Emergency Services Personnel Changes Are Approved

Beginning on Sept. 2 there will be some position changes within the Office of Emergency Services.

However, the individuals atthe OEM will remain the same.

OEM Director Tom Hart informed the county commissioners Tuesday that Deputy Director Michael Muchek had submitted his resignation, and that he was submitting replacement suggestions for the commission’s approval.

One recommendation was that Muchek would become a part time equipment and maintenance employee.

The other recommendations was that Tracey White and Tony Novel become co-deputy directors. White is currently administrative assistant and search and rescue coordinator while Novel is communications coordinator.

The commissioners approved these requests.

As to Muchek, he has been the assistant director since 2006.

In other actions, the county commissioners approved John Stofen for a full time EMT position. He has previously been a part-time employee.

The commissioners approved a $3,500 donation to the I-68/WVA 2 Authority.

Also, the commissioners signed a proclamation pertaining to the “Paint the Town Purple,” program on behalf of Cancer Survivors “Relay for Life.” This year’s observance will take place this evening (Saturday) in the north parking lot of John Marshall High School. The public is invited to drive their vehicles throughout the parking lot to observe the luminaries.


Made a visit this past week to the Monarch Stadium/John Marshall Field House, where workers are doing some of the final undertakings.

One of the projects is a new parking lot north of the fieldhouse and east of the football stadium.

This area most recently housed what was called a bath house.

That building has been razed and thus will become an area providing some 60 parking facilities for sporting events and other events at Moundsville Middle School.

Much of the parking area north of the football stadium, and west of MMS were reduced when three structures, a football concession, a Lions’ Den and a maintenance facility where erected.

So much for the upper end of the property. At the southern end, the parking lot has been resurfaced.

Now workmen are engaged in preparing the roadway, which used to be known as Court Avenue, to include paving and installing a brick bank.

As to the old bath house, it had a lot of history dating back to the 1950s. On the lower level were locker rooms for swimmers, and on top was an area where individuals watched swimmers and some evening hours danced to music from a DJ. In recent years the building was used by football officials, visiting teams, and also, housed maintenance equipment.


On Nov. 3, Moundsville residents will elect four council members for four-year terms. The council seats which are up are the First and Third Wards, and two at-large positions.

Those seeking the seats are:

For First Ward those seeking the position are incumbent Judy Hunt, and Carole Wood.

For Third Ward, incumbent Eugene Saunders is unopposed. Four years ago he also ran unopposed.

The at-large candidates are Brianna Hickman, currently serving an unexpired term; Randy Chamberlain, a former councilman/mayor; incumbent Phil Remke; David Seam; and Denny Wallace, a former councilman/mayor.


This Thursday’s Hungry for History Summer Series will be exclusively live-streamed on Facebook. It will not be an in-person event, as Sean Duffy has chosen to make his presentation via Facebook/You Tube rather than at the Cockayne Farmstead.

Anyone who wishes to hear the presentation will need to visit the Cockayne Farmstead Facebook page (Cockayne at Glen Dale) or the Cockayne’s You Tube Channel (The Farmstead) at noon on Thursday for the live video. The presentation will be about the Benwood Mine Disaster of 1924.


While the swimming pool at Grand Vue Park has shut down for the summer, all other activities there are in full swing.

General Manager Craig White said the reason for the closing of the pool was because of a personnel shortage.

He added that there is no date set for the closing of other events which close in the fall.

Of course, the cabins are open year round.


Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy, along with city council members, will be meeting this week with representatives from the architectural firm which is preparing plans for a new city building.

The city has already purchased three lots located on Jefferson Avenue, with plans to obtain a fourth parcel.

The new building will be two stories and will house the current occupants — the city manager’s office, city clerk’s office, the fire department, and the city water department –along with the city police department, which for years was housed at the current Sixth Street location.

The new building will include a drive-through window for those who wish to pay bills.

The current building is scheduled to be razed once the new structure is completed.


It was brought to my attention that a couple of people were lined up to make a transaction at a local bank and apparently didn’t have a vehicle, as they were making their way on foot to the bank window. For the past several months, due to COVID-19,the doors of banks haven’t been open unless a person telephones the bank and makes an arrangement to do a transaction.


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