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Central Chapel Church Brings Over 90 Together For Day-Camp Bible School
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  Over 90 kids from around the county came out to Central Chapel Church last week for a hugely successful “Maker Fun Factory” day-camp Bible school. The day camp, offered to children age three and up, provided attendees with three full meals, Bible lessons, games, movies, and crafts, such as the Western West Virginia Rocks activity during which children painted rocks that will be placed throughout the county and state by volunteers for others to discover.
  The participants had a fun-filled day of learning through Bible study lessons following the theme of “Created by God, Built for a Purpose”. The children rotated through five lessons. Each of the five lessons had its own character, Bible point, Bible story, and key verse, and all were accompanied by real-world learning videos. Of all the day’s activities, the many children attending the day camp found the Bible lessons to be their favorite part of the day.
  “I loved learning about God,” said Karsen Canfield, and Lane Lantz echoed her thoughts when he described how much fun he was having at the camp.
  The five rotating Bible lessons for the day were as follows:
  Lesson One – Character, Decker; Bible point, “God made you.”; Bible story, “God lovingly creates people.” (Psalm 139; Genesis 1:26-2:4); and key verse, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” (Psalm 139:14).
  Lesson Two – Character, Tina Termite; Bible point, “God is for you.”; Bible story, “Rahab believes in God’s mighty power.” (Joshua 1-2); and key verse, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
  Lesson Three – Character, Bubba; Bible point, “God is always with you.”; Bible story, “God is with Gideon.” (Judges 6:11-7:25); and key verse, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
  Lesson Four – Character, Skyler; Bible point, “God will always love you.”; Bible story, “Jesus dies and comes back to life.” (Luke 22:66-24:12); and key verse, “Your unfailing love will last forever” (Psalm 89:2).
  Lesson Five – Character, Abbee; Bible point, “God made you for a reason.”; Bible story, “Abigail brings peace.” (1 Samuel 25); and key verse, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  At the close of the day, all of the families were invited back to Central Chapel Church to enjoy a picnic dinner with the campers.
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Barbour County Development Authority Making Progress
by MARIJA ILIC
Staff Writer


  The Barbour County Development Authority has recently purchased three buildings on Philippi Main Street, all previously owned by Marj and Olin Campbell. Currently, there are two businesses occupying the front stores of the buildings – Anglin’s Ford Trading Post and Fitness Place – while a third business, Diecast Dragsters, is slated to be opened mid-summer. The buildings currently have six apartments available for rent, and another apartment is being renovated.
  In addition to these purchases, the Development Authority is also working on helping several other people open their businesses in Barbour County this year, including a few Amish families that are moving to the area. Two families have purchased properties already – one on Route 92, and the other one near the Philip Barbour High School – and are slated to move next week. One of the families runs a contracting business, while the other one owns a portable sawmill. It is expected that, within a few years, 35-50 Amish families will move into the community and their first stores will be open before the end of the year.
  Reg Trefethen, Director of the Barbour County Development Authority, wanted to address several citizens’ concerns regarding the Amish population moving into the county. He stated that the Amish absolutely do pay all the federal, state, and local taxes, and the only thing they do not pay is contributions to Social Security and Medicare, which is the longstanding agreement they have had with the federal government. They also do not benefit from those two programs.
  Mr. Trefethen also added that the Development Authority is working closely with the Department of Tourism on helping with statewide advertisement for Barbour County as a tourist destination. With Amish families moving in and several other businesses opening this year, along with numerous possibilities for outdoor activities, Barbour County can become one of the biggest attractions for visitors from all over the country.
Congressman David McKinley Visits With Democrat Reporter
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  On Monday, June 20, The Barbour Democrat caught up with Congressman David McKinley during a visit to Tucker County, where the Congressman was visiting with local officials, groups, and citizens. Congressman McKinley shared many of the items he feels are central to the political climate surrounding the state.
Chief among McKinley’s concerns was continued economic growth. The Congressman stated that representatives in Washington are working to see what steps can be taken to encourage economic growth not only in our nation’s cities but in rural areas as well. Among these steps to economic growth, McKinley sees four major areas of concern that need to be addressed in order to foster and sustain this growth: job creation, healthcare reform, financial industry reform, and tax reform. The Congressman is hoping that through productivity and reform in these key areas the state’s, and nation’s, economy will be able to improve and encourage businesses to reinvest in their companies and to remain in the United States.
  Congressman McKinley also addressed revising legislation to help our veterans, particularly regarding improved healthcare access and finding ways to solve problems within Veterans Affairs.
  On a more local scale, one of the issues the Congressman discussed with officials in neighboring Tucker County was helping communities that rely heavily on tourism, an area of interest to Barbour County officials and residents as well. One area of concern for the Congressman regarding tourism is rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, particularly expansion of broadband coverage and, locally, completion of the Corridor-H highway system, which the Congressman says he hopes to see more funds coming in to see that project to completion. At the federal level, McKinley is working with other leaders to see what a bill for infrastructure will look like.
  Another aspect the Congressman says he hopes Washington and the state can work together to improve is how funds are raised for high tourism areas that largely are state and federally owned to get West Virginia on par with other states. With small, rural communities trying to provide for large influxes of visitors throughout the year, McKinley hopes to see collaboration at the state and federal levels to help bring more funds to these areas around the state.
One Dead Following Second Accident At Midland Resource Recovery

