Greenbrier County K-9 Assists In Roadside Meth Bust

By Robert Bordelon

Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department officers made several drug-related arrests in the city limits of Lewisburg on Monday, March 5, near Holt Lane.

A silver Honda Civic, with Amanda Serreno, Eric Gallagher, and another individual inside, was allegedly veering left of center on the road when Patrolman S.T. Rodoussakis and Patrolman R.L. Crone of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department pulled it over near Holt Lane, according to the criminal complaint. As Rodoussakis ran the license plate, Crone noticed Serreno placing an object behind the driver's seat. The officers removed the occupants from the vehicle, and Crone discovered the object was a blue plastic container with smaller plastic bags inside and a calibration weight for a set of scales. 

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

Mobile Meth Lab Discovered In Vehicle

By Robert Bordelon

During a traffic stop near Harts Run, Patrolman Nathan Patton of the White Sulphur Springs Police Department discovered an alleged methamphetamine laboratory on Tuesday, March 6.

Patton stopped a purple Chrysler PT Cruiser and, after getting permission from two individuals inside the vehicle, discovered the potential components of a methamphetamine lab in a book bag.

Read more in the Wednesday, March 7, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Students Return To Class After Governor Signs Pay Raise Bill

By Robert Bordelon

Before singing a round of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder, teachers from across the state watched as Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 4145, giving a raise to public employees across the state. With the 5 percent salary increase enacted in the bill, insurance rate freeze previously enacted, and the governor's executive order to form a task force to find solutions for increasing Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) rates, students across the state will be returning to class Wednesday, March 7. Justice also announced the deadline for the Providing Real Opportunities For Maximizing In-State Student Excellence (PROMISE) scholarship would be extended.

"I am so proud of West Virginia's education employees," said West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee. "Without them, today's agreement would not have happened. They stood in solidarity – 55 strong – and each day it was clear their resolve grew stronger. ... We must continue to make strides in those areas if we are to attract the best and brightest into the profession and to allow us to retain our highly qualified employees. Teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions, and we must continue to make them better for everyone involved."

Read more in the Wednesday, March 7, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

To read a copy of House Bill 4145, visit

Frontier Workers Enter Day Two Of Strike

By Robert Bordelon

Frontier Communications workers across West Virginia and in Ashburn, Virginia, declared a strike on Sunday, March 4, and a picket line formed on Maplewood Avenue in Fairlea, across the street from the local Frontier office.

The strike comes after 10 months of negotiations between the members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Frontier Communications. The contract between CWA and Frontier was set to expire on August 5, 2017, but was extended until November 4, 2017, and extended again until March 3.

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

Senate Mistake On Pay Raise Bill May Kill Bill, Will Discuss Today

By Ruth Caruthers

After negotiations for a 5 percent pay increase for teachers was reduced to 4 percent, teachers across the state have declared the strike will continue until the promised 5 percent raise is passed.

The Senate passed the amendment of five down to four, but did not read the amendment and passed it without changing the bill to reflect the change. The Senate recalled and amended the bill again to what they originally intended. The House then rejecteed the changes, and the bill was sent to a conference commmittee comprised of three legislators from both chambers.

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

Musicians Of All Skill Levels Join To Play 16th Annual Link Up Concert

By Robert Bordelon

Although schools across the state were closed for the seventh day on Friday, March 2, students from Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas county schools still came to music class in an event host by Carnegie Hall, in partnership with Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Weill Music Institute, grabbed a recorder, and joined musicians of all skill levels for the 16th annual Link Up Concert.

The lineup included musicians of all skill levels, elementary to master, from third, fourth, and fifth grade recorder players from area schools, three vocalists from Greenbrier East High School, the James Madison University (JMU) Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra. The GEHS vocalists, Emma Vass, Bailey Withrow, and Vivian Fleshman, performed front stage with each orchestra.

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


© 2018 West Virginia Daily News and Greenbrier Valley Ranger. All Rights Reserved.