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      The Greenbrier County Commission convened for its regular meeting on June 13, 2024. The meeting began with Kelly leading the prelude and the Chief Deputy guiding the Pledge of Allegiance. Following an invocation that thanked the community's elders, the commission approved the minutes from the May 21 and May 28 meetings, with one minor correction.
      During the meeting, the commission addressed the settlement of 12 estates, including those of Sandra Lewis, Jay William Proud, and Melvin Philip Foster, among others. All settlements were approved without opposition.
      Financial approvals were a key focus, with end-of-year arts and recreation transfers totaling $93,330.30 being allocated to various county entities and projects, including libraries, the Meadow River Rail Trail, and Carnegie Hall. Two budget revisions were also approved for submission to the State Auditor, addressing litigation reserves and professional services, as well as law enforcement overtime reimbursements.
      The commission handled line item transfers across different county departments and approved the payment of bills for the past two weeks. All financial motions passed unanimously, ensuring proper allocation and use of county funds.
      The Greenbrier County Commission proclaimed June 13, 2024, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day, highlighting the importance of protecting the county's senior citizens. The proclamation emphasized the need for the community to safeguard seniors' dignity and well-being, recognizing their significant contributions to society.
      The commission invited the Elder Abuse Committee to participate in the proclamation reading, followed by a photo session. The day also featured an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk at CAMC Houghlin Field, encouraging community involvement in raising awareness about elder abuse.
      During its regular meeting on June 13, 2024, the Greenbrier County Commission approved an easement agreement with Monongahela Power Company for an overhead power line on county property along Harper Road. This easement facilitates an upgrade to three-phase power, essential for the new water system intake at the Delta River.
      The commission reviewed the agreement, which had been vetted by legal counsel, and noted that the upgrade would provide necessary power improvements for county development. The motion to approve the easement passed unanimously.
      The Greenbrier County Commission addressed several employment vacancies during its regular meeting on June 13, 2024. Michelle Vaughn was approved as the new victim services coordinator in the prosecutor's office. Vaughn, whose resume and background check were thoroughly reviewed, was deemed highly qualified for the position.
      Additionally, Joshua Doss was approved to join the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department. Doss, currently a certified officer with the Lewisburg Police Department, passed an extensive background check, physical, mental evaluation, and polygraph. The commission expressed confidence in Doss's ability to contribute positively to the department.
      On June 13, 2024, the Greenbrier County Commission approved a payment draw request for the Gig Ready Broadband project, totaling $93,200. The funds cover engineering and professional services provided by Thompson and Litton, supporting the county's efforts to enhance broadband infrastructure.
      The project aims to improve internet connectivity across the county, facilitating economic development and providing residents with better access to digital resources. The payment draw request passed unanimously, reflecting the commission's commitment to advancing this critical infrastructure project.
      The Greenbrier County Commission approved an agreement with Pullen Fowler Flanagan Brown and Poe to revise the county's employee handbook. The flat fee of $3,000 will cover the comprehensive update and revision, ensuring that the handbook reflects current policies and practices.
      The commission highlighted the need for the revision, given the handbook's outdated content. The updated handbook will provide clear guidance for county employees and align with best practices in human resource management. The motion to approve the agreement passed unanimously.
      In its June 13, 2024, meeting, the Greenbrier County Commission approved several board appointments and reappointments. Mary Serafino was reappointed to the Mountain Transit Authority Board, while Mark Gillespie was appointed as a new board member, both terms effective from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2027.
      Matt Ford was reappointed to the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation Board, and Gordon Campbell and Kim Kalkowski were reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mayor Beverly White was reappointed to the Greenbrier County Board of Health, representing the City of Lewisburg.
      Additionally, the commission revised the effective dates for board members of the Greenbrier Public Service District No. 2 to align with the fiscal year calendar. The adjustments ensure consistency across all county-appointed boards.
      The Greenbrier County Commission announced the closure of county government offices on June 19th and 20th in observance of Juneteenth and West Virginia Day. The decision follows the governor's declaration of these dates as holidays for state-run offices.
      The closure affects the county courthouse, the Supreme Court, Magistrate Court, Family Court, and probation offices. The commission advised residents to plan accordingly for any county-related business during this period.

