113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Barbour County 4-H Soils Judging Team Wins State Land Judging Contest; Will Represent At National Contest
  The Barbour County 4-H Soils judging team are the 2014 WV 4-H Land Judging and Homesite Judging Champions. The Barbour County 4-H soils team worked hard this year to continue the tradition of making it to the national stage. Team members are Cara Kirk, Micah Cunningham, Ashton Cunningham, and Seth Phillips.     
  In the senior division individual scoring, Cara Kirk was the top scorer in the land judging contest with 315 points out of a possible 400 points, and she earned the coveted George Sharpe Award. Seth Phillips was the top scorer in the Homesite contest with a 372 out of a possible 448, earning him the Dick Zimmerman Award. Barbour County had one team compete in the junior division. Those team members included Gage Poling, Ivy Ward, Nathan Baldwin, and Marshall Nestor. Gage Poling was the top individual in the junior division with a score of 305 in Land and 378 in the Homesite Contest.    
  The Senior Barbour 4-H team consisting of  Cara Kirk, Micah Cunningham, Ashton Cunningham, and Seth Phillips will represent the state of West Virginia in the National 4-H Land and Homesite Judging contests in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma next April.  This win provides the Barbour County 4-H Soils Judging program, which is trained and coached by Roger Nestor, retired WVU Ext. Agent, and  Josh Peplowski, WVU Ext. Agent in Barbour County, the opportunity to compete for the national championship for the fourteenth time in the past 15 years.
  Peplowski said, “It feels good to know we’re headed back to Oklahoma to go after another title for the county and the program.” Nestor was quick to add, “I don’t train our teams to just try to win. I train them to learn all they can and then give their best effort.” He added, “Each team member is valued and trained to assess and evaluate the soil and the site, make decisions, communicate and defend their decision, and accept responsibility for the decisions they make all in a teamwork atmosphere.”
  Peplowski said that fundraising is beginning now. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids to become national champions. Over the course of the 11 day trip, they will travel over 3,000 miles in our great country. The trip will cost $9,000 to $10,000. This covers food, lodging, van rental, fuel, registration, and entry fees for the seven or eight people to make the trip. He said that Barbour County’s businesses and individuals have been very gracious with their support in past years and he hopes that that will be the case again this year. Peplowski said that if anyone wishes to make a contribution to the 4-H team, make checks to Barbour County 4-H Leaders, 16348 Barbour County Highway, Philippi, 26416.
  If you have questions, or would like to learn more about the soils judging team and the 4-H program in Barbour County, please feel free to contact Josh Peplowski, Ext. Agent at (304) 457-3254. Donations to the 4-H program are tax deductible. 
Barbour County Relay For Life To Host Walk Friday
  Barbour County Relay for Life will hold a Walk for the Cure at the Barbour County Fairgrounds on Friday, August 1. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the opening ceremony and SURVIVOR lap will begin at 7:00 p.m. A luminary service will be held at 9:30 p.m. Luminaria sales will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  The Mr. and Miss Relay Contest will be held at 8:00 p.m. and a live auction will be held at 8:20 p.m. Following the luminaria service, the Arden River Rats will hold a Poker Run at 10:00 p.m., a cake walk will be held at 10:30 p.m., and the Arden River Rats Game will be held at 11:00 p.m.
  At midnight, a Midnight Snack Contest will be held before the Superhero Cape Contest begins at 12:30 a.m. Following these events will be a scavenger hunt sponsored by Haven of Hope, a newspaper/duct tape contest, and games by Shop N Save.
  At 5:00 a.m., the Fight Back Ceremony will be held before the Closing Ceremony at 6:45 a.m.
  Come out to the fairgrounds on Friday to enjoy the good food, fun, and join the fight against cancer. For more information or questions about Friday’s event or Relay for Life, call (304) 669-6833 or (304) 739-4746.
Sunday Evening Storm Winds Cause Damage In Barbour County
  Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains made their way across West Virginia Sunday evening. Much of the state was under a Tornado Watch issued by the National Weather Service, but in what is a somewhat unusual occurrence around here, a Tornado Warning was issued for the southern half of Barbour County. The most severe of the winds locally seemed to go through a line from Centruy No. 2 to Volga. There was wind damage of downed tree limbs and minor flash flooding in several areas of the county, but wind damage to several buildings was noted in the above mentioned area.
