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Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2222
Fax: (304) 457-2235

Marine Corps League Toys For Tots Program


Needy youngsters in Randolph, Barbour and surrounding counties may have a cheerier Christmas this year through new toys contributed through the annual United States Marine Corps Reserve and Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program under way. 
The annual collection, spearheaded locally by Elkins’ Marine Corps League Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, will take place Nov. 1 through Dec. 21 with drop-off points at several locations in Randolph, Barbour, Lewis, Tucker and Upshur counties and some areas in Harrison, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Webster counties. 
Applications for eligible families wanting toys will be taken by telephone from Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. Families who have been approved to receive toys this Christmas from other area toy programs including Salvation Army, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Tyrand Cooperative Ministries and any Angel Tree programs will not be eligible to receive toys through Toys for Tots. No Internet applications will be accepted.
Through Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys may be placed in numerous designated Toys for Tots collection boxes in Randolph and surrounding counties including, but not limited to,  all three Elkins Dollar General stores; Dollar General stores in Beverly, Buckhannon, Weston, Jane Lew, Belington and Philippi; Bill Umbright at State Farm; Jodie Parrack at State Farm; Skinner Insurance Agency; Elkins Pack and Ship; Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership; Red Hat Society - Purple Majesties; Catholic Charities West Virginia; St. Brendan Catholic Church; St. Patrick Catholic Church; Landmark Baptist Church; Refuge Church;  Randolph County Senior Center; Youth Health Service; Smitty’s Suzuki of Buckhannon; Larry Brown of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663 of Buckhannon; Fisher Auto Parts in Buckhannon; Farm Credit & Country Mortgages in Mt. Clare; A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts in Clarksburg and Morgantown; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Clarksburg; AT&T Mobility in Clarksburg and Elkins; John Bowers in Parsons; H&M Motor Company in Weston; Buckhannon Academy; Robert L. Bland Middle School in Weston and Davis & Elkins College Student Veterans Association.
Families desiring assistance through the Toys for Tots program may contact local churches, Department of Health and Human Resources, Women’s Aid in Crisis, Helping Hand Clearinghouse, Parish House, Catholic Charities West Virginia, Angel Tree programs or any Elkins Marine Corps League member. 
Donated toys will be collected and sorted by Marine Corps League members. The distribution center will be in a store front on the right side of the Tygart Valley Mall near Catholic Charities. Families will be notified of the exact location when they register to receive toys.
Distribution to families for children ages 2-13 only will be slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at the Elkins distribution site. Eligibility to receive toys will be based on DHHR income guidelines and families must sign up with Toys for Tots prior to distribution. Distribution will be by last name of parent or guardian on a designated date and during a specified time period. 
To sign up, to make arrangements to pick up toys or for further information, families may call designated Toys for Tots phone lines at (304) 704-8062 or (304) 636-4365 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. No calls will be accepted after these hours or on Sundays. No deliveries of toys will be made and all toys must be picked up at the Toys for Tots distribution site in Elkins.
In 2017, more than 15,500 toys were collected locally and the Elkins area Marine Corps League members distributed these toys to 1,063 families with a total of 2,105 needy children in Randolph and surrounding counties.  Local business leaders play a key role by allowing Toys for Tots collection boxes in their stores and by encouraging customers to purchase toys for the program; by providing free warehouse space for sorting and storing toys; by providing vehicles to collect toys from collection sites; and by sponsoring promotional events for the Toys for Tots program.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit charity, is the authorized fund-raising and support organization for the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation’s tax-exempt number is 20 3021444001. Any individual, business or corporation desiring to make a charitable donation to the Toys for Tots Program may mail or make contributions to the Elkins Marine Corps League, Detachment 956, P.O. Box 852, Elkins, WV 26241, telephone (304) 636-4365. EIN: 55 0765160. Additional information may be found online at www.toysfortots.org, or by e-mailing to rrware@yahoo.com. or writing to the Elkins Marine Corps League at the above address. The regional chairman is Roger Ware. Gregory Irwin and Judy Gum are the co-chairmen for all counties except Upshur and Lewis where Larry Brown will serve as co-chairman. The Elkins Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program is conducted under the direction of the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Rehearsals Begin November 4 For Christmas Choir


Rehearsals begin Sunday, November 4, for the Community Choir which will perform at the Barbour County Community Christmas Concert. The concert, planned in conjunction with the Covered Bridge Christmas activities sponsored by the City of Philippi, is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 4:00 pm at the Philippi Baptist Church on Church Street across from the Barbour County Courthouse Square.
Rehearsals will also be held at Philippi Baptist Church. They will occur on five Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm: November 4, 11, 18, and 25, and December 2.
All music for the concert will be provided, and there is no special performance apparel required for the concert. Choir Director Dr. Judson Bracey stresses there is no audition for the choir, and no formal musical training is required to be part of this community celebration. According to Bracey, singers should have good “musical ears” and be able to carry a part.
Persons wishing additional information about the Community Choir should contact Bracey by phone (304-457-1359), email (bracey457wv@frontier.com), or mail (120 Allegheny Ln, Philippi, WV, 26416). Singers are requested to attend all rehearsals faithfully although exceptions can be negotiated with Director Bracey.

