Education Considered Again Saturday

By Leah Tuckwiller

Education will be coming back to the legislative table this weekend as the Senate takes up the West Virginia Student Success Act (SSA) on Saturday, June 1. The first draft of the bill was released on Friday, May 24, just over a week before the session, and comes in at 144 pages.

The concern with this new bill is that it so far seems to be the omnibus education reform bill, SB451, from winter's regular session made over. The SSA was introduced despite efforts by Senate Democrats to introduce a package of bills that take public input into consideration, particularly the insight of teachers.

Read more in the Thursday, May 30, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Commission Issues Order Approving Finalized TIF Project List

By Bobby Bordelon

A brief agenda saw the Greenbrier County Commission finalize the TIF extension, a new push from the sheriff to recruit officers, and a proclamation celebrating Ruritan clubs throughout the county on Tuesday, May 29.

After several months of discussion and debate, the commission issued an order approving the final extension of the White Sulphur Springs Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.

Read more in the Wednesday, May 29, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Open House At Montwell Park Illuminates Plans Moving Into The Future

By Bobby Bordelon

Montwell Park buzzed with activity as the community gathered to take a look at its future; an open house laid out plans for the park's continuing development on Thursday, May 23.

Local, fresh food stood front and center in the future plans of Montwell and its partners, The Greenbrier Valley Restoration Project, Hill and Holler Pizzeria, the Greenbrier County Health Alliance, The Local Cafe and Grocer, and The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. This includes both a local grocer and food-based health improvement classes and resources. Also scattered throughout the open house were blueprints for potential buildings, landscaping, down to the vegetable gardens and an heirloom apple orchard.

Read more in the Tuesday, May 28, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

State Senate Announces A New Bill On Education Reform

By Leah Tuckwiller

Ahead of resuming special session, the West Virginia Senate Committee on Education has released a draft of new legislation on education.

The draft of the West Virginia Student Success Act was released Friday, May 24, as a new major reform of education. Coming in at 144 pages in its first draft and covering items from budgeting to charter school insurance, the act is another "omnibus" style bill which deals with multiple issues at once rather than drafting individual bills.

Read more in the Tuesday, May 28, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Run For The Wall Returns To Rainelle

By Bobby Bordelon

Rainelle's annual Run For The Wall reception brought hundreds of motorcycle riding veterans through the town for a warm welcome by residents and students and to Rainelle Elementary for lunch.

"It was absolutely wonderful," said Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton. "It just brings great pleasure that we can celebrate the veterans and what they did for our country. What would we have if it wasn't for them?"

Read more in the Friday, May 24, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Anonymous MVP Protester Identified, Case Will Move To Circuit Court

By Leah Tuckwiller

The anonymous protester who blocked Mountain Valley Pipeline construction near Pence Springs and was arrested for threat of terrorist acts has been transferred to circuit court, according to the Summers County Magistrate Court office.

After a preliminary hearing this week determined probable cause for the charge, the protester's case will now move to circuit court, presided over by Circuit Judge Robert Irons.

Read more in the Thursday, May 23, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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