NEWS & MORE
March 23 early a Happy to report, the
Va Music Hall of Fame is honoring Clay County's very own, John and
March 22 p New indictments are public.
Those caught include:
March 22 p Woodrow Cutlip Wanton Endangerment
with firearm, destruction of prop; discharging a firearm within 500ft
of a dwelling
March 22 p Ann Marie Cavender Welfare
fraud x 7
March 22 p Okey Hodge, Rachel Larch,
Joshua Burdette: Dest of prop, conspiracy, burglary, and attempted
March 22 p Billie Murphy Forgery x
2; Uttering x 2, False pretense x 2, conspiracy x 2
March 22 p Christie McCune Forgery
x 2 uttering x 2; false pretense x 2; conspiracy x 2
March 22 p Matthew Stewart Wanton endangerment
with firearm x 3; person prohibited from having a firearm; kidnapping x
3. grand larceny
March 22p Zachary Boggs Sex assault
March 22 p Summers Landers Grand Larceny
March 22p Jacob Young Malicious wounding,
wanton endangerment with firearm x 2; person prohibited from possessing
March 22p Bufford Brown, Connie Brown:
possession Schedule I
March 22 p Patrick Morris Burglary,
grand larceny; driving revoked 3rd offense
March 22 p Jay Jones B&E
March 22 p Cliff Salisbury Driving
revoked 2nd offense; DUI causing bodily injury x 2; Crash causing death
March 22 p Jeremiah Eagle, Kelli Eagle:
Failure to appear; destruction of property, conspiracy, child abuse creating
risk of injury x 2, attempt
March 22 p Should be a busy time
next Tuesday during arraignment day
March 21 p Shirley "Shirl" Lee
Burnside, 84, of Ivydale , see OBITUARY page
March 21 p We had our wires crossed
during the morning post. When the paperwork is all typed, will post the
results of Today's Grand Jury.
March 21 p Town Council convened
a special meeting Tuesday where they voted in unanimously, the new
year's budget. According to their CPA, there's going to be $7000 less in
the way of revenue in the 2017-2018 budget year.
March 21 p The Mayor felt that loss
was due to the number of homes, buildings, that were lost during the June
23rd 2016 Great Wash Out.
March 21 p Clay County PSD buys their
wawa from the Town of Clay. The PSD had a big time leak in the storage
tank behind BA House's residence. Drained the thang they said.
March 21 p The PSD asked Council to
forgive them of their debt of the wasted liquid
March 21 p This evening, in an unanimous
vote of all in attendance, Council said Nope, you got ta pay us.
March 21 p Life can now return to normal
March 21 p State Road Gurus in Charleston
are once again allowing the local workers to frequent Tudor's for their
mid morning snack.
March 21 p Seems, even an irate female
bus driver can't take away the state law mandated 15 minute breaks.
March 21 a In the way of news, it's
a pretty dull time in Clayberry. In the mean time....
March 21 a Town Council will convene
a Special Meeting today at 5:30 to vote in a budget for the new year. Public
March 21 a The local radio station
will be broadcasting tonight's Lady Panther v Braxton softball game if
sportscaster TG Griffith gets to feeling better. Game begins at 5pm at
Braxton. To listen online tap
this link. Go Lady Panthes!
March 21 a The station still needs
sponsors to get all the games on the radio. Interested? Drop off your info
to Clay Auto Parts in Two Run. Thanks.
March 21 a County Commission
meets Wed morning at 10am.
March 21 a Thursday morning, in the
upstairs Courtroom, Spring Grand Jury gets under way. With all the Badge
work in the last 3 months, might be a big load of em this time around
March 21 a While we're sitting around
waiting on the next dumb thing to happen, the Eagle
Cam is back live. Mrs Eagle already has one egg in the next PA next.
Be sure to turn up your speackers to hear the squaking.
March 21 a Also, to burn up even more
broadband, how about a live look at the Great
March 20 a This morning we've got some
bright sunshine and moderate in temperature.
March 20 a That great weather is just
in time for Spring Baseball and Softball over at Clay High
March 20 a The local radio station
plans to air a bunch of the boys and girls contests on 101.7FM. To
do that, it's going to take some sponsors. If you can help get our athletes
on the air, the asking donation is $50 for the entire season. Easiest and
quickest would be to drop off your donation over at Clay Auto. Thanks from
the volunteers at YAP radio.
March 20 a First game for sportscast
comes Tuesday afternoon (away ) beginning at 5pm
March 20 a Go Panthers! Go Lady Panthers!
March 20 a Lots of talk on Little Don's
fscal budget, the one that benefits the very richest and screws the rest
of us, if you would like to read it for yourself, here's the
March 19 a Travis Welch, 32, see OBITUARY
March 19 a Rose Ann Garrett, 55, Lizemores,
see OBITUARY page
March 19 a For years this site and
The Communicator have referred to the Town of Clay Sewer Plant as the Log
March 19 a A couple months ago the
Mayor called for creating a list of people interested in employment. We've
been promoting that list of names since back then.
March 19 a That list includes: Log
Factory Operator. After receiving resumes from actual timber cutters and
sawmill workers, the Mayor called and requested we let readers and clickers
know, what we mean sewer plant employees.
March 19 a It's been a tough week for
those of us that try to live in this county. The elected and appointed
leaders in County Clay have been at it again .
March 19 a Over at Clay Roane PSD,
Thursday night, the appointed leadership voted unanimously to seek a rate
increase. Amounting to round 18%, that means, a bunch more customers will
be unable to pay their monthly wawa bill and in short order, we discontinue
March 19 a That PSD is short on funds
partly due to pay outs from the June Great Wash Out. When FEMA finally
reimburses the PSD, they will be a cash cow. We don't think that factored
into the decision to raise rate.
March 19 a Town Council heard the first
discussions on adding a B&O tax and or User fee and or Municipal
Sale Tax on the backs of those that work, deal, live inside the hamlet
March 19 a Years ago, a Mayor had a
good idea when he wanted to add parking meters in downtown, in front of
the Courthouse. His idea, and still a good one today, when all those
high dollar Suits come for Court duty, have them feed the meters.
