Commissioners Told of Plan for Water Line Project

Representives from the Moundsville Water Board and Marshall County Public Service District No. 4 appeared Tuesday at the Marshall County Commission meeting to present a proposal which would upgrade water service to PSD customers.

Brad Varlas, vice chairman of the Moundsville Water Board, and water board secretary Jim Stultz, informed the commissioners that the board would be increasing the size of the water line to 10 inches from Poplar Avenue and Fourth Street eastward to the vicinity of Willard Avenue (Hillview Terrace), where it would connect with the PSD line. Both entities believe it would be a win-win situation if the public service district’s water line extension from Willard Avenue to the city pump station could be undertaken at the same time.

The two water board members, along with PSD No. 4 officers including chairperson Donna Crawford, secretary Dean Pettit and operations engineer Fred Reynolds, told the commissioners of the reasons for seeking monetary assistance for PSD work.

A couple of the reasons were: having a 10-inch line, which would enable the district to have sufficient water for its customers and would reduce the wear and tear on the pumps.

A benefit for the city of Moundsville is that it would sell more water.

Currently, there are two lines from Fourth Street to Willard Avenue, running on both sides of Fourth Street. With the undertaking of the Moundsville Water Board, one of the lines will be eliminated. Among the customers between these two locations are McNinch Primary School, the Marshall County Board of Education building, Hillview Terrace and Maxwell Acres.

No action was taken by the commissioners, although they did tell the two entities to provide them with additional information

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The Marshall County Strings Program will present its elementary and middle school Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature combined performances involving more than 200 students from Cameron, Center McMechen, Central, Glen Dale, Hilltop, Sand Hill and Washington Lands elementary schools, as well as Cameron, Moundsville and Sherrard middle schools. The middle school students will share unique arrangements of traditional carols, along with Christmas classics.

The MCSP was established in 2008 and is under the direction of Shelby Genberg, Justin Jones and Alex Talkowski.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade winners were:

First Place Commercial — Bordas and Bordas.

First Place Non-Profit — Ash Avenue Church of God.

Best Theme Representation — McMechen First Church of God.

The parade sponsors were: the city of Moundsville, City-Wide Insurance and Real Estate, Ruttenbucks, Warren Distribution, McDonalds, GKT, EM Media, Grisell Funeral Home, Doan Ford, The Highlands, Youth Service Systems, the Green Tab and the Moundsville County Commission.

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The 16th annual Gold, Khourey & Turak Christmas Tree Lighting will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday at 510 Tomlinson Ave., Moundsville.

There will be free photos with Santa, the Opus Music Club Christmas Carolers will take part, there will be Christmas cookies and beverages and gift baskets for the kids!

Santa will arrive courtesy of the city of Moundsville Fire Department.

The tree from Wiezbicki’s tree farm arrived at the site this past Thursday.

A special guest will be the Wheeling Nailers’ mascot, Spike.

Anyone with questions can contact the GK&Ts office at 304-845-9750.

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Speaking of the Opus Music Club, the club’s annual Christmas Concert will take place at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, 1200 Third St.

The Opus Music Club members will be joined by several gentlemen singers.

The public is invited to attend.

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A public hearing was held in conjunction with Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Marshall County Commission, dealing with the Marshall County Tax Increment Financing No. 2 (Franklin) District.

Josh Jefferson, the Regional Economic Development Partnership’s project coordinator for Marshall and Wetzel counties, stated that the public hearing was an effort to prepare for the future and to continue support for existing economic development throughout Marshall County and that RED was asking the Marshall County Commission to consider the expansion of the existing tax increment financing program in Franklin District.

The public hearing was to address any questions regarding the proposed amendment of the Marshall County Development Project District 2 project plan and TIF application to expand the geographic boundaries of the existing TIF District.

Following the public hearing, the commissioners passed a resolution to approve the amendment dealing with the project.

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It used to be that members of organizations, businesses, etc., volunteered to be Salvation Army bell ringers and many times would try to collect more money than a fellow organization or business. There were no awards given, only bragging rights.

It seems that there are fewer organizations and businesses signing up to be bell ringers and there are some sites where kettles aren’t being manned, which in turn means that money collected is down.

However, last weekend among the bell ringers were Moundsville Lions Club members and the John Marshall High School National Honor Society. As it turned the difference in money collected was $8.02.

Maybe in the future these two organizations will challenge one another like the old days.

The bottom line is that the Salvation Army needs bell ringers from area clubs, businesses, church groups, or individuals, in both Moundsville or New Martinsville. Of course, you don’t have to be from these two cities.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, call the Salvation Army at 304-845-0510.

Beginning tomorrow, there will be 19 days in which to ring the bells.

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Simpson United Methodist Church, Moundsville, will be holding its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. until noon this coming Saturday.

Families can come and have breakfast, sing Christmas carols, have a photograph taken with Santa, and receive a gift and make a craft.

The event is free and open to the community.

There will also be a craft show during this time and families can purchase gifts from the crafters for the holiday season.

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A book signing will take place from 4-6 p.m., at the Moundsville Public Library by Gary Rider and Roseanna Dakan Keller of their newest book “Early Businesses of Moundsville.” The event will take place on the main floor of the library.

Rider said, “In 1891, Moundsville attracted many businesses to the booming economy of that time. These business leaders saw an opportunity to become prosperous as the community had the necessary ingredients to develop a successful business venture.” He added, “The Shaw family saw an opportunity to start a newspaper business in the community, while others like the Dalzells with Fostoria Glass, the Beams with a drugstore and the Bloyds in clothing, and the Grisells in the funeral business,would all try to create new businesses in this river town. Only two of these businesses still survived. Their effect on our home town memories is lasting.”

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The Marshall County Health Department Food Handler classes for December have been advanced a week because of Christmas.

This month’s classes will be held on Dec. 18. with two classes, one at 9 a.m. and other at 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling the health department at 304-845-7840.

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The annual Christmas sing-along at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday

Youngsters will be able to visit with Santa and will be led in the singing of Christmas music by Wesley Howsare. Also, holiday treats will be available.

The public is invited to attend.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Robert Baker family.

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Reservations are still being taken for the Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Christmas Show, to take place on Dec. 13 at at The Vue Bar & Grill at Grand Vue Park.

Reservations may be made by phoning 304-810-2778.

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Pre-registration for Grand Vue Park’s Cookies and Crafts with Santa are to be made by Monday. The cost being $8.50 per child.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.on Thursday at GVP’s Banquet Hall.

Pictures will be taken with Santa.

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Ron Blatt who is employed by Marshall County Schools as the overseer of maintenance projects, is leaving that position after 18 months.

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