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The demolition work reportedly began on March 21st, with barricades being put up in the days leading up to the event. The demolition process is expected to take several days, with the entire building being razed to the ground.
The Old Seneca Health Services Inc Building was once a medical center in the heart of downtown Lewisburg. However, after the center moved to a new location in Maxwelton, WV, the building has remained unoccupied for several years, falling into disrepair and becoming an eyesore for the community.
The demolition of the building has received mixed reactions from the locals. While some have welcomed the decision, others have expressed concerns about what will be constructed in its place. Many have emphasized the need for more parking in downtown Lewisburg, which is often congested due to the limited number of parking spots.
Only time will tell what will take the place of the old building. However, one thing is for sure: the demolition of the Old Seneca Health Services Inc Building marks the end of an era and the start of a new chapter in the history of downtown Lewisburg.
Update 3-28-2023: GreenbrierJournal reached out to Lewisburg City Hall. Asking what would be constructed in the place of the old Seneca Healthcare Building. Still have not received a comment back.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Gold Rush will return for its sixth year on March 28, giving anglers 12 days to catch golden rainbow trout and win prizes.
“Every year our incredible Gold Rush stockings bring more and more people to West Virginia to experience all of the goodness we have to offer,” Gov. Justice said. “As someone who’s fished his entire life, I can say that our beautiful lakes, streams, parks, and forests are truly special, and I can’t wait for folks to get out and enjoy them during the spring.”
From March 28 to April 8, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 50,000 golden rainbow trout at 68 lakes and streams around the state, including waters in or near 15 state parks and forests. Stocking locations and details about the Gold Rush can be found at WVdnr.gov/goldrush.
Gov. Justice will kick off Gold Rush 2023 by ceremonially stocking the first fish on Monday, March 27, at Babcock State Park.
Starbucks is scheduled to open its Lewisburg, WV location on March 31st, 2023. The highly anticipated opening of the new store has been met with mixed reactions from the community. While many people are excited about the arrival of the popular coffee chain, some business owners are concerned about the impact it could have on their establishments.
The Greenbrier Journal reached out to Starbucks for a press inquiry but did not receive a response. However, after speaking with contractors currently working on the project, it has been confirmed that the new Starbucks store is indeed scheduled to open on March 31st, 2023. The contractors did mention that there could be potential construction delays, which is why an official announcement has not yet been made.
Despite concerns from some business owners, many people in the community are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Starbucks. For coffee lovers, this is a dream come true. However, the Wild Bean local coffee shop in downtown Lewisburg has expressed concerns about the potential impact on their business.
Another concern that has been raised is the location of the new Starbucks store. Some community members worry that it was placed in a bad location, which could lead to an increase in accidents at the intersection and even require a new stoplight. These concerns are yet to be addressed by the local authorities.
Overall, the opening of the new Starbucks store is sure to generate buzz in Lewisburg. Whether you're excited about the new business coming to town or have concerns about its impact, there is no denying that Starbucks has a dedicated following and will likely attract many customers when it opens its doors on March 31st, 2023.
As a craft brewery, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company had a loyal following of customers who appreciated the quality of their beer. Their beers were known for their unique flavors and luxurious taste. However, as inflation rates rose, the cost of producing such high-quality beers became increasingly unaffordable.
Furthermore, the COVID pandemic had a significant impact on tourism in West Virginia, which was another major source of income for the brewery. With people opting to travel to larger tourist destinations, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company faced a lack of buyers for their products. The availability of record discounts by airlines also made it more enticing for consumers to travel elsewhere.
Thomas Perkins, a former senate candidate, had previously warned against over-reliance on tourism. However, the brewery had put most of its eggs in one basket, and as tourism declined, the company faced financial difficulties.
In its social media statement, the company expressed its gratitude to its customers, partners, and distributors for their support over the years. The statement also acknowledged the hard work of the employees who were the heart of the company and the soul of the finished product.
Despite the closure, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company remains optimistic about the future and hopes to return to the market in the future. In the meantime, the company urges consumers to support other West Virginia craft breweries, drink local, get out, explore, and bring beer.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) had a lot to celebrate on March 17, as the school's Class of 2023 achieved a perfect residency placement. Match Day, the annual event where fourth-year medical students learn where they'll be completing their residency programs following graduation, saw all 176 WVSOM students receiving spots in residencies.
The excitement was palpable as students and employees gathered for a lunchtime celebration in the Conference Center at the WVSOM Student Center. This year's event was particularly special as it marked the first time in the school's history that all students achieved a perfect match.
Match Day is a critical milestone for medical students, as residency programs provide them with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and training in their chosen specialties. With all WVSOM students achieving residency placements, they are well on their way to becoming the next generation of healthcare providers.
The Class of 2023's perfect match is a testament to the quality of education and training provided at WVSOM. The school is known for its rigorous curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to preparing its students for successful careers in medicine.
As the celebration came to a close, students expressed their gratitude to the WVSOM faculty and staff who supported them throughout their academic journeys.
With the Class of 2023's perfect match, WVSOM continues to cement its reputation as a leading institution for medical education and training. As these students begin their careers in medicine, they will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the communities they serve.
