Bertie Jane Cutlip
96, of Webster Springs

William E. Dodrill
77, of Cragisville

Flavie Hugh “Junior” Ellison, Jr.
77, of Shallotte, N.C.

Marcella Ann Elswick
55, of Summersville

Michael Wayne Forga
51, of Morgantown

Kelly Dale Hart
64, of Mount Lookout

E.G. Lusk
96, of Bridgeport

Donald “Donnie” Ray Mayhew
48, of Mount Nebo

Betty Lee Persinger
74, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Beulah E. Powers
87, of Warren, Ohio

Robert Allen “Bobby” Russell Jr.
63, of Nettie

Helen Marie Short
82, of Cowen

Blondell Davis Spencer
87, of Greer, S.C.

Lena B. Stout
92, of Webster Springs

Mrs. Betty Jo Summers
93, of Cary, N.C.

Nancy M. Thomas
79, of Summersville

Ruby Pearl Ware
93, of Guardian



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Board adopts blended learning school reentry plan

The Nicholas County Board of Education, at an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon, Jan. 15, approved a 2021 school reentry plan for Nicholas County students beginning Jan. 21.

Nicholas County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick advised the board that the meeting was being held electronically because she is in quarantine.

Also present for the meeting were Board President Dr. Gus Penix, Vice-President Fred Amick and members Phil Berry, Libby Coffman and Roy Moose.

Burge-Tetrick presented to the board the proposed school reentry plan she had developed for students to return to school on Thursday, Jan. 21, based upon the directive of the state Board of Education. Tuesday, Jan. 19, was curriculum development day for teachers and Wednesday, Jan. 20, is for distance learning.

She said the State Board of Education issued their directive for school reentry on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 13. She stressed that the county no longer has the option of allowing students to continue remote learning regardless of the color of the Department of Health and Human Resources statewide COVID-19 map. The map is released on Saturday at 10 a.m., which will determine the instruction plan for the upcoming week.

“The Nicholas County Board of Education values in-person learning for all students while ensuring the safety of staff, students, parents and the community,” said Burge-Tetrick. She added that the 2021 reentry plan was set in accordance with the directive from the state Board of Education and collaboration with the Nicholas County Health Department.

The superintendent presented three plans of instruction, A, B and C, for consideration by the board. The plan to be implemented for the week will be determined by the statewide DHHR COVID-19 statewide color-coded map.

Full-time distance and virtual learning students will continue to do assignments and will not participate in Plans A, B or C. Also, pre-kindergarten students will remain on the group A and B schedules that they are on currently.

Burge-Tetrick emphasized that staff and students at all grade levels must wear face coverings. She added that the county had purchased protective guards for all desks in the elementary schools.




Weekend snowscape
Anne Johnson photo |

A weekend snowfall brought nature lovers out to play, such as photographer Anne Johnson of Glade Creek. Although she prefers warmer weather, she braved freezing temperatures to capture the unique crystalline beauty of snowflakes.





Richwood to apply for grant funding for demolition projects

The first of two public meetings regarding the city of Richwood’s application for a grant was conducted virtually and in person on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Cassie Lawson, a senior projects specialist at Region 4 Planning and Development Council, will be assisting the city with the application for demolition projects.

The funding, up to $250,000, will come from the West Virginia Development Office for Community Block Grants.

Also in attendance at the meeting, which was hosted by Lawson, was Amy Dinaldo, floodplain manager and special projects coordinator for Richwood.

Dinaldo said the city is applying for this Community Development Block Grant funding so that property owners who have a structure on their property that can be identified as dilapidated or derelict can have the property demolished at no cost.

“We realize that usually this is the largest setback in removing a blighted structure,” Dinaldo said regarding the cost of demolition.

The grant will cover all asbestos mitigation, the work and labor for the demolition, and the removal of all debris once the demolition is completed, Dinaldo said.

The City Building Commission has also identified several properties that are in the Office of the Delinquent Land Commissioner at the State Auditors Office, which the city will purchase to have the structures on those properties demolished with this program.

Property ends up at the Office of the Delinquent Land Commissioner when no one has bid on them at county tax sales. All of the structures on these properties are considered derelict, Dinaldo said.





Soon-to-open business broken into

A new business in Summersville that was scheduled to open next week was a victim of a breaking and entering over the weekend that caused extensive damage.

The break-in occurred at Pet Stuff LLC owned by John Forga of Nettie in the LeRose Shopping Center on Broad Street. According to Summersville Police Chief Jay Nowak, the break-in occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday when a person or persons gained entry by breaking in the back door of the shop.

Nowak said the interior of the store was flooded with thousands of gallons of water when all of the fish tanks were broken with some type of sharp object. Store merchandise was also damaged when it was sprayed with a fire extinguisher. No merchandise was reported missing.

It isn’t known whether or not the owner had insurance or if they will be opening.

No arrests have been made, and the Summersville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the break-in, including the review of video evidence.

Sgt. Jeb McCutcheon is the investigating officer.