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Marion County Commission Receives Development Grant, Preps for 4th of July

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Good news for Marion County on Wednesday, as commissioners accepted a grant from the West Virginia Economic Development Program.

Commission president Butch Tennant signed off on the $31,000 in funding, which will be used for future development of the county.

Tennant thanked grant writer Belinda Biafore for her hard work for this and other grants and said the possibilities are endless.

"Any development in the county where we can do business or anything like that. We do that every year, and some counties don't get it. You have to show you've done so much the year before to receive that."

Commissioners may also help to fund a program that would provide 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need. They'll take that issue up next week.

Commissioners are also gearing up for the inaugural "Red, White, and Boom" celebration this Fourth of July.

The festivities will be held at Palatine Park, where the gates open at 3:30 p.m.

The event features vendors and live music from a variety of artists, including American Idol's Joshua Gracin and Katie Ohh from NBC's "And The Winner Is..."

The county said the new and improved park is the perfect place to start your long holiday weekend.

"We're going to be shooting the fireworks off from the bridge, and that way, we can do bigger fireworks that's ever been shot down in that area. We're kind of making it a big deal, and I hope we continue to make it a big deal. We're making a big splash because of the Splash Park and the Fourth of July," said Tennant.

Fireworks will be set off from the High Level Bridge at 10 p.m. 

The High Level Bridge will be down to one lane for outbound traffic from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be closed for the fireworks until 11 p.m.

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