Mardi Gras Event Back on Feb. 2

A Mardi Gras will be taking place locally on Feb. 2.

This third annual event is being sponsored by the Moundsville Rotary Club and will be held at St. Jude Hall in Glen Dale.

It will be catered by Chef James of Cafe Burress, with entertainment by Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish.

Attire for the evening – the event will be from 5-11 p.m. – being business casual or costume.

Proceeds will benefit the rotary’s community projects, which include financial awards for graduating seniors, clothes closets at various schools, dictionaries for schools, the House of the Carpenter II, local soup kitchens, the Moundsville-Marshall County Library’s Children’s Department, along with other events.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored 2013 Home and Business Expo will be held March 8-9 at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The hours will be 4-8 p.m. on March 8, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on March 9.

The Chamber is accepting exhibit space applications.

The registration deadline is Feb. 28.

“Diamonds and Pearl” is the theme for the 30th annual varsity show to be presented by the Mount Olivet Lions Club.

The event will be held Feb. 22-23 at Sherrard Middle School.

There will be music from Hee Haw, Shrek, the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and more.

There will be drawings, candy bags for sale and refreshments will be available.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets or obtain additional information is asked to contact Paul Amrhein at 304-242-0911.

Although the new Cameron High/Middle School has been open for two weeks, the auditorium/theater and fieldhouse have yet to be used. However, these two facilities may be utilized for the first time during the last week of the month.

An awards program is scheduled for Jan. 29, and plans are to being made to hold the program in the auditorium/theater.

As to the fieldhouse, the painting of the floor has yet to be completed, but hopefully this work will be completed in the next week and a half, which could mean that the first game could be played on Feb. 2. The home wrestling schedule has been completed and the grapplers will have to wait until the next school year before utilizing the new facility.

As to a ribbon cutting/open house of the new school, an event is slated for Sunday, March 10.

Principal Jack Cain said the students had no problems getting acclimated to the new school.

The school is designed for high school students to be in one section, while the middle school classrooms are in the west section.

Getting back to the auditorium, this is something new for students, as in the old school the gymnasium also served as the auditorium, and when events were held on the stage, chairs were set up on the gym floor. This will not be the case at the new school.

Spoke with new athletics director/activities coordinator Tim Brown this past week, and he is excited to be back in the Ohio Valley. For the past 10 years he has been a teacher/football coach at a 1,800-student school in a Columbus, Ohio suburb, but is glad to be back “home.”

Brown, who graduated from Cameron High and later taught at the school, said he is very impressed with the new state-of-the-art facility

For those of you who subscribe to the New-Register and/or The Intelligencer, this past Wednesday the “Journal” section had a new look.

For the past 36 years there has been a section called, “The Journal of Valley News,” which in addition to Marshall County, included news from Wetzel and Tyler counties.

As to the name “Journal,” it has been part of the newspaper business in Moundsville-Marshall County for more than 100 years.

The Moundsville Journal began as a weekly paper in 1910, when editor R.J. Smith purchased the presses of the Moundsville Herald and set up shop in the old Snyder Hotel Building on Seventh Street. In the summer of that year the “Journal” went to a daily publication with a new building constructed at 605 Court Ave., the current home to Marshall County Bureau of the News-Register and The Intelligencer, and the Green Tab.

The then-News Publishing Company of Wheeling purchased the Journal n 1928 and continued it’s operations in Moundsville until a merger with the Wheeling News-Register daily evening paper in July 1946. Since that time a Marshall County Bureau of the two Wheeling papers has maintained offices in Moundsville, with the “locals” for the most part referring to the office as The Journal.

Getting back to the “new” Journal, those wishing articles and photos printed in this section can call the office at 304-845-3603, or use the other forms getting information to the office, these of course being fax (304-845-3605), or email. Or just drop items off at the office. The deadline is noon on Monday of each week.