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Secretary Of State Warner Releases Early Vote Totals As Of Tuesday Morning

  Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased to release the following update relating to early voting in West Virginia.
Locally, Barbour County has had 167 Democrats, 136 Republicans, 58 No Party Affiliation, and one other voters cast their ballots and 362 total early voting absentee ballots returned as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
  The vote totals included in this report are not official and only include those early vote totals and absentee vote totals reported by each county and entered into the State Voter Registration System (SVRS). Some counties use other methods to track early and absentee voting.
  Early voting for the May 8 Primary Election began on Wednesday, April 25, and will continue until Saturday, May 5. Early voting is not offered on Sunday’s.
  Registered voters are permitted to vote early. All 55 county clerks are offering early voting. Voters are encouraged to contact their county clerk for more information on early voting polling locations. Some counties offer satellite voting locations other than in the courthouse.
  Secretary Warner reminds all citizens to report election fraud immediately. If you “See Something – Say Something!” by calling 1-877-FRAUD-WV.
Philippi United Methodist Church To Host Concert And Free Dinner

  On Wednesday, May 2, at 6 pm, Philippi United Methodist Church will host Pivot Ministries singing group. Pivot Ministries is a residential treatment program located in Connecticut. They serve approximately 250 men a year, helping them with alcohol and substance abuse. The program addresses both immediate physical need and long-term stability, and works on helping the program graduates get education and jobs.
  Following the concert, all those in attendance would be treated to free spaghetti dinner. Everyone is welcomed.
Second Annual Cale And Troll 5K Fun Run/Walk Takes Place
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  On Saturday, April 28, over 40 runners of all ages came to the Arden Area Community Building to participate in the second annual Cale and Troll 5K Fun Run/Walk which aims to raise funds for Philippi Police Department’s K-9 Officer Troll. First place awards in adult categories went to Adam Mercer and Kris Rosier, while Trentyn Graham and Daryan Graham won first place awards in youth categories. The Philippi Police Department received the award for most representation.
Officer Troll and Officer Dustin Cale were on site for a short presentation.
Mountaineers Participate In The Make It Shine Program
by Glenda Freeman

  Members of the Mountaineer 4-H Club met at the pavilion on the Courthouse Square on Saturday April 21, 2018. They met to participate in the annual “Make It Shine program” sponsored by the Philippi Main Street Organization for spring clean-up day. Committee members were joined by over 50 community members who included 4-H members to clean roadways, parks, and parking lots in town. The Mountaineers along with a few other volunteers cleaned trash from around the museum and along Railroad Street. Some 15 bags were collected by club members and their group.
  Members participating were Glenda and Trey Freeman, Elizabeth Jones, and Abram Vanilar along with family members. 
Saratoga Farms Food Storage
ABU Students Give Community Presentation On Short Mission Trips
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  On Sunday evening, April 29, several dozens of community members came to Philippi Baptist Church to hear the presentation given by two ABU students. Faith Cline, PBHS graduate, and a rising senior nursing student, and Zoa Duke, rising sophomore social studies education student, gave a report and the assessment of their mission trip to Nicaragua this past March.  The presentation was a part of an elective class the two took with Professor Bill Klaus. Nine ABU students went on a mission trip as a part of AMOS Health and Hope ministry. During their time there, they participated in many activities, including medical missions.
  The content of the presentation centered around the dilemma that short term missions provide, and whether the money used to spend on the mission trips would be better served if just given to the communities in need. In addition, they also gave a short presentation on tumultuous history of Nicaragua, and their people’s quest for independence and justice. Students came to the conclusion that in the end, there was no price that could be put on building the relationships and building up the community. Members of the audience had an opportunity to ask questions, including the ones about cultural differences, as well as how local churches could help in the quest of short missions to aid in spreading God’s word and justice around the world.
  Following the presentation, attendees were treated to traditional Nicaraguan maize and cocoa drink, pinolillo.
Alderson Broaddus University Announces J. Soren Sofhauser As Commencement Speaker

