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.

Break-In At State Fair Of West Virginia Office On May 25

By Ruth Caruthers

According to Chief Executive Officer of the State Fair of West Virginia, Kelly Collins, there was a break-in around 5 a.m. on Friday, May 25.

The individual took keys and $100 from the "lunch fund." No computers, TVs, or other valuables were taken.

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

Roads Of Honor Flies First Of Many Banners Honoring Service Members

By Theresa Flerx

"We are proud to be the first city in West Virginia to implement this banner program," expressed several area veterans hanging personalized flags on Main Street in White Sulphur Springs to acknowledge military personnel, past and present, along the first of many "Roads of Honor."

The local ambition to honor those who serve in this manner was intiated by Richard Streck and pressed into action with Bobby White, Debbie Pack, and David Lovelace.

Read more in the Friday, May 25, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Over 50 Firefighters Respond To Fairlea Fire

By Robert Bordelon

Flames spreading across an apartment building called dozens of firefighters to Fairlea late Thursday night, May 24.

As of press time, there are no reported injuries to any of the estimated 50 or more occupants of the 24 apartments. The residents were evacuated from the complex and brought to a shelter set up by the Red Cross and Rhema Christian Center.

Read more in the Friday, May 25, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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