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In a recent session, the Greenbrier County Commission addressed critical infrastructure upgrades and collaborative initiatives that promise to enhance public safety and services throughout the region.
The Commission delved into a comprehensive upgrade plan for the county's emergency services, with a primary focus on the 911 call-taking system and radio dispatch infrastructure. The county's Emergency Services Director, presented a thorough overview of the proposed improvements, emphasizing the urgency due to the aging equipment.
The proposed plan includes a hardware refresh for the existing Motorola 911 call-taking system, replacing servers and workstations, along with a necessary software upgrade. Additionally, a contract with Motorola involves the replacement of radio dispatch consoles and tower site radios, fostering improved communication for dispatchers and field responders. The plan aligns with the transition to Next Gen. 911, ensuring compatibility and interoperability with neighboring counties and the state.
The Commission explored a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, aiming to establish a technical support team for various emergency situations. This initiative arose from a recent incident at Lost World Caverns, prompting a reevaluation of response protocols. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, known for its expertise in cave rescue, high-angle rescue, and swift water rescue, expressed its commitment to collaborate and adhere to the MOU guidelines.
The MOU is designed to enhance coordination between the county and the rescue squad, providing a structured approach to emergencies. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad has agreed to station its equipment in the county and act as first responders, offering critical insights into evolving situations.
The Commission took steps to comply with state auditor requirements by establishing special fund accounts for the County Fire Protection Fund (Fund 41) and the County EMS Salary Enhancement Fund (Fund 42). These funds will streamline the distribution of resources to fire departments and EMS services across the county, ensuring transparent financial management.
In addition, the Commission revisited the resolution related to the opioid settlement funds (Fund 40), correcting an oversight in the earlier resolution. This fund will play a vital role in addressing the impact of the opioid crisis within the county.
These strategic measures aim to strengthen Greenbrier County's emergency response capabilities, foster collaboration with external partners, and optimize the allocation of financial resources for essential services.
As the Commission moves forward with these initiatives, the community can anticipate improved emergency response systems, enhanced technical support, and a more resilient infrastructure that prioritizes public safety.
The State Fair of West Virginia (SFWV) has officially announced that Oliver Anthony Music will be taking the stage on Friday, August 16, 2024. This electrifying performance is set to be a highlight of the annual fair, promising attendees an unforgettable night of music and entertainment.
Oliver Anthony Music, known for their dynamic performances and diverse musical repertoire, is poised to captivate the audience at the State Fair of West Virginia. The concert is scheduled to take place at the fairgrounds in Greenbrier County, providing a unique and vibrant setting for the musical extravaganza.
Mark your calendars, as tickets for this much-anticipated event will be available for purchase starting this Friday, November 17, 2023, at 10:00 am. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to act quickly, as the buzz around the concert is already building, and tickets are expected to be in high demand.
🗓️ Date: Friday, August 16, 2024
📍 Venue: State Fair of West Virginia
But that's not all – according to SFWV organizers, this announcement is just the beginning. Stay tuned for further updates and additional concert announcements in the coming weeks. The excitement is palpable, and fair organizers are eager to unveil the full lineup for the 2024 SFWV Concert Series.
To stay connected and receive the latest updates, follow the official State Fair of West Virginia social media channels and use the hashtag #sfwv. Whether you're a dedicated fan of Oliver Anthony Music or simply looking forward to the vibrant atmosphere of the State Fair, this concert is sure to be a highlight of the summer of 2024.
Don't miss your chance to be part of this musical celebration at the State Fair of West Virginia. Get ready to dance, sing, and create lasting memories under the stars on August 16, 2024.
The excitement is palpable as the State Fair of West Virginia (SFWV) announces the latest addition to its highly anticipated 2024 Concert Series. Country music fans, mark your calendars because Bailey Zimmerman is set to take the stage on Thursday, August 15, 2024, at the fairgrounds in West Virginia.
Bailey Zimmerman, the rising star in the country music scene, will bring her unique blend of talent and energy to the SFWV stage, promising an unforgettable night of music, fun, and entertainment. Known for her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence, Zimmerman has been making waves in the country music industry, and her performance at the State Fair is expected to be a highlight of the 2024 summer season.
