By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
It’s a little easier to get into the Marion County Courthouse now.
After being locked for security reasons for several months, the lower entrance on Adams Street is now back open for business.
The door was unlocked to the public Wednesday morning.
Locking several entrances was halfway between total lockdown and doing nothing at all, said commission President Randy Elliott.
The upper Adams Street and upper Jefferson Street entrances are still closed to the public.
Other entrances are found at the first floor of the J. Harper Meredith Building, Jackson Street; second floor, Magistrate Court, J. Harper Meredith Building, on Jefferson Street; and first floor, Marion County Courthouse, Jefferson Street, near the bus stops.
Annexation is officially a go for White Hall.
The Marion County Commission on Wednesday gave the town authority to welcome the 20 or so residences of Nichols and Lake View drives to town.
Elliott and and fellow commissioner Butch Tennant voted for the motion, while Ernie VanGilder voted against. A public hearing had been held at the March 13 commission meeting for residents to voice their opinions about the proposal.
Residents of the Nichols Drive area had approached White Hall council to be annexed into the town. They wanted such services as police protection, snow removal and street repair.
The commission had received comments, emails or phone calls from 13 residents for the annexation and six against.
“It is my belief that the majority rules,” Elliott said.