Variety of Local Offices on Ballot

Most voters in Marshall County will be casting ballots Tuesday in four contested races. However, if you live within the corporation limits of Moundsville you will have the opportunity to cast additional votes – one being for a contested race for a council seat and the other for the bus levy.

The only county contested race is for county commissioner, and while there are three names on the ballot, a fourth individual has qualified as a write-in. In the primary Rod Berry (Democrat) and Brian Schambach (Republican) received their party nominations, and while Independent candidate Charles “Chuck” Garvick was not on the primary ballot he is on Tuesday’s ballot. Also, since the primary, Gary Hartley has qualified as a write-in candidate.

Two others for county offices, incumbents Jan Pest (county clerk) and Dave Ealy (circuit clerk) are running unopposed, as was the case in the primary. Another individual running unopposed is Larry J. Edgell, for state senator.

The only state contested race is for justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals, with the candidates being Thomas E. McHugh, a Democrat, and John Yoder, a Republican.

If you don’t know the candidates for the other two contested races on the ballot you haven’t read the newspaper, checked your mail, answered your telephone or turned on your television recently.

Of course, I’m referring to the race for U.S. Senate, for which there are four candidates: Democrat (Joe Manchin), Republican (John Raese), Mountain party candidate (Jesse Johnson) and Constitutional Party candidate (Jeff Becker), and for U.S. House of Representatives, with Democrat Mike Oliverio and Republican David McKinley seeking that office.

Getting back to the city of Moundsville election, there is a race for council-at-large seat on the ballot with incumbent Rick Young and Phil Remke as the candidates. In two other races, the incumbents are running unopposed, David Wood in the second ward and Ginger DeWitt in the fourth ward.

There has been little said either way concerning the bus levy, which is on the ballot for Moundsville residents to either approve or disprove.

Moundsville residents have for more than year been receiving bus service without pay a levy fee.

The levy ballot in part reads:

“An election to authorize additional levies for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2011, for a three-year period for purpose of providing funds for the city’s share of funding for any deficit of operating costs and the costs of acquiring capital equipment and facilities for the same period for a system of urban mass transit to be provided by the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority.”

By the way, by mid-morning on Friday 1,750 early votes had been cast in Marshall County

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The 119th SAPPER Company located in Moundsville is the newest West Virginia Army National Guard unit in the state, with an activation ceremony to take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Armory on Eastern Ninth Street. The unit is the first of its kind in West Virginia.

A sapper or combat engineer is an combatant soldier who performs a wide variety of combat engineering duties, typically including, but not limited to, bridge building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defenses, general construction and building, as well as road and airfield construction and repair. The individuals who are members of such a unit are also trained to serve as infantrymen when needed in both defensive and offensive operations and are fully involved in modern counter-insurgency operations.

A sapper’s tasks have, throughout history, been devoted to the mission-critical tasks involving facilitating movement and logistics of allied forces and impeding that of enemies.

The term sapper is also used in some of the other countries.

In the United States Army and United States Air Force, the term sapper leader has been instituted to indicate combat engineers who meet additional professional qualifications that demonstrate a certain level of proficiency and accomplishment as a small unit leader of combat engineers.

State National Guard Adjutant Gen. Allen Tackett will be among those in attendance for next Sunday’s ceremony.

Moundsville has had a National Guard unit for some 60 years. The current building itself is 51 years old, and this dedication is a good opportunity for those who were members of the different units, the 197th Tank Battalion, the 152nd Military Police, the 1092 Engineer Battalion, and the 157th Military Police Company to be in attendance.

For many years Moundsville was the only city in the Northern Panhandle to have a National Guard unit, thus adding to the economy of the Ohio Valley.

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The Presbyterian Women of the Moundsville First Presbyterian Church sponsor a soup and sandwich sale from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday (Election Day) in fellowship hall.

The menu will consist of four homemade soups, along with various sandwiches.

These items will be available for eat-in or carryout. Also, there will be a variety of assorted bakery items.

Those wishing to pickup items can call 304-845-7155 to place their orders.

Proceeds will go towards the group’s mission undertakings.

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Tonight will be trick-or-treating in four of Marshall County’s communities.

The event will be from 5:30-7 p.m., in both Benwood and McMechen, while in Glen Dale and Moundsville the hours will be 6-7:30 p.m.

Benwood will also be holding its annual parade and party at the Fourth Street Playground.