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    • Entertainment News

      The much-anticipated Ronceverte Food Truck Festival returns on May 17th and 18th, promising a weekend packed with delectable food, lively music, and engaging activities for all ages. The festival, set to take place in the heart of Ronceverte, will feature an impressive lineup of food trucks, artisans, and musical talents.
      Event Details:
      Dates: Friday, May 17th (4 PM - 10 PM) and Saturday, May 18th (12 PM - 10 PM) Location: Ronceverte, West Virginia Food Trucks: Visitors can indulge in a wide variety of culinary delights from local food trucks, including:
      A Taste of Eggcellence Dawg Haus Fairway Fork Glorify Dance Greenbrier Dairy Cow Licks (Shakes) Raiders - Fried Honey Buns & Cotton Candy Rolling Stove/Greenbrier Valley Food Trucks LLC Smash Pot The Twist (Pretzels) The Twisted Chef (Shrimp Po Boys) Udderly Smooth (Rolled Ice Cream) When Pigs Fly Barbeque Arts & Crafts: The festival will also showcase a selection of arts and crafts vendors, offering unique handmade items and interactive activities:
      Eternalinks Permanent Jewelry Greenbrier Valley Dyes Mick’s Media Jewelry Monk and Moose Fiber Co. Mountain Cottage Homestead River & Earth Creations Stickers and Temporary Tattoos Studio Kelsie Sugar Bears The Biscuit Barkery LLC Face Painting Music Lineup: In addition to great food and crafts, the festival boasts an exciting music schedule:
      Anne Melton (6 PM) Khegan McLane (7 PM) Grace Campbell (8 PM) Joey Adams (9 PM) Saturday:
      Will Sarver (6 PM) Samuel James (7 PM) Distant Light (8 PM) This family-friendly event offers an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy local talent and flavors. Whether you're a food enthusiast, music lover, or arts and crafts aficionado, the Ronceverte Food Truck Festival has something for everyone.
      For more information and updates, follow the festival's official social media pages.
      Don’t miss out on a weekend of food, fun, and festivities in Ronceverte!

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    • State News

      Gov. Jim Justice has ordered all United States and West Virginia flags at the Capitol Complex and state-owned facilities in West Virginia to be displayed at half-staff from midnight until sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is part of National Police Week in West Virginia.

      The members of West Virginia's law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our people. It's crucial for everyone to acknowledge and respect the immense responsibilities of these men and women who courageously put their lives on the line to provide this public service.

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    • Entertainment News

      The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame (WVMHoF) presented its Music Career Counseling Program in Carnegie Hall’s Hamilton Auditorium to Greenbrier County High School students on May 2. The pilot for this innovative program - a “career day” for the music business - was funded by a 2015 Challenge America grant. 
      The Music Career Counseling outreach program introduces students to the many music/entertainment industry careers and lets them know these opportunities can enable them to remain in West Virginia. Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West High School students listened to presenters Michael Lipton, founder of the WV Music Hall of Fame, pianist Barbara Nissman, actor/director Cathey Sawyer, and Everette O'Flaherty, owner/operator of Swift Level Fine Meats. Students were also treated to performances by Nissman and Lipton joined by bass guitarist Ted Harrison.
      The Music Career Counseling Program was created to help address the often-talked-about “brain drain” of West Virginia’s youth and the out-migration of its work force. This problem is raised whenever there are discussions on how to stabilize the state’s lagging economy and decreasing population. Careers such as catering, audio/video engineers, event production, tech and stagehands, agents and management, photographers and writers, are all career options available in WV. 
      “We created the Music Career Counseling Program - essentially a career day for music and entertainment careers - to present students with job opportunities that even most teachers and guidance counselors are not aware of,” said Michael Lipton, director of The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. 
      “While leaving the state may be a necessity for some career paths, we feel strongly that, if you want to do something creative on your own, you will receive more help and support in West Virginia than in a larger area,” he added. 
      “I know a lot of people - including myself - who stayed in West Virginia because of the opportunities!” 
      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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    • Local News

