Commission Trying to Get State Attention on Roads

The “big” news in Marshall County this past week was the Marshall County commission members declaring the county to be in a state of emergency due to the continuation of significant deterioration of the roads in many of the rural areas.

The ultimate goal of the SOE is to alert officials in Charleston of the situation.

It was something that has been forthcoming since last November, when the commissioners sent letters to the West Virginia District 6 office, the governor’s office and others in Charleston.

There was a meeting the day prior to the most recent effort, which involved the commissioners, the Marshall County Board of Education, the county Office of Emergency Management, and at least one state legislator, and at that meeting it was agreed that the commission would sign a state of emergency proclamation.

Along with the proclamation, a letter was sent with comments from Commission President Scott Varner and EMS director Tom Hart.

Varner stated, “In November 2018 the commissioners sent letters outlining the severity of the road conditions and listing the roads which we believed were close to being impassable by emergency services or a school bus. Many of the roads listed in that letter have continued to deteriorate and are now a hazard to the traveling public as well.” He added, “This declaration is not a reflection of the local DOH crews. The County Commission believes it stems from years of preventive maintenance funds being redirected to other areas, lack of manpower, weather, over weight traffic loads, etc. The County is trying to draw more attention to this issue because many roads are very close to not being passable by law enforcement, fire, EMS and school buses.”

Hart states in the the most recent letter, “Our office has attended many meetings in the past month in which the topic of conversation has been the condition of the roads. The last thing anyone in the county wants to see is a public safety entity be delayed getting to an emergency because they had to be rerouted, or a school bus not be able to pick up kids for school because of poor road conditions.”

The letter concludes, “By authorizing this State of Emergency, the Commission is asking the State to acknowledge the severity of the road conditions in Marshall County and take immediate action to begin the repairs.”

Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel, said, “We want people in Charleston to understand the severity of our issue. We’re talking about the safety of our traveling public. We’re talking about being able to get public safety — fire, EMS and law enforcement — to certain areas of the county and now we’re talking about school bus safety and kid safety.”

As of Thursday, Frohnapfel said that at least two oil and gas industries with facilities in the county have contacted her asking what they might do to help.


The second annual “Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series” hosted by the Marshall County Historical Society at the Cockayne Farmstead will consist of seven presentations, beginning May 30.

The speakers will begin at noon and a luncheon will be provided during each one-hour event.

Attendance will be free and open to the public.

Although some seating will be provided, attendees are requested to bring a lawn chair if they choose to have extra comfort.

If possible, those planning to attend a particular presentation are asked to contact the Cockayne Farmstead by phone at 304-845-1411 or via email at

The presentations are:

“Fashion at the Turn of the 20th Century” on May 30 — Cockayne AmeriCorps member Kara Gordon and volunteer Debbie Barto will speak about the clothing in the Cockayne collection worn by the five fashionable Cockayne sisters. Those attending will be able to explore their wardrobe and will learn about how a Marshall County woman dressed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“Beekeeping Yesterday and Today” on June 6 –Steve Roth of the Ohio Valley Beekeepers will discuss Sam Cockayne’s beekeeping and modern sustainable honey collection.

“Fostoria Glass” on June 20 — Cassie Clark, the co-curator of glass at the Fostoria Museum, will make a presentation on the history of Fostoria and its many patterns, as well as events at the museum.

“Having Fun With Archaeology” on July 11 — Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator for the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, will share amusing but true stories from years of experience in archaeology, starting with her first excavation while in high school.

“West Virginia Interesting Inmates” on July 25 — C.J. Plogger, author of, “Pronounced Dead: The Executions at the former West Virginia Penitentiary” and “Life at the West Virginia Penitentiary: The Story of Mattie Gray,” will present highlights and events of inmates who impacted West Virginia history.

“Marx Toys” on Aug. 8 — Francis Turner, owner of the Marx Toy Museum, will present the history of the Marx Toy Factory. Part of his talk will include demonstrations with antique toys and a discussion of his appearance on “American Pickers.”

“Famous Burials of Mount Rose Cemetery” on Aug. 22 — Jim Stultz will provide a walking tour of Mount Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, and locate the famous and infamous people who are interred in this historic location.


The West Virginia University/Marshall County Extension Service will partner with Moundsville Pharmacy offering a Dining with Diabetes class, begining from 4-6 p.m. on April 16 at the Moundsville Pharmacy, 118 North Lafayette Ave.

Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class that will run for four weeks (April 16, 23, 30 and May 7), with a three-month follow-up class on July 9. Each class will be approximately two hours in length.

The class is open to those with diabetes, pre-diabetes and their family members. The classes will be free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants are asked to attend all class sessions.

Those attending will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and tasty. Recipes will be demonstrated, and participants will have the opportunity to taste each one. In addition, they will learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise, and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. Recipes and handouts will be distributed every week.

There will be an A1C testing on April 16 for participants in the program.

Diabetes is described as a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Registration for the program can be made by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at 304-843-1170 by April 8.


The Strand Theatre will be holding a yard sale and more from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 27. The event will not include clothing.

Donations can be dropped off at the Strand from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., on April 13, and from 5-6 p.m. on April 17.


The Marshall County libraries are holding there annual fine-free weeks tomorrow through April 22.

During this period any items belonging to any of the libraries can be dropped off and the person who had them will not be assessed any back fees.

Although National Library Week is one week, April 8-13, the libraries in Marshall County will be observing NLW for two weeks.


Retired local Marshall County educator Larry Freeland will be presenting a program titled, “Great Saints of Ireland” at 6 p.m. Monday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

Freeland will share tales of some of Ireland’s holiest and wholly captivating characters, St. Patrick and then some.

Refreshments will be provided.

Support for this program will be provided by the Robert Baker Family.


A number of clinics and programs will be offered at the Marshall County Health Department. They include:

Food Handlers Training at 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. on April 30. The class is for those working with foods. For more information, call the health department at 304-845-7840.

Immunization clinics from 9-11 a.m., and 1-4 p.m., on April 8, 15, 22, and 29.

PPD (TB) Skin Clinics from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. on April 8, 15, 22 and 29.

STD and HIV Testing Clinic with free and confidential testing is available on a regular basis. Call for an appointment and ask for a nurse.

Online food handler’s classes are now available at website:


The city of Moundsville Water Board will be meeting at 4 p.m., Monday instead of the usual 5 p.m.

The meeting has been advanced one hour earlier than normal to facilitate the city of Moundsville’s seminar on Robert’s Rules of Order. scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Water Board meeting will be in the city council chambers, 800 Sixth St. The public is invited to attend.


The Family Resource Network Community Wide Food Drive Donor Teams will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sleep Inn and Suites at 8 Walnut Drive in Moundsville.


The general membership meeting of the Marshall County FRN will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sleep Inn and Suites, 8 Walnut Drive.

The meeting is an opportunity to share information and to learn about activities and programs going on in the community with each person in attendance being able to briefly discuss their organization.

Those in attendance are to bring business cards and any materials they would like to distribute to the group.


The annual Hazardous Waste Clean-Up for Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Belmont and Monroe counties will take place from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Covestro (the former Bayer Company) on W.Va. 2 in Marshall County.

Items accepted will be used oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosols, latex paint, oil-based paint, household chemicals and pesticides In addition to Covestro, other sponsors re Westlake Industries and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.


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