Rescue personnel are pictured here extricating the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier after it crashed into the Fox’s Pizza Inn building at 309 South Main Street early Monday morning. Philippi Police, who investigated the accident, say that about 7 a.m. on Sept 15, the car, driven by Gary G. Harris, 44, of Philippi, was headed south on Main Street when it went out of control leaving the highway, going through the parking lot of Mace’s Pharmacy, and narrowly missing the pharmacy before it dropped off of the parking lot level of several feet before crashing into the pizza restaurant on the kitchen end of that building.
Harris was taken to Broaddus Hospital by the Barbour County Emergency Squad. Reports say that Harris was later taken to Ruby Hospital in Morgantown with injuries that were believed to be serious but not life threatening. Also on the scene was the Philippi Volunteer Fire Department.
Below, Philippi police along with Rich Mace take a look at the path the Harris vehicle took from South Main Street.
From The Appalachian To The Alps, ABU Students Study Abroad
Earlier this month, students and faculty left Philippi bright and early for the annual study abroad trip to Salzburg, Austria. This year, students will be blogging and posting pictures of their adventures at http://battlersabroad.wordpress.com/
“For most students, the end of summer signals the beginning of a new school year,” says Aurora Winwood, a junior traveling with this year’s group. “Traditionally, this means packing up the family car with bags and boxes of dorm essentials to haul to campus and settle in to the rhythm of college life. But every year at AB, a select group of students trades in their book bags for suitcases and treks off to study abroad in Europe to experience a semester like no other.”
The 2014 Semester in Europe Program took a small group to Salzburg, Austria for three months, during which time students will have the chance to work towards a minor in International Studies. Classes offered include European Literature, Conversational German, Behind the Iron Curtain, and European Culture. Students are also encouraged to take guided study courses online with faculty at AB to stay on track with their major requirements.
Outside of the international classroom, students who study abroad have the opportunity to travel every weekend. Classes run in the morning from Monday through Thursday. Students are free to travel in small groups from Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. In addition to weekend travel, students are given two ten-day long travel periods. These are typically used to venture to destinations that are further away from Austria. This year, for one of the ten-day travel periods, the entire group will head to Italy to explore Italian culture in depth.
Check back frequently to keep up with their once in a lifetime experiences at www.ab.edu and http://battlersabroad.wordpress.com/.
New Vision Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With “Do Good Day”
On Thursday, New Vision Renewable Energy celebrated its fifth
anniversary as an organization with a luncheon held at their
headquarters new Philippi. The nonprofit organization also celebrated
the event by hosting a “Do Good Day,” throughout which the
organization’s volunteers and staff would perform random acts of
kindness. In additional, the luncheon celebrated the local and global
companies that New Vision is able to partner with to help their business
grow and expand.
At the event, New Vision awarded Dan Chen with
the 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award to honor Chen and his 3M Team
Africa employee-volunteer group for their instrumental work with New
Vision in developing and donating “shiny paper” which is used to make
solar products. New Vision uses the advanced Solar Mirror Film donated
by 3M and has come up with a way to get their solar lights into the
lives of people who need them the most.
A group of youth
volunteers presented Chen with the award, thanking him for his generous
donations that allow them to continue the amazing efforts they do all
over the globe.
New Vision was formed first as a community
development organization that helped community members in rural West
Virginia with solar projects, and then developing a do-it-yourself solar
powered light and battery pack that has found its way into 32
ABU Commemorates 9/11 With Ceremony On Thursday
Alderson Broaddus University held a remembrance ceremony on Thursday morning to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
Although the morning was cool and damp, students, faculty, administrators, and staff gathered together at the Shearer Quadrangle fountain to remember and honor the thousands of lives lost that September day during a moment of silence held at 8:46 a.m., the moment of impact on the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
Dr. Timothy DeWittt, professor of music, led student trumpeters in playing “Amazing Grace” from the corners of the campus quad to mark the commemoration.
