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      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.
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      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.
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      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.
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      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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      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/
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      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.
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      In a heartwarming gesture of community support, Wendy’s is stepping up once again to aid the Family Refuge Center. Today, April 18th, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the fast-food chain is hosting a special event at the Red Oaks Shopping Center in Ronceverte, WV, where 10% of all sales will be donated to the Family Refuge Center.
      Missed the opportunity to contribute during the last fundraiser? Don’t worry; this event presents a second chance to make a difference. Wendy’s encourages everyone to join in on the initiative and turn their meals into a meaningful contribution.
      The Family Refuge Center, a vital organization in the community, provides critical support and resources to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. Through its programs and services, the center offers safety, shelter, counseling, and advocacy, empowering survivors to rebuild their lives and break free from abuse.
      The fundraiser event promises not only the satisfaction of supporting a worthy cause but also a delightful evening for attendees. Bring along your friends and family to enjoy an array of fun activities, including games and opportunities to win exciting prizes. And of course, indulge in Wendy’s delicious food offerings, knowing that with each bite, you’re making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
      So mark your calendars and head down to Wendy’s at the Red Oaks Shopping Center today from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Let’s come together as a community to support the Family Refuge Center and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. See you there! 🎉
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      In a meeting brimming with significance, the Greenbrier County Commission recently gathered to address pivotal issues, from recognizing County Government Month to appointing a new commissioner. The proceedings, held on April 5, 2024, in Room 203 of the Greenbrier County Courthouse Annex, unfolded with a sense of purpose and anticipation.
      The session commenced with an atmosphere of solemnity as attendees joined in an opening invocation, followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Commission President Tammy Tincher set the tone, welcoming participants to the live-streamed meeting, underscoring the importance of the day's agenda.
      The first order of business centered on commemorating April as County Government Month. With unanimous approval, the commission passed a resolution acknowledging the indispensable role counties play in fostering vibrant communities and delivering essential services to residents. The proclamation highlighted Greenbrier County's rich history, expansive territory, and dedicated officials, reaffirming the commitment to uphold the well-being of its 32,000 inhabitants.
      Subsequently, the commission addressed personnel matters, bidding farewell to Kristen McCoy from the Greenbrier County Prosecutor's Office. McCoy's departure, effective April 5, 2024, prompted expressions of gratitude for her service and best wishes for her future endeavors.
      However, the meeting's most poignant moment arrived with the consideration of a new commissioner to fill the void left by the late Commissioner Blaine Phillips. Commissioners Tincher and Rose, guided by a desire to honor Phillips' legacy and uphold the county's interests, meticulously deliberated before nominating Nick Dailey for the esteemed position.
      Dailey, in a stirring address to the commission, articulated his unwavering dedication to serving Greenbrier County and embracing the responsibility bestowed upon him. Drawing inspiration from Commissioner Phillips' legacy of prosperity and guardianship, Dailey pledged to channel his energy and enthusiasm into advancing the county's interests and securing a brighter future for its residents.
      With unanimous support, Dailey's appointment was confirmed, marking a poignant moment in Greenbrier County's history. As he took his oath of office, surrounded by the camaraderie of his fellow commissioners and the community's unwavering support, Dailey embarked on a new chapter of public service with humility and determination.
      As the meeting drew to a close, optimism permeated the air, buoyed by the promise of new leadership and a renewed commitment to community engagement. The Greenbrier County Commission, fortified by its shared vision and dedication to progress, stands poised to navigate the challenges ahead and build a future that honors its past while embracing the opportunities of tomorrow.

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      Carnegie Hall, working in partnership with Greenbrier County music and theatre educators, presented One Night Only: A Celebration of Young Musicians in the Greenbrier Valley on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.  The concert was a performance opportunity for accomplished music students in grades 6-12 living or taking lessons in the Greenbrier Valley. The showcase took place on Carnegie Hall’s Hamilton Auditorium Stage and was sponsored by Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC).
      The One Night Only Showcase featured over 45 students who were juried in by video entries for solo performers and ensembles. Carnegie Hall received over 40 submissions, with the top 25 being selected. 
      “What a wonderful night of music and community!  The very first One Night Only was undoubtedly a smashing success, and we've paved the way for an excellent yearly event at Carnegie Hall,” states Birch Graves, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Assistant Band Director, Guitar & Music Educator and One Night Only committee member.
      Graves also wanted to thank “the music educators for your hours of patient teaching, the musicians for your excellent performances (the hours of practicing paid off!), the staff of Carnegie Hall who lovingly thought of every detail and thank you to the community for such strong support of the arts.  We truly live in a special place.”
      Selected performers included Aubrey Adkins, Joshua Alley, Ella Butler, Theo Crowell, Lily Dense, Ezra Dick, Tad Elkins, Kylee Fury, Keean Hedrick, Alexus Hill, Mason Huffman, Lydia Jackson, Mary Johnson, Sasha Lanek, Lucia Lipton, Lillian Long, Sal Marks, Ashley Meadows, Isaac Tincher, Wyatt Thornton, Coleton Utterback, Alyson Vandall, Emma Vincent, Nathaniel Vincent, Arabella Webb, The Shattered Glass (Second Block Rock Group), Enceladus Quartet (Heartstrings Academy), and The Arrivals (Second Block Rock Group).
      One Night Only was also assisted by student stage/tech crew members, Kimmi Butler, Brian Lopez, and Preston Hedrick, and a student Emcee, Teagan Mandeville.
      Greenbrier County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bryant was also very impressed. “I was in awe as I sat in the audience and thoroughly enjoyed and was inspired by each student(s) performance. One Night Only inaugural success necessitates a continuation of this amazing musical event for years to come. Not only were the students' performances wonderful and beautiful, but the support from the community to sell-out Carnegie Hall was inspiring in itself.” 
      Special thanks to: Susan Adkins, Sally Bray, CAMC, Bill Clapham, Harmony Flora, Birch Graves, Gibbs Kinderman, Mary Leb, Kit Lindsey, Cathy Rennard, Susanna Robinson, Cathy Sawyer, David Webb, Nancy Wood, and all Greenbrier County music instructors and classroom teachers that encouraged students to participate.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a member-driven nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala.
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      The State Fair of West Virginia is gearing up for the ultimate treasure hunt with the announcement of the Giant Spring Flea Market 2024. This eagerly anticipated event promises a plethora of unique finds, exciting bargains, and endless opportunities for shoppers and vendors alike.
      Scheduled to take place from May 17th to May 19th, 2024, the Spring Flea Market invites vendors to showcase their wares both indoors and outdoors. The fairgrounds will transform into a bustling marketplace, offering a diverse array of goods ranging from vintage collectibles to handmade crafts, antiques, clothing, and much more.
      Applications for vendors are now open on the State Fair of West Virginia's website, providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs, artisans, and collectors to secure their space and participate in this highly anticipated event. With indoor and outdoor spaces available, vendors can tailor their setups to accommodate their unique offerings and attract shoppers from near and far.
      The Spring Flea Market promises an unforgettable experience for attendees, offering not only a chance to discover hidden treasures but also to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, and the vibrant atmosphere of the State Fairgrounds. Whether hunting for a specific item or simply browsing for inspiration, visitors are sure to find something to delight and intrigue them.
      As anticipation builds for the Giant Spring Flea Market 2024, organizers encourage vendors and shoppers alike to mark their calendars and prepare for an unforgettable weekend of discovery and excitement. With its rich history and reputation for excellence, the State Fair of West Virginia is proud to host this beloved event, bringing together communities and fostering a spirit of camaraderie and celebration.
      For more information and to apply as a vendor, visit the official Spring Flea Market page on the State Fair of West Virginia's website. Join us for a weekend of fun, exploration, and the thrill of the hunt at the Giant Spring Flea Market 2024!
      Link to the official event page: State Fair of West Virginia - Spring Flea Market
      #sfwv #SpringFleaMarket #StateFairWestVirginia #TreasureHunt
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      On Sunday, March 24, 2024, tragedy unfolded on US Route 219, south of Ronceverte and in close proximity to Organ Cave, as two vehicles collided head-on, resulting in fatalities and entrapment. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office swiftly responded to the scene at approximately 3:30 pm.
      The collision claimed the lives of the driver and passenger of one of the involved vehicles. Regrettably, their identities are being withheld at this time, pending notification of their next of kin.
      In the aftermath of the incident, the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department Crime/Accident Scene Reconstruction Team meticulously processed the scene to piece together the events leading to the collision. Assistance was provided by the Ronceverte Police Department, as well as the fire departments of Ronceverte, Fairlea, and Lewisburg.
      Lieutenant D. W. Hedrick, a dedicated investigator with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office, has taken charge of the investigation into this tragic incident. His expertise and commitment to detail will be instrumental in unraveling the circumstances surrounding the collision.
      As the investigation continues, authorities urge anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the process of uncovering the truth behind this heartbreaking event.
      This tragic collision serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of road safety and vigilance while traveling on our highways. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department emphasizes the need for caution and responsible driving practices to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
      The community mourns the loss of lives and stands in solidarity with the families affected by this devastating accident. May those who perished rest in peace, and may their loved ones find solace and support during this difficult time.

