West Virginia Daily News Temporarily Suspends Print Edition

As the Greenbrier Valley prepares for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to pass, The West Virginia Daily News and Greenbrier Valley Ranger are also taking precautions.

Like many businesses, both the risk to public and employee health are a primary concern for the newspapers. In order to limit potential exposure, neither The West Virginia Daily News nor the Greenbrier Valley Ranger will be printing a physical edition after today, Friday, March 20.

The West Virginia Daily News and Greenbrier Valley Ranger are tentatively closing for at least two weeks. Both newspapers are currently planning in the midst of an uncertain economic future.

As Greenbrier Valley businesses and advertisers close to the public, this has an impact on the economics of the region and its news sources. The West Virginia Daily News is no exception; this situation is unprecedented and both the timeline and impact are uncertain.

These measures are being taken not to scare the public, but flatten the exposure curve, keep our employees and the public healthy, and ensure that The West Virginia Daily News continues once precautions are no longer necessary.

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County Commission Declares Local Emergency

By Bobby Bordelon

The Greenbrier County Commission declared a state of emergency in Greenbrier County on Thursday, March 19, in order to keep necessary supplies and resources available to emergency responders.

"At this time we have no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, but in order to get qualified for masks and other supplies our Office of Emergency Services needed the order," explained Commission President Lowell Rose in a social media post. "The County Commission held an emergency meeting with the Judges, Sheriff, and OES and the Commission released the order."

Read more in the Friday, March 20, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Hines Woman Arrested For Felony Child Neglect

By Bobby Bordelon

A Hines woman has been charged with felony child neglect with the risk of bodily injury after law enforcement found a nine-year-old autistic child outside in 37 degree weather at 2 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Corporal S.W. Hudnall and Lieutenent G.R. Workman were dispatched to Route 60 near Hines after a call was placed to 911 around 1:30 a.m. The caller described an "eight or ten" year old "was wearing only underwear and sandals and was screaming 'help' and 'fire.' The temperature outside at that time was 37 degrees."

Read more in the Friday, March 20, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier Physicians Remains Open For Care

By Bobby Bordelon

Greenbrier Physicians reached out to the Greenbrier Valley to announce they would remain open as preparations for COVID-19 are taken in the county.

"During the outbreak Greenbrier Physicians is still open to provide care and still meet your medical needs," said Rob Repass. "We're making changes and so forth to reduce hours just to make sure we're still here, but [we'll still be open] 8 [a.m.] to 4 [p.m.], Monday through Friday. ... People still need to get medications refilled, break their leg, sprain their ankle or whatever, we're still here for them."

Read more in the Friday, March 20, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

January Brush Road Shooting Suspect Bond Reduced After Defense Motion

By Bobby Bordelon

Bond for Kip Aaron Sears in the case of the January 7 shooting on Brush Road was reduced, but not eliminated, in a Greenbrier County Circuit Court hearing on Tuesday, March 17.

Considered by Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Robert Richardson, Sears' case stems from a January shooting in which one victim was injured and flown to a Virginia medical center for treatment.

Read more in the Friday, March 20, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg City Council Considers Code Updates

By Bobby Bordelon

In addition to the first reading of a medical cannabis ordinance and COVID-19 preparations, Lewisburg City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance updating the city code during their Tuesday, March 19, meeting.

"Some of [the updates] have been around for a while, just things that we've been waiting to not do them piecemeal," Faulkner explained. "Some of them were born of me pushing employees to look through things and sections that pertain to their work. I know at least a little bit about all of the changes in here – I've met with [City Attorney] Tom White twice and varying members of our staff. ... For the most part they're either being pushed by a rule that's come down and we're no longer allowed to do it that way, we just don't operate that way anymore, or there's a couple of instances where fees are changing. Those are with our building code violations and those just reflect how long it's been [since they've been changed]."

Read more in the Friday, March 20, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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