NEWS & MORE
Sept. 20 p There's other stuff
going on other than hating Belt.
Sept. 20 p For instance...
Sept. 20 p Appalachia is eat up with
opiod abusers compliments Big Pharma. County Clay is smack dab in the middle
of the mess with stone heads on every corner.
Sept. 20 p Crafty lawyers are working
on a lawsuit which if successful, would fund abuse centers and skill training.
Sept. 20 p Last week during the County
Commission (CCC) meeting, it was announced that this county was successful
getting in the lawsuit effort.
Sept. 20 p We have a skirmish of sorts
at the Courthouse between the Circuit Court Judges and the CCC.
Sept. 20 p Judge Facemire penned a
letter to the three up front folks telling them they need to fund coffee
and snacks for sitting jurors.
Sept. 20 p Mention was made in the
letter that the CCC covers the cost of coffee and snacks for visitors of
the CCC meetings and jurors need the same treatment.
Sept. 20 p In years past, the Sheriff's
office has covered the cost of munchies. In this year's Circuit Court Budget,
$210 was put in that line item to cover the HoHos and Ding Dongs. All but
$17 has been spent out of that line item and this fiscal year is just getting
Sept 20 p That $210 is about the same
amount that was budgeted for last year.
Sept. 20 p On another note, the CCC
does not supply coffee to the public. Instead, out of their own pockets,
personal pockets, coffee and once in a while, snacks, are available
Sept 20 p In small town America, even
the little things like politics, can add up to an argument.
Sept. 19 p Need a job?
Sept. 19 p Town Mayor Jason Hubbard
is needing a certified Town Badge for part time duty.
Sept. 19 p When we talked to him a
few days ago, he confided, he's only received a couple resumes.
Sept. 19 p He also provided,
if a certified Badge is not found, he MAY consider a person with good common
sense to serve as a night watch person.
Sept. 19 p See JOBS page now
Sept. 19 p Here's your chance clickers!
Finally a job in County Clay.
Sept. 19 a After last year's Great
Wash Out, a group banded together to provide assistance to locals in need.
Named The Greater Clay Long Term Recovery Committee, received tons of $$$
and went to work providing for locals
Sept. 19 a As required by their By
Laws, GReater Clay, will host their annual meeting (and munchies) Thursday
evening in their Main Street Clay office digs.
Sept. 19 a For those that don't know,
Greater Clay moved into the old Starcher building four months ago with
office hours 10am to 2pm Monday thru Friday.
Sept. 19 a Now 15 months into
the effort and checking account running low, no one will guess if the non
profit agency will be around for a second annual meeting.
Sept. 19 a One of those below
mentioned online petitions to oust Robert Belt from bus driver and Badge
duties now has over 700 signatures
Sept. 19 a Solomon's Secret is a locally
produced outdoor play with performances each Fall around the time of the
Sept. 19 a For those that want to enjoy
an outdoor setting and performance over at the Dundon Campground, check
out the EVENTS page for final showings this coming weekend
Sept. 19 a Court cases take time
to "mature". Some take years before a settlement comes. Others never get
Sept. 19 a Last Fall several FEMA benefit
fraud cases entered Court systems around West Virginia. While we haven't
heard any findings from those cases yet, something is worth noting.
Sept. 19 a Here's in Clayberry where
many signed up for benefits and some of those were actually never flooded
to begin with, none have surfaced in Circuit Court.
Sept. 19 a We hope that changes soon.
Sept. 18 a The Robert Belt controversy
went full throttle last Tuesday when social media lit up the wires.
Sept. 18 a We got wind of the controversy
on Monday Sept. 11th and asked about school policy during the last Sch
Bd meeting. Check out the Communicator for the insight
Sept. 18 a Now six days into the we're
madder than H battle, a quick internet search shows the broad reach around
Sept. 18 a Not sure how big the Friendly
Atheist web site is but they have coverage
Sept. 18 a Online petitions are exploding.
petition site is demanding Belt get axed from both his School Bus Driver
job and as a local Badge.
Sept. 18 a Even the Republican
Dirty Tricks site has opened up on the lad.
Sept. 18 a
Zoom Info presents a history of one costly court case that involved
Black Shirt Badge, Robert Belt.
Sept. 18 a Here's the
follow up on that case where Stump Morton got the crap beat out of
him by Belt 9 years ago.
Sept. 18 a The LGBTQ
Nation site is also providing info.
Sept. 18 a Making it tougher for leadership
to keep the guy on either payroll, last Friday, the ACLU
went to work by seeking info.
