113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Permanent Bridge Closure on Rt. 38/9
  The West Virginia Division of Highways announces that a commissioner’s order dated March 9, 2015, has been issued closing the old 38 W-Beam Bridge near Tacy on County Route 38/9 at Mile Post 0.19 to prevent serious damage to the bridge by vehicular traffic. This is a permanent closure of this structure that will become effective upon erection of signs and barricades which will prevent further use of the bridge.

Second 2015-2016 School Calendar Hearing Held
  On Monday, the Barbour County Board of Education held the second hearing for the 2015-2016 School Calendar.
  Following the first hearing, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Kittle proposed a solution to the request made by the Barbour County Livestock Association to give students one day to attend livestock activities during the county fair. As proposed, students would have Friday, September 4, off to participate in the fair activities if approved by the board members.
  The proposed calendar would allow for eight days between Christmas and Memorial holidays to be rescheduled for lost instructional days. The calendar would also have two Continuing Education days at the beginning of the school year to allow staff to prepare for the start of the year.  
  As it stands now, the upcoming school calendar will begin Monday, August 10, 2015, and end Monday, May 30, 2016, if approved by the board members.
  The current school year will end on June 16 for students. Although there is much discussion of “waivers” across the state for lost instructional days, these waivers are not used to opt out of the rescheduled days, but rather to make sure that all lost instructional time is made up one way or another.
Council Address Concerns Of County Development Authority
  Philippi City Council met in regular session last Tuesday when the council members answered concerns raised by Barbour County Development Authority special projects coordinator Reggie Trefethen about the newly created Philippi Development Authority.
  Trefethen’s concerns were voiced at a prior council meeting when he asked the council members to explain their reasoning for creating the city authority, as well as the authority’s goals and objectives.
  Mayor Jerry Mouser explained to Trefethen, and others in attendance, that the creation of the Philippi Development Authority was to allow the city to purchase and sell property between two entities without having to go through another entity to be able to do so. Mayor Mouser also explained that the city may be able to receive more grants or other funding by having their own authority as well. The city authority will allow Philippi to better serve the citizens in developing the town.
  “In our discussions, the intent was never to overstep, do something more, or to take someone out of the picture in the Barbour County Development Authority,” stated Councilman Terrence Boyd. “It was to work together. It was to assist the city in itself in some of these transactions… to move the speed of transactions up.”
  “I see that as a great benefit,” said Trefethen after the council’s discussion.
  In other news, the council also appointed Trefethen to the Library Board. Furthermore, council heard the first reading of a revision to the Business and Occupation Tax ordinance, which will revise the percentage of taxes collected. The ordinance passed on first reading.
  The council also entered an agreement to  make improvements to the Philippi Industrial Park road, which is contingent upon the approval and receipt of a grant, and accepted for two mowing tractors from Middletown Tractor Sales.
  Philippi City Council will meet again in regular session on Tuesday, April 7, in Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m. at the Philippi City Building.


