Consequences Added To Greenbrier County Towing Policy

By Robert Bordelon

An amendment concerning ramifications if a towing company is out of compliance with the Greenbrier County tow policy was enacted during the Tuesday, October 24, Greenbrier County Commission meeting.

The new section states that any towing company that is not in compliance with the policy shall be removed from the tow rotation until the company can provide proof that it is within compliance to the policy.

Read more in the Wednesday, October 25, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

WV Lawmakers Take Action On Opioid Epidemic

By Robert Bordelon 

Three potential pieces of legislation are passing through the U.S. Congress concerning the opioid epidemic, introduced by Representative Evan Jenkins and Senator Joe Manchin. One, introduced by Jenkins in the House of Representatives, would establish a task force to address fentanyl and heroin trafficking. The other two bills are approximately the same bill, introduced by Jenkins in the House of Representatives and Manchin in the Senate, aimed to dismantle a 2016 law that handcuffed the Drug Enforcement Agency against Fortune 500 drug distributors handling "suspicious" orders.

Jenkins has introduced a bill, the Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act, to the House aiming to establish a task force to address fentanyl and heroin trafficking throughout the United States. Jenkins said in a press conference on Monday, October 23, that his work with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) pushed him to submit the bill, with the idea solidifying after his round table discussion with several federal agencies last week.

Read more in the Tuesday, October 24, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Marching Band Prepares For Senior Night, Atlantic Coast Championships

The Spartan Marching Band of Greenbrier East High School is preparing for special Senior Night activities at Spartan Stadium Friday evening prior to the East/Princteton football game and to compete Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Championships of the Tournament of Bands in Hershey, PA.

This final push of the competition season comes after the Spartans placed second in their class and fifth overall in the West Virginia High School Invitational Marching Band Classic Saturday morning in the University of Charleston Stadium.

Read more the in the Tuesday, October 24, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

U.S. Senate Passes Budget Plan For 2018 And Beyond, Manchin and Capito Cast Opposing Votes

By Robert Bordelon

On October 19, the U.S. Senate passed a budget pan on a 51-49 vote, with every Democrat voting no and every Republican, with the exception of Rand Paul, R-Ky, voted in favor of the bill.

The resolution is a budget plan that establishes the congressional budget for the federal government for fiscal year 2018 and sets forth budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019-2027. The Congressional Budget Office, the agency that analyzes potential laws and budgets that pass through Congress and reports on their potential effects on the economy and government revenue, has not released a cost estimate for the bill.

Read more in the Monday, October 23, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Barrel Company To Bring New Jobs To WSS

By Robert Bordelon

A new company has announced it will bring 113 new manufacturing jobs to White Sulphur Springs by 2019, if permitting allows. The West Virginia Great Barrel Company announced during a press conference with Governor Jim Justice on Thursday, October 19, their securing of $27 million in loans in order to construct a 90,000-square-foot white oak barrel manufacturing plant on the 23-acre site in White Sulphur Springs.

"We're proud to be the first major manufacturer to be adding value to white oak [production in West Virginia]," said Tom Crabtree, a representative of the West Virginia Great Barrel Company, at the press conference. "For every $40 worth of white oak we harvest, we will create $200 in value added by creating a barrel. We will harvest 13 million board feet of white oak, [which] will creat over $50 million in commerce in Greenbrier County, Monroe County, and the state of West Virginia annually."

Read more in the Friday, October 20, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Penny Pitch Meets 50-Year Milestone In Serving Greenbrier Valley Families

By Ruth Caruthers

Penny Pitch is celebrating 50 years this holiday season. The benevolent program was started in 1967 by four Greenbrier Jaycees: Teddy Morgan, Flem Browning, Wayne Rogers, and Dennis Sanger. Sanger, at the time, was the editor of The West Virginia Daily News.

The Jaycees Club is a service organization that strives to make a difference in communities across the country through grants awarded to chapter and state organizations.

Read more in the Thursday, October 19, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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