Alice Ann Derberry
88, of Summersville

Evelyn Mae (Sid) Easter
88, of Hurricane

Elizabeth Rose Hinkle
75, of Craigsville

Robert A. “Bob” Tyler

Cheryl A. Holmes Salomon
Memorial service at Birch River Cemetery on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 11 a.m.



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Evans wins sheriff's race and Adkins GOP 49th District House nomination

Nicholas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Johnny Evans won the Republican nomination for sheriff while longtime Summersville certified public accountant and former mayor Stanley Adkins defeated incumbent Republican Delegate Heather Tully for the nomination in the House of Delegates 49th District in the Tuesday, May 14, Primary Election.

John W. "Johnny" Evans Jr., was the top vote-getter with 1,402 votes for sheriff on the Republican ticket. Shawn Bragg of Craigsville was second in the four-candidate race with 1,112 votes followed by retired state trooper Mike Underwood with 809 and former Summersville Police Officer and Nicholas County Deputy Sheriff Rodney "Lefty" Truman 651.

Evans is unopposed for sheriff in the November General Election since no Democrats filed to run for the office.

In the contest for the 49th District House of Delegates Republican nomination , challenger Stanley Adkins of Summersville received 1,563 votes to defeat incumbent Delegate Heather Tully who garnered 1,353 votes or 53 percent to 47 percent.

In the November General Election, Adkins will face Democrat Jean Nutter of Keslers Cross Lanes who ran unopposed and received 827 votes.

In the 48th District, both candidates ran unopposed with current Republican Delegate Tom Clark receiving 844 votes and Democrat Devin Spinks with 423.

Among the non-partisan races that generated interest was the newly-created 16th District Circuit Judge Division 2 where longtime Summersville attorney and former State Senator Greg Tucker was elected with 3,229 votes. Current Nicholas County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael N. Cox received 1,320 votes and retired attorney E. Scott Stanton of Summersville 941.

Incumbent Circuit Judge Stephen Callaghan ran unopposed and received 4,516 votes.

Three candidates vied for the non-partisan election to Nicholas County Magistrate Division 2. Current magistrate assistant Beth Boso won the position with 2,371 votes. Longtime magistrate assistant Jenny Gale Taylor had 1,812 and retired Deputy Sheriff Billy Spinks received 1,166.

Running unopposed were current Magistrate Mike Hanks with 4,385 votes for Division 3 and former Deputy Sheriff Bobby Holdren 4,236.

Sixteenth District Family Court Judge Harley E. Stollings was reelected running unopposed with 4,561 votes.

Other candidates running unopposed Tuesday were incumbent Republican County Commissioner Garrett Cole with 3,045 votes and Nicholas County Assessor candidate Democrat Betty Griffin 1,120. Both will also run unopposed in General Election in November.

Nicholas County voters also renewed the school excess levy for another five years with 2,596 votes for the levy and 1,934 against the levy for a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

A total of 5,835 of Nicholas County's 15,764 registered voters cast a ballot in the Primary Election for a turnout of 37 percent.

The Nicholas County Commission will canvass the votes and certify the election on Monday, May 20.




Woman dies in Friday crash

A Fayette County woman died in a single-vehicle accident in the county over the weekend.

According to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred on Twenty Mile Creek Road in the western end of the county on Friday, Feb. 2, between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Police say Kyle Francisco, 38, of Gauley Bridge was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler when it veered right, left the roadway and landed on its side in Twenty Mile Creek.





Richwood City Council focues on Hinkle Mountain

The Richwood City Council met Thursday, February 1, at 6 PM. Mayor Gary Johnson called the meeting to order. Present were Sherry Chapman, Diana Spencer, Chris McKenzie, Jourdan Deitz, Carla Williams, Chuck Toussieng, and Recorder, Jim Gladwell. Before the start of the meeting, the mayor asked for a special remembrance for Gerry Juergens, former Councilperson who recently passed. Everyone shared positive memories of Gerry and the work she did for the council and the community.

The mayor then proceeded with the start of the council meeting. He asked if there were any changes to the agenda and minutes. With no changes, he entertained a motion to approve both the agenda and the minutes. Both were approved.

The mayor continued with the meeting asking for the Finance Committee report. Mr. Gladwell, as Finance Chairman, gave an update on the finance committee meeting and reported on the invoices which needed Council’s approval to pay. With no questions or comments the mayor entertained a motion to approve the report and pay the invoices. The motion was seconded, and all invoices were approved by the City Council to be paid. The next Finance Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 5 pm.





Commission contributes to airport

The Nicholas County Commission on Wednesday, July 14, voted to provide financial support to the Summersville Airport and the Nicholas County Child Advocacy Center.

The commission also contributed funds to a non-profit substance abuse center in the county, awarded a bid for the demolition of a piece of county-owned property in Summersville, heard financial requests from the Richwood Heritage Center and the newly-formed Richwood Community Center and gave an update on the county’s regional jail costs.

Present for the meeting were Commission President Garrett Cole, Commissioner Dr. Lloyd Adkins and Commissioner Craig Chapman.

Funding for Summersville Airport

Nicholas County Airport Authority member Rodney LeRose came before the commission to discuss funding for the Summersville Airport. He noted that the City of Summersville has already given the airport $50,000 and is considering additional funding.

President Cole said part of the original agreement was that the commission would give $100,000.

Commissioner Adkins, who is also chairman of the Airport Authority, agreed that the airport is going to need more money and felt that the commission should hold off on making any contributions until after discussions at the Airport Authority meeting this week. The meeting was to include meeting with officials of Yeager Airport of Charleston who have agreed to help the Airport Authority turn their situation around financially.

The commission voted unanimously to give the Summersville Airport $100,000 with no more funding until at least the 2022-23 fiscal year.

The $100,000 will come from the county’s economic development funds. Commissioner Cole noted that the county normally only receives about $37,000 in economic development funds but there was a recent surge in which the county received $114,000 in economic development funds.





Richwood council gains new member

Mayor Gary Johnson, left, swears in Jourdan Deitz.

After a brief executive session to discuss the vacant ward 3 seat, Richwood council voted to confirm Jourdan Deitz for the position.

Mayor Gary Johnson administered the oath of office and swore Deitz in at the regular council meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at city hall.

Former ward 3 representative Britt Nicholas resigned to take a position with the city.

Additionally, council also voted to authorize Johnson to apply for a grant for water leak detection and to use $25,000 in rescue act funds to match the state grant.

Region 4 will do the application.