On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Greenbrier County Board of Education voted to preserve the Greenbrier West JROTC program. During the special meeting, JROTC cadets from West made a heartfelt plea to the board to preserve the program, which was under threat of being cut, and also presented the board with over 200 petition signatures.

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The first ever Eippie Open Middle School Girls’ and Middle School Boys’ basketball tournament will be held in Ronceverte in March. Named after Ronceverte Police Chief Rusty Byer’s Mother, Mary Elizabeth “Eippie” Ramsey, who passed away last year, the tournament will be used as a fundraiser to help River City Athletics bring, basketball camps, clinics and a summer ball program to the area.

Girls must register by Mar. 5 for the Mar. 11 and 12 tournament. Boys must register for their Mar. 18 and 19 tournament by Mar. 12. Both tournaments will be held at the Clifford Armory in Ronceverte. To register, email rcauinc@gmail.com. More information can be found on the River City Athletics Facebook page.

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Smoot Elementary School students are raising funds for their school and keeping fit at the same time. The school has implemented the My School Color Run program, where participating students set a personal mileage goal and then spend up to eight weeks logging miles to reach it. Students will seek pledges based on their mileage goal.

In addition to personal pledges, the school will accept business pledges. Interested parties can register for the event at SmootColorRun.eventbrite.com or by completing a registration form prior to the event. More information can be gotten by contacting Monica Crookshanks or Lisa Judy at Smoot Elementary.

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A log truck overturned on Rt. 60 early Monday morning, shutting down the road, near Sam Black, for over four hours.

The single-vehicle accident occurred at around 3:45 a.m., and ripped open the truck’s gas tank, spilling 30-40 gallons of diesel fuel across the roadway.

Officials were able to clean up the spill, and they say no water sources were threatened by the spill.