Janalynn Mollohan Adams
56, of Poe

Terry Grant Gaynor
72, of Moorefield

Ruth Imogene Gray
of Havre de Grace, Md.

Glenna O. Hoskins
91, of Hurricane

Janet Lea Koontz
61, of Leavenworth, Kansas

Sharon Ann Malcomb
34, of Tioga

Harold Homer Nutter
84, of Ravenswood

Dana Franklin Pierson
82, of Fayetteville

Pitt Rogers Simons
82, of Craigsville

Gary Salisbury
73, of Clay

Rosemarie “Sissy” Sayre
76, of Leivasy

Charlotte Lee Grose Spencer
95, formerly of Richwood








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Tissue bank at UPMC named after the late Gavin Bailey

Many people throughout our community will never forget the name Gavin Bailey. Gavin was the always-smiling little boy from Craigsville who was tragically taken from us by a rare genetic disorder in March of 2012.

Now, Gavin’s name will be forever remembered by not only our community, but by those touched by the disease and many doctors and patients who walk the halls of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Doctors at UPMC who study Gavin’s disease, which is a congenital nevus disorder, had been working for years to establish a tissue bank dedicated to the research of these types of disorders, but collecting the amount of tissue needed for such a bank was very difficult.

When Gavin passed away at 17-months-old, his parents, Cassandra and Travis Bailey of Craigsville, saw an opportunity to make a difference in the ongoing search for treatments and cures for congenital nevus disorders.

After consulting with doctors, the Bailey’s selflessly decided that donating Gavin’s tissue to research was the best thing to do. They were the first family to make such a donation.

This large donation was exactly what was needed to establish the bank, which originally opened up as the COND-BANK, but has now been renamed the Gavin Bailey Tissue Repository for Neural Crest Disorders.

“The generous donation from the Bailey family was the cornerstone of what we expect to be the best and largest repository to study giant congenital melanocytic nevi (giant moles) and associated diseases,” said Dr. Miguel Reyes-Mugica of the Division of Pediatric Pathology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. “Our repository started with this donation, and in a short period of a little more than a year, we have prospectively collected samples from 88 patients.  This is already generating results, and it is likely to become an important asset in research of this very rare disease,” he added.




“Bringing in the sheaves”

Rev. Greg Kupar of Summersville Presbyterian Church oversees a food chain from truck to church on July 21. Several area churches and the local Day Reporting Center helped with the giant undertaking. Frederickson Fleet Footed Service delivered the massive amount of food from the Mountaineer Food Pantry but not all stays at this church. Church pantries in Nettie and Richwood and elsewhere will also benefit.





Broad Street building fire ruled arson; reward offered

The fire that damaged the building at 731 Broad Street in Summersville a couple of weeks ago for the second time in 17 months has been ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Brad Hartley, an investigator for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said the July 12 fire was “intentionally set.” He declined to say exactly what caused the blaze, because it is under investigation but added that “incendiary materials were found.”

Hartley said there was no sign of forced entry in the building but noted that while firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, a door in the back of the building was found unlocked.

It is believed that an individual or persons gained entry through the unsecured back door and set the fire on the second floor during the early morning hours of July 12. The building had no utilities connected.

The most serious damage occurred on the second floor and primarily in an area between two ceilings. Smoke and water damage was reported to the first floor of the building.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the State Fire Marshal’s office to anyone with any information on who started the fire. Call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE with any information on the blaze.




Courthouse upgrading project put on hold

The proposed new hydronic piping system for the Nicholas County Courthouse was placed on hold by the Nicholas County Commission last Tuesday, July 15, for financial reasons.

The Commission also approved a request to sponsor a grant application for state funding to assist an emergency shelter in the county, discussed a couple of matters with the county sheriff and approved a procedural matter request from the county assessor.

Present for the meeting were Commission President John Miller, Commissioner Yancy Short M.D. and Commissioner Ken Altizer.

Courthouse Facilities Improvement Project
Consulting engineer Greg Boso, President of G.L. Boso and Associates, came before the Commission to review the bids received for the proposed four-pipe hydronic piping system that would replace the current two-pipe system in the Courthouse.

The proposed system would be used to better adjust the heating and cooling in the Courthouse during times of unseasonably warm or cool temperatures.

Boso said the lowest bid of two received was $592,000 from Pennington Heating and Plumbing of Beckley which is considerably more than the $300,000 available for the project, primarily from the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Fund.

Boso said the cost of the inside controls of the system have drastically increased and is what caused the total cost to be much higher than anticipated rather than the materials themselves.

The Commission advised Boso to see if the county could carryover to next year the $100,000 grant they have already received for the project and combine it with what will hopefully be a substantial amount of carryover funds from last year’s budget in order to fund the project.




Board addresses Pratt Field lights; policies

Money previously committed by the Nicholas County Board of  Education for the installation of lights for Pratt Field in Richwood for the Richwood High School girls softball team will instead go to the field itself as the result of the Board meeting on Monday evening, July 21.

The Board also continued their agreement with RESA IV regarding substitute employees and approved several policies which had been posted for public comment.

Present for the meeting were Board President Dr. Lloyd Adkins, Vice-President Phil Berry and members Bob M. O’Dell, Fred Amick and Darrell White.

Pratt Field lights
Richwood High School assistant girls softball coach Bill Little came before the Board as a follow-up to a recent meeting concerning lights for the team’s future field at Pratt Park in Richwood.

The Board had previously committed $20,000 for the installation of the lights for the field.

Little explained to the Board that he could now have the lights installed at little or no cost and asked if he could instead use the $20,000 the Board committed for upgrading and improving the field in other areas.

Board Treasurer Kevin Hess said he hadn’t yet sought price quotes to have the lights installed.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Keith Butcher said the Board would have to change the previous motion to reflect that the $20,000 would go toward the field itself instead of installation of the lights.

The matter will be placed as an action item on the agenda of an upcoming meeting.




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