Belington Residents Address Concerns To Council
Belington City Council met in regular session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. At the meeting, council heard concerns from several community members regarding the upkeep of vacant home within the city limits. According to many of the presenters, these vacant buildings are overgrown and many are filled with garbage, causing a small rat problem around the dwellings.
Community members also expressed concern over the limited availability of the police force. Currently, the Belington Police Department only has three officers available for service, due to budget constraints. While no one denied their strong efforts, the community is concerned for the lack of protection available on nights and weekends. Residents expressed concerns over drug use at city parks, numerous breaking and enterings, and disrespectful vandals.
Mayor Bobby King and council explained that the city is doing the best they can when it comes to these situations, but will look into ways to improve these efforts. The Police Department is understaffed, but utilizing their efforts to the best of their ability. As for the vacant homes, the city has cited some of the individual homeowners for failure to clean their properties; however, once the citation has made its way through the court system, there is little action that the city can take in order to get the buildings cleaned if residents do not take action.
I n other news, the council further discussed the possible shirt ordinance that will require all citizens to wear appropriate clothing along the business district in Belington. Council has requested that the ordinance be looked over again by the city attorney and then return before council.
Firefighters Give Impromptu Tour To Kids In Belington
Last week, the Belington Fire Department held an impromptu showcase of their equipment to a group of children walking by on their way back from the Belington Library. The children were being escorted by Belington City Council Member Maureen Lasky-Setchell, who noticed that the fire department’s garage doors were open.
Lasky-Setchell asked if the volunteers would be willing to show the fire engines to the children. The men welcomed the children in and began showing them their equipment. The children learned about the tools used by the fire department and the hard work that the volunteers put in to help the community.
“They learned about dialing 911 and moving off to the side of the road for emergency vehicles. The children got to see the equipment. They really learned a lot of fire safety procedures and to be respectful,” Lasky-Setchell stated. “They also learned that our fire department is a completely one-hundred percent volunteer fire department. A lot of the kids were really impressed about that. They were thrilled.”
The fire department showed the children their equipment, trucks, and then also walked the group over to show the emergency squad’s ambulances and equipment as well.
“We just happened to be walking back from the library, and the doors were open. They were just like, come on in!” said Lasky-Setchell. “They really took some time out to do something really wonderful for these kids.”
Philip Barbour's Back-To-School Kick Off
Philip Barbour students may pick up their schedules and assigned locker numbers and combinations on August 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Locker fees for 2014-2015 are $5 per student, which is due prior to picking up the assigned locker number and combination.
Following this, students who are part of the New Tech program are asked to attend the orientation from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 pm. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend. At 6:00 p.m. a light dinner will be provided to all students and their parents. After dinner, the annual “Freshman Frolic” will take place. Everyone will proceed to the auditorium where an overview of school activities, classes, and expectations will be presented. From 7:30p.m.-9:00 p.m., students and parents will split into their respective groups. The students will participate in team building activities to meet their fellow classmates and school student leaders. The parents will learn about online resources, the positive behavior support system, school policies, and incentives for the upcoming year.
At 9:00 p.m., the evening will wrap up when all sophomore, junior, and senior students are invited to join the freshman class for a back-to-school dance that will take place in the student parking lot (weather permitting). Snacks will also be provided at this time. Parents are asked to have their students picked up by 11:00 p.m.
For more information, questions, or concerns, call the high school at (304) 457-1360.
Republican Executive Committee Announces Sheriff Candidate
The Barbour County Republican Executive Committee announced their candidate for Barbour County Sheriff at their regular session meeting on Monday, July 21. The committee announced that their unanimous ballot for sheriff candidate in the November election will be Sherman Wilkinson, of Philippi.
Wilkinson is a United States Navy Veteran and has former experience as a deputy sheriff in Bannock County, Idaho. He completed his training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Wilkinson stated that he believes in fairness and justice, and hopes to restore the community’s faith in the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
The committee deliberated over two candidates before casting their votes. Phil Wagner also presented his desire to become the Republican Executive Committee’s candidate for sheriff at the meeting. The committee heard from both Wilkinson and Wagner before voting. Wilkinson unanimously took the votes, four to zero with four members abstaining from the vote.