  As seen above, folks gathered Monday at the Volga home of Denver (Ray) Harris waiting, among other things, for electric power to be restored. The group is on the lawn and not on the front porch because the roof of the porch was blown off only to end up on top of house further damaging the roof. The porch roof can be seen in the second photo.
  The National Weather Service in Charleston has confirmed that a tornado did hit near one mile south of Maxwell in Pleasants and Richie Counties last Sunday evening. The storm touched down at around 7:15 p.m. one-third mile west of Poynette and moved from northwest to southeast. The storm survey team then found the end of the path in Richie County on Old Street. This area is along the Pleasants and Richie county line. The storm lifted around 7:30 p.m. The total path of that tornado was determined to be about four mile. That tornado was rated an EF1 with maximum winds of 100 mph based on the healthy hardwood trees that were snapped and uprooted. No other storm areas have been reported to have a confirmed tornado by survey teams.
Barbour County Safety Fair Set August 9
  Broaddus Hospital is sponsoring the Barbour County Safety Fair on Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Barbour County Fairgrounds.
  There will be games, educational sessions, demonstrations, and giveaways. Door prize drawings will include bicycles, electronics, and various gift cards.
  Other sponsors for the event include Alderson Broaddus University, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, Belington Clinic, Mace’s Pharmacy, and The Myers Clinic.
  For more information or questions, contact Tracy Fath.

NASA Visits Energy Express
  On July 15, Energy Express at the Philippi site had a wonderful visitor. NASA paid a visit to Barbour County and taught the participants how to build and launch their own rockets.
Jesse White, a Barbour County resident and a 10-year employee of NASA in Fairmont, came to the site and presented a rocket demonstration.
  The participants began by building their rockets with basic household items like PVC pipe, construction paper, and duct tape. Then, they launched them using a two liter pop bottle.
  "The kids loved it. It was very educational and a great learning tool for them. It also taught them how to follow directions and helped with their listening skills," says Wendy Moats, community coordinator.
  After the launch, White finished his visit with questions and answers about NASA and space launches.

Mainstreet Movie Night Delights With Frozen
  On Thursday, August 24, Philippi Mainstreet hosted the second outdoor movie night on the Barbour County Courthouse lawn. The evening brought family fun to the forefront as Disney’s Frozen was shown for the crowd’s viewing pleasure. The courthouse lawn filled with families, children, and guests as the evening slowly turned to night and the movie began.
  “We started having family movie night a few years ago when, for Mainstreet, I wrote a grant for a Healthy Families Intuitive and we bought the outdoor movie theater,” states Tammy Stemple, Philippi City Clerk and Philippi Mainstreet Director. “For the first two movies we’ve been able to show this summer, the crowds have been really good. We’ve had over sixty to seventy-five people.”
  “I think it’s a great family event,” said Stemple. “It promotes downtown. It brings people downtown—they can go to the restaurants and just have a nice family-oriented activity to do.”    
  The next scheduled outdoor movie night hosted by Philippi Mainstreet is for scheduled for August 7. The movie selection has yet to be announced.
Board Of Education Hears Volga Concerns
  The Barbour County Board of Education once again heard concerns from Volga-Century Elementary School at their meeting on Monday, July 28.
  The Volga community continues to express the need and desire for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs at VCEMS. Parents and community members have expressed concern over the past few months about in-zone Volga students being bused to programs at other elementary schools in the county; however, the amount of students who have been registered as in-zone Volga students has not warranted the addition of a pre-k or kindergarten program at the school, according to central office staff members.
  There are currently only four students registered for pre-k and six students registered for kindergarten that would be in-zone students Volga-Century. In order for a classroom to be necessary at the school, at least ten or more students would need to be registered for each program. The addition of both programs would require three positions to be created, two in pre-k and at least one in kindergarten.
  The Board of Education will meet again in regular session on Monday, August11, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.
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