No not that nickel and dime stuff but rather make it 25 cents for every
March 19 a Why not grab some
out of county $$$ before adding new taxes on those that are already struggling.
March 19 a Our County Commission
started budget negotiations with Dept heads this week. Most Dept heads
understand the upcoming shortfalls coming our way. One didn't.
March 19 a Prosecutor Jim Samples took
five hours or so of time to explain his desire to have a $72,000 budget
increase to feed additional employees.
March 19 a That shortage of funds amounts
to at least a $50,000 cutback in taxes during the 2017 - 2018 budget year.
To make things worse, many of the home, vehicle, out building losses after
the Great Wash Out, those reductions haven't even showed up on the tax
records yet. Those losses will show up for the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year.
March 19 a That means , not even counting
the $150,000+ unpaid jail bill, if we make thru the next 12 months, the
following 12 months will be worser. And Yes, worser is a word cause we
just used it!
March 19 a On this wet gray Sunday
morning, while we're talking doom and gloom, one more plea. If the local
non profit radio station doesn't raise a whole bunch of $$$ in short order,
it will be gone by mid Summer. No more local info, no more sports coverage
from Clay High sports, and one less totally independent source for the
news that main stream corporate news forgets to tell us.
March 19 a If you can help em out,
please walk over to www.gofundme.com and lend a hand. Thanks
March 17 p Clay Roane PSD Boardsters
took the advice of their CPA and passed a motion to seek an 18% rate increase
for their customers.
March 17 p Their last increase was
realized in Feb 2016. 13 months ago
March 17 p On the good side,
the PSD's wa wa loss rate dropped to 7% last month
March 17 p By the way, in the way of
March 17 p Last night before the Clay
Roane PSD meeting, the Office Manager confirmed, everybody there received
a Christmas bonus in December 2016.
March 17 p The unlawful bonus amounted
to $150 after taxes.
March 17 p Of course the PSD didn't
list "Christmas bonus" on the agenda four months ago.
March 17 p Crystal provided, their
accountant told em to list the Christmas bonus as a one time pay increase.
March 17 p During the last 20 years,
various engineers and contractors have been paid to establish a "telemetry"
radio network which would allow the office to monitor tank levels from
afar. The idea has always been, to easily monitor the tanks and keep them
March 17 p Over the last 23 years of
the Communicator, we've seen no less than three upgrades on the telemetry
March 17 p Last night, during the meeting,
if came to light, Nope! the telemetry does not work and the days (years)
of overflowing of the storage tanks was a big reason for the water loss.
March 17 p Clay County pays out a bunch
in jail bills. Feb 2017's jail bill amounted to $22K and that was a "light"
month for incarcerations
March 17 p Currently the County Commission
is behind in jail payments to the tune of around $150K.
March 17p One thing that adds to the
bill is paying the $42.25 per day bill to prisoners that ought not be in
Central Regional Jail (CRJ)
March 7 p Like, James C Rogers has
been in the slammer since Oct 2015. He has never been to court. The hold
up seems to be, the arresting Badge (Ware) was fired and there's no one
around to follow up on the case.
March 17 p Henry E Stutler has
been house at our expense since April 11th 2016 as well as Scott D Barker.
Neither inmate has been to Court. Instead we're paying their lodging and
March 17 p Besides being an injustice
to the accused, the sloppy courtmanship is very costly to the County of
March 17 p Things aren't getting any
better in Clay. It is estimated, in the new fiscal year, County Clay will
receive $50K+ less in tax revenue due to homes and property lost during
the Great Wash Out plus the Fola Coal company moving taxable equipment
out of Clayberry.
March 17 p With the wifey coming back
today at 5pm, it was a short day at the office for the Ace Cub Reporter
March 17 p Important clean up details
included picking up doggy poo piles, sweeping, and doing something more
than licking off the dishes.
March 17 p News wise...
March 17 p Our local Delegate, Roger
Hanshaw, he's the guy that says, if it's good business it's good for the
people, made the
Gazette again. That guy is a lead sponsor of a new law that reduces
regulations on oil and gas industry storage tanks.
March 17 p The very profitable
oil and gas industry who has been represented by Hanshaw's law firm, wants
the roll back of regulation
March 17 p To H with clean water!
March 17 p W Va has the
48th slowest internet rates in the nation. Who ever is in the 50th
position must still be using a string and two cans.
March 17 p It's plain and simple,
govt cannot tell students what bible to use nor administer religion on
the govt dime. Mercer
County Board of Education just got sued for doing that very thing.
March 17 p Have a nice weekend.
March 15 p Bobby Ray Stone, 68,
of Clay, see OBITUARY page
March 15 p Clay Roane PSD meets Thursday
evening at 6:30pm. Their public gatherings are held in the Procious WaWa
March 15 p Item VI e calls to vote
for a rate increase.
March 15 p Might be a great time to
talk to your appointed PSD leadership
March 15 p The Communicator made it
out the door Tuesday afternoon. Pretty good edition chucked full of local
content and more.
March 15 p Lead story provides the
quotes from the last Town Council meeting where they briefing discussed
implementation of user fees, B&O taxes, and such.
March 15 p This also might be a great
time to talk the elected officials at Town Hall.
March 15 p Wifey's been gone four nights
March 15 p Did you know, after four
days of not flushing the jon, you can get flies on the ceiling even when
the outside temps start out at 13 degrees.
March 15 p The local non profit radio
station is trying to raise enough $$$ to keep the station on the air by
online plea for support. It would be a real shame if a local non profit
went under after so many years of hard work.
March 15 p Also using an online
approach in an attempt to get the Gold Dome crowd to realize
how important local fire departments are to each community in the state,
you might want to lend a hand over there too.
March 15 p Thursday's weather report
calls for more moderate temps reaching into the low 40's. All of us are
ready for Spring temps once again.
March 13 p It's tough for a non
profit to stay alive in County Clay. Such is the case for non profit, WYAP-LP
FM radio in downtown Clay. The tiny radio station has set up a gofundme
campaign to raise the $6000 it takes to stay on the air for another 12
March 13 p You can use this
direct link to get over there or type in wyap when you get to gofundme.com
March 13 p Often people don't understand
how important local assets are until they're gone.