Belington Fall Fest Weekend Activities To Be Kicked Off With Miss Belington Pageant
The Miss Belington Pageant will kick off the Belington Fall Fest activities on Thursday, September 18, and be held near the center of town at the stage in front of Weese Music Center at 6 p.m. Planners ask that folks, "join us for the event and the crowning of Miss Belington 2014". This year’s contestants are Mackenzie Thorne, Kayla Smith, Carly Ash, and Katie Sandridge. They all attend Philip Barbour High School.
Mackenzie Thorne is the 17-year-old daughter of Carolyn Davis. She is a senior and active in various school activities including swimming, Upward Bound and college release. She has also been named to the honor roll at PBHS. Thorne volunteers for various community service projects including helping to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. She enjoys fishing, swimming, and hanging out with family and friends. When she graduates she plans to become a stenographer. Her escort is Tyler Titchnell. Thorne is sponsored by R&S Tuxedo - Karma Kreations.
Carly Ash is the daughter of Stephanie Corley. She is 16-years-old and a junior at PBHS where she is the Secretary of the Key Club and active in various community events. She is also a member of the FBLA, HOSA, and has been named to the PBHS honor roll. Ash was selected as Miss Barbour County Hostess 2014. In her spare time, she likes to hunt, fish, shop, and have fun with family and friends. After Ash graduates from PBHS, she plans to attend college so she can become a Psychologist or LPN. Her escort is Austin Morris.
Katie Sandridge is a senior at PBHS and the 17-year-old daughter of Jason and Bonnie Thompson and Tesla and Larry Trader. She is a varsity cheerleader at PBHS and has great school spirit. Sandridge has been on the school honor roll and was a member of the Ten Mile 4-H club. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends. Following her high school graduation, she plans to get a degree in medicine so she can help as many people as possible. Her escort is Dylan Harris.
Kayla Smith is the daughter of Ginger Thomas of Belington. She is 16-years-old and is a junior at PBHS. Smith’s school activities include being a member of the PBHS softball team and HOSA organization. She’s also on the PBHS honor roll. Smith likes to hang out with her friends and family as well as play sports and ride 4-wheelers. Her plans after high school include attending the University of Alabama to become an RN. Smith’s escort is Isaiah Summerfield. Her sponsor is her grandfather, Mike Thomas.
Other members of the queen’s court include sixth grade princess Katelyn Cross, daughter of Roger and Missy Cross, and her escort is Joshua Watson, son of Rochelle and James Mitchell and Thomas and Ashleigh Watson. Seventh Grade princess is Maela Carr, daughter of Steve and Billie Jean Hunt and Mahlon Carr, while her escort is Coleton Shahan, son of Melissa and Jeff Shahan. Eighth grade princess is Haleigh White, daughter of Alison White, Vince Schoonover, and Kenny White, and her escort Trent Tallman is the son of LJ and Tammy Tallman. The ninth grade princess is Elizabeth Lawrence, daughter of Misty and James Lawrence, while her escort is Morgan Austin, son of John and Tammy Austin. The tenth grade princess is Jasmine Thompson, daughter of Jason and Bonnie Thompson, and her escort is Zachary Roy, son of Jeff and Stacey Roy. The eleventh grade princess is Sara Thompson. The royal court will be completed with two flowers girls, Lillie Talbott, daughter of Mike and Charlene Talbott, and Jenna Campbell, daughter of Donald and Susie Campbell. The crown bearer is Griffin Hart, son of Danielle Hart.
Fall Fest Activities will continue throughout the weekend following the Miss Belington Pageant kickoff on Thursday evening. The annual craft show at the Belington Fire Hall will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, come out Friday evening and listen to the sounds of Kim Scott who will DJ’ing for the evening including a Karaoke mic if you’d like to sing some tunes.
For Saturday’s events, be sure to come and watch the BBQ cook-off which kicks off at 9 a.m. and continues through turn-in time of 3:30 p.m. Games and food vendors open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment will be at the Weese Music stage from noon to 6 pm. Entertainment includes the sounds of local favorite, Jay McClung, and Elkins favorite, Mike Bonnett. The Fall Fest Parade line-up is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Route 92 and 250 with parade step off at 1:30. The winners of the BBQ cook-off will be announced at 4 p.m.
