After Successful Concert, Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department Says 'Thank You'

By Robert Bordelon

The fundraising concert brought to life by the Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department was declared a success when the community showed up to support the department and listen to country music on Saturday, June 2.

"We want to thank the people for coming out and supporting us," said firefighter and concert committee member Paco Grimmett. "Without them, none of this would be possible. We really want to thank our sponsors."

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

Mountain Valley Pipeline Protesters Arrested, Released After Being Locked To Equipment

By Ruth Caruthers

Three protesters that were arrested Monday morning for locking themselves to Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment along Route 219 in Monroe County have been released.

Monday, June 4, the protesters were able to delay construction on the pipeline by four hours. West Virginia State Police arrived shortly after 8 a.m. to extract the protesters and were successful by later that afternoon. All three protesters were charged with three misdemeanors and had bond set at $1,500.

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

Ronceverte Recieves Award From DEP, Proclaims Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Robert Bordelon

After receiving an award for its new and improved wastewater treatment facility, the Ronceverte City Council met Monday, June 4, to finalize the abandonment of property to local homeowners, designate Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and issue a warning to parents and children throughout the city.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Ronceverte for improving wastewater treatment. Falling into the DEP's "Greater Than 40,000 Gallons A Day," category, the DEP recognized Ronceverte's efforts to upgrade the water treatment plant with a "Most Improved" award on May 24 in a DEP conference.

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

National Donut Day Started In 1938 By Salvation Army During WWI

By Ruth Caruthers

It's National Donut Day! Started in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a fundraiser to honor members who would serve donuts to soldiers during World War I, the holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June each year.

During World War I, the Salvation Army found that morale of soldiers was drastically increased when they were provided a place to socialize. These social centers were hosted by women who "mothered" the soldiers and provided baked goods, writing supplies, and a clothesmending service.

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

Confederate Railroad, Davisson Brothers Featured In Fairlea VFD Benefit Concert

By Robert Bordelon

When the Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department isn't coordinating with departments throughout the county to control an apartment complex blaze, a committee within the department is coordinating with managers out of Nashville, Tennessee, and the State Fair of West Virginia to bring a concert to the fairgrounds for Saturday, June 2.

Although the department receives funds from the state, expected upcoming expenses are higher than the expected amount, according to firefighter and committee member Pocko Grimmett, such as the approximate $3,500 replacement of airpacks used by firefighter any time they require assisted breathing due to smoke, fire, fumes, or anything else.

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

Alderson Wastewater Treatment Plant System Upgrades Showcased In Ceremony

By Robert Bordelon

After years of work, upgrades to wastewater treatment feeding the Greenbrier River Watershed have been completed in the Wastewater Treatment plant. Tuesday, May 29, saw the official opening ceremony for the plant, located near the federal prison in Alderson.

"A part of the ceremony for me is basically saying thanks to these guys for being able to help get my team up to where they need to be," said Alderson Mayor Travis Copenhaver. "This has been a five-year process, and we're still not 100 percent complete, but it's taken many phone calls, emails, and meetings to be able to get to the point where we're actually processing with UV [light] and reducing phosphorus."

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


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