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Philippi, WV 26416
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Philippi Beautification Volunteers Seek More Participants
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer

  This past spring and summer, a group of dedicated volunteers helped spruce up downtown Philippi by taking care of flower pots and flower beds at various locations. Philippi Beautification Volunteers worked hard in the area around old City Hall, Covered Bridge, and Veterans Park, so they could bring more color and liveliness to downtown Philippi.
  The blue and grey flower pots and the first round of flowers were purchased and donated by an anonymous donor, and were a nice addition to several flower beds and flower baskets already on display on Main Street. In addition to those, Willa Jo and Ed Jones have worked weekly on the area around the entrance of the Covered Bridge. They planted different varieties of flowers and have also regularly weeded the area. They have also enlisted the group of volunteers from Alderson Broaddus University who will be cleaning up and planting the flowers for next year during the next few days and weeks.
  Several businesses in town have also purchased mums to plant for the fall, and more mums are slated to pop up in planters around town during the upcoming weeks. If anyone is interested in purchasing or planting the mums, please contact Willa Jo Jones at 304-457-4071, as the Philippi Beautification Volunteers want to make sure that perennials already planted are preserved for the next year.
  In addition to this, anyone interested in becoming the part of the group, or who is willing to adopt the garden around town, can fill out the application printed in the newspaper or pick one up at the Philippi Public Library. There is no full-time commitment, and any help to make downtown more attractive will be appreciated.

Famous Journalist Nellie Bly Visits Philippi
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer

  Over 50 gathered on Saturday, September 30, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Philippi, where West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive program made a stop with a character presentation of Nellie Bly, one of the most famous investigative reporters in the late 1800’s, unheard of for a woman of that time. The History Alive program is a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures, which are presented by scholars who have carefully research the writings, biographies, and speeches, and this particular presentation was sponsored by The Barbour County Democratic Women’s Club and its annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner.
  Nellie Bly was a pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, who secured a job as a reporter with New York World by committing herself for 10 days to Blackwell’s Island, an infamous lunatic asylum for women, and then writing a series on conditions and treatment of institutionalized women, which subsequently led to passing of multiple laws designed to improve the lives of mentally ill. Over the course of her life, Bly used her job to bring attention to the lives of factory workers, orphan children, and women’s issues. She became a worldwide sensation in 1890, when she successfully completed the trip around the world in 72 days. She has also opened the doors for women in the world of the journalism, as well as the world of the innovators, when she successfully created the patent for the first steel drum. Over the century, Nellie Bly has become an inspirational role model for many girls and women in the United States and around the world.
  Nellie Bly is portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood. Peterson also portrays Shirley Temple and Mary Todd Lincoln, among many others.
Sickler Farm Hosting Several Events In October
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  Sickler Farm, located in Barbour County, and only three miles from Philippi, is jumping into the spirit of fall and the Halloween season by hosting several events in the upcoming weeks. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the month of October, they will have a haunted trail on their farm. The trail is a little over mile long, with steep inclines and declines, and also includes a corn maze. Children under 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult, and anyone with serious health issues, prone to seizures, or anyone who is or may be pregnant is not advised to walk the trail. Tickets for the event can be purchased on Sickler Farm website or directly at the venue.
  In addition to haunted trail, there will be two fall festivals on October 7 and October 21. These events will feature homemade food and drinks, face painting, pumpkin decorating, hayride, games, maze, and farm animals. There will also be demonstrations of apple cider press, corn meal grinding, and apple butter making. More information on the Fall Festival is available on the Sickler Farm Facebook page or by calling 304-677-9896.
County Commission Approves Two Proclamations
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  The Barbour County Commission approved two resolutions during their October meeting held on a Monday, October 2, 2017. Sam Rittenhouse, the representative from Women’s Aid in Crisis, presented the Commission with a proclamation on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, while Debbie Schoonover from Belington Clinic presented them with Breast Cancer Awareness month proclamation. Commissioners signed both proclamations.
Commissioners also voted on two contribution requests. The Philippi Christmas Committee was awarded $1500 toward lights, decorations, and miscellaneous items, while the Commission decided to table a Barbour County Development Authority grant-matching request for $6,000 until they conduct more research. It was noted that until the decision is made in the State Legislature regarding Senate Joint Resolution 8, which deals with how state distributes the money to counties and municipalities, it might be wise to be more conservative with monetary contributions made by the Commission. 
  The Community Corrections reported that they had a very busy September, during which the participants in the program volunteered with four major events, including Fall Bash and Belington Fall Fest. Community Corrections is also now starting its annual toy drive for children and families at Ruby Memorial Hospital. All donations can be dropped off at the program’s offices on High Street.
  The bid for an ADA approved ramp leading to the entrance of the Courthouse has been awarded to Huffman Corporation, with the stipulation that the majority of the work will be conducted on weekends or on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. so as to not interfere with daily operations. Work is slated to start within next few weeks, and the company has 90 days to complete the project.
  The Office of Emergency Management has reported that all road signs are within the month of being completed. This has been a major project that has been in the works the entire summer. Commissioners have also reported that a new car for the Sheriff's Department has been ordered as well.
  At the end of the meeting, the Commission wanted to recognize seven groups from the county who participated in Tucker’s Foundation “Run For It” event. All three commissioners were present at the event, and stated that it was nice to see such a nice turnout from Barbour County organizations.
  The next regular meeting of the Barbour County Commission is set for Monday, November 6, 2017m at 5 p.m., at the Barbour County Courthouse.
Alderson Broaddus Prepares for Homecoming ’17 University to Celebrate Homecoming October4-October8

  Alderson Broaddus University will be hosting a variety of events for the public as part of its homecoming celebration October 4-8.
The Robert V. Digman Lecture Series will begin on Wednesday, October 4, with Mr. Matthew Ballard speaking in Crim Dining Hall starting at 12 noon. Pastor Rusten Seaman will speak on Thursday at noon and on Friday, Dr. Charles E. Shaffer will close the lecture series. Alderson Broaddus’ Thursday Chapel service is also open to the public.
  A Pep Rally and Bonfire will be held Friday evening immediately following the Homecoming Pageant. The Bonfire and Pep Rally will take place on the Shearer Quadrangle. All students, alumni, and friends are invited to this spirit-filled, student-lead event.
  The campus spirit march will take place on Saturday, October 7, beginning at 12 noon. All are invited to take in the spirit march which will begin behind Paul Jones and go around the one-way loop ending at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium ahead of the Battlers 1:30 p.m. kick-off against Malone University.
Wilcox Chapel will be full of music Saturday evening, at 7:30 p.m. as the School of Music hosts its annual homecoming concert and the 40th Reunion of the “West Virginians”.
  On Sunday morning, October 2, the annual Homecoming Worship Service will take place at Philippi Baptist Church located at 69 Church Street in downtown. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.
For a complete list of events, please view the Homecoming brochure online at www.ab.edu/homecoming.
  Please come and join the Alderson Broaddus University family for a weekend of community fun.
Barbour County Chamber Of Commerce Hosting Ladies’ Night Out
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer

  The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce is putting together a big fundraising event to benefit its scholarship fund, as well as both Philippi and Belington Public Libraries. The event, titled “Ladies’ Night Out”, will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. at Junior Fire Hall. A ticket to the event includes catered dinner, wine tasting, live entertainment by the Soda Pop Gypsies, door prizes, and raffles. In addition to this, there will be over 20 vendors at the site with various items – from makeup, jewelry, and clothing to chair massages and manicures. The tickets will not be available for purchase at the door and must be purchased in advance at Freedom Bank, Perfectly Pampered Salon, Bialek Insurance, or from any member of the board of Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. More information on the event can be found on FB page “Ladies Night Out”. Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Susan Jones at Perfectly Pampered Salon.
ABU To Host Annual Homecoming Concert Saturday

  The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music will present their annual Homecoming Concert on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 7:30 in Wilcox Chapel. Tickets are available at the door only. The concert will feature the College/Community Handbell Choir, University Chorale, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Ensemble, and will conclude with The West Virginians. The West Virginians are celebrating 40 years this fall and a reunion chorus will be performing a portion of the concert with the current group. The concert will include a wide variety of music, something to appeal to all in attendance. 
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