Visitors Guide, Travel Shows Meant to Bring Visitors to County

Representatives of the Greater Moundsville Convention & Visitors Bureau are taking part this weekend in a travel show in Pittsburgh, the second of six such events through April.

GMCVB Executive Director Craig White appeared Tuesday at the Marshall County commissioners’ meeting to report not only on the convention and visitors bureau, but also on Grand Vue Park.

White informed the commissioners that staff members from the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC), the Palace of Gold, Grand Vue Park and volunteers from other agencies connected the GMCVB will be a part of the visits to cities which sponsor travel shows within 100 miles of Marshall County.

White said 2018 visitors guides have arrived and will be distributed to those attending the travel shows.

As to the visitors guide, the front cover includes photographs of the Grave Creek Mound, the Palace of Gold, Grand Vue Park, the Fostoria Glass Museum, the Cockayne Farmstead and the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The guide also provides information about the Mound, the 2,100-foot zip line at GVP, along with the Adventure Course. It also provides information of of former products manufactured in Marshall County such as Fostoria Glass, Marx Toys, Cameron Pottery, and enamel ware manufactured at the U.S. Stamping plant.

White stated that visitors to the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex, which is also home to the Greater Moundsville Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be able to view toys manufactured at Marx Toys, and glassware manufactured at the Fostoria.

White also noted that the GMCVB is planning to conduct tours along Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, something that was not done previously.

Also, a movie of Marshall County will be shown at the Delf Norona Museum starting in April.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce held its initial 2018 board of directors meeting on Tuesday. The board is comprised of 18 people, six of whom are new members. They will serve for a three-year period.

The new members are: Lisa Ingram, Marshall County/West Virginia University Extension Service; Dr. Duane Miller, Miller Chiropractic; Stacey Murphy, Main Street Bank; Taylor Shepherd, State Farm Insurance; Stan Stewart, retired from Marshall County Schools; Bill Storm, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal.

The new officers are Brittany Birch, McMechen Branch of WesBanco, president; Leigh Ann Scherich of BBT Bank, vice president; and Cassie Finley of Forester’s Financial Services, treasurer.

Some plans for the coming year were outlined by executive director Scott Reager. A change involving the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Summer Musical Concerts will be taking place this year.

In the past five concerts have been held at the pavilion at Riverfront Park in Moundsville. The number of concerts this summer will be six, three of which will be at Riverfront Park, one in Glen Dale, one in McMechen and one at Grand Vue Park.

All six will be free to the public.

All but one will be on Friday night, and that event will be the first in the series, on June 9 at Riverfront Park. The reason for this Saturday venue is that on June 8, the Relay for Life of Marshall County will be taking place. In order to not have a conflict, chamber officials agreed to the Saturday for their event.

The chamber is seeking sponsors for the six events, with the money to pay for the local bands which will be performing.

This past week, the Marshall County Commission made a $1,500 contribution toward the concerts. The MCC has provided funding to the concert for a number of years.

Beginning Thursday and continuing through Feb. 28, visitors to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will have the opportunity to visit the facility’s Discovery Table, to create a post card which they can be send to a friend. Special supplies for Valentine’s Day will be available from Feb. 1-14.

February activities will also begin with, “Green Up Your Winter Blues,” from noon until 4 p.m. on Feb. 3. Guests can beat the winter blues with some garden-related activities, such as shelling beans and shucking corn from the museum’s Interpretive Garden, making a cornhusk doll, propagating a baby plant and getting garden advice from a master gardener..

As part of the Second Saturday Film Series on Feb. 10, the complex will show “Prince Among Slaves.” The film is about the remarkable true story of Abdual Rahmn Ibrahima Sori, an African prince who survived the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or hope for freedom. The 60-minute film will show at 1 and 3 p.m.

At 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, those visiting the complex can celebrate George Washington’s birthday with the showing of, “The Real George Washington,” a film that reveals the man behind the myth. This National Geographic film depicts Washington’s childhood home and features a forensic recreation involving scientists and artists who create a realistic image of Washington’s face.

Visitors can also tour the complex’s many exhibits, including “The Buried Past: Artifacts from West Virginia’s Wild Wonderful History,” which showcases a series of West Virginia archaeological sites selected from the curation facility. Also available is “Prehistoric West Virginia,” which features casts of some of the large Ice Age animals that once roamed the state.

There is no admission to the GCMAC, which is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For additional information about activities and programs contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at either 304-843-4128 or or visit www.facebook,com/gravecreek mound or

The Ladies Auxiliary to Mound Post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moundsville, made plans for the annual patriotic essay Winners Banquet during a special meeting held this past Monday.

Also, the auxiliary will hold a spring indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. until 1p.m. on April 7. Anyone wishing to rent a table is to contact Della Deskins at 304-810-5192 or via the internet at for an application. Food will be available from the auxiliary.

Deskins notes that if anyone is aware of a VFW auxiliary member who is in a nursing home or has cancer, they should contact her. Also, there is a cancer grant available with proper papers from a doctor providing members have been active for at least a year.

The Marshall County/West Virginia University committee will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the local Extension Office at 126 Barn Drive on eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville.

The agenda is as follows:

– Review of fiscal 2018-19 proposed memorandum of agreement with the Marshall County Commission.

– Review of fiscal year 2018-19 proposal memorandum of agreement with the Marshall County Board of Education.

– Review of fiscal year of 2018-09 proposal memorandum of agreement for the employment of WVU personnel and staff in Marshall County.

– Election of committee chairperson and secretary for 2018-19.

– Any other business.

The WVU/Marshall County Extension is a service provided cooperatively by the USDA, West Virginia, the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Board of Education.

The committee consists of president of the county 4-H Leaders’s Association, Farm Bureau and the CEOS organization, one county commissioner,m one member of the board of education, and three at-large members appointed by the WVU Board of Governors.

The meeting is open to the public. For additional information contact the Extension service at 304-843-1170.

The Senior Commons at John Marshall High School was the site of the monthly Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on Thursday evening.

More than 150 people were in attendance, the largest turnout in several years.

The event was hosted by West Virginia Northern Community College and the Marshall County Schools, and those in attendance learned of some of the new programs available at both WVNCC, and JMHS.

This marked the first time that the general public had the opportunity to view the JMHS campus since its renovation was completed prior to the opening of this year’s school year.

One of the major projects undertaken during the past four years was connecting the main building and the auditorium.