Lewisburg Overwhelmingly Approves Fire, Police Levy

By Bobby Bordelon

Residents in Lewisburg chose to continue the city's over 50-year-old property levy after Saturday, February 29's special election.

The unofficial results total:
• For the levy: 123
• Against the levy: 13

Read more in the Monday, March 2, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Looks To Long-Term Tourism

By Leah Tuckwiller

A market study funded and spearheaded by four Greenbrier County entities has yielded results, revealed to the four partners on Wednesday, February 26.

The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Greenbrier, the State Fair of West Virginia, and the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority came together in late 2018 and early 2019, each agreeing to put $10,000 toward the fee of a market and research firm, Streetsense, in order to gain a better understanding of visitors and tourism to Greenbrier County. Initial results were delivered to the funding partners in late 2019, with a final vibrancy assessment delivered and publicly revealed on Wednesday.

Read more in the Friday, February 28, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg City Council Updated On Last Week’s Bomb Threat, Meeting

By Bobby Bordelon

Opening just after a prayer from the mayor, Lewisburg City Council was updated on last week's bomb threat suspect, heard reports from the police and fire departments, and took care of city business on Tuesday, February 25.

Honoring the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White offered the prayer in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday, February 17. Just before the February 25 meeting of City Council, White offered the same prayer, calling for young women to be the leaders of the future, asking for guidance, and calling for everyone to be mindful of how people would want their children to be treated when interacting with others.

Read more in the Friday, February 28, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

County Commission Considers Grants

By Bobby Bordelon

Grant applications for both continuing projects and potential new projects in the county led the discussion in the short Tuesday, February 25, meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission. This included discussion around the Greenbrier County Day Report Center, potential Quinwood broadband access, and more.

Day report centers serve as an alternative to prison for many drug offenses. Funding for the program does not come from the county; instead, funding primarily comes through two grants: a community corrections grant provided by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, and a Justice Reinvestment Initiative grant, a program aimed at driving down criminal costs using evidence-based, cost-benefit analysis.

Read more in the Friday, February 28, 2020, editio of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg Levy Election Tomorrow

By Bobby Bordelon

A special election in the city of Lewisburg will give residents a say in the city's over 50-year-old levy on property, money that goes into the fire department, police department, and street maintenance.

To vote, including early voting, go to Lewisburg City Hall, 942 Washington Street West, in council chambers. Election Day is set for February 29, with the polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Read more in the Friday, February 28, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Opportunity Zone Tax Credits And Deferments Explained By GVEDC

By Bobby Bordelon

Tax credits, deferments, and incentives provided by both the federal and state governments in two Greenbrier County cities were the subject of a Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meeting in Ronceverte on Tuesday, February 25.

Headed by Economic Development Manager Patricia Pagan, the meeting broke down the benefits of the opportunity zones for those that would invest in them. In Greenbrier County, White Sulphur Springs and Ronceverte are approved opportunity zones. In Monroe County, Union is an approved opportunity zone.

Read more in the Thursday, February 27, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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