Bernice O. (Vincent) Brown
92, formerly of Cottle

John Paul Collins
67, of Leivasy

William Earl Donohue
98, of Dille

Leon R. Dorsey
85, of Snowhill Road

Isiah Ray Kozlowitz

William Fenton (Bill) Morris 81, of Summersville

J.T. Potter
65, of Hacker Valley

Larry Leon Roop
77, of Jodie

Marsha J. Newhouse Wamsley 66, of Fairmont

Brian Keith Wills
62, of Richwood








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Hominy Falls Bridge named in

honor of Richard Nesselrotte

A Nettie man whose actions saved the lives of several soldiers in his military unit and defeated insurgent enemies in the Vietnam War was honored for his bravery by having a bridge named after him.

Vietnam War hero U.S. Army Specialist Richard Nesselrotte with his grandchildren in front of the sign at the bridge, which was renamed the U.S. Army SPC Richard Nesselrotte Bridge. The grandchildren are, from left, Hannah Nesselrotte, Ryan Taylor and McKenzie Taylor.

In a ceremony held on Saturday afternoon, June 20, the Hominy Falls Bridge on Hominy Falls Road was renamed the U.S. Army SPC Richard Nesselrotte Bridge in Richard “Jackie” Nesselrotte’s honor. The bridge carries Secondary Route 13 over Hominy Creek off Route 20 just south of Leivasy.

The ceremony, attended by approximately 50 people, began with the presenting of the colors by the Nicholas County Honor Guard, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Gary Moore presented the invocation.

Norm Normandin of the Nicholas County Chapter 742 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart served as master of ceremonies and gave opening remarks. He introduced Richard Nesselrotte and his wife Carolyn and several of their relatives in attendance.

“I can think of no better honor for a man who raised his right hand and wrote a blank check to the U.S. government up to and including giving your life to this country and doing whatever they ask you to,” said Normandin. “We do that not knowing...our job description and ‘Jackie’ had no idea what he was going to have to do any more than the other veterans here today.”




35th Annual Bluegrass Festival wows audience

Ricky Skaggs, third from left, & Kentucky Thunder.

By Betty Dotson Lewis
The 35th Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival held June 24 – 27th, 2015 in Summersville was a huge success. Die-hard bluegrass fans and new local fans were not disappointed by the music of greats like Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Jimmy Fortune, who sang tenor for the Statler Brothers for 21 years. Rockin-Glass wowed the audience, receiving a standing ovation and a call for encore music. Eunice Kitchen, in her 90s, and one of the founders of the festival, attended every session – and stayed late. She is a favorite of musicians and fans alike. The town of Summersville is fortunate to host this wonderful festival. If you have not attended, plan on coming out next year for an enjoyable festival in your backyard.




91st Annual Nicholas County Fair

Celebrating “Back to Our Roots” July 6-11

The 91st Annual Annual Nicholas County Fair is set for July 7-11 at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park.

“Back to Our Roots” is the theme of this year’s fair which features everything from pig racing to a cookie bake-off.

Although the fair doesn’t open to the public until Tuesday, July 7, the Nicholas County Fair Queen and Teen Pageant will be held in the park dining hall on Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. The fair queen and teen queen will reign over all of the activities of the event the rest of the week.
The fair queen will also qualify for the West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Pageant in Charleston in January.

On Tuesday, the fair gets in full swing when the nightly Gambill Amusement carnival rides begin at 6 p.m. and back this year after a hiatus is bingo from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Woman’s Shelter.

The exhibit halls will open from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for four nights through Friday. Exhibits include Little Hands on the Farm in Kentucky Cabin, Nicholas County Community Educational Outreach organization Quilt Show and exhibits in Beaver cabin, the Summersville Art Group Art Show in Coal cabin, 4-H Exhibits in the back of the 4-H Building and open exhibits in the red barn.

Also on Tuesday at 6 p.m., the small farm animal show will be held in the livestock pavilion.

At 7 p.m., well-known longtime Nashville country comedian Minnie Pearl will be portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston. The West Virginia History Alive Program is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Separate from the fair but also happening Tuesday is a Youth Horse Show sponsored by the Nicholas County Equine Association at the horse ring at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at the horse ring, the Equine Association is sponsoring a horse pulling contest.




SRMC board chairman hopes

for strong second half of year

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

The Summersville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees was told last week that 2015 was not going to end well on a cumulative basis.

“Halfway through the year, it’s crystal clear the year is not going to end well,” board Chairman Brian Johnson said during the Board’s monthly meeting on June 25.

But Johnson, in his chairman’s report, said a dramatically improved monthly cash flow on a consistent basis would constitute success by the end of the year.

“We’ve got six months left,” he said. “We can make that happen and be in better shape going into 2016.

“There are some things we have to do,” he added. “We’ve had some partial pieces of success, and we need to grab hold of this.”

Johnson said the Board’s two-part objective continues to be restoring financial stability and funding SRMC’s future.

He urged the Board to revisit revenue cycle initiatives and re-establish lost momentum.

He encouraged members to pick the discussion of an urgent care/ready care model back up off the table and “put some horsepower and a real plan” behind recruiting physicians for medical services that are either not readily available in the community and region or underserved.

He mentioned orthopedics, nephrology, pulmonology, endocrinology and rheumatology.




4th of July Fireworks Saturday in Summersville

The Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Summersville are joining forces once again this year to sponsor the 4th of July fireworks display in town.

The skies will light up with a large array of beautiful colors on Saturday, July 4, just after dusk around 9:30 p.m. at Northside Development just off U.S. Route 19 in Summersville.

The fireworks display will consist of an opening, the body and a grand finale.

In addition to the Northside Development area, the fireworks can be viewed on the other side of U.S. Route 19 at the Merchants Walk Shopping Center and One Gateway Plaza.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on Sunday evening, July 5.



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