Gold Star Families To Be Honored by Monument in Moundsville

Four-and-a-half months ago Moundsville resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” Williams to spearhead a group of Marshall County residents to place a Gold Star Monument honoring the families of those who have perished in the service of this country.

During recent months, a committee which includes Chrislip and Gary Rider as co-chairmen, Cathy and David Hammond (Gold Star Family) and Shelly Guthrie (Gold Star Family) have been involved in working toward this goal.

A Gold Star Family member can be any relative who sacrificed a loved one for our freedom.

The monument itself would be inscribed with the quotation, “Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a love one for our freedom.”

A silhouette of a saluting service member represents the fallen hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. Rider said, “The Marshall County Committee needs to raise $75,000.” He added, “The monument would consist of four black granite panels which will be 7 feet in height and 13 feet long. It will be the same as every other monument that has been constructed around the country, with the same design and inscriptions.”

As to the Marshall County site, the committee is hoping that it can be placed at the corner of Eighth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, on property of the Grave Creek Mound Archaelogy Complex is located.

Donations can be made directly to the Hershel “Woody” Williams Foundation. Just go to the foundation website section for the Moundsville monument, http://hwwmohf.org/moundsville-wv.html, and your donation will be directed to the local project. The donation is tax deductible.

Rider also stated that a person, business, organization, etc., can make a donation to any committee member and it will be placed in the “Monuments in Progress” site.

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Congressional Medal of Honor Education Foundation, Inc. was established in 2010 and is a charitable 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that pursues specific endeavors through the vision of Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. The foundation encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent Gold Star scholarships to eligible Gold Star children. Its purpose is to honor Gold Star children who have sacrificed a loved one in the service of their country.


The Mt. Olivet Lions, who operate and maintain the Mt. Olivet Community Park along W.Va. 88, recently held a “Flags for Heroes” fundraiser, whereby individuals were given an opportunity to honor a military member, first responder, teacher or other hero (past or present) by sponsoring a full size American flag in their hero’s name.

The flags were proudly displayed at the Community Park for the Fourth of July holiday (from June 29 through July 7). The flags will be flown again for Veteran’s Day (from Nov. 9-16).

According to Paul Amrhein, a past president of the Lions Club, response from residents of the hilltop community was overwhelming. He said this first display blanketed the park with 61 sponsorships, and that after the dedication ceremony, club members received requests from several individuals who said they would like to sponsor a flag for the Veterans Day event.

In a letter to Marshall County Commission, which was read at this past Tuesday’s meeting, Amrhein stated that because of the positive response from the community, the Mt. Olivet Lions have discussed the possibility of erecting a veterans memorial at the park for a more permanent honor to those who served our county.

The memorial would include all branches of service, not individuals. Amrhein states, “Depending on the design, individual bricks may be sold and engraved with names as a secondary part of this memorial, Phase 1.”

The “Flags for Heroes” chairperson said the only definite information available is that club members have given approval to undertake such an effort along with an agreement among the members that they would like to see it placed in the area near the flagpole that currently stands near the front entrance of the park.

The club members agree that they would apply a percentage of profits from different fundraisers toward the memorial.


The Marshall County Board of Education approved student teacher agreements with Bethany College, Wheeling University and West Liberty University at its meeting this past Tuesday.

Also, approved was a memorandum of understanding between the West Virginia Family Nutrition Program and Marshall County Schools.

Other matters undertaken were:

Dates for the annual Local School Improvement Council meetings, at which representatives from the different schools give reports to the board of education members with these reports given at the schools rather than the board office. The LSIC meetings are required by policy to be held yearly. The policy states that presentations topics should include: school assessment data, preventives discipline initiatives, safety initiatives, state/national award winners. The presentations should average 10-20 minutes.

On Oct. 8, personnel from Cameron Elementary and Cameron High will make their report at Cameron Elementary.

On Oct. 22, Glen Dale Elementary and Hilltop Elementary representatives will give reports at Glen Dale Elementary.

On Nov. 12, Washington Lands Elementary and Center McMechen will give their reports at Center McMechen.

On Dec. 20, reports will be presented by personnel from Moundsville Middle and Sherrard Middle at the latter school.

On Jan. 14, the LSIC meeting will be held at McNinch Primary with, in addition to McNinch, Central Elementary and Sand Hill Elementary personnel giving their reports.

On Feb. 25, personnel from Gateway Achievement Center and John Marshall High will present their reports at JMHS.

All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

A number of employment/resignation/transfers were approved. They include:

Danielle Minder, teacher of Grade 3, Cameron Elementary; Rachel Miller, assistant National Honor Society Advisor; Cara Owens, secretary at John Marshall High; Melinda Ratcliff from Special Education Aide/Autism at McNinch Primary to Special Education Aide/LPN at Central Elementary; Holly Pettit as head girls’ basketball coach at Cameron High; Dan Wilson will be the assistant athletic director at John Marshall, while Ted Zervos will be the head girls’ soccer coach, Mia Angalich the assistant swim coach, Eric Lynch the boys’ lacrosse adviser and Nicole Shipman the girls’ lacrosse adviser.

