Welcome back to school, Marion County students.
Today is the first day of class for first- through 12th-graders, and students in preschool and kindergarten will start Wednesday.
“Each year kind of has its own little flavor of what’s going on at the start of the school year,” said Marion County Superintendent of Schools Gary Price.
The start of this year has been a bit more challenging in terms of teacher and staff preparation because of some new initiatives that have required training, he said. As staff members have been trying to get ready for the arrival of students, they have also had to take considerable time to learn about new initiatives like West Virginia’s version of the common core, called the Next Generation standards, and the new evaluation system that is coming into place.
“You always hope to improve on past performances, and one of the things that you want to work on is the level of student performance,” Price said. “In Marion County, we feel that we do have high expectations for all our students. We expect them to achieve well and be able to attend school in a safe environment.”
In order for all students to achieve at a high level, teachers must use a variety of instructional techniques, because not all students learn in the same way, he said.
Price said Marion County Schools is always concerned about getting students to and from school safely.
First- through 12-graders head back to school today
Welcome back to school, Marion County students.
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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
A Marion County man was indicted by the Taylor County grand jury Monday on charges for the death of an infant.
Marion County soaks up the warm rays of spring
Spring is in the air.
Trees are beginning to blossom in Fairmont, sprinkling the streets with pink, white and yellow blossoms.
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