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    1. Government News

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      The Greenbrier County Commission convened for its regular session, confronting pivotal issues including a contentious property dispute and logistical adjustments for the upcoming primary election amidst renovations to the historic Greenbrier County Courthouse.
      The commission grappled with a familial dispute over the estate of, a longtime resident of Greenbrier County. Brothers Daniel and Michael, fraternal twins, found themselves at odds regarding the fate of their family home. Fiduciary Commissioner Shear presented exhaustive recommendations following meticulous investigations and consultations with the involved parties.
      Commissioner Shear's recommendations, accepted by the commission, advocate for an amicable resolution between the siblings regarding the property's ownership. Should a consensus prove elusive, the property may be subject to sale, with equitable distribution of proceeds among the brothers.
      With renovations underway at the esteemed Greenbrier County Courthouse, the commission approved alternative locations for early voting during the 2024 primary election. The Romano Law Office annex and the Rupert Community Building were designated as primary early voting sites, ensuring accessibility and convenience for voters amidst the courthouse renovations.
      In a bid to rejuvenate the local landscape, the commission greenlit a grant of $572,000 from the Division of Environmental Protection. This funding will facilitate the demolition of derelict and abandoned properties scattered throughout Greenbrier County, enhancing community aesthetics and safety.
      Furthermore, the commission deliberated on the transfer of a portion of property to the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, valued at approximately $150,000. This strategic transfer aims to catalyze economic development endeavors within the county, fostering growth and prosperity for residents.
      As the meeting concluded, the Greenbrier County Commission reiterated its unwavering commitment to serving the best interests of the community. By fostering transparency, collaboration, and pragmatic solutions, the commission remains steadfast in its mission to navigate complex challenges and propel Greenbrier County toward a prosperous future.
      The courthouse renovations serve as a symbol of ongoing progress and revitalization within Greenbrier County, reflecting the community's resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles and embracing positive change.

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      In a recent regular county commission meeting held on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Greenbrier County Commission delved into various matters crucial to the community. The meeting, led by Lou Kelly, began with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings.
      The commission commenced with routine business, approving the minutes of the January 9, 2024 regular meeting. Further, settlements of estates under the guidance of Fiduciary Supervisor Cindy Alley and considerations of exonerations, county splits, and consolidations led by Joe Darnell, Assessor, were addressed.
      County Clerk Robin Loudermilk presented financial approvals, including arts and recreation transfers, budget revisions, line item transfers, and bill payments. The meticulous scrutiny of these financial matters ensures responsible governance and allocation of resources.
      Under new business, the commission tackled critical issues: Change Order #5 for the Meadow River Rail Trail project, funded by the WVDOH TAP grant, was considered. This change order, amounting to $107,788.09, focused on essential improvements to the Corliss Road access, ensuring smooth project implementation.
      The commission reviewed employment applications for new hires at the Greenbrier County 911 Center. Kimryn Glover and Whitney Harris were proposed as candidates, bringing diverse skills and backgrounds to enhance the center's operations.
      The separation of employment for Christopher Bennett from the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department was confirmed. Additionally, the commission considered the appointment of a fiduciary commissioner, recognizing the importance of additional oversight in certain cases.
      Discussions centered around amendments to the agreement between the Greenbrier County Commission and CityNet LLC, aiming to streamline the process of poll attachment agreements for the GigReady Broadband Project.
      A resolution to facilitate agreements and memoranda of understanding between the commission and Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation was discussed. The focus was on ensuring the transferability of poll attachment agreements held by CityNet LLC for the GigReady Broadband Project.
      Two bids were presented for the construction of a communication equipment shelter for the Greenbrier County 911 agency. The bids from Cell Site Solutions LLC and IP Incorporated were evaluated based on cost, delivery time, and compliance with requirements.
      As the meeting progressed, the commission wisely decided to recess certain agenda items, including the consideration of amendments to the management and operations agreement. This strategic move allows for a thorough review by legal counsel before final decisions are made.
      The Greenbrier County Commission demonstrated its commitment to transparent and informed decision-making, addressing various facets crucial to the community's well-being. The community eagerly awaits further developments as these initiatives progress.

