Cook Named Marshall County Health Department Administrator

Glen Dale native Thomas Cook is the new administrator at the Marshall County Health Department.

Cook has been in the medical field at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and since 1989, the first three years as staff respiratory therapist/acting manager, and as clinical service manager for the past 27 years.

He has three degrees and one certification, all from West Virginia Northern Community College. They include an associates degree in accounting in May 1983; associate degree in respiratory therapy technology in May 1987; a certificate in paramedic technology and an associates degree in nursing, both in May 1991.

Also, he has a board of regents bachelor of arts degree with a specialization in business administration in 2001, and a master’s degree in safety management from West Virginia University in May 2004.

He points out that from the latter degree he learned how to write and defend a thesis using statistics, critical and creative thinking and writing skills, and in turn, has utilized these skills to be able to obtain more than $1 million in federal grant funding for numerous fire services throughout the Ohio Valley.

”I have also been successful in obtaining fraternal organization grants for different organizations.”

Cook said, ”I have devoted most of my life to safety and health, most of it on avolunteer basis.”

Cook was a member of the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department for 34 years, 28 years as a lieutenant. and served as a member of the GFVD’s Advanced Life Support Committee. He joined the Junior Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 13.

Cook earned an Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 82 in Glen Dale, and also, received a Silver Beaver in the Boy Scouts of America and an Outstanding Eagle Scout from the National Eagle Scout Association.

For the past five years he has been the Scout leader for Troop 82 and during that period the membership has included from seven to 21 members.

He is a Master Mason of Free Mason Lodge No. 181, Bridgeport, Ohio.

Cook said, ”Although I have always lived in Glen Dale, I am glad to now be working in the Ohio Valley and thus will have more time to give back to the community.”


The Marshall County Board of Education recently approved the employment of several individuals, including administrators.

Ryan Finley has been employed as assistant principal at Moundsville Middle School, a position formerly held by Shey McGuire, who has been named as Moundsville Middle School principal. Finley, a native of Marshall County, had been employed as an assistant principal at Indian Creek School for three years.

Also, Robert Chavanak was named as an assistant principal at John Marshall High School. He replaces Casey Storm the new principal of Central Elementary School. Chavanak was previously the athletic director/dean of students at JMHS.

Among other employments are:

∫ Carlas Anderson as general science teacher at John Marshall High.

∫ Olivia Beccas as teacher of elementary education/gifted English at Cameron Elementary/Cameron High.

∫ Derek Martin as Math teacher at Cameron High.

∫ Allyson Whorton as teacher of Title I at Central Elementary.

∫Julianne Robinson as special education aide/autism mentor at Cameron Elementary/County itinerant.

∫ Jeff Sears as bus operator, Sand Hill to Stacy’s Crossing.

∫ Gail Artimez from secretary at John Marshall High to executive secretary at the bus garage.

Coaching assignments approved were:

∫ Mary Vanatassel as assistant girls basketball at Cameron High; and Mike Horan as seventh grade girls basketball coach.

Resignations accepted included:

∫ Melissa Coffield as secretary at John Marshall; Martha Hill as kindergarten teacher at Hilltop Elementary; and Sherry Reid as ECCAT (K-aide) at Cameron Elementary.


A petition for abandonment of streets and alleys in Franklin District by Blue Racer Midstream LLC was approved by the Marshall County Commissioners at this past Tuesday’s meeting.

In other matters, the commissioners approved the hiring of two Larry Hill and Kelly Cole for positions with 911.

The resignation of Michael Lough as a deputy sheriff was accepted.

Bids for an SUV and a truck for the OEM was approved. Only one bid was submitted for each vehicle, with the lone bidder being Whiteside’s of St. Clairsville.

Fred Brunner, one of two county residents who are members of the Route 2/I-68 Authority, presented an update on the recent authority, which included Bob Miller becoming the newest member of the authority, having replaced Ron Morris. Miller also has assumed the position of director of the authority.

Brunner stated that Miller has become a member of the Consumer Energy Alliance.


Francis Turner, owner of the Marx Toy Museum, will present a history of the Marx Toy Factory as speaker of Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series at noon Thursday at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

Part of his talk will include demonstrations with antique toys and a discussion of his appearance on ”American Pickers!”

