Mother Of Missing Renick Woman Refuses To Celebrate Life, Awaits Answers

By Robin Zimmerman

Anna Keene will turn 80 on March 21, but there will be no celebration - not until she gets answers to the question she's been asking for the past five years: what happened to her daughter, Dee Ann Keene?

Keene was last seen February 28, 2014, at the home of Ronald Ray McMillion, a then-cast member on the television show "Appalachian Outlaws." Witnesses who were with Keene at McMillion's home told police McMillion was "drinking or using drugs" and "acting crazy," so they left, but said they couldn't convince Keene to leave with them.

Read more in the Friday, March 8, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Fundraiser Seeks To Help Clean Up After Barn Fire

By Bobby Bordelon

Members of the Greenbrier Valley community are throwing a party to help one of their own; on Sunday, March 10, Hill and Holler will host a fundraiser for Taso Stavrakis and Dawn Kieninger after a fire claimed their barn last month.

The barn's design was based on medieval buildings, built with many locally produced materials. Kien-inger planned to open it to the public during the upcoming WV Renaissance Festival season. Early on February 9, however, a fire spread through the barn, ruining its pristine structure. The loss hit hard after all the work put into the old-fashioned construction.

Read more in the Friday, March 8, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Legislature Stalls, Passes Education Bills, Governor Jim Justice Calls For Special Session

By Bobby Bordelon

Work toward improving West Virginia's education system both continued and stalled in the first week of March; a governor-endorsed public employee pay raise bill was held in committee on March 5 and the House of Delegates passed a bill on March 6 providing easier and cheaper access to education and training after high school.

During the debate on the now-defeated omnibus education reform bill, SB451, Governor Jim Justice called on the legislature to pass what he called the "clean" pay raise bill, House Bill 2730. The bill "provides an average 5 percent pay raise to state police, teachers and school service workers," according to the House of Delegate's summary, and includes specific pay scale guidelines, including an every other year pay increase for members of the West Virginia State Police and a minimum teacher's salary set for $43,000.

Read more in the Thursday, March 6, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Local Little League Registration Open

By Bobby Bordelon

The 2019 Spring Baseball Season for the Central Greenbrier Little League is fast approaching, with the registration deadline coming sooner than later.

"Parents and kids can get a chance to experience the greatest game, the great American pastime, baseball," said Brian Griffith, president of the Central Greenbrier Little League.

Read more in the Wednesday, March 6, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Small Earthquake Shakes Grassy Meadows, Alderson Early Monday

By Leah Tuckwiller

A small earthquake rocked the Grassy Meadows and Alderson area shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4. With a magnitude of 2.6 and a very shallow depth of 15.6 kilometers, the quake was not reported to be damaging, but did come as a surprise to many area residents.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes are uncommon in the expanse of the United States that lies between the Rocky Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, but Greenbrier County has seen a small number of them in recent years. Many are small enough that they go largely unnotied; none of the major fault zones are particularly close to the area.

Read more in the Tuesday, March 5, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Delegates, House Speaker Respond To Anti-Muslim Incident At The Capitol

By Leah Tuckwiller

Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay, 33rd) took the floor to address events Friday, March 1, that sparked outrage and resulting in both the resignation of Anne Liberman, House sergeant-at-arms, and reported injury to a House staff member.

The Legislature hosted WVGOP Day on Friday in front of the House chember, with members of the Republican party turning out in support of their representatives and platforms, both in thestate and nationaly. One stand, however, presented anti-Muslim propaganda which included remarks specifically directed at Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first two Muslim Congresswomen ever elected.

Read more in the Monday, March 4, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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