AB Is Named 2019 Best Online College In West Virginia


Alderson Broaddus University is featured as the Best Online College in West Virginia by SR Education Group, a ranking firm that helps students make educated decisions when choosing an online degree.
The 2019 Best Online Colleges By State rankings represents the online schools in each state that have the highest return on investment. All regionally accredited schools were analyzed based on two factors highly important to prospective students: median mid-career salary data and manually researched tuition rates.
Based on annual tuition and alumni salaries, AB ranked first in West Virginia for having an affordable tuition rate of $9,300 each year and the highest median salary of $91,000.
Alderson Broaddus offers two online programs: a bachelor’s degree completion program for licensed registered nurses (RN to BSN) and a master’s degree in teacher leader.
“This award is indicative of AB’s commitment to serving the needs of our students by offering high-quality, affordable, and flexible programs from an accredited school,” Associate Provost Andrea Bucklew said. “We hope the success of the nursing and education programs can serve as a model as we work to expand our distance education offerings into other disciplines.”
The RN to BSN program is 100% online, providing an affordable degree completion opportunity for associate degree or diploma nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing and advance their professional nursing career.
Chair of Nursing Kimberly White explains: “For an RN working full-time, the curriculum allows for a BSN degree to be completed in 18 months. The program gives registered nurses an opportunity to advance their education, and ultimately their careers, in a fast-paced curriculum, designed so they can also continue to work.”
The innovative program is built upon recent significant changes in healthcare, nursing practice, and educational theory. Students enrolled in AB’s online RN to BSN program have access to many of the same resources in-class students receive, including the University library, writing lab, and counseling services, all through an online format. Financial aid, grants, and loans are available to all eligible students. Additionally, each student is assigned a student support liaison to ensure their success.
The Master of Education in teacher leader program is delivered entirely online and is designed to prepare licensed Pre-K-12 teacher educators to take on new teacher leadership roles in the classroom, school, and district. The program has a full-time student and a part-time student track. The full-time option allows degree seekers to finish in one year and a summer session while the part-time option can be completed in two years and one summer session.
Dean of the College of Education & Music, Jeff Bush stated, “This program affords practicing teachers who want to stay in the classroom, the opportunity to do so while rising to leadership roles among their colleagues.”
The online course delivery will prepare teacher leaders to assume roles that include: mentor teacher, lead teacher, department chair, curriculum design specialist, academic coach, technology integration specialist, professional development specialist, and school improvement specialist.
For more information on each program or to obtain applications, please visit: www.ab.edu/online-programs.

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County Clerk’s Office Reports High Early Voting Turnout

by Marija Ilic

Staff Writer


Early voting started in Barbour County last week, and as of the publication of the newspaper, the numbers are rivaling those of the early voting in General Election in 2016, which is unusual considering that midterm election never see the same turnout of voters as those that occur in Presidential Election years.
Connie Kauffman, Barbour County Clerk said that she was “proud of community for exercising their right to vote in such big numbers.” She also added that she is grateful for the staff in her office who has been handling the early voting with ease, and is reporting no problems so far.
As of Friday, 552 registered voters in Barbour County came to the Courthouse to cast their ballot, and as of Monday afternoon, that number was approaching 700. At this pace, it is quite possible that number of early voters will surpass 2016 numbers. Early voting is taking place every day this week, including Saturday. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6.

Attorney General Discusses Several Issues During Visit

By Marija Ilic
Staff Writer
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made a stop in Barbour County and set down for a brief interview to discuss several issues that directly pertained to our county.
In the last several months, press releases coming from AG office featured several things that occurred in Barbour County, including the indictment of a contractor.
Morrisey said that the Attorney General’s office serves as a means of protecting the consumers, and that the main goal is to be fair. “We must enforce the laws, but at the same time, we do our best to treat people the right way,” he said.
Additionally, the big news that came out of the AG office last week was the partnership with Barbour County senior center regarding Elder Abuse Prevention program. Senior center will provide educational material and information about various ways elderly population gets scammed out of their property and money.
Currently, over 10 percent of West Virginia’s 60 and over population is vulnerable to financial fraud, and the Attorney General’s office is taking this very seriously. Currently, they are partnering with senior centers, law enforcement, and hospitals around the state in order to more effectively spread the information.
There are different types of scams targeting elderly population. Even though digital ones, including scam emails and phone calls, seem to make the news the most, there are also the ones where people get talked into rewriting their wills, or handing over their bank account information to their caretakers. Morrisey emphasized that it is important to notify AG’s office if anyone suspects that an elderly person is a subject of financial fraud or scam.
Lastly, the big news that has been making round around the state and the nation is the sex and child trafficking. “Human and drug trafficking often go hand in hand,” Morrisey said, and due to increased drug traffic in our state, we are also seeing much increased child and sex trafficking as well. Currently, the AG’s office is conducting trainings for law enforcement and hospitals around the state, and there are plans to have trainings for the educators and schools as well in the future.
For more information about any of these issues, people can visit www.wvago.gov, or stop by during monthly mobile office hours at the Senior Center, and talk to the Field Representative Pam Krushansky.

PBHS Students Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month


  On October 18, Philip Barbour students wore PINK in support of breast cancer awareness and held an assembly to recognize survivors, fighters, and victims of breast cancer. Guest speaker, Teresa Marsh shared her powerful story to students and showed that that life is worth the fight. Philip Barbour’s health teacher, Mr. Mayle, and chemistry teacher, Mr. Swartz, showed their support by getting PINK pies in their face. Philip Barbour’s student council put together this event and passed out ribbons to unite PB in the fight against breast cancer.

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