Marshall County Students Eligible for Lace Up For Kids

All Marshall County students, in grades K-12, are eligible to receive a new pair of shoes for the upcoming school year.

The “Lace Up For Kids” program is sponsored by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, WTOV-TV and Wendy’s. Call 304-232-4625 for more information.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, June 30, 2019. Call 304-232-4625 for more information. Email questions to

McNinch Primary Greeter Program Returns

Students at McNinch Primary School are greeted daily by different faculty and staff members. A warm smile, high five or handshake is given to every student as they enter the building in the morning. 

“Unfortunately, some kids are not greeted by their families in the morning and may not have social interaction until they hit the school’s door,” explained McNinch Primary School Counselor Jennifer Pickett.  “Because of this, students are less social and don’t feel the need to reciprocate a greeting.  This initiative can help with both.”

In hopes of incorporating more community involvement in the school and fostering healthy social skills for the students, Pickett along with McNinch Primary School Speech Therapist Sarah Bonar recently reestablished the school’s “Community Greeter Program.” The program is also being used to spark student interest in learning more about different community members and how those people impact their neighborhood.

Several times per month professionals such as firefighters, police officers and business owners come to the primary school to be a greeter. A fact sheet about each greeter, which includes a job title and description, is given to the students to instill a vision of possible career choices.

“This experience could be a pivotal moment in their day or life.” Pickett said.  “Our students know their teachers care about them, but we want to let the students know members of their community care about them as well,” Pickett said.

Tuesday morning McNinch Primary students were greeted by Justice, the Bordas & Bordas Legal Beagle. Justice enjoys visiting local schools and loves giving children a warm welcome whenever he meets them.

Susie Baker Honored as Harmony House’s Local Hero of Hope

Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center held its annual fundraiser kickoff the “Hope for Spring Fling” on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Oglebay’s Camp Russell.

The 11th annual event hosted the Leslie Vassilaros Hope’s Hero Award for the first time, being presented for the third year.  Harmony House did its best to keep the announcement of the winner under wraps until the night of the event. 

With a mash up of tears, humor, friendship, sweetness and class, long-time friend Kathy Vani presented the well-deserved award to none other than Marshall County’s own, Susie Baker. A very surprised, humble Mrs. Baker accepted the award, surrounded by friends, family and Marshall County Schools personnel. 

Susie has been a central part in the lives of many Marshall County residents, devoting countless hours to their children, the Marshall County SchoolsParent Educator Resource Center and the Marshall County Back to School Fun Fair.  As the Fair founder, she is also a volunteer at CASA, a part of countless committees and community supports, and has most certainly been (as engraved on the award) nothing short of “AMAZING.”  

Harmony House, Children’s Advocacy Center, is a comprehensive, child-focused program that allows prosecutors, law enforcement, child protective service workers, medical and mental health professionals, and victim advocates to work together to strengthen the community’s response to child abuse.  The center runs entirely from grants, donations and special events.  “This event is setting the tone for our year’s fundraising and is a lot of fun for our guests, staff and hardworking WV Auxiliary,” says Administrative Manager Jay Jack.  “Abuse immediately turns a child’s young world into a chaos, removing the excitement of youthful curiosity and replacing it with questions of confusion and dread. At Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center, our attempt at new beginnings and healing starts as soon as we open our doors,” says Jack.  Harmony House has been a strong part of our valley, serving children and individuals with developmental disabilities in Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia and Belmont County in Ohio

For more information visit or call 304-230-2205.