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      As West Virginia braces for an impending winter storm, Governor Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for all 55 counties in the state. The announcement, made on Thursday, January 18, 2024, comes in response to forecasts from the National Weather Service predicting heavy snowfall, dangerous wind chills, and strong winds.
      Governor Justice urged all West Virginians to be prepared for the potential impact of the winter storm. In a statement, he emphasized the importance of staying informed through emergency officials and media outlets. Additionally, he advised citizens to be ready for possible power outages and encouraged them to check on neighbors and loved ones.
      The State of Emergency enables state agencies to coordinate efforts in advance of the weather event. This includes the pre-positioning of personnel, vehicles, equipment, and other assets to ensure a swift and effective response.
      Earlier this month, Governor Justice had issued a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties, which remains in effect. This proactive measure allows the state to be ready for any emergencies that may arise.
      EMD Director GE McCabe emphasized the potential challenges posed by the storm, including difficult travel, extreme cold, and other hazardous conditions. The EMD is working closely with local offices of emergency management, state and federal partners, and utility companies to assist and respond as needed.
      The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is on standby, with emergency management staff operating 24/7 to monitor weather changes and relay critical information to agency leaders for immediate action. EMD remains in constant contact with all county emergency management agencies, providing non-emergency numbers for citizens seeking local assistance.
      WVDOH crews are actively engaged in snow removal and ice control operations throughout the week. With a stockpile of over 231,000 tons of salt, the department is well-prepared for varying snowfall amounts. The WVDOH has over 1,000 trucks equipped with plows and salt-spreading capabilities, ensuring continuous coverage on roadways 24/7.
      Priority routes, categorized into four levels, guide the deployment of resources. Motorists are reminded to exercise caution, slow down, and give snowplow drivers the necessary space to carry out their duties.
      The National Weather Service predicts a low-pressure system bringing accumulating snow across the region, with the highest amounts of 8 to 12 inches in the northeastern mountains of West Virginia. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect across the area, with frigid weather expected over the weekend.
      An additional arctic air blast following the system will bring dangerous wind chills. A thaw is anticipated during the next work week, with rain expected as temperatures rise.
      West Virginians are urged to stay vigilant, follow updates from authorities, and take necessary precautions during this winter weather event. The state's coordinated response aims to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents across the 55 counties.
      Source: https://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2024/Pages/Gov.-Justice-declares-State-of-Emergency-for-all-55-counties-ahead-of-winter-storm.aspx
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      In a recent Greenbrier County Commission meeting held on January 9, 2024, several important agenda items were discussed, making it a crucial session for local governance.
      The meeting commenced with the prelude, led by Kelly, and the Pledge of Allegiance, fostering a sense of unity and patriotism among attendees. The first order of business was the election of the President of the County Commission for 2024. Tammy Tincher was nominated and elected, continuing the tradition of having the outgoing member serve as the President.
      The Commission then affirmed the meeting days, times, and courthouse hours, setting the stage for a productive year ahead. The approval of the 2024 holiday calendar, aligned with state schedules, ensured a systematic approach to county operations throughout the year.
      Commissioners reviewed and confirmed their assignments to various committees, acknowledging their roles in key decision-making bodies. The schedule for the Board of Equalization & Review was established, with a focus on addressing assessments and ensuring fair property valuations.
      Under the regular business agenda, the Commission approved minutes from the December 26, 2023, meeting and revised the October 10, 2023, minutes for accuracy. Settlements of estates, exonerations, county splits, and consolidations were also addressed, demonstrating the Commission's commitment to financial transparency.
      Financial approvals, presented by County Clerk Robin Loudermilk, included arts and recreation transfers, budget revisions, line item transfers, and bill payments. These financial decisions aimed to ensure responsible fiscal management for the county.
      The Commission welcomed new additions to key positions, considering employment applications for the Greenbrier County Tax Office and Greenbrier County Home Confinement. Haley Holiday and Jeffrey Snyder were recommended for approval, bringing their expertise to vital county roles.
      Additionally, the Commission acknowledged the separation of employment for Olivia Simms from the Greenbrier County 4-H Extension Office and granted legislative leave of absence to Senator Vince Deeds. Curtis Crookshanks was reappointed to the Greenbrier Public Service District #2 Board, showcasing continuity in essential service positions.
      The meeting concluded with updates on construction projects, emphasizing progress in the courthouse and town department buildings. The commissioners expressed satisfaction with the ongoing developments and emphasized the need for timely completion.
      As the clock struck 10:25, the Commission motioned to adjourn the meeting, wrapping up a session marked by prudent decision-making and a focus on the county's welfare. The commitment to transparency, responsible governance, and strategic planning were evident throughout, setting a positive tone for Greenbrier County in 2024.

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      In a routine yet critical meeting, the Greenbrier County Commission tackled a variety of issues pertinent to the county's governance on December 26, 2023. The meeting commenced with a customary invocation and the pledge of allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the session.
      Fiduciary supervisor Cindy Alley presented settlements for seven estates: Rosemary Eve Bugus, Bernice Ellen Johnston, Robert Lee Davis, Betty Jean Brown, Sylvia Ann Williams, Freddie Keith Baston, and Roy Sherman Perry. The commission approved these settlements without amendments.
      In the absence of the county clerk, Kelly oversaw the presentation of financial requests. Notable approvals included funds for Melodon River Trail, Green Bay Valley Theater, and Alderson Main Street. The total financial requests amounted to $52,069.86, all of which were approved.
      Two budget revisions were proposed and accepted during the meeting. The first involved an increase in prosecutor travel expenses, while the second concerned the allocation of VOCA funds for the sheriff's department. Both revisions were approved unanimously.
      The Commission approved the rehire of Billy Mitchell as Deputy Sheriff, acknowledging his past service. Franklin Campbell's application for part-time employment at the Greenbrier 911 Center was also approved.
      Additionally, the separation of employment for Lucas Kessler from the Sheriff's Department was confirmed, along with the retirement of Janet King from the prosecutor's office. Steven Simmons was promoted to the position of Greenbrier County Building Code official following the retirement of Bob Ford.
      The proposed project budget for the Greenbrier County Gig Ready Project was approved without any changes. The total budget amounted to $17,254,650, incorporating state funds and county matches.
      The Commission greenlit a network design amendment for the Quinnwood area broadband project, involving an additional cost of $41,000. The funds will be reallocated from one budget line to pay invoices incurred by the Internet Service Provider (ISP). This decision was made with the understanding that the ISP requires this documentation before moving forward.
      The meeting concluded with the Commission expressing optimism for the future and a commitment to serving the best interests of Greenbrier County. Decisions made during this session are expected to have a lasting impact on the county's administrative, financial, and technological landscape in the coming year.
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      As winter's icy grip tightens on West Virginia, the state's Division of Highways (WVDOH) has been proactively combatting hazardous road conditions caused by the recent winter weather event. Since Monday, December 18, 2023, WVDOH crews have been tirelessly treating roads with a combination of salt brine and rock salt, ensuring the safety of motorists across the state.
      Joe Pack, the Chief Engineer of District Operations for WVDOH, highlighted the department's commitment to public safety, stating, “Trucks and drivers have been on standby ready to address roadway conditions hours before the snow began falling. Drivers will stay on patrol within their assigned areas until the storm passes and conditions improve.”
      In preparation for winter storms, snowplow drivers from WVDOH and the Parkways Authority are deployed in 12-hour shifts to keep the roads clear. The state boasts an impressive arsenal of resources, with a stockpile of over 231,000 tons of salt and a fleet of more than 1,000 snowplows, each equipped to handle various road conditions.
      A single snowplow holds up to 12 tons of salt, sufficient to treat approximately 100 lane miles of road. This equates to about a 50-mile stretch of two-lane road or around 25 miles of four-lane highway, underlining the state's comprehensive approach to tackling winter weather challenges.
      To efficiently manage their efforts, WVDOH has classified roads into four priorities. Priority 1 routes encompass critical roadways like interstates, expressways, and national highway systems. Priority 2 routes cover school bus routes not classified as Priority 1, while Priority 3 routes include the remaining roads, excluding park and forest routes. Priority 4 routes specifically address park and forest routes.
      As the winter storm persists, WVDOH urges motorists to exercise caution, advising them to reduce speed in icy and snowy conditions. Additionally, drivers are reminded to be vigilant when near snowplows. If attempting to pass, ensure visibility to the plow driver and, when a plow approaches from the opposite direction, pull over to the right as much as safely possible.
      For the latest updates on travel conditions throughout West Virginia, residents are encouraged to visit wv511.org. The website provides real-time information to help individuals plan their routes and navigate the challenging winter conditions safely. The WVDOH remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the well-being of the state's residents during winter weather events.
      Source: https://transportation.wv.gov/communications/PressRelease/Pages/WVDOH_crews_actively_treating_roads_during_winter_weather_event.aspx
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      In a ceremony at the Town Council Meeting last night, the Town of Rainelle proudly introduced Chief Mike Evans as its new Chief of Police. Chief Evans, a native West Virginian with a distinguished 25-year career in law enforcement, was officially sworn in, marking the beginning of a new era for the Rainelle Police Department.
      Having recently retired from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, Chief Evans brings a wealth of experience and administrative expertise to the small community of Rainelle. The selection of Chief Evans reflects the town's commitment to enhancing its police force and ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.
      Chief Evans's extensive background in law enforcement includes a range of roles and responsibilities that position him as an ideal leader for Rainelle. His experience encompasses both fieldwork and administrative duties, providing a well-rounded perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing modern law enforcement agencies.
      The Town of Rainelle looks forward to Chief Evans's leadership, anticipating positive changes and continued dedication to community-oriented policing. Chief Evans's commitment to transparency, accountability, and community engagement aligns with the town's values, setting the stage for a collaborative and effective approach to law enforcement.
      As Chief Evans assumes his new role, the Town of Rainelle expresses gratitude to the outgoing leadership and looks ahead to a safer and more secure future under the guidance of its new Chief of Police. Residents are encouraged to engage with Chief Evans and the police department as they work together to build a stronger, safer community for everyone.

