Courthouse Improvements Set

The fourth and final phase of an energy efficiency improvement project at the Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville will begin on Monday.

This phase will involve the installation of some 120 windows on the building and the Court Avenue annex. New windows will not be installed on the north side of building since plans are to build an annex adjacent to that side.

The window project is expected to take some four weeks, depending on the weather.

A section of Court Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Street will be closed during the project.

The three previous improvements, aimed at making the facility more energy efficient, have been boiler replacements, new lighting throughout the building, and placing insulation and stripping around all the doors.

The total cost of the entire project is some $700,000, of which $170,000 is coming from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, and $80,000 from a Courthouse Facilities Improvement Grant. The Marshall County Commission has been earmarking money for the county’s share during the past few years.

According to county Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel, it is estimate that over the next 15 years savings in utility bills will be some $450,000, which is the county’s share of the project.

The MCC selected Johnson Control of Pittsburgh to oversee the four phases, and it was up to that firm to select the contractors for the different projects.

As to the new windows, they will be a heavier pane than the current ones, even those which were installed when the last major improvement – an annex on the east side – was completed in 1972.

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If you have been by the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex recently, you would have noticed a new fence being erected. It is a six-foot high ornamental fence similar to the one being replaced.

The old fence has been there for more than 35 years and in some areas it has rusted at the bottom. The replacement has also included moving the fence to the property line on the Eighth and Tenth Street sides, and in doing so there will be additional fenced-in space for activities which the staff provides.

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While on the subject of the GCMAC, a new brochure has been printed. It is called, “History for the Ages.”

The brochure points out that Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest and most famous of the burial mounds built by the Adena people, and that between 250-150 B.C., this Adena community moved more than 60,000 tons of earth to build the mound. Today, the mound is a National Historic Landmark.

Exhibits and displays are in the Delf Norona Museum, while a research center is where irreplaceable archaeological collections are stored.

The brochure also explains that students visiting the facility can get their hands dirty in the Activity Room with projects and crafts related to prehistoric and historic learning. Other activities available at the facility are also listed in the brochure.

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In case you have used tires and electronics to dispose of, you can start getting them together, as on May 19 there will be a recycling site located from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

In the past the site has been at John Marshall High School, but a bus rodeo will be held there on that day, causing the site to be changed. The dates for the countywide Operation Pride clean-up where residents in different areas of the county can bring items to dumpsters in their communities for free disposal will be April 21 through June 16, the exceptions for dumpsters being the weekend of April 27-28 and Memorial Day weekend.

The Marshall County Commission is sponsoring both the tires/electronics and dumpsters programs, and thus these are for Marshall County residents.

Also, on April 21 the annual Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup will be taking place from 9 a.m. until noon at the Bayer Material Science LLC east parking lot off W.Va. 2. It is for residents of Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe county residents.

The event is being sponsored by Bayer/PPG Community Advisory Panel (CAP), which is also supported by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, other local solid waste authorities and districts of the participating counties.

Items which will be accepted are latex and oil-based paints (including lead-containing paints), used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, transmission fluid, aerosol cans, automobile batteries, tires (four per car) and pesticides.

For more information on the later cleanup contact either Jason Kociban at 304-455-2200 or Chuck Klug at 304-451-2429.

The items are to be from households only.

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Dr. Brian Crawford, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at West Liberty University, will be the speaker for the monthly WLU/Marshall County Breakfast Club to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Moundsville.

All alumni and friends are invited to attend.

As always, breakfast will be “Dutch Treat.”

You may RSVP by email to or by calling 304-336-8301. Walk-ins are welcome.

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You can add to your Strand Theatre calendar of events the appearance of “The Wheeling Cat,” his band, “The Wheeling Express,” along with several country music performers who were former regular on the Wheeling Jamboree.

The “Wheeling Cat” is none other than Slim Lehart, who has been performing in the Ohio Valley 50 plus years.

This show will take place at 7 p.m. on April 27.