The public is invited to hear an update on railroad tourism in West Virginia at a luncheon meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Medallion Restaurant on Thursday, September 12th.  Participants are asked to register in advance with the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce at (304) 457-1958 or at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The speaker, Lars Byrne, is the Senior Dispatcher, certified conductor and a former locomotive engineer for the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad which operates tourist trains out of Belington, Elkins, Durbin, and Cass West Virginia.  “Each year”, says Byrne, “thousands of tourists travel to the hills of West Virginia to enjoy our mountain rail adventures.  For over 20 years,” he said, “we have taken families over some of the most rugged corners of the Appalachians and through some of the best scenery in the eastern United States.  After riding one of our trains, you will understand why West Virginia is known as the Mountain State.”

Byrne is expected to discuss the new schedules and dinner trains available to the public, the construction of new track and new routes, new management of the old Cass Scenic Railroad, new opportunities for travelers boarding in Belington and Elkins, and the evolving certification of steam trains, like the one shown above which in use at Cass.

Lars Byrne, the Senior Dispatcher for the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad, will discuss the latest developments in tourist trains during a luncheon meeting at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) is conducting a statewide survey of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.  The survey can be completed in about 10 minutes and will be open through August 31.   Click here to participate in the survey.

BC Bank and Shirley Keen, cosmetologist, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in August.

Angel’s Arsenal celebrated their Grand Opening on July 26th.  The new store is a federally-licensed firearms dealer located in historic downtown Philippi behind the Barbour County courthouse.

Riley Keaton, left, Program Director for Camp Horseshoe near Leadmine, West Virginia, accepted a $ 1,000 grant in support of his week-long Entrepreneurship Program from representatives of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

Freedom Bank and Barb’s Restaurant are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for July. 

Stemple’s Auction Service and DONE It, LLC are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for June. 

FirstEnergy Corporation and Chuck Wagon Soda are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in May. 

Allegheny Insurance and Kaiser’s Coffee & Candy are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in April.  Amber Higgins, left, is a licensed property and casualty agent in the Philippi office of Allegheny Insurance. Joseph Kaiser III is the owner, along with his wife, of Kaiser’s Coffee and Candy, Inc.

 

The internationally-acclaimed West Virginians will present their popular West Virginia Set during the Annual Banquet Meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 23rd in the Blue & Gold Room of Heiner Hall on the Alderson Broaddus University campus.

 

The familiar keyboard music of popular local musician Rick Kennedy will provide a pleasing background to this year’s Annual Banquet of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.  The banquet honors House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and employees of Chamber members who have provided faithful service for 25 years or more.

Mansfield Place and Stan Toompas Optometry are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in February.  Both are located on the Broaddus Hospital campus at 1 Healthcare Drive in Philippi.  Stacy Wellman, left, is the Administrator of Mansfield Place.  Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, right, has served Barbour County for more than 36 years in his self-proclaimed “Smallest Optometric Practice in America.”

Representatives of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office conducted a workshop in Philippi recently for members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and residents who required assistance in meeting the new “paperless requirements” for completing their annual business reports. 

Shown standing is Secretary of State Mac Warner who stressed the efforts his office is making in dealing with cyber-security threats at the state and national level.  Jason Parsons, Director of West Virginia’s new One Stop offices, instructed the group on how to file their annual reports on-line.  Penny Brick, the Secretary’s regional representative in Morgantown and Dot Underwood, the representative from the Clarksburg office, met with residents who were enabled then and there to file their 2019 reports with the aid of laptops and local WiFi.

Jason Parsons directs a cooperative multi-agency with offices in Clarksburg, Martinsburg and Charleston, which gives businesses, whether they are brand new or well-established, the tools and access they need to communicate with the West Virginia Tax Department, Division of Labor, Secretary of State, and Workforce West Virginia.  Special treatment, he said is given to military veterans. 

Parsons said that the annual report is due by July 1, 2019, and that filing is “as easy as 1, 2, 3.”  He instructed parties to go on-line and visit  onestop.wv.gov , then log on using their  existing One Stop username and password or – if they don’t have one  – to click on “File as a Guest User.”  The party will be asked if there any changes, YES or NO.? After updating required information, the user would continue, he said, until, after checkout they pay a $ 26 fee.  Further information may be obtained by calling the One Stop office in Clarksburg, (304) 367-2775.