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      Despite initial weather setbacks, the Lewisburg Elks Country Club successfully held its annual Easter egg hunt, drawing in hundreds of children and spectators from the community. Originally scheduled for March 23rd, the event was rescheduled to Sunday, March 24th, at 2:00 PM due to inclement weather conditions.
      Partnering with Peoples Bank of Lewisburg, the country club ensured the event's success, providing an opportunity for children to enjoy a festive and memorable Easter celebration. The collaboration between the Lewisburg Elks Country Club and Peoples Bank exemplifies community spirit and support.
      In just eight minutes, eager children managed to collect over 5000 eggs, creating an atmosphere of excitement and joy. The hunt included special golden eggs, generously provided by Peoples Bank, adding an extra element of fun and anticipation for participants.
      Expressing gratitude to Peoples Bank for their support, the Lewisburg Elks Country Club took to social media to thank the bank for its contribution to the event's success. The collaboration between the two entities underscored their commitment to fostering community engagement and creating memorable experiences for local families.
      The rescheduled Easter egg hunt proved to be a resounding success, bringing together families and friends for an afternoon of laughter, camaraderie, and Easter festivities. As the event concluded, organizers expressed their appreciation to all participants and looked forward to future collaborations and events.
      The Lewisburg Elks Country Club and Peoples Bank are proud to have hosted a successful Easter egg hunt, further strengthening their bond with the community and spreading joy during the holiday season. With the support of sponsors and community members alike, they anticipate continuing this cherished tradition for years to come.

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      The Greenbrier County Courthouse was enveloped in a somber atmosphere as the news of Commissioner Blaine Phillips' untimely passing reverberated through the community. Phillips, a dedicated public servant and beloved figure in Greenbrier County, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of service and compassion.
      Born on October 21, 1958, in Ronceverte, WV, Blaine Phillips was a cherished member of the community from his early years. A graduate of Greenbrier East High School and an attendee of West Virginia University, Phillips cultivated a deep connection to his hometown and its people throughout his life.
      Phillips' commitment to serving his fellow citizens was evident in his over four decades-long career as an insurance agent. Known for his affable nature and willingness to engage in lengthy conversations, Phillips endeared himself to all who sought his assistance. His profound knowledge of the insurance industry earned him the trust and admiration of countless clients, whose lives he touched with his expertise and empathy.
      However, Phillips's dedication to Greenbrier County extended far beyond his professional endeavors. For over a decade, he served on the Greenbrier County Board of Zoning Appeals, tirelessly advocating for the interests of the community. In 2022, his exemplary record of service culminated in his election as a County Commissioner, a role in which he approached with boundless enthusiasm and dedication.
      Beyond his public service, Phillips was a beacon of warmth and camaraderie in the community. His zest for life was infectious, whether he was embarking on new business ventures, restoring antique items, or sharing his wisdom with others. Residents fondly recall the sight of Phillips cruising around in his orange golf cart with his beloved companion, Spanky, by his side, spreading joy wherever they went.
      Phillips's passing leaves a void in the hearts of his family, friends, and constituents. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Turpin Phillips, his cherished daughter, Erika Dailey, son-in-law Nick, grandchildren Landon and Leighton, sister Marilyn Fraser, and a host of friends who will forever treasure his memory.
      A celebration of Blaine Phillips' life will be held at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel in Lewisburg, WV, on Sunday, March 24, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 4-H Shooting Club or the Greenbrier County Humane Society, honoring Phillips's passions and commitment to his community.
      The loss of Commissioner Blaine Phillips is deeply felt across Greenbrier County and beyond. His unwavering dedication, compassionate spirit, and boundless energy leave an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. As the community mourns his passing, they take solace in the legacy of kindness and service that Phillips leaves behind.
      Commissioners Tammy Tincher and Lowell Rose, alongside Senator Vince Deeds and countless others, express their heartfelt condolences to Phillips's family and friends, honoring his memory with gratitude and respect. In the words of Senator Deeds, "Blaine was one of the great ones that touched so many lives. Praying for his family during this difficult time."
      Indeed, Commissioner Blaine Phillips's impact on Greenbrier County will endure as a testament to the power of selfless service and unwavering dedication to one's community. As the community bids farewell to a beloved leader, they carry forward his legacy with pride and gratitude, knowing that his spirit will forever remain intertwined with the fabric of Greenbrier County.
      As the sun sets on another day in Greenbrier County, the community bids farewell to a beloved leader, friend, and champion of the people. Though Commissioner Blaine Phillips may no longer walk among us, his legacy will continue to shine brightly, illuminating the path forward for all who follow in his footsteps.

