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Marshall Memo: Gray Continues Tradition of Buying Grand Champion Ham

The Marshall County Health Department has received word that it will be receiving 738 first dose COVID-19 vaccinations to be given from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Chevron Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

Although this figure is less than this past week, health department director Tom Cook said he was pleased, adding that this will bring the figure for the two week period to 1,998 vaccinations given.

This past week’s vaccinations went very smoothly, according to Cook.

“This past week’s distribution was a teamwork effort, we couldn’t have carried this out without help from numerous individuals,” he said.

Among those were individuals from WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, working in different positions; WV VOAD volunteers, Marshall County Schools nurses and county employees. There were individuals employed by the Marshall County Health Department and members of the West Virginia National Guard and volunteers who carried out various other duties.

The undertaking started in the parking lot when motorists entered the 12th Street gate they were greeted by the parking lot attendees.

A major change in parking area was that instead of one way in and out of the parking lot, the north gate was opened this past week thus enabling motorist to exit the area.

Once inside the Chevron Building, those receiving injections signed-in and were instructed to go to one of eight tables where there was an individual asking a few questions and where two persons were present to give vaccinations.

Wednesday was a busy day in Marshall County as it was also the date of the Cameron FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale. This was the 42nd such event.

That first sale took place at Glen Dale Motors and among those present was realtor Gene Gray who has been to every one since.

Gray had purchased either the grand champion ham or reserve champion ham every year and this was no different as he once again purchased the grand champion ham from Alyssa Pettit.

Among the buyers was Brad Varlas, who also has been a supporter of this school program. This year in addition to purchasing items for himself, he also purchased one item which he returned for resale. The resale proceeds went to pay for the rental of the building. There were a total of 153 items sold in addition to resales.

This Saturday Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 will hold its annual dinner Saturday at the C. William “Bill” Harris Annex, and among those recognized will be Harris himself, who has been a member of the Post for 70 years.

Five others, four of whom have been members for 50 years, and one who died while in his 50th year of membership, will also be honored.

These honorees are:

Charles J. “Bud” Behm;

Jack L. Hart, Sr;

Keith D. Compston;

David A. Rayle;

Anthony Skrypek;

Gary R. Dobbs will be hold posthumously.

There will be a social hour from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be State Senator Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, an Air Force Veteran representing the First Senatorial District. He will be introduced by Harris.

The dinner will be catered by Bob’s Lunch of Moundsville.

All Post members, Auxiliary members and their family members will be invited.

Some changes as of this past Wednesday took place at the Marshall County Courthouse.

In the past months persons doing business at the courthouse had to make an appointment, now no appointment is needed at four of the five offices. Of course, there are still security checks at the front door and persons must wear a mask and observe any other requirements in effect prior to COVID-19.

The requirements for the five offices are as follows:

County Clerk’s Office–front office, two people allowed in at one time; back office, probates and marriage license are still by appointment; abstract and title work (back room work) are still by appointment only; two people at a time for 2 hours at a time.

Circuit Clerk’s Office–one person allowed in the office at a time.

Tax Office–two people allowed in the office at a time. The DMV window will remain at least through the month of June; this will be reviewed by the Sheriff and Chief Tax Deputy in mid-month at which time a decision on reopening will be made then.

Assessor’s Office — each section has different limit: Real Estate, one person allowed at a time; Personal Property, three persons allowed in at a time; Oil & Gas, one person allowed in at a time.

Prosecutor’s Office–one person allowed in the office at a time, excluding local law enforcement.

If a visitor has to go to more than one office, the person must turn their card in for the first, then get in line for a second office visit.

Court security will monitor the number of people in each office and send the next appointment or person waiting when one leaves.

The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority members will meet Monday with one of the items on the agenda pertaining to the Spring Clean-Up program sponsored by the MCSWA and the Marshall County Commission. If it passes, the first clean-up will be in April.

Lexie Hanket, chairperson of the Moundsville High School Reunion committee, has contacted fellow MHS individuals via and Facebook to get their thoughts about having a reunion this year, and the replies were favorable as all but one expressed yes.

In the meantime she has contacted the Moundsville Economic Development Council, the leasee of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, arranging for the use of Training Center for Labor Day Weekend.

She said she will be contacting persons who keep track on members of their respective class.

Hanket stated that any class that might be planning a breakfast in conjunction with the reunion to please contact her so that this information can be placed in the reunion booklet.

MHS has been holding reunions on a five year basis until last year when it had to be canceled due to COVID-19.

Marshall County Superintendent of Schools Shelby Haines informed members of the school’s Pride and Progress Committee that Cameron High School will be holding its graduation at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, which will enable all family members and friends to attend this affair.

In addition, John Marshall High School’s Queen of Queens has received permission to have its annual event this year.

Also, Justin Jones has made inquiry about having the String’s Concert this Fall.

Haines said that all the teachers in the county who wanted to be vaccinated have been, the final few received their vaccination this past Wednesday when a few individuals did not show up, and teachers were contacted and came to the site.

Included in those teachers who have been vaccinated are some retired and substitute teachers.

Prior to the opening of the P&P meeting, there was a moment of silence in honor for Bob Hanket, a long-time John Marshall High School Booster Club president, track official and school custodian.

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