The weekend activities will wrap-up Sunday with the Belington Fire Department’s annual Car Show and Chicken BBQ. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Belington Shop N Save parking lot. The Belington Emergency Squad will also hold their first annual cornhole tournament across from Shop N Save at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Winners for the Car Show will be announced at 4 p.m. Questions about the Fall Fest activities can be directed to Terri Kittle at (304) 823-1792.
Philippi Main Street Hosts Founder Of “Amazing Cities”
Philippi Main Street's Program Director, Tammy Stemple announces that the Main Street Board of Directors and community leaders met with James Hunt, former Clarksburg City Councilman, Past President of the National League of Cities, and founder and consultant of “Amazing Cities.” Mr. Hunt visited Philippi to speak to attendees to begin work on a project for downtown development. Broaddus Hospital hosted the morning meeting offering their board room as working space and providing breakfast for the workshop.
The attendees listened to Mr. Hunt’s expertise on developing plans for downtown development, how to use the positive aspects of your city to encourage growth and his ideas “to provide innovation and creativity to government.”
Those attending the initial planning session were members of the Board of Directors: Tammy Stemple-Program Director, Annette Santilli-President, Karen Weaver-City Manager, Judy Larry-Philippi Public Library, Susie Cvechko-Broaddus Hospital, and Jane Johnston-Hospice Care. Also attending was Jeff Powelson-Broaddus Hospital, Richard Foley-Alderson Broaddus University Dean College of Business and Management, and Mike Cvechko-Cvechko Insurance and Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.
Plans are being made to include other community partners and leaders to help plan and implement a plan for future downtown and community development.
Volunteers Help To Make Belington Shine
Mark Thompson, Calvin Reed and Randall Coontz were working on Tuesday, cleaning the streets and repainting the curbs in Belington. They are unpaid volunteers affiliated with the Community Service Program located in Philippi.
On nice days, they can be found in the Belington City Park, Laurel Hill Park, or downtown Belington performing many tasks that would otherwise never be accomplished. On rainy and cold days, the trio has been working on painting the gymnasium at the Belington Civic Center.
The 85-year-old landmark has been receiving a facelift through the Belington Board of Parks with a boost in manpower by these volunteers.
The program is administered by the Community Corrections Dept. and several jurisdictions around the county would be hard-pressed to provide the hundreds of hours of work that these volunteers contribute each week.
Philippi CVB Announces Second Annual “Fall In Love With Philippi” Festival
The Philippi Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced its second annual “Fall in Love with Philippi” Fall Festival on Saturday, October 11.
Among the many activities will be a “Street Fair” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors are invited to set up on Main Street in front of the Court House or on the Courthouse lawn. Spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first serve basis. To reserve a space or to obtain additional information, persons may call (304) 621-3648.
During the day, there will be many activities including entertainment at the gazebo, and children’s activities will include a climbing wall and bounce house.
Vendor registration forms are available at the Philippi City Building or by contacting Annette Fetty Santilli at (304) 621-3648.
Tire Collection Event At Fairgrounds
The Barbour County Solid Waste Authority would like to announce that on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the WV DEP will be collecting used passenger car and light truck tires up to 20 inches with or without rims.
There will be a 20 tire per customer limit. You must have a valid West Virginia driver’s license to participate.
For more information, contact the WV DEP REAP project manager, Scott Lemons, at (304) 368-3950.
PB 2013-2014 Yearbooks Have Arrived
The 2013-2014 PB Yearbook has arrived. Any 2014 graduate who would like to pick one up may do so in the PB office during school hours. The book will also be available at Friday night’s PB Homecoming football game versus Liberty. A limited number of extra copies are available for purchase and can be obtained at the game or in the school office, and are on a first come first serve basis.