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From My View For Sept. 21

By Staff | Sep 21, 2016

The 9/11 remembrance ceremony in New Martinsville on Sunday, Sept. 11 was amazing.

The New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department’s Joe Smith, who served as master of ceremonies, was assisted by others from the military, EMS, state and city police, well as the American Legion Post #28. They all worked together to put on outstanding remembrance festivities by the Ohio River, beside the fire station.

It was a memorable ceremony. The Magnolia High School band began the ceremony with the National Anthem. When they showed, via a projector screen, filming of the terrorist attacks, while listening to “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” by Alan Jackson and “American Soldier,” by Toby Keith and “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, it brought tears to my eyes, as well as the hundreds of residents – of all ages – that were in attendance, as we all remembered what happened.

Kevin Stokes was on hand, and he played and sang “My City of Ruin” by Bruce Springsteen and played “Taps” to end the “Never Forget” 9/11 ceremony.

There was a 21-gun salute by the American Legion, as well as a candlelit vigil.

The fire department then rang the bell 15 times on last call of the years it has been since that day.


When traveling the hills out to Hundred, I have noticed that some gas and water hauling trucks don’t like to share the road at all. Last year, I went out to cover a wreck – a water truck had run someone off the road, and they died. It has made me more cautious when traveling out Route 250.

Last week a gas truck didn’t want to move over with me being parked when I saw him coming. Well, he hit my driver’s side mirror and stopped, only for me to back up and move off the road to he could get by.

The trailing truck did stop, and the driver was told that the truck had hit my mirror. All the said was that the hauling truck didn’t hit anything.

It didn’t cause much damage, but we need to use this as an example when travelling out toward Hundred. Watch out for the trucks travelling.

Travel smart and slow down around the turns. You don’t know what is coming. If it is a huge truck, you’re in trouble.

If you are one one of those that drive a big hauling truck – please slow down. There are many of us that travel the roads. If you stay in your lane and not cause headaches to those of us in smaller vehicles, thank you.


While I’m at it, I might as well get something else off my mind. That is coaching. If you are a coach, thank you for your service. If you are a coach that cares enough to send in stats so the sports writers can write about the games – thank you again. But, if you’re not one of those coaches that only wants to give stats when you win, shame on you. Shame on your school for not caring enough for the kids to get recognized.

There have been some outstanding players of the week, and I’m looking forward to more high school athletes winning. If you have won, remember you can’t win again until the post season starts again ,once the regular season is over.