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.

Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force, Monroe County, The Greenbrier, More Provide Closure Updates

As the situation throughout southeastern West Virginia changes with COVID-19, several organizations, such as the The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force, provided updates to their schedules and plans for dealing with the disease.

Monroe County Schools and food delivery - "Changes will be made to help better protect our students, adults, and employees by limiting their contact both in the schools and on the food delivery routes. On Thursday, March 19, we will continue to deliver food on school buses, departing from the schools at 10:30 a.m. The food being delivered tomorrow will cover a breakfast and lunch for both Thursday and Friday of this week. Parents can also stop by any school and pickup the meals from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. On Monday, March 23, we will deliver meals on bus routes departing from the schools at 12:00. Parents can also pickup at the schools from 12:00 to 1:00 on Monday. The food being provided on Monday will be enough to cover Monday through Friday. Monday will be the only day food is delivered next week. If possible, please try to have an adult at the bus stops since there will be more food given out at each stop. We thank everyone for the support as we are providing food to our students during this school closure."

Read more: Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force, Monroe County, The Greenbrier, More Provide Closure Updates

Lewisburg Approves Cannabis, Closes City Hall

By Bobby Bordelon

Lewisburg City Council planned for COVID-19, passed first readings on medical cannabis and city code update ordinances, approved the budget and several bids, and more during the Tuesday, March 17, meeting.

"The city is shutting down City Hall, the police, fire, Public Works and Library facilities for access by the public. Park facilities are still open," a city social media post explained. "However, usage at the Parks facilities have been limited to no more than ten people gathering at a time as recommended by the CDC guidelines and President Trump. Please call 304-645-2080 for assistance with paying your water utility bills. The city offers an online bill pay, and pay by phone options. The city also has a payment drop box in the City National Bank Drive through lane (Jefferson Street). Please call 304-645-1626 for assistance with any matters related to a police ticket or Lewisburg Municipal Court issue. The city is suspending all special events applications indefinitely."

Read more in the Thursday, March 19, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Area Restaurants Still Serving Take-Away

By Leah Tuckwiller

Buying local withstands the test of social distancing; area restaurants are now changing their business models to limit potential exposure to disease and keep everyone healthy.

The Greenbrier County Health Department is recommending strongly that restaurants bar dine-in customers and instead serve area residents by drive-in or pickup, in accordance with a proclamation from the governor.

Read more in the Thursday, March 19, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Committee Calls For Volunteers

By Bobby Bordelon

"Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Committee is seeking volunteers to potentially help with response to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Director Kayla McCoy during a Tuesday, March 17, press conference.

McCoy and Senator Stephen Baldwin called the conference to ask the Greenbrier County community to be ready to mobilize and volunteer should the need arise as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Read more: Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Committee Calls For Volunteers

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