West Virginia Grown Promoted By Country Store And Commissioner Leonhardt

By Robert Bordelon

Setting up inside of the Country Store in the State Fair of West Virginia, the Department of Agriculture and its commissioner, Kent Leonhardt, are looking to promote West Virginia agricultural business and local farmers throughout the state.

Leonhardt's focus is West Virginia Grown, a program and label meant to assure consumers that a product is grown or produced in West Virginia and is high quality.

Read more in the Monday, August 13, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Morrisey Address IOGA At The Greenbrier

By Robert Bordelon 

Hosted in the Eisenhower Room of The Greenbrier, the 43rd Annual Summer Meeting of the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) hosted its second day of guest speakers on Tuesday, August 7, featuring West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Guest speakers included IOGA West Virginia Vice President Brett Loflin, Director of the WVU Energy Institue Brian Anderson, Shell Chemical Company Business Integration Lead Michael Marr, Core Appalachia CEO Jim Rode, and Morrisey, who is also the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in the midterm elections later this year, addressed the crowd, advocating for the industries.

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

IOGA Speakers Hosted At Conference

By Robert Bordelon

Hosted in the Eisenhower Room of The Greenbrier, the 43rd Annual Summer Meeting of the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) hosted the first of two days of guest speakers on Monday, August 6.

Including Senator Joe Manchin, WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Austin Caperton, and video messages from Senator Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia 2nd District Representative David McKinley, and industry speakers Mike Dragovich of BrickStreet Insurance and Shawn Tolle of TransCanada, the future of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia was the prime topic for conversation.

Read more in the Tuesday, August 8, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Justice's Bluestone Taxes Paid

By Leah Tuckwiller

Governor Jim Justice announced in a press conference on Monday, August 6, that the tax obligations of the companies owned by his son, Jay Justice, to the state of West Virginia have been fulfilled. The companies were held by the governor before his election.

"Today is a really neat day for me, in that I think we can put to bed, once and for all, this tax issue that's been looming around forevermore. ... Today, we have been able, my son and all his companies, to now pay any and all tax obligations that were due the state of West Virginia," Justice said at the conference.

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

Mountain Valley Pipeline Protester Becky Crabtree Reveals Her Perspective

By Robert Bordelon

Before the arrest, obstruction charges, the impoundment of her 1971 Ford Pinto without an engine, news stories about her stand against Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), and calls from reporters asking why, Becky Crabtree prepared for the day in the predawn morning of Tuesday, July 31.

"It was still dark," said Crabtree. "It was surreal. There were lightning bugs, moonlight coming through the trees at the edge of the field. There were three huge oak trees very near where I was, and the wind was blowing branches and the moon was shining through the leaves. It was just about the most beautiful feeling I've ever had. I was at peace. Of course, I hadn't slept that night, I might have been giddy cause I needed sleep."

Read more in the Friday, August 3, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Fire! Fire! Fire! Revisiting 1897

By Leah Tuckwiller

"Fire! Fire! Fire!" So said the headline of the top local story of The Greenbrier Independent on Thursday, August 5, 1897. "At ten minutes to five o'clock Tuesday morning, the 3rd [of August], the alarming cry of 'FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!' rang out upon the still morning air, and soon well night the entire population of the town, men and women, had gathered on Main Street to fight the most disastrous fire known in the history of our dead old town," read the opening lines. In Lewisburg, a town 117 years old and with a Civil War battle already behind it, that was no small thing.

Thirteen buildings were destroyed in the fire, which spread through town unchecked in the early August morning exactly 121 years ago today. Beginning with the Greenbrier CLothing House on Washington (then Main) street, the fire spread to D.R. Thomas' grocery store and J.W.A. Ford's stone storehouse east on Washington Street and the Bank of Greenbrier to the west, before rounding the corner onto Court Street and engulfing the Bank of Lewisburg, John N. Arbuckle's law office, and the law offices of John W. Harris and James C. McPherson on Court Street.

Read more in the Friday, August 3, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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