One hundred and five thousand dollars.
That’s how much the United Way needs to reach its 2013-14 goal.
That goal is $425,000. And it’s a goal that has been topped only once here in Marion County. A total of $320,000 has been collected thus far, and that figure is impressive.
It shows the United Way volunteers have been doing their usual great job at a time of year when it seems just about everybody is attempting to raise money. And that is nothing new. That’s just the fact of life as Christmas draws near.
There are several things going on this weekend that could boost that total significantly.
A telephone blitz is planned for this morning — one that should contact many residents as well as businesses that have not contributed to the United Way this year.
The Oldies Dance is scheduled tomorrow evening, and this event brings out many people each year. Tickets may be purchased at the United Way office today and tomorrow and at the Fairmont Elks Lodge, the site of the dance.
“The Taste of Marion County” will be going on during the dance, and based on past experience, this has proven very popular. We trust you will keep that on your calendar for Friday night.
Another event that has grown more popular with each passing year is the Celebration of Lights at Morris Park. That’s being held each weekend during December. The light displays have grown and improved each year, as those people who have seen them already can tell you.
And remember, the United Way supports 22 Marion County agencies. There are few people in the county who haven’t used at least one and in many cases more of these agencies.
They touch all walks of life. That is what makes the United Way so special.
The United Way is people helping people. And the money does not have to be paid until December of next year.
There are several payment options — bill me (monthly, quarterly, etc.), credit cards, automatic debit from your bank account, as well as checks or cash.
Marion County has a good success string going in its United Way campaigns. We feel confident that this string will be continued this year with the generous cooperation of Marion County residents.
One hundred and five thousand dollars.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
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.
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