The Annual Banquet of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce has been announced for Tuesday evening, April 23rd, in the Blue & Gold Dining Room at Alderson Broaddus University.

For several years, members of the Business Leaders of America Club at Philip Barbour High School have assisted with the distribution of door prizes (donated by Chamber members) during the Annual Banquet Meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.  This year is no exception. 

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a public open house at the Barbour County courthouse as a rare opportunity for the community to view the restored historic building and its celebrated court room.  Although the first county court session was held in 1843, the current structure was newly dedicated in 1903 and the courtroom restored to its original glory in the year 2000. 

The Barbour County Commission and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for March.  Pictured from left are Shana Frey, Barbour County Administrator, Kim Lewis, Assistant Administrator, and Chief Deputy Sheriff Brett Carpenter.

Santa Claus and Wuzzy the Elf were a huge hit at the recent Barbour County Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas party.

The Augusta Land Company and Philippi McDonald’s are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for December. 

 

The Philippi Law Enforcement Task Force, established in November of 1999, is entering its 20th year of voluntary service and, following its recent Annual Meeting, has announced officers for the new year.

Addressing the community in his official capacity, Dr. Tim Barry spoke to the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce on November 13 about the University’s challenges and opportunities, AB’s economic impact on the community, and his permanent appointment as the 10th president of Alderson Broaddus.

The Kines Motor Company and Builders Center are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for November.  Ron Phillips, left, is the Manager of the Builders Center.  Jim Kines, right, is the owner and Sales Manager of Kines Motors. 

 

Recruiters from sixteen area businesses interviewed one-hundred forty Juniors and Seniors at Philip Barbour High School on the afternoon of November 7th in a Career Fair event sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Philippi Main Street and the City of Philippi are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for October.  Tammy Stemple, standing left, is the Director of the Philippi Main Street program.  Karen Weaver is the Philippi City Manager.

There was a huge turnout for the public open house and Chamber After-Hours at the Golden Rule Department Store in Belington recently said the sponsors at Barbour County’s Freedom Bank. Bank executives and employees served a multiplicity of refreshments and led tours of the Golden Rule, currently under renovation.

Al Schopp, Vice President of Antero Resources, provided a detailed description of the oil and gas resources located in Barbour County during the October luncheon meeting at the Medallion Restaurant of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. 

Many of the candidates whose names appear on the ballot in the November election in Barbour County were on hand to meet with the public during the recent Candidates Night at Philip Barbour High School.  The event was sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Cvechko, Chairman of the committee for the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, says there is strong interest among candidates in the forthcoming Candidates Night program at Philip Barbour High School on Tuesday, September 25th

Al Schopp, the Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Vice President, and Treasurer of Antero Resources will meet with members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and their guests at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi on Thursday, October 4.  The public is invited. 

Potential employers of Philip Barbour High School students are invited to send a representative recruiter to the Barbour Chamber’s Career Fair on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 7th in the school’s Commons Room. 

WELLSMART Rehab & Fitness and Mace’s Pharmacies are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in September.  Mike Holliday (left) is the owner and licensed physical therapist at WELLSMART.  Rich Mace is the owner and Pharmacist at Mace’s Pharmacy in Belington and Mace’s Pharmacy in Philippi.

Several members and guests of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce participated in an After Hours/Open House at Alderson Broaddus University on the cloudy afternoon of Thursday, September 6th.

The public is invited to meet the candidates whose names will appear on Barbour County’s November election ballot during another Candidates Night at Philip Barbour High School.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25th and the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Philippi Convention & Visitors Center, both reciprocal members, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for August. 

The Shop ‘n Save Express Stores in Belington and Philippi are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in July.  Chris Phillips, left, is the President of the Shop ‘n Stores.  Scott Skidmore, at right, is the Store Manager of the Philippi store.

The Railyard Restaurant and the Rail & Trail Store, both located at the railroad depot area of Elkins, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in June.  Valerie Braden, left, is a partner in the Railyard Restaurant.  Serena Marson is the Manager of the Rail & Trail Store.

Mountain Hospice and the Barbour County Community Health Association are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for May.  Mike Elza, left, is the Marketing Manager for Mountain Hospice.  Eric Ruf is the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbour County Community Health Association.