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    • State News

      Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the Town of Alderson in Greenbrier County has secured a significant boost in funding to enhance its water infrastructure. The West Virginia Water Development Authority (WDA) has approved an $800,000 Economic Enhancement Grant Fund (EEFG) grant to replace Alderson's water treatment plant. This critical project has a total cost of $10,054,000.
      This funding is part of the WDA’s ongoing initiative to improve water and sewer systems across West Virginia, which has awarded 174 grants totaling over $427 million since April 2022. The program was established following Gov. Justice's call for a special legislative session, securing an initial $250 million to launch the Economic Enhancement Grant Fund.
      For Alderson, the upgrade of the water treatment plant is a significant development, promising to enhance water quality and reliability for the town’s residents. The new plant will replace outdated infrastructure, ensuring a more efficient and effective water treatment process.
      The replacement of Alderson's water treatment plant is not just an investment in infrastructure; it’s an investment in the health and well-being of our community. This project will provide residents with better water quality and support the town’s future growth.
      Gov. Justice highlighted the broader impact of the WDA’s initiatives, which have affected over 607,000 West Virginians by addressing critical infrastructure needs. The success of the Economic Enhancement Grant Fund program is evident in projects like Alderson’s water treatment plant. These grants are making a tangible difference in communities across the state, improving lives and fostering economic growth.
      Following the WDA’s June meeting, which approved the latest round of funding, the Authority celebrated its 50th anniversary. The event commemorated five decades of dedicated service to improving West Virginia’s water infrastructure. Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling presented a Certificate of Recognition to the WDA on behalf of Gov. Justice, acknowledging its outstanding commitment to public health and infrastructure development.
      WDA Executive Director Marie Prezioso expressed pride in the Authority's achievements and future goals. "We are incredibly proud to celebrate this milestone and look forward to continuing our work in the years ahead."
      The approval of the $800,000 grant for Alderson marks a significant step forward for the town, ensuring a safer and more reliable water supply for its residents. This development is a testament to the collaborative efforts of state and local governments to invest in essential infrastructure, fostering a brighter future for West Virginia communities.
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    • Politics & Opinions

      On June 11, 2024, the Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee held a special meeting to address crucial matters concerning the upcoming elections. The meeting opened with a prayer led by John Wyatt, who thanked the Lord for the sunshine and the opportunity to live in America. He asked for guidance in their deliberations and decisions, emphasizing the importance of their work for the county and its residents.
      Chairman Ben Anderson called the roll, confirming the presence of members from all districts, ensuring a quorum was met. Notable absentees included Jim Childers, who is recovering from surgery. Despite his absence, the committee moved forward with the evening's agenda.
      The primary focus of the meeting was the approval of rules and guidelines for nominating a candidate to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Blaine Phillips. According to West Virginia Code, the executive committees are responsible for nominating candidates to fill vacancies on the general election ballot. The deadline for this nomination is 78 days before Election Day, translating to the end of August.
      Anderson outlined a detailed proposal for the nomination process, emphasizing fairness and promptness. Key points included:
      Legal advertisement in the West Virginia Daily News and posting the application link on the committee's Facebook page. An application deadline of June 20, 2024. Required submission of a resume, two references, and a brief statement of intent from each applicant. An ad hoc committee to draft pertinent questions for the candidates. Interviews scheduled for June 25, 2024, with the final decision made by secret ballot. The committee unanimously approved these guidelines, with additions specifying that candidates must be registered Republicans as of April 20, 2024, and must reside in the central district.
      Additional motions passed included the committee covering the filing fee for the nominated candidate and a reduced rate for their storage unit, thanks to a contribution from Secure Storage.
      The meeting also addressed upcoming events and logistics, such as participation in parades and preparations for campaign headquarters. The committee plans to open campaign headquarters by the end of August, coinciding with the arrival of Trump campaign materials.
      Looking ahead, the committee discussed potential fundraising events, including a dinner and a Trump train parade. Emphasizing the importance of community engagement, they aim to have events in every part of the county.
      The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn, reflecting the committee's readiness to tackle the upcoming election season with organized and strategic efforts.
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    • Local News

