State Fair Of WV Starts Thursday

The 95th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin on Thursday, August 8, with gates opening at 9 am and carnival rides at 11 am! The 10-day event will bring thousands of people together for top-name musical acts, free entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides from Reithoffer (Wreat-hof-fer) Shows and one-of-a-kind fair food!

The theme of this years fair is ‘Summer’s Greatest Adventure’ and the fair hopes everyone is able to make it out to help celebrate 95 years of traditions, as well as some new adventures for fair-goers including the second annual ‘Best of Fair Food’ contest! The contest will feature nine new items submitted by food vendors that fair-goers will get to taste and then vote on. Winners will be announced at the end of the fair week.

Gate specials throughout the week include First Energy’s Magic Monday (8/12), Senior Citizen’s Day (8/13), the Early Bird Special featuring $1 admission from 9 am – 12 Noon (8/14) and Military Discount Day (8/15). Children ages 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.

State Trooper Shot In Pocohontas County, Kills Suspect

In Pocohontas County, a West Virginia state trooper has killed a man who shot him during a pursuit in the woods. Officials say the man first fired a rifle at Pocahontas County Sheriff J.P. Barlow after a car crash on Monday. Then, they say he shot Trooper First Class JM Tallman in the abdomen as officers searched the woods, and Tallman returned fire after being hit, killing the man. Police haven’t released information on the trooper’s condition. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tweeted Tuesday that he and his wife “are praying for Trooper Tallman and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Report: Justice Owned Companies Owe Almost $2 Million In VA

Reports indicate West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia. WDBJ-TV reports Wednesday that companies owned by the Republican governor owe $1.9 million in taxes to several counties in Virginia. Justice lists more than 100 businesses in his most recent financial statement, including coal, timber and agriculture companies. He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion.
A Justice family representative told the station the companies have been in contact with the counties to resolve the issues.

Lewisburg DHS Grants Suspended

The city of Lewisburg is now being told by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS) to return abouth $250,000 in grants. That money had been awarded to the city, but after a monitoring visit, DHS found the city wasn’t in compliance with the grant’s conditions and tried to put the city on an improvement plan. Somewhere along the way, DHS did not receive a response, prompting a letter to the city that its grant awards were suspended.

State Fair Drawing Closer

Just over a week from now, the 95th annual State Fair of West Virginia takes place in Lewisburg and you can get tickets to the attractions you want through August 2nd at Valley Independent Pharmacies and through noon, August 3rd, at the State Fair box office. There will be top name musical acts, carnival rides, fair food and more and the fair kicks off on August 8th and opens at 9am with carnival rides opening at 11 am each day during its ten day run.

I-64 Ramps Closed Monday

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced the closing of the I-64 ramps for Monday, July 29, according to District 9 Construction Engineer Greg Hylton.

Both eastbound and westbound ramps for I-64 at mile marker 181 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia will be closed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., and motorists are asked to use the alternate route in Harts Run at mile post 179.

The West Virginia Division of Highways expresses their regret for the inconvenience this causes the citizens and guests to the area.

Please note that inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule

Beckley Preps For Upcoming Community Events

The Beckley Events Committee is now accepting vendor booth applications for several upcoming events including the Appalachian Festival Block Party in August and Beckley’s Kids Classic Festival in September.

The Appalachian Festival Block Party will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Beckley. Part of the Appalachian Festival, the festive block party features local food vendors and entertainment including the New River Jazz Band, Shane Ingram, The Lilly Mountaineers, and Major Paradigm. Local restaurants and organizations are invited to set up a booth and sell samples of cuisine. It is recommended that items are priced at a discount so that attendees have an opportunity to sample several dishes. According to the City’s Event Director Jill Moorefield, “It is a great way to reach hundreds, promote your establishment, and if you are judged as the best in any of the competition categories, you’ll receive a certificate to display.” Competition categories include best appetizer, entrée, sandwich, dessert, most attractive booth, and the Peoples’ Choice. Vendors need to be registered by August 8 and follow Health Department rules.

Beckley’s annual Kids Classic Festival is scheduled September 2– 8. Baby-related vendors are invited to set-up at the Baby Fair held at Word Park on September 6, 11 am – 1 pm.

Discovery Channel Show Makes Stop In Lewisburg Vicinity

A pair of teachers who host Road Trip Masters on the Discovery Channel made a stop in the Lewisburg-White Sulphur Springs area. Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer drive around in a drop top Cadillac and check out food, lodging and adventures in the areas they visit. The pair say, as teachers, they try to educate about the places they visit and encourage people to explore those stops for themselves

Lt. Baker Retires From Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, a retirement luncheon was held for Lt. Mike Baker at the Greenbrier County Courthouse in Lewisburg. Lt. Mike Baker is retiring after 23 years of service with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Baker was a dedicated employee of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office and will be missed by all who worked with and around him.

Company Seeking Dollars From Justice Doesn’t Find Many

Siemens Financial Services, seeking close to $3 million from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has found much in his bank accounts. Accounts on file with the Greenbrier Circuit clerk show only a few thousand dollars identified, plus a bunch of accounts that have either been closed or don’t have any money. Siemens asked the Greenbrier County sheriff to seize personal property and for Justice assets in a dozen banks to be checked.
The search came after Justice signed off on a court agreement to pay down almost $4 million in debt to Siemens Financial Services, which is based in New Jersey.