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Tyler County Restoration Committee Distributes Funds

By Staff | Feb 13, 2019

The Tyler County Restoration Committee has folded, but as a last act, the entity has decided to give the funds it raised to preserve the Tyler County Home to several historical and community-minded structures throughout the county.

Peggy George, president of the committee, explained the Tyler County Restoration Committee was formed and began its fundraising efforts to help preserve the County Home, to help protect it from the elements and vandals. She said 20-1/2 months later, the committee was told to cease its efforts. However, at this time, the committee was left with approximately $29,000 in funds it had raised for the County Home.

George said the committee had been able to trace the donors of some of the funds garnered for the County Home, because those funds had been directly deposited to the committee’s bank account. These funds were returned.

However, the restoration committee could not identify all donors, because some individuals donated through other methods of fundraising – such as soup luncheons, dinners, and other sales. There was approximately $24,770 in funds left in the bank from these funds. Therefore, the restoration committee appointed a board, of three members, to decide the distribution of these leftover funds.

The beneficiaries of $1,000 each are as follows: Sistersville Elementary School, Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School, Friendly Community Center, Alvy Community Center, Alma Grange, Joseph’s Mills Community Center, James Willison Center (Sistersville), Stealey Greene Center, Tyler County Fairgrounds’ Log Building, Tyler County 4-H Building, Sistersville Public Library, Tyler County Public Library (Middlebourne), Paden City Community Building (owned by the Paden City Development Authority), Tyler Rod & Gun Club, Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department’s Recreation Room, Alma VFD’s Recreation Room, Middlebourne VFD’s Recreation Room. Sistersville Ferryboat, Shirley Community Building, Stealey Cemetery, Tyler County Senior Citizens’ building, Tyler County Museum, Ross Run School, Williamson Log Cabin.

The final $770 was given to the Middlebourne United Methodist Church Friendship Center.

George noted $1,000 was given to each of the elementary schools in the county, due to the schools’ previous fundraising efforts for the County Home.

She said with the donations to the above-mentioned entities, the Tyler County Restoration Committee’s bank account will be cleared. She said checks will be available at Union Bank of Tyler County beginning on March 4.

“We want to thank everybody for their support,” George noted.