Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 2, 2014

Residents put jobs, economy high on wish list

BLUEFIELD — More jobs, a better economy, and more food for the needy are among the hopes local people want to see fulfilled during the year 2014.

People shopping Monday at the Mercer Mall had a variety of dreams they hope to see come true some time in 2014. Unemployment and a national economy struggling to grow were on many minds. Theresa Yost, of Bluefield, stopped at a bench to rest with her nieces and nephew when she was asked about her hopes for the coming new year.

“What do you all think?” Yost asked. “Gas prices go down?”

“For people not being homeless, and everybody getting enough food,” said Kameron Miller, 9.

“Affordable health care?” 11-year-old Alyssa Miller suggested.

Alex Miller, 13, thought for a moment before deciding what he wanted to see in 2014. “A better economy,” he said.

In another part of the mall, a Mercer County man shares Alex Miller’s hope for the new year. He had heard rumors of large stores coming to the county, and he hoped they would prove to be true.

“Well, I’d like to see the economy pick up,” said Tom Martin, 72, of Glenwood. “I’d like to see more jobs in this area. I just think the southern part of West Virginia needs more.”

James Folks, 60, of Monroe County also wanted to see a better economy and more jobs next year.

“I feel like that’s what a lot of people are concerned about right now,” he said.

Kathy, a Richlands, Va., woman who declined to give her last name, hoped there would be better health for herself and the nation next year.

“And get Obamacare straightened out,” she added. “It’s killing us.”

One Mercer County woman was hoping for a better economy and more jobs in 2014; in fact, she’s hunting for a job now. She recently graduated from Concord University in Athens.

“I’m hoping to get some kind of job at a local hospital or mental health clinic,” she said.

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