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  2. The State Fair of West Virginia's Giant Spring Flea Market starts today, offering a weekend full of treasure hunting, delicious food, and family fun. Running from May 17 to May 19, 2024, this event is perfect for those looking to explore various vendors and indulge in fair food favorites. The flea market will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can expect a diverse range of items from numerous vendors, including unique antiques and collectibles, handmade crafts, and practical household goods. The flea market provides a unique opportunity to find one-of-a-kind items and support local businesses. Among the many vendors, attendees will find artisans and crafters showcasing handmade jewelry, home decor, and personalized gifts. Shoppers can also discover practical and decorative household items, ranging from kitchenware to furniture, all at great prices. For those with a sweet tooth or a penchant for local flavors, specialty food vendors will offer local jams, honey, and baked goods. No fair experience is complete without enjoying some classic fair food. Ben Ellen Donuts, renowned for their warm, freshly-made donuts, is a must-try at the flea market. GH Concessions will be serving hearty steak sandwiches and delicious pizza, while Dippin' Dots offers the iconic "ice cream of the future." Don't miss out on funnel cakes, a sweet and crispy treat that's a fair staple. The flea market is a family-friendly event, providing a perfect outing for all ages. With free admission, it's a great way to enjoy the spring weather, discover hidden gems, and savor tasty treats. Don't miss out on this exciting weekend at the State Fair of West Virginia. Whether you're on the hunt for rare finds or simply looking to enjoy some fantastic food, the Giant Spring Flea Market has something for everyone. For more details, visit the State Fair of West Virginia's website or follow them on social media for updates and highlights.
  3. The much-anticipated Ronceverte Food Truck Festival returns on May 17th and 18th, promising a weekend packed with delectable food, lively music, and engaging activities for all ages. The festival, set to take place in the heart of Ronceverte, will feature an impressive lineup of food trucks, artisans, and musical talents. Event Details: Dates: Friday, May 17th (4 PM - 10 PM) and Saturday, May 18th (12 PM - 10 PM) Location: Ronceverte, West Virginia Food Trucks: Visitors can indulge in a wide variety of culinary delights from local food trucks, including: A Taste of Eggcellence Dawg Haus Fairway Fork Glorify Dance Greenbrier Dairy Cow Licks (Shakes) Raiders - Fried Honey Buns & Cotton Candy Rolling Stove/Greenbrier Valley Food Trucks LLC Smash Pot The Twist (Pretzels) The Twisted Chef (Shrimp Po Boys) Udderly Smooth (Rolled Ice Cream) When Pigs Fly Barbeque Arts & Crafts: The festival will also showcase a selection of arts and crafts vendors, offering unique handmade items and interactive activities: Eternalinks Permanent Jewelry Greenbrier Valley Dyes Mick’s Media Jewelry Monk and Moose Fiber Co. Mountain Cottage Homestead River & Earth Creations Stickers and Temporary Tattoos Studio Kelsie Sugar Bears The Biscuit Barkery LLC Face Painting Music Lineup: In addition to great food and crafts, the festival boasts an exciting music schedule: Friday: Anne Melton (6 PM) Khegan McLane (7 PM) Grace Campbell (8 PM) Joey Adams (9 PM) Saturday: Will Sarver (6 PM) Samuel James (7 PM) Distant Light (8 PM) This family-friendly event offers an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy local talent and flavors. Whether you're a food enthusiast, music lover, or arts and crafts aficionado, the Ronceverte Food Truck Festival has something for everyone. For more information and updates, follow the festival's official social media pages. Don’t miss out on a weekend of food, fun, and festivities in Ronceverte!
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  5. Gov. Jim Justice has ordered all United States and West Virginia flags at the Capitol Complex and state-owned facilities in West Virginia to be displayed at half-staff from midnight until sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is part of National Police Week in West Virginia. The members of West Virginia's law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our people. It's crucial for everyone to acknowledge and respect the immense responsibilities of these men and women who courageously put their lives on the line to provide this public service.