  Alderson Broaddus University announced J. Soren Sofhauser as the 2018 Commencement Speaker for the 147th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.
The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
  Alderson Broaddus will also be holding a special early graduation for seniors competing over the commencement weekend on Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. in Rex Pyles Arena. The abbreviated ceremony will allow seniors unable to attend on Saturday a chance to walk across the stage and receive their diploma.
  A 1976 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, Sofhauser has spent 42 years in sales and management in the education industry.
  Most of his career, he served as a vice president of sales, overseeing sales and consulting staffs both nationally and internationally. He currently serves as the Vice President of Early Childhood Business Development for School Specialty, Inc. out of Greenville, Wisconsin.
  During his time in the early childhood industry he has been honored by the National Head Start Association for support of children and families in need. He has also been the keynote speaker for the Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio & North Carolina Head Start Associations. He was the keynote speaker for the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. He has spent his career collaborating with early childhood educators and in support of early childhood programs throughout the United States and abroad. While based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of central Pennsylvania to support children and families.
  While at AB, Sofhauser was a member and officer of the Sigma Delta Nu fraternity.  After AB, he received a Robert Taft Fellowship in Political Science and attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in the summer of 1977. He also received an MA degree in Education Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1979.
  Sofhauser will be celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary with his wife Cyndi who is a 1980 graduate of Alderson Broaddus. They have two sons, Christian and Britton and one grandson, Isaiah. They currently reside in Granger, Indiana.
  Sofhauser has served on the Board of Trustees at AB and is a current member of the AB Alumni Council. He also serves as the Senior Advisor to the Delphic Alumni Association.
  Commencement will be streamed online with full audio and video for those relatives and friends who cannot make it to campus. Information regarding the weekend’s activities will be posted as it becomes available at: ab.edu/graduation.
ABU Had A Weekend Full Of Events
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  Alderson Broaddus University had a weekend full of events for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community.
  On Friday morning, faculty, staff, and members of the Alumni Council participated in Campus Beautification, planting hundreds of flowers around the campus. This annual event had become more popular each year, with excitement being built up for weeks among the employees, and with many alumni coming back for the weekend to help out. On Friday evening, faculty and alumni participated in semi-annual final exam week event, “Breakfast For Dinner,” where they served late night meal to students.  Dozens of people took part in this event, with couple of hundred students attending.
  On Sunday, April 29, at 3 pm, ABU’s School Of Music presented Concert on The Square for the community. Despite chilly weather, close to 100 people brought the chairs and blankets to the Courthouse Square, and sat down to enjoy the performance by symphonic band, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, and The West Virginians.
KidREACH Holds Annual STEM Day

  World Vision’s KidREACH afterschool program held its annual STEM Day at Philip Barbour High School on Saturday, April 7. The theme for this year was Robotics.
  Carnegie Science on the Road was on site to provide a variety of hands-on activities for the students. Barbour County Boy Scouts Pack #644 helped host the event, leading some of the activities along with KidREACH staff. Also leading a station were HSTA students from Philip Barbour. The Belington Middle School Robotics Team demonstrated and participated in the various stations.
  Each station focused on how robots work and the jobs that they do. Carnegie uses a “Thinking, Sensing, Acting, and Interacting” methodology as the staples for explaining how a robot operates.
  Thinking Station shows how a robot can manage information, such as binary code and programming. Sensing Station shows how a robot can observe its environment, using infrared sensors or cameras. Acting Station shows how a robot performs a task, like picking up using a robot “hand” or how they help perform surgery. And Interacting Station shows how a robot acts to or with us, with examples such as robots that need an operator, and ones that can perform a task to or for a human.
All students were able to make a robot binary code (using 0’s and 1’s) bookmark to take home.
  Funding for this 21st Century Community Learning Center is provided wholly or in part by a grant from the United States Department of Education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV Part B, with grant administration carried out by the West Virginia Department of Education.
National Day Of Prayer Set May 3

  A gathering for National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 3, 8 a.m., at the gazebo on Courthouse Square in Philippi.
  The public is invited to attend.
food storage