Residents Hear McMechen Report

McMechen city officials conducted a recent town meeting at which the seven residents in attendance were given an update by Mayor Mike Gracik and council members Nancy Boreman, Pat Wilson, Alice Hill and Police Chief Dave Robinson.

Among the information conveyed was that the city has received state grant money in the amount of $105,000 to either renovate or build a new maintenance- free metal city garage. Gracik described the current facility as dilapidated. He has named a nine-member committee composed of individuals involved in the building industry and city employees.

According to the mayor, the city is having a water cost study done, which will hopefully make the water department self-sufficient. He stated that because of low rates currently charged for both water and sewage, the city is not eligible for grant money for these two entities.

Another issue was finances and the need for the city to attract businesses. Gracik said the loss of Kelly Paving, which is moving to Benwood, will result in a $10,000 decrease in business and occupation fees.

The mayor and council members said the city hopes to acquire the old Union High football field. Should this take place, the city could move its baseball and softball fields from the old Ice House Field to that site and thus create more space at the McMechen Industrial Park.

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The Marshall County Family Resource Network is hoping to be relocated in its new location by Jan. 1.

The MCRRN has purchased the former Convenient Mart at Second Street and Cedar Avenue and that structure is currently being renovated.

For the past four years the agency has been located on the second floor at the Historical Federal Building on Seventh Street, having begun in the county in 1996 at the McMechen-Benwood Housing Authority.

Executive Director Stacie Dei said the new location will provide more space for the staff of nine, and will be handicap accessible.

The new location will provide for not only office space but a meeting room.

Those passing the new building in the past weeks have noted it has a new gabled roof. Among work yet to be undertaken will be the removal of windows in the front of the building.

Dei said once the remodeling is complete, the only part of the original building will be the three walls and the concrete floor.

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WJMH Media students from John Marshall High School will be producing a holiday program again this year, titled, “Santa’s Workshop,” with children in the Ohio Valley invited to write letters to Santa to be read during the program. The youngsters are also being asked to select photographs of themselves to be displayed while the child’s letter is being read.

Letters to Santa must be received by Nov. 18. The mailing address is: Santa Claus, 1300 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale, WV, 26038.

The letters will air on West Liberty University’s WLTV, Comcast Channel 14.

The letters will be read beginning at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the month of December. A special episode will air on Christmas Eve.

The WJMH students will also be videotaping the annual Moundsville Christmas Parade from the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce office. The Christmas party will be an event of Nov. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.

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The light-up of a 40-foot community Christmas tree to be erected in the BB&T parking lot will be an event of Dec. 2 in Moundsville. That same evening there will be a special musical program at the Strand Theatre.

According to Marshall County Chamber of Commerce executive director Dave Knuth, at least six tour buses are scheduled to be in Moundsville that day and evening.

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Speaking of the chamber of commerce, officers for 2012 were elected at its monthly meeting this past week. Mark Ritz was re-elected president, Gene Saunders was elected vice president, and Diane Harto will be the treasurer.

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The chamber-sponsored Tree Gala will be take place from Nov. 10 until Dec. 1, the latter date being the auction of the trees and wreaths. The trees and wreaths will remain at the Mound Museum through Dec. 2 to enable those on the tour buses that day to see them.

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All area musicians are invited to a practice of the Mound City Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at John Marshall High School.

The band, which has been performing free concerts for the past 52 years, will be getting prepared for several holiday programs in the community. The band is comprised of adults, and both high school and college students. Anyone wishing additional information is to call 304-845-3403.

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The public is invited to attend the annual Marshall County 4-H Frolic from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the “Barn” on eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville.

A square dance will be held with music by the “Country Thunder” band, along with an auction with Brad Howard as auctioneer. Many local businesses, craftsmen and artisans have donated items for the auction.

Other activities include raffles, cake walks and door prizes. Concessions will be provided by the Marshall 4-H teen leaders.

There will be a $3 admission with proceeds to benefit all Marshall County 4-H youth.