See something? News Tip? Email
May 20 p Reba Evelyn Elswick
Ball, see OBITUARY page
May 20 p Not sure what the Attorney
General has to do with a jobs summit but, from the email bag: May 20th
at 7:30 pm, I will be in Clay County for a Town Hall meeting and Jobs Summit.
The forum will take place at the Board of Education meeting room. Spread
the word to anyone who is near Clay County that night and wants to attend.
Come with ideas and give us feedback. Thanks. This is your state AG's office
-- we are trying to be accessible.
May 17 p Have you won anything
lately? You have an opportunity just around the corner
May 17p How about $500 in prizes for
building a homemade something and getting it to float from point a to point
b. How about building some kind of gizmo that will catapault a bean bag
catfish . $200 in prizes will be awarded for that event
May 17 p Those and a bunch more coming
during the Elk River Fest, May 31st and June 1st. See ADVSIORY page now.
Full schedule will be posted sometime next week.
May 17 p Here's the deal. For this
Fest, you have to sign up for the events ahead of time.
May 17 p Sometimes, your entry may
be the only particpant. Get it? Just for getting off your lardarss, you
could be a winner by default.
May 17 p Need a fund raiser for your
non profit group. the Elk Fest committee is wanting some group to do up
beans and cornbread for a Saturday meal. Your group gets to keep all profits.
See Amanda Moore or Roberta Faile for details.
May 17 p Enjoy the weekend one and
May 17 a All of a sudden a little sunshine
is peeping thru the clouds. Nice change and just in time (maybe) for a
rescheduled Sectional Tournament game tonight at Clay County Park. The
Panthers have to beat Herbert Hoover HS not once but twice to advance to
regional action. Game begins at 6pm. Go Panthers.
May 17 a Westests are done for another
year. For kids the results mean nothing. For Administrators, the results
are a benchmark to work around and massage.
May 17 a With the last frost date behind
us, Clay High's greenhouse has a bunch of beautiful plants for sale.
May 17 a And Yes things are a little
quiet in the county of little.
May 17 a When we were kids promises
came in the trusted newspaper, My Weekly Reader. The journal told kids
about the 21st Century, cars that drove themselves, all the utility lines
would be underground, we'd be living on the moon.
May 17 a We're 13 years into the new
century and so far, it's been about as crappy as can be. The fighting,
the corporate greed, worldwide terrorism, non functioning government,
few jobs and those overworking the employees.... sounds more like the 19th
May 17 a Brain tease: What was
the first number one hit for the Commodores?
May 14 late p 24 pages of solid
Clayberry news and views now available in The Communicator on news stands
across the region. Our lead story covers the thievery of an in home
health care worker stealing from senior citizen, Earl McCune
May 14 late p 70 cents and worth every
May 14 late p Enjoy!
May 13 late p Thomas Franklin
King Sr, 78, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
May 13 p Congrats Eagle Waddell now
a WVU graduate with honors and heading to grad school in industrial relations
May 13 p 2008 CCHS Alysia Hively
just earned her bachelors degree while being a part of the Marshall U softball
team now in Championship play in Tulsa OK
May 13 p CHS Class of 2005 Samantha
Creel now Doctor Samantha Chaffin and starting her residency at CAMC OB-GYN
May 13 p Congrats to each and every
and best of success in the future
May 13 p The Attorney General
is coming to Clayberry May 20th. See ADVISORY page for details
May 13 p Update from Sunday post: Someone
has donated a jon boat for the Elk Fest race. Thanks
May 13 p Communicator comes out Tuesday.
Deadline for submissions is this afternoon around 5pm
May 12 late p from the past seven
days in the way of newsy stuff, about all we could dig up ... the
CAEZ is forming a committee to try and save the Clay County Fitness Center
from closure. That group meets next week and will work on coming up with
a way to raise around $16,000 to keep the place in the black for
May 12 late p Well maybe the big news
is the Clay High Panthers pulled off one H of a great ball game Saturday
afternoon to stay alive in Sectional Tournament action. The 5 to 4 win
over Nicholas County sent the rival Grizzlies whimpering home.
