High School Renovations To Be Shown During Chamber Event

Those attending the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Jan. 25 at John Marshall High School will have an opportunity to tour the renovated facility.

The MCCC, the Marshall County Board of Education, West Virginia Northern Community College and the staff of John Marshall High School have joined in planning the event, which will enable not only enable members of the chamber, but the general public the opportunity to view the school since its renovation work.

Those wishing to attend are to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 304-845-2773.

WVNCC will provide the food at the event.

Members of the school’s Student Council and the student Advisory Council will serve as tour guides.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Corey Murphy said that, with the exception of a couple of small issues, all the work connected with the renovation has been completed. One of the issues is that of the Wall of Fame plaques, which will be relocated to the Senior Commons. He said the plaques will be in place for the Business After Hours.

My conversation with Murphy also included the renovation to be undertaken at Monarch Stadium.

He stated that all the permits needed for the removal of the stadium bleachers, the press boxes, etc., have been approved, and the first phase of the project is slated to begin in February. Once this work is completed, new bleachers and a new press box will be installed on the east side of the field. Work will begin in May, with completion in August, in time for the 2018 football season in late August.

Once completed, the field will have a turfed field and rubberized track with eight lanes instead of the current six lanes.

Initially, the home side will have seating for 3,500. Overall, the stadium will seat 4,500 as the visitors side, when completed, will seat 1,000. Also, on the east side, the roadway (Court Avenue) will become a pedestrian walkway. The field will have new lighting and other improvements. Members of the board of education met on Tuesday with representatives of the architectural firm pertaining to the new press box. Yet to be decided will be whether it will be a pre-fab structure or a brick and mortar facility. Either way, the press box will be quite different from the old press box, as it will have space for multimedia classes to do live broadcasts, as well as other modern accommodations.

Two weeks remain for candidates to file for city offices in elections in four of the five Marshall County municipalities.

In the city of Glen Dale, the offices are that of mayor, recorder and two council seats; in McMechen the offices of mayor and six council seats are up this year; in Benwood the offices of police chief and four council seats; while in Cameron, the filings will be for mayor and four council persons.

Previously in this column, information pertaining to the cities of Cameron and Benwood was outlined, and now I will provide information about the cities of Glen Dale and McMechen.

The city of Glen Dale will be electing a mayor to a two-year term, a recorder for a two-year term, and two council members, each for four-year terms. The two council seats are currently held by Lewis Richmond and Wayne Bero, the latter serving an unexpired term. The other three council persons have two years remaining of their terms.

In the city of McMechen, the terms of all six council members expire this year, as does that of the mayor. All offices are for four-year terms. Filing fees in McMechen are $75 for mayor and $35 for council.

During the two weeks, he city council’s office in McMechen will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Actually the last day to file is Saturday, Jan. 27; however, the city clerk’s office will not be open on that date, but forms postmarked by midnight of the 27th will be accepted, while in Glen Dale the city clerk’s office hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and since the city clerk’s office will not be open on the 27th, filing forms postmarked by midnight of that day will be accepted.

Voters in the four municipalities will go to the polls on May 8 to elect their candidates, who will assume their new terms on July 1.

In addition to the four municipalities having their elections on May 8, all registered voters on that day will also be casting ballots for six county/state seats.

They are:

– County Commission (primary election).

– Board of Education (three seats to be elected). The seats which expire are those of Dr. Duane Miller, Christy Robison, and Thomas Gilbert. Those elected will assume their offices on July 1.

– House of Delegates (primary election, two from each party).

The city of Moundsville will be having its election later in 2018. Voters in Moundsville will go to the polls on the general election, which will take place on Nov. 6.

Moundsville voters will be electing three council members. Those whose terms expired on Dec. 31 being Ginger DeWitt, Allen Hendershot and David Wood.

Mark your calendar for March 2-3. The two days are the dates for the annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Home & Business Expo. The event will be held at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Applications were sent this past week to potential vendors.

Anyone wishing to have a booth but did who not receive an application can call the chamber office at 304-845-2773.

There will be a steak fry to benefit CASA on Feb. 24, organized by Hoagy’s Heroes and the Reckoning Bike Club.

Tickets are available at CASA offices in Wheeling and Moundsville, Accessories LTD, or by calling Hoagy Carmichael at 394-639-1863.

The Moundsville boys baseball signups will be taking place from 1-3 p.m., on Jan. 27, Jan. 28, Feb. 3, and Feb. 4, at the Sanford Center. Fees are $20 foe the first child from a family and $10 for each additional child.

For additional information, call John Robbins at 304-559-8437.

The 8th annual Moundsville Boys Baseball Steak Fry will be held from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., on March 10 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

There will also be a gun raffle, a television raffle, a Chinese auction, and a corn hole tournament. Music will be provided by disc jockey Keith Shreve.

Speaking of baseball, it won’t belong until major league spring training gets underway.