113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Candidate Filing Period Ends; Candidates Announced

  The Candidate Filing period for the 2016 Primary and General election cycle came to a close on Saturday, January 30, at midnight. The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
  The following candidates have filed, thus far, for the City of Philippi Municipal Election:
Mayor—Phil Bowers, Jerry Mouser, and Colin Murphy; City Clerk—Tammy Stemple; and City Council—John Green (North West District), Terrence Boyd (North East District), Jeff Allen (South West District), Barbara Bryan (South East District), Karen Hardman (South East District), Linda Menear (South East District), William “Tony” Wilson (North Central District), Jane Overfield Fike (North Central District), and Ed Larry (North Central District).
  At the county level, offices included on the 2016 ballot include County Clerk, County Commission, Circuit Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Assessor, and Surveyor. Furthermore, the following offices are non-partisan and will be elected at the Primary Election: Magistrate, Board of Education, and Soil Conservation District Supervisor.
  Currently, the following candidates have filed at the county level:
  County Commission—Susie Cvechko, Republican, and Democrats Jedd Schola and Rusty Taylor; Sheriff—Philip G. Ferguson, Democrat; Prosecuting Attorney—Thomas B. Hoxie, Republican, and Democrats Leckta L. Poling and Jodie M. Boylen; Assessor—John Cutright, Republican, and Derick A. Spencer, Democrat; Magistrate Division 1—Kathi S. McBee and Mark E. Ryan; Magistrate Division 2—Ashley N. Cutright, Daniel J. “DJ” Harris, David “Chris” Mulneix, and Whittney Upton-Cale; Circuit Clerk—Gerald Fogg, Democrat; County Clerk—Adam Marsh, Democrat, and Connie Kaufman, Republican; Board of Education—Judy Gain, Adam Starks, Eric Ruf, and Reggie Trefethen; Board of Education Unexpired Term—Ronald Keith Phillips; Conservation District Supervisor—Sigrid Teets; and Conservation District Supervisor Unexpired Term—Robert Lee True, JR.
  At the state level, offices on the 2016 ballot include Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, Attorney General, State Senate, and House of Delegates. In addition, the following offices are non-partisan and will be elected during the Primary Election: Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Circuit Judges, and Family Court Judges.
  The following candidates have filed at the state level:
  Governor—Bill Cole, Republican, and Democrats Booth Goodwin, Jim Justice, and Jeff Kessler; Secretary of State—Republicans Barry Holstein and Mac Warner, and Democrats Natalie Tennant and Patsy Trecost; Audior—John “JB” McCuskey, Republican, and Democrats Mary Ann Claytor, Jason Pizatella, and Robin Righter; State Treasurer—John D. Perdue, Democrat, and Republicans Larry W. Faircloth and Ann Urling; Commissioner of Agriculture—Walt Helmick, Democrat, and Kent Leonhardt, Republican; Attorney General—Patrick Morrisey, Republican, and Doug Reynolds, Democrat; Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals—Brent Benjamin, Wayne King, Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Beth Walker, and William R. “Bill” Wooton; and House of Delegates—Danny Wagner, Republican, and Ken Auvil, Democrat.
  At the federal level, offices on the 2016 ballot include President, Vice-President, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  At the national level, candidates currently filed included:
  President—Republicans: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, David Hall, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump; Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Roque de la Fuente, Paul T. Farrell, Jr., Keith Judd, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders.
  Voters must register by and have all registration changes made prior to April 19, 2016. According to the Barbour County Clerk’s office, there have been no major changes in either the election process or the voter process.
  For the May Primary Election, absentee ballots begin Friday, March 25, and can be submitted through Wednesday, May 4. Early voting begins Wednesday, April 27, and closes Saturday, May 7.
  For additional information, questions, or concerns, contact the Barbour County Clerk’s office at 304-457-2232.

Barbour County Magistrate Court Cases Heard Before Magistrate Kathi S. McBee

  The following cases were presented on January 28, 2016, by Samantha J. Sclafani, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney:
  Douglas A. Hammonds pled guilty to false representation. Hammonds was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which the Court suspended and placed Hammonds on one year unsupervised probation and fined $100.00. Hammonds must pay restitution to WorkForce West Virginia. The investigating officer was R.L. Bennett of Workforce West Virginia.
  Jared Edward Lompert pled guilty to aggravated driving under the influence. Lompert was sentenced to three days in jail and fined $200.00. Attorney G. Philip Davis represented Lompert. The investigating officer was Trooper A.H. Clark of the West Virginia State Police.
Karri Lynn Stout pled guilty to failure to register as a child abuser. Stout was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which the Court suspended and placed the Defendant, Karri Lynn Stout, on one year unsupervised probation. Attorney Christopher Miller represented Stout. The investigating officer was Trooper A.H. Clark of the West Virginia State Police.
  Charles Jacob Newman has been charged with battery. This matter was continued by Newman. Attorney Christopher Miller represented Newman. The investigating officer was Patrolman S.A. Miller of the Philippi Police Department.
  Daniel Lee Sendling, Jr. pled guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Sendling was sentenced to one day in jail and fined $100.00. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented Sendling. The investigating officer was Deputy R.W. Fox formerly with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  Matthew R. Snider has been charged with battery. This matter was continued by the State. The investigating officer was Deputy R.D. Hathaway of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  Andrew Preston Jeffries has been charged with driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. This matter was continued by Jeffries. Attorney Roger D. Curry represented Jeffries. The investigating officer was Deputy R.D. Hathaway of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.

