Narrows Project Includes New Lighting

For the past week motorists have been traveling the “new” roadway through The Narrows, which means that I can put my Narrows file in the inactive status.

However, before I do this, I’m going to share some Narrows information from the past which to do with the first time lighting was installed.

The lighting was a $243,060 undertaking with the firm of High Voltage Systems Inc., of Toledo, Ohio, installing the lights on the four-lane W.Va. 2 highway. The project extended from near the northern corporation line of Glen Dale to 21st Street in McMechen, a distance of 1.9 miles. (The Narrows itself is 1.4 miles).

A total of 57 poles with 1,000- watt, deluxe-white mercury-vapor luminaries were installed with 39 luminaries installed through The Narrows behind the stone well at a 45-foot mounting height, while the remaining 18 poles were tied into the McMechen area, erected along both sides of the highway at a 40-foot mounting height on breakaway bases.

Among the changes in the installation of lights with the most recent upgrading is that the light poles were installed on the wall, instead of behind it.

By the way, the price tag for stabilizing and reinforcing the hillside beneath the west side of the roadway, repaving and, I would assume the lighting, was $6.3 million.

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The script for Friday’s “Blue Bloods” Television Show was written by Moundsville native Dawn DeNoon.

The CBS series, which stars Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, is televised locally on WTRF-TV and airs from 10-11 p.m. on Fridays. The series, which follows the Irish-American Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department, premiered in 2010 and has consistently ranked in the top 25. Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the chief of police.

DeNoon, formerly co-executive producer of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” decided a “change of scenery” was in order after writing 42 episodes of the NBC series.

DeNoon, the daughter of Don and Polly DeNoon, is a John Marshall High School graduate, and was a member of the JMHS’s initial Wall of Fame Class.

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Grand Vue Park will be holding a “Treats and Thrills in the Park” event on Friday and Saturday, with volunteers needed to assist in the undertaking.

Volunteers are needed on both days to help with event activities, and also, in the days leading up to the event to assist with decorating of the park and other set-up activities. Groups of volunteers and volunteers of all ages will be accepted. To volunteer, call the park at 304-845-9810, extension 402, or email to

In addition, the park is seeking donation of hay bales, candy and other family-friendly Halloween decorations.

The event will start at 6 p.m. on both days.

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The Marshall County Strings Program will present a Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature combined performances from Cameron High, Moundsville Middle, Sherrard and John Marshall High Schools. The program will be under the direction of Shelby Clark and Justin Jones.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

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Moundsville and Glen Dale will be sites this weekend for the Marshall County Fall Clean-Up, with free dumpsters at the Glen Dale City Garage and the fairgrounds in Moundsville. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

The clean-up efforts are being sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

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Dr. Teresa Faykus, assistant Professor of Nursing and Executive Fellow at West Liberty University, will be the speaker for the WLU-Marshall County Breakfast Club to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville.

Dr. Faykus will present an update of WLU’s Nursing Program and also discuss the new Executive Fellowship Program.

All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend.

The breakfast will be “Dutch Treat,” with walk-ins welcome. Those planning to attend may RSVP by emailing to or by phone at 304-336-8301.

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There will be a Candlelight Prayer Vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the All-Wars Fountain area at the Marshall County Courthouse, to raise awareness against domestic violence, and to honor all victims of domestic violence.

There will be guest speakers and information available.

The public is invited to participate, and anyone with questions can contact Ashley Taylor, Legal Advocate; Family Violence Prevention Program at 304-845-9150.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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The John Marshall High School classes of 1969-79 Reunion committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school with all local graduates from these classes urged to attend and become involved with planning the next reunion to be held in 2014.

Those unable to attend, but would like to help with the reunion, or if they have ideas for the reunion, email to

A board of directors meeting will follow the reunion meeting.

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This year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony in Moundsville will take place at noon on Nov. 11, and will honor post-Vietnam era veterans to present.

American Legion Post No. 3 is in charge of the ceremony, which will take place on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse.

The American Legion Post will be holding an open house following the ceremony, until 6 p.m., at the post home.

There will be free food and refreshments for all veterans and their families.

Any veteran who is not a member of the Legion is invited.