May 12 late p The win also gave us
one more chance to beat number one in the state Herbert Hoover this coming
Thursday evening. Actually one win isn't enough. We have to beat them twice
to advance to the Regional games.
May 12 late p The first time
ever Elk River Fest is just around the corner. See EVENTS page for details
and link to their stylish web page.
May 12 late p Help: The volunteer
committee needs to find an old jon boat for the race down Main Street.
Yes, down Main Street. The boat can be full of holes and all mashed up
for that matter. If you have such a rascal and can donate it for the the
race, get hold of Roberta or Amanda right away.
May 12 late p Help Help: They're
also looking for some volunteers to make it all happen. If you can help
with managing the kids' games or information booth, once again Roberta
or Amanda please
May 12 late For those wanting to make
some $$$$, they still have spots open for food and vendor booths.
May 12 late p It's not often
that we report new businesses coming into the Nation of Clay. Big Otter
Diner just opened near the I-79 exit and just across from the Go Mart there.
open seven days a week too.
May 12 late p In Two Run, a new pharmacy
business is rebuilding the old Gino's building. Competition is always a
good thing for the consumer.
May 12 late p How about some
great news: Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate
and tax sales of recreational marijuana, after lawmakers approved several
bills that set business standards and rules. Legislators expect enforcement
of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana — a 15 percent excise
tax, and a 10 percent sales tax. Here's
May 12 late p The watchdog who tracks
the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government
officials have tried to silence him because they
think he's embarrassing the White House.
May 12 late p The U.S. Census
Bureau is reporting that the Mountain State had the lowest
voter turn-out in the USA during the last General Election, November
May 11 9am Drizzle continues
May 11 New job posting on that page
as well a new Classifieds, Events. Obit.
May 10 late p Needless to say, the
Sectional Tournament slated for tonight was a wash out again
May 10 late p If the weather cooperates,
games begin out at Clay County Park at 4pm Saturday. That means CHS Panthers
should take the field for the second game around 6:30 or so
May 10 late p With an already wet field
and a 60% chance of more wa wa Saturday, plans are being made to move the
games to an astro turf field like over at WV Tech. If that fails, the Sectional
Tournament will be delayed til after WesTest exams next week, AKA next
May 10 late p We'll keep you
advised a soon as we know something. Don't look for a decision until early
May 10 late p One week ago today, the
Town of Clay water account had just $172.00 in it.
May 10 late p From the email
bag: There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large,
trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down
in one swig. "Well, whatcha' gonna do about it?" he says, menacingly, as
I burst into tears. "Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think
you'd CRY. I can't stand to see a man crying." "This is the
worst day of my life," I say. "I'm a complete failure. I was late to a
meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot,
I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance.I left my
wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife with another man... And
then my dog bit me." "So I came to this bar to work up the
courage to put an end to it all, I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in and
sit here watching the poison dissolve; and then you show up and drink the
whole damn thing! "But, Hell, enough about me, how are
May 10 a No one. Not one person thought
the CHS Panthers had a chance against Herbert Hoover HS last night during
the Sectional Tournament. HHHS is ranked number one in the state
and has outstanding pitching. The consensus: Hoover would 10 run us in
the first inning and by the end of the 5th inning, the score would be around
100 to nothing.
May 10 a Thursday evening the Panthers
played HHHS. In the second inning we had em 2 to 0. Through out the match
up CLay High played excellent, got hits, and otherwise made Hoover wonder
"what's going on here?"
May 10 a The final score was HHHS 8
to 5. They won BUT BUT had a couple calls gone our way, who knows what
the final score would have gone. We did good.
May 10 a Tonight Nicholas
County plays HHHS at 5pm ish. The Panthers will take on the winner of that
contest most likely around 7:30pm. The winners of tonight's two games continues
into the championship round.
May 10 a Rain is in the forecast for
today and tonight which could delay all the action. If the games are played,
the local radio station will delay broadcast the Clay High game around
May 10 a Go Panthers
May 9 p When local school systems don't
get along with the State School Board, those Charleston powers have a habit
of taking over the local system. For years, if a local system refused
to consolidate community schools, off with their heads, and they got taken
over by the Big Suits. Today the State thinks they can do a better
job of educating the stumps in the school system.
