The Parsons Advocate

See stevens page 4 Volume 126 No. 2 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 75 cents (tax incl.) See New page 4 See a Look Back page 10 Stevens Realty Celebrates 25 Years By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Debbie Stevens has been an entrepreneur for the majority of her adult life. In 1984, she opened a doughnut and bakery shop that unfortunately was lost in the ‘85 flood just four days before marking her first anni - versary. In August of 1993, she obtained her real estate license and began working for Advance Realty in Elkins, and Cardinal Real Estate in Philippi. In September of 1995, Ste- vens opened her own real estate company, Stevens Realty. In the beginning, she lacked the required sales needed in the industrial and commercial side of the business to obtain her broker license, which is when former co- worker Shirley Robinson agreed to join the new endeavor from 1995 to 2006. Upon Robinson’s retirement, Stevens took the bro- ker test to fulfill the void. The original location of the real estate office was in a small area on the first floor of the for - mer Knicely building on Second St., in Parsons. She recalled her first office locations and how her surroundings have changed, say- ing, “I had humble beginnings.” In 1996, the Department of Motor Vehicle services were added. “I’ve had a lot of good custom- ers,” claimed Stevens. In 1997, a Belington, W.Va. office loca - tion was opened, though closed during the housing crisis of 2009. In 2003, she moved into the former Mountain Valley Bank building, where she is currently housed, later purchasing it in 2006. The “Rustic Rentals'' side of the business began in 2003 and the gift shop opened in 2011. Ste- vens also serves as the Broker for Black Bear Resort and Land of Canaan. “The Lord has certainly blessed me well with health espe- cially and a good relationship with the people of Tucker County and some surrounding areas,” Stevens stated. In November of 1995, just a couple of months after opening, Ginny Marsh joined the Stevens 2020 Brings Over 80 New Businesses to Tucker County By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, people are com- ing to the county and embarking on entrepreneurship endeavors. From January 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, Tucker County has seen a 9.98% growth in registered businesses, the second-largest percentage of growth within the state. This trend has been seen through much of the state with over 1,200 new busi- nesses within those 12 months. The total number of businesses now registered within the county is 463, with a dozen of those coming in August. While some of the businesses listed on the Secre- tary of State website are declared as new, they have established businesses that have exchanged ownership, revamped their stakeholders, or have had other changes within the business. At the time of publication, there were 481 businesses registered within Tucker County. In January, 11 businesses registered with the SOS including Bonner's Collision Services in Parsons, Canville LLC in Davis, Carr’s Ag Repair in Parsons, Cloudy Daye Soaps in Parsons, Cork’s Turkey Knob Wines in Parsons, Crows Nest Properties Davis, Fig Holdings in Davis, GS Millwork of Parsons, Roberts Self Storage in Hendricks, The Odd Couple in Thomas, and The Wandering Caravan of Davis. February brought four including La Mariposa in Davis, Mixed Media Mountain in Davis, Mountains to A Look Back Looking Back on Tucker County Events of 2020 January » » Progress being made on the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge. » » Lowell Moore reelected as Presi- dent of Tucker County Commission for 2020. » » Special Olympics bowling team brings home medals. » » Loretta Phillips retires from Cort- land Acres after 26 years. » » Ann Jackson DDS joins St. George Dental Clinic. » » Tucker Valley boys’ basketball team improves to 10-0. February » » Red Lipscomb wins $10,000 in West Virginia Lottery game. » » Tucker Valley boys’ basketball up record to 13-0. » » Miners &Merchants Bank sponsors the new scoreboard at DTEMS. » » Tucker Valley boys’ basketball remains undefeated. » » PVFD received donation of two Stop the Bleed Kits by the St. George Medical Clinic. » » Depot Diner is open for business. » » Davis-Thomas girls’ and boys’ JV wins Union Tournament. » » Tucker Valley girls’ basketball play in Conference Championship. March » » Tucker Valley boys win PVL cham- pionship and finish season 20-0. » » Tucker County girl’s win Sectional Championship over Moorefield. » » Tina Wood hired as new Davis Water Clerk. » » County takes preventative actions against COVID-19. » » Heckler murder trial relocated to Mineral County. » » Lady Mountain Lions advance to 16th straight state tournament with win. » » Ace Aggregates opens new rock quarry. » » WV high school sports put on hold due to coronavirus. » » Two test positive for COVID-19 in Tucker County. » » Principal Stephen Cosner to resign at end of school year. » » Harman Fund distributes over $1 million. » » Parsons implements sewage rate increase. Update on the Status of Tucker County Schools Per the governors press conference today all schools in WV will be remote until 1/19/21. On 1/19/21 all elementary and middle schools will return to 5 day in person instruction. All staff and students grades 3 and up will be required to wear masks at all times other than lunch during the day. The high school will be the only one to adjust schedul- ing based on the DHHR map color. The WVDE (Saturday map) will no longer exist and decisions regarding the high schools schedule will be based on the DHHR map and local decision. Winter sports have once again been pushed back and are now not scheduled to resume practice until 3/1/21. We will keep you updated if there are any changes. Again all schools will oper- ate in a remote setting begin- ning on 1/4/21. Students in elementary and middle school will return to in person instruction 5 days a week beginning 1/19/21. Debbie Stevens has serving Tucker County and those in the sur- rounding areas with 25 years of service in real estate and title work. Ginny Marsh joined Stevens Realty within a couple months of Debbie opening the business. Marsh is still working alongside Stevens, which she stated, “She has been very loyal.” Lowell Moore reelected as President of Tucker County Commission for 2020. Special Olympics bowling team brings home medals. Ace Aggregates opens new rock quarry. , ,