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January 2, 2017 by Laura Laura (Lori) Campell McClung (Register to contact)

I would of graduated with the class of 1991. I fell in love and was given an ultimatum by my grandfather, and I chose to elope. My husband joined the military and I stayed in school for awhile but after the continuous moving, I ended up dropping out. I furthered my education and worked for the Government since I was 18 until I retired. I wished I would have been able to stay and graduate with my class - life is not always fare but I would never change my decision of eloping - God knew what He was doing!

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Richwood parents to drop school rebuilding suit, after FEMA moved deadline  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Parents of Richwood children intend to drop their request that a Kanawha County judge invalidate the state's approval of using federal flood recovery money to ...

Flooded schools generate questions by legislators  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers asked questions today about the reconstruction of schools that were destroyed in the 2016 flood. The 2016 ...

$30M budgeted for Richwood school, $147.5M for one near Summersville  Charleston Gazette-Mail

RICHWOOD — Early last month, Nicholas County and state education leaders, who once fought each other in court over how fair Nicholas was being to its ...

West Virginia Board Does Revote on School Rebuilding Plan  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Under the threat of a lawsuit over transparency, the West Virginia School Building Authority board has done a revote over rebuilding Nicholas County.

UPDATE: Richwood High School demolition underway soon  WSAZ-TV

Thursday, Richwood City Council approved the demolition permit for the high school that was badly damaged during the June 2016 flooding.

State audit: Richwood officials misspent federal flood money, paid friends and family - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — As the community of Richwood tried to recover from devastating floods in 2016, the city's leaders misspent precious dollars from the ...

Legislative focus turns to flooded schools.  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The legislative committee examining flood recovery is set to examine the reconstruction of schools that were destroyed in the ...

Suit may invalidate approval of Nicholas using FEMA funds to consolidate  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Three parents of Richwood school children are asking a judge to declare invalid the state School Building Authority's approval for the Nicholas County school ...

Three Nicholas County parents sue SBA over plan to use FEMA money to consolidate schools  West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – Three Nicholas County parents have filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the state School Building Authority's plan to use $177 million of ...

High School Band Brings Hope Back to Richwood  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Several communities in West Virginia were devastated during the 1000 Year Flood that hit June 2016. Many families lost everything – their homes, their.

UPDATE: Richwood High School and Middle School not reopening for class this fall  WSAZ-TV

UPDATE 7/21/16 @ 11:15 p.m.. RICHWOOD, W.Va. (MetroNews) — The June 23 flood has forced Richwood High School and Middle School to begin the school ...

Freshman in College, Freshman in the Capitol: West Virginia’s 19-Year-Old Lawmaker  The New York Times

Caleb Hanna, one of the youngest state legislators in the country, is a black man raised in a white family who represents a predominantly white district in West ...

West Virginia audit questions use of federal flood money, but FEMA declines comment - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is declining to comment on a state investigation that revealed the City of Richwood ...

Mediation team proposes community school, middle/high school in Nicholas  Charleston Gazette-Mail

A school near the former Richwood High School for pre-school through 12th grades and a high school/middle school near the center of Nicholas County are part ...

Mediation did what it was supposed to do in Nicholas County school constroversy - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — Nicholas County School Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick says she was always confident something would be worked out to ...

A New Generation Is Rocking the Vote | News, Sports, Jobs  Wheeling Intelligencer

CRAIGSVILLE — The seniors of Richwood High School in Nicholas County walked Thursday into a classroom to sign papers. They weren't registering for clubs.

High school seniors register to vote in West Virginia  Parkersburg News

CRAIGSVILLE — The seniors of Richwood High School in Nicholas County walked into a classroom to sign papers. They weren't registering for clubs, or sport.

Richwood Residents Worry About Relocation of Flooded Schools  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some Nicholas County residents are concerned that two Richwood schools which closed after devastating floods won't be rebuilt in the area. According to the.

One for the (young) ages; Nicholas County college students ace election tests, prepare to take office  Beckley Register-Herald

On Election Night, after all of Nicholas County's 28 precincts had been counted in less than two hours following poll closings, Garrett Cole made the short, ...

Susan Johnson: Can Richwood's story have happy ending? (Opinion)  Charleston Gazette-Mail

If Richwood's story were a Netflix series, the leading character would be Bob Henry Baber.