May 9 p A dozen years ago, McDowell
County was taken over by the State. Back then they said stuff like low
test schools, drop out rates, and poor attendance were the official
reason for State Sucks to come in and take over the rural school system
May 9 p A couple days ago, the
State said things are so much improved, so wonderful under their guidance,
McDowell County schools would be returned to local control.
May 9 p Lets see now: Last
year only four schools met adequate yearly progress which is a national
benchmark for achievement; only 32 % of Riverview High School students
can read on grade level; at Mountain View High School only 23% of the kids
have a basic knowledge in reading; and 31% of the kids NOW can handle
May 9 a The most recent Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation pronounced McDowell County as the most unhealthy
county in the nation. That non profit agency cited low graduation rates,
humongo obesity problems, among other things as reasons for the bottom
May 9 p My Oh my, how the State
Board of Education made a difference and improved education in McDowell
May 9 a Much of Clayberry will grind
to a halt this afternoon as Appalachian Power Co turns off the juice while
they replace some power poles. Elk Power is supplied by AEP and many of
their customers will go dark for about 3 hours as the repairs are made.
May 9 a How about some online stuff
to make you grit your teeth....
May 9 a The country goes crazy
when we get scared. Take guns for instance. Chicago forbids the displaying
of historical firearms in museums! Those are unable to be fired ancient
weapons kept behind glass.
May 9 a For those that think
coal is on its way back and fossil fuel is here to stay, an update.
Tesla Motors, one of the first electric vehicle makers in this country,
now showing a profit.
May 9 a On your private facebook
space or in a an email, the government is regularly tracking your every
stroke on the keyboard and without
a search warrant.
May 9 a Tracking you: Nordstrom says
it wants to serve you better, so it’s tracking your movements through their
stores. The CBS 11 I-Team has learned the retailer is using software to
track how much time you spend in specific departments within the store.
The technology is being used in 17 Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores
nationwide, including the NorthPark store in Dallas. A company
spokesperson says sensors within the store collect information from customer
smart phones as they attempt to connect to Wi-Fi service. The sensors can
monitor which departments you visit and how much time you spend there.
However, the sensors do not follow your phone from department to department,
nor can they identify any personal information tied to the phone’s owner,
says spokesperson Tara Darrow.
May 9 a On that same vein, a high schooler
was suspended from school after noting that the varsity team wasn't doing
too good. Nope not a dirty word, not any threats, and nothing more than
a personal opinion and the
senior is suspended.
May 9 a Orwell? You better believe
May 9 a Back on guns. Nut jobs
in DC continue their efforts to take away gun ownership and force
unworkable, unreasonable laws on private citizens. There is now an answer.
Make your own gun on your office printer! The new weapon is made out of
resin, actually works, and there is no registration requirement. Called
the Liberator, 100,000
downloads have already been completed.
May 9 a They're going to try again
and hold the Sectional baseball tournament out at Clay County Park this
afternoon. With the sun popping thru the clouds at 8 this morning, they
may actually get the game in after three rained out attempts.
May 8 a Welcome to Hump day Wed in
Clayberry. We're on day three of a Spring rain that just won't quit.
May 8 a Last night's Sectional Tournament
game was canceled and set for this afternoon. With rain still falling and
Clay County Park already soaked, there's little chance the game will be
played today. For that matter, the wet stuff is in the offing for Thursday
May 8 a The Town of Clay Boil Water
Order was lifted Tuesday afternoon around 3pm. They're saying the
wa wa is safe to use again.
May 8 a County Commission plans to
hire people of their liking for 911 Dispatch Center hiring this morning
during their public meeting which begins at 10am.
May 8 a Had a pretty interesting CAEZ
meeting last night where the Board voted to try and save the county's only
May 8 a The CAEZ funded the building
and equipment around 15 years ago as one of their "benchmarks". At the
time and continuing today, the Nation of Clay is one of the most obese,
out of shape counties in the nation.
