113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Notice Of Newspaper Holiday Hours
  The offices of The Barbour Democrat will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, November 28, at 8 a.m.
  The newspaper will print its holiday edition on Wednesday, December 21. Our offices will close for the holidays on Friday, December 23, and reopen on Monday, January 2, at 8 a.m. for regular business hours. Please note that there will be no edition of the newspaper published on Wednesday, December 28.
Barbour County Welcomes Anglin’s Ford Trading Post To Philippi
  Anglin’s Ford Trading Post, a project of the Barbour County Development Authority, held its grand opening on Tuesday, November 22, at 10:00 a.m.
  The Trading Post is made possible through a USDA grant received by the Development Authority for a business incubator. The grant allows the BCDA to operate the store for a year. Venders are rented space in the store, are able to sell their products on consignment, and are able set their retail prices.
  The Development Authority has hired a manager, Nicki Mayle, who will also operate her own shop out of the Trading Post, to run the incubator business over the course of the next year, with the hope that, following the grant’s end, Mayle will be able to successfully take over the business as her own.
  The Trading Post will feature several local and regional vendors, similar to The Delmonte Market in Elkins. Shoppers can stop in to see a variety of products from over 20 vendors. Products include antiques, quality craft items, AB University products, socks, purses, candy, baskets, primitives, pottery, terrariums, and so much more!
  The store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is located across from the Barbour County Courthouse. Retail business incubator manager, Nicki Mayle, can be reached by telephone at 304/457-0500 or by email at anglinsfordtp@gmail.com. 
Perfectly Pampered Salon Announces 2016 Pack The Pantry Campaign  
  Perfectly Pampered Salon is excited to announce it's time to Pack the Pantry! Over the past two years, the county’s generosity has provided over 7,500 non-perishable food items to fill the Heart & Hand Food Pantry. The salon’s project helps to get the pantry through the winter months by stocking its shelves to serve people in need in our own community. So this year, the salon has set its goal at 4,500 non-perishable food items. Perfectly Pampered knows with the community's help, it can reach this goal!
  Heart & Hand has expressed that the pantry's greatest need this year is canned mixed vegetables, canned potatoes, canned carrots, canned chicken and canned tuna, boxed rice, bags of dried beans, bottled juices, and pasta sauce.
  For every non-perishable food item you donate, your name will be entered into five separate drawings! The first drawing will be for a Swedish massage donated by Nichol England. The second drawing will be for a pedicure donated by Amy Mick. The third drawing will be for a new set of acrylics donated by Susan Jones. The fourth drawing will be for a shampoo, cut, and style donated by Bunny Jones. Finally, drawing number five will be for 30 days of tanning.
  Stop by the salon today and drop off your non-perishable donation and get your name entered into the drawings! Donations will be taken until Friday, December 16.
Barbour Chamber’s Annual Christmas Celebration Announced
  An e-mail from his workshop at the North Pole indicates that Santa will make an early appearance in Barbour County at the Laurel Mountain Inn in Belington at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5, when the Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Family Christmas Party for members and friends.  
  Santa’s favorite elf, Fuzzy, pictured above, is anticipating creating a special balloon for each of the children present. All kids - 12 years of age and under - will eat free, compliments of the Chamber, and can expect a special present direct from Santa.  Reservations with names and ages must be registered in advance with the Chamber office. The Chamber is indebted to Freedom Bank for graciously providing table favors and to the Builder’s Center for underwriting the selection and wrapping of Santa’s gifts.

"Shopping Small” Gives Big Boost To West Virginia Businesses; National Small Business Saturday Is Nov. 26
  As the winter holiday season kicks into high gear, Small Business Saturday reminds shoppers nationwide to celebrate big by shopping “small.” The Nov. 26 event highlights the importance of supporting local small businesses.
  “In West Virginia, our small businesses are the cornerstones of our communities, and they play a fundamental in role both our local and statewide economies,” Kristina Oliver, director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) said. “While these businesses need our support all year, Small Business Saturday serves as a timely reminder to all West Virginia residents and visitors to our state to shop and spend locally.”