Fox’s Pizza Den Holds Grand Opening Celebration
Pictured L-R: Ron Phillips, President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and Manager of Builders Center; Deborah Keene, Manager of Allegheny Insurance Services in Philippi; Fox’s owner Kevin Lyons; Elijah Waltman with his mother Glenda; Lynne Snyder of Linalou, Uninc; and Nevin Woodford.
The new Fox’s Pizza Den location at the junction of U. S. 250 and the Philippi bypass kicked off its all-day open house and ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16th. The franchise eatery is locally owned by Kevin Lyons, and was previously located
in the old IGA building downtown.
Lyons stated, "With our new store at the end of the Philippi Bypass, we have a much better location for our new and old customers.”
The grand opening was followed by a free tasting until 12:30 p.m. The hourly presentation of door prizes started at 1:00 p.m. and concluded with a major prize award at 9:00 p.m. A cash prize of $200 was awarded to the winner of a pizza eating contest at 2:30 p.m. and another $200 in cash was awarded at 5:30 p.m. for the winner of a hot wings eating contest.
“It is a pleasure to be a part of the grand opening at Fox’s Pizza today,” said Deborah Keene. “All of Kevin’s hard work paid off. The restaurant turned out to be very nice. I hope that he has many years of success at this location. It’s great to see another business thriving on Philippi’s Main Street.”
The new restaurant has booth and table seating as well as a pick-up window and delivery service. The poster in the background reads, “What does the Fox eat?” To find out, visit FoxsPizza.com.
Fox’s Pizza is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon to 9 p.m.
National Night Out Set At Belington City Park
A National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, August 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Belington City Park.
A spokesperson stated that it is a great night to get to know your neighbors, and join over 37 million people in 16,124 communities worldwide to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime.
The event is sponsored by Belington Police Department, Barbour County Tobacco Prevention Coalition, and Barbour County Prevention Partnership.
Kiwanis Club Of Barbour County Elects Officers
The Kiwanis Club of Barbour County elected its 2014-15 officers during a meeting held on July 17, at the Medallion Restaurant. These officers begin their term of office in October.
The elected officers are Judith Funk, president; Crystal Poe, vice-president; Everett Sperry, past-president; Jane Digman, secretary; and Robert Digman, treasurer. Also elected were board members, Marjorie Campbell, Michele Moore, and Jody Sperry.
President Funk indicated that the club will continue its strong emphasis on projects that serve the youth of Barbour County.
The club meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month.
New Music Studio Offers Variety Of Lessons
Studio C, a new music studio in Philippi, is offering a variety of musical lessons. Instruments being taught include piano, voice, beginning guitar, and woodwinds.
Instruction is available to all ages. Call (304) 288-0936 to sign up.
Teaching voice and beginners’ guitar will be Cody Ratliff, a senior music education major at Alderson Broaddus University from Clifton Forge, Va.
Ratliff currently sings in the ABU Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and is a member of the “West Virginians.” He is experienced in numerous styles of singing including musical theatre, choral, pop, contemporary Christian, and country.
Ratcliff’s goals include furthering his education in pursuing a Masters degree in Musical Theatre Pedagogy, as well as teaching music in the schools.
Philippi Council Hears Waste Water Concerns At Meeting
Philippi City Council met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. At the meeting, council was addressed by Upshur County resident Bruce Bennett about a “tank farm” that will be placed on Auvil Road in Barbour County and used for water waste management by Consol Energy.
Bennett addressed the council out of concern that the waste water tanks will have the potential to contaminate area drinking water if an accident were to occur in which one of the three 3.5 million gallon tanks were to leak out into the surrounding waterways. According to Bennett, three tanks are currently being constructed at the “tank farm” site, although more could potentially be built. The tanks will house contaminated waste water unfit for further use due to chemicals in the water.
