By Bobby Bordelon
Although state-level extensions have been considered due to COVID-19 sheltering, city budgets will soon be due. Because of this, Ronceverte's special meeting of City Council continued forward on Monday, March 23, with a majority of councilmembers in attendance over the phone.
"We've got the room set up so that everybody can be about six feet apart," joked Ronceverte Mayor David Smith. "We could've handled three more folks."
By Theresa Flerx
Greenbrier Valley residents are not used to sitting still, especially during a crisis. Action taken following the flood of 2016 was proof of that. People in Southern West Virginia may be told the best course of action during this pandemic is to stay at home, but that doesn't mean they need to sit idly by as COVID-19 creeps closer. The medical community, private citizens and several political figures have put out a call to anyone handy with a sewing machine.
Local quilters, alteration specialists, amateur seamstresses and seamsters suddenly left with time on their hands are putting there collective feet to the pedal making face masks to provide some level of protection against this novel virus. Social media is crowded with pictures of masks stitched by area crafters and professional needleworkers.
When proms, weddings and other formal occasions began canceling in the past few weeks, Fairlea alteration shop owner, Debbie Bryant, turned her attention to filling the needs of groups, organizations, home healthcare providers and people with immunity issues seeking a "little extra protection."
By Bobby Bordelon
Food distribution to Greenbrier County students has been centralized into Greenbrier East High School under the direction of the Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Committee (GGLTRC). Volunteers, the National Guard, and local organizers gathered with special precautions in order to get food out to children who need it.
"We will continue this program until we can't anymore," explained GGLTRC Director Kayla McCoy. "We are committed to feeding the school children of Greenbrier County because we recognize that so many of these households rely on the school system for two meals a day. We are doing our very best to meet that need for as long as we can."
Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau Offers List Of Local Restruants, Businesses Temporarily Closed
Per the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Good Morning All,
We are working on collecting information about how our partners are adapting to this trying time We are doing our best to stay as up-to-date as possible, but at this time we are asking for your help. If your business or events are not on either list, please, send us a message. We'll make sure it's added.
To see a list of temporary business closures/ event cancellations click here: http://bit.ly/392fXgL
To see a list of restaurants click here: http://bit.ly/2wa03Ud
To see travel updates click here: http://bit.ly/2TKR8Cn
We're happy to see how our community is coming together to help each other. It's the positivity we need to keep pushing forward.
Kara D. Dense, Executive Director
Request School Meals at http://ow.ly/P7Im50yRvVd or call 304-968-9519.
IMPORTANT SCHOOL MEAL UPDATE FOR GCS FAMILIES: Beginning Monday, March 23, Greenbrier County Schools will partner with the Greater Greenbrier Long-Term Recovery Committee to continue food distribution to students. Families can order meals each day by submitting an online form at http://ow.ly/XFzw50yRwB3 or by leaving a message at 304-968-9519. Please request each meal by 2 PM the day before it is needed. Meals can be picked up on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 12 - 1 p.m. at each of the 13 schools or one of the following community sites: Alvon United Methodist Church, MARVEL Center, Renick Fire Hall, or Williamsburg Community Center. Delivery also available. Wednesday's meal will include enough food to get through Sunday. Please be sure to complete the online form or leave a message at 304-968-9519 to request school meals. Subject to change at any time. Please follow us on Facebook @GreenbrierCountySchools or visit us at greenbriercountyschools.org for updates. Thank you!
The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met via conference call on Friday, March 20, and reports the following information.
Health Department - No positive cases here yet, but cases are increasing across the state and nation. Approximately 20 tests have been administered in the county and all came back negative. Reminder that mass gatherings should be limited to 10 people.