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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Harold and Alta Efaw find keeping active keeps them young
Harold Efaw started a trend in his family.
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There were eggs on tables and doorknobs, in the gym and on the handrails. There were eggs for everyone.
Sanders seeks ‘second chance at life’: VIDEO
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McKinley, Gainer are candidates for Congress
Those who will represent their respective parties on the general election ballot for the 1st Congressional District have already been decided.
It is one of the few partisan races that will not need to be decided by the Tuesday, May 13 primary election as there are only one Republican and one Democrat vying for the seat.
‘Winter burn’ hits some state plants
A harsh winter has caused some plants to be burned.
West Virginia University Extension experts call this damage “winter burn.” It can be found on boxwood plants, a common but non-native plant in West Virginia.
East Dale student, loyal to twin brother, promotes autism awareness
Erin Pride, 12, is a sixth-grader at East Dale Elementary School.
She likes to play basketball, is a Girl Scout and just started learning the clarinet for school band.
This Christmas, she received a rubber band bracelet loom. Rubber brand bracelets are very popular, and she started making bracelets and trading them at school.
Tuesday deadline for voter registration
The deadline for new voters to register before the May 13 primary is fast approaching.
Residents have until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to go to a government office, such as the county clerk’s office or the DMV, and fill out a voter registration card.
Swimming Challenge available for children with autism
The Corridor Chapter of the Autism Society of West Virginia (AS-WV) and the YMCA of Clarksburg will be sponsoring the second annual Swimming Challenge for children affected by autism.
The swimming challenge gives children with autism the opportunity to attend swimming lessons and work on their swimming skills one-on-one.
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