City Manager Finalists Selected

Members of Moundsville City Council this past week received background information on the four individuals who are finalists for the position of city manager. Originally five applications had been selected for interviews, however, one informed council that he was no longer interested.

Applications were received from 31 individuals seeking the position vacated on Dec. 31 by the resignation of Allen Hendershot after nine years.

Two current council members, K. Mark Simms and Denny Wallace, were involved in the selection of Hendershot when he replaced Oliver Jenkins, who also resigned.

The next step in the process is to set up interview dates.

Office manager Deanna Hess is serving as the interim manager until a new city manager is named.

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Last Tuesday, members of the Moundsville Lions Club were informed that The Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary would not be available on April 28 for the annual Home and Business Expo as preparation would be taking place that weekend for the annual Mock Riot.

Well, on the following day, it was reported that the Mock Riot was in jeopardy due to federal funds not being available.

The hope now is that the state will be able to find funding to continue this effort.

By the way, the Expo is scheduled for March 8-9 at the Training Center.

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The Marshall County Commission has announced Feb. 27 as the deadline for submission of applications for Community Development Funds.

All organizations wishing to apply for these funds are to send requests to the Community Development Fund in care of Missy Tschappat, Administrative Assistant, Marshall County Commission, P.O. Drawer B, Moundsville, 26041.

If an organization received funding last year, the organization is to send receipts/and or itemized listed showing how the money was used along with this year’s application.

A committee appointed by the Marshall County Commission will review the requests and make recommendations to the commission regarding agencies to receive funding for Community projects.

The commission in recent years has budgeted $40,000 for the CDF.

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The city of Moundsville Parks and Recreation Board will sponsor a Daddy-Daughter Dance from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Sanford Community Center.

Disc jockey Donnie Gilbert will provide the music for the event which will include photographs, door prizes and refreshments. The cost will be $25 for dad and one daughter. There will be a $5 charge for each additional daughter.

Tickets can be purchased at the Four Seasons Pool or at the Moundsville City Building. For more information call 304-845-7733 (Pool) or 304-845-3394 (city building).

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The Salvation Army kettles in Moundsville, New Martinsville and Benwood brought in 7 percent more than a year ago.

Capt. Janna Torgerson said the total was $57,146.24, which surpassed the goal by more than $2,000.

A year ago the kettles brought in $53,440.31.

Of the total figure, part will go to operation of the Moundsville Salvation Army Corps which serves Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties over the next few months, while part was used to pay the salaries of those hired to man the kettles in addition to volunteers.

There were five kettles in Moundsville at four locations, three kettles in New Martinsville at two locations, and one in Benwood. As for assistance during the Christmas season, Jorgerson said 246 families received food baskets in Marshall and Tyler counties.

A total of 540 children, 14 and under, in the three counties were provided clothing, which included coats, and toys.

The Angel Trees and Forgotten Angel Trees, which were located in Marshall and Wetzel counties, enabled the Salvation Army to provide clothing to the majority of the 540.

The “Trees” were located in several businesses, and individuals were asked to take a card which listed the age, and sizes of clothing for the youngsters who parents signed them up. Although not all of the 540 names were taken, and according to Jorgerson the Salvation Army had some monies available to purchase clothing items.

Although the “Trees” were in only Marshall and Wetzel counties, the names of Tyler county youngsters were on trees at the Wal-Mart in New Martinsville, with Tyler County residents encouraged to take a name from the tree in New Martinsville.

She noted that the youngsters received coats through the WTOV-TV Coats for Kids effort.

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At the Marshall County Commission’s final meeting of 2011, a county employees’ Wireless Communication Policy was approved.

The policy pertained to the use of cell phones for personal matters which at work, and also, the use of cell phones while operating a county vehicle. The policy stating that should it be necessary to use a cell phone while driving a county vehicle, the person should pull off road.

It was noted that while the sheriff’s department and Office of Emergency Services already had wireless communication policies, there was none for other county employees.

In another matter at the Dec. 27 meeting, the commissioners extended by four months a contract with Price Gregory, a firm doing pipeline work in the county, to use of county owned land. Price Gregory is using the five acre tract to store equipment and materials, it is located off Fork Ridge Road.

The land was formerly owned by FEMA and was used for housing following a flood a few years ago. FEMA then turned the property over to the county.

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A few members of the former McMechen Lions Club held a get-together during the holidays at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Glen Baker, Jr. in Warwood. The club surrendered its charter 2 1/2 years ago because of declining membership this after having served the McMechen community for 34 years.