Good morning, Mannington

The heat wave has broken for now, so everyone should be feeling a lot better. This is the time of the year that so many lawns in the area are really pretty.

All are so neat and so many pretty flowers. Thank you everyone for your work and talent around your homes. The city flowers are looking very nice too.

Main Street

Mannington Main Street is now taking applications for membership. Membership is not just for businesses; individuals are also welcome. The dues for a year are $10 for individuals and $35 for businesses.

Election of officers will be held in August and you must have paid-up dues to vote. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. This is a way to become involved in your community and help make changes and progress.

Class of 1969 50-year Reunion

The Class of 1969 of Mannington High School will be celebrating its 50-year graduation anniversary.

The date has been set for Friday, Aug. 16 with a tour of the school at 5 p.m. followed by a picnic at the home of Sally Belle Kolb on Monroe Street. 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.

The committee has done a great job with planning and they have a wide variety of events planned.

A big thank you goes out to the members of the committee for their work in 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.

Fair Parade

You still have time to get ready to have an entry in the Annual Mannington District Fair Parade that will kick off the yearly event on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. Those who are building a float will be judged and prize money will be awarded in first, second and third places.

Floats really make a parade look so nice and are very enjoyable. If you want to ask questions or register for the parade please call Kristy at (304) 612-0319.

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.” Dr. Michael 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 visits 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 doctorate 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.”


Bee Gum United Methodist Church will hold its 92nd annual Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the church, north of Mannington on U.S. Route 250 toward Metz.

This year the Worship service and the Homecoming Program will be together starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by a covered dish lunch at 1 p.m.

There will be no Sunday School but games for the kids. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a side dish. Meat, drinks, plates and utensils are provided. The Pastor is David Yanero.

Gospel Music at the Barn

The West Augusta Historical Society will host a Gospel Sing at the Round Barn on July 27, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. Those who plan to participate are Darla Hetrick, Jason and Stacie Morgan, the Lilies of the Valley, Rosemary Snodgrass and Rick Lambert, Tracy and Torie Thompson, JJ Hayes, Linda Parker, Tom Wade and Joe Freeland, Terry McClain and Rosemary Snodgrass.

Admission is $5 and you ca buy a delicious meal for $5. We appreciate all of those who help support our Historical Society and who help keep our museums open.

Photography Contest

There will be a photography contest held at the community building during the Mannington District Fair. The categories are: nature, architecture or portraits.

The age groups are adult, ages 18 and above and children 5 to 17 years. Pictures must be 5x7 inches or large and framed. Please bring your pictures to the community building on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. or Monday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Please no professional photography and no editing.

Great Zucchini Contest

Have you been picking zucchini from garden? Well, do you have any that are to large to for good use? Why not bring your largest to the Mannington Fair to see if you can winner the Great Zucchini Contest?

Bring you entry to the Community Building at the Mannington District Fair on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 1-4 p.m. or on Monday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to Noon. You just might win and be able to brag about it all year.

The zucchini will be judged on the length, weight and the largest diameter. They will be measured for each category.

Lawn Event

Mannington Matters Inc. will be holding a Lawn Event at the Bower’s House West Lawn, 315 High St. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $5 Lawn Space Fee and all proceeds are to benefit ongoing and new community projects.

This event is open to everyone so bring your: yard sale items, baked items, craft items and art items. There will also be a Farmer’s Market on site.

FYI: If you wish to email information to me, please use the following address: You may call me at (304) 986-2527 to see if I have received your email or to give me information. I would like to receive the information by Wednesday before the column is printed in the Saturday edition of the paper.