Archives for July 2019

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.

Youth Hoops Coach Charged With Sexual Abuse

A youth basketball coach in West Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing one of his players.

News outlets cite court documents that show 48-year-old Brian Eugene Kidd of Beckley was charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian.

According to the documents, the alleged abuse occurred in Kidd’s vehicle.

Kidd remained held Tuesday in the Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately known whether Kidd has an attorney who could comment on the charge.