Linda Lou Bailes
72, of Mount Lookout

Sara Ann (Billheimer) Horrocks
61, of Mount Nebo

Dorothy Mae Johnson
97, of Summersville

Rosie Prelaz Spencer Mondreas
96, of Richwood

Wilma M. Kidd Stephenson
93, of Beech Glen

Hazel Marie Young Westfall
97, of Hominy Falls



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Feast of the Ramson May 15

The “granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds,” Richwood’s “Feast of the Ramson,” will be on Saturday, May 15.

In addition to a traditional menu of ham, bacon, potatoes, brown beans, and cornbread, the pleasing aroma of sassafras tea will challenge the somewhat pungent, distinctive odor of the delicious pièce de résistance of this meal.

In addition to the meal, which will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richwood Moose Lodge, the arts and crafts show will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. in the heart of Richwood at the city hall and the Richwood Public Library, with many vendors set up outside, weather permitting.

Special local entertainment will be performed in both locations throughout the day.

Tickets for the dinner may be purchased in advance prior to May 14 through the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce, 38 Edgewood Avenue, Richwood, WV 26261.

Outdoor dining and take-out dinners will be available.

Include appropriate payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children.

For more information, call the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 304-846-6790, visit or check out the event on the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Facebook page.

All safety measures regarding Covid-19 will be followed.

Ramps, a wild mountain herb known for “smelling bad,” grows abundantly in the woody areas surrounding Richwood. The odor remains on the breath of the partaker for many hours after indulging. To ramp lovers, this smell is equal to the finest perfume.




Seeking higher ground
Greg Sava photo

These Birch River goats recently found a new playground. It's reportedly in their nature to seek higher vantage points to protect themselves from predators.





Board to retain Canvas property

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, April 5, voted to retain ownership of the former Canvas Grade School property in Canvas.

The board also received the result of survey of county students on substance abuse, discussed the proposed school calendars for the 2021-22 school year, approved the annual 5th Grade Fun Run, approved the budget request from the Nicholas County WVU Extension Service Office, heard an update on the audit of the county’s finances and heard an update on school construction.

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

Discussion of Old Canvas Grade School property

Superintendent Burge-Tetrick presented to the board two recommendations regarding the old Canvas Grade School property on Route 39 in Canvas.

Her first recommendation was to sell at public auction 1.23 acres of the total 5.33 acres, with a minimum bid of $100,000, and retain the remainder of the property.

Burge-Tetrick’s other recommendation was to retain the property but with some changes to the lease with the Nicholas County Youth Wrestling Association, which is currently leasing the building for practices and to other groups and organizations, including a church.

She recommended that the lease or memorandum of understanding with the Nicholas County Youth Wrestling Association be for a period of 15 years at a rate of $400 per year. She said the $400 per year would cover the cost of insurance on the building that has been paid by the board.

Other recommended amendments to the memorandum are that the Nicholas County Board of Education be given first priority for use of the building and that the Nicholas County Youth Wrestling Association have an upgrading and maintenance plan for the building within 30 days if the agreement is approved. Also, no political signs are to be placed on the property.

The board voted 4-1 to retain the old Canvas Grade School property and work out the amendments to the memorandum of understanding with the Nicholas County Youth Wrestling Association.

It was the consensus of the board that there was no guarantee who would purchase the property if a portion were put up for public auction.

Coffman said she wasn’t against retaining the property but felt that the board didn’t need to retain all of it.





Richwood Council passes resolution, motions

Richwood Council recently took action on several issues, including board nominations, support for an art walk and agreements with two companies.

After approving $17,028.20 in invoices, which included a $10,090 payment to the state auditor, on Thursday, April 1, 2021, council, at its meeting, voted to approve Mayor Gary Johnson’s armory board nominees.

Diana Stull and council member James Karnes were voted in as members for the armory governing board.

Additionally, resident Cecil Ybanez presented a proposal for an art walk.

The event would be on Oct. 9, 2021, at the end of the Color Mountain Art Show.

The focus will be on fine art, he said.

A nine-person committee will vote on accepting artists, who will submit samples of their work.

The walk on Main Street will also include poetry readings, live music, a wine tasting and face painting.

The goal of the event is to increase fall tourism to the city, Ybanez said.

He said the chamber of commerce would cover the liability insurance.

Council, during the 47-minute meeting, voted and passed a resolution in support of the art walk.