Book Has Stories Of Local Veterans

Volume III of Marshall County Patriots & Heroes will be available from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, during which time Gary Rider will give a talk about his latest book, and will also do a book signing.

The book is a collection of veterans’ stories to coincide with Veterans Day 2012.

The 186-page book has stories of 120 Marshall County military veterans from the Civil War through Afghanistan.

The public is invited to the open house and for more information, call the library at 304-845-6911.

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Speaking of the military, the annual Veterans Day program in Moundsville will be at 1 p.m. next Sunday at the All-Wars Monument on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse.

Veterans who served in Beirut, Panama, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq, Afghanistan and those presently serving in the military will be honored.

Glen Dale native (Ret.) Air Force Brigadier General John F. Sievertson will be the speaker. The 1954 graduate of Moundsville High School retired on Aug. 30, 1989 after serving 30 years on active duty. Among his assignments were two tours at Headquarters USAF at the Pentagon. His final assignment was as Vice Commander of the 21st Air Force and Commander of Airlift Forces for the United States Central Command.

Gen. Sievertson, who piloted Air Force One, holds numerous military awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s highest peacetime award.

He currently resides in Florida.

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Friday is the deadline for signing up to be a participant in the 43rd Marshall County Christmas Parade, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Anyone who has yet to receive the necessary paperwork to be a part of the parade is to call the Chamber office at 304-845-2773. Applications must be filled out and approved to be included as a parade participant. Those operating a motorized vehicle in the parade need to submit a valid driver’s license along with proof of insurance.

This year’s Parade theme is, “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Fay Bissett will be the parade marshal. She owned and operated Fay’s Jewelry for 40 years on Jefferson Avenue.

Main Street Bank is sponsoring the professionally built Santa Claus float and there will be at least two other professionally built floats, one sponsored by the Marshall County Panther Football League and the other sponsored by Williams Ohio Valley Midstream, a Parade Platinum sponsor.

Other professionally built floats are available for rent by calling the Chamber for details.

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“Buses … Start ’em Rolling in Moundsville!!” is the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority’s theme in an effort to have a bus levy passed on Tuesday.

The OVRTA this past week ran an insert in the News-Register and The Intelligencer outlining the proposed route to serve Moundsville, along with listing times of the eight runs.

There was a recent meeting held in Moundsville attended by several business owners who would like to have bus service extended to Grand Vue Park, and they were informed that this could become a reality if voters pass the levy.

Also, at a Neighborhood Association meeting this past week, information was distributed on how much property owners, both residential and business, in the city of Moundsville would pay to have buses run between Moundsville and Wheeling.

For example, if the market value of a house is $100,000, and like all properties in the state, that property is assessed at $60,000, and based on a levy rate of $.0864, the property owner would pay $4.32 per month. The rate for a business is doubled, and thus a business property with the same market value would pay $8.64 a month.

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Voters in the city of Moundsville on Tuesday will be electing four members to city council, along with deciding the issue of bus service between the city and Wheeling.

While incumbent first ward Councilman Paul “Dude” Haynes and incumbent third ward Councilman Eugene “Coach” Saunders are unopposed, five persons are seeking two council-at-large seats. They are: Carl Boso, Henry Cross, David Haynes, K. Mark Simms and Rickey Young.

Marshall County voters will be electing two members to the House of Delegates from the 4th Delegate District. Three individuals are seeking the two seats: Republican David A. Evans incumbent Mike Ferro,and David Sidiropolis, the latter two being Democrats.

On the county level, Bob Miller Jr., and incumbent Jason “Jake” Padlow are candidates for County Commission.

The sheriff’s race is between Democrat Kevin Cecil and Republican Patrick R. Mull.

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Members of Cub Scout Pack No. 78, Boy Scout Troop No. 78 and Venture Crew No. 78, along with Cub Scout Pack No. 79 and Boy Scout Troop No. 79, will be picking up food starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday in conjunction with the Scouting for Food effort.

Residents are asked to put their bags of food on the porch where they can be seen.

The Scout leaders encourage residents who might not have to received a bag to place food out for pickup Saturday, or take food to the House of Carpenter II on Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville.

If food does not get picked up Saturday at a residence, the family is asked to call Don or Suzanne Chamberlain at 304-845-7336.