Philippi Public Library Celebrates “Take Your Child To The Public Library” Day

  The Philippi Public Library will join with libraries worldwide in celebrating “Take Your Child to the Library” day on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Children can participate in Miss Sarah’s Story Time at 10:30 a.m., work on a craft, sign up for a card, and check out a new book or two.  
Also, children and adults are encouraged to show their support for the library by having their picture taken with the library’s “I Love My Library” photo props. “February is Library Lovers’ month,” said Director Judy Buckner Larry, “and we wanted to combine it with this special day so patrons could express their appreciation of their local library!  We will be taking pictures and posting them on the library’s Facebook page all during the month of February.”  
  Larry also reminded that the library has a wonderful selection of children’s fiction and nonfiction books, many of which have been newly purchased through a $4,000 grant from the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation. The library also offers audio books, magazines and DVDs for adults and children and two children’s computers.  
  Larry also said, “While the children are busy in the children’s room listening to stories or making a craft, we invite the adults to participate in a new craze being offered by many libraries, adult coloring. Some say it relieves stress! We have purchased some of adult coloring books with beautiful and intricate designs like those you see in all the stores lately. We’ve also purchased new colored pencils and crayons. We want adult patrons to relax and color.”  
  For those adult patrons who prefer not to color, the library offers nine public access computers, free WiFi, audio books, DVDs, magazines and many books and other materials. “There’s enough here to keep you entertained,” said Larry.  
  For more information about “Take Your Child to the Library” day or any programs and services offered by the Philippi Public Library, call 304-457-3495 or stop by the library.  

It's Melting

  The snow from Winter Storm Jonas is melting quickly now and many snow piles are gone. Some of the piles simply melted or are melting in the moderating temperatures. Other piles were hauled off. Downtown street areas are in good shape by the latter method. Some private parking lots still show the larger piles of snow.
Temperatures over the weekend got into the low 60’s with plenty of sunshine. Even in Monday’s overcast and sometimes mist, the high in Elkins was noted at 55 degrees. The lows have been in the bottom part of the 30’s.
  The water runoff brought the rivers up but on Tuesday. The Tygart at Belington and Philippi was dropping. At Belington the crest was at 10.5 feet on either side of 5 a.m. In Philippi the river got up to 12.41 feet at 4:30 a.m. The flood crest at Belington is 14 feet while at Philippi flood stage is 19 feet.
  National Weather Service data showed Elkins with a total winter (since Sept 1) snowfall at 27.9 inches as of Monday, and the lion’s share of that amount fell in January.
  The forecast Wednesday afternoon showers will be less likely late afternoon/early evening. There is a slight chance of Thursday rain, snow; then more rain/snow and then maybe some snow late that night. Friday through the weekend, temperatures will be in the high 30’s or low 40’s with varying degrees of sunny and partly cloudy.
  As of Tuesday afternoon, there were no flood advisories for this region.
Governor Tomblin Lifts State of Emergency For Counties Hardest Hit By Winter Storm Jonas

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin lifted the State of Emergency for counties hardest hit by Winter Storm Jonas including Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, and Preston counties. The statewide State of Emergency was lifted Wednesday, January 27.
  "I'm proud of our state's response to this winter storm, and I'd like to thank all first responders, the West Virginia National Guard, local and state road crews, volunteer organizations and all West Virginians who came together and lent a helping hand to help combat Winter Storm Jonas," Gov. Tomblin said. "Although this was a historic storm in some locations, I'm pleased that we were able to respond to the threats of snow and ice in a timely and efficient manner. With this in mind, we are able to lift the statewide State of Emergency and while we continue to support ongoing isolated community response efforts in areas hardest hit by severe weather."
  The state emergency operations team, made up of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and a number of volunteer organizations, worked around the clock from the State of Preparedness declaration on Wednesday, January 20, through the onset of Winter Storm Jonas to prepare for severe weather conditions and ensure the safety of West Virginians.
  The Department of Transportation began pretreating roads days in advance and dispatched more than 1,000 Division of Highways trucks to clear primary, secondary and tertiary roads upon snowfall, spreading more than 22,000 tons of salt and putting in more than 13,000 hours of man-power.
 The West Virginia National Guard deployed approximately 150 members to assist in 16 counties. Their work also included the use of 32 HUMVEE vehicles and other large-scale utility vehicles to clear snow and address immediate needs of local communities, including direct rescue operations, assistance with medical appointments and transportation to warming shelters.
  "I'm proud of the coordination of efforts among West Virginia's emergency response agencies, and I'd like to thank these dedicated public servants for working around the clock to clear the roads, provide direct assistance to West Virginians in need and share the most up-to-date information on the ongoing emergency response efforts," Gov. Tomblin said.
  Statewide and local volunteer organizations also worked together to support more than 30 warming stations in counties across West Virginia, helping to assist those without heat and/or electricity.
  "[Because of] our state's dedicated volunteers, West Virginians had access to warm, safe shelters, food, water and other necessary resources throughout the duration of the winter storm," Gov. Tomblin said. "These efforts undoubtedly made a difference in the lives of many.
  "I know this storm has delivered difficult conditions across the state, but I'd like to thank West Virginians for their patience and understanding as our state's emergency response team transitions from the response to recovery stage of assistance efforts."

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