Athletic teams are enjoying success

It’s that time of year again! It looks like Barbour County and surrounding areas have had the first real snowfall of the season. Please do be careful on the roads and plan on extra time to get where you are going, so that you arrive safely.

Congratulations to the Philip Barbour Colts football team who made the playoffs and traveled to Wayne County this week. Barbour County is proud of our kids!

In soccer news, Barbour County Youth Soccer will be sending five teams to compete in the West Virginia Kohl’s Cup tournament this weekend in Barboursville. Good luck to all athletes.

The Colts Cross Country girls team made history recently, as they are now four-time state champions. The boys team also did a great job, as they came in second place. It takes a lot of work to become a champion, but it takes even more work to remain one. Coaches Kaiser and Seaton do a wonderful job.

There will be a spaghetti dinner on Sunday at Philippi Middle School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for adults is $7 and kids will be $4. This is sponsored by Philippi Middle School Athletic Boosters and will benefit middle school sports.

There has been some discussion this week about the upcoming 2014 prom at Phillip Barbour. It has been approved that the prom will take place in Bridgeport this year. Some like the idea, and some hate it. This reminds me of the old saying, “You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”

I think also that some people are never happy.

In Belington, the final Jerry West basketball signups will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center. There is no cost, and the event is open to children ages 4-17.

The final Philippi Youth Basketball sign-up will be held for children up to age 14 at the Philippi City Building from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. For children 14-17, the final date to sign up will be Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. This additional date is only for those over the age of 14 and is due to the timing of high school tryouts. Because of the immediate drafting process, no late signups will be allowed. The registration fee is $35 and must be paid when you sign-up your child.

Belington resident Sharon Harsh will be the featured artist at Philippi Public Library today from 11 a.m. – noon. She will be teaching how to make pinecone ornaments. The first 10 participants of the workshop will make and decorate an ornament; all others are welcome to come and watch the process and then duplicate it at home. If anyone has questions about this workshop or about any library programs, call 304-457-3495 or visit the


The Philippi Fire Department is hosting its annual gun bash. There will be a prize every day, except Sundays, in the month of December. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased from any Philippi firefighter.

Saturday morning Geneology Club will meet at Belington Public Library, today, Nov 16 at 9 a.m. Guest speaker will be Bill Rice, talking about Volume 3 of his book, “Colonial Records of the Upper


Belington Library will be having Storyhour on Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. A book will be read and there will be craft time for the children.

Belington Library will be closed the week of Thanksgiving from Nov. 25-29.

Thanksgiving is coming up! We have many things to be thankful for every day. I hope everyone has a nice week off from school and can have a wonderful day with family.

We can’t talk about Thanksgiving in Barbour County without mentioning deer season. Rifle season comes in the Monday before Thanksgiving and to some, is just as important of a holiday. Please be safe in the woods, and I hope you get that big buck that you’ve had your eye on.

The North Pole at the Belington City Park looks nice again this year and I know that the children, as well as the adults, have a great time riding the Polar Express. Much work has gone into making this


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Until next time: snowmen fall from Heaven –

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