Not everyone has the same opportunities.
What children become when they grow up has a lot to do with the examples that are set for them and the role models they have as a child.
“We’re helping to even out that playing field a little bit,” said Sylvia Hawkins, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia, one of the 21 member agencies of the United Way of Marion County.
BBBS is a national organization that helps match adult volunteers with children from single-parent families, creating bonds that can last for life.
“It’s just been a good experience overall,” said Heather Moebus, who has been matched with her current Little Sister, Martha, for two years now. She said it’s about “helping kids through what they need helped through.”
Big Brothers and Big Sisters spend time doing everyday activities with their Little Brothers or Little Sisters.
“People say that they don’t have time, but it’s not about that,” Moebus said. “Any time you can give is good.”
In the past few months, she and Martha have done projects like carve pumpkins for Halloween or spend a day at the Wow Factory in Morgantown, but some days they may cook s’mores in a firepit or sit at home and play video games or board games. Martha said she has fun no matter what they do.
“It’s just a matter of doing things that you enjoy doing,” Hawkins said, “with a child along.”
When it comes to spending time with her Little Sister, she said, “my whole family gets involved.”
Martha is Moebus’ second Little Sister. Her first, whom she spent three years with, is 17 now, and Moebus said they still keep in touch.
Big Brothers Big Sisters evens playing field for children
Not everyone has the same opportunities.
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Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.
Behind-the-scenes emergency workers honored
The Marion County Commission is recognizing the individuals who work behind the scenes when an emergency happens.
During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners signed a proclamation for National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week in Marion County. The proclamation recognizes individuals working at the Marion County 911 Center.
Wallace residents plead guilty to fishing violations
Two Wallace residents were cited for and pleaded guilty to trout fishing violations.
Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, were issued citations for exceeding possession limit of trout and conspiracy to violate Chapter 20 of the West Virginia State Code.
Military children honored for their sacrifices: PHOTOS
Military children were honored for their sacrifices Tuesday at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.
The event was planned to coincide with Purple Up! Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military children across the country.
Child health: ‘Room for improvement’
Children living in Marion County are doing better in some respects than children in other counties in the state, according to a national study released Tuesday.
“The 2013 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book,” published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compares states and their counties to each other and to the national average of various areas of child health.
Another civil suit filed by Marple
Though a civil case in already pending in U.S federal court, former state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has filed another civil suit over her 2012 termination.
The main difference between the two cases, apparently, is that in addition to naming the West Virginia Board of Education as a plaintiff, former president of the board and current member Wade Linger is individually named in the suit as a defendant.
County man indicted for murder of infant
A Marion County man has been indicted on charges for the death of an infant.
Marcus Curtis Lewis, 55, was indicted for charges of first-degree murder and death of a child by a parent, guardian of custodian by Taylor County grand jurors Monday. Judge Alan D. Moats is expected to arraign Lewis on Friday.
Three arrested on charges stemming from armed robbery
Three men were arrested in the Fairmont area on charges stemming from an armed robbery.
Corey Joseph Richardson, 35, of Montgomery Village, Md.; Stephen Joseph Brewington, 26, of Allston, Mass.; and Wallace Anthony Booth Jr., 21, of Fairmont, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Marion County man indicted in murder of infant
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