  6. Residents across West Virginia were treated to a spectacular and rare light show late Friday night as the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, illuminated the sky. This celestial display, usually reserved for polar regions, was visible as far south as the Mountain State, casting brilliant shades of green, pink, and violet across the night sky. Astronomers attribute the phenomenon to a particularly strong solar storm that sent charged particles racing towards Earth. When these particles interacted with our planet's magnetic field, they created dazzling curtains of light over regions typically untouched by this natural wonder. The aurora appeared across northern parts of the state and stretched towards the central regions, offering residents of Charleston, Morgantown, Wheeling, and Parkersburg front-row seats. Social media quickly filled with snapshots and videos of the colorful spectacle. Star gazers gathered in rural fields, open parking lots, and parks to witness the rare sight, braving the chill of the spring night. Some local astronomy enthusiasts held impromptu viewing parties, sharing telescopes and offering explanations of the science behind the Northern Lights. Scientists believe the solar storm that produced the lights is part of a series of eruptions associated with the current solar cycle. While forecasts predict that further geomagnetic activity could occur in the coming days, experts emphasize that the unpredictability of the sun means each appearance of the Northern Lights is an unexpected gift. This marks one of the most vivid aurora sightings in West Virginia in recent memory, and it certainly will not be forgotten anytime soon.
  7. The West Virginia Department of Health (DH) applauded residents for their cooperation and commitment to public health after successfully containing the first case of measles reported in 15 years in late April. Friday, May 10th, 2024, marked the last day when all first-degree contacts with the infected individual passed their monitoring period. The case linked to international travel in Monongalia County was quickly identified by local health care providers and addressed by the DH in collaboration with local health departments. More than 150 people were potentially exposed, including 128 West Virginia residents from 30 counties and four states. Thanks to a swift and comprehensive response through aggressive contact tracing and cooperation from the public, I am pleased to report no additional cases of measles have been reported,” said Secretary Sherri Young, D.O., MBA, FAAFP. The case highlights the importance of staying up-to-date on vaccinations, especially the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is highly effective in preventing measles. The reason this case of measles was able to be contained is because West Virginia has strong herd immunity, which protects vulnerable people - infants, immunocompromised people, and older adults - from the spread of deadly diseases like measles. The MMR vaccine is the best defense against measles, not only to protect yourself but your loved ones as well,” said Dr. Matthew Christiansen, State Health Officer. “While this case was contained, outbreaks of the virus continue to plague other states. We encourage all West Virginians to check their vaccination records and get vaccinated if they are not immune.” The measles vaccine is typically given in two doses with the first recommended between 12 and 15 months of age. The second dose is recommended between four and six years and, in West Virginia, is required before entering kindergarten. Unless they have other evidence of immunity, adults born after 1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, and two appropriately spaced doses of MMR vaccines are recommended for healthcare personnel, college students and international travelers. The Bureau for Public Health recommends the safe and effective MMR vaccination as part of a routine vaccination schedule for all children and adults. MMR vaccines are available through healthcare providers and local health departments across the state. To find a local health department near you, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/localhealth/pages/map.aspx. To learn more about MMR vaccines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mmr/public/index.html.
