AB Bell Tower Cross Finds New Home
Last month, officials at Alderson Broaddus University discovered that the beloved bell tower and its cross which have stood over the Wilcox Chapel for almost 40 years was severely damaged structurally and would have to be removed.
Today, however, the university is proud to say that the cross has been repurposed and resides once more outside Wilcox Chapel. Now atop a large pedestal outside of the chapel, the cross has become the focal point of the entrance plaza, which is undergoing extensive renovation and repairs.
As the bell tower was taken down, the plaza leading into the chapel suffered more damage; therefore, the university decided to move the plaza renovation project forward immediately. The design for the plaza was quickly constructed with the bell tower’s cross as the focal point for the renovation.
The cross now towers eloquently in front of the chapel on a raised pedestal. The plaza, on the other hand, is still currently being worked on, with the project expected to be completed in time for Homecoming celebrations this weekend. The new plaza is designed with stamped concrete, and the university intends to place park benches and flowers around the plaza in the future.
“We hope that alumni, students, campus community members, and friends of the university will see that the cross is still here as a symbol and testament of our faith,” says Ashley Mittelmeier, Director of Marketing and Communications at Alderson Broaddus. “The cross will give the chapel a new way to invite people in through this symbolic statue that stood atop the bell tower.”
In addition to repurposing the cross, the university plans in the future to repurpose the carillon as well, hoping to someday have the two standing together beside both Wilcox Chapel and Burbick Hall.
“Knowing how important and meaningful the cross is for so many as it stood as a symbol for almost forty years, the university acted quickly to repurpose the cross alongside the plaza repairs so that this symbol would be ready to welcome home alumni once again this weekend at Homecoming,” says Mittelmeier.
ABU School Of Music Presents Annual Homecoming Concerts
The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music will be presenting two Homecoming Concerts on Friday October 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday October 18, at 8 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
Friday's concert will feature the Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Chamber Ensemble, and Concert Choir.
Saturday's concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Men's and Women's Quartets, and "The West Virginians."
Admission is free for ABU faculty, staff, and students who present their current Alderson Broaddus I.D. An fee will be collected at the door for general public admission.
Belington Man Arrested On Felony DUI Charges
Daniel W. McCauley, Jr., 58, of Belington, was arrested on Sunday, October 12, for his third offense of driving under the influence, which is considered a felony charge upon the third or subsequent offence.
According to the criminal complaint, Trooper Frank Turansky of the West Virginia State Police was called to the scene of a five vehicle accident along US Route 250. Upon arriving at the scene, Trooper Turansky learned that the defendant, who was operating a black 1985 Ford F-250, ran off the roadway, up an embankment, and struck two parked vehicles which further caused the defendant’s vehicle into two other parked vehicles.
While on the scene of the accident, Trooper Turansky noticed that McCauley’s eyes were bloodshot and that he smelled of alcohol. The defendant was transported from the scene by Barbour County EMS to Broaddus Hospital. Once at the hospital, the defendant consented to a blood draw at the officer’s request, according to the criminal complaint. The results of the blood draw analysis showed that the defendant had a blood alcohol level of 0.223.
Upon further investigation, the officer discovered that the defendant had two prior “DUI” convictions as well as charges from driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance. The defendant was arrested and has been released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Early Voting Begins October 22
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is reminding West Virginians who want to cast a ballot in the 2014 General Election that early voting for the election begins on October 22 and ends November 1. Election Day is November 4.
“Making sure you are registered to vote is only half of our civic responsibility—the other half is casting your ballot,” Secretary Tennant said. “It is the duty of all West Virginians to stay involved in determining in which direction our communities, state, and nation move. Voting is our voice, and it is up to all of us to make sure our voice is heard.”
Early Voting begins in West Virginia on October 22 and ends November 1. There will be Early Voting on Saturday, October 25, but there will not be Early Voting on Sunday, October 26.
Polls will be open in West Virginia on November 4 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
West Virginians can also pledge to Vote in Honor of a Veteran on the Secretary of State’s website. This new initiative honors military service and allows West Virginians to write a short tribute and share a picture of the veteran in their life—and then pledge to cast a ballot in honor of their service. Vote in Honor of a Veteran buttons, upon which the name of the veteran can be written and which can be worn to the polls on Election Day, will be available to the public at the Secretary of State’s Office at the Capitol and at outreach events throughout the state.
Thousands of students nationwide are expected to vote in the National Student/Parent Mock Election on October 30, and the Secretary of State’s Office is helping spread the word across the Mountain State. So far, staff members have visited 15 high schools in 13 counties, reaching approximately 2,500 students. The organization’s president says the mock election has introduced more than 50 million children, teens and adults to the democratic process since 1980. The mock election is open to all ages. The results of the mock election will have no bearing on the actual General Election on November 4.