Tickets for Bailey Zimmerman's concert will go on sale this Friday, November 17, 2023, at 10:00 am. Country music enthusiasts are advised to act fast, as the SFWV Concert Series has become a hot ticket in recent years, drawing fans from across the region.
The concert is sponsored by the West Virginia Lottery, a long-standing supporter of the State Fair of West Virginia. Their partnership ensures that the SFWV Concert Series continues to feature top-tier talent, making it a must-attend event for music lovers.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bailey Zimmerman to the 2024 SFWV Concert Series lineup. Her infectious energy and undeniable talent will undoubtedly captivate our audience, creating a memorable experience for everyone in attendance," said [Fair Spokesperson/Official], expressing the fair's enthusiasm for the upcoming event.
But that's not all! The SFWV promises more exciting announcements, with additional acts set to be revealed. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for further updates as the fair continues to build a diverse and stellar lineup for the 2024 Concert Series.
As anticipation builds for the State Fair of West Virginia in August 2024, organizers are gearing up to deliver an unforgettable experience for attendees. The fair is not only a celebration of West Virginia's rich cultural heritage but also a showcase of top-notch entertainment that attracts visitors from far and wide.
For the latest updates and information on the 2024 SFWV Concert Series, follow the official social media channels and keep an eye out for tomorrow's announcement. With Bailey Zimmerman already on the bill, the 2024 State Fair of West Virginia is shaping up to be a musical event of the summer. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the excitement! #sfwv
Veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6723 in Alderson, WV, gathered outside the Lewisburg Lowe's on Veterans Day to raise funds for their fellow veterans. The group, comprised of eligible veterans and military service members, spent the day selling hats, license plates, and raffle tickets, with entertainers providing live music to enhance the atmosphere.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization that includes members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. The event aimed not only to honor those who have served and sacrificed in defense of the nation but also to recognize the enduring spirit of duty, honor, and selflessness that characterizes veterans.
Throughout the day, the VFW members engaged with the community, offering an opportunity for anyone who stopped by to show their support for local veterans. The funds raised will contribute to the VFW's ongoing efforts to support veterans and their families.
Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the shared bond among all veterans who have taken the oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." The VFW plays a crucial role in commemorating this day, with the organization's National Commander, Duane Sarmiento, set to represent over 1.4 million VFW members at the 70th annual National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
"It's not lost on me how much of a privilege it is to host and be a part of the nation’s Veterans Day ceremony on such hallowed ground," said Sarmiento. "Arlington is a testament to the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform, and to the profound bond that exists between those who have served and those who have stood by them in support. Every day is Veterans Day."
Beyond the festivities, Veterans Day also provides an opportunity for the community to connect with veterans and learn about their experiences. The VFW encourages everyone to engage with veterans, ask questions, and listen to their stories to gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made in service to the nation.
In a separate development, a recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sport Clips Haircuts sheds light on the challenges veterans face during their transition to civilian life. The survey of 1,000 U.S. military veterans found that finding a job, parting ways with military friends, and finding a purposeful career were the top challenges reported by respondents.
The VFW's ongoing efforts, along with support programs and services, aim to address the challenges faced by veterans in their transition to civilian life. As the nation honors its veterans, it's crucial to recognize the sacrifices made and to provide continued support for their well-being and success in civilian life.
The "Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee," commonly known as the "Greenbrier GOP," convened for its monthly meeting last Thursday, during which the committee controversially endorsed Patrick Via for Circuit Court. This marked a notable departure from the committee's historical practice of refraining from involvement in primary elections.
Under the leadership of Chairman Ben Anderson, a troubling pattern has emerged. The executive committee's recent inclination to endorse candidates prior to primary elections raises concerns about fairness within the party. This departure from tradition was evident during the 2022 Republican primary when the committee endorsed candidates such as Senator Vince Deeds and Mike Honker for House of Delegates, sidelining potential Republican contenders and raising questions about the misuse of power and resources, thereby undermining the integrity of the electoral process.
This issue came to a head during a public showdown at the Executive Committee, where established party rules and bylaws were blatantly ignored. The situation further deteriorated during the 2022 general election, with reports of numerous campaign law violations. Democrat Executive Committee Chairman Paul Detch expressed frustration over these violations, shedding light on a worrisome trend within the GOP.
