Ground broken for Nitro Doughboy monument

Nitro city officials and members of the Nitro Historic Commission broke ground on Monday, Dec. 2, for a Doughboy Monument located along the westbound side of Interstate 64 in Putnam County.

The City of Nitro’s Doughboy monument, designed by local landscape architect Laura Cox, will be seen by more than 60,000 travelers a day on Interstate 64, right before the Nitro exit. The project is a joint adventure of the Nitro City Council and the Nitro Historic Commission.

“The monument will generate an awareness of the city’s unique history of how the country came together to fill a need for our soldiers overseas in World War I,” Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said in a media release.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. When completed, the monument, including the Doughboy statue and base, will be nearly 30 feet tall.

Funerals Today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Babiak, Flora - 11 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery.

Cooper, Eddie - 1 p.m., Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Hill Sr., Paul - 2 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Holtsclaw, Mark - 11:30 a.m., Witcher Baptist Church.

Lockhart, Stanley - 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Morris, Marcalene - 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Payne, Lois Jean (Little) - 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Petty, Denver - Noon, Sharon Church of God, Dry Branch.

Smith, Carolyn - 1 p.m., Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Snyder, Carol - Noon, Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Vaughan, James - 11 a.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Williamson, Ronald - 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.