May 8 a Back when the group funded
the much needed asset, they had an advisory board set up to keep the place
on track and under proper guidance. The Committee stopped meeting within
a year of the Clay County Fitness Center's opening.
May 8 a Last night, the CAEZ voted
to reform that committee, go see the School Superintendent, and make a
stab at raising the $15,000+ needed to keep the place open to the public.
May 8 a Hope it's not too late
May 8 a Most agree, we can't
depend on mass media outlets for news. We know of they filter important
info as well as down right bury news as the thumb of corporate America
and Govt. applies pressure. For the majority of this Country, the news
source is the internet.
May 8 a Doomsdayers tell us, as soon
as things get bad, the internet will be shut down with the flip of one
switch. Without independent sources, we're at the mercy of the govt.
May 8 a Others laugh and say, that's
May 8 a Truth is, shutting down the
internet is already practiced in other places. Here's
the latest example of a country that severed the information source
May 7 a Last night's CHS Sectional
Tournament game was scrubbed due to rain. If the weather holds (sunny right
now), that first round game will get underway at Clay County Park today.
One source said the game will begin at 5:30, another said 6pm. Whatever
the case, the local radio station will delay broadcast the match up at
9pm tonight... if the weather cooperates
May 7 a Today at 5pm Clay Town Council
meets in their office in the old Starcher furniture store building. WIth
a long delayed wa wa plant project underway, a couple lawsuits in the
courts .... might be a good meeting
May 7 a This afternoon at 4 and then
again at 6pm, the CAEZ gathers for their once a month meeting at the Courthouse.
May 7 a A couple months back during
basketball season, a hazing incident (fake dry humping) followed
by one student smashing another kid, has lead to a citizen complaint with
a lawsuit most likely in the works.
May 7 a On last night's School
Board agenda: Rule on a Level III Citizens Appeal filed by George and Julie
Wilkinson. The Bd voted in support of the School Superintendent Tanner
and CHS Principal Isacs.
May 7 a Translates to: Parents of the
victim kid wanted Coach Scott Gibson fired. Tanner and Isacs said nope
and now the Bd. is on record supporting the keeping of the Coach
May 7 a That was a Level III
complaint. Next step for the Wilkinsons is an appeal to the State School
May 7 a A civil lawsuit is completely
different from an inhouse Citizen Complaint
May 7 a Civil lawsuits can not force
an agency to fire someone but can result in $$$ pay outs.
May 7 a Expect a change of venue lawsuit
in this county soon.
May 6 a Hazel Grace Gibbs, 89, see
May 6 a Belated birthday wishes to
May 6 a Providing it doesn't get rained
out, this evening at 6pm the Clay High Panthers will play their first sectional
tournament game over at Clay County Park. 101.7FM will delay broadcast
the game at 9pm. With drizzle already in the air and 60 % of
the wet stuff all day, expect a delay
May 6 a This evening at 6pm the
BDA as well as the School Board meet in regular sessions.
May 6 a If you're trying to find the
School Bd agenda on their web site, they're hiding it again. Instead of
listed under the AGENDA link, wouldn't that make sense, it's buried deep
on the calendar page.
May 6 a Thinking back on last week....
May 6 a We saw what a well organized
event can do for the county. During the County Wide Yard Sale, foreigners
from across the region cam to the Nation of Clay and opened their wallets.
New money in out local economy! How did the strangers know to come?
Organizers of the three day event used media like Charleston Newspapers
to get the word out.
May 6 a One potential buyer stopped
at a likely spot with lots of junk in the yard and on the porch.
While looking around, a guy came out of the small house. Pointing at four
wheels neatly stacked up, from the buyer, How much you asking? From
the porch, this ain't no yard sale, that's my good stuff!
May 6 a Apparently the resident didn't
get the word that the county is trying to clean up its image.
May 6 a The 2013 CHS Prom was held
Saturday evening. Hanging out for sure and some dressed as an opposite
gender, but dressed to the 9's, no traffic accidents were reported. That's
May 6 a The warm dry weather sent locals
to the Farm Store to buy plants and flowers for the garden. We worked in
our yards and cut grass.
