The Parsons Advocate

See boe page 6 See DAvis page 2 Volume 126 No. 1 Wednesday, December 30, 2020 75 cents (tax incl.) See photographer page 3 Davis Town Council Closes Out 2020 By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate All members were pres- ent at the Davis Town Council meeting where Pete Johson attended to offer an update on the Davis Riverwalk Project. He stated there were some sewer line egress issues, and when a deed search was performed and dis- covered a 10 foot egres- sonn for new constructions would be needed. After discussing at a previous meeting some concerns with changes in the floodplain levels, John - son spoke with Jackson Engineering and was told everything remained the same when the data was collected 10 years ago. The 60 foot lot beside Blackwater Bikes has had several businesses show- ing interest. Eric Swecker has that lot under contract with intentions to purchase and build a restaurant and retail facility. Councilman Al Tomson asked about adequate parking for that space with Johnson reply- ing that Blackwater Bikes would share parking in front of their store. Johnson continued stat- ing that the upper pavilion project would be the first structure that would be built. Mayor Doug Mar- tin asked if the first house that will be built would fall under a Home Own- ers Association, which Johnson said it would not, because it would be his personal house. Martin explained to Johnson that he (Johnson) would be responsible for the infra- structure to that dwelling and would have to run his own line with meters. A meeting with the Department of Natural Resources was held to dis- cuss establishment of fish - ing trails, docks, and canoe access points. Johnson stated the DNR requested riverfront access for these potential projects. He continued stating the land donations would expand BWFSP and could lead to Board of Education Recognizes 2020 National Honor Society Inductees By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Just before the students who earned their way into the Tucker County High School National Honor Soci- ety were set to participate in their induction ceremony, the Coronavirus pandemic closed the school doors. While maintaining social distanc- ing and requiring masks, the Tucker County Board of Education wished to recognize these students for their accomplishments. At the December 21 TCBOE meet- ing, the 2020 inductees and their advisor, Mr. Chris Wilson, were invited to attend where they were individually announced and handed their certificate in front of the board and Superintendent Alicia Lambert. Those who earned their way into this elite group included Kyleigh Barrett, Averie Bunnell, Caitlyn Eye, Alaira Hudson, Lindsey Hull, Karley Kyle, Sadie Palmer, Gracie Rapp, Karlee Smith, and Emma Wamsley. Jenese Lansberry wished to address the board to share her concerns with remote learning and the effects it is having on her child and others who have shared similar issues with her. She said at the beginning, her child was receptive to remote learning but she has noted a shift that has occurred resulting in the child no longer want- ing to complete the lessons. “I can’t expect my daycare sitters to be teach- ing my daughter something that is not in their field, nor is it mine, but I’m doing the best I can,” Lans- berry stated. She explained that she, like several parents, begins their day early in the morn- ing when she has to take her daughter to a sitter so she can go to work. As a result, Lansberry is having to work with her child after dinner up until bedtime to complete that day’s assign- ments. “She’s been strug- gling with the concepts that are being taught,” she explained, with two hours being lessons online and the remaining six hours being left for the parents to assist with. “There’s got to be a solution, this is not working,” Lansberry stated, “It is ruining our relationship with our chil- dren.” “Let it be the parent’s choice as to whether we send our kids to school to learn in class or whether we do remote,” Lansberry continued. She has been in contact with her child’s teachers as well as the principals. “The rela- tionships between her and her sitters are starting to fail,” she added. Lans- berry admitted she knows the board, teachers, and school staff are working hard to maintain the health and safety of everyone involved, but with tears in her eyes asked for an option to help her daughter. “Please find a bet - ter solution for the remote learning, some kids can do it and some kids can’t,” she said. David Koritko, principal at TCHS, assistant principal and career and Local Photographer Earns Top Wedding Vendor Honor By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Anyone who has planned a wedding knows how overwhelming and stressful the process can be. For many couples, it happens so quickly that it is hard to grasp what actually happened, but fortunately, a good photographer can help capture and preserve those moments for the newlyweds. Online planning tools such as The Knot can be very useful in organizing all of the parts to a perfect day of matrimony. Each year The Knot compiles a list of the most highly reviewed wedding vendors as chosen by their users. According to a press release fromThe Knot, “In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of support- ing local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Wed- dings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.” “To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor cat- egories—including venues, musicians, florists, pho - Andy Yost with the WV Department of Agriculture assisted with the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to Wal- greens, in Parsons. Deliveries were made to multiple counties just before Christmas. Vaccines are not yet available to the public. Delivery of COVID-19 vaccines The TCBOE recognized those who were inducted into the National Honor Society during the 2019-20 school year at their most recent meeting. Pictured from left to right are Karlee Smith, Kyleigh Barrett, Karley Kyle, Emma Wamsley, Caitlyn Eye, and Mr. Chris Wilson. TCHS Principal David Koritko gave an elaborate and detailed presentation to the TCBOE highlighting issues he has discovered with the student’s test scores along with highlights with positive impacts when school is in session. Zoe Evans feels God led her to stepping into entrepre- neurship at just 17 years of age, which has now led to a top wedding vendor recognition courtesy of The Knot. Photo courtesy of Jenna Richman Photography.