  8. On May 9, 2024, the Lewisburg Elks Country Club was abuzz as gubernatorial candidate Chris Miller energized an enthusiastic crowd with his vision for economic revitalization in West Virginia. The rally brought together key Republican voices like Dan D'Antoni, Chris Miller, and Elgine McArdle, offering a glimpse of their shared goals for the state's future. The evening started with Dan D'Antoni, Marshall University's former head basketball coach, who delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of cohesive teamwork and innovative strategies to tackle the state's challenges. D'Antoni highlighted that the principles of collaboration and adaptability used in sports could also be applied to address West Virginia's economic and social issues. Following D'Antoni's speech, Chris Miller, businessman and son of U.S. Representative Carol Miller, took the stage to outline his plans for economic revitalization. His strategy focused on encouraging entrepreneurship, reducing unnecessary regulations, and promoting economic growth. Miller captivated the audience with his promises of job creation and streamlined government operations. He criticized past administrations for inefficiencies and highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms and public-private partnerships to build a prosperous future. Miller's commitment to the state's future resonated strongly with the crowd, drawing applause and support throughout his speech. Former West Virginia GOP Chair Elgine McArdle took the stage next to talk about her campaign for public office. She emphasized the significance of party unity and grassroots mobilization in addressing key state issues. McArdle underscored her dedication to strengthening Republican leadership while promoting transparency and accountability. She urged attendees to stay involved and support GOP candidates across the state, highlighting their shared vision of a brighter future. As the rally concluded, the crowd was charged with renewed energy and purpose. Miller, McArdle, and D'Antoni inspired their audience, reinforcing the GOP's collective vision for a more prosperous state. The rally left supporters energized, motivated, and committed to participating in the campaign season ahead.
  9. The State Fair of West Virginia has announced an exciting concert lineup for its 2024 season, promising to deliver an array of musical talents that cater to diverse tastes. The fair, scheduled for August 8-17, will host a variety of artists spanning different genres, from country to rock and rap. The concert series will kick off on August 8 with the Turnpike Troubadours, who are set to bring their distinctive sound of Red Dirt music, accompanied by the Band of Heathens, an American rock band known for their soulful narratives and powerful live performances. Following this powerful opening, the fair will turn up the volume on August 9 with rapper Lil Jon, known for his energetic and crowd-pumping performances. Fans of adrenaline-fueled events can look forward to the Buckin' B Bull Ride on August 10, which promises to be a thrilling spectacle. Country and folk music will have a significant presence with Charles Wesley Godwin performing on August 11. He will be joined by Muscadine Bloodline, offering a blend of modern country and southern rock. The energy continues with Seether, bringing their post-grunge anthems to the stage on August 12. Anne Wilson, a rising star in the country gospel scene, will grace the stage on August 13, while Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers, is set to perform his blend of country and gospel on August 14. The fair will also feature up-and-coming country artist Bailey Zimmerman, along with Matt Schuster, on August 15. This concert is already reported to have low ticket availability, signaling high anticipation among fans. Continuing the trend of highlighting emerging talents, Oliver Anthony will perform on August 16. Known for his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Anthony's performance is also nearing a sell-out. The series will conclude on a high note with country music veteran Travis Tritt on August 17, where he will perform alongside the War Hippies, ensuring the fair ends with a memorable bang. Tickets for all concerts are on sale now, with more details available on the fair’s official website. Given the variety and caliber of the performers, the 2024 concert series at the State Fair of West Virginia is not just an event, but a celebration of music that promises something for everyone.
  10. This May, as part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is launching a campaign aimed at enhancing bicycle safety and encouraging the adoption of protective gear such as helmets. Traffic safety is a shared responsibility, emphasizing the importance of driver awareness. Motorists are urged to remain vigilant, avoid distractions, and never drive under the influence. Given that bicyclists are vulnerable compared to motor vehicles, drivers should reduce speed and provide ample space when passing cyclists. The likelihood of fatal consequences increases with vehicle speed in accidents involving bicycles. For bicyclists, wearing a helmet is as crucial as wearing a seatbelt in a car. The concept of 'Safety in Numbers' suggests that increased visibility of bicyclists on the roads can lead to more cautious behavior from drivers, thereby enhancing safety for all. Cyclists are encouraged to equip their bikes with reflectors and lights and wear bright, retroreflective clothing to improve visibility. Bicycling offers numerous benefits—it's eco-friendly, economical, and beneficial for physical health. With fewer vehicles on the road, bicycling can significantly reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Additionally, it's an essential mode of transportation in many low-income and marginalized communities, highlighting the need for safe bicycling infrastructure to address transportation equity. In 2022, there were 1,105 bicyclist fatalities and an estimated 46,195 injuries, underscoring the critical need for heightened awareness and improved safety measures. For more details on bicycle safety and the GHSP’s initiatives, visit [NHTSA.gov/BicycleSafety](http://nhtsa.gov/BicycleSafety) and [highwaysafety.wv.gov](http://www.highwaysafety.wv.gov), or contact the GHSP at 304-926-2509. As West Virginia commits to these safety initiatives, GHSP and NHTSA hope to foster a safer environment for bicyclists across the nation, particularly during National Bicycle Safety Month.
