Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 31, 2012

Residents hope to see more jobs, less tragedies in 2013

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — More jobs, no tragedies, and a better economy are among the wishes local people want to see fulfilled during the year 2013.

Violent storms and a major election made headlines in 2012, but area residents visiting the Mercer Mall recently said that they desired more a peaceful time for the coming new year. Some people said their personal lives were proceeding well, and they were counting their blessings.

“Well, it seems like it’s going just fine,” Roy Pruett, 69, of Bluefield said of his life. “If it stays the same, I’ll be happy. I feel blessed.”

Pruett said that he volunteers for organizations including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“I see a lot of people hurting,” he added. “I would like to see it get better for them.”

Bertha McNew, 64, of Princeton, said she hoped to see a calmer year and improved job prospects for people.

“I hope for a better economy,” she said.

Another Princeton resident thought of the storms, economic troubles and other problems the nation faced during 2012 when she was asked about what she wanted to transpire in 2013.

“I would like the year not to be as rough,” said Sherry Belcher, 52. “And see the economy get better.”

Recent events such as the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., were on the mind of a Virginia citizen when she was asked about her wishes for the upcoming year.

“I guess that there would be no more tragedies like the one in Connecticut for the year 2013,” Stephanie Hutchinson, 22, of Tazewell, Va., replied. “Hopefully, there will be no more tragedies. And I hope the unemployment numbers will get better and there will be more job openings.”

Another McDowell County resident wanted to see more uninsured people get health coverage during 2013.

“I hope they get better health insurance, and that grocery prices go down,” said Carolyn Bailey, 56, of Crumpler. “And places will get people back to work.”