The Angel Tree Appears In The Greenbrier Valley Mall

By Ruth Caruthers

Some may have noticed a Christmas tree at the Greenbrier Valley Mall adorned with ornaments with special notes written on them.

That tree is the Angel Tree and has become a tradition for locals as a way to honor loved ones who have passed on.

Read more in the Wednesday, December 6, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Bald Eagles Undergo Treatment For Lead Poisoning From Ammunition

By Ruth Caruthers

A woman from Caldwell has helped save the life of an American bald eagle this past Thursday.

Jaki Sparks shared on her social media of how she found a bald eagle in her yard after coming home Thursday, November 30. The eagle could fly a little, but was obviously in distress.

Read more in the Tuesday, December 5, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Missing Young Man From Lewisburg Is Found Safe

By Ruth Caruthers

According to a press release by the Lewisburg Police Department, missing Lewisburg man Micah Charles Ray Gilkeson has been found safe.

Gilkeson was reported missing last week by his mother.

Read more in the Monday, December 4, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

North Carolina Fringe Group Comes To Lewisburg In Attempt To Divide, Fails

By Robert Bordelon

A group modeled after the domestic terrorist organization the Ku Klux Klan visited Lewisburg from their North Carolina home to slightly annoy residents of Lewisburg Sunday, November 3.

"I'm proud to be white," the leaflets they left around town read. "If that offends you 'your' racist."

Read more in the Monday, December 4, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Veterans Upward Bound Brings New Opportunities To Veterans, Offers Beginners Computer Course

By Robert Bordelon

Aiming to help veterans make the most of their educational benefits, Veterans Upward Bound is a program providing training. They specialize in matching veterans to the programs that best fit their needs and fully esxplaining the veterans' benefits. In January, Veterans Upward Bound will offer a beginners computer course, teaching basic skills, from start up to internet functions and paper writing.

"It makes a better future for their families," explained Curtis Pauley, an academic advisor for Veterans Upward Bound. "It's not just for the veterans, it's for the families of the veterans. We had one man that, when he came into our offices, he was reading on a fourth grade level. Thorough tutoring and being there for him, he ended up getting an associate degree. His son was having trouble in school, and he and his son would sit at the dining room table and do their homework at the same time. So the son started picking up on it and saying, 'Well, if Dad, at 45 years old, thinks it's important enough to go back to school, maybe there's something there I should be doing.' That's the point, to make a better life for the veterans and their families.

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

Questions Remain For Residents Over Biomass Plant Planned For Sam Black

By Robert Bordelon

Diesel manufacturing is coming soon to a site near Sam Black Church. Groundbreaking is expected in spring 2018 by the Greenbrier County Commission and representatives of the potential factory's owners, PPD of WV One. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) has passed a resolution to allow PPD of WV One to sell bonds to fund construction of the plant, up to $80 million worth in potential fundraising. Questions, however, remain for locals in the Sam Black Church area about the potential effects of the plant, from ecological impacts to new jobs created. A group of residents approached the Greenbrier County Commission about blocking the plant, saying it would have major implications for their properties and families.

The facility takes advantage of Cellulose to Hydrogen Power (ChyP), a technology created by Proton Power, a Tennessee-based company, which uses biomasses, things like plant materials and wood, to synthesize #1 diesel fuel. The method also produces another product called Biochar, a carbon-based product that is used in both agriculture and manufacturing.

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

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