Grand Vue Park Cabins, Other Facilities Set to Reopen

The cabins at Grand Vue Park were the last to close when the stay-at-home order was initiated as the result of COVID-19, and now the cabins will be among the first to reopen.

GVP General Manager Craig White said Thursday that several of the 12 cabins will be occupied beginning today. White stated that once a cabin is vacant it will be 72 hours before it is occupied again in order to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned.

White said, “We will begin Monday to get ready for the other park attractions, all of which we hope are up and running by the end of May.”

White said, “The Vue Restaurant is making plans for an outdoor event in mid-May.”

Also, “We hope to have an area where the old golf course was for persons wishing to spend a night in a tent.”

While maintenance personnel have been working at the facility, other staff members will resume their duties this week.

White said that equipment upgrades have been made to the bookings of cabins and the banquet hal, which has resulted in faster service.


Night tours at the former West Virginia Penitentiary will begin on May 15-16, while day tours are scheduled to begin the first week of June.

The night tours will consist of 20 persons.

The tours are handled by the Moundsville Economic Development Council, which leases the facility from the state Division of Corrections.


Received an e-mail from the Marshall County Family Resource Network, stating that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey would be holding a roundtable conference call related to our community during the coronavirus pandemic at 2:30 p.m. on Monday

The discussion will deal with the governor’s executive order, county emergency declarations and how they intersect with the governor’s orders, how the state is dealing with questions from citizens, public health and safety, price gouging, and consumer issues.


Mackenzie Hall was presented with a $1,000 check from the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce this past week.

Hall, the daughter of Russ and Tawnya Hall of Glen Dale, is a 2020 graduate of John Marshall High School.

She graduated from JMHS with a 4.343 grade-point average, and ranked fourth in her class.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and was a member of the JMHS Drug Free Club and the Care Card Club at JMHS, part of the Wes Lyons Pursuit Program. She was a softball player, and umpired softball for third through sixth graders.

Hall has spent many hours of volunteering at Grand Vue Park, mainly with Thanksgiving dinners and delivering to people in the community.

She has volunteered at Reynolds Memorial Hospital/WVU Medicine sponsored Safety Town, along with participating in the “Miracle Buddy Field Buddy” for the Miracle League at I-470 in Wheeling, and the March for Mutts sponsored by the Marshall County Animal Shelter. She has volunteered at the Escape Room at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Hall plans to attend either West Liberty University or West Virginia Northern Community College and major in biology/chemistry.


Sheila Blackmore, a fifth grade teacher at Center McMechen Elementary School, has been named as 2021 Marshall County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Other nominees at each school included: Hanna Neely, Cameron Elementary; Kasey Conner, Cameron High; Amanda Vapner, Central Elementary; Mike Horan, Gateway Achievement Center; Sarah Rouhir, Glen Dale Elementary; Chelsea Madden, Hilltop Elementary; Brian Noble, John Marshall High; Megan Pintus, John Marshall High; Tara Oliver, McNinch Primary; Michael Triveri, Moundsville Middle; Marissa Tucker, Sand Hill Elementary; Renee Ullery, Sherrard Elementary; and Shannon Young, Washington Lands Elementary.

Each year teachers and administrators vote a faculty member to represent their school as a county contender for Teacher of the Year, with a committee consisting of county officials and previous award recipients conducting interviews prior to choosing the county winner.

Blackmore has taught in West Virginia for 22 of her 26 years. She began teaching at St. Vincent De Paul Parish from. She left there to take the position as principal at St. John Central High School in Bellaire for three years. She was principal at All Saints Elementary School in Moundsville from 2015-17 and began teaching in Marshall County Public Schools in 2017.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.

Blackmore has recently written three children’s books that deal with teaching children how to self-regulate using coping skills.


The Moundsville Lions Club has elected officers for 2020. They are:

Gene Saunders, president; Nick Zervos, first vice president; Rev. John Ledford, second vice president; Tom Cook, third vice president; Jim Cochran, secretary; Rosalyn Rhodes, treasurer; Rev. Tim Wilt, tail twister, Ryan Rhodes, Lion tamer; Bill Anderson, Linda Baker, Doug Pettit and Rev. Gerald Mechling, board of directors; Eva Dague, assistant treasurer; Gary Rider, past district governor; Stan Stewart, membership chairman.


The annual Marshall County Relay for Life event has been rescheduled. It will take place from 1-9 p.m. on August 22 in the north parking lot at John Marshall High School.


The Moundsville High School All-School Reunion scheduled for Labor Day Weekend has been postponed to Labor Day Weekend of 2021.

The event has been held every five years since 1975.


The 40th annual Fostoria Glass Society of America reunion set for early June has been rescheduled for Aug. 7-9.

The event is planned to take place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary and at the FGSA’s Museum.


There will be dumpsters at four Marshall County locations this coming weekend.

These locations will be at the entrance to the Sam Shaw Walking Trail from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., on both Friday and Saturday, and at the city of Glen Dale’s City Garage on both days.

The other two locations will be at the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Joseph Firehouse on Saturday, the hours being 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

All Marshall County residents are welcome to use any of the four locations.

There will be no provisions at any of the locations to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household trash.

The dumpsters are being provided by the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority and the Marshall County Commission.

Anyone desiring additional information can email MCSWA chairman Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast.net


One date change has been made in the Spring Clean-Up schedule, that being the River Sweep. The original date was June 20, but will instead be on Aug, 15 at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.

Jim Cochran can be reached by e-mail at bugs52@comcast.net.


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