Glen Dale School Improvements Set

The Marshall County Board of Education received an early Christmas present this past week when the state School Building Authority approved a Majority Improvement Fund allocation of $831,54.

The SBA funding and $554,361 from the county board of education cofers will be used for improvements to Glen Dale Elementary School.

Marshall County was one of nine counties receiving SBA funding, which was announced on Monday.

The improvements at Glen Dale Elementary will include a new heating and air conditioning system, and new doors and windows for better safety egress.

The heating and air conditioning system at the school is 40 years old, being the original system.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Hince said the county had sought funding from the SBA for this project in past few years, and is very appreciative of receiving the money.

This will be the second major undertaking recently at Glen Dale Elementary, the other project being the installation of a new roof.

Hince said the county has two years to complete the new project.

Although it is some 11 weeks away, the Mount Olivet Lions Club is making plans the 31th annual Variety Show, which will take place on Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Sherrard Middle School Auditorium.

“Jukebox Saturday Night” is the title of the show, which will feature music from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Proceeds from the event will be used toward missions of the club such as food baskets, hearing aids, eye glasses and examinations, as well as guide dogs, etc.

The show is the club’s main fundraiser.

Ed Sherman, a member of the Benwood Mine Disaster Committee, speaker at this past week’s Moundsville Lions Club, presented an update of the committee’s efforts to date.

According to Sherman, plans are to have a ceremony on April 28, at which time monuments will be dedicated in honor of the men who died in two different mining explosions which took place in Benwood. The one in 1924 claimed the lives of 119 miners.

He said, “Through the efforts of Joey Tellitocci, there will finally be a permanent reminder of these men.” He explained, “Joey has done much research, including obtaining the correct spellings of those killed, and where they resided.”

Shermon noted, “These men were immigrants who located, along with their families, in Benwood, to start a new life.” He added, “After their deaths their families had to again start a new life.”

Sherman said the land for the monuments on Boggs Run was donated by Consol Energy.

“Monetary donations have been received from many individuals and the United Mine Workers,” Sherman said.

He noted that, “The footers for the monuments are in place.”

Amy Nickerson, a consumer representative and compliance specialist in the office of the state Attorney General, will conduct mobile office hours on Thursday in Marshall County to assist citizens and consumers.

Nickerson, a consumer representative and compliance specialist, will host the mobile office at 11 a.m., Thursday at the Marshall County Courthouse.

The mobile office hours are open to the public and reservations are not required.

For additional information about the mobile office hours, call Nickerson at 304-543-8457.

The Marshall County Public Library Christmas Holidays schedule from Dec. 23 through Jan. 4 is as follows:

On Dec. 23, the hours will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The libraries will be closed Dec. 24-26, with the hours on Dec. 27 being 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Dec. 28 the hours will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The following week the hours and closing days will be the same – 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Dec. 30, closed Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, open on Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The libraries are closed on Sundays. These schedules are for the three public libraries in the county, Moundsville-Marshall County, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron.