Activities abound in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! April showers bring May flowers? If that’s true, then I think that we might have some flowers this month. The past week has brought some rain to our area, but I’m thankful that we didn’t get the storms that folks down South received. Our hearts go out those


Belington did get what was called a “microburst” storm on April 25. I hear that there was some tree and roof damage and the pavilion at Belington Elementary School was flattened.

The pavilion had been an Eagle Scout project, and I’m sure it was disheartening to see all the hard work destroyed.

I believe most everyone enjoyed the week off of school for spring break in Barbour County. The Philip Barbour Band had a good time I’m sure, as they traveled to Disney for their band trip. The Pride of Barbour County lives up to their name.

The annual Philippi city wide yard sale is going on today from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be many sales set up on the courthouse lawn as well as a map/flyer of yard sales around town.

There will be an all you can eat ramp dinner today at the Brushy Fork Community Center from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 eat for free. The menu consists of ham, brown and white beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, with and without ramps, stewed ramps, dessert and a drink. This is located 6 miles off of Rt. 57, on the Stewart’s Run Road. There will be signs posted. Come out and join them for a stinky good time.

If you haven’t eaten your fill of ramps at Brushy Fork, head on over to Mount Liberty May 10 for another dinner! From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., they will be serving up ham, fried potatoes, with or without ramps, brown and white beans, ramps cooked in vinegar, raw ramps, applesauce, cornbread and a drink. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. The community of Mount Liberty is located off of Rt. 250 near Philippi, across from Polings Store.

Knit Whits will be meeting again on May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Philippi Public Library. Come out for an evening of sewing, knitting, crafting and visiting.

There will be a food handler’s class on May 15 at The Market Place in Philippi. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the class at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Stackpole at (304) 457-1670.

The cancer support group will be meeting again on May 16 at 11 a.m. at the Medallion Restaurant. For more information, contact Deanna at (304) 457-2684. Survivors, caregivers or family members are invited.

The Arden River Rats are hosting their first Princess 5K on May 17, beginning at 9 a.m. in Arden. Participants are encouraged to wear dresses, tutus, tiaras and a touch of teal! There will be a $20 registration fee with all proceeds benefiting the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Also on May 17, there will be a Diecast Drag-race at the Philippi City Building. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the race starting at noon. Their motto is: Drags, Not Drugs.

The Philippi Public Library will have pre-school story hour every Wednesday in May from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Some of the stories that children will be exploring include, Llama, Llama Misses Mama, A “Berry” Good Day at the Library, “Bee” A Good Reader and Lady Bug, Lady Bug.

On May 10 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs will be at Philippi Library for Dog Tales. Also at the library, local artists Millie and Gary Goetze will be visiting on May 17 from 11 a.m. – noon to share loom weaving.

Philippi Police Department have taken an additional step to get crime off the streets. They now have a tip line where you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and leave a message for the police department if you have any information regarding criminal activity. The phone number is (304) 457-2892.

It was nice hearing from a reader recently. Robert Bob Hornbeck and friend, Patricia Ronketty of Elkins, visited with Bob’s mother at Autumn Health Care Center in Somerset, Ohio over the Easter holiday. Robert and Patricia are members of the Belington IOOF Lodge #73.

If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see in the Inter-Mountain, give me a call at (304) 823-2539, or by email at I love hearing from you!

Until next time: Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.