County 911 Director, City Recreation Head Leaving

While the Marshall County Board of Education last week filled the position of superintendent of schools on an interim basis, two others, the Marshall County Commission and the city of Moundsville, will each have a vacancy this month.

The County Commission will need to replace 911 director Larry Newell, who submitted his retirement papers at this past Tuesday’s commission meeting, while the city of Moundsville has accepted the resignation of Parks and Recreation director Rico Colville.

Newell’s last day on the job will be Feb. 28, while Colville’s last day will be this Thursday.

Newell has been a county employee for 44 years, first as a deputy sheriff for 19 years and for the past 25 years as the 911 director. His police employment was actually 21 years, as his first job was that of a police dispatcher for the city of Glen Dale for one year, and he went from that job to dispatcher at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Moundsville, also for a year.

As to Colville, he has been with the city of Moundsville for 13 months during which the Four Seasons Pool was placed back on it’s feet thanks to improvements to the facility.

Colville will be going “home” to Uniontown, Pa., having left there 28 years ago to accept a position at Oglebay Park, where he worked until his employment in December 2018 with the city of Moundsville.

Colville has accepted a golf position in Uniontown.

The city of Moundsville has advertised for a new recreation director. The deadline for accepting applications is Feb. 28.

Stewart took place this past Tuesday, with his start date being the next day.

Twenty-five individuals were present at the swearing-in, mainly current principals and staff members at the county office, and although Stewart has not been employed by the Marshall County Schools since 1992, it seemed that everyone in attendance knew him, as he has been involved in numerous community activities.

Stewart assumed the duties of vice president of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as president and is the chairman of the Chambers’ Business Expo on March 1-2, he is a past president of the Marshall County Historical Society, a member of the Grand Vue Park board, the current president of the Grand Vue Park Foundation, a past president of the Moundsville Lions Club, and chairman of the Washington Lands United Methodist Church. Over the years has been involved in the Professional Education Association, including being a past state officer.

His objective is to improve pathways for the growth of Marshall County.

His personal priorities include:

– Focus on making public service a priority.

– Focus on working with programs which connect schools, businesses, industries and communities.

– Focus on improving communications.

– Become involved in the communities as an active leader.

– Initiate program development, improvement and delivery.

– Support partnership development.

Stewart is a native of Mannington, and was recruited to come Marshall County in 1966, when then Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Sherrill Wilson informed him that John Marshall High School would be opening in two years and that it would contain a state-of-the-art industrial arts department. Stewart, who had just graduated from Fairmont State College, accepted the offer.

Stewart’s first two years were at Union High School, where he was an industrial arts/technology teacher.Two years later with the opening of John Marshall, he transferred there in the same category; two years later he became a counselor at Moundsville Junior High.

During the 1972-73 school year, Stewart was named principal at Cameron High, where he served for five years, with his next assignment being as director of vocational and technical education for Marshall County Schools for 11 years.

His next position was that of assistant superintendent for Marshall County Schools for four years.

He then spent nine years as executive director of the Regional Education Service Agency VI (RESA-6), before being employed for three years as superintendent for Bellaire Local Schools.

Stewart became a realtor for Kennen & Kennen Realtors, serving in that capacity for eight years; he would then fill an unexpired term on the Marshall County Commission.

Nine John Marshall High School senior girls will compete in the school’s Queen of Queens Pageant to be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center.

The contestants are:

Kaylee Blake, Claudia Callahan, Madison Estep, Jewell Kesselring, Kailey Filben, Larissa Magers, Taylor Sessums, Mackenzie Whorton and Sara Wood.

The contestants will be scored in three categories: interview, talent and poise/presentation.

Tony Summers will be the master of ceremonies and the pageant coordinator will be Tracey Filben.

Tickets will be available at the door. The cost per ticket is $5. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Monday is the deadline to make reservations to the “Healthy Heart/Healthy Body” luncheon, to take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Moundsville First Christian Church on Third Street, sponsored by the Community Education Outreach Service and the Marshall County Extension Service.

Reservations are to be made by calling the Marshall County/WVU Extension Service at 304-843-1170. The cost for the luncheon is $5.

Cheryl Kaczon, WVU Extension’s Marshall County Extension Agent, states, “Come and have fun with friends while learning about heart disease prevention. Feel the power to hopefully live longer, and a stronger life. Remember to wear red!”

The program will be adapted from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institue’s campaign and is targeted to help West Virginians become educated and empowered to take charge of their own health.

“Nearly 75,000 women in our state suffer from heart disease,” Kaczor said. She added, “It’s our responsibility as family members, friends and neighbors to make sure that we look out for each other. One of the best ways to do this is to educate ourselves and others about heart disease symptoms and risks.”

To learn more and to become part of the “Love Your Heart Movement”, contact the Marshall County Extension Service at 304-843-1170, or visit the website–heart-movement.

The “Farm Hands,” an award-winning bluegrass gospel band, will be performing at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 3829 Fork Ridge Road.

The band is based in Nashville, Tenn., and consists of industry veterans Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley, Keith Tew and Don Hill. Among the four members are a Grammy Award winner, a member of the Preservation Hall of Grates, four Song-of-the-Year award winners and two long-time veterans of the Grand Opry stage. In addition, as a band they have been honored with awards for Gospel Band of the Year.

There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be accepted. CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase.

Marshall County Commissioners Scott Vedran, John Gruzinskas and Mike Ferro each received an American League 100th anniversary Medallion at this past Tuesday’s meeting, the presentation being made by Bill Harris, commander of American Legion Post No. 18 of Cameron. Harris informed the commissioners that he has had the honor of being Post No. 18’s commander for both its 50th and 100th year anniversary’s.

Harris expressed thanks to the commissioners for their support of the county American Legion Pot’s, while the commissioners thanked Harris for his work on behalf of the American Legion.

The County Commission will not be meeting for the next two weeks; the next meeting being Feb. 26.


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