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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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Doris "Mat" Collins  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Doris Madeline "Mat" Collins, 86, went home to be with Lord on January 21, 2019, at Genesis Health Care, Ansted, WV, after a long illness. A lifelong resident of ...

$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.

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 ...

Dennis "Tom" Perkins  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Dennis R. Perkins, "Tom," went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2019. He was born July 7, 1943, in Nettie, Nicholas County, to Claude and Lareda.

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 ...

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 | News, Sports, Jobs  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.

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.

WV MetroNews Nicholas County mediation team calls for 2 new high schools  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What's being called a potential agreement to solve the Nicholas County post-flood school building controversy includes a new school ...

Baber as mayor has served in the public interest  Beckley Register-Herald

I have lived in Richwood since 1999 and, over the years, have dealt with its various mayors. With almost nothing to work with, of not only all the 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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

SBA may redo Nicholas school rebuilding vote after lawsuit notice  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia School Building Authority's board might redo a Sept. 4 vote regarding Nicholas County school rebuilding and consolidation after an attorney ...

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 ...

Votes to determine Nicholas schools' fates surround primary election  Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a 5:05 p.m. Monday news release, the West Virginia Department of Education's communications director announced the schedule for a vote on a new ...

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

45-foot red spruce from Kennison Mountain a consolation prize for U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph.

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.

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.

WV MetroNews First workshop on Nicholas County Schools consolidation to be held Thursday  West Virginia MetroNews

A public workshop will be held Thursday at Nicholas County High School regarding efforts to find a solution for building schools.

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 ...

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 ...

Franklin E. Spencer  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Franklin Edward Spencer, 95, passed Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Meadow Gardens Nursing Care facility in Rainelle, after a long, tiring and courageous ...

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 ...

Fayetteville High School gearing up for last football season  WVNS-TV

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) - Week 1 of high school football is almost here in West Virginia and all of the teams are getting ready for their opponents.

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.

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.

Bernard Gene Green  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Bernard Gene Green, 84, of Frederick, Md., and formerly of Richwood, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the Frederick ...

WV Supreme Court upholds state's denial of Nicholas consolidation  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that the state Board of Education had the right to reject the Nicholas County Board of Education's plan to consolidate ...

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 ...

Nicholas County 'a house divided' over possible school consolidation  Charleston Gazette-Mail

NICHOLAS COUNTY — There are about 600 seats in the audience section of the Nicholas County High auditorium, but only about 40 were full last week for that ...

GALLERY: Richwood High's football and band  Beckley Register-Herald

Despite Richwood High School being closed form June's flooding, their football team and band still manage at their new location at Beaver Elementary in ...

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

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

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 ...

'Wonderful day for Richwood' | Sports |  Beckley Register-Herald

RICHWOOD — Balloons of orange and black adorned the entrance. The band played and the majorettes performed. Dignitaries from all over were in ...

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," ...

Nicholas consolidation fight could end swiftly, without much public review  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following a mediation process with the state conducted largely behind closed doors, the Nicholas County Board of Education's new school ...

Betty Jo Donaldson  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Betty Jo Donaldson, 71, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord, March 8, 2018. She passed away at the Bower Hospice House, Beckley.

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 ...

Nancy Ann Lavy  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nancy Ann Lavy of South Charleston passed away on July 6, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Nicholas lawsuit alleges Justice, others tried to block consolidation  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Nicholas County school board has filed its lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education and state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine, alleging that ...

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 ...

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.

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

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.

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.

Youngest Black Legislator in America Ready to Get to Work for West Virginia  CampusLATELY

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 ...

WV BOE rejects plan to consolidate Nicholas schools  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Tuesday to reject the Nicholas County school board's proposal to consolidate five schools in Richwood, ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Area high school marching bands compete at Marshall  Huntington Herald Dispatch

The Herald-DispatchHUNTINGTON - Area high school marching bands took the field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday to compete for the title of grand ...

Dispute Resolution Sought in West Virginia School Plan  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

UPDATE: Richwood mayor argues against Nicholas County Schools consolidation on W.Va. Capitol steps  WSAZ-TV

The plan would merge Richwood High School, Nicholas County High School and the Technical Center. It also would combine Summersville and Richwood ...

$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.

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 ...

Marching Thunder to host Marching Band Competition Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium  Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – Marshall University's marching band, The Marching Thunder, will host 23 high school bands for its annual marching band competition Saturday ...

James Russell "Jim" Young  Charleston Gazette-Mail

James Russell "Jim" Young, born on August 9, 1939, in Richwood, WV, to James Stillman and Evalena Rader Young, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, ...

Audrey Ross  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Audrey Nelson Ross, 82, of The Villages, Florida, passed away on October 26, 2018. Born in Winona, Fayette County, West Virginia, on September 21, 1936.

West Virginia Surgeon Returns to Small-Town Medicine  U.S. News & World Report

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A Nicholas County native who honed his robotics operation skills in Huntington has returned to small-town living and is bringing ...

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.

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

The commencement took place nearly 11 months after the flood destroyed both buildings leaving students to spend the year in temporary quarters.

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 ...

Dylan Scott Brown  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Dylan Scott Brown, 24, of Morgantown, went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital after injuries received from an automobile ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Candidates speak at public forum | News, Sports, Jobs  The Inter-Mountain

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Youth Leadership Association hosted its second candidate forum allowing community members the opportunity to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Clara Reynolds  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Clara Reynolds, 91, of South Charleston, passed away on March 2, 2018, at Heritage Manor in Huntington, WV. She was born in Richwood, WV, to the late Dom ...

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.

WV MetroNews Ripley High student wins full scholarship to Wesleyan  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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Heartbreak of a Closed School  Daily Yonder

The school at Canvas was never much to look at, but it was the heart of the community. Now we know that consolidating schools not only failed communities, ...

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.

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.

Kathryn Ann York  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kathryn Ann York, 68, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord and joined the love of her life, Roger, on November 1, 2017, at the Bowers Hospice House.

WV MetroNews Wheeler reflects on upbringing, success in upcoming memoir  West Virginia MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fans of country and folk music may not recognize Billy Edd Wheeler's voice, but they do know his work. Songs like “The Reverend Mr.

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.

BOE head questioned on conflict of interest  Beckley Register-Herald

RICHWOOD — When Donna Burge-Tetrick interviewed for the Nicholas County schools superintendent's position, she advocated for expanding the county's ...

Too Many TV Choices? Watch PBS and Chill  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Why are we all so stressed out? In 2004, a game-changing book entitled The Paradox of Choice came out with an answer to that question. The author, a social.

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.

Flora Rosalie Coe  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Flora Rosalie Coe, of Craigsville, age 88, left this world on November 3, 2017, for her heavenly home. Rosie was born on March 8, 1929. She was the daughter ...

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 ...

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 ...

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