The Parsons Advocate

See Frustration page 6A Volume 125 No. 38 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See winners page 8A See kit page 4A See youth page 4A EMS Fee Errors Lead to Commission Meeting Frustration By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate A small crowd gathered at the September 9 meeting of the Tucker County Commission, which Commis- sioner Jon Bush attended via phone. The Commis- sioners are aware of a multitude of errors that occurred when the 2020 EMS Fee statements were sent out which included duplicates, unnecessary late charges, and more. A statement was put out on the internet and social media that explained to the residents how to pro- ceed, though a few attended to voice their concerns in person. Lois Arbogast shared her first concern over a late fee being added to her bill stating she didn’t pay her bill before the deadline, though she and County Adminis- trator Sheila DeVilder had it paid on time. She also suggested that the company chosen to do the billing, who she believed to be located out of state, not be uti- lized in the future if they are to blame for the billing errors. She asked how much the company was being paid to do the billing and if that was paid for out of the EMS fund. Commission President Lowell Moore confirmed they were out of state and were paid approxi - mately $6,000 which is paid for out of the EMS fee. “It was less than what we were paying previously,” Moore added. “There were major errors, we agree with that,” he said. Arbogast also stated that she was under the impres- sion that the fee was set to remain at $50 for at least five years, which ends after the next billing year. She has 2019-20 Academic Fair Winners Recognized by BOE Adkins Obtains Health and Safety Kits for Schools By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Youth Livestock Sale Brings Over $75,000 By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Even though the Tucker County Fair was canceled due to orders set forth by W.Va. Governor Jim Justice, a livestock show and sale was held to allow the youth exhibitors to show- case their projects and offer them for sale. The shows were held privately with only the exhibitors and their immediate family in the barn and the sale was only open to exhibitors, their family, and registered buyers. Awards were given by Beverly Rosier on behalf of the Tucker County Farm Bureau. The recipients were Tate Mullenax, Owen Knotts, Sidney Simmons, and Laney Burns. Each exhibitor received a $50 gift certifi - cate fromAdkins Home Center to use towards their next years feed bill at Southern States. Rosier stated, "It's when kids help other kids with their animals." She added, "It's not just over the course of the fair or show but over the duration of their 4-H and FFA season." The barn chairman and extension agent typically contributes Even though the Tucker County Fair was canceled due as a result of the executive orders made by W.Va. Gov- ernor Jim Justice, a youth livestock show and sale was held which brought in over $75,000 for the exhibitors. By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate In true Tucker County fash- ion, the Board of Education takes pride in recognizing the students who receive any form of achieve- ment. Due to COVID-19, the BOE did not get the chance to recognize the Academic Fair Winners from the 2019-2020 school year. These events included Math Field Day, Social Studies Fair, and Young Writers. The students were invited to attend the September 8 meet- ing where they gathered outside the Board of Education Office where Superintendent Alicia Lambert, alongside the board members, announced the win- ners and presented them with a certificate. Winners of the Math Field Day included: fourth grade: Josh Moore, Brayden Bennett, and Peyton Cross; fifth grade: Lela Wright, Aaron Frymyer, and Liam Davis; sixth grade: Sadie Ends, Xander Lambert, and Lynk Brian Adkins, center, presented Tucker County Schools along with Superintendent Alicia Lambert (left) and Facilities Director Jonathan Hicks (Right) with approximately $2,400 worth of cleaning supplies and sanitizing agents as a result of a grant he submitted for from True Value. 2019-2020 Math Field Day Winners As a part of the Education Heroes Campaign available through True Value Company, Tucker County Schools were the recipients of sup- plies needed to clean, sanitize, and ensure the health and safety of stu- dents and staff. Bus driver for the schools and co-owner and Vice Presi- dent of Adkins Home Center, a True Value dealer, was on the dealership website when he stated, “I stumbled upon the program.” Upon further investigation, Adkins read the disclaimer that the program was only available for one school per district. Being a smaller county with only three schools, he took the chance on applying for all three schools hop- ing extra funds would be available to supply them all. To his surprise, he was notified that his application was received and granted. “These kits retail for around $800 each,” he stated. Each school is receiving one case of hand soap, two cases of hand sanitizer, one case of masks, and one Local Teen Found According to a press release from the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 deputies were informed by family members that Tabitha Witemore was sending snapchats to friends and family. On Saturday, Sept. 12 deputies were notified that a family member located Tabitha near Baltimore, Md. and took her to the local Law Enforcement Department. Chief Deputy J. Sigley, along with Sgt. C. A. Teter went to Baltimore and transported Tabitha back to her fam- ily‘s residence. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the family and friends of Tabitha, along with several dif- ferent departments and operations for helping in locating Tabitha and bringing her safely home to her family.