Brandon Roto Sentenced In Regard To Sexual Abuse

By Robert Bordelon

Brandon Roto, 33, was sentenced in regard to a criminal case dealing with sexual abuse of a minor in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Tuesday, July 17.

Author's Note: this story contains graphic imagery.

Read more in the Thursday, July 17, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Rubber Duck Race Winner Robbed, Suspects Caught

By Robert Bordelon

Deputies with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office were able to quickly apprehend a suspect after one winner of the Ronceverte River Festival rubber ducky race was robbed of her winnings, credit cards, and ID.

Deputy Brandon McCormick of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Greenbrier River Trail Parking Lot near Stonehouse Road in Caldwell in response to a call. Elizabeth Wickline, a recent winner of the Ronceverte River Festival rubber duck race, had returned to her truck to find the money, their ID, and credit cards were gone.

Read more in the Thursday, July 19, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg City Council Passes Two Resolutions, Discusses Hire, America In Bloom Judges’ Visit

By Robert Bordelon

Lewisburg City Council met on Tuesday, July 17, discussing the recent America in Bloom judge visit, the city's new assistant city manager, and the passage of two resolutions.

America in Bloom is a nonprofit organization promoting "nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements."

Read more in the Wednesday, July 18, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Local Terrapin Emerges 75 Years After First Encounter

By Robert Bordelon

After an encounter with Robert Lewis "Bob" Shafer in the early 1940s, a local turtle found itself with his initials on its shell. That turtle was not seen by Shafer again for over 50 years. The terrapin would then reappear to Shafer's nephews just over 75 years following the initial encounter.

On May 26, 1943, Bob Shafer was at home, living with his parents. After going outside, he found a dry land terrapin, or a box turtle. As did many people at that time, he decided to carve his initials, R.L.S., into the turtle's shell, then added the date.

Read more in the Tuesday, July 17, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Hires Attorney Barry Bruce, Considers Options In Ongoing Pool Dispute

By Robert Bordelon

Hosting the regular Tuesday, July 10, meeting in the commission's old quarters downstairs in the courthouse, the Greenbrier County Commission discussed potential pool litigation, a supplemental agreement for Meadow River Rail Trail construction, and bids for demolition projects unrelated to the flood of 2016.

The ongoing issue of pool funds between the Greenbrier County Commission and New River Community and Technical College (NRCTC) emerged once again during the Tuesday meeting, where the commission formally hired attorney Barry Bruce to help sort through the case.

Read more in the Wednesday, July 11, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

WSS City Council Holds Short Meeting

By Robert Bordelon

Clocking in under five minutes, the Monday, July 9, White Sulphur Springs City Council meeting included reports from each of the standing committees before adjourning.

Beginning with White Sulphur Springs Mayor Bruce Bowling, the city's infrastructure report laid out a rough timeline for ongoing sidewalk improvement projects. Although originally planned to start Monday, construction for sidewalk improvements have been delayed.

Read more in the Tuesday, July 10, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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