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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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    • Government News

      On Tuesday, April 16, the Greenbrier County Commission held a special meeting, presided over by Commissioner Rose, to set the 2024 Greenbrier County levy rate and to review bids for the county's building demolition initiative. The meeting, which commenced at 9 AM, was live-streamed to ensure public accessibility and transparency.
      The first item on the agenda was the county's levy rate. Since 2015, the rate has been fixed at $12.93 per $100 of assessed value. This figure, a slight increase from the previous $11.98, has been in place for nearly a decade. The commission, noting the balanced budget and stable financial outlook, voted unanimously to maintain the current levy rate, forwarding their decision to the state auditor's office for final approval.
      Following fiscal matters, the commission shifted focus to the second major agenda item: the demolition of Group 1 and Group 2 structures under the Abandoned and Dilapidated Building Removal Program. This initiative, supported by nearly $600,000 in grants from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), aims to address and remove hazardous buildings across the county.
      The building code inspector, Steven Simmons, reported significant progress, with several property owners already taking steps to dismantle unsafe structures. The ongoing efforts contribute to the county’s goals of beautification and safety enhancement.
      During the meeting, bids for the demolition of structures, both with and without asbestos, were opened and read aloud. Bids were received from multiple contractors, including Treadways Dirt Work LLC, Whitten Construction, All Construction, LD Canon Sun, Lynch Construction, Grand Creek Construction, Empire Salvage and Recycling, and BFL Contract Incorporated, among others. The bids varied, with costs reflecting the complexities of asbestos abatement and the condition of the structures.
      Commissioner Daley, joining the session via phone, and other members of the commission, examined these bids thoroughly to ensure compliance with project specifications. The bids will be further reviewed by the building inspector to ensure that all proposals meet the required standards before finalizing the contractor selections.
      As the meeting concluded, Commissioner Rose reminded the community of the upcoming deadline for Arts and Rec applications, urging all interested parties to submit their applications by 4 PM on Friday, April 19th, at the courthouse.
      The decisions made during this special meeting reflect Greenbrier County's commitment to fiscal responsibility and community improvement, setting a positive trajectory for the fiscal year 2024-2025.

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    • Government News

      In a remarkable feat of service expansion, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has concluded the 2024 tax filing season with a resounding success, showcasing a significant improvement in taxpayer assistance across various platforms. The IRS's efforts were fueled by the Inflation Reduction Act funding, resulting in unprecedented service levels not witnessed in over a decade.
      Key highlights of the 2024 filing season include:
      Improved Phone Service Increased Call Response Faster Response Times As the April deadline approaches, taxpayers are reminded of the various avenues available for last-minute assistance, including visiting the dedicated free help page on IRS.gov. Additionally, taxpayers requiring an extension to file their taxes can explore options for an automatic extension until October 15, although payment obligations remain unchanged.
      The IRS estimates that 19 million taxpayers will opt for an automatic extension, while taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts have until April 17 to file and pay taxes due this year due to local holidays.
      The 2024 tax filing season stands as a testament to the IRS's dedication to enhancing taxpayer services, setting a new standard for efficiency and accessibility in tax administration.
      For further assistance and information, taxpayers are encouraged to visit IRS.gov or contact the IRS directly.
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    • State News