      The Ronceverte River Festival is just around the corner, promising a weekend full of fun and excitement for everyone! Set against the picturesque backdrop of Ronceverte Island Park, this annual event offers a wide range of activities and entertainment for all ages. Here's a detailed look at what you can expect:
      Friday, June 14th
      7:00 p.m.: The festivities kick off with the Grand Parade. Line up by 5:30 p.m. to be part of this vibrant display. 7:30 p.m.: The festival grounds come alive with vendors, inflatables, a duck pond, petting zoo, and pony rides. The Duck Coloring Contest also begins at this time. 8:00 p.m.: Enjoy live music by Caden Glover while Ronceverte Raiders sign-ups take place. 8:45 p.m.: The evening wraps up with a performance by the Miller Holler Band. Saturday, June 15th
      7:00 a.m.: Early risers can join the Fishing Derby as the day begins. 8:00 a.m.: Registration opens for the Ducky Dash Fun Run. 8:30 a.m.: Car enthusiasts can register for the Car Show. 9:00 a.m.: The Ducky Dash Fun Run kicks off, and the Lions Club hosts a breakfast. 10:00 a.m.: The Tahoe Farm Club Car Show and Pet Parade start. More fun with vendors, inflatables, the duck pond, petting zoo, and pony rides continues, along with the Duck Coloring Contest. 11:00 a.m.: Children’s Games and the Strawberry Shortcake Sale begin. 11:30 a.m.: The "Anything with Wheels" Parade (no motors allowed) and the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament start. 12:00 p.m.: Irish Road Bowling begins. 12:30 p.m.: Skyler Magic Show to entertain kids and adults alike. 2:00 p.m.: Live music by Lee Dean, accompanied by a live broadcast with Radio Greenbrier. 3:00 p.m.: Duck Ticket Sales end and the Skylar Magic Show continues. 4:00 p.m.: The Great Rubber Ducky Race takes place. 5:30 p.m.: Another Skylar Magic Show session. 6:00 p.m.: The Color Contest ends, followed by an award presentation. 7:15 p.m.: Enjoy live music from Shawn Benfield and The Weekend Warriors. 8:45 p.m.: Singing Contest featuring Andy Griggs. 10:00 p.m.: The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. Don’t miss out on this fantastic community event! For more information, visit www.roncevertewv.org or find them on Facebook. Come join the fun and make some wonderful memories at the Ronceverte River Festival!

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    • Local News

      The Renick Community Center buzzed with excitement on Saturday evening as community members gathered from 4 to 6 PM for a delightful event filled with live music, delicious food, and engaging activities. The free ice cream event was a hit, drawing locals out in droves to enjoy the pleasant weather and camaraderie.
      The atmosphere was lively, with live music setting the tone for the evening. Attendees were treated to a showcase of historical photos, adding a touch of nostalgia and local pride to the event. One of the highlights was the home-cooked pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, which were savored by many and added a mouthwatering aroma to the air.
      Among the attendees were local candidates for office, including Ray Canterbury, who is currently running for the House of Delegates in the 47th district. Canterbury took the opportunity to mingle with residents, discussing local issues and his campaign plans.
      The event featured a variety of activities, with people of all ages enjoying themselves. Cornhole games were a popular attraction, fostering friendly competition and laughter. Children, with faces smeared with ice cream, played joyfully, adding to the vibrant and cheerful atmosphere.
      The evening was blessed with beautiful weather, making it an ideal setting for a community gathering. The combination of good food, engaging activities, and the warmth of community spirit made the event a resounding success.
      The Renick Community Center's event not only provided a wonderful evening of entertainment but also strengthened the bonds among community members, showcasing the best of what local gatherings can offer.

