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Philippi, WV 26416
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Newspaper Closing For Holiday December 23 Through First Of Year

The Barbour Democrat offices will be closing on Tuesday, December 23,
following the publication of our Christmas edition newspaper.
All news, advertisements, and other items for the Christmas Edition are due
to our offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 19.
Our offices will reopen on Friday, January 2, with normal business hours.
The first January edition of newspaper in will print on Wednesday, January 7,
with normal Monday deadline resuming.
Belington Shop With A Cop Program Sees Success
  Last week, the Belington Police Department took over thirty area children to Walmart in Elkins to shop for much-needed winter clothes and a holiday toy during their annual Shop With A Cop program.
  Shop With A Cop is an annual event hosted by the Belington Police Department, which the department raises funds for throughout the year, that extends a helping hand to area families who might be in need of a little something extra to make the holiday season warm and bright. Officers from the Philippi Police Department and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Belington Police Department both nights as they traveled to Elkins.
  On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, children gathered at Belington City Hall before climbing into police cruisers for a trip to Walmart in Elkins, where each child is assisted by an officer to pick out an outfit, a winter coat, hats and gloves, shoes, and other clothing essentials that they might need. Once each child has picked out their clothes, they are also able to select a toy.
  This year, the department was able to take 36 children to Walmart to Shop With A Cop, taking 18 kids each night of the program. The program is supported by fundraisers and donations. Without the help of area businesses, law enforcement, fire departments, schools, individuals, and other organizations, the program would not be able to reach out to as many children as it has done.
Armed Robberies Take Place On Friday Evening
  Two separate armed robberies took place in Philippi within hours of each other on Friday night, December 12.
  The first incident happened about 7:00 p.m. along Maple Avenue, where three men reportedly held a woman at gunpoint, stole a safe, and ran away. A similar incident occurred roughly an hour and a half later along North Walnut Street.
  According to reports, three men rang the doorbell to a home during this robbery and shoved a gun in a man’s face. The person was allegedly able to disarm the man who held the gun, but all three men once again fled.
Suspects were reported to be traveling in a gray-colored Chevy truck with an emblem in the window. It is unsure if the crimes are related.

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Rescheduled Parade Draws Spirited Crowd In Philippi
  The sidewalks of Philippi filled with residents on Tuesday evening, December 9, for the annual Christmas Parade. The parade was rescheduled from its original Friday date because of inclement weather.
  Although the night air was rather chilly, plenty of children and adults attended the parade, many dressed in their spirited holiday best. Barbour County Fair Queen Hannah Matlick led the procession as the parade rolled down Main Street. Santa Claus made his second appearance of the season riding atop a Philippi Fire Department truck.
  “The Pride of Barbour County,” Philip Barbour High School’s marching band played classic Christmas carols to the delight and applause of those in attendance.  
  Philippi Middle School and Belington Middle School marching bands also performed in the parade, along with the Rolling Thunder Baton Corp. and the Barbour County Strutters.
  Barbour County FFA, Shop ‘N Save, Haven of Hope Worship Center, Diecast Dragsters, Philippi Lions Club, City of Philippi, Mountaineer 4-H, Barbour County Equestrian Team, and the Barbour County Emergency Squad, as well as Fire trucks from Philippi and Junior,  rode through the parade.
  Prior to the parade, several students from the Alderson Broaddus University School of Music sang a wonderful round of Christmas carols.
Local Businesses Donate Over 3,000 Canned Goods To Heart & Hand
  The holiday spirit of giving is alive and well in Barbour County this December. On Friday, Heart & Hand in Philippi received a donation of over 3,000 canned and nonperishable goods to put toward their holiday baskets.
Rather than provide toys this year, Heart & Hand decided to provide food baskets to families in need, a change that has been well-received by the families effected. With the donations from the drive, Heart & Hand will be able to put together over 200 holiday food baskets
  Heart & Hand Executive Director Brenda Hunt was speechless as she watched as the goods were unloaded.
  “At this point, I’m truthfully speechless. I don’t really know how to thank these folks for what they did. This is a tremendous response, especially at Christmas. We were struggling some to figure out how we were going to supply all the food that we needed to supply,” said Hunt. “In our wildest dreams, we did not expect this.”
  The generous donations sprouted from a canned food drive hosted by Perfectly Pampered Salon, who challenged their customers to bring in 1,000 canned goods. The salon’s clients took the challenge head on and brought in well over the thousand cans goal in just three short weeks. Each customer who brought in a canned good was entered into a drawing for a $250 salon make-over.
  “We are really excited,” said Susan Jones, owner of Perfectly Pampered Salon. “When we found out that Heart & Hand was doing baskets, we decided that this would be our project for the year. We try and do something every year to try and give back to the community.”
  In addition to the drive at the salon, Delta’s Cooling Towers and Horace Mann Insurance came together to purchase over 2,000 additional canned goods to match Perfectly Pampered’s donation, all together providing over 3,000 canned goods to Heart and Hand. Shop ‘n Save was also able to provide a discount on pallets of canned foods to help the businesses provide the most goods with their funds.
Fogg Appointed Circuit Clerk As Jerry Lantz Retires Dec. 31
  Barbour County Circuit Clerk Jerry Lantz has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2014.
  Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats has announced the appointment of Gerald M. Fogg to fill the vacancy effective January 1, 2015.
  Fogg is a 1976 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law and practices law in Barbour County. He previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Barbour and Taylor counties. He has been actively involved on a volunteer basis with the Circuit Clerk’s office by procuring grants for records preservation and maintenance. He will close his law practice by December 31, 2014.
Judge Moats will administer the oath of office to Fogg on December 18, 2014, at 2 p.m., in the Circuit Courtroom in the Barbour County Courthouse.
  The public is invited to attend.
Alderson Broaddus Greek Life Donates To The American Legion Post 44
  On Monday, The American Legion Post 44 received food donations from Alderson Broaddus University Greek Life students. The students, representing the university’s fraternities and sororities, purchased meal items from Shop ‘n Save to put together seven complete holiday dinners to donate to The American Legion men’s holiday drive for veteran families in the area.
  Theta Tau Upsilon brother Adam Gillespie and Phi Kappa Delta sister Olivia Shinn explained that the best part of putting together the holiday dinners was the feeling the Greek Life students gained from reaching out to help veterans in their community in a time when funds and supplies are often tight.
  Alderson Broaddus has over 100 Greek Life members throughout the university’s Greek system, which includes three sororities and two fraternities at the present time. Greek Life students have been heavily focused on community outreach this semester, doing a number of projects, and hope to continue to work more in the future to remain involved in the community.
  The American Legion Post 44 is also currently holding a food and toy drive that will conclude on Thursday.

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