Even within the party itself, concerns have been acknowledged. The "Greenbriar County Republican Club," known for its neutrality in primary elections as outlined in its bylaws, underwent changes earlier this year due to the Executive Committee's actions. Previously committed to remaining impartial, the club altered its bylaws in response to the confrontations of 2022.
Club President Gordon Campbell has consistently emphasized the importance of neutrality, emphasizing that elections should be decided by the voters. However, a stark contrast exists within the Republican Executive Committee, where increased involvement in primary elections has become a growing trend. Many Republicans are now expressing their apprehension about the committee's interference, fearing that donor funds may be directed towards influencing primary outcomes.
This potential shift in the use of donor money has raised alarms, sparking concerns about a financial clash between the Executive Committee and the Republican Club. Such a scenario could result in the wasteful expenditure of thousands of dollars, resources that could be better utilized in general elections. This situation has not gone unnoticed by Democrats, who find amusement in the internal strife within the Republican ranks. As the Greenbrier GOP faces these internal challenges, it remains to be seen how the party will address these concerns and uphold the principles of fair and transparent elections.
When Pigs Fly Barbeque and Piggyback Donuts are happy to announce their Ninth Annual “Giving Back Day,” to be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 23th, 2023. They are proud to be partnering with the State Fair of West Virginia to hold the event. Because the participation has grown so large, the event is moving to the larger Cecil B. Underwood Building on the fairgrounds this year.
“With the help of over 125 volunteers, we served 573 free Thanksgiving Dinners in 2022, and we suspect the need may be even greater this year,” said Kellen Leef, co-owner of the popular local caterer and event provider. “So many people are just struggling to get by.” Her partner, Mike Sheridan, said “we try to give a little something back to the community which has been so good to us, and feeding people is a great way to do it.”
They will be providing a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad, pumpkin pie, and all the rest of the trimmings free to anyone who shows up.
“There are many people in our community who are either alone, or unable to prepare themselves a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” said Leef. “We want them to share this joyful and thankful occasion with us. So, if you know of such people, ask them to come by and join us for good food and fellowship.” There is absolutely no charge and no catch; people can throw a donation in the bucket if they want to. We do not check ID’s, and no paperwork is required. Just show up and eat. They will also deliver to shut-ins, if they have enough volunteer drivers. Doors open from 12-4 on Thanksgiving Day (or until they run out). Carry-out and deliveries begin at 1:00. Please call 304-249-8124 after 9:00 on Thursday morning to request home delivery.
Over the years, the event has evolved into a community-sponsored event, and “we have gotten incredible community support. We’ve been fortunate to have donations of both food and cash from a number of individuals and organizations in the community. We’ve received support from many local businesses, churches, and individuals, and will respectfully ask all local businesses to step up and participate. “We realize that times are hard right now,” said Leef, “but we all need to do what we can to help each other.”
Diners may throw some money into the tip jar if they choose, but it is not required. Leftover food, if any, is donated to the local food bank. Leftover cash, if any, goes to Penny Pitch, a local charitable organization.
They are expecting volunteers on Wednesday, as well as Thanksgiving Day, and the following Friday, to help prep, cook, serve and clean up. Shifts are set up so that nobody has to work all day; people will get to spend time with their families while donating 3 or 4 hours to the community on Thanksgiving Day.
The traffic flow and parking has changed for 2023: Enter through the gate on the southbound side of Route 219, and follow the signs to the new parking area. Please stay within the designated traffic lanes so we don’t disturb the “Christmas at the Fair” light show, which will be setting up all over the Fairgrounds.
Please call (304) 249-8124 and ask for Kellen to make a contribution. To volunteer, please call Cathy Sawyer at (304) 645-5401 or email her at [email protected].
When Pigs Fly Barbeque has been cooking and selling real pit barbeque since 2005. They are currently focused on catering, events such as fairs and festivals, made-to-order donuts, seafood, and concessionaire services for sporting and other events. See their Facebook page or call Kellen at (304) 249-8124 for more information.
In a heartfelt and introspective YouTube video, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will not seek re-election, opting instead to focus on uniting the American political landscape's increasingly divided middle. The decision comes after a long and illustrious career in politics, marked by his dedication to public service and bipartisan cooperation.
