Connie Carpenter
68, of Webster Springs

Arby F. Gladwell
of Craigsville, Va.

Justin Garett Hamon
31, of Tioga

Brooke Sherwood Jaffe
of Medford, Oregon

Elsie Marie Mollohan Johnson 89, of Mineral Wells

Jack Moore
72, of Runa


William Edward Nash
58, of Belmont, Ohio

Virgil Harvey Wills Jr.
83, of Charlton Heights

Janice Wise
80, of Cowen

Phillip Workman
82, of Summersville









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Thunderstorms put county in State of

Preparedness; high water reported

Heavy thunderstorms in the area Friday, July 10, and Monday, July 12, prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to issue a State of Preparedness for 35 counties in the state, including Nicholas. 

By 8 a.m. Monday morning, flood waters had greatly receded at the bottom of Oakford Avenue in Richwood. However, city crews were still out assessing the damage and cleaning out drains as water continued pouring off the mountain into town.

The State of Preparedness statute was passed last year by the state legislature to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.

The hardest hit area of the county was in the city of Richwood, which suffered a flash flood early Monday morning, July 13, when two to three feet of water filled several of the central downtown streets for a few hours. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Several mudslides were reported in Richwood and nearby areas and a number of trees and power lines were blown down from the high winds and storms.

A large boulder from a rock and mudslide on   Route 82 in Birch River, two miles east of Birch River Elementary School, completely blocked the road early Monday morning, July 13. One lane of the road in the area of the slide was expected to be reopened by Wednesday evening.




Commission hears employee Wage and

Hour Concerns; supports proposed pipeline

The Nicholas County Commission on Tuesday, July 7, heard concerns regarding the recent 20 percent cutback of work hours for county employees from April through June as a result of the budget shortfall of the last three months of the fiscal year.

The Commission also adopted a resolution in support of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that will go through the county, heard updates on community and economic development and the county Office of Emergency Services, heard concerns from a towing company in the county, appointed two people to various authorities and commissions and approved a contract with the West Virginia Development Office.

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

Wage and Benefit Review Board concerns
Circuit Clerk Debbie Facemire, President of the Wage and Benefit Review Board, came before the Commission with some questions and concerns.

Facemire said it had come to the Board’s attention that some of the county’s employees hadn’t cut back their work hours by 20 percent from 40 hours to 32 hours as ordered by the Commission during the last three months of the fiscal year from April through July as a result of the county budget shortfall.  A number of county employees were laid off in April.

Facemire said the employees in question were those in the sheriff’s department, the county E-911 Center and the Nicholas County Community Corrections  Day Reporting Center.
Facemire said it was felt that employees in these offices should also have to cut their working hours by 20 percent over a three-month period like other county employees had to do.

President Altizer explained that the sheriff’s office said they were unable to cut employees’ working hours by 20 percent. He added that the E-911 Center said they couldn’t cut employees’ hours by 20 percent and still maintain all three dispatching stations 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Altizer said the Day Reporting Center employees were funded by a grant so they aren’t considered county employees.

Canvas resident Tim Clifford contended that the Day Reporting Center employees were county employees since the Commission had originally appointed Roger Beverage of Craigsville as County Administrator with the Day Reporting Center being one of the offices he was to oversee.

Beverage’s appointment was later overturned by the State Supreme Court of Appeals.
Clifford asked why the Day Reporting Center employees aren’t on the same pay scale as other county employees.

It was also pointed out that the Commission matches funds for the state grant received by the county for the Day Reporting Center.

It was also noted that the E-911 Center is funded entirely by taxes on all land line and cell telephones in the county.

The Commission said they would look into the questions and concerns of the Wage and Benefit Review Board and get a legal ruling on whether DRC, sheriff’s department and E-911 employees would have to cut their working hours by 20 percent for three months as other employees had to do.




Man pleads guilty to drug charge, receives 1 to 5 years

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Calhoun County man was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison last week in Nicholas County Circuit Court, moments after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

“I want to apologize for all of this,” Michael Grogg, 31, told the court on July 10 after waiving a pre-sentence investigation report. “This is the last time you’ll see me in this courtroom.”

“I hope that’s the case,” Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson told Grogg prior to handing down the sentence.

Earlier in the hearing, Grogg pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

In exchange for his plea, two other charges contained in a May indictment, possession of a substance to be used as a precursor for manufacturing meth and third-offense driving on a DUI-revoked license, were dismissed.

The case against a co-defendant, Misty Nelson, is still pending in circuit court.

Grogg told the court he lives in Calhoun County with his mother. He also said he was the father of three children and owes $20,000 in back child support.

Grogg admitted purchasing meth-making ingredients in Summersville in June 2014. He said he planned to sell the ingredients to a person in Calhoun County before being stopped by police.

Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan Calhoun told the court that Grogg had been cooperative with the state.

Judge Johnson said he would recommend to the state Division of Corrections that Grogg be placed in a facility that offers a residential drug abuse treatment program.
Grogg received credit for 238 days already served in jail.




Grand Opening held for Muddlety

Creek Kayak and Canoe Launch site

The official grand opening of the newly constructed Muddlety Creek Kayak and Canoe Launch site was held with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning, July 10.

Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer, Summersville Lake Resource Manager Toby Wood and Ray Moeller, West Virginia State University Economic Development Extension Agent, arrived at the launch site in a rubber raft to officially cut the ribbon.

The new light-watercraft launch site is located on Muddlety Creek off Route 39 just east of Summersville below the municipal sewage treatment plant. The project was a cooperative effort of the City of Summersville, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.

Moeller explained how the project was formulated. “What’s neat about this project is that less than a year ago I was out kayaking with my wife, Connie, and we paddled from Salmon Run over here to Muddlety Creek and nobody was in this area,” he said.

He said they both thought it was a beautiful area and wondered why it wasn’t available for everybody to access the lake for kayaking.

Moeller said he then drew up some proposed plans for the launch site and met with Wood and Mayor Shafer.

“Less than a year later, we’re standing on a place that I had envisioned as a launch site,” said Moeller.

“The City of Summersville worked hard and brought in expertise making the road part of it groomed and perfect,” said Moeller.

He added that the Army Corps of Engineers brought in their resources at the launch site and together as a team project it couldn’t have gone any better.

“What I really like is that in my community development business, you seldom get to see something come to fruition and this was a project that began and ended within a year— so that is an amazing outcome,” said Moeller.

Mayor Shafer commended the efforts of the city employees for their diligence and work on the project. He noted that Gus Rader and the Street Department did much of the paving with assistance from West Virginia Paving.

He also praised the employees of the water treatment plant located nearby, noting that water maintenance worker Jeremy Nicholas designed much of the launch site.

There is a designated parking area for paddlers about halfway down to the launch site from where they will carry their watercraft to the access.

Wood noted that the new launch site will greatly improve access to the lake for paddlers, since there are a large number of swimmers and boaters at the Salmon Run Recreation area.

This will mean less congestion getting in and out of the lake for kayakers and canoeists.

It should also be pointed out that the area will still be available for fishing.



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