Bennett also expressed that the community needs to be aware of the consequences that the tank farm could face following the chemical spill in Charleston earlier this year when crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol was released from a Freedom Industries facility into the Elk River, a tributary of the Kanawha River.
“I think questions need asked,” Bennett stated. “The community needs to know. I’d find out what they’re going to do.”
Mayor Jerry Mouser explained to Bennett that he had expressed the same concerns, but that there was little the city could do about the proposed tank farm.
“The city does not have a whole lot of control or say in the thing,” said Mayor Mouser. “The only thing the city could probably do at this point is… have something like a public hearing, that we could go there and voice our concerns, raise objections.”
“You all have to decide what fight you want to fight,” said Bennett as his delegation came to a close.
In other news, council reappointed Hayden Cottrill, Buddy Shreve, and Lara Foster to the Planning Commission. Council also discussed possible changes to the Landmark Commission bylaws and ordinance. The commission requested that non-city residents be permitted to serve on the commission and that the commission be responsible for signing all city building permits, which Mayor Mouser opposed and council opposed.
Barbour County Emergency Squad Annual Door To Door Canvass
The Barbour County Emergency Squad, Inc. is conducting its annual door to door canvass to raise funds to be placed in their New Ambulance and Equipment Fund.
The canvass, which is the squad’s largest fundraising project of the year, will begin on Monday, August 4, and continues through Monday, August 18.
The canvass will start at 5:30 p.m., and end at dark. For identification purposes, all squad members working the canvass will be in squad uniform, squad T-shirts, or have an official ID badge.
The Barbour County Emergency Squad, Inc. was formed in 1988 when all county funding was eliminated and as a result, the squad became a nonprofit organization under IRS code 501 C3. The local squad receives no city or state funding and only limited funding from the Barbour County Commission.
According to squad officials, “Fund raising dollars are extremely important to our agency. Without fund drives, it would be impossible for us to purchase new equipment,” they said.
If you do not reside in the squad’s canvass area or you are inadvertently missed during the canvass and you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the squad, you may do so by sending it to B.C.E.S., P.O. Box 55, Philippi, WV 26416. Attention: 2014 Canvass. For your convenience, donations can also be made to the squad by using Discover, Visa, and MasterCard. Your continued support for this event is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions concerning the canvass, contact the squad director at (304) 457-2037.
The schedule is as follows:
August 4 – City of Philippi.
August 5 – Wellington Heights, Hickory Corner, and City of Philippi.
August 6 – Rt. 250 from Used Car Company to Mouse Run Road including Silent Grove, Anglin Run, Sand Run, Hanging Rock Road, and Midway Road.
August 7 – Union community and Mt. Liberty community.
August 8 – Rt. 57 to Harrison County line including all roads branching off.
August 11 - Rt. 119 from Rt. 57 intersection to Upshur County line including Century No. 1 and No. 2, Volga, Boulder, and Hall communities.
August 12 - Rt. 38 from Rt. 250 intersection to Nestorville including Laurel Creek, Bootjack, Tacy, and Rt. 92 from White Oak Road, north to Clemtown Road.
August 13 – Rt. 119 North from Norris Ridge Road to Taylor County line including Hacker, Tygart Glen, Pleasant Creek, Arden, and Clemtown.
August 14 – Rt. 92 from Clemtown Road to Preston County line including Moatsville and all other roads branching off.
August 15 – Rt. 38 from Nestorville to Tucker County line including Kasson Road, Teter Creek Road, and Valley Furnace.
August 18 – Chestnut Ridge, Olive Hill, Ford Run, Frost Run, and Rt. 76 including the communities of Brownton and Galloway. Make up in areas not visited.
This schedule is subject to change without notice.
Back To School And Misc Giveaway
Back to School and Miscellaneous Giveaway will be held July 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Belington Fire Hall, located behind the Light of Christ Chapel.
For more information, call Alice at (304) 823-2834.