Archives for July 2016

Smooth Ambler helps victims

So many great folks have joined in to help Greenbrier County after the floods. The owners and employees from Smooth Ambler Distillery presented a check to the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. All of the money will go towards flood relief efforts in Greenbrier County.
John Little of Smooth Ambler told WVNS TV that out of state businesses that work with Smooth Ambler have been extremely generous with donating gift cards and other others things to help those affected by the floods.

Child & Youth Advocacy Center

This is great news! Governor Tomblin announced that nearly 100 thousand dollars will be given to the Child and Youth Advocacy Center in Greenbrier County. It will be used to help fund the organization as they investigate and intervene on allegations of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

Greenbrier County hotline open today

Today is the day! Yes, today, The Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management office will begin taking calls to help people whose homes were devasted in flooding. Residents can call the line to apply to have their home demolished and get the debris hauled away. The person who has the legal authority to the property can call 304-647-9930. They must provide their name, address and a contact number. Several steps will be taken to see if you meet the criteria to continue with the application process.

Former reporter

A former TV reporter finds himself on the other side of a news story. Orlando Salinas was in a Montgomery County court yesterday to face charges of forcible sodomy and rape dating back more than seven months ago. He’s being held without bail. The Blacksburg High School grad worked at WDBJ-7 as a reporter from 2012 to last year and is now a real estate agent.

Mining citations

More than a quarter of the mining citations handed out in June across the county were given to mines here in the Mountain State. A total of 17 violations were issued to three West Virginia Mines by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The American Eagle Mine in Kanawha County led the pack with eleven safety violations.

Funeral for teenager missing

Funeral arrangements have been made for a 14-year-old West Virginia girl missing and presumed dead in last month’s devastating floods. The obituary for Mykala Cheyanne Phillips says the service will take place Sunday afternoon at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Meeting didn

The County commission meeting at the Greenbrier Valley visitor Center didn’t go too well the other night. They were hoping to receive funds to market tourists to the area. The measure was not added to the agenda as they hoped. The visitor center folks say tourist traffic has decreased since the flood, so they want to use $450,000 in hotel tax revenue to promote the county. Many Greenbrier County businesses have been directly affected by the floods and the Greenbrier Valley Visitor Center is not giving up hope.

Film training workshop

A two-day film training workshop is being planned for next month. The West Virginia Film Office will hold the training at the Greenbrier Public Library in Lewisburg. The dates have been set for August 20th and 21st. Three years ago, a similar training was held in Huntington and the availability sold out within days.

FEMA will help low income families

West Virginians who are running into issues related to last month’s deadly floods might be eligible for free legal services. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that Disaster Legal Services will provide legal help to low-income people who can’t pay for lawyers because of a major disaster. The partnership among FEMA, the West Virginia State Bar, and Legal Aid of West Virginia provides 24/7 access to a legal hotline.

Saints were in town

The New Orleans Saints were in White Sulphur Springs helping clean up some of the homes devastated in Greenbrier County last month. The Saints have their training camp at The Greenbrier, but before it begins, the team wanted to come and help those who lost everything. A month after the flooding in White Sulphur Springs, it still is a disaster. The Saints were working with Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit disaster relief organization.