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1 See Page 12B In this issue daytripper Saving Blue Sulphur pavilion See Page 2A June 7, 2014 Photo of the Week Drifting down the Greenbrier River with an owner and a kayak, the dog enjoys a first class seat. (Photo by Mark Robinson) Substance abuse led trusted employee to embezzlement By David Esteppe Citing a personal history of sub- stance abuse, Lisa Carol Ayers, for- merly of the Greenbrier County Com- mission on Aging (GCCA), received a sentence of one to ten years in rela- tion to her conviction via plea agree- ment involving her embezzlement of over $60,000 from the agency; At sentencing on June 2, Gloria Martin, president of GCCAI ad- dressed the court by reading a let- ter describing the details of the em-  bezzlement. As reported in the Daily News, a forensic audit of records from Feb. 1, 2011 through Feb. 5, 2013, found that Ayers had wrien checks and used Automated Teller Machines for the theft of the money. Martin expressed, "Our friendship and trust weremisplaced. Ayers gave fa.lse reports of our financial situa- tn at board meetings: and we are, ad will be for a time, digging Our- seJves out of a financial hole." Mar- tin added that the embezzlement has cused donors who support GCCA tolquestion where their donations are g0ing; and this has put the program tat assists Seniors in danger. Judge James J. Rowe said Ayer's actions have had an adverse affect on the elderly and their sense of security, as well as the ability for GCCA to pay staff their worth. The plea agreement of Feb. 24, requires Ayers to pay restitution of $78,224 to cover the stolen funds and the cost of a forensic audit, per- form 1,000 hours of community ser- vice and to serve jail time. Ayers said that, "I am sorry for what I haye done. The Committee on Aging put their trust in me, and I be- Visit us at -- !Inside This Week Number of Sections: 2 General i Briefly ............................... 3A  Business ....................... , .... 3B > Church Bulletin. ............... llA Classifieds ........................ 12B Club &Church ................. 11A Definquent Personal Property Tax List .......................... 4-11B For the Record .................... 2A 2014 Graduation ........... 5-10A Obituaries ......................... 12A Opinion .............................. 4A Entertainment Steppin' Out ...................... 1B Sudoko Puzzle ................. 13A daytripper ......... I. tm sue trayed it; I never meant to hurt any- one and there was never any malice in my heart." She added that she has battled substance abuse for a while See "Embezzlement" Page 2A The Greenbrier announces schedule for New Orleans Saints 2014 training camp The Greenbrier has announced the schedule for the New Orleans Saints 2014 Training Camp present- ed by Verizon at the resort, from July 24 - Aug. 13. The New Orleans Saints will open 2014 Training Camp presented by Verizon on Thursday, July 24 when players report to The Greenbrier for physicals and meetings and hold their strength and conditioning tests. The Saints will begin on-field work- outs in a non-padded practice session on Friday, July 25 from 8:50-11:40 a.m. followed by a walkthrough from 4:30-5:30. While at The Green- brier, the club will hold a total of 20 practices, including a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 2. All training camp workouts at The Greenbrier will be open to fans and media. The new training camp facili- ties at The Greenbrier, which were commissioned by the resort's owner Jim Justice and custom-built for the New Orleans Saints, include three practice fields(two natural turf and one syntheti c grass), along with a 55,000-square foot multi-purpose building equipped with meeting rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, training and physical therapy ac- commodations, and kitchen and din- ing facilities. "We are so excited to welcome the New Orleans Saints to The Greenbri- er this summer," says Justice. "There is no place like West Virginia in the summertime, andwe look forward to introducing the Saints players, staff and fans to our extraordinary resort facilities, which include everything from world-class dining and golf to a state2of-the-art spa to hiking, bik- ing, rafting and more on our 10,000 private acres." For more information about The Greenbrier resort, please visit: www. And follow The Greenbrier resort on Twitter at @ The Greenbrier. Fan Information Practice updates and special events: Media and Fan alerts, up- dates and schedule changes will be made daily on www.neworleans- once training camp starts or by clicking on to Twitter (@Saints) or Facebook (facebook. corn/neworleanssaints). Please note that practices at The Greenbrier may be cancelled or closed to the public in the event of inclement weather. See "Saints" Page 2A Bluebell Garden Club beautifies triangle at Holt Lane and Rt. 219 i DOH agrees to combine two grants to complete,RoncevertestreetSCape ning to 2;135 'pages and'c0vering Melanie Mclntire receives Certificate .of Appreciation from Ron- ceverte Mayor David Smith for her two-year participation as Youth Advisor to Ronceverte's Parks and Recreation Committee ceived in 2013, which was initially ear-marked for another aspect of Ronceverte's streetscape, gave the project the needed funding when the DOH allowed the two grants to be combined, per council's "change of scope" approval. The funds