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Marshall County schools will have three major goals to undertake when they open the school year on Tuesday.

Superintendent Shelby Haines said the ultimate goal for the 2022-2023 school year will be to have a positive impact on students, staff and the community.

“Our top priority is our students, therefore, our first goal is to increase student achievement. We plan to do this by providing cutting-edge technology and research-based instruction in all classrooms.”

The superintendent pointed out that books have been mailed to students’ homes and this will continue throughout the school year.

“We’ve listed Marshall County in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library so that children from birth to age five can also have books delivered to their homes,” she said.

Staff will continue to monitor general summative assessment data as well as baseline assessments, using these to guide instructional practice.

The second objective is to provide support to current staff, whether they are service staff or professional staff. She said: “We want to support open lines of communication with administration at the building and county office level. We have already provided a list of trainings available during professional learning days for service staff and monthly evening trainings for teachers.

Haines said, “We will also be providing a county-wide book study for professional staff that we completed in the fall, and the same book study will be offered to service staff during learning days at distance. We hope that all staff will understand the importance of being lifelong learners.

As for the third goal, Haines said, “It’s about having a positive impact on the community.”

“Blazing Series” will return to Grand Vue Park at 7 p.m. Thursday. This program will take place at Refuge n°1.

The event will feature two popular local storytellers – Rich Knoblich and Judi Tarowsky. Both performers are well known for their traditional folk tales, comedy programs and ghost stories.

The event is sponsored by the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

All materials will be family friendly, so everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy great storytelling.

Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to bring snacks and drinks. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Moundsville Community Day will take place today (Saturday) from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park. There will be no charge to attend. Hot dogs, fries, drinks and frozen treats will be offered.

Activities will include inflatables, sand art, duck pond, sports corner, scout shooting range, Sno-Biz, balloon animals, music, fire safety house for children and a demonstration of cardio-drums.

Glass can be dropped off at the normal recycling point on North First Street. Drop-off times are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Acceptable items are:

Pickle jars, baby food jars, wine bottles, beer bottles, ketchup bottles, condiment jars and bottles, applesauce jars, olive oil bottles, pasta sauce jars, jars Jelly and Jam Bottles, Beverage Bottles, Food Bottles and Jars, Perfume Bottles, Mason Jars, Clear Glass Bottles and Jars, Amber Glass Bottles and Jars, Green Glass Bottles and Jars, and Blue Glass Bottles and Jars. The lids of any glass intended for recycling must be removed and the inside of the bottom of the glass washed.

A pre-construction meeting for the Fostoria Avenue Bridge Relocation Project was held recently. The opening of tenders for the actual bridge project will take place on September 13. Once construction begins, Fostoria Avenue will be closed just beyond the entrance to the Fostoria property at Walnut Avenue.

Work can take up to 60 days.

Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy informed city council members last week that the city was set to implement a bicycle rental program.

Healy hopes the bikes will be available for rent by the end of the summer, and if so, the bikes should be operational through this fall and early winter.

Healy also announced that Police Patrolman First Class Alex Carnahan has been promoted to the rank of Corporal, effective August 15. Following two vacancies, the police department will be accepting applications until September 2, with testing of those who sign up due to take place on September 10.

The Moundsville Water System was named State Water System of the Year at the recent Rural Water Conference. The city hopes to have Superintendent Terry Roberts at the next council meeting.

Healy said: “It’s a huge honour, and it continues to bring Moundsville the recognition it deserves. “Congratulations to the entire department and the Water Board for this prestigious honor.”

The Marshall County Commission announced last Tuesday that 30 small businesses and nonprofits had been approved for a federal relief program that came into being because of COVID.

These businesses and nonprofits were required to submit information indicating that they had lost money due to COVID.

A total of 45 businesses and nonprofits submitted an application in June. June grants awarded to date total $461,824. There are a few applications from June that have not yet been processed.

Applications submitted in July will be processed next month.

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