Moundsville

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On September 27, 1777, Captain William Foreman and 21 men, including two of his sons, were killed by Indians at present McMechen in Marshall County. The latter half of 1777 was a time of bloody conflict between settlers and Indians in the Ohio Valley. Four weeks earlier, Indian warriors aligned with the British in the Revolutionary War had attacked Fort Henry at Wheeling.

Sept. 21, 1970 - The Filming of Fool's Parade Crime Drama Begins

Sep 21, 2017
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Filming of the Columbia Pictures crime drama Fool’s Parade began on September 21, 1970.

The movie was based on Davis Grubb’s 1969 novel of the same title. Like Grubb’s earlier breakthrough novel, The Night of the Hunter, Fool’s Parade was set in the author’s native West Virginia. Much of the filming was shot on site in Moundsville. 

Grave Creek Mound, Marshall County
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Archeologist Delf Norona died in Moundsville on April 12, 1974, just before his 79th birthday. Born in Hong Kong, Norona spent much of his early life in the Philippine Islands.

A British subject, he emigrated to Canada and then to the United States, where he served in the U.S. Army during World War I. In 1930, he moved to West Virginia.

Grave Creek Mound
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Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville is presenting several programs next month, all free and open to the public.

Grave Creek also has two new permanent exhibits. Prehistoric West Virginia features casts of some large Ice Age animals that were once in West Virginia, including skulls of the saber-tooth cat and dire wolf. The dire wolf serves as a pet and protector to many of the characters on the television series "Game of Thrones."

All-Terrain Vehicle
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Moundsville officials are tackling the issue of all-terrain vehicles with a new city ordinance.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports that Moundsville police Lt. Steve Kosek says the ordinance took effect this month, completely banning ATV use on city streets and alleys.

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Six West Virginia municipalities have been given a larger say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board granted home rule status to Beckley, Grafton, Princeton, St. Albans, Moundsville and Oak Hill on Monday.

July 23, 1919: Novelist Davis Grubb Born in Moundsville

Jul 23, 2015
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Novelist Davis Grubb was born in Moundsville on July 23, 1919. He came from a prosperous background, but his family was hit badly by the Great Depression and evicted from their home. The incident likely influenced his later writings, which often criticized politicians and wealthy capitalists.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we travel to Moundsville for a visit to the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex to see what the curators are discovering these days.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of West Virginia, buried evidence exists of communities and times gone by. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. The curators there work daily next to a giant Adena Indian burial mound, preserving artifacts found over the years throughout the state.


Large Scale Photographs Capture Prehistoric History

May 5, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from a meeting about taxes and tax reform at the state capitol yesterday.  And Glynis Board introduces us to a photographer who takes pictures of Appalachia’s prehistoric remnants.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Arch Moore
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  Arch Moore was born in Moundsville on April 16, 1923. During World War II, he was severely wounded in the face and had to learn to talk again during his long hospital recovery. The Republican was elected to the state legislature in 1952 and to Congress four years later.

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On March 18, 1932, convicted mass murderer Harry Powers was executed at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. The story of his grisly murders unfolded in late 1931, with lurid details that sounded more like a pulp fiction novel than reality.

Over time, the Clarksburg resident had been scamming untold wealthy women through lonely hearts club magazines. When his lies started catching up with him, he murdered two of the women: Dorothy Lemke of Massachusetts and Asta Eicher of suburban Chicago. He also killed three of Eicher’s children. The victims were found at a garage owned by Powers in Quiet Dell, south of Clarksburg.

  State regulators have granted a site certificate for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Moundsville.

According to the West Virginia Public Service Commission, the 549-megawatt plant would cost about $615 million and is expected to be operational by August 2018.

The PSC issued an air quality permit to Moundsville Power LLC for the plant in December and granted the site certificate on Friday.

The plant will be located on a 37 1/2-acre site along the Ohio River where a chemical manufacturer was once located. 

When West Virginia statehood leaders carved out the new state’s borders, the eastern panhandle counties were included primarily to keep the B&O in West Virginia and outside of Confederate Virginia.
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The Marshall County Commission has approved an agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant.

Under the agreement, the commission would own the 549-megawatt plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate. Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county over 30 years in lieu of property taxes.

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  West Virginia Citizen Action Group is asking state regulators to postpone a ruling on Appalachian Power's request to acquire the remaining portion of a coal power plant.

The group said it filed a motion with the Public Service Commission on Monday asking it to order the company to look at buying other power plants instead.

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are asking to buy half of the Mitchell coal-fired generating plant in Moundsville.

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Williams Energy won't be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County.

The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.