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    • Government News

      Greenbrier County has released the schedule for its 2024 rabies vaccination clinics, offering extended hours and a slight change in the schedule to accommodate more pet owners. The clinics, conducted by local veterinarians and attended by county officials, aim to prevent the spread of rabies among domestic animals and ensure public safety.
      Thursday, June 13:
      9:00 - 9:45 AM: Rainelle, Dr. Wilson’s Office 10:15 - 10:45 AM: Charmco, Meadow River Plant & Produce 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Quinwood, McKinnie Park 12:00 - 12:45 PM: Rupert, Fire House 1:15 - 2:00 PM: Grassy Meadows, Leef’s Store 2:30 - 3:15 PM: Clintonville, Community House 3:30 - 4:00 PM: Asbury, Community House Friday, June 14:
      9:00 - 9:45 AM: Renick, J. High Park 10:00 - 10:45 AM: Frankford, Parking lot across from Frankford Presbyterian Church 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Williamsburg, Williamsburg Fire House 12:30 - 1:15 PM: Ronceverte, Ronceverte Methodist Church 1:30 - 2:00 PM: Oregon Cave, Community Center 2:15 - 3:00 PM: Caldwell, Boat Ramp 3:15 - 4:15 PM White Sulphur Springs, Memorial Park Pet owners are reminded to note the changes in the schedule and extended clinic hours. Each clinic will be attended by a 2024 licensed veterinarian, a deputy assessor, and a deputy sheriff.
      According to WV Code §19-20A-1, all dogs and cats over the age of three months must be vaccinated against rabies. The clinics offer an affordable option for pet owners, with a fee of $10 per dog or cat. Vaccination tags for pets in the county and cities with city limits are included in the fee.
      Pet owners should ensure their animals are properly leashed or caged during the clinic visits. Compliance with this regulation is crucial to protect public health and prevent the spread of rabies. The county officials emphasize the importance of rabies vaccination for maintaining community safety and protecting both pets and humans from this potentially deadly disease.
      Joe Darnell, Assessor of Greenbrier County Bruce Sloan, Sheriff of Greenbrier County Dr. Mary Ann Mann, DVM Greenbrier County encourages all pet owners to take advantage of these clinics and ensure their pets are up to date on their vaccinations.

      Updated: Corrections to time and locations 6-5-24

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    • State News

      Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation, ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all State-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2024 – to honor the memory of the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States of America. The Governor’s order also requests that all citizens display any United States and West Virginia flags at their homes at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day.

      Additionally, the Governor’s order asks all West Virginians to unite in prayer for permanent peace at 11:00 a.m. and observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m.

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    • Local News

      This Saturday marks the eagerly anticipated annual Strawberry Festival, a beloved local tradition that has blossomed since its humble beginnings in 2016. Originally a small event, the festival has flourished, expanding from the Memorial Bridge to Sunset Berry Farm, reflecting the growth and enthusiasm of the community.
      The festival offers a delightful array of activities and attractions for all ages. Visitors can start their day on the Memorial Bridge, enjoying live performances at the gazebo, or head straight to Sunset Berry Farm to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere. No matter where you begin, the journey between town and farm promises to be filled with joy and delicious treats.
      Alderson's local shops and restaurants will be open, ready to welcome festival-goers with warm hospitality and unique offerings. Food trucks and vendors will be stationed both in town and on the farm, ensuring a wide variety of culinary delights to satisfy every palate.
      The festival organizers encourage attendees to come early and stay late, making the most of a day in Alderson, fondly known as the “Gem of the Hills.” Whether you're exploring the quaint town, enjoying the scenic beauty of Sunset Berry Farm, or indulging in fresh strawberries and festival fare, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
      To ensure a smooth experience, visitors are advised to follow the directions provided in the photos, rather than relying on GPS. Clear signs will be posted throughout town to guide you to the festival locations.
      Join us this Saturday for a "Berry Good Time" at Alderson’s Strawberry Festival. Celebrate the community spirit, savor the local flavors, and create lasting memories with family and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!


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    • Business News

      The State Fair of West Virginia is excited to announce a special opportunity for local vendors and shoppers alike. This Saturday, May 25, 2024, the weekly flea market will offer free setup in the Free Parking Lot, making it an ideal occasion to explore a wide variety of local offerings.
      Running from 7 am to 1 pm, the flea market promises a vibrant array of goods, including antiques, handcrafted items, fresh produce, and much more. With the added incentive of no setup fees for vendors, this event is expected to draw a diverse selection of sellers, providing an excellent opportunity for bargain hunters and treasure seekers.
      The event will take place in the Free Parking Lot, offering ample space for both vendors and shoppers. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make the most of the event and find the best deals.
      Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to support local businesses and find unique items this Saturday at the State Fair of West Virginia's flea market. See you there!


