Lewisburg, WV Government

Alderson Approves Homerule Application After Public Hearing

Homerule status is one step closer for Alderson after a vote by the Alderson Town Council on Sept. 9. The application for the town’s Homerule status moved forward with a public hearing run by Acting-Mayor Betty Thomas. The town’s application for Homerule status moved forward with a public hearing during the meeting. The program would enable the passage of a sales tax rather than the business and occupation tax previously enacted by council in response to a budget shortfall. The difference between the two comes down to a result from local business owners in a previous Town Council meeting — sales tax is...
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City of Hinton installing new boat ramp to attract more tourists

HINTON, WV (WVNS) — Downtown Hinton is known for its small businesses and rich history. During the summer, many people kayak the Greenbrier and New Rivers. Cris Meadows, the City Manager of Hinton, said they are working on a project that will make putting the boats in the water a lot easier.

State Renegotiating Lease With Monroe County’s Sweet Springs Property

A historic springs resort in Monroe County is embroiled in a lease dispute, pitting a local investor against the state of West Virginia. Founded in 1792, Sweet Springs was once a massive hotel and resort that could hold 300 people. Like the Greenbrier, Sweet Springs was a major destination for upper society tourists during the 19th century. It closed as a resort in the early 1900s, and though several attempts were made to keep it afloat, the property went into receivership in 1930.

Ronceverte Choses New Councilmember – Ashley Guet.

Ronceverte has it’s newest Councilmember — Ashley Guet. Both Guet and Councilmember Tanya Hazelwood announced the decision on social media following the September meeting of City Council. “Yes, Ronceverte; I would be very proud and honored to serve as a city council member! I am super excited to announce that I can officially add ‘Ronceverte City Council’ to my resume!” Guet posted to social media. “I was interviewed and voted in tonight and will be officially sworn in at the next council meeting! I am super happy and appreciate the vote of confidence from everyone on the council and our Mayor! I...

Greater Greenbrier COVID Task Force Update

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 UPDATE The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met this morning via conference call and reports the following information. — GREENBRIER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: We continue to be in the “red,” with our daily percent positive and infection rate remaining very high. The hospital is at or near capacity. (The latest numbers will be posted this evening or tomorrow.) What can we do? We can get more folks vaccinated, give boosters to high-risk folks, social distance, and wear masks indoors and in crowds. Our peak for the delta variant surge won’t occur until at least Sept. 25. We are averaging...

Greenbrier County Commission Declares Hunger Action Month

The Greenbrier County Commission declared Hunger Action Month and approved documents on Quinwood broadband and White Sulphur Springs storm drainage projects during their Tuesday, Sept. 14, meeting. The commission first considered hunger in the community with a proclamation. “This is a proclamation that was requested by our food banks,” explained Commissioner Tammy Shifflett-Tincher. “It was requested that we acknowledge and recognize that September is Hunger Action Month. … I would like to thank all of our local food banks and all of our volunteers, who put a tremendous amount of time and energy into making sure that food is available to those...
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TOOT canceled - for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Carnegie Hall has canceled the Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) food and music festival in downtown Lewisburg in October because of the spread of Covid-19. "After thoughtful consideration, and discussions with Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Greenbrier County Health Department, Greenbrier Valley CVB, Lewisburg Downtown Business...

Justice files coaching grievance

LEWISBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Following through on earlier comments and defying conventional political wisdom, the state’s unconventional Republican Governor, Jim Justice has filed a grievance against the Greenbrier County Board of Education. Former U.S. Attorney Mike Carey confirmed to WVMetroNews Monday that the paperwork has been filed. The former U.S....

Wings and Wheels Festival Returns to Pence Springs

The annual Wings and Wheels Festival is once again being held in Pence Springs after being unable to take place in 2020. It is set to be held on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is partly dedicated to Ruth Tolley Gwinn who holds the title of the youngest woman to earn a pilot's license in West Virginia history. Gwinn was the daughter of James Tolley who was an aviation pioneer in West Virginia. After building an airfield on the family farm, Tolley began landing planes at what is now the Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77) in the...

Sediment cleaned up in Bluestone Lake, crews monitoring water

HINTON, WV (WVNS) — Employees at the Bluestone Dam believe sediment from a drill installing an anchor spilled into the Bluestone Lake in Summers County. Eric Jones is the Resource Manager at the Dam. He said the recent construction on the dam gave him a theory for the source of...

Monroe County Courthouse News August 31 – September 14

Marriages Malachi Linwood Booth to Hunter Dawn Amos; Issac Harold Mohler to Johnna Leigh Dunbar; Tanner Austin Thomas to Alison Rebecca Horley; Zernie Fielding Miller to Angela Lynn Meadows. Fiduciaries Rebecca Cyrus-Gilbert, Administratrix of the Roger Lee Gelibert estate; Constance B Hazelwood, Administratrix of the Ronald L Hazelwood estate; Frankie C Rice, Administratrix of the Donald Henry Rice estate; Dreama Ward, Administratrix of the Fern Elaine Holland estate; Shirley Bowling, Executrix of the Janice M Harman estate; David F Clark, Administrator of the Michael Frazier Clark estate; Linda W Ray, Executrix of the Charles Roland Williams estate; Joseph E Dixon, Administrator of the Garnet W Dixon estate; Jason Lee Brown, Administrator of the Roy...

Lewisburg mayor holds roundtable discussion on federal Equality Act

LEWISBURG, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – Wednesday afternoon, Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White held a roundtable discussion with the mayors of cities who have passed nondiscrimination ordinances for LGTBQ+ protections. The meeting focused on the passage of the Equality Act, a pending legislation that will expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ...

Taste of our Towns canceled as COVID cases rise in West Virginia

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVNS) — A popular food festival in Lewisburg was canceled on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The 37th Annual Taste of our Towns, also known as TOOT, was supposed to take place on Saturday, October 9. The organization made the cancelation announcement on their Facebook page, saying after careful consideration, organizers don’t believe they can safely hold the event.

Annual Taste of our Towns in Lewisburg is canceled due to COVID-19

LEWISBURG, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The 37th annual Taste of our Towns in Lewisburg has been canceled. Officials say that after thoughtful consideration, and discussions with Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Greenbrier County Health Department, Greenbrier Valley CVB, Lewisburg Downtown Business Association, and others, Carnegie Hall has determined that it will not be possible to safely hold what would have been the 37th Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) food and music festival in downtown Lewisburg in October.