WV school board OKs Nicholas County rebuilding plan  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday approved the Nicholas County Board of Education's latest school rebuilding/consolidation plan, ending an ...

A little help goes a long way in restoring Richwood gymnasium - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — It's going to take a sustained effort from many different players to continue the rebuilding and renewal efforts in the Nicholas County town ...

UPDATE: SBA approves new building plan for Nicholas County  WSAZ-TV

Thursday, the state School Building Authority approved the new rebuilding plans that are needed because the June 2016 flooding destroyed several schools.

RHS students protest condition and treatment (WITH VIDEO)  Beckley Register-Herald

CRAIGSVILLE – About 60 Richwood High School students held a peaceful lunchtime protest Wednesday against consolidation and conditions at their ...

Youngest black legislator in America ready to get to work for WV  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The first thing Caleb Hanna did — once he knew he had won his historic election to the West Virginia House of Delegates — was order a No. 2: “Double.

State school board OKs Nicholas rebuild plan | State Journal News  WV News

CHARLESTON — Members of the state's Board of Education gave approval on May 9 to a Nicholas County plan to rebuild and relocate a handful of schools ...

West Virginia Flooding: Rebuilding a Devastated Town  ABC News

It's been almost one week since devastating flash floods tore through Richwood, West Virginia, turning a beautiful small town into what looks like a "war zone," ...

General counsel disputes documents showing infrastructure bumped housing as relief priority - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The general counsel for Gov. Jim Justice says he thought a meeting in early November, 2017, was meant to mediate disagreements ...

School board goes forward much the same after election  Beckley Register-Herald

With a mediation agreement now passed by both the Nicholas County Board of Education (NCBOE) and the West Virginia State Board of Education (WVBOE) ...

UPDATE: FEMA extends deadline for Nicholas County Schools plans  WSAZ-TV

The new deadline is Sept. 25, 2018. The original deadline was late December.

State blocks plan to relocate West Virginia schools damaged in flood  Reveal

Last month, the West Virginia Board of Education blocked a decision by the Nicholas County School Board to relocate the town of Richwood's schools nearly 30 ...

Richwood: United in football and flood recovery  Beckley Register-Herald

When football officials flip the switch at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood tonight, those Friday night lights will shine on more than just a football game.

Devastating Floods Couldn't Drown Out this Town's Marching Band  ABC News

It's Friday night, the first football game of the season at Richwood High School. It is also a chance after a devastating flood during the summer for many in this ...

A year after flood, Richwood schools' fate still unclear  Charleston Gazette-Mail

RICHWOOD — Gov. Jim Justice said he is “tickled to death” the West Virginia Board of Education denied a plan to consolidate Richwood schools into a campus ...

From bad to worse: Towns can lose damaged institutions in FEMA loophole  Reveal

In the months since tiny Richwood, West Virginia, saw its worst flood last year, residents have been trying to clean up and recover their losses. But the town now ...

WV State Marching Band Championship winners announced  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Thirty-six high school bands and two middle school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the seventh annual West Virginia State Marching ...

PHOTOS: Richwood hosts 'granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds'  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The “granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds” celebrated its 80th anniversary this year in Richwood, the self-proclaimed “ramp capital of the world.

Fayetteville pounds Richwood into submission (WITH GALLERY)  Beckley Register-Herald

Richwood — Fayetteville rolled into Richwood behind a powerful rushing attack. They rolled out of town with a big win in an early season Class A showdown.

End in sight for Nicholas mediation  Beckley Register-Herald

There may be an end in sight for the mediation group set up to come up with a plan on how to handle Nicholas County school construction post-June 2016 flood.

Morgantown High students' segment to air on 'PBS NewsHour'  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Beginning the week of March 18, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air a news segment produced by students at Morgantown High School.

Nicholas County needs professional help  West Virginia MetroNews

Nicholas County has had a rough go of it over the last couple of years. The decline of the coal industry led to shutdowns and layoffs, as well as a drop in the ...

Better food, homey decor draw customers to mom and pop restaurants  Charleston Gazette-Mail

RICHWOOD — Most West Virginians know well the flavors and comfort of a home-cooked meal. Now, it seems, the rest of the nation is catching on.

