Relay for Life Planned at JMHS

The Marshall County Relay for Life event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday in the north parking lot at John Marshall High School.

This will mark the second straight year at this location, as organizers decided after last year’s event that the site enables team campsites to be closer together, and the distance of the track smaller, thus making it easier for the walker.

In the past the event had been held at Monarch Stadium.

One change from last year will be that the track will be laid out in an east-west orientation.

Activities chairperson Mary Rose has announced a fun lineup of games and contests which will occur throughout the night. By the way, the event will conclude at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Team participants (there will be 25 teams) will be taking part in the activities. Among the games and contests will be a Road to Recovery “car” race. It is called a car race as individuals will draw a picture of a car on a piece of cardboard, and compete against one another as they race around the track.

There will be a Tug-O-War, a Frozen T-shirt race, and a couple of new events, one being “Glow Bowling,” will be a 5 a.m. event. The other new event is a “Mr. Relay” contest, which will begin following the conclusion of the Luminaria Ceremony, which is slated to end at around 10 p.m. The Mr. Relay event will have a male team member from each team dressing as a woman and these individuals will then have a certain amount of time to gather votes, at $1 each. The individual collecting the most money will be crowned as “Mr. Relay.”

Many of the teams will offer food, have raffles or games for community attendees during the 12-hour event.

Also, this coming week there will be a parade in Moundsville on Friday evening, in observance of Flag Day. Plans are still being finalized.

In addition, Marshall County will be participating in the River Sweep cleanup efforts. In the past, those taking part have met at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.

The free dumpsters, as part of Marshall County’s Operation Pride program, will be located Saturday in the former coal mine parking lot near Roseby’s Rock, and at the Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters. The hours at both will be 8 a.m until 2 p.m. For additional information contact Howard Coffield via e-mail at, or by phoning 304-780-9866.

This marks the ninth year of the program honoring those who have significantly contributed to the John Marshall Community.

A nine-member committee will select honorees based on nomination forms submitted by the general public, with all nominations to be received by July 1.

Those selected for the Wall of Fame will be inducted the weekend of John Marshall’s Homecoming celebration.

Entries for the Marshall County Fair Pageants are due no later than July 6.

The pageants feature contests for girls ages 7-21 and will be held the evening of July 22. Participants will be showcased in a variety of competitions including: interview, streetwear, evening gown and event promotion.

Last year’s events featured more than 50 girls in four age divisions.

In addition, 4-6 year old boys and girls can participate in the annual Junior King and Queen contest, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. on July 22.

Applications and detailed information are available on the fair website,, or by calling or texting 304-281-5790.

Received a telephone call this past week from Jim Heath, who spearheads the Boys of Summer event which will be taking place June 21-23.

Over the past five years more than 120 different individuals have participated in the B.O.S. activities.

The group’s scholarship program has been expanded this year to include Cameron and Bishop Donahue High School graduating seniors, as in the past only seniors at John Marshall High School have been recipients.

Anyone who might wish to make a donation to the B.O.S Scholarship Fund can contact Donald Yost.

This year’s get-together will begin at 9 a.m. on June 21with a golf tournament at the Moundsville Country Club. Teams must registered by June 19. Contact either Jim Heath at 1-479-253-9663 or Rudy Zatezalo at 304-845-8618.

On June 22 there will be a hitting contest at the East End Playground Complex.

On June 23 there will be a picnic at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park, with Boys of Summer, their families and friends welcome.

The 33rd annual Fostoria Glass Society of American Convention will conclude today at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Today’s major event will be a flea market starting at 8 a.m. After 10 a.m. there will be free admission.

The Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville will be holding its annual “Celebration of Marx” from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on June 21, with toy demonstrations and museum updates at 6 p.m. Member’s Day activities will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 22. Both events will be taking place at the museum, 915 Second St.