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    • Government News

      The West Virginia WIC Program monthly cash value benefits for the purchase of fresh produce will now be accepted at authorized farm stands and farmers markets in addition to WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) benefits beginning on June 1, 2024.  The program is made possible by the West Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau for Public Health. 
      “The WIC Farm Market Direct mobile payment system has many benefits for both WV WIC participants and local farmers,” said Heidi Staats, Director of the Office of Nutrition Services. “It simplifies the purchasing process for participants, reduces stigma by functioning like other mobile pay options, streamlines payments to farmers and farmers markets, provides real-time data for review and analysis, and ensures efficient and secure management of federal funds and benefits.” 
      The WIC monthly cash value benefits for fresh produce are $26 for child participants, $47 for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $52 for fully and partially breastfeeding participants.  The FMNP maximum benefit is $30 for eligible WIC participants to be spent June 1 through October 31. 
      WV WIC and WIC FMNP participants will have a QR Code through the WICShopper Mobile App, allowing for electronic transactions with authorized farmers market vendors. Through WIC Farm Market Direct, authorized farmers scan the QR Code to initiate the purchasing process of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
      Farmers will then receive payment via direct deposit, which eliminates check processing fees. There are currently 136 farmers participating in the WV WIC program. A list of participating farmers and farmers markets is available on the WV WIC website. 
      For more information about the WV WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, visit dhhr.wv.gov/WIC/Pages/Farmers-Market.aspx. 
      Farmers interested in becoming an approved WV WIC vendor may visit dhhr.wv.gov/WIC/retailersfarmers or contact the WV WIC Vendor Unit at 304-558-1115 or [email protected]. To view and apply for careers in the public health field, visit dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/Career-Opportunities.aspx. 

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    • Entertainment News

      Carnegie Hall is excited to announce the 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series performance schedule for this summer.  Ivy Terrace concerts are a community favorite and a big reason why Lewisburg, West Virginia, is considered one of the “coolest small towns in America.” The groups perform 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 the live, outdoor concerts. All Ivy Terrace concerts are sponsored by City National Bank and free and open to the public.
      The 2024 Ivy Terrace Concert Series line-up features an eclectic mix of music performed by groups from in and around West Virginia. The Series begins Thursday, June 13 and continues each second and fourth Thursdays of each month throughout the summer, ending on August 24.  Due to The Hunchback of Notre Dame performances on July 25, 26, and 27, there will be no concert on July 25. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
      Kicking off the 2024 Ivy Terrace is The Carpenter Ants, regarded as WV’s premiere rhythm & blues band, on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.  The remaining schedule is as follows: June 27 – Elements of Us; July 11 – Distant Light; August 8 – Brown’s Creek Night Crawlers; and August 22 – Thomas Taylor Band.
      Carnegie’s Ivy Terrace outdoor concerts will also feature vending by Greenbrier Dairy’s Cow Licks Dessert Trailer and Kitchen 304. Carnegie Hall will offer bags of popcorn and nonalcoholic drinks. 
      So, mark your calendars and get excited about this summer in Lewisburg. The 2023 Carnegie Hall Ivy Terrace Concert Series is a “must do” for visitors and locals alike. Concerts may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for updates. Also, the Ivy Terrace Series is an alcohol-free event. 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 Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  

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    • Education News

      During the 2023 school year, students throughout Geenbrier County participated in a collaborative classroom project presented by Carnegie Hall Education Director Harmony Flora.
      The workshops, titled ‘My Appalachia: A Diversity Quilt’ introduced young students to the tradition of quilting in Appalachia, spanning the journey form a humble textile made to stave off the cold and make use of scrap fabrics, to the creative pieces of art and culture that are produced today. The workshops discussed the concept of what it means to be Appalachian, and explored the idea that each unique individual, like a small square in a larger quilt, is also a part of a greater whole- whether through their family, their school or community, or as part of Appalachia itself.
      Students were provided precut quilting squares which they decorated with their own designs, using a variety of templates and stencils to produce individualized artworks that represented their interpretation of what it means to be Appalachian. Local artists working with the Alderson Quilters Guild then stitched the pieces together into one large quilt that represents the students combined vision.
      The final art quilt is now on display at Carnegie Hall and will be offered on rotation to the county’s Elementary schools.
      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.

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    • Government News

      The West Virginia State Police will conduct an upcoming DUI checkpoint in Greenbrier County. This checkpoint is scheduled to take place from 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, to 2:00 A.M. on Friday, May 24, 2024. It will be located on US Route 60, Midland Trail W in Charmco, at the intersection with WV Route 20, Coalfield Trail.