      In a recent statement from the Office of Governor Jim Justice, the Governor emphasized the critical need for a recurring resiliency fund aimed at aiding West Virginians affected by natural disasters. During his weekly administration update on Wednesday, Gov. Justice reiterated sentiments previously highlighted in his 2024 State of the State address, underlining the necessity of such a fund.
      Expressing disappointment in the West Virginia Legislature's failure to allocate $50 million to the West Virginia Flood Resiliency Trust Fund during the most recent legislative session, Governor Justice announced plans to push the issue forward. He intends to urge the Legislature to address this matter promptly and will include it on the agenda for an upcoming special session, alongside other crucial budgetary concerns.
      While acknowledging the leadership of the Speaker and input from legislators, Gov. Justice asserted that more could have been done during the session to support West Virginians in times of emergency. He emphasized the importance of ensuring that the people of West Virginia have access to necessary assistance, drawing attention to the lack of recent appropriations for emergencies.
      Highlighting the utilization of funds in the past, Governor Justice referenced instances where earmarked funds were intermittently used during the pandemic to aid the National Guard and other state agencies. Remaining funds are currently allocated for outstanding balances related to school reconstruction in Kanawha and Nicholas counties.
      Addressing the Civil Contingent Fund, the Governor clarified its intended purposes as outlined by the Legislature, including economic development, infrastructure projects, higher education capital improvements, and maintaining correctional facilities. He emphasized that no instance exists where direct payments to the public for natural disasters were distributed from the Governor's Office, underscoring the necessity of funding the resiliency account to provide authorization for such actions.
      In response to the ongoing crisis, Governor Justice assured that multiple state agencies are actively engaged and maintaining communication with impacted communities to meet their needs effectively.
      Governor Justice expressed his readiness to utilize other contingency funds as a down payment if lawmakers support such actions. He also extended willingness to negotiate full funding for the resiliency account and announced plans to engage with legislative leadership in the upcoming weeks to establish a clear plan of action, ultimately benefitting the people of West Virginia.
      As the state continues to navigate challenges, Governor Jim Justice remains steadfast in his commitment to providing essential support and resources to West Virginians during times of need.
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    • Education News

      Carnegie Hall’s Spring Classes & Workshops Series continues with Teaching Artist John Coffey leading watercolor workshops. Coffey will teach Painting Textures in Watercolors on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a new workshop, Plein Air Watercolor Landscapes, on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited Scholarships are available for students 50 years of age and older for both classes. All materials will be provided by the instructor.
      The Painting Textures in Watercolor is a four-hour class that will concentrate on techniques for painting old buildings, such as old barns and houses. The class is designed for students of all experience levels, but some basic drawing skill will be helpful. More advanced students may bring their own brushes.
      Plein Air Watercolor Landscapes is a new specialty watercolor workshop at Carnegie Hall, where classes will be taught en plein air (live, outdoor) on the Ivy Terrace, weather permitting. Designed for all experience levels, this class will focus on painting watercolor landscapes. The class will also include instruction in drawing and sketching basic cloud types and tree shapes and will explore the different materials and techniques used in watercolor painting.  
      John Coffey is a watercolorist specializing in landscapes and buildings, primarily in and around southern West Virginia but also other parts of the world. He grew up in Monroe and McDowell Counties, WV and currently lives in Mercer County, WV.
      Coffey majored in art at Concord College in the 1960s, where I took only one watercolor course and decided the medium wasn’t for him. In the late 1980s he had a change of heart and decided to teach himself to paint with watercolor. When he made the connection between drawing and watercolor, he achieved some small degree of success.
      Coffey is currently a member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society as well as being a Tamarack juried artisan and a past member of the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society, the Appapachian Artist Association and the Beckley Art Group. He has held one-man shows at the Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton, WV; Sister’s Coffeehouse, Princeton, WV; Carrington’s Cofffeehouse, Bluefield, WV; Neighbors Arts and Crafts, Princeton, WV and the Payne Gallery, Bluefield, WV.
      His awards include Tamarack’s Best of West Virginia show 2011 – Award of Merit; Beckley Art Group / Cynthia Bickey Gallery, West Virginia Memories Show – Best of Show, and various awards at other Beckley Art Group shows; Various first, second, third, honorable mention and best of show awards from Appalachian Artist Association and Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society shows.
      To enroll 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.
      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. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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    • Education News

      Carnegie Hall’s Classes & Workshops Series offers many different learning opportunities for all ages, taught by regional artists. Herbal Arts instructor Tommy Rafes’ classes have become some of the most attended for the series, offering something different, fun, and practical. This spring she is teaching students how to make Natural Liquid Soap, Body Butter, and Natural Shampoo Bars. Limited Scholarships are available for students 50 years of age and older and all materials are provided.
      Rafes’ first workshop is Soap Making for the Natural Home on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn how to make an all-natural liquid hand wash that benefits both the skin and the environment. 
      “If you are trying to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances that may cause skin irritation, then you might enjoy learning how to make an all-natural liquid hand wash that is perfect for individuals with sensitive skin,” explains Carnegie Hall Education Director Harmony Flora. 
      The class will also discuss how natural hand washes use biodegradable ingredients, minimizing the environmental impact on our local water systems. Students will make two different formulas to try while discussing various options for ingredients to try at home. 
      On Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rafes will teach a Body Butter making class. Students will learn how to create body butter that is luxurious as well as an effective solution for promoting skin hydration and health.
      Body Butter is typically a thick cream made of nut butters, skin moisturizing oils, and a fragrance. Each butter is unique and offers different textures, absorbency, and viscosity. In class, students will learn how to formulate body butter to help protect skin from dryness and rough skin. 
      Rafes last workshop on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will teach students how to make Natural Shampoo Bars using an easy-to-follow recipe. Solid shampoo bars are an excellent choice for those trying to reduce their use of plastics while also looking for a natural product without the use of harsh chemicals.
      To enroll 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.
      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. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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    • Government News

