113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Area Children Enjoy And Learn From “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
  At The  Philippi Public Library, area children have been enjoying “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Summer Reading Camps at the Philippi Public Library. The children’s summer literacy program focuses on science and will continue until July 25, offering fun and educational opportunities to children ages three to twelve from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  
  Photos show children enjoying Magic by Kevin Lyons and campers making silly putty with the help of area resident Sandy Lantz and other volunteers and parents. The children also built with Legos and Duplos, made art and craft activities, and listened to books based on science themes. Upcoming projects include “exploding art,” learning about rocks and gems, electricity, magnets, bees, and more!  
  The library also is offering Summer Feeding Program for one to eighteen year old children Monday through Friday until July 25. For more information concerning children’s programs at the Philippi Public Library, call (304) 457-3495 or stop by the library.    
Barbour County Schools Provides Meals To Children During The Summer
  The Barbour County school system announces sponsorship of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Lunch is free and open to all children ages 18 years and under who would like to participate.
  Lunch will be served at Philip Barbour High School beginning August 4-8 from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  A nutritious meal is important for children to learn, play, and remain active during the summer months.
  For more information about the Barbour County School Summer Food Program, please call Ronda Jones at (304) 457-3030.
Buckhannon Man Arrested For Grand Larceny Following Route 38 Accident
  A Buckhannon man has been arrested in Barbour County on felony grand larceny charges. Mason Storm Conolley, 20, was arrested following a traffic accident on Route 38 near Nestorville.
  West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Shawn E. Hevener and Trooper F. J. Turansky responded to the scene of the accident and located a silver Dodge Dakota, which appeared to have been rolled over in a field. The officers were unable to locate anyone in or around the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
  A female subject came on the scene during the investigation and advised that her husband had spoken with the driver of the vehicle, which he identified as a young male in his early twenties. Following the scene investigation, a man identified as Nathanial Loar arrived on the scene and advised that he had a silver Dodge Dakota stolen during the night, according to the criminal complaint. Loar also advised that a young male was staying at his residence, and that Loar suspected that he may have been involved in the incident.
  Trooper Hevener and Trooper Turansky met Sergeant Deffet of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department at the Loar residence, where they located the defendant, Conolley. According to the criminal complaint, Trooper Hevener noticed Conolley had dried blood on his hands and arms, as well as a head wound. Conolley advised Trooper Turansky that he remembered driving the vehicle, but did not remember the accident. Sgt. Deffet photographed Conolley and handwritten statements from Loar and his wife, Victoria Loar, were obtained. Both subjects advised that Conolley did not have permission to drive the vehichle.
  According to the report, Conolley was then transported to Broaddus Hospital by Barbour County EMS. Conolley was released on Friday, July 11, on a $5,000 property/surety bond.
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Chef Suzy Ball Prepares July 20 Celebrate Local Dinner At Adaland
  The menu is set, the homemade ice cream is in the freezer, reservations have been made, and tables will be soon set for Sunday, July 20’s Celebrate Local! dinner, sponsored by Adaland Mansion and the BC Community Garden Market.  This second dinner in the series will feature local foods prepared by Philippi chef and businesswoman Susan Gouer Ball.  
Chef Suzy’s dinner menu combines her favorite food styles of French Country and Appalachian Country into a dinner of mouth-watering specialties including lemon herb capon en papillote with zucchini and summer squash.  This entrée with sides, a salad course, and a dessert course will be served at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.
  For further information about Chef Suzy’s dinner or other Adaland events, visit www.adaland.org. For reservations for the July 20 dinner, call (304) 457-2415 or (304) 457-1587. 
Annual Arden Homecoming
  The Arden United Methodist Church will hold its annual Homecoming on Sunday, July 20. Sunday school will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a covered-dish picnic beginning at 12:00 noon. A program featuring musicians, Ezik and Brittany Norris, will start at 1:00 p.m.  All are invited to attend.
Energy Express Community Wellness Pool Party July 23
  Barbour County’s Energy Express site at Philippi Middle School is having its annual free Community Wellness Pool Party on Wednesday, July 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Children and parents of all ages are welcome to come join the Energy Express kids for this evening of fun! While Energy Express promotes a fun experience for the kids through reading-based activities, it also promotes health wellness by maintaining a positive atmosphere and providing nutritious meals for the children. As a reflection of these Energy Express goals, our Community Wellness Pool Party will not only provide a fun and safe atmosphere at the Philippi City Pool, but also health information provided by the Barbour County Health Department for adults. There will be information and some handouts for children as well. There will also be some food provided at the event. If you are not interested in going to the pool party, but are interested in being a sponsor or volunteering for the event, contact Barbara Wolfe at the EVU Extension Office, (304) 457-3254.
  Energy Express is an award-winning statewide summer reading program through AmeriCorps that serves roughly 35 children in Barbour County daily at the Philippi Middle School site. During the day, the children are enriched with reading-based educational activities that help the children maintain their reading skills and good nutrition during the summer months.