ABU To Celebrate Annual Homecoming This Weekend
Alderson Broaddus’ Homecoming celebration will kick off this weekend in Philippi. In addition to the highly anticipated football game on Saturday afternoon, the university will host several exciting events throughout the week and into the weekend.
The action begins on Thursday with the annual Homecoming Pageant. This year’s court looks to be a tough competition as seven women and five men compete for the titles of Homecoming Queen and King. The pageant will be held in Funkhouser Auditorium located inside the Pickett Library. Contestants will take the stage at 8 p.m. to begin the pageant. The crowning of the king and queen will be held during halftime at the football game on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, the event schedule begins with the Alumni and Friends Gathering at 5 p.m. followed by a musical concert from AB’s School of Music in Wilcox Chapel at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public; an admission fee will be collected at the door.
Following the musical concert performance, Midwestern pop-rock outfit, Attaboy, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in Funkhouser Auditorium for a free concert before the bonfire and pep rally that will be held at the old soccer field at 9:30 p.m.
After the bonfire, rising artist and alumnus Jared Mahone will light up the Funkhouser stage at 10 p.m. for a concert that is free and open to the public. Mahone is the winner of Verizon’s Indie Icon Competition and is one of the most booked performers in the college market with over 500 shows across the country in the last four years. This concert is just one of the many highlights of to look out for in the homecoming schedule.
On Saturday, the action starts early as Philippi Main Street business open their doors for a public open house beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Many businesses in downtown Philippi will be open and some will have special presentations, refreshments, and information available to visitors.
The annual Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. along Main Street in Philippi and will feature several organizations from the university as well as those from around the county.
The Alderson Broaddus Battlers football team will take to the field at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium at 1:30 p.m. to face Warner University. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during the halftime show at the game.
Closing the events on Saturday are two additional concerts. The first concert will be another performance from the School of Music featuring several of the university’s ensembles at 7 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
The popular group The British Invasion will take the stage in Funkhouser Auditorium at 8 p.m. for a unique concert experience that is free and open to the public. The group will perform covers of classic music from English rock groups, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and many more.
Homecoming weekend will come to conclude with a chapel service at 10 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
Alderson Broaddus University is excited to celebrate the 2014 British Invasion Homecoming weekend with alumni, students, community members, and friends of the university, and invites the citizens of Barbour County to join them in the celebration this weekend.
Belington Woman Arrested On Child Abuse Charges
Sindy Kathleen McDaniel Conrad, 43, of Belington, was arrested on felony charges of child abuse by a parent leading to bodily injury. The defendant was arrested on Friday, October 10, following a child abuse referral from Broaddus Hospital received by Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
Upon the deputy’s arrival, the officer was met by the lead physician at the hospital who advised that she spoke to a juvenile who advised that her mother had beaten her with a belt possibly three or four times earlier that morning while the victim’s father was at work, according to the criminal complaint. Chief Deputy Carpenter had the physician take photographs of the injuries sustained by the belt lashings, and, upon investigation, did believe the injuries to be past the point of just discipline.
Child Protective Services was brought in to interview two female juveniles whom both advised that they were afraid of their stepmother, the defendant. The juveniles both spoke of the stepmother having pulled their hair and other odd types of discipline.
According to the complant, when the defendant was interviewed, she did advise that she struck the child in anger and should not have tried to discipline the child while she was angry.
Based upon the evidence described in the criminal complaint, the defendant was arrested and charged with one felony count of child abuse.
The defendant is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond.
“Fall In Love With Philippi” Festival Dampened By Rain
Despite the dreary rain and cold this past weekend, Philippi Mainstreet hosted the “Fall In Love With Philippi” festival on the Barbour County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, October 11.
The festive event brought together some of the best Philippi has to offer with live entertainment, recipe and photography contests, craft and food vendors, an autumn inspired photo booth, and much more for guests to enjoy.
One of the most enjoyable events of the day was the painting class provided by The Starving Artist at the Garden Market. Participants in the class were instructed on how to paint a fall scene. Although the participants each painted the same original scene, each painting was singularly unique and special.
The recipe contest was lively and festive with fall flavors. First place in the contest was awarded to Carol Edge, whose “Adult Pumpkin Bread” recipe also received honors for Best of Show and People’s Choice. First place was also awarded to Millie Goetze for her “Adult Pumpkin Cookie” recipe.