The public is invited to an Open House at the Belington Medical Clinic from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th.  The Open House is one of several “After Hours” opportunities sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce will conduct its annual Career Day at Philip Barbour High School on Monday, May 7th,, moderated by attorney Hunter Mullens, pictured above.  All Juniors and Seniors are invited to hear a panel of Barbour County employers who will answer questions about their places of business as well as employment in the industries which they represent. 

 

As they have done for many years, the members of the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Philip Barbour High School will assist with the distribution of door prizes during the Annual Banquet of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce at Alderson Broaddus University on Thursday, May 3rd.

The Hot Dog Hut in Philippi and the Belington Laundry are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in April.  Kelsey Keene, left, is the “Hot Dog Technician” at the Hot Dog Hut.  Allan Feldman is the owner of the Belington Laundry.

The familiar keyboard music of popular local musician Rick Kennedy will provide a pleasing background to this year’s Annual Banquet of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce honoring McDonald’s executive John Ebert.

 

The Haven of Hope Church Praise Band will provide special music during the up-coming Annual Banquet of the Barbour Chamber of Commerce.  A punch-bowl reception for guest speaker John Ebert will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd, in the Blue & Gold Dining Room at Alderson Broaddus University.

Fifteen candidates whose names will appear on the primary ballot in Barbour County were on hand recently to meet the public during the Barbour Chamber of Commerce Candidates Night courtesy of Philip Barbour High School.  Chamber President Reg Trefethen presided while Past President Mike Cvechko of Cvechko Insurance served as Master of Ceremonies.

The public is invited to join in honoring McDonald’s executive John W. Ebert during the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 3rd at Alderson Broaddus University.

The Barbour County Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, April 14, from 7 a.m. until Noon at Broaddus Hospital in Philippi.

Rick Rock, Director of the North Central West Virginia Airport Authority, will discuss the importance of our regional airport during the April meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.  The public is invited.  Rock’s presentation will begin at noon on Thursday, April 12th in the private dining room of the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi. 

 

The public is invited to meet the candidates who appear on the ballot in Barbour’s Primary Election during Candidates Night at Philip Barbour High School.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin in the school’s main auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3rd.

The Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney and Sickler Farm are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in March.  Thomas Hoxie, left, is the Prosecuting Attorney.  Lisa Sickler, right, is the co-owner of Sickler Farm.

All Seasons Real Estate and Stoney Suder Properties, both of Belington, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in February.  Beth Long, left, is the Office Manager and Realtor of All Seasons Real Estate.  Annette Suder is the owner of Stoney Suder Properties.

The Blue & Gray Reunion and Barbour County Historical Museum are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in January.  Shown from left are Ed Larry, Chairman of the Barbour County Historical Society and the contact for the Blue & Gray Reunion, with museum volunteers Wade Alexander and Paul Williams.

Phyllis Deffet, left, a member of the women’s committee for A Ladies Night Out, presented a check recently to Tammy Smith, Director of the Belington Public Library.

Santa Claus made an early appearance at the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Christmas party recently to the delight of a room-full of children and the relief of their parents.

Cheryl Wolfe, left, a member of the committee for Ladies Night Out sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce last October, presented two checks recently to Judy Buckner Larry, Director of the Philippi Public Library.  One check represented the library’s share of the proceeds from Ladies Night Out.  The second was financial undergirding for the library’s “Breakfast at Whoville”,  part of the Chamber’s budgeted annual support for promotions in the Philippi area. 

One hundred-forty-eight women attended Ladies Night Out at the Junior Volunteer Fire Department on October 20th, along with 30 vendors.  The evening fund-raising effort was the first for the Chamber and enjoyed 21 sponsors.  The Ladies Night Out committee reported proceeds from ticket sales, a live auction, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffles, and wine-tasting.  Catering was provided by KFC.  The committee’s accomplished-objective was to help the Philippi and Belington libraries and assist the Chamber’s scholarship program at Philip Barbour High School.  The Chamber also provides annual support for business promotions in both Philippi and Belington.

Anglin’s Ford Trading Post and the Barbour County Development Authority are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in December. 

The Barbour County Law Enforcement Task Force held its annual meeting recently at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi to present its annual report and to announce new officers.

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce invites its members and their children and grandchildren, their employees and their children, and their neighbors’ children to the Annual Chamber Family Christmas Party, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi on Monday, December 11th

William Johnson, CPA, and Bryan Brothers Memorials are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in November.  William D. Johnson, left, is pictured with Teresa Surock, one of the new owners of Bryan Brothers Memorials.

