Attorney Honored As History Hero

Congratulations are extended to Michael Edward Nogay of Hancock County who also was honored as a West Virginia History Hero during the West Virginia History Day observance at the Capitol in Charleston Thursday, Feb. 24.

Nogay, an attorney in Weirton, is the author of the 2009 book, “Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior,” that traces the history of frontier forts and blockades in the region.

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During a luncheon held in Charleston Thursday, Feb. 24, to coincide with West Virginia History Day, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia released its list of “2011 Endangered Properties” in the Mountain State. Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling is one of the eight buildings on the alliance’s endangered list.

The final fate of the empty buildings on the former academy’s property remains up in the air. There has been much speculation that the eventual new owner may raze the structures. Meanwhile, a group of concerned alumnae and other citizens has been campaigning and advocating that the historic main building be spared and repurposed for possible restoration and/or renovation.

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Two area students, Rachel Hoffpauir of Magnolia High School and Leah Yoho of Cameron High School, have been chosen as semi-finalists for the West Virginia edition of Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will serve as hosts for the state semi-final and final rounds of the Poetry Out Loud competition at the Culture Center in Charleston. The semi-final round will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Hoffpauir and Yoho will be among 22 students from 22 high schools in 19 counties competing. The top 10 contestants will return for the state final Saturday, March 5.

Judges for the semi-final round Friday, March 4, will include award-winning poet and author Marc Harshman of Wheeling.

Actor Chris Sarandon, a Beckley native, is returning for his fourth year as emcee for the final competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Sarandon, a graduate of West Virginia University, received an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Dog Day Afternoon” and has performed in other films including “The Princess Bride,” “Child’s Play,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Loggerheads.” His Broadway appearances have included “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Kevin Kline and Charleston native Jennifer Garner.

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