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.

Greenbrier County Plans For Covid-19

By Bobby Bordelon

Concern around Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, brought Greenbrier County together for a public health briefing. Led by Greenbrier County Commission President Lowell Rose, representatives from organizations spoke to the response plan if the coronavirus breaks out in Greenbrier County and offered advice for the public to monitor their own health.

"The problem with this virus is that people are scared," said Dr. Caroline Bridgett Morrison. "Our hope today is to dispel the fear. One of the biggest questions I'm asked on a daily basis is 'where do people need to go and get tested?' If we really think about it, most people don't need to be tested. ... This, for the most part, causes flu-like symptoms. We're still in flu season and treating lots of people with the flu. [For] coronavirus, almost 90 percent of people have cold-like symptoms and they're mild."

Read more in the Thursday, March 12, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Board Of Education Praises Students, Plans For Covid 19

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Greenbrier County Board of Education approached student recognition and regular business at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, March 10, finishing business quickly and making a note to the public about Greenbrier County Schools' (GCS) coordination with other authorities on COVID-19 preparedness.

In time out for applause, the board recognized students participating in volleyball, spelling bees, the Young Writers competition, and a NASA STEM Challenge.

Read more in the Thursday, March 12, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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