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    • Entertainment News

      The West Virginia Renaissance Festival had an exhilarating opening weekend, with hundreds of attendees immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of a 16th-century English village. If you missed the opening festivities, don't worry—there's still plenty of excitement left this season!
      All Weekends in June
      Each weekend in June, the WV Renaissance Festival transports visitors back in time. Wander through the "cobble-stone" streets of a lively 16th-century English village, complete with jousting knights, noblemen, fair maidens, craftspeople, fairies, and a variety of savory food and drinks, including local West Virginia brews. Vendors and entertainers of every kind await to enchant festival-goers of all ages.
      Themed Weekend Lineup
      June 8-9, 2024 ~ Celtic Crossing Weekend: Celebrate with Celtic music, dance, and heritage. June 15-16, 2024 ~ Pirates Landing Weekend: Don your best pirate costume for a chance to win the costume contest! June 22-23, 2024 ~ Vikings Valhalla Weekend: Experience the thrill of Viking lore and festivities. June 29-30, 2024 ~ Time Travelers Weekend: Join in on a journey through various eras, featuring time-traveling characters. Festival Highlights
      Puppies of Penzance: America's favorite dog show featuring tricks and treasure on a pirate ship manned by pups. Jousting Knights and Steeds: The longest-running theatrical jousting show in America, with daily performances at 12:00, 3:00, and 5:30. Adamo Ignis: A captivating fire show with stunts, fire eating, and fire dancing. Aerial Alanna: Stunning aerial acts on hoop, sling, and moon. The Washing Well Wenches: Interactive theater with vaudeville and sketch comedy. Fakespeare: A comedic, condensed version of Shakespeare’s tragedies. The Knotty Nauticals: A pirate-themed comedy show with fire eating, rope walking, and juggling. Gravity Check: Unique juggling and comedic banter. Musical Performances
      Randal Piper — Tenacious DnD: A musical adventure tapping into the mind of Chaos. Marco and the Echo Folk: A blend of musical technology and theatrical storytelling. sämäs: An energetic and primal musical experience inspired by ancient magic. Frostylocks and Splinter: Interactive bardic tales and playful shenanigans. Kathleen Finnegan: Beautiful tunes on the Irish harp. Cast in Bronze: The haunting sound of the carillon. Coal Black Rose: Unique Olde World music performances. Magnus & Maggie: A blend of melody, song, and studied nonsense. Boom Boom Shake: Modern music with an ancient vibe. Rambling Sailors: Harmonious sea songs and shanties. Delicious Food and Drink
      Enjoy a variety of food and drink options at the festival:
      The Pub: Turkey legs, scotch eggs, papal bacon, and more. Tudor Tower: Chocolate-dipped treats and dessert crepes. Friar Tuck’s Pantry: Gyros, falafel, fresh cut fries, and more. Barbarian Buffet: Steak on a stake, turkey legs, and bratwurst. Caribbean Specialties: Jerk chicken tacos, sandwiches, and curries. Cogs Farms Snacks: Popcorn, kettle corn, and cinnamon roasted nuts. Artisans and Craftspeople
      Explore a diverse range of artisans showcasing their crafts, from glass blowing and Greco-Roman costumes to fairy garb and wooden mugs. Watch live demonstrations and find unique treasures from local and traveling artisans.
      Games and Activities
      Unicorn, warhorse, and camel rides Archery, ax throwing, knife and star throwing Test of Strength and Castle Escape room Maze, Jacob’s Ladder, and more Festival Details
      Dates: June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2024
      Hours: 11 am-8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays only
      Location: 23439 Midland Trail East, Lewisburg, WV 24901
      Pricing: Adults $18, Children 6-12 $8, Under 6 FREE
      For more information, visit the WV Renaissance Festival website. Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and enjoy a season full of excitement and adventure!
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    • Education News

      Carnegie Kids’ College is a two-week summer day camp for K-7th grades that offers young students amazing opportunities to explore the wonderful world of the arts through a curriculum of fun, engaging and creative STEAM based workshops including Archaeology, shrink art, kitchen classes, drama and painting classes.
      Students can register for the weeks of July 8-12 or 15-19 or choose to attend both. Young students that will be attending school in kindergarten or first grade in the fall can enroll for morning only classes that rotate through a series of Music, Movement and Art classes that are designed to foster self-esteem, promote individuality, and provide in classroom experiences for those new to group educational settings.
      The K-1 classes offer small group sizes that allow young learners to build confidence in the classroom while engaging with their peer group, in addition to laying a solid foundation for future classroom participation.
      Kids’ College is currently accepting limited registrations for the K-1 group for week two of the program, and students and families can learn more by accessing the Kids’ College brochure and registration page at www.carnegiehallwv.org.
      Scholarship assistance is available for qualifying families for all age groups, and anyone interested in attending the program is encouraged to apply before the June 21 deadline.
      For further information, please contact the Education Department at Carnegie Hall at 304 645 7917, or by email to [email protected].
      Carnegie Hall WV is a 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.  
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    • Entertainment News