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      In a regularly scheduled meeting, the Greenbrier County Commission convened to discuss and decide upon various matters crucial to the local community. The meeting, held on [meeting date], covered a range of topics, from approval of minutes to bids for services and personnel matters.
      The meeting commenced with a prelude, led by Kelly, followed by an invocation, seeking divine guidance for the proceedings. The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag was recited, affirming unity and shared values.
      The approval of minutes from the previous meetings on November 28th and December 1st was the first order of business. The Commission reviewed the minutes, and a motion for approval was made and carried unanimously.
      Next on the agenda were settlements for several estates presented by Fiduciary Commissioner Cindy Alley. The estates in question included those of Nancy Lee Schauber, Maxine Ford Wanger, Norman Dwight Levasy, Patricia Peep Butcher, Nancy Lula of Bryan Todd Allen Sheffield, and Sandra Gail Standard. The Commission approved the settlements, acknowledging the fiduciary's report.
      The Commission also deliberated on exonerations, county splits, and consolidations presented by Assessor Joe Darnell. The motions for approval of these matters were carried after careful consideration.
      Financial matters took center stage with the county clerk's request for approval of fund transfers and budget revisions. Invoices for the Meadow River Trail and engineering services were scrutinized and approved, with the reminder that these expenses were covered by grant funds.
      The Commission addressed a budget revision, allocating additional funds for law enforcement overtime, reimbursed by the Greenbrier County Board of Education. The motion for approval was carried, ensuring necessary funding for public safety.
      Reviewing bills from the past two weeks, the Commission made a motion to approve payments. All invoices were vetted and confirmed to be reimbursed from appropriate grant allocations.
      Fiduciary Commissioner Mr. Allen presented the report and recommendation for the estate of Todd Allen Sheffield, #3705. The Commission, after the recusal of Commissioner Phillips, approved the report and recommendations, expressing gratitude for the diligent work done.
      A significant part of the meeting was the consideration and approval of the 2023 Homeland Security Grant for the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department's Hazmat PPE project. The grant, awarded through the Greenbrier County Commission, will support crucial safety measures and equipment for the community.
      The Commission also touched upon the Emergency Management Performance grant, which was temporarily removed from consideration due to pending paperwork.
      The meeting addressed the bid for snow removal services, emphasizing the importance of securing efficient services for the upcoming winter season. The Commission confirmed the reception of one bid from Terra CARE and pledged to review it for approval.
      Additionally, the single audit contract for the fiscal year 2022-2023 was awarded to BHM CPA Group after a thorough evaluation process.
      Personnel matters were not overlooked, with the Commission approving the employment application of Crystal Dawn Byer for the Greenbrier County Circuit Court.
      The meeting concluded with the documentation of separations of employment for several individuals who had left county positions over the previous months. Each separation was confirmed, recognizing the contributions of the departing staff.
      In the final agenda item, the Commission considered and approved payment for Resolution #2 for Greenbrier County Public Service District #2's water line extension project. The funds will be sourced from the American Rescue Plan allocation committed by the county.
      As the meeting adjourned, the Commission expressed gratitude for the community's engagement and participation, reinforcing its commitment to addressing the needs and concerns of Greenbrier County residents.

