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Barbour County Commission Hears Several Citizens’ Concerns

by Marija Ilic
Staff Writer

Barbour County Commission held long and productive session on Monday, September 10, during which it held a couple of presentations, as well as heard from several members of the community and government organizations.
Terry Feight and Benny Shifflett of Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 418 came to the meeting to recognize Barbour County Commission for designating the county as Purple Heart county several months ago. Currently, there are 52 counties in the state that have such designation, and once all 55 do so, West Virginia State Legislature will vote on making the state official Purple Heart State.
The Commission itself took time to recognize Sarah Snyder and Sherry Mayle from 911 Center for their role during the water rescue earlier this summer when two bodies were recovered from Teter Lake.
Tammy Narog, Community Corrections director, informed the Commission about upcoming plans for the program, including the possibility of Telehealth program, which would aid with the program participants who have substance abuse problem, as well as DUI classes, which are currently offered out of county, and it makes it extremely hard for the participants to attend since their licenses are suspended. The addition of those two programs will aid greatly in making Community Corrections program itself even more successful. Additionally, Narog will travel to Upshur and Taylor counties to give a presentation on methamphetamine usage, which is major drug plaguing our county, in hopes that state will recognize the help the county needs in order to solve this problem. Currently, there is only one meth rehab facility in the state, and in order to be accepted, participants need to already be detoxed and cannot test positive upon entering the facility.
Thomas Hoxie, County Prosecutor, gave a report on jail and prison bill, that last year resulted in $2.4 million dollar bill to the county. He said that the main goal of his office is to move with the cases as expeditiously as possible, so as to cut down on time defendants spend in jail, which ultimately can result in savings to the county.
Pat Jones approached the Commission with noise concerns number of citizens had during the weekend few weeks ago, where there seemed to be a music event occurring at King Knob. Many people around the county reported loud noise that went on until past 4 a.m. for two nights in a row. Commissioner Cvechko checked into 911 calls for that weekend, and said that there were number of calls and vehicles dispatched to King Knob area, including the call from the event itself. Commissioners have looked into several mass gathering and noise ordinances that other counties in state have, and are hoping to come up with something that would be satisfactory to all the citizens of the county, including the organizers of the events at King Knob.
Representatives from Southwestern Barbour County Neighborhood Watch, Ann Baldwin and Melissa Ireland were on hand at the meeting to report on the status of their group, saying that they have received great help from Deputy Sheriff Carpenter, and have inquired about getting more signs for their area.
Additionally, they have asked about the status of the repair of Carrollton Bridge that was destroyed in fire over a year ago. Commissioner McDaniel was happy to report that during the recent Region VII meeting, he was informed that the state has enlisted a construction company to start the repairs of the bridge, although as of now the time is not yet determined. McDaniel also mentioned that the state will start the replacement of the Junior Bridge as a part of Road to Prosperity project that was funded by the bond approved by the voters last year. The cost of the replacement of the Junior Bridge is estimated to be around $3.4 million.
Commissioner Hart has expressed his concerns about the language in a proposed School Levy that is up for the vote during November election, and specifically in regard to school resource officer and security cameras. He has invited the members of the Board to come to the next meeting and give more specification about that part of the levy.
Next County Commission meeting is slated for Monday, October 1, 2018, at 5pm, at the Barbour County Courthouse.

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Philippi PD Makes An Arrest Following A Vehicle Pursuit

On Saturday, September 8, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Philippi Police Department officer was involved in a vehicle pursuit that ultimately resulted in the arrest of Matthew Scott Upton, 40, of Philippi, who was later charged with Fleeing While DUI (Meth) and Fleeing With Reckless Indifference. 

The officer tried to pull over Upton’s vehicle, after observing that it had a non-functioning taillight and headlight. After running the license plate through the database, it was discovered that the vehicle was stolen, and the officer went into a pursuit that went from Philippi Fire Department down Route 250 and onto the Silent Grove Road, eventually ending on Briarpatch Road.
Upon being arrested, Upton said that he was under the influence of methamphetamines and has been awake for several days. He consequently consented to voluntary blood draw at the hospital. Police officers seized from the vehicle large amount of methamphetamine along with a firearm.

