A $1.3 million block grant announced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will go to provide water service to 104 families in the Cox's Mill area of Gilmer County. The Gilmer Commission said the project totaling $3.2 million will break ground in March. It is expected to be completed in 2013.

The project, which is nearly 100% funded, began six years ago.

The Gilmer Commission is also working to build a new 911 center, ending a partnership with Lewis County for emergency dispatch services.

The project will bring about 15 jobs, according to the commission. It is expected to be open in summer, 2013.

Clay counties new 911 dispatch center officially opened last week.

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