Lewisburg Administrator Honored For Domestic Violence Work

A woman prominent in helping domestic violence victims in Lewisburg has been honored for her work. The Diane Reese Award is given out every year by the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Kenosha Davenport has been the Executive Director for the Family Refuge Center in Lewisburg for three years. The mission of the award is to pay tribue to individuals who embody the spirit and helping nature like the late Diane Reese, while working to create a world without domestic abuse.

One Person Hurt In Crash In Front Of Hospital

A two car crash this morning left one person injured. It happened at about 7am on Stannaford Road and fortunately the person injured didn’t have to be taken very far because the accident happened in front of Appalachian Regional Hospital. The person may have been trapped in their vehicle but not for long. No word on the names of those involved or on the extent of injuries.

Diane Reese Award Given Out

The Executive Director of the Family Refuge Center, Kenosha Davenport, was awarded the Diane Reese Award from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The award was given recently to Ms. Davenport at the annual Purple Gala in Charleston. Family Refuge Center provides shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and elder abuse in Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe and Pocahontas Counties. There is never a cost for shelter or services provided. If you would like more information about Family Refuge Center, please call their administrative office at 304-645-6324.

Williams River Road Reopens

The Monongahela National Forest has re-opened a section of the Williams River Road (Forest Road 86) that was closed for repairs on the Gauley Ranger District. The closure order has been lifted.
The road was closed to through traffic in November to repair a slide that was caused by damage from the June 2016 flood. The work is funded through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program and is administered by the Federal Highway Administration, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division.

Christmas at the State Fair

It’s Christmas at the State Fair! “We are very excited to open the doors for the first-ever Christmas at the Fair,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “The synthetic ice rink was something new to us, but it is great for beginners, like myself! We hope that this is a tradition we can continue to grow each year!” Regular hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. Admission to skate is $20 for adults (13 and up) and $10 for children (12 and under). And Santa will make an appearance this Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM and then again next Saturday. Special pricing and hours are available for groups and private parties. Contact the fair office or visit www.statefairofwv.com for more information

New Housing for Local Families

In the spring, The Rental Renewal Program was a joint partnership with United Way of Greenbriar Valley local agencies to provide recovery support for families impacted by the floods that hit our area in June of last year. Since then, 12 new homes have been built at Hope Village. United Way provided a$250,000 grant…and with matching funds and a generous gift from the Seneca Trail Charitable Foundation, has resulted in seven families becoming homeowners and the creation of 5 affordable rentals. Home dedications for the Rental Renewal Program will be held at Hope Village this Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Hope Village is located at 1266 Big Draft Road, White Sulphur Springs.

Lewisburg Shanghai Parade

The city of Lewisburg is gearing up for the Shanghai Parade. It happens New Year’s Day from 12pm to 2pm. The Parade led off by the annual Volunteer of the Year It’s a 150 year old tradition, say organizers. Get dressed up in your own wacky costume and walk with many others in this unique, extemporaneous parade. Participants are required to sign up the morning of the parade, lining up on Lee Street for the festive jaunt to Church Street along the Washington St. route. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, in addition to a crisp $2 bill awarded to all of the parade’s participants.

Lewisburg Woman Passenger In Car Carrying $30K Worth Of Meth

A Lewisburg woman is one of two people busted this week by the Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. Police say 28 year old Sara Bennett was in a vehicle being pursued after officers found drugs at the home of the man driving. Police seized a half found of methamphetamine, street value $30,000, from the car driven by 35 year old David Lilly. He faces a slew of charges in connection with the incident. Bennett was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was later released from custody.

Fewer Adults Lighting Up In WV

State health officials report fewer adults are smoking in West Virginia.

The Bureau for Public Health says its survey shows a decline from 28.6 percent in 2011 to 24.8 percent in 2016.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the bureau, says it’s the first evidence of more middle- and high-school students who never smoked aging into the adult population.

Health officials also credit regulations against indoor smoking, higher cigarette taxes and free services to help people quit.

They blame smoking for more than 480,000 deaths a year nationally and nearly 4,300 in West Virginia, saying it causes cancer, heart disease, strokes, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Oil And Natural Gas Tax Revenue Down

West Virginia collected $96 million in property tax revenue from oil and natural gas production during the 2017 tax year, a decline of $38 million from the previous year.

News outlets report that a Monday news release from the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association says the $96 million will go to county government for local school systems and community services.

The association’s executive director, Anne Blankenship, said property taxes fluctuate year to year based on multiple factors, including commodity prices. The tax revenue related to West Virginia’s oil and natural gas produc