Nicholas County school board holds second consolidation hearing - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – The Nicholas County Board of Education held its second meeting Tuesday regarding consolidation efforts in the school system.

Benefit concert for flood devastated Herbert Hoover and Richwood High School bands  WDTV

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - David Keith Grubb, Director of Bands at Robert C. Byrd High School and Assistant Band Director, Vicki Haley, are working on ...

Susan Johnson: Richwood's 1976 Capitol Christmas tree (Daily Mail Opinion)  Charleston Gazette-Mail

In December 1976, I was working as a secretary for U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph in Washington, D.C. It was an exciting time for a 23-year-old small-town girl.

Nicholas County School Consolidation Case Continues  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The fight over school consolidation in Nicholas County continues. The West Virginia Board of Education, which is against consolidation, released a.

FEMA commits to replacing five schools destroyed in June flood - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly five months after the June Flood, state officials have a commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for ...

Berkeley Co. high school seniors go extra mile for Richwood High  Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG — Fifty-one Berkeley County high school seniors recently took a “class trip” they'll not likely to soon forget.

Richwood High Students Win Top Honors at WVU Journalism Competition  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Richwood High School Student Reporting Lab have won first and second prizes in the WVU Reed College of Media high school journalism.

Candidate Profile: Caleb Hanna, House of Delegates, District 44  Beckley Register-Herald

All 5 candidates – 2 Republicans, 2 Democrats and 1 Mountain – were asked to say a little something about themselves and then to identify three issues that ...

West Virginia Court Upholds School Consolidation Rejection  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

West Virginia BOE president defends Nicholas county school plan rejection  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The City of Richwood in Nicholas County may or may not see two of its public schools rebuilt in the end, but the president of the West ...

35 Schools Affected by Flooding Working to Reopen on Time  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says 35 schools have been impacted in some way by last month's historic ...

Four Nicholas County students honored by W.Va. Secretary of State  WSAZ-TV

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Thursday that Nicholas County High School students Brad Bordelon and Felicia Seabolt and Richwood High School ...

Nicholas County Mediation Team Release Plan for Rebuilding Schools  WOWK

The Nicholas County mediation team have released a plan for the rebuilding of Nicholas County Schools that includes school locations and configurations.

Baber escorted from Richwood Council meeting  Beckley Register-Herald

RICHWOOD -- What seemed to start as a quiet city council meeting Thursday evening quickly turned into political high drama.

Campus Carry Bill Passes West Virginia House | News, Sports, Jobs  Wheeling Intelligencer

CHARLESTON — Despite multiple attempts by delegates — including the Republican judiciary committee chairman — to amend a bill to alleviate concerns of ...

SBA declines vote on changes to allow consolidation of Nicholas County schools, goes to WV BOE  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority, scheduled Monday to vote on changes to allow the consolidation of Nicholas County's flooded ...

Flood Towns Struggle with Infrastructure as Federal Deadline Passes  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

FEMA-- the Federal Emergency Management Agency-- is well known for its individual housing assistance program- a federal program that helps homeowners ...

Oglebay revamps Winter Festival of Lights for a new generation  Charleston Gazette-Mail

WHEELING — Clinton and Gina Sheehan — millennial parents of 7-year-old Henry, 3-year-old Lucy and 7-month-old Olive — come from Columbus, Ohio, every ...

Two dozen West Virginia schools damaged in severe flooding  WSAZ-TV

Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Education released a list of schools and the severity of the flood damage.

Nicholas County School Board President releases official statement on lawsuit  West Virginia MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — Nicholas County Board of Education President Gus Penix called the pending litigation against the State Board of Education ...

Brooks David Blake  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Brooks David Blake, 78, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 5, at his son's home in Craigsville, W.Va. David was a lifelong resident of Craigsville. He was ...

A glimpse into the day of the Charleston Fire Chief (Daily Mail WV)  Charleston Gazette-Mail

For Charleston Fire Chief Robert Sutler, Dec. 14 will be just another day on the job. “We don't thrive on praise,” said the 28-year veteran firefighter. “When ...

$12.8M in flood recovery funds announced for West Virginia  WHSV

West Virginia is receiving $12.8 million for flood recovery efforts in Nicholas and Kanawha counties.