March 13 p No updates until we get
the Communicator to bed late tonight.
March 13 p Forgot to mention in the
early am post, the Business Development Authority meets tonight in the
old State Road garage building in Two Run. Here's the posted
March 13 11am TV-3 is reporting upwards
of 6 inches of snow may be coming our way tonight.
March 13 11am When you walk over to
the National Weather Service website, they report, maybe a half inch of
the white stuff tonight.
March 13 11am With The Communicator
planned for Tuesday , if there is 6 inches of snow on the ground, the paper
may be delayed. Check back for details... if that happens.
March 13 a When you see Joe Murphy
today, tell him, Happy Birthday!
March 13 early a Tonight at 6pm,
the Clayberry School Board meets up at the Pentagon. Looks like a
pretty full agenda including the hiring of a truancy officer.
Up until now, those responsibilities have gone to one of the Pentagon side
kicks to the Superintendent.
March 13 early a If you're interested
in having a say in next year's school calendar, there's a before the meeting
public hearing beginning at 5:30pm.
March 13 early a For the Ace Cub Reporter,
a vacation came early.
March 13 early a Mrs Wifey left
Tallhouse for a few days. He's got five days to leave socks laying everywhere,
let the dog crap wherever she wants, leave the TV blasting all night, leave
dirty dishes in the sink, and fart out loud.
March 13 early a Ahhhhhh... Life is
March 12 a Cold but plenty of
sunshine today. Great !
March 12 a From the last couple
March 12 a That school bus driver
that put the Clay State Road crew on notice, a second thought...
March 12 a It's true, there's many
stories on lazy State Road workers with their shirt pocket sewed on upside
down but there's another truth. Come next winter when there's a foot of
snow on the ground or a big tree blocks the road, there may be a
slight delay in response time.
March 12 a The ace cub reporter knows
about such fallout.
March 12 a After peeing off Leonard
Williams with the power company many years ago, there was a big storm that
knocked out the juice. After all the neighbors had their power restored,
the Mel Gibson look alike stayed in the dark.
March 12 a First the lad delivered
a happy note in the Elk Power Co door slot. The next day he followed up
with a picture of the home to remind Leonard "My Good Buddy" Williams where
the place was located. After several days of darkness, an office worker
noticed the stack of notes & pictures, and sent out the crew to reset
the breaker on the pole. Took the guy about 20 minutes to get everything
back to normal.
March 12 a Pay backs can be H in Clayberry.
March 12 a We've got a need America.
The local Little League ball field was 99% washed away last June. Volunteers
have been busting the hump to rebuild the facility. Much of the work is
done. But, another $50,000 is needed to get the costly back stop fencing
purchased and erected. With the season opener coming in April, if you can
help em out, now's the time.
March 12 a During Feb's beggin campaign,
this site received enough in donations to replace all three desk top puters
with much newer (refurburished) units. We bought em from the guy over on
the Classified page. The things are working great and for just $100,
hard to beat! That guy, Scott, told us last week, he has just 8 or 10 more
available and then he's quitting the repair business for a while. Need
a puter? Now might be a great time to upgrade.
March 12 a Communicator comes
out Tuesday if all goes well. Now's the time to email over your classifieds,
chatters, event notices and such.
March 9 later a Wed afternoon
the Town of Clay's Boil Water Order for the Maysel area was lifted. It's
safe to drink the stuff
March 9 later a Does anybody know anybody
that actually drinks Clay water?
March 9 a Tonight at 6pm, the Greater
Clay Long Term Recovery group convenes their meeting at 6pm. The agency
is housed in the brick building beside Spread Park.
March 9 a Clayberry has less than 10,000
residents and very few businesses. Overall, we are poor as church mices.
March 9 a Word on the street has it,
we're so poor, the local Catholic Church is shuttering its doors in the
near future. During last year's Great Wash Out, that facility and their
many volunteers were well used by those in need. The full time on the job
Risen Lord Church will be sadly missed.
March 9 a Yesterday we posted about
the local school bus driver ratting out the State Road crew for buying
biscuits over at Tudors. In a tit for tat response, the State Roaders
raised questions about school bus drivers that only work a few hours daily
but are paid as full time employees.
March 9 a That hour or so of work in
the morning and the same for the afternoon run, that's been a burr under
the saddle for many for years.
March 9 a Other counties in W Va require
bus drivers to work other school system duties between bus runs. One of
those is Kanawha County where drivers fill in others with many duties.
March 9 a In still other counties,
drivers don't receive that overtime pay for extra runs until they've worked
a full 40 hours.
March 9 a The lady driver that started
the bad mouthing of our local State Road crew may have opened a can of
worms that will come back and bite her and her fellow drivers in the you
March 9 a Others in the county are
expressing outrage over the Pentagon hiring retired Superintendents as
sub teachers. For the taxpayer, that double and triple dipping is a little
hard to swallow.
March 9 a Most in the county feel the
two aging retirees will be put in management slots or soon to be created
March 9 a The good ole boy club keeps
March 9 a Speaking of the school system,
the gurus under the Gold Dome don't like when the world can plainly see
the state's failing schools. For this county, H E White Elem made the F
list in Nov 2016.
March 9 a Instead of fixing the schools,
the problems, with their infinite wisdom, the vote is in to do away with
the A to F rating system.
March 9 a What's next for the Charleston
crew? Clayberry and state school systems fail miserably on standardized
test. No matter what the spin, when upwards of 80% of the kids are unable
to do grade level math, no what time it is? It's time to do away with those
blasted, humiliating, standardized tests.
March 9 a Got ta love em all!
March 8 a In this county, most everybody
is related to somebody else. When you bad mouth someone in a crowd, most
likely, someone in the crowd is related to the person getting the tongue
lashing. Equally as true, there are ramifications, fall out, for every
word put out in the public sphere.
March 8 a With that being said, here's
March 8 a A female County Clay
school bus driver fired off an email to State Road management a couple
days back. The center of her statement: She was upset that local State
Road workers spent morning time over at Tudor's Biscuit World instead of
March 8 a That correspondence struck
pay dirt in short order. One day later, our local State Road guys were
told: you can not go to Tudor's for your morning biscuit.