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    • State News

      In celebration of West Virginia’s 161st birthday, First Lady Cathy Justice and Governor Jim Justice are excited to host a hot dog sauce contest, inviting West Virginians to showcase their culinary talents by submitting their best hot dog sauce recipes. This unique event aims to honor the Mountain State's rich culinary heritage and will culminate in a grand celebration on West Virginia Day, Thursday, June 20, 2024.
      The contest not only celebrates West Virginia’s statehood but also highlights a beloved local delicacy—hot dog sauce. The competition promises to be a delicious and spirited affair, with West Virginians competing for top honors and cash prizes. The first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner will take home $300, and the third-place winner will be awarded $100.
      "West Virginia Day is a special occasion for all of us to come together and celebrate our state's history, culture, and traditions," First Lady Cathy Justice said. "What better way to do that than through a contest showcasing our beloved hot dog sauce? I'm excited to see the creativity and delicious recipes from our talented home cooks."
      Participants are encouraged to submit their special step-by-step hot dog sauce recipes by June 10, 2024. The winning recipes will be revealed and celebrated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 2024. Details on the WV Day event will be posted soon.
      To participate in "The Great West Virginia Hot Dog Sauce Cook-Off," submit your detailed recipe through the provided Google Form. Ensure your recipe includes all ingredients, measurements, and step-by-step instructions. This is an opportunity for West Virginians to display their culinary skills and contribute to a cherished state tradition.
      This event promises to be a highlight of the West Virginia Day celebrations, bringing together communities through a shared love of food and tradition. Don't miss out on this chance to be part of a new and flavorful chapter in West Virginia’s history!

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    • Local News

      Mountaineer Veterans Garden of Honor Candlelight Ceremony
      In a poignant tribute to West Virginia’s fallen soldiers, the Mountaineer Veterans Garden of Honor will display over 11,000 American flags, each representing a West Virginia soldier killed in action since World War I. This breathtaking display can be viewed at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 60, in front of the Rainelle Medical Center, from May 17 through May 27, 2024. The display is a stunning spectacle by day and transforms into a serene scene by night, with 900 solar lights shimmering throughout.
      A special Candlelight Ceremony will take place on May 24, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin with an opening prayer by David Harvey, followed by Delany Redden singing the National Anthem. Featured speakers include Danny “Greasy” Belcher from Task Force Omega of Kentucky and Terry Cunningham, President of the Gold Star Chapter. The ceremony will conclude with “Letters From Home” and the playing of Taps by Bill Sanford, Commander of V.F.W. 6106, accompanied by Vicki Sanford from the Auxiliary.
      Welcome Escort for "Run For The Wall"
      On May 23, 2024, at 12:00 p.m., Rainelle will warmly welcome the “Run For The Wall” riders and Task Force Omega members as they pass through the town. This escort is part of their journey to Washington D.C., honoring and remembering their fallen comrades. The community is encouraged to show their support and encouragement for the riders' safe mission.
      “Thank You For Your Service” Tribute
      The LZ Rainelle Group invites local businesses and individuals to purchase 1.5’ x 2’ placards to honor military service members or loved ones. These placards will be displayed near the Rainelle Medical Center from now through Memorial Day, coinciding with the LZ reunion and the “Run For The Wall” arrival. The $40 fee for each placard helps fund the reunion efforts, and sponsors will be listed on the LZ Rainelle website for approximately one year.
      Placard Order Form: TRIBUTE Order Form
      Make Payment to: L.Z. Rainelle WV Veterans’ Reunion, PO Box 653, Rainelle, WV 25962
      Hidden Mountain Treasures Band
      On Saturday, May 25, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Hidden Mountain Treasures Band will perform on the Rainelle City Hall Stage. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Rainelle Elementary School Gymnasium.
      Performance by Thomas Wayne Danley
      Join us on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. for a special performance by Thomas Wayne Danley on the lawn in front of Rainelle City Hall.
      Parade Invitation
      The annual LZ Rainelle Veterans Parade will take place at 12:00 p.m. on May 25, 2024. Participants are invited to register and line up on John Raine Drive near the 811th Reserve Center. Categories for registration include motor vehicles, antique cars, bikes/ATVs, floats, bands, animals, and walking units. Cash prizes will be awarded for the Best Overall Patriotic Award and Best in Class Awards. The parade route will travel through town, ending at the 811th Reserve Center parking lot for the awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
      For more details, contact Charissa Godbey at 304-731-9171.
      MURBLES Tournament
      The public, Gold Star Families, JROTC, veterans, and active military personnel are invited to participate in the LZ Rainelle Veterans Reunion MURBLES tournament. This non-strenuous game, suitable for ages 4 to 104, will be held on Friday, May 24, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at Rainelle Elementary School and on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Rainelle City Hall. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants, and Gold Star families and JROTC members will be featured guests this year.
      For more details, contact Lanny & Emma Michelinie at 304-222-5247.
      Join us as we honor and remember the sacrifices made by our brave service members.

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