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Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235
Tuesday Hostage Incident At Philip Barbour Ends With Suspect Surrender

  On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, law enforcement agencies responded to a hostage situation at Philip Barbour High School around 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival on scene, law enforcement officers determined that a male student was holding numerous students and a teacher hostage with a gun in a second floor classroom. The West Virginia State Police released the following statement Tuesday evening on the situation at Philip Barbour:
  “On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at about 1330 hours, Barbour County 911 received a call in reference to a person with a gun at Philip Barbour High School. Numerous law enforcement agencies and fire departments responded to the scene. The school was placed on lockdown. Once on the scene, law enforcement officers determined that a 14-year-old male student was holding numerous students and a teacher hostage with a pistol, in a second floor classroom. All other students were evacuated to the football field, accounted for, and sent home via school buses. After initial negotiations, the suspect agreed to release all of the hostages. After further negotiations, the suspect put the gun down and surrendered to law enforcement without further incident.
  The West Virginia State Police continues to investigate the incident in an effort to determine the possible motive. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Discussions will be held with the Prosecuting Attorney to determine the appropriate course of action once the suspect is released from the hospital. The prosecutor is in the process of preparing the necessary paperwork to seek detention."
  The West Virginia State Police would like to express their appreciation all involved law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and first responders. Additionally, the West Virginia State Police would like to express their gratitude to all the parents of the schoolchildren for their patience, understanding, and cooperation. "  
  "Their ability to keep calm in this situation made it much easier for officers to successfully perform their duties, which resulted in positive conclusion to an incident which easily could have developed into a tragedy. Finally, the West Virginia State Police would like to recognize the involved school personnel for having a clear, concise plan of evacuation for the school and executing it with perfection.
Any questions or requests for interviews should be directed to Lieutenant Michael Baylous at 304-746-2198.”

Salvation Army To Host Angel Tree Sign-Ups

  The Salvation Army will be hosting its Angel Tree Sign-Ups this year the week of October 5-9. The times are Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday-Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Philippi United Methodist Church.
Saratoga Farms Food Storage
Barbour County Fair Starts Saturday

The 40th celebration of the Barbour County Fair kicks off on Saturday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies and the Queen’s Pageant following at 7 p.m. The Grand Feature Parade sponsored by the Junior Lions Club will be held on Monday, August 31, at 7 p.m. The fair will continue through Saturday, September 5. 
Belington Council Meets In Regular Session
 
  Belington City Council met in regular session on Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Belington City Hall.
  At the meeting, Belington Fire Chief Phil Hart addressed the council requesting a meeting to be set between the council and the Belingtom Fire Department to discuss the possibility of future funding for the department.
Mayor Matt Ryan expressed his gratitude to to Chief Hart and the fire department for its response to the structure fire the weekend of August 16.
  Terri Kittle addressed the council regarding the Belington Fall Fest festival weekend. The Belington Revitalization Committee, in conjuction with Appalachian Music and Trade Company, is hoping to build a stage in the grass area across from City Hall, which was recently purchased by the BRC. The stage would be mobile rather than a permanent structure, which will allow for more events to be held in the space. The committee hopes to have the stage in place prior to Belington's Fall Fest.
  Street Commissioner Johnny Williams addressed council regarding pavement of roads maintained by the city. Williams expressed his concern that streets are being patched continually, which has cost the city thousands of dollars over several years. Williams suggested to the council members that the council look at raising the municipal fee, which Williams stated had not been raised in decades.
  Chief of Police D.J. Harris echoed the sentiments expressed by Street Commissioner Williams regarding the increase in the municipal fee, and also suggested the city look into a police fee as well, which would be similar to the fire fee already in place.
  Belington City Council will meet again in regular session on Thursday, September 3, at 7 p.m. in Belington City Hall.