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      Carnegie Hall’s 30 th Annual Creative Youth Art Exhibit awards ceremony took place on March 3 as friends and family filled the Hamilton Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of Greenbrier Valley’s young artists. A reception with light refreshments provided by CAMC/Greenbrier Valley Medical Center followed the ceremony.
      Creative Youth is a juried art show each spring that features the talent and imagination of Greenbrier County students in grades 4-12. Children from public, private, and home schools submit their work for this juried art exhibit.
      This year’s participating schools and teachers: Alderson Elementary and Ronceverte Elementary - Tonya Mills; Crichton Elementary and Rainelle Elementary - David Wayne Poticher; Eastern Greenbrier Middle – Rachelle Henderson and Mary Stankunas; Frankford Elementary and White Sulphur Springs Elementary - Stephanie Holley; Greenbrier Community School – Jennifer Orr; Greenbrier East High – Mark Cline and Stephanie Tilley; Greenbrier West High - Marla Bell; Lewisburg Elementary - Emma Musser; Rupert Elementary and Smoot Elementary – Lynn Davis; Western Greenbrier Middle - Emily Sullivan; and Home School Student – Amanda Lane.
      During the awards ceremony, Carnegie Hall’s Education Director, Harmony Flora, President/CEO, Cathy Rennard, Ann Smith, Jennifer Orr, and Sheila Hutchinson, announced the winners of the various art categories and divisions. Local artists Jeanne Brenneman, Cheryl Mansley, and Thomas Ruggerio served as judges. Robbie Anderson, Danny Fairfax, Grace Markley, Elizabeth Spangler, and Barbara Walker volunteered for the event.
      The Best In Show Award went to Katelyn Vaughan, a Greenbrier West High School 9 th - grader, with her painting “Stary Halloween Night.” The Carnegie Hall’s Choice Award was given to Western Greenbrier Middle School 11 th -grader, Elizabeth Clay, for her drawing “Feathered Familiars.”
      The Elementary School Division (Grades 4-5) ribbon winners: Drawing – Haiden Cutlip (winner), Ben Osborne (runner up), Jordyn Doss (third place), and Jordan Hughart (honorable mention); Mixed Media – Natty Currence (winner), Sawyer Blankenship (runner up), Eli Jones (third place), Gabriel Suttle (honorable mention), and Ardenne Woods (honorable mention); Painting – Paisley Kellison (winner), Oliver Elmore (runner up), Levi Tolley (third place), Evie Ward (honorable mention), and Lorine Johnston (honorable mention).
      The Middle School Division (Grades 6-8) ribbon winners: Drawing in B/W – Nichole Walkup (winner), Gracie Rhodes (runner up), Paydon Grizzel (third place), and Anna Pack (honorable mention); Drawing in Color – Tristin Payne (winner), Taylor Martin (runner up), Bruce Barkley (third place), and Natalee Simmes (honorable mention); Mixed Media – John-John Akers (winner), Abigail Taylor (runner up), and Ariaunna Adkins-Wagner (third place); Painting – Emma Edens (winner), Madlynn Adkins (runner up), Lily Weikle (third place), and Adelyn Clark (honorable mention).
      The High School Division (Grades 9-12) ribbon winners: Drawing in B/W – Abigail Fedukovich (winner), Elizabeth Clay (runner up), Oceana Carter (third place), and Eli Thorp (honorable mention); Drawing in Color – Vincent Agee (winner), Ruby DeHaven (runner up), and Meghan Ward (third place); Mixed Media – Shannon Mooney (winner), Violet Wiant (runner up), Kaylee Whitt (third place), and Marianna Lopez (honorable mention); Painting – Katelyn Vaughn (winner), Hazel Tincher (runner up), Kearney Kelly-Wingo (third place), and Ashlynn Pipkin (honorable mention).
      For more information call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala.
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      Lewisburg Elementary School welcomed a heartwarming addition to its community today as First Lady Cathy and Governor Jim Justice introduced Pixie, the latest therapy dog through the Friends With Paws program.
      Pixie, an Apricot-colored Labradoodle, stole the show at an assembly attended by students, staff, and local dignitaries. First Lady Cathy Justice expressed her enthusiasm, stating, "I am so excited to see Pixie put her excellent skills to work here at Lewisburg Elementary. The Friends With Paws therapy dogs don’t fall short when it comes to benefiting our children’s social and emotional well-being. Pixie will fit in just fine here at her new home.”
      The Friends With Paws initiative places certified therapy dogs in schools across the state, offering companionship and comfort to students in need of support. Pixie joins a cohort of 22 therapy dogs, including Coal, Foster, and Jasper, who have been placed statewide since February 2024.
      Therapy dogs like Pixie are specially trained to provide comfort and support in various environments, helping individuals feel at ease, improve their mood, and alleviate anxiety. Lewisburg Elementary School Principal Sara Bennett remarked, “We are extremely excited to have Pixie join our school family. She will be an outlet for our students and provide additional support to our most vulnerable students.”
      The Friends With Paws program, a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, West Virginia Communities In Schools (CIS) Nonprofit, and the West Virginia Department of Education, aims to address social-emotional needs in communities disproportionately affected by poverty, substance misuse, and other challenges.
      Superintendent Jeff Bryant of Greenbrier County Schools expressed gratitude for Pixie's arrival, highlighting the significant positive impact therapy dogs have on students and staff. "The love that therapy dogs give unconditionally provides students with a positive self-image and inspired self-esteem," he noted.
      Pixie's presence at Lewisburg Elementary School signifies a commitment to fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for students. Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice continue to champion initiatives promoting well-being and resilience in West Virginia's schools.
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      The West Virginia State Fairgrounds buzzed with excitement on March 15th, 2024, as the Greenbrier Valley 4-H & FFA Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale unfolded inside the West Virginia Building. This annual event, a cornerstone of the community's agricultural calendar, showcased the hard work and dedication of 97 youth participants, culminating in a remarkable fundraising total of $87,827.85.
      The competition, which featured 27 entries of eggs, 41 of bacon, and 49 of hams, not only celebrated the craftsmanship of local youth but also served a noble cause by supporting community initiatives and youth development programs.
      Among the standout champions of the event were Adyson Hines, Arabella Crookshanks, and Anna Cole, who claimed the titles of Ham Champion, Bacon Champion, and Egg Champion, respectively. Their dedication and expertise shone through in their exceptional entries, earning them well-deserved recognition.
      Not to be outdone, Tenley Elmore, Cameron Weikle, and Emily Clendenin secured second place honors in the ham, bacon, and egg categories, showcasing the depth of talent among the participants. Samantha Holliday, Kadyn Hines, and Alyssa Bush rounded out the top performers, clinching third place in their respective categories.
      The success of the Greenbrier Valley 4-H & FFA Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors. The State Fair of West Virginia, Greenbriar & Monroe 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters and Advisors, Greenbriar & Monroe County Extension Agents & Staff, Lewisburg Lions Club, Monroe County Agricultural Club, Virgil Wilkins & WV Department of Agriculture, and special thanks to Greenbrier Meats & Mountain Steer Meat Company all played instrumental roles in ensuring the event's success.
      Auctioneers Chub Warren, Ben Morgan, and Billy Morgan brought their expertise to the proceedings, guiding spirited bidding wars that ultimately contributed to the impressive fundraising total.
      Reflecting on the event, organizers expressed gratitude for the community's unwavering support and emphasized the importance of initiatives like the Greenbrier Valley 4-H & FFA Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale in nurturing the next generation of leaders and supporting local communities.
      As the curtains closed on another successful year, participants and attendees alike departed with a sense of pride in their contributions to a worthy cause and anticipation for what the future holds for agriculture in the Greenbrier Valley.
       
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      Wendy's Ronceverte location is set to host a special fundraiser today, March 14th, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, benefiting the Family Refuge Center, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals and families affected by domestic violence.
      During the designated hours, 10% of all sales will be donated to the Family Refuge Center, providing crucial support for their services in the community. Community members are encouraged to attend and enjoy Wendy's menu offerings while contributing to the fundraiser. The event promises to be an evening of enjoyment, with games, prizes, and the possibility of a special appearance by Wendy's or Frosty mascot.
      The fundraiser provides an opportunity for patrons to both enjoy Wendy's food and support a worthy cause that directly benefits the local community. All purchases made during the event hours will contribute to the Family Refuge Center's mission of providing support and resources to those affected by domestic violence.
      So, residents are encouraged to visit Wendy's Ronceverte location today from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM to participate in the fundraiser, enjoy delicious food, and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families served by the Family Refuge Center.
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      The American Heritage Music Hall is gearing up for its 3rd annual spring craft and vendor show, scheduled to be held at the Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center within the West Virginia State Fairgrounds. The event is slated to take place on March 15th and 16th, 2024.
      The show will feature over 60 vendors showcasing a variety of crafts and merchandise, ranging from handmade jewelry to home décor items. Attendees can explore the offerings from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 15th, and from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 16th.
      As an added attraction, the Easter Bunny is expected to make appearances during the event. On Friday, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
      The event organizers have arranged for a concession stand to be operated by the American Heritage Music Hall, providing refreshments for attendees throughout the duration of the show. While the event promises to offer an enjoyable experience for attendees.
      The American Heritage Music Hall's spring craft and vendor show presents an opportunity for vendors to showcase their products and for attendees to discover unique items while enjoying a festive atmosphere at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds.

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      The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department has issued an urgent appeal for assistance in locating two teenage girls reported missing from the Davis Stuart School area late Sunday night.
      According to officials, Hayleigh Hartenstein, 15, and Isabella Travis, 15, were last seen shortly before the report was made to the Sheriff's Office. Hayleigh Hartenstein is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 156 lbs, with dirty blond hair and brown eyes. She has a pierced nose and a rose tattoo on her right arm. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a grey Nike hooded sweatshirt, though her pants and shoes are unknown.
      Isabella Travis, also 15, is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 109 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. She has scars on both arms and knees and ear piercings. Isabella was last seen wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt and Converse shoes, with her pants unknown.
      Authorities are urging anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hayleigh Hartenstein and Isabella Travis or any details pertinent to the investigation to contact the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office at (681) 318-3492 or the Greenbrier County 911 Center at (304) 647-7911. Tips can also be sent via private message to the Sheriff's Office's social media page.
      Both girls' current hair colors differ from the images provided, adding to the urgency of locating them.
      The community is encouraged to come forward with any information that might aid in finding the missing teenagers. Any assistance provided is greatly appreciated by law enforcement and the families involved.

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      In a ceremony held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Colton VanDyke took his oath of office as the latest addition to the esteemed ranks of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department. The solemn oath was administered by none other than Chief Circuit Judge Robert E. Richardson, underscoring the significance of this momentous occasion.
      Bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role, Colton VanDyke has previously served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Anderson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department for the past few years. His tenure there has been marked by a commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities he served.
      Expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to return to his roots and contribute to the community where he was raised, Colton stated, “I am thankful for the opportunity to return to my home county to raise my family and serve the citizens of Greenbrier County.” His heartfelt sentiment reflects a deep-seated desire to make a meaningful impact and serve the people of Greenbrier County with dedication and integrity.
      Chief Deputy Bart Baker, speaking on behalf of the department, expressed his confidence in Colton’s abilities and the invaluable contributions he is poised to make. “Colton is going to be a tremendous asset to our department and the county,” remarked Chief Deputy Baker. “We look forward to his service with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office and his continued commitment to public service for the citizens of Greenbrier County.”
      With enthusiasm and determination, Deputy Colton VanDyke is eager to embark on this new chapter of his career with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department. His unwavering commitment to the principles of justice and service sets a shining example for his fellow officers and the community at large.
      As he assumes his duties, Colton VanDyke stands ready to uphold the proud tradition of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of all residents. His induction into the department marks the beginning of a promising journey filled with opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of those he serves.

