‘Echoes Of Slavery In Greenbrier County’ Resonate In New GHS Exhibit

By Bobby Bordelon

The Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS)'s newest exhibit, "Echoes of Slavery in Greenbrier County" opened on Saturday, March 7, in the North House Museum. The exhibit connects the history of white supremacy and slavery in Greenbrier County, beginning with the stories of individual slaves, to segregation and African American Greenbrier Countians who achieved despite it, and to the lasting effects it has on individuals today.

The exhibit features recently taken oral histories from local community members, testimony from several witnesses to an alleged 1861 slave rebellion, photos from the Bolling School, plaques for Katherine Coleman Johnson, Howard Jefferson Crump, and Steve Rutledge, an exploration of the Green Book, and much more.

Read more in the Monday, March 9, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

First Greenbrier County Day Report Support Group Meeting Declared A Success, Correction On Times

By Bobby Bordelon

The Greenbrier County Day Report's first "addiction support group for families, friends, or anyone struggling with addiction" meeting held space for those dealing with the fallout of addiction on Monday, March 2.

Greenbrier County Day Report Director Laura Legg pronounced the first event a success, with a number of community members coming forth to share their experiences.

Read more in the Friday, March 6, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Reyes-Cortijo Committed After Plea

By Bobby Bordelon

After a Greenbrier County murder case ended with a "not guilty by reason of mental illness" plea, the victim's mother addressed the Greenbrier County Circuit Court and the perpetrator, Edwood G. Reyes-Cortijo, was committed to a mental health institution on Thursday, March 5.

Bradley Jerome Morales-Andrades died on March 21, 2017, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center as a result of stab wounds. In October 2017, Morales-Andrades's roommate, Reyes-Cortijo, was indicted for his murder. During the proceedings in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court, a number of mental health evaluations were performed on Reyes-Cortijo, leading to a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The Greenbrier County Prosecutor's office and Reyes-Cortijo, through defense counsel Joshua Edwards, arranged a plea bargain, one approved by Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent on Monday, March 2.

Read more in the Friday, March 6, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lady Spartans Beat Black Eagles, Clinch

By Brandon Baker

The Greenbrier East Lady Spartans seemed to lose all momentum after last Friday's tough loss to arch rival Woodrow Wilson, but they had a chance to redeem themselves Tuesday, March 3, when they traveled to face the South Charleston Black Eagles in the Region 3 cofinal.

And redeem themselves, they did.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

 

Sergeant Hughes Takes Over D.A.R.E. Program For Lewisburg Elementary

By Bobby Bordelon

Fifth graders in Lewisburg Elementary School for the past several weeks have been participating in the nationally known anti-drug D.A.R.E. program, now lead by newly minted D.A.R.E. officer Sergeant Jonathan Hughes of the Lewisburg Police Department.

As explained by its website, dare.org, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was created in the early 1980s to push back against "unparalleled drug abuse among our youth" in Los Angeles. Since then, the program expanding into schools across the country, including Lewisburg in the 1990s.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Justice Presents COVID-19 Update

By Leah Tuckwiller

"Gov. Jim Justice gathered key members of his administration and medical experts from across the state on Wednesday to coordinate precautionary measures and continue preparations and planning for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)," reads a press release from the governor's office.

The roundtable meeting was closed and not made public, but in a media session immediately following the roundtable, Justice addressed the findings made and the next steps for West Virginia.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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