Philippi Fire Truck And Motor Vehicle Crash Killing Three
The West Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened late Tuesday night at the intersection of 4-H Camp Road and Route 250 just outside of Philippi. A Honda CR-V carrying three passengers, Joseph Kuzinar, 75, Linda Diane Kuzinar, 65, and Jessica L. Paczal, 38, all of Morgantown, collided with a Philippi Volunteer Fire Department Truck. All three individuals in the car were killed. Five members of the department on board the truck were taken to Broaddus Hospital, where they were later released.
The truck was traveling south on Route 250 to assist the Belington Fire Department with a structure fire when according to reports the Honda came off the 4-H Camp Road and onto Route 250 where it collided the truck. The truck had its emergency lights displayed and sirens sounding.
Several other emergency detachments, as well as the Department of Highways, responded to the accident. This portion of Route 250 was closed for several hours as crews cleared the scene.
General Election Day, Tuesday, November 4
Barbour County residents are prepared to cast their ballots on Election Day, next Tuesday, November 1. Voters will take to the polls next week to determine races at the local, state, and federal level.
Barbour County races on the November ballot include the race for Barbour County Sheriff among candidates Sheriff Philip Ferguson, Democrat; Sherman Wilkinson, Republican; and Phillip Wagner, Independent; race for Barbour County Commission between candidates Adam Marsh, Democrat, and Tim McDaniel, Republican, who is seeking reelection; and lastly, Tammy Stemple, Democrat, and Danny Wagner, Republican, in the race for the District 47 seat in the WV House of Delegates.
Voters, especially those newly registered, are reminded to bring their driver’s license or other identification in case needed. Voters are also reminded that they may still vote even if their physical address has changed, but their voter registration has not been updated. Such persons will then be able to update their address.
Early voting for the November election began on October 22, and will end on Saturday, November 1. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
For more information or questions, contact the Barbour County Clerk’s Office.
Halloween Events Set For City Of Philippi
Halloween events for the City of Philippi have been set for Thursday, October 30. Trick or Treat will take place from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Immediately following Trick or Treat, children are asked to meet at the Rite Aid parking lot for costume judging. Judging will begin at 7 p.m.
Following the costume judging, a Halloween parade will be held from the Rite Aid parking lot to the Courthouse Square. Costume contest winners will be announced at the gazebo.
Participating businesses will be handing out treats to ensure a safe trick or treat for area youth. Look for the “Lurch” sign to know who will be handing out candy. The following businesses have committed to handing out treats for area youth and include Perfectly Pampered Salon, Lil’ Moe’s Restaurant, Smokey Ray’s Restaurant, Philippi Public Library, Philippi Main Street, Medallion Restaurant, Ship ‘n Save (on Courthouse Square), Hospice Care Corporation, Rich Oil, Subway, and several other businesses.
Any business that is not located downtown but would like to come and hand out treats on the Courthouse Square is welcome. Contact Tammy Stemple at the Main Street office, (304) 457-3700 ext. 226 for more information.
Philippi McDonald’s New Location Opens
by Lanessa Murphy
McDonald’s of Philippi unveiled its new location last Wednesday. The restaurant opened its doors to the public for the first time at 10:22 a.m. and offered the first 100 customers through its doors free ‘Big Mac’ sandwiches once a week for one year. The next 50 customers received coffee mugs and a special offer. An official ribbon cutting was held at 1:00 p.m.
Several Barbour County residents braved the cold and rain to check out the new restaurant and receive promotional offers. Many had begun gathering outside the doors several hours before the grand opening. Carol Wolford had been waiting outside wrapped in a sleeping bag since 3 a.m., others came as early as 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wolford said she liked the new location so far and felt it would attract more college students.
One customer, Kayla Booth, commented on her wait, “It’s kind of like Black Friday shopping. It gives you a rush.”
This new establishment offers customers a fresher, more up-to-date look including the latest trends in furniture and brighter colors. Customers can enjoy large TVs and Wi-Fi while dining. The drive-thru now has two open lanes, making it easier to serve customers in a timelier manner. The restaurant is expected to serve 20 percent more people at its new location than that of its former one on U.S. Route 250. The business has hired 15 to 20 new employees and is continuing to hire more. This building broke a record for the McDonald’s Corporation as the fastest ever built; the Philippi McDonald’s was constructed in just 37 days.
Several in the crowed felt the relocation would be more accessible and convenient as they could also visit Shop ‘N’ Save and Dollar General which are located just next door.
Franchise owner John Ebert was on hand to welcome customers to the new restaurant. Ebert commented on the town’s acceptance of the new location, “Philippi has been wonderful. They have really welcomed us with open arms. It has been a good experience. I think it will get better and better.”
Customers were not the only ones celebrating the grand opening; the Alderson Broaddus University Cheer and Dance teams collaborated to entertain and lead the crowed in cheers for both the new location and the ABU Battlers.
Lauren Fenyar, ABU Head Cheer and Dance Coach stated, “We are coming out to show our support to the new opening and kind of get involved with the people in Philippi and interact with them.” Battler Mascot Skirmish mingled among the crowed for photo opportunities as well.
Alderson Broaddus University has been well represented in the establishment of the new McDonald’s. According to Lisa Cook, McDonald’s Marketing Manager, the students in a marketing class at ABU have assisted with creating promotions including Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the advertising class has helped by designing ads.
