Cheers to the Marion County Commission for establishing a development district. The Development District No. 2 is set to use property and sales taxes to aid developers in focusing on new investments as well as community development and renewal. This district will include the $88 million Middletown Commons redevelopment project.

Cheers to Fairmont State University for its Freshman Convocation, which was held Friday night at the Falcon Center. The unique candlelight ceremony that took place was uplifting, encouraging and motivational to the incoming  students, and we wish to echo President Mirta Martin’s sentiments.

Cheers to Main Street Fairmont for discussing ways the city could improve at its quarterly meeting, which included representatives from United Way, Health Right, City of Fairmont, Marion County Public Library System, and businesses including Simple Cutz, Joe N’ Throw, Arts and Antiques Marketplace. We encourage these kinds of meetings as they not only highlight issues the city is facing, but also bring different perspectives about possible solutions to these problems.

Cheers to Fairmont State University professor Joel Dugan for proposing a mural project on the wall at Palatine Park below Merchant Street while both showcasing the artistic abilities of Fairmont State students and highlighting important Marion County figures. The project, which — without donations — Dugan estimates to cost $10,000, is an innovative way to create something beautiful in a park that Fairmont residents frequent that also demonstrates city pride.

Cheers to Pierpont Community and Technical College and the Lifelong Learners Association for hosting an information session at which people 50 years and older could preview and register for fall classes. We believe creating opportunities for those who want to continue their education and continue to learn is important.

Cheers to the Fairmont Police Department for continuing to look into the bank robbery that occurred at Bcbank on East Park Avenue last week.

Jeers to the unidentified male who robbed the bank.

Cheers to the Federal Communications Commission for authorizing more than $6.5 million over the next decade to expand Gigabit-speed broadband to 898 unserved homes and businesses in West Virginia. In this age, having internet has become even more important, and it’s great to see a government body make strides to help people.

Cheers to Fairmont City Clerk Janet Keller, who was awarded the Lydia Mains Breaking Boundaries Award by the West Virginia Municipal League.

Cheers to the community coming together to help raise funds to send Cristy Sillman to the Police Academy in her role as a police officer for the City of Grant Town.

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