We want to simply say thank you to the people of Marion County.
For the fifth year in a row, the Christmas Toy Shop, the Black Friday event that serves low-income families, has been a success. Families who before would have stressed about how they would be able to provide toys for their children come Christmas morning have been given the opportunity to “shop” for gently used and new toys, but only through the giving spirit of the people of Marion County.
We saw it first hand. A young girl came into our offices and presented a check. Come to find out, that little one had asked friends and family to donate to the cause and collected as much as she could before bringing the donation to the office.
A woman stopped by the office the day before Thanksgiving, the last day we would be collecting for the drive. She wanted to know exactly how far away we were from the goal of $17,500 to purchase new toys for the drive. At that moment, though we knew other checks were expected and explained that, we were a little more than $1,490 away from goal. The woman wrote a personal check for $1,491.
Someone donated a rather large stuffed monkey. When the family who chose the monkey Friday morning was loading it into the car, there was an envelope attached beneath it with $50 enclosed.
These were just a few of the little miracles and blessings that happened during the drive this year. It doesn’t count the hundreds and hundreds of volunteer man hours that went into sorting donated toys, purchasing new ones and helping families “shop” on Friday. It doesn’t count each and every person who gave what they could to help meet the fundraising goal.
And the blessings will continue through Christmas Day. We may never know the impact that a donated toy or a a monetary contribution will mean to a young child on Christmas morning. But lives were touched through this drive. Families in need, families in crisis were offered a helping hand to give a little hope to children who shouldn’t have to feel the stress of financial pressures at such a young age.
You wouldn’t believe what a new doll or a remote-controlled car or a bike can do for a child dealing with death, divorce, abandonment or financial crisis. It can make them believe in the magic of the season again.
And none of it would have been possible without the kind-hearted people of Marion County, who never cease to open their hearts for the less fortunate. In fact, the Christmas Toy Shop drive was so successful, another will be held Tuesday evening.
Again, we offer a simple thank you to the people of Marion County on behalf of the hundreds of children who will benefit this year. In this season of giving, know that you have given the extraordinary gifts of laughter, happiness and hope to so many children.
We want to simply say thank you to the people of Marion County.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year
It’s happening again.
It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.
County honors men who gave all in helping their community
The next time you’re driving in the Rivesville area, you might notice new signs on two of the area’s bridges.
Those signs, which bear the names of Alex Angelino and Denzil O. Lockard, were unveiled Saturday in honor of the men whose names they display, two men who died while serving their communities.
The bridge on U.S. 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Lockard, while the bridge on U.S. 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Angelino. Lockard, a former Rivesville police chief, died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Angelino, a Rivesville firefighter, died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.
State must learn to keep costs down and perform more efficiently on less
The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings.
Let’s not do that again.
Long-range vision with transportation has been made to be thing of proud past
Last week’s closure of Fairmont’s Fourth Street Bridge is a symbol of a problem that must be fixed.
The United States should be proud of the vision its leaders once displayed to address the country’s transportation needs.
Back in 1954, for example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his goal of an interstate highway system — something that transformed the country.
COLUMN: Who would leave animal in sweltering car?
I was standing and debating between two brands of a product in a big box store when I heard a call over the intercom:
“Will the owner of a green Cavalier with a dog inside please report to the lawn and garden center.”
I shook my head. I hate seeing dogs in cars waiting while their owners shop. About five minutes later, there was another announcement over the intercom.
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