Nicholas County

Debris covers the floor of the Richwood Middle School art room. Floodwaters completely blew out the large glass window exposing the classroom to the outdoors.
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A mediation team has released a proposal to replace several Nicholas County schools after deadly 2016 floods.

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The state education board says a dispute resolution company out of Massachusetts will come to West Virginia on Monday to find a solution to the dispute over Nicholas County's plan to consolidate schools into a single campus following flood damage.

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The mayor of a West Virginia town has sued the city council for putting him on paid administrative leave and preventing him from doing his job while he is being investigated by state auditors.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the state education board's authority to reject Nicholas County's plan to consolidate multiple schools into a single campus following flood damage.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court says the state board "is vested with the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority to exercise its discretion" in accepting or rejecting the county plan.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

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The fight over school consolidation in Nicholas County continues. The West Virginia Board of Education, which is against consolidation, released a statement Thursday saying they’ll appeal their case to the West Virginia Supreme Court. 


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A West Virginia county school board has sued the state over allegations that Gov. Jim Justice used intermediaries to pressure officials into arbitrarily denying a school consolidation plan.

According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail , the Nicholas County school board filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the state Board of Education and Schools Superintendent Steve Paine.

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School board members in a West Virginia county ravaged by the 2016 floods have voted to take legal action to contest the state board's rejection of a plan to consolidate five schools onto one campus.

The Nicholas County Board of Education made the decision Wednesday after the state Board of Education voted 7-1 Tuesday to reject the county's proposed consolidation plan.

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School board members in a West Virginia county ravaged by the 2016 floods have voted to take legal action to contest the state board's rejection of a plan to consolidate five schools onto one campus.

The Register-Herald reports the West Virginia Board of Education voted 7-1 on Tuesday to reject Nicholas County's proposed change to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

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Alpha Natural Resources has announced the sales of a coal mining complex and a natural gas operation in West Virginia.

The company, which emerged from bankruptcy reorganization last year, says its Green Valley mining assets in Nicholas and Greenbrier counties are being sold to Quinwood Coal Co.

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A Nicholas County judge has declined to immediately stop the controversial plan to consolidate five Nicholas County public schools into two schools that share a single campus following a flood last year.

Judge James Rowe on Thursday denied a preliminary injunction that had been requested by supporters of rebuilding Richwood's flood-damaged schools in the Richwood area instead of consolidating them into a single campus near Summersville.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a $1.9 million grant to the state.

According to U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the funds will be used by the Nicholas County School District for protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged in flooding last June.

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Two West Virginia towns seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse are suing out-of-state drug distributors.

The separate lawsuits seeking unspecified damages were filed by the Mingo County community of Kermit and the Nicholas County town of Richwood.

He later recalled that the spirit of God had told him to build crosses across the countryside.
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On January 27, 1925, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer was born at Craigsville in Nicholas County.

During World War II, he served in the Marines and was wounded on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to West Virginia and amassed a small fortune through a coal-washing business.

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Nicholas County's public schools superintendent has recommended that officials open just one school to replace two flood-damaged middle schools and build another school to consolidate a flood-damaged high school with the currently open Nicholas County High School and Nicholas County Career and Technical Center.

Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick made her recommendations during the county's school board meeting Monday night, explaining that it "saddens" her to have to recommend consolidation.

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Nicholas County School District has been awarded a federal grant of more than $2.1 million for temporary facilities to replace schools damaged in June floods.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the grant Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $1.7 million to the state for the Nicholas County School to secure temporary facilities following the flooding in late June that damaged or destroyed buildings.

According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $2.3 million cost. The state is expected to pay the balance.

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Officials say students in Nicholas and Kanawha counties who were displaced by June's devastating floods will be moved from makeshift classrooms to long-term temporary modular units by the start of 2017.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports West Virginia School Building Authority Director of School Planning and Construction Scott Raines told the authority's board last week that the portable units should be ready by Jan. 1.

For now, Summersville Middle School students have been attending classes sectioned off by tall curtains inside the Summersville Arena and Conference Center, where sounds echo inside the arena.

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Federal officials are shutting down centers that have helped West Virginia small businesses obtain low-interest loans after damaging floods in June.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the business recovery centers in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties will stop operating Monday.

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June 24th, 3am. Outside Liberty Baptist Church in Richwood, a few exhausted staff sat silently smoking cigarettes in the dark. Power was out throughout the town - and no one wanted to speak to the media. Nursing home administrator Belinda Stear wearily agreed to speak for a few minutes by flashlight inside the church’s kitchen.

“The water started rising, it was raining, we were watching the river just like we always do,” she said.

Around 1pm Thursday, Stear made the call to evacuate residents to Liberty Baptist Church – which sits on higher ground above the nursing home.

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West Virginians who are out of work due to recent deadly floods are facing a deadline to apply for unemployment benefits.

The deadline to file a claim for employees or residents of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is Wednesday.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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Three Nicholas County schools will not reopen this upcoming school year because of flood damage.

The Nicholas County Board of Education announced Thursday evening at a special meeting that Richwood High School, Richwood Middle School and Summersville Middle School received too much damage to reopen on Aug. 19.

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On Thursday June 23, massive flooding swept across most of West Virginia. It began with a rare event- a tornado touched down in Nicholas County, West Virginia on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21. Regional rain storms followed but nothing like what started to fall throughout a 22-county region on Thursday, June 23.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from survivors of the flooding that devastated southeastern West Virginia.

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing aid, Kara Lofton reports most of the rescues, cleanup, and support so far has been provided by the local communities.

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Authorities in Nicholas County say a man allegedly identified himself as a state trooper to try to gain entry to a residence in Dixie before shooting another man.

Sheriff David P. Hopkins says in a news release that 22-year-old Briar Allen Stewart of Belva was arrested Wednesday in Kanawha County on charges of malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and nighttime burglary.

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In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The National Park Service is holding a youth art contest for students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

The Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest is open to K-12 students in the four counties.

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On September 10, 1861, a Civil War battle was fought at Carnifex Ferry in Nicholas County. The clash had been unfolding for nearly two months, after Confederate troops were forced from the Kanawha Valley. For weeks, the Southern troops had occupied the important crossroads of Gauley Bridge in Fayette County. After defeating a small Union force at Kesslers Cross Lanes in Nicholas County, some 2,000 Confederates, under former Virginia Governor John Floyd, encamped along the steep cliffs of the Gauley River.

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The Division of Highways says a section of West Virginia Route 82 in Nicholas Close is closed because of a landslide.

The closed section is 2.6 miles east of Birch River. One lane is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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