  11. In a lengthy session filled with diverse community concerns, the Greenbrier County Commission convened on May 7, 2024, for its regular meeting, addressing everything from estate settlements to grant applications for security enhancements. The meeting opened with a moment of reverence, led by Kelly in prayer and Al leading the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings. The first order of business was the approval of minutes from the April 23rd meeting, which passed without contention. Cindy Alley, the fiduciary supervisor, presented settlements for 13 estates which received unanimous approval. Notably, the commission dealt with the protracted estate of Mary Ellen Green. The case, which had been stalled due to complications with jointly owned real estate, was finally poised for resolution, a relief for all parties involved. The commission approved several financial motions, including an arts and recreation fund transfer totaling $143,602.84 for environmental consulting and trail work under a grant reimbursement scheme. Additionally, budget revisions and line item transfers were discussed and approved, ensuring the county's financial health. A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to health and safety, with the approval of increased permit fees by the Greenbrier County Health Department, set to take effect on July 1. Moreover, the commission considered a grant application for replacing a critical License Plate Reader (LPR) on I-64, a vital tool for local law enforcement. The session also focused on community improvement with the approval of bids for demolishing dilapidated structures under the DEP’s abandoned structures program, which will enhance safety and aesthetics in the community. In a particularly touching moment, the commission declared May 2024 as Community Action Month, recognizing 60 years of service by community action agencies. This resolution underscores the commission's commitment to supporting organizations that provide essential services such as childcare, weatherization, and emergency assistance across the county. As the meeting drew to a close, the commission was reminded of the ongoing early voting period leading up to the May 14th election. The session adjourned with a collective acknowledgment of the substantial agenda tackled and the forward motion on several fronts, demonstrating the commission's active role in managing county affairs and improving resident welfare. This meeting highlighted the intricate balancing act that local governance must perform, ensuring both the immediate needs and long-term interests of the community are addressed effectively.
  12. On Friday evening, the Patrick Morrisey for Governor Campaign hosted a significant political gathering at the Dutch Haus Restaurant in Lewisburg, WV, featuring former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. The event, which ran from 5 PM to 6 PM, was free for attendees who had RSVPed, signaling a strategic push in Morrisey’s gubernatorial campaign. Vivek Ramaswamy, a notable figure in the Republican party known for his business acumen and recent presidential campaign, delivered a robust endorsement of Patrick Morrisey. Ramaswamy praised Morrisey's longstanding dedication to conservative principles and highlighted his significant legal victories, particularly against federal regulatory overreach. Ramaswamy's speech focused on the need for a bold conservative leadership to confront what he described as critical threats to America's founding principles. He emphasized the importance of individual and national sovereignty, critiquing current policies and what he perceives as governmental overreach. Patrick Morrisey, currently serving his term as Attorney General, has been a staunch advocate for conservative causes in West Virginia, notably challenging the EPA’s regulatory powers, which culminated in a notable Supreme Court decision. His campaign leverages his record in office, portraying him as a dedicated public servant prepared to defend West Virginia's interests on a larger stage. The endorsement by Ramaswamy comes at a crucial time as the gubernatorial race intensifies, with Morrisey positioning himself as a steadfast conservative capable of leading West Virginia through challenging times. His platform includes strong stances on maintaining energy jobs, protecting Second Amendment rights, and opposing policies that he argues could undermine state sovereignty. The campaign event also served as a rallying call for conservative voters in West Virginia, emphasizing the necessity of active participation in the upcoming elections to ensure leadership that reflects conservative values and priorities.