will come to approximately $418,000 to $420,000, bringing the needed fund- ing within range of successful com- pletion for the Edgar, Cedar, Maple and Frankford sidewalks upgrade. Hyltqn also presented the mayor and council with two large folders of typewritten Minutes recording 75 years of the River City's council meetings from 1882 to 1957, run- By Peggy Mackenzie Grant coordinator for the city of Ronceverte, Doug Hylton, report- ing to the city council at the Monday night meeting, advised the mayor and council that the expected costs to complete the downtown streetscape project would be around $425,000. The project, which has been ongo- ing for roughly 13 years, xvill finally see completion with the aid of the Department Of Highways agree- ing to combine two grants previ- ously issued to the city. Hylton said a grant received in 2011 turned out to not be adequate to complete the sidewalks project. A second grant re- 1,650 meetings. He saidthe entire volume of interesting historic infor- mation will soon be available online. In other business: City Administrator, Reba Mohler reported that the Community Gar- den, located at Island Park, will hold its official opening this Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p,m. with plenty of food, music and festivities. Council member Barbara Morgan added that the gardens are even now exploding with growth projecting an overflow of vegetables expected this summer. Mayor David Smith cred- ited F & F Market in Fairlea for pro- viding the hanging flower baskets on display around town. He also lauded Sally Baker and Sharon Schaefer for their hard work in getting the Community Gardens up and run- ning. Baker said currently all garden plots are taken, but. more beds will be added after the Ronceverte River Festival event. Freshly minted graduate, Mela- nie Mclntire of Ronceverte was awarded a Certificate of Apprecia- tion by Mayor Smith for services rendered to the community as Youth Advisor to Ronceverte's Parks and Recreation Committee. For the past two years Melanie has been helpful in providing programming and input services as the youth member of the committee. She will be leaving the area soon' to attend West Virginia University in the fall. AttorneyGeneral Morrisey warns consumers about unsolicited vacation prize phone calls Attorney General Patrick Mor- risey is warning consumers about a new version of an old sweepstakes seam that's recently been circulat- ing. In this seam, a person will re- ceive an unsolicited phone call tell- ing them they've won a free Walt Disney World vacation, but to hold their reservation, they need to give the caller a bank account or credit card number. Once the scammer has this information, they can empty the victim's bank account or run up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges on the card. "It's easy to get excited by the prospect ofwiuning a free vacation," Attorney General Morrisey said. "However, by not paying attention to warning signs, that 'free' vacation may turn into something that costs thousands of dollars." As with other pay-for-play prize seams, scammers use the names of well-known or reputable vacation destinations such as Walt Disney World to make it seem like you are winning a legitimate prize. Scam- mers often hope that the destination's high recognition is high enough to cause the victim to participate in the SCalTl, "Free vacations do not come from unsolicited phone calls telling you that you've won a contest you didn't enter," Attorney General Morrisey said. "You should never give these callers any personal information so you can' claim your winnings.'" There are a few other tips you can use to spot vacation scams: Always be suspicious of unso- licited calls, mail pieces, or e-mails promising amazing deals on popular or exotic vacation destinations. If the caller says they are from a specific travel agency, get as much information as possible and research it online. Type the name ofhe com- pany and "scam" into a search en- gine to see if there are any results, or Check with the Office's Consumer See "Warning" page 2A Becky Edwards and Lillian Posselt at Triangle 219/Holt Lane Becky Edwards, Arlen Myers and Helen Harless working the Holt Lane Triangle Meth lab discovery made after Fairlea fire By Peggy Mackenzie A meth lab was revealed after a fire was extinguished at Fair Oaks Trailer Park in Fairlea late in the day on Tuesday, Jtme 3. Accord- ing to Sgt. G. R. Workman of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Depart- -ment, both Lewisburg and Fairlea fire departments responded to the report of a fire in an outbuilding on the trailer park ground s at 7:45 p.m. After extinguishing the fire, the "clandestine lab" was discovered. The fire crews called the Sheriff's Department and the WV State Police who interviewed several individu- als at the park residence. No arrests were made, however, according to the" West Virginia Daily News, Sgt. Workman said an arrest is expected pending further investigation. No injuries were reported from the fire. On May 23, volunteer members of the American Legion Green- brier Post #26, as well as other American Legion Posts, and VFW organizations, placed American flags on deceased veteraq's graves in the Greenbrier County in anticipation of the annual Memorial Day observance, Pictured: Bobby White (left) and Rob- ert Hayes at Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte,