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Man pleads guilty in theft of rail plates

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Nicholas County man is facing 1 to 10 years in prison after admitting he took part in the theft of a quantity of railroad tie plates in August 2012.

Ronald Cecil Williams, 32, pleaded guilty on April 2 in Nicholas Circuit Court to one count of grand larceny. Sentencing was set for May 28.

Williams and co-defendant Thomas Brooks Underwood were indicted in January on charges of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Williams was also named in a separate indictment that charged him with three counts of forgery and nine counts of uttering.

As part of the plea agreement, the conspiracy charge and the other indictment were dismissed.

Williams will still be required to pay restitution of $480 in the dismissed forgery and uttering case. He also faces up to $16,800 in restitution in the theft of the railroad tie plates, although his attorney, Mark Hudnall, disputed that figure and indicated he would seek a separate hearing on the amount.

The case against Underwood is still pending in circuit court.




Somewhere over the rainbow (is another rainbow)

The weather conditions last weekend may not have been ideal with the rain, wind and thunderstorms, but they did offer residents of the area a beautiful double rainbow that could be seen all over Nicholas County on Friday evening. The photo above was taken at the intersection in Craigsville.





Commission contributes to Signage Project

In an effort to boost the county’s tourism industry, the Nicholas County Commission voted on Tuesday. April 1, to contribute to a way-finding signage project in the county that will make local tourist attractions easier to find.

The Commission also voted to sponsor a $1.5 million Small Cities Community Development Block Grant application on behalf of the Craigsville Public Service District. The Commission agreed to contribute to the Wilderness PSD customer survey for the proposed sewage project, was updated on the appeal of their action by a former county employee and heard from a wrecker service on the county’s emergency dispatching system regarding complaints they filed. Commissioners heard a request regarding Indian Rocks Park in Craigsville, appointed members to the newly-created Criminal Justice Board on behalf of the Day Reporting Center, set a public hearing date for a petition to annex property into the City of Summersville and appointed a person to the Nicholas County Board of Health.

Present for the meeting were Commission President John Miller and Commissioner Ken Altizer.

Way-Finding Signage Project
Ray Moeller, West Virginia State University Extension Agent for Economic Development, came before the Commission regarding a proposed county way-finding signage project.

He explained that he and other members of the countywide Gateway Communities Team had attended a tourism-based workshop in January and as a result had decided on a project to enhance county way-finding to maximize existing tourism assets.

The project will consist of placing signs pointing to heritage sites in the county making it easier for tourists to find the attractions such as the Brown House and the Nancy Hart Gravesite. The signs, mostly 14 x 20 inches in size, wouldn’t be permitted on U.S. Route 19 but would be allowed on two-lane roads and city streets. The group has projected 100 signs at 70 locations.




NCSWA Board hears from State

Solid Waste Management

Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority (NCSWA) was updated on several matters by the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Authority in a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon, April 2.

Present for the meeting held at the Summersville Armory and Convention Center Arena were NCSWA Board President Bruce Tallamy, Vice-President Robert Shafer and Secretary-Treasurer Joe Young.

Mark Holstein, Director of the Solid Waste Management Authority, presided at the meeting, which was also attended by several members of the Authority along with Tracey Webb of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, legal counsel for the NCSWA.

Holstein explained that the Solid Waste Management Board had intervened into the matters of the NCSWA after conducting a performance review of the landfill, which they are statutorily required by the State Legislature to do every two years. Several deficiencies at the facility were noted in the review.

Holstein advised that there would be no decisions made by the NCSWA Board concerning the landfill’s senior citizens curbside garbage pickup and recycling programs. Those matters cannot be addressed by the NCSWA Board until after a hearing on May 5 in Nicholas County Circuit Court on a civil suit filed against NCSWA  Board members Shafer and Young by NCSWA Board members Gary Brown and Chris Mondreas and Landfill Executive Director Larry Bradford regarding ethics and conflict of interest issues.

Holstein said the purpose of the Solid Waste Management Board’s intervention over the next 90 days is to “help the authority alter and revise some things the performance review found deficient in the operation and to remove itself from impairment status.”

The first part of the meeting consisted of public comment from those in attendance who had registered to address the NCSWA Board.




Board holds public hearing on proposed School Calendar

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, April 7, held a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 school calendar.

The Board also heard Local School Improvement Council reports from three Richwood area schools, and approved contracts with two entities.

Present for the meeting held at the Richwood High School auditorium were Board President Dr. Lloyd Adkins and members Barbara Taylor, Jason Swager and Bob M. O’Dell.

Public Hearing on 2014-15 School Calendar
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Damon Hanshaw reviewed the proposed 2014-15 school calendar, Calendar C, which was chosen by the majority vote of all Board employees with 200-day contracts.

Hanshaw and Superintendent of Schools Beverly Kingery both noted that the calendar hasn’t been completely finalized yet because they continue to receive directives from the state Department of Education regarding certain aspects of the calendar and whether or not particular days are legal under the new state guidelines.

Hanshaw said one significant change to start school is that it will begin for employees on Tuesday instead of the traditional Monday. Of the first three days, two must be used for employee professional development and the third for school professional development. A Faculty Senate meeting must be held on the first Friday. Hanshaw said the new guidelines don’t allow Faculty Senate meetings to be placed in the school and they must be held after school.



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