Spring begins on March 20 and the best way to kick off treat szn is with Free Cone Day at a DQ® location. On March 20, stop by your local DQ® location and grab a small cone free of charge. That’s right, the iconic curl you crave is 100% free on March 20. All you have to do is show up and order! And as long as you’re stopping by, check out the rest of the menu and enjoy even more delicious DQ® Treats. Because nothing says treat szn like a classic DQ® Treat.
Greenbrier Valley 4-H and FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale took place with an annual auction that started at 6:30 PM on March 17th, 2023. With nearly 114 items up for auction, the event attracted more than 100 people within the audience, if not close to 200. The auction itself took nearly two hours to complete, and the amount of money raised was $112,874.66, something that all the volunteers and participants should be proud of.
The event brought together 4-H and FFA members from Greenbrier and Monroe counties, as well as attendees from the community. The Greenbrier County 4-H Foundation was also looking for people in the community to help support the organization, with contributions as little as $4 a month.
A big shout out goes to Big Al on Hwy 64, which played a significant role in promoting the event and helping with the great attendance. The State Fair of West Virginia, Greenbrier and Monroe 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and advisors, Greenbrier and Monroe County extensive agents and staff, Lewisburg Lions Club, Greenbrier Meats, Smoot Smokies 4-H club, Farm Credit, Virgil Wilkins, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and local auctioneers were among the sponsors.
The auction showcased the hard work of 4-H and FFA members who had raised the animals and prepared them for market. The items sold included hams, bacons, and eggs, all of which were high-quality products that were sought after by the attendees. The proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting the various programs and initiatives of the 4-H and FFA clubs.
The event was a great success and demonstrated the dedication and hard work of the members of the 4-H and FFA clubs, as well as the support of the community. With the funds raised, the clubs can continue to provide opportunities for young people to develop their skills and passions in agriculture and other related fields. The Greenbrier County 4-H Foundation invites everyone to consider supporting the organization and the future of agriculture in the community. https://www.greenbrier4hfdn.org/
Residents and visitors in Lewisburg, WV celebrated Saint Patrick's Day in a unique way with what is being touted as the world's shortest parade. The festivities began at Amy's Market and ended at Hill & Holler on March 17, 2023.
The parade, which covered only 100 feet, was a fun-filled event that showcased the town's Irish heritage. People of all ages, dressed in green, participated in the event, making it a lively and colorful celebration.
The parade ended at Hill & Holler, a local restaurant, where participants and onlookers enjoyed food, drinks, and music. The celebration continued late into the night, with live music and dancing.
Greenbrier Humane Society President, Jennifer Runyon, delivered the 2022 annual report to the Greenbrier County Commission, sharing the organization's recent achievements and initiatives. In her presentation, Runyon highlighted the year 2022 as the "Puppy Year," in which the Greenbrier Humane Society (GHS) received over 100 puppies, significantly higher than their average of one to two litters per year.
In addition to the influx of puppies, GHS also received more than 522 dogs and 955 cats surrendered throughout the year. However, Runyon noted that the number of dog surrenders has decreased compared to previous years, with owner surrenders for dogs at 70% and cats at 67%. This positive trend could be attributed to the counseling available to pet owners and the spay and neuter voucher program offered by GHS.
Moreover, GHS has partnered with local food pantries to provide food for dogs and cats, ensuring that animals can remain in their homes even during financial hardships. This initiative has contributed to the organization's success in helping more than 25,782 dogs and cats between 2009 and 2022, without having to euthanize any animals for space reasons in the past nine years.
In 2022, GHS spayed nearly 1,175 animals, bringing the total number of dogs and cats fixed to 33,225. The organization has spent over $1,000,000 to spay and vaccinate local animals, helping to control the pet population and promote responsible pet ownership.
Commissioner Rose acknowledged the remarkable progress made by GHS and the impact of the spay and neuter program in reducing the number of animals euthanized yearly. With 10 to 12 staff members and over 100 volunteers, GHS continues to train and engage new volunteers and make pets available for adoption on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/greenbrierhumanesociety
Overall, Jennifer Runyon's report highlighted the Greenbrier Humane Society's significant strides in promoting animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in the community. To learn more about GHS's initiatives and achievements, visit their website. https://www.greenbrierhumane.org/
Image Courtesy of Greenbrier County Courthouse.
County Commission Regular Meeting. https://fb.watch/jg-kndl40M/
Today is Daylight Saving Time, which means we need to set our clocks forward by one hour, effectively losing an hour of sleep but gaining an extra hour of daylight in the evening. However, it's worth noting that not everyone follows DST, especially local dairy farmers, who prefer to maintain their milking schedule.
While DST is intended to conserve energy and make better use of the available daylight, it can also cause some problems, such as disrupting sleep patterns and medication schedules. As a result, many legislators have called for abolishing DST altogether. Some countries, such as China, have a national time, which means the same time is used throughout the entire country. This idea has sparked a debate about whether the United States should do away with time zones and adopt a single national time.
In conclusion, Daylight Saving Time has its pros and cons, and its implementation can vary among different communities and industries. While some people find it beneficial, others see it as an unnecessary and disruptive practice. As we set our clocks forward today, let's take a moment to consider the role of time in our lives and how we can make the most of it, regardless of the time zone or schedule.