Marilyn Joyce Baldwin

Betty Jane Cavendish
71, of Nettie

David Wayne Collins
60, of Craigsville

Wilden Elaine Evans
48, of Summersville

Athel V. Frame

Madaline M. Green Vandevender Getch

Theressa “Tessie” Holcomb
55, of Pool

Ann Marie Holland Kirtley
79, of Summersville

John Robert “Bob” Moody

Roy Scott Moore
55, of Nettie

Roger Alan Roach

Thelma Ann Sigley
78, of Summersville



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Summersville man credits mail carrier for saving his life

For 10 minutes, Greg Skeens screamed for help.

He was trapped under a lawn mower after it overturned on him in his yard on McKees Creek Road.

Greg Skeens, left, and Richard Preast II shake hands at the Summersville post office.

Skeens’ wife, Gina, was inside the house, 500 feet away, listening to music while she cleaned.

She couldn’t hear his cries for help.

“I had no idea,” Gina Skeens said

With his strength weakening, Greg Skeens realized he didn’t have much longer until he would be crushed by almost 500 pounds.

An automatic shut-off mechanism saved him from being injured by the lawn mower blades.

Seconds later, mail carrier Richard Preast II stopped to deliver Skeens’ mail.

Preast, who has been a postal employee for 12 years, heard Skeens’ screams.

Preast, of Summersville, helped Skeens lift the mower so that Skeens, a business owner and yoga instructor, could slide out from underneath it.

“I hate to think what would have happened had he not come along. I could not have held the mower off me much longer. I would have certainly been crushed,” Skeens said.

Preast, a father to six children, doesn’t always stop at Skeens’ house, or run the same route everyday.

Luckily, on Friday, June 4, 2021, he stopped to deliver Skeens’ mail.





Drennen receives 40 years in prison for murder of husband

Alicia Jean Drennen, 32, of Swiss, will spend 40 years in prison for the murder of her husband, Bernard Lee Drennen, 32.

Judge Stephen O. Callaghan announced the determinate sentence on Monday, June 14, 2021, in the circuit courtroom, which was filled with supporters of Alicia and Bernard Drennen.

Before the ruling, Callaghan, citing the case file and pre-sentencing report, said that Alicia Drennen has done nothing meaningful or productive with her life regarding her lack of employment.

Also at the hearing, two victim impact statements were given.





Memorial Park Pool to open this week

After a nearly three-week delay, the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park Swimming Pool will finally open this week.

The pool had been unable to open for the season because of a broken pump.

According to Veterans Memorial Park Manager James Adkins, the broken pump has been repaired and was to be delivered to the park on Tuesday of this week. If delivery occurred Tuesday, the pool will open no later than this Thursday, June 17, said Adkins.

It was initially thought that the pump couldn’t be fixed because of its age and being the original pump for the pool when it was constructed in 1981. It is also a two-step pump and most swimming pool pumps are one-step pumps.

Adkins said pool management and officials of the City of Summersville water department were able to find a company in Virginia to repair the pump. He added that the pump can be used this season, but a new pump will have to be purchased for next year.

Pool hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.





BOE conveyed additional acreage at Glade Creek property

The Nicholas County Board of Education, at a special meeting on Wednesday morning, June 9, voted to accept more than five acres of right-of-way property from the state Division of Highways at the school construction site in Glade Creek off Route 41.

The board also approved some personnel changes.

Present for the meeting were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick, Board President Dr. Gus Penix, Vice-President Fred Amick and members Phil Berry, Libby Coffman and Roy Moose.

Conveyance of additional property

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick advised the board that the Division of Highways had agreed to convey 5.39 acres of right-of-way property to the board at the school construction site at the former business park off Route 41 in Glade Creek.

The acreage conveyed consists of three different tracts of property. The superintendent explained that the property is needed by the board in order to change the elevation of the new school.

The conveyance of the property by the DOH to the board of
education is for the sum of $1. Burge-Tetrick said there is a stipulation that if the property is no longer used for a school, the right-of-way will revert back to the Division of Highways.

The DOH will maintain the entrance to the property and continue a short distance to the businesses before it becomes the Board’s right-of-way on two sides of the property.

The Board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution accepting the conveyance of 5.39 acres of right-of-way property from the Division of Highways at the Glade Creek school construction site.