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.

Rail Car That Once Carried President To Greenbrier, In Clifton Forge Wednesday

Wednesday, an historic rail car is expected to roll in to Clifton Forge. Chessie 29 is an 85 foot long vintage rail passenger car. It’s being transported to the C&OHS’s Heritage Center museum in Clifton Forge. The car is called a “Cold War Soldier” as it transported President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Greenbrier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in May 1956. Chessie 29 was built in 1950 and converted for C&O President Tuohy’s use in 1951. He used the car as his “rolling office” until his death in 1966.

Snyder Out As Greenbrier Valley Airport Manager

Greenbrier Valley Airport Manager Stephen Snyder was removed from his post this week at the tail end of a meeting of the Airport Authority. A roll call vote indicates that Deborah Phillips, Greg Furlong and Tammy Shifflett-Tincher voted in favor of removal, Chairman Lowell Johnson and Mike Rose were opposed. Martha Livesay was appointed as acting executive direcotr in Snyder’s place. Snyder thinks that accusations of overspending at the airport played a role in his removal. Snyder’s removal is effective immediately.

Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In, Victim On Life Support

The shooting of a Greenbrier East High School student at Dorie Miller Park on Friday is being described as accidental by those who saw what happened. Edward Smith-Allen was reportedly playing around and pointing a gun at people in a car. Some in the car got out. As Smith-Allen pointed the gun at the victim he pulled the trigger and it went off. The suspect turned himself into police Saturday night and is charged with Wanton Endangerment with a Firearm. He was released on a $5,000 bond. The victim is on life support.

Soft Opening Monday For New Rainelle Post Office

A soft opening Monday for the newly remodedled post office in Rainelle. The old one was damaged by the 2016 floods and there have been multiple jumps between temporary locations since. The grand opening for the new facility is June 27th. It’s on John Raine Drive and with the soft opening looming, the temporary post office location at the Park Center will close at noon on Saturday, June 8, and will mark the beginning of the moving process to the new building.

Investigation Into Monday Afternoon House Fire In Fairlea

They’re looking for a cause after a fire at ahome in Farilea Monday afternoon, The call came in just after 5pm about a residence on Phyllis Ann Drive. There was one person in the home at the time of the fire but no one was hurt. Crews from Lewisburg, Fairlea, Frankfort, Ronceverte responded. Investigators say there was nothing suspicous about the fire, which did heavy damage, especially to the second floor of the home.