Bethel Ann (Arthur) Angus
89, of Cowen

Elizabeth Jane Beaudway Blankenship
83, of Leivasy

Peggy Louise Deal
71, of Summersville

Fredrick Garfield Freytag
77, of Curtin

James “Jamie” Douglas Hackney II
42, of Beech Glen

Mary Joeline Legg
82, of Tioga

John A. Morrison
91, of Leesburg, Va.









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SRMC Board of Trustees hears

update from Rural Health Clinic

The continuing efforts of the Rural Health Center at Summersville Regional Medical Center to improve customer satisfaction were heard by the Summersville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday evening, April 28.

The Board was also introduced to new Chief Financial Officer Joe Barnes, advised of some upcoming hospital events and heard the most recent report from their hospital consultant.

Present for the meeting held in the Acute Care Center conference room were  Chairman Brian Johnson and members Gary Withee, Mike Steadham, Bruce Tallamy, Jim Epling, Dr. Bandy Mullens, Stephen Boone, Dr. Kevin Brown, Mark Shifflett, Judy Sentz and Saundra Kinser.

Rural Health Clinic update
Rural Health Center Medical Director Dr. Michael Taylor and administrator Jerri Kirkland came before the Board to present an update on the clinic which is located in the Acute Care Center building of the hospital.

Taylor explained that during the first three months of the year, the clinic had focused on working on some areas of concern. One of those was accessibility with there being a delay between patients initial phone response for an appointment and the appointment date.

Other concerns were decreased volumes among providers and the fact that patient satisfaction hadn’t been evaluated in quite some time.




Tourism Week Balloon Launch

Band and choir students at Summersville Middle School joined with the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau for a balloon launch of more than 300 balloons at the Summersville Armory and Convention Center in observance of National Travel and Tourism Week. The event was one of numerous National Travel and Tourism Week activities in Summersville this week. Prior to the balloon launch, Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer read a proclamation officially declaring May 1-7 as National Travel and Tourism Week in Summersville. The SMS band and choir students were at the armory practicing for their spring concert to be held there Wednesday evening, May 4 when they took time out to participate in the balloon launch. It is hoped that the balloons will travel far and the CVB will receive correspondence from those who find them, since each balloon will contain the CVB phone number.





Man gets prison term for selling meth

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Calvin man has been sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison for selling $50 worth of methamphetamine to a confidential informant 16 months ago.

Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson imposed the sentence on Danny Scott Hodges during a hearing on April 27.

Hodges, 46, pleaded guilty on March 17 to delivery of a Schedule II non-narcotic controlled substance. He was indicted in January on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (meth and oxycodone). In exchange for his plea, the other count, which could have carried a 1-to-15-year prison term, was dismissed.

Authorities said Hodges sold the meth to a confidential informant on Jan. 7, 2015, in the driveway of the defendant’s residence.

Hodges briefly addressed the court at his sentencing.

“I take full responsibility for what I’ve done,” he said.

Judge Johnson noted that Hodges had a prior felony.

“You were on probation once before, but you violated the terms and went back and served your time,” the judge said.

Judge Johnson also said Hodges flunked a drug test while free on bond in this case.

“You’re 46 years of age,” the judge said. “You obviously have an addiction problem that you have to get under control.

“But the issue becomes not only addiction, but selling it. And when that happens, I have to send a message that selling drugs will not be tolerated. When you see the damage it causes to communities and families, I don’t think there is any way you can get around it.”




School Board receives preliminary budget figures

The Nicholas County Board of  Education on Monday evening, May 2, received several preliminary revenue and expenditure figures for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The Board also received an update from the Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority on the landfill’s request for a rate increase, heard an update on an international field trip to be taken by local high school students this summer, approved a couple of new policies, approved the Alternative Certification Program, adopted new textbooks for certain subjects and tabled action on enjoining a lawsuit to recover underfunded State Aid formula funds.

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.

2016-17 fiscal year preliminary budget figures
Board Treasurer Kevin Hess presented to the Board some preliminary figures for the 2016-17 fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

Hess said the projected local revenue is $9.7 million, the projected state revenue is $27.6 million and the projected federal revenue is $4.2 million, which will make the projected total revenues approximately $42 million.

In local revenue, Hess said the county lost $191,000 in excess levy revenue due to a decrease in property valuations because of coal mines shutting down and equipment being moved out of the county. He said the loss of revenue was applied equally to all scheduled excess levy projects for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

As in past budgets, Hess said the largest single expenditure will be for payroll, which will total $10 million.




Children’s Memorial Flag Day ceremony

held; local woman honored for her work

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The welfare of children in Nicholas County took center stage at the annual Children’s Memorial Flag Day ceremony.

The event was held on Friday, April 29, in front of the Nicholas County Courthouse.

Every year in the United States, the Child Welfare League of America has estimated, nearly 3 million children will be reported abused and neglected, and more than 1,000 will die from abuse and neglect.

During the past year, no Nicholas County child has died from abuse or neglect, according to county Probation Officer Levi Bragg.

That has not been the case in previous years, he said.

Children’s Memorial Flag Day, which was established by an act of Congress in 2001, is designed to bring awareness to the problem by memorializing children who have been victims and building support for ending the violence.

West Virginia has been among the nation’s leaders in the movement. Through the work of the state Alliance for Children, all 55 counties fly the Children’s Memorial Flag at county courthouses.

The flag, designed by a 16-year-old youth from Alameda County, Calif., depicts bright blue, doll-like figures of five children standing side-by-side, holding hands against a red backdrop.



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