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Barbour officials address rumors

November 17, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A local emergency services coordinator addressed Belington City Council Thursday to clear up controversy circulating on Facebook and other social networking sights following Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent power outages.

Cindy Hart, director of the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management, said stories were spread about the American Red Cross being kicked out of Barbour County.

"The situation was between the Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross," Hart said. "Many issues arose regarding representatives of the Red Cross, but not with the Red Cross itself."

Hart said her decisions were based solely on conflicts and the need for Red Cross to be in other counties. She said Barbour County was blessed with great volunteers and other counties in need received the help they needed.

"We received help from the American Red Cross following the incident," Hart said. "There are no hard feelings between the Red Cross and Barbour County."

Hart told council members that everyone's needs were met, and setting up the food and shelter at the Civic Center was an excellent idea.

Mayor Jody Haller thanked Hart for coming to council to clarify the situation.

Also during the meeting:

"The more that come out, the better," Kittle said.

Kittle said Warner Brothers representatives were on one Polar Express run and were raving about how great everything was going.

Kittle said the walking trail is still on track, and will go out to bid Jan. 2. She said the new banners for the city have arrived and will be put up in the next two weeks.

"Please visit our site," Rowan said. "It is available at We will use this sight to inform residents what's going on."

The Belington Police Department was awarded the 2012 Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award by AAA.

"I am proud of this department and proud of this award," Rowan said. "Everyone worked hard to earn this."

The next meeting for Belington City Council is slated for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.



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