County Commissioners Honor Late Sheriff Robert Lightner

Marshall County officials on Tuesday honored longtime county sheriff Robert “Bob” Lightner, who died last week.

Commissioners presented a proclamation in honor of Lightner, who served for 16 years as sheriff, from 1977-84 then again from 1989-96. He was remembered as a veteran, magistrate, city councilman, member of the state Democrat Executive Committee and, most of all, a family man.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Kevin Cecil said the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department paid its respects to Lightner over the weekend, posting an honor guard during viewings on Saturday and Sunday and providing a 10-cruiser escort for the funeral procession to Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville.

“It was an extremely nice representation and our privilege to do that for him,” said Cecil. “He was part of this agency for a long time.”

Commissioner Don Mason served as acting president for Tuesday’s meeting because commission President Jason “Jake” Padlow was unable to attend.

Moundsville Councilman David Wood thanked the commission for its assistance in the “Unifying Moundsville” comprehensive project.

“We were able to meet our goal thanks to what you did,” said Wood. The “Unifying Moundsville” project is a community visioning and planning project meant to shape the city’s comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan will be a document to guide all city policies and programs.

When asked, Wood also said that the construction of a new Sleep Inn in Moundsville is going well.

Craig White also appeared before the commission to promote events set to happen in October at Grand Vue Park. White is the general manager of the park, and had taken the commissioners on a tour of the park after the previous week’s meeting.

Commissioner Brian Schambach asked White if the new zipline at Grand Vue Park has lived up to expectations since being installed over the summer.

White said that the zipline did well over the summer, though the change of season has drastically cut the number of people riding it.

“People all over the country are seeing it now,” said White. “We’re really poised to take off with it next year.”

Rich Lucas spoke briefly to the commission on behalf of the Marshall County Health Department, explaining the requirements and presenting the guidelines for vehicle parks in Marshall County, on which campers can reside.

Lucas said that before any camp site is set up, the plans for it are supposed to be submitted to the health department before breaking ground. According to Lucas, there are currently 38 campsites in Marshall County.

Lucas said each camper must have its own 1,000 gallon holding system for sewage, and $1,000 must be submitted to the state for a permit just to get started.