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      As the year progresses, so does the impending change in time. On March 10, 2024, at 2 a.m., along with the rest of the United States, will embrace the annual ritual of springing forward for Daylight Saving Time.
      For many, this shift in time brings mixed feelings. Some eagerly anticipate longer evenings and the promise of summer, while others begrudgingly reset their clocks, lamenting the loss of an hour's sleep.
      In recent years, the debate over the necessity of Daylight Saving Time has intensified. Advocates argue for its benefits, citing energy savings and increased daylight hours for outdoor activities. However, detractors question its relevance in modern society, pointing to disruptions in sleep patterns and productivity.
      Interestingly, the discourse has even spurred unconventional responses, such as a casket company's campaign to abolish Daylight Saving Time entirely. Their commercial and website serve as a testament to the diverse reactions elicited by this biannual event.
      As we approach the time change, it's essential to stay informed. Understanding the mechanics and implications of Daylight Saving Time empowers individuals to navigate the transition seamlessly. Whether you're planning spring break adventures or simply adjusting your schedule, here's what you need to know:
      When: Daylight Saving Time change occurs on the second Sunday in March, signaling the onset of spring. Clocks are set forward by one hour at 2 a.m.
      How: Participating states adhere to this practice, aligning their clocks with the changing seasons. The transition culminates in an extra hour of daylight, heralding the arrival of warmer days and blooming landscapes.
      Why: The rationale behind Daylight Saving Time dates back to efforts to maximize daylight hours and conserve energy. While its effectiveness remains a topic of debate, the tradition persists, ingrained in our collective consciousness as a biannual ritual.
      As we prepare to adjust our clocks and adapt to the shifting rhythms of time, let's embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Whether you welcome the change or lament its arrival, one thing is certain: Daylight Saving Time continues to shape our perception of time and the world around us.
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      In a move hailed as a triumph for West Virginia's angling community, Governor Jim Justice announced on Tuesday an agreement between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reinstate trout stockings to their original schedule. Among the streams affected by this agreement are two in Greenbrier County, marking a significant development for local fishing enthusiasts.
      The announcement comes after extensive negotiations aimed at reconciling the interests of anglers with the conservation efforts mandated by the Endangered Species Act. Governor Justice expressed satisfaction with the outcome, emphasizing the state's commitment to both preserving its natural heritage and promoting recreational opportunities.
      "This agreement represents a victory for West Virginia's longstanding tradition of world-class trout fishing,” Gov. Justice stated. “My administration has fought to ensure that anglers across the state continue to enjoy the benefits of responsible, sustainable trout stocking practices."
      Under the terms of the agreement, four previously closed waters will see the reinstatement of trout stockings, with 20 iconic streams, including those in Greenbrier County, returning to their original stocking schedule in May. Among the streams affected in Greenbrier County are Laurel Creek of Cherry and North Fork of Cherry.
      “We are thrilled to announce that these waters have returned to the original stocking schedule,” remarked WVDNR Director Brett McMillion. “Thanks to the support and collaboration of Governor Justice, West Virginia anglers can continue to enjoy our world-class trout program.”
      The decision to remove these streams from the stocking schedule had been prompted by concerns over endangered species. However, after engaging with USFWS representatives, Gov. Justice and WVDNR officials were able to secure a compromise that satisfies both conservation needs and the interests of anglers.
      As part of the agreement, West Virginia University will conduct a study to ensure appropriate conservation measures are in place to protect endangered species such as the Candy Darter and various crayfish species. This collaboration underscores the importance of science-based conservation efforts in safeguarding the state's biodiversity while promoting recreational activities.
      USFWS Regional Director Wendi Weber praised the collaborative approach taken by all parties involved, highlighting the mutual commitment to conservation and public recreation. The updated West Virginia grant will support the trout stocking program, ensuring its continued success in the years to come.
      Anglers interested in the full trout stocking schedule can refer to pages 14–15 of the 2024 West Virginia Fishing Regulations Summary for detailed information.
      The reinstatement of trout stockings in Greenbrier County streams represents not only a victory for local anglers but also a testament to the power of collaboration in achieving conservation goals while preserving cherished recreational traditions. With these measures in place, West Virginia continues to demonstrate its commitment to balancing the needs of both people and nature.
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      On February 29th, 2024, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee organized a Meet the Candidates event at the Rupert Community Building. This gathering welcomed both Republican and nonpartisan candidates, providing them with a platform to address the community. Here, attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates themselves, gaining insights into their platforms and visions for the future. Below, you'll find excerpts from some of the statements delivered during this significant event. 
      Raw version is also available: https://youtu.be/UcjpawGQ0u8
      Note: The text below for each of the speakers was generated using AI voice-to-text technology and may not be entirely accurate. Please keep this in mind while reading. Refer to the video for correct reference.

      Well, thank you. My name is Robert Richardson.
      It's been my honor in the last 10 years to serve as your circuit judge. In the county level, the district circuit has become the 29th of the union circuit.
      I am running for reelection. I'm running on my record. What will you tell me in the last 10 years?
      For that, first, we judge 2014.
      We had a huge backlog of cases in the circuit court, particularly in the division of the circuit court where I was seated.
      At that time, the day I took the other ball, I was in the 600 ending cases before.
      By way of comparison, my colleague at the time, Judge Jim Rode, had about 330 cases in the court.
      So I'm about to work. And I began hearing those cases and resolving them, listening to the people, their attorneys, and the situations.
      And within a couple of years, we had to be able to afford them. Since then, I've hit the door. And even though there are new cases filed every different, as of the ending last month, my case model was down to 300 cases.
      What's important about that, two things. First, the reason that those cases were resolved isn't because they were rushed through.
      It was often because someone listened to parties, who used the cases along, and the reasonable procedures to advance the cause of justice in our community.
      The second thing that's important, I want to share with you, so it was important to be able to do that, to have experience in all of the area for certain judges, their cases. Before becoming a judge, I practiced law for 27 years.
      During that time, most of my clients were your neighbors. Some of you have represented individuals in small businesses and green bar icons and surrounded people. And I handled all areas of the law. Did real estate work, real estate transactions, and disputes of estate planning, real contest, criminal cases, juvenile cases, adoptions, abuse of the gut cases, juvenile cases, and they had sent that across the board. And because of that, I had a profound understanding
      of the procedures used in each of those cases and was able to move to the board for the resolution.
      In the 10 years that I served as judge, I've added to that experience. And I would very much appreciate your support, everybody,
      as the experienced candidate for this position.
      It's not a place to learn new areas of law.
      It's a place to apply the law in a fair and balanced way and promote the respect and rule of law in our community.
      I'd like to take time to tell you about my family, about my community involvement, and so forth. I recognize because a lot of people who I care about in my time have been down to the running very short. So if you want to talk about any of those things and I'll be around the after work, you can ask me about my time as it doesn't email me, or I'm glad we probably emailed you. Anything else but thank you.

      I am Ryan Blake, and I'm a judicial candidate for Greenbrier Pocahontas Counties. A little bit about my personal background.
      I grew up in Greenbrier County. I'm the son of Ralph and Brenda Blake.
      I attended Greenbrier East High School.
      Following that, I enrolled at Bridgewater College of Virginia,
      and I went to law school at Penn State University where I graduated in 2005.
      I live in Lewisburg with my amazing wife, Heather. We are raising three young boys, Andrew, Brandon, and John,
      and we are heavily involved in our school events, youth sports,
      the civic organizations that my kids, my wife, and I belong to, as well as, most importantly, our church.
      A little bit about my work background. I first started in the practice of law as a judicial law clerk for Judge Frank Jaller,
      and when he retired, Judge Joseph Pompone.
      In that area, I was able to be involved in the courtroom almost daily,
      to have a collegial atmosphere with the other attorneys and the judges,
      to conduct legal research, and to draft judicial orders.
      That experience provided me not only with an ability to learn what a judge does on a daily basis, and how a judge is supposed to act,
      but it also provided me with a sense of respect and admiration for the role that a judge plays in both the system as well as our society.
      I left that position in 2007, and went to work for the Greenbark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, principally for my good friend and mentor, Patrick V.
      As an assistant prosecuting attorney, I have handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases.
      I have assisted with matters involving the abuse and neglect of our children,
      and I have been a municipal prosecutor for several cities.
      I have also helped in spearheading the creation of the Southeastern Regional Drug Court, a program which I'm still involved with as a proof of team.

