Alderson Broaddus Inducts Class Of 2018 In Ceremony Saturday
On Saturday, Alderson Broaddus University welcomed its
third-consecutively large freshman class onto campus. Over four hundred
students travelled to the university’s campus for orientation and
move-in this weekend. The incoming freshman class represents 31 states
and 10 countries.
The introduction ceremony was held on Saturday
afternoon in the Rex Pyles Memorial Coliseum. During the ceremony,
incoming students recited the AB Creed, which asks students to pledge
academic and professional integrity, and to “take pride in being a
student at Alderson Broaddus University.”
The class of 2018 was presented by Andy Spohn, Vice President for Enrollment Management.
“You are here to embark on a wonderful adventure at AB. Our current
students, faculty, and administration are continuing to make history.
Each person adds their own chapter. What story will you add to our
collection?” asked Spohn in his address to the class.
of Student Affairs Koreen Villers, Provost and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs, and Student Government Association President
Audreanna Haines received the class, who were also welcomed by Athletic
Director and Head Football Coach Dennis Creehan and Alderson Broaddus
University President Dr. Richard Creehan. Invocation was given by Dr.
Jim Stinespring, and the class was welcomed by Koreen Villers.
addition to the festivities of the ceremony, President Creehan gave a
special presentation in which he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,
which asks participants to make a large monetary donation or donate ten
dollars and drench themselves with a bucket of ice water in order to
raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly
referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. President Creehan accepted his
brother Dennis Creehan’s challenge in front of the freshman class,
parents, faculty, and staff.
Alderson Broaddus students will begin classes today, Wednesday, August 27.
Alderson Broaddus Invites Local Businesses To Battler Fair
On Saturday, Alderson Broaddus University welcomed Barbour County businesses onto campus for the 2014 Battler Fair, which showcased business from around the area. The Battler Fair is a unique opportunity for students to get informed about the organizations and services available to them in both Philippi and the entire Barbour County area.
The fair encourages the student body to become involved in the Barbour County community by supporting local businesses and making use of local services. By using local services, students are able to give back to the community that welcomes them back to campus each fall.
Each business was provided a table to set up their business station in order to hand out information, answer questions, and give some samples and freebies to attending parents and freshman students. Many local businesses, churches, and organizations attended the fair, including Barbour Publishing, Mountain Hospice, Philippi Baptist Church, Lil Moe’s, Barbour Lanes, and Belington Wellness Clinic. The fair was held under a large tent on the quad near the Apollo statue.
Barbour County Fair Kicks Off; Queen Selected
The Barbour County Fair is here at last, and festivities at the fairgrounds are already underway. On Saturday, the opening ceremonies and Queen’s Pageant was held. Contestant Hannah Matlick was crowned the 2014 Barbour County Fair Queen.
Matlick is excited to “represent my county and support everybody and be able to do my part, to be able to do my deed here at the fair.” She is also looking forward to the upcoming events of her yearlong reign as Barbour County Fair Queen.
“I’m really looking forward to the Fairs and Festivals pageant,” says Matlick, “but most of all to be able to represent and show off my county and prove to people that there is more to Barbour County than everyone thinks.”
A fantastic parade was held on Monday evening at the fairgrounds, which featured both the Philip Barbour and Alderson Broaddus bands, and on Tuesday professional bull riding events were held.
Tonight, the action will continue as the Demolition Derby kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and on Thursday, the youth ATV drag races will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, the adult ATV drags will be held at 7 p.m. and the action will wind down with the Livestock Awards Presentation on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Musical entertainment acts will begin with the Joseph Sisters and Contemporary Christian artist, the Rhett Walker Band, on Wednesday. West Virginia native Wyatt Turner will grace the stage at the John Lloyd Entertainment Center prior to Eric Paslay’s performance on Thursday. Colt Ford will headline the entertainment for Friday night, and Jamie Lynn Spears will headline on Saturday night.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend these great performances. Be sure to come out to the fair and enjoy the rides, exhibits, special events, and entertainment!
Belington Council Considers New Ordinances
A new ordinance has been approved on first reading by Belington City Council that will prohibit appearing shirtless in public along the business district in Belington. The first reading of the appearing shirtless in public ordinance was held at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting and passed six to one.
In other news, council members have also elected to reduce the speed limit to 20 miles per hour on Serpell Avenue, a decision that comes after city residents requested that council look at lowering the speed limit in order to protect children who live and play along that road. Council approved the decision unanimously.
