Ronceverte's Development Explored

By Robert Bordelon

In Ronceverte's City Hall, a panel of resources for the local business community gathered on Friday, October 12, to discuss ways in which the city could drive its development forward.

Called together by Ronceverte Development Corporation Program Manager Tammy Dotson Rhodes and State Senator and Ronceverte pastor Stephen Baldwin, the panel gave Mayor David Smith, State Senator Stephen Baldwin, Peggy Crowder and Andrew Hagy with the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, Ashley Vickers with the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, and Greenbrier County Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Kara Dense a chance to explain what each of their respective organizations can do for the city and take questions from the audience.

Read more in the Tuesday, October 16, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Elder Care Theft Case Gets Guilty Plea

By Robert Bordelon

A former home health worker took a plea deal on Tuesday, October 10, before Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent, admitting to stealing from an elderly woman placed in her care.

Donna Eagle, 54, of Fairlea was indicted in February for the felony offense of financial exploitation of an elderly person in excess of $1,000, and recently agreed to a plea deal that would convict her of the offense.

Read more in the Monday, October 15, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

GVEDC Director Speaks On Closure Of Lewisburg's ABB

By Robert Bordelon

An employer supporting 150 workers in the Greenbrier Valley will soon be closing its doors; ABB announced that it would be closing after a 12 month transition period, according to reports.

"As part of its continuing review of the business, ABB has announced its intent to consolidate analytical manufacturing at our Lewisburg, West Virginia, location into our factories in Bartlesville, OK, and Quebec, Canada," reads the press release announcing the move. "This decision will impact approximately 130 workers the Lewisburg facility. ABB plans to hire approximately 90 people in Bartlesville and 12 in Quebec as the work transitions to those locations. A final decision is contingent on negotiations with our employee unions, which are currently under way."

Read more in the Friday, October 12, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Meeting To Discuss Possible Airport CVB Goes On Without Greenbrier Valley Airport's Representation

By Robert Bordelon

In the last September meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission, Commissioner Lowell Rose called for a meeting between the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitor's Bureau (GCCVB) and the Airport Authority in an attempt to get the parties to work closer together. The attempt, although finding some positive potential marketing collaborations between the GCCVB and The Greenbrier in the Chicago, would not complete its goal; no current representatives of the Airport Authority were in attendance in the Thursday, October 11, morning meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was for the CVB and Airport Authority to discuss the pros and cons of the Airport's attempt to form another CVB in the county in order to promote and underwrite new flights into the region. When an airport attempts to add a new flight, one method possible is that another organization underwrites the flight, creating a baseline amount of money the airport will be paid for the flights, unaffected by the number of passengers on the flights. The underwriting lasts long enough for the airport to determine whether or not the flight would be profitable once the extra funds are gone; the goal of these programs is to allow the airport to experiment and create new flights without taking a financial burden if a flight fails.

Read more in the Friday, October 12, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Hires 911 Director, Appoints Airport Authority Board Member

By Robert Bordelon

An appointment to the Airport Authority, an upcoming meeting between the CVB and Airport Authority, a new 911 Center Director, an announcement concerning flood insurance premium rates, and a reminder that the voter registration deadline is October 16 were considered and voted on during the Tuesday, September 9, meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission.

A twice delayed vote confirmed Greg Furlong as an appointee to the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority board. The commission previously delayed the vote several times while waiting to hear back from an ethics review board, which was looking into potential conflicts of interest Furlong could have as an employee of The Greenbrier.

Read more in the Thursday, October 11, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

White Sulphur Springs City Council Passes Chicken Ordinance

By Bobby Bordelon

A passed ordinance concerning chickens within White Sulphur Springs was the primary focus of attention during City Council's regular meeting on Tuesday, September 9.

The ordinance went into second reading and was passed by City Council during the meeting, to the objection of two residents of the city who spoke during the citizen's comments section of the meeting before the council took a vote. In addition, another resident of the city raised questions about the ordinance's effect on his business.

Read more in the Wednesday, October 10, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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