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Cameron Dragons Ready to Play First Home Game of Year

Cameron High School’s football team is looking forward to this coming Friday.

The Dragons are hoping they can play their first home game of the season, an event which will include Homecoming.

The opponent on Friday will be Bridgeport, Ohio.

CHS, like others in the Ohio Valley, has had to switch teams and games for different reasons which had resulted in the Dragons being on the road for the first seven games.

At least two of the away games were held on a turf field, at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

By the way, Cameron has a turf field for the first time in its history.

Speaking of football history, Cameron High School played its first football game in 1907.

Before I go any further, the Dragons this year are 4-3.

They opened the season with a win at Hundred, while picking up a victory against Valley at Moundsville. That was followed by a loss at Frontier, at East Fairmont, and against Pendleton County at Moundsville. The Dragons have won their last games at Tyler County and Clay Battelle.

East Fairmont and Pendleton County were not on the original schedule.

Three teams that were originally scheduled and not played were Trinity, Paden City and Beallsville. The Dragons will close out their regular season on Nov. 6 at home against Weirton Madonna.

In addition to the new turf field at Dragon Field, another improvement going into this year is the enlargement of what is now called The Fieldhouse. It has been converted into a two-story facility.

The building is now larger on the first floor as the result of digging into the hillside, which has enlarged the concession area, along with the home and visitors’ areas and the coaches’ room. Game officials will be glad to learn that the size of their facility is some three times larger than previously.

As to the top floor, when it is completed, will be utilized for such sports as archery and wrestling and for other events involving seventh and eighth grades.

Getting back to game itself, because of COVID-19 the number of persons to be in the stands will be limited to parents of players, cheerleaders, the band and members of the Cameron American Legion Post No. 18’s Honor Guard.

Of course like fans of other high schools in the Ohio Valley, the Cameron faithful will find locations outside the gates where they can get a good view of the field.

By the way, if you might have forgotten the name of the area where the high school and football field are located, and where across Dragon Highway is the city of Cameron’s recreation facility, it used to be known as Clouston.

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Getting back to the American Legion’s Honor Guard, one of its five members will be observing his birthday next Friday.

That individual happens to be Bill Harris, who will be 96 years old.

He has been bringing the colors up Dragon Field for the past 51 years.

This U.S. Navy veteran is the commander of Post No. 18, a position he has held for past 20 years.

Harris also had the distinction of having served as commander when the American Legion observed its 50th and 100th years of existence.

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Most individuals in Marshall County know the names of national, state and county candidates who appear on the Nov. 3 ballot, but I wonder how many Moundsville voters are aware of those seeking council seats.

The city of Moundsville has seven council members, with four of those seats up for election this November.

These include the First Ward, Third Ward and two Council-at-Large Seats.

The candidates are:

First Ward — Carole Blake Wood and incumbent Judy Hunt.

Third Ward — Eugene L. Saunders Sr.

Council-at-Large — Brianna Hickman, who is serving an expired term; Denny Wallace; incumbent Philip Kevin Remke; Randy Chamberlain; and David Seum. (Vote for two).

The winners will assume their duties on July 1, 2021.

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Marshall County voters residing in Benwood and McMechen will have the opportunity to cast a ballot pertaining to the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority.

The councils from both cities passed ordinances relating to this levy, an extension of a current levy.

The extension of the levy, if passed, would be in effect from July 1, 2021 through July 1, 2023.

Speaking of voting, I’ve been told that three individuals were at the front door of the Marshall County Courthouse at 7:30 a.m. on this past Wednesday, the first day to cast ballots in the early voting process.

Of course, the courthouse doesn’t open until 8:30 a.m., and by that time the trio of voters-in-waiting had been joined by several others.

For the early voters, they must enter the front door of the courthouse and once they are given the go ahead by the security guards, they will go ahead will make their way to the lower floor where the polling place is located.

