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City Manager Represents Philippi In Washington, DC

by Marija Ilic

Representatives from more than 25 American Municipal Power (AMP) member communities traveled to Washington, DC on February 25-27, to participate in the 2019 American Public Power Association Legislative Rally. AMP has more than hundred members across the country, and the City of Philippi has a seat on its 21 member Board of Trustees. Having a City Manager as a Board Member has allowed Drennen to attend the rally on an AMP stipend, and to no cost to the city.

Philippi City Manager Jeremy Drennen traveled as the part of this group, and met with Senator Capito, as well as staff from Senator Manchin’s and Congressman McKinley’s office in order to discuss several issues that are directly impacting the citizens of Philippi, including rising transmission costs, sequestration issues with Building American Bonds and New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, preserving pole attachment exemptions for municipal power, and the importance of tax exempt financing for municipalities.

According to Drennen, "Public Power Communities have seen transmission costs grow significantly over the last five years. The City of Philippi’s transmission costs have increased over 200% during that period. This is due in large to infrastructure investment, which is good thing." He then added, "However, there is no transparency and accountability in these projects. We were asking our elected officials to require Transmission Owners to have oversight done by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC)."

In addition to rising transmission costs, Drennen also addressed the sequestration of the bonds that went into effect in 2013, without any explanation as to why. To cost to the City due to the freezing of these funds has been $61,000, and is projected to be $139,000 through 2027. "We were asking our elected officials to remove these funding sources from sequestration," Drennen said.

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Big Bad Wolf Found Not Guilty



                         by Marija Ilic

Last Tuesday, Barbour County Courthouse was a site of a very contentious and unusual trial, as Big Bad Wolf was charged with one count of burglary and one count of attempted murder, with Three Little Pigs serving as prime witnesses.

The trial was put together by Circuit Clerk, Gerald Fogg, as an activity for the students participating in KidREACH program in Philippi Middle and Elementary Schools. Well over 50 students and chaperones attended the mock trial, with elementary students being spectators, and middle school students serving as a jury.

The trial was conducted by Judge Shawn Nines, and county prosecutor Thomas Hoxie presented the case. Big Bad Wolf, played by Magistrate Judge Ben Propst, was defended by a local attorney Hunter Mullens, while the witnesses were portrayed by various Courthouse employees.

The testimonies often drew laughter from the audience, all while Big Bad Wolf asserted his innocence, claiming that fairy tales never presented his side of the story. After about 45 minutes of testimonies, jury retired to the jury room, and deliberated for about 10 minutes before sending a note to the judge that they had not been able to reach the verdict.

According to several Courthouse employees, as far as anyone can remember, that was the first time in history of the Barbour County Courthouse that the trial resulted in hung jury. Judge Nines then instructed the students to return to the jury room for another 10 minutes and try to reach the consensus. After short deliberation, the students returned, and at everyone’s surprise found Big Bad Wolf not guilty.

Carol Malcolm-Parsons, a director of the KidREACH program, stated that she was utterly amazed by the presentation, and it was nowhere near what she was expected. "I am in awe of how much effort Courthouse employees have put into making sure that our students see how trial works, and at the same time making it fun for them."

Philippi Main Street Will Participate In "Make It Shine"

Philippi Main Street is asking for volunteers to join in and help with the community’s annual spring cleanup day.

Main Street’s cleanup will take place on April 6.

To volunteer for the event, meet at the gazebo on the Courthouse Square at 9 a.m.

Volunteers will pick up trash throughout the downtown area, trail and parks. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Also lunch will be provided for those volunteering for the event.

For additional information call Tammy Stemple at (304) 457-3700 ext. 226.

Barbour County CEOS To Hold Annual Winter Fair March 8-9

 Barbour County Community Educational Outreach Service will be holding its annual Winter Fair on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, at the Belington Volunteer Fire Department in Belington. It will run daily from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. 

This year’s fair has a wide array of entertainment including Sherman Wilkinson, John Bolton and Pat Daugherty on Friday. Also on Saturday, there will be Wilma Cutlip, Jim Brannon, and Jay McClung, from 10 a.m. till 12 noon, the Soda Pop Gypsies at noon, John Daugherty at 1 p.m., Rick Cleavenger and Outta Tyme at 2 p.m., Joyful Noise at 3 p.m. and Rich Spotloe and The Good Ole Boys at 4 p.m. 

The homemade menu includes brown beans, vegetable soup, cornbread, BBQ sandwiches, lamb burgers, hot dogs with the fixins’, Edna’s famous pickled eggs, potato salad, cole slaw, nacho and cheese and many delicious baked goods and desserts.  Biscuits and gravy and good hot coffee will be ready bright and early at 8 am. Come on out and see the very dedicated CEOS members and say hello.

The Annual Crafter/Vendor Event will be happening on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8 am till 4 pm. There are 40 spaces filled with very eager sales people. A little bit of everything will be available - from primitive items, leggings, wooden items, wreaths, fishing lures and more. The CEOS Clubs will also be having a silent auction both days. 

The Kids Day will be held on Saturday. There will be dime pitch, Relay for Life Prize Wheel, the fender blender by the WVU Extension Service, face painting, and several craft stations. Admission is free and this is a family oriented event. The CEOS Clubs would like to acknowledge anyone who donated, volunteered or provided any services to make this possible. If you need any information, call 340-457-3254 or 304-669-6833.

Stephen Smith Holds A Town Hall Meeting In Barbour County

                      by Marija Ilic

by Marija Ilic

Gubernatorial candidate Stephen Smith came to Barbour County on Wednesday, February 27, as a part of his 55 counties tour, and following a trip around the county and meeting with several officials, he held a town hall style meeting at the Wanderlust Coffee Shop later that evening.

More than 50 people gathered to hear 39 year old candidate whose campaign is based on a slogan "West Virginia Can’t Wait," and who is running on a platform that West Virginians are hardworking, charitable, and compassionate people who should be able to reap the financial benefits of their resources. According to Smith, his campaign is not a traditional, but rather "brave one", which was obvious with his style of town hall meeting, where instead of him talking to the people, he sat in the circle with them, and listened to their suggestions.

Barbour County was a 15th stop on his tour where he touts the idea that his campaign is more of a movement, requiring "1000 leaders, not one." So far, more than 350 people have joined the movement in official roles, whether as county or constituency captains and policy developers. Additionally, 37 people have signed up to run for various city, county, and state offices as a part of "West Virginia Can’t Wait" campaign.


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