Margaret Louise Bailes Hicks
78, of Craigsville

Judy Gail Malcomb
64, of Craigsville

Guy C. McCullough
75, of Mount Nebo

Mary Scholl McCutcheon
88, of Winter Park, Fla.

Randall Allen Rader
64, of Canvas

Herman Ray Steed, Sr.
81, of Webster Springs

Judith L. “Judy” Wallen
67, of Fairview Park, Ohio 



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County students to attend school two days per week

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Aug. 3, voted to approve a school re-entry plan for this fall in which students will attend school two days per week with distance or remote learning three days per week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board also heard an update on new school construction and awarded a bid to replace four heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at Nicholas County High School.

Present for the more than three-hour meeting were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick, board President Dr. Gus Penix, Vice-President Fred Amick and members Phil Berry, Libby Coffman and Roy Moose.

School re-entry plan

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick advised the board that she and a committee of central office employees, principals, teachers, counselors and social workers had developed three school re-entry plans termed the “green light” plan, the “yellow light” plan and the “red light” plan to cover all situations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “green light” plan would have students attending school five days per week on the regular schedule with some health and safety and transportation restrictions.

The “red light” plan, in which all students would receive remote learning, would only be implemented if the governor ordered that all schools had to be closed because of the pandemic.

The “yellow light”plan was recommended by the superintendent and her committee and approved unanimously by the board.

The plan calls for one-half of the students to attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays with three days of distance learning and the other half to attend school on Thursdays and Fridays with three days of distance learning. Schools will be deep-cleaned on Wednesdays.

The schools will be contacting parents to let them know which two days of the week their students will be attending. “Every effort will be made so that students in the same family and those at the same bus stop will be going the same days,” said the superintendent.

Superintendent Burge-Tetrick explained that at the conclusion of approximately three weeks, parents will have the opportunity to request that their child attend all four days, depending on space availability per student need and based on social distance guidelines.





35 cases of coronavirus reported in Nicholas County

Nicholas County has 35 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The agency is reporting, as of Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, that 11 of the 35 cases are active, with 21 of the 35 cases deemed recovered.

Other statistics from the county are as follows: 9.38% of people testing positive are from zero to nine years old, 3.13% are 10-19 years old, 12.50% are 20-29, 18.75% are 30-39, 21.88% are 40-49, 15.63% are 50-59, 12.50% are 60-69 and 6.25% are over the age of 70, 68.8% of those who tested positive are female, with 31.3% of the positive cases were male.

Of the people tested for the virus, 61.3% are female and 37.5% are male.

As of Aug. 7, statewide there are 7,433 positive cases and 127 deaths.

A total of 312,521 people have been tested in West Virginia.

All data are provisional and subject to change based on information obtained from public health investigations, according to the DHHR.

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“Goddess of the Moon”


Known as the Luna moth, this beautiful specimen is sometimes called the “great silkworm moth,” and is the largest moth species in North America, usually with a wingspan of 3 to 4 inches. Lisa Neville of Mount Lookout was lucky to find this docile beauty in her garden last April. Once they emerge from their cocoon, they never eat and only live from seven to ten days. They do not conflict with humans in any way while their sole purpose is to reproduce.



Photo courtesy of Lisa Neville





Brown Oaks to be used as loan collateral

Summersville City Council, at a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, approved a grant and endorsed using Brown Oaks as collateral for a loan.

Members also discussed two ordinances at the meeting, which was held at the armory.

The special meeting, which lasted an hour, was convened to approve a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire a police officer for the city, Mayor Robert Shafer said.

The grant had to be accepted and the paperwork returned to the Justice Department before the next regular meeting, he said.

The COPS grant, which will fund one position for three years, has to be used for a new position, not someone already on the payroll.

Initially, Shafer said, it was thought that the money could be used for a non-certified officer.

The city will match $83,000, for the new officer. Summersville currently has 15 officers.





Richwood Heritage Center seeking miner's stories

Have you or someone you know worked in the coal mines? We want your stories.

The Richwood Heritage Center on Main Street, Richwood, was able to increase its hours, thanks to a grant by the West Virginia Humanities Council and the federal CARES Act. Jacklyn Dudley and Mackayla Holdren have worked at the Richwood Heritage Center, providing access to the Heritage Exhibits on display there. The Center is open Thursdays through Sundays.

Mackayla has also been a partner with the Richwood Heritage Team working on a new exhibit on coal and its impact on the Richwood Area. She has shared her own story about her grandfather, Harvey Payne, also a coal miner for many years. Mackayla will be at the Center Thursday through Sunday through August 9 if you would like to stop by and share your story.

The young women also help staff the Mill Whistle Arts Artisan Co-op. Be sure to stop by and check out the exhibits as well as the local artisan gifts and crafts. Our clerks are wearing masks for your protection as well as their own. Please wear a mask and help keep everyone safe.

For more information contact Mary Jane Williams at 304-651-4259 or e-mail

This program is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act through the West Virginia Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.





