Across The Virginias: Businesses shut down, reopen, in new COVID-19 normal

by Bobby Bordelon Featuring reporting by Aila Boyd, Leigh Merrifield, and Bill Bailey As new cases of COVID-19 hit record highs in the United States, states previously reopening are giving additional consideration to the best strategy for dealing with the virus. As the United States attempts to reopen the economy, one consideration that must be taken is that the virus is far, far from not being a threat. Currently, much of Europe is banning travel from the United States and, according to the worldwide numbers on Friday, July 3, the virus kills approximately 4.8 percent of the people it infects. By the...

Pike Street Bikes Witnesses Rising Interest In Biking During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Leigh C. Merrifield News & Journal Editor for The Shinnston News and Harrison County Journal In addition to changing people’s normal way of living, COVID-19...

Alderson flash flood damage not eligible for federal funds

By Bobby Bordelon Although the recent Friday, June 20, flash flood has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to property and infrastructure, federal...

Across The Virginias: Boards of Education consider fall reopenings amid potential COVID-19 spikes

By Bobby Bordelon Featuring reporting by Pam Dudding, Heather Clower, Suzanne Stewart, Debbie Adams, and Aila Boyd As the United States sees COVID-19 cases on the...

Juneteenth: Salem residents and area neighbors gather to hear speakers, learn about local ‘Black...

As people across the country continue the fight to help liberate black people, last Friday, the country celebrated the 155th anniversary of one of...

A Second Chance at Family

By Betty Gandee Imagine knowing a part of you is missing, leading to questions unanswered for many years. Christi White of Bomont got news that...

Vinton Police dedicated to community policing

By Debbie Adams Law enforcement agencies have been in the spotlight in recent months as protests and demonstrations have spread across the nation. That unrest...

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500K in change orders ‘not authorized’ by Airport Authority, operating budget saved by CARES...

By Bobby Bordelon Financial concerns from both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic have caused unexpected changes to the Greenbrier Valley Airport budget. Pre-COVID-19 change orders to a fuel farm project cost the airport over half a million dollars, while extra Congressional funding has bolstered the operating budget. The airport’s savings account was reduced by approximately 20 percent in June after...

Airport Authority celebrates Johnson and Thomas, appoints leadership

By Bobby Bordelon Changes for past and current Greenbrier Valley Airport personnel were a prime focus for the socially-distant Airport Authority meeting on Tuesday, July 7. The board honored the departure of a board member and public safety manager, welcomed their replacements, and approved a cost-of-living raise for all full-time hourly employees. Members of the public could attend the socially distance...

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel the ACP

Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project. Despite last month’s overwhelming 7-2 victory at the United States Supreme Court, which vindicated the project and decisions made by permitting agencies, recent developments have created...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline project abandoned

by Peggy Mackenzie Citing “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty,” the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) was declared “shut down” in a joint announcement by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy. “We regret that we will be unable to complete the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” Dominion and Duke Energy chairs, presidents, and chief executive officers Thomas F. Farrell, II and Lynn J. Good said...

1918 letter holds ties to modern day pandemic

By Sarah Richardson Lewis H.M. Christie (date unknown) Area residents Carolyn and Elizabeth Williams submitted a letter of interest this week, one that’s over 100 years old, but still relates to issues the nation is facing in 2020. Their grandfather, Lewis H.M. Christie, received this letter in 1918 as he served overseas in WWI. His mother, Emma (Burdette) Williams, mentions the...

Greenbrier County businesses receive between $28 to $52 million in PPP forgivable loans, Greenbrier...

By Bobby Bordelon Looking to prevent mass layoffs in April, Congress approved a program providing forgivable loans to businesses throughout the United States. Here in Greenbrier County, over 400 businesses received funds, 45 receiving over $150,000, and three businesses were awarded over $1 million, of which two are owned by Governor Jim Justice and his family. Total forgivable loans provided by...

Re-entry committee planning 2020-2021 school year

Suzanne Stewart Staff Writer   Pocahontas County Schools, like many other school systems, had a most unique 2019-2020 school year, and it seems the 2020-2021 year may begin in the same fashion as the last one ended. Superintendent Terrence Beam has formed a re-entry committee of school employees to work on plans regarding the school year, depending on whether or not Governor Jim...

‘Desperation science’ slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research system not built for haste. The ironic, and perhaps tragic, result: Scientific shortcuts have slowed understanding of the disease and delayed the ability to find out which drugs help, hurt or have no effect...

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Celebrate West Virginia Day in Cass

Cass Scenic Railroad State...

Stayin’ in restaurants operations list

  50 East: Dining Room – Closed. Carryout or delivery. Delivery orders must be $20+ See 50 East’s Facebook page for details. 304-536-2274. Alderson Big...

GVT delays opening of 2020 season

For the safety of its patrons, staff and actors, Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, has decided to...

April First Friday cancelled

In response to the Coronavirus, the downtown Lewisburg businesses have cancelled the First Fridays After Five event on Apr. 3. At this time...

National Park Day at Arbuckle’s Fort postponed

The program and clean-up at the Arbuckle’s Fort property at Blaker’s Mill near Alderson scheduled for Apr. 4 as a part of National...

Sports

Denny Hamlin gets 40th career Cup win at Homestead-Miami

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service The race statistics will show that Denny Hamlin led a dominating 138 of the 267-laps in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka...

NASCAR owes Wendell Scott one

From the sidelines By Marty Gordon   The winner of a NASCAR race typically receives a trophy. Once, that did not happen. In 1963, Wendell Scott took...

RU’s Worthy named to all-decade women’s basketball team

Former Radford University forward Jayda Worthy (2014-18) was named Thursday to the Big South’s All-Decade Team. Radford University’s Jayda Worthy was named to the...

RU’s Mundy signs pro contract with Baltimore Orioles

Photo courtesy of RU Athletics – After hitting .385 in RU’s shortened 2020 season, infielder J.D. Mundy has signed a pro contract with...

Three Highlanders named to conference all-decade men’s basketball team

Photo courtesy of RU Athletics – (L-R) Javonte Green, Ed Polite, Jr., and Carlik Jones have been named to the men’s basketball All-Decade...

Hokie history made in MLB draft

Photo courtesy of VT Athletics – Virginia Tech’s Ian Seymour (left) and Carson Taylor were both drafted in this past week’s Major League...

Education

Sawyers wins Cobbler Scholarship

By Judy Ferring McCray L. Sawyers, 2020 graduate of Patrick County High School, has been named winner of the Patrick County Master Gardeners’ 7th...

Martin selected HRMS DAR recipient

Sadie Martin is the 2019-2020 Hardin Reynolds Memorial School Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Youth Citizenship Award.  Throughout the four years Sadie...

Ararat students among those named to honors lists

Surry Community College announced the Spring Semester 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List. Alexandria Nicole Boyd, of Ararat, was among students named to the...

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