      My name is Grady Ford, and I'm running for family court judge in Greenbrier and Monroe Counties.
      I'm a Greenbrier County boy through and through, born and raised. I went to Greenbrier East, spent seven years in Morgantown oh I got for an undergraduate in law school, and then, like many baby lawyers do, spent six years in Charleston.
      First court group for Greenbrier County native son as far as I'm concerned.
      We've been out-brushed for Greenbrier County lawyers. Bob King, who's a federal field court judge on the 4th Circuit. He's been a couple of years working at Jackson Kelly, a firm with Jeff Charleston and the city of Charleston and the Game of Jones Administration. Before moving back here to Lewisburg in 2015 with my wife Jocelyn, we were expecting our first child, eight-year-old Hazel. It's always been our plan to come home. There's no place that I'd rather live to raise a family and by the time our family come home, it was on the way to growing, we knew it was time to come home.
      Since then, I've been practicing law with my dad and for a brief period of time, my grandfather, Rich Ford is my father, Nick Ford is my grandfather at the Ford Law Firm since 2015. Since then, I have done kind of diverse practice, but a very substantial portion of my practice has been in family courts. There's few things that any regular person is going to go through the judicial system that is closer to your heart and more serious than the stuff that goes on in family court. It's really often the most common place for regular people to go if you're not getting arrested or being involved in civil litigation or otherwise.
      Divorces and custody battles and those types of things are the types of things that people are most often to interact with the judicial system. In my time period, practicing here, I've been able to represent my mother's, my father's, my husband's, my wife's. A lot of times, children's service has already had lighting representing their interests. I have come to see how incredibly important that role is and how incredibly important it is to diligently process cases and to allow the parties to be heard.
      Given that opportunity, I certainly will ensure that all parties are entitled to an opportunity to be heard and to law is merely unbiasedly applied to facts and not just on who you are or anything like that, but simply applying the law to facts which is all anybody ever, ever could hope for. I would just hope that, I can just express to you guys, one of the great things about local elections is that you can actually know who the candidates are. If you don't know who the candidates are, you certainly can ask around and talk to your friends and family. And, there you go. Thank you.

      I am Kelly Kemp, and I'm running for family court judge for Greenbrier and Monroe counties.
      I truly believe that I am the most qualified candidate for the job. I've been practicing law for 33 years right here in this area, and most of that time has been spent in family court. I was in private practice for about six years, and I did divorce work and post-force work. And then for 28 years, I worked as the attorney for the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement.
      My time in the trenches, I think, has allowed me to gain knowledge and skills that are needed for this job. But I also think I have the temperament. A family court judge must be a careful listener when listening to the testimony of the parties.
      And sometimes you have to figure out if they're telling the truth. Just because people put up their right hand and swear to tell the truth doesn't mean that they're always telling the truth. And I think it's a good thing for a judge to be able to figure that out. And also, at the end of a hearing, it's important to make clear findings of fact and clear rulings that can be reduced to a concise, well-written order that the parties can understand.
      I think family court judges should encourage the parties to, when I say the parties I mean usually I don't talk about people getting divorced, to work things out, probably sometimes they can't, sometimes they can't, negotiate an agreement for child custody, child support, and so forth. If they can't, then the judge has to make tough decisions, and I think they have to always put the children's needs first. The best interest of the child is most important. The job requires strength, toughness, but also compassion and understanding for what people that come before you are going through. Keep in mind that about 80% of the people that come before the family court come pro se without lawyers. And they are nervous and anxious and they need to be treated with dignity and respect, and I intend to do that.
      I believe in hard work. I've worked hard all my life. I'm working hard right now to get elected. I will report for you as family court judge, and I am Kelly Kemp, candidate for family court judge.

      As Ben said, I'm Tim Stover. Just to give you a little bit of background on my life, I'm a 1979 graduate of Greenbrier East. I got a criminal justice degree from Bluefield State College. I retired in 2019 as chief of police at Lewisburg.
      I've been married to my wife Tina for 41 years. Yes, it's hard to believe she put up with me that long. She's a tough woman. We have two kids, Caitlin and Jake. Caitlin is our daughter. She's an RN down at the federal prison.
      Jake was just hired with the U.S. Marshal Service. He starts training next week. I'm very proud of them. They've given us two beautiful, coolest grandkids in the world, Addie and Martin and Harville.
      In 2020, I ran for a magistrate because I thought my background, experience, and education would fit the job well. I always had a dream to run for office. The good people of this county voted for me and put me in office.
      As Ben said, I'm running on a pose. People have asked me, "Why are you going to do these events? Why are you going to put the science up and stuff?" I think it's important that I give back to the people, hopefully for myself and me. I just want to show my appreciation for your past support and ask for it in the future. Thank you very much.

      I'm Patrick I. Via running for circuit judge.
      Division 2, just so everyone knows, there are two divisions. Mr. Blake, Dr. Richardson, is running Division 1. I'm running unopposed in Division 2. But I feel similarly to him running unopposed should not be used and not to answer to the public and to appear to this like this. And I have every intention of doing that. I want to thank the Executive Committee for hosting this. I've had a lot of discussions and thinking about, you know, what's the turnout doing? Everybody needs a big turnout, what a turnout, what's it going to be? Well, it's nice in the invitation of a February candidate forum. The voter turnout in May, I'm projecting high. It's based on what I'm seeing here tonight.
      I've been prosecutor now for 15 years. I'm in my 16th year. I look forward to the new challenge. I feel qualified to do the job. I assure you that I will be the best job that I can do. And I look forward to doing a good job and continuing in public service serving as a state judge.
      I've done about all various of the other practices of law, especially in New York County. 15 years before I became prosecutor, 15 cents. I'm in the year 31.
      And I want to thank everyone in here for your previous support. Most of you know me and I know most of you. In fact, I was a partisan, right? But I do appreciate all of your support over the years and I really look forward to answering questions and attending to the questions you may have with me despite being on a host. And I thank you very much. Election Day is May 14th. I want to thank my wife for being here with me. She's all here out of these things for 16 years. And I appreciate that. The significance of May 14th is she will either have the blessing or the curse of saying that she will have been married to me for 30 years on May 14th in California.
      So with that, she will be here with me tonight. Thank you all very much.

      Board of Education, Ms. Mary Jane Humphreys from Central Division.
      Thank you for inviting me tonight.
      I'm running for reelection. I served two times, this would be my third term if you get to do that.
      I just want to give a little bit of my background for those of you who may not know me. I am from Greenbrier County. I'm a former Greenbrier County girl.
      I was in public school. I was raised on a farm in Gordon K.
      My husband, who is with me, he was a teacher in public school. He's a Greenbrier County lady. My daughter went to public school.
      And in addition to all that, I was a teacher for 39 years. So I feel like I have a little bit of knowledge, plus my experience being vulnerable, and I feel like I have a little bit of knowledge about what is best for children.
      That's my main role in starting on the Board of Education is children.
      I'm a child advocate and I'm worried about children.
      Of course, I would also be interested in the family staff and have very interested in hard. I also feel like I'm a good steward of finance, which is always a problem.
      I just wanted to mention a few of our accomplishments that we have achieved since I've been on the leader.
      These are just a few. We have New Football Field to Greenbrier West and Greenbrier East.
      I'm real proud of those and they're so pretty.
      We are renovating Alderson High School into Alderson Elementary School. And it's going to be a beautiful school. Very well known. We've been down there for a few months.
      We're very proud. We have a partnership with the Aquatic Center, teaching our sixth graders swimming skills.
      So we're very proud of that. That's exciting to see those kids coming there for the road exercise. We've constructed Greenbrier Elementary School and we have just secured funds for renovations of Frankford Elementary School. So those are just a few of the accomplishments.
      In my spare time, I do like to deliver meals for the Schevitz Center.
      And I served on the Williamsburg United Methodist Church Snacks and Pacts program.
      So I appreciate your support.

