Hundreds Being Helped for Holidays

It has been gratifying to hear from agencies providing food and toys for needy families, and cities that hold parties for youngsters, that businesses and individuals have again this year been very supportive of their efforts.

This past week the House of Carpenter II in Moundsville distributed food and toys for some 500 families, and according to volunteer Patty Holden, without the generous contributions this effort would not be as successful.

While adult volunteers play a big part in this effort, several youths, members of the Moundsville Middle School LEO Club, also assisted.

On Wednesday at the Moundsville Salvation Army, toys and food will be distributed to those who have met the qualifications for receiving these items. A family member will given a number which will coincide with a number on toy items. This year those receiving items will enter from the annex door on Jefferson Avenue and proceed through the building, and when they reach the Seventh Street door, they will receive a box of food items, and if they need assistance in carrying the food items to their vehicle, a member of the John Marshall High School LEO CLUB will assist them.

Salvation Army Capt. Janna Torgerson is very grateful to the schools who collected food items, those who dressed teddy bears, and those who filled stockings, and of course, those who have, and will continue through the week, making monetary donations in the red kettles located in Moundsville, Benwood and New Martinsville.

Last Sunday, for the first time, the city of McMechen Recreation Committee held a party for youngsters in the community and it was such a success that committee members said they plan to hold a similar event next year.

Today in Benwood, youngsters in that community will be taking part in a party in the SS. James and John School gymnasium, an event which has been ongoing for more than 50 years.

Another event in Marshall County is one sponsored by Moundsville Fraternal of Police Lodge No. 75, whose members take youngsters shopping to purchase items for family members.

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Nashville has many tourist attractions, including those involving music, history, the arts and the state capitol, to name a few.

However, a barber shop is not one of the advertised stops, but during a recent trip to Music City a barber shop was our motorcoach’s first stop. It wasn’t so much the barber shop, but the individual who operates the shop that was the main attraction.

Once we pulled up in front of the barber shop, our tour guide got off the bus and went to the barber pole on the outside, and when he came back to the bus he said the barber would be coming out. A couple of minutes later a man boarded the bus and welcomed us to Nashville. That individual was Vernon Winfrey, the father of Oprah Winfrey.

By the way, just across the street from the barber shop is a street sign which reads, “Vernon Winfrey Avenue.”

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During our four days in Nashville we visited Fontanel’s Mansion, a 27,000-square-foot log home built in 1988 by Barbara Mandrell and her husband, Ken Dudney. As you might expect, such a large dwelling had numerous bedrooms, bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchen, and an indoor shooting range. It is located on 136-acre tract.

Music executives Marc Osward and Dale Morris, who manage Alabama, Kenny Chesney, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson, along with other musicians, are the new owners and have turned the house into a tourist attraction.

The evening we were there Barbara Mandrell’s daughter was providing tours, and also spoke of living in such a large home.

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Of course, we went to the Grand Ole Opry, whose radio signal reaches some 31 states and several Canadian Provinces. During the group introductions, the announcer said, “Welcome ‘the gang’ from Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel.”

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Although the city of Nashville was devastated by a flood this past May, everything seemed to be back to normal, with the exception of Opry Mills, which consists of numerous stores and restaurants, adjacent Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, both outside and inside, was decked out in its best holiday finery.

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The Marshall County Commission, along with the Marshall County Communications 911 Center, is requesting residents and businesses who have not returned flyers and mailers dealing with their addresses to return them as soon as possible.

This information is needed to get accurate data to complete the address project in the county.

The telephone number for anyone who has questions pertaining to the flyer/mailer is listed on the mailer.

It has come to the attention of MCC 911 and the U.S. Postal Service that some county residents have been given “new” addresses from shipping companies or utility companies, and it is important to understand that these are not valid new addresses that Marshall County has issued.

County residents are advised of a new address by the Marshall County Commission and 911 once the county commission has approved a name submitted by 911 Director Larry Newell.

It is pointed out those who have received a “new” address and have made changes to their current address will have to change those addresses again in the near future when the certified address is issued.

Anyone having questions pertaining to the new addresses are to call Newell at 304-845-1920.

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A new member of the management team at Grand Vue Park will assume his duties on Jan. 3. Mike Ricci will become operations manager, a position which the Marshall County Parks and Recreation Board recently approved. The board also approved Ricci’s employment.

Ricci, from Wheeling, most recent was employed at The Greenbrier.

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It was announced at a meeting of the Moundsville Economic Development Council last week that tickets are still available for a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza event at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Five hundred tickets will be sold for the event, and can be purchased at Rosalyn Rhodes’ State Farm Office on Jefferson Avenue, at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Alexander’s on 7th, and at the MEDC office. Also, tickets may be obtained online at

For more information call Rhodes at 304-845-4200.