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Barbour County Land Judging Earns National Reserve Championship

 What do 3,300 miles, 400 hours of practice, five months of dedication, and 10 nights in a hotel all have in common? They are what the 2016 Barbour County Land Judging team went through to bring back yet another national title. This year’s team was composed of four members: Nathan Baldwin, Emily Farnsworth, Josh Kaiser, and Ivy Ward. The team was coached by retired Ext. Agent Roger Nestor and assisted by Reta Nestor and Jody Carpenter, 4-H Volunteers.
   The team finished as the 2016 National 4-H Land Judging Reserve Champions in addition to finishing sixth in 4-H Homesite Judging. In Land Judging, Nathan Baldwin was third-highest individual along with Emily Farnsworth as fifth-highest individual in the nation. Josh Kaiser and Ivy Ward both placed in the top 35 individually.
   Emily Farnsworth was sixth-highest individual in Homesite. Ivy Ward placed 18th individually, with Nathan Baldwin and Josh Kaiser placing in the top 25 nationally. At this year’s contest, there were 34 states competing for the National Championship title.  
   Beginning in 1986, this year was Roger Nestor’s 19th Barbour County 4-H team to compete in the national 4-H soils contests. With this year’s national showing, Barbour County has earned 16 National 4-H Land and Homesite Championships and eight National 4-H Reserve Championships in the contest’s 64-year history.
   Nestor says, “Overall, it was a great trip and a great year, and the team was happy to bring back another title to Barbour County.” He added that the team kept saying they were “born ready” and “were determined to defend the tradition.”
   The team would like to express appreciation all those that helped contribute to this year’s journey. If you would like to help contribute to the land judging fund or know a youth that would be interested in competing this year, please contact the WVU Extension Office in Barbour County at 304-457-3254.     

Philippi Holds Municipal Election Tuesday; Elects New Mayor, Council Member
Staff Writer

  On Tuesday, May 17, the City of Philippi held its Municipal Election to decide offices for the next four years. Philippi will see a new face behind the mayor’s desk on July 1, 2016, as Phil Bowers defeated current mayor, Jerry Mouser, by 32 votes and Colin Murphy by 14 votes.
  Councilman Ed Larry was defeated by Tony Wilson, by a margin of 12 votes. Councilwoman Barbara Bryan will return to her post, defeating both Karen Hardman and Linda Menear.

Philippi Municipal Election
Official Results
May 17, 2016


Charles “Jerry” Mouser 122
Phil Bowers 154
Colin Murphy 140

Councilman Southwest District
Jeff Allen 294

Councilman Northwest District

John William Green 282

Councilman North Central
Jane Overfield Fike 104
Tony Wilson 160
Ed Larry 148

Councilman Southeast District
Barbara Bryan 171
Karen Hardman 97
Lind Menear 130

Councilman Northeast
Terrence J. Boyd 292

City Clerk
Tammy R. Stemple 301
Barbour County Magistrate Cases Heard On May 12, 2016

