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County Fair, Back-to-School Event Scheduled This Week

Two annual Marshall County events — the Marshall County Fair and the Back to School Fun Fair — will be taking place this week.

The MCF will be a week-long attraction at the fairgrounds off 12th Street in Moundsville. The Back to School Fun Fair will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. (Entrance through the Eighth Street Wagon gate).

As to the MCF, it will formally kick off at 6 p.m. Monday with a ribbon cutting at the Festival Stage.

While the MCF attractions will be pretty much the same as in previous years, something that will be noteworthy will be the main roadway which was resurfaced in May, providing for a safer walkway.

Also new will be a display of old military vehicles which will share space with old tractors in the Farmer’s Market building.

Getting back to the attractions, there will be pageants on Monday. Judging of animals entered by 4-H and FFA members will take place throughout the week and there will daily attractions including the All-Star Barnyard Review & Pig Races, the Wild World of Animals and Moogoan.

The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Halley Hubbs Arena.

The grandstand will feature a wide range of tractor events throughout the week, including the Rafter Z Roadeo at 8 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday, truck pulls at 7 p.m. on Friday, and truck and tractor pulls at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The fair will wrap up with a live performance by country music performer Phil Vassar. His appearance will be sponsored by Bordas and Bordas.

Of course, a fair couldn’t be held without a carnival. Deshler’s Amusementswill be at the fair from Tuesday through Friday.

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As to the 19th annual Back-to-School Fair, everything is free.

School supplies and hygiene products will be distributed along with other giveaways from some 50 organizations/businesses, and there will be health/dental checks, hair cuts, face paintings, etc. There will also be prizes such as tickets to Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, tickets to a Wild Things game, a movie basket and a bicycle.

Kathy Snyder and Valerie Kleinedler, employees of the Marshall County Communication’s 911 office, with 20 and 15 years’ service, respectively, received promotions this past week.

911 Director Carol Robinson submitted their names for promotions and the county commissioners gave their approval.

Snyder, who has been working as the day shift supervisor since April 2017, has been promoted to assistant director, a position formerly held by Robinson. In her new position she will be responsible for daily operations and to ensure all requirements of the shift are completed. She is also the TAC for the 911 teletype system, which requires her to make sure all staff members are current on certifications and all officers are up to date on security awareness.

Kleinedler replaces Snyder as day shift supervisor. She has been working a rotating schedule, being one of the senior staff members. She has also been working with Snyder to learn all the duties of the day turn supervisor and has been to the academy and has completed the TAC class

The Ladies League of Marshall County received two donations, one for $6,000 and the other for $3,000, from the Marshall County Commission this past week.

The $6,000 donation will go toward the 3rd annual Cinderella Project. The Ladies League works in conjunction with John Marshall High School’s Paws for a Cause and other local community support, with the Cinderella project one of their initiatives.

The Cinderella project provides prom dresses and accessories to junior and senior girls from Marshall County who will be attending proms at any school, regardless of their financial situation.

The first year of the Cinderella project, the Ladies League provided dresses for 40 girls from John Marshall and Cameron High Schools, as well as several girls from the Proctor area who attend Magnolia High School. Last year the number doubled as invitations were also sent to Marshall County girls attending Wheeling Central and Linsly Schools.

The $3,000 will be used for the Woman’s Health Fair sponsored by the Ladies League in conjunction with WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 9 at John Marshall High School.

The purpose the WHF is to give the women of Marshall County the opportunity to hear about a variety of health-related issues including physical health, mental health and preventive health, and to promote the services offered by WVU Medicine/RMH.

Some 23 representatives will be on hand to offer screenings, testing and informational materials.

This year the Ladies League will be working with Moundsville Pharmacy to offer immunizations for the flu and for shingles for those in attendance.

The Marshall County commissioners this past week sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice pertaining to recent flooding in the city of McMechen. The letter, signed by commission President Scott Varner, John Gruzinskas and Mike Ferro, reminded the governor that within the past 30 days, areas in the city of McMechen had been flooded three times, June 19, June 29 and July 11, and that on June 19 the mayor of McMechen, David Goddard, had declared a state of emergency because of storm damage from significant flooding.

