Pocahontas County Teacher Testified Before Congress

Pocahontas County High School science teacher Justin Dilley went to DC recently to testify before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of Congress. He represented Pocahontas County in the discussion concerning funding from Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). Dilley told the board, “The majority of the senators on that panel are from out west, so a lot of them are in favor of SRS and PILT funds because their states need it probably worse than what our county does.”

Hagy Departing As Executive Director Of Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation

Andrew Hagy, Executive Director for the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation for three years has announced his resignation and will be taking a similar economic development position out of state. His last official day will be December 31st. Hagy first arrived in January 2017 and introduced a new vision and organizational structure for GVEDC that focused on creating jobs and capital investment in the counties of Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas. Hagy incorporated new real estate management practices which generated a positive revenue of $649,000 through cost-cutting, eliminating waste and new leases for GVEDC’s 250,000 square feet of buildings and industrial parks.

Beckley Will Lease The Raleigh Playhouse

The City of Beckley will lease the Raleigh Playhouse under an agreement reached with the owner, Bickey Companies. According to a press release, the agreement, while not yet official, deal allows holiday films planned at the Neville Street theatre to continue as planned. The Raleigh was opened seven years ago, part of a vision the late Beckley businessman Dan Bickey, who saw the theater as a centerpiece for Beckley’s revival. Bickey, in fact, used money he made in other ventures to subsidize the theater’s operations.

Monroe County Man Faces Child Abuse Counts

Child abuse counts face a man in Monroe County. 32 year old Randy New of Ballard is accused of hitting a girl with a wooden paddle, leaving bruises on her leg and hand. Investigators say the victim told them New had hit her several times. In addition, the victim’s mother told investigators she was afraid to intervene because she was scared of New. New faces the felony charge of Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury and is behind bars in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Mrs. Oak Leaf Festival Stripped Of Crown In Wake Of Arrest

She won the 2019 Mrs. Oak Leaf Festival, but now has been stripped of her crown after being charged in connection with the death of a child. 36 year old Julie Titchenell was among three people charged with death of a child by a parent or guardian and child neglect causing death. Titchenell is being held at Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond stemming from the death of 8-year-old Raylee Browning the day after Christmas last year. Also charged are her sister, 35 year old Sherie Titchenell and the child’s father, 34-year-old Marty Browning, both of Hilltop. According to police, court documents show Julie Titchenell described as the girl’s stepmother.

Wreaths Across America Day In Pocahontas County

On Saturday, people in Pocahontas County will gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. It’s held in conjunction with the annual wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery. The Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps is hosting the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Arbovale Main Cemetery at noon. Seven wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen and merchant marines who served, to honor their sacrifices, and to teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

Father Charged In Death Of Daughter

A father has been charged in the death of his 8 year old daughter, the day after Christmas last year. 8 year old Raylee Browning was the focus of a number of Child Protective Services inquiries. This week, 34 year old Marty Browning was arrested, along with the girl’s stepmother, 36 year old Julie Titchenell. A second woman, 35 year old Sherie Titchenell was also arrested. All are charged with one count each of death of a child by parent and child neglect causing death. All three bonds were set at $100,000. Authorities say between 2011 until her death on Dec. 26, 2018, Raylee had been taken to various hospitals for injuries.

Poetry And Art On Display At Lewisburg Book Store

A collection of Shoshanna Schwimmer’s poetry and art, is now at A New Chapter Bookstore in Lewisburg. An event will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a reading at 4 p.m. and signing at 4:20 p.m.
The first poem, “You Are Not Alone,” was an inspiration in a Greenbrier Artists show. “For Fran” was part of a memorial to local pianist icon Fran Belin. “Phoenix” won a prize in the West Virginia Writers competition.
Schwimmer’s fabric and other art are in private collections across the U.S. and in Canada. Four pieces are featured.

Blessing Box At Rainelle Town Hall

There is now a “Blessing Box” located at the Rainelle Town Hall thanks to the efforts of Mayor Jason Smith & Brandon Terry from ‘Lots of Love Family Services’. Organizers say if you find that you have the ability to help in this cause, feel free to drop off your contributions at Town Hall during business hours.

County Commission Backs Formation Of Trail Alliance

The Greenbrier County Commission is backing the New River Gorge Trail Alliance as it tries to form another alliance. County officials say it would be called the Mountain State Trail Alliance and would help keep numerous trails in the area operational and available for use by community members. Also, supporters say, it would give the county an opportunity to enforce laws against trespassers or vandalism. Currently, the Meadow River Trail is currently closed off to the public. Right now it’s in the design phase of this project but should be up and running in two to three years.