News-Herald Staff Writer

Freeport – The citizens of Freeport celebrated their bicentennial kickoff with the 5K Raider Run, a logo contest, and honored the oldest citizen and three Freeport based families, in addition to a community wide worship service.

The first annual 5K race was chaired by Laura Peters and John Ralston. The race began with 96 participants, with John Soehnlen (29.25) the top male runner, while Courtney Oliver (38.03) topped all female participants.

The winner of the logo contest was Shayla Bouch, she received a $100 savings bond from the committee. Shayla Bouch’s winning logo is a hexagon with Freeport Bicentennial 1810-2010 in the center, affixed to each straight edge are triangles, six in total.

The Bicentennial Committee honored Freeport’s oldest citizen and three Freeport based families. The oldest citizen award went to Nellie Irene Ourant, who was 90 years old. Unfortunately, on March 9, two days after she was presented her award she passed away peacefully in her sleep.¬†

The families being honored for their lineage in Freeport are the Bardall, Pettay, and Ferrell families. The Bardall family came to Freeport in 1922 and is Freeport’s largest family. There were 37 Bardall family members present at the awards. According to Charlie Bardall, “the family came to Freeport from Moundsville, W.Va. and there are 235 members of our family.”

The Pettay family has been a part of Freeport for many decades. The family has been involved and held positions within the Boy Scouts, the armed service, village council, educator, fire chief, and postmaster.

The Ferrell family was the final family to be honored by the committee. There were 45 members of the family in attendance at the dedication.

To close the kickoff weekend the Bicentennial Committee ended the celebration with a fire and brimstone church service. The sermon was given by Denver Cooper, from the West Virginia School of Preaching. Mr. Cooper’s sermon was based on the restoration movement led by Barton W. Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell and the need for a unified church. During the service the community took part in communion as they sang church hymns led by Greg Milleson.