Friday, April 9, 2021
Meadow River Community Park plans updates in memory of Coach Whitlow

Meadow River Community Park plans updates in memory of Coach Whitlow

By Bobby Bordelon A special request after the passing of Greenbrier West High School Coach Bud Whitlow last year is the spark behind upcoming renovations of the Meadow River Community Park. In lieu of flowers, Whitlow and the family requested donations for the improvements of the Meadow River Valley, a request friends obliged. “He passed away about a year ago, and when he did, his family asked people to donate to the Meadow River Community Park in lieu of flowers,”...

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Before Alderson vote, a look on B&O taxes in Greenbrier County

By Bobby Bordelon With the Alderson Town Council considering enacting a Business and Occupation Tax (B&O), many Alderson residents are curious about how a similar tax operates in other Greenbrier County municipalities. Although many do have a B&O tax, the majority were created exempting small, local businesses. Town Council already approved the first reading of the ordinance, setting the stage...

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Smith-Allen murder trial faces further delay

By Bobby Bordelon The high-profile murder April murder trial against Edward Smith-Allen has been pushed back to April after Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via announced a key witness had fallen “seriously” ill. Smith-Allen was indicted by a grand jury in October 2019 for the murder of Alaisia M. Smith in Dorie Miller Park in Lewisburg. Previously, Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge...

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Twenty plus Woodrum bills passed by Senate, other Greenbrier County legislative updates

By Bobby Bordelon With the end of the Legislative session on the horizon, the number of Greenbrier County representative sponsored bills passing is increasing. This includes the near unanimous passage of over 20 Senator Jack Woodrum sponsored bills. Although the Republican supermajority is considering several forms of income tax replacements or repeals, a large portion of the Greenbrier County representative...

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School officials explain COVID-19 contact tracing, precautions in sports

By Bobby Bordelon As COVID-19 restrictions lift in West Virginia, and those 16 under are unable to be vaccinated, one concern of many residents is potential spread within and around Greenbrier County schools. In order to prevent such a spread, officials pushed classes to remote learning for both Greenbrier East High School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School students last Friday,...

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One percent business and occupation tax passes first reading by Alderson Town Council

By Bobby Bordelon The first reading of a business and occupation tax (B&O) expansion in Alderson was approved by Town Council during their Thursday, March 11 meeting. The council also discussed other potential ordinances on ATV’s and next year’s budget. Mayor Travis Copenhaver explained that due to legislative rule changes last year serious budget revisions had to be considered before...

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Airport receives national award, COVID relief funds ‘projected’ to cover 5 years of employee costs

By Bobby Bordelon A national award and employee cost security were the largest takeaways from the March meeting of the Greenbrier County Airport Authority for Director Brian Belcher. So far, the three federal stimulus packages have provided essential funds to the Greenbrier Valley Airport. As operations and employee costs remain expensive as ever, the massive reduction in air travel during...

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Stage on a Stage podcast features Greenbrier Valley interviews with local teachers, Lsbg. Mayor White

By Bobby Bordelon The Greenbrier Valley and Mountain Media News now have their own podcast! The Stage on a Stage podcast features local and casual interviews with students, teachers, representatives from the perspective of Greenbrier Valley youth. Hosted by two Greenbrier East High School students, the show looks at education during COVID, casual conversations with West Virginians, and more. Of...

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Briergarten to bring a taste of Germany to downtown Lewisburg

Briergarten to bring a taste of Germany to downtown Lewisburg

By Sarah Richardson The overhaul of Stratton Alley in Lewisburg continues with the addition of the newest drink locale in town, Briergarten. Inspired by traditional German bars, Briergarten offers an impressive 17 taps, wine, seltzers, hard ciders, and bites to eat from a newly-installed kitchen. Bartenders Emily Mankins (left) and Alyssa Jarratt (center) are working together with Mary Baldwin (right)...

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Sears house relocated to adjoining lot, will be restored into personal residence

Sears house relocated to adjoining lot, will be restored into personal residence

By Sarah Richardson Neighboring landowner Margaret Preston Kulkarni has plans to restore the Sears House into a home once again. (Photo by William “Skip” Deegans) Downtown Lewisburg’s focus this week was on the relocation of the “Sears House” from its spot next to the Greenbrier County Courthouse to its new location on the adjacent lot. The house, which is vacant,...

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Rainelle gets new Chief of Police

By Bobby Bordelon The town of Rainelle finally has a chief of police again – John Sergeon. According to Acting Mayor Bill Bell, during the recent Rainelle Town Council meeting on Monday, March 22, Sergeon is expected to begin on Thursday, March 23. “I’m very impressed with him,” Bell said. “I’ve made a pact with him, and he’ll make a...

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Greenbrier County Commission approves 2021/2022 budget, TIF project

By Bobby Bordelon The second monthly meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission saw the approval of the next budget, permission for White Sulphur to move forward with water infrastructure projects, a presentation from 4-H youth, and more on Tuesday, March 23. After hearing budget presentations in a previous meeting, the Commission approved the 2021/2022 fiscal year county budget. “Obviously three...

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