Manchin's journey into politics was inspired by a pivotal moment in his life, one that involved a discussion with his father, John Manchin, who owned a furniture store in the small coal mining town of Farmington, West Virginia. A local state representative had asked Manchin's father for a favor, claiming he was owed for past deeds. The young Joe questioned his father, asking whether helping Farmington wasn't the representative's responsibility. This conversation laid the foundation for Joe Manchin's commitment to public service and selflessness.
The turning point came when he invoked President John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, emphasizing the importance of serving one's country. Manchin's father eventually agreed to support his political ambitions under one condition – that he would serve all the people, regardless of their affiliations, and not prioritize self-interest.
Throughout his political career, Joe Manchin remained true to the promise he made to his father. He consistently embraced a pragmatic, centrist approach, placing the country's interests before party politics. He believes that putting "country before party" is the key to achieving real progress, even if it has occasionally led him into challenging situations.
As a result of his approach, West Virginia has experienced a resurgence in investment, opportunity, and job creation, and the nation as a whole has seen significant infrastructure development. Manchin's tireless efforts have paid off, leading to improvements across various sectors.
After months of reflection and discussions with his family, Manchin has made the difficult decision not to seek re-election to the United States Senate. Instead, he intends to travel the country and advocate for a movement that can bridge the gap between the divided factions in American politics.
In his video message, Manchin expressed concerns about the growing partisan divide, which he believes is paralyzing Congress and exacerbating the nation's problems. He urged Americans to recognize the common values they share, such as family, freedom, democracy, dignity, and the belief that working together can overcome any challenge. Manchin is determined to lead an initiative that can bring Americans together, transcending divisive politics and focusing on the challenges that affect all citizens, regardless of their political affiliation.
Joe Manchin's dedication to public service, instilled in him by a promise to his father over four decades ago, remains unwavering. He hopes to unite the middle and foster a more collaborative, constructive political environment to tackle the pressing issues facing the United States.
In closing, Manchin called on Americans to take back their country and avoid being pulled apart by divisive hatred. He reaffirmed his commitment to public service and vowed to uphold it until his last breath. The senator's message reflects a deep-seated belief in the unity and potential of the American people.
As Joe Manchin prepares to step away from the Senate, he leaves behind a legacy of moderation, pragmatism, and a relentless pursuit of unity, virtues that are greatly needed in today's polarized political landscape. The nation will watch with anticipation as he embarks on his journey to unite the middle and find common ground for the betterment of all Americans.
Carnegie Hall Classes and Workshops continue during November and December with four new creative classes: Tree of Life Jewelry and Suncatchers, Creative Dreaming, Layered Art Journaling, and Creative Paper Crafting. Students must be 12 years of age or older and class size is limited.
On Friday, November 17, or Friday, December 15, from 6 – 9 p.m., Anne Hunter will teach students how to make beautiful Tree of Life Jewelry and Suncatchers using precious stones and metal wire. Options will be available to create jewelry sized pendants and earrings or larger trees for suncatchers. A limited supply of specialty beads such as leaves, birds and flowers will be available. This project would make an amazing gift or a home accent. Cost is $65/members and $75/nonmembers.
Next up will be Creative Dreaming on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. In this introductory class, teaching artist Jan Darrah will discuss the key methods of lucid dreaming. The class will be followed by crafting an herbal dream tea, calming salve, and herbal pillow to promote the process. Cost is $55/members and $65/nonmembers.
Layered Art Journaling taught by Kathleen DeRouen will take place on Wednesday, December 6, and Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. This creative and relaxing class will teach how to make beautiful, layered journal pages with overlapping patterns and designs that can reflect mood and help direct thoughts towards a constructive and artistic process. Time will fly as students experiment and create, leaving them with a clearer mind and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary.
Rounding out the group is Creative Paper Crafting taught by Cris Bartlett and Cyla Allison of Wannabe Farm. Explore the world of handmade paper through a step-by-step process on Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will learn to transform paper shreds into custom made, beautifully textured paper. Selection of seeds, dried flowers and herbs will be available to create one-of-a-kind paper creations. Artwork may be transformed into greeting cards, prints, special event invitations, and more.
To register or for a complete list of classes and workshops visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced today that Breeze Airways, the United States' only Nice Low Cost Carrier (NLCC), is set to begin a new service connecting Charleston (CRW) to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, commencing on May 10, 2024. The news comes as an exciting development for travelers seeking affordable and convenient travel options. Fares on this new route start at just $49 one-way if purchased by November 14 for travel by September 3, 2024. This announcement marks another significant milestone in the historic partnership between West Virginia and Breeze Airways.
