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Board Of Education Holds Citizens Forum For Superintendent Candidates
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer

  On Saturday, the Barbour County Board of Education held a special meeting to host a forum with applicants for the superintendent position that will be vacant when Dr. Joseph Super departs for retirement from Barbour County Schools at the end of the school year.
  The Citizens Forum allowed attendees to hear each applicant’s response to eight pre-determined questions pulled from over 30 questions submitted by residents, school employees, parents, and others. The forum was moderated by Howard M. O’Cull, executive director for the West Virginia School Board Association.
  The two applicants, Roy Jones and Jeffrey P. Woofter, were also interviewed by the Board of Education while the Citizens Forum was conducted, with each applicant interviewing while the other participated in the forum.
  Applicant Roy Jones is the coordinator of Alternative Education for Kanawha County Schools in Charleston, WV. Jones spoke during the forum of his desire to lead an efficient, ever-improving school system by collaborating with central office staff, individual schools, faculty, and students, to build better communication and stronger classroom environments throughout the county. Jones discussed his career in alternative education and the benefits his experience with struggling schools would bring to Barbour County.
  Jeffrey Woofter is the principal of Hampshire County High School in Romney, WV. In his comments during the forum, Woofter spoke candidly about issues facing Barbour County, such as the need for a levy and lower stress levels for staff. Woofter also spoke of his desire to establish strong communication throughout the school system as well as the importance of teamwork and positive reinforcement within the classroom for both teachers and students.
  After the forum, attendees were given a survey to fill out which asked attendants to score the applicants in several areas on a one to five scale with five being the highest score. Comment sections were also listed for each applicant, asking attendants to list pros and cons of the applicant’s skill sets.
Light refreshments were provided by Barbour County Education Association.
AB Nursing Students Bring County Agencies Together For Mock Accident
  On Thursday, Alderson Broaddus University School of Nursing students brought several county agencies together at the Barbour County Fairgrounds for a mock accident demonstration. The demonstration was held to show the senior nursing students what their patients go through before reaching hospital emergency rooms.
  The Philippi, Belington, and Junior fire departments, along with the Barbour County Emergency Squad, Belington Emergency Squad, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, and the Broaddus Hospital Emergency Room staff, participated in the mock accident, showing students the process each unit goes through from the point of arrival on scene to the patient’s arrival at the hospital.
  Debbie Derico, associate professor of nursing at Alderson Broaddus, brought her students to the fairgrounds as part of their community rotations. Derico wants her students to see the many different roles of emergency professionals and to learn the ways in which all medical professionals work together.
  “They’ll have a better understanding of the process after today,” stated Derico.
  The mock accident demonstrated the events of a multiple injury and casualty two-vehicle head-on collision. Students participated in the demonstration acting as passengers in the vehicle as well as assisting emergency squads in their treatment of injured passengers. The county’s departments worked together to provide the students an excellent example of what they do on a day-to-day basis.
  “I think everybody functioned as one unit today. It was nothing but teamwork. Everybody as a county did well together,” said Philippi Fire Chief Dave Utt. “I think it gave the nursing students an idea of what a patient goes through.”
  The accident demonstration not only benefits students, but benefits the entire county’s emergency crews as well. Each of the county’s participating agencies were given a chance to practice their training in the event of an actual accident.
  “A mass casualty incident like this doesn’t happen very often. When you get the chance to train on something like this for when it does happen, they’ll be more prepared,” explained Utt. “We’ll learn from this, we’ll go back and talk about this to see what we could have done to make it better.”
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Drug Take-Back Arrives In Belington
by ALLISON PUGH
Staff Writer

