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Philippi, WV 26416
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Board Of Education Hears From Local Libraries
Staff Writer

  Tammy Smith and Judy Larry, Belington and Philippi Public Library librarians, came to speak to the Board of Education on Monday, March 12th, in hopes that the Board would continue to support both libraries financially. Smith indicated that it is necessary for them to receive this money, as the state stipulates that libraries match the money they receive from the state and that half of the money raised by the libraries must come from taxpayers’ funds, which in case of Barbour County means the County Commission, City of Belington and Philippi, and Board of Education. Both librarians expressed appreciation to the Board for continued support. In addition, they gave the presentation as to how the libraries benefit our community, including 246 different programs run throughout the year for both children and adults.
  The Board of Education conducted a second hearing on a proposed 2018/2019 calendar, which stipulates that students would start on August 14th and end on May 24th. The comment section is still opened to the public, and the Board would vote on it in the next meeting.
  James Poling, the chair of Barbour County chapter of WVEA, expressed appreciation to the Board for their support during work stoppage. Board member McConnell reported that the 4-H Extension Service will have a new director who will start on July 1st.
  The next meeting will be on March 26th, at 6 p.m., at the Board Offices.
Democratic Women’s Club Holds “Meet The Candidate Night”
  On Friday, March 9, 2018, Taj Moe Hall room at Lil’ Moe’s was full to the last seat as many people from the community came to hear from the Democratic candidates in the upcoming primary. The “Meet The Candidate” event was sponsored by the Barbour County Democratic Women’s Club, and almost all the candidates from the county and across the state came to speak. Many of the candidates traveled several hours to attend this event.
  The candidates present were Stephanie Zucker, State Senate candidate for District 14; Clayton Moore, Bob Johnson, and Ed Larry, all candidates for the House of Delegates District 47; Cindy Hart, candidate for the Barbour County Commission, Kendra Fersher, the candidate for US House of Representatives, and Paula Jean Swearengin, candidate for US Senate. Ralph Baxter, US House of Representatives candidate, sent a campaign staffer, as he had a previous commitment, while Joe Manchin, an incumbent running for the US Senate, sent a letter.
  The Club also distributed flyers and pamphlets regarding Voter ID laws. The primaries will be held on May 8, 2018.
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Talbott Funeral Home Marks 25 Years In Business
Staff Writer

  In 1993, Michael Talbott was only 20 years old, but he already had set a goal of owning his own business. He purchased a funeral home from Boyd Fitzgerald’s daughter, who ran it for a year following his death. Previously, the business was known as Runner Funeral Home until 1977 and from 1977-1985 as Runner-Tomblyn and Sons’ Funeral Home.
  Before starting the business, Talbott attended Potomac State College and Fairmont State University, majoring in social work. After purchasing the funeral home, he went on to the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 1997. During those four years, he completed his apprenticeship under Berna Dean Stanley, who served as the licensee-in-charge during that time.
  “Funeral home business is a type of business where you have to prove yourself and earn the public’s trust,” Talbott said. “It took some time for the community to get used to having such a young person running a funeral home.” However, Talbott is extremely appreciative and grateful of everyone who has entrusted him in taking care of arrangements during the difficult time for the families. He added that that the support from the community has been wonderful. “Many people gave me a lot of encouraging words and told me I was going to make it.”
  Several changes have been made to the structure since Talbott took over, including the construction of a 120 seat chapel in 2004 and an expanded parking. He also expressed deep appreciation for all of his employees, including the current ones: Kim Coffman, secretary; Jimmie Tallman, funeral attendant; Marshal Reed, funeral attendant; and Dorsey Talbott, his father.
  “We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of the families, and whatever that is, we accommodate. We are a service-oriented business, and that’s what we are here for,” he said.
Community Garden Market Annual Vendor Meeting To Be Held April 20
  The Barbour County Community Garden Market will hold its annual vendor meeting on Tuesday evening, April 20, at 6 p.m., at the market. Anyone who plans on selling produce, crafts, or other items at the market this year should attend. New vendors are welcome. For more information, please call the Community Garden Market at 304-457-5774.
Philippi City Council Approves Payment For The Airport Authority
Staff Writer

  Philippi City Council met on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and discussed several payments and bid proposals, as well as conducted the first reading on the Bond Ordinance on Water Tanks. The second reading will be on March 20th, while the third reading and subsequent vote will be on April 3rd. The bond is needed for $1.73 million, while the ordinance asks for $2 million to counter for any unforeseen problems. The payments on the bond will be spread over 40 years, with a two percent fixed interest rate.
  The Airport Authority was unable to receive the $250,000 loan as they needed audited financials. Since the audit would not be completed in time before the payment to the contractor was due, the Authority approached both the County Commission and City Council to help out with the payment until they receive the audit and are able to reapply for the loan. County Commission already provided the check for the half of the payment, and the City also voted to pay for the other half. County will be paid back from the money Airport Authority receives from the FAA in the October of 2018, while the City will be paid back from either anticipated loan or from the money the Authority receives from the FAA in the October of 2019.
  The bids went out for the repair of underground electric at Tygarts Glen. The first bid of $80,000 was declined, and the bid went out again. This time around, the City received a bid of $18,000, which they accepted.
  Three people were reappointed to the Planning Commission – Craig Cobb, Jacob Steele, and Scott Springer. The public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan will be on April 26th.
  The next meeting will be on March 20th, at 7 p.m., at City Council Chambers.
BCMA Invites The Community To Lenten Services

  The Barbour County Ministerial Association (BCMA) invites the community to Lenten services as we continue preparing our hearts for Easter.  Lenten season began on Ash Wednesday 2/14 and runs through Passion Week.  Services are from 12:00 to 12:30pm at Philippi UMC, with a free lunch following.  The services include music, a brief message, and a free-will offering to help our community.
Upcoming speakers include Brenda Hunt, executive director for Heart & Hand, on Wednesday 3/14; Jeff Burnett, pastor of Horizons Church Barbour County, on Wednesday 3/21; and Jon Villers, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church, on Good Friday, 3/30.  In previous weeks, speakers were Sam Haught, pastor of the Trinity UMC charge, Clarence Thomas, pastor of the Belington UMC charge, Howard Swick, pastor of Haven of Hope, and Patsy Iaquinta from Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church.
  In addition to these Lenten services, the BCMA encourages our community to attend the church of your choice this Easter season, as we focus on the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Barbour County Ministerial Association is a group of Kingdom-minded church and non-profit organization leaders, working together to share God's love in our community.
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