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First quarter of 2009 interesting ...
April 28, 2009 - Lee Smith
The first quarter of 2009 has brought with it some interesting local happenings that will make it into the list of possible Top 10 stories of the year. Here are those items:
In January, the Fairmont Opera House announced it was short of cash. Members voted to dip into the facility's endowment to keep things running. Also in January, the William Budd School task force began meeting. It is formulating a plan that it will present to the school board in June.
Plaguing area counties, cities and schools throughout 2009 have been state aid cuts, as well as more potential cuts because of the state's budget deficit. Elected officials have been meeting with the public to discuss cuts, as well as offering some unique ideas, such as a four-day school week at GHEC.
In February, the city of Fairmont started talking about a new $25 million water plant. It also created some controversy by proposing a new liquor store. (The new liquor store was approved Monday.) Fairmont also learned it would not be home to an expensive biomass energy plant.
Also in February, Fairmont flirted with the possibility that it would offer the "first dog" to the Obama family. Wema, a Portuguese water dog, instead found his way to a South Dakota family.
In March, a fire destroyed a Lewisville cabinetry business and smoke damage destroyed the beauty shop next door.
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