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Although there has been a Methodist church in the area of Washington Lands for more than 100 years, the congregation of the Washington Lands United Methodist Church recently held a 50th anniversary event for their “new church” of 1970.

The congregation also welcomed their new pastor, Mark Harris.

Among those in attendance were church historian Beth Daugherty and lay leader Norman Rhodes. The original celebration took place on a Sunday afternoon with members of the various groups within the church each turning a shovel full of dirt “grateful for their heritage, aware of the sacrifices of their fathers in faith — dedicating themselves anew to the worship and service of Almighty God.”

As part of the anniversary celebration, the congregation took part of the litany that had been shared 50 years earlier and promised to rededicate themselves for service to God and each other.

The original groundbreaking was led by then-District Superintendent of the Wheeling District, Rev. Wendall Eskew and Rev Arnold Huck. The Koon Construction Co., of Wheeling was the general contractor.

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Plans are under way for the 2020-2021 Marshall County 4-H year.

While at this time, it will not be the traditional community club meetings, 4-H leaders are very excited to offer a new virtual challenge platform to kickstart the year, and to provide positive youth development.

The first step is to welcome members ages 5-21 to join the clubs.

This year, all enrollments will be done online, using a new enrollment and member management program called 2 Suite. The program can be found at https://4-h.2suite.org.

To register, a person must first create a household in the system and then add each child’s enrollment. This will involve three sections: personal information, waivers (drop down each one and complete), and club section (where the person adds projects as well).

If the person filling out the register has questions, contact the Marshall County Extension Office at 304-843-1170.

Once the enrollment has been completed, those involved will receive a special lanyard to commemorate the upcoming year.

The NoPan 4-H Challenge will use Padlet to announce a variety of family friendly challenges each month. 4-H members who complete at least two activities each month will receive a specially designed button. There are 12 buttons in all, one for each month of the 4-H year, which started this month and continues through September 2021.

The website for the challenge on Padlet will be emailed to the household email account used in 2Suite.

4-H members are encouraged to watch the WVU Marshall County Extension Facebook Page for regional and county Zoom sessions, as well as state offerings of project workshops and specialty club topics throughout the upcoming year.

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The John Marshall High School Wall of Fame committee passed along an email regarding this year’s effort which, like many other committees, was affected by COVID-19.

The committee is looking forward to when safe health conditions exist in the community and activities can resume.

These activities include the selection of new Wall of Fame recipients and the presentation of the committee’s scholarships. All current active nominations and applications will be maintained by the committee. Anyone with questions can phone 304-845-3403.

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Twenty-three scarecrows are spending time outside of the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

The scarecrows are the work of local business people, organizations and individuals from the area.

They can be viewed next Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with evening hours, (from 5-8 p.m.) next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will also be viewings today (Saturday) from noon until 4 p.m.

In addition, next Saturday children are invited to stop by the Farmstead during their Trick or Treat for a special treat.

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Today (Saturday) is the final day for the annual Marshall County Fall Dumpster program. Dumpsters will be at Sherrard Hilltop Elementary School and the Limestone VFD Headquarters from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There are some restrictions on what items which will not be accepted. They include tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemical/materials or household trash.

The dumpster program again this year was sponsored by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

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It was announced at this past Tuesday’s Moundsville Lions Club meeting that the “Wreaths Across America” program to place wreaths on veterans’ graves, has reached its goal, and that any leftover monies will be utilized for wreaths to assist the same program at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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Letters from the Salvation Army were received this past week from Capt. Mark VanMeter, the Wheeling Corps Officer, who oversees the Moundsville Headquarters, asking for a monetary donation to assist the SA at Thanksgiving.

The letter in part states, “By making a gift today, you will allow us to supply food, shelter, clothing, utilities, comfort, spiritual guidance and more to our neighbors in crisis, here in Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. And this year, because of the pandemic, more people are turning to us than ever before.”

He continues, “This year, we’ll provide 185 Thanksgiving food boxes to people in need.”

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