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Police Department Receives Proceeds From Forfeiture

                        by Marija Ilic 


On Wednesday, March 20, Barbour County prosecutor, Thomas Hoxie, handed a $6,000 check to the Police Department. The money was the proceeds from a forfeiture case.

West Virginia Code requires that prosecutors handle all the forfeiture cases in the county, although 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the police department that conducted the investigation and the arrest.

Earlier in the year, Prosecutor’s office filed a case against a house owned by Mr. Keith Tenney because he was using it as a location to make methamphetamine.

On December 21, 2018, Mr. Tenney entered a guilty plea to one felony count of Operating a Clandestine Drug Lab and one felony count of Animal Cruelty. The drug count was used as a justification for the forfeiture case, and through the negotiations with Mr. Tenney’s attorney, the house was sold, and the Philippi Police Department received the proceeds.

Mr. Tenney is expected to be sentenced in April.


Blue And Gray Quilt Show Is Looking For Entries

by Marija Ilic

Annual Blue and Gray reunion is only two months away, and the preparations for the event are in full swing. One of the staples of the reunion for years has been a Quilt Show, which is this year sponsored by the Eye of the Needle Quilt Guild, and will be held at The Market Place Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Quilt Guild is reminding the public that one does not have to be a member of the guild in order to display their quilt, and that quilts of any size will be accepted. There will be a People’s Choice awards for large and small quilts.

All quilts need to be dropped off at The Market Place on Thursday, May 30, from 2-5 p.m. and picked up on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact Blue and Gray Reunion Committee secretary, Marija Ilic, at 304-476-0016, or by email at marija12@hotmail.com.

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Roger Hanshaw Will Address Barbour’s Annual Banquet




The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Hon. Roger Hanshaw, 58th Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, will deliver the featured address at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet at Alderson Broaddus University on Tuesday, April 23. The banquet and ceremony is open to the public. Paid reservations must be made with the Chamber office before April 12.

House Speaker Hanshaw earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from West Virginia University. He also received a Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. A Partner in the legal firm of Bowles Rice in Charleston, Hanshaw’s legal practice for his diverse client base concentrates on environmental and technical issues, regulatory compliance matters, and litigation

Hanshaw received multiple honors in his career. He was a member of the Leadership West Virginia class of 2009, was recognized as a Champion of Industry by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, was named a Rising Star in 2017 by the West Virginia Super Lawyers Association, received the CALI Awards at the WVU College of Law, was honored by the University of Notre Dame with the Rohm & Haas Outstanding Graduate Award and Outstanding Teacher Award, and was member of the Order of Augusta at West Virginia University where he received the Dennis O’Brien Award as the top graduate in the Honors Program.

A Certified Parliamentarian, Hanshaw was Director of Research for WVU Extension Services, Director or Laboratory Services for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and is a Certified Magistrate Court Mediator. He counsels governmental and non-profit agencies throughout the state and nation in parliamentary law and convention management.


DNR To Address Neighborhood Watch Meeting

by Melissa Ireland

Residents from the communities of Audra, Volga, Hall, Boulder, Carrolton Road and Buckhannon River Road communities are invited to the monthly Southwestern Barbour County Neighborhood Watch meeting scheduled for Monday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall of the Bethany Baptist Church at Hall.

The guest speaker will be Upshur County DNR Officer Tanner Collins, who will be addressing hunting laws in our area.

One of the main concerns of our group is defending their property if they should encounter illegal trespassers on their properties engaged in hunting or poaching out of season.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency empowered to enforce hunting and fishing regulations. Not only does it act as law enforcement agents, but it performs a variety of duties, such as protecting our natural resources and practicing conservation.

Officers also play a role in educating the public about hunting, fishing and boat safety. They enforce littering, environmental waste and dumping laws, as well as policing our waterways. The rugged terrain in this area makes their jobs challenging, but rewarding.

Make plans to attend to join in an open discussion with DNR Officer Collins and learn more about how his agency is vital to our neighborhood. For further information, call 304-457-3125.

Board Of Education Approves Math4Life Resolution Monday

                        by Marija Ilic

On Monday, March 25, Barbour County Board of Education approved a resolution to join West Virginia Department of Education Math4Life campaign, a statewide effort to improve student math performance within next five years.

Even though the campaign is not mandated by the WVDE, many counties across the state have already joined in, as they try to get students and families excited about exploring math related concepts in and outside of the classroom.

Additionally, state has provided $10,000 stipend to any county that signs up for the program.

The official kick-off of the Barbour County campaign will take place after the spring break, and will really move forward in the fall. However, the committee consisting of Julie Bibey, Connie Mundy, Dave Neff, Superintendent Woofter and several teachers, have already started putting plans in motion, as they hope to spread the campaign throughout the summer as well.

As of now, the committee has concentrated on math learning opportunities, county sponsored professional learning, developing marketing campaign, and parent involvement. It is hoping to have books, games, and projects distributed throughout local businesses and doctors’ offices, where families and children can have easy access to them and can work on them even outside of the school hours.

Parents and students are invited to take a pledge on WVDE website – www.wvde.us/math4life. The website is also an excellent tool for more information for educators, students, and their families as to how they can incorporate math more into their everyday lives.

Next Barbour County Board of Education meeting is slated for Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the Board Offices.

 Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Set For April 27

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is now accepting registrations for the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup set for Saturday, April 27. Volunteers have until April 19 to register.

Co-sponsored by the WVDEP and the state Division of Highways, the Adopt-A-Highway program is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), and improves the quality of the state’s environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter.

Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road or main route. Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted.

The Adopt-A-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests to volunteers, and takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate. The Adopt-A-Spot program is designed for children younger than 12 to participate.

More than 4,000 volunteers turned out for the 2018 Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup and cleared over 1,500 miles of West Virginia roadways. Since the program’s inception in 1988, state citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall Adopt-A-Highway events.

To register, call 1-800-322-5530 or send an email to: dep.aah@wv.gov. If you reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your ID, phone number, group name, date of cleanup, number of participants and the county where your adopted road is located.

For more WVDEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/depwv/, and find us on YouTube at Environment Matters.

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