It was 45 years ago that a ground-breaking ceremony took place for the Mitchell Power Plant in Marshall County. The exact day was May 16, 1967, and I have in my files the press releases from Donald C. Cook, president of Appalachian Power Company and American Electric Power Company and Consolidation Coal Company President John Corcoran.
Excerpts from these individuals include:
Cook said, "We are totally committed to the idea that abundant, dependable and economical electricity will help to realize the aspirations of millions of individuals, and make fuller and easier their lives."
He pointed to the many benefits the plant would bring to the area, including a construction payroll of $30 million, and "millions more spent in the purchase locally - as far as possible - of supplies and materials." He also said that when the plant was completed it would be staffed by a work force of between 100-125, and that Appalachian would become a large taxpayer in the area.
He noted that the plant's first 800,000 kilowatt unit would be completed in 1970 and the second in 1971, and that the Mitchell plant would be the largest on the seven-state AEP system, and would be the most modern coal-burning steam plant that could be designed and built at this time. The plant was to consume 4.4 million tons of coal a year, to be supplied by nearby mines of Consolidation Coal Co., with the initial coal coming from the Ireland Mine and later from a new mine to be opened to supply the plant.
"The new plant will be one of the largest single projects in the AEP's system continuing major expansion program that will witness the investment of some $1.37-billion during the five-year period, 1966-70," Cook stated.
Corcoran commented, "As a coal operator this plant is a particular pleasure because of what it means to the coal industry, for it marks another significant milestone in coal's recent emergence as a stable and significant source of energy for the rapidly growing utility industry."
He added, "The resurgence of coal in the past decade has indeed been a remarkable one. Since 1961 coal production has shown a growth rate of 5.6 percent per year compared with a 5.4 percent annual increase in growth in United States economy. As this group well knows, the most rapidly growing market for coal has been furnished by the utility industry. Coal's response to the growing fuel needs of the utilities has been most significant."
He pointed out that in 1966 the coal industry produced 532 million tons, and of this total 264 million tons were sold in the utility marking.
Corcoran said, "This contribution is but a part of what we at Consol are seeking to do as the coal industry continues to grow as a strong, vibrant and dependable industry - one that is willing to accept its obligations as a partner with the utility industry in producing reliable, low-cost energy for the nation. With this goal in mind, we in Consol join with our friends in American Electric Power in the development of these new generating facilities."
Vietnam War-era veterans will be honored prior to the Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28, at the All-Wars/Purple Heart Memorials on the lawn on the Marshall County Courthouse. The service will begin at 11 a.m.
All these veterans are given a special invitation to attend and recognized, with special seating available. Deceased Vietnam veterans and those unable to attend will also be recognized.
Those planning to attend are to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-281-7331 and provide the veteran's name, branch of service, telephone number if available, and if they will be attending.
Also, anyone desiring to honor a veteran can bring a flower to the service and lay it on the circle around the fountain in honor of, or in memory, of a loved one or veteran. These flowers will be taken after the service to the Veteran's section of Riverview Cemetery on Round Bottom Hill.
The new name of the local street food cart in Moundsville is, "Brad's Grateful Doggs," formerly known as "Dickie's Dogs."
Last summer Dick and Jean Maidens sold their food cart to Brad Burrough of Glen Dale Heights.
Burrough will begin operations this week, and is scheduled to be on Seventh Street in the vicinity of the Marshall County Courthouse on Monday and Thursday. Burrough, who on May 31 will be retiring from Bayer after 25 years, said since he likes to cook, he decided to purchase the food cart, and start a business of his own.
The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday will have a movie awards theme, thus tying into the "Fool's Parade" showings to take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Strand Theater.
The Moundsville Economic Development Council and Bayer Federal Heritage Credit Union will be the BAH sponsors. The hours for the business after hours event are 5-7 p.m.
The Uptown Moundsville Farmers' Market on Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets will open this week. It will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer.