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Marshall Memo: John Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame Inducting Its Inaugural Class

Twelve individuals will be inducted into the inaugural class of the John Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame which will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at the school.

It was some two years ago that athletic director Roger Simmons approached Principal Cassie Porter pertaining to creating an AHOF since the school which was in its 51st year had never had given this type of recognition.

Porter gave her approval, and along with Simmons spearheaded a committee which included eight persons. These being Marcis Robbins, Mark Hinerman, Bob Wilson, Dan Wilson, Chuck Duckworth and Dr. Jim Wilson.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame being to highlight and honor those Monarch athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective sports or support roles and who had helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction and excellence to the school by their conduct both on and off the field, or court of competition. The recognitions helping maintain the spirit, pride and sense of community as well as serving as a historical account of the school’s athletic traditions.

The first honorees are:

– Stanley Blankenship — Girls Basketball Coach from 1978-2011 with a state championship in 1982.

– Alfonso “Poncho” Flores — Softball/Basketball Coach from the 1970’s-2010, with a state championship coach of the 1988 softball team.

– Amy Gamble — A student at JMHS from 1981-83, who in 1983 was a Basketball All-American, a two-time All-State Basketball player, and a two-time state champion in track (discus and shot put).

– Lexie and the late Bob Hanket–Were school contributors having been Monarch Booster Club members since 1982. Mrs. Hanket and son, Ted, will accept the plaque in Bob’s honor.

– William Hinegardner — Wrestling coach from 1968-82, with his teams winning four state championships in the 1970s.

– Micheal Linsky — JMHS football coach from 1983-2006, whose team in 1996 being the Class AAA state champion. His wife Sandy and their two daughters, Mika Ward and Chelsca Eikleberry will accept the plaque today.

– Duane Miller — Was a Cross Country/Track All-American performer in 1996, along with being a state champion in Cross Country that same year.

– Robert Montgomery — A Basketball Coach from 1969-2017, with a state champion in 1985

– Ryan Muldrew — A 1995 Wrestling All-America, and two time State Champion.

Cliff Ward– A 1995 Wrestling All-American, and a two time state champion.

– Fred Tweedlie — Athletic Director, Administrator, Head Track and Head Football coach. Daughter Jean Ann Sherman and son Fred Tweedlie, Jr., will accept the plaque.

– Rudy Zatezalo — Golf coach from 1975-2005, with four state championship teams during that period.

Preparing for an event such as a school reunion is no easy task, but 19 Moundsville High School graduates are to be commended for their efforts which have enabled nearly 400 individuals this weekend to take part in such an event.

Plans for the reunion started six months ago when things related to COVID-19 let up somewhat. The first undertaking was to form a committee who sent out 3,400 brochures to graduates over a 38 year period.

This was followed up with chairwomen Lexie Hanket recording replies from those planning to attend.

In the meantime some of the local issues had to be addressed, among those making arrangements for the sites necessary. It turned out that the Moundsville Center, located within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, was available for the majority of events, while Undo’s was available for catering the banquet. Among some of the other things needed were putting up Orange and Black banners along Jefferson Avenue; this was done by the city of Moundsville Street Department.

The current Girls’ Tennis Team approached stores along Jefferson Avenue about placing large photographs of class pictures in their windows. Another major issue was that of making arrangements for the parade; that meant contacting bands, obtaining vehicles for the floats and finding convertibles to be used for those riding on floats.

I’ve told you about every aspect except those who were responsible for doing the above work. This committee was comprised of the following:

Thelmas Chambers, Gary Church, Doris Jean Clarke, Duane Clarke, Sharon Combs. Toni DiNatale, Donna Durbin, Gene Gray, Lexie Hanket, Connie Hupp, Darlene Meeker, Doug Pettit, Rosalyn Rhodes, Jean Schwing, Linda Simons, Roger Smith, Barbara Stern, Shirley Stilwell and Mary Wharry.

While the parade took place on Friday, today’s activities will involve several individual classes taking part in events, in the morning, while a sports banquet will take place at 2 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church at which Bob Hummell will be speaker, a social hour at 6 p.m., a dinner to be served at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by music; the latter three events at the Training Center. The Sunday events will be a family picnic at the Prison shelter at 3 p.m.; and a Vesper Service, conducted by Pastor Wes Howsare and Duane Clarke at 6 p.m., also at the Prison shelter.

Two special events will be taking place at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex this month.

The first being that of a film titled: “Poverty Point Earthworks: Evolutionary Milestones of the Americas.”

This film features earthworks at the Poverty Point State Historic Site in northeastern Louisiana that dates to 1750-1350 BC. Built at an enormous scale, the earthworks consist of six concentric earth embankments that would stretch 7.5 miles if laid end to end, a 70-foot-tall mound shaped like a giant bird, and several other mounds. A poster exhibit on the Archaeology is displayed in the upstairs hallway through September. The film is 22 minutes in length.

September 18 from noon until 4 p.m., there will be Fossil Day at the Grave Creek facility. Visitors will be invited to bring fossils for expert identification by Dr. Ronald McDowell, senior research geologist at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) in Morgantown. Dr. McDonald will identify fossils from noon until 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 1 p.m., Ray Garton, Curator of Prehistoric Planet, will present a program titled, “Thomas Jefferson’s Contribution to West Virginia. There will also be a variety of family-oriented activities throughout the afternoon, including a museum hunt in the exhibit “Prehistoric West Virginia: West Virginia Fossils,” making fossil cast, looking for fossils in sand matrix, and observing tiny fossils through a microscope.”

The featured artist of the month at the Museum is Cheryl Childers–Paints.

While on the subject of the GCMAC, site manager Jeremy Kohus is very pleased with the turnout of persons who have visited the facility this year, he states that it has had largest number of visitors at the Complex in the seven years he has been employed there. There are also numerous booklets dealing with attractions in Marshall County, as the Grave Creek Mound is the major Greater Moundsville Convention & Visitors Bureau location.

The Marshall County Health Department will be the site of nine COVID-19 vaccinations during this month. These are for individuals who have not received a vaccination and those who have had one vaccination.

The dates are: Sept. 7, 9, 13, 15, 21, 23, 27 and 29.

The times for the above dates being 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Also, this month there will be mobile testings at Benwood City Hall and Cameron City Hall.

The dates and times being: Sept. 10 and Sept. 14 at Benwood, both at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sept. 17 at Cameron, at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Upon the recommendation of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Clergy Personnel Commission, Most Reverend Mark E. Brennan, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, has appointed Very Rev. John S. Ledford, V.F., as pastor of St. John Parish, Benwood, and St. James Parish, McMechen, effective Sept. 1.This is in addition to his current assignment as pastor of St. Jude Parish, Glen Dale, this does not change his place of residence.

The same commission along with Most Reverend Brennan, has appointed Rev. Doney Palakuzhayil, R.C.J., to Parochial Vicar of both St. John Parish and St. James Parish, with residence at the parish rectory in McMechen. Rev. Palakuzhayil’s assignment having been at St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Fairmont.

With children back in school the Cameron Blue & Gold Christian Center after-school Kidz Kamp program has resumed.

Any child who wants to attend this program needs to have a parent’s note stating that the child may go to the Blue & Gold Christian Center after school. Children are met at the school by volunteers who walk the child to the center. There they will hear a Bible story and have a nutritional child-friendly meal. The youngsters will then pick an activity to participate in. There are arts and crafts, puzzles, foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and board games.

Children need to be picked up by 5 p.m.

There are several other options available to children and adults now that school has opened.

By the way, the Blue & Gold’s Thrift Store has revised its hours. It is now open from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.


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