59, of Summersville

Cheryl A. Holmes-Salomon, 65



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Board honors teacher and service personnel of the year

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, May 3, honored the Nicholas County Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year for 2020-21.

The board also approved the 2021-22 school calendar, okayed a request from the Nicholas County Commission to approve a property tax incentive for the construction of the new nursing home in the county, honored vocational students who placed in state competitions and approved several contracts.

All five board and Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick were present for the meeting.

Nicholas County Schools Teacher of the Year

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick announced that Lisa Cole, math teacher at Richwood Middle School, has been selected the 2021 Nicholas County Teacher of the Year. She will represent the county at the state level in the selection of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The superintendent said Cole has taught for 21 years in five Nicholas County Schools as an elementary and middle school teacher. “She is highly regarded in her school as a teacher who goes above and beyond for her students.

Burge-Tetrick said Cole believes in teaching students to change their mindset and become risk-takers in mathematics. “She challenges her students to believe they are and can become good math students by helping them develop a true understanding of math and encourages them to become mathematical thinkers and problem solvers."

Teachers nominated by their individual schools to be county Teacher of the Year were Leigh Sisson of Birch River Elementary, Kathy Barnett of Cherry River Elementary, Mary Griffith of Gauley River Elementary, Patricia Elswick of Mount Lookout Elementary, Tami Marks of Mount Nebo Elementary, Weldon “Chip” Perrine of Panther Creek Elementary, Abigail Hoover of Summersville Elementary, Christie Lott-Buck of Zela Elementary, Autumn Siminski of Summersville Middle School and Melissa Scott of Richwood High School.

All were honored and presented plaques by the board.

Honorary Teachers of the Year

At the request of their principals, the board named as Honorary Teachers of the Year the late Mark Shifflett, chemistry teacher at Nicholas County High School; the late Mark Fleming, health and physical education teacher at Nicholas County High School; and the late Amanda Bragg, fourth grade teacher at Gauley River Elementary School.

The board presented plaques to the family members of the three late teachers.

Nicholas County Schools Service Personnel of the Year

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick announced that cook Debbie Mullens, cafeteria manager at Cherry River Elementary School had been selected the 2020-21 Nicholas County Schools Service Personnel of the Year. Mullens will represent the county at the state level for the West Virginia Schools Service Personnel of the Year.

The superintendent noted that all those nominated for Nicholas County Schools Service Personnel of the Year “are exceptional individuals who have contributed greatly to making their school successful.”

She added that county schools have received high praise from many for their look and cleanliness.

Others nominated by their schools to be Nicholas County Schools Service Personnel of the Year are Pamelia Woods of Birch River Elementary, Monica Smith of Glade Creek Elementary, Ginger McQueen of Gauley River Elementary, Vickie Morriston of Mount Lookout Elementary, Debbie Lopetrone of Mount Nebo Elementary, Lisa McClung of Panther Creek Elementary, Alicia Keiffer of Summersville Elementary, Robin Short of Zela Elementary, Bill Roberts of Richwood Middle School, Seth Bostic of Summersville Middle School, Mary Jane Moore of Richwood High School, Tia McMillion of the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center and Nicole Workman of the Nicholas County board of Education Central Office.

All were presented plaques by the board.





Down and Ready!

Summersville Little League held its 2021 opening day on Saturday, May 1, at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park. Games began at 10 a.m. and continued through 6 p.m. on all of the park’s several fields. This year’s league includes 5 tee ball teams, 4 Minor League baseball teams, 5 Little League baseball teams, 3 Senior League baseball teams, 2 Minor League softball teams, 3 Little League softball teams and 1 Senior League softball team. The 2020 season was cancelled by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Among the many youngsters seeing their first action of the season was Sophie Grace Hamrick, pictured, of the Nationals Tee Ball team. She is the daughter of Rusty and Christin Hamrick and the granddaughter of Greg and Merry Waters, Betty Hamrick and Russell and Debbie Hamrick.

Photo courtesy of Merry Waters






76-year-old woman dies of Covid-19; active cases increase

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, the Covid-19 death of a 76-year-old female from Nicholas County.

According to the DHHR, as of May 2, there have been 2,686 deaths from the coronavirus in the state.

Active cases for the county were at 191 as of Sunday, May 2, with three probable cases — a jump from 168 active cases on Monday, April 26.

The total case count for Nicholas County since the pandemic began is 1,600.

The total number Nicholas County residents, who are fully vaccinated, is 7,957 — 32.5 percent of residents over the age of 16.

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History comes alive in Richwood

The Richwood Heritage Center, located at 21 East Main St., will be the site for “History Comes Alive in Richwood” through November. The presentations, which are free and open to the public, will be made by local individuals in the Sterling Spencer Sculpture Garden, honoring many of the people important to Richwood’s history.

Thanks in part to a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, it will focus on the people who helped shape Richwood and preserve Richwood’s rich heritage. Visitors will be entertained by the presentations at 1 p.m. and then tour the Richwood Heritage Center afterward to peruse the displays there. Each presentation and related artifacts will be on display in the Heritage Center throughout the year.

This series will feature 14 presentations, mostly on Saturdays, as follows:

On May 8, Glen Facemire, Jr., will present “Having your ramps and eating them too.”

May 22 will feature a program on the late Jim Comstock, publisher of the former West Virginia Hillbilly and Richwood News Leader.





Feast of the Ramson May 15

The “granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds,” Richwood’s “Feast of the Ramson,” will be on Saturday, May 15.

In addition to a traditional menu of ham, bacon, potatoes, brown beans, and cornbread, the pleasing aroma of sassafras tea will challenge the somewhat pungent, distinctive odor of the delicious pièce de résistance of this meal.

In addition to the meal, which will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richwood Moose Lodge, the arts and crafts show will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. in the heart of Richwood at the city hall and the Richwood Public Library, with many vendors set up outside, weather permitting.

Special local entertainment will be performed in both locations throughout the day.

Tickets for the dinner may be purchased in advance prior to May 14 through the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce, 38 Edgewood Avenue, Richwood, WV 26261.

Outdoor dining and take-out dinners will be available.

Include appropriate payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children.

For more information, call the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 304-846-6790, visit or check out the event on the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Facebook page.

All safety measures regarding Covid-19 will be followed.

Ramps, a wild mountain herb known for “smelling bad,” grows abundantly in the woody areas surrounding Richwood. The odor remains on the breath of the partaker for many hours after indulging. To ramp lovers, this smell is equal to the finest perfume.