      The Greenbrier County Courthouse was abuzz with activity during the Regular County Commission Meeting held on April 9, 2024. Attendees, including commissioners and members of the public, gathered to address a variety of county matters in a structured and efficient manner.
      The meeting began with the customary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of prayer, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings. Nick Haley, newly appointed to the commission, was warmly welcomed as he attended his first official meeting, demonstrating the commission's commitment to unity and inclusion.
      One of the key agenda items was the approval of minutes from the previous meeting. After careful review and discussion, the minutes were unanimously approved, highlighting the commission's dedication to transparency and accuracy in record-keeping.
      Financial matters took precedence as the commission deliberated on settlements of estates, budget revisions, and financial transfers. Each decision was made with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting the commission's responsible stewardship of county funds.
      A proclamation honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was also considered, recognizing the vital role of dispatchers in ensuring public safety. The proclamation was unanimously approved, underscoring the commission's appreciation for the hard work and dedication of these essential workers.
      Infrastructure projects were a focal point of the meeting, with discussions centered on funding requests for the Mountain Transit Authority and projects related to flood control and sewer replacement. These deliberations showcased the commission's commitment to supporting initiatives that enhance transportation accessibility and mitigate the risk of natural disasters.
      Announcements regarding upcoming deadlines and events rounded out the meeting, providing attendees with important information about community initiatives and opportunities for engagement.
      In conclusion, the Regular County Commission Meeting on April 9, 2024, served as a testament to the commission's dedication to serving the residents of Greenbrier County. Through thoughtful deliberation and decisive action, the commission addressed a range of issues critical to the welfare and prosperity of the community.

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    • Government News

      In response to heightened turbidity levels, the City of Lewisburg has issued a "SYSTEM WIDE" Boil Water Advisory to all its customers. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness or opaqueness of water, which can affect its quality and safety for consumption.
      The advisory, announced by city officials, urges all residents and businesses to boil water before using it for any purpose, including drinking and cooking. The City emphasized the importance of adhering to the advisory until further notice.
      Residents are advised to contact the City Water Plant at (304) 647-5585 for any inquiries or concerns regarding the advisory. Additionally, the City will promptly notify customers once the boil water advisory has been lifted.
      Furthermore, the City clarified that no potable water tanker will be provided at this time.
      The City of Lewisburg appreciates residents' patience and understanding during this period of caution. It underscores the importance of taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the community's water supply.
      For further updates and information regarding the boil water advisory, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to official communication channels provided by the City of Lewisburg.

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    • Local News

      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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    • State News

      Governor Jim Justice shared uplifting news today as he announced that First Lady Cathy Justice underwent a successful hip replacement surgery at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
      Governor Justice expressed gratitude for the positive outcome, stating, "Our family is very thankful Cathy's surgery went extremely well. I want to thank Dr. Dietz and all of the amazing folks at WVU Medicine for their great work and professionalism. I also want to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers, and above all else, I thank God for today's outcome."
      First Lady Justice is currently resting and in good spirits following the procedure. She eagerly anticipates resuming her duties in serving the people of West Virginia.
      The surgery's success comes as a relief to many, and the Governor's message of appreciation extends to the medical team and everyone who offered support and well-wishes during this time.
      As the First Lady recuperates, the Justice family and the state of West Virginia remain grateful for the skill and care provided by the medical staff at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. Updates on First Lady Justice's recovery will be provided as she progresses towards full health.
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