"I'm thrilled to share the exciting news that Breeze Airways is expanding their service to connect West Virginia with Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” Gov. Justice said. “This new route is another testament to the vital role our airports play in fueling our economy, boosting tourism, and enhancing our state's overall appeal. Breeze Airways' commitment to providing affordable travel options aligns perfectly with West Virginia's resurgence as a top tourism destination. I’m excited to see our partnership continue to flourish, as we continue to show off Almost Heaven to the world."
In addition to this route expansion, Breeze Airways is currently offering a special promotion. Travelers can enjoy 35% off roundtrip bookings on all routes, including the new Charleston to Myrtle Beach service, by using the promo code ‘BENICE.’
Today’s announcement reaffirms the commitment made by Breeze Airways in March to add five new destinations, including New York City, over the next two years. This expansion underscores the airline's dedication to connecting underserved markets and providing nonstop flights between cities without existing service.
"With West Virginia’s tourism industry at an all-time high, it’s vital that we continue building our air service and making West Virginia more accessible to other regions,” said Chelsea Ruby, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism. “I want to thank Governor Justice, the Legislature, and our local partners in making this a reality. Investing in tourism infrastructure is paying dividends, and I’m thrilled to continue opening doors to new markets."
The Charleston Yeager Airport (CRW) is equally excited about this development. Dominique Ranieri, Airport Director & CEO, expressed their enthusiasm, stating, "We are ecstatic to witness Breeze's continuous growth as they introduce new destinations, opening up a world of possibilities for both leisure and business travelers in West Virginia. While we bask in the excitement of Breeze's ever-expanding presence at CRW, we especially appreciate their decision to include Myrtle Beach, a cherished destination with a deep-rooted connection to our community."
Breeze Airways has gained recognition as one of the Top 5 Best U.S. Airlines for the second consecutive year according to Travel + Leisure readers. The airline offers guests various options, including bundled and a la carte offerings known as Nice, Nicer, and, on flights operated with the Airbus A220-300, Nicest. The Nicest bundle includes two checked bags, priority boarding, and Breeze Ascent—the carrier’s premium inflight experience featuring 2x2 recliner-style seating and complimentary snacks and beverages, including alcohol.
Breeze stands out by not charging change or cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure and offering benefits such as free family seating and a la carte pricing. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24 months of reusable flight credit, and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly. Travelers can learn more about Breeze's flight offerings via their website or the app.
For more information and to book flights, please visit https://www.flybreeze.com/. Get ready to experience the beauty of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as Breeze Airways connects West Virginia with a new, convenient travel option.
In a somber turn of events on Monday, November 06, 2023, at approximately 4:40 a.m., tragedy struck Fairlea as a pedestrian was fatally struck by a northbound vehicle on US Route 219 North. The incident left the tight-knit community in shock and mourning the loss of a beloved resident.
The victim has been identified as Matthew Ray Falls, a 47-year-old resident of the Fort Spring area, whose life was cut tragically short. Falls was pushing a bicycle along the roadside when the fatal collision occurred. First responders from the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office quickly arrived at the scene but, regrettably, were unable to save his life.
The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene/Accident Reconstruction Team responded promptly to the scene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working diligently to determine the cause of the incident and ascertain any contributing factors.
Corporal M. T. Doss, a dedicated officer with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department, has been assigned as the lead investigator on this case. Corporal Doss brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this tragic incident, and the community can rely on a thorough and professional investigation.
Sheriff Bruce Sloan of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department issued a statement expressing his condolences to the family and friends of the victim, Matthew Ray Falls. He also urged the community to remain patient and cooperate with the ongoing investigation, asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
The loss of Matthew Ray Falls has sent shockwaves throughout Fairlea and the surrounding areas, as residents come to terms with the tragedy. The community is uniting in support of Falls' family during this difficult time, and vigils and memorials are being organized to remember the life of a man taken too soon.
As the investigation continues, the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department remains committed to finding the answers and ensuring justice for the victim. In the wake of this tragic accident, the community of Fairlea is reminded of the importance of road safety and the need for caution, especially during the early hours of the morning.
Further updates on the investigation will be provided as more information becomes available.