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  14. In a crowded auditorium at the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, Republican candidates for the House of Delegates' 46th District squared off last night, discussing key issues and presenting their platforms to local voters. Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins each made their case in what has been deemed a crucial event in the run-up to the primary elections. The debate, moderated by Ben Anderson, covered a wide range of topics, including economic development, education reforms, and controversial social issues like campus carry and the state’s stance on abortion. All candidates were given the opportunity to outline their positions on these critical matters, with each emphasizing their conservative credentials. Campbell, the incumbent, highlighted his legislative experience and commitment to economic development. He shared personal anecdotes that resonated with the local audience, emphasizing his deep roots in the community and his positions on educational improvement and supporting public schools. Ewing focused on traditional values and his stance on protecting constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment. He articulated his concerns about the current educational curriculum and the influence of national politics on local educational policies. Perkins, offering a blend of libertarian and conservative perspectives, emphasized juvenile justice reform based on his personal experiences. He advocated for economic policies that would retain young people in West Virginia, suggesting that broadband expansion and support for small businesses were critical to the state’s future. The debate also featured a moment of unity when all candidates agreed on the necessity of supporting local economies and enhancing the state's infrastructure to prevent the outflow of young talent. However, the debate was not without its contentious moments, particularly when the topic shifted to social issues. The candidates had divergent views on how to handle such matters, reflecting the broader national debate within the party. The event ended with calls for party unity regardless of the primary outcomes, highlighting the importance of focusing on common goals and values to ensure success in the general elections. As the primary approaches, it is clear that the Republican candidates are gearing up for a vigorous campaign, hoping to sway voters with their visions for not only the 46th District but also for the state of West Virginia.
  15. Attention, Greenbrier County voters! Early voting kicked off yesterday, May 1st, and continues until May 11th. Due to renovations at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, new voting locations have been established for this election cycle. In Lewisburg, the Romano Law Office, located directly across from the Lewis Theater, will serve as one of the early voting sites. Voters can cast their ballots there Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Rupert Community Building in Rupert is the second designated early voting location, operating with the same hours on weekdays and Saturdays as the Lewisburg site. In a significant update, Greenbrier County has also introduced new voting machines. A demonstration video, showcasing a member of the Secretary of State's Office explaining how to use these machines, was featured at the State Fair earlier this year. Voters are encouraged to view this video to familiarize themselves with the new system before heading to the polls. Don't miss your chance to make your voice heard in these important elections—plan your visit to one of the early voting locations today! List of candidates: https://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/candidate-search/
  16. The political spotlight shone brightly on Rainelle's Cowboy Kitchen on the evening of April 30th, as the venue hosted a pivotal debate for candidates of West Virginia's 47th District. The event featured three contenders: former delegates Ray Canterbury and George "Boogie" Ambler, along with former airport director Steven Snyder. Each candidate took the stage to articulate their visions and address pressing questions on a variety of topics that are central to the upcoming election. Opening Statements Candidates began with opening statements, outlining their priorities. Ray Canterbury spoke of his legislative experience and commitment to fiscal conservatism. George Ambler highlighted his community roots and legislative achievements, focusing on economic revitalization. Steven Snyder presented himself as a new force for change, drawing on his military and managerial background to promise effective leadership. Economic Development and Fiscal Policy The debate highlighted economic strategies, with Ambler stressing collaborative regional planning and Snyder arguing for innovative governance approaches. Canterbury emphasized rigorous fiscal policies to prepare for potential downturns. Education and Workforce Development Education was a key topic, with all candidates advocating for improvements. Canterbury stressed stability, Ambler proposed vocational training, and Snyder called for an overhaul to align education with job market needs. Healthcare and Social Issues Discussions on healthcare acknowledged challenges in accessibility and affordability, with each candidate presenting their approach to improve healthcare systems in West Virginia. Gun Rights and Legislation All candidates reaffirmed their support for the Second Amendment, with passionate discussions reflecting their commitment to gun owners' rights. Closing Statements In closing, Canterbury appealed to voters’ desire for experienced leadership, Ambler emphasized his community ties, and Snyder positioned himself as a change agent ready to bring a new perspective to the legislature. The debate at Cowboy Kitchen provided a platform for candidates to articulate their positions and for voters to engage directly with their potential representatives, emphasizing the importance of informed voting in shaping the future of the district.
