Morehouse to speak at Marshall alumni dinner

Keith Morehouse is humbled and looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s scholarship fundraiser dinner April 11 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

“It is an honor to be asked. I appreciate it,” said Morehouse, WSAZ News Channel 3 sports director and 1983 Marshall University graduate.

The local Marshall alumni group will be honoring Freda Kimsey, retired businesswoman and Marshall University supporter, at the 10th annual dinner.

The Mid-Ohio Valley chapter is an active group that is interested in Marshall University, Morehouse said. The local Thundering Bison Club has won the Marshall Alumni Chapter of the Year award for three consecutive years and four out of the past five years.

Since 2009, the dinner has raised $74,500 for scholarships assisting 72 students from the Mid-Ohio Valley and $91,700 for other Marshall University campaigns for a total of $166,200. Last year’s dinner raised $30,770.

Morehouse’s father, Gene, was Marshall’s sports information director and play-by-play radio broadcaster for Marshall football and basketball games from 1968-70. Gene Morehouse, “The Voice of the Herd,” was among the 75 people who died in the Marshall plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970, near the Huntington airport.

Gene was 48 years old and Keith was 9 years old at the time of the plane crash. Keith would follow in his father’s footsteps as Marshall’s play-by-play broadcaster for football and basketball.

Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert and Athletic Director Mike Hamrick are expected to attend the scholarship dinner.

The social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner at 6:30 p.m. One of the new items in the live auction is an all-access pass to the sidelines and a skybox and parking for the 2019 football season at Marshall.

Laurie Martin of Vienna, local alumni chapter president, can be contacted for tickets at 304-488-3297.


This year’s spring beginner’s running and walking clinics in Wood County are moving to a new location and day.

The 32nd annual running clinic and 12th annual walking clinic, sponsored by the River City Runners and Walkers Club, are moving from City Park in Parkersburg to the shelter near the tennis courts and swimming pool in Vienna’s Jackson Memorial Park.

The walking and running clinics used to be held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Now, beginning April 7 and continuing through June 9, the clinics will begin at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

People said their work schedules during the week prevented them from attending the Tuesday clinics, said director Melissa Wigal. She is being assisted in directing the clinics by Karen Meeks.

Each session begins with running and walking topics such as proper shoes, effective stretching and appropriate running distances. Scheduled speakers include a cardiologist, shoe expert, physical therapist and experienced runners and walkers.

The goal at the end of the 10 weeks is to complete a 5k (3.1 mile) run or walk. Ages 12 and older are invited to join the exercise program.

The city of Vienna is excited about hosting the running and walking clinics, Wigal said.

The $20 fee includes training schedule and a membership in the River City Runners and Walkers Club through Dec. 31. Make checks payable to River City Runners and Walkers Club, P.O. Box 4496, Parkersburg, WV 26104.

For more information contact Wigal at 740-373-2250 or email


Today is National Jelly Day on Lynn Street.

Beginning at 1 p.m., jars of peanut butter and jelly and loaves of bread will be given to those attending the street ministry of Teresa Racer of Vienna, known as “Momma T.”

The special giveaway during the outside food distribution program is in memory of Jelly, a Brussels Griffon dog who died last Thursday. Jelly was owned by Vienna businessman Jon Six, who helps to support Racer’s street ministry.

Jelly’s mother was named Butter and her brother was Peanut, Six noted.

Local residents also will receive a lunch of spaghetti, salad, bread and desserts at the Lynn and Charles streets location at 1 p.m. More than 300 meals were served at last week’s event.

The ministry brings dog and cat food to Lynn Street every week for local pets.

Six said he was honored to be involved with the street ministry, which is normally held on Tuesdays. “It is like my calling,” he said.

Donations of food and money to purchase food can be dropped off at Six’s hair salon at 1509 Grand Central Ave., Suite 2, in Vienna. Food for today’s meal is needed by noon.

Contact Paul LaPann at