Lewisburg Hires Next City Administrator

By Robert Bordelon

An information packed meeting of the Lewisburg City Council saw the confirmation of Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester stepping down as city administrator at the end of the current fiscal year on Tuesday, August 21.

The city addressed a wide variety of topics, including the hiring of Manchester's successor, the passage of the first reading of an ordinance updating the City Charter, a new piano donation, awards given to the city, sidewalk project updates, and equipment purchases in several city departments.

Read more in the Wednesday, August 22, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Ronceverte Men Charged With Battery, Improper Weapon Discharge, Obstructing Following Struggle

By Leah Tuckwiller

Two men have been arrested following an incident in Ronceverte on Sunday, August 19, involving gunfire within 500 feet of a dwelling, domestic battery, and other charges. On Sunday, Deputy Z.H. Hudnall and Corporal T.C. Webber of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a "domestic type complaint with shots fired at a residence" in the Squirrel Hill trailer park in Ronceverte.

At the scene, the criminal complaints state that the officer made contact with the two men who were involved, Elias Lopez Mendez, 25, and Francisco Lopez Ruiz, 30. When asked what had happened and who had been shooting, both men allegedly stated that they did not know.

Read more in the Tuesday, August 21, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Construction Workforce On Mountain Valley Pipeline Reduced By 50 Percent

By Robert Bordelon

Ongoing construction delays on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) have pushed the project to "release as much as 50 percent of its construction workforce," according to a press release by MVP.

"Despite the construction activities authorized under the modified work order and the [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)]-approved stabilization plan, MVP was forced to take immediate measures to address an idled workforce and protect the integrity of the project," reads the MVP press release. "MVP is working to mitigate any additional job loss; and we believe we are making progress to receive authorization to resume full construction activities and return the currently released workers back to their jobs. Constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the safest manner possible; minimizing impacts to sensitive species and environmental, cultural, and historic resources; and ensuring the highest levels of environmental protection remain our top priorities. As we continue working closely with the agencies to clarify and resolve the issues related to the stop work order, we appreciate the FERC's responsible review and consideration of the modified work order and look forward to continuing the safe construction of this important infrastructure project."

Read more in the Monday, August 20, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Rainelle Family Dollar Manager Matlock Arrested For First Degree Sexual Abuse

By Robert Bordelon 

A manager for the Rainelle Family Dollar has been arrested after an employee reported several instances of inappropriate touching to the Rainelle Police Department on Wednesday, August 15.

According to the criminal complaint, on Monday, August 13, the accuser stated John Matlock placed his hands on her inappropriately without her permission to do so near the front counter of the store. An additional witness also gave a statement, backing up this first reported instance of inappropriate contact.

Read more in the Friday, August 17, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Teen's Prison Time Can Be Discharged With Completion Of Youthful Offender Program

By Robert Bordelon

Sentencing in the sexual assault case against Andrew Bostic, 19, took place in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Tuesday, August 14.

Overseen by Circuit Court Judge Robert Richardson, Bostic plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault in the third degree against a 12-year-old girl in Rainelle around March 11, 2017.

Read more in the Thursday, August 16, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Board of Education Holds Regular Meeting

By Leah Tuckwiller

The regular meeting of the Greenbrier County Board of Education took place on Tuesday, August 14, at the county board offices.

The meeting was called to order and a time out for applause was called to allow for a presentation on the effect of the American Heart Association's student involvement and fundraising programs given by Jennifer Good, the new Youth market Director for the area. She discussed funds raised in Greenbrier County and goals for next year's AHA programming in schools.

Read more in the Thursday, August 16, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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