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      In a special meeting held on December 7, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission reconvened to address crucial matters related to the 911 system upgrade. The meeting, initially convened on the previous Friday, had been placed in recess and resumed to discuss and approve significant contracts.
      The primary focus of the meeting was the consideration and approval of contracts related to the 911 system upgrade, specifically the Motorola console contract and the Avior contract for the 911 System upgrade project.
      The meeting commenced with a motion to reconvene, following which the commissioners discussed the two key items on the agenda from the previous meeting. The first item discussed was the Motorola contract for the 911 system upgrade, specifically the console contract, amounting to $2,229,575.
      Commissioner Jordan provided detailed insights into the contract, emphasizing the significance of the console upgrade as a pivotal component of the entire project. The commissioners expressed confidence in their understanding of the project's scope, including considerations for funding and potential new infrastructure, such as towers.
      A key highlight of the Motorola contract was the phased invoicing approach, with payments due upon equipment delivery and system acceptance, spreading the financial impact over time. The commissioners raised questions about compatibility with existing systems, and assurances were given that the new equipment would seamlessly integrate with the mobile command center and other components.
      Following the discussion, a motion was made and approved for the purchase of the Motorola console contract, considering it a single-source contract due to the existing agreement between Motorola and the state. The commissioners emphasized the reputation and reliability of Motorola, making it the preferred choice for Greenbrier County's 911 center.
      The second item on the agenda was the Avior contract, a separate agreement for the microwave system essential for communication between towers. The contract, totaling $162,700.41, was also unanimously approved after a motion was made by one of the commissioners.
      The commissioners acknowledged the importance of these contracts in maintaining competitive pricing and ensuring the smooth integration of the upgraded systems. They highlighted that the approvals were critical to prevent potential increases in contract prices.
      The meeting concluded with discussions about future considerations, including land acquisition, right-of-way acquisition, and the potential need for engineering services for the tower construction. Commissioner Jordan outlined plans to explore existing state contracts for tower components and construction to expedite the process.
      The commissioners expressed their commitment to moving forward swiftly with the project, understanding the various components involved, and acknowledging the need for careful planning.
      As the meeting adjourned, a motion was made and unanimously approved, signifying the conclusion of the special session at the Greenbrier County Courthouse.
      The Greenbrier County Courthouse remains committed to modernizing its 911 system to enhance emergency services for the community, with these recent contract approvals marking a significant step towards achieving that goal.

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      The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the community for assistance in locating Trinity Aaron Bennett, a 42-year-old white male who was reported missing on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. Friends reported that Bennett was last seen or heard from around October 25, 2023, in the Rupert area of Greenbrier County.
      Trinity Aaron Bennett is described as approximately 5'11 inches in height, weighing 179 pounds, with reddish-brown hair and striking blue eyes. A photograph of Mr. Bennett is included below to aid in identification efforts.
      Friends of the missing individual have expressed concern for his well-being, prompting the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department to escalate efforts to locate him. The department is urging anyone with information about Trinity Aaron Bennett's whereabouts to come forward.
      Captain K.L. Sawyers of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department is the designated point of contact for any information related to Mr. Bennett's disappearance. Captain Sawyers can be reached directly at 304-647-6634. Additionally, individuals can choose to share information through private messaging on the official Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department page.
      The community is encouraged to come forward with any information, no matter how small it may seem, as it could be crucial to the investigation. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department expresses gratitude for any assistance provided and reassures the public that all information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
      In times like these, community collaboration is vital in ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department remains committed to resolving this matter swiftly and bringing closure to Trinity Aaron Bennett's friends and family.
      If you have any information about Trinity Aaron Bennett or his possible whereabouts, please contact Captain K.L. Sawyers at 304-647-6634. Your cooperation is invaluable in helping to reunite Mr. Bennett with his loved ones.
      **Update on Thursday, December 07, 2023. Information has been received and followed up on that leads us to believe that Mr. Bennett is fine and still in the Rupert area of Greenbrier County. As always, we appreciate all of the help we received!**

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      In a Special County Commission Meeting held on December 1, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission convened to discuss and consider various matters, with a key focus on the approval of the Vesta contract as part of the Motorola system upgrade to the 911 project.
      The meeting commenced at 2:39 PM, with Commissioners Phillips and Rose present in person. The agenda included discussions on the Motorola system upgrade for the 911 project, specifically pertaining to the Vesta contract and its significance in the emergency communication center.
      Jordan, representing the commission, provided insights into the Vesta system, emphasizing its role as the primary call-taking platform for dispatchers handling emergency and administrative calls. The current system, installed in 2016, is due for a necessary hardware refresh and software update.
      Commissioner Rose sought clarification on the relationship between the Vesta contract and a previously approved service contract agreement. Jordan explained that the earlier service contract was for the existing infrastructure and would be replaced by a new service contract once the updated hardware was installed.
      Commissioner Phillips, seeking further clarification, confirmed that the new service contract would cover the compensation for the new equipment related to the Vesta system. Jordan affirmed, confirming that the service agreement for five years was included in the presented contract.
      Following the discussions, Commissioner Rose motioned for the approval of item number one on the agenda, specifically the Motorola contract for the 911 system upgrade, focusing on the Vesta phones. The motion included the total contract value of $86,565.
      The motion was seconded, and after a brief discussion, the Commissioners voted in favor, approving the Vesta contract as part of the Motorola system upgrade.
      The meeting agenda also included contracts related to consoles and the Avia contract, which were tabled for consideration at a future date.
      Before adjournment, Commissioner Rose proposed to recess the meeting to allow for further clarification on certain items and reconvene before the next scheduled meeting. The motion to recess was approved, and the meeting concluded at 8:35 PM Eastern Time.
      The Greenbrier County Commission demonstrated its commitment to ensuring the efficiency and functionality of the emergency communication center by approving the essential Vesta contract, contributing to the overall upgrade of the 911 project.

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      In a pivotal regular meeting on November 28, 2023, the Greenbrier County Commission addressed a range of issues impacting the community, from budgetary revisions to personnel matters and significant contract considerations.
      The proceedings kicked off with a prelude and an invocation led by Kelly and Rosanna. The attendees then united in the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the session. The Commission began by approving minutes from the regular meeting on November 14th and a special meeting on November 20th, ensuring an accurate record of past discussions and decisions.
      Commissioner Phillips led discussions on financial matters, covering arts and recreation transfers, exonerations, and county splits and consolidations. The financial proposals were approved through motions, showcasing the Commission's commitment to fiscal responsibility.
      Ruthanna Beasley from the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation sought continued support from the Commission. A resolution for financial backing was approved, emphasizing the Commission's dedication to economic growth and collaboration.
      The Commission took a moment to acknowledge the retirement of Robert Ford from the Greenbrier County Planning and Permit Office, thanking him for his years of service.
      A notable hiring decision was made in the Greenbrier County Prosecutor's Office, where Alison Burke was approved for a position. Additionally, the 911 Center saw approvals for the hiring of two full-time and one part-time employee, demonstrating the Commission's commitment to enhancing public safety.
      Discussions around contracts for the 911 system upgrade project, involving Motorola and Aviat, were deferred to future meetings. The decision reflects the Commission's thorough approach to major contractual agreements.
      A significant revision to the employee handbook was approved, clarifying the eligibility criteria for fringe benefits. The revision stipulates a 40-hour work week for full-time status, providing clarity for employees and supervisors.
      Updates were provided on ongoing construction projects at the courthouse and health department. The positive progress indicated the Commission's commitment to improving community infrastructure.
      Residents were encouraged to inquire about public water availability in specific areas by contacting Public Service District #2, underlining the Commission's commitment to expanding essential services.
      The meeting concluded with a motion for adjournment, marking the end of a session that saw the Commission make impactful decisions, reaffirming their dedication to the betterment of Greenbrier County and its residents.

