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Commissioners Prepare for Election, Distribute Funds

One of the duties of the Marshall County commissioners prior to an election is to inspect the machine which tabulates the ballots. With the primary election to take place this Tuesday, Commissioners Scott Varner, John Gruzinskas and Mike Ferro, this past Tuesday following the regular meeting performed the check.

They were also informed by County Clerk Jan Pest of data from her office pertaining to “pre-voting.” She said 3,050 ballots had been received through the mail. However ,the number of early ballots cast at the courthouse was down.

As to Tuesday’s election, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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In other matters Tuesday, the commissioners accepted the resignation of Herman Lantz as a member of the county Airport Authority.

On the request of 911 Director Carol Robinson, the commission authorized that the firm of Braden A-1 Wrecker Co. be added to the county wrecker rotation.

Updates on COVID-19 were provided to the commissioners by Office of Emergency Management Director Tom Hart and Health Department Administrator Tom Cook.

The commissioners’ next meeting will be June 23.

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Twenty-three cities, associations, communities, organizations and sport teams received money from the annual Marshall County Commission’s Community Development Fund distribution. Recipients were announced at Tuesday’s Commission meeting.

A committee appointed by the commissioners reviewed the 29 requests, and recommended to the commissioners who they believed should get funding, and the amounts.

The total amount distributed was $60,000.

The funding ranged from $500 to $5,000.

The total amount requested was $77,000 from 13 of those seeking funding, the 16 others informed the committee that their amount was “at your discretion.” The requests ranged from $500 to $34,000.

Those receiving funding were:

The cities of Benwood, Cameron and Glen Dale, all $5,000.

The Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission received $3,000.

The Big Run Community Association, Bowman Ridge Community Center, Cameron Community Development Association, Dallas Community Association, Graysville Community Association, Limestone Community Association, Marshall County Concerned Citizens, Maxwell Acres Community Association, Mount Olivet Community Park, and Roberts Ridge Community Building, all $2,900.

American Legion Post Baseball, Benwood Baseball/Softball, Glen Dale Boys and Girls Associations, and American Legion Post 3, Moundsville, all $2,000.

American Legion Post 5 (McMechen) and American Legion Post 18 (Cameron), both $1,500.

McCreary Cemetery Preservation Foundation, $1,000.

National Wild Turkey Federation and Elizabethtown Festival Committee, both $500.

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Summer reading programs at the Moundsville-Marshall County, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron public libraries will begin Monday and continue through Aug 26.

Because of COVID-19, there will be some changes, as the program will be almost completely virtual through READsquared, a website and a mobile app.

Those who register through READsquared will be able to log books, play games and complete fun missions, all while earning points to receive badges and prizes.

Prize winners will be drawn weekly, starting the second week of the program.

Arrangements will be made for the winners to pick up their prizes at their library.

Programs presented by library staff members will be done over Facebook (live and pre-recorded video) and possibility by Zoom.

Staff will continue with story times in the MMCPL kids and teens Virtual Read-Aloud Group, which can be accessed from the Moundsville-Marshall County Libraries Kids and Teen page.

Crafts will also be recorded or steamed live on the Facebook page, with limited numbers of craft supplies being available through the library. Call the library to reserve supplies for the craft that interests you.

At least one virtual escape room will also be available.

Some summer performances previously scheduled will also be presented virtually. Watch for information about events on one or both of the Moundsville Library’s Facebook pages.

Adults and teens will also be able to register for the program. In addition to the virtual program, patrons can request a paper log to write books in and paper activities to complete.

Paper activities will include word game, scavenger hunts and bingo cards.

Activities turned in by due dates will be eligible for prize drawings.

Patrons wanting to get a library card while the library is closed to the public can call the Moundsville Library at 304-845-6911 or fill out the Google form listed in the pinned post on both Facebook pages.

Also, pinned are links for book request forms, the online catalog and READsquare. Book requests can be made by calling the library.

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As to the libraries, this past week the staffs of all three returned to their duties.

Until the libraries are open to the public, those wishing to obtain books can call the library in their neighborhood and the materials can be either picked up or mailed to their home.

Staff members of the Moundsville Library have been at their job for several weeks, distributing books and answering questions on the telephone

Library Director Susan Reilly said the latter has been very successful.

Also, those who have received books during this closed-to-patrons period can return them at any time, there is a book return box available on the east side of the building.

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The new “Hungry for History” dates and speakers for the summer have been announced by the Cockayane Farmstead board of directors.

The talks were originally scheduled to start in June, but now will begin on July 9.

A notice from Farmstead officials states, “To keep everyone safe this year we will not be serving lunch in the Visitors Center, but attendees are welcome to bring their own if they so desire. All lectures will be outside and will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Seating will be set up with plenty of space between attendees and the speaker. If persons would like to bring their own chair, they may do so.”

The speakers and their titles for July and August are:

July 9 — “Souls: The Benwood Mine Disaster of 1924” by Sean Duffy.

July 23 — “History of the B&O Railroad” by Stanley Stewart.

July 30 — “Kids: Meet the Cockayne Kids” by interpreters representing the Cockayne children.

Aug. 6 — “Marshall County and the Second World War” by Gary Rider.

Aug 20 — “More West Virginia Interesting Inmates” by C.J. Plogger.

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While one swimming pool in Marshall County was open Saturday, two others are making plans for their openings on June 13.

The city of Cameron’s pool is the one which was to open at noon Saturday.

The city of Glen Dale’s pool is scheduled to open on June 13, while Grand Vue Parks officials are hopeful of also opening their pool on June 13.

GVP General Manager Craig White said that lifeguards are needed badly, this was also expressed by city of Moundsville’s Recreation Director John White.

John White said that life guard training took place this past week and that he is hopeful that several individuals qualify not only for the Moundsville pool, but others in the county.

Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville and the city of Benwood’s pool both opened this past Monday.

John White said everything had gone favorable at Four Seasons, which also offers aerobics on a daily basis.

Also, the four Moundsville playgrounds opened on June 1.

John White stated that Moundsville City Council has approved the installation of a splash pad for Four Seasons. It will be located where the former baby pool was located. The baby pool has not been utilized for several years.

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Marshall County’s Spring Clean-Up was to resume Saturday, with dumpsters at Cameron Elementary School and in Downtown Glen Easton. The hours at both sites will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be no provisions at either site location to accept tires, white goods, scrap metal, car parts, fuels, hazardous chemicals/materials or household goods.

The remaining locations and dates for dumpsters will be:

June 3 at Washington Lands (Todd Kelly Trucks) and at the Graysville Community Center, and June 20 at the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters, and at Rosby’s Rock (coal mine parking lot).

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

For more information relating to the dumpsters, call the MCSWA at 304-780-9855, or by email to HowardCof@comcast.net

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The Blue and Gold Thrift Store in Cameron, operated by the Blue & Gold Christian Center, is back in operation with the hours being 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

As to the BGCC, volunteers have been preparing food for children in the community since March 16.

Hot lunches are prepared for youngsters and some adults, with food for a breakfast the next day, Monday through Saturday. These foods have helped families who weren’t expecting the school shutdowns.

The center is grateful to all of the churches, organizations and community members who have given donations of food, paper supplies, and money toward this project.

For additional information pertaining to this undertaking, call 304-686-2422.

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There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary (Eighth Street entrance). Since no walk-ins can be accepted, donors can schedule a time by calling 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-273-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: LIONS. Potential donors can also download the Blood Donor App to schedule an appointment.

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