Greenbrier County Commission Addresses Silt Runoff Concerns

By Bobby Bordelon

Silt runoff, the reconfirmation of the County Commission President, and the final pay resolution for a sewer extension project were considered by the Greenbrier County Commission during their Tuesday, January 14, meeting.

Concern over silt runoff from the Greenbrier County Sportsplex into the Greenbrier River continued with both an announcement from Commission President Lowell Rose and public comment from Jennifer Baker, coordinator for the Greenbrier River Watershed Association.

Read more in the Wednesday, January 15, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Ronceverte Water Rate Increase Passes

By Bobby Bordelon

The first reading of an ordinance increasing water rates was passed by Ronceverte City Council on Monday, January 13, as part of funding an ongoing water infrastructure project.

The new rates, if passed, would begin at $30.36 per 1,000 gallons for the first 1,000 gallons, then $19.65 for every 1,000 above. In addition, bulk water could be purchased for $21.50 per 1,000 gallons.

Read more in the Tuesday, January 14, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Circumstances Of Short Incident At IGA Clarified

By Leah Tuckwiller

An altercation at Cornerstone IGA in Fairlea on Sunday, January 12, has been much-discussed in Greenbrier County this weekend. Tyler Cutlip, a spokesperson for IGA, confirmed that there was a brief scuffle at the grocery store, but that rumors of an individual being attacked and having their groceries stolen are untrue.

Cultip noted that "two people got into a fight, [but] nobody got any groceries stolen. People that rounded the corner approached this [person], thought [it] was somebody else. The scuffle lasted for like seven seconds. And then they all came walking into the grocery store together, apologizing to each other.

Read more in the Monday, January 13, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Sentencing Delayed In Compound Bow Shooting Case After Transfer

By Bobby Bordelon

Sentencing in the case of a compound bow shooting death has been delayed in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court by the recusal of Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent. Dent's recusal stems from potential recidivist sentencing of life imprisonment and her previous role as a prosecutor in the relevant cases.

In October 2018, Carl Wayne Rich was indicted on one count of murder by a Greenbrier County Grand Jury for his role in the compound bow-shooting death of Jay Boothe. His three-day trial began November 2019, where a jury ultimately found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

Read more in the Friday, January 10, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Case Into Thomas’ Deaths Ongoing

By Bobby Bordelon

Although new details about the case have come to light, the investigation into the shooting deaths of Jeremiah Thomas and Jennifer Thomas awaits more evidence from the state crime lab before any determination on charges can be made.

On Friday, November 29, 2019, West Virginia State Police, Rainelle Detachment, Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department, and Nicholas County Sheriff's Department responded to a shooting incident near the Greenbrier County and Nicholas County line on Coleman Road [in] Williamsburg.

Read more in the Thursday, January 9, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Snow Brings Some Trouble To Roads

By Leah Tuckwiller

It may have been a winter wonderland on Tuesday morning, January 7, as fluffy snowflakes drifted to the ground, but the picturesque winter brought trouble on its heels.

According to Director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Mike Honaker, the area was beset by crashes, an uptick likely caused by the snow and, as the winter wonderland melted, slushed, and refroze, increased ice as temperatures dropped.

Read more in the Thursday, January 9, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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