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.

Sheriff’s Office Says Shooting Was Case Of Mistaken Identity

The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office says a shooting this week at a residence near Maxwelton was a case of mistaken identity. Upon arrival of officers on scene it was learned that a teenager had received a single gunshot wound and deputies administered emergency first aid until arrival of EMS personnel. The victim was subsequently flown to a medical facility out of state where they are listed in stable condition. The gunshots originated on the exterior of the home and were fired into the residence. The initial investigation indicates a specific targeted act, however, the perpetrators, identified as two males in a dark colored vehicle, incorrectly identified their target residence and were at the wrong location.

Informational Meetings On Rise WV

The group West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) is conducting a series of outreach events in January to ensure that anyone eligible for housing and bridge replacement through Rise WV is enrolled in the program. Those who should apply would have been affected by the June 2016 disaster and among those are residents in Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocohontas County. You need to have owned the property in question when the disaster happened and among the upcoming sessions is one January 22nd at City National Bank of Rainelle from 10am to noon and at White Sulphur Springs Hall on the same day from 2pm to 4pm.

The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation Scholarship Program is a collaborative effort of area businesses, clubs, groups, organizations and schools to enable students to more easily apply for scholarships in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. By completing this online process, you will be able to apply for many of the scholarships that exist in the tri-county area and some state-wide scholarships as well. This application system is also open for students who do not reside in the Greenbrier Valley. Visit www.gvfoundation.org to apply today.

School District Deals With Staff Absences Due To Flu

Raleigh County Schools officials have released a statement regarding staff absences due to the flu. It reads, “Raleigh County Schools is experiencing an increased number of staff absences this week. We have received reports from staff that some have been diagnosed with the flu. In the case of students or employees who are ill, the school district encourages them to follow doctor’s orders in regard to their return to school or work. Schools in the county were closed Wednesday due to bad weather.

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Local Brew Draws Honors

A locally brewed beer is getting honors from Best of the Blue Ridge 2020 in Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine. Devil Anse IPA is brewed by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company and was named Best of the Blue Ridge and also best beer in West Virginia as voted by a travel blog. The company says while it has great marketing and great labels and cans, it’s what’s inside that they’re most proud of and the reason for the accolades.