“The relationship with the college has been wonderful. We learned a lot about what the kids like when they like to eat, what they like to eat,” Ebert said. “We have had a lot of insights from the college.”
The University also held a contest a few weeks ago for its students to design a new sandwich; the “Battler Burger” is to be sold only at this McDonald’s location. The winning burger, created by April Fabrizio and inspired by the West Coast’s “In’N’Out” Burger, is stacked with two beef patties, American cheese, minced onions, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and ketchup.
ABU student Jordan Oxner explained she is excited about the new location, “It’s close to the campus and it also just expands the AB community in just a brighter and broader way. I love it. I’m very excited for the grand opening.”
Not only has McDonald’s partnered with ABU, but the restaurant will be connecting with Barbour County Schools over the next couple months. McDonald’s will be hosting a program called “Watch it Grow,” which will allow all students in Barbour County to benefit.
Presently, elementary students can submit a coloring sheet to be hung on a window at the restaurant designated for their school.
Participating students will receive the original McDonald’s meal, a cheeseburger, fries, and a drink for their effort. For every coloring sheet submitted, the school with receive one dollar. McDonald’s is currently planning events for middle school and high school students in November and December. Other upcoming events are in the making as well.
Crews Respond To Fire At Mid Town Motel
Early Wednesday morning, a fire spread through the Mid Town
Motel in Belington, damaging several rooms.
The fire allegedly began just after 6:30 a.m. According to reports, flames were visible through the roof when
crews arrived on scene. Emergency and fire crews from several departments were
on hand to put out the blaze, including crews from Barbour, Randolph, Upshur,
and Harrison counties.
Although there were several people inside when the fire
broke out, all were able to evacuate safely. The investigation is ongoing;
however, no foul play is suspected. The State Fire Marshall will be called to
Additional photos from the fire can be seen on The Barbour Democrat Facebook page.
4th Annual Purplelight West Virginia Spreads Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
by Lanessa Murphy
Luminaries lighted the sidewalk and courthouse steps as survivors and supporters alike gathered Sunday evening on the Philippi Courthouse square to celebrate lives touched by pancreatic cancer. The event, Purplelight West Virginia, is designed to help those impacted by this disease find comfort and support from others, as well as spread awareness about pancreatic cancer. Annette Fetty-Santilli, West Virginia Community Representative and organizer of the event, informed spectators of statistics related to the disease. She also led them in a brief moment of silence and later read the names of individuals impacted by pancreatic cancer. After each name was read, someone lit a purple glow stick in that person’s honor.
Purplelight West Virginia is the only event of its kind in the state sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; approximately 40 are held across the country. A five-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, Janet Haught, has made the trip from Charleston, West Virginia for the past four years to be a part of the ceremony.
“I am a survivor of pancreatic cancer,” said Haught. “I feel we need to support pancreatic cancer research. We are survivors if we make it one day past the day we get our diagnosis… I always think we need to keep the memories of our loved ones there and to keep the hope alive for other people.”
After the event, everyone was encouraged to take home a luminary which included a stone with a message of hope. A photo booth with purple props was available for anyone wanting to get a snapshot of themselves or with a group to promote awareness. A slideshow with photos of pancreatic cancer patients was shown as well.
“We are just so happy to remember all the people who have passed away with pancreatic cancer and to honor all those survivors we have. The goal of the organization is to double the survivor rate by 2020,” commented Santilli. “Right now the fiver-year survival rate is six percent. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. This [event] is a good lead-in for November being pancreatic awareness month.”
World Pancreatic Cancer Day is November 13, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be partnering with a local McDonald’s restaurant franchise to raise funds for the group. For every order of small fries purchased, McDonald’s will donate 50 cents from the sale to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Customers can help by visiting any of the following McDonald’s locations, Bridgeport, Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Elkins, Nutter Fort, New Pointe, Glenville, Parsons, Philippi, Shinnston, and Weston.
“People need to realize one in 68 people are affected by pancreatic cancer in the United States. The more we know about pancreatic cancer the better off we are, as with all cancers,” explained Haught. “The sooner we’re diagnosed, the greater the survival rate. Pancreatic cancer unfortunately is one of those cancers that we don’t really have signs and symptoms to lead us to a diagnosis quickly.”
According to Santilli, anyone wanting to hold an event related to pancreatic cancer awareness may visit pancan.org. for more information.
Veteran’s Day Parade Set November 11
The Veteran’s Day Parade will be held November 11, in downtown Philippi.
Parade marshal will be Dr. Richard Creehan, president of Alderson Broaddus University. The university will be honoring all veterans by participating in the parade with their Color Guard Marching Band, Spirit Club, and cheerleaders.
Parade line-up will begin at 9 a.m. at the Subway Restaurant with the parade starting at 10. All veterans, their families and friends, clubs, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate in the parade.
The Veteran’s Day ceremony will be held in the City of Philippi gymnasium following the parade. Guest speakers will be Marc Locket from the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center in Clarksburg, and Pastor Brian Headley from Silent Grove Church. The ceremony will open with The West Virginians, from ABU, singing the “National Anthem.” The Alderson Broaddus University trumpeters will close the ceremony by playing “Amazing Grace.”
Everyone is invited to attend and show their support for the veterans of the past, present, and future.
For more information or questions, call the event day chairman at (304) 457-2911.