Archives for April 2016

Peppershed opening

A business is Greenbrier County has relocated in order to expand and bring more farm to table products to the market. The Peppershed was located in downtown Lewisburg for the past two years. Now it’s preparing for it’s grand opening across from the Ford dealership on Route 219. The Peppershed offers locally made sauces, marinades, rubs, seasonings, salsas and dips. The grand opening is tomorrow. There will be tastings, music and a drawing for a gift basket. Anyone is welcome to attend, especially those who love things on the spicy side.

Drug Court Program

Four adults recently graduated from the Southeastern Regional Drug Court, in the Greenbrier County Courthouse. Kachine Jonese, who’s worked as an adult drug court probation officer since 2013, said the program focuses on more than just being sober, it helps them make amends and repair families.
Drug court participants must attend classes and therapy, and must either go to work or enroll in school.
They must also remain in the program for at least one year, but Jonese said the average completion time is one and a half years.

Whistleblower

A Greenbrier County man is suing his former employer over claims he was fired for reporting alleged wrongdoing. Harold Ed Jones filed a lawsuit April 15 in Mercer Circuit Court against Princeton Community Hospital Association Inc., alleging retaliation for whistle-blowing as well as violations of the West Virginia Patient Safety Act. According to the complaint, during his three years of employment with Princeton Community Hospital, Jones told supervisors about instances of wrongdoing and waste, including alleged fraudulent billing practices. The suit claims Jones was terminated on March 10 for his actions. Jones seeks a jury trial, punitive and compensatory damages, plus litigation costs and interest.

Be aware of scams

Please be aware of high pressure telelmarketers selling short term or limited benefit health insurance policies. You may be thinking about changing health insurance plans or purchasing new coverage, and the State corporation commission’s bureau of Insurance warns Virginians not fall victim to these scams. If you receive a sales call from someone selling health insurance, as the caller for written information about the policy, including premiums. If he or she refuses, hang up.

Girl Scouts Summer

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will take on the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve for high adventure events this summer. Girl Scouts age 13 and older are invited to participate in a “West Virginia Wild, Wonderful High Adventure” June 5-11. This includes activities in the Summit Center area and the Adventure Zone area. This experience also includes service learning, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), leadership development and team building activities. The deadline to apply is May 6.

Early Voting

County clerks are reporting good turnouts for early voting despite rain and wind throughout the day.
Cecilia Chapman, Raleigh County deputy clerk, reported that the line of enthusiastic early voters did not dwindle throughout the day, and 279 had cast their vote by 4 p.m. She expects the trend to continue throughout early voting with even larger crowds on sunnier days. The Greenbrier County Clerk’s Office reported 201 voters visited the courthouse location and more than 35 in Rupert. Greenbrier residents can vote early at the courthouse and Rupert Community Building.

A New app for scenic byway

An organization has created a mobile app that will give people self-guided tours of a 44-mile scenic byway near Beckley. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Paint Creek Scenic Trails Association has created the app to give people access to 10 audio pieces with information on the Paint Creek Scenic Byway. The byway features historic points of interest as well as places to fish for trout, ride bikes, view wildlife and paddle kayaks. The app will include information about Native Americans, coal mining and watershed restoration.

Area man to be sentenced in August for drug crimes

Sentencing is set for August 17th for a Greenbrier County man who pleaded guilty this week to a federal crime involving the distribution of oxycodone. 63 y ear old Ronald McMillion, admitted traveling to the Baltimore area in early 2014 to obtain oxycodone pills, and that he then traveled back to the area and sold some of the pills. He also admitted that he had sold oxycodone in Greenbrier County both before and after that trip. McMillion faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

New Police Officers

After a long recruiting process, seven new officers are added to the force. Officer Nick Walters was sworn in several weeks ago. Tuesday night, the other six were introduced. Alex McGhee, Charlene Diggs, Jim McNeely, Logan Christian, and Naomi Cook. History was also made in this recruiting class. Charlene Diggs is the first minority female officer in the Beckley Police Departments history. Three of the new hires will go to the West Virginia State Police Academy in June, the other three will go in August.

Greenbrier Resort for NFL

The Greenbrier Resort has been the site for NFL teams to practice for the past two years, and it appears 2016 may make that a third. The New Orleans Saints practiced there in 2014 and 2015. They were joined by the New England Patriots during the second year. Owner of the Greenbrier Resort Jim Justice, said the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders are looking into holding practices there. Because they are coming over from the West Coast, Justice noted, the visit to the Greenbrier would be convenient for the two teams’ schedules, and they may not be the only teams hitting the field this year.