Dottie Lou Carroll | Obituaries  WV News

Dottie Lou Carroll was reunited with the love of her life on December 17, 2018.

Herbert Hoover, Richwood hold first graduations after flood destroyed schools  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “No other senior class has walked through their senior year like this one.” Herbert Hoover High School student Raechel Stevens used ...

Many Appalachians Are Leaving, But Tradition Calls Others Home to Eat Ramps Make Music & Drink Shine  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Here in Appalachia, it's ramp season, and that means many small towns have their annual ramp feed to help raise money for their communities. This week we.

Firefighting runs in the family (Daily Mail WV)  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Richard Lincoln “Linc” Symns remembers his “ah-ha” moment when he knew he was destined to be a career firefighter.

W. Va. high school loses instruments in flood

A high school in West Virginia needs the public's help after losing most of its musical instruments in a severe flood at the end of June.

Two Panhandle men inducted into State Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame  Herald-Mail Media

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Thirty-eight high school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the sixth annual West Virginia State Marching Band ...

In Charleston, President Obama Speaks to the Nation's Drug Habit  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, full coverage of President Obama's visit to Charleston yesterday to talk about substance abuse. Also, coverage of the counter.

'Silent majority' unite to support Nicholas County education board  West Virginia MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A group of Nicholas County residents attended a rally Tuesday evening in support of the Nicholas County Board of Education and ...

Ripley High student wins full scholarship to Wesleyan - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The competition for a full four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan came to an end Wednesday with a Ripley High School ...

Charleston to host state marching band competition  Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON — The seventh annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Championship will feature high school bands from around the state on Saturday ...

Olympic gold medalist Barrett passes away  Beckley Register-Herald

Mike Barrett, who rose to fame at West Virginia Tech and won an Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, passed away ...

Youngest black legislator in US is pro-life and pro-God  Lifesite

West Virginia Delegate Caleb Hanna is 18 years old and says 'God, guns, and babies' are central to his political philosophy.

2018 state marching band championship winners announced  Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON — Thirty-six high school bands and two middle school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the seventh annual West Virginia ...

Susan Johnson: History and the governor's role in education (Gazette)  Charleston Gazette-Mail

At the center of the Nicholas County school board's lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education is the argument that Gov. Jim Justice was meddling in ...

Saban, Fisher Seek Help for Flooded Schools  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are seeking support for high school football programs decimated by floods in their native West.

Bands to compete in West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Saturday  WVAH

The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Championship will feature high school bands from around the state Saturday at the University of Charleston ...

Surgeon returns to small-town medicine  Beckley Register-Herald

A Nicholas County native who honed his robotics operation skills in Huntington has returned to small-town living and is bringing his expertise to Plateau Medical ...

Plataeu Medical Center welcomes the addition Dr. Short  WVNS-TV

A native of Nicholas County is returning to Plateau Medical Center as a general surgeon. Dr. Yancy Short is a native of Summersville and graduated from ...

FEMA grant to finance demolitions of flood-destroyed schools - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A $12.8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for the demolition of three schools destroyed in the June ...

Schedule set for the sixth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Championship  Huntington Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The sixth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Championship will feature high school bands from around the state on ...

U.S. Attorneys recognize high school juniors as Ambassadors for Justice  West Virginia Record

CHARLESTON – United States Attorneys Booth Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia, on Wednesday ...

25 WV schools reportedly damaged by flood, storm  Charleston Gazette-Mail

At Herbert Hoover High School near Clendenin, 3 to 5 inches of mud still coated the entire first floor Monday, an unwelcome gift left by 6 feet of flood water.

People and places that shaped West Virginia  Huntington Herald Dispatch

In recognition of West Virginia's 150th birthday today, The Herald-Dispatch has compiled a list of 150 interesting things to know about the Mountain State — from ...

Physician gets patient's perspective through wife's breast cancer diagnosis, treatment  Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Physicians rely on an enormous set of special skills, from their medical knowledge to their practical thinking to their bedside manner.

Derek Redd: Special moments don't need grand stages  Charleston Gazette-Mail

So much of sports is about the extraordinary, the superstar athlete turning in some legendary performance, stamping his name in the history books.

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