School Board To Fill Position

The Marshall County Board of Education is expected to name a new assistant superintendent at Tuesday’s meeting.

Originally, six individuals applied for the position, however, one person later requested not to be considered.

This past Wednesday, a committee which included newly named Superintendent Mike Hince, interviewed three candidates for the position.

W. Wayne Simms has been an assistant superintendent since 2001. During the past 12 years he has assumed two addition titles, curriculum coordinator and construction manager.

The new assistant superintendent will also be the personnel director as current personnel director Robyn Fitzsimmons is retiring June 30.

Simms’ last day will be June 30, as will be that of superintendent Fred Renzella. Simms began his career in the Marshall County School system as a teacher at Cameron Elementary, and after a year there became the teaching principal at Pleasant Valley School, a position he held for two years before being named principal at Cameron Elementary, serving in that capacity for 28 years.

For those wishing to properly dispose of electronics, white goods, tires and rims, start getting them together, as this Saturday Marshall County residents can get rid of them from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the north parking lot of Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

Also, this weekend, Friday and Saturday, residents in Benwood and McMechen can take advantage of the Operation Pride clean-up as free dumpsters will be at the city garages in both cities.

The hours are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be no provisions at either location to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials, or household trash.

Volunteers from Appalachian Outreach, Inc., will be at the dumpster sites in Benwood and McMechen to accept used furniture, toys, bikes and other household items which are usable.

For residents in McMechen, they can contact the city building at 304-232-3140, to have items picked up and hauled away on Friday and Saturday. There will be a fee for this service.

The McMechen police department, street department and city council are also asking citizens and property owners to clean up and dispose of any broken furniture, tree limbs, bikes, wood piles and any other items in their yards, or on the back porches, or anywhere else on their property.

Of course, to do clean-up work you need a broom and and in case a person or business needs a broom, members of the Moundsville Lions Club just happen to have a few left over from the Home and Business Expo where they sold them as a club fundraiser.

Brooms are available by contacting club president Fred Porter at the Plaza Motel/Guest House Restaurant or from any club member.

The Marshall County Courthouse Relay For Life team will sponsor “Floats For Hope” from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday at the courthouse.

Team captain Kathy Stalnaker states the team chose the name of this fundraiser to coordinate with the Marshall County Relay For Life event theme of, “Celebrating 100 Years of Hope,” which honors the work done by the American Cancer Society since its inception 100 years ago this month.

In addition to two different kinds of floats, hot dogs, sauce dogs and assorted baked goods will be sold. Proceeds will go toward the MCRFL to support the American Cancer Society through research, education and patient support. As to this year’s Relay For Life event, it will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on June 14 in the north parking lot at John Marshall High School.

The Performing Arts Council of the Strand Theatre has arranged for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) Touring Company to be in Moundsville from June 17-22.

MCT is the largest children’s touring theatre in the United States with the Missoula, Mont., based theatre having been in existence since 1973.

A tour team will arrive in the city with a professional set, costumes, props and make-up, thus representing everything needed to put on a play, except the cast.

The cast for the production of Pinocchio will begin auditions on June 17 at the Strand Theatre. Those auditioning are to arrive at 9:45 a.m. that day and should plan to stay for the entire two-hour session. Students entering first grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition.

Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show.

Pinocchio will be presented at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Strand Theatre.

For addition information, call Bonnie Anderson at 304-845-5833.

West Liberty University baseball coach Eric Burkle will be the speaker for the monthly WLU/Marshall County Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Moundsville. Burkle will be introduced by Jeff Knierim, vice president of community engagement at WLU.

The event will be “Dutch Treat” and walk-ins are welcome. Also, those planning to attend may RSVP via email to or by calling 304-336-8301.

In honor of Mother’s Day, all mothers can golf for free today at the three Grand Vue Park Courses – Par 3, Miniature Golf and Disc Golf rentals.

On Wednesday, Grand Vue will be hosting a Create a Bird Call workshop from 6-8 p.m., at the Pool Clubroom. The event is $5 per craft and includes a bird call to take home.

The Neil Diamond Tribute held this past weekend at the Strand Theatre was well-received by those who attended the event.

This attraction could not have been a part of the Strand’s efforts to secure top acts without the support of Consol Energy.