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Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday, and Fairmont is among the many places participating in the event. Sixteen businesses are taking part locally as the Christmas shopping season begins.

We encourage area residents to consider what their local small businesses have to offer before they drive off to a regional shopping center or decide to shop online. These businesses are owned and operated by friends and neighbors, and they employ other friends and neighbors. They also contribute to the local economy, and to local charitable endeavors. Give them a look.

Public forum scheduled

The possible construction of a community center in Fairmont has been a hot topic of conversation in town for months. Whether this project will move forward, how much it will cost to build, where the money will come from, what it will offer for amenities and how much it will cost to maintain are all important questions on the table.

The Fairmont Community Center Action Committee has now slated a public forum. It will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Fairmont Opera House. We encourage everyone interested to attend. It’s your chance to weigh in.

What about the streets?

It is a little troubling, to say the least, that as the city of Fairmont considers funding a possible community center it also seems to be presenting the public with a message that it does not have an easy time repairing the streets, some of which are in desperate condition.

The city held a public meeting on the topic last Saturday, and it was pretty clear that street repairs have become a financial strain and more funding is needed to fix them. We’re not sure local taxpayers are going to be thrilled about paying more for streets if they see a community center going up at the same time.

GHEC keeps impressing

Granada-Huntley-East Chain School has become an impressive place. The school’s enrollment numbers have exploded in recent years, reviving what was once viewed as a dying district.

Building and renovation work has been part of the story as GHEC. Administrators and school board members have provided sound leadership. A caring staff is evident. And a technological revolution has been incorporated.

We note this week GHEC’s acquisition of virtual reality and augmented reality learning, which offers new teaching and learning opportunities.