      Carnegie Hall begins the 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. with an Appreciation Show for Carnegie Hall 2024-2025 Volunteers with music by The Carpenter Ants. Sponsored by City National Bank, the concert takes place outside on Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River Community and Technical College. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy live music. All Ivy Terrace concerts are free, open to the public, and alcohol free.
      Over four decades and more than 4,000 performances, The Carpenter Ants, a quartet steeped in Appalachian gospel, soul, and country, has amassed a resume that rivals many national groups and includes some of the most creative artists in American music.
      The group has recorded and performed with British folk-blues icon Kevin Coyne; wunderkind singer/songwriter Nellie McKay; singer/actress/Surrealist Ann Magnuson; and co-founder/host of NPR’s “Mountain Stage” Larry Groce. 
      A testament to its “solidarity,” the group still includes three of four original members (singer Charlie Tee passed in 2021) and has brought its sound - and the rich music of Appalachia - to listeners nationally and internationally.  Members are Michael Lipton (guitar/vox), Ted Harrison (bass/vox), Jupie Little (drums/vox) and Mark Bates (organ/vox).
      The Ants have toured Moscow three times, performing at venues including the prestigious 3,500-seat Russia Concert Hall, and a Letterman-styled TV show (audience: 100 million). Five tours of Slovakia have included festivals and events for the Roma community and Ukraine refugees. 
      The Carpenter Ants have appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” (Lipton has been the show’s house electric guitarist for nearly 40 years) and “Whad’Ya Know?” and have been joined onstage at their storied “post Mountain Stage jam” by guests including Tyler Childers, Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Steve Poltz, Paul Thorn, Terry Adams, Todd Snider, Lenny Kaye, Kukuruza (Russia) and Mokomba (Zimbabwe).
      For the first Ivy Terrace concert, Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304 will be vending on location. 
      Concerts may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for updates. For more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call (304) 645-7917.
      Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Fantasy Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  
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      Carnegie Hall is excited to announce its 2024-2025 Performance Series schedule as it prepares to celebrate its 41st season of “Bringing the Arts to Life.” This season has something for everyone, with a lineup that includes all genres of music.
      New Season Subscriptions are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale to Carnegie Hall Members on Saturday, July 8, and to the public on Monday, July 17. The free Club Carnegie Preshow Reception in the Board Room will open one hour prior to each show and during intermission.  
      The Mainstage Performance Series kicks off on Sunday, October 6, 2024, at 7 p.m., with Mountain Stage with host Kathy Mattea.  Be a part of Mountain Stage's live radio audience at Carnegie Hall, as they record a new episode for NPR Music. Host Kathy Mattea will welcome guest artists American Patchwork Quartet, Kyshona, The Brother Brothers, Stephanie Lambring, and more.
      Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, each two-hour episode is recorded in front of a live audience and can be heard every week on nearly 300 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.
      America’s premier large brass ensemble, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) will grace the Hamilton Auditorium stage on Friday, November 1, 2024, at 7 p.m. RMPBB is a family owned and operated business that had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create a connection between the audience and performers.
      Back by popular demand, and what has now become a holiday tradition, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) conducted by Music Director Maurice Cohn will perform on Friday, December 6, 2024, at 7 p.m. WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pop, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. WVSO performs primarily at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia, performs over 50 concerts annually around the state, and has a nationally award-winning education program.
      On Friday, February 7, 2025, at 7 p.m., Naturally Seven returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time after back-to-back performances in 2004 and 2005.  Originally classified as an “A Capella group”, it so vastly underplayed what they created onstage that they had to coin a phrase – “Vocal Play” – to more accurately depict what they do. Naturally Seven is more than a tightly orchestrated collection of great singers. They transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. For the Carnegie Hall show, Naturally Seven has taken some of the greatest songs associated with film over the last 75 years and are telling the story of film and cultural history through the music that defines it.
      Changing pace, the Tartan Terrors bring their Celtic Invasion to Carnegie Hall, blending the energy of a rock show with humor and stepdance Friday, March 7, 2025, at 7 p.m.  With a distinctive sound and a proud tradition of making Celtic music fun and accessible to any audience, the Terrors have played big stages across North America, including The Iridium, Times Square, NYC, Daryl's House Club, Pawling, NY, Freeman Arts Pavilion, Selbyville, DE, Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival, Florence, MA, and The Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival in Dunedin, FL.
      On Saturday, April 5, 2025, at 7 p.m., Lights Out presents A Tribute to Frankie Valli and More. Being hailed as "The Nation's #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Lights Out" brings a high energy show, tight harmonies, comedy, audience participation, engaging personality, and a fully choreographed show that keeps audiences captivated from beginning to end.
      The final Main Stage Performance brings it all back home with gospel group The McCrary Sisters on Saturday, May 3. The McCrary Sisters sing gospel that melds traditional with contemporary and incorporates their influences of classic soul, Americana, blues, rock, and R&B music. Central to their work and any show is their boundless joy in singing, and a desire to spread hope, love, healing (and dancing). The McCrary Sisters have recorded or performed with notable artists Martina McBride, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr., Dr. John, Sheryl Crow, and many more.
      Carnegie Hall’s Classics Series and Second Stage Series will also return for the 2024-2025 season.
      The Carnegie Classics Series will once again present three performances hosted by Steinway Artist Barbara Nissman and feature special guests. The first concert, Franz Liszt, Superstar!, takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2024, and is a Nissman solo performance. The next performances are More Beethoven, the Great! on Saturday, January 25, 2025, and Chopin, The Beautiful, on Saturday, May 17, 2025, will feature Nissman with West Virginia special guest musicians. Carnegie Hall’s Classics Series is designed to introduce classical music and Carnegie Hall to new audiences, as well as inspire and entertain current classical music enthusiasts. All shows start at 7 p.m.
      The Second Stage Series consists of five special concerts that take place in the Old Stone Room located on the ground floor of the Hall. The intimate setting creates a “speak easy” vibe with an eclectic line-up of entertainment. Seating is general admission and limited. Bluegrass band Long Point String Band will begin the series on Thursday, September 12, 2024. Other performances include Seth Maynard (Thursday, November 14, 2024), Erica and Paolo Marks and Family (Thursday, January 16, 2025), The Ladies of Song (Thursday, March 20, 2025), and B-BAMS (Thursday, May 1, 2025). All shows start at 7 p.m. 
      Carnegie Hall will offer discounted subscription packages for each series. A 15% discount is applied If purchased before June 14, 2024. All subscriptions after June 14 will be sold at a 10% discount.
      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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    • State News

