Governor Says “Thugs” Comments Doesn’t Make Him Racist

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said it’s absurd to accuse him of racism for calling a high school girls basketball team “thugs” after a scuffle broke out at a game. Justice’s defense comes a day after a game involving Greenbrier East High School, where he coaches, was forced to end early when the opposing team’s coach got into a tiff with someone in the stands.
Justice’s comments were making the rounds on social media, with one Democratic state lawmaker, Del. Mike Pushkin, tweeting that the governor was making “thinly veiled racial slurs.”

Greenbrier,Monroe Counties Among Those Declared In State Of Emergency By The Governor

Greenbrier, Monroe and Raleigh counties are among seven for whom Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency after heavy rainfall this week that caused significant local flooding. The Governor authorized West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mike Todorovich to support local counties and to use all State resources necessary. The Governor also directed the West Virginia National Guard to assist. The State Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated and is coordinating with officials in the declaration area to determine their needs.

Free Water Sampling In Lewisburg

The City of Lewisburg is searching for customers of the Lewisburg Water System to assist in lead and copper water sampling two times this 2020 year. Those participating will be the provided the sampling materials to collect their individual samples at the appointed time periods. You only need to fill the sample container, record the time and date, then place the bottle outside for pickup. This is a FREE service that is available to a limited number of people. You will receive a copy of your results once they are submitted back to us. Interested individuals who wish to enroll, or those wanting more information should contact the program coordinators at 304-647-5585 weekdays 7am-3pm or email rjohnson@lewisburg-wv.com

News From GCS

Greenbrier County Schools invites parents, students (grades 5 – 12), staff, and community members to complete our 2020-2021 School Calendar Survey by January 24 at www.surveymonkey.com. You can go to greenbriercountyschools.org for additional calendar resources. Also, GCS announces two Pre-K & Kindergarten enrollment sessions: Enroll on March 20 from 11a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Greenbrier County Public Library or on April 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Rupert Library.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Coming To Ronceverte

A vacant building in Greenbrier County will soon be home to a new store. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet officials say they will put one of their stores in Ronceverte this summer, likely in June, but no word on an exact date. The site of the store will be the old Magic Mart Building. Ollie’s sells high volume merchandise at deep discounts.

Missing Girl, Man She Was With Found By Police

Late last week officers in Greenbrier County were able to locate missing juvenile Kinley M. Bowyer, and the man she was with. Patrolling officers tried to pull over a vehicle that did not stop. The vehicle traveled on a dead-end street and subsequently traveled through several residential yards before entering WV Route 20 traveling north. Sergeant Smith continued north on Route 20 and lost visual contact with the vehicle. Moments later he located the vehicle after it had been involved in a single-vehicle accident in a curve. Both occupants were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
Andrew Wolfe, age 22 of White Sulphur Springs, WV, was taken into custody and charged with Grand Larceny, Felony Fleeing in a Vehicle and Fleeing and was incarcerated in the Southern Regional Jail.

Re-Branding Efforts At Greenbrier Valley Airport

A good brand can translate to more business and the Greenbrier Valley Airport planning to re-brand itself this year. There will be a new image, logo and mission statement for the facility and you’ll see all of them pop up on the airport’s website. Chairman of the Board Deborah Phillips tells WAFF, ” How you present that name and that brand is a way of being recognized by your customers and who you market to.”

Investigators Continue Work On Greenbrier County Double Murder

More than a month after a fatal shooting in Greenbrier County that left two people dead, there are no arrests as yet. On November 29th, the victims were shot by two people near a hunting facility in Greenbrier County and police believe the suspects are members of the hunting assoication there. Investigators say they’ve poured over the crime scene and have numerous pieces of evidence in an effort to track down the killers. No word on what they think might be a motive for the slayings.

HUD Head To Visit Rainelle Tuesday

Tuesday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice will travel to Rainelle, W.Va., for a meeting and tour with local officials at Fruits of Labor, Inc., focusing on community revitalization and educational programs for at-risk youth and young adults recovering from addiction. This visit is a part of his three-day tour across Fayette, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Webster and Nicholas Counties. Since his appointment in 2017, Regional Administrator DeFelice has toured in 180 counties to see HUD’s impact on communities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Rise WV Update

This week, construction crews completed four final inspections on two reconstruction projects and a mobile home unit in Kanawha County, as well as one reconstruction project in Greenbrier County, bringing the total number of completed homes in the RISE West Virginia program to 108. There are currently 68 homes in active construction through four different contractors in the housing program. These contractors have been issued 132 notices to proceed, meaning these projects are ready to begin demolition and construction. Of the 68 homes in active construction, six are mobile home replacements, 55 are reconstruction projects, three are rehabilitation projects and six are in demolition.