  On Thursday, April 16, Belington City Council met in regular session. At the meeting, the council discussed the Drug Take-Back box that will be placed at Belington City Hall to collect unwanted and unused prescription drugs, especially narcotics which pharmacies are unable to collect, unlike other medications. The box has been delivered to Belington and will be put in place when council determines the best location for the box.
  The new take-back box will be the second box in the county; a take-back box is also located in Philippi. Barbour is one of the few counties in the state that will have two boxes for prescription drug collection.
In other news, Belington Police Chief D. J. Harris presented a plaque awarded to the Belington Police Department by AAA for highway safety. The Platinum Award has been received by the department three years in a row.
  “It’s kind of unheard of to receive it three years in a row,” says Chief Harris. “To get the platinum award is very hard to do.”
University Students Attend Local Government Meetings
  Over the past few weeks, Alderson Broaddus University students in Dr. Martha Phelps’ State and Local Government class have attended several local meetings to see firsthand how government works at the local level.
  As a part of the class coursework, students must attend any local government meeting and take a “selfie” to show their participation at the meeting. Students have packed the chambers of both the Barbour County Commission and Philippi City Council.
  “The students have to see any form of local governance in action. They can attend any city or county meeting over the course of the semester,” says Dr. Phelps. “I think everyone should see a city council meeting once in their life.”
  Students have enjoyed the opportunity Dr. Phelps opened to them.
  “I had a wonderful experience attending the Philippi Council meeting,” says Natalie Arnold, a university sophomore. “It was interesting to see the minds behind this great small town go to work. They do an awesome job! I really enjoyed the meeting.”
  Officials at both commission and council meetings have expressed their appreciation for the students in attendance, commending their participation, polite demeanor, and interest at the meetings.
University Students Attend Local Government Meetings
  Over the past few weeks, Alderson Broaddus University students in Dr. Martha Phelps’ State and Local Government class have attended several local meetings to see firsthand how government works at the local level.
  As a part of the class coursework, students must attend any local government meeting and take a “selfie” to show their participation at the meeting. Students have packed the chambers of both the Barbour County Commission and Philippi City Council.
  “The students have to see any form of local governance in action. They can attend any city or county meeting over the course of the semester,” says Dr. Phelps. “I think everyone should see a city council meeting once in their life.”
  Students have enjoyed the opportunity Dr. Phelps opened to them.
  “I had a wonderful experience attending the Philippi Council meeting,” says Natalie Arnold, a university sophomore. “It was interesting to see the minds behind this great small town go to work. They do an awesome job! I really enjoyed the meeting.”
  Officials at both commission and council meetings have expressed their appreciation for the students in attendance, commending their participation, polite demeanor, and interest at the meetings.
Spring Art Stroll Opens Tonight In Downtown Philippi Businesses
  The pottery of Tamarack Artisan Foundation’s artist and Belington resident Kate Harward, pictured above, will anchor this spring’s Philippi Art Stroll on the south end of downtown Philippi in the lobby of Freedom Bank. In the July 2014 issue of the magazine Niche, Harward says, “My ideas often come when I’m working on a piece I may have made many times—all of a sudden a new iteration comes to mind!” The Tygart River Pottery artist continues, “I rarely sit down and design; the ideas seem to flow while I’m working or perusing articles or books.”
  A spokesperson for the Art Stoll reports that the Art Stoll Committee is thrilled to have Harward as part of the Art Stroll. Harward has been involved in her art for 38 years and continues to create pottery in her studio on the banks of the Tygart River from which she supplies galleries and museums across the country.
  Anchoring the north end of downtown Philippi for this year’s stroll will be numerous sketches by Philippi’s former pharmacist, now deceased, Howard Smith. Smith was well known throughout the area for his many sketches that frequently included both the name of his wife, Mima, and the initials ILY. Smith’s sketches will be on exhibit at the Barbour County Historical Museum and in the Taj Moe Hall.  
  In addition to these two known artists, the April 22 5:00-8:00 p.m. Art Stroll will feature Barbour County School students, students of local artist Sarah Ferguson, and artists of many genres including painters, photographers, wood workers, antique collectors, and musicians performing in eight business sites.  
  As part of the evening’s offerings, the Taj Moe Hall will sponsor an Art Stroll wine and cheese reception during the stroll. Strollers are welcome to visit the Hall to enjoy the exhibits there and may also purchase tickets for the reception at the Hall.  
  Stollers are encouraged to stop at the Main Street tent on the Courthouse Square to pick up a list of exhibiting artists and their locations prior to beginning the stroll throughout downtown Philippi.  
  For further information about the April 22 Art Stroll, interested parties may call 304-457-3700 Ext. 226 or 304-457-3773.
Women’s Fitness Center Opens In Philippi
  On Friday, April 17, Philippi welcomed a new business to Main Street. The Fitness Place, located beside Mountain Treasures, is a wellness center designed specifically for women. Owner Claudia Zirkle opened the center to fill the void left by the closure of a previous women’s fitness place.
  “Knowing how much it was loved, I took it upon myself to open a new fitness center,” says Zirkle. “I want it to be a place for women to increase their metabolism, strength and flexibility.”
  What’s unique about The Fitness Place is that members can use the center at their convience, day or night. Zirkle has installed a code entry system that provides each member with their own code to enter the building, which gives members the flexibility to exercise when it is most convenient for them.
  In her quest to open the center, Zirkle was assisted by her husband, Sanford Zirkle, Donna Seaman, Marge Campbell, and Olan Campbell, among others. The center has easy to use equipment that is perfect for women of all ages. Zirkle’s goal is to see women boost their overall well-being and healthy.
  “Exercise makes you feel better, more vigorous,” says Zirkle.
  The Fitness Place is located at 5 North Main Street in Philippi. For more information, call Claudia Zirkle at 304-457-5186 during business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
Rhododendron Girls State Finalists Selected At Philip Barbour High School
  Two American Legion Auxiliary units, Belington Unit 96 and Philippi Unit 44, selected finalists and alternates from the Philip Barbour High School Junior class to attend American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State in June, 2015.
  The young ladies shown were selected from a large group of eligible girls and they will be sponsored by the units to stay at Wheeling Jesuit University for a week.
  They will be trained to know the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship; to recognize the need for honesty, integrity and responsibility in private and public life; to understand that the very life of democracy depends upon informed and concerned citizens; to realize the increasingly
important role of women in public life; and to be responsible, active participants in the communities in which they live. “They are an impressive group of young ladies and should represent their school very well,” a spokesperson stated. Belington Unit 96 chose as finalists: Michaela Ferguson, Brodi
Hively, Chelsea Weese, and Heather Wright; alternate chosen was Sarah Coleman. Philippi Unit 44 chose as finalists: Jezaray Clark Casto, Vanessa Kelly, Marlena Dib, and Shelby Bennett; alternates chosen were Taylor
Freeman, Mikhela Freeman, Micah Cunningham, and Taelor Edwards. 
 
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