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Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
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Philippi Main Street Prepares For Friday, April 20 Art Stroll

  Visual artists, movement artists, musical artists, “potters at work,” and other local and regional artists will fill many of Philippi’s business and organizational facilities on Friday, April 20 for the annual Philippi Main Street Art Stroll from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
According to Main Street Director Tammy Stemple, “We still have a few spots where we can place artists who want to exhibit with us this year.” Stemple continues, “Artists from Grafton, Morgantown, and throughout Barbour County are with us this year. We are so very pleased to host such talented artists for our strollers to enjoy this year!”
  Local businesses have begun to display Art Stroll flyers and to distribute rack cards to remind local citizens of the much-anticipated upcoming event. This year’s Art Stoll rack card proudly displays the art work of Wardensville, WV water color artist Kristen Colebank who won last year’s “Plein Air Project.” Former Philippi resident and current graphic artist Priscilla Serafin designed the card using Colebank’s painting of The Medallion Restaurant on Philippi’s Main Street.  
  To contact Stemple about exhibiting or serving as an exhibit site, call 304-457-3700, ext. 226 or email at hotpepperbabe@hotmail.com.
Gov. Jim Justice Signs Bill Allowing Sunday Hunting On Public Lands

  Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 451 on Thursday, allowing Sunday hunting on public lands in West Virginia. The bill was passed overwhelmingly during the recently completed legislative session.
  Last year, Gov. Justice signed a bill permitting Sunday hunting on private land with written permission of the landowner. This new bill will open more than 1.5 million acres of public land to Sunday hunting, provide several additional hunting days each year and make West Virginia more attractive to out-of-state hunters. The bill will take effect in early June and affect the 2018 hunting and trapping seasons thereafter.
  “People drive right through West Virginia to Ohio or wherever it may be to be able to hunt on Sunday,” Gov. Justice said. “We lose those dollars because they want to be able to hunt an entire weekend. This will provide additional hunting recreation for our visitors and residents and result in a major economic impact for our small rural businesses. Today is truly historical.”
  A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation projects Sunday hunting adds $155 million to the state’s economy each year.
Gov. Justice spoke about the bill during a ceremonial signing on Thursday in the Governor’s Reception Room before a crowd of officials from the Division of Natural Resources, state legislators and Sunday hunting supporters.
  Also at the event, Gov. Justice accepted a $50,000 donation from the West Virginia Governor’s One Shot committee for the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program (HHH). The money was raised by volunteers during last fall’s West Virginia Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Deer Hunt. During the annual event’s 11 years, sponsor corporations, land owners and hunters have raised more than $555,000. The money helps pay for processing hunter-donated venison, which is distributed to the state’s needy residents through a network of more than 600 food pantries, senior centers, shelters and the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway.
  “This is just another example of the great things hunters do across our state and across our nation. It helps so many people and touches so many lives,” Gov. Justice said.
  DNR has sponsored the Hunters Helping the Hungry program for 26 years, during which hunters have donated 24,630 deer, or 941,000 pounds of venison. Donations have provided 1,266,000 meals for West Virginia families in need. More information about HHH can be found at www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/HHH.shtm .
Police Responds To Apparent Overdose Incident

  On Monday, April 2, 2018, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, and Barbour County EMS responded to a call about an apparent overdose in the Route 20 area. The status of the alleged 25-year-old female is unknown at this time, and the incident is under the investigation. More information will be provided in near future.
Audra State Park Benefits From BCCF Awards Grant

  Teets submitted the grant application to the local foundation on behalf of Audra State Park. The WV State Park Foundation assists state parks without their own “Foundation of Record” to seek funding for projects. The specific request of this grant application was to make improvements to Audra Park’s  small bath house.  
  The BCCF grant will enable the local state park to install hand dryers, paint the floors, and paint the entire bathhouse. According to Superintendent Teets, these improvements will save on paper waste, improve safety issues, and improve overall appearance, all matters that heighten customers’ experiences at Audra State Park. Audra State Park annually draws thousands of visitors to the park and campground with many of these same people traveling throughout Barbour County to local businesses and venues.  
Barbour County Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to building “a better life for the citizens of Barbour County in work, play, and retirement. This young foundation has given grants in education, health services, arts, recreation, and beautification.” For more information about the Foundation, visit www.barbourcountycf.org.   
BCCF Grant Awards To Benefit Kasson Students