      I'm Nicole Graybeal. I'm originally from Shady Springs, and I'm a resident of Williamsburg. I attended West Virginia University where I got my bachelor's degree in psychology. And then followed that, I attended WGB for law school where I was able to participate in the Veterans Law Clinic and studying here. Hold on. I'm a little close to everybody that hears you. I'm going to start the time. Just want to make sure everybody can hear you.
      And I studied international trade law in Switzerland. Following that, I returned home with a strong desire to be a part of my local community. And I was able to partner with the Veterans Law Clinic that I was in and receive a fellowship to provide free legal services to the veterans in the southern part of the state for a year. I was able to provide discharge upgrades and disability benefits. And following that, I was an assistant public defender here in Greenbrier County, primarily representing juveniles.
      Currently, I'm an assistant prosecutor here in Greenbrier County. I've been in this role for about four years where I've been able to either lead or assist in about all types of cases within the office. And my primary role in the office and one that I find great passion in is the cases involving abuse of infected children. I am also the sitting prosecutor in this town of Rupert and right now with the flood with Pendleton.
      So I look forward to continuing to serve and give back to this community. Thank you.

      I'm Bart Baker, and I'm runing for Sheriff. I was born and raised in Rossville, West Virginia, and graduated from Greenbrier East in 1990. Shortly after graduation, I joined the United States Air Force and served as security police in Great Union. I've traveled all over the world, all over the country, but I had to come home to lovely Greenbrier County. I came back home, served in the Department of Corrections for a couple of years, and joined the Sheriff's Department in 2002.
      Worked my way up through the ranks to lieutenant and then got appointed Chief Deputy, which I'm currently serving.
      While at the Sheriff's Department, I've done everything you can do at the Sheriff's Department. Still don't. I wore many hats. Worked closely with the Family Rescue Center as a domestic violence resource officer.
      I actually got certified to train other officers to respond to domestic violence situations and was on the State Board to help write protocols for response to domestic violence with children present.
      I was pretty proud. I went around actually with Ms. Baker here and done that training to say why.
      I've also been the commander of the SWAT team and several other crimes against children, which was not my favorite thing to do, but had to be done.
      I care about our kids a lot. I currently work in the school systems. I have a great partnership with the Board of Education. I plan to continue that. Work closely with them and maybe do some drug prevention type stuff in schools. I think the best way to fight this drug problem we have is to eliminate the customers. If we can keep our kids off-dote, they don't believe nobody is behind it and they can't sell it.
      I've watched the Department grow in the last 21 years, leaps and bounds.
      Under the great leadership of Mr. Bruce Sloan back there, we have now a crime scene team that is second to none.
      These guys are out here working all the time. They work a phenomenal job for crime scenes except for the Praise our conviction ranks. We have a SWAT team that I've put against anybody in the state. We've got some young men coming up and young ladies too that are going for a phenomenal job to tap the weight off.
      We have some great investigators. We have accident reconstruction teams. We sent a couple guys to learn how to fly drones and assist us with other calls.
      We're in your elementary schools now working some shifts there, interacting with the children, which I think is a great thing.
      Things that matter to me most in this job is one, protecting our community.
      When I talk about protecting our community, I think we should protect the ones that are the most vulnerable, our children and our elders. I worked a lot on elder abuse cases from my time. We're seeing more and more of that mostly from the drug problem.
      Thanks.

      Mr. Doug Beard. I'm a lifelong resident of Greenbrier County, a graduate of the West Virginia Correctional Academy, which is our law enforcement training center for the Bureau of Prisons, and the West Virginia State Police Academy, Mason Class, and numerous training sessions put on by the Supreme Court of Appeals here in West Virginia. The Sheriff's Department is different from other police agencies in that, in addition to general law enforcement duties, they mail the court, transport adult and juvenile prisoners, mail hygiene patients to facilities all in the state, serve process with the criminal and civil.
      I have combined 36 years of experience in corrections, law enforcement, and management. Now, those years were with the Sheriff's Department. During that tenure there with the Sheriff's Department, I did criminal investigations, mailed the court, transported prisoners, mail hygiene patients, served every type of process. And the last few years, I was with Chief Gettler.
      In addition to that, for the last two and a half years, I've managed a small business with an annual income of $3.5 million, so the Treasury Department, those are being responsible for financial and physical responsibility.
      Serving prisoners, hygiene patients correctly, is very important for the safety of the public. My training and experience in corrections give me the upper hand and valuable experience for the deputies in cases that I'm not sure about.
      This is about that properly.
      The latest court-certain process. It wastes time, you don't need the papers, or the timely fashion. Not serving family violence protective orders and personal safety orders correctly and timely can be done as the lanes of protection for the victims.
      My experience as magistrate, I am reviewing thousands of criminal complaints and hundreds of athletes from search warrants and family violence protective orders and personal safety orders. So this allows me to be a valuable tool for the deputies to tap into should they be uncertain about some of their criminal complaints or something about a protective order or family violence protective order and personal safety orders. As Sheriff, I want to ensure the best coverage of the patrols all in the county, including the outlying areas. I want to help make this county a safe place to live and raise our families. I want to make sure the deputies have the best training and equipment to carry out their duties safely and effectively. And at the tax office, deputies have the training and equipment to provide the best service to our citizens.
      As your next sheriff, I want to be a liaison not just to the county commission, but to the other agencies we deal with on a regular basis. The courts, the other police agencies, the refugee center, the cross-cream information officers, the fire department, etc. Law enforcement does not usually aim at individuals for first aid. And it takes a team out there. So having a valuable thank you.

      Good evening. Thank you all for having me. I'm Mark Robinson. I live in Oregon Cave. I have a different story. I'm running for sheriff. Probably no other sheriff candidate can say that he's been in jail multiple times. I ran for sheriff six years ago. I was in jail on election day, but I've done nothing four times. I've been put in jail all for nonsense.
      These flyers are on this little table on the back. This is my family. My wife divorced me seven years ago and took me to family court. A lot of the people who were talking to you tonight have been players in my story.
      I didn't have a lawyer. My wife had the best lawyer in the county. No offense to any lawyers here. So I just got burned. I lost my seven kids. Great dad, no abuse ever.
      And she moved out of state, took my kids. I went looking for my kids, tripped wires, get put in jail in Virginia. Served more than a year in jail. This just briefly explains my story.
      This has my email address. This is a book that I've written with transcripts, records, dates, everything.
      You can search high and low for anything that I've ever done. And I can even prove it from my wife's own testimony. No abuse. I was a preacher at White Sulfur Presbyterian. I took all the photographs for all the sports at both high schools. I played keyboard at Bethesda. And I was the chaplain at the boys' home in Covington. To be the chaplain, you've got to have FBI clearance. They go back and search all of your backgrounds. So I could take a ten-year-old boy to town all day long. Go to the doctor, go to the store, and then suddenly it all lost all my jobs, lost my reputation. I got hired a few months ago at the homestead to play in the clinic, making $40 an hour. Somebody made a phone call. I got fired. The guy was doing great. But that's what follows you everywhere you go, because you get caught in the teeth of the system, and the system does not let you go. And the system cannot fix it. My kids love me dearly. They hate my guts now. Because the whole system has poisoned them against me. So I never would have run for sheriff.
      I'd be happy to implore these two gentlemen, because they know everything they're doing. But what I'll give you is a sheriff who believes in justice and in what's right. And if something comes across my desk and it doesn't smell right, I'm going to search it out, and I'm going to follow it out. Anybody who's got kids, you know, you hate that. We've got an anonymous phone call that views such and such and such.
      What are you going to do? I'm the guy who will be sure that the children are protected not only from the bad people. Nobody likes the bad people. I'm the guy who will be sure that the kids don't get chewed up by the system.

