Three Indicted For Murder

By Bobby Bordelon

In the October 2019 indictments, three individuals were charged with murder in two high-profile cases in Greenbrier County, the unrelated murders of Alaisia M. Smith and Chastity Faye Hamm.

Author's Note: this story contains graphic imagery

Read more in the Friday, October 4, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Montwell Oktoberfest Brings Beers, Brats

By Bobby Bordelon

Beer, brats, and beehives will fill Lewisburg's first Oktoberfest with Montwell Commons on Sunday, October 6, raising money for the park's continuing revitalization.

The event begins at 3 p.m. at The Gwen Clingman Center, the new building down the steps from Hill and Holler in downtown Lewisburg, with multiple Greenbrier Valley Brewery beers on tap, including Devil Anse IPA, Bat Boy, and more. Family-friendly activities also feature, such as beehives, local honey, apple cider-making, and kids events with emcee Glenn Singer. Contests and prizes will be held and given for best lederhosen, best beer stein, best strudel, best polka dancer, and several door prize drawings.

Read more in the Thursday, October 3, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg Councilmember Johns Unexpectedly Announces Resignation In Special Session

By Bobby Bordelon

A special session of Lewisburg City Council saw the surprise resignation of Councilmember Eddie Johns on Monday, September 30.

The session was called to consider an "administrative committee" for council, a committee Johns heavily pushed for in the regular September council meeting. However, Johns stopped consideration for the committee before it began.

Read more in the Tuesday, October 1, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Drought Declared As Greenbrier Valley Remains Precipitation-Free

By Bobby Bordelon

The recent lack of rain has lead to a majority of southern West Virginia to be declared a moderate drought by the Charleston National Weather Service.

"During [a] weather briefing, the Charleston National Weather Service informed emergency managers that drought conditions throughout southern West Virginia had reached the D1 (Moderate Drought) level, and are spreading northward toward the Kanawha Valley," reads a press release issued by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS). "This D1(Moderate Drought) designation means that streams, reservoirs, and wells will run low and water shortages are developing or imminent."

Read more in the Monday, September 30, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Suit Filed Against FPC Alderson, Current, Former Staff

By Bobby Bordelon

A civil case against the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) at Alderson was filed in the Southern District Court of West Virginia by a former inmate, alleging several instances of sexual abuse of an inmate and negligent acts by employees of the prison "who failed in their duty to protect" the plaintiff.

The suit alleges several rapes perpetrated against the plaintiff by former captain Jerrod Grimes, assault and battery by former employee Scott Hall, and the use of a potential investigation into those incidents to coerce the plaintiff. The plaintiff remains anonymous in the filing due to the nature of the complaint.

Read more in the Friday, September 27, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre's 'Diary of Anne Frank' Brings Terror And Teenage Awkwardness To Life

By Bobby Bordelon

Before the Greenbrier Valley Theatre's opening of The Dairy of Anne Frank, it was indicted that the play was chosen in part because of the "Unite The Right" rally held in Charlottesville, VA, now over two years ago. The rally, in which members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, neonazis, and other members of the alt-right took to the streets chanting phrases such as "Jews will not replace us" and the Nazi slogan "blood and soil," tiki torches held high.

The rally scared many Americans awake to the presence of an anti-semitism on our shores thought to be long gone. That shocked could serve as a lighthouse beacon pointing to the world painted by The Dairy of Anne Frank, based on the diary left behind by a girl whose family hid from the Nazi regime in an annex in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Portrayed with an energy fitting for a 13-year-old girl by Sharon Romano, Frank's diary serves as the framework of the play, with monologues noting the passage of time, the evolution of her feelings and growth as a person, and the claustrophobic nature of the annex. After Anne's sister Margot Frank (Lara Treacy) is summoned by the Nazis, the entire family goes into hiding, alongside the van Daans, and later joined by a local dentist, Mr. Dussel.

Read more on Page 5 of the Friday, September 27, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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