  The following cases were presented by Leckta L. Poling, Prosecuting Attorney and Samantha J. Sclafani, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and heard before Magistrate Tina M. Mouser on May 12, 2016:
  Daniel Porter Critchfield pled guilty to Driving Revoked for driving under the influence first offense. Critchfield was sentenced to three months home confinement and fined $500.00. The investigating officer was Sgt. J.L. Hymes of the Belington Police Department.  
  Jeffery Scott Everson pled guilty to domestic battery first offense, possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended or revoked for miscellaneous. The Court sentenced Everson to 90 days in jail for the offense of domestic battery first offense, and Everson must complete a BIPS class. The Court sentenced Everson to 90 days in jail for the offense of possession of a controlled substance to run concurrent. The Court fined Everson $100.00 for the offense of driving while license suspended or revoked for miscellaneous. Attorney Thomas B. Hoxie represented Everson. The investigating officer was Corporal J.C. Casey of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  Dominick Humphrey pled guilty to destruction of property. Humphrey was sentenced to 30 days in jail, credit for time served. Attorney Thomas B. Hoxie represented Humphrey. The investigating officer was Sergeant J.A. Wyatt of the West Virginia State Police.
  Zachary Paul Stevens pled guilty to petit larceny and obstructing an officer. The Court sentenced Stevens to 10 days in jail, which the Court suspended and placed the defendant on probation. Stevens must complete 20 hours of community service through the Barbour County Community Correction Program to be completed in the area of Philippi, West Virginia, within three months. Stevens must pay a fine and restitution in this matter. The defendant is not to be on the property of the victim. Attorney Todd F. LaNeve represented Stevens. The investigating officer was Patrolman A.G. Bolton of the Philippi Police Department.
  Tyler McKenzie Cunningham has been charged with two counts making/issuing worthless checks. Cunningham failed to appear for his court hearing. The Court issued a CAPIAS bench warrant for his arrest. The petitioners are Belington Shop ’n Save and William Baitinger.
  Jennifer Lynn Payne has been charged with driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. Payne failed to appear for her court hearing. The Court issued a CAPIAS bench warrant for her arrest. Attorney Thomas B. Hoxie represented Payne. The investigation officer was Trooper A.H. Clark of the West Virginia State Police.
  Zachary Arinwolfe Smith has been charged with driving under the influence with an alcohol concentration in blood greater than .15. Smith failed to appear for his court hearing. The Court issued a CAPIAS bench warrant for his arrest. The investigating officer was Senior Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
  Larry Matthew Wolfe has been charged with driving while license revoked for driving under the influence second offense. This matter was continued per Wolfe. The investigating officer was Trooper First Class S.E. Hevener of the West Virginia State Police.
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Philip Barbour High School Receives Jennings Randolph Award For First Time
Staff Writer

  On Monday, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant stopped by Philip Barbour High School to present the school with an award for the first time. The Jennings Randolph Award was presented to Philip Barbour in recognition of the school achieving a 100 percent voter registration rate among eligible 17 and 18 year olds.
  Tennant presented the award to the Inspire West Virginia organization at the high school, which worked diligently to achieve the 100 percent registration, and specifically recognized three students with proclamations for their work as registration ambassadors: Corrine McDaniel, Tristen Furby, and Cadie McNaboe. The Jennings Randolph Award recognizes high schools for voter registration rates and was created by the Secretary of State Office.
  The late Senator from Harrison County, WV, Jennings Randolph is known as the father of the 26th Amendment. Senator Randolph epitomizes what it means to never give up. He introduced a bill 11 times to lower the required age to register to vote from 21 to 18 during the Vietnam War, during with 18 year old men were drafted into service although they were not yet old enough to vote at the time.
  Furthermore, Tennant applauded students for actively engaging in the election process by not only registering to vote but by also hosting two candidate forums, one during the school day, for which they researched candidates, election processes, and more to ask informed and direct questions of the attending candidates.
  Following Tennant’s presentation, Philip Barbour held its annual Awards Day ceremony honoring graduating seniors and high-achieving students.
Richard Shearer Is Guest Speaker At PB Graduation

  The Philip Barbour High School Class of 2016 is announcing that Richard (Rick) Shearer will be guest speaker for its graduation on May 28, at the Barbour County Fairgrounds.
Rich Shearer is a board member as well as the CEO of Emerge Energy Service (NYSE:EMES), a publicly traded Energy Master Limited Partnership Business with annual revenues in excess of one billion dollars. The business is comprised of three companies with leading positions in FRAC Sand Production and Wholesale Fuels. Emerge Energy is now recognized as the top performing MLP ever on Wall Street in its initial year.
  Rick is also the president and CEO of Superior Silica Sands headquartered in Fort Worth, TX. He has had a distinguished career in chemicals and plastics with Union Carbide Corporation before becoming the head of the Industrial Minerals Division at North American Chemical Company in 1994, where he led record growth of that company’s boron and sodium sulphate business. In 1977, Mr. Shearer became president of U.S. Silica Company where he guided this leading industrial sand business to record performances for the next seven years.
During that time, Shearer became the founding chairman of the Industrial Minerals Association of North America.
  After a five-year stint as CEO of a Canadian Minerals Company, Shearer became president and CEO of Superior Silica Sands in 2010. With his arrival, this company has rapidly grown to become one of the leading FRAC Sand suppliers in North America. Superior Silica Sands is proud of its many contributions to the improved quality of life in the local communities where they have operations as well its commitment to sustainable development.
  Mr. Shearer has a Bachelor of Science degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia, as well as a MBA from Eastern Michigan University. He also graduated from the management program at Harvard University School of Business.
  Shearer grew up in Philippi and graduated from Philip Barbour High School. He is married to the former Candace Prutsok, who also grew up in Barbour County and graduated from Philip Barbour. They have two sons, Rick and Paul, and also two grandchildren, Presley and Teddy. Mr. Shearer is the son of Dr. Richard and Ruth Shearer who were president and first lady of A-B College from 1950-1983.
Attorney General Morrisey Provides Guidance On Constitutional Carry Implementation