      Tammy Shifflett Tincher could not be here tonight.
      I'm going to allow County Commissioner Phillips and Rose speak for her. You each get a minute and a half.
      Tammy was unable to attend the meeting this evening due to a death in a friend.
      And she has asked me if I would share some of her words and thoughts on her behalf. I apologize for that.
      Tammy is currently in her sixth year of her first term in office and would like to ask for your vote to continue to serve as Greenbrier County Commissioner for a second term. She has served diligently since being elected and strives to educate herself on every aspect of Greenbrier County government and how it runs in order to serve the residents of Greenbrier County in the best possible way. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority. She represents the commission on the 4-H Extension Board, Convention and Visitor's Bureau Board, Farmland Protection Board, and also regularly attends and participates in other board meetings, including the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development, Region 1 Workforce, and Greenbrier County's Local Emergency Planning Committee. She has been the point person to work with M.A.F. forward on the Meadow River Trail Project, of which the first phase was completed this past fall, and we hope to have the opening of the second phase in Renick within the next year.
      Tammy is not only the president of the Greenbrier County Commission, she is also the president of the State Commission Association, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Commissioners. She has taken this job seriously, been very active, and has done more in that part of our job than any commissioner I've ever met.
      Together, we've worked on projects for the future and developed economic growth throughout the county. Some of those include the countywide broadband project, the extension of water lines, a drainage improvement project that we're currently working on, the Sam Black to Asbury trail project, and the Meadow River Trail, as Lane mentioned. The courthouse rooms and the health department will be both renovated and the dishes on the boat for those. All those projects are ongoing at this time.
      I've been on the commission now for 16 years, in my third term. I've worked with seven different commissioners in my years on the commission. She is undoubtedly the most active and hardest working of all those commissioners. And I would just like to comment that the county doesn't want to lose someone with her dedication. We appreciate your support and vote. Thank you.

      Robert (Bobby) Ford Thank you. First off, I want to say this is completely different from anything I've ever done. I am not a politician.
      I grew up in Ansted. My grandparents were from Dawson. I lived there for over 30 years. I worked as a machinist and union carpenter at ABB, and also worked for a coal company for 15 years.
      I'm a general contractor in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as an electrician.
      I trained in Raleigh County as a building inspector 12 years ago. I then came to Greenbrier County as a building code official, where I worked for 12 years before retiring at the end of November.
      Right now, I'm just listening to people, taking notes, and seeing what we need to do. I'd like to help the people of Greenbrier County and be conservative in serving them and looking out for their interests.
      I want to assist law enforcement, as they need some help, and work on getting infrastructure out here on the West end and promoting development in the area.
      Development will come about with infrastructure improvements first. So basically, that's why I'm back. Thank you.

      Trey Ewing Thank you. Yeah, I'm proud to be here. I think most of you already know me.
      But of course, if you don't, I'll start out. I'm the former vice chair of this committee, and I now serve as the elected representative for the 10 Senate District on the State Republican Executive Committee.
      I'm also on the board of directors of the Greenbrier Pregnancy Center. I don't know if you all have heard about it yet, but it's a new nonprofit that's going to be operating in this area. It's a really good thing. You may want to try to get with Paul on this thing. Because at the end of the day, while I'm running, one of the big things that I'm pro-life, and I think it's really big. Of course, in legislative races, it's more controversial. I'm very pro-life. I'm pro-Second Amendment. I believe in America first.
      And really, if you don't know my background, I've been a very strong fighter for that. The past few years, I'm really proud to do everything I can. That's why I decided to run. I believe that these are some of the key issues that need to be addressed. Of course, a lot of others have lived through the epidemic here in this part of the county. It's the same where I'm from at 92. I mean, we've got to do something to support people there. I've been talking to people even over here, even though it's not my district. I believe that something else needs to be addressed. Law enforcement is willing to support families who are required to perform.
      Really, we need to get meetings like this. Get with people that are good conservatives that are going to really understand the real thing that will make them happy. And I've been down this table since the onset of my event. The real thing that's going to fix our country is the gospel. It's true that we take biblical values. That's what I stand for. If you agree with me, I appreciate your support if you do. I've been endorsed by the former delegate, Bruce, the Federation of Young Republicans.
      I've had a few others that I can't quite speak about yet. But I believe that the more conservative choice, it's up to you all the voters. Where do you think the majority is in the primary?
      Where your values line up? I'm filled with values. And I really appreciate you all coming out. Thank you.

      Good evening, everybody. My name is Thomas Perkins. I'm currently running for District 46 of the West Virginia House of Delegates, which represents Eastern Greenbrier and Southern Pocahontas counties. I'm running for juvenile justice reform. I was in the state's custody as a child. I spent two years in the state's custody where I was more or less abused.
      And the problem that we're dealing with here in West Virginia, as many of you know, is the opioid epidemic. So they have pumped the pharmaceutical industry, drugs, into our state, poisoning everybody. But the battle is not over. The real crisis is inside the juvenile justice system, which is shielded by HIPAA protection laws, and it is shielded by the juvenile justice system itself.
      The media is not allowed to talk about the juvenile justice system. They're not allowed to talk about children. But our children are being poisoned by the pharmaceutical industry. So that is one of the reasons that I am running for the West Virginia House of Delegates, is because I want to bring attention to this ongoing epidemic that has been going on for more than a decade.
      I was in the state's custody in 2001, and since then, the drug epidemic in West Virginia has unfolded. Since then, pharmaceuticals prescribed to children have gone up more than 200%. And we're seeing these children come out of the public school system, not knowing how to handle or deal with their emotions, and that's because they have been so doped up on Zoloft their entire childhood. It's a huge problem.
      They never learn to cope with their emotions. They never learn how to develop relationships, and this is a huge ongoing issue. But with that being said, my name is Thomas Perkins. My campaign website is thomasforoffice.com, and I appreciate your support and your vote. Thank you.

      George "Boogie" Ambler Thank you for being here tonight. This is kind of a homecoming for me. This is where in 2012 I started my political career right here in Rupert, West Virginia. So tonight is kind of a rebirth for me and my wife to come back out after six years of being out of office. I am, and I do, want to be your representative in the 47th District. I went to Charleston in 2013, went in as a part of minority.
      We became the majority. We have moved West Virginia through policies, and I helped institute. When I was down there, I would, I have been credited with saying that do what you say and then do it, okay? If you're telling someone do it, do it. Don't back out at the last minute. And I think that's where my reputation in the House of Delegates was built on. When I said I would do that, I did that. As the committee chairman, our House Speaker, fellow delegates, and most importantly, you, the people, when you brought an issue to me, I did my best to take care of you to the best that we could do under the circumstances.
      We are in a crisis mode in the 47th District. We are in a crisis mode. We've all delegated wood products. We've got to do something to bring some industry back in. Infrastructure has to be done. That's true. But we, as on the delegate level, we can help push the Appalachian Regional Council to help bring money in here. We can work with your county commissioner.
      We can work with the mayors and bring to you. I will do that. I did that for six years. I'm more than willing to do it again. I am happy to be out here again on the campaign trail. I love doing this. And I'm asking you to support me in May 14th in the primary. Again, I stress to you one thing. I want to be your delegate. I want the opportunity to represent you in Charleston. And the only way I can do that is you find my name, George "Boogie" Ambler, on that ballot.
      Mark it. And I'll tell you one thing. The world is just whatever we want it to be at that point. If you don't look and strive for a high point, you'll never reach it. We may only get to Ann Hills, but we're going to get to something. And so if you would, please keep me in mind on voting, George "Boogie" Ambler. And again, I stress to you, I want to be your delegate. I want that job. Thank you very much.

