Good morning Mannington. It has been a very busy week in Mannington and this evening the annual Mannington District Fair will come close for 2019.

Plans will already be on paper for 2020. Hope everyone who is travelling will have safe travels and hope that as you leave you have had a good time and visited with friends. There are still several events going on today and still a lot of good food to enjoy. Have a good week and stay safe.

4-H, FFA Livestock Shows

The 4-H and FFA folks will be holding their Livestock Auction today at 6:30 p.m. Stop by the 4-H/FFA barn and see the animals sold to the highest bidder. The money from this sale goes to the owner which will be put toward next years project, to the college fund or other needs of the student.

You might even decide to purchase an animal and have some very good, home grown meet for your family. If you have questions, stop by the 4-H/FFA Barn to talk with someone there. You might also have a youngster who would like to participate next year and you could get more information. Stop by and support these youngsters who are learning about producing food for their families and maybe someday, helping feed the nation.

Final Day of the Fair

The 2019 Mannington District Fair will come to a close today. There are still events that will be enjoyable. Family Fun Day will start the day with games and events for all ages.

Bring the family and just enjoy some time together and maybe win some prizes. The stage entertainment will be the 21 Band at 7 and 9 p.m.

There will be two sessions of carnival rides, afternoon and evening. The Lawn Mower and Go Cart Race will get under way at 6 p.m. and the Kent Family Circus will be performing and also the Eudora Farms “Animals from Around the World” Petting Zoo will be open to enjoy.

Also, there will still be the wide variety of great fair food to enjoy. Remember that there will always be old friends to meet and many more that you may not have seen for some time. It’s a good time to return to Mannington. Hope you had/have fun.

Dr. Michael’s Book Available at Mannington Fair

Dr. Daryl Michael will offer for sale at the Mannington District Fair, copies of his recent novel, “The Missing Hand: A Plum Run Mystery.” He will have a table in the Community Building on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A summer with Grandma and Grandpa (Essie and Harrison Gump) on their Plum Run farm turns out to be quite the adventure for young Daryl. A mystery that threatens his life and those around him is finally told.

Daryl was 10 years old that summer in 1948 when his hound came trotting through the woods with a human hand in its jaws – a shrunken, well-preserved brown hand. The local physician (Dr. Jenkins) the Marion County Sheriff, a university biology professor and scientists from Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum all examined the hand, but none could identify its age or means of preservation.

That summer on his grandparents’ West Virginia farm was a memorable one, and until now, Daryl had never told a soul about his encounter with a murderer and how he escaped with the help of his trusted hound, Bonnie.

Daryl also describes numerous daily activities that took place on Marion County farms in 1948, including cow pasture softball, putting up hay, butchering chickens, picking blackberries, hoeing corn, hunting groundhogs, cutting filth, canning fruits and vegetable and making ice cream. He also tells about visit to Papa Joe Manchin’s Grocery in Farmington.

Daryl (son of Isolene Gump and Edward Michael) was born on Plum Run and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Marietta College (Ohio) and master’s and doctoral degrees in wildlife ecology from Texas A&M University.

He taught at West Virginia University from 1970 through 1998. His 50-year career as a wildlife biologist resulted in more than 100 publications, both scientific and popular.

Dr. Michael continues to be an active outdoorsman, researcher, and writer, concentrating his efforts on wildlife of the central Appalachians Mountains. He is also author of “the Last Appalachian Wolf”, “Shadow of the Appalachians” and “The Wildlife of West Virginia.”

Parade Float Winners

The many floats in the Annual Mannington District Fair Parade were judged and winners were 3rd place North Marion United Methodist Parish, 2nd place was BC Bank, new to the area, and 1st place was First Exchange Bank.

Thank you to all who took the time to build a float for this annual event. It was good to see so many in the parade. Thank you to all who participated in the parade. This is a great way to kick off this tradition in our area.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day begins today at 11 a.m. at the Mannington District Fair.

There will be games and fun for all ages. Events include large hay bale rolling, treasure hunt, sac races, tire rolling, small hay bale races, guessing games and more. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Plan to attend as a family and enjoy the fun of the events and just being together. The fair gate opens at 10 a.m.

Historical Society

The West Augusta Historical Society will hold its annual community picnic Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Round Barn Museum. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. Please bring a covered dish. There will be no regular monthly meeting at this time.

The “Possum Holler string Band” will be the guest for the August “Music at the Barn” event. The members are, Martha and Joe Cordray, Keith Long, Jimmy Robbins and Tim Floyd. They play a variety of Bluegrass, country and gospel music.

They are a popular group in this area and we would like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the good time. The admission is $5 and it is a fundraiser for the Historical Society. Food will be available for purchase. Come out and make new friends and say hello to some old ones!

Highland Homecoming

The 153rd Highland Church Homecoming will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish dinner will be served at Noon followed by a brief program. For question you may call (304) 662-6332 or (304) 449-1023.

Class of 1969’s 50-Year Reunion

The class of 1969 of Mannington High School will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary of graduating. Events will be held on Friday evening. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the graduates will meet in the banquet room a Colasessano’s near the Middletown Mall with social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner to follow.

A big thank you goes out to the members of the committee for their hard work planning and getting everything ready. If you did not receive notice of this event or know of someone who has not, please message Gary Bowers so a letter may be sent to contact them in some way.

Yard, Hot Dog and Bake Sale

The Kathy Church of God of Prophecy will host a Yard Sale on Aug. 16- 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also be selling hot dogs and baked items. Stop by for good food and check to see what treasurers you might find.


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