We tell our kids to Be Above the Influence.
We taught our kids to “Just Say No.”
We D.A.R.E. our kids to stay off drugs.
Now it’s time to Fight Back.
Drugs were a problem in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s. They didn’t go away when we hit the 21st century.
And in this community, we hear stories of the dangers of huffing, bath salts and the abuse of prescription drugs on a daily basis. These aren’t cautionary tales — these events are happening in our schools, in our workplace, to people we know and love.
The arrest logs printed in the Times West Virginian on a weekly basis are filled with drug-related crimes, like possession with intent to deliver and other felonies. But we also understand that many of the driving under the influence arrests, petty crimes of shoplifting or vandalism, felonies like battery, burglary and theft and a myriad other crimes are sadly drug-related, too.
There have been clusters of robberies in neighborhoods. There were seniors who feared leaving a window open during the blackouts in early July.
There have been car accidents, some fatal, involving people who had so much more to give and so many more years ahead of them. There have been overdoses, some fatal, caused by months and years of drug abuse.
We tell our kids to Be Above the Influence.
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‘Take a book ... Return a book’ theme in Fairmont, around world
“Take a book ... Return a book” is painted on thousands of Little Free Libraries around the nation and the world.
Since 2009, Little Free Libraries have been popping up in communities and now there is one located in Fairmont.
Marital communication murder case issue
Two years ago on Dec. 11, Everett Ed Wilson was shot to death at the Baxter home of his daughter and son-in-law, Kristyn and Michael Palmer.
They have been incarcerated at the North Central Regional Jail since their arrest and indictment on first-degree murder charges in June 2012.
WVU board approves interim president
At an emergency meeting Thursday, the West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved the selection of an interim president for the institution, but that selection has not officially been made public.
WVU director honored for work in mine safety
After mining disasters in West Virginia and in the United States, professionals look at how they can make mines safer.
Jim Dean, director of mining and industrial extension at West Virginia University, received the “Because of You” Safety Professional Award thanks to his significant contributions to mining safety.
Today’s Telephone Blitz part of United Way’s push toward goal
If you get a phone call from the United Way of Marion County today, be nice.
Give. Even a $5 donation can help.
Just imagine all the good it will do.
The United Way of Marion County, always there for those in need, now needs a little help from you.
Two escape before fire destroys home on Burnt Cabin Road
“God will take care of me.”
Even as firefighters from eight units from two counties fought the blaze that was consuming the mobile home on Burnt Cabin Road she shared with her brother, Leah Snodgrass remained calm.
AFT’s goal is working together with legislators
At the second annual Legislative Round Table on Wednesday, representatives from local chapters of the American Federation of Teachers met with senators and delegates from Marion and neighboring counties to discuss issues with the education system in West Virginia.
Fairmont native incorporates touch into math, science learning
For Fairmont native Marjorie Darrah, being able to create software that incorporates the sense of touch into math and science learning is “like a dream come true.”
Darrah is in her her sixth year as an associate professor of mathematics at West Virginia University and is also the CEO of eTouchSciences LLC, based in Grafton.
More families take part on second day of Christmas Toy Shop
Shoppers who missed out on Black Friday shopping got another chance Tuesday.
Organizers of the Christmas Toy Shop held the event, which provides free toys for low-income families in Marion County, for a second day Tuesday after their main event on Black Friday left them with extra toys.
WVU still seeking interim president
Although no official action has been taken, the West Virginia University Board of Governors is making progress in the naming of an interim president.
WVU President Jim Clements announced last month that he would be leaving WVU to become the president of Clemson University.
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