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Thomas Kirkham

United States

#1 Jan 20, 2009
Great little town, not unlike Mayberry RFD. Good place to raise kids.

Easton, MD

#2 Aug 19, 2009
well golleee, i got to agree with you. love this town.


#3 Aug 20, 2009
not bad but barnhart is a lil big isnt he i mean to be a police officer and i dont think he could keep up with deputy barney

Easton, MD

#4 Aug 20, 2009
i think barnhart just likes aunt b's homecooking

Shinnston, WV

#5 Aug 21, 2009
frank wrote:
not bad but barnhart is a lil big isnt he i mean to be a police officer and i dont think he could keep up with deputy barney
What do you mean a lil big? He is a damn BEAST. How in the HELL did he get through the police academy? One good thing about it he cant chase anyone on foot. The city of Shinnston needs to put him on a diet or fire him. He is a disgrace. It should be against the law to be that big..

Shinnston, WV

#6 Aug 24, 2009
ok ok, so is it true that he makes people come back to his car when he pulls people over?

United States

#7 Sep 18, 2009
ive heard he makes people come to car instead of him walkin over to ur car !

Orgas, WV

#8 Sep 18, 2009
Take up a collection and maybe the poor guy can have gastric bypass. I doubt if the city pays him much.

United States

#9 Sep 19, 2009
Shinnston is a great town to raise your children

Shinnston, WV

#10 Sep 23, 2009
Does anyone have any CONSTRUCTIVE comments about how to make the City better? It IS a great place to live and raise a family. Officer Barnhart has been a really good police officer.

Easton, MD

#11 Sep 23, 2009
I love Shinnston .. It is one of the best places ever .. Look the crime rate is proof .. If you go to any other place besides shinnston , u will see lots more crime taking place .. we should be honored to be living in a city like shinnston,wv .. i know some officers arent so nice , but theres alot worse officers in other cities .. at least officer barnhart tries .. and isnt living on welfare !!!!

Bolingbrook, IL

#12 Sep 24, 2009
City wrote:
Does anyone have any CONSTRUCTIVE comments about how to make the City better? It IS a great place to live and raise a family. Officer Barnhart has been a really good police officer.
I recommend rethinking the main street to bring in business. A more uniform look even without redoing all of the buildings features would be great. Small towns situated in big cities try for a greener approach but stay within the historic architecture. All towns put all of their utilities on their main streets under ground and put in new historic looking lighting. I would cut out sections of the side walks plant small trees and place walk able grates around them. Note that these trees would not grow more than six to eight feet high and this would control noise and pollution. Nice planters filled with perennials on the side walks or hanging from the lighting is always a cost effective solution to brighten up a small community. When a small town looks clean and kept up it attracts business.

Shinnston, WV

#13 Sep 24, 2009
Thanks! We've just received our WV ON TRAC assessment report and your comments flow beautifully with the recommendations we received from the State Development Office.

Orgas, WV

#14 Sep 24, 2009
Shinnston does have a low crime rate. Shinnston has had some very good police officers over the years, none will ever compare with Mr. Book. He was a very dedicated police chief, one that Shinnston will be proud of for many years to come. That is not to say that Shinnston does not have good officers now. They do have some fine men on their force.

Shinnston has a beautiful city park. Shinnston has always been a town with a great interest and a love of sports. There are so many dedicated individuals that give of their time to work with the youth of the community.

There are many wonderful organizations that do so much good for the town.

Shinnston is a nice place to live but it saddens me that property values do not rise at the level of some of our neighboring towns. I think that the reason is the many run down properties in the town. It is a major concern in my opinion. I don't think that ordinances are enforced effectively. One can work for years to maintain a home and property and never get the appraised value because neighboring properties come into play in the appraisal. I think that if one chooses to live in a city limits they should realize that they must keep up their properties. You would never see this in Bridgeport. I know that there will be some that say, why don't you just move to Bridgeport. There are many homes in Shinnston that are very run down, in need of paint, there are lawns that are rarely mowed and there are yards with way too much junk in and around the homes. This is so unfair to the residents that really take pride in their homes and in their city. It does not take a lot of money to keep a place looking nice, it may take some elbow grease as the old saying goes. I think that oridances should be enforced and if need be, new ordinances made. Shinnston sure does not look like it did 25 years ago. If Shinnston wants to bring in new families and new businesses, Clean up the town.

Orgas, WV

#15 Sep 24, 2009
I agree. There are many rundown homes in the residential neighborhoods of Shinnston. Many of the residents are not destitute by an means. They could afford a few gallons of paint and are quite able to do the work needed. It is a shame that the ones that work so hard to maintain their homes have trouble selling them if they need to because of the other properties on their street being so run down. This is really unfair. An immediate solution needs to be undertaken by our city officials. Parades and fairs are great, but when the carnival leaves town, we still have those unsightly properties to look at.

Shinnston, WV

#16 Sep 24, 2009
The City will work on enforcement. Things will improve. Houses seem to move pretty quickly after going on the market, but many properties are just too small for today's market, with little to no off-street parking.
Lil Steven

Fairmont, WV

#17 Sep 26, 2009
I like Shinnston. Wish maintstreet would be able to get good business's that would stay but that is just how mainstreets everywhere have went. Would love to see the dime store finally get something in there. It is a nice big store and they have fixed it up. The museum is a really nice place. I encourage everybody to check it out. The lady that works there is just as nice as can be. Jimmy's is a heck of a good place to eat. Old Jimmy is a good old dude and young Jimmy is a good dude too. Harmer Funeral Home is a good business that has done great work for years. Shinnston News is a good little paper. Haven't been in that pet store or the new pharmacy but they seem to be doing well. WOuld like to see something get put in the 7 Eleven. Seemed like somebody was doing some work in there the other day. The homecoming and Frontier days things are really cool. The ball park and football stadium and all the support they get is great too.

And lastly, for the most part, the town is full of nice down home country folk. Keep your 'community of choice' my community of choice is Shinnston by god WV.

Shinnston, WV

#18 Sep 26, 2009
I like shinnston too ... i heard the old 7 eleven is going to be minors car lot , and someone else is putting car lot where minors is now ..

Shinnston, WV

#19 Sep 27, 2009
Thanks for the positive comments. The City is trying hard to make this a place that will attract businesses. The Minor's thing is true - they are doing a nice job of renovating. The biggest problem about downtown is the people who own buildings but won't do anything to improve them. If you think about it, almost every place that has a roof, has heat and is intact inside IS rented. Most of the buildings that are vacant are just in too bad of a shape or they are priced too high. People do want to start businesses here and we do have the customer base. If only one fourth of the Shinnston money that goes to Bridgeport and other surrounding area businesses stays here....we could support several more businesses.

Shinnston, WV

#20 Sep 27, 2009
you are right city ... one day shinnston will be a booming town like it use to be .. i keep waiting ,it is making alot of progress though .. i am very proud to be a shinnston resident .. i do most of my buying in shinnston .. I love the new park and pool .. and all the different things always going on is another plus .. Oh and the ONLY place i get my hair done at and tanning is Unique Hair by Regina , I love it and She is the nicest ! GOOD LUCK Shinnston ...

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