Bonnie Mae Bennett
71, of Summersville

Mary Elizabeth Conley
72, of Summersville

Hoy Allen Davis
76, of Craigsville

Darrell David Evans II
49, of Erbacon

Ralph Elwin Fowler
77, of Tioga

Gladys Nadine Hanks
80, of Keslers Cross Lanes

Dayton R. McClung
88, of Canvas

Harvey Bays McClung
83, of Beckley

Charles David McKinney
73, of Summersville

Grace M. "Cricket" Neil
71, of Zela

Giovanne Darlene Walker
55, of Flatwoods, KY


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Former/current Richwood officials “time waive” hearings

Thursday morning, April 11 in Nicholas County Magistrate court, three former and current Richwood officials who have been charged with criminal corruption crimes, waived the time period for their preliminary hearings in order to have more of an opportunity to prepare their cases and/or retain representation. Former mayor Bob Henry Baber waived his time period on Wednesday, April 10.

Effectively, the defendants are agreeing to continue their cases. Nicholas County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Sweeney said that typically would give the four 30 days from today to retain representation and consider the merits or lack-of-merits of the state’s cases against them.

The defendants include former officials: city clerk Abby McClung, police chief Lloyd Allen Cogar and mayor Bob Henry Baber; as well as current mayor, Chris Drennen. All four face embezzlement charges and additionally Cogar was charged with misuse of a state purchase card and Baber with fraud. More in next week’s Chronicle.


Board conducts two personnel hearings

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, April 15, conducted two employee personnel hearings.

The board also conducted a student disciplinary hearing.


Sentenced on Drugs

Misty Dawn Skinner will spend one to 15 years in prison. Judge Stephen O. Callaghan sentenced Skinner on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. She was given credit for 543 days served.

Skinner has a prior conviction involving meth. She was fi ned $5,000 and must pay $210 to the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force. Callaghan also ordered Skinner to pay prosecution costs, court costs and fees for the delivery of a controlled substance offense.