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Elkins Woman Is Arrested On Drug Charges
Barbour County Magistrate Court has charged Tara Lishelle Strawderman, 35, of Elkins, with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine after an emergency traffic stop that occurred on Sunday, February 10, 2019, on 10 mile road near Belington.
Barbour County Communi-cations notified police officers to be on a lookout for a vehicle reported to drive recklessly on US 250 South. After locating the vehicle, police officer observed that it committed several driving violations. Upon conducting the traffic stop, the officer administered several sobriety tests, all of which Strawderman failed.
After getting a consent to search the vehicle, the officers located a plastic bag that later showed to have contained methamphetamine, as well as substantial amount of cash.
Additionally, the officers transported Strawderman to Broaddus Hospital, where the drug test was conducted, indicating positive results for oxycodone, cannabis, Benzos, Amphetamine, and metamphetamine. She was then transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Philippi Council Discusses Dangerous Structure Ordinance

by Marija Ilic
Philippi City Council discussed several issues during its meeting on February 5, including conducting the first reading of Dangerous Structure Ordinance. The second reading and adoption of the ordinance will be during the next meeting, on February 19. This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. because of the budget meeting to be held at 5 p.m.
Additionally, the city manager, Jeremy Drennan, gave the Council a Municipal League update, noting that the League is prioritizing Home Rule agenda, which would allow cities to do more creative things. Drennan said that he expects Council to have a discussion of adoption of Home Rule in the near future.
Council also approved the funds for the building of a trail leading up to Alderson Broaddus University, as previously requested by Barbour County Development Authority. The Development Authority is working on writing a grant proposal for the construction of the trail, and so far, both Philippi City Council and Barbour County Commission have pledged matching donations in case the grant request is approved.
The trail would allow for better and safer walking access to and from the University, and would provide students with another way of getting to downtown.
Drennan also mentioned that the Philippi City Gym is now open to citizens on Wednesdays and Fridays and most Mondays from 8-10 a.m. for walking and exercise purposes. This was made possible by Recreation committee and a citizen who volunteered to staff the gym during these hours. People wishing to use the gym are just reminded to bring a clean pair of shoes, especially during winter months.

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CEOS Selects Barbour County Belle For 2019

The Barbour County CEOS  (Community Educational Outreach Services) Clubs has announced that Edna Waugaman, president of the Pleasant Creek Club has been selected the 2019 Barbour County Belle. She will be traveling to the State Folk Festival in June to represent Barbour County. It is held in Glenville, Gilmer County on June 20-23. She will be joining Belles from all over West Virginia to celebrate our state’s heritage.   The Barbour County CEOS (Community Educational Outreach Services) Clubs has announced that Edna Waugaman, president of the Pleasant Creek Club has been selected the 2019 Barbour County Belle. She will be traveling to the State Folk Festival in June to represent Barbour County. It is held in Glenville, Gilmer County on June 20-23. She will be joining Belles from all over West Virginia to celebrate our state’s heritage.

Jean Clark Again Candidate For Belington Mayor

I am Jean Clark a candidate for the Mayor of Belington.
I have been blessed to live in Belington almost 20 years and have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people with great potential. I have served as councilperson for 3½ years and mayor for two years. I have developed leadership skills in these bipartisan positions, as well as a nurse leader with 56 years of experience working with departmental heads in hospitals and many outside agencies. Who wanted to contribute solutions to many problems and issues.
Subjects I would like to be a part of helping to resolve or grow from are: Drug issues, appearance of our town, open for ideas for new business, upgrading and improving opportunity for youth activities. I believe the mayor, council and police department need to be receptive to complaints from citizens and help them with solutions to their complaints. Additionally, we need to be supportive of all Belington city departments.
“Change comes when people in leadership role are open to new suggestions and ideas and work closely with those contributing to solve problems. No one can do this job alone. Mayor, council and community need to communicate their ideas and concerns as a solidified entity. We need to show we care about our community and one another. We need to leave behind baggage that only drags our town down.
“A known fact – it takes a village to raise a child. It takes the city government and a community to give Belington a new start. Help me, our council and community to give Belington a new start. Elect me as your next mayor on March 5, 2019.”

Philippi Lions Club Conducts Recent Vision Screenings

On Thursday, Feb. 7, members of the Philippi Lions Club conducted vision screening at the Barbour County Home School Association meeting at the Victory Southern Baptist Church in Belington. A total of 14 children and adults were screened, with three referrals. Lions working were Millard Minor, Michael White, Elaine Benson, Dee Johnson and Valerie Minor.
On Friday, Feb. 8, the Philippi Lions Club conducted vision screening at the preschool/kindergarten registration at Philip Barbour. There were 55 preschool and kindergarten children and five infants under one year old that were screened, there were six referrals. Members working were Millard Minor, Jeannie Mozley, Greg Selan, Elaine Benson, Jud Bracey, and Michael White.
Members used the Spot Vision Screener, which accurately detects the potential indication of common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, Astigmatism, unequal refractive power, eye misalignment, and unequal pupil size. Early detection of vision problems will produce the best results in corrective measures. If Spot indicates a problem, a complete eye examination is recommended. 

CTC Holds A Presentation For County Board Of Education

by Marija Ilic

Staff Writer

Students and teachers from Career Technical Center of Philip Barbour High School held a presentation for Board of Education members during the Board’s meeting on February 11, showcasing the six programs Center currently provides, as well as updating the Board about the upcoming projects.
Tonya Ferguson, the head of the CTC, started off the presentation by giving the general overview of the Center, and noting that last year five students qualified for 2018 Governor’s Workforce Credentials, the highest honor students can achieve, that is based on attendance, test scores, and a GPA.
Additionally, she emphasized that the Credit Recovery program is being really helpful, with 89 students being able to recover 210 credits last school year, which helped immensely with boosting the graduation rates and decreasing drop-out rates. Ferguson also mentioned that the program has two new instructors, Mrs. Denise Losh in Engineering program, and Ms. Christina Holbrook in ProStart program.
One of the most exciting things this school year has been the addition of Chromebooks, according to Ferguson, and she added that the teachers and students are both taking advantage of using Google Classroom feature.
Following the introduction by Ferguson, students from each program held a short presentation. ProStart students talked about all the different foods they have been able to make, including the sales of cookie trays during Christmas season. The group is hoping to start a Grab-N-Go drive thru in the future, which will be opened to students, faculty, and staff at first, but the plan calls for opening to general public at some point as well.
Engineering program, Lead The Way, students talked about two exciting projects they are currently working on: the shoes that would make it possible to walk on water, as well as ultrasonic sensor glasses which would help blind and visually impaired people detect the objects around them.
Health Science and Therapeutic Service students mentioned that their clinicals have given them invaluable opportunity to get a jump start on their respective careers, and have also expressed their excitement of the addition of phlebotomy classes, which would provide them with yet another opportunity when they enter workforce.
The students from the Agritech program talked about large variety of skills they are able to acquire through welding and soil testing classes, as well as their development of hydroponic systems. They are also currently working on learning the effects of different types of flour on a baking process. Similarly to Agritech program, the students from Power, Structural, and Technical Systems have also been learning about the agriculture and technology, although their classes are more designed for the mechanical and technical side of the process. They have been learning how to repair small and large engines, as well as build signs and structures.
Lastly, the presenter from Business Education program has presented the Board with a variety of skills they learn in their classes, including printing, graphic design, and media production. She also mentioned that Future Business Leaders of America students have won state awards and have competed on the national level for the last two years.

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