OVAC Website Dedicated to Hinegardner

When you log onto the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference website (www.ovac.org) during the next 12 months, the first item you will see will be the bio and a photograph of William H. ”Bill” Hinegardner.

OVAC Executive Director Tom Rataiczak made the announcement that the website was being dedicated to Hinegardner at an executive board meeting this past Monday, at which Hinegardner was in attendance.

Although he grew up in southern West Virginia and graduated in 1960 from Meadow Bridge High School and four years later received his bachelor’s degree from Concord College, Hinegardner has called the Ohio Valley home for nearly 50 years

He arrived on the local scene at the start of the second semester of the 1964-65 school year after having accepted a mathematics teaching position at Moundsville High School.

Like most newcomers to a school system, he was asked to become involved in sports and school organizations, and since he had played football, basketball and baseball at Meadow Bridge and basketball and baseball at Concord, he was encouraged to become a part of the Trojans coaching staff. He became an assistant under George Kovalick in football and track, and a volunteer assistant to Paul Crago in wrestling. When Crago took a position at the county school office in the 1966-67 school year and Kovalick took over as head coach, Hinegardner became a full-time assistant.

When John Marshall High School opened its doors in September 1968, in addition to being a teacher, Hinegardner was named the head wrestling coach, as Kovalick decided to leave the Ohio Valley temporarily and coach in California.

Hinegardner was the JMHS head wrestling coach for 14 years before deciding to step down and turn the reigns over to assistant Ed Dugas.

After his head wrestling days were over, Hinegardner became more involved with the OVAC, especially the wrestling program.

As Rataiczak said, ”Whether helping with the OVAC wrestling tournament, boosters, baseball championship, or scholarship selection committee, when you called on Bill Hinegardner he has always been there, ready to work and serve.”

The late Bill Van Horne, the longtime News-Register sports writer, called Hinegardner, ”West Virginia’s Wrestling Man of Great Character.”

Under ”Heinie” leadership, John Marshall dominated wrestling in the OVAC and the state in the 1970s, winning four championships in both.

Hinegardner has received numerous awards over the years, one being he recipient of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Service Award (2004), Mr. Mat Award for contributions to the sport of wrestling in the OVAC. He was also named to the first Wall of Fame Class at John Marshall High School.

Eugene Saunders Sr., is looking forward to Aug. 18.

That is the date for his first official visit as Lions 29-L District Governor. It will take place at Washington Lands.

The reservation deadline for the event is Friday, and can be made by contacting either president Linda Baker at 304-559-5216 or secretary Dr. Roger Williams at 304-845-1987.

Saunders will be making club visits during the next few months to 45 clubs located in 15 counties. This past June he spent two weeks in Toronto, Canada, in training along with district governors from throughout the world. It followed the organization’s International Convention and was the first time that he had attended such an event.

Saunders is one of four district governors in the state.

Getting back to the upcoming District Governor’s event, it will be a picnic affair in the area behind the community’s fire station, with those attending asked to bring a covered dish.

As mentioned in a previous column, Saunders’ theme for the year is, ”Digging Deep to Move Forward.”

Saunders said new International President Joe Preston has started a new campaign for membership growth, called ”Just Ask One.” Preston is asking each Lions member nationwide to ask at least one qualified individual to join the organization.

Saunders has already presided at the district’s first Cabinet meeting. Among his Cabinet are 1st Vice District Gov. John Wensyel, a member of the Wheeling Lions Club, 2nd Vice District Gov. Linda Leasure, member of the Sistersville Lions Club, and secretary-treasurer Past District Gov. Eva Dague, a member of the Moundsville Club.

The West Liberty University/Marshall County Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Moundsville.

WLU head football coach Roger Waialae will be the speaker and will preview the upcoming season.

Persons planning to attend can RSVP at jknierim@westliberty.edu or by calling 304-336-8301.

The breakfast will be a Dutch treat with walk-ins welcome. All alumni and friends of WLU are invited to attend.

Andrew W. Dorn Jr., co-managing member of Moundsville Power, recently sent a letter to local business leaders and organizations in which he cleared up misconceptions circulating in the community about the project.

”We have been working on the project for more than two years and are in the final stages of getting the plant fully permitted so that we can begin construction next summer to meet a scheduled June 2018 start up,” he said.

The Marshall County Commission has approved the terms of a Payment in Lieu of Taxes, but has delayed acting on the required lease agreement until they complete their due diligence, which is underway.

”We believe this project will have a tremendous positive impact on your community,” Dorn said.

Dorn in the letter addressed five issues which he had covered in a recent article he wrote and was in the Aug. 1 edition of the Sunday News-Register.

He said if anyone has questions concerning the project or if they would like additional information they should check www.moundsville-power.com.

James Buzzard, who has been contracted by the Marshall County Sewerage District to obtain property owner easement signatures from residents in the Mozart area, said he was very pleased that 75 home owners had signed the necessary documents at two scheduled meetings in the past eight days.

“The turnout was great,” Buzzard said.

He said beginning Sept. 2 he will be going door-to-door to get the remaining 75 signatures which are needed. He will leave a form for those who are not at home.’

The signed easements and waiver letters will eliminate hook-up fees in conjunction with the proposed $4.9 million Mozart Sanitary Sewer Extension Project which is expected to eliminate issues related to raw sewage running down some streets in the neighborhood.