You can change your hair, your clothes, grow older, lose weight. But the face changes very little as the days and years go by. It is the way we recognize and acknowledge a person. And just like a fingerprint, no two faces are the same. Though there are resemblances, a person’s face is as unique as her personality and character. Our neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities are made up of these faces, making each just as unique as the faces that belong to them.
Each March, the Times West Virginian brings you our Annual Report — a status of where we are in North Central West Virginia, how various industries are faring, and an overall snapshot of our community and state as it is today and where we hope to be in the coming days.
For seven days, as we bring you special editions on a wide range of topics — from the gas wells to the classrooms, from a high-tech lab to the church pew — we try to cover the areas of high interest within our county and beyond.
On Sunday, our Annual Report will debut, but there’s one important change this year.
“We recognize that there’s only one thing that makes North Central West Virginia great, no matter the industry, no matter the project,” said Chuck Jessup, publisher of the Times West Virginian. “People. Very simply put, it is the people of this area that make it succeed, that make the economy work, that make our health-care industry top notch.”
So the Times West Virginian is highlighting people in the 2013 Annual Report.
It’s called “Faces.”
‘Faces’ theme of week-long series that debuts Sunday
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Bush’s murder convictions reinstated
Phillip Reese Bush had his two first-degree murder convictions reinstated on Wednesday.
The Memorandum Decision was handed down by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This decision reversed the Ohio County Circuit Court order from February 2013 that granted Bush a new trial.
Weber would like to be Marion-Fairmont ‘buffer’
With his six years of experience on Fairmont City Council, Daniel Weber is now running as a candidate for a seat on the Marion County Commission.
Weber, a retired theater professor from Fairmont State University, said while he was teaching at the university he wanted to run for House of Delegates but couldn’t because he worked at FSU. It would have been a conflict of interest because delegates choose higher educators pay.
Opposition to Worthington’s annexation proposal surfaces
There was some opposition to the Town of Worthington’s annexation proposal.
A public hearing was held Wednesday at the Marion County Commission meeting for the annexation of 43.28 acres into Worthington. Commissioners heard opinions on the matter but did not vote on the issue.
Mailing on voter registration prompts questions
Concerned voters started calling in to the Marion County Clerk’s office Wednesday after receiving a mailing from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation on voter registration.
Farmington addresses problem properties
The Town of Farmington is focusing on property maintenance, water and sewer issues.
During its meeting on Monday night, council agreed to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code. This code, along with the town’s ordinance, will allow Farmington to better address some problem properties.
‘Something hard’ for Rockefeller turns out to be devotion to service
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., returned to West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday to host a public policy forum and reflect upon his time in public service.
Sanders now eligible for parole
Chuckie Sanders is eligible for parole today.
Not bitter about the 20 years he’s served, Sanders, 52, acknowledges the crime he was charged with, the drug habit that clouded his judgment and the debt he had to pay to society.
Home-rule application approved by council
Fairmont City Council approved on Tuesday submitting the city’s home-rule application to the home-rule board.
Tennant hopes to keep county commission seat
Burley “Butch” Tennant is not a stranger to the Marion County Commission.
As the current president of the county commission, he started serving the six-year term in 2008.
Access to health care challenge to state
Access to health care, and technology to better facilitate that care, is a big challenge in the rural areas of West Virginia.
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