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Marshall Memo: Virtual Tours of Former State Penitentiary in Moundsville Set

If you haven’t been through a maximum security penitentiary you will have such an opportunity beginning April 1.

The Moundsville Economic Development Council has made available such a tour without leaving your home or business. The new tour is the result of the MEDC purchasing equipment necessary for virtual tours.

Those wishing to take advantage of such a tour will need a Facebook account.

Person interested can contact the MEDC at 304-845-6200 to purchase a card which will be needed in order to make contact with the tour.

Those on the “tour” will be able to ask questions from a tour guide.

The MEDC members are hopeful that the Virtual Tour might help bring individuals to the area to tour first-hand the former prison.

The Virtual Tour on April 1 will tie into the reopening of day tours through the end of November.

The annual Marshall County Spring Clean-Up will begin April 10 and continue through June 19. Free dumpsters will be located at 15 county sites with Marshall County residents being welcome to use any of the sites.

The hours at all sites will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In addition to these locations there will be one day, Saturday, May 15, devoted to what is called E-Recycle.

The dates of the dumpster sites are:

April 10–at the old fire house on Big Wheeling Creek.

May 1–Sherrard Middle School.

May 1–at the Limestone VFD headquarters.

May 8–at the Dallas VFD headquarters.

May 8–at the St. Joseph’s Firehouse.

May 7-8–at the Glen Dale City garage.

May 7-8–at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville.

May 14-15–at the Benwood City garage.

May 14-15–in McMechen at the old football field.

June 5–at the Cameron Elementary School.

June 5–in downtown Glen Easton.

June 12–at Todd Kelly Trucking at Washington Lands.

June 12–at the Graysville Community Center.

June 19–at the Roberts Ridge VFD Headquarters.

June 19–at the Cole Mine parking on Rosby’s Rock.

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

At the E-Recycle, which be held at the north parking lot at John Marshall High School, the following items will be accepted:

Car and light truck tires (17 inch and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

The hours for this pick-up will be from 8 a.m. on 2 p.m., on May 15.

Anyone wishing more information can contact the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority at 304-780-9866, or POC at HowardCof@comcast.net

Because officers of the Moundsville Lions Club had little opportunity to carry out their duties during the current fiscal year, the membership has voted to have these officers return for the 2021-22 club year which begins July 1.

Thus it means that president Eugene Saunders will be serving his fourth year, (2010-11, 2016-17, 2020-21 and 2021-22) along with being a District Governor during that period.

In addition to Saunders, the officers for 2021-22 will be:

Nick Zervos, first vice president; Rev. Father Ledford, second vice president; Tom Cook, third vice president; Jim Cochran, secretary; Roselyn Rhodes, treasurer; Rev. Tim Wilt, tail twister; Danielle Harmon, Lion tamer; Doug Pettit, Bill Anderson, Gerald Mechling, Linda Baker, board of directors; Stan Stewart, membership chairman; Eva Dague, past district governor.

At last week’s Lions Club meeting Saunders asked Tom Cook how many straight days that he had worked because of the COVID-19, and would you believe his answer was, “Since March 4, 2020.”

In case you don’t know, Cook is administrator of the Marshall Count Health Department.

Cook will soon be receiving the West Virginia Lions Club Leonard Jarrett Award, the highest award for a Lions Club member in the state of West Virginia. Jarrett founded the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation.

Saunders is also the Moundsville Lions Club Sight Conservation Foundation chairman, and in that capacity requested that Cook be honored with the Jarrett Award for his outstanding service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While on the subject of the Marshall County Health Department, this past Wednesday 718 county residents received COVID-19 vaccinations. This Friday there will again be 718 vaccinations at the Chevron Building at the Marshall County Fairgrounds in Moundsville.

Also, this week there will be booster shots given on Thursday for those who had their initial vaccination on Feb. 26.

There will be eight testing sites in the county during the remainder of the month.

There will be six drive-ups at the Health Department in Moundsville, and one each at the Benwood City Building and the Cameron City Building.

The dates and times being for these being:

At the Health Department, this week, the testing on Monday and Friday, both from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; on March 23 and March 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and March 29 and March 31 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The testing at Cameron will be on March 19 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Benwood’s testing will be on March 31 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Presale of tickets to this year’s John Marshall High School’s Queen of Queen’s Pageant are on the school’s website at jmhs.mars.k12.us under the box office tab.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m., on the evening of March 18.

The school has been approved by the Marshall County Health Department to hold the Pageant in school’s Center for Performing Arts with seating at the event being limited to 300. The audience will be required to wear a mask.

Eight senior girls will be competing for the crown to be the school’s representative in the OVAC’s Queen of Queen’s Pageant.

Contestants will be scored in three categories, interview, talent and poise/presentation.

The contestants are:

Sophia Baird, Hailey Henderson, Natalie Keim, Hannah Lynch, Marianna Martinez, Lakyn Parker, Leah Reuschel and Zara Zervos.

Tony Summers will be the Master of Ceremonies, and Tracey Filben the Pageant Coordinator.

Brent A. Clyburn is the newest member of the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office.

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