See changes page 6 Volume 125 No. 50 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See yum page 4 See timberline page 9 See progress page 6 Courthouse Staff Changes Coming in 2021 By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Several of the familiar faces that have been known to run the offices within the Tucker County Courthouse and Annex will be changing along with the New Year. With 2020 being an election year, it is no surprise that changes were going to be made, however along with those filling elected positions others are headed toward retirement or moving into other offices. One change that is happening is Investigator for the Prosecutor Kevin Keplinger will be leaving his position to fill the soon to be open Parsons City Chief position. “I had an interview two weeks ago with the Mayor and with the City Council and agreed that when Jake Kopec assumes duties as Sheriff, I will be going to Parsons City as Chief, part-time, over there,” said Keplinger. He took the investigator position in September of 2018 after retiring from the W.Va. State Police with over 23 years in law enforcement. Keplinger spoke about the differences between being the initial step in the justice system while serv- ing as an officer, to taking on the role of investigator for Prosecuting Attorney, Ray LaMora. He said, “I think I would have been a much better trooper had I been able to spend some time here, it’s a different per- spective.” “It really has been an education,” he con- tinued, “Working with Ray’s been great for me.” “I’ve told people that I would never be back in uniform, but when the opportunity presented itself, I thought about it and prayed about it, I considered it and it’s exciting to me, I’m looking forward to it,” Keplinger stated. He added that because of his experience within the pros- ecution office he will be doing things differently and hopes to share what he has learned with other officers. Carol Wolford, secretary to the Tucker County PA, will be retiring at the end of 2020. She has been in that position for the last eight years after spending 23 years with Nichols and Nichols Law Office. With numerous tasks associated with the position, a lot of time was spent preparing for the grand jury and court proceed- ings. When asked what her favorite part of her 31 years as a legal secretary was, she said, “Working with everybody here in the office, we’re all just like a big family.” Wolford has several grandchildren and great-grand- children she plans to spend time with once in retire- ment. Her husband is also retired and she hopes to spend time with him doing things they enjoy. “It was a big decision,” she said but is looking forward to what is to come. Timberline Sets Goal to Begin Opening Slopes Bomb Diggity Yum By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate After seeing an ad for hot cocoa bombs from Costco on Facebook, Angie Davis and her 16 year old daughter Cassie were intrigued. Living in rural Tucker County pres- ents many benefits but also limitations such as a lot of shopping locations such as Costco being quite a dis- tance away. After doing some online research, the mother-daughter duo decided to give it a try. These hollow, choco- late spheres are filled with your choice of 12 flavor- ings, chocolate mix, and marshmallows that once placed in a mug of warm milk will erupt with good- PRO Plaza Progress By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Chip Perfect, owner of Perfect North Slopes in Indiana and Timberline Mountain in Davis has been on the mountain working alongside numerous other individuals in an attempt to open the slopes to skiers within the next couple of weeks. “The hill’s in pretty good shape,” he stated. “The biggest update is we really went quite a bit deeper and further than we anticipated meaning a lot more new infrastructure than we expected,” said Perfect. “To dismantle a ski area and put it back together in a year is really a remarkable accomplish- ment and the crew here has done amazing work,” he stated. The lifts are ready for operation and a prac- tice run for snowmaking is set for the days to come. The Lodge is being frequented by several contrac- tors working diligently to get the facility up and run- ning, though it will not be open when the first slopes You may have noticed work going on at PRO Plaza, formerly known as the McDonald Building on First Street in Parsons. Parsons Revitalization Organiza- tion (PRO On Trac) has been work- ing on renovating the first floor of the building. Frank Roberts, local contractor, is doing the renovation which will include two business spaces. "We were glad to get Frank's bid. He does excellent work, and he's glad to see the building saved, " commented Jimmy Judy, President of PRO/On Trac. Cindy Kolsun, Executive Direc- tor of PRO/On Trac and a member of the Parsons Blueprint Community Team exclaimed , "we are extremely excited to see this building come alive again! We are looking for two renters who will open shop in the heart of Parsons. Through the Blue- print Community surveys that were conducted this past year, the com- munity indicated the number one business they would love to see in Parsons would be a coffee shop, but there are many other businesses the Parsons Community will support." The City of Parsons has demol- ished the old "Jack the King Build- ing" next door, and that area will become a pocket park. The City, PRO, and the Blueprint Community have received a design grant from the Mills Group for the park. According to Jason Myers, City Administrator, "this pocket park will included a pergola, an outside pavil- ion, which will be purchased from Each hot cocoa bomb is approximately eight ounces and takes a couple of days to make from start to finish. Photo by Tom Price Owner of Timberline Mountain and Perfect North Slopes in Indiana Chip Perfect knew the investment to bring the ski destination back to life would be great, though just how much has exceeded his expectations. Nevertheless, Perfect is proud of the work that has gone into Timberline and looks forward to great things to come. Photo by Tom Price The new, detachable ski left will not only ensure a means of safe trans- port for skiers from the bottom to the top of the runs, but the design of the lift also offers a safe distance to be kept between passengers. Cassie Davis works alongside her mother, Angie Davis, to con- struct hollow, choco- late spheres that erupt with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and one of 12 different fla - vors when added to a mug of warm milk.