113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Belington Elementary School’s Open House

  Parents and Students of Belington Elementary School are invited to attend Open House on, August 11, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. A hotdog dinner, school supply walk, and meet your teacher stations will be available. Please follow the schedule below for visiting each station.

  Kindergarten Students
4:30 p.m. -Sign-in/opening in cafeteria
5:00 p.m. - meet your teacher
5:15 p.m. - dinner
5:30 p.m. - school supply walk

  First and Second Grade Students
4:30 p.m. -Sign-in/opening in cafeteria
5:00 p.m. - School supply walk
5:15 p.m. - meet your teacher
5:30 p.m. - dinner

  Third and Fourth Grade Students
4:30 p.m. -Sign-in/opening in cafeteria
5:00 p.m. - dinner
5:15 p.m. - school supply walk
5:30 p.m. - meet your teacher

Community Garden Market Extends Hours For Summer

  The Barbour County Community Garden Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, through the remainder of the month of August. The added day of operation will give customers who may not otherwise be able to shop during the week an opportunity to take advantage of the great, local produce that is arriving daily.  
  The Community Garden Market links area growers with shoppers in the community to promote the consumption of healthy, more nutritious foods and to support small-scale, sustainable agriculture and the local economy. The market operates on a consignment basis, and welcomes all local growers – from large farm to hobby gardener – to participate. Other items such as eggs, meats, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, and craft items, just to name a few, are also welcome.
  The Community Garden Market is an approved vendor for SNAP electronic benefit cards and also participates in the WV Farmer’s Market Coupon Program for seniors and WIC recipients. Current hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon.  
For more information about the Community Garden Market, or to sign up as a vendor or volunteer, please contact market manager Jody Carpenter at 304-457-5774 during market business hours. Health Department approval and proper labeling is required for the sale of certain items, such as baked goods, jams, jellies, and honey. Other WV Department of Agriculture guidelines apply to the sale of meats, eggs, and honey. See market manager for details.
  The Barbour County Community Garden Market, operated by Heart and Hand House, Inc., is a member of the WV Farmer’s Market Association and is located at 107 South Main Street, Philippi, across from Rite Aid and beside the Philippi Public Library.
Upcoming Food Service Workers Permit Class August 23

  The Barbour County Health Department will be offering a Food Service Workers Permit Class on Tuesday, August 23 at The Market Place, 107 South Main Street, Philippi, WV  26416.  Registration for the class will begin at 6 p.m. with class beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is the last class prior to the Barbour County Fair.
  Attendees will have the option of obtaining a state-wide card or a county card at differing prices. Sanitarian Bill Nestor will be conducting the class. If attendees wish to save time, they can go to BCHD’s web-site and download the registration form and the TB risk assessment, which both need to be completed prior to the class.
  If anyone has questions, they can contact the staff at the Barbour County Health Department at 304-457-1670.

Chalk Art Day In Belington

  Join Artist Thabo Letsebe in front of the old Weese Music Store in Belington this Friday, August 12, to create temporary art in the middle of town. Stop by between 1 and 6 p.m. to watch and to try your hand at creating public art with sidewalk chalk and pastels on the parking lot.
  All ages are welcome and free chalk will be provided.
  Participants will be able to work on a large mural together with others or make your own drawing. No one will win or lose and no money will be collected. Come celebrate summer, color, art, and community with us!
Stuff-The-Bus Campaign To Be Held Again

  Perfectly Pampered Salon is once again conducting the Stuff-The-Bus campaign for the 2016-2017 school year. Generous donations from area businesses, organizations, and individuals provided over 10,000 school supply items that were proportionally divided between every school in Barbour County. The salon hopes this year will be bigger and better than before, but we will need your help. The students, teachers, and staff of our county schools will benefit greatly from any monetary or supply donation you can provide. Monetary donations will be used to purchase school supplies.
  The salon will be accepting donations at Perfectly Pampered Salon located at 61 South Main Street in Philippi from 9 - 5 p.m. until August 10. Belington EMS has generously volunteered to be a drop off location in Belington, donations there will be accepted between the hours of 8 - 4 p.m. at 44 Elliott Avenue.
  The salon has received feedback from our county teachers that these items in particular are of great need: paper towels, tissues, Clorox wipes, glue sticks, pencils, eight-count crayons, and kindergarten notebooks in addition to other basic school supplies.
  As a visual reminder that our Stuff-The-Bus campaign is going on, a Barbour County school bus was located in Belington during the week of July 25, then at Philip Barbour High School the week of August 1, and the final stop for the bus was the Barbour County Courthouse lawn beginning August 5. The bus will be loaded with all the donated supplies on August 11.
BC Sheriff Ferguson Shaves Head For Relay For Life Challenge