In the commissioners’ letter to Gov. Justice, a request was made that the governor authorize the immediate completion of three flood-related projects which affect McMechen.

Locations of the projects are Jim’s Run, Marshall Street and Riley Hill Road.

It was noted that FEMA had authorized $142.223.29 for the Jim’s Run project, and that the original deadline date was Feb. 18, 2019, with the work now listed as 50 percent complete; and that the Marshall Street project had been earmarked with federal highway funds; and that FEMA had authorized $37,170.61 for the Riley Hill Road project.

In a related issues at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, Assessor Terry McDiffitt announced that home owners who have had real property loses as a result of flooding may want to contact his office about a possible reduction of their tax bill.

There will be a Kathy’s House Foundation 5K Run/Walk at 7 p.m on Aug. 16 at St. Jude Park, Glen Dale, sponsored by WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

To register online, the address is http://runsignup.com/Race/WV/GlenDale/KathyHouseFoundation5k.

Also entry forms may be sent to Kathy’s House Foundation, PO. Box 163, Glen Dale, WV 26038.

A plan to reduce the number of Marshall County polling places from 44 to 37 was presented to the Marshall County Commission this past week.

County Clerk Jan Pest informed the commissioners that during a legislative session there were recent state law changes pertaining to the minimum and maximum number of allowed voters per precinct. They require not fewer than 300 or more than 1,500 voters per precinct. She said, “This change, combined with the decrease of eligible voters in some precincts has brought to my attention the need to combine several precincts…”

The merging precincts are:

Precinct No. 44 with Precinct 1 to be known as Precinct 1, with the polling place at Central Elementary School in Moundsville.

Precinct No. 6 with Precinct 7 to be known as Precinct 7, with the polling place at Cavalry United Methodist Church.

Precinct 13 with Precinct 14 to be known as Precinct 14, with the polling place at Glen Dale Elementary School.

Precincts 20, 23 and 25 to be known as Precinct 25, with the polling place at the Kubeck Housing Authority building in Benwood.

Precincts 26,28 and 30 to be known as Precinct 30, the polling place to be at the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department.

Maps have been provided to Jim Ruckman of Cerrone Associates for legal descriptions/boundaries of the merged precincts and once this has been completed, a 30-day published notice will solicit public comment. After this time frame, notices and new wallet cards will be mailed to affected voters.

The Marshall County EMS will sponsor a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Thursday at the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1228 First St.

To make an appointment, visit vitalant.org, click on the donate button and search with group code C5990041; or download the Vitalant-Pittsburgh Mobile App for your smart phone; or call 877-258-4823 or call Rachel at 412-736-5506.

Mound Post No. 437, Ladies Auxiliary, Moundsville is accepting donations of school supplies for children of veterans in National West Virginia home for veterans families. Items can be dropped off at the VFW Home on Grant Avenue, Moundsville. They are asked to be marked as school supplies. Checks for postage may be made out to School Supplies, 318 Olive Ave., Moundsville. This effort is being spearheaded by Della Deskins.

C. J. Ploggger, author of three books relating to the former West Virginia Penitentiary, will be the speaker for the “Hungry for History Summer Series” at noon Thursday at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. His topic will be, “West Virginia Interesting Inmates.”

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Lunch will be provided following the presentation.

If possible, those planning to attend are asked to call 304-845-1411 in advance. This series is hosted by the Marshall County Historical Society.

The John Marshall Class of 1970 will hold an organization meeting at 7 p.m. on July 29 at Alexander’s on 7th (508 Seventh St.) Moundsville.

The main topic of discussion will be the 50th year reunion, will all class members welcome.

For additional information call Ginny (Foster) Glendenning at 304-845-0254 or 304-559-2068.

The Moundsville High School Class of 1959 will be holding a 60th year very casual dress reunion luncheon on Aug. 1 at the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department on First Street in Moundsville.

Starting at 2 p.m., a buffet lunch will be provided, catered by Bob’s Lunch. There will be charge for the lunch. Anyone having questions can call either Gary Carmichael at 304-845-6932, Ruth Ann Howard Crow at 304-845-1653 or Donna Wayt Crawford at 304-845-0696.

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