      Stephen Snyder - Hey folks, many of you know me. Son of Daltons. Here's the bottom line. I'm not a politician. Didn't ever think I'd be here. Many times in my life I told somebody, if I ever became a politician, just shoot me in the back of the head, please. I would ask you to retract that. This is pretty simple. I have a brain and a spine, and I'm willing to use them both for the people of the 47th district and for the people of West Virginia.
      I will not sell my soul to the devil for special interest in the form of a political action committee or special interest money that's trying to affect West Virginia. We saw from the 1800s coming forward with timber industries, coal industries, and everything else that took what they wanted and left and let our people worse off. My son's middle name, Cole Snyder, his name is Morgan Snyder. It is not by accident, okay? Morgan, Morgan considered the first settler in West Virginia. That's how far back my family tree goes.
      But I've had people in Greenbrier County say, "You're not from here." You're right. I'm not from here. But don't ever worry about my commitment to serve West Virginia. There are three times that adult men in West Virginia can cry. You can do it in church, you can do it at the national anthem, you can sing it, or you can do it when John Denver sings Country Roads, okay?
      [laughter] So just because somebody's been somewhere before doesn't mean that you're competent at it. Sorry, so retract that. I didn't mean that didn't come out well.
      I'm a quick stud. I know what I'm doing. Don't discount me if you think I don't know about economic development, transportation, our schools and our educators, what our state police need, what our DNR officers need, what it takes to bring new ideas to West Virginia, look at the governor's uncrewed aircraft systems advisory committee, and look at the people on that board. That didn't happen by accident. I've been very active behind the scenes helping legislators form legislation that makes sense, that is preempted eight ways to Sunday by federal law. It is not a good thing to make stupid legislation preempted, or that is preempted by federal legislation.
      Why back up? We need to do it. We need to do it smart. We don't need to recreate the wheel just to recreate the wheel or to say, "Oh, it's a new idea. Let's take a look. Let's keep what we have that are good legislative issues, and let's vet the others." And not, supermigration is a dangerous thing. I'm standing here in front of Republicans, but ladies and gentlemen, as Republicans, we have to know that just like the Democrats did to us for many years, you can jam anything through with a supermajority, whether it makes sense or not.
      We have to hold ourselves accountable. I was a military person for 20 years plus. I was a Coast Guard member. I was enlisted for eight and an officer for 12. You know what? This is about service. I never in my life went anywhere and pulled somebody out of the water with the hook in the middle of the night with a helicopter where they got to the door and I asked for a favor in return. That's not the way it works. This is about service. This is not about self-service. Thank you.

      Ray Canterbury - Well, it has been a while since I last served, but I think that my record still speaks clearly to my position on certain very important issues. For example, when I was in the state legislature, I was a very strong supporter of the second amendment. I sponsored legislation that was pro-gun, and in 2016, when West Virginia ran the constitutional carry bill, I voted for that. I supported it. West Virginia became at that time only the eighth state to have adopted that law. Since that time, 19 other states have adopted constitutional carry, in many cases reducing their crime rates, proving that if the government really wants you to be safe, that they can start by giving you the right to protect yourself.
      I also was a defender of the on-board. I also supported school choice, including your right to homeschool your children. And I believe in the first amendment. The left wing in this country believes in censorship. I think, in fact, if they could, they would criminalize your opinion if they could. But I believe in your right to speak for yourself. I think you have to say what you mean so that you can mean what you say, and you should not be sanctioned for speaking the truth. It should never be illegal to say that a grown man should not share a bathroom with a little girl.
      Now, all that said, when I was in the legislature, I focused mostly on economic and fiscal policy. One of my colleagues actually thought I was an economist. I had to correct him, no. I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's in business administration. But while the state of West Virginia is making some great progress in becoming very pro-business, including the fact that recently, some national media outlets have said that we have one of the best business climates in the country, the fact is we have some weakness.
      We have the second lowest per capita income in the country, but we also have the fourth, the second lowest per capita income, and the fourth highest public debt to GDP ratio. And all of that debt is supported by an economy that, while it might be growing, has weakness, such as the fact that we have an aging population and very low workforce participation. We have to address that aggressively because economic weakness means that we lose our sovereignty to some very large extent. Because when we go in and we work with bond holders, they actually dictate the fiscal conditions of our deal. And in the future, as ESG becomes a bigger factor on Wall Street, we will be compelled through various stipulations to pursue economic policies that are not in our interest, and that are not in the interest of the people of West Virginia.
      So we have to strengthen our economy, lower our debt load, and we need legislators that will stand up to anybody that attacks our industries, attacks your rights, and if the government of the United States government overreaches, we have to be willing to tell them to take a long walk off a short plank, and we need to have the economic strength to give them a good, solid shove.
      Now, when I was in the legislature, I had to fight some uphill battles. When I was first elected, we were out number 3-1. But we fought hard to eliminate the food tax. We've eliminated that. Believe me, the Democrats did it because we pushed them. He's going to like, flam me down. [laughter] Okay, thank you.
       
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      The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee is set to kick off its event calendar with a bang this Thursday, February 29th, as it hosts an inclusive gathering at the Rupert Community Center. Scheduled to commence at 6:30 PM, the event aims to bring together Republican candidates running for public office alongside their non-partisan counterparts, extending an open invitation to the public to participate.
      In an exclusive statement to the Greenbrier Journal, Ben Anderson, Chairman of the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee, expressed his enthusiasm for the forthcoming event. "I am excited to welcome all local Republican and non-partisan candidates to Greenbrier GOP’s first event of the year, in conjunction with our regular meeting," Anderson stated. "We have been wanting to have an event in the Meadow River Valley for some time now, and we’re thrilled to give the great folks out there an opportunity to socialize and learn more about the incredible slew of candidates running for local office."
      Anderson emphasized the importance of engaging with candidates across party lines, particularly highlighting the significance of non-partisan roles such as judgeships and positions within the Board of Education. "I am particularly interested in hearing from the candidates running for our local non-partisan positions, especially judgeships and Board of Education," he remarked.
      The event promises to be an inclusive platform for candidates to connect with constituents and share their visions for the community's future. With the doors open to all members of the public, the Greenbrier GOP seeks to foster a spirit of civic engagement and dialogue.
      Candidates, whether Republican or non-partisan, are encouraged to attend and participate in this unique opportunity to engage with voters directly. The Rupert Community Center will serve as the venue for this significant gathering on Thursday evening.
      As the political landscape in Greenbrier County continues to evolve, events such as these serve as vital forums for candidates to articulate their platforms and for voters to make informed decisions. The Greenbrier Journal encourages all interested parties to mark their calendars and join in this celebration of democracy and community engagement.
      For further inquiries or to confirm attendance, interested parties can reach out to the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee directly.
      This event underscores the commitment of local political organizations to transparency, accessibility, and active citizen participation in the democratic process. As the election season unfolds, such initiatives play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Greenbrier County and beyond.
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      Lewisburg Elementary School is eagerly anticipating the arrival of their newest staff member, Pixie, a female Labradoodle who will serve as a therapy dog starting mid-March. Pixie's addition to the school comes as part of the statewide initiative, Friends With Paws, spearheaded by Governor Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice.
      With the announcement of the next six therapy dogs to be placed in schools across West Virginia, Lewisburg Elementary is gearing up to welcome Pixie into their community. The Friends With Paws program aims to provide companionship and support to students facing various challenges, offering them a furry friend to turn to during times of need.
      Pixie will join a team of dedicated educators and staff at Lewisburg Elementary who are committed to the well-being of their students. Research has shown that therapy dogs can have a positive impact on students' mental health, reducing anxiety and stress while promoting a sense of calm and security.
      In addition to providing emotional support, Pixie will participate in various activities designed to promote student engagement and well-being. From reading sessions to outdoor playtime, Pixie will be an active member of the school community, fostering connections and spreading joy wherever she goes.
      As Lewisburg Elementary eagerly awaits Pixie's arrival, the entire school is buzzing with anticipation. Students, teachers, and parents alike are looking forward to welcoming their newest furry friend and experiencing the positive impact she will undoubtedly have on their school.
      Stay tuned for updates as Lewisburg Elementary prepares to roll out the red carpet for Pixie, their newest four-legged staff member, in mid-March.
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      Residents and travelers in Greenbrier County are advised of upcoming road closures on County Route 43, Fort Spring Pike, due to essential repairs on the Fort Spring Bridge. Beginning Monday, February 26, 2024, through Friday, March 1, 2024, the bridge will be closed to through traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
      While the closure is in effect, alternative routes are recommended for all non-local traffic to navigate around the work area. However, it's important to note that the school bus schedule will remain unaffected during this period. Local traffic will still have access to all properties on both sides of the bridge.
      The West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) extends their apologies for any inconvenience caused by this necessary maintenance. They emphasize the importance of adhering to all traffic control signs and devices and exercising caution while traveling near the work zone.
      It's acknowledged that unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather may potentially impact the project schedule, but not the closure time. WVDOH reassures the public that every effort will be made to complete the repairs promptly and efficiently.
      For the duration of the closure, motorists are encouraged to plan their journeys accordingly and allow for extra travel time as needed. By observing posted detours and exercising caution, everyone can contribute to ensuring a safe and smooth traffic flow during this period of maintenance.
      For further updates or inquiries regarding the Fort Spring Bridge repairs, residents and travelers are advised to stay tuned to local news sources or contact the Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management.
      In conclusion, while inconvenience may arise from the temporary closure of Route 43, these essential repairs are crucial for maintaining the safety and integrity of the Fort Spring Bridge. Your cooperation and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated.
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