113 Church Street | P.O. Box 459
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235

Newspaper Offices Will Close Thursday And Friday

  The Barbour Democrat offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28. Our offices will reopen with normal business hours on Monday, December 1.

Barbour Chamber’s Family Christmas Event Planned
  The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Family Christmas Celebration at the Laurel Mountain Inn in Belington on Monday, December 8. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. after which “Fuzzy the Clown” will make balloon animals for all the children, followed by the traditional visit from Santa Claus. Reservations are due before Wednesday, December 3. The adult menu offers three options, including chicken, lasagna, or a seafood pasta, while special free-meal choices for kids 12 or under are also available, with the compliments of the Chamber of Commerce.  Checks are to be made out to the restaurant. 
JES Preschool Holds Thanksgiving Feast
  Junior Elementary School Preschool classes hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 19th. The children learned the history of the first Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, the children were asked to dress as either a pilgrim or an Indian, as they prepared a feast for family and friends.

Buck Hunting Season Is Underway

  Hunting season is well underway across the Mountain State as antlerless deer and buck season began on Monday, November 24. Bucks are at the height of the rut during season and in prime condition for the hunt. The season will run through Saturday, December 6.

  The buck deer bag limit during the two-week buck firearms season is two (one on the base license and one on an RG or RRG stamp). Muzzleloader season will begin on December 8 and close December 13. The split antlerless deer season will be held on additional dates from December 18-20 and December 29-31.

  The very bad weather during the first week of gun season in 2013 coupled with good reproduction three years ago should mean that there will be many older-aged bucks available in 2014. The structure of the harvest has shifted over time to include a lower percentage of yearling animals and a higher number of mature bucks. This trend has been across the state and points to the fact that hunters are passing up younger animals for the chance at more mature animals.

  In addition to deer seasons, hunters will also have the opportunity to hunt bear, as a bear gun season will run concurrent with buck season. The season began Monday and will run through December 6, with the typical season beginning December 8 and ending December 31, in Barbour County and select other counties. During this limited season, bear can be hunted by permit only. Hunters should have acquired the bear permit prior to the opening of the season.

  All hunters are reminded that they must wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange as an outer garment during deer firearms season. All deer legally hunted must be checked by a Natural Resources Police officer or at an official game checking station. Buck season is currently open in all counties except Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties.

Belington, Philippi Proclaim Nov. 23-29 Christian Heritage Week 2014
  Last week, both Belington and Philippi City Councils proclaimed this week American Christian Heritage Week 2014. The weeklong celebration of the nation’s longstanding tradition of gathering together to count blessings and give thanks began November 23, and will continue through November 29.
  Christian Heritage Week is proclaimed as a statewide celebration during the week of Thanksgiving by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia this year. Thanksgiving week has been celebrated annually across the nation as American Christian Heritage Week since 1992, as it will be honored once again this week.
  The week is meant to celebrate the Christian history of the nation, the evidence of which can be found in the United State’s motto “In God We Trust” and is also seen in the numerous churches, ministries, schools, and missions around the country as well as in the county. The week comes as the holiday season gets underway with Thanksgiving, and then followed by Christmas and Easter.
  Philippi Mayor Jerry Mouser gave the proclamation at the city council meeting on Tuesday, while Belington City Council passed the resolution and Mayor Bobby King signed the proclamation at their Thursday night meeting.
  Residents are encouraged to celebrate the week by gathering together in their homes and in the community to encourage the spirit of the budding holiday season.
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Truancy A Major Problem In Our County Schools, Says Judge Alan Moats

  In a public meeting in the Barbour County Courthouse hosted by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan Moats said that what happens in our schools affects everything that happens in Barbour County and in counties throughout West Virginia. "The statistics are the same across the state," he said; "80% of school dropouts end up incarcerated. Currently, there are 5,000 prison beds in West Virginia, and 7,000 prisoners, some of whom are sleeping on the floor."

  Judge Moats has sponsored more than 30 forums in the mountain state in an effort to enlist communities to help kids stay in school.  

  "Employers and the military will not hire or enlist dropouts", he said. "Most stay in their communities where they end up unemployed and dependent on drugs funded by theft. Most students who drop out are the children of parents who also dropped out, which creates a cultural phenomenon," he said. "Each community has to decide how to deal with the solution. It takes community leadership to bring it about."

"West Virginia has the highest death rate in the nation caused by overdosing on prescription drugs," Moats said. "The problem is overwhelming our court system. Since 2008, a new means of making drugs at home from common, over-the-counter medicines has developed. The fact that marijuana is becoming legal and more acceptable only exacerbates the problem."

"We have to change the culture of allowing kids to stay home. Unexcused absences are only part of the picture. Some students have found ways to greatly increase their excused absences as well. Absent students can’t survive in life and become serious behavior problems. We must encourage children to stay in school," he said.

Judge Moats lauded Barbour Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Super for creating three new drop-out prevention programs to deal with the problem at each school level, most importantly in the lower grades where it begins. "It is too late to start prevention programs in the high schools," Moats said. Moats especially complimented Barbour County’s Attendance, Facilities & Technology Director Glenn Sweet for the outstanding work he is doing in that office.

Dr. Super praised Judge Moats for the leadership the judge is providing in solving the truancy problem in the states’ schools. Hunter Mullens, the Chamber board member from the law firm of Mullens and Mullens, said in his introduction, "Judge Moats has been instrumental in bringing outstanding legal expertise to the whole state of West Virginia. He was the Prosecuting Attorney for Taylor County and President of the West Virginia Judicial Association," Mullens said.