Dr. James (Tim) Barry, above, presented his annual State of the University report during the November meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, which was attended by several members of the community.  The luncheon meeting was held at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi.

Dr. Tim Barry, President of Alderson Broaddus, will present his annual “State of the University” report during a public meeting to be held at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi.  Everyone is invited.

LifeTite Metal Products and Bialek Insurance are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in October.

Larry Batten, an Economic Development Specialist from the U. S. Small Business Administration, addressed a group of local entrepreneurs recently at Gypsy’s Café in Philippi.

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce has invited an expert to advise small businesses in the county on how to protect their business.  Non-member businesses are especially invited to attend. 

The Barbour Publishing Company and Mansfield Cottage Natural Products are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for September.

Henry G’s Café and the Steer Steak House, both in Elkins, are the Barbour County Chamber’s Members of the Month in August.

Allegheny Insurance offices in Elkins and Philippi are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in July.  Cindee Campbell, left, is the Vice President for Agency Operations in Elkins.  Kevin Lambert, right, is a Personal Lines Client Service Agent situated in Philippi.

The private dining room at Barb’s Restaurant in Belington was filled to capacity recently by members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and employees of local businesses to hear Jessica Shaffer, above, present an introduction to the use of social media in marketing.

Barbour County Ameriprise volunteer Alex Thomas, left, presented a $ 500 check in support of the 2017 Entrepreneurship Summit at YMCA Camp Horseshoe to Regina Phillips, center, Director of the Horseshoe Leadership Center and Thomas Starr, Executive Director of the Ohio-West Virginia Leadership Association during a lull in the week-long camping program on Monday, June twelfth.

Marshall Reed, left, and Dr. Millard Minor, center, received 2016 Directors Special Awards from Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Reg Trefethen, who expressed thanks on behalf of the Chamber during its Annual Chamber Banquet Meeting at Alderson Broaddus University.  Reed is President of the Junior Lions Club and Minor President of the Philippi Lions Club.

Heart and Hand House, Inc., and the Barbour County Community Garden Market are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in June. Brenda Hunt, left, is the Director of Heart and Hand House.  Jody Carpenter is the Manager of the Barbour County Community Garden Market.

As they have done so many years in the past, members of the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Philip Barbour High School, pictured above, will “run” the door prizes during the Annual Banquet Meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Twenty five members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce from sixteen businesses met with a like number of students and school administrators at Philip Barbour High School for Career Day, buttressed this year by a panel of experts from seven local industries.

Broaddus Hospital and Mansfield Place are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for April. Jeff Powelson, above, is the Administrator of Broaddus Hospital, whose on-site, long-term care facility is called Mansfield Place.

Secretary of Commerce Wood “Woody” Thrasher will highlight the Annual Banquet Meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 12th, at Alderson Broaddus University.  The public is invited.

 

Attorney Hunter Mullens, above, will moderate this year’s Career Day at the Philip Barbour Vocational School on Thursday, April 20th

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to WEST VIRGINIA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in May 2017!

George Murray, above, Deputy District Director of the West Virginia Office of the U. S. Small Business Administration, instructed a crowd of business leaders in the ways and means of selling to the federal government during the monthly meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce recently.

The Belington Medical Clinic and The Myers Clinic in Philippi have been named the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for March.

Hunter and Kate Mullens, pictured above, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce members of the month for February.

George Murray, the Deputy District Director for the West Virginia District of the U. S. Small Business Administration, will teach small business owners the process for doing business with the federal government during a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce at the Market Place on Wednesday, March 8th.

For almost twenty years, the all-volunteer Philippi Law Enforcement Task Force has assisted in the work of the Philippi Police Department and has been funded by contributions from local businesses.

Philippi Police Chief J. W. Walters was one of over a dozen law enforcement officers nation-wide to be featured in the 2017 annual calendar of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.  Walters was pictured as “Officer of the Month” for the month of October with the caption, “Chief of Police Jeffery Walters, Philippi, WV Police Department”.

Kevin Lyons, left, and Vickie Jones, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for January.

New officers were announced recently, during the Annual Meeting of the Philippi Law Enforcement Task Force. (Photo courtesy of Linnea Walters.)

 

Santa made good on his promise to deliver his packages early in the season in time for the recent annual Family Christmas fete of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s party at the Laurel Mountain Inn in Belington also saw Santa’s favorite elf, Fuzzy, leading the singing and preparing intricate balloon animals for each of the children present.

