The Barbour County Senior Center and Here & There Transit are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in September. 

David Alkire, left, is the new Director of the Barbour County Senior Center.  Chris Broughton is the new Transit Manager of Here & There Transit which services all of Barbour County.

The Barbour County Senior Center is located at 47 Church Street in Philippi, telephone (304) 457-4545, and is a Nutrition Site, offering meal programs, personal care service, Medicaid waivers, veterans programs, Alzheimers Respite programs, Title IIIE in-house respite programs, pay-in home and homemaker services, lighthouse, and case management activities.  They have served Barbour County since 1972 , are open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and may be addressed at Post Office Box 146 in Philippi, or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Their web address is and they are on Facebook.  The Senior Center has a recreational area on the first floor, offices on the third, and a nutrition site on the fourth floor. “Any person sixty years of age or older is welcome to participate in the programs and services sponsored by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Service, regardless of race, creed, sex, handicap, geographic residence, or national origin,” says Alkire.  “We are an equal opportunity provider. The Barbour County Senior Center is funded through the West Virgina Bureau of Senior Services, the Upper Potomac Area Agency on Aging, the City of Philippi, the Joseph N. and Viola C. Forman Memorial Trust, and private donations from local businesses and friends.”

A native of French Creek, Mike Alkire holds a degree in Public Relations from West Virginia University, was a Senior Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, and served as Director of the Upshur County Chamber of Commerce and the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Chris Broughton became the Operations Transit manager at Here & There Transit in October of 2022.  Previously he was part-owner of Broughton’s Sports for 42 years.  Chris sold his share of the business to his brother, who still runs the business in Elkins.  Here & There Transit, a service of the Barbour County Senior Center, is located at 336 Mansfield Place in Philippi, telephone (304) 457-1818 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  They may be addressed at Post Office Box 146 in Philippi, 26416.  Their website is

Here & There Transit’s offices operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. daily in order to meet the mobility needs of eligible seniors and offer “individual” as well as “City Loop” runs.  “We strive to put people first and take our people to heart,” says Alkire, who credits Dispatcher Cheryl Butcher and Office Manager Kay Gibson in Billing for their outstanding service. Here & There operates demand-response service where you can reserve travel from your home to any location in Barbour County.  Children 12 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult.  There is an up to $ 3.00 fee for more than 30 miles one-way within the county.  Weekly out-of-county shopping trips run $ 8.00 round trip.  Riders with disabilities use vehicles which are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The transit service for seniors does not operate on national holidays.  “We have 12 drivers committed to providing the best experience for our customers,” says Alkire.