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Grapevine: History Heroes To Be Honored

February 8, 2010
By Linda Comins Life Editor

Six people from Ohio and Marshall counties are to be recognized as "West Virginia History Heroes" during the annual History Day program at the Culture Center in Charleston at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Joseph N. Geiger Jr., secretary of the state Archives and History Commission, announced that the 44 honorees include Nila J. Chaddock of Moundsville; Sean Duffy, Hazel Kerby, Joan Moore McClelland and Betty June Wymer, all of Wheeling, and the late David Naegele.

Chaddock was nominated for the History Hero designation by the Marshall County Historical Society's Cockayne farmstead preservation committee. Duffy was recognized by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp., while Kerby was named by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society.

The Wheeling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution saluted McClelland for the historical recognition. Wymer was named by the Wheeling Area Historical Society.

Naegele, a Wheeling resident who died in January, was nominated prior to his death by the West Virginia Northern Community College Alumni Association.

The honorees hail from all over the Mountain State. After the ceremony at the Culture Center, the History Heroes will go to the House of Delegates gallery where it is anticipated that they will be recognized during a floor session, Geiger said.

It was announced Thursday that the Wheeling Jamboree is returning to the historic Capitol Theatre - for at least one show.

Officials of the country music program stated that the Wheeling Jamboree's 77th-anniversary show will be performed on the Capitol stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Artists being booked for the special show include Charley Pride, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jeannie Seely, Roger Hoard, Ramblin' Roy Scott, the 11/70 Band and the Fabulous Bender Boys.

Apparently, the Wheeling Jamboree is experimenting with different venues. According to the organization's Web site, last night's show was scheduled to be held at the River City Center in the Wheeling Artisan Center. The River City Center also is listed as the venue for Saturday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

The show on Saturday, Feb. 20, is set for the Statler Ballroom in the McLure City Center Hotel in downtown Wheeling, while the show is to be broadcast from the WKKX studio sound stage Saturday, March 6. Other venues for the weekly country music shows are to be announced.

Meanwhile, a member of Buckstone, a band that was scheduled to perform at the Wheeling Jamboree Saturday, Feb. 6 (if the show wasn't "snowed out"), has Wheeling ties.

Buckstone drummer Tom Kirk is the son of Ruth Greschner Kirk, who was born and reared in Wheeling. His aunt is Marlene Schmitt of Wheeling.

Ruth Kirk, who now lives in Charleston, said her son bought his first drum set at CA House of Music when it was located on Main Street in Wheeling.

Buckstone has released a compact disc recorded in Nashville and titled "Six Pack in a Paper Sack." One of the numbers on the recording, "I Do," was written by Tom Kirk for his parents' 45th wedding anniversary, his mother related.

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