Man Arrested For Failing To Register As Sex Offender
  A Philippi man has been arrested on felony charges for failure to register as a sex offender following a change of residence. According to West Virginia state law, any person registered as a sex offender who knowingly fails to register prior to a change of address is guilty of committing a felony.
  John Darnell, 23, was arrested on July 9 after West Virginia State Police Corporal Chris Schrader learned that the defendant had failed to respond ten days prior to the WVSP and following a move of residence from Hackers Creek into the Volga area in violation of the WVSP sex offender registry, according to the criminal complaint.
  Darnell was still being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of press time on $20,000 cash. 
Jim Kines And Leckta Poling Are The Barbour Chamber’s Members Of The Month
  Jim Kines and Leckta Poling are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for July.  Kines is the co-owner with his father and vice president of the Kines Motor Company, Inc. in Philippi. Poling is the Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney.
Jim Kines was born and raised in Philippi where he graduated from Philip Barbour High School. His grandfather founded Kines Motors 70 years ago. Jim Kines joined his father, James, and grandfather, Don, in 1982 when he worked in sales until he became co-owner vice president. He is a member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group and the National Rifle Association.
  “Kines Motors offers new farm equipment and pre-owned vehicles, and maintains its own service department to keep our customers’ cars, trucks, and tractors running smoothly,” Kines says. “Our agency also provides West Virginia state inspections. Allow us to help you by telephoning in—or by stopping by—to inspect our inventory. Call (304) 457-1010. We are located on U. S. Route 250 at its junction with McClellan Road in South Philippi,” he says.
  Leckta L. Poling, Esquire, is a native of Weston and graduate of Lewis County High School.  She earned a B. A. Degree in Child Development & Family Studies, and a B. S. Degree in Psychology at West Virginia University where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1999.  
Poling was the co-owner of the private law firm of Casteel & Poling, PLLC, with offices in Kingwood and Philippi for four years prior to her appointment as Prosecuting Attorney in 2011. She was elected to her current position in 2012. She has 15 years of legal experience and has practiced law in Barbour County for the past 12 years.
  Poling is the president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Community Corrections Programs in Barbour, Taylor, and Preston Counties, and a member of the Board of the Regional Child Advocacy Center for the same region. She is vice president for the Prosecuting Attorney Representatives for the state organization of the West Virginia Association of Counties, and serves on the board at Adaland.

Barbour GOP To Name Sheriff Candidate
  The Barbour County Republican Executive Committee will meet on Monday, July 21, at the Medallion Restaurant, on Main Street in Philippi at 6 p.m. Included on the agenda will be the naming of a candidate to be placed on the November General Election Ballot for the unexpired term for Sheriff of Barbour County. Additionally there will be a by-laws change presented. The meeting is open to any registered Republican. Only members of the committee have a vote.
  The Barbour Committee meets each third Monday at 5 p.m. for a Dutch treat meal with the business meeting beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call (304) 614-7510

Man Arrested On Burglary Charges    
  Carl Joseph Todd Jr., 22, of Philippi, is charged with one count of daytime burglary.
  The arrest follows an investigation by Chief Deputy Brett M. Carpenter. Earlier this month, the officer responded to the residence of Reddy Collins in Philippi. The alleged victim, Collins advised that when he returned home from a weekend trip, he realized that someone had been in his residence. According to the criminal complaint, Collins noticed where someone had come into the home through a rear window.
  Collins advised Deputy Carpenter that he was missing a Remington 7 mm magnum firearm and a DeWALT 20 volt impact wrench and drill. Collins advised the officer that he believed his daughter’s boyfriend, the defendant Carl Todd Jr., had been in the residence, the report states. While the officer was at the residence, Collins received a call from his brother, who stated that he had allegedly purchased a set of tools for $50 from the defendant over the weekend.
  Deputy Carpenter drove to the defendant’s residence. When the officer asked Todd if he knew anything about the theft, the defendant denied all allegations; however, as the officer walked Todd to the car before being placed under arrest, Todd admitted to being in the residence, according to the report.
Todd was released on Tuesday, July 8, on a $5,000 property/surety bond.
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