With the 2012 high school football season only nine days away, many area schools are still dealing with issues left behind from the severe thunderstorms of June 29.
Here in Wetzel County, this is more relevant than ever. Magnolia is preparing for the season, knowing that its rival, River High School, will use the same turf this season. But, the home turf hasn't looked like home since those storms. That's because the storm took out the Blue Eagle press box.
You see, the Pilots are without a field because of the the remodeling of the school. It's impossible to have teams come and play on its field (see photos). Construction work has River High School flooded with dirt. It is hard to park or even walk around the school.
A school levy was passed a few years ago in Monroe County, with new schools being built at Beallsville and Monroe Central high schools and an elementary school in Powhatan.
On the river, the voters decided to remodel RHS in the same location instead of tearing it all down. Sardis and Hannibal elementary schools will merge and be located at River High School. Although completion at Beallsville and Monroe Central is near, it will take longer at River High School.
It may take more time to complete, but when the project is completed, River will have a nice, centrally-located high school and elementary school in Hannibal.
A couple years ago it took about six months to build a new press box for the Blue Eagles. A few good men donated materials, their sweat, and time and completed the project just in time for the 2010 season to begin. By contrast, the derecho in June 2012 took only a few minutes to collapse the structure.
With only days remaining before this year's first kickoff, there still isn't a press box.