  17. This week marks a pivotal moment in local politics as the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee hosts a series of debates for the candidates vying for the House of Delegates in the upcoming elections. The debates will cover both the 47th and 46th Districts and promise to provide constituents a direct look at the candidates and their platforms. Debate in Rainelle for the 47th District On Tuesday, April 30th, the spotlight turns to the Cowboy Kitchen in Rainelle, located at 118 Ohio Avenue next to City Hall. Attendees are invited to enjoy a buffet meal starting at 5:30 PM (dutch treat) before the debate kicks off at 7:00 PM. The event will feature three candidates: Stephen Snyder, George "Boogie" Ambler, and Ray Canterbury, each looking to make their case to the electorate. This debate represents a unique opportunity, as it will be the only forum for the 47th District candidates. Debate in White Sulphur Springs for the 46th District The debate action continues on Thursday, May 2nd, at the auditorium of the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the debate commencing at 7:00 PM. Candidates Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins will take the stage, offering their perspectives and answering questions in what promises to be an engaging evening. This event also stands as the sole debate for the candidates of the 46th District. Engagement and Participation For both events, the community is encouraged to come prepared with questions for the candidates. Questions can be submitted before the debates and will be selected randomly during the sessions. These debates are not just a platform for the candidates to outline their agendas but also a chance for voters to interact directly and voice their concerns. The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee urges all interested parties to attend these debates. Sharing this information and inviting friends are encouraged to ensure robust community involvement and informed voting decisions. These debates are key in shaping the future of Greenbrier County, and active participation is essential for a vibrant democratic process.
  18. As the gubernatorial race heats up, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is surging ahead, distinguishing himself as the stalwart conservative candidate West Virginia needs in these challenging times. With his impressive following and active engagement on social media, Morrisey has dominated both the digital landscape and his political opponents, emphasizing his commitment to safeguarding West Virginian values and freedoms. Morrisey, who has served as West Virginia’s Chief Legal Officer for over a decade, has been a vocal opponent of what he sees as the Biden Administration's overreach into the lives and rights of West Virginians. His campaign has been marked by strong opposition to federal policies that threaten the state's coal industry and economic well-being. "West Virginia is seeing just how much the Biden Administration is targeting our people. They want to wipe us off the map," Morrisey recently tweeted, illustrating his staunch defense of the state’s primary industries and working-class citizens. Amidst discussions on national policy impacts, Morrisey has not shied away from confronting his primary opponent, Moore Capito, challenging Capito's conservative credentials and leadership capabilities. "Do any of you actually see RINO Moore Capito leading coalitions on any of these issues?" Morrisey questioned in a pointed tweet. His social media posts underline a critical narrative: Capito is portrayed as insufficiently conservative and unprepared to champion West Virginia’s interests against federal encroachment. Beyond economic issues, Morrisey has pledged to continue his robust defense of conservative social values, notably leading efforts to protect girls' sports and challenge state decisions on Medicaid funding for sex-transition surgeries. These positions resonate with a significant portion of his base, reinforcing his image as a fighter for conservative principles. In the realm of gun rights—a pivotal issue for many West Virginians—Morrisey boasts strong endorsements from the NRA, the WV Citizens Defense League, and Gun Owners of America, underscoring his commitment to the Second Amendment. His leadership in challenging the Biden administration’s pistol brace rule further cements his position as a defender of gun rights, starkly contrasting with Capito's less assertive stance on the issue. As the election draws near, Morrisey’s campaign emphasizes not only his policy positions but also his proven track record. "Results. That is ultimately what matters when governor," Morrisey asserted, highlighting his achievements as Attorney General. His direct and forceful approach, combined with a strategic social media presence, has significantly amplified his message, rallying a broad spectrum of conservative voters. Patrick Morrisey's campaign is a clarion call to those who value conservative governance and strong leadership. As West Virginia faces critical choices about its future, Morrisey stands out as a seasoned leader prepared to fight for the state’s interests and uphold its conservative values. With the election approaching, his dynamic campaign continues to gain momentum, poised to lead West Virginia through the challenges of today and into a prosperous tomorrow.
