New Moundsville Businesses Planned

Two new businesses are schedule to open soon in Moundsville.

Anytime Fitness is currently renovating the former Blockbuster building on south Lafayette Avenue and plans to open in early January, while GNC Nutrition will be opening a store in the south Lafayette Avenue Plaza.

The Moundsville Recreation Commission last week ordered two rails for the proposed skateboard park.

Mayor Gene Saunders, who is also chairman of the city recreation commission, said the city needs to begin making preparation for such a facility.

He is hopeful that once work is started on the project, additional funding will be forthcoming.

Saunders said some $25,000 will be needed to complete the project. He said the commission has been unsuccessful with a couple of grant applications.

Saunders said members of the Marshall County Commission have agreed to provide money for the park.

As to the park’s location, it will be at the East End Playground Complex.

Saunders announced at this past Tuesday’s council session, that bids will be sought soon for improvements to the Riverfront Park shelter.

Enlarging of the shelter has been made possible as the result of a $18,000 donation from Williams Ohio Valley Mid Stream.

In addition, to enlarging the shelter, the restroom will be made handicapped accessible, along with some other work, mainly improving the gutters.

Saunders said he is hopeful that the bid will be awarded prior to April, when he hopes work can begin.

A recent concern of Moundsville city council members has been the Park View Playground, and while new equipment has been in place for a few weeks, this past week gates were installed.

In addition to the gates, the recreation department plans to make changes to the fencing and install security cameras.

The money for these improvement is the result of a $10,000 grant from the state.

The plan is for city employees to unlock both the Oak and Linden Avenues gates each morning, while First Ward Councilman Paul Haynes has agreed to lock the gates each evening.

The Kids, Cops and Christmas program will be taking place next Sunday at Wal-Mart in Moundsville. This is the former Shop with a Cop Program.

Anyone wishing to donate toward this program can contact the Moundsville Police Department.

Speaking of Christmas, the McMechen Recreation Department is holding its annual party for the youth of the city today. It will take place from 1-3 p.m. at the McMechen Community Building. Youngsters have to be pre-registered to attend.

Although it is sponsored by the recreation department, others help in the sponsorship. The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department purchased bicycles for special drawings.

The Opus Music Club invites the community to their annual Christmas Concert, “Twelve or So Songs of Christmas,” at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, Third Street and Grant Avenue.

Under the direction of Reva Icard, Opus members will treat concert-goers to Christmas carols and seasonal songs, both familiar and some not so commonly heard.

The Opus members will be joined by some area gentlemen singers.

Donations toward the Opus Music Club’s scholarship fund will be accepted following the concert. The club awards scholarships to deserving Marshall County students who are furthering their educations in music.

At 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the First Christian Church in McMechen, there will be a Christmas musical titled, “Bethlehem Morning,” by the combined choirs of Benwood and McMechen. It will be under the direction of Bob Wheat.

The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

Next Saturday at Simpson United Methodist Church, there will be a free Christmas event for youngsters.

Also, the annual Benwood Christmas Party for youngsters will be taking place at St. John gymansium. It is being sponsored by the city.

This has to be one of the longest running events in the Ohio Valley.

The city of Moundsville will sponsor a House Decorating Contest for homes decorated for Christman.

The house judging will take place Tuesday, with only residents who have contacted the city clerk’s office at 304-845-3394 to register being judged. Registrants must submit their name and address and phone number by 4 p.m. Monday.

The categories of Most Original and Most Decorative will be included. There will be monetary prizes given to the winners.

At the next Moundsville City Council meeting, which is Dec. 17, there will be an election of a mayor and vice mayor. The city charter calls for the election of these two positions from the seven council members.

It used to be that Christmas trees were sold on “every corner” in the different communities, but that is not the case now. However, there is at least one volunteer group in Marshall County selling trees. The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department is selling trees at the department’s shelter at Ninth and Marshall Streets. The hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

Proceeds will go to the department’s equipment fund. The department is hoping to purchase a new ambulance in the near future.