More Stadium Upgrades Planned

Work began last week on a the Friends of Monarch Stadium “wall” at the northwest corner the facility.

Actually there will be two walls, one being 31 1/2 feet long and the other 37 feet long. They will be separated by a new 20- foot-wide by 10-foot-deep ticket booth. The ticket booth, which will be under roof, will have two windows from which tickets can be purchased and a third lane for exiting.

As to the walls, they will be 10 feet high, and on the interior will be 8-inch square tiles. The tiles will be sold, with the proceeds to help pay off debt on the stadium scoreboard.

The John Marshall High School Renovation Committee and another organization, who over the past few years have spearheaded the updating of the stadium by purchasing a modern scoreboard with a video-tron for instant replays, cleaned and painted walkways, fences, both press boxes, end zones and laid new carpeting in the no-hit zones as well as other improvements, are both involved in this new undertaking.

This newest endeavor is to replace the outdated ticket booths and enhance the entrances to the field – starting with the northwest corner.

As to the tiles, they can be purchased for a favorite team, player, cheerleader, alumnus, or in memory or in honor of a loved one.

The price for the plaque/tile is $127, including up to six lines of engraving. A logo costs an additional $8, if so desired.

The wall as it is currently designed will include 1,100 tiles. At the top of the eight individual walls there will larger plaques/tiles, approximately 16 inches square, which will be sold to sponsors such as businesses, industries, etc.

The John Marshall High School Football Moms have agreed to sell the 8 by 8 tiles, along with members of the two organizations.

It was noted that because of ideal weather conditions in February, the project is ahead of the initial schedule, and thus the completion of the work has been advanced, and for good reason, as there will be other work going on at the stadium, involving the field itself.

Members of the scoreboard and booster groups state that the project could not be at its current stage without the work of JMHS drafting instructor Todd Morris and senior drafting student Alex Shaffer, the latter having work an entire semester on the planning phase.

The entire project was given approval by the Marshall County Board of Education.

Anyone wishing additional information on this undertaking can contact Bob and Lexie Hanket at 304-845-0078.

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A “Meet the Coach Night” event sponsored a week ago by the JMHS Football Moms attracted nearly 250 people.

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John Marshall’s annual Queen of Queens Pageant will be an event of Saturday in the school’s Center for the Performing Arts.

Fifteen senior girls will be competing for Queen.

The event will begin at 7 p.m.

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The start of Major League baseball season will soon be here!

Pitchers and catchers reported on Saturday, and the remainder of the 40-member major league rosters, along with several non-40 members, will report this week.

Of course, at this time of year all the teams are optimistic; the players are for the most part well from last season injuries.

As I have mentioned previously this will be the 10th year of the Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travels Baseball trips, and this year in addition to the games, there are several side-trips, two of which are stadium tours.

On one trip, there will be a tour of new Yankee Stadium and on another, a tour of Wrigley Field.

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Today is the annual Disc Golf Ice Bowl at Grand Vue Park. It gets under way at 9 a.m.

If you are participating or just a spectator, you are asked to bring canned food, which in turn will be given to the Moundsville Salvation Army.

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The 29th annual Mount Olivet Lions Club Variety Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Sherrard Middle School.

Anyone wishing additional information is asked to call Mary Louise Cole at 304-242-3351.

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If you have used eyeglasses that you wish to dispose of them, you can take them to the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Expo on March 9-10 at the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, where the Moundsville Lions Club will have their large yellow mail box which is normally on the main floor of the Marshall County Courthouse.

The eyeglasses end up going to individuals living in Third World countries so that they can see better.

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A military ceremony took place this past week in Charleston at which Donald Lockard was promoted to the rank of colonel in the West Virginia National Guard.

Col. Lockard was a member of the 152nd MP Detachment in Moundsville for seven years, one of those years being a part of Desert Storm.

He would later transfer to the 157th MP Company in Martinsburg, and have several other National Guard assignments in the state, including that of an MP battalion.

He also served a year in Iraq.

Lockard is currently a full-time employee of the National Guard and is assigned to State Headquarters in Charleston.

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One of the newly approved road addresses in Marshall County was Second Amendment. In case you don’t remember, the Second Amendment deals with the bearing of arms. For your information, the location is off Blair’s Ridge.