The Parsons Advocate

See PVFD page 8 Volume 126 No. 11 Wednesday, March 10, 2021 $1.00 (tax incl.) See BOE page 4 See JAIL page 4 See 2021 page 6 PVFD Hosts Weekly Drive-Thru COVID Vaccination Clinic By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate For the last several weeks, people interested in receiving the Corona- virus Vaccine have been able to sign up and receive one of the two doses. In the beginning, the recipients were asked to visit the Tucker County Health Department and come into the facility. It quickly became evident that a more efficient and safer option had to be developed. As Tucker County typically does, several of the entities involved with the pandemic came together and developed what has become what may be considered the most efficient vaccination clinic in practice. Each Friday, those who signed up for the vaccines are given a one-hour window that they are to show up at the Parsons Volunteer Fire Depart- ment. As individuals arrive, they get in line by traveling on Fifth Street towards the Fire Hall where they will see Law Enforcement Officers han - dling traffic control and guide them to the first station. Participants will give their information to the clinic worker and they will be handed a form to fill out while they wait in line. Every four minutes, the line will move forward and three cars will Evans and DiBacco Named as New Middle School Baseball Coaches By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Tucker County Schools Superintendent Ali- cia Lambert had several employment recommenda- tions to offer at the most recent Tucker County Board of Education meet- ing. Among those were the following: Thomas Evans, volunteer head middle school baseball coach at TVEMS and Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School, Carmon DiBacco, volunteer assis- tant middle school baseball coach at TVEMS/DTEMS, Christine O’Brien after- school elementary math teacher at DTEMS, Lori Mullenax and Melinda Waybright, after school elementary math teacher at TVEMS, Holly Hinkle after school elementary and middle school reading teacher at DTEMS, Kelly Reed after school elemen- tary reading teacher at TVEMS, Stephanie Hood after school middle school math teacher at DTEMS, Kim Welsh after school middle school math teacher at TVEMS, Teresa Brusak after-school middle school reading teacher at TVEMS, Rachel Ball after-school bus operator for TCHS/ DTEMS, and Harry Poling for after school bus opera- tor at TCHS/TVEMS. All voted in favor of the Super- intendents recommenda- tions. The after-school programs will begin being offered to students on March 8, 2021. Moving through per- sonnel, she recommended accepting the retirement of Teresa Brusak as the Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School Academic Coach, effective August 9, 2021. Board Member Cathy Hebb made a motion of approval with Vice Pres- ident Daniel “Chopper” Evans offering a second with all in favor. Under employment, Lambert recommended hir- ing Kim Sovine as a substi- tute teacher for the remain- der of the 2020-21 school year, and Carole Keplinger as a substitute cook and substitute aide, also for the remainder of the year. Hebb and Evans made the motion of approval with all in agreement. The High School decided on what after-school posi- tions it was most in need of, leading Lambert into requesting the creation of the following posi- tions: one after-school math teacher, English lan- guage arts teacher, science teacher, and social studies teacher for a total of four positions. Hebb and Evans made the motion with all voting in favor. Before moving into the policies portion of the agenda, Lambert explained that when a new policy is drafted and proposed, three readings are performed prior to passing into effect. With no policy requiring the three readings, Lam- bert stated that a lot of the updates within the poli- cies are minor or changing just a few words, and sug- gested the Board decide if they wanted all policies to require three readings. Hebb responded that if the changes are minor and evi- dent, she has no issue with Tucker County Planning Commission Gives 2021 Outlook After receiving their vaccination, there are three lines designated for vehi- cles to wait 15 minutes to ensure they do not experience any side effects from the shot. J. Waybright Sentenced to Probation; D. Dumire Returns to Jail By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Two individuals apppeared before the Honorable Judge James Cour- rier in Tucker County Circuit Court on matters pertaining to their crimi- nal offenses. James Waybright appeared for failing to register as a sex offender, second offense, a charge he pled guilty to several months ago. According to the complaint, on March 16, 2020, the West Virginia State Police obtained a Facebook pro- file displaying the name of Raymond (James) Waybright and also showed his photo. The officer obtained a reg - istration report on the defendant and saw he failed to update his registry by providing his social media account to the WVSP. The officer met with the defendant where he admitted that was his profile. Waybright was then arrested and transported to the Par- sons Detachment for processing. His first count of failing to register took place on August 2, 2019. Tucker County Prosecuting Attor- ney Savannah Hull-Wilkins requested the court honor the one to a five-year jail sentence, though the defense attorney moved for an alternative sentence of probation. After hear- ing both sides, Judge Courrier ruled in favor of the defense and sentenced Waybright to five years of probation. Derrick Dumire appeared before the court for the revocation of home confinement on allegations he had absconded. Dumire acknowledged he had violated these terms, and requested to be placed back on home confinement. Wilkins opposed and requested Dumire’s home confine - ment be revoked and his sentence be Derrick Lee Dumire, 40, has returned to jail after admitting he violated the terms of his home con- finement. (Photo Courtesy of W.Va. Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority) By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Ben Herrick, chairman of the Tucker County Plan- ning Commission, appeared before the Tucker County Commissioners to offer an annual report as part of the legislative requirements. He shared some of the challenges that came along with the Coronavirus pan- demic. He thanked everyone involved with how the vaccination clinics and everything has been handled since the beginning of the pandemic. “The other organization that I specifically wanted to address and thank as part of this meeting is The Par- Individuals scheduled for each hour block are lined up through the closed-off streets as they await their turn to enter the bay of the Fire Hall to receive their COVID vaccine. Once pulled inside the Fire Department, there are workers stationed on both sides of the vehicle to assist both driver and passengers. Thrasher Engineering proposed working with county entities to develop a strategic plan that would prepare Tucker County to handle the eco- nomic growth that could come with the completion of Corridor H and the Virgin Hyperloop. The Tucker County Board of Education met after students have been back in school full time for two weeks, excluding snow days. So far the re-entries have been a success.