Coaches rally to help middle school sports; Animal Friends fundraiser set

Hello from Barbour County. Do you remember your favorite teacher in school? We all had, or currently have, teachers, but often there’s that special teacher who goes above and beyond to really make a difference. Here in Barbour County, we have someone who is going the extra mile in more ways than one.

Nick Mayle is a teacher and coach at Philippi Middle School. When faced with the possibility of sports programs being cut in the county, we found that he is not one to sit by and watch it happen. Just the opposite. He is in the process of training for and being prepared to complete a 172-mile walk from Philippi to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, from April 1-6. He is hoping to raise awareness about the challenges that rural communities and their athletic programs face. He knows first hand the many ways that sports can play a positive role in the lives of young people. He has pledged to raise more than $50,000 by July 1 to help fund the many athletic programs in the county. This is the kind of teacher who not only teaches, but makes a difference. Hats off to Nick Mayle.

The Board of Education has agreed to meet with any members of the community who are concerned about the sports programs in the county at 6 p.m. Monday before the next board meeting. Feel free to come out and show your support for our kids. It’s nice to see everyone willing to work together on this matter.

BC Bank is helping out Animal Friends of Barbour County with a donation drive from now until March 1. Donations of dog and cat food, as well as cleaning supplies and bedding, can be dropped off at any BC Bank location. At the end of this drive, there will be a bake sale at the Philippi branch on March 1, so come out and support your furry friends.

Animal Friends of Barbour County will also be having its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner March 17 at Adaland Mansion. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for kids younger than 12. Times for the dinner will be at 1 p.m. 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.. Seating is limited, so if you plan on attending this event, contact Ginette Kelley at 304-457-5488 for reservations.

I’ve been noticing new construction the past few weeks in the parking lot of the old IGA. I hear that plans are under way for a new Family Dollar in that location. Dr. Henderson will be moving his practice to the Belington Medical Clinic as of March 1. He is a familiar face at the clinic, so I guess this just means we will be seeing more of him. Welcome to your new medical home here in Barbour County.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for June 8, as this is the date set for the annual Mikey Hart Memorial Poker Run.

Philippi city basketball teams ended their seasons this past weekend with four days of tournaments. Coming out on top as the champions in the 7- and 8-year-old group was the black team coached by Robbie Jacobs. In the 9- and 10-year-old group, the winner was the gray team team coached by Shawn Price, Terra Edwards and Billy Knight. In the 11- to 13-year- old group, gold was the winning team coached by Larry Stuart and Billy Knight. Finally, the 14- to 17-year-old champions were the black team coached by Cody Bolyard, Seth Howdershelt and Melvin Howdershelt.

Congratulations to all of the players and coaches.

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.

Until next time, “Happiness is … a butterfly, which when pursued is just beyond your grasp, but if you sit quietly, may light upon you.”