Special Performances Scheduled at Strand Theatre

Five special performances will take place during the month of December at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.

The dates are Dec. 1, 8, 15-16, 21 and 26. These attractions include:

Dec. 1 — A concert will feature the talents of several local performers in the Ohio Valley. The unique Christmas concert will provide local musicians with a chance to perform their own music and provide those in attendance the opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit. The show will begin at 7 pm. Tickets will be $15.

Dec. 8 — Internationally recognized bluegrass musician Donna Ulisse will perform on this date. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the show to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Dec. 15-16 — A one-act play titled “The Santaland Diaries,” by David Sedaris, will be perfect for the adult who is feeling a bit burned out on Christmas cheer. The show centers on “Crumper,” a newly-hired mall elf who has a difficult time adjusting to the joys of Santaland.

Dec. 21 — A Christmas Cabaret and Sing-Along which will provide an evening of Christmas music by some of the Strand’s favorite performers. Tickets will be $10. The show is at 7 p.m.

Dec. 26 — A benefit concert for “Paws For a Cause,” a student-led club that raises money to help John Marshall High School students in need. More information will be announced later.


Saturday will be the final date of operation this year at the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville.

Curator Ralph Clark said the museum has been visited by a number of individuals, the two best months being June with the annual convention, and in the month of October.

FSGA president Jim Davis added, “It has been a good year for our museum and society. The convention went very well in June, our glass show was great, and the auction went off very smoothly. Most importantly everyone had a great time and we met and made lots of new friends. I want to thank all of those that worked so hard in 2018 to make our society and museum a success.”


The Marshall County Farm Bureau’s annual Christmas Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Limestone Community Center.

All members are invited and they are to bring a covered dish. Meat and drinks will be provided. Entertainment will be provided by Wesley Howsare.

For additional information, contact Mike Merinar at 304-547-5875.


The John Marshall High School Monarch Company will present “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 2 p.m. on Saturday and next Sunday at the JMHS Center for Center for Performing Arts building.

The performance will be under the direction of Tracey Filben. The production of Charles Schultz’s holiday story will bring John Marshall students to the stage as classic characters including Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Snoopy and, of course, good ole’ Charlie Brown himself. There also will be several holiday musical favorites.

The cast will incllude Ben Games (Charlie Brown) Emily Anderson (Lucy), Kailey Filben (Sally), Luke Cramer (Linus) Madi Blake (Snoopy), Paige Wallace (Pig Pen), Leah Reuschel (Frieda), Creed Kidney (Schroder), Lauren Brannen (Violet), Justice Robinson (Patty), and Brayden Snider (Shermy).

In addition to Filben, the production staff will include Leslie Garrett (music director/pianist), Rachel Krems (bass), Hannah Lynch (drumset), Jonathan Bucci (light tech), Tony Wood (sound tech) and TJ Romick (tech design).

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 304-843-4444, extension 160.


If you have items or books belonging to the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, you can return them this week, as it is the annual return fine-free week.


The Moundsville High School class of 1964 will hold a Christmas luncheon at 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Guest House Restaurant on south Lafayette Avenue.

All classmates and friends are invited to attend, with no reservations necessary.

Discussions will be held for the 55th anniversary reunion in 2019. For additional information contact Shirley Coulson Stilwell at 304-845-7499.


The Moundsville High School class of 1955 will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 at Perkins Restaurant on North Lafayette Ave., Moundsville. All class members and friends are invited to attend.


Grand Vue Park will be holding a Cookies and Crafts Day with Santa from 6-8 p.m., on Dec. 6 at the park’s Banquet Hall.

The event will include cookie eating and craft making. The cost is $8.50 per child and they must pre-register by Dec. 1.


Another event taking place in December at Grand Vue Park will be the second annual Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Christmas Show, which will be held Dec. 13 at The Vue Bar & Grill.

To obtain additional information and to make reservations call 304-810-2778.


Volunteers who helped line up and organize the Moundsville Christmas Parade were:

Chol Lee, Gene Lough, Brandy Hudson, Gene Saunders, Stan Stewart, Beth Bertram, Doug Hudson, Diana Winzenreid, Dallas Mullet, Bob McCool, Eric Anderson and Suzanne Park. The latter was also one of the three float judges, the others being Joe Canestraro and Bob Miller.


Marshall County authors Gary Rider and Roseanna Dakan Keller will be signing books from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

Their newest book is called, “Early Businesses in Moundsville.”


The Marshall County Commission on Tuesday authorized the publication of the sheriff’s delinquent tax sale of real estate. The sale will take place in December. Chief Tax Deputy Amy Carmichael informed the commissioners that 481 pieces of real estate will be sold, that figure being 113 over last year.


Also, the commissioners authorized the employment of Paul Dennis Hebert as a deputy sheriff, to fill a vacancy in the department. He is a Moundsville resident.

Hebert graduated from the State Police Academy in September 2017. He is currently serving as a member of the Wheeling Police Department. He will assume his new duties on Monday.


The commissioners also certified the results of the Nov. 6 general election.


The commissioners approved requests from three agencies for monetary assistance, including:

The Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau $25,000; the money comes from the Hotel/Motel tax.

Appalachian Outreach Inc., $10,000.

Cameron American Legion Post No. 18, $7,000, to assist in the replacement of the Post’s roof.


Several items relating to Christmas were approved Tuesday by Moundsville City Council.

They included:

A donation of $500 to sponsor five children for the Kids & Cops Christmas Shopping Program.

Sponsorship of the annual House Decorating contest in the amounts of $100, $50 and $25 awards.

Free meter parking during the holiday season in the Business Districts, excluding the courthouse area, starting on Monday and continuing through Dec. 31.

The granting of additional holidays for employees, these being Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Approval to advertise for bids for two new sanitation trucks.

Approval to advertise for bids for a new dump/salt spreader truck.

Approva of the expenditure of $15,000 for fireworks on July 4,

A donation of $100 was made to the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard for flag display boxes.

A request to bag meters while loading and unloading at the Appliance Connection, 263 Jefferson Ave., two days each week.

Approval was given to designate the W.Va. 2 entrance to the John Marshall High School Stadium as “One Monarch Stadium.”


When the Four Seasons Swimming Pool was built in the early 1970s, it received grant money from the Land and Water Conservation program, and once again that same agency has approved funding, this time for upgrades.

This past week it was announced that the agency had authorized a $92,811 matching grant with the money to go toward a new roof, doors and windows.


In addition to this past Friday being Black Friday it was also the day that all Salvation Army kettles in Moundsville were manned. Coming on board were Wal-Mart and Kroger. These two locations joined Big Lots and Coen Oil.

Now if organizations, individuals, etc., would just sign up to ring the bells, it would be appreciated.

Call the Salvation Army office at 304-845-0510 to sign up.


Michael W. Kuzma, commander of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard, passes along the following:

“To the people of the Ohio Valley:

“I would like to express my appreciation on behalf of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard for your donations. The contribution that you and others have given will help us to reach our goal of purchasing flag display cases.

“Each year, the amount of funerals are rising and we continue to strive to honor all veterans and their families, and friends with a final tribute to the deceased veterans. Your contribution helps us to continue with what we consider our sacred honor.

“Again, I would like to express my gratitude for the help that we received from you. It is because of patriotic people, like you that helps our organization to exist.”


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