Dawn Ann Casto
53, of Webster Springs

Penny Jo Hinkle
62, of Craigsville

Peggy A. Howell (nee Hall)
86, of Medina, Ohio

Carolyn Sue Morris
77, of Mt. Nebo

Leona Frances O’Dell
89, of Mt. Nebo

Sherman F. Pettry Sr.
73, of Kopperston, W.Va.

Christina Marie Phares

Buel Davis Russell
77, Cragisville

Roger Gene Taylor

Lonnie David Ward
77, McConnelsville, Ohio



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Nicholas County Career and Technical Center students earned top honors at the National Skills Competition in Atlanta, Ga.

NCCTC Shines at National SkillsUSA Competition

The Nicholas County Career and Technical Center (NCCTC) made an impressive mark at the National SkillsUSA competition June 26-27 in Atlanta, Ga., showcasing the exceptional talents and skills of its students.

A total of 14 students represented NCCTC at the competition, which is part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference. The Chapter Display team, consisting of Colton Phares, Ella Garland, and Jolena Miller, clinched the 1st place gold medal. Their creative and meticulous presentation stood out, reflecting the dedication and hard work that went into their project. The team built a pinball machine, which expounded on the theme of this year’s SkillsUSA competition, “No Limits.” The chapter display incorporated carpentry by Phares, graphic design by Garland and computer programming by Miller.

In another significant triumph, the Teamworks team, comprised of Jack Chapman, Landon Beall, Brayden McGraw and Tyler Nguyen, achieved an outstanding 2nd place silver medal finish. Their teamwork and technical skills in the construction project they were required to complete were on full display, setting a high standard and earning accolades from judges and peers alike. Each team member was responsible for either carpentry, electrical work, plumbing or heating and air conditioning.

Baylee Jarrett also brought honor to NCCTC by placing 4th in the Job Interview category. Baylee’s performance highlighted not only technical knowledge but also essential soft skills, underscoring the comprehensive training provided by NCCTC.

The achievements didn’t end there. The Teamworks boys had the unique opportunity to participate in SkillsJam, where they showcased their talents and engaged in enriching experiences. They also had the privilege of interviewing with renowned TV personality Ty Pennington, adding an exciting highlight to their SkillsUSA journey.




Man injured in Summersville assault

The Summersville Police Department is continuing its investigation into an assault that injured a man early last week.

An unidentified man walking his dog reported being beaten up by two other men on Monday, July 1, shortly after 10 p.m. The incident occurred near Little Caesar’s Pizza and the Summersville Post Office on Broad Street. The two men who allegedly beat up the unidentified man and left the scene in a vehicle.




Council acts on Recreational Complex and Visitors Center

The Summersville City Council on Monday evening, July 8, took action on the financing process of the planned recreational complex and learned of the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the complex.

Council also authorized the purchase of property for the Summersville Visitors Center and approved a budget revision of $470,000 in carryover funds.

Present for the meeting were Mayor Robert Shafer, Recorder Gary Withee and Council members Chuck Shaw, Jim Epling, B.J. Smith, Brandon Waters, Eugene Underwood, Steve LeRose and Wayne Halstead.

Recreational complex financing and groundbreaking

Council passed the first reading of an ordinance setting forth the financing process for the Summersville recreational complex to be located off of Webster Road. The ordinance authorizes the Summersville Building Commission, to whom the city has transferred the 128 acres for the complex, to borrow up to $12 million from an as yet undetermined financial institution to finance construction of the recreational complex. The money will be paid back by the city from revenue generated from the one percent municipal sales tax when it leases the property back from the Building Commission.

One more reading of the ordinance is required before any money can be borrowed by the Building Commission. A public hearing is required prior to the second reading on July 22.

No money will be borrowed by the Building Commission until the cost of the recreational complex is determined and constriction bids are received. That will determine the actual amount to be borrowed and the rate and length of time of the lease payments.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Shafer announced that the groundbreaking for the recreational complex will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the property on Webster Road near the Bargain Shopping Center. Picnic food and drinks will be provided along with drawings for door prizes.

“This celebration has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Shafer.




Upcoming Reunions

• Gad-Sparks Reunion:

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 12 p.m. Bring a dish to share for lunch. The reunion will be held at Nicholas County Senior Center, 700 Valentine Circle, Summersville. You're certain to have a great time at the reunion!

• 2024 Ramsey Family Biennial Reunion

For the descendants of Bartholomew Ramsey who originally settled in the current Nicholas and Fayette counties of West Virginia. Will be held Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 12 p.m. at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park (Picnic Shelter #1 Reserved—near the restroom)

Registration will be a 11 a.m. with a prayer and covered dish lunch to share at noon.

Join our Facebook Group: Ramsey Ramblings. Gene Ramsey set up this Facebook event: https://facebook.com/events/s/ramsey-reunion/854986713311292/

• Attention NCHS Class of '64.

A reunion will be held 9/13/2024 at Old Main from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on 9/14/2024 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at shelter 3, Nicholas County Memorial Park. For more information, contact Donna Halstead, (304) 872-1705 or Linda Racer at (304) 872-6226.