An amateur photography contest was also held during the day, and the many submissions were on display at the Garden Market. The results of the contest were as follows: Best of Show went to Karen Hardman for her photograph entitled “Williams Building.” The People’s Choice award went to Lanessa Murphy for her fall foliage photograph, “Audra State Park.”
In the black and white category, the winners were first place, “High Water” by Rebecca Shumway, and second place, “Laurel Hill Fatality” by Sandra Miller. The fall scenes category went to “Reservoir Red” by Karen Hardman, followed in second place by “Audra State Park” by Lanessa Murphy, third place “Fall Glory” by Karen Hardman, and an honorable mention for “Fur” by Rebecca Shumway. The “people” category again went to Karen Hardman for her photograph “Playing the Psaltery.” Second place in this category went to “Are We There Yet?” by Rebecca Shumway.
The first place prize for the Philippi Covered Bridge category was awarded to Deborah Simmons for her entry, “Philippi Covered Bridge @ Sunset.” Second place in this category was awarded to “Fall” by Tanjallic, who also took third place with “Summer,” and an honorable mention was given to “Fall Sunset @ the Bridge” by Deborah Simmons.
In the Philippi Landmarks category, Karen Hardman took first place with “Williams Building,” Deborah Simmons received second for “Sunset @ the Philippi Covered Bridge,” Rebecca Shumway received third place for “Concrete Beauty,” and Tanjallic was given an honorable mention for “Sunset.” The youth category was won by Alex Shumway for a piece titled “Parking Meter,” while photographs by Sophia Shumway received honors for second and third place as well as honorable mention.
Commission Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
At last Monday’s Barbour County Commission meeting, the commission members signed a proclamation claiming October 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness month and October 6, 2014, as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in recognition of the important life saving early detection practices available for breast cancer and to encourage all Barbour County to become aware that they are at risk of developing breast cancer.
The proclamation stated that an estimated 1,340 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 289 women will die from the disease. A woman has about a 12 percent chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer and a three percent chance of dying from the disease.
The best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Women who are 50 years and older should have a mammogram every two years. Breast self exams are a viable option for women starting in their twenties. These exams help women to get familiar with their breasts, so that should an abnormality arise, it will be detected early on.
There are options for women who feel that they cannot afford a mammogram. Several programs, including Bonnie’s Bus, which visits the county at least once a year, are available to women in need of financial assistance in order to have a mammogram.
Following the proclamation, a decorative wreath was hung at the Barbour County Courthouse in honor of breast cancer awareness, which was made by the Barbour County CEOS.
In other news, an appointment was also made by the commission to the Health Department Board. Denise Leach was named to the board.
The Barbour County Commission will meet again in regular session in November.
Barbour County Executive Committee Opens Official Headquarters
The BCEC held an official headquarter opening on Thursday, October 9, at 6:00pm. The headquarters are located at the old Philippi Foodland. Food and drinks were provided. Candidates were also on hand to hear concerns about issues in Barbour County and in WV. The headquarters will be open each weekday and some evenings. The hours of operation will be posted daily.
ABU Colors Against Cancer Run 5K Raises Awareness
On Sunday, October 12, Alderson Broaddus University hosted its annual Colors Against Cancer 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness for cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Barbour County, and Alderson Broaddus students, staff, and community members turned out in force for the color run. The course started and finished in front of Withers-Brandon Hall near the campus quad. The race began around 3 p.m. on Sunday under overcast skies.
The Colors Against Cancer run was sponsored by the Alderson Broaddus University Athletic Training Club and Intramural Program to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Participants in the color run are bombarded with colors representing different cancer awareness programs.
Jason Park finished the campus course in first place for the males with a time of 15.55, while Mary Cavanaugh finished the race first for the females.
Alderson Broaddus University To Host Annual Boo Crew
Children of all ages are invited to Alderson Broaddus University to participate in ABU’s annual Boo Crew on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6:30-9 p.m.
"We just found out that Philippi's trick-or-treating is the same night, so we adjusted our times according," said Ashley Mittelmeier, director of marketing and communications. "There will only be a little overlap time, so we are encouraging all Philippi residents to participate in Trick-or-Treating and when they are finishing up in downtown, to join us on campus. Children will have two hours to go through the residence halls and participate in activities. We would also like to invite all communities in Barbour County as well as the surrounding counties to visit campus that night."
Community members are asked to report to the campus center first to register. After the children register, they can do activities in the campus center and out in the Quad. There will also be Trunk-or-Treating in front of Withers-Brandon Hall, in Priestley Hall, and on the second and third floors of Benedum Hall. The first floor of Benedum will be transformed into a haunted hall.
For more information, contact Rachel Keck via e-mail at email@example.com.