State Level Priority List Ranks Infastructure Projects Above Homeowner Buybacks In 2016 Flood Recovery

By Bobby Bordelon

Despite Greenbrier Valley coming close to the three-year anniversary of the flood of 2016, 34 Greenbrier County families are still waiting for the state to provide them with the funds they need to move forward with their lives.

Unrelated to issues with the West Virginia RISE program and the slum and blight program, the West Virginia Flood Hazard Mitigation program takes 15 percent of funds made available through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to a state during a natural disaster and requires them to be used on preventing future damage to homes, families, infrastructure, and buildings.

Read more in the Thursday, April 4, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Escapee Reportedly Seen In Lewisburg

By Theresa Flerx

An escape convict from Virginia was confirmed to be in the Lewisburg area as of Tuesday, April 2.

"The U.S. Marshal's office has confirmed to us that fugitive escapee Joshua Keen obtained a room through-out the night at the Super 8 Motel in Lewisburg, WV," according to the Richlands Police Department. "The clerk believes Keen departed around 5 a.m. [Tuesday] and the Marshals have also found evidence in the room to suggest Keen has changed his facial appearance, possibly to a clean shaven look."

Read more in the Wednesday, April 3, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Farmers To Train For SNAP, Stretch Program

By Bobby Bordelon

With the farmers' market season fast approaching, efforts to help local farmers are ramping up with a special training on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The training will include information on how farmers can accept SNAP benefits and details on a dollar for dollar matching pilot program exclusive to farmers' markets. Farmers interested are invited to attend on Thursday, April 4, at 5-8:30 p.m. in the barn building behind Hill & Holler in Lewisburg.

Read more in the Wednesday, April 3, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Ronceverte Calls For Residents To Make It Shine Successfully

By Bobby Bordelon

Ronceverte City Council encouraged town residents to come out on Saturday for Make It Shine Day during its Monday, April 1, regular meeting, calling on to help improve the city's appearance.

Ronceverte Make It Shine Day, the rapidly approaching day of community service aiming to clean the city, is currently set for Saturday, April 6, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting for two or three hours.

Read more in the Tuesday, April 2, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg Water Settlement Begins To Pay

By Bobby Bordelon

A $4 million settlement has begun to reach participants in a classaction lawsuit against Kenneth Pritt, Woodford Transportation, and Woodford Oil Company. The lawsuit was brought by attorney Charles Webb on behalf of residents and businesses in Lewisburg, who lost water service after a diesel spill contaminated sections of Anthony Creek in January 2015.

"For those customer of the city of Lewisburg water works, it's no April Fools' Day joke when you open that envelope and find a check enclosed for those who participated in the class action suit resulting from the interruption of service following the oil truck spilling its load into a Greenbrier River source of the local water supply," wrote resident Jack Ballard to The West Virginia Daily News.

Read more in the Tuesday, April 2, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Acts On Various Items

By Bobby Bordelon

Amid various high profile events, such as issues with 2016 flood recovery and the appointment of a new commission representative to the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority, the Greenbrier County Commission also conducted regular business, declaring proclamations, issuing grants, and appointing various county residents to boards, keeping the county and its projects running.

• Child Abuse Prevention Month will be honored all April, calling attention to the most vulnerable children in the county. A ceremony will be held on Friday, April 26, at noon, raising the Child Abuse Prevention Flag, which will fly through May 1.

Read more in the Tuesday, April 2, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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