By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
FAIRMONT — The Times West Virginian Newspapers in Education Auction helped to draw a large crowd to Downtown Fairmont Saturday morning and afternoon in conjunction with the annual Main Street Fairmont garage sale and weekly artisan market.
The Times raised more than $3,000 to provide newspapers in Marion County classrooms, according to unofficial totals.
Currently, the newspaper is able to provide copies to local schools at a reduced rate; basically the cost of printing. But Times West Virginian publisher Chuck Jessup thought it was important that schools not have to worry about finances to provide their students with educational material.
“The teachers use it to help literacy programs and get children reading,” he said.