Red Cross Urges Safe Blood Donation As Shortage Nears

By Leah Tuckwiller

The American Red Cross is encouraging folks to give blood as the organization handles both the COVID-19 situation in the United States as well as other disasters like the recent tornadoes in Tennessee.

Due to a mass cancellation of blood drives, the Red Cross is now suffering a shortage of available blood. Though the Red Cross still encourages measures like social distancing, there are still ways to help and donate blood while being mindful of minimizing the spread of illness.

Read more in the Wednesday, March 18, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

State Fair of West Virginia Will Go On, Library Offers Alternative Options

By Leah Tuckwiller

Though the State Fair of West Virginia has announced that the WV Craft Brew Festival and weekly flea markets have been postponed indefinitely, there is still something to look forward to. "Currently," says a release from the fair, "the State Fair of West Virginia is moving forward with plans for the 96th Annual Fair scheduled for August 13-22, 2020."

"The safety, health and well-being of all visitors and employees is our top priority," reads the release from State Fair CEO Kelly Collins. "We will continue to work closely with local, state and federal officials throughout the spring and summer, and will update you as often as possible."

Read more in the Tuesday, March 17, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Justice Seeks Ethics Commission Opinion

By Bobby Bordelon

Flights to and from the Greenbrier Valley Airport taken by Governor Jim Justice on official state aircraft were the subject of a recent opinion from the West Virginia Ethics Commission. Although commission requests are usually anonymous, Justice asked for the opinion and, due to the nature of the question, asked he be identified.

In his request to the ethics commission, Justice asked two questions: whether "he may use state aircraft to fly from Lewisburg to destinations outside of Charleston on official state business" and if "he may participate in campaign activities following his state work and before his return flight provided that the primary purpose of the travel is for official state business and there is no additional use of the aircraft for campaign-related travel."

Read more in the Tuesday, March 17, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Local Grocery Stores Set To Restock As Normal

By Leah Tuckwiller

Though COVID-19 is still affecting states – and buying habits – nationwide, some stores are helping to reassure customers that shelves won't be empty forever.

The local IGA and Walmart have confirmed that supply lines and restocking are running as normal. Shelves currently laying bare include products such as toilet paper and medicines for flu-like symptoms, as well as cleaning products.

Read more in the Monday, March 16, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Hears CVB Award, Budget Reports

By Bobby Bordelon

In a meeting dominated by budget proposals from the various Greenbrier County departments, the Greenbrier County Commission recognized the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB) for finalizing their accreditation during the Tuesday, March 10, meeting.

Kara Dense, executive director of the CVB, introduced Fayetteville Mayor Sharon Cruikshank, the past president of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Cruikshank congratulated Dense and the CVB for completing the accreditation.

Read more in the Monday, March 16, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Alderson Responds To Audit, Reduces B&O Tax

By Bobby Bordelon

Alderson City Council responded to a financial audit from the state, reduced taxes on wholesalers, approved the first reading of the 2021 budget, and more during the Thursday, March 12 meeting.

After receiving a preliminary financial audit from the West Virginia Auditors Office, City Council approved a letter, providing a response to the findings. For example, one of the findings was listed as "segregation of duties" between city officials.

Read more in the Monday, March 16, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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