March 8 a For those outside of the
area, Tudor's is the place for the morning pit stop. For many, year after
year, decades, the day doesn't get started until after a Ron, Mary B, or
other concoction involving a biscuit, egg , combination.
March 8 a Those State Road guys ain't
too pretty to look at but they know how to respond.
March 8 a That group fired off
a notice to the Pentagon, they ain't too happy with bus drivers being paid
full time wages and then spending only a couple hours behind the wheel
and the balance of it, also over at Tudors.
March 8 Pay backs are H and the war
March 8 a Changing gears...
March 8 a This county has but one municipality.
There, there's less than 40 businesses. For those struggling for a profit,
not a day goes by that some group, kid, senior citizen comes in asking
for a donation for their cause. Keeping their doors open and people
employed is hard to do in the Land of Little.
March 8 a Last night Town Council met.
Darn good meeting with progress being made with every agenda item.
March 8 a And then . And then, as things
were closing down, during discussion time...
March 8 a Mayor Hubbard told the assembled,
the next fiscal year is going to be tough due to a smaller tax base amounting
to around $7000 and still dwindling.
March 8 a Council person Josh Shamblin
suggested a "user fee" for those employed in the hamlet. For those that
don't know, a "user fee" is an amount taken from employees weekly to help
cover the cost of local government. With many working at minimum wage,
another couple dollars taken as a deduction, that hurts.
March 8 a As soon as the Pentagon workers
plus employees in the three schools within the town boundaries get word
of this notion, it ain't going to be pretty. Ditto for the second largest
employer based in the Town, Clay Development Corp and all the Courthouse
March 8 a In response to that
Shamblin inspired idea, Mayor Jason Hubbard has a couple ideas to put on
the discussion table.
March 8 a The Mayor advanced adding
a municipal tax on everything sold within town borders and / or a business
and occupation tax, B&O tax.
March 8 a Mr Mayor said they
may add those mentions to the next meeting's agenda but , "I haven't decided."
March 8 a For our long time Communicator
readers and clickers of this site, you will remember other stabs at adding
a B&O tax by Town Council.
March 8 a During both attempts we can
remember, the Mayor and Council barely escaped the meeting house with their
March 8 a During the last packed house
hearing, some businesses plain simply said: you add that tax and we will
just go ahead and shut down.
March 8 a Here's the icing on the cake
March 8 a Mayor Hubbard apprised
Council that Poopy Holcomb approached him about serving as a Town Badge.
Hubbard made it clear to the Poopster, the Town has $0 budgeted for
law enforcement BUT BUT BUT
MArch 8 a Maybe some of the new tax
revenue could be used to pay Mr Holcomb's wages, fuel, bullets, spike strips,
sirens, gallons of pepper spray, new uniforms from Charleston Tent and
March 8 a There's a reason why many
folks donated to this site a couple weeks back.
March 8 a Having a place where you
can get instant, up to the minute, smart mouth news on local happenings,
it's very important.
March 8 a THank you again for your
support of independent news and views.
March 7 p James A. Duffield,
85, of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
March 7p The Rev, Jimmy, or Catman
Duffield, was one of our real characters in the county
March 7p He was well known for his
lengthy telephone conversations which always began with: Hey! How are ya?
March 7 p After an hour or more listeners
would come up with cleaver ways to get off the hook. One elected official
told: I would knock on a door frame real loud and tell the Rev, some one's
at the door, I have to go.
March 7 p Another guy reported,
instead of ignoring the ringy dings, when his wife was mad at him, his
wife would answer the phone and even if he was out in the garage, she would
bring the cordless there and start grinning as soon as the hubby said Hello.
March 7p Even if he was in a deep conversation
on some important topic like "the old home place", as soon as Jimmy needed
to do something else, abruptly, "Well, I got ta go, See ya" and then came
March 7 a What a gloomy wet morning.
March 7 a Great Clay Long Term
Recovery Group has several committees working for the county. One of those
is the emergency response committee which thinks there may be several medical
people in the county willing to help out during a crisis. To get a handle
on the resources availableand those willing to help, they've put up an
online survery form. Check it out right
March 6 p Town Council meets
Tuesday afternoon at 5:30. Their posted agenda looks pretty mundane until
you get to the last item which includes the resignation of Tine Goode
March 6 p Ms Goode spent a lengthy
secret time with Council last month. After that closed door session, Council
voted to reduce Goode to a part time worker.
March 6 p About one month ago, Mayor
Hubbard started gathering resumes for all the Town positions "just in case"
a need came about.
March 6 p Guess that was pretty good
thinkin on the Mayor's part
March 6 p We've got something very
serious clickers. Something that may unhinge the county.
March 6 p Over at Connie's Restaurant,
they're talking about stopping their meat loaf sandwiches.
March 6 p For those that love a mustard
covered meat loaf meal on two slices of white bread, this is very serious.
March 6 p Better get over their tomorrow
with your picket signs or something else will be gone from Clayberry.
March 6 p Is there anybody out there
that thinks Little Donald has
his wits about him?
March 6 p Didn't think so.
March 6 7:45a From the
Town of Clay: Boil water advisory for upper Maysel customers only, experiencing
low or no water, please boil. Thanks (Pump kicked out)
March 6 a Don't take a chance, boil
it first... ahhhhh, then let it cool.
March 5 a Partying hard has a
way of turning bad real quick. Friday night there was a shooting in Clayberry.
Metro News has a pretty
good write up.
March 5 a Wed evening the Lady Panthers
were in regional basketball action. That was the same day the storm came
thru and took out utilities. non profit 101.7FM came back on the air Friday
evening around 6:45pm. We think, as of right now, all juice has been restored
in County Clay.
March 5 a 101.7FM plans to air
an encore of the Wed game tonight around 7pm.
March 5 a Shirley Love serves
in the House of Delegates and represents a big chunk of the county below
the Hartland bridge.
March 5 a Delegate Love can be heard
each Friday morning around 9am with his Legislative Update program.
YAP radio will air the current program at half time during tonight's encore
March 5 a Sunshine today and moderate
temps. Get outside and enjoy the day.
March 3 a Many many in the county remain
powerless after Wed's rain, hail, wind, and flooding.