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      Greetings to all on this Thanksgiving eve!
      We have been made aware of variations of a scam that seems to be in full force today against several Greenbrier County residents.
      We have had several reports of citizens receiving phone calls from individuals stating that they are members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office and are using names of current and past Sheriff's Office employees. During these phone calls, the individuals are requesting money and stating that arrest warrants have been issued and that court dates have been missed. The individuals further state that if the money isn't paid, the person they are calling will be arrested.
      We assure you that you WILL NOT receive a call of this type from legitimate members of the Sheriff's Office. We will never contact you requesting payment be made to us or you'll be arrested. Do not fall for this scam!
      If you are contacted by an individual trying to make you a victim of this scam, do not provide any information and hang up the phone immediately.

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      In a recent session, the Greenbrier County Commission addressed critical infrastructure upgrades and collaborative initiatives that promise to enhance public safety and services throughout the region.
      The Commission delved into a comprehensive upgrade plan for the county's emergency services, with a primary focus on the 911 call-taking system and radio dispatch infrastructure. The county's Emergency Services Director, presented a thorough overview of the proposed improvements, emphasizing the urgency due to the aging equipment.
      The proposed plan includes a hardware refresh for the existing Motorola 911 call-taking system, replacing servers and workstations, along with a necessary software upgrade. Additionally, a contract with Motorola involves the replacement of radio dispatch consoles and tower site radios, fostering improved communication for dispatchers and field responders. The plan aligns with the transition to Next Gen. 911, ensuring compatibility and interoperability with neighboring counties and the state.
      The Commission explored a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, aiming to establish a technical support team for various emergency situations. This initiative arose from a recent incident at Lost World Caverns, prompting a reevaluation of response protocols. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, known for its expertise in cave rescue, high-angle rescue, and swift water rescue, expressed its commitment to collaborate and adhere to the MOU guidelines.
      The MOU is designed to enhance coordination between the county and the rescue squad, providing a structured approach to emergencies. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad has agreed to station its equipment in the county and act as first responders, offering critical insights into evolving situations.
      The Commission took steps to comply with state auditor requirements by establishing special fund accounts for the County Fire Protection Fund (Fund 41) and the County EMS Salary Enhancement Fund (Fund 42). These funds will streamline the distribution of resources to fire departments and EMS services across the county, ensuring transparent financial management.
      In addition, the Commission revisited the resolution related to the opioid settlement funds (Fund 40), correcting an oversight in the earlier resolution. This fund will play a vital role in addressing the impact of the opioid crisis within the county.
      These strategic measures aim to strengthen Greenbrier County's emergency response capabilities, foster collaboration with external partners, and optimize the allocation of financial resources for essential services.
      As the Commission moves forward with these initiatives, the community can anticipate improved emergency response systems, enhanced technical support, and a more resilient infrastructure that prioritizes public safety.

