Archives for March 2018

Lewisburg OD Victim Ends Up Being Charged

A man who overdosed ended up getting charged in Lewisburg. Police went to a lcoal hotel for an OD report and found the man in the parking lot along with heroin and needles. 30 year old Chad Grizzell was charged with possession of a controlled substance and on a warrant for failure to appear in court. His case remains under investigation.

After Dissolving Education And Arts Dep’t, Justice Has Replacement In Mind

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed calling a special legislative session in May to deal with creating a Department of Arts and Culture and History.

According to media reports, Justice says he has been working with legislative leaders to create the new department.

Justice recently signed a bill to eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts.

The Legislature passed the bill to dissolve the agency on the final day of session. It eliminates the department’s secretary position and divvies up agencies and programs under the department’s purview.

WV Tries To Dent Huge Child Protective Services Backload

A high child protective services caseload in West Virginia has prompted officials to add 48 positions to handle such cases across the state.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release the state has seen a 34 percent increase in its child protective services caseload in the past three years. DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch says 83 percent of such cases involve drugs.

Crouch says the new positions will help counties with extremely high caseloads per worker. He says the changes involve no new funding and are being done through the redistribution of DHHR resources.

Governor Ending Dep’t Of Education And The Arts

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts.

The governor’s office said in a news release that he noted that no programs would have federal funding reduced. The release said the legislation will place all education operations under the Department of Education while saving money.

Justice said a Department of the Arts and Culture and History will be created and will answer directly to him.

Earlier this month, Justice fired department secretary Gayle Manchin. Manchin is a former state school board president and is the wife of Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. Justice is a Republican who switched from the Democratic Party last year.

The department’s agencies include Culture and History, Public Broadcasting, the Center for Professional Development, the Library Commission, Rehabilitation Services and Volunteer West Virginia.

Lewisburg Farmers’ Market Holding Fundraiser

In Lewisburg, First Friday April 6, 2018 from 5-8pm the Lewisburg Farmers Market will hold its Annual Meet Your Farmer Fundraiser at the Visitor’s Center on the corner of Washington and Court Streets. Chef Chris Foley and his culinary students from Greenbrier West HS will be serving free tastings so visitors can sample the depth and variety of meat and produce sourced from LFM market vendors. Against the backdrop of live music performed by the local Strum Sum band; LFM farmers, restauranteurs, and agriculture professionals will mix and mingle, sharing their farming passion and stories with all comers. A silent auction will raise money that funds LFM programs. This year the LFM focus is on youth and tradition serving the whole Greenbrier County Community.

Beckley PD Wants Help ID’ing Copper Thief

Some people still haven’t grasped that you’re being watched about everywhere you go. The Beckley Police Department has a crystal clear pic of am an caught on camera stealing copper from a home on Bellevue Lane on Monday. You can see the image on the Beckley PD Facebook page.

Lewisburg Makes ‘Southern Living’ Best Small Towns In The South List

Lewisburg makes Southern Living’s list of what readers see as some of the best small towns in the South. Among the criteria they used, location. Many of the South’s best small towns are nestled into the mountains or perched on the coast, overlooking a river or dotting an open prairie. Of Lewisburg the magazine reads: Here, you’ll find one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world. Step back in time at the General Lewis Inn. Some of its construction dates to 1834, and every room features antiques. In all, 18 towns were chosen by the magazine’s readership.

Winter Storm Warning For The Area Until 8am Thursday

From the National Weather Service:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT THURSDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF AROUND 14 INCHES, ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA. * WHEN…TODAY THROUGH 8 AM EDT THURSDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. BE PREPARED FOR SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES. HEAVY WET SNOW MAY LEAD TO DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER OUTAGES. NORTHWEST WINDS MAY GUST TO 40 OR 45 MPH THIS EVENING INTO THURSDAY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1. &&

WV Joblessness Unchanged In February

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent in February.

WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,200. Total unemployment was up 2,200 over the year.

Job gains included 1,100 in trade, transportation and utilities and 1,100 in leisure and hospitality. Mining and logging gained 600 jobs and construction gained 400.

Employment losses included 500 in educational and health services and 100 in financial activities.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in February.

Woman Charged In Frying Pan Attack

Police say a Greenbrier County woman is under arrest after hitting a man with a frying pan and then stealing $1,000 from his wallet. Lora Cohrenour is accused of going to the victim’s house with a man for drugs. After the alleged attack, Cohernour and the man she was with ran to a vehicle with a person waiting inside and took off. Investigators say Cohernour admitted to the crime.