Robert “Bob” Eugene Allen Sr. 68, of Frametown



Jimmy Dale Barnhouse
65, of Richwood



Dr. Rondal Joe Boyce
46, of Sutton



Beulah Hazel (Boots) Brown
83, of Circleville, Ohio



Ralph Lyle Cutlip
58, of Milton



Leoma Loucilla Hamrick
90 of Asheboro, N.C.



Bernard Elmer Harlow
87, of Craigsville



Frances Gale King Higginbotham
65, of Summersville



Marjorie Mable Johns
69 of Webster Springs



Steven “Steve” Lee Maynor
59, of Winston-Salem, N.C.



Pheba Faye Minix
80, of Oakland, Md.



Roger Kent Pryor
80, of Mt. Nebo



William Earl Rigsby
85, of Dundalk, Md.



Glensman William Russell
93, of Camden-on-Gauley



Donald Ray Thayer
61, of Craigsville



Charles James Tucker
76, of Dixie



Bernard Francis “Fran” Walker 88 of Mt. Nebo



 

 

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Traffic stop results in felony arrest

A man stopped for speeding in Fayette County was later arrested on a felony charge in Nicholas County late Monday afternoon, March 7, following a high-speed chase that ended with an accident.

Darnell D. Mitchell, address unknown, was arrested on one felony count of fleeing from an officer in a manner showing a reckless indifference to the safety of others, one misdemeanor count of obstructing and fleeing from an officer, one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license for driving under the influence and one misdemeanor count of speeding.

According to the criminal complaint, Mitchell was initially observed by state police traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. Route 19 near Hico in Fayette County.

After being stopped by police, Mitchell told investigating officer Lt. D.A. Gunnoe of the Beckley State Police Detachment that he didn’t have a license. When Gunnoe asked for a vehicle registration and insurance card, Mitchell reached into a middle console and produced a hand gun, which he then dropped and sped off.

Lieut. Gunnoe pursued Mitchell north on U.S. Route 19 into Nicholas County at speeds reaching up to 120 miles an hour. Mitchell ran several cars off the road, drove around cars and traveled off the roadway onto the shoulder to avoid them.

Mitchell attempted to exit Route 19 onto Hughes Street just south of Summersville when he lost control and struck a guardrail before being taken into custody.

Mitchell had been convicted of unlawful wounding in October of 2014 and an additional charge last November.

He was arraigned by Magistrate Sarah M. Brown and taken to the Central Regional Jail where he remains with bond set at $14,000 cash.

 

 

 

All Jacked Up

The Richwood student section storms the floor to celebrate with the Richwood High School Lady Jacks basketball team after their regional victory. The win advanced the girls basketball team to the state tournament for the first time in school history.

 

 

 

Probation officer sworn in for county’s new Drug Court

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Nicholas County’s new Adult Drug Court took another step toward implementation on March 1 when Sherry Cook was sworn in as the court’s supervisory probation officer.

“I’m excited to get this up and running,” Cook said after she was sworn in by Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson.

Judge Johnson said officials hope to have the new court in operation in 90 days.

He said the next step would be to appoint an advisory committee to develop a protocol for program eligibility. The committee was to include representatives from the county Bar Association, prosecutor’s office, mental health and the community.

Although other counties in West Virginia have adopted drug courts, Nicholas is among the first in this region of the state to do so. Raleigh County recently started the program.

Judge Johnson said Nicholas County Magistrates John Morton and Sarah Meadows Brown had agreed to fill in as drug court judges “when I can’t be here.”

“This gives us another tool” to combat the drug problem in the county, the judge added.
Drug courts are designed to reduce substance abuse and the recidivism rate among drug offenders, and put them on a path to succeed in life.

 

 

 

Board hears NCCTC students bid for bus depot

project; offer superintendent one-year contract

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, March 7, heard a bid proposal from Nicholas County Career and Technical Center students to construct and transport the proposed new bus depot at Fenwick.

The Board also offered the superintendent of schools a one-year contract, approved the use of an independent auditor to audit the county’s finances, conducted a public hearing on the school calendar proposals for the 2016-17 school year, approved a new elective class for Nicholas County High School and heard Local School Improvement Council reports from four elementary schools.

Present for the meeting, held at the Mount Nebo Elementary School cafeteria, were Board President Phil Berry, Vice-President Bob M. O’Dell and members Fred Amick, Darrell White and A.J. Rogers.

Fenwick Bus Depot project
Nicholas County Career and Technical Center Principal Tom Bayless came before the Board along with several of his students to present a bid for the construction of the new bus depot at Fenwick for which the Board had voted to utilize the Career Center students. The new building will replace the former Fenwick Elementary School building, which had served as the Richwood area bus garage but will be torn down due to its deteriorating condition.

Students representing five different academic areas of the Career Center, including auto tech, building construction, welding, heating ventilation and air conditioning and electronics, presented their portion of the proposed project through Power Point with cost breakdowns and explanations for each area of work they will complete.

Since all of the classes at the Career Center are simulated workplaces—operated like an actual business—the students’ presentations were given as representatives of a small business or company.

The total cost of the Career Center bid was $13,413.80, which includes a building, trailer for hauling it and heating and air conditioning. In addition to a facility for drivers to wash their buses, the building will also include a kitchen and lounge area for drivers.

Board members commended the students for their presentation and will take the bid under advisement.

 

 

 

Commission hears updates on Tioga

Water Project and county landfill

The Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, March 1, heard an update on the Tioga water extension project.

The Commission also heard a report on the Nicholas County Sanitary Landfill, heard a request from the Nicholas County Wage and Benefit Review Board, heard a financial request from the Nicholas County Office of the West Virginia University Extension Service, heard a financial update and heard a request from the Indian Rocks Ruritan Club.

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

Nicholas County Landfill update
Lawrence Tully, Vice-Chairman of the Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority Board; Board member Kenneth Stowers and Landfill Secretary Robin Stroh came before the Commission to present an update on the landfill.

Tully said the Board had made significant improvements financially since the landfill was taken over by the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board and the new local board was put in place.

He said the board discontinued the trash and recycling pickup program early last year after it was costing approximately $300,000 per year to operate and bringing in around $68,000.

Also, only about 12 percent of the customers were participating in the recycling program.

The elimination of the program combined with other cost-cutting measures had reduced labor costs from just over $1 million per year in 2014 to $500,000 now.

Tully added that the landfill has gone from losing $2.1 million over three years to an operating loss of $90,000 over the last seven-month period. Of the $90,000 loss, $42,000 was the result of putting in new inbound scales.

There is also a decrease in tonnage of garbage brought to the landfill which is the only source of revenue. The tonnage is at the lowest level it has been in eight years. Tully said there will be a request made to the state Public Service Commission for some type of rate increase at the landfill in the near future to help offset the loss of tonnage.

The landfill management is trying to alleviate the problem of a large amount of water in the back part of the garbage cell not draining out as it should. The water is supposed to drain out of the cell through leachate lines and into a tank before draining though lines to be treated at the Craigsville Public Service District sewage treatment plant.

The Commission commended the NCSWA Board and landfill employees for their efforts and accomplishments in improving the financial condition of the landfill.

 

 

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