March 3 a Sections we know about are
those out Triplett Ridge to Dille; sections of Porters Creek; and the Lizemores
March 3 a 101.7 FM remains off the
FM dial because the non profit's transmitter is housed out Triplett Ridge.
No electric out there, no good stuff on the FM dial. The internet broadcast
remains alive and well.
March 3 a Every once in a while,
IX web hosting, the people that serve up this website, have to install
new stuff , upgrade their software, and such. Last night, just when we
wanted to add a bunch of stuff , clayberry was unavailable. Sorry about
that clickers but that outage should be over for another 12 months or so.
March 3 a Basketball season is over.
The Middle School Boys' team lost just one game this season and went on
to become Conference Champs. The High School boys went out of playoff action
after just round of Sectional Tournament play.
March 3 a Our Lady Panthers had a pretty
good season with many wins. In post season play, the Lady Panthers went
home after getting thumped big time by Lincoln High School some place
near Clarksburg. From the git go, Lincoln moved ahead and only extended
the score as the quarters wore on.
March 3 a Due to that power outage,
WYAP 101.7FM has been off the FM air since around 11am Wed. They raised
enough $$$ to pay the broadcast royalties for the Regional game but only
the internet listeners could hear it.
March 3 a Electric providers are telling
customers it could be a few more days before service is restored. As soon
as that happens, YAP radio will air the contest.
March 3 a This site will let you know
before that happens.
March 1 later p Around 9:45 this morning,
the National Weather Service told West Virginia, a big chunk of the state
will be hit with high winds, rain, hail, and stream flooding. At 10:15
on the money, the hazardous weather took hold of Clayberry. Trees
went down as did power, internet, and tele service.
March 1 later p For much of the county,
utilities returned in just a few hours. Not so for many like those
out Triplett Ridge thru Harrison, those folks remain powerless.
March 1 later p One tape recording
on Mon Power's office line told callers, it may take 3 or 4 days to get
everything up and running
March 1 later p As for tonight's Lady
Panther Regional Tournament, the game continues.
March 1 later p Here's the problem,
the local radio station's transmitter sets out Triplett Ridge way and without
electric. That means there will be NO sportscast tonight on 101.7FM nor
106.7 FM down in Lizemores.
March 1 later p The only way to listen
to the game in real time is to listen online, on your puter or cellphone.
Here's the link to listen online
March 1 later p Their plan is, to record
the match up and replay it Thursday or Friday evening, whenever power is
restored to the transmitter site.
March 1 later p For those that haven't
look, snow and much cooler temps are in the forecast for Friday.
March 1 p It's do or die tonight when
the Lady Panthers travel to Lincoln High School for the Regional Tournament.
Action begins at 7pm with TG Griffith doing a pregame show around 6:50.
March 1 p Go Lady Panthers!
March 1 p Very special thanks to those
wanting to keep our High School athletes' good deeds on the air. Money
is now available to pay the $$##@!!! broadcast royalties plus gas money
and a hot dog for TG. Thank you
March 1 p Today's the last day
for this site's online beggin campaign. We'd like to thank everyone for
their support. Your generosity is muchly appreciated.
March 1 p One last time for anyone
wanting to donate, our snail mail address is: Delta; 2278 Main Street;
Clay WV 25043
March 1 p Over the next few days, as
the new gear comes in, we'll provide updates
March 1 p Fellers, usually yard sales
aren't of much interest to us. Check out the EVENTS page for an offering
that's tailored for the shade tree crew.
March 1 p By the way, the latest Communicator
is pretty darn good this edition.
March 1 a From the National Weather
Service: Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a
thunderstorm after 1pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging
winds, gusty winds, and heavy rain. High near 70. Southwest wind 14 to
18 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New
rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
March 1 a The severe thunderstorm watch
remains in affect thru 1pm today
March 1 a The hazardous weather prediction
hangs around til 7pm tonight
March 1 a Be careful out there today
March 1 a The Communicator made
it out the door Tuesday afternoon. 20 pages of interesting stuff on Clayberry.
Pick one up today
May 1 a Enjoy!
Feb. 28 a We're putting off our own
beggin plea for a day. Something else has come up that's important
Feb. 28 a Wed night the CHS Lady Panthers
are in Regional Tournament action. For the local radio station to air the
match up, they have to pay $125 in broadcast royalties to some greedy athletic
Feb. 28 a With the station broke, they
need some help to get our Lady Panthers on the air for the contest.
Feb. 28 a Year after year, at his own
expense and with his own cell phone service, Sportscaster TG Griffith travels
to away ball games without fail.
Feb. 28 a In addition to the $125 fee
non profit WYAP would like to give the guy $40 for fuel and a court side
hot dog for his trip to Lincoln High School outside of Clarksburg.
Feb. 28 a Total amounts to $165 to
get the girls heard around the world. The total amount has to be raised
in time for TG to give it to the officials before game time (7pm) Wednesday
Feb. 28 a If you can help WYAP
out, drop off your donation to Peter Triplett over at Clay Auto Parts in
Feb. 28 a Thanks and we'll get back
our own begging campaign after this new need is met
Feb. 27 a Clayberry often gets short
Feb. 27 a Right after the flood, FEMA
reps said they're the greatest thing since canned soup. They weren't and
in many cases, pay outs if at all, the dollars were much less than needed
Feb. 27 a Businesses found out, FEMA
does nothing for the business community
Feb. 27 a With all the tangled web
of fine print, ditto for SBA loans
Feb. 27 a Flood insurance? That only
pays off bank mortgages, protects the banking industry.
Feb. 27 a Last month word came of a
new $15,000 loan for survivors. In great big print, the circulars advanced
the loans as free money as long as you keep the house for the first five
Feb. 27 a Many people signed up for
the forgivable, $15,000 loans
Feb. 27 a Now those folks are finding
out, it ain't $15K.
Feb. 27 a Details in tomorrow's Communicator
Feb. 26 p Brenda Kay Hayes, 69, of
Clay, see OBITUARY page
Feb. 26 p Let us tell you a story from
a little over 6 years ago.
