James Larry Butler
76, of Craigsville

Johnnie Clester Clutter
80, of Webster Springs

Ineta (Wheeler) Gray
90, of New Palestine, Ind.

Beverly Ilo Patrick
69, of West Alexandria, Ohio

Karen Sue Peck
70, of Milton

Irene Pierson
93, of Summersville

Bessie Ann Pritt
74, of Webster Springs

Carol Ann Rose
85, of Erbacon

Timothy R. Ruckman
67, of Leivasy



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Head-on crash kills two

Two Nicholas County residents were fatally injured in a two-vehicle accident, which occurred on Route 39 near Canvas on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17.

Police identified the victims as Logan Andrew Russell, 33, of Fenwick and Ralph Hartley Workman, 69, of Nettie.

According to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred at 4:49 p.m. just east of Canvas.

Police say Russell was traveling east in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier when he attempted to pass another vehicle.

Russell’s vehicle struck Workman’s 2019 Ford F150 pickup truck head-on.

Workman was traveling west on Route 39.

Police say Russell was dead at the scene.

Jan-Care Ambulance Service transported Workman to WVU Medicine/Summersville Regional Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

The accident is under investigation by Cpl. B.S. Tucker, of the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department.




DHHR: 105 active coronavirus cases in county, two deaths

Two people have died from Covid-19 recently in Nicholas County, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services reported on its website.

The first death, a 76-year-old male, was reported on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

The second death, a 90-year-old male was reported on Saturday, Nov 21.

A total of five people have died in Nicholas County due to Covid-19, and 323 people have tested positive since mid-March.

Also, on Friday, Nov. 27, the DHHR reported 119 active cases in Nicholas County.

There were 75 active cases on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The active cases by age group for the past seven days are as follows: 0-9, two cases, 10-19, five cases, 20-29, two cases, 30-39, seven cases, 40-49, eight cases, 50-59, five cases, 60-69, seven cases and 70 and older, nine cases.

In West Virginia, there are currently 13,340 active cases, with 712 total deaths as of Friday, Nov. 27.

Since the pandemic began, 45,046 people in the state have tested positive.

A total of 1,095,837 tests have been conducted.




Ode to fall

With cooler temperatures forecast for the coming weeks, this Glade Creek tire swing has likely seen its last visitors until the warmer months of spring.












Anne Johnson photo | annejohnsonimages.com





Richwood council gains new member

Richwood Common Council and the building commission have new members.

The action to approve the new members came during the regular common council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at city hall.

James Karnes is now the new council member in Ward 2.

He replaces Chris McKenzie, who resigned because she moved out of the ward.

Karnes, who volunteers numerous hours to help the city, resigned from the building commission.

Laurel Weiler was nominated and confirmed to replace him on the building commission.

Karnes and Weiler, along with seven other residents, attended the 45-minute long meeting.

Karnes was sworn in on Friday, Nov. 20 and bonded.

The purpose of requiring a council member/municipal official to be bonded is to protect the municipality and its taxpayers against any loss of public funds.





Commission Acts on Sheriff’s Requests

The Nicholas County Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 18, took action several request by the sheriff.

The commission allocated some back funding for parks, rehired their legal counsel for another year and heard an update on the Richwood area broadband project.

Present for the meeting were Commission President Garrett Cole, Commissioner Dr. Lloyd Adkins and Commissioner Lyle Neal.

Sheriff’s Department matters

Sheriff William Nunley II came before the commission to discuss several matters, with the first being the department’s need to upgrade their computer server and other outdated technical equipment. He presented a price quote of $15,293.47 to replace the outdated equipment along with the link needed to connect the computers in the courthouse to the deputy sheriff’s offices when they are moved to the second floor of the Community Corrections Day Reporting Center building on Broad Street.

The sheriff said the department’s information technology person and one of the deputy sheriffs could do all of the installation of the equipment, which would keep costs at a minimum.

The commission advised the sheriff that they had received another quote for the same project from Insight Corp. with a cost of $16,481. The sheriff said he was aware of the quote and noted that it was more in cost because of a higher-grade server.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the bid submitted by Insight Corp. at a cost of $16,481 minus a tax of just over $932.

The sheriff also discussed with the commission additional pay for the deputies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he would like for the commission to consider the extra pay because of all of the stress the deputies have been working under during the pandemic.

He said the extra pay would cover the period of 29 weeks from March 24 through the Nov. 4 when he submitted the request to the commission. He added that the county will be reimbursed for the extra pay with federal CARES Act funds distributed by the state. The sheriff said he would like to later extend the extra pay for the remainder of 2020.

The total cost of the extra COVID-19 pay would be $4,640 per officer for the 29-week period which he said is based upon the rate of $4 per hour given by other counties and municipalities.

The commission agreed to hold off on making any decision on the request until the next meeting.

The sheriff also requested through CARES Act funds the purchase of two new Dodge Charger cruisers at a total cost of $57,154. It will cost an additional $8,468 to outfit the cruisers, he said, and he doesn’t expect to receive them until after the first of the year.

The commission voted unanimously to allow the sheriff to purchase the two new cruisers at a cost of $65,622 with CARES ACT funds.

Sheriff Nunley advised the commission that he had received only one price quote for the renovation work for the second floor of the Day Reporting Center building so that deputy sheriffs offices can be moved there.

The commission advised the sheriff to put together a schematic drawing of the renovation work, which would include a handicapped accessible area and then advertise for bids.