113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Front Page Story Is Available For Election Candidates

  Candidates running for office on the ballot of the Primary and General Election are reminded that The Barbour Democrat will again offer these candidates the opportunity to place a filing/platform story on Page One of the newspaper for the upcoming election cycle. As in the past, these stories will begin on Page One and then be continued. There is no charge.
  Additional candidate stories (endorsements), political letters to the editor, etc. will be treated, however, as political advertising. Any ballot issues are also counted as political and will be treated as such. There are state laws on the reporting of political advertising, and candidates/political action groups need to be aware of the requirements.
  Candidate stories will be used on a first come, first serve basis, and placement time slots for these stories cannot be reserved. Stories of local candidates received at the Church Street office of The Barbour Democrat will appear on Page One up to the last two issues prior to the election date on a first come, first serve basis. Material received after the deadline will be used, but will not appear on Page One. Persons may contact the paper office or the editor for any further information.
  The submitted material must be contained within two typed, double-spaced, pages. Material submitted longer than two pages will be edited. If the candidate does not have a suitable photo to include with the story, arrangement can be made to have a picture taken at the newspaper office. Should there be no opposition for a candidate, the story still must be submitted for the Primary Election. Only in the case of a late candidate appointment by an executive committee will the placement of an article prior to the General Election be considered.
  Articles must be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to primary and general election dates. Articles may be submitted electronically at news@barbourdemocratwv.com or delivered to the newspaper office. The deadline for all news and advertising is Monday at 5 p.m.
Accident On Route 92 Sends One To The Hospital
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer

  On February 13, 2018, an accident involving two vehicles occurred at the intersection of Route 92 and Mudgut Road. A vehicle exiting Mudgut Road collided with a vehicle traveling on Route 92, resulting in entrapment. The driver of one of the vehicles was transported by HealthNet to Ruby Memorial Hospital, while the driver of the second vehicle refused medical treatment. Sergeant Brad Miller of the Barbour County Sheriff's Department is in charge of the investigation. Responding to the scene were Belington Fire Department, Belington Emergency Squad, Junior Fire Department, Barbour County Sheriff's Department, and HealthNet.
Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Waterways Hit Banksfull

  High water hit some areas of Barbour County the end of last week and statewide, Gov. Justice declared a State of Emergency for all 55 counties in West Virginia. In Charleston, Gov. Justice declared a State of Emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and the declaration was expected to continue throughout the weekend. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was placed on enhanced watch status to monitor the situation while the West Virginia National Guard was notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency.
  Locally, the Tygart River was just over official flood stages at both its reporting stations. At Belington, the river unofficially crested at 14.07 feet around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 17), while at Philippi it flooded in the early Saturday morning hours  at 19.22 feet  (12:45 a.m.). At Hall, the Buckhannon River hit its high level around 7 a.m. at 11.76 feet.
  Creeks throughout the county overflowed their banks closing some roads. Schools were let out early Friday because of the flooding roadways.
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Statewide Walkout Announced For School Teachers And Service Personnel
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  West Virginia Education Association and American Federation of Teachers announced Saturday that teachers and service personnel from all 55 counties will participate in the statewide walkout on Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd.
  The work stoppage is in response to the multitudes of issues that have plagued the state education system over the last few years, culminating recently in proposed PEIA rate increases. In addition to that, teachers are asking for the legislature to follow up on promised pay increases, as well as to address issues of seniority and vouchers for homeschooling of special needs children.
Barbour County Superintendent Jeff Woofter said that all county schools will be closed for those two days, unless there is some major change in the legislature. He reiterated his support for the teachers and the staff.
Several county organizations and churches have spearheaded the effort to continue providing meals for the school students during the work stoppage. Please check The Barbour Democrat Facebook page for more detailed information.
PBHS Participates In North Central West Virginia Honor Band

  Philip Barbour was well represented at the 2018 North Central West Virginia Honor Band this past weekend at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. Thirteen students from “The Pride of Barbour County” contributed their talents with those of students from Buckhannon-Upshur, Elkins, Grafton, Lewis County, and Tygarts Valley High Schools. This program was started three years ago to fill a void in counties who have no all county honor band at both the middle and high school level.
  Logan Lindsey, who is the Director of Bands at West Virginia Wesleyan, directed the high school honor band. Selections chosen included “Children of the Shrine” by James Swearingen, “Sure on this Shining Night” by Samuel Barber, “The Blue and the Gray” by Clare Grundman, “Dreams” by Robert W. Smith, and “Wildcat Valley Fanfare” by Michael Sweeney. The concert took place at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan. Students participating from “The Pride of Barbour County” included: sophomore Jakob Baker, junior Dillon Chambers, junior Skylar Boehm, junior Shaela Croston,  junior Ian Moyer, sophomore Shelby Frey, senior Sierra Dickinson, sophomore Erin Wyatt, junior Gage Weese, freshman Katie Bowen, junior Cameron Whetzel, senior Autumn McClung, and junior Meagan Streets.
  Stated Director Victor Iapalucci, “This is the largest number of Philip Barbour students we have sent to an Honors Band and they did the music program and Barbour County a great credit.”
Final Call Of Former Students Of Philip Barbour High School And Barbour County Schools

