Lake’s Bookkeeping & Taxes, LLC, and Freedom Bank are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in March. 

Jason Lake, left, is co-owner with Sunny Lake, of Lake’s Bookkeeping. Valerie Williams is the Branch Manager and Loan Officer of the Freedom Bank headquarters in Belington.

“Lake’s Bookkeeping & Taxes provides benefits to the residents of Barbour County by offering a variety of services they may want or require at a competitive price.  We contribute to the local economy by attracting clients from surrounding counties including as far away as Monongalia and Kanawha counties.  We also provide services to surrounding states, such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, even Wyoming and Florida”, Lake says.

Lake’s Bookkeeping offers accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation, payroll, Quickbooks and notary services. 

Lake himself has worked in the field of accounting and taxation for over 30 years, and undertakes continuing education on an annual basis.  Lake’s is located at 414 Morgantown Pike on U. S. Route 92 in Belington, telephone (304) 823-1736, or E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Freedom Bank is an independent community bank with a welcome home atmosphere which makes for a pleasant experience along with our very competitive rates,” Williams says.  “We offer all types of checking, savings, CD’s, IRA’s, mortgage loans, commercial and personal loans, whatever fits our customers’ needs.”

“I am proud to be part of such a dedicated team at Freedom Bank,” Williams says.  “The challenges of the pandemic have made us stand up and serve our customers in new and creative ways.  These challenges only strengthen our pledge to enhance the lives of our customers and the communities we serve.  As community bankers, serving the community is what we do and we are especially proud to serve here in Barbour,” she says.

Williams has served Freedom Bank for the past 28 years, and spent another 9 years in banking.  When a resident of Florida, she worked as a secretary and property manager of retirement communities.  A native of Fairmont, she moved to Elkins in 1972.  She is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Banking. The Belington branch of Freedom Bank is located at 20 Crim Avenue at the stop light.  Their telephone number is (304) 823-1531 and website