State Preparing For Hurricane Florence

Governor Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) and the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) to prepare for potential emergency situations in West Virginia due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Florence. The West Virginia National Guard will provide initial logistics support for FEMA efforts as the hurricane makes landfall.
Both WVDHSEM and the WVNG are monitoring weather reports and river gauges for potential impacts this week while working closely with other agencies at both the state and federal levels for planning, preparedness, and response purposes.
“All West Virginians need to prepare immediately for the potential impact Hurricane Florence may bring to the Mountain State,” said Governor Jim Justice. “West Virginians should continue to monitor local weather forecasts, reports and information distributed by local emergency officials, news, and radio stations. And please, do not endanger yourselves, your loved ones or our first responders by trying to drive through flood waters!”
Currently, the WVNG is readying plans, personnel and equipment for possible deployment should conditions warrant. The West Virginia National Guard Swift Water Rescue Team, liaison officers for county emergency operations centers, flood response teams and other assets are being prepared in the event deployment is requested either in West Virginia or in surrounding states via Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) agreements.
Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas late this week as a major hurricane. Areas of West Virginia including the Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highlands, Mountain Lakes, and New River/Greenbrier Valley regions of the state may see significant rainfall from this system.

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Two Are Charged For Delivery Of Controlled Substance

Barbour County Magistrate Court charged two people with Delivery of Controlled Substance. Two separate incidents occurred earlier in the year.
Ronald Sturm, 57, of Belington, was charged with Delivery of Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Commit Felony for an incident that occurred on July 31. The officers observed Sturm on a video of a controlled buy that occurred at the residence in Belington.
On video, Sturm was allegidly seen weighing white crystal like substance on a digital scale, and later placing it into the bag and handing it to a person conducting a controlled buy. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.
William Monroe Harris, 50, of Philippi, was charged with Delivery of Controlled Substance for events that occurred on June 19 and June 21, when Belington Police Department conducted a controlled buy, which both resulted in purchase of a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Public Is Invited To Meet The Ballot Candidates

The public is invited to meet the candidates whose names will appear on Barbour County’s November election ballot during another Candidates Night at Philip Barbour High School. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, and the program will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
Mike Cvechko from Cvechko Insurance will once again serve as the moderator. Candidates will introduce themselves before answering questions from the floor. Blank question forms will be available at the door. Candidates will also be available to meet the public and distribute campaign literature in the school’s Commons Room prior to the program.
All candidates whose names will appear on the ballot in Barbour County have been invited to participate, including Joe Manchin and Patrick Morrisey running for the U. S. Senate, William McKinley and Kendra Fershee for the U. S. Congress, Dave Sypolt and Stephanie Zucker for the Senate of West Virginia, Chris Phillips and Ed Larry for the West Virginia House of Delegates, Jamie Carpenter and Cindy Hart for the Barbour County Commission, and all of the candidates running for the West Virginia Supreme Court.
Candidates Night is sponsored by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are not required and refreshments will be served.

ABU Alumni Office Has Busy Month

by Marija Ilic
Staff Writer

Alderson Broaddus University’s Alumni office has stayed busy every weekend this month, as it has hosted several different events for different Alumni organizations.
Members of the Alumni Council gathered on the weekend of August 24-25 for its semi-annual meeting. This group is made up of over 20 AB Alumni from different generations, and throughout the year, they work on helping with Homecoming organization, fundraisers, alumni outreach, as well as provide service hours to the school during several weekends of the year, including Beautification Weekend, Homecoming, and finals’ week (when they help serve late night dinner to the current students). The group also uses 100 percent of its fundraising money to give back to the school and various student organizations in both gift and monetary donations. Additionally, the group is responsible for Alumni award nominations that are given out during Homecoming weekend.
On Labor Day weekend, dozens of members of 1988-1999 men’s soccer team, along with their family members, came back to Alderson Broaddus campus to celebrate 30 years since their participation in NAIA National Final, where they unfortunately lost a national title to Sangamon State by the score of 3-1.
The first home football game this year was on September 8, which was a perfect occasion for the annual reunion of Sigma Delta Nu fraternity, better known as the Delphics. The reunion had a fantastic turnout, with over 50 members of the fraternity came back to Philippi for the weekend of catching up, sharing memories, as well as getting to know current students who are members of the fraternity.
AB Alumni Office is now gearing up for a Homecoming event, which will be held this year from October 3-7. For more information about the events, or to register, alumni are encouraged to visit https://ab.edu/homecoming.

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