      Residents across West Virginia were treated to a spectacular and rare light show late Friday night as the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, illuminated the sky. This celestial display, usually reserved for polar regions, was visible as far south as the Mountain State, casting brilliant shades of green, pink, and violet across the night sky.
      Astronomers attribute the phenomenon to a particularly strong solar storm that sent charged particles racing towards Earth. When these particles interacted with our planet's magnetic field, they created dazzling curtains of light over regions typically untouched by this natural wonder. The aurora appeared across northern parts of the state and stretched towards the central regions, offering residents of Charleston, Morgantown, Wheeling, and Parkersburg front-row seats.
      Social media quickly filled with snapshots and videos of the colorful spectacle. Star gazers gathered in rural fields, open parking lots, and parks to witness the rare sight, braving the chill of the spring night. Some local astronomy enthusiasts held impromptu viewing parties, sharing telescopes and offering explanations of the science behind the Northern Lights.
      Scientists believe the solar storm that produced the lights is part of a series of eruptions associated with the current solar cycle. While forecasts predict that further geomagnetic activity could occur in the coming days, experts emphasize that the unpredictability of the sun means each appearance of the Northern Lights is an unexpected gift.
      This marks one of the most vivid aurora sightings in West Virginia in recent memory, and it certainly will not be forgotten anytime soon.

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    • Health News

      The West Virginia Department of Health (DH) applauded residents for their cooperation and commitment to public health after successfully containing the first case of measles reported in 15 years in late April. Friday, May 10th, 2024, marked the last day when all first-degree contacts with the infected individual passed their monitoring period. The case linked to international travel in Monongalia County was quickly identified by local health care providers and addressed by the DH in collaboration with local health departments.  More than 150 people were potentially exposed, including 128 West Virginia residents from 30 counties and four states.
      Thanks to a swift and comprehensive response through aggressive contact tracing and cooperation from the public, I am pleased to report no additional cases of measles have been reported,” said Secretary Sherri Young, D.O., MBA, FAAFP. The case highlights the importance of staying up-to-date on vaccinations, especially the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is highly effective in preventing measles.
      The reason this case of measles was able to be contained is because West Virginia has strong herd immunity, which protects vulnerable people - infants, immunocompromised people, and older adults - from the spread of deadly diseases like measles.  The MMR vaccine is the best defense against measles, not only to protect yourself but your loved ones as well,” said Dr. Matthew Christiansen, State Health Officer. “While this case was contained, outbreaks of the virus continue to plague other states.  We encourage all West Virginians to check their vaccination records and get vaccinated if they are not immune.”
      The measles vaccine is typically given in two doses with the first recommended between 12 and 15 months of age. The second dose is recommended between four and six years and, in West Virginia, is required before entering kindergarten. Unless they have other evidence of immunity, adults born after 1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, and two appropriately spaced doses of MMR vaccines are recommended for healthcare personnel, college students and international travelers. The Bureau for Public Health recommends the safe and effective MMR vaccination as part of a routine vaccination schedule for all children and adults. 
      MMR vaccines are available through healthcare providers and local health departments across the state. To find a local health department near you, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/localhealth/pages/map.aspx. To learn more about MMR vaccines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mmr/public/index.html.

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    • Politics & Opinions

      On May 9, 2024, the Lewisburg Elks Country Club was abuzz as gubernatorial candidate Chris Miller energized an enthusiastic crowd with his vision for economic revitalization in West Virginia. The rally brought together key Republican voices like Dan D'Antoni, Chris Miller, and Elgine McArdle, offering a glimpse of their shared goals for the state's future.
      The evening started with Dan D'Antoni, Marshall University's former head basketball coach, who delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of cohesive teamwork and innovative strategies to tackle the state's challenges. D'Antoni highlighted that the principles of collaboration and adaptability used in sports could also be applied to address West Virginia's economic and social issues.
      Following D'Antoni's speech, Chris Miller, businessman and son of U.S. Representative Carol Miller, took the stage to outline his plans for economic revitalization. His strategy focused on encouraging entrepreneurship, reducing unnecessary regulations, and promoting economic growth. Miller captivated the audience with his promises of job creation and streamlined government operations. He criticized past administrations for inefficiencies and highlighted the need for comprehensive reforms and public-private partnerships to build a prosperous future. Miller's commitment to the state's future resonated strongly with the crowd, drawing applause and support throughout his speech.
      Former West Virginia GOP Chair Elgine McArdle took the stage next to talk about her campaign for public office. She emphasized the significance of party unity and grassroots mobilization in addressing key state issues. McArdle underscored her dedication to strengthening Republican leadership while promoting transparency and accountability. She urged attendees to stay involved and support GOP candidates across the state, highlighting their shared vision of a brighter future.
      As the rally concluded, the crowd was charged with renewed energy and purpose. Miller, McArdle, and D'Antoni inspired their audience, reinforcing the GOP's collective vision for a more prosperous state. The rally left supporters energized, motivated, and committed to participating in the campaign season ahead.

