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Commission Declares Kammer Plant ‘Blighted’ Area

The Marshall County Commission has signed a resolution stating that the commission finds that the former American Electric Power Kammer Facility and adjacent areas have been deemed to be ”blighted and economically distressed” areas, and that by their action, the current property owner can continue improving the grounds.

The condition of the property was brought before the commission by Josh Jefferson on behalf of his employer, the Regional Economic Development Partnership.

The resolution states that the commission is interested in the economic well-being of its citizenry and the community at large, and that the commission is prepared to support appropriate efforts within the community to become totally prepared to promote economic development. It further states that American Electric Power constructed and operated AEP-Kammer Power Plant in Marshall County from 1958 until 2014 at 7897 Energy Road, Moundsville, and that AEP terminated all operations at the facility in 2014, and that the property and certain adjacent properties remains unused.

It also notes that AEP sold the AEP-Kammer Plant property to Mingo Junction Steel Works LLC in 2016 and that company has since then invested over $10 million getting the property shovel-ready (demolition, abatement, remediation, environmental compliance and site grading and repair) for future development.

The properties are approximately 75-80 acres.

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The Marshall County Ohio Valley Night to Shine, the prom for adults ages 14 and up with special needs, will be held Feb. 7.

Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and was started locally by the Bowman Ridge United Methodist Church.

Anyone interested in assisting with the event or knows of anyone with special needs is asked to contact either Janet Allen at 304-650-4125 or Rick South at 304-780-7712, or by email at ohiovalleynighttoshine@email.com

Training days for volunteers will be held at the First Christian Church, Moundsville, on Jan. 2, 9, 15 and 22. The first two dates will be at 2 p.m., with the other two days at 6 p.m. Should there be a postponement because of weather, the makeup date will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 29.

Volunteers must attend at least one training date.

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Two special events will be taking place at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville in January.

The GCMAC is operated by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Cultural and History and features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250-150 B.C. It also ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world.

Exhibits and displays on the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.

The museum, located at 801 Jefferson Ave., is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Outdoor (mound) access closes at 4 p.m.

For additional information about activities and programs, contact Andrea Keller at 304-843-4128 or at andrea.k. keller@wwv.gov, or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be holding eight major events during 2020, which executive director Scott Reager states are most valuable to members in several ways.

The events help promote and sustain the economic vitality of the community with the events an opportunity to truly get involved and help shape the future of the community in which they live, work and play.

He added, ”Joining a committee is also a great place to network with fellow Chamber members while working towards a common goal where they will have the opportunity to work with community leaders.”

The events are:

∫ The annual dinner: This committee focuses on preparation for this event. Committee work to plan the evening’s location, decorations, menu and guest speaker, and to organize sponsors.

∫ The annual Car Cruise-in Street Spectacular is held on Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville and is organized by the committee. They will prepare every aspect of the event from prices and sponsors to the car entries and music. The show is currently the second largest in the Ohio Valley.

∫ The Christmas Parade committee organizes all stages of the annual the event. Members work with city officials, obtain donations and sponsorship, and obtain parade participants.

∫The Christmas Tree Gala committee finds businesses, organizations and individuals to purchase trees, the committee members decorate the trees along with other Christmas decorations. Once completed, the committee places the trees on display for area residents to enjoy. The committee helps arrange the trees. The trees are later auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity and future Marshall County Chamber projects.

∫ The mission of the Chambers’ Education committee is to enhance the employment ability of Marshall County students for local and global employment by supporting the legislative school system as well as the goals of the Chamber.

∫ The Chamber’s annual corporate golf tournament is the undertaking of a Golf Committee, with their duties ranging from sponsors, prize money, giveaways and food. This event is held at the Moundsville Country Club.

∫ The annual Home and Business Expo committee organizes this two-day event exhibition of business and industries in Marshall County and surrounding area.

∫ The first year for the Calling All Ladies event started in 2013 and has been a huge success since. It hosts vendors and organizations featuring products and information with women in mind The evening also is a catered event and door prizes and raffles will be available.

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A String Art exhibit can be viewed in the Activity Room at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex through Jan. 7, during regular museum hours.

On Jan. 4 there will be a program from 2-4 p.m. featuring work by students from Moundsville Middle School and fifth grade students from Washington Lands Elementary School. The students teamed up to create abstract pieces using string to manipulate liquid waterdcolor on sheets of paper.

The public is invited to attend the Jan. 4 event during which art teacher Joy VanScyoc will demonstrate the technique.

Those attending will make a piece of art of their own to take home.

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Three adult evening classes will be held at John Marshall High School beginning in January.

They are:

∫ Welding, a 10 week course that will begin on Jan. 14. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.. The tuition will be $325.

∫ There will be a four-week computer basics class that will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays. The first class will be Jan. 26. The tuition will be $40.

∫ A Microsoft Excel class will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The class will be for four weeks with the first class on Jan. 28. The tuition will be $40.

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The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard meeting has changed its upcoming gathering to Jan. 7. It will begin at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 3, 800 First St.

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

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

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The Marshall County FRN will hold a General Membership meeting at 11 a.m. on Jan 14 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

The meeting is described as a great way to share information and to learn about activities and programs going on in the community.

Each person in attendance will have an opportunity to briefly discuss their organization. They should bring their business cards and any material that they would like to distribute.

Those planning to attend are asked to call the FRN at 304-845-3300 or email to marshallcountyfrn@comcast.net.

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A blood drive will take place from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The event is being sponsored by the Moundsville Lions Club and the Moundsville Economic Development Council.

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Happy New Year to 10-year-old granddaugher Lillian Barrett and her family in Arlington, Virginia.

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