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Good Attendance for Candidates Night in Barbour

  Mike Cvechko, moderator of Candidates Night April 28, at Philip Barbour High School, reported a good attendance by the public to hear candidates running in the Primary Election for offices in Barbour County, West Virginia, and in the United States.
  Hannah Swick opened the evening program with an invocation and a rendition of the National Anthem, followed by greetings from Superintendent of Schools Jeff Woofter, who also spoke in support of the school levy.  
  Questions from the audience were collected by Eric Ruf, president of the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce. Ron Phillips served as the timer. Arrangements were in the hands of Gerald Furby, adviser to the Future Business Leaders of America Club at the school. Refreshments were provided by Broaddus Hospital.
  Candidates who attended included Mike Manypenny, running for the U. S. House of Representatives, and Randy Smith and Incumbent Bob Williams for the West Virginia Senate. Smith also spoke on behalf of Bill Cole, a candidate for Governor. Incumbent Delegate Danny Wagner was on hand. The candidate for state Auditor, Joseph Pizatella, was represented by Lynn Phillips. Max Grove stood in for Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhard. The state ballot was rounded out by the appearance of Bob Gorey and Karen Hill-Johnson, running for West Virginia Family Court Judge.
  On the Barbour County side, Incumbent John Cutright and candidate Derick Spencer were present, as well as Gerald Fogg, the Incumbent Circuit Clerk. Connie Kaufman attended as a candidate for Circuit Clerk. Board of Education candidates present included Judy Gain, Reg Trefethen, and Incumbents Ron Phillips and Eric Ruf. As officers of the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce, Phillips and Ruf assisted but did not speak. Candidate Adam Starks was represented by his wife, Emily.
  All of the candidates running for the Barbour County Commission were on-stage, including Susie Cvechko, Incumbent Jedd Schola, and Rusty Taylor, as were all those campaigning for County Magistrate, including Ashley Cutright, D. J. Harris, Incumbent Kathi McBee, Chris Mulneix, Mark Ryan, and Whitney Upton-Cale.  Seeking the office of Prosecuting Attorney were Jodie Boylen, Thomas Hoxie, and Incumbent Leckta Poling. Sheriff Phil Ferguson, running un-opposed, was also on-stage.
Senator William P. Cole III To Give ABU Commencement Address

  Alderson Broaddus University to hold 2016 commencement this Saturday, May 7
Alderson Broaddus University is excited for Republican Senator William P. Cole III to serve as the 2016 commencement speaker on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.
  The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel.
  Senator William P. Cole III was elected to the West Virginia Senate in November 2012. As a Senator, he served on the Confirmations, Education, Government Organization, Health and Human Resources, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
  Prior to his service in the Senate, he was appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates by Gov. Joe Manchin in May 2010 to fill a vacancy in the then-24th District.
  A fifth-generation of businessman, Senator Cole began his career in his family’s heavy-duty truck dealership in Bluefield, and later expanded into five automobile dealerships in West Virginia and Kentucky, a manufacturing facility in Tennessee, and other business interests. Today, those businesses provide jobs to about 500 people.
  By the age of 13, he was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Senator Cole also is an ATP-rated (airline transport) pilot with 38 years and more than 4,000 total hours of flying experience. His ratings also include jet, helicopter, and seaplane.
  Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Development Authority of the Greater Bluefield Area and the W. Paul Cole Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College. In 2013, he was named as a Who’s Who in West Virginia Business by The State Journal.
  Senator Cole is the son of Paul and Carol Cole of Bluefield. Cole earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in auto marketing from Northwood University in Michigan. He is married to Brownie Cole, and is the father of four children – Elizabeth, Taylor, Jason, and Lee.
  Commencement will be streamed online with full audio and video for those relatives and friends who cannot make it to campus. Information regarding the weekend’s activities will be posted as it becomes available at: www.ab.edu/graduation
Annual Art Stroll Celebrates County’s Talented Artists