Feb. 26 p Kenneth Tanner had just been
selected Clayberry School Superintendent replacing Larry Gillespie who
had retired. At one of his early Board meetings, KT presented to the Board
an agenda item calling for the Board to hire Gillespie as a substitute
Feb. 26 p The vote did not go
as KT expected. Instead of the normal unanimous Yes, Dave Mullins, Gene
King, and Morgy Triplett teamed up and voted No. Gillespie had been turned
out to pasture. Dave Mullins was the ring leader of that coup back then.
Feb. 26 p Fast forward to Feb. 27th.
The Sch Bd plans to convene a meeting down at H E White Elem. On
the agenda is once again, hiring Gillespie as a substitute teacher.
We're curious to see if wounds have healed or if a behind the scene deal
has been cut or if Mullins has the support for another coup.
Feb. 26 p Also listed for a vote is
none other than County Commissioner Jerry Linkypoo to work as a substitute
teacher. Talk about double dipping!
Feb. 26 p The elected body
will also vote on a new Assistant Superintendent. We've got our bets on
long time Associate Superintendent, Joan Haynie for the position.
Feb. 26 p If our guess is correct and
if a pay hike is included, Ms Haynie may not retire out of the system at
the end of 2017 as rumors have it
Feb. 26 p Our annual begging
campaign has been in full force for one week. We'd like to thank all those
that have donated to the cause of keeping this site alive and well, for
another 12 months. Thank you
Feb. 26 p Truth is, contributions are
down this year. We're still in need of replacing a couple items including
the aging Olympus camera. Last winter during a chilly willy Christmas parade
on Main Street, the camera (and the ace cub reporter for that matter) locked
up and the images were just blue and red lines across the screen. If you
look online, used e-510's still command almost $300.
Feb. 26 p Couple that with increases
in web hosting fees... We need your help. Snail mail your donation
to: Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay WV 25043
Feb. 26 p We noticed on Friday, gas
prices in Cross Lanes stood at $2.09 per gallon. All of em including Exxon.
Today up in Clarksburg area, regular fumes were in the $2.10 price range.
Feb. 26 p The closer we got to Clayberry,
the price kept increasing.
Feb. 26 p During the last couple days
of Feb., we can expect temps to be more winter like.
Feb. 26 p A note for all us old
Feb. 26 p Colorado is a land where
pot is legal to consume. In that state, their now talking about allowing
home deliveries to made. What a great idea, order a couple pizzas,
some Doritos, and a three fingers of pot and never have to leave your house!
Feb. 26p 24 states have made pot legal
in one way or another. In each state, pot taxes are helping ease budget
woes to the tune of gazillions. Sadly, Little
Donald may be taking a second look.
Feb. 26 p The Communicator comes out
Tuesday afternoon. Deadline for submissions will be around 5pm Monday.
Feb. 25 p On Friday it was 76 degrees
with bright sunshine. Tonight snow flurries are in the forecast as well
as near freezing temps. %%$$###
Feb. 25 p The big news of the night,
the Clay Middle School Mustangs put it all over Webster County, 41 to 23.
The Mustangs are now the Central West Virginia Athletic Conference Champs.
Feb. 25 p That's the first Championship
for the Mustangs in about 12 years!
Feb. 25 p The Clay High Panthers are
down for the season after Herbert Hoover narrowly sneaked past em in sectional
tournament action. The final, Herbert Hoover 66, Clay 36.
Feb. 24 p The good news. Tonight, the
Clay Middle School Mustangs beat Summersville, 32 to 22. The Mustangs now
move into the championship game set for Saturday night beginning at 8pm
over at the Braxton Armory. Go Mustangs!!
Feb. 24 p The not so good news... Tonight,
the Lady Panthers put up a H of a fight for 3 1/2 quarters
but went down in defeat to Lewis County, 69 to 61. Their Sectional Tournament
action isn't over yet. The Lady Panthers play again Tuesday night when
they take on Lincoln. Go Lady Panthers!
Feb. 23 p Looking for work? Slurry
Pavers is hiring. See JOBS page now
Feb. 23 p Greater Clay Long Term
Recovery Committee met this evening. From that gathering....
Feb. 23 p As the group grows,
it's taking more than volunteers to keep the doors open. The Executive
Board is looking at hiring and paying a Director position. The Excutive
Board decision will be made public during the next regular meeting of the
committee on March
Feb. 23 p That same Board hired their
first case manager in the last couple weeks. The newbee is Cheryl White.
Feb. 23 p A volunteer is has been doing
a bunch of running around for the group will now receive mileage expense
for her efforts.
Feb. 23 p The whole idea is to make
to turn the place into a well run business to better serve the needs of
Feb. 23 p And finally from the public
meeting, CAEZ's Big Lup has been a no show during the past many Greater
Clay meetings. She's going to be axed from the group.
Feb. 23 p Hoppy Kercheval has
pretty good write up on what the Legislature is doing to county school
systems across the state. Big changes are on the way.
Feb. 23 p Remember when the Legislature
regulated that the taxpayer would know how the local school is doing? Yell
you do, each school was graded A to F. That's going to be done away with,
Feb. 23 p So are those annual standardized
tests. Those are the ones that keep revealing how poorly are kids are being
prepared for the real world.
Feb. 23 p Over the last 12 months,
this site has provided up to date info on important stuff like..
Feb. 23 p Day to day coverage of the
June 23rd Great Wash Out
Feb. 23 p The back door effort
by Commissioner Linky to form his own organization to grab long term recovery
$$$$ from another group
Feb. 23 p Local Election results
Feb. 23 p Sure can't ignore the pitiful
wording of long time CDC Director Pam Taylor which cost her her job
Feb. 23 p Sprinkled in between the
big stuff, clayberry.org has included a bunch of the stuff that makes our
County of Little so very special
Feb. 23 p If having this poorly worded,
misspelled often online vehicle available 24 hours per day, 365 days a
year, if that's important to you, we need help keeping it alive.
Feb. 23 p Your donation will help keep
it up and running for another 12 months.
Feb. 23 p To mail in your check of
support, the snail mail address is: Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay, WV 25043
Feb. 23 p For all those that have already
donated, thank you big time.
Feb. 23 p For those sick and tired
of seeing this beggin campaign , sometime early next week, we'll be done.
