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Belington satellite tax office to close on April 1; cleanup set

Hello and happy spring from Barbour County!

Folks needing to pay their taxes have been able to go to the satellite tax office in Belington, instead of driving to the other end of the county. As of April 1, that will change. The tax office satellite location will be closing in Belington, and people needing to pay their taxes will either need to mail in their payment or go to the courthouse.

Just a reminder that the spring burning law is in effect. From March 1 to May 31, the only time you are allowed to burn is between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Philippi will be doing some spring cleaning on April 8. Volunteers will be picking up trash, and doing general clean up through town. Anyone wishing to help is asked to meet at the courthouse gazebo at 9 a.m. on that date for their assignments. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for workers.

I have been seeing where people have been going to painting parties lately. It’s like a class, and the instructor walks you through step-by-step as you all paint a picture together. I had thought that I might like to do this, but I have zero painting abilities. Well, a couple weeks ago, I was able to attend one of these classes, and I really had fun. My picture looked a lot better than I expected it to (as in, it didn’t look like something I could have done), and I was very pleased. They have these classes often at The Market Place in Philippi. If this is something that you have been thinking about, may I encourage you to go for it!

The Philip Barbour boys basketball team is having a fundraiser. They will “egg” your yard with 48 filled Easter eggs and one special egg for the cost of $25. For more information, contact Robin at 304-614-5481 or Tina at 304-672-2456.

I was able to attend the All County concert at Philip Barbour this week. Bands from all the schools in the county, as well as the chorus students from around the county, got together for a night of singing and playing together. It is quite impressive and is one of the high lights of the year. The music and arts programs in our schools are so important, and the teachers do an excellent job.

Barbour County Relay For Life will be having a Craft Fair & Vendor Kickoff event on March 31 and April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old G.C. Murphy building across from the courthouse in Philippi. Crafters and vendors are wanted for this event. To reserve a space, call 304-669-6833.

The Philippi Art Stroll will take place on April 28. Any local artist or musician who would like to participate can contact City Hall at 304-457-3700, ext. 226, or call Karen at 304-457-3773.

Looking ahead, the Blue & Gray Reunion will take place the first weekend in June.

I would like to send out some birthday greetings this week from a faithful reader of this column. Happy birthday to Billy and Sophia Andrews from your Grandmom and Grandpop. I hope your special day is wonderful.

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 sharris@theintermountain.com. I love hearing from you!

Until next time … “Bloom where you are planted.”