May 6 a
May 5 a H E WHite Elem is the rural
Clayberry school the Pentagon shut down, yanked out the wiring and removed
desks after ordering the place closed down. After a lengthy battle
with parents, the process ended up before Judge Charles King down in Charleston.
May 5 a Judge King did everything
except slap the School Board and Slinky across the chops as he ordered
the place reopened right away.
May 5 a That was 17 years ago. Thru
local support, H E White remains a beacon in the wilderness.
May 5 a Today's the H E White Ramp
Feed in Bomont. It's a fund raiser of course so those brats can have the
same experiences as big school kids.
May 5 a It's time to eat ramps and
smell to high heaven!
May 3 p BOIL WATER ORDER Town of
May 3 p The Town of Clay issued a BWO
today at 3:30pm after a main wa wa line break in front of the Lion's Club
May 3 p Affected areas include town,
and everybody South thru Hartland and beyond.
May 3 p Be safe. Boil it first
May 3 p Don't forget to check
out the side roads during the County Wide Yard Sale Days. Like:
May 3 p Lisa Rhodes has a dandy bunch
of stuff on Guy Mullins Rd
May 3 p Heading toward Wallback, at
the storage building, there's a whole locker full of estate items
May 3 p There's also three other
yard salers on Wallback Rd as of high noon Friday.
May 3 p The bestest of 80th birthday
wishes to Mammaw Jean Butcher Williams who's a person that taught everyone
around her, you can't do anything unless you at least try. She set the
example , the high water mark, by going to college while in her 50s at
the Morris Harvey College in Charleston to be a nurse. SALUTE!!
May 3 a It's a glorious Friday morning
complete with flowers blooming and yard sale shoppers from around the region
opening their wallets and spreading the joy.
May 3 a As part of the County Wide
yard Sale now in progress, the Lion's Club is offering up BBQ's and Hot
Dogs over at the Casino beginning at 11am today. FYI: Dandy pulled
pork BBQs !!
May 3 a Lizemore Fire Chief Mike Morton's
home burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon. They lost everything. Friends
are holding a hot dog fundraiser sale at the Courthouse TODAY.
May 3a Clay High will host the
Sectional Baseball Tournament at Clay County Park.All games begin at 6pm.
Here's the run down as best we know it.
May 3 a The Panthers will take
on the number one team in the State, Herbert Hoover High School Monday
at 6pm. If they lose, the Panthers play again on Wed.
May 3 a Nicholas County and Herbert
Hoover play Tuesday evening.
May 3 a If some how some way we would
win Monday night, the Panthers take on Nicholas County Wed at 6pm
May 3 a If we've got it wrong, someone
please email .
May 3 a It's prom time for all
the little teenagers. For Clay High, the Prom is this Saturday night at
May 3 a Moms and Dads, it's time to
have a refresher sit down conversation with the budding children
May 2 late Robert Thurston Bird,
90, see OBITUARY page
May 2 p John Scott Nine, 46,
of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
May 2 a More yard sale locations added
to the EVENTS page.
May 2 a For those thinking about getting
rid of those curtain climbers, check out the new post over on the ADVSIORY
page for information to get those little squirts out of your hair and into
May 2 a No one in the county has more
charges and convictions to his name than Mikey Lanham, Mikey as nicknamed
or Iron Mike as he likes to known. Lanham's legal woes mostly center around
beating the stuffins' out of people just for the heck of it.
May 2 a Just after the Communicator
came out Tuesday, Mikey Lanham was in Magistrate Court land again.
May 2 a After being locked up
for several days, Lanham was in rare form full of chatter and song. Some
of his most recent battery charges were dismissed. However, under the guidance
of his tax dime supported attorney, Mikey plead guilty to a burglary charge
and received one year in the slammer of which 6 months was suspended; followed
by 24 months of probation.
May 2 a GIven credit for his time served,
Mikey will serve around 5 months and 6 days.
May 2 a That means he will get out
just in time for the Big Apple Fest. Could be sooner if given time off
for "good days".
May 2 a Well, at least the citizens
of Clay can walk the streets this summer without fear of a habitual criminal
May 1 a First day of a brand new month.
