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Commission Passes Resolution To Honor MHS Football Team

By Staff | Dec 14, 2010

Pictured from left Commissioners Bob Gorby, Scott Lemley, and Don Mason present Magnolia High School Principal Kathy Schmalz and MHS Head Football Coach Mark Batton with a resolution recognizing the 2010 Magnolia football team’s accomplishments this season.

This week’s Wetzel County Commission meeting began with the adoption of a resolution recognizing Magnolia High School’s 2010 football team. MHS Principal Kathy Schmalz and MHS Head Football Coach Mark Batton were invited to partake in the ceremony and receive a framed print of the resolution which reads:

Whereas: Magnolia High School located in New Martinsville, West Virginia in the County of Wetzel.

Whereas: Magnolia High School started playing Football in the year of 1902.

Whereas: The Magnolia High School coaching staff, support staff, and players worked hard and dedicated themselves to the football program.

Whereas: The Magnolia Football Teams of 2009 and 2010 set a school record by achieving two consecutive undefeated regular season schedules.

Whereas: The 2010 Magnolia School Football Team on Friday, December 2, 2010, won the West Virginia “AA” High School Football Championship.

Therefore let it be resolved: That the Wetzel County Commission recognizes and are grateful for the accomplishments of the 2010 Magnolia High School Football Team. The Team has brought fame and recognition to Wetzel County and as the lyrics of the Magnolia High School Song goes, let us join in and “Sing the praise of Old Magnolia everywhere.”

Schmalz and Batton received the resolution whole-heartedly and expressed their sincere appreciation for the commission’s thoughtfulness. “We appreciate you recognizing a great group of boys,” said Coach Batton.

Notably, this is the first resolution of its kind the commission has passed.

Also present at the meeting was Sandy Hunt on behalf of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau to brief the commission on plans underway for the Wetzel County CVB.

She first summarized what has been done so far within the organization which included the printing and distributing of the Wetzel County tourism brochure, the uploading of their Web site (www.wetzelcvb.org), and placing a large advertisement in the West Virginia Travel Guide which will also include a five-part slide show on the West Virginia Travel Guide Web site.

Hunt explained that as the CVB is funded by the hotel/motel tax, the organization’s initial efforts are focused on renovations in New Martinsville. The CVB is currently in the process of renovating the museum on Main Street, including bidding out mural work for two sides of the building. Other plans include establishing a boardwalk along the wharf and constructing a Victorian-style veranda onlooking the Ohio River.

Regarding the Ohio River, the commission brought up the indian mound which now stands under water. Hunt said a historical landmark sign has been approved by the state and will be placed appropriately in the near future.

Hunt went on to say that the historical district in downtown New Martinsville is the only place in the country where historical property isn’t increasing in value. With that in mind, the CVB strives to change that statistic through proper renovations.

The commission also discussed how the CVB might be able to help market the 4-H grounds for tourism. Hunt stated many in the organization, including herself, are planning to attend various conferences related to tourism and hope much will be learned to help bring tourism and prosperity to Wetzel County. Specifically, Hunt assured the commission the 4-H grounds will be highlighted in the 2011 West Virginia Travel Guide.

Hunt continued the discussion by sharing other ideas the CVB has to attract visitors to the area including hosting tourists in country homes or farms, and advertising the many cemeteries in the county. Hunt explained many people tour cemeteries for various reasons and Wetzel County has a surprising 106 known cemeteries. She also noted the many campgrounds and fishing areas in the county. She added that the US National Park Service is planning to do a study next year on how to lay out a scenic byway in the county. “We have a lot to offer,” Hunt said. “It’s just the issue of establishing a destination location and getting visitors access to the many other things we have.”

In other matters, the commission approved the Wetzel County Emergency Communications/E-911 and Office of Emergency Management for the purchase of a 2006 Jeep Liberty to aid in their mapping project. Also, the commission moved to allow the Lions Club the use of the Mollohan Center free of charge for their 65th anniversary celebration to be held March 18, 2011. The club, just as with any renter, will however need to provide a security deposit.