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Marshall Memo: Marshall County Sees Four Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

The Marshall County Commissioners approved $125,000 to aid the city of McMechen in a storm sewer improvement project to be undertaken in the area of 21st, 22nd and Marshall Streets.

This area has seen flooding for a long period of time, and with the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be corrected.

The next step is finalizing the plans.

In an e-mail from Frederick L. Hypes, vice president of Engineering for Dunn Engineering Inc. of Charleston to the Bel-O-Mar Regional Council, it was stated that the storm water runoff that is entering the city of McMechen’s existing storm sewers on 21st, 22nd and Marshall Street originates in the hollow above 22nd Street and 23rd Street, and that the vast majority of the drainage area is south of the city limit of McMechen.

Several other matters also were addressed at the commission meeting Tuesday, one of which was that the commissioners had received $250,000 from an emergency payment COVID-19 Assistance Program which will be administered by Bel-O-Mar Regional Council.

The commission had requested this funding several months ago, as did the city of Moundsville.

The city of Moundsville also received the same amount of funding, and thus residents of Moundsville do not qualify for the county’s money.

The program will provide assistance to low- to moderate-income homeowners and renters who are experiencing financial hardships as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Persons throughout Marshall County can apply for assistance for as far back as Jan. 21, 2020.

Any questions regarding the application can be directed to Natalie Hamilton, Community Development/Grants Administrator at Bel-O-Mar Regional Council by phone at 304-242-1800 or by email (nhamiltion@belomar.org).

Also, at the meeting there was a First-Time Homebuyer Public Hearing.

It was stated that this program is designated to provide down payment and closing cost of assistance of up to $10,000 toward the purchase of a home.

It was pointed out that eight home buyers had taken advantage of this program during the current period.

The commissioners also passed a resolution with the Northern Panhandle Home Consortium from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Marshall County 8th graders Victoria Finley, Camden Frye, Gabriella Naome and Dave Smith are this year’s West Virginia Golden Horseshoe winners. Finley and Naome are students at Sherrard Middle School, while Frye and Smith are students at Cameron Middle School.

They along with other state honorees will attend a banquet at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston on June 25.

At the banquet the formal pinning ceremony will take place at which these individuals will be inducted as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society.

The Golden Horseshoe award has been given every year since 1931.

The Golden Horseshoe test assesses students’ knowledge of state government, history, economics, geography and current events. It is not a statewide competition which means that the 8th grade students complete against other students who attend schools in their own county. The number of winners per county is based on population.

The John Marshall High School Football schedule for this year has been released.

The Monarchs will open their schedule on Aug. 27 at University High in Morgantown, The home opener will be on Sept. 3 against Weir High, it will also be Senior Day.

The Sept. 10 game will be at Preston High. The Monarchs will return home on Sept. 17 to face Trimble Local which is located in Glouster, Ohio. That will be homecoming.

JMHS will be on the road for two games, one being Sept. 24 against Parkersburg South, and the other on Oct. 1 at Buckhannon-Upshur. After an open date on Oct. 8, the Monarchs will close out the season with four straight home games, Brooke High on Oct. 15, Morgantown High on Oct. 22, Oak Glen on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 against Wheeling Park.

There will be four Marshall County Spring Clean-Up Dumpsters Saturday.

They will be at the Glen Dale City Garage, the walking trail at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville, the St. Joe Firehouse, and the Dallas VFD Headquarters.

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

The hours for the dumpsters at these sites will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The following weekend there will be dumpsters at the Benwood City Garage and the former football field in McMechen, both on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.

Also, next Saturday there will be E-Recycling at which the following items will be accepted, light truck tires (17 inch and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers.

Anyone wishing additional information can contract the MCSWA at 304-780-9866 or via mail at HowardCof@comcast.net

There will be vaccination testing this Monday and Wednesday at the Marshall County Health Department at 513 Sixth St., Moundsville from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on both days.

Also, there will be mobile testing Friday at the Cameron City from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Marshall County Health Department has switched locations for immunizations, the new location being the Moundsville Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, Eighth Street entrance.

An article in this month’s Cameron Blue & Gold Christian Center News states that the new Cameron Public Library is almost completed.

It states that if all goes as planned the furnishings and shelving will be delivered sometime this month. The current library will then be closed for several weeks to complete the transition.

There are old books in the hall of the old library and anyone who would like any of these books can feel free to take as many as they want for a very small fee. If anyone knows of any charities that would like any of the books let the library personnel know and they will make arrangements with them.

Other information from the Blue & Gold News includes:

Revival Services with Eric Ramsey will be held May 16-19 at the Cameron Baptist Church. Services on Sunday morning and evening will be at the church, and Monday through Wednesday that week services will be held at the American Legion Annex at 7 p.m. each evening.

The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until they are sold out, on May 15 at the Department’s lower building.

To place an order call 304-686-2411.

The Cameron Ministerial Association will host a community Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m., on May 23 at the First Presbyterian Church.

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