Norman R. Stenger will be retiring on June 30 after 42 1/2 years in law enforcement, 29 of which have been as Glen Dale police chief.
Stenger started his police career on Jan. 1, 1972 with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, holding the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and chief deputy with the department. He left the sheriff's department in May 1985 to accept the chief's position in his hometown.
Prior to becoming a police officer, Stenger served with the U.S. Army from May 1968 until May 1971, spending one of those years in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
A 1966 graduate of Bishop Donahue, Stenger grew up in South Benwood. However, when the current W.Va. 2 roadway was built through that community, it took the Stenger family home and he moved with his parents to Glen Dale where he has lived ever since.
Stenger is a member of St. Jude Church, Knights of Columbus Council, the Bishop Donahue Athletic Board and the Bishop Donahue School Board. He has been a longtime member of the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department, having been the department's secretary and assistant chief.
He has served as chairman of the city of Glen Dale Traffic Committee, and is a former council member.
Stenger was a charter member of the Marshall County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 12, a charter member of the Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Association, and a member of Mound Post No. 437, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He had the distinction of being the first deputy sheriff from Marshall County to attend the West Virginia State Police Academy, that being in January 1972. He was the class speaker at the academy's eighth graduation.
During the 1970s he attended numerous police and fire seminars, and workshops, and has continued to attend refresher courses locally and at the state level.
Stenger is proud of the accomplishments of the Glen Dale Police Department, including the training sessions that members of the six-member force have attended. He noted that members of the department still conduct the DARE program at Glen Dale Elementary, and the department is involved with the Reynolds Memorial Hospital Safety Town program.
As to his retirement announcement, it came about during a recent council meeting with all full-time police officers and the five dispatchers in attendance. Stenger made recommendations for the promotion of Mark Martin to sergeant, and Valerie Rice as assistant dispatch supervisor. He also said that he when he retired he would hope city council would consider Lt. Ed Vogler for the position. However, it was later in the meeting that he officially announced his retirement.
In addition to his duties as police chief, Stenger has been involved in numerous other city endeavors including economic development.
Stenger is proud to have served as liaison between Warren Distribution, City Council and Dick Maidens, who owned the former Marx Toy building at the time.
Warren Distribution, which located to the city some 11 years ago, now employs some 150 people. The employment has grown from 50, and the firm has also grown in size, now occupying the entire old Marx facility, along with the former Glen-X building.
Stenger notes that in the late 1980s, the city lost two of its major employers, Marx Toy and Triangle Conduit and Cable Co., and for several years the city went through some hard times financially, but the city is now doing quite well financially.
Stenger said the city has been successful in acquiring grant monies in the past few years through the efforts of local legislators, the Marshall County Commission, the state Economic Development Office and the Governor's Office.
Longtime Cameron High School football coach Jim Rogers will be honored at the seventh annual "Friends of Cameron Football" Steak Fry Saturday at the Marshall County Fairgrounds. Also, any former Cameron athlete who served his or her country in the armed forces will be honored.
The event will also benefit the Mike Faulkiner Scholarship fund, which provide scholarships to a male and a female scholar-athlete each years. Also, proceeds will go toward the CHS football program.
The band "Outlet" will provide music during the evening.
In addition to money from tickets, other funds will be generated through Texas Poker, a bean bag tournament, tip boards and other activities.
This year's event is being spearheaded by new football coach, Scott Holt, and the Cameron Football Club, which was organized three years ago.
The "Friends of Cameron Football" event was started by Rogers and former athletics director Bob Koch.
Advance tickets are available at the high school, and tickets will be available at the door.
The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the program to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Moundsville Baptist Church has a new pastor, as members of the congregation voted this past Wednesday on Rev. Ralph Green.
The voting process had those planning to vote to sign in and then use a "green" ballot on which to cast their vote.
Rev. Green will be assuming the pastorate, which for nearly 48 years was held by Rev. J. Thomas Steele.
Rev. Green is coming to Moundsville from Bel-Air, Md., north of Baltimore, where he was pastor of Cavary Baptist Church.
Moundsville resident Brian Yoho is arranging a golf scramble for June 7 at the Bec-Wood course in Yorkville, from which proceeds will go to a scholarship which has been established by the family of Kristopher Noble, who grew up in Moundsville, and graduated from John Marshall High School in 2001.
Noble, the son of David and Susie Noble, died in January.
Noble and Yoho were close friends, having been members of the JMHS Marching Band.
Yoho is hoping for 36 four-person teams and currently has half that number.
In addition to golf, there will be a ribeye steak dinner.
Anyone wishing to sign up or who desires additional information can contact Yoho at 30-4312-2049.
The annual Opus Music Club Concert will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church in Moundsville. The theme will be "Opus On Broadway."
The event will feature numerous songs of the past.
There will no admission charge, however, donations will be accepted for the club's scholarship fund. OMC awards annual scholarships to deserving Marshall County students who are furthering their educations in music.
The Moundsville Lions Club will sponsor a steak fry on May 17 at the Barn at the Marshall County Extension Service Complex on Middle Grave Creek Road, Moundsville.
Tickets can be obtained by contacting any club member.
While on the subject of the Lions Club, congratulations to Gene Saunders for having been elected district governor, (District 29-L). John Wensyel, a member of the Wheeling Club, was elected first district governor and Linda Leasure, a member of the Sistersville Club, was elected as second vice district governor. All will assume their new duties on July 1.