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Improvements at High Schools Envisioned by Board of Education

The Marshall County Board of Education at its recent meeting took action to create a second story on what will be known as an all-purpose facility at Cameron High School, and a natatorium at John Marshall High School.

The board meeting was held at CHS and some 25 parents, school personnel and former teachers attended to learn of plans for the structure, and to express appreciation to board members.

The building, which currently consists of locker rooms and a concession stand, will be increased from its present 4,800 square footage to 11,500 square feet, which will provide sufficient room for the school’s archery and other sports activities.

Renovation work will also take place on the current building.

Superintendent Dr. Shelby Haines said the enlarged building will be utilized for different sports, noting that there are wrestling teams from elementary, middle and high school who will be using the facility. She also noted that sixth-grade students now attend the high school.

Marshall County School Facilities Director Mike Price said he will be meeting with school administrators, physical education teachers and health teachers to finalize the layout of the building.

Price said tentative plans call for an architect to do design work on the building starting in September, with the project to be put out for bid in February, with an Aug. 14, 2020, completion date.

The board of education approved the purchase of a vacant building which sits on the north corner of John Marshall campus. With this purchase, the board will own land south of 10th Street to Straub Auto and from W.Va. 2 east to Little Grave Creek, which totals some 37.5 acres. Plans are to raze the building in the future.

Board members point out that the purchase of the land will enable the BOE to build the facility without reducing the current parking space, and by utilizing this property for those attending functions.

Although plans for the natatorium have yet to be drawn up, it is anticipated that it will be two stories, one of which will be seen from W.Va. 2. The current JMHS building is three stories, with two visible from the highway.

Dr. Haines said the county school system was able to purchase the property at $59,000 under appraisal, and $220,000 under the asking price.

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The first John Marshall High School home football game will be Sept. 6 at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville, and during the next two weeks at least two undertakings will take place.

The press box will be completed with the installation of an elevator. The elevator is due to ADA compliance for all building of this size. Also, the 50- by 100-foot rest room/concession stand will be completed for use at Monarchs home games.

Another building, which will house locker rooms, is projected to be completed by Oct. 30.

Both of the structures are at the north end of the stadium.

School officials had anticipated that the eight-lane track would be completed by early September. However, the firm employed to do the surface work is behind due to the weather in the state of Georgia, where it is currently doing a project. It was pointed out that only a few firms nationwide do this type of work.

The firm has informed Price that they will compensate the Marshall County Board of Education for the delay. The new completion date is Sept. 27

Marshall County Schools Communications Director Tony Wood said that the media will be invited to the stadium on a date to be announced the week prior to the first game, to be informed on some changes dealing with parking, shuttles, etc.

Also, that the state Division of Highways has asked that the school advise that people do not cross W.Va. 2 as work is still ongoing and there are no sidewalks in place.

As to the entire project at Monarch Stadium, Price said the original designed floor plans have not been changed.

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The annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Dinner will be held Oct. 10 at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

The speaker will be Jim Crutchfield, former teacher/coach at Cameron High School and former basketball coach at West Liberty University. Crutchfield is now basketball coach at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

The chamber will present two awards, the Dr. David Ealy Community Service to an individual, and the Chamber Lifetime Achievement to a local business.

The dinner will be catered by the Vue Bar & Grill.

Tickets will be available at the chamber office.

For more information call the chamber at 304-845-2773.

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Speaking of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, that organization recently received $2,500 from the Marshall County Commission. The money will go toward the chamber’s annual dinner meeting.

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Coping Together, a support group for anyone whose life has been impacted by cancer, will have an open house at 5 p.m. Monday in the Beebe Habig room at WVUMedicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.

The group is beginning its third year and meets on the fourth Mondays of each month.

The group is made up of cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, family and supporters. Each month a different topic is the focus. The purpose of the group is to allow participants to tell their stories, support others and to learn methods of coping and expression. In the past doctors, dietitians, crafts, drumming circles and calming meditations have been among the topics offered.

The group is offered by the American Cancer Society and Amedisys. Light refreshments are served at the meetings.

For additional information call Karen Coffield at 304-845-8655 or Resa Arno at 304-907-2931.

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An Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group offers a free meeting which is open to the public. The group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Meetings are held at the Marshall County Senior Center at 805 Fifth St., Moundsville. Those with questions are to phone 304-845-0671 (Karen).

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The Marshall County Health Department will be holding food handler training at both 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Health Department, 513 Sixth St., Moundsville.

This class is for those working with foods.

Registration is to be made prior to the day of the class. Call 304-845-7840 for more information.

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The Strand Theatre Preservation Society will hold an Indoor Yard Sale from 8 a.m. until noon on Sept 21 at the Theatre on Fifth Street, Moundsville.

Donations of items can be dropped off at the Strand between 9-11a.m., on Sept. 14, and from 4-6 p.m. on Sept 19. Space is available for those wishing to have a booth. If interested call 304-281-0647 (Becky).

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Person in Charge (PIC) Training will be held at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Sept 3 at the Marshall County Health Department, 513 Sixth St., Moundsville.

The training is designed for persons-in-charge, which include managers, owners and operators of restaurants and other facilities in the county. Call 304-845-7840 for more information.

Food handlers and PIC Training is offered Online at website www.statefoodsafety.com

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I have numerous newspaper clippings from 2002 pertaining to Interstate 68 when the I-68 Boosters Club was organized by Marshall County residents to help promote the hopeful development of the final link of a highway from Moundsville to Morgantown.

The main reason for mentioning I-68 now is that a couple weeks ago I traveled the current I-68 east from Morgantown to Arlington, Virginia, to visit my daughter and her family. I had never been on I-68 with the exception of a few miles in the Morgantown area.

I found the roadway to be well kept, and my thoughts were that if they can built a road through the mountains, they can surely build a highway from Moundsville to Morgantown.

One of my first stops in Arlington was at the Village of Shirlington’s library, where I cast my ballot on behalf of the former West Virginia Penitentiary which is one of 19 nominees for Best Haunted Destination. By the way, Monday at noon is the last time for voting.

Getting back to the library, my granddaughter, Lillian Barrett, is a frequent visitor user and as a result of the libraries summer reading program was qualified for four tickets to — where else — the Washington Nationals Ball Park.

Of course, the five of us took advantage of the tickets and it was off later in the week to the ball park, with it being the first time Lillian had been to a Major League game, and she got a bonus when two of the four National’s mascots — long-ago Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln –stopped to have their picture taken with her.

By the way, during our stay it just so happened that the Arlington County Fair was taking place. Now it isn’t the type of fair which those of us in the Ohio Valley are used to, as there are no animals on display, but their fair does have a number of judging contests, including baking.

Lillian decided to enter four items and came away with a Grand Champion award in the competition for those in the 7-12 age category. She also received one second place award, and two honorable mention.

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In last week’s column I listed the names of the five members of the Marshall County Board of Education and the superintendent, at the time of opening of the John Marshall High School.

In addition to these individuals four other persons were involved in the planning for the school they were: Smith McElroy, a past president, Jack C. Gould, Arthur E. Williams and Herbert Yoho.

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