Case Against Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department Dismissed By West Virginia Supreme Court

By Bobby Bordelon

The West Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a case against the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department in a January 2019 ruling.

The suit, brought by Selwyn Vanderpool, Joseph Boswell, and Cornerstone Marketing, LLC, emerged from an investigation into alleged financial abuse of an elderly person. In the Supreme Court filings, the Sheriff Department's initial investigation into Boswell was noted to be "mistaken."

Read more in the Friday, February 1, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Union NAPA Finds Temporary Home

By Bobby Bordelon

A Union business damaged by fire late last year is open once again after renting out another local space.

NAPA Manager Jeff Johnson thanked the community for their support during the past month as the business regrouped and prepared to reopen.

Read more in the Thursday, January 31, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Former GWS Counselor Pleads Guilty

By Bobby Bordelon

A former Greenbrier West High School (GWHS) counselor has plead guilty in Federal District Court of Southern West Virginia after altering a student's grades in order to receive scholarship money.

Mellissa Krystynak was originally indicted on six counts relating to her alleged use of access to the school's grading programs to change her daughter's grades, then applying for and receiving over $10,000 in merit-based financial scholarships.

Read more in the Thursday, January 31, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

State Senate And WV Board Of Education Met For Discussion Of Omnibus Bill

By Leah Tuckwiller

Discussion of SB 451, the omnibus education bill, continues this week as the state Senate and West Virginia Board of Education met Wednesday, January 30.

The Senate heard concerns from across the state as the committee of the whole considered the education bill. Senate was in session from 9:30 a.m. to shortly after 8:30 p.m., hearing from education experts on aspects of the bill.

Read more in the Thursday, January 31, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewis' Sentence For Embezzlement Adjusted To Home Incarceration After Medical Issues

By Bobby Bordelon

A man convicted of embezzlement by a fiduciary returned to Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Tuesday, January 29, in order to request a new sentence based on medical needs.

In February 2017, Jeffrey Lewis was found guilty of one felony offense of embezzlement by a fiduciary before Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Richardson.

Read more in the Wednesday, January 30, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Justice Addresses SB-451 'Omnibus Education Bill,' Expresses Concern

By Leah Tuckwiller

Governor Jim Justice held a press conference yesterday afternoon, January 29, to address his stance on SB 451, the omnibus education reform bill introduced last week in the state Senate. The bill deals with numerous changes to the state's education system, including highly contentious items such as paycheck protection and the introduction of charter schools.

Justice began the conference by noting that the state and its educators went through a significant difficulty with the work stoppage in February 2018, which finally ended with the passage of a pay raise for all state employees and steps toward fixing PEIA.

Read more in the Wednesday, January 30, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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