Winter holiday sales account for nearly 20 percent of total annual retail sales for most retailers, according to the National Retail Federation.
  “The support you give West Virginia’s small businesses during the holidays can – and often does - give a big boost to their success for the year,” Oliver said. “More of the dollars you spend with a local small business will stay local. That’s a gift that keeps on giving to the state’s small business, your friends and neighbors who work in small businesses and the local communities they support.”
  Shoppers can find a local list of businesses participating in Small Business Saturday by visiting www.americanexpress.com/shopsmall and clicking “learn more.” The site includes an interactive database that lets shoppers search by business name or by location and type of business.
  This holiday season, several West Virginia businesses learned how they can connect with potential customers through social media and how to market their products and services. The seminar was sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office, Impakt Marketing, West Virginia Small Business Development Center, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, WVU Innovation Center, SCORE, and the new Women's Business Center. The session is available online by visiting at http://launch.wvu.edu/videos.
  Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express to take place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By 2012, Small Business Saturday was recognized by every state in the country. In 2015, 95 million people went out to shop at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Karen Larry And Mary Pletcher Are Chamber Members Of The Month
  Karen Larry, left, and Mary Pletcher are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in November. Larry is Director of Marketing at Adaland Mansion. Pletcher is the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Premier Bank First Central Division in Philippi.
  Karen Larry is a native of Fairmont and graduate of St. Peter’s High School. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Fairmont State University, two Master’s Degrees from West Virginia University in Communications and Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education at Marshall University.
  Larry was a teacher and Drama Director at Morgantown High School, and teacher at Philip Barbour High School where she was Director of the Teachers Center. She was Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of West Virginia Schools in Charleston for twenty-two years before retiring in 2009. She is the current President of the Barbour County Education Association, Chairperson of Kid’s Day for the Blue & Gray Reunion, was a two-term President of Delta Kappa Gamma education honorary, and was President of the county’s association of school employees. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippi Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Barbour County Community Foundation, the Ocean City (MD) Condominium Board, and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. She was a Barbour County Teacher of the Year, Distinguished West Virginian, and Philippi Main Street Volunteer of the Year.
  Larry said, “I represent the many volunteers who give hours of their time to keep open the doors of Philippi’s historical gem. Volunteers at Adaland helped with the initial 1996 opening of the 1870 Neo-Greek home, contributing approximately 40,000 hours restoring the house so that others might enjoy its magnificence. Our volunteers serve guests at High Tea, and spend days decorating the mansion to create the holiday magic the region has come to celebrate during the holidays.
  Each season, Adaland welcomes nearly 5,000 visitors,” said Larry. “Every year, more than 40 volunteers greet our guests, conduct guided tours, demonstrate crafts, clean, set up and take down furnishings, bake and serve food, and the list goes on. I have always believed that public service is the way we can give something back to the community. It is how we ‘pay our rent’ and the way communities further their well-being,” she said.
  Mary Pletcher is a Buckhannon native and graduate of Elkins High School. She has been employed by Premier Bank as a Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President, and Branch Manager since 2000. Pletcher is a member of the Tennerton Lions Club, the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with the Salvation Army and Buckhannon Literacy program.
  “Premier Bank’s commitment to this community is as strong as ever, as it is among our other branch communities of Buckhannon, Bridgeport, Gassaway, Flatwoods, Burnsville, Clay, Rock Cave and Sutton,” said Pletcher. “As a community-based financial institution, loan decisions are made locally. We continue to offer a line of products and services on par with other banks,” she said, “and you will find friendly and knowledgeable employees whose expertise and efficiency will make your banking experience the best it can be.”
  “We believe in taking an interest in the community we serve and helping our neighbors,” Pletcher said. “Our charitable giving has a local focus. Whether it’s an academic program at a local elementary school, or pitching in at a community fund-raiser, we’re working hard to improve the quality of life where we live and work. Premier Bank is the right bank for all your financial needs,” she said.                           
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