Personnel resignations accepted were: Michael Berner, principal at Washington Lands Elementary; Thomas Hart, head boys’ track coach at Cameron High; Tiffany Hart, assistant boys’ track coach at Cameron High; Michael Grimm, assistant volleyball coach at John Marshall; Bill Gallagher, eighth grade girls’ basketball coach at Moundsville Middle; Tammy Strawn, ECCAT (Pre-K Aide), at McNinch Primary; and Deadra Wills, secretary/accountant and 10th grade adviser at JMHS.


The Marshall County Health Department has announced upcoming clinics and programs for the month. They include:

Immunization Clinics — From 9-11 a.m., and 1-4 p.m., on Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Call for appointments (304-845-7840). The immunizations include regular childhood and back-to-school, including childhood seasonal flu vaccinations.

PPD (TB) Skin Testing Clinics — From 9-11 a.m., and 1-4 p.m., on Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, PPD skin testing for exposure to TB. Appointments are not necessary.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics — Mondays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Seasonal flu shots are offered for anyone 6 months of age and older. Off-site flu clinics for businesses and organizations are available by appointment. Call 304-845-7840.

Person In Charge (PIC) Training — This Tuesday at 9 a,m. and 5 p.m. This class is for those working with foods. For more information call 304-845-7840.

STD & HIV Testing Clinic — Free and confidential testing available on a regular basis. Call for for an appointment and ask for a nurse.


The Marshall County Health Department has increased prices on four of the 16 clinical services offered at the facility. The increase being caused by continuing rise in costs of medication/vaccines, postage and supplies.

MCHD administrator Tom Cook said, “These price increases, which will go into effect on Oct. 1, are minimal and something we must do in order to continue to provide the community with the quality service that they have come to expect.”

Cook said the fees of the four services are all on a sliding scale (based on income) and thus there is a possibility that some persons will not be affected.

Sliding scales begin at no charge and go up to a maximum. The maximum for one immunization, $12.00 now, will increase to $18.95. Maximums for two immunications, now at $24, will increase to $39.70. Maximums for three immunications, now $36, will go up to $59.55. There was no charge previously for STD, but the new cost will range from nothing to $30.


Sixty-two individuals took part in a tour of Mount Rose Cemetery, which was the final “Hungry for History” event for the year. The HFH activities took place at the Cockayne House in Glen Dale; the lone exception being the cemetery tour.

Jim Stultz, the cemetery’s volunteer secretary/treasurer, arranged the tour of the historic cemetery.

Those taking part in the 45- minute tour viewed more than 20 gravesites.

Some of the oldest buried there were individuals who were founders of Elizabethtown/Moundsville, individuals who fought in the Civil War, benefactors of Moundsville, a couple of American war heroes, an outstanding athlete from Moundsville, Moundsville’s most famous modern author, the first superintendent/warden of the penitentiary and a one-time owner of Grave Creek Mound, etc.

Stultz gave special thanks to Gary Rider, Doug Patterson and the staff at the Cockayne site, the Marshall County Historical Society, Randy Morgan, Amanda Ruiz and the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

It was noted that a new book release, “Historic Cemeteries of Moundsville,” will take place in early December. It will be the history of three historic Moundsville cemeteries: Mt. Rose, First Street and Greenlawn.

Included will be short biographies of businessmen, soldiers, nurses, ministers, and writers of the early history of Moundsville.

The cemetery book was written by Gary Rider and Roseanna Dakan Keller, who have been the authors of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” and “Early Businesses of Moundsville.”


This year’s graduation of The B.M. Spurr School of Practical Nursing at WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc., was the 100th class.

The graduation took place at Glen Dale United Methodist Church.


A YWCA human foosball tournament will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverview Park on River Road in McMechen. The event will consist of teams of five.

For a registration form, go to website www.ywcawheeling.org and click on Events.

All proceeds will go to helping YWCA programs.

For more information, call the YWCA at 304-232-051 or Kathy at 304-845-7461.


A workshop on “The In’s and Out’s of Flower Gardening” will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the WVU/Marshall County Extension Office on Eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Extension Office at 304-843-1170 or via email to jocilyn.depetro@mail.wvu.edu

There will be a $10 fee.


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

The Honor Guard is an organization which pays final tribute to deceased veterans. Anyone who would like to join should contact Michael Kuzma at 304-639-8228.


The Marshall County Courthouse will be closed on Monday due to Labor Day while the Marshall County Commission will not be meeting on Tuesday.


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