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    • Entertainment News

      The State Fair of West Virginia has announced an exciting concert lineup for its 2024 season, promising to deliver an array of musical talents that cater to diverse tastes. The fair, scheduled for August 8-17, will host a variety of artists spanning different genres, from country to rock and rap.
      The concert series will kick off on August 8 with the Turnpike Troubadours, who are set to bring their distinctive sound of Red Dirt music, accompanied by the Band of Heathens, an American rock band known for their soulful narratives and powerful live performances.
      Following this powerful opening, the fair will turn up the volume on August 9 with rapper Lil Jon, known for his energetic and crowd-pumping performances. Fans of adrenaline-fueled events can look forward to the Buckin' B Bull Ride on August 10, which promises to be a thrilling spectacle.
      Country and folk music will have a significant presence with Charles Wesley Godwin performing on August 11. He will be joined by Muscadine Bloodline, offering a blend of modern country and southern rock. The energy continues with Seether, bringing their post-grunge anthems to the stage on August 12.
      Anne Wilson, a rising star in the country gospel scene, will grace the stage on August 13, while Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers, is set to perform his blend of country and gospel on August 14.
      The fair will also feature up-and-coming country artist Bailey Zimmerman, along with Matt Schuster, on August 15. This concert is already reported to have low ticket availability, signaling high anticipation among fans.
      Continuing the trend of highlighting emerging talents, Oliver Anthony will perform on August 16. Known for his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Anthony's performance is also nearing a sell-out.
      The series will conclude on a high note with country music veteran Travis Tritt on August 17, where he will perform alongside the War Hippies, ensuring the fair ends with a memorable bang.
      Tickets for all concerts are on sale now, with more details available on the fair’s official website. Given the variety and caliber of the performers, the 2024 concert series at the State Fair of West Virginia is not just an event, but a celebration of music that promises something for everyone.

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    • Business News

      Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Breeze Airways, the only Nice Low Cost Carrier (NLCC) in the U.S. will begin its new service from Charleston (CRW) to Myrtle Beach, SC, on Friday, May 10, 2024. Fares on the new route start from $49 one-way.

      "I'm so glad to see this partnership with Breeze Airways continue to flourish by expanding their service to connect West Virginia with Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” said Gov. Justice. “Airports play such an important role in fueling our economy, increasing tourism, and making our state even more accessible. I can’t wait for all of the blue Breeze planes to touch down at West Virginia International Yeager Airport this summer.”

      Today’s announcement is another milestone in the historic partnership announced in March 2023. This award-winning carrier has committed to adding five new destinations, including New York City, through this partnership in the next two years. 

      “We're thrilled for the start of the Myrtle Beach Breeze flight to West Virginia International Yeager Airport," Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism Chelsea Ruby said. "I want to thank Governor Justice, the Legislature and our local partners for their continued partnership and investment in tourism infrastructure across the state. I'm looking forward to welcoming blue Breeze planes full of travelers to Almost Heaven this summer and beyond.”  

      "We're excited to extend our collaboration with Breeze, reintroducing the eagerly awaited Myrtle Beach route," shared Dominique Ranieri, Airport Director & CEO. "Providing affordable Breeze flights has proven immensely popular among our travelers, as we expand our range of nonstop destinations. Our sincere thanks to Breeze Airways, Governor Justice, Secretary of Tourism Chelsea Ruby, the Kanawha County Commission, and the City of Charleston for their ongoing dedication to fulfilling the travel needs of our community and visitors."

