Justice Approves Photo Terminations

By Bobby Bordelon

Governor Jim Justice approved terminations of those involved in a photo of state prison employees holding up their hands in a Nazi salute, after receiving the official report and formal recommendations from DMAPS Secretary Jeff Sandy Monday, December 30.

"I have reviewed the factual information regarding this incident that was provided by Secretary Sandy, and have approved all of his recommendations," said Justice. "I expressed my thanks to him and the entire Department for quickly getting this report done.

Read more in the Thursday, January 2, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Take A Moment To Look Back, Reflect On 2019 With A Year Of Local WVDN News In Review

By Theresa Flerx, Bobby Bordelon and Leah Tuckwiller

Wrapping up the decade, 2019 brought Greenbrier and Monroe counties new challenges, debates, representation, and reasons to come together. Throughout the year, The West Virginia Daily News has reported on these triumphs and pitfalls, the new and departing faces, and the efforts to make life better.

2019 saw the passing of the baton for several local police agencies and government bodies, fond farewells for dedicated citizens and some closure for pending court cases.

Read more in the Tuesday, December 31, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

FEMA Buyback Projects Approved

By Bobby Bordelon

Those impacted by the 2016 flood in Greenbrier County received good news for the 2019 holiday season – funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for property acquisitions and demolitions have been approved.

"Within the last week, we've received FEMA approvals for three Hazard Mitigation Acquisition/Demolition projects (FEMA buyouts)," explained Paula Brown, deputy director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency. "We will be completing all the required paperwork to purchase these properties in January 2020 with demolition to follow as these structures are a public safety hazard in their communities."

Read more in the Monday, December 30, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Community Gathers To Honor Loved Ones With Candlelight At Angel Tree

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Angel Tree at the Greenbrier Valley Mall has held a special place for lost loved ones for the past nine years: those in the community who have lost someone have the chance to hang ornaments and notes and come to a candlelight service in honor of family members, friends, and other loved ones each year.

Through the efforts of Roger Honaker and several friends, as well as the help of mall manager Larry Patton, the Angel Tree stays in view and lit up 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season.

Read more in the Friday, December 27, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

NORAD Tracks Santa Claus' Progress On This Foggy Christmas Eve

By Leah Tuckwiller

Once again, it's time for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to run its annual Santa Tracker. Since 1955, NORAD has annually tracked Santa Claus as he makes his route around the world on Christmas Eve.

According to tradition, "[it] all started in 1955 when a local newspaper advertisement informed children they could call Santa directly - only the contact number in the advertisement was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty."

Read more in the Tuesday, December 24, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Team Wins Christmas Tournament

By Brandon Baker

If you have not been out to see the Greenbrier East Lady Spartans basketball team in action yet, you may want to change those plans after the first of the year.

The Spartans have been obliterating the oppoenents to start the year and that did not change this past weekend. December 20 - 21, as they beat Nitro 84058 then followed that up with a 58-32 win over Hurricane in the annual Jerry Bradley Memorial Christmas Tournament.

Read more in the Monday, December 23, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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