Youths 8-18 Can Tee Off at July 30 Golf Tournament

A free junior golf tournament will take place on July 30 at the Moundsville Country Club, sponsored by Honeywell International Inc.

Ohio Valley youths 8-18 are encouraged to sign up for the event by picking up an entry form at the Pro Shop at the Moundsville Country Club or by calling the Pro Shop at 304-845-2153.

The field is limited to 108 players.

This will mark the 13th year that Honeywell has graciously sponsored the tournament, its purpose being to promote golf to youth in the local area by providing them an opportunity to not only play on a first-class golf course, but also, have fun.

Junior golfers of all skill levels, both male and female, are welcome.

Tentatively, there will be four flights: 12 and under; 13-14; 15-16; and 17-18.

Anyone who is 18 must not have reached their 19th birthday by July 30.

The event will be an 18- hole stroke event, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be from 7-8 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the top juniors in each division.

Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be provided to each participant at no charge.

There is a dress code for the players, thus tank tops, shirts without sleeves, T-shirts, sweat suits, tennis shorts and metal spikes will not be permitted.

Spectators are encouraged to attend. There will be a limited number of golf carts available for spectators at a cost of $20.

As to Honeywell International Inc’s connection to the local area, its name is the product of a merger win which Honeywell Inc., was acquired by the much larger Allied/Signal in 1999. The combined company chose the name Honeywell because of its superior brand recognition. Over the years, Allied/Signal had undergone a number of name changes, one being Allied Chemical, the name most remembered locally.

The Solvay Chemical Plant, which was adjacent to the Moundsville Country Club, was a division of Allied.

Honeywell International Inc., currently operates a groundwater treatment plant at the site.

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As the result of public swimming pools being crowded, loud and overstimulating at times, Marshall County Schools and the city of Moundsville have teamed up to offer three evenings of swimming exclusively for people with disabilities and their families.

The Family Swim Nights will be held July 18, July 28 and Aug. 1 at the Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville. The hours will be 6-8 p.m.

Admission is free, with pre-registration required by phoning 304-843-4400, extension 318 (Marshall County Schools), or by email to kmercer@k12.wv.us

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The Marshall County Commission this past Tuesday adopted a resolution requesting $400,000 from the state Industrial Access Road Fund for the purpose of continuing and extending the existing industrial access road through the Marshall County Industrial Park.

The resolution, in association with the Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED-P) is attempting to expand opportunity, increase safety and gain greater access to the industrial development, serving as an operating location for several industrial businessss located within the city of Benwood, and adjacent to the city of McMechen.

Josh Jefferson, of RED-P, said this endeavor would reduce traffic through Center Benwood.

In the past two weeks, a traffic light has been installed on W.Va. 2 near the Benwood-McMechen corporate line, to make it easier for truck vehicles and McMechen motorists to get to the Industrial Park to the north, and areas to the south.

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With an outbreak of hepatitis A in parts of the United States, including West Virginia, the Marshall County Health Department will offer hepatitis A vaccinations to West Virginia first responders.

The health department will hold these special clinics on July 16, 20 and 23. There will be clinics from 9-11 a.m., and 1-4 p.m., on all three dates. The health department is located at 513 Sixth St., Moundsville. Responders need to bring proof of employment and identification.

There will be no charge for the vaccination and participants do not need to bring insurance information.

Eligible participants include any West Virginia EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel. Both volunteer and paid professional staff are welcome.

In addition to getting the vaccine, good hand hygiene is recommended to avoid getting hepatitis A. It is recommended that individuals wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds.

For additional information on hepatitis A or participation in the vaccination clinics, call the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840.

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Two John Marshall High School students, Montana Fonner and Paige Pethtel, received national recognition at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, while the John Marshall FBLA Chapter was also recognized as a Goal Seal Chapter.

More than 9,600 of America’s best and brighiest high school students from across the United States and abroad traveled to Baltimore, Md., June 28-July 1, to “Elevate Their Futures” as they competed for the opportunity win more than $175,000. The conference was held to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 70 businesses and business-related competitive events.

Fonner and Pethtel competed in LifeSmarts and brought home ninth place. This event consisted of several rounds of examinations, activities and quiz bowl type rounds on topics such as personal finance, consumer rights, health care, technology and environmental resources.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL, that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

“I am really proud of the girls for achieving this honor, they worked very hard over the last few months to study and prepare for their competition,” said, Megan Pintus, John Marshall High School’s FBLA adviser.

The Goal Seal Chapter recognization is an award designated by the state advisers to the chapter in the state which best exemplifies a succdessfull chapter. The chapter also worked throughout the year to become an Outstanding Chapter through completing dozens of activities and tasks. Only two chapters within the state of West Virginia were honored with this recognition.

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State auditor J.B. McCuskey visited this past week’s Marshall County Commission to make a presentation pertaining to an open government website.”

McCuskey stated he wants to make certain counties have the resources to run effectively and efficiently, noting that six weeks ago this website was ranked No. 1 as the most transparent state government in the country.

He said his office had purchased data for each of the 55 counties, and that each county can take advantage of receiving information through this means.

It was noted that County Clerk Jan Pest had previously viewed data provided through the website.

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Also at the commission meeting were three representatives from the Moundsville Honor Guard, who attended to express thanks to the commissioners for a recent $3,000 donation made to the Honor Guard.

Those in attendance were Dave Schoenian, Gary Rider and Phil Campbell.

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Yet another individual at the commission was Christine Smith, of the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Agency. She presented several reports pertaining to expendures.

The commissioner approved the re-appoinment of Joe Donahue to the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board Inc.

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If you are interested in astronomy, you need to contact Grand Vue Park, where there will be events every Saturday night.

Previously there were events on only one Saturday night, but Robert Strong, of the Smart Center in Wheeling, recently obtained a grant which will enable an extended program.

The planet Mars is the most viaible at this time of year. GVP General Manager Craig White believes that the number of individuals taking part will continue to increase with the extended program.

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Speaking of Grand Vue Park, the Rowe family recently completed a week’s stay at the park.

This was the 37th straight year that the family has made Grand Vue their vacation spot. This year, the 78 family members utilized seven cabins at the park.

The family members come from all areas of United States for their vacation.

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The 70th annual Marshall County Fair will get under way next Sunday.

Events will be taking place from early morning until late at night at the fairgrounds off 12th Street in Moundsville.

This coming Saturday will consist of 4-H and FFA members bringing their animals to the fairgrounds.

Next Sunday will be Preview Day at the fair, capped off by a free conceert by the Crazy Horse Band.

The official opening will take place at 6:15 p.m., on July 23, with a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony. That evening the annual Queen’s Pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Citizen’s and Veteran’s Day will be observed on July 24. Free admission will be available to those in these two categories.

On July 25, Children’s Day will be held, with numerous events planned for youngsters. There will be free admission for those 12 years old and younger.

Judging of animals shown by 4-H and FFA youths will be highlights of July 26.

American Petroleum Partners Day will be observed on July 27. The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction will take place beginning at 6 p.m.

On July 28, the final day of the Fair, will be WVU Extension Day, with a variety of events taking place. The fair will conclude with country music entertainers from Nashville, Tenn., performing. Danielle Bradbery will take the stage at 7 p.m., and Raelynn Woodward at 9 p.m.

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