  The Barbour County Community Foundation has announced that Kasson Elementary/Middle School has been selected as the recipient of two of its 2018 community grants. Submitted by KEMS and Barbour County Schools, the projects include $1030 for the purchase of a new VEX EDR competition field for the school’s growing robotics programs, and $600 in funding towards a spring trip to the Clay Center for elementary students.
  Kasson now fields four middle and elementary-level robotics teams in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. The new competition field closely resembles those used in regional, state and national contests. The first grant will pay for equipment that will be used for hands-on STEM learning projects and to prepare students for interscholastic competitions.     
The second grant will be added to PTO contributions to help defray the costs of transportation, admission and meals during a May 10 field trip to Charleston for the school’s elementary classes. Approximately 100 students will visit learning stations at the Clay Center, exploring West Virginia’s history, arts and culture.
One Person Charged With Possession With Intent To Deliver

  Timothy Michael Harley, 36, Philippi, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and with child neglect resulting in injury/child neglect creating risk of injury. Harley was arrested on March 26, 2018, following a traffic stop and subsequent search.  
  During the search, Officer Tallman discovered several knives, as well as two bags of methamphetamine. In addition, a minor child was present in the vehicle.
  Later, it was discovered that there was additional paraphernalia in Harley’s residence, as well as two more children. Barbour County Sheriff’s Deputies Chief Hymes and Deputy Kisamore assisted with the search at the residence.
BCHD To Host Open House
  The staff of the Barbour County Health Department will commemorate National Public Health Week, April 2-8, 2018. On Friday, April 6, the BCHD will be host an Open House and reception in honor of National Public Health Week from 1 to 3 p.m. in its Conference Room at 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi. There will be giveaways, door prizes, food, and healthy recipes.
  For more information about the Open House or any of BCHD’s programs, contact BCHD at 304-457-1670 or stop by 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi. More information is also available on BCHD’s Facebook page.
Chamber’s Annual Banquet Will Honor McDonald’s Executive John Ebert

  The public is invited to join in honoring McDonald’s executive John W. Ebert during the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 3rd at Alderson Broaddus University. This year’s gala will begin with an opportunity to meet Mr. Ebert during a punch-bowl reception at 6:00 p.m. A sumptuous buffet dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Chamber office.  
Pastor Howard Swick of the Haven of Hope Church will open the evening with prayer, while Rev. Fr. James O’Connor will conclude with the benediction. The Haven of Hope Praise Band will offer special music while dinner music on the piano key-board will be provided by well-known musical celebrity Rick Kennedy.
  Annual awards will also be presented and new Chamber officers and board members elected. Future Business Leaders of American Club members from Philip Barbour High School will assist with the distribution of a range of door prizes provided by the Chamber membership.
John W. Ebert is the President of the J. W. Ebert Corporation doing business as McDonalds in Bridgeport and, with the addition of fourteen new locations and with 41 stores, is one of the McDonald’s Corporations largest franchisees in the United States. The J. W. Ebert Corporation has been operating for over 28 years, generates
$ 28.1 million in annual revenues, and employs some 64 people at its headquarters and 750 employees in all its locations.
  Ebert serves as a Director of MVB Bank, Inc., MVB Central, Inc., and has been a Director of MVB Financial Corporation since 2013. He earned a B. S. Degree in Accounting from Notre Dame University in 1982, was elected to the Board of Trustees of Alderson Broaddus University in 2014 and, in 2016, was presented the Al Golin Brand Trust Award, McDonald’s highest honor, for “outstanding commitment to the local community, employees, and customers.”
Ebert played varsity baseball on a scholarship for Notre Dame University for four years, has completed two marathons, and, in the last three years, nine triathlons. He is the co-chairman of the Bridgeport 10-K Committee and, since 2012, has sponsored a math ACT preparation class attended by more than 1,600 students to improve their math scores and help qualify them for the Promise scholarship.
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