We were pleased to report on two stories of new businesses planning to come to New Martinsville: the leasing of the Chamber's industrial park to an oil and gas company and the news of a Holiday Inn Express & Suites coming to the city.
Bad news and job loss has been abundant in Wetzel County and the surrounding area for too long now, and actually, more of that was prevalent recently when Wetzel County Hospital cut several jobs and hours.
While the topic of the drilling industry can be a controversial one in this area, it is our current reality and arguably the area's future. Both of these positive developments, we believe, can be attributed directly to the drilling industry's boom in our area.
Change can be hard to handle at times, but then other times it can be enjoyed. We would rather look on the bright side, particularly right now in the light of these recent announcements. We believe the hotel and new tenants in the town will signal an upswing for business and employment. At least it is a sign that life goes on, and there's always hope.