  One fatality, a man believed to be in his forties, was reported and another person injured in a second accident at Midland Resource Recovery near Arden on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, around 10 a.m., following a similar event just last month in which two people were killed and one injured during the cleaning of a chemical tank. The second victim was transported to an area hospital.
  Agencies responding to the scene were: the Philippi Police Department, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Philippi Fire Department, Belington Fire Department, Barbour County Emergency Squad, West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Medical Examiner, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  Midland Resources Recovery is a company based out of Ontario, Canada, that specializes in natural gas odorization and decommission of the chemical tanks.
Two Charged Following North Philippi Drug Bust

  Two Philippi men have been charged following a drug bust in North Philippi. Andrew Jacob Nicholson, 29, has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver a Schedule I narcotic and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony, while Aaron Matthew Nicholson, 26, has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
  According to the criminal complaint filed at the Barbour County Magistrate’s Office, the Philippi Police Department and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at a residence on Second Street in North Philippi on Friday, June 16, 2017. Upon execution of the search warrant, two male subjects were detained inside of the residence. The officers on scene allegedly discovered multiple bags of then unknown narcotics, a large amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, a .44 mag revolver with 50 rounds of ammunition, digital scales, a large amount of paraphernalia, a large quantity of plastic baggies, $2,000 rolled up with a rubber band around it, and multiple cellular devices.
  The male subjects, identified as Andrew and Aaron Nicholson, were placed under arrested and transported to the Philippi Police Department for processing. After being read his Miranda Rights, Andrew Nicholson was asked if he could assist the officers in identifying the drugs allegedly found at his residence. As stated in the report, the officers then weighed each substance and asked Nicholson to identify them. The following substances were identified by Nicholson: 2.77 grams of MDMA (ecstasy); 1.57 grams of MDA (referred to as “sass”, a psychedelic amphetamine); six bags of ketamine; 2.54 grams of cocaine; eight bags of marijuana; a large amount of “dabs” (marijuana oil/concentrate) inside of a container; 3.66 grams of marijuana hash; and three one-milligram clonazepam pills (a benzodiazepine). Both MDMA and MDA are Schedule I narcotics. Ketamine is a Schedule III controlled substance, clonazepam is a Schedule IV controlled substance, cocaine is a Schedule I narcotic, all forms of marijuana are Schedule I controlled substances.
  Andrew Jacob Nicholson is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver Schedule I narcotics and one felony count of conspiracy to commit a felony. Aaron Matthew Nicholson has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
  As of press time, Aaron Nicholson had been released from Tygarts Valley Regional Jail, while Andrew Nicholson was still being held in Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $30,000 cash/surety bond.
Philip Barbour Alum Graduates From WVSOM

  Graham T. Endler, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 27, 2017.
  Dr. Graham graduated with honors in the top 10 percent of his class.
  Graham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory science from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 2011. He is a 2007 graduate of Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, W.Va.
  Graham is the son of Lee and Donna Endler of Belington, W.Va.
  He plans to enter a general surgery residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA.
  WVSOM is a national leader in educating osteopathic physicians for primary care medicine in rural areas. Visit WVSOM online at www.wvsom.edu.
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