Flowers are blooming. Lettuce is growing. Potatoes are in the ground and
the sun is looking good!
May 1 a There's a whole belly full
of information in the latest Communicator now on news stands across the
region. Start digesting. The lead story covers some of the cases running
thru the Court system including felony charges now lodged against
May 1 a The Tourism Committee organized
a first time ever County Wide Yard Sale which begins Thursday
May 1 a Across the county you can already
see tables setting up. With good weather expected, growing the county and
putting new money in local pockets is here
May 1 a Why not you? Got a closet full
of junk? How about that front porch? Does it look like the return department
at Wall Mart? It's time to make some money.
May 1 a It's also time for our region
wide clickers to come home to Clayberry and find some real deals.
April 30 a E.O. "Shorty" Nutter,
88, of Maysel, see OBITUARY page
April 29 p Happy 80th Birthday, Willie
April 29 p We've got a new advertiser
at the top of this page. Click the image above to see some pretty
cool one of a kind body adornments. and for the sweetie, how about
a Biker Babe Bra?
April 29 a In the morning post we reflected
back on a couple items from the last seven days but forgot a couple things.
April 29 p The government is buying
up all the ammo they can get their hands on. For those thinking it's just
a way of limiting ammo for the common taxpayer, you're
april 29 p And finally from last week,
we lost a legend. The ole possum himself, George Jones the country music
notable for the last 50 years, passed away. His funeral is this Thursday
at the Grand Ole Opry and open to the public.
April 29 p What would this world be
like without his talents and exploits? Wonder if he will show up on time
for his own funeral?
April 29 a Communicator comes out about
this time Tuesday. Email over you chatters, classifieds and such by 5pm
this evening. No updates until we get that puppy to bed.
April 29 a The CHS Lady Panther softball
team is ready for sectional tournament action over in Nicholas County tonight.
We get all confused with scheduling but here's what we think is happening.
April 29 a Tonight at 5pm the Lady
Panthers will play Nicholas County. If we win, CHS will return to Summersville
Tuesday at 5pm for a second match up against either Nicholas or Herbert
April 29 a If we loose tonight at 5pm,
the Lady P's will play a second game, this one against Herbert Hoover.
That game should begin around 7pm.
April 29 a Non profit 101.7 FM will
broadcast the games beginning at 4:55pm.
April 29 a Interested in making some
$$$? This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is the County Wide Yard Sale organized
by the Tourism Committee.. Clean out those closets, garage, out building,
basement, porch, bag the junk up, and get ready for the three day, 60 mile
long, sale all along Rt's 4 16 and 36.
April 29 a We saw something last week.
Americans galore voiced their concerns over cutbacks on funding Headstart,
Meals on Wheels, and other important safety net programs. In response politicians
told us to tighten our belts. At the same time, those in the jet set crowd
didn't like airline delays after air traffic controllers were cut back.
Poof, almost immediately funds were restored and those with influence got
April 29 a Also from last week....
April 29 a Dubbya opened his Presidential
library. That's a library without books, just a PR campaign to rewrite
history in a more favorable light for future generations. With trumpets
blaring, those that lived thru his 8 years and are still suffering from
his economic policies and subsequent depression, we know the truth, George
W was without a doubt the most disastrous Prez in history
April 29 a After a big win in Nov ,we
thought Obama De Bama was ready to kick some butt and make progress this
second term in office. Now, it feels like all the air is gone from his
balloon. After killings and bomb blasts, attacking the real gun problem,
mental health, nothing.
April 29 a Closer to home, it was quiet
last week. Local leaders behaved themselves in public.
April 29 a Shorty Nutter was a senior
citizen that often hung around the Clay Go Mart. With a cup of coffee in
his hand, you would see him over in the booths shooting the bull with buddies.
He was firm in his convictions. Whether you liked it or not, he told you
his common sense, straight forward opinion exactly the way it was.
April 29 a Shorty died Sunday afternoon.
He and his up front approach to life will be missed. Condolences extended
to his family
April 28 late p Elaine Shull, see OBITUARY