  Sheriff Phil Ferguson challenged Barbour County Relay to raise $1000 and he would get his hair shaved on the main stage. They raised over $1000.
  Relay for Life is more than funding research, it is a time to celebrate life. It raises awareness that cancer is real and anyone can have it. We have cancer survivors in Barbour County from age three to age 93 that are registered.
  In Barbour County, the American Cancer Society has provided wigs to those who need them for Free, and cancer patients have stayed at the Hope Lodges located all over the United States, they have called the American Cancer Hotline that is 24 hours a day/7 days a week for information on all kinds of topics. Go to www.cancer.org to get all kinds of information or just call the hotline at 1-800-227-2345. If you are interested in helping us make our goal, you can got to www.relayforlife.org/barbourwv and donate or just call 304-669-6833 or 304-739-4746.
2016-2017 School Year To Start Monday In Barbour County
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  The freedom of summer is coming to a quick close for Barbour County students. The county’s school children will return to the classroom next Monday, August 15, 2016, for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
  Many Philip Barbour athletes are looking forward to the start of the year’s sports seasons as teams will begin their seasons on the new BCBank Park turf field and track. The first home football game for the Colts is scheduled for Friday, August 26, against Grafton.
  The upcoming year also will mark the final year of school at both Mt. Vernon Elementary and Volga-Century Elementary schools, which will close their doors at the end of school year, as decided by the Board of Education in a unanimous vote this summer. Both elementary schools will consolidate with Philippi Elementary School for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Philippi Elementary School To Host Back To School Night

