Lewisburg Levy Passes, Unofficial Vote Totals

By Bobby Bordelon

The Lewisburg levy has passed by a wide margin, according to the unofficial vote totals released Tuesday, February 19.

The special levy election took place on Saturday, February 16, asking voters to renew a five-year levy accounting for approximately 16 percent of the city's annual budget.

Read more in the Tuesday, February 19, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

WV Teacher And Service Worker Unions Declare Strike Protesting Senate Bill 451

By Bobby Bordelon

Teachers and service workers across West Virginia are out of school on Tuesday, February 19, to protest SB451, the omnibus education reform bill.

Several unions, including the West Virginia divisions of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT-WV), West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA), and the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), gathered in Charleston for a press conference on Monday, February 18, to announce the strike.

Read more in the Tuesday, February 19, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

New SB451 Amendment Passes In Senate, House Requested To Concur

By Leah Tuckwiller

The West Virginia Senate took up Senate Bill 451 late on Monday, with Senator Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson), chair of the Committee on Education, submitting a new set of amendments to the bill. Among the items that would be placed back in the bill are charter schools and Educational Savings Accounts, just two of several highly contested measures taken in the bill and two which have undergone significant changes since the bill's introduction.

In response to the bill, teachers have gone on strike. Much of the contention has been over a select handful of major problems about which teachers and legislators voting against the bill have been concerned since the beginning.

Read more in the Tuesday, February 19, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

FEMA Funds And Projects, Officer Promotion Discussed By Alderson City Council

By Bobby Bordelon

An over $1.2 million discrepancy in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds was one of many topics during the Thursday, February 14, Alderson City Council meeting.

The meeting began with the annual reports from Police Chief Jeremy Bennett, Fire and EMS Chief Frankie Jones, Wastewater Treatment Chief Operator Bob Rhodes, and Water Treatment Chief Operator Donnie Steep, each receiving praise for their efforts and infrastructure from Alderson Mayor Travis Copenhaver.

Read more in the Monday, February 18, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

House Passes Version Of Education Bill

By Bobby Bordelon and Leah Tuckwiller

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a heavily altered version of Senate Bill 451, the controversial omnibus education bill.

Joining the 71 yeas in the house were both District 42 delegates, Jeff Campbell and Cindy Lavender-Bowe, a wide margin over the 29 nays.

Read more in the Friday, February 15, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Board Of Education Hears Students, State Board, Committee Updates

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Greenbrier County Board of Education met on Tuesday, February 12, at the county board offices to applaud students, hear from a member of the West Virginia Board of Education, and vote on regular business.

The first student before the board for recognition was Marcus Adkins, a seventh grade student at Western Greenbrier Middle School who received first place in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition.

Read more in the Thursday, February 14, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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