Book Details Lives As Journalists

A book co-written by the late Jack Kady went on sale three weeks ago, with a copy on the shelves of the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. The book is “Newsroom Buddies.”

Kady died on Aug. 4, 2013 prior to the book being finished, with co-writer Sandi Latimer completing the final chapter, most of which was a tribute to Kady.

The Kady family lived in Glen Dale for several years, with Jack graduating from Union High School in 1951. His father, John, was an educator in West Virginia for some 40 years which included four schools in Marshall County as principal at Boggs Run Elementary, Center McMechen Elementary, Sherrard School and as assistant principal at Moundsville High School.

Jack was the oldest of six boys in the family, and after graduating from Union he took a job at the Pentagon, working for the Department of the Army, typing reports sent from all the military bases and the Signal Corps. He was 17 years old at the time and had a Top Secret clearance. After nine months he quit that job and enlisted in the Air Force, where he spent four years, two of which were on Okinawa.

After his four-year stint in the military he enrolled at West Virginia University. He started out in business administration before getting into the journalism field. While at WVU, he held several staff positions on the Daily Athenaeum, the school newspaper.

His first newspaper job was at the Charleston office of the United Press International, and later he was Bureau manager of UPI offices in Baltimore, Lexington, Ky., and Columbus.

In “Newspaper Buddies,” Kady and Latimer alternated their personal stories of working together from the late 1960 thorough 1990. They tell how they enjoyed the high points of life as journalists and how they handled being survivors as they watched UPI dwindle to a mere shadow of what it once was.

Kady’s career also included writing two other books, “A Sentry’s Saga on Okinawa,” and “From Kennedy to Kent State: A Reporter’s Notebook.”

As has been the tradition for the past several years, the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will be open on West Virginia Day, which this year will be this Friday.

Events will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., while from 6-8 p.m. there will be a barbecue chicken/pulled pork dinner.

The activities will include:

Tours of the historic house to include the exhibit, “Women of the House, Culture and Style in Rural West Virginia 1800-2000.” Tours will begin at 10 a.m., and the last tour will be at 4 p.m. There will be a fee for the tours.

Doc Hollen’s Snake Oil Medicine Show will be held all day and from his medicine wagon he will be “pitching” his Snake Oil, as well as his famous Sheep Dip and Hair Restoration. This free event is for all ages.

Consultants of the Midwest will conduct an archaeological dig.

A representative from Allen’s Art Glass will present a glassblowing demonstration.

A display of jewelry will be presented by Mary Maxwell, while there will be metal jewelry made by Lorraine Dziah.

There will be children’s activities from the 1890s.

Fiddle and banjo music will be provided by Carlton Ferrell and Carter Kenamond.

From noon until 4 p.m. there will be free ice cream and Italian Ice made by Brynn E. Bear Ice Cream Co.

Reservations are needed for the picnic supper with Doc Hollen, to be catered by Dianna’s Catering. Reservations are to be made by calling 304-845-1411.

While on the subject of Glen Dale, the city has named a new police chief.

Lt. Edward C. Vogler, 48, was named by city council this past Monday to succeed retiring Norman Stenger, who has held the position for 29 years.

Vogler assumes his new duties on July 1.

Vogler is a life-long resident of Glen Dale, having grown up in Sun Valley. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1984, and then attended West Virginia Northern Community College. During that same time period he was employed in the summer months as a lifeguard at the Glen Dale Pool.

He was employed by the city from 1987-90 as a police/fire dispatcher for the city He began his police career in February 1990.

Vogler doesn’t anticipate any major changes in the operation of the department, which consists of six full-time officers.

Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual Strand Theatre Louisiana all-you-can-eat Shrimp Boil to be held June 28 at St. Jude Park, Glen Dale.

Tickets can be purchased at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Office, Frame and Fortune, Goin’ Postal or by calling 304-233-3014. It will be a casual affair with the wearing of jeans and T-shirts recommended.

This month’s Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event has been advanced a week, and will be held on June 19 at Grand Vue Park’s Shelter No. 2, sponsored by Chesapeake Energy. Dianna’s Catering will provide the food.

Reservations are to be made by calling the Chamber office at 304-845-2773.

A meeting to discuss natural resources issues in Marshall County will be held on June 30 at the Pool Club Room at Grand Vue Park. The evening will feature short talks on wildlife ecology, invasive species, and important current conditions of natural resources.

It will be a part of a project being conducted in five regions in West Virginia. The event is in collaboration with the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

For more information or to RSVP contact Dr. Dave McGill, 304-293-5930;

“Outspoken for 4-H,” the annual fundraising bicycle ride that supports and promotes West Virginia 4-H and raises money for camp scholarships, begins Thursday in Chester and will be passing through Moundsville at 3:05 p.m. that day.

It is a 250-mile trek through 11 counties before ending at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp in Lewis County for the kickoff of 4-H Older Members’ Conference next Sunday.

The riders and crew are dedicated 4-H members, leaders and supporters who demonstrate their love of 4-H by taking on the state’s challenging terrain.

Several free events will be held this week in conjunction with the A Fizz-Boom Read/2014 Summer Reading Program at Marshall County libraries.

Monday from 2-4 p.m. at the Benwood-McMechen Public Library and from 6-8 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, Michael Albert will present a pop art exhibition free and open to everyone. Those taking part n the event are asked to bring their favorite cereal box and other colorful cardboard packaging to create their own collages.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Moundsville Library, Joy Van Scyoc will teach kids in second grade and up about painting.

“Science Rocks!” is the theme of Friday’s “Experiment with Fun with Gerry Lewis” at 11 a.m. at the Moundsville Library and at 1:30 p.m. at the Benwood-McMechen Library.