The Times West Virginian


January 24, 2014

Stay warm; stay safe; take care of each other as we wait for spring

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Thursday’s high temperature hit only 14 degrees, with a low temperature of 4. It’s not a record-breaking low, as that -3 degree day in 1977 made the record books. But is quite far from “normal” for our area, which should be a high of 39 and low of 21.

But nothing has been quite normal since a storm system dumped 6-8 inched on Marion County Tuesday. We had an unseasonably warm Monday before we were pummeled with snow Tuesday and then watched the mercury drop after the snowflakes stopped falling.

The result was a mess on the roads. It wasn’t just about scraping 8 inches off roadways, but a layer of ice beneath. When the snow stopped coming down, road crews were facing temperatures where salt just doesn’t work. A little snow left on the roads almost gave cars a little more traction during morning and evening commutes when temperatures were in the low teens.

We know it’s easy to be frustrated by the condition of the secondary and neighborhood roads, but we hope that residents will offer a little patience considering this is the most significant storm we’ve had in a few years.

And speaking of consideration, we also hope readers and businesses will remember to keep their sidewalks clean for pedestrians. These sub-freezing temperatures and low wind-chill favors are tough enough on those who have to walk to a destination without having to walk through 8 inches of frozen snow and large mounds left behind.

And speaking of being a good neighbor, we know this community cares about one another. We know that there are residents who shovel their own drives and then shovel their neighbor’s drive, too. We know there is always someone willing to drive an elderly neighbor to an appointment, to keep a child at home during a snow day for working parents, to pick up a few staples on a trip to the grocery store or any small act of kindness.

There’s not going to be much improvement over the weekend, as temperatures will stay well below freezing, and another system is expected to dump several more inches through Saturday.

So we offer these bits of advice. Stay warm. Stay safe. Take care of each other.

Spring will come soon enough.

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  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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.

    July 24, 2014

  • 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.

    July 23, 2014

  • Too many taking too few steps to protect selves from skin cancer

    July 22, 2014

  • 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.

    July 20, 2014

  • 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.

    July 20, 2014

  • 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.

    July 18, 2014

  • 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.

    July 17, 2014

  • 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.

    July 16, 2014

  • 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.

    July 15, 2014

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