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      The City of Lewisburg, under the guidance of the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has issued a Boil Water Advisory for residents in the vicinity of 400 Lee St and 1315 N Jefferson St to 1457. This advisory comes as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of residents following recent developments.
      Residents residing in the affected areas are urged to take immediate precautions as the City of Lewisburg initiates a Boil Water Advisory. The advisory, issued on October 31st, 2023, remains in effect until further notice.
      Safety Precautions:
      Do Not Consume Tap Water: Under this advisory, it is of utmost importance that residents do not consume tap water without properly boiling it first. Boiling Procedure: When boiling water, bring it to a rolling boil and maintain this for at least one minute. After boiling, allow the water to cool before using it for any purpose, be it drinking, cooking, or other household activities. Bottled Water: Alternatively, residents may use bottled water as a safe and convenient substitute during the advisory period. The Boil Water Advisory pertains specifically to the following areas: 400 Lee St and 1315 N Jefferson St to 1457
      Residents within this zone are urged to adhere to the safety guidelines and rely on boiled or bottled water for all their water-related needs, including drinking, ice making, dishwashing, teeth brushing, and food preparation.
      It is important to note that this Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Residents are encouraged to stay informed through local news sources, official announcements, and the City of Lewisburg's official website and social media channels.
      City officials, in conjunction with the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. The safety of residents is their top priority, and they will work diligently to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
      For additional information or inquiries, residents may contact the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office or the City of Lewisburg directly. Contact details are available on the official city website.
      The City of Lewisburg is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of its residents, and this Boil Water Advisory is a proactive step in that direction. We encourage all affected residents to take this advisory seriously and follow the recommended safety guidelines until the all-clear signal is given. Your safety and health are our top priorities.
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      In a recent development, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers regarding the purchase and use of specific over-the-counter eye drop products from several major brands. This alert comes after the FDA's discovery of potential bacterial contamination, posing a risk of eye infections that could lead to partial vision loss or blindness.
      The FDA has expanded the list of eye drop products that consumers should not purchase or use to now include the Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 mL, which is sold exclusively by Walmart in both physical stores and online. As a result of the FDA's warning, Walmart has taken swift action by removing this product from their store shelves and website.
      On October 27, 2023, the FDA initially warned consumers against purchasing and immediately discontinued using 26 over-the-counter eye drop products from major brands, including:
      CVS Health Leader (Cardinal Health) Rugby (Cardinal Health) Rite Aid Target Up & Up Velocity Pharma Walmart Equate The affected products from these brands are marketed under various names and are intended to be sterile. Ophthalmic drug products, such as eye drops, are of particular concern as they carry an elevated risk of harm due to their direct application to the eyes, bypassing certain natural defenses.
      The FDA recommended the recall of all lots of these eye drops on October 25, 2023, after agency investigators uncovered unsanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility and identified positive bacterial test results from environmental sampling in critical drug production areas.
      In response to the FDA's warning, several major retailers have taken prompt action to protect consumers:
      CVS, Rite Aid, and Target have removed the implicated products from their store shelves and websites. Products sold under the Leader, Rugby, and Velocity brands may still be available for purchase both in physical stores and online, but consumers are advised not to purchase them. It is crucial for consumers who have already used these products and experience signs or symptoms of an eye infection to consult their healthcare provider or seek immediate medical attention. However, as of now, the FDA has not received any reports of adverse events or eye infections associated with these products.
      The FDA encourages healthcare professionals and patients to report any adverse events or quality problems related to these eye drop products to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. Reports can be submitted online through the Medwatch website, or by downloading and completing a form and faxing it to 1-800-FDA-0178.
      This FDA warning serves as a reminder to consumers to remain vigilant about the products they use and to promptly heed any safety advisories issued by regulatory agencies. Your eye health is of utmost importance, and the FDA is committed to ensuring that the products available to consumers meet the highest safety standards.
      Source: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-warns-consumers-not-purchase-or-use-certain-eye-drops-several-major-brands-due-risk-eye
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      As Halloween approaches, the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind everyone that safe and responsible celebrations should be a top priority during this beloved holiday. Halloween is not only a time for costumes and candy but also for parties and gatherings, which can lead to an increase in drunk drivers on the roads. To combat this issue, the GHSP is spreading the crucial message that "Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving."
      On Halloween and Trick-or-Treat nights, when more pedestrians are out at night in pursuit of candy, drivers are urged to be extra cautious, particularly if their plans involve alcohol. It is essential to plan for a sober ride home to ensure the safety of all road users. It's a sobering fact that during the years 2017-2021, there were 159 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.
      In 2021, there was a decrease in fatalities, with 38 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night, down from 58 people in 2020. However, it is still alarming that adults between the ages of 21 and 34 accounted for 55% of the fatalities in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2021.
      Nationally, roughly one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BACs) at or above 0.08 g/dL. In 2021, there were 13,384 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. It's worth noting that it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 g/dL or higher in most of the United States, except for Utah, where the limit is 0.05 g/dL.
      Despite these laws, the statistics are grim, as one person was killed every 39 minutes in a drunk-driving crash on the nation's roads in 2021. Moreover, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 2.8 times higher at night than during the day.
      Men are more likely than women to drive under the influence when involved in fatal crashes. In 2021, 22% of males were found to be drunk, compared to 17% of females.
      "Even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, we anticipate an increase in parties and get-togethers during the week leading up to and throughout the weekend. We want those who celebrate with adult beverages to plan a sober ride home in advance," said Amy Boggs, GHSP Occupant Protection Coordinator. "Even one drink can impair judgment, and the same is true for any illegal drug or certain prescription medications. You should never put yourself or others at risk because you made the wrong choice to drink and drive. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving."
      It's not just drunk driving that poses a danger on Halloween; pedestrians should also be cautious, whether they are children trick-or-treating or adults who have consumed alcohol. Walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as a lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of being struck by a vehicle.
      "Of course, we want people to have a fun night out on Halloween. But more importantly, we want people to be safe and make responsible choices," Boggs continued. "There are many options available today to help drivers get home safely if they've been drinking or using drugs. We expect drivers to be responsible and refrain from driving after consuming an impairing substance."
      In conclusion, Boggs emphasized, "The bottom line is: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Get a sober ride home and keep all road users safe this Halloween."
      Celebrate with a Plan
      If you plan to head out for a night of Halloween partying, remember these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:
      Never drink and drive: Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely. Use a sober ride program: If available, take advantage of your community's sober ride program or a taxi. Report drunk drivers: If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Intervene for friends: If you have a friend who is about to drink and drive, take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely. Always remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving. For more information about the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program, visit highwaysafety.wv.gov or call 304-926-2509.
      As Halloween approaches, let's make sure the scariest thing on the road is a child's spooky costume, not the consequences of impaired driving. Stay safe and enjoy the festivities responsibly.
      Source: https://transportation.wv.gov/communications/PressRelease/Pages/Before_You_Celebrate_with_the_Ghouls_&_Goblins_Plan_for_a_Sober_Ride.aspx
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      The city of Ronceverte has issued a boil water advisory affecting several streets in the area. The affected areas include the vicinity of Locust and Greenbrier Avenue intersection to the end of Greenbrier Avenue, and the streets of Cedar and Chesapeake to Murray Street intersection.
      https://local.nixle.com/greenbrier-county-homeland-security-and-emergency-management/
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      In a recent regular meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission, various important matters were discussed and approved. The meeting, held on October 24, 2023, began with the customary invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was kicked off with a prayer for blessings, including a special mention of veterans, their guidance, and the honor bestowed upon them.
      After the prayer, the meeting proceeded with several agenda items, including the approval of meeting minutes from the previous regular meeting and a special meeting held on October 10th and October 13th, respectively.
      Settlements of estates were discussed, and five estates' final settlements were presented by Cindy Allen, the county's fiduciary. These estates were approved, with one commissioner recusing themselves from the vote.
      Budget revisions were also on the agenda, involving several adjustments and allocations of funds for different departments. The budget revisions were approved, taking into account various changes, including training, travel expenses, and reimbursements.
      Next, a financial transfer from savings to checking was discussed for the Meadow River Trail project, totaling $550 for the NPDS annual permit fee. This transfer was approved by the commission.
      Following this, the commission considered a resolution supporting "Operation Green Light," a program that honors veterans. The resolution designates a period from October 24th to November 11th, 2023, to recognize and honor veterans' sacrifices. The resolution was approved, with veterans present at the meeting expressing their gratitude.
      The commission also approved an arts and recreation transfer of $550 for annual permit fees.
      An additional agenda item included authorizing an invoice submission for salary enhancement and crisis response grant funds. These funds were allocated to support emergency services in Greenbrier County, with specific criteria for disbursement.
      The commission also approved the appointment of Dr. Harry E. Boone Jr. to fill a vacancy on the Greenbrier County Farmland Protection Board.
      Lastly, the commission signed the 2024 Voca grant contracts for the Sheriff's Department and the Prosecutor's Office. These grants provide essential funding for victim advocate positions to support victims of crime in Greenbrier County.
      The meeting concluded on a welcoming note to a new representative from Carol Miller's office, Jonathan Holland, who specializes in agricultural issues. Mr. Holland introduced himself and expressed his eagerness to work with the community.
      In an announcement, the commission informed the public of road closures in front of the courthouse on the afternoon of November 27, 2023, for necessary repair work.
      The meeting was productive, addressing a range of issues, from estate settlements to honoring veterans, budget revisions, and crucial grant approvals, all contributing to the betterment of Greenbrier County.
      The Greenbrier County Commission continues to work diligently to address community needs and support various programs that enhance the quality of life for its residents.

