Barbour County steps into autumn

Hello from Barbour County! I just love this time of year. Fall has to be my favorite season. The sky is so blue, the clouds look so fluffy, and the leaves are so beautiful. I love the cooler temperatures, and the air even seems to have a “crisp” smell to it. If you happen to be near the Barbour County courthouse, check out the upside-down scarecrow decoration out front. It’s very cute.

The fall burning law is in effect. Through Oct. 31, outdoor burning is only allowed between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Have you been enjoying the Forest Festival? We usually spend the final day in Elkins, enjoying the crafts, looking though the tables at the city park, watching the parade, and usually seeing people that we only see once a year. It sure is festive!

The Fall Festival took place in Belington a couple weeks ago, and congratulations to Haley Mallow as she is our new Miss Belington 2017.

Philippi Main Street’s annual Scarecrow & Light Pole Decorating Contest will be held now through the end of October. Participants can decorate a light pole with a scarecrow or a “fall” theme. Organizations, individuals or businesses are invited to participate in the contest. Please call the Main Street Office at 457-3700 ext. 226 for information. There is no fee to participate. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded.

There will be a Food Service Worker Permit Class on Oct. 17 at the Market Place in Philippi. Registration begins at 5:15 pm, with the class starting at 6 p.m. The cost for a state wide card is $20, and a Barbour County card is $10. Cards are valid for two years. For more information, call Sanitarian Bill Nestor, at the Barbour County Health Department at (304) 457-1670.

The Barbour County cancer support group will have their monthly meeting on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi. This is open to all cancer survivors, caregivers and family members. For more information, call Deanna at (304) 457-2684.

The Mt. Liberty community, between Belington and Philippi will be having their Fall Festival on Oct. 21 at the community building. It’s located off Route 250. Watch for signs near Poling’s Store. The Fall Festival is famous for their homemade apple butter. There will be lots of food, crafts, singing and fun throughout the day, so be sure and stop in.

On Oct. 22, there will be a spaghetti dinner at the Belington Volunteer Fire Department from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost of the dinner will be $7 for adults, and children 10 and under will be $5. This is a senior project for Ashton Cunningham, and all proceeds will benefit the fire department. Take-out will be available.

The Belington Volunteer Fire Department is selling tickets for their Elimination Dinner, which will take place on Nov. 4. See your favorite Belington fireman to get tickets.

If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see in The Inter-Mountain, give me a call at (304) 614-7782. You can also send me an email to I love hearing from you!

Until next time, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of the shooting in Vegas. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers