Home and Business Expo Will Include 20 New Vendors

Some 20 new vendors will be occupying spaces at the 14th annual Marshall County Home and Business Expo, to be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce event has once again attracted 90 vendors, several of which will be using multiple spaces. The overall area will provide for 126 booths.

Chamber Executive Director Scott Reager said that, in addition to the new vendors, some of the vendors from past years will have different locations.

Reager noted that several of the new vendors had made inquiries concerning the Expo, and after learning that space would be available, they agreed to be a part of the event, which is expected to attract about 3,500 people.

Some of the attractions will be: home improvement, industry, health care, lawn and garden, banking/finance, real estate/insurance, recreation, a craft show and more.

Special features will include Paw Patrol, Belle and the Washington, Pa., Wild Things Mascot.

Bob’s Lunch will have food items for sale.

There will be drawings for a television and a BBQ grill, with those eligible being people who sign up at the chamber booth.

Sponsors will be Williams Energy, WesBanco, Marshall County Commission, Altmeyer Funeral Homes, The Green Tab, Moundsville Economic Development Council and WTRF-TV.

Entrance to the Training Center will be through the North Wagon Gate on Eighth Street between Jefferson and Baker Avenues.

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It was on Feb. 24, 1979 that John Marshall High School’s wrestling team won the state title at what they was called the Wheeling Civic Center.

I have not only a clipping from Feb. 25, 1979, but also the tournament program from that event.

The story in the Sunday News-Register starts out: “The Monarchs of John Marshall High led virtually wire-to-wire in the three-day West Virginia Class AAA state wrestling tournament, but it remained for Rick Schoene, a legitimate 185-pounder competing in the heavyweight division, to provide a storybook climax.”

Schoene had the crowd of over 2,500 fans in a delirium as he scored the biggest upset of the tournament — an 11-9 decision over Parkersburg High’s previously unbeaten Charlie Craven, who had won 20 straight matches. Schoene, who finished 21-5-1 on the season, didn’t figure to last a period against Craven, who had won all but one of his matches by pins and 17 of them in the first two minutes. But the gutty John Marshall senior defied the odds.

Schoene somehow managed to stay alive in the first period, though he fell behind, 5-1, but he came back to go ahead in the third period and built an 11-5 lead as his agility, speed and conditioning paid off against his heavier foe. Craven closed to within two points at 11-9, with 23 seconds left, but Schoene would not be denied.

Schoene was John Marshall’s second champion of the tournament, as earlier, Gregg Morris had won the 167-pound title for the second time in three years.

Coach Bill Hinegardner, who has now directed JMHS to four state titles, the others being 1972, 1973 and 1974, also had two individual runner-ups in Donnie Simmons, and Greg Lehasky who suffered his first loss of the year. Valuable points were picked up by fourth-place finishers Brian Duymich at 119, Brian Ullom at 132 and Ron Lightner at 138, and fifth-place Rusty Conners at 145.

Hinegardner was named as “coach of the year.”

By the way, JMHS’s final score was 147 1/2 while Parkersburg High had 131 1/2.

It was noted in the welcome section of the program that 1979 was the first year that the state wrestling tournament had been this far north, this being the 33rd year of the event.

The welcome reads as follows: “Welcome to the friendly City of Wheeling, the amateur wrestling Capitol of the USA. Wheeling is tremendously proud at being the host. Also, the fans should be impressed with the new clocks that we will be using for the tournament — they sure add class to this prestigious event! We are sure that you will feel our ‘northern hospitality’ in your stay at Wheeling and leave with a warm feeling in your heart for our friendly city.

“We hope that you will want to visit us again.”

By the way, this year is the 50th year for wrestling at John Marshall. The first year (1968-69), the wrestling program had two state champions, 95- pounder Albie Kazemka and 120-pounder Dwight Wolfe. The head coach that year was Bill Hinegardner

A retirement party was held this past Tuesday at the Marshall County Public Safety Building in Moundsville, honoring County 911 Director Larry Newell.

Family members, friends, retired and current 911 employees along with former deputy sheriff’s were in attendance at the event.

Tom Westfall, Tom Grimm and Dan Livingston participated in a “roast” of Newell. The quartet had worked together as deputy sheriffs during the 1970s. the 1980s and the early 1990s. It was noted that the four had worked the midnight shift together.

Westfall stated that in addition to being on the road, they also worked the jail side and other assigned out duties which were the responsibility of the sheriff at that time.

They pointed out that Newell was very smart in the area of dispatching and other matters which would be the responsibility of the 911 system once it would be up and running in Marshall County, and that Westfall, Grimm and Livingston encouraged Newell to apply for the 911 directorship, a position he was named to in October 1993, and has held since.

The four friends have all been involved in some phase of law enforcement since they first started out together.

Speaking of retirement, there will be another this coming Friday, at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

The honoree for this event will be Vicki Howsare, who has worked there for 29 years.

She has been the children’s librarian during that entire period and that is where the retirement get together will take place. The Children’s Library is on the lower floor.

Anyone wishing to attend the retirement event is invited to come to the library from 2-6 p.m on Friday.

Special events to take place at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville during March are:

“Moundsville’s Got Talent!” will take place on March 16. It will be an exciting evening of some of he Ohio Valley’s best talent, in the style of the “America’s Got Talent “ television show. Those attending will be asked to support their favorite local performers by voting for People’s Choice. The top three contestants will receive monetary prizes of $300, $200 and $100. Tickets for the event will be $10.

The show will begin at 7 p.m.

On March 23 there will be a “Children’s Action Showcase” performance. It will be the culmination of an eight-week acting class. The talented youngsters will be presenting their version of “Alice in Wonderland.” The show will begin at 1 p.m.

The fourth annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation,” which is a community wide food drive, will take place on June 11-12.

Teams who have collected prior to June 11 will bring the items on that day to the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Then, on the following day, food pantries of Marshall County will pick up their food from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

The House of the Carpenter II in Moundsville will have a new name as of Friday. The new name will be “The Shepherd’s Pantry in Marshall County.” The change will become official on Friday.

The current service will remain the same, that being distribution of food and clothing for the needy on Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m.

Clients are assigned one Wednesday each month. People wishing to donate clothing can do so from 7-11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday. “Shepherd’s Pantry” is located at 601 Jefferson Avenue.

The House of the Carpenter II was started by Simpson United Methodist Church 46 years ago. During the first two years it was located on the third floor of Simpson Church, and since that time it has been located in its current location.

Patty Holden is the director of the facility.

St. Jude Church, Glen Dale, will be holding seven fish fries, starting this Friday and concluding on April 6. The events will be taking place on Ash Wednesday (March 6), and each Friday through Lent (April 12).

Don’t forget the annual Marshall County Strings Program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at John Marshall High School Center for Performing Arts.

The concert’s presentation will be titled, “Light the Night.”

The concert will feature a collection of music including original concert string works performed by the electric orchestra, chamber orchestra and string orchestra.

Donations will be accepted at the door and will benefit the Moundsville Lions Club and the scholarship fund of the Marshall County Strings Program.

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