Belington Council Considers Installing Drug Take Back Receptacle
  Belington City Council met on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. in regular session. At the meeting, council continued discussions toward the possible installation of a drug take-back receptacle within the City Hall.
  The drop-off location would allow residents to safely dispose of expired and/or unused prescription medications without having to disrupt their day-to-day activities by locating an authorized drug take-back location or event.  
  Residents would be able to, for example, drop their unused prescription safely into the take-back receptacle while stopping in town to pay their utility bills, proving a convenient and safe location for disposal of prescriptions.
  The proposed receptacle would be installed at the city building and would be available during normal operating business hours. The city would be aided through a grant fund to install the take-back receptacle at their location.
  It is the hope of the council that providing this new drug take-back location will help to reduce the prescription drug abuse within the city and possibly the county.
  In other news, Mayor Bobby King signed a proclamation declaring November 23-29 as American Christian Heritage Week in Belington.
Belington City Council will meet again in regular session on Thursday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Dinner Set For Post 44
  American Legion Post 44 of Philippi will be holding their annual Christmas dinner on December 12, 6 p.m., at the Post Hall.
  The dinner will be a covered dish with the meats and drinks being provided.
  All veterans, their families, and friends are invited to attend.
  For more information or questions, call 304-457-2911.
Philippi Public Library Announces Holiday Closings
  The Philippi Public Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30. The library will resume regular hours of operation at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.  

Post 44 Plans Food And Toy Drive
  The American Legion Post 44 and the Auxiliary Unit 44 are sponsoring a food and toy drive to help some needy families in the area.
Toys or gifts are needed for six girls, ages 4 to 16, and 18 boys, ages 4 to 14.
  Those wishing to help can call 304-457-2911 or any member of The American Legion or the Auxiliary.

AB Students Help 'Hang The Green'
  The very unofficial beginning of the Christmas season in Philippi has become the "hanging f the green" over, on, or near the dorrways to downtown buildings. Alderson Broaddus University students helped the Philippi Main Street Program this year in placing the Christmas wreaths. The annual photo of the event at the office of The Barbour Democrat has become a tradition--unofficial or not.
  Pictured here on Monday, from left to right, are Jordan Baker, Haley Robb, Madeson McCaster, Korie Maryo, Rachel Mills, Tammy Stemple, and Tanya Ilic.
Silver Alert Issued For Missing Belington Woman
  A silver alert was issued early this week by the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department for a missing Belington women.
  Valerie Kay Robinson, 57, of Belington, was last seen along Central Avenue in Belington on Sunday, November 23, at approximately 5:30 p.m. She was last known to be wearing a white sweater dress, black pants, a Native American-style headband, and carrying a green purse.
  Robinson is 5’2” and approximately 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She also reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
  Anyone with information regarding Robinson’s whereabouts or condition should contact the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 457-5167.
It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
  The staff at the Barbour County Health Department is reminding residents that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. There are two ways to get your flu shot in December at the Health Department.
  Persons may come during regular clinic times: Mondays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  The Health Department is also sponsoring its first-ever Drive-Thru Clinic on Tuesday, December 9. Just pull up, roll down your window, and receive your shot.  
  There are many reasons to get a flu shot:
Flu shots can keep a person from getting sick from the flu.  A person protecting himself from getting the flu also protects the people around them who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  A flu shot can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than six months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  A flu shot can reduce the risk of more serious illness if a person does get the flu.
  Flu vaccinations have also been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes and chronic lung disease.
A flu shot is an important preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions. Flu vaccinations were associated with lower rates of some cardiac events in the past year.
  The staff is especially encouraging pregnant women to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their unborn babies against the flu. A shot will also provide some protection for the baby after birth. Pregnant women have a higher risk for getting the flu due to changes in their immune system during pregnancy. This can result in serious problems for the unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery. Fever in early pregnancy can also lead to birth defects. Pregnant women who get flu-like symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.
  For more information about the flu vaccine or to get a flu vaccine, visit the Barbour County Health Department at 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi, WV, or contact by phone at (304) 457-1670. 
Philippi Council Holds Ordinance Readings
  Meeting in regular session on Tuesday, November 18, Philippi City Council motioned to approve several ordinance readings.
The first of the readings was the second and final reading for a municipal court fee ordinance, which required a small revision and which will help to raise funds for training and equipment for the Philippi Police Department.
  The second ordinance read was an ordinance that will limit trailer parking along city streets. Parking will be limited to three days maximum for trailers, mobile homes, utility trailers, boats, etc. with an exemption for contractors who are actively working. Such contractors will have a 30 day period in which they may park utility vehicles, contracting equipment, and trailers before they will need to seek an extension. The ordinance passed on first reading by unanimous vote.
  The third reading held was to repeal part of a property maintenance ordinance that is covered under the federal maintenance code, which was adopted by the city in 2013. The two sections, 1725 and 1739 of part 17 of the codified ordinances of the City of Philippi, will be repealed as they are no longer needed. The reading of the proposed repeal passed upon first reading.
  In other news, Mayor Jerry Mouser proclaimed November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, brought forth as a resolution by Annette Santilli, and the week of Thanksgiving as Christian Heritage Week in Philippi.
  Council was also addressed by representatives from the West Virginia Coalition for Preventing Homelessness, who spoke with council members about the current state of homelessness in Barbour County and encouraged the council to become involved in efforts to promote a community wide commitment to ending homelessness.
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