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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E-filing brings W.Va. court system ‘into the 21st century’
Marion County made history Tuesday when the first lawsuit was filed on West Virginia’s new e-filing system by a Fairmont attorney.
“It’s like walking on the moon,” said West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin. “This is a tremendous advance forward. It will only get better.”
Fairmont leaders eye home rule priorities
Fairmont City Council members met during a work session Tuesday to discuss the city’s plans to submit an application to be included in a home rule pilot program.
The program has been in place since 2007 and has allowed four West Virginia cities — Charleston, Huntington, Bridgeport and Wheeling — to set up their own system of governing without receiving a charter from the state.
Industry experts attend forum to discuss country’s energy needs
Energy has an impact on everyone’s lives, said U.S. Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va.
Winter commencement planned at FSU
As students at Fairmont State University complete their final exams of the semester this week, some will also be capping off their college educations.
Coalition hopes to help area’s homeless
Several agencies and residents gathered Monday night to discuss ways to end homelessness in Marion County.
Jenny and Roy Snyder celebrate holidays with four adopted kids
A tradition doesn’t have to be old for it to work.
Jenny and Roy Snyder are the proud — and relatively new — parents of natural siblings Aden, 9 on Christmas Eve; Emily, 7; Madalyn, 4; and, newest of all, Jarin, 2.
Wintry weather leads to multiple vehicle accidents
Emergency responders and road crews stayed busy Sunday as wintry weather fell on the area.
Santa greeting children at Middletown Mall
Christmas is less than three weeks away, and Santa Claus has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit Marion County.
Brogan Troy hopes to become a firefighter like his father
It’s not too often that 13-year-olds choose their career path, but that’s exactly what Mannington resident Brogan Troy has done.
Feast of the Seven Fishes brings fond memories of Christmas Eve
For many in Marion County, the smell of fish brings fond memories of Christmas Eve celebrations from their childhoods.
The Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes is one many Italian immigrants brought with them when they came to America, seeking jobs and a better life.
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