  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey provides the following guidance regarding this month’s implementation of constitutional carry, recent legislation that will allow most West Virginians to carry concealed handguns without a permit.
  Attorney General Morrisey concluded the law takes effect May 24. He reached that conclusion based upon a review of case law, which indicates legislation takes effect 90 days after initial passage unless the Legislature provides otherwise, even when the governor attempts to veto the law. Any previously discussed date was intended to serve as a conservative estimate to ensure gun owners would not be improperly prosecuted.
  “This bill not only expands freedom, but will keep our citizens protected,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Those taking advantage of this important freedom should do so responsibly.”
Constitutional carry enables qualified West Virginians, ages 21 and older, to carry concealed handguns without a license within the Mountain State. Younger residents, beginning at age 18, can obtain a provisional license.
  Anyone carrying concealed handguns beyond West Virginia’s border must have a permit and can only do so in the 33 states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses.
West Virginia has full handgun reciprocity agreements or mutual recognition with 33 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
  West Virginia enjoys no such agreement or recognition with Maryland. That means no West Virginia resident can carry a concealed handgun into Maryland regardless of their permit status in West Virginia.
  Those wishing to obtain a concealed handgun licenses can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.
  For information regarding West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, please visit the Attorney General’s Gun Reciprocity page at www.wvago.gov.
Tammy Stemple And Will Gregory Are Chamber Members Of The Month

  Tammy Stemple and Will Gregory are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in May. Stemple is the Philippi City Clerk and the Program Director of Philippi Main Street. Gregory is the Regional Manager of EZ.ToUse.com in Clarksburg.
  Tammy Stemple is a Philippi native and graduate of Philip Barbour High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at West Virginia University. She has been employed by the City of Philippi since 1996 when she worked as the manager of the municipal swimming pool. She became Director of Main Street in 1997 where she was also Director of the Growing Healthy Communities Initiative which raised $ 120,000 in grant funds. She has been the Philippi City Clerk since 2000.
  Stemple is the past president and a current member of the Barbour County Democratic Women’s Club, a member of the Democratic Executive Committee, and is the secretary of the Philippi Convention & Visitors Bureau. She received the Camelot Award from the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women in 2014.
  The Philippi Main Street Program, she says, works to educate children and their families about nutrition and exercise through a variety of projects and programs, and organizes events such as the City-Wide Yard Sale, annual cleanup days, the Art Stroll, the “Smokin’ on the Tygart Chili Cook-off,” “Jammin’ on the Tygart” music festival, movie nights on the lawn during the summer, and other annual holiday events.
Main Street also teams with other organizations to host the, “Falling in Love with Philippi” Fall Fest, Seussapalozza, and other children’s activities, and works to beautify downtown through cleanup projects and the hanging of flower baskets,
  “We work with the Barbour County Development Office and the Philippi Economic Development Committee to promote downtown, and to encourage business development”, she says.
  Will Gregory was born in Alabama and raised in Belington. He graduated from Emanuel Christian High School in Clarksburg and the Pensacola Christian College in Florida, where he majored in advertising and public relations and minored in graphic design. Gregory has been employed by Ogden Directories EZToUse.com, which specializes in the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns for local businesses, since 1997 and serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.
  Gregory is a member of the Board of Directors of BC Bank, vice president of Barbour County Youth Soccer, secretary of the Promise Foundation of Barbour County, and a Deacon at Faithway Baptist Church.
Official Barbour County Election Results Released

  After canvassing was finished on Monday, the official results from Barbour County’s Primary Election have been released. No races were significantly effected by the canvas results.
  The Family Court Judge race came down to the wire, with Karen Hill Johnson defeating Robert C. Gorey, Jr. by a margin of 124 votes.
  In the race for House of Delegates District 47, Danny Wagner (R) led with 2,150 votes over Ken Auvil (D) who received 1,958 total votes. The State Senate race placed Bob Williams (D) at 3,812 votes over Randy E. Smith (R) with 3,277 votes with 23/55 counties reporting.