  This is the final notification that Barbour County Schools will be discarding the permanent files of anyone who attended Barbour County Schools with a date of birth ranging in year from 1970 to 1980.  If your birth date is before 1970, we regret to inform you that this process took place when the old high school moved to the new high school or possibly at a prior time.  This is a process that occurs approximately every 10 years.  Transcripts and activity cards will always stay in our files and not be discarded.
  Individuals who may want to request their files would be those who are or will be trying for disability benefits, need proof of education, or various legal matters.
If you are interested in obtaining your permanent school file, you can call Philip Barbour High School Complex at 304-457-1360 and request your files.   We need your last, first, and middle names, along with birth date.  If you already requested your file, it is at the main office ready for pick-up.
  We will try to have your file ready for pick-up at the main office of Philip Barbour High School on Fridays, one week following your request.  Individuals can only pick up their own files and must have photo identification as proof of identity.  Files of those who are deceased, that are within the appropriate dates, can be picked up by a relative with possession of a Death Certificate.  No files will be mailed out unless the postage is prepaid.
  All files of past students fitting the dates above will be shredded after June 1, 2018 and will be no longer available.
Longtime Barbour County Extension Agent Remembered

  Barbour County’s own dedicated, longtime Extension Agent, Roger L. Nestor was raised on his family’s farm in the Moatsville area. The oldest of six children, he and his siblings worked on the farm and cared for the cow herd. After graduating high school in 1969, he attended West Virginia University where he earned a B.S. degree in Agronomy in 1973 and a M.S. degree in Agronomy in 1976. In August of 1975, he married his wife, Reta Jean.
  In November 1977, he started working as an Agriculture Extension Agent in Upshur County, and in 1984, he transferred to Barbour County, where he remained until his retirement in 2012.
  Although Mr. Nestor has been involved in significant grassland and livestock programs throughout his career, the Barbour County 4-H land judging and home site evaluation programs he started building in 1979 are his most obvious achievements. Since 1985, 20 of Nestor’s teams have qualified to go to the National Contest. Eight have finished second and 16 have won national titles in either the 4-H Land Judging or Home Site Evaluation Contests. Five teams have won both titles in the same year, and the Barbour County Land Judging Team took three consecutive National Land Judging Championships between 2002 and 2004, the first-ever three-peat in the 60-year history of the event, and from 2009-2012 four consecutive National Home Site Judging Championships.
  But Roger’s true greatness and legacy is the time, effort, and love he put into each student, building self-confidence and team skills along with knowledge of soil uses and management. Although he retired in 2012, Nestor continued to volunteer, coaching teams and leading fundraising efforts so team members wouldn’t face financial hardships on their regular trips to Oklahoma City for the national contests. Nestor also provided untiring service and research to the farmers of the state. For over 27 years, Roger helped local farmers in their selection of performance-tested bulls and played an important role in establishing a Barbour County calf pool.
  For more than 15 years, he compiled carcass data on the Barbour County 4-H market animals to better help the 4-H and FFA members improve the quality of these animals. He was also involved with contract grazing research at West Virginia University for more than 18 years. His work with grassland management and feeder cattle programs led to better farm productivity for countless individuals throughout the state.
  The 4-H and FFA market animal program in Barbour County increased from 38 exhibitors to 60 during his tenure, and the market animal sale grew from approximately $29,000 in 1984 to nearly $105,000 when he retired. He served as the Swine Superintendent at the West Virginia State Fair for more than 15 years.
  Nestor was awarded the Honorary FFA Degree in 1995, the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the National County Agriculture Agents Association, and the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Director’s Special Award in 2006. Roger was named an Outstanding 4-H All-Start in 2011, and in 2012, the Barbour County Fair Livestock Barn was named in his honor.
  Mr. Nestor was involved with many local organizations such as the Camp Barbour 4-H Camp Board, Barbour County Livestock Association, the Barbour County Development Authority, and was the current President of the Farm Bureau. He was a member of Light of Christ Chapel where he was an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and Secretary/Treasurer.
  Even after retirement, Mr. Nestor stayed involved in the county’s 4-H youth and livestock programs by lending his time and expertise to help the youth of Barbour County. At the time of his death, Mr. Nestor was currently preparing the Barbour County 4H Soils Judging Team for the National Competition in April. Volunteers are continuing to work with these 4-H members to prepare them to represent Barbour County and Mr. Nestor’s legacy at the National Contest this spring.
  The number of lives touched by Roger’s life are more numerous than could possibly be estimated. Many 4-H’ers will tell that they learned more from Mr. Nestor than just how to judge soil or care for an animal—they learned life lessons that they will carry with them through the rest of their days. Roger Nestor’s legacy of dedication, persistence, and passion will continue on for generations to come in all of Barbour County’s youth.
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