113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Board Of Education Holds Welcome Reception For Superintendent

  On Monday, July 27, the Barbour County Board of Education held a welcome reception for incoming superintendent, Jeff Woofter.
  At the reception, Woofter was able to meet and greet the public. Several local officials attended the reception, including County Commissioner Tim McDaniel, County Assessor John Cutright, County Circuit Clerk Gerald Fogg, and Delegate Danny Wagner, among others.
  Woofter spoke with some students, teachers, and staff at the reception, and spoke briefly about the upcoming school year, stating that he was looking forward to the start of term.

PBHS Back-To-School Kick Off To Be Held August 7

  Philip Barbour High School students may pick up their schedules and assigned locker number and combination on August 7 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Following this, students who are part of the New Tech program are asked to attend the orientation from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend. A light dinner will be provided to all freshman students and their parents at 6:00 p.m.
  After dinner, the annual Freshman Frolic will take place. Everyone will proceed to the auditorium where an overview of school activities, classes, and expectations will be presented.  From 7:30-9:00 p.m. students and parents will split into their respective groups. The students will participate in team building activities to meet their fellow classmates and school student leaders. The parents will learn about online resources behavior point system, policy and handbook overview, and incentives for the upcoming year.
  If you have any questions about these events, call the high school at 304-457-1360.

Barbour County Fair Is Seeking Memorabilia Items For Exhibit

  The Barbour County Fair is celebrating its 40th year at its current location.
To celebrate this anniversary, the Fair Association is asking for your help. To commemorate this milestone, a walk through exhibit of memorabilia from the last 40 fairs is planned.
  If you have anything you are willing to share on a loan basis, it would be greatly appreciated. The Fair Association is looking for photos, trophies, ribbons, videos, signed autographs, or anything that would be of interest. All items will be well taken care of and returned after the fair.
  If you can help, contact Sherri at the fair office, 304-823-1328, or Peggy Poling, 304-457-1825.
  The group is asking for stories about the county fair. It can be something that happened to you or just your most memorable time at the fair. The stories will be compiled and displayed with the exhibits during the fair. An age limit is not required.
  Send stories to Barbour County Fair, P.O. Box 87, Philippi, WV 26416, or email to Peggy@westvirginiasolar.com.

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BRC Holds Ribbon Cutting And Community Block Party On New Property

  On Thursday, July 23, the Belington Revitalization Committee and OnTRAC held a community block party on the corner lot by the stoplight in Belington, which the committee recently purchased. The event celebrated the BRC’s acquisition of the property with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, which marked the first official event under the BRC’s ownership.  
  The committee hopes that the community will take advantage of the property by holding community events such as picnics, weddings, reunions, fundraisers, musical entertainment, outdoor movie nights, performances, and much more. The venue offers a central location in the middle of town and offers plenty of space for large crowds and family fun.
  Belington Councilman Craig Bolton III says that the BRC’s acquisition of the property will be a boost for the community.
  “It’s a long time coming,” Bolton says. “It’ll be a big boost that the group will have a location to host events.”
  The Belington Revitalization Committee and OnTRAC plans to do some landscaping to spruce the property up to give it more of a park-like feel. It is the hope of the committee that Belington will take advantage of the property to host community events now that there is a space available.
  “There used to be lots of events held on the property,” says Terri Kittle, BRC chair. “We’ve been limited for options lately, but now we’re unlimited. We have a place to host our events now.”
  The Belington Revitalization Committee raised the funds necessary to purchase the property through community fundraisers, events, and donations.

Two Barbour Students Receive Board Of Education Scholarships

  On Monday, July 27, the Barbour County Board of Education met in regular session at the Board of Education Office in Philippi. At the meeting, the board presented two Barbour County Students with scholarships. The recipients were Rachel Fitzwater who will be attending Fairmont State University and Shania Pennington who will be attending West Virginia University. The scholarship recipients were chosen by the Barbour County Community Foundation.  
  In other news, board president Eric Ruf suggested to the board members that Local School Improvement Committee meetings should be held in each of the county’s nine schools for the 2015-2016 school year instead of being held at the Board of Education Office in Philippi.  
  “I do think that it does place the board back in the community’s view a whole lot more. I would be in favor of it maybe every other year. I do think there’s advantages to both, but I do think there’s a definite advantage to being at the schools,” said David Everson, board member.
The board members hope that moving the LSIC presentations back to the schools for the upcoming school year will bring more community members out to the buildings.
  “It’s typical that we get some sort of presentation and those are all very, very nice, but I get just as much out of touring those buildings that I’m not in very much,” said Joanne McConnell, vice president. “It’s nice to be taken around and shown things in the classrooms and areas of need.”
  Also at the meeting, April Paugh, president of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, welcomed Superintendent Jeff Woofter and pledged that her organization would do their best to provide the best experience possible for the county’s students.
  The Barbour County Board of Education will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office in Philippi.

Summer Glo Games Happening In Barbour County 

  When the sun goes down, the lights have been coming on across Barbour County and families have been coming out to enjoy the cooler night air and the blessing of living in a community with activities for the entire family.
  The games began in Belington on July 23, and then moved to Philippi on July 24, on to Chestnut Ridge on July 26 and finally to Alderson Broaddus University on July 28.  Hundreds of people have been playing LED-lit night games of Corn Hole, Disc Golf, Ga Ga Ball, and more. A great time is had by all. 
  New Vision Renewable Energy, along with the support of a variety of community organizations and companies, as well as financial support of the Barbour County Community Foundation and the Barbour County Commission have all pitched in and created a portable nighttime activity that allows everyone the opportunity to be a participant. Spectators are not encouraged.
  The final four events are slated for the Junior City Park on Wednesday, July 29, Browton Community Center, Sunday, August 2, with two final Glolympic events at Alderson Broaddus University August 4 and 6. All events are 8 p.m. -10 p.m. 
 Games are designed for kids ages eight-88. There are activities for younger children, but the active team players should be entering fifth grade. 
  Just show up or for more information, contact New Vision at 304-457-2971.

Try It Thursday Returns To Market Place

  Looking for a fresh way to fix an old favorite? Find a new item at the farmer’s market, but not sure how to prepare it? Stop by The Market Place at 107 S. Main Street, Philippi, for “Try It Thursday” and sample dishes featuring low cost, healthy recipes using fresh ingredients. Every Thursday, from now through September, Sherry Davisson with the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program will be on hand between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to prepare dishes made with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, many of which can be found at the Barbour County Community Garden Market. Free samples are provided, along with recipes for each of the dishes prepared. Try something fresh. Try something local. “Try It Thursday!”
  “Try It Thursday” is a partnership of WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program and the Barbour County Community Garden Market. The Barbour County Community Garden Market, operated by Heart and Hand House, Inc., is open Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The garden market is located in The Market Place building at 107 South Main Street, Philippi, across from Rite Aid and beside the Philippi Public Library. The market accepts cash, checks, credit and debit cards, and is authorized to accept SNAP benefits and WV Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons.

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