Memorial Day Celebrated In Belington At Annual Service
by LANESSA MURPHY
beautiful Monday brought a nice crowd to the Fraternal Cemetery near
Belington to pay homage and remember fallen service men and women from
the area. Their annual program kicked off at 11 a.m. in the cemetery
among rows of American flags.
The American Legion Post No. 96 and
Ladies Auxiliary and the Laurel Mountain VFW Post 410 and Ladies
Auxiliary collaborated to lead the service. Reverend Bryan Headley
addressed the spectators and spoke about the sacrifices many men and
women across the nation made for their country.
“The generation of
World War II cannot guarantee our freedom today,” said Headley. “It
takes this generation to sacrifice. Nor in the days to come will this
generation be able to guarantee our freedom. It will take the next
generation as well.”
Headley is a native of Middletown, New York.
In 1981, he moved to Philippi from Michigan with his wife, Elizabeth. He
worked as an airplane pilot until 1997. Now, Headley is the pastor of
Silent Grove Church in Philippi and has served there since 1996. He
currently serves at Mountain Hospice, Inc. in Belington as chaplain and
volunteers at Broaddus Hospital. He is a very active member of the
Barbour County Ministerial Association and participates in weekly chapel
services at the Baughman Towers in Philippi, among other community
events. Headley is ordained by Liberty Fellowship.
program began with the “Pledge of Allegiance” followed by the National
Anthem performed by Kelly Cain. VFW Ladies Auxiliary members, Dorothy
Hill and Patty Lewis lead the opening ritual and hung the memorial
wreath. After Headley’s address, Cain led the crowd in singing “God
Service men and women, those who were killed in
action and those who passed away after their service was completed, were
honored by friends and family as they stood to state their name, branch
of service, and conflict in which their loved one served.
benediction was offered by Lewis. The VFW and American Legion Color
Guards fired the rifles and gave the final salute with Taps playing in
Red, white, and blue balloons were released into the sky.
Spectators and both veterans’ organizations gathered for a luncheon
prepared by the Ladies Auxiliaries at the VFW Park building in
Belington Community Yard Sale Set For June 6
The Belington Revitalization Committee and ON TRAC Promotion Team are currently organizing the 7th Annual Belington Community-Wide Yard Sale for June 6, 2015. As always, you can have a yard sale at your home or rent a space downtown. If you would like to set-up your yard sale at your home, you can have your location listed in the event flyer free of charge by filling out a form at one of the following locations: Freedom Bank, Belington City Hall, Laurel Mountain Inn, or by emailing your name, yard sale location and phone number to email@example.com.
Spaces are also available to rent downtown in the Freedom Bank parking lot and must be paid for in advance. Please contact Terri Kittle at 304-823-1792 for further information.
All home yard sale registrations must be submitted no later than June 3, 2015, to be listed on the flyer. Your address and directions to your yard sale will be published in a flyer that will be available at the locations listed above on Friday, June 5.
A yard sale is the ultimate example of “one man’s trash” becoming “another man’s treasure” and a great example of reusing and recycling.
For the shoppers, yard sales offer the chance to find a bargain or some special item that they did not even know they were looking for. Shoppers have a chance to enjoy the sunshine and smell the flowers. The weather is nice and people are eager to get out of their houses and enjoy the company of others. Yard sales provide a social opportunity as well as an economic one.
For the sellers, yard sales allow them to let go of underused or unused items that they may otherwise hold onto. Sellers clear their homes and storage spaces of clutter and make some extra spending money in the process.
Either way you look at it, yard sales are an important part of our social network. Please be sure to come and help support the local economy by participating as either a buyer or a seller.
Philip Barbour Class Of 2015 Graduates At Fairgrounds
On Saturday, May 23, over 150 Philip Barbour High School students graduated during the 2015 Commencement Ceremony in the John Loyd Entertainment Center at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. A representative from Senator Joe Manchin’s office was present on his behalf as the guest speaker.
Principal Lamb introduced and presented the Class of 2015. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super received the graduating class for the final time during his tenure as superintendent of Barbour County Schools, as he will leave at the end of June. Class members were introduced by Tonya Ferguson, CTE director, and the presentation to class members was performed by Eric Ruf, Board of Education president.
Associate Principal Autumn Queen welcomed the graduates, faculty, family, and friends. Graduate Faith Cline gave her final address as Senior Class President and Karlie Smallwood gave her last address as Student Council President. Abby Suder performed “Hero” and the alma mater. Faith Cline led the graduates in the tassel and ring ceremony. Processional and recessional were led by the Philip Barbour Band and Director Victor Iapalucci.
The Senior Class Officers were Faith Cline, president; Benjamin Goldberg, vice-president; Mark Hill, treasurer; Abby Suder, secretary/song leader; and Viola Donegia, historian. Class Sponsors were Phil Bowers, Tim McDaniel, Wendy Philips, and James Poling. The class colors were pink and silver, the class mascot was the jaguar, and the class flower was a pink lily. The class song was “I Lived” while the class motto was “Live life full throttle.”
A tree was placed on the stage in memory of senior classmate James Jacob Bell, who passed away during the school year.
Blue & Gray Reunion Counts Down To 26th Annual Weekend Event
The volunteer corps that has been planning the May 28-31, 2015 Blue & Gray Reunion knows that the final few days prior to the Opening Ceremonies are looming in front of them.
“Our many volunteers have been working so hard since January to pull off a reunion weekend that will provide Philippi and surrounding areas an enjoyable look into our past and some fun things to do in our present,” says Reunion Chairperson, Ed Larry.
