Bernice Lea Adkins
64, of Summersville

Evelyn M. Eary,
81, of Mount Nebo

Loretta Lynn (Groves) Foster
55, of Diana

Everett Ray Freeman
79, of Summersville, W.Va.

Jesse James Jarrett
67, of Craigsville

Daniel (Danny) H. McMillion
72, of Madison 

Walter Claude Propps
70, of Summersville 

Wilma Jean Russell
86, of Leivasy 

L. Arlene (Bailes) Wiseman
93, of Evans 

Virginia Burnette Wiseman
97, of Summersville 



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Two Coronavirus cases confirmed in Nicholas County

Nicholas County has two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, Coronavirus.
Curt Richards, a public information officer with the Nicholas County Health Department, said.

The first case, a woman, was confirmed on Sunday, April 5, 2020, he said.
A social media post on April 5 by the health department stated that the woman
has been quarantined since her symptom onset and that she has been symptom free for almost a week — an example of the back log of testing.

The virus is very contagious and has the potential to be deadly, according to the post.

The second case was confirmed on Monday morning, April 6, Richards said.

No further information was available.

As of Monday morning, West Virginia had 345 cases and three deaths, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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Tips from the Nicholas County Health Department
• Stay at home and practice social distancing.
• If you have to go out make sure to spray your keys, your cell phone, your shoes, your work badge, etc.
• Take your clothes off and wash them.
• Take as few things in your home as possible and what you do take in make sure to spray or wipe down first.
• Throw bags and receipts away.




NCHD update

As of 3:00 p.m., March 30, 2020, there are currently no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nicholas County. Nicholas County Health Department (NCHD) continues to follow guidelines established by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

NCHD is actively working with West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Nicholas County Office of Emergency Management to continue a coordinated response. Other community stakeholders remain involved. We are fortunate to have the services of Private Richard Perkins of the West Virginia National Guard to assist us. We know everyone’s doing their very best to preserve our well-being.

For you and your family’s protection we again remind you to avoid touching your face with your hands. This is a learned behavior. You can get it right if you keep trying. Remember to wash your hands frequently and maintain that crucial 6 ft. of distance when you must go out. Also, try to keep up with environmental cleaning at home.

You may use approved commercial sanitizing cleaners that are available. If you don’t have access to those cleaners, you may use 1/3 cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Wet the surface and let it dry. Do not immediately wipe it up. You should treat surfaces that are frequently touched such as: doorknobs and latches, kitchen and bathroom faucets, microwave controls, cabinet knobs, commode handles, computer keyboards and the mouse, cell phones, keys, etc. (Keep in mind that some electronic items shouldn’t be over-wetted).

    Since NCHD began distributing personal protective equipment at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak we have provided approximately:

    National Strategic Stockpile items (received since the outbreak):
    • N-95 masks: 518
    • Sterile gowns: 53
    • Protective gloves: 13 boxes
    • Protective face shields: 168
    • Protective coveralls: 44

    NCHD Threat Preparedness items (on site) and some donated items:
    • Surgical masks: 31700
    • Control cover (and other) gowns: 723
    • N-95 masks: 145
    • Protective goggles: 20
    • Protective face shields: 100

    Again, try to stay healthy. Eat plenty of healthy foods and drink lots of water. For those who can, go outdoors regularly—exercise, and try to remain calm.

    Remember, not everything you hear on social media is true. Get the most updated reliable info about COVID-19 at: or
    Stay informed with trusted television news and radio outlets and local newspapers.

    Nicholas County Health Department
    One Stevens Road, Suite 201
    Summersville, WV 26651


Kirkwood Winery and Isaiah Morgan Distillery owners/proprietors Frank and Elizabeth Dix of Summersville.

Kirkwood Winery:

A Spring Ramp Tonic

By Anne Johnson

Like many of you in Nicholas County, ramp season is one of my favorite times of the year, and I heartily believe it should be designated a holiday. This odorous onion-like plant (Allium tricoccum) grows naturally in the Appalachian Mountains. For those of us who adore this rancid delicacy, just thinking about ramp digging and the long-anticipated ramp dinners makes one’s mouth water. The smell of rich dirt surrounding a pungent white bulb and verdant leaves sends ramp lovers into a fit of culinary passion.

Ramps are low in calories, provide fiber, and contain small amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and iron, among other important nutrients. Although there have been few studies, some research shows that ramp compounds may improve digestion, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation, fight heart disease, and combat cancer. In addition, this plant may lower blood sugar levels, protect your brain, fight infections, and has even been touted by some as a stress reliever.




Summersville Council approves $5.26 million 20-21 budget

The Summersville City Council on Monday evening, March 23, formally approved the 2020-21 fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

The total revenues and expenditures in the 2020-21 general fund budget are projected to be $5,268,500, which is a decrease of $302,209 from the current fiscal year budget.

Council will formally adopt the budget and proposed property tax levy rates for 2020-21 on April 21 after review by the state tax department.




Commission OKs $5.8 million budget for 2020-21

The Nicholas County Commission, in a special meeting on Tuesday, March 24, voted to approve the general revenue budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The commission also approved the list of poll workers for the upcoming May12 Primary Election.

Approval of 2020-21 Budget

The commission approved the 2020-21 fiscal year general fund budget beginning July 1, which totals $5,814,932 in revenues and expenditures. It is a slight increase of $135,000 over the current 2019-20 fiscal year general fund budget of $5,679,828.

When the coal severance fund budget is included, the total county budget is $6,064,932 for 2020-21, which is slightly lower than $6,079,828 and includes the coal severance fund budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.