The Parsons Advocate

Schools Set to Return Full Time; Board Split on Date By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Superintendent Alicia Lam- bert has been working closely with James Snyder of the Tucker County Health Department throughout the entirety of the pandemic. As the Board of Edu- cation was preparing to send the students back to school on a full- time schedule, she reached out to him for the county statistics along with his thoughts on returning. At the time of the meeting, there were 21 active cases with the map color yellow. “We finished our last round of round one-shots,” said Lambert, and there will not be more first shots given through the school. “We did prioritize our full-time staff members first, and then we moved to our substitutes who worked the majority of the time and then the people who were in our buildings,” added Lambert, though approximately 20 individuals who had signed up were unable to get vaccinated. Concerns were made regarding the second dose being delivered on time, though Lambert was informed that should not be an issue. The main topic of the meeting was when Tucker County stu- dents would return to in-person learning. Lambert proposed Feb- ruary 8, 15, and 22 and then read the results from a survey sent to each school. Tucker County High School received one vote for Feb- ruary 8, two votes for as soon as possible, three for February 15, one for February 12, one vote for March 1, four for February 26, and one for blended the rest of See schools page 7 Volume 126 No. 7 Wednesday, February 10, 2021 75 cents (tax incl.) See council page 8 See landfill page 4 See Blessed page 4 Pregnancy Center Receives Ultrasound Machine, Blessed by Bishop Brennan By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Barbara Kincaid has been serv- ing as the Director of the Central W.Va. Center for Pregnancy Care for 17 years in Buckhannon, including working at the Satellite Office set up in Parsons. With a Master’s Degree in Counseling, she has worked as a Social Worker for 25 years, currently being employed at the St. George Medical Clinic. “The Knights of Columbus was able to raise the money to purchase an ultrasound machine, a portable ultrasound machine, for our preg- nancy center in Parsons,” explained Kincaid. Pat Kotten, member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2010 in Thomas, provided additional infor- mation about the Faith in Action Life Programs. The literature he provided stated the goal of the program is to “save lives by helping women choose life by giving them the opportunity to view their unborn children on ultra- sound machines at pro-life pregnancy centers. This initiative is funded by Knights of Columbus state and local councils with matching grants from the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund.” “Our center is designed to help women who are undecided. If they choose to have an ultrasound, it con- firms their pregnancy and then they can decide what they want to do,” she explained. The difference in choos - ing to go to a doctor and the preg- nancy center to confirm pregnancy is, regardless of whether the woman has insurance, the service will always be free. “But when they’re undecided, those first probably eight weeks are crucial,” Kincaid stated. The pur- pose of the ultrasound is not to make any diagnosis; it’s simply to confirm pregnancy at an early stage to assist them with the next phases of their decision. At the Buckhannon Office, St. Joseph’s Hospital has been instru- mental in assisting the Pregnancy Center in performing ultrasounds for undecided women, however now they can be performed by the center staff. With the machine being portable, the machine could travel along as needed to assist in pregnancy diagnosis in all regions. Kincaid confirmed that, in her experience, when a pregnant woman has a chance to see the developing baby earlier than most doctors will perform an ultrasound, it increases the likelihood of that baby being car- ried to term and either kept or given up for adoption. Bishop Mark Brennan, of the Wheeling-Charleston Dioecse, made the trip to the Parsons Pregnancy Center Satellite Office to offer his blessing on the ultrasound machine. He began by stating, “God has given us minds and free will, and we can use our minds and free will to do bad things or we can do good things, but what is going on here is using our minds and free will to do good things.” Landfill and Solid Waste Authority Continuing Positive Strides By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Mark Joseph, Certi- fied Public Accountant, was present at the Tucker County Solid Waste Authority meeting to go in-depth with some finan - cial aspects for the board. From October to Novem- ber there was approxi- mately $898,000 worth of assets purchased. “Total assets were $52,000 higher than the month before,” explained Joseph with the net worth increasing by nearly $12,000. The cash to expense ratio currently sits at 1.41%, which com- pared to the same time last year, it was only 0.68%. The goal is for that ratio to Mark Joseph, CPA, has been working on comparing the financial statements from the last five months from 2020 and 2019 which shows a significant increase in income and a decrease in expenses since the superse- dure of the landfill. Parsons City Council Working Diligently to Update City Ordinances By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Councilwoman Melissa Jones and the City of Par- sons Ordinance Committee met recently to thoroughly review the city ordinances that require updating. Once the changes are made, the documents will then be sent to Attorney Pat Nichols for review before the Council will vote on the changes. Some of the highlighted ordinances discussed included changing the Mayor and Recorder from a two-year term to a four-year term and staggering the Council Members to ensure all members would not be up for re-election at the same time. Those who are appointed to Council will run the full term of the posi- tion they fill rather than up until the next election. It was initially said the additions made to keep essential staff safe during the pandemic would be covered by the CARES Act, such as this door installed at Parsons City Hall. Unfortunately, when the forms were submitted for reimbursement, the Governor’s Office said they had run out of money. Tucker County Schools have not seen their hallways have all of their students with the exception of two weeks since schools closed in March of 2020 due to the pandemic. That will change on Monday, February 15, 2021. The former Parsons Shop n’ Save Building is in the process of being dismantled. Owner Craig Phillips stated negotiation is ongoing with a potential buyer for the future development of the property. Watch for upcom - ing articles as the story develops in The Parsons Advocate. Negotiations ongoing of former Parsons Shop n’ Save Building Barbara Kincaid, Director of the Pregnancy Center for the past 17 years, had the honor of reading some passages from the Blessing Book at the blessing ceremony for their new equipment received thanks to the Knights of Columbus.