Council also discussed the possibility of an occupancy and entrance permit ordinance, which was opposed by the majority of the council. The ordinance would require all current and future Belington residents to purchase an ordinance permit and show proof of utility and garbage service in order to reside in the city. The ordinance has been sent to the Zoning Board of Appeals for review.
Belington City Council will meet again on Thursday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Philippi Council Accepts Grants On Behalf Of Library
On Tuesday, August 19, Philippi City Council met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. At the meeting, Council accepted the approval of two community participation grants on behalf of the Philippi Library. The grants total $5,000 and are to be used for community participation programs, as well as books, materials, and equipment for the children’s literacy program. Council accepted these as the fiscal agent on behalf of the library.
The second reading of revisions to the Landmark Commission ordinance bylaws was also held. Under the revisions, building permits within the historic district and historic buildings will have to be approved by the Landmark Commission. The second reading was approved unanimously.
A request of approval to allow Mayor Jerry Mouser sign a grant acceptance on behalf of the Airport Authority was also approved. The grant is federally funded and will go toward rehabilitating the airport’s runway.
In other news, Mayor Mouser read a proclamation issued in concern to the growing litter problem in Philippi. The proclamation states that Mayor Mouser has asked law enforcement to strictly enforce litter and garbage laws and codes in order to keep the city clean and free of litter.
The council also welcomed new police officer Dustin Cale to the Philippi Police Department at the meeting.
Philippi City Council will meet again in regular session on Tuesday, September 2, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Board Approves Out Of County Prom
The Barbour County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, during which the board approved a request for Philip Barbour High School to hold the 2014-2015 prom at Bridgeport Conference Center for the second year in a row.
The unanimous decision was made to allow students to travel to Bridgeport for prom following a discussion that overwhelmingly expressed the students’ desire to have prom held at the conference center. Last year’s prom, which was also held at the center, was the highest attended prom in the past four years. Although Board of Education Vice President Joanne McConnell expressed concern that students would be left out, as well as safety concerns for traveling students, the decision was ultimately unanimous.
In other news, the board was provided a facilities report by Glenn Sweet, in which Sweet addressed the dire need to replace the roofing at both Mount Vernon and Volga-Century elementary schools. Both schools’ roofs are over thirty years old and well past their fifteen year life expectancy. Sweet explained that patching of the roofs is ineffective at this point.
Replacing roofs for both elementary schools will cost upwards of $183,500 per building. The board could decide to replace the exposed rubber roofing for a fraction of the cost, but this option will not carry the warranty that a full replacement would carry and the roof would still have serious risk of damage. The board was asked for direction to take on the roofs, and will address the issue further in the coming weeks.
The Board of Education will meet again in regular session on Monday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.
McKinley Stops By Newspaper And Talks With Staff
Last Wednesday, United States Congressman David McKinley, P. E, stopped by the Barbour Democrat offices to talk our staff about issues currently faced in Barbour County.
Congressman McKinley discussed several crucial points that he feels need addressed in order to keep rural America—and West Virginia—thriving and alive. An overreaching government and over-regulation were two of the top points on the Congressman’s mind. Getting back to basics is something that Congressman McKinley explains would benefit rural America.
“We’ve lost our vision, and I want to get it back. We’ve allowed government to get so big that it’s dominating.”
One of the key points of Congressman McKinley’s discussion was the success of Alderson Broaddus University. “It’s crucial to this county that AB succeed,” says McKinley, who also expressed that the innovation being used by Alderson Broaddus President Richard Creehan and his administration could be used as a model for other schools.
“[We’re trying] to educate the public about urban centers and rural areas. [Urban centers] have a much larger representation in Congress than rural America. We’ve got to find ways that we can work together because we can’t ignore rural America. Trying to focus on how we can help colleges, whether private or public, from a federal level to survive in this environment,”
One way that Congressman McKinley believes will help turn the focus onto the success of rural businesses is Alderson Broaddus’ new program concept of rural entrepreneurism, which will theoretically help students learn about business in a rural environment.
“A powerful idea. Give people a chance to explore how else they can be businessmen,” says McKinley. “We don’t have enough young people willing to take a risk because they don’t understand how a business functions. It may be threatening or confusing to them. We’re finding fewer and fewer business start ups in America. We’ve got to find a way to encourage people, whether the young or middle age, to start a company. In rural counties, what better way to do it than to have an incubator that’s trying to help out in rural America, whether it’s agriculture or finance, to help them get started. I hope other areas throughout the state will pick up on that.”
The Congressman also discussed economic growth, education, employment, coal, and the Affordable Care Act with the Barbour Democrat staff.