‘Dungeon of Horrors’ Ready to Kick Off at Old Penitentiary

A number of businesses in the Moundsville area are looking forward to the annual “Dungeon of Horrors,” which takes place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. That event will be taking place this coming week on Friday and Saturday.

Overall, this attraction will be playing over six weekends with the number of days being 14 and the final date falling on Oct. 31, which is Halloween.

Being held in conjunction with the DOH will be the North Walk, which takes guests through the oldest part of the former WVP.

An extra attraction this Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., will be a number of hearses from the Pittsburgh area. These vehicles will be located on the front lawn of the former prison. There will be no charge to view and take photographs of these vehicles.

Getting back to the “Dungeon of Horrors,” this year’s event will be somewhat different as a result of COVID-19. Among the changes is that the groups will be limited to six each, with an actor. Those taking part will be asked not to touch anything during the tour. They will also be asked to wear a mask.


The Marshall County Fall Dumpster and E-Recycle will be taking place during the month of October.

Dumpsters will be at eight different locations, while E-Recycle will be for one day.

Dumpsters will be at the following locations from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., with all Marshall County residents welcome to use any of the sites:

Oct. 2-3 at both the Benwood City Garage and at the old football field in McMechen.

Oct. 9-10 at both the Glen Dale City Garage and at the entrance to Valley Fork Park in Moundsville.

Oct. 17 at the elementary school and the Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters.

Oct. 24 at both the Sherrard Hilltop Elementary School and at the Limestone VFD Headquarters.

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.

As to the E-Recycle it will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Oct. 10 at the north parking lot of John Marshall High School.

Items which will be accepted include car and light truck tires (17 inches and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. No televisions will be accepted.

For more information pertaining to any of the sites, contact the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority at 304-780-9866 or via email at HowardCof@comcast.net.

These services are provided for residential use and are not intended for businesses or industry.


An indoor yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Strand Theatre at 811 Fifth St., Moundsville.

Proceeds will benefit the Strand Theatre Preservation Society.

Face masks will be required at the event.


A food giveaway will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday at the East End Playground in Moundsville.

The Marshall County Family Resource Network is partnering with the Mountaineer Food Bank from Gassaway, West Virginia.

Families are invited to drive up and receive a food box that will be placed into their vehicle.

One food box will be given per family, while supplies last.


A number of volunteers at the Cockayne Farmstead have transcribed all of Sam Cockayne’s World War II letters and they are now available for anyone to read on the Cockayne website — Https://www.cockaynefarmstead,cin/digital:collection — ­and clicking on the Digital Collections section in order to view the entire collection.

There are more than 80 letters that capture Sam’s personal experiences while serving in the Signal Corps, and give great detail into the workings of the Cockayne farm back home.


An update regarding the Wreaths Across America is that the goal will be 245 instead of 280. Instead of 280 individual veterans buried at Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville there is a group of 35 interments for which only one wreath will be needed.

Moundsville Lions Club members are spearheading this endeavor to place wreaths on the graves of the veterans who served in numerous wars.

The dates pertaining to the purchase of wreaths are as follows:

Oct. 15 is the deadline for mail-in donations (to ensure all mailed donations are credited to the clubs account in time for the Nov. 30 deadline).

There will be a ceremony on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m., on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse followed at 12:30 p.m. by the wreath laying at the Mount Rose Cemetery.

Moundsville Lions Club member Danielle Harmon, who is spearheading this endeavor, states the following:

“This year has been one of turmoil and stress. One thing that reminds us all of everything good about our nation and community is our veterans, past and present. Their strength, sacrifice, and dedication are an example to us all. The Moundsville Lions Club is dedicated to ensuring our local veterans are honored so, we are partnering with National Wreaths Across America to remember, honor and teach, as we decorate 245 graves of veterans in Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville. It is one of our oldest places of rest, with some areas of the cemetery dating back to our founding and Elizabethtown.

“Since 1992, Wreaths Across America has worked tirelessly each year to place wreaths on the graves of veterans in national and veterans cemeteries across the country. Many are inspired by the stunning sight of green wreaths with red bows leaning against the white stones of Arlington National Cemetery. As their organization expands, they are dedicated to reaching smaller cemeteries that do not hold national or veteran status to ensure all of our nation’s finest are honored. Working through Wreaths Across America, every wreath is sponsored by donation. Each wreath is $15, with the Mounsville Lions Club receiving $5 back, to assist in the club’s eyesight program that gives back to our community.

“All residents and businesses in the community are invited to donate a wreath and to participate in the wreath laying at the cemetery.

“Please consider visiting our website: (https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages163959) to donate and /or volunteer. This is the easiest, most efficient way to contribute, but arrangements can be made if you would rather donate via mail.

“Anyone who has questions or concerns can contact me, Lion Danielle Harmon at usafgirl1994@yahoo.com.”


William Russell “Sonny” Allen was a competitor whether it was a game of pinochle or a national basketball championship!

He was a winner in most of his games, especially during 40 years as a basketball coach.

Sonny was born on March 8, 1936 in Limestone, and died peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada on Sept. 11.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of nearly 30 years, six children, a sister (Alene Straughn of Moundsville), two brother-in-laws (John Varlas and Jack Howe both of Moundsville), 11 grandchildren, and also 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Nancy Varlas, Ethel Jo Nice and Eileen Howe.

He wasn’t a big person, but that didn’t keep him from taking on larger opponents whether in basketball, baseball or softball.

Around the age of 10-12 years of age he contacted Osgood-Schlatter Disease, which affects the knees.

He would return later to the baseball diamond at the East End Playground, where he showed his leadership by also being the one to select teammates for the pickup baseball games. In high school he played baseball and basketball.

After graduating from Moundsville High School, he didn’t receive many scholarships for basketball, and he decided to spend a year working at Wheeling Steel, where he had worked during summer months.

It just so happened that during that period, Wheeling native Jule Rivlin accepted the position of head basketball coach at then- Marshall College, and with Rivlin being a fast-break coach, he offered both Allen and longtime friend John Derrow scholarships to the Thundering Herd.

After an outstanding career at Marshall, where the Thundering Herd led the nation in scoring in 1958 thanks to the fast break, he began his basketball coaching career at a high school in Huntington where his team was 17-2.

He would then return to Marshall, where he became an undefeated freshman coach — the first of many spectacular accomplishments he would make.

Among some of his other achievements would include taking over Division II Old Dominion College, who in 1975 were National Champions. He would spent 10 years there.

Allen would then accept the head coaching position at Southern Methodist University and in his first year the basketball program would be the most improved team in school history.

He would then lead the University of Nevada basketball team to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.

Sonny would be named to the halls of fame of the latter three schools, along with the HOF at Marshall. In addition to coaching men’s teams, he was a head coach for three years in the WNBA, he would also coach in three other women’s leagues. His overall record for 34 years as a head coach was 613 wins and 383 losses.

Through his life, Coach Allen made numerous pivotal contributions to the game of basketball including the Sonny Allen Fast Break and the player numbering system.

After having a setback in 2005 by contracting West Nile Virus and with a miracle recovery he enjoyed the past 15 years of retirement in Reno. Per Sonny’s request, no service was held.


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