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Marion County Commissioners Talk Big Changes In 2014

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It has been a whirlwind of a year for Marion County residents.

Fairmont General Hospital filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and the remains of Mannington native, Sgt. Jerome E Kiger, were returned home after being missing for 69 years.

"All of these years we thought the plane had burnt and they were burnt beyond, you know," Eva Hinerman said. "But evidently there were some remains left that didn't look like they were."

Marion County became the first in the state to file court cases electronically and residents finally have some answers about the 40-year-old murders of three people at Windmill Park.

"Mr. Washington made a decision to enter a plea that at least indicates that he will have some responsibility in the deaths of these three people," said Patrick Wilson, Marion County Prosecuting Attorney.

If you look at Fairmont was like in the 1800's and compare it to what it is now, you would notice a whole lot of change. The thing is, its just going to keep on changing.

Marion County Commissioners said it's a lot of work to keep up with Harrison and Monongalia counties, which are both thriving. But, they are always up to a challenge.

Commissioners said there is a whole lot to be excited about in 2014.

"We are moving forward in the county and making it a lot better place to live," said Butch Tennant, Marion County Commissioner.

One way the county is moving forward is by putting a million dollars into redeveloping Palatine Park.

"We are going to start putting the restrooms in. You'll probably see that in the next 4-6 weeks. We will have the restrooms in. Then with the Splash Park, we will probably start the first of February on that. They are already doing the surveying now," Tennant said.

Across the Monongahela River, the walls of the new State Office Building are now standing.

This is something Commissioner Tennant believes will bring more than 200 jobs to Fairmont.

"They predicted 2015 but I'm looking for the fall of 2014 maybe where they can start moving people in there and I want to thank the governor for that," he said.

These aren't the only big additions Marion County residents should expect to see in 2014.

"The Fairmont Credit Union is going to build a new building on the connector and there is a new Hampton Inn going in on the Kingmont exit. So we are thriving," Tennant said.

Tennant said the commission's New Years Resolution is to work with the county's mayors to begin removing dilapidated buildings.