      In a significant fiscal milestone, Governor Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia recorded a $63.7 million surplus in May, boosting the state’s year-to-date surplus to a remarkable $701.1 million. With one month remaining in the fiscal year, this achievement underscores the state's robust economic performance and effective fiscal management.
      Governor Justice shared a special message celebrating this month's surpluses, emphasizing its significance to the people of West Virginia. In his address, he highlighted the economic resilience and strategic financial planning that have contributed to this surplus.
      In May, the total General Revenue Fund collections exceeded $397.3 million, bringing the cumulative year-to-date collections for Fiscal Year 2024 to an impressive $5.1 billion. As the fiscal year concludes in June, these figures demonstrate sustained economic growth.
      Key revenue streams contributed to this surplus:
      Personal Income Tax: May collections totaled over $138.3 million, with year-to-date collections surpassing $2.003 billion. This figure is nearly $183 million above the original estimate, despite a 21.25% reduction in tax rates last year. Corporation Net Income Tax: May collections reached approximately $9.9 million, exceeding the original estimate by $3.6 million. Year-to-date collections stand at $402.6 million, which is $226.6 million above the original estimate and 16.7% higher than the previous year. Consumer Sales Tax: May collections totaled $164.3 million, with cumulative collections reaching $1.607 billion. Monthly collections were six percent higher than last year's May receipts. Year-to-date collections surpassed the original estimate by $34.4 million and were 3.5% ahead of last year. Severance Tax: May collections amounted to $32.9 million, $8.5 million above the original estimate. Cumulative collections nearly hit $331 million, which is $58.9 million above the cumulative original estimate. For more detailed information, the monthly revenue and cash flow reports from the West Virginia State Budget Office are available for review.
      This fiscal success is a testament to the state's strategic planning and economic resilience, setting a positive outlook for the remaining fiscal year and beyond.
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