  Philippi Elementary School will host a Back to School Event on August 15, 2016. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a general informational session is the school cafeteria. After that, students and family members will be dismissed to individual classrooms to receive information specific to each class. Parents that are interested in volunteering at the school will be able to complete an application that night. The Local School Improvement Council is comprised of elected faculty, parents, and community members that meet quarterly during the school year. Any parent wishing to be a part of the Local School Improvement Council should provide a written request to the principal at this event or before the end of business on August 18, 2016.  
Board Of Education Meets In Regular Session
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  On Monday, August 8, the Barbour County Board of Education met in regular session at the Board of Education Office in Philippi. At the meeting, Superintendent Jeff Woofter announced that Trista Dalton, a mathematics teach at Philip Barbour, is one of six finalists for the West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Mrs. Dalton—best of luck.
  In other news, the board members heard from Wendel Energy representatives Andy Cocina and Dominic Insinna regarding the county’s energy savings project. Cocina’s report concerned the end of year review for phase one of the project, which aims to save the county money on energy costs. Insinna’s presentation concerned phase two of the project, which will include HV/AC renovations at Philippi and Belington elementary and middles schools with the help of funding from the School Building Authority.  
  Pastor Jonathan Villers addressed the board about starting a “fifth quarter” activity for middle and high school students following home football games. Villers was representing the organizations Code Blue, New Vision, and Young Life. Villers said that the activity would take place on the football field following home football games. The board advised Villers to address the Promise Foundation to see about holding the event, since the foundation will be over the BCBank Park complex.
  The Barbour County Board of Education will meet again on Monday, August 22, at 6 p.m. a the Board of Education Office in Philippi.
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Local Growers Host Philippi Farmer’s Market On Mondays Through October
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  With the summer season winding down into autumn, a new round of fresh produce brings life to our kitchens—and now Barbour County residents can find that freshness grown in its own backyard at the Philippi Farmer’s Market each Monday in the BCBank parking lot.
Local members of the Tygart Valley Growers Association from Mt. Hollow Farm, Sickler Farm, and Sideland Farm have come together to offer the county a new option for buying fresh, locally grown produce, spices, and goods. The Philippi Farmer’s Market offers shoppers the opportunity to buy local as all of the items brought to the market are grown locally within Barbour County.
  “What we stress here at our farmer’s market is everything is grown within Barbour County. We want to provide fresh, great produce to our friends and neighbors here in the county,” says Lisa Sickler of Sickler Farm.
  Located in the BCBank parking lot, the Philippi Farmer’s Market takes place every Monday starting the first week in May and running through the last Monday of October. Offering seasonal vegetables, fruits, spices, and more, the market’s offerings are in full swing with the end of summer harvests, including everyday favorites such as tomatoes, squash, potatoes, green beans, lettuce, berries, and more, as well as some special and unique offerings, such as multiple varieties of garlic, beets, peas, and spices.
  “We at Mt. Hollow Farm would like to see buying locally, being more mindful about what they’re buying in the grocery store. Our produce isn’t perfect-looking, but it’s natural,” says Ellie Cronlund of Mt. Hollow Farm. “We enjoy doing it. It gives you something to work for. It’s a labor of love.”
  The three current vendors are Mt. Hollow Farm, which offers natural, organic produce, herbs and spices, and unique items, such as stevia; Sideland Farm, which had fresh blueberries last week; and Sickler Farm, which offers a wide variety of wonderfully fresh produce. All of the market venders are local growers, which means all of the produce is grown in Barbour County soil.
  “I think it’s great. I feel we need to educate our community about wholesome, non-chemical foods. Everything is natural. We use no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemicals, no GMO seeds. We use rainwater for irrigation. I grow things that are not necessarily normal, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce people to healthy foods and a lot of different produce,” says Cronlund.
  The location of the Philippi Farmer’s Market at BCBank means a central, downtown location for residents to swing by on their way home for the day.
  “BCBank is a great partner. They really value community,” says Sickler. “We thought it would be good for the community to have a farmer’s market in the evening, so when people get off of work they have a place to swing by and get fresh, local produce.”
  If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Philippi Farmer’s Market, contact Jeff Sickler at 304-677-9896, email Lisa Sickler at lisa@sicklerfarm.com, or visit the Philippi Farmer’s Market page on Facebook. Venders and growers must grow their own goods within Barbour County; produce grown or purchased outside the county may not be sold at the market.
  The Philippi Farmer’s Market is hosted every Monday evening from 4-6 p.m. at BCBank’s parking lot in Philippi. The market will be held through the last Monday of October. The some market venders are able to accept WIC and senior coupons from the state of West Virginia.
Local Growers Host Philippi Farmer’s Market On Mondays Through October
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer
With the summer season winding down into autumn, a new round of fresh produce brings life to our kitchens—and now Barbour County residents can find that freshness grown in its own backyard at the Philippi Farmer’s Market each Monday in the BCBank parking lot.
Local members of the Tygart Valley Growers Association from Mt. Hollow Farm, Sickler Farm, and Sideland Farm have come together to offer the county a new option for buying fresh, locally grown produce, spices, and goods. The Philippi Farmer’s Market offers shoppers the opportunity to buy local as all of the items brought to the market are grown locally within Barbour County.
“What we stress here at our farmer’s market is everything is grown within Barbour County. We want to provide fresh, great produce to our friends and neighbors here in the county,” says Lisa Sickler of Sickler Farm.
Located in the BCBank parking lot, the Philippi Farmer’s Market takes place every Monday starting the first week in May and running through the last Monday of October. Offering seasonal vegetables, fruits, spices, and more, the market’s offerings are in full swing with the end of summer harvests, including everyday favorites such as tomatoes, squash, potatoes, green beans, lettuce, berries, and more, as well as some special and unique offerings, such as multiple varieties of garlic, beets, peas, and spices.
“We at Mt. Hollow Farm would like to see buying locally, being more mindful about what they’re buying in the grocery store. Our produce isn’t perfect-looking, but it’s natural,” says Ellie Cronlund of Mt. Hollow Farm. “We enjoy doing it. It gives you something to work for. It’s a labor of love.”
The three current vendors are Mt. Hollow Farm, which offers natural, organic produce, herbs and spices, and unique items, such as stevia; Sideland Farm, which had fresh blueberries last week; and Sickler Farm, which offers a wide variety of wonderfully fresh produce. All of the market venders are local growers, which means all of the produce is grown in Barbour County soil.
  “I think it’s great. I feel we need to educate our community about wholesome, non-chemical foods. Everything is natural. We use no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemicals, no GMO seeds. We use rainwater for irrigation. I grow things that are not necessarily normal, and it’s a great opportunity to introduce people to healthy foods and a lot of different produce,” says Cronlund.
The location of the Philippi Farmer’s Market at BCBank means a central, downtown location for residents to swing by on their way home for the day.
“BCBank is a great partner. They really value community,” says Sickler. “We thought it would be good for the community to have a farmer’s market in the evening, so when people get off of work they have a place to swing by and get fresh, local produce.”
If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Philippi Farmer’s Market, contact Jeff Sickler at 304-677-9896, email Lisa Sickler at lisa@sicklerfarm.com, or visit the Philippi Farmer’s Market page on Facebook. Venders and growers must grow their own goods within Barbour County; produce grown or purchased outside the county may not be sold at the market.
The Philippi Farmer’s Market is hosted every Monday evening from 4-6 p.m. at BCBank’s parking lot in Philippi. The market will be held through the last Monday of October. The some market venders are able to accept WIC and senior coupons from the state of West Virginia.

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