Dr. Jerry Metheny (left) and G’na Stephens (right) are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in December.

An e-mail from his workshop at the North Pole indicates that Santa will make an early appearance in Barbour County at the Laurel Mountain Inn in Belington at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5th, when the Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Family Christmas Party for members and friends. 

Karen Larry, left, and Mary Pletcher, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in November.

Jason Lake, seated left, and Shelby Cain, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in October. 

The Blue & Gold Room of the Medallion Restaurant was filled to capacity on Thursday, November 17, to hear reports from the executives of the Promise Foundation and Alderson Broaddus University. 

Danny Elmore, left, and Jeff Rogers, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for September. 

Jennifer Poling, the Business Developer for Woodlands Community Lenders, addressed a full- house luncheon meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 6, at the Market Place in Philippi.

 

The public is invited to meet and question the candidates for the county, state and national election during Candidate's Night at the Philip Barbour High School auditorium on Monday, October 24.  

Mike Elza and Heather Henline are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for August. 

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce joined several other donors in underwriting the cost of the recent Sago Memorial Dedication and restoration of the Philippi Covered Bridge.

Regional Sprint Affiliate, Shentel, hosted a grand re-opening of the former nTelos Wireless store in Belington on August 17, 2016.

Dr. Mark Farnsworth, left, and Patrick Jones are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for July.

Ed Larry, left, and Jody Carpenter, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for June. 

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, with financial support from the Barbour County Commission, is again sponsoring a free fireworks display at the Barbour County Fairgrounds on Friday evening, July 1, at dusk.  Donations to offset the cost will be gratefully accepted.

Bryce McGee, left, and Madison Sandridge were awarded $500 academic scholarships during Awards Day ceremonies held recently at Philip Barbour High School.

Tammy Stemple, left, and Will Gregory, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in May.

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce added cash prizes to its array of awards during the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament to be held Friday, May 20th, at the Barbour Country Club.

Mike Cvechko, Moderator of Candidates Night April 28th at Philip Barbour High School,  reported a good attendance by the public to hear candidates running in the Primary Election for offices in Barbour County, West Virginia, and in the United States.

Jeff Goff, standing, CEO and President of BC Bank, served as moderator for the recent Career Day at Philip Barbour High School.  Co-Chair of the event was Melody Jones, CPA.

The membership of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce recognized Philip Barbour High School teacher Twila Smith recently for her courageous service to her students as she faced an armed gunman in her classroom last fall.  Smith, left, received the Chamber’s 2015 Community Service Award from Chamber President Eric Ruf during the organization’s annual banquet at Alderson Broaddus University.

Debbie Schoonover, left, was presented the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Directors Award by Chamber President Eric Ruf recently during the annual Chamber banquet meeting at Alderson Broaddus University.

Susan Jones, left, owner of the Perfectly Pampered Salon, received the 2015 Directors Special Award recently during the Annual Banquet Meeting of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Rick Kennedy, left, was recognized by Barbour Chamber President Eric Ruf recently during the Annual Chamber Banquet for a life-time of service in Barbour County’s public schools.

Eric Ruf, President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, presented a check in the amount of $ 200 to members of the Future Business Leaders of America during the Chamber’s Annual Banquet recently in support of the club’s activities at Philip Barbour High School. 

Barbour County Chamber of Commerce President Eric Ruf, right, presented the Chamber’s annual contribution of $ 2,000 to Reg Trefethen, left, and Cheryl Wolfe, Directors of the Barbour County Development Authority, during the Chamber’s Annual Banquet Meeting held recently at Alderson Broaddus University.

Eric Ruf, left, President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, presented the 2015 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award to BC Bank President and CEO Jeff Goff during the recent Chamber banquet meeting at Alderson Broaddus University. 

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce set a 25-year attendance record during its recent Annual Banquet Meeting at Alderson Broaddus University when it heard President Dr. E. Gordon Gee, pictured above, in a Celebration of West Virginia University.  Dr. Gee’s topic was “Transforming Communities Together”. The speaker was introduced by ABU President Dr. Tim Barry.  

Annette Santilli and Kevin Lyons are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in December. 

Broaddus Hospital will honor Susie Cvechko for 47 years of service at a celebration to be held Tuesday, December 22, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. in the Broaddus Hospital lobby.

