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

 The Philippi Police Department now has a tip line. The phone number is 304-457-2892. Citizens may call to report drug activity or other crimes and give detailed information such as license tag numbers and vehicle descriptions. You do not have to give your name and the phone does not have caller ID in order to ensure anonymity.
 The public is asked to help make Philippi a drug-free city. "Your help will be greatly appreciated," officials said.
Barbour County And Federal Agents Take Down Area Meth Lab

  On Thursday, April 17, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, along with Federal agents, took down a meth lab in the Taylor’s Drain area of the county.
  Barbour County Sheriff Phil Ferguson said, “If you wish to operate a clandestine lab or wish to distribute narcotics or any other illegal drug, you better take it somewhere else.”
  The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department is aggressively coming after those who continue to perform these illegal activities in this county.
  “We are no longer putting up with it and will take every step possible to move forward with the prosecution of these individuals.”

Belington City Council Discusses Fee Increases And City Ordinances

  Belington City Council met in regular session on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Belington City Hall. During the meeting, Council voted to approve raising the cost of municipal court fees from $20 to $30.
  Council also discussed raising additional fees to help increase revenue for the Police Department budget. Furthermore, Council continued discussions of adopting new city ordinances.
  Belington City Council will meet again on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Board Of Education Approves Property Rates, Struggles With Budget

  The Board of Education met on Tuesday, April 15, to approve the final property levy rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The board members approved class one property rates at $19.40 per $100, class two property rates at $38.80 per $100, and the rate for class three and four properties is $77.60 per $100.
  The board continues to discuss and struggle to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. At previous meetings, the board was told by Annette Hughart, Director of Finance, that cuts have been made in every possible avenue, but the budget will still be about $300,000 short even with the proposed cuts. With the proposed cut backs, there is no cushion for possible added positions or additional funds needed, according to Hughart.
  The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education Office.
Music Venues Integral Part Of Annual Art Stroll
Pictured above are Fogg et al. performing traditional music on the Fogg/Longo front porch during a previous Art Stroll. From left are Beth Longo, Karen Skidmore, Jim Murphy, and Gerald Fogg.  

  Numerous sites will host the sounds of music during the Tuesday, April 29 Art Stroll throughout downtown Philippi from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Strollers are invited to stop and enjoy the many musical artists participating in this spring’s stroll.
  Crim Memorial UM Church is hosting the Crim Bell Choir; Dr. Chuck (Charles Ervin) will be playing and singing at Smokey Ray’s; on Main Street at the Courthouse Square Vali Jones and Diane Byrer will sing and play guitars;  Fogg et al. will entertain with traditional music from the Fogg/Longo front porch on Main Street; Rick Cleavenger and Friends will prompt feet to tap to Bluegrass music at Freedom Bank; and Rick Kennedy will entertain with mellow organ music from the Jett’s front porch on Main Street.
County-Wide Pre-Kindergarten And Kindergarten Registration April 29

  Barbour County Schools will be holding an additional registration day for enrolling students for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten at the Barbour County Board of Education Office on Tuesday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children do not need to be present.
  Please note the following guidelines for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.
  Kindergarten Registration:
   Parents are reminded that children must attend a state-approved kindergarten prior to entering first grade.
  Children who will be five (5) years old before September 1, 2014 are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Please provide the following information when registering your child: a copy of the OFFICIAL birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, up-to-date immunization records, latest Health Check (EPSDT), latest dental screening, and the child’s social security card. Verification of completed immunizations may be obtained through the Barbour County Health Department or your family physician prior to enrollment. More information will be provided to parents at registration.
  If your child is currently enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program, you do not need to register for the 2014-2015 school year. This will occur automatically.
  Pre-Kindergarten Registration:
   Children who will be four (4) years old before September 1, 2014 are eligible for enrollment in pre-kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Please have the following information available when registering your child: a copy of the OFFICIAL birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, up-to-date immunization records, latest Health Check (EPSDT), latest dental screening, the child’s social security card, income verification such as last year’s W-2 form and/or pay stub with last year’s information. Income information may be requested to identify students who are eligible for federal programs. Verification of completed immunizations may be obtained through the Barbour County Health Department or your family physician prior to enrollment. Additionally, parents will need to complete a universal pre-kindergarten application at the time of registration.
  A note about Pre-Kindergarten:
   Barbour County Schools participates in a collaborative pre-kindergarten program in accordance with West Virginia Code and West Virginia Department of Education Policy 2525. The collaborative programs work together to provide the same curriculum, reporting, professional development, and program improvement activities to foster a climate of universality for our pre-kindergarten students. Because of our universal approach to pre-kindergarten education, all four year-olds are able to benefit from the quality programs that prepare them for public school.
  Further information concerning the county kindergarten and preschool programs may be obtained by contacting the Board of Education Office at 304-457-3030 extension 111.
Two Plead Guilty In Child Neglect Case; Face 20 Years

  On Tuesday, April 22, both David Lee Delauder, 38, and Ida Lee Evans, 32, were arraigned in open court on one count each of “Child Neglect Resulting in Death” and one count each of “Conspiracy” before the Honorable Alan D. Moats, Circuit Court Judge for Barbour County. Said charges were contained in an information which was filed by the State against each of the defendants on this date.
  Both defendants then entered pleas of “Guilty” to both counts set forth in the information and face a total of four to 20 years in prison, if run consecutive. In exchange for their pleas of guilty to said charges, the State agreed to dismiss the indictments which were returned against the defendants by the October 2013, Barbour County West Virginia Grand Jury. The defendant, Ida Evans, has remained incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail since May 7, 2013. The defendant, David Delauder, has been free on bond.
  Following the court’s acceptance of the defendants’ guilty pleas, the State moved to have the Defendant Delauder submit to a drug test today based upon a “positive” test result on April 5, for oxycodone where he continued to test positive for drugs he obtained illegally. The State further moved the court to revoke the defendant’s bond as a result of his felony convictions this date.  
  The Judge ordered the Defendant Ida Evans held without bond and further revoked the Defendant David Delauder's bond and he was immediately remanded to the custody of the Sheriff of Barbour County for commitment to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. The Judge ordered that a pre-sentence investigation be conducted on both defendants and these matters were continued generally, pending receipt of the written pre-sentence investigation reports.
Barbour County Commission Approves Property Levy Rates

  The Barbour County Commission met in special session on Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. to approve the property levy rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
 The class one property levy rate will be $13.34 per $100, while class two will be $26.68 per $100, and class three and four rates will be $53.36 per $100. The rates were approved by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office. The levy rates are increased minimally from last year’s levy rates.    
  “As far as the levy rates, the county is not increasing,” said Commission President Tim McDaniel. “We have kept our levy rate as low as possible.”
  In other news, the commission motioned and approved allotting $600 to the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department to help purchase bike helmets for a Safety Fair to be held on August 9. The commission also motioned to give $750 dollars to both Philippi and Belington youth baseball leagues.
  The Barbour County Commission will meet again in regular session on Monday, May 5, at 5 p.m.

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