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  22. Roy Ramey, a candidate for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, presented his vision for the state’s agricultural future at a recent event held at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club. Ramey, a small-scale regenerative farmer from Cabell County, outlined his platform focused on deregulation and the support of local farms. “West Virginia has lost 1,122 farms,” Ramey said. “We need to change this trajectory, cut the excessive regulations that are stifling our farmers, and start growing farms again.” Ramey, who is also a veteran with 33 years in the Army, emphasized that his approach aims to meet the increasing demand for locally grown food, which he believes is crucial for the state’s economy and food security. During his campaign speech, Ramey highlighted the importance of food freedom and local production as solutions to combat inflation and high food costs. “By increasing the number of farms and thereby the supply of locally produced food, we can decrease costs and keep our money circulating within local communities,” he explained. Ramey also shared his successful advocacy for raw milk, which led to the passage of Bill 4911, allowing for its legal sale in West Virginia. He detailed the benefits of raw milk, citing its natural probiotics and economic advantages for local farmers. The candidate’s campaign has gained momentum through grassroots support, reflecting his previous strong showing in the 2020 elections where he garnered 38% of the vote. “The primary on May 14th is crucial. I encourage everyone to vote and help spread the word about our campaign for a thriving, resilient agricultural sector in West Virginia,” Ramey urged attendees. Ramey is active on social media platforms and maintains a campaign website, https://rameyforwv.com/, where supporters and voters can find more information and engage with his campaign initiatives. As the primary approaches, Ramey continues to advocate for policies that support local farmers and provide consumers with access to fresh, local foods, arguing that these steps are key to strengthening West Virginia’s economy and ensuring the health of its communities.
  23. Secretary of State Mac Warner brought his gubernatorial campaign to a packed house at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club, where he detailed his extensive background and outlined his vision for West Virginia's future. Drawing on his military experience, Warner described some of his most challenging moments abroad: “I had to do the body identification, compound security, notify higher headquarters, and handle the international press. I still had to accomplish the mission.” He likened these responsibilities to the role of governor, emphasizing his readiness to handle state crises, “You want somebody who, when crisis hits one of those state agencies, has been there before, not learning on the job.” Warner’s campaign platform focuses heavily on education. He voiced strong support for the legislature's recent actions, including the Success in Education Act, aimed at ensuring that students are reading at grade level by third grade. He also highlighted his support for school choice, recounting personal stories that underscored its importance to his family. “We had a child who was running with the wrong crowd in middle school. We pulled her out, sent her to Trinity Christian School in Morgantown, and it changed her life,” Warner explained. The Secretary of State also addressed his achievements in office, boasting about the removal of 400,000 names from the voter registration list without a lawsuit and the smooth implementation of voter ID laws. “We’ve taken on the tough challenges by working with the legislature, not fighting it,” Warner stated. Amid his detailed policy discussions, Warner’s emotional investment in West Virginia came through clearly. “Debbie and I will live in the Governor’s Mansion. I will be on the job every day, being typically the first one to work and the last one to leave. Who better to coordinate the difficult job and challenges West Virginia has than somebody like Debbie and me?” he posed to the audience. Responding to questions about healthcare, Warner didn't shy away from acknowledging his limits and expressed his intent to collaborate widely. “I will call up experts and say, ‘I need your help.’ We need to adapt policies that reflect the diversity of our state’s needs,” Warner responded to a query about tackling West Virginia's health crises. In his closing remarks, Warner made a heartfelt appeal to the voters, emphasizing the need for informed voting and community participation in politics. He underscored the importance of family and community in governance, aligning himself closely with conservative values. The evening ended with a call to civic duty, urging attendees to engage actively in the upcoming electoral processes and to educate themselves about the candidates. The crowd left energized, with many staying behind to discuss the issues raised and to enjoy some local hospitality.
