To submit a cheer or a jeer, send an email to with the subject “Cheers and Jeers.”

Cheers to Fairmont City Manager Valerie Means and City Attorney Kevin Sansalone for working together, digging into the zoning codes and coming up with a solution to assist a small business owner this week. Lynn Michael gets to keep his food trailer business, Bruh’s Backyard BBQ, running in Bellview.

Cheers to the Fairmont Police Department for successfully capturing a suspected car thief who tried to elude police by jumping into the Monongahela River after he had already tried to outrun officers going 60 mph on Fairmont Avenue. Jeers to the suspect, who was arrested and charged accordingly.

Cheers to Fairmont native and IT CEO Elizabeth White for carving out a space in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Her company, The White Company, represents the true entrepreneurial spirit of the American Dream.

Cheers to Boy Scout Ben Singleton of Troop 7 for his work and for rallying volunteers to help construct a Korean War Memorial at East Marion Park. Eagle Scout projects are a true test of one’s character, and it’s projects like these that truly build a community that cares about its history, its people and its future.

Cheers to the Fairmont Fire Department and the recent update on the progress on plans to build a new East Side Fire Station at the corner of Morgantown and Vermont avenues. The plan sounds well-researched and carefully designed so it will be a modern facility that will be safe, comfortable and get the job done for generations.

Cheers to the Marion County House of Delegates members who showed temerity this past week and asked Gov. Jim Justice to end the Special Session of the Legislature. Citing a waste of taxpayer dollars used to run the special session, lawmakers said with Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Justice at odds, it’s unlikely that legislators will find a workable solution to West Virginia’s education woes in the special session.

Cheers to all of the area’s new council members who will soon be sworn into office in Fairview, Farmington, Mannington, Monongah, Rivesville and White Hall. Especially for those new to the political arena, you have an opportunity to enact change.

We wish you the best of luck.

Cheers to the W.Va. Division of Highways for the new centerline striping down Fairmont Avenue, U.S. 250 and other area roadways. Not only does the fresh coat of paint look spiffy, but it also helps us all feel a bit prouder.

Cheers to Jerry Reel and his leadership in bringing the Smokin on the Buffalo BBQ Brawl to Mannington this weekend. There’s nothing better than barbecue, fellowship and a dash of tasty competition among cooks.

Cheers to organizations such as Connecting Link and all of the others that took part in the 2nd Annual Lucky Duck FamFest at Palatine Park and the help those organizations provide families who are in need.

Jeers to the circumstances surrounding the WesBanco time and temperature sign at the corner of Jefferson and Adams streets downtown.

Cheers to the bank for making plans to replace the sign that many rely on daily.

Jeers to the West Virginia Legislature for not taking swift action to present, debate and then compromise and pass an education bill that not only keeps the teacher raise intact, but also truly addresses the root causes of the challenges with our state’s educational systems.

There is not one silver bullet solution out there for this multi-layered issue.

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