Sandra Kay Fowler Bailey
45, of Richwood

Annette Bell Barnette
95, of South Charleston

Arminta A. Bishop
87, of Calvin

Evelyn Rae Gregory

Elbert Waitman Hall
77, of Richwood

Billie E. Hodge Sr.
75, of Mt. Lookout

Kristen Nicole Kise
35, of Swiss

Laura Leigh Lovett

Chester Thurmond McCoy
86, of Lanse, Pa.

Roy Jackson “Pete” Meadows 73, of Canvas

Roy David “Creek Chub” Morris
62, of Line Creek

Vera J. Myers

Antoinette Neal
90, of Indore

Robert V. Sawyer
87, of New Hope, Minn.

Rhonda Bea Sergeon
46, of Huntington

Sharon “Lovey” Lovatta Tinney 61, of Richwood

Vickie Lynn Williams
58, of Summersville








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RHS football game moved up

Due to the threat of heavy rain, the football game between Richwood and Van, scheduled for Saturday night, has been moved up to Friday night, Oct. 2, at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood.

Kickoff time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Also, Richwood High School homecoming activities, originally set for Saturday, have been postponed. Homecoming will now be observed on Oct. 23 when the Lumberjacks host Valley Fayette.

Meanwhile, organizers of the RHS 100-year celebration set this weekend were making alternate plans for those who were expected to be in town for the festivities.

Updates will be available on the RHS 100 Years of Celebration Facebook page.




Fire at Mount Nebo destroys three businesses

Fire ripped through a commercial building last week in Mount Nebo and destroyed three businesses housed inside it.

Damage was estimated at $1 million in the fire that occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. Sept. 24, at the one-story wooden building located on Route 41 near the intersection of U.S. Route 19.

The wooden building, which had a tin porch, was owned by Bounds Construction Co. and included the company’s office along with The Fu-Fu Shop beauty salon owned by Jackie Eades and Same as it Never Was primitives shop owned by Alicia Kelly Clark.

Bounds Construction Co. reportedly had all of their records that were burned stored on backup at another location.

A spokesman for the Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the call along with two other volunteer fire departments, said an unidentified tow truck driver traveling south on U.S. Route 19 saw the fire and called it in to authorities. He also noticed a vehicle owned by Bounds Construction Co. parked beside the burning building and pulled it away from the structure.




Golden Beauty

This beautiful Goldfinch stops to rest on a thistle at a Craigsville farm.





Commissioners want removal petition tossed

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A three-judge panel is expected to rule in the coming weeks whether to toss a petition seeking the removal of two Nicholas County commissioners from office.

During a hearing on Sept. 24 in Nicholas Circuit Court, Charleston attorney Duane Ruggier, representing Commissioners John Miller and Ken Altizer, asked the panel to grant summary judgment in favor of his clients.

After listening to arguments from Ruggier and the petitioners’ representative, Tim Clifford of Canvas, the panel told both sides to submit findings of fact and conclusions of law to the Nicholas County Circuit Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Copies of the documents will then be sent to the three members of the panel appointed by the state Supreme Court — Circuit Judges Phillip Gaujot of Monongalia County, Timothy Sweeney of Pleasants County and John Hatcher of Fayette County — for their review.

If Ruggier’s motion for summary judgment is not granted, another hearing will be scheduled where testimony will be taken before the panel decides the fate of the commissioners.

The petition’s roots date back more than two years when the County Commission hired Roger Beverage as county administrator at a salary of $60,000 a year.




Man granted probation at sentence

reconsideration hearing

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A man was placed on probation last week during a sentence reconsideration hearing in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson noted that Phillip Sawyer, 32, had previously suffered a combat injury in Iraq and told him, “I think you deserve something for your service.”

Sawyer pleaded no contest in March to a prosecutor’s information charging him with one count of felony destruction of property. In exchange for his plea, a January indictment charging him with one count of second-degree arson and two counts of third-degree arson was dismissed.

He was accused of setting fire to and destroying a pole barn and two hunting campers in March 2014.

Sawyer was sentenced in May to 1 to 10 years in prison. At that time, Judge Johnson indicated he would take another look at the sentence in six months.

During the Sept. 24 sentence reconsideration hearing, Judge Johnson suspended the remainder of the 1-to-10-year term and placed Sawyer on probation for five years.

Sawyer will be required to take part in an outpatient alcohol treatment program at Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton and follow any other instructions from the probation office.

He was also ordered to pay $9,277 in restitution to the owners of the destroyed property and perform 550 hours of community service.

Nicholas Prosecutor Samuel White asked the court not to reconsider the sentence, noting that Sawyer had been allowed to “plead down” in what were three cases of arson.

Public Defender Cynthia Stanton, in arguing for probation, said Sawyer wanted another opportunity to provide for his five children who were currently “outside the home.”

Sawyer said he had changed.




Highland Scenic Highway audio tour now available

The Monongahela National Forest is pleased to announce the availability of an audio tour of the Highland Scenic Highway, a National Scenic Byway, that includes WV 39/55 from Richwood, to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center (CMNC) and WV150 from the CMNC to WV 219 north of Marlinton. The audio tour was produced with funds from the Secure Rural Schools and Counties Act and in partnership with Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.

This 19-stop audio tour includes information and interviews with Monongahela National Forest employees and retirees, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources employees, and local residents in Pocahontas County and the Richwood area. Topics include historical information about the City of Richwood, building of the Highland Scenic Highway, recollections of Millpoint Federal Prison, early logging days and life in the CCC camp on Black Mountain. Traditional music plays in the background from such musicians as Gerry Milnes, Jesse Milnes, Emily Miller, Paul Greathouse and the Elm Street Alleycats. Excerpts from “Above the Smoke: A Family Album of Pocahontas County Fire Towers” add to the adventure.


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