  24. Kris Warner, candidate for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in West Virginia, shared his comprehensive platform with voters during a campaign event at the Elks Country Club in Lewisburg. Warner, who has crisscrossed the state visiting 16 counties in just 12 days, highlighted his experiences and ambitions in front of a lively crowd. “As Secretary of State, I would focus on three major areas: overseeing elections, enhancing business registration processes, and managing the administrative duties of the office,” Warner stated. Under his proposed leadership, Warner plans to establish the Office of Entrepreneurship to streamline services for business owners through the existing Business One Stop Shop. This initiative aims to consolidate various administrative services, making it easier for new businesses to navigate the complexities of state requirements. On the topic of elections, Warner vowed to ensure stringent adherence to laws set by the West Virginia legislature. He outlined four key electoral reforms: prohibiting voting machines from connecting to the internet, banning ballot drop boxes to ensure security, overseeing the integrity of the election process at polling stations, and enforcing campaign finance laws against major social media platforms. “Big Tech needs to be accountable just like everyone else,” Warner argued, emphasizing the need for transparency and fairness in how social media platforms influence electoral outcomes. In addition to his campaign for secretary of state, Warner also highlighted his extensive background in political and economic roles. He served as the Republican county chairman in Montaguella County and later as the state chairman, during which he played a pivotal role in expanding the party's influence in West Virginia. Warner, who also served as the executive director of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and was appointed by President Trump as the state director for rural development, credited his involvement in significant economic projects across the state. “I have been deeply involved in shaping the economic landscape of West Virginia, and I plan to bring that same level of dedication and innovation to the Secretary of State's office,” Warner added. For more information about Kris Warner and his campaign for Secretary of State, voters are encouraged to visit his website at www.kriswarnerwv.com. As the campaign progresses, Warner remains committed to reaching every corner of the state, advocating for a responsive and accountable Secretary of State's office.
  25. The Greenbrier County Commission held its regular meeting on April 23, where key issues ranging from budget revisions to community projects were addressed. The meeting began with a heartfelt invocation led by Kelly and the Pledge of Allegiance guided by Jen. During the session, the Commission approved the minutes from previous meetings and discussed fiduciary matters involving the settlements of estates for several local residents. Noteworthy budget amendments were approved, including funds for various county departments such as law enforcement and the demolition project supported by DP funds. A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to community initiatives, with presentations from the Greenbrier Humane Society and discussions on child abuse prevention. Jen Runyon, volunteer board president of the Greenbrier Humane Society, provided an update on the organization’s efforts, which include a surge in animal surrenders and ongoing community support programs. The Commission also recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in protecting vulnerable children. A proclamation was read by Leslie Talbert, director of the Greenbrier County Family Support Center, marking April 26 as Children’s Memorial Flag Day. In addition to these issues, the Commission reviewed a petition for the annexation of property in Alderson and discussed new hires and budget amendments for local programs. The meeting concluded with plans for upcoming voting registrations and early voting dates, highlighting the county’s preparations for the primary elections. The meeting underscored the Commission’s ongoing commitment to addressing both routine county matters and broader social issues, reflecting a dynamic approach to governance and community engagement.
  26. The debate action continues on Thursday, May 2nd, at the auditorium of the Schoolhouse Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with the debate commencing at 7:00 PM. Candidates Jeff Campbell, Trey Ewing, and Thomas Perkins will take the stage, offering their perspectives and answering questions in what promises to be an engaging evening. This event also stands as the sole debate for the candidates of the 46th District.
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