Two areas for which the committee is still seeking additional volunteer effort are working the Information Tent and assisting with Kids’ Day on Friday, May 29. Volunteers at the Information Tent will be sharing information with visitors about the weekend’s schedule in addition to selling Blue & Gray souvenir items. Kids’ Day assistants will help manage the flow of nearly 900 school children who will be visiting Philippi on Friday.
Anyone wishing to be part of this special weekend in Philippi may call 304-457-3773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedules for the weekend are available in business locations throughout Philippi, in rest areas and visitors’ areas along the interstate system, and on the Blue & Gray Reunion Facebook page.
Larry and the Reunion Committee extend an invitation to all to visit Philippi during this commemorative weekend which highlights the First Land Battle of the Civil War.
Mobile Home Burns On Arden Road Thursday Morning
Emergency crews responded to a structure fire on Arden Road off Route 119 at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The structure, a trailer home, was fully engulfed upon arrival. Although utilities were still connected, the residence, owned by Victor Collins, of Ohio, had been vacant for roughly three years.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Crews responding to the scene and on standby during the call were the Philippi Fire Department, Belington Fire Department, Junior Fire Department, Grafton Fire Department, Flemington Fire Department, Barbour County EMS, and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
Annual Memorial Day Program Held At Mount Vernon Cemetery
by ALLISON PUGH
On Monday, The American Legion Post No. 44 and spectators from the community gathered at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day Program.
The guest speaker for this year’s program was Commander (Seal) Tom Hawkins, USN (Ret.). Hawkins spoke of the many sacrifices the armed forces and their families make to keep the country free. In particular, Hawkins spoke of the sacrifices given by U.S. Navy Seals throughout the country’s history.
Hawkins is a 1960 graduate of Philip Barbour High School and a 1966 graduate of Glenville State College. Hawkins entered the U.S. Navy as an Ensign and retired after 24 years of active service as a career SEAL and Underwater Demolition Team 21 and SEAL Team TWO, where he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. He commanded UDT-22 and SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO, subsequently served in a SEAL staff officer in the Pentagon.
At the time of his retirement, Hawkins was director of all acquisition programs at the Naval Sea Systems Command. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and Naval Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon. In addition, Hawkins also received multiple personal awards of Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. After leaving the Navy, Hawkins served in various positions related to the Seal and Special Boat teams. Most recently, he served as Acquisition and Requirements Analyst and Policy and Programs Advisor at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He retired from NSWDG on May 30, 2014.
In the year 2000, Hawkins was the founding president and chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation, where he also served as Director of History and Heritage. In 1994, he became the editor and publisher of the UDT-Seal Association’s quarterly publication, “The Blast,” and the magazine “Journal of Naval Special Warfare.” Hawkins’ first book, “The History and Heritage of U.S. Navy SEALs,” was published by Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago. In February 2015, in cooperation with Naval SEAL Museum, Hawkins published “America’s Hidden Heros: the history and evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs.”
Hawkins and his wife, Carol, have a home on the Buckhannon River near Volga. The couple have three children and six grandchildren. Their son, Matt, is an active duty SEAL Master Chief Petty Officer. Their son, Zachary, was serving as a Navy Lieutenant until last October. Their daughter, Mary, is an elementary school teacher, but currently services her family as a stay-at-home mother.
During the Memorial Day Program, Bobbie Jo Webster performed the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” Sherman Wilkinson, Commander of Post 44, welcomed everyone in attendance and led the Tribute to Veterans. Marvin Brown, Chaplin, gave the opening invocation, memorial prayer, and closing benediction, as well as a reading. Boy Scout Troop 644 led the crowd in the Pledge to the Flag.
Placement of the Memorial Wreath was led by Ronald Clevenger, Sergeant at Arms, and Mike Rexroad, Service Officer. The American Legion Post 44 Honor Guard performed the Salute to Past Veterans, Firing Squad, and Taps. Graves Registration was conducted by Larry Corley. The Philippi Volunteer Fire Department raised a flag during the ceremony in salute to fallen soldiers.
Philippi Man Arrested For Domestic Battery
A Philippi man has been arrested on felony charges of domestic battery. David Lee Summerfield, 37, of Philippi, was charged following an incident on Saturday. May 23, 2015. Summerfield has two prior convictions of domestic battery for dates in 2011 and 2013.
According to criminal complaints filed at the Barbour County Magistrate’s Office by Trooper Frank J. Turansky of the West Virginia State Police Philippi Detachment, an officer was called to a residence on Hackers Creek Road in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon the officer’s arrival, he spoke with a female subject, the victim, who advised that the defendant, Summerfield, was involved in a physical altercation with another male subject.
After the altercation, the female victim and Summerfield were having a verbal dispute when Summerfield struck the victim on the chin, knocking her to the ground. The victim further advised that Summerfield had lived with her and her significant other for approximately three weeks, according to the criminal complaint.
Furthermore, the officer also observed a male subject sitting in a powered chair and holding a cloth on his right hand, which appeared to be saturated with blood. The officer observed lacerations to the male victim’s hand and a swollen right eye. The male victim advised that Summerfield had struck his significant other, the aforementioned female victim, as noted above. When the victim advised Summerfield to settle down, Summerfield allegedly punched the male victim in the jaw and eye areas. The female victim advised the officer that the male victim’s hand lacerations were caused by Summerfield stomping on the man’s hand when he was knocked to the ground.
The details listed in the criminal complaints are based on verbal statements from both victims and the officer’s visual observations at the scene.
As of press time, David Lee Summerfield is being held in Tygart Valley Regional with bail set at $10,000.