Official Results
Primary Election
May 10, 2016

Total Ballots Cast: 4,575

Non-Partisan Ballot

Supreme Court of Appeals
Wayne King    171
Brent Benjamin    392
William R. “Bill” Wooton    627
Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.    695
Beth Walker    1,722

Circuit Court Judge
19th Circuit Division 1
Alan D. Moats    3,333

Family Court Judge
21st Circuit Division 1
Karen Hill Johnson    3,024
Robert C. Gorey, Jr.    863

Division 1

Mark E. Ryan    1,951
Kathi S. McBee    2,215

Division 2

Whitney Upton-Cale    1,286
Ashley N. Cutright    691
Daniel J. “DJ” Harris    1,730
David “Chris” Mulneix    411

Board of Education
(No More Than Three)

Reggie Trefethen, North    1,480
Judy Gain, North    1,368
Ronald Keith Phillips, West    2,177
Adam Starks, North    1,658
Eric Ruf, South    2,289

Conservation District Supervisor

Sigrid Teets    2,941

Conservation District Supervisor
(Unexpired Term)
Robert Lee True    3,317

Board of Education Levy

For the Levies    1,889
Against the Levies    2,534

Primary Election Ballot

U.S. President

Ben Carson (R)    50
Jeb Bush (R)    27
Rand Paul (R)    15
Mike Huckabee (R)    19
Marco Rubio (R)    34
John R. Kasich (R)    98
Chris Christie (R)    9
David E. Hall (R)    1
Carly Fiornia (R)    4
Donald J. Trump (R)    1,798
Ted Cruz (R)    160
Keith Judd (D)    38
Paul T. Farrell Jr. (D)    165
Martin J. O’Malley (D)    36
Bernie Sanders (D)    996
Roque Rocky De la Fuente (D)    10
Hillary Clinton (D)    690

U.S. House of Representatives
First Congressional District

David B. McKinley* (R)    1,765
Mike Manypenny (D)    1,483    


Bill Cole (R)    1,765
Jim Justice (D)    1,191
Jeff Kessler (D)    417
Booth Goodwin (D)    439

Secretary of State

Barry Holstein (R)    289
Mac Warner (R)    1,580
Natalie Tennant* (D)    1,289
Patsy Trecost (D)    746


John “JB” McCuskey (R)    1,626
Mary Ann Claytor (D)    348
Robin Righter (D)    815
Jason Pizatella (D)    615


Ann Urling (R)    844
Larry W. Faircloth (R)    862
John D. Perdue* (D)    1,653

Commissioner of Agriculture

Keny Leonhardt (R)    1,624
Walt Helmick * (D)    1,630

Attorney General

Patrick Morrisey* (R)    1,725
Doug Reynolds (D)    1,482

State Senator
14th District

Randy E. Smith (R)    1,571
Bob Williams* (D)    1,551

House of Delegates
47th District

Danny Wagner* (R)    1,855
Ken Auvil (D)    1,606

Circuit Clerk

Gerald Fogg* (D)    1,788

County Commissioner

Susie Cvechko (R)    1,521
Jedd Schola* (D)    1,046
Rusty Taylor (D)    1,011

County Clerk

Connie Kaufman (R)    1,568
Adam Marsh (D)    1,680

Prosecuting Attorney

Thomas B. Hoxie (R)    1,647
Leckta L. Poling* (D)    972
Jodie M. Boylen (D)    1,070


Philip G. Ferguson* (D)    1,899


John M. Cutright* (R)    1,747
Derick A. Spencer (D)    1,660


No Candidates Filed
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