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      In an effort to ensure the safety and efficiency of firefighting operations, the dedicated members of the Lewisburg Fire-Company 20 are gearing up for a vital task this weekend – the testing of fire hydrants. This operation is slated to take place North of I-64, with the testing commencing on Fairview Road, and it will also encompass the Renick Fire district.
      As the weeks unfold, Lewisburg's finest firefighters will be diligently testing fire hydrants within the Lewisburg and Caldwell areas. But why is this information being relayed to the community, you may wonder?
      The significance lies in the crucial role that fire hydrants play in ensuring rapid response and ample water supply in the event of a fire emergency. To guarantee these hydrants function optimally when needed, firefighters will perform a series of tests that involve flowing water from the hydrants.
      It's important to note that the water used during these tests is sourced from the same water lines that residents rely on for their daily water consumption. Herein lies the cause for an occasional inconvenience that some residents may encounter.
      During fire hydrant tests, as water is forced through the hydrants, it can agitate any sediment that may have accumulated inside the water lines. This can result in a temporary discoloration of the water, often manifesting as a brownish hue.
      It's essential for residents to remain calm if they observe brownish water during these tests, as it poses no health risk. In time, as residents use water in their daily activities such as flushing toilets, doing laundry, or running tap water, the brownish tint will naturally dissipate.
      Should you experience brownish water in your home, there's a simple solution – let the water run for a short duration to help clear any discolored water from your plumbing system. This straightforward step will aid in restoring clear water.
      Lewisburg Fire-Company 20 is committed to addressing any questions or concerns regarding this matter. If you have inquiries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact them at 304-645-3237 or 304-667-3976. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.
      Lewisburg Fire-Company 20 recognizes that this operation may bring about some temporary inconvenience for residents. However, they emphasize the importance of ensuring the proper functioning of fire hydrants, which ultimately contributes to the safety and well-being of the community. Your understanding is valued, and they extend their apologies for any inconveniences that may arise during this essential testing process.

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      The Greenbrier County Commission held its regular meeting on October 10, 2023, to address various matters of public interest. The meeting covered a wide range of topics, including staffing updates for the 911 center, infrastructure projects, and the Greenbrier County gig-ready broadband project.
      The meeting began with updates from Don Havens, the director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, regarding staffing issues within the 911 center. Two candidates had been interviewed for 911 dispatcher positions. One candidate was selected and offered a position due to her enthusiasm and commitment to public service.
      A resolution was passed to authorize funding for the White Sulphur Springs Route 60 East sewer project from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. The project had previously been approved as part of the TIF project renewal, and the resolution was a procedural step to meet the requirements of the Public Service Commission.
      The operation and maintenance agreement between the Greenbrier County Commission and City Net for the Greenbrier County gig-ready broadband project was discussed. It was clarified that this agreement had been approved previously, and there had been minor formatting changes. The agreement is still not executed, as the city's legal team was reviewing it. The need to bring it back for approval was discussed if substantial changes were suggested.
      Commissioners reminded attendees about the opening of the first eight miles of the Meadow River Trail. This non-motorized trail would open to the public after an invitation-only event.
      Before adjourning, the commissioners requested a moment of prayer for the people of Israel.

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      On August 3, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice announcing that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) would be conducted in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The tests were scheduled for October 4, 2023, at approximately 2:20 pm EDT, with a backup date of October 11, 2023, in case of any postponement due to severe weather or significant events. The primary objective of these tests was to ensure that the emergency alert systems continue to effectively warn the public about emergencies, including national-level crises.
      Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA): The WEA portion of the test was directed towards consumer cell phones. This marked the third nationwide test and the second test involving all WEA-compatible cellular devices. The test message displayed in either English or Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.
      FEMA and the FCC had coordinated with EAS participants, wireless providers, emergency managers, and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and maximize its public safety value. The tests aimed to ensure that these systems remained effective in alerting the public during emergencies.
      The WEA portion of the test was initiated using FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a centralized internet-based system administered by FEMA. This system enabled authorities to send authenticated emergency messages to the public through multiple communications networks. The EAS message was disseminated as a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) message via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System-Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS-OPEN).
      Starting at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers broadcast the test for about 30 minutes. WEA-compatible wireless phones that were switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and in a geographic area where the wireless provider participated in WEA, were capable of receiving the test message. The message displayed on consumers' phones read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
      Phones with the main menu set to Spanish displayed: "ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción." Similar to when receiving an Amber Alert, the WEA alert tone was generally only played when the alert was initially received and stopped when the user interacted with the phone.
      The EAS portion of the test, lasting approximately one minute, involved the participation of radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. The test message was similar to the regular monthly EAS test messages, stating: "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.
      Amid the announcement of these nationwide emergency alert tests, various conspiracy theories have emerged. Some individuals have speculated that these tests were conducted in response to alleged knowledge of a potential attack on Israel. However, these conspiracy theories can be quickly debunked as the scheduled test was first announced back on August 3rd, long before any such alleged knowledge could have come to light.
      Another prevailing theory links the emergency alert tests to the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine, suggesting that they might be a preparation step for potential nuclear conflict with Russia. It is important to emphasize that these tests were part of routine emergency preparedness measures and not indicative of any specific threat or geopolitical situation.
      While conspiracy theories can gain traction, it is crucial to rely on verified information and official statements to understand the true purpose and context of events such as these emergency alert tests.
      Source: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fema-and-fcc-plan-nationwide-emergency-alert-test-oct-4
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      The City of Lewisburg issued a Boil Water Advisory on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, affecting customers within the city limits. This precautionary measure is in response to ongoing repairs on a twelve-inch mainline.
      Residents and businesses in the affected area are advised not to consume tap water without boiling it first. To ensure safety, water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and allowed to cool before using. Alternatively, the use of bottled water is also recommended during this advisory period.
      The City of Lewisburg will diligently monitor the situation and will notify all customers once the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted. In the meantime, residents are urged to contact Lewisburg City Hall at 304-645-2080 if they have any concerns or require further information regarding the advisory.
      The City of Lewisburg acknowledges the inconvenience this may cause to its residents and expresses gratitude for their patience and understanding. Ensuring the safety of the community's water supply is of utmost importance, and the city is committed to resolving the issue as swiftly as possible.
      Residents are encouraged to stay updated through official city channels for any developments related to the advisory. The City of Lewisburg will continue to provide updates on the situation and notify residents when it is safe to resume regular water usage.
      In the meantime, residents are urged to follow the provided guidelines to ensure their safety and well-being during this Boil Water Advisory period.