The HFH event will start at noon and be an hour in length with lunch provided following the presentation. Attendance is free and open to the public. Seating will be provided, but those wanting extra comfort should bring a lawn chair.

If possible, those planning to attend are asked to call the Cockayne Farmstead at 304-843-1411.

The Hungry for History series is being sponsored by the Marshall County Historical Society.


An outdoor concert will take place Friday at the stage near the Vue Bar & Grill at Grand Vue Park.

The musical group, ”The Muddle” will be performing beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be three additional concerts at this location on Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Sept. 28.


This Thursday, the music group Bridges will be performing at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.

For show time and tickets, visit


The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post No. 3, 800 First St.

An election of officers will be conducted at the meeting, and all members are encouraged to attend.

The Honor Guard is an organization which pays final tribute to deceased veterans.

Anyone who would like to join can contact president Michael Kuzma at 304-639-8228.


The final week of the Summer Reading Program at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will take place this week.

The events will include:

At 5 p.m. Monday, the movie ”Stardust, a fantasy adventure dealing with a fallen star which has magic covented by a witch, will be shown. The PG 13 movie will be 127 minutes in length.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday there will be two hours of Rockets! Those participating will be able to make and launch different kinds of rockets with NASA! (This event is for those in kindergarten through 12th grade).

Also, on Tuesday at 11 a.m., there will be a Nasa Starlab Planetarium Show at the Grave Creek Mound. It, too, will be for K-12 youths.

A ”SRP Splashdown Party” with games, treats and a raffle will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

This year was the first year for Marshall County Teen Summer Reading Program which was aimed at teens in sixth through 12th grades.


The Moundsville High School Class of 1964 will be holding its 55th class reunion on Friday and Saturday.

Any class members wishing information should contact Shirley Coulson Stilwell at 304-845-7499.


Among clinics and programs at the Marshall County Health Department this month will be:

Immunization Clinic–Call for appointments on Mondays, Aug. 5, 12, 19and 26 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.. and 1 p.m., until 4 p.m. For regular childhood and back-to-school immunizations, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations. (304-845-7640).

PPD (TB) Testing Clinic–Mondays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 4 p.,m.PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointments are not necessary.

STD & HIV Testing Clinic–Free and confidential testing available on a regular basis. Callfor an appointment (304) 845-7840 and ask for a nurse.

Seasonal flu vaccination Clinics–Monday from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Seasonal flu shos are being offered for anyone 6 months of age and older. Off-site flu clinics for businesses and organizations are available for appointment.


For the past five years the John Marshall High School Hall of Fame Committee has sponsored a scholarship for a graduating senior. This year the scholarship was awarded to Abigail Vargo.

She volunteered for many community activities including Relay for Life, Elizabethtown Festival, Pet Adoption Day and Fund Raiser Calendar for the Animal Rescue Shelter.

She has been selected for the National Technical Honor Society and also the National Honor Society. She will attend West Liberty University and plans to become a CPA.

All seniors at JMHS may apply for the scholarship and the Wall of Fame committee will select the winner in the spring next year.

Previous winners of the scholarship were Andrea Garrison, Kristen Frohnapel, William Fox and Alexa Jasinski


Happy birthday to two loyal readers of this column who happen to be my older siblings.

Melba Huddlestun will observe her birthday on Tuesday, while my brother, Howard, a retired journalist, will be 90 on Wednesday. By the way, Melba is two years older than Howard, so you can do the math.

They were both born in the once ”jumping” community of Woodlands.

I did a little research from the ”History of Marshall County 1984” which included information dealing with Woodlands which is located in Franklin District.

It states, ”At one time the community boasted three stores, a confectionary, pool room, barber shop, boarding house, a park, a school and later a clurch. Economy and prosperity flourished until the Depression. The coal mine closed, never to open again. In 1960, many homes and building were lost to the new four-lane Route 2. The post office was moved to Proctor. The old Dam 14 was removed, raising the river stage so that the park was under water The railroad station closed when passenger service ended. At one time Woodlands was considered the ‘busiest little community on the Ohio River.”’


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