DELBARTON – The Town of Delbarton held their annual 4th of July celebration this past Saturday, with a record crowd in attendance. A swearing in ceremony was also held for those candidates who were successful in their bid for council and mayor.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the way our 4th of July festivities turned out,” remarked Mayor John W. Preece, who has 20 years of service to the town thus far and was once again, re-elected to his position.
“Folks came from every corner of Mingo County to enjoy an evening of free food, music, fireworks, games and more.”
A highlight of the event was having U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins attend, choosing Delbarton as his destination for the 4th of July. The congressman spent the evening speaking with the crowd and getting to know his constituents. He administered the oath of office to returning Councilmen Joe Crum (16 years) and Albert Totten, as well as newcomer Ralph Maynard. Mark Sizemore, a 26 year council veteran, was also sworn in. Absent from the ceremony were council-elect Glen Dale Canada and Rebecca Sheppard Fouch, who will assume the position of town recorder.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Mayor Preece presented Congressman Jenkins with a Key to the City, expressing the town’s appreciation for his commitment to ongoing projects that will greatly benefit not only Delbarton, but Mingo County as well. Plaques were also presented honoring Mayor Preece, Councilmen Sizemore and Crum for their many years of service.
“We have a great group of dedicated volunteers who plan and organize this event every year,” stated the mayor. “Delbarton is truly blessed to have residents who care about our town and work hard to see it prosper. I want to personally thank everyone who worked the event, as well as everyone who attended.”