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      Tammy Tincher, President of the Greenbrier County Commission and a prominent advocate within the National Association of Counties (NACo), delivered compelling testimony before the Subcommittee today, emphasizing the pivotal role played by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program in rejuvenating communities, both urban and rural, across the nation. This hearing, presided over by Chair Johnson and Ranking Member Tonko, focused on the critical significance of the Brownfields Program to counties and the pivotal part counties play in brownfield redevelopment efforts.
      In her opening remarks, Ms. Tincher expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to address the Subcommittee, recognizing the substantial impact the EPA Brownfields Program has on safeguarding the environment, public health, and bolstering local economies. She also acknowledged Chair Rodgers and Ranking Member Pallone for their leadership in advancing this crucial issue at the full committee level.
      With Greenbrier County, West Virginia, serving as her home base, Ms. Tincher serves in various leadership and advocacy capacities for NACo, including Vice Chair of the Rural Action Caucus and Chair of the Membership Standing Committee. Her testimony, therefore, carried significant weight as she spoke on behalf of NACo.
      The heart of Ms. Tincher's testimony centered on the transformative potential of the EPA Brownfields Program. She articulated that this program has consistently proven itself as a vital tool for local governments grappling with vacant and abandoned sites. The redevelopment of these sites, according to Ms. Tincher, holds the key to reinvigorating entire communities and stimulating their economies.
      Ms. Tincher passionately conveyed the multifaceted benefits of brownfields redevelopment, emphasizing that it can stimulate economic growth, safeguard public health, and protect the environment, all while generating well-paying jobs. Across the nation, both urban and rural counties regard the EPA Brownfields Program as an indispensable catalyst for the revitalization of such sites.
      In her closing remarks, Ms. Tincher expressed deep gratitude to the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify, emphasizing that counties widely recognize the EPA Brownfields Program as an integral component of the intergovernmental partnership aimed at driving economic development, job creation, environmental protection, and public health.
      In a concluding call to action, Ms. Tincher urged the Subcommittee to reauthorize the Brownfields Program, underlining the importance of its continued support in community revitalization efforts.
      Ms. Tincher's compelling testimony sheds light on the indispensable role played by the EPA Brownfields Program in transforming derelict sites into thriving hubs of economic activity and environmental restoration. As this issue gains prominence on Capitol Hill, it remains to be seen how lawmakers will respond to her impassioned plea for continued support and reauthorization of this essential program.
      Witness Testimony: https://d1dth6e84htgma.cloudfront.net/09_27_23_ENV_Testimony_Tincher_d55032ab2e.pdf
      Source: https://energycommerce.house.gov/events/environment-manufacturing-and-critical-materials-subcommittee-legislative-hearing-revitalizing-america-through-the-reauthorization-of-the-brownfields-program
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      The Rupert Water Department will be conducting fire hydrant flushing on the following dates: October 2nd, October 4th, and October 6th. We kindly request that you refrain from doing laundry on these days to prevent potential water discoloration that could damage clothing.
      On October 2nd, all streets located to the north of Route 60 and all streets west of Anjean will be affected by the flushing.
      On October 4th, all streets situated to the south of Route 60 and all streets east of Anjean will be impacted by the flushing.
      Then, on October 6th, all streets from the intersection of Big Mountain Road to Laurel Lodge will be subjected to hydrant flushing.
      If you have any inquiries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 304-392-6344. Your understanding and cooperation during this maintenance activity are greatly appreciated.

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      Greenbrier County has been a hub of activity lately, with a series of meetings and events shedding light on significant community developments and essential initiatives. From the impact of tourism on the local economy to efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and even updates on the Meadow River Rail Trail, here's a round-up of the key highlights from recent county activities.
      The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented its annual report, revealing a remarkable 17% boost in tourism spending in 2022, hitting $5.3 billion. This surge in tourism brought 53,000 jobs and a windfall in income and taxes. The CVB's savvy campaigns delivered a dazzling $18.50 ROI for every advertising dollar spent. As phase one of the Meadow River Rail Trail nears opening, excitement builds for more visitors and local spending.
      Greenbrier County marked September as National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month with a heartfelt ceremony. Alarming stats reveal suicide's toll, with 48,000 lives lost each year. The event paid tribute to Charles Randall Smith, an 18-year veteran of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department who battled suicide. The proclamation aims to destigmatize mental health conversations and foster community support.
      The Meadow River Rail Trail Commission is gearing up for phase one's October 13th opening. Maintenance funds secured ensure trail safety. Willis Weed Whackers won a $7,000 mowing contract, beating a $24,000 bid. Adjacent property owners were notified, promoting transparency. A covenant preserves the trail's recreational, non-motorized character.
      County officials considered extending funding for the Glenwood Area Broadband project to June 2024. Project management consultants will oversee courthouse renovations. A proposal for shift differential pay for 911 personnel awaits further review.
      These developments underscore Greenbrier County's growth and commitment to community well-being.
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