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Blue and Gold Christian Center Moves to New Site

After 13 years, Cameron’s Blue and Gold Christian Center moved into a new location a year ago, with the change providing to be quite successful, as the addition has enabled more programs which in turn has attracted more individuals.

The center is now located at 7 Church Street on a site which was initially a nursing home facility. The new site sits between the Presbyterian and United Methodist churches.

The former location, at 3951 Dragon Highway, is now home to the Blue and Gold’s Christian Center Thrift Store.

The history of the Christian Center began in 2004, when a dozen individuals in the community decided to established a church-related program for the youth.

It was a year later that this group entered into a rental agreement with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for a building which it owned, and thus the start of the Blue and Gold Christian Center. That building, by the way, was originally built for an automotive service station.

After renting the facility for several years the structure was sold by the diocese to the Blue and Gold organization.

A few years later, the Presbyterian Church purchased the property which formerly housed the nursing home. They razed the building with intent to convert the property into a parking lot.

However, instead, the property was sold to the Christian Center group, which was able to raise money through donations from families, oil and gas companies working in the area, and the Evan G. Roberts Foundation. Time donated by local ironworkers and others with construction skills to build a 40-foot by 80-foot metal building.

The center has been dedicated in memory of Chandra Dunn-Hossman, daughter of Rev. Mike and Kandy Dunn.

As to the current operation of the center, it comes mainly from two sources: donations and sales at the Thrift Store.

Christian Center secretary Susie Davis said in addition to local donations, former residents of Cameron are providing money. She said that some 50 families who no longer live in the Cameron area have asked to be on the mailing list of the Blue and Gold Christian Center News, the monthly newsletter, and that many of these families are financial givers.

While most of the children’s activities take place Monday through Friday, the building can be rented for functions on weekends.

There are nine programs which are part of the center, the majority of which operate on a weekly basis. The one exception is Kids Kamp, which is held on days that school is in session. This after-school event is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. This past year volunteers served approximately 3,100 free meals at Kids Kamp.

As to meals, 340 were also served to children who attended the center’s eight-week summer camp.

In addition, “Mommy & Me,” a weekly interactive toddler program, averaged 20 children and their mothers, grandmas, and baby sitters.

Other programs at the center are:

Exercise and Crafting, held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Knitting for Teens from 5-6 p.m. Adults are also welcome to this program.

Acteens on Mondays, with programs for girls in grades 6-12. It is held from 5-7 p.m. on Mondays.

Activity Night for middle and high schoolers takes place at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Prayer breakfasts are held at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, the exception being the second Wednesday of the month.

Latte’ Moon Cafe is in operation from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Children in Action is an event from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

“Mommy and Me” is held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

The center’s current officers are:

Robin Richardson, president; Steve Davis, vice president; Susie Davis, secretary; and Alleen Loyd, treasurer. All are board members, along with Allen Wendt, Carolyn Wendt, Shirley Davis and Pastor Dave McCombs. Three additional board members who assumed their duties this year are Nancy Fullerton, Pastor Denny O’Neil and Debbie Sheely.

Board member meetings are held at noon on the second Wednesday of the month.

As to the Thrift Store, its hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 pm. Monday through Wednesday.

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The Cameron High School Career and Technical Education Student of the Quarter was Senior Ashlee Evans, daughter of Chris and Christine Evans.

This was the second time that teacher Dorothy Price has recognized Ashlee for being an outstanding student in the school’s Family Consumer Student program.

Ashlee is currently an active member in the following school organizations, holding many office positions. Among these are Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), president; Art Club, president; National Technical Honor Society, secretary; and Future Business Leader of America (FBLA), treasurer/recorder.

She is also a member of the Drug Free Club and Spanish Club, as well as having been a member of the volleyball team for three years.

Her community activities include Achievers 4-H Club, and being a volunteer at the Blue and Gold Christian Center.

Ashlee plans to attend either Waynesburg University or West Liberty University to earn a degree as a registered nurse and then to further her education to become a nurse anesthetist.

