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Cartoon Network to Shoot Ads at Prison

November 27, 2003

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) _ So, what happened to all those notorious cartoon villains that Scooby-Doo and his gang rounded up?

Turns out, they’re all held at ``San Hanna-Barbara,″ known in the noncartoon world as the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

In January, the Cartoon Network will begin airing three 30-second ``Scooby-Doo″ TV ads that were filmed at the Civil War-era prison, which closed in 1995.

The penitentiary serves as a background for animated characters and two human actors playing guards, said Jeannie Royal, who coordinates events at the former prison.

``People need to know that things are going on here at the penitentiary all of the time and that we’re very active,″ Royal said this week.

In 1999, MTV shot its reality series ``Fear″ at the prison, and in August, the Moundsville facility was featured on Turner Cable South in a travel series called ``Blue Ribbon,″ Royal said.

The Moundsville Economic Development Council has a 25-year lease on the property, which has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.


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