An old Scottish song begins, “The Campbells are Coming, Hurrah, Hurrah”, but this time they’re not the Campbells of Cawdor or Breadalbane but the Campbells of Philippi who are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in November. 

During a recent luncheon meeting with the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, the Management and Program Analyst from the FBI’s Cyber Division described in detail the role of the Internet Crime Complaint Center in processing cybercrime complaints from industry and private citizens and in alerting law enforcement agencies throughout the world. 

“You may be getting SCAMMED if you answer ‘yes’ to certain questions,” he said, “such as:  Are you about to cash a check from an item you sold on the Internet?  Did it arrive by an overnight delivery service?  Is it from an account that is different from the person buying your product?  Is it for more than the item’s selling price?  Did you win an international lottery you didn’t enter?  Have you been asked to pay money for an inheritance from another country?  Or are you receiving a commission for accepting money transfers through your bank or PayPal account?” 

The speaker described an International Mass Marketing Fraud involving Charity, Counterfeit Cashiers Checks, Foreign Lotteries, Investments, Mortgages, Romance Scams, Telemarketing, and one described as the West African Advance Fee.  He urged use of the website  LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com  which was built to educate consumers against being victimized by internet fraud.  The United States is the number one victim in the world, he said, while in 2013 there were 262,813 complaints received involving the loss of $ 782.1 million.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, is an alliance between the National White Collar Crime Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is staffed by FBI agents with expertise in cybercrime. Complaints can include the theft of intellectual property, computer intrusion, economic espionage, online extortion, and international money laundering.  To report an online crime, go to  www.IC3.gov  where information is compiled and shared with FBI and law enforcement personnel.  The National White Collar Crime Center may be reached at  www.nw3c.org while the Federal Bureau of Investigation is at  www.fbi.gov

Velma Allen, a retired public school teacher, and Jerry Johnson, Operations Manager for Here and There Transit in Philippi, have been selected as the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for the month of September.  

2015 Homecoming festivities for Alderson-Broaddus University will take place September 25-27.  For a schedule of activities or to register for events, please visit http://ab.edu/homecoming/.

Eric Ruf, President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Belington Clinic presented the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce First Dollar Award to Chrystal Hannah and husband Ron Hannah during the recent Open House at Hannah’s Bakery in Belington.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Consumer Representative & Compliance Specialist Pam Krushansky huddled with members of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and Barbour County Development Authority in a special session on Monday, August 31, over breakfast at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi.  The Attorney General responded to specific questions and problems raised by the audience and discussed the role his agency can - and cannot - play in meeting the specific legal needs of the Barbour County community.  Several major concerns were described, including the lack of business investment, the condition of state highways, the declining income from the coal and gas industry, the shortage of grants and other funds for senior citizens programs and health care, the lack of protection from disability and Medicaid fraud, the drug and other problems in the public schools, the need for county-wide internet service, and the lack of legal support in processing arrests by law enforcement.  Philippi Mayor Jerry Mouser outlined several problems in process of solution, and discussed details concerning new and expanding businesses in the county.  Philippi Police Chief Jeff Walters, who was introduced on CNN and other network news channels as a “hero” in the recent incident at Philip Barbour High School, was given an ovation by those present following his appreciative comments for what the Attorney General is doing at the state level to assist Barbour and other counties.  Audience suggestions included completing the George Byrer Sports Complex at the county high school, marketing Barbour as a site for new business location, and selling several national organizations on hosting regional activities in our area.  Morrissey was urged to enforce existing laws and introduce new laws to protect the business community from illegal and unfair competition.  He explained what the Attorney General’s office was doing to protect West Virginia from unfair EPA requirements, grow employment rates, and coordinate the subsistence abuse efforts of the complex of state agencies.

The 2015 Barbour County Fair kicks off on Saturday, August 29.  This year's theme:  "There's No Place Like Home at the 40th Barbour County Fair."

Do you know how to protect your identity and keep your personal and business computer safe?  Then don't miss this special seminar!

Belington On Trac members are pulling together to improve the quality of life and business opportunities in our community.

The Barbour County Chamber would like to welcome Cheryl L. Wolfe as its Executive Director of the Barbour County Economic Development Authority.  

The Philippi-Barbour County Airport has been upgrading services and making improvements.  Follow this Link to see more information about flying into Barbour County!