Joshua Taylor Blankenship
25, of Chatsworth, Ga.

Mary Callahan
68, of Summersville

Marshall Lynch
Raphine, Va.

Areeda V. O'Dell
92, of Nettie

David Paul Young
70, of Bolair



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Richwood couple shot and killed over hunting lease

A husband and wife died on Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, in Greenbrier County, near the Nicholas-Greenbrier county line.

Jeremiah Thomas and Jennifer Thomas, of Richwood, were shot and killed during an argument over a hunting lease, state police at the Lewisburg detachment said.


Craigsville man dies in accident

A Craigsville man died in a single-vehicle traffi c accident on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27.

Fatally injured was Randall Stewart of Craigsville, who was a passenger in a vehicle that wrecked on Route 20/55 on Curtin Mountain near Crupperneck Road. Stewart was ejected from the vehicle, according to witnesses. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m.


Board OKs proposed 2021 excess levy call

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Dec. 2, voted to approve the order authorizing the proposed countywide school excess tax levy which will be up for renewal in May 2020 by county voters for fi ve years, beginning July 2021.


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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment
Summersville Middle School – Glade Creek FEMA-DR-4273-WV

The West Virginia School Building Authority (WVSBA) in conjunction with the Nicholas County Board of Education (NCBOE) as a client, has applied through the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for funding assistance, under the Presidentially Declared Disaster FEMA- 4273-DR-WV, for the replacement of Summersville Middle School. In accordance with 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for FEMA, Subpart B, Agency Implementing Procedures, Part 10.9, this Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508. The purpose of the EA is to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project, and to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), central West Virginia experienced intense convection storms along a stationary front on June 23, 2016. The stationary movement of the storms led many areas to receive up to ten inches of rainfall within a twenty-four-hour period creating a 0.1% annual chance storm (1,000-year storm event). The intense rainfall resulted in widespread flash flooding crippling the state with 23 fatalities, intense damage and/or destruction of residences, homes, commercial buildings, and public infrastructure. The areas that were impacted the greatest were primarily in the Greenbrier, Elk, and Gauley River watersheds (USGS, 2016). In Nicholas County, the Gauley River watershed includes the communities of Summersville and Richwood, each of which were significantly impacted by the flood event.

Statewide, floodwaters damaged more than two dozen schools in ten counties, including three schools in the Gauley River Watershed of Nicholas County: Summersville Middle School, Richwood Middle School, and Richwood High School. These three schools were determined to be destroyed and, as such, they could not be repaired and were deemed eligible for replacement under the FEMA PA program.

Due to the severity of the damage, an agreement between FEMA, NCBOE, and the WVSBA was signed for the reconstruction of the three damaged schools at a total combined cost of $178 million under the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA). SRIA was implemented by President Barack Obama as a legislative modification to change the flexibility of how FEMA can allocate Federal funding for Federal disaster assistance to survivors. Specifically, the law adds Section 428, which authorizes alternative procedures for the PA program under sections 403(a)(3)(A), 406, 407 and 502(a)(5) of the Stafford Act. Section 428 goals include reducing the costs to the Federal Government of providing Public Assistance, increasing flexibility in the administration of such assistance, expediting the provision of assistance to a State, tribal or local government, or nonprofit owner or operator of a private nonprofit facility and providing financial incentives and disincentives for timely and cost-effective completion of projects with such assistance. On September 4, 2018, WVSBA, NCBOE, WVDHSEM, and FEMA signed the Nicholas County Alternative Procedures Pilot Program Section 428 Agreement, which accepted a fixed estimate in the amount of $177,513,528. A portion of this funding will be used for the redevelopment of Summersville Middle School, while the remaining funds will be used for the redevelopment of Richwood Middle and Richwood High School. This undertaking is addressed under a separate EA. The subject EA addresses the replacement of Summersville Middle School only and does not address the construction in Richwood.

Due to a combination of factors, including decreased enrollment due to population declines, WVSBA and NCBOE have elected to pursue the consolidation of several facilities onto one consolidated campus, with the replacement of Summersville Middle School being among them. As part of the planned consolidation, the existing Nicholas County High School and Career Technical Education Facility would be combined into a comprehensive high school and would be co-located on the campus with the new Summersville Middle School. The purpose of the planned consolidation is to lower operating costs for the schools in Nicholas County, while providing state of the art learning facilities that would serve the current student bodies attending the existing middle school, high school and technical education center. All of the planned construction is eligible for FEMA-funded cost share, based upon the above-mentioned agreement. This project is necessary to provide permanent learning facilities for the middle-school aged population in a significant portion of Nicholas County.

Alternatives discussed in this EA include properties both within and adjacent to Summersville, WV. Under the Proposed Action Alternative, Summersville Middle School, Nicholas County High School, and the Nicholas County Career Technical Education Center would be replaced with a consolidated complex at a new location, 395 Mable Ln, Summersville, WV. The proposed action would impact approximately 80 acres of the 110-acre site. This site is primarily located in a rural area, outside of the SFHA, and approximately three miles away from the former site of Summersville Middle School. The acreage provided at the Glade Creek Business Park is large enough to accommodate the proposed consolidated complex, including the three distinct learning facilities and associated extracurricular activities, parking, and ease of ingress and egress to the site. Coordinates for the center of the subject property are 38.323089 latitude, -80.807219 longitude. The proposed site meets all the requirements listed under WVDE Policy 6200.

The Draft EA has been prepared in accordance with all requirements of NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive Order 11988 (“Floodplain Management”), Executive Order 11990 (“Protection of Wetlands”), and the implementing regulations of FEMA, for the purpose of assessing the potential impacts of the Proposed Action on the human and natural environment. The Draft EA summarizes the purpose of and need for the project, alternatives considered, the affected environment, and potential environmental consequences of the project. It is available for review and comment and can be viewed on and/or downloaded from FEMA’s website at Printed copies are also available for viewing or photocopying at the following location:

  • • Summersville Public Library
  • 6201 W Webster Rd
  • Summersville, WV 26651
    Monday-Tuesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday: Closed.

A public meeting on the Draft Environmental Assessment will be held October 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nicholas County High School, located at 30 Grizzly Ln, Summersville, WV 26651. The meeting will provide an overview of the Draft Environmental Assessment and allow an in-person opportunity to submit public comments and ask questions.

The comment period will conclude 30 days after the initial publication of this Public Notice on October 23, 2019. Written comments on the Draft EA can be mailed or emailed to the contact listed below. If no substantive comments are received, the Draft EA and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will become final. Substantive comments received will be addressed as appropriate in the Final EA/FONSI.

Stephanie Everfield
FEMA Regional Environmental Office, Region III

615 Chestnut St, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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