Neighborhood Watch Groups Set

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is implementing its first community neighborhood watch program.

Sheriff Kevin Cecil said the first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 25 in the McNinch Primary School gymnasium.

“Maxwell Acres will be the initial community watch group formed and will set the standard by which the others will follow,” Cecil stated.

Maxwell Acres is a community of 180 homes with an association which oversees the community building, and collects donations from the residents to maintain several services provided within the Acres.

“A community watch is undoubtedly the most effective asset to law enforcement,” Cecil said. “The foundational idea of our neighborhood watch will be to bring community members together and empower them with the ability to increase their quality of life and reduce the crimes.”

He said that people who want to get involved in this program can choose three different ways if they so desire.

They are:

Community Watch members. These people will keep an eye on the neighborhood and will report any activity to their block captain. They can contribute as much or as little as they would like.

Block Captain. These people will relay the information from their streets to their district supervisor and visa-versa. They will also recruit new community watch members on their streets.

District Supervisor. This person receives and organizes information from the block captains. He or she will then present that information from the block captain who will then present that information to a deputy sheriff. This person will also organize neighborhood watch meetings.

Cecil said the information he will be presenting at upcoming meetings has come from not only his ideas, but those of deputies.

A town hall style neighborhood association meeting for all residents within the city limits of Moundsville will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshall County Family Resource Network (FRN), 1501 Second St.

Membership in the neighborhood association is voluntary and open to any resident of the city. “It’s very exciting to work with people who want to come together and work for community change,” Tyler Poliquin, one of the organizers for the event, said.

“We hope to get as many people together as possible to discuss important community issues.”

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss neighborhood beautification, build community connections, improve communication between residents and city council, and discuss potential community projects.

The agenda for the meeting will include presentations and discussions of home rule privileges for the city of Moundsville, as well as the city’s comprehensive plan and its impact on the community.

For more information, contact either second ward councilman David Wood at 304-650-6611 or Poliquin at 774-219-5771.

Dedication ceremonies for the new Cameron High/Middle School will take place at 2 p.m. today in the school auditorium.

Among those participating will be representatives from the state School Building Authority, the state Board of Education, the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, state legislative members, firms involved in planning and building of the school, Marshall County School Board members, the city of Cameron, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, and school personnel.

Following the dedication, refreshments will be available, along with tours of the facility.

Twenty-four members of the John Marshall High School Monarch Company will be featured in the presentation of the spring musical “Annie” to be performed at 7 p.m. each day, Thursday through Saturday, in the JMHS Center for the Performing Arts.

Annie will be played by Elizabeth Keim, with Paige Berisford as Miss Hannigan and Gage Sutton is Oliver Warbucks. The role of Grace Ferrell will be played by Hilary Kinney, with Michael Games as Rooster Hannigan, and Josee Roberts, Sarah Weaver, Alex West, Heather McIntyre, Emily McLean, Haley Sessums, Josie Jarrett, Elias Sofsky, Hunter Norris, Ben Moore, Shaun Hancher, Joseph Lucey, Alyssa Minor, Iesha Kotson, Alyssa Keener, Jade Och, Jenna Angius, Alexa Richmond.

“Annie” is being directed by Tracey Filben and Jacqueline Laurine, with choreography by Alexis Laurine. Justin West will be in charge of sound, with set design and construction by Fred and Shelly Weaver and Don Keim with Ruth Keim in charge of artistry design and painting.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Children under five years of age will attend free of charge.

For more information call 304-843-444, extension 160.

The monthly meeting of the West Liberty University/Marshall County Breakfast Club will held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville with Margaret Six, program director of the WLU Department of Dental Hygiene, as speaker.

All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend. Those planning to attend can RSVP to Breakfast will be “Dutch Treat” and walk-ins are welcome.