Feb. 22 late p Elsie Lou Vance, 84,
of Lizemores, see OBITUARY page
Feb. 22 late p It was a heck of win
tonight for the Lady Panthers. In Sectional Tournament play over in Summersville,
the Lady Panthers put it all over Nicholas County, 60 to 30.
Feb. 22 late They move up one
more tier this Friday night. Not sure of who they'll be playing nor where
but, the next round comes Friday around 7pm for sure.
Feb. 22 late p The Lady Panthers never
trailed during the match up.
Feb. 22 late p Go lady Panthers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 22 p We keep talking about the
Clay High basketball teams but, from the email bag: The boys basketball
team at Clay County Middle School started CWVAC tournament play this week.
They played Geary Tuesday night and defeated them by a score of 59-13.
This sets them up to play in the semi-final game on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
at the Braxton County Armory versus Summersville. We want to
invite all of Clay County to the game to help support these young men.
They finished the regular season with a record of 15-1 and were Western
Division Champions. Win or lose they have represented themselves,
the school, family, friends, and the county very well this year.
If the Mustangs win on Friday night, they will play in the championship
game on Saturday night at the Braxton County Armory @ 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 22 a County Commission meets this
morning, in the Courthouse at 10am sharp.
Feb. 22 a Suppose to be in 70+ today.
The only question is, when will Winter return and how bad will the snow
Feb. 22 a Last night the Panthers played
their last basketball game of the season. With only four wins this year,
last night continued the run of L's. Nicholas smashed us, 98 to 82.
Feb. 22 a The much more successful
Lady Panthers are in the second round of sectional tournament play tonight
at 7pm. That game will be over at Nicholas High. Go Lady Panthers.
Feb. 22 a Back to the Panthers....
Saturday night the Panthers enter sectional tournament play down at Elkview
Middle School will they will mix it up with Herbert Hoover HS. Action begins
at 7pm sharp.
Feb. 22 a Got a guy over on the CLASSIFIED
page selling Dell puters for $100.
Feb. 22 a After raising a little
$$$ during our annual beggin campaign, we purchased one of used units.
Feb. 22 a Hey! Not bad at all! Darn
thing came ready to go and is running great.
Feb. 22 a When we talked to the
seller, he told us, he has others ready to go and at bargain basement pricing.
Feb. 22 a With at least one more puter
needed as well as a new used camera and a reaal need to pay the web hosting
bill for another 12 months, can you help us out.
Feb. 22 a If you think having a 24
hour per day instant source of info on poor wittle Clayberry, how about
helping us out.
Feb. 22 a The snail mail address for
the donation is, Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay WV 25043
Feb. 22 a For those that have already
contributed, thank you
Feb. 21 early a It was a heck
of win last night when the Lady Panthers put it all over Braxton County.
From the git go, the Lady Panthers had it together. Final score 64 to 42.
Feb. 21 a With that win, the LP's move
along in sectional tournament play Wed evening . Not sure who they'll be
Feb. 21 early a The Panthers
Feb. 21 a Bruce Bird has been
in the court system since being a teenager. Last year he was put away for
decades for his part in a machete point robbery of two convenience stores
in the area.
Feb. 21 a Mr Bird has since filed a
Badge brutality lawsuit against two local Green Shirts.
Feb. 21 a Monday's Charleston
Gazette has the story.
Feb. 20 p One of our strongest rivalries
happens when Braxton County comes to Clay High
Feb. 20 p Such is the case tonight
when the Lady Panthers take on Braxton in sectional tournament action beginning
at 7pm sharp. Go Lady Panthers
Feb. 20 p 101.7FM and 106.7FM will
be airing the contest beginning around 6:50. FOr those unable to attend
in person, here's the online listening
Feb. 20 p So why can't you attend?
It's about 64 degrees outside and no rain!
Feb. 20 a Suppose to get up around
70 degrees today. Old-timers called this unseasonable weather, pneumonia
Feb. 20 a Little Donald has been front
page news since since losing the public vote in Nov.
Feb. 20 a His school boy words and
actions have a way of captivating media outlets.
Feb. 20 a Here on the home front, our
own Republicrat leadership in Charleston has also been on a tear. Everything
from removing taxes from the rich to raising sales tax to the highest in
the region are all fair game and in the works.
Feb. 20 a Our DINO Gov is right in
there tossing clean water and air requirements to the wind. Over and over
during the campaign, he told voters, raising taxes is NOT in the picture.
now at the forefront of doing that very thing.
Feb. 20 a If you think all that crap
is in the name of growing jobs, you would be wrong. The idea is to make
the rich richer.
Feb. 20 a Our own Delegate provided,
if its good for business, it's good for West Virginia.
Feb. 20 a That too is a crock of you
know what. Forty years ago, that was called trickle down economics. It
didn't work back then for Regan, and it won't work in the 21st century.
Feb. 20 a Speaking out against
such evil is not the popular thing to do these days.
Feb. 20 a This site and The Communicator
newspaper have been doing such for decades.
Feb. 20 a Nails in the driveway, rock
throwing, punches to the face, having hot coffee thrown in your face, such
comes with the territory.
Feb. 20 aWe need help to keep this
independent outlet alive and growing.
Feb. 20 a THis is our annual online
begging time. So far, we've raised around $300.
Feb. 20 a We appreciate each and every
Feb. 20 a For us to buy new puters,
software, and a camera, it's going to take more help. How about you?
Feb. 20 a Please send your hard earned
donation to: Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay WV 250443
Feb. 20 a Thanks in advance.
Feb. 17 a Dave Walker has been helping
the Lion's Club do eye screenings for all the wittle school system curtain
climbers. We had a chance to talk with Walker Thursday afternoon.
Feb. 17 a Walker made public, his plans
to run for Linky Poo's commission seat. We asked twice and he said Yelp
Feb. 17 a One year from right now,
the 2018 campaigns will be in high gear once again.
Feb. 17 a Little Donald has been in
office two days less than a month. Each day has been stormy and riddled
with poorly thought out actions and statements. As for accomplishments,
other than being the embarrassment of the world, there haven't been any.
