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Hundred Vies For ‘Turn Around’ Project

January 29, 2014
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Hundred is one of eight small West Virginia towns in the running for a "turn-around" thanks to a campaign driven by West Virginia Focus magazine, the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

The undertaking is described further at The link states that the mission of WV Focus' publishing company, New South Media, Inc., is "to change perceptions about our state, not just how others look at us, but how we look at ourselves as West Virginians."

Furthermore, in every issue of WV Focus, writers are going to take one step further by including a feature that will follow the Turn This Town Around campaign. With the help of readers, one northern town-either Grafton, Hundred, Petersburg, or Rowlesburg-will be chosen, and one southern town-either Alderson, Hillsboro, Matewan, or Pineville-will be chosen.

Both chosen towns will become "living laboratories," with the goal being to ignite change . . . "to rally the community with a set of goals and deliverables, to showcase the successes and failures, to identify challenges and to figure out what works and what doesn't."

The Turn This Town Around campaign will "look at the restoration and repurposing of existing buildings and assess economic resources, employment opportunities, and ways to expand the tax base and keep money circulating in the community." The campaign also will strive to reach out to "our local schools, encourage and embrace involvement from the youngest amount us."

Linnea Kumher, director of the Hundred Public Library and writer of the Hundred News in the Wetzel Chronicle, told WV Focus that "there is so much potential" for Hundred. Kumher said Hundred is growing and there are clubs for kids to keep them out of trouble and new stores.

However, she said the town still needs new housing and a community center.

To vote for Hundred for "Turn This Town Around," check out, and don't forget to check out the story itself at the link provided above.



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