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The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce has new officers. Stanley Stewart is the new president, while Jodi Cunningham of Bordas & Bordas Attorneys is the vice president, and Stacey Murphy of Main Street Bank s the treasurer. The executive director is Scott Reager. In addition, six new board members have been elected to the board. They are: Zachary Blair of Unified Bank; Connie Grisell of Grisell Funeral Homes, Nan Hartley of Hartley & Straub, Karin Janizewski of WVU Medicine Reynolds Hospital, Matt Drahos of BB&T, and Melissa Coffield of WTOV9.

The board consists of 18 members, each of whom serve three years.

Those whose terms expire in December 2020 are Bill Storm of Kalkreuth Roofing, Stace Murphy, Dr. Duane Miller of Miller Chiropractic, Lisa Ingram of the Marshall County/WVU Extension Service and Jessica Rine of United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

Individuals whose terms expire in December 2021 are Craig White of Grand Vue Park, Heather Martin of United Bank, Katrina Bonar of WesBanco, Jodi Cunningham, Edye Thomas of Heller’s Flowers, and Bob McCool, AEP.

Those whose terms expired this past December were Taylor Shepherd, Sara Barickman, Leigh Ann Scherich, Jeff Fleahman, Alex Inclan and Beth Bertram.

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The Cameron Senior Center has craft time every Monday at 9 a.m.

On Wednesdays at 1 p.m., crocheters get together at the Senior Center to work on their crafts.

Bingo is held at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays.

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The men of the First Christian Church of Cameron will hold a Men’s Breakfast on Saturday. They start the cooking at 7 a.m. and sit down for breakfast at 8 a.m.

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The Marshall County Commission this past Tuesday accepted the resignations of two county employees and the approved employment of their replacements.

In the circuit clerk’s office, Tony Yoho will replace Mary Helen Marling, while the new employee in the E-911 office will be Courtney Imhoff, who replaces Donna Bandy.

The commissioners also approved the resignation of Bob Miller as a member of both the county planning commission and the Wheeling Watershed Authority.

The commission approved the request of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce for $2,500 to be used toward the 15th annual Marshall County Business and Health Expo.

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As to the MCBHE, it will be held from 4-8 p.m., on March 6, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on March 7, at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. In the past the event has attracted some 3,000 individuals each year.

The Expo will include exhibits by vendors dealing in home improvements, real estate/rentals, contractors, health care, fitness, education, garden centers, along with specialty firms.

Overall there will be some 90 booths.

There will be food, prizes, a blood drive, a fitness challenge, educational programs, mascots, live radio broadcast, etc.

For additional information call the Chamber of Commerce office at 304-845-2773 or by email at sreager@marshallcountychamber.com

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Voters in the city of Cameron will be going to the polls to elect a mayor and four council members in May.

The terms of the mayor and four council seats will be on the ballot. The mayor’s term is for two years, while the next council seats will be for four years. The city has four wards, two per ward, and thus the council seats expiring are one from each ward.

Those running for office have from Jan. 12-25 to file their candidacy with city clerk/treasurer Debbie Hall at the city building, 44 Main St. Those submitting their application in person must do so by 4:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 24, or if mailed, the postmark of the final day must be by Jan. 25.

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A blood drive held this past Thursday at the Training Center of the former West Virginia Penitentiary was very successful, with 25 units, which was five more than the goal.

The event was sponsored by the Moundsville Lions Club and the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC).

The Training Center is an ideal location for such an event as parking for those giving blood is just a few steps away, while the American Red Cross staff can drive their vehicle inside the center to unload their equipment.

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A special meeting of the Moundsville Stormwater Utility Board will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the Wastewater Plant on South Lafayette Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting, according to MSUB superintendent Larry R. Bonar is to discuss storm water billing charges and changes. Changes include charging owners of rental property the monthly fee instead of the tenant, charging non-residential storm water billing from monthly flat fee to a monthly fee based on the surface area of property, discount credits, educational credits, schedule of billing and the monthly residential storm water fee.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

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Those attending the Marshall County Democratic Women’s Club/Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee on Tuesday are asked to bring toiletries for the YSS Winter Freeze Shelter.

Items needed by the YSS include shampoo, soap, lotions, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc., these items in individual sizes.

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The Marshall County Youth Tackle Football Association will hold its one and only signup from 4-6 p.m. next Sunday, Jan. 19 at the former Sanford School in Moundsville.

Any boy or girl between the ages of 7-12 wanting to sign-up for either football or cheerleading may do so at this time.

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