      “Breeze’s focus is on connecting underserved markets, adding nonstops between cities without existing service,” said Breeze Airways’ President Tom Doxey. “As we continue to introduce new service from Charleston, we’re proud to bring affordable and convenient new travel options to South Carolina.”

      Recognized by Travel + Leisure readers as one of the Top 5 Best U.S. Airlines for the second consecutive year, Breeze offers Guests both bundled and a la carte options 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 doesn’t charge change or cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure and offers other 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. Learn more about Breeze’s flight offerings via our site or the app.

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    • Government News

      In a lengthy session filled with diverse community concerns, the Greenbrier County Commission convened on May 7, 2024, for its regular meeting, addressing everything from estate settlements to grant applications for security enhancements.
      The meeting opened with a moment of reverence, led by Kelly in prayer and Al leading the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a respectful tone for the proceedings. The first order of business was the approval of minutes from the April 23rd meeting, which passed without contention.
      Cindy Alley, the fiduciary supervisor, presented settlements for 13 estates which received unanimous approval. Notably, the commission dealt with the protracted estate of Mary Ellen Green. The case, which had been stalled due to complications with jointly owned real estate, was finally poised for resolution, a relief for all parties involved.
      The commission approved several financial motions, including an arts and recreation fund transfer totaling $143,602.84 for environmental consulting and trail work under a grant reimbursement scheme. Additionally, budget revisions and line item transfers were discussed and approved, ensuring the county's financial health.
      A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to health and safety, with the approval of increased permit fees by the Greenbrier County Health Department, set to take effect on July 1. Moreover, the commission considered a grant application for replacing a critical License Plate Reader (LPR) on I-64, a vital tool for local law enforcement.
      The session also focused on community improvement with the approval of bids for demolishing dilapidated structures under the DEP’s abandoned structures program, which will enhance safety and aesthetics in the community.
      In a particularly touching moment, the commission declared May 2024 as Community Action Month, recognizing 60 years of service by community action agencies. This resolution underscores the commission's commitment to supporting organizations that provide essential services such as childcare, weatherization, and emergency assistance across the county.
      As the meeting drew to a close, the commission was reminded of the ongoing early voting period leading up to the May 14th election. The session adjourned with a collective acknowledgment of the substantial agenda tackled and the forward motion on several fronts, demonstrating the commission's active role in managing county affairs and improving resident welfare.
      This meeting highlighted the intricate balancing act that local governance must perform, ensuring both the immediate needs and long-term interests of the community are addressed effectively.


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    • Local News

      This May, as part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is launching a campaign aimed at enhancing bicycle safety and encouraging the adoption of protective gear such as helmets.
      Traffic safety is a shared responsibility, emphasizing the importance of driver awareness. Motorists are urged to remain vigilant, avoid distractions, and never drive under the influence. Given that bicyclists are vulnerable compared to motor vehicles, drivers should reduce speed and provide ample space when passing cyclists. The likelihood of fatal consequences increases with vehicle speed in accidents involving bicycles.
      For bicyclists, wearing a helmet is as crucial as wearing a seatbelt in a car. The concept of 'Safety in Numbers' suggests that increased visibility of bicyclists on the roads can lead to more cautious behavior from drivers, thereby enhancing safety for all. Cyclists are encouraged to equip their bikes with reflectors and lights and wear bright, retroreflective clothing to improve visibility.
      Bicycling offers numerous benefits—it's eco-friendly, economical, and beneficial for physical health. With fewer vehicles on the road, bicycling can significantly reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Additionally, it's an essential mode of transportation in many low-income and marginalized communities, highlighting the need for safe bicycling infrastructure to address transportation equity.
      In 2022, there were 1,105 bicyclist fatalities and an estimated 46,195 injuries, underscoring the critical need for heightened awareness and improved safety measures. For more details on bicycle safety and the GHSP’s initiatives, visit [NHTSA.gov/BicycleSafety](http://nhtsa.gov/BicycleSafety) and [highwaysafety.wv.gov](http://www.highwaysafety.wv.gov), or contact the GHSP at 304-926-2509.
      As West Virginia commits to these safety initiatives, GHSP and NHTSA hope to foster a safer environment for bicyclists across the nation, particularly during National Bicycle Safety Month.

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