Chamber Events; Benwood and Cameron Set Filing Dates

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be offering several new services in 2018 to its members and the general public, one of which will be a networking venue of educational programs outlining new ways to promote businesses, along with extra features on the chamber’s website including employment opportunities, a resources tab and more.

Also, there will be spots for 15 individuals who wish to learn how to use social media to help their business or non-profit communicate and grow.

The cost of the course will be $30, and signups can be done through the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce with checks payable to M.C. Adult Education.

Classes are being offered on a first-come, first served bases. For additional information, call the Chamber at 304-845-2773.

The four-week course will be held at John Marshall High School. The classes will be from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

The first class will include getting to know the attendees and what their objective for social media marketing is for their business. Participants will set up needed social media accounts for the business and explore the features available on each outlet.

During week two, specific social media marketing strategies will be discussed to reach existing customers, how to reach new customers, and how to keep viewers engaged.

The third class will deal with successful marketing strategies. Participants also will work to outline their strategy to ensure a successful campaign.

During the final week of the course, speakers from the business community will share their successes and struggles.


The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce membership has elected officers for 2018, with seven new officers to the board which is comprised of 18 members, each of which are elected to three year terms.

The new officers are:

Brittany Birch, president; Lee Ann Sherrick, vice president; Cassie Finley, treasurer; and Rev. Tim Wilt, chaplain.

Named to the board to serve from 2018-2021 were Stacie Murphy, Jessica Rine, Lisa Ingram, Stan Stewart, Bill Storm and Dr. Duane Miller. Taylor Shepherd was elected to fill a two year unexpired term.

The Chamber executive director is Scott Reager, while Patty Morris is the administration director.

The board will be holding its first meeting in January to make plans for the coming year.


Candidates who plan to seek municipal offices in Benwood and Cameron can file their certifications from Jan. 8 through Jan. 27 in their respective city clerk’s offices.

The elections in both cities will be on May 8.

Four council seats — one from each of the four wards — and that of the police chief will be on the ballot in Benwoood, all being four-year terms.

There is a filing fee of $50 for those seeking council seats in Benwood, and to run for the office of police chief the fee is $75.

Anyone having questions concerning the city of Benwood election are to contact city clerk Judy Hunt at the city building.

Three council seats and the mayor will be on the ballot in Cameron. The three council seats are for four-year terms, while the mayor’s term will be for two years.

Filing fees in Cameron are $55 for the office of mayor, and $11 for those seeking council offices.

Any questions concerning filings in Cameron should be directed to city clerk Debbie Hall.


Beginning Tuesday the hours of the Marshall County Extension Office will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The extension office provides local educational programs for families, businesses and the general community, as well as to farmers, gardeners and home owners.

The WVU/Marshall county Extension Office is part of the national land system. Each office has the same mission as its foundation–which is to help people put knowledge to work.

Each WVU Extension Office can provide the public with information on many topics from many resources

The Marshall County Extension Office facility and staff offer such classes as Dining with Diabetes, Cyberbullying; ATV Safety; Healthy Eating on a Budget; and Tree Pruning. Office staff members are available for one-on-one consultation.

The office staff that serves Marshall County includes: Cherly Kaczor, Lisa Ingram, Molly Poffenbarger, Tom McGuire, Cindy Richmond, David Shipman and Candace White.

The office is located on Eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville and can be reached by calling 304-843-1170.


This past year the Cockayne Farmstead board focused on programming, and for 2018 the plan is to work to establish a donor program. This will include working to educate the community about the importance of estate planning and selecting Cockayne Farmstead as a beneficiary of that estate.

As to this past year the board is continuing to produce quality programming, and while the board is undoubtedly still a work in progress, there is a great need to provide for Cockayne’s future sustainability.

It was noted that the Cockayne Farmstead has recently partnered with the Marshall County 4-H and the Marshall 4-H team leaders.

Their first assignment was to help as docents at the Dec. 16 Christmas at Cockayne event, which was well attended by the community.

One of the scheduled events in 2018 will be a ”Sheep to Shawl” event to take place on June 2, it will feature Alison Bertram and Montgomery Bertram and their friendly sheep.


You can give credit to a number of individuals and agencies which make up the Marshall County EMS committee for their work that has enabled Marshall County to keep its EMS to be up and running following the notification on Wednesday that ESP Ambulance Service would not be providing service.

This committee had drawn up the contingency plan that was put into operation on Wednesday.

That committee includes representative from the Dallas EMS, Glen Dale EMS, Limestone EMS, McMechen EMS, HealthNet, Tom Hart and Mike Mucheck from the county Office of Emergency Management, Larry Newell, Carol Robinson and Tony Novel from the office of 911 and county administrator Betsy Frohnapfel.

Although Marshall County Commissioners Bob Miller, Scott Varner and John Gruzinskas are not members of the committee, they have provided funding for EMS services.


If you have traveled southward recently on U.S. 250 at the Jefferson Avenue Extension, you might have noticed the sign which read: ”Welcome to Moundsville — Progress Through Unity.”

The sign came about several years ago in conjunction with a First Impression undertaken with West Virginia University Extension Service.

The sign was removed as part of the widening of the roadway in that vicinity. The widening undertaking is scheduled to start in 2018.


Happy New Year.