Craigsville Fall Festival canceled

Craigsville Fall Festival is sorry to inform all our community and friends that because of the latest update from the governor’s office there will be NO CRAIGSVILLE FALL FESTIVAL for the year 2020.

We hope and pray that we can come back even stronger next year with the support of our community and friends.

Also, we are so sorry about the loss of a great friend, Michael Glen Russell, president of the “Helping Hands On Wheels” motorcycle club. We were so proud of the clubs willingness to help with the festival.

Anyone helping with the 2021 festival, please attend our first meeting in January. We will be letting everyone know the time and place of the meeting.





West Virginia to Baltimore: understanding BLM

Drawing from his time and experiences with his grandfather, Walter Rose (pictured right), Nic Persinger has set his lens and attention to his neighbors in Baltimore to shed light on social injustice. Spending time on his porch, his neighbor Nino (pictured below right). Also sitting for a portrait in his living room, his late neighbor Will (pictured below left).

Nic Persinger
Guest editorial

Growing up in West Virginia where most of us look the same, it’s sometimes difficult to relate to others when we don’t experience social injustices and race discrimination firsthand. I now live in Baltimore with a new set of experiences, but as a true Appalachian whose heart belongs to the mountains, I hope that my perspective will resonate with people back home.

I often see friends and family struggling to understand why people of color have fear, distrust, and disdain for police. A friend back home recently called to talk about the current social climate, and one theme kept surfacing on the other end of the phone: “I just don’t understand how you can hate the police. When we were growing up, the police here were people we felt safe with and were good people in our eyes.” I told him I couldn’t agree more with that memory of our childhood.

My Papaw, Walter Rose, once Richwood Chief of Police and later working for the Nicholas County Sheriffs Department, was someone I loved and idolized. I think most everyone has a fond memory of him if you’re from Richwood and the surrounding area. Papaw was part of our town. Unlike many police officers who work in Black neighborhoods and major cities, having traveled to work from a totally different community and have no connection with nor compassion for the people they allegedly protect and serve, my Papaw was someone who cared about community. He wasn’t just a police officer, he was one of us. He went to Richwood High School, raised his family here, started a business here, and taught all of us in our family about how important community is. He also never once pulled his gun in his career. 

These memories of my childhood experience are not the Black experience.

To him, and us, community is something you build and maintain. It takes work, respect, and empathy for others. The idea of the guardians of our town who wear badges being the bad guys just isn’t something we find relatable. During the phone call with my friend, I wanted to help him gain a new perspective. It’s so often we rely on our preferred news sources and Facebook to help shape our point of view, so I’d like to offer my point of view in hopes to change yours. 

Shortly after Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were murdered by police, I found myself chatting with a neighbor on my porch. He told me how angry he was with police and how he always has been. He told me he feared what could happen to him every time he has an encounter with law enforcement. Growing up, his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and friends had been wronged, assaulted, and killed by officers misusing force, who were then given nothing more than a slap on the wrist. In that moment, I was reminded that just because my life experience differs from another’s, it doesn’t mean their opinions are invalid — it means I need to have empathy and be an ally. I need to step back and gain perspective in terms I can relate to, rather than dismiss them.

I took time to think about our social issues in Appalachia and how we’ve been wronged over many decades. The pain we feel as Appalachians is not the same as what black people experience, but we can extend our empathy and sense of community. We don’t have to live the same struggle to trust that their anguish is real and that their perspective is rational. I’d ask folks back home who share the idea of “All Lives Matter” to think about the last time you talked to a person of color. And I mean talked, not a quick howdy when you made eye contact in Charleston at a monthly doctor’s appointment. And then I would ask: when’s the last time you really listened? We know what it’s like for outsiders to judge and dismiss our struggles in our hollers, so who are we to dismiss our brothers and sisters in inner cities?

We come from a region that has been marginalized, overlooked, and sometimes forgotten about. We claim to be a loving, caring community that extends hospitality to all. I promise you it’s not hard to understand a person of color’s perspective if you take the time to listen, like my Papaw taught me to do. #BLM

Nic Persinger is a Baltimore-based Appalachian photographer, artist, and writer from Richwood, West Virginia. His website is:





Jim Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament set for Aug. 8

The 4th Annual Jim Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Nicholas Memorial Course in Summersville. The tournament will be four-person teams competing in a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.  The net proceeds will benefit the Nicholas County Pro-Life Chapter. For details or to enter a team, call the golf course staff at 304-872-9850.





2020 Nicholas County Potato Festival canceled

The 2020 Nicholas County Potato Festival has been canceled.

The festival was scheduled to be held Sept. 10-12 in Summersville but has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in the state.

The announcement was made on Monday evening, July 13, by festival partnering sponsors the City of Summersville and the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice reduced statewide the permitted group event size from 100 to 25 people and canceled all fairs and festivals because of increased COVID-19 numbers in the state.

The summer concert series on Friday evenings in July and part of August at the city pavilion have also been canceled.

It is believed to be the first time in the 51-year history of the event that the Nicholas County Potato Festival has been canceled.