Feb. 17 a We've had dumbarss's
in power before. But, when the questions deal with: Mr Prez, did you have
contact with Russia before the inauguration and did you cut a deal to undermine
existing law? .... it gets real scary.
Feb. 17 a Donny J's "fine tuned machine"
is nothing of the kind. Organization does not exist in the While House.
Feb. 17 a Now that we've peed off about
2/3 rd's of the locals, it's time to ask you to dig in your pocket and
cough up your hard earned bucks to help keep this site alive and providing
daily info on what's right and not so right in beautiful County Clay, Clayberry.
Feb. 17 a For our band of misfits,
we have never had a new computer to work with. Instead for 20 some years,
we've traveled to W Va State Surplus and purchased used units. The ones
in use today are stamped, 1999. They are on their last leg.
Feb. 17 a To continue for another year,
we need to replace current equipment plus make software upgrades.
Feb. 17 a Can you help us out?
If so, please mail your donation to: Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay
Feb. 17 a Thanks in advance.
Feb. 16 a There have been tons of basketball
games in the last three weeks. CHS's regular session is just about done.
It's time for placement games. Tonight the Panthers are in LKC action with
Ritchie County. With similar records this season, it should be a good match
up for the home court game. Tip off comes around 7:30pm Go Panthers. The
listen link for the WYAP-LP game is listed below.
Feb. 16 a We've had some great B Ball
action. Last night , the Lady Panthers earned a hard fought W. Two nights
ago, the Panthers played their best game of the season and came out on
top against Braxton. With 2 seconds left on the clock a three point shot
by Zack provided the win, 73 to 70. The crowd went wild!
Feb. 16 a For our junk hauler friends,
that new listing for scrap on the CLASSIFIED page.. that's to remove, take
down, a couple metal out buildings.
Feb. 16 a The Communicator came out
Tuesday afternoon. To get it to bed, we worked nearly all Monday night
to meet the 8am printing deadline. Tuesday afternoon we inserted the color
advertising foldover; sorted, distributed and mailed. That's about 32 hours
straight with just a nap in there somewhere. Such puts the whammy on us.
Recovery time came Wed.
Feb. 16 a That's been the schedule
for the last 22 + years.
Feb. 16 a Now fully rested, we're back
at it today.
Feb. 16 a Even tho it's 27 degrees
right now, it feels like Spring. Yesterday, one old old guy was seen cleaning
up his bee keeping supply building.
Feb. 16 a Come on Spring!!
Feb. 15 p CHS B Ball game tonight.
Here's the link to listen
Feb. 15 p In the morning post we mentioned
the big food give away happening now. Here's an update
Feb. 16 p They've got tons of food
items on hand as of 12:30. Everything from fresh fruit, pastries, bread,
bananas out the wazzoooo, cakes, eggs, cereal and more! Get it while it's
Feb. 15 a The Communicator made it
out the door Tuesday afternoon.
Feb. 15 a The above the fold story
provides updates on nine more felony arrests.
Feb. 15 a Inside the local edition
provides a glimpse at the improvement going on over in the Town of Clay
Feb. 15 a We've got pretty good coverage
on the continuing efforts of the Greater Clay Recovery group.
Feb. 15 a Speaking of Greater Clay,
they're hosting a big food give away today beginning at 11am. For
details, check out the EVENTS page right now
Feb. 15 a This is Day 3 of our
annual online beggin campaign.
Feb. 15 a Our goal is to bring enough
$$ to replace a couple aging PC's and a replacement for the Olympus E-510
Feb. 15 a Our online advertisers
help out a bunch but these days, it's takes a bunch of loot to stay on
Feb. 15 a If you enjoy
getting up to the minute Clayberry info, and if you are able, please send
your $$$ to Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay WV 25043
Feb. 13 late p During tonight's public
meeting, School Boardsters OK'd the new contract and salary for Superintendent
Feb. 13 late p Take a guess on his
Feb. 13 late p For the answer,
the only place is County Clay's only locally owned and operated newspaper,
The Communicator. Latest edition arrives Tuesday afternoon.
Feb. 13 late p There's a reason while
the Pentagon held off the vote until after the Exessive Levy Election last
Feb. 13 p So far, in 2017, there have
been 27 felons arrested. Read all about the 9 newest in tomorrow's Communicator.
Badges are at work.
Feb. 13 a Back on Feb. 5th, the
Town of Clay placed a Boil Water Order on many customers.
Feb. 13 a That BWO was lifted today.
Drink Drink Drink
Feb. 13 Last chance to get something
in the Communicator is today around 5pm. Email your stuff now. Thanks
Feb. 12 p Clay County Board of Ed meets
Monday evening at the Pentagon, 6pm. The
agenda lists the new Super's contract as an action item for the gathering.
Feb. 12 p The rescheduled Business
Development Authority (BDA) convenes their once a month meeting
at 6:30p in the old State Road garage building in beautiful Two Run.
Feb. 12 p For those now realizing the
mental instability of Little Donald, there is a way to remove his Majesty
from office. It's
time to get started.
Feb. 12 p For those needing a bill
of sale, lease agreement, rental agreement and about any other formal document,
here's a freebee site offering
Feb. 12 p As promised, now it
Feb. 12 p Once a year we do an online
begging campaign to keep this site alive for another year.
Feb. 12 p Yes it's true, we're suppose
to be a for profit outfit but in these parts, keeping this rascal afloat,
it's tough ta do
Feb. 12 p Operating with three W Va
Surplus Properties computers built in 2001, things are starting to go South.
Ditto for the Olympus camera that went crazy during the cold weather and
the Christmas parade in 2016.
Feb. 12 p Sometime very soon , we have
to change from Windows Xp to at least Windows 7.
Feb. 12 p What all that amounts to
is, we have to make some upgrades.
Feb. 12 p For that to happen, we're
asking you to dig into your wallet and help us out
Feb. 12 p If you enjoy getting
up to the minute Clayberry info, and if you are able, please send your
$$$ to Delta; 2278 Main Street; Clay WV 25043
Feb. 12 p Million dollar bills are
Feb. 12 p Thanks in advance
Feb. 9 late late p Anna Mae Walls,
75, of Clay, see OBITUARY page