  On Tuesday, April 26, more than a dozen businesses opened their doors in downtown Philippi to celebrate the annual Art Stroll hosted by Philippi Main Street. From the stoplight to The Market Place, strollers braved rainy weather once more to see the immense talent and beauty located in Barbour County.
  Each year, the Art Stroll features artwork from around the county and region, including elementary, middle, and high school art students’ work; local visual artists, painters, photographers, writers, and performers; and much, much more. Businesses opened their locations to showcase everything from traditional painters to abstract photography, while Main Street itself showcased several musical talents.
Candidate Forum Held For May 17th Philippi Municipal Election

  The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and The Barbour Democrat joined forces Monday night to host a Candidate Forum for the upcoming City of Philippi Municipal Election on May 17. Although the rainy weather didn’t stop concerned citizens and residents from heading out to Philip Barbour for the forum, several candidates seeking office did not attend the event, specifically incumbent candidates seeking re-election.
Particularly in the race for mayor, the absence was deeply felt as questions from the audience, which were posed directly to the current mayor and council candidates, regarding recent remarks and events—namely those involving the business and occupation tax increase—were left unable to be answered.
  Candidates who did attend the event include: Phil Bowers and Colin Murphy, both seeking office as mayor, and city council candidates Karen Hardman, Linda Minear, Jane Overfield Fike, and Tony Wilson. Each of the candidates spoke positively about the city and realistically approached questions about the future of Philippi, drawing on the need for open communication and more transparency.
  The City of Philippi Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Early voting will begin Wednesday, May 4, and continue through Friday, May 13, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 a.m. daily. Early voting will also be available Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Early voting will take place at Philippi City Hall, 334 South Main Street. For more information, contact Philippi City Clerk, Tammy Stemple, at 304-457-3700 ext. 226.
Barbour Co Fair Seeking Commercial And Craft Vendors
by RON SCHOONOVER

  Commercial and crafter vendors are now being sought for the 2016 Barbour County Fair to be held August 27 to September 3, 2016. The Barbour County Fair has an annual attendance of over 20, 000 people. Inside space is limited and will be assigned one space per exhibitor on a first come basis with perishable displays given first consideration.  Outside space will be available with and without electricity. The fair does not provide any chairs, tables, extension cords, tents, or any other supplies related to your display.  All applicants must be able to provide a copy of proof of insurance.
  For applications or other fair information, you may visit the fair website http://www.barbourcountyfair.com or call Ron Schoonover at 304.457.5183 or Sheri Summerfield at the fair office 304-823-1328. Please consider in joining as we celebrate the 41st Barbour County Fair: Honoring Hometown Heroes.
Philippi Police Department Receives Funds For Specialized Training And Equipment
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer


  On Wednesday, April 27, Delegate Danny Wagner presented the City of Philippi and the Philippi Police Department with grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Resources that will help the department purchase equipment for specialized ALERRT rapid response to active shooter and barricade hostage situations training, which Police Chief Jeff Walters has put on since 2007.
  After completing an internship with ALERRT, Chief Walters began putting on classes for officers in Barbour and surrounding counties. While the training was a great asset to these departments, there was little money in the budget for this level of specialized equipment and training. Walters requires his department to put on a minimum of one class per year while borrowing equipment from WVU Campus Police Captain Danny Camden.
  Although Chief Walters tried many times to locate grant money for this special equipment, his efforts were largely unsuccessful. That’s when Philippi Mayor Jerry Mouser stepped in, after taking an interested in obtaining equipment for the department following the events at PBHS. Mayor Mouser then worked with Delegate Danny Wagner to secure funds for the department to be able to train with its own equipment.
Chief Walters describes this level of active shooter and barricade hostage situation training as a crucial element for his force, particularly since the situation at Philip Barbour this fall brought the harsh realities of hostage situations home.
  “Without that training, I don’t think the situation would have happened the way it did,” Chief Walters said, referencing the events of the hostage situation at Philip Barbour High School this past fall.
  The equipment purchased through the grant funds allows Philippi officers and others to train for real-world active-shooter and hostage situations with actual safety gear and equipment as well as simulated weapons, which are blue and fire special soap-coated plastic ammunition only.
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