Red Sulphur springs Resident Gets Partial Credit For WWII Innovation

By Leah Tuckwiller

"Ray S. Miller, civilian armament foreman of the post ordnance shop at Ft. Benning, Ga., and a native of Red Sulphur Springs was cited at a ceremony ... for his part in devising a combination grenade launcher and semi-automatic rifle.

"Miller," read the April 27, 1944, edition of The West Virginia News, "who assisted in designing and perfecting means of launching grenades from the Garand rifle, received a citation from the Secretary of War commending him for accomplishing the achievement in the face of 'seemingly insurmountable difficulties and severe personal injuries.'" Miller was first stationed at Fort Benning in 1918.

Read more in the Thursday, May 9, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Much-Appreciated Items Delivered To The Greenbrier Humane Society

By Theresa Flerx

Way to go Greenbrier Valley! It took three vehicles to haul all of the goodies collected in The West Virginia Daily News office to the Greenbrier Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon.

Cleaning supplies, kitty litter, pet carriers, treats, different varieties of cat and dog food, and so many other animal care products were quickly unloaded into the puppy room of the shelter by several volunteers.

Staff of both The West Virginia Daily News and Greenbrier Humane Society extend a heartfelt thanks to the following contributors for their generousity:

Linda Walls, anonymous donor in memory of Otis Miles, Beverly Pauley, Emil Staus, Julie Byrd, Gloria Martin, Alice Cook, Steve Crawford, anonymous donor in memory of Juanita Counts, Judy Smallwood, Peggy Boggs, Susan Smead, Beverly Johnson, Vivian Longanacre, Hazel Hayes, Ed and Joan Norman, Judith Shellnutt, Surley Runyon, Joetta Jim Lemons, Brenda J. Smith, Lucie Refsland, Julie Ford, Judith Huber, Joan Ahern, Donna Critzen, Frankie Appel, Ray Saylor, Barbara Tuckwiller, Sharon Stevenson, Mahala Garrett, Diann Hayes, Patti Smithson, Guy Wolfe, Teresa Lewis, Ann N., Susan Linton, A. Tatakis, Mary Smith, Judy Steele, Bobbi Huffman, Karen F., Concetta Peterson, Jenny Counts, Mary L. Swepston, Margy Bruns, Sylvia Keaton, Danny Keatley, Jane B. Morgan, Quinn and Stella Greene, Ronda Harper, Curtis and Connie Bryant, Sue McKinney, Linsey McCracken, Cathy Hoke,
Julia Zimmerman, Jacqueline Meadows, Kim Walkey, Diana, Donna, Ireta and Bee Johnson, Susie Minturn, Robert C. Byrd Clinic, anonymous donor in memory of Virginia Slayton, Trish Morgan, Karen Lemons, Juanita Thomas and several other anonymous donors.

Read more in the Wednesday, May 9, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

WV Department Of Education Releases Report On Potential School Improvements

By Bobby Bordelon

The West Virginia Department of Education, after conducting listening session across the state, published a final report and a long set of recommendations on how to improve public education.

Over 20,000 West Virginians participated in the listening sessions, gathering the opinions of students, representatives of higher education, parents, caregivers, advocacy groups, community members, elected officials, and educators. These opinions were complied into the final report, which lists several problems facing the education system, but opens with the largest; the opioid crisis.

To read the full report, download it from the Department of Education's website:

Read more in the Wednesday, May 8, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Ronceverte City Council Splits Rates Before PSC Hearing

By Bobby Bordelon

A recent, disputed water rate increase in Ronceverte in February was considered and modified by City Council on Monday, May 6, in order for the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to make a ruling.

On Monday, City Council passed an ordinance splitting the February rate increase ordinance into two pieces, breaking up the two outlined rate increases. One rate increase would have been enacted immediately after the ordinances' passage on February 4 and the other was initially delayed by approximately one year:

Read more in the Tuesday, May 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Second Mountain Valley Pipeline Protester Arrested On Threat Of Terror, Pays Bond

By Leah Tuckwiller

An anonymous Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) fighter barricaded themself into a section of pipeline for three house early in the morning of Monday, May 6, at a work site near Pence Springs, less than a mile from where the MVP is set to cross the Greenbrier River.

Before 10 a.m., the protester had been arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, obstruction and trespassing, and two felonies, threat of terrorist acts and destruction of property. Bail was set at $8,500, which was paid Monday.

Read more in the Tuesday, May 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Man Enters Kennedy Plea To Sexual Abuse

By Bobby Bordelon

A man first arrested in 2012 and indicted in 2015 was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree on Friday, May 3, in Greenbrier County Circuit Court under Judge Robert Richardson.

Corey Storbakken, 37, plead to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree under a Kennedy plea, a type of plea where the defendant accepts responsibility for penalties of being convicted of a crime, but does not admit to having perpetrated the crime.

Read more in the Monday, May 6, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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