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Newly Elected Belington Officials Sworn In Today; Others Bid Farewell To Offices
  The current Belington City Council members and Belington mayor bid their farewells at the regular session meeting on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The newly elected mayor, Matt Ryan, and council members were sworn into office today, Wednesday, March 25, at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
  “I am not going anywhere. I am continuing to volunteer at the park and Civic Center. I will closely watch the issues that are now in progress, such as the emergency generators, sales tax proposal, and revenue sources for the Board of Parks,” said Max Grove, who will leave his seat on the council this Wednesday after six years of service. “I have no regrets as to my votes, actions, or work here other than I ran out of time. The city’s staff and workers are top notch and I enjoyed working with them.”
  Bobby King, who served the City of Belington as a council member and mayor for some 14 years, spoke of the tough job ahead of the council and newly elected Mayor Matt Ryan as Belington enters into transition.
  “I’ve worked with a lot of real good people, but you get a lot of insight when you do it that opens your eyes up. It doesn’t work like the majority of people actually believe. You keep hearing things about the ‘good old days of Belington,’ but [those days] are in the past. The good days of Belington should be in the future,” said King.
  In other news, the council heard the final readings of ordinances requiring proper use of safety belts and devices for children. The council members also motioned to appoint Sheana and Jarrette Price to the Board of Parks. Many of the other issues raised at the council meeting were tabled for the future council to decide to act upon.
Belington City Council will meet again in regular session on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Chili Cook-Off In Conjunction With Blue And Gray Reunion Set May 30
  Philippi Main Street’s 18th annual “Smokin on the Tygart” chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, May 30, in conjunction with the Blue and Gray Reunion.
This year’s cook-off will see some changes to the time and place for the cook-off. Main Street will be closed on Saturday, May 30, and the chili cooks will be set up directly on Main Street. Opening ceremonies will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the official start of the cook-off at 12 noon.
  This year cooks will be asked to bring their “People’s Choice” chili already prepared to the cook-off and the public will be able to sample that chili right away. Then cooks will begin to prepare their competition chili at noon with the competition chili sampling at 3:15 p.m. Along with the activities of the Blue and Gray Reunion, which include crafters, food vendors, and entertainment throughout the day, Main Street will also hold their Silent Auction.
  Also this year will be the fifth annual Kids’ Chili Cooking category. Kids up to 12 years old can enter the children’s chili category, but they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. All chili cook-off rules apply. Winners of the children’s category will be awarded with a first, second, and third place prize. Applications with guidelines for the contest can be obtained at city hall.
  Judging of the competition chili will be at 3 p.m., and tasting of the competition chili will begin at 3:15 p.m. But remember, this year people will be able to sample the cook’s “People’s Choice” chili throughout the day while supplies last.
  First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded to the chili cook winners in three categories: business/restaurant, organizations and individuals. A People’s Choice chili will be awarded as well as several other fun contests for the cooks to participate in.
  Philippi Main Street invites the community to come downtown to take in the Blue and Gray Reunion and chili cook-off for a fun, family oriented day.
  If you are interested in cooking chili, need more information about the events, or would like to volunteer, contact the Main Street office at 304-457-3700 ext. 226.

Justice Benjamin Presents Talk At Alderson Broaddus
  On Monday, Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Court of Appeals stopped by Alderson Broaddus University to speak with students interested in venturing on to law school upon graduation.
Justice Benjamin told the story of how he got to where he stands today, through hard work and dedication, to a packed room in Burbick Hall. Justice Benjamin talked about elections and gave examples of cases that he has worked.
Students responded well to the talk, which showed law school hopefuls the hard work and dedication they must have in order to go into law related fields.
“Justice Benjamin really put into perspective for me that your success is all up to you and no one else,” said junior Political Science and History major Samantha Loudin. “You must work hard and be willing to go the extra mile.”
  Justice Benjamin is an active presenter on judicial education, with speaking engagements that have included the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the National Press Club in Washington D.C., the International Association of Defense Counsel, and most recently, to prosecutors and judges in Ankara and Antalya, Turkey, at the invitation of the Republic of Turkey.
  Justice Benjamin was elected to a 12-year term on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in November 2004. He served as Chief Justice in 2009 and 2013. His previous history includes working as an attorney with Robinson and McElwee in Charleston. 
  Justice Benjamin was introduced by Dr. Martha Phelps, assistant professor of political science and the faculty advisor for the Political Science Association at Alderson Broaddus University. Dr. Phelps led the Political Science Association on a tour of the WV State Capital, where Justice Benjamin’s office invited the students to watch the court in action.
  The event was organized by the Alderson Broaddus Political Science Association.
State Board Of Education Vice President To Address Chamber’s Career Day Students
  Michael I. Green, Vice President of the West Virginia Board of Education, will highlight the annual Career Day presentation at Philip Barbour High School on Thursday, April 16. Career Day will see 25 members of the Barbour Chamber sponsor 25 students and faculty at Philip Barbour for a luncheon prepared and served by members of Mrs. Shannon’s cooking class. The program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. in the Vocational Complex where parking and registration also take place. Participants are directed not to sign in or park at the main office of the high school. Reservations are requested before April 8. Checks should be made payable to the co-sponsoring Future Business Leaders of America Club.
  Michael Green is a retired businessman with a background in technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston University and a master’s degree in numerical science from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as a mathematician and cryptologist for the National Security Agency before joining Network Systems Corporation. After 10 years, he moved to California-based Ultra Network Technologies before serving as Senior Vice President for world-wide sales of FORE Systems, Incorporated. In 2000 he was recruited as President of Field Operations for Loudcloud, Incorporated. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation and lives in Morgantown.
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