Local Cartoonist Pens First Children’s Book
By Lanessa Murphy

  Mike Smith of Philippi recently wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, “Geek! It’s A Mouse.”
  In this colorful picture book, Geek is in search of a new spot to live and finds himself taking up residency in a local library. Geek then discovers the possibilities the library holds by learning to read. When Geek hears his new dwelling is in danger of closing for good, he puts his newfound knowledge to good use and saves the day!
  Smith’s wife, Tamela, to whom he dedicates his book, is the director of the Belington Public Library. Smith wants to use this storyline to spread awareness about the struggles, mainly financial, that small libraries like hers often face.
  Smith’s book will be available to purchase all week at the Barbour County Fair, and at local businesses following the fair. For more information about obtaining a copy, call Mike at (304) 457-4622 or (304) 626-0756.
  Smith is the cartoonist and author of “Belinda and Tissy” which can be seen in weekly editions of The Barbour Democrat. “Geek! It’s A Mouse” was published by The Barbour Publishing Company in Philippi.
Suspicious Fires

  Philippi Volunteer Fire Department was alerted late afternoon on Thursday, August 20, to a structure fire, the former Jackson Lumber office, located on Rt. 57.
  Fire fighters made a quick stop on the blaze as the fire was reported under control in just a few minutes, according to fire chief, Dave Utt.
  This marked the second attempt to destroy the structure as firemen were at the scene on Tuesday, August 4. It was noted that there are no utilities in the building.
  The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office has termed the fires suspicious and are under investigation.
  Other units on the scene included West Virginia State Police, Nutter Fort Fire Department, Stonewood Fire Department, Barbour County Emergency Squad, and Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.

Board Of Education Meets In Regular Session

  On Monday, the Barbour County Board of Education met in regular session at the Board of Education Office in Philippi. At the meeting, the board members approved superintendent recommendations one through 30 as prepared on the agenda.
  The board heard initial financial reports from Annette Hughart, Treasurer/Chief School Business Offical, and facilities and attendance reports from Glenn Sweet, Administrative Services/Attendance/Facilities Director. The reports were limited in available data due to the close proximity to the start of the school year.
In other news, the board heard delegation regarding a former work study program, which was eliminated by the state, but which may be reevaluated to see if a similar solution can once again serve Barbour County students.
  Similarly, the board also heard delegation regarding a business proposal for a full salad bar at Philip Barbour High School. The proposed salad bar would be maintained by an outside business and offered to both students, faculty, and staff for purchase at the high school. Superintendent Jeff Woofter and the board members were unsure of the legalities regarding the proposed salad bar, especially concerning strict child nutrition regulations, but agreed to hold a further conversation about the possibility.
  The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, September 14, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Office in Philippi.
ABU Welcomes Incoming Class, Returning Students

  This morning, Alderson Broaddus students resumed their educational duties across the university’s campus for the first official day of the fall 2015 term. The Battlers welcomed new students to the campus over the weekend.
On Saturday, August 22, the university held its annual Introduction Ceremony to officially welcome the Class of 2019 and its family members to Barbour County. During the ceremony, Dr. Carl Gittings, Chaplain, provided the invocation and devotional services. Associate Dean of Students and Director of First Year Experience, Koreen Villers welcomed the freshman class to the university. The class was presented by Andrew Spohn, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and received by Tom Radulski, Dean of Student Affairs.
  Dr. Joan Propst, Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, charged the students with putting their best efforts forward in their classes, explaining the expectations of instructors and administration for students’ work in and out of the classroom. Dr. Propst provided students with a little extra motivation by explaining how much each session of each class costs and encouraging students not to miss classes. Alycia Horner, President of the Student Government Association, spoke of her experience sitting in the same chairs the current freshman sat in on Saturday and encouraged students to stay motivated.
  Alderson Broaddus University President, Dr. Richard Creehan welcomed the Class of 2019. President Creehan lightened the mood with a few jokes, providing students with the emergency number to Fox’s Pizza, but followed his lighthearted banter with a serious note as he assured parents and families that their students were in good hands as they join the Alderson Broaddus community.
  The Alma Mater was sung for the first time by the incoming students, joined by faculty and performed and led by Dr. Lillian Long, Associate Professor of Music/College Organist.

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