Sept. 18 a With a full page on Belt,
Clay County West Virginia is famous again and not in a good
Sept. 18 a Keep something in mind,
the victim nor the School System has released any info to document what
was actually said. While we've heard Belt has been suspended for 5 days,
we have nothing to back that up other than about a gazillion emailers and
Sept. 18 a We're in the second week
of the news cycle with no end in sight.
Sept. 18 a The 2017 Big Apple Fest
is now in the history books. It will not go down as the biggest bestest
festival but it was certainly a fun time to come home and see our friends
and family members.
Sept. 18 a For the Ace Cub Reporter.....
Sept. 18 a A lady came up and told
him: Boy aren't you having a good week!!
Sept. 18 a What?
Sept. 18 a She continued: Yelp, last
week you were the most hated guy in the county and now it's Belt with that
title, the most hated.
Sept. 18 a How refreshing.
Sept. 16 p David D. Hoffman,
80, of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
Sept. 16 a Not going to believe it
but last night the Panthers put it all over Valley Fayette, 37 to 8. That
makes back to back wins and three wins so far this season.
Sept. 16 a News cycles peak and then
Sept. 16 a Robert Belt's demeaning
remarks toward a Clay High student made public landfall Tuesday Sept. 12th.
Sept. 16 a By Wed afternoon, social
media was in high gear and the telephones at the Pentagon were ringing
off the hook. Some callers were told, these calls are being recorded.
Sept. 16 a By Thursday morning, word
on the street had it, Belt had taken a voluntary, "few days off."
Sept. 16 a Later in the day came rumors
that Black Shirt Badge Belt, also the offending School Bus Driver, had
been given a five day suspension from his driving duties plus an
order to take sensitivity training
Sept. 16 a We know Belt was not driving
big yeller later in this week, but, as for the official reason, the Pentagon
has said nothing.
Sept. 16 a After five days, the news
cycle was slowing to a crawl.
Sept. 16 a Until now
Sept. 16 a Many folks in this county
and around the nation hate the letters, ACLU.
Sept. 16 a Private agency ACLU is the
largest lawyerly group in the land. They are also the most litigious group
with many many suits making it to the Big Robes in DC. The ACLU has
made a difference in most civil rights cases for decades. They are the
move and shaker for following the Constitution.
Sept. 16 a On Friday Sept. 15th,
the ACLU officially entered the fray on Belt's demeaning words against
a high school bus rider.
Sept. 16 The group mailed certified
Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) demands. One went to the Pentagon and
the other to Sheriff Triplett
Sept. 16 a With new info, the news
cycle should pick up again and this time, the public out cry should grow
Sept. 16 a Why Triplett? Robert Belt
was in uniform with his Badge in place, while driving the bus.
Sept. 16 a There are legal ramifications
to wearing the Black Shirt even when off duty
Sept. 16 a Here's the link to the ACLU
of West Virginia website.
Sept. 16 a Here's the link to their
request heading to the Pentagon.
Sept. 16 a Here's the link to the FOIA
request mailed to the Sheriff's office
Sept. 16 a Go ahead and take a few
minutes to read over those demand letters.
Sept. 16 a See the problems? The FOIA's
make the demand to the wrong person.
Sept. 16 a How can the foremost
agency on civil rights be so dumb bunny as to NOT check to see who is the
current Sheriff and School Superintendent? Dumb Dumb Dumb
Sept. 16 a Not sure how that
affects the FOIA request but it sure looks bad for the Suits in Charleston
Sept. 16 a As of yesterday afternoon,
Belt was dressed in uniform and on the job during the Big Apple Festival
Sept. 16 a This morning, TV-3
picked up on the incident.
Sept. 16 a Public rage is important
to change. We're hoping social media, phone calls, and emails start increasing
Sept. 16 a But....
Sept. 16 a So far, all we're going
on is rumor.
Sept. 16 a There have been no public
statements from the victim nor family members.
Sept. 16 a There has not been any official
word from Joe Paxton nor the Board of Education
sept 16 a And this. Because the ACLU
asks for info, that does NOT mean they will pick the incident and take
everybody to Court. The FOIA only shows an interest
Sept. 15 p For those planning to ride
the Elk Saturday or better yet, use the new Livery service, river conditions
remain at Summer pool. That means there will be some portage. Our
maples have just a tinge of range showing right now.
Sept. 15 a This County of Little has
one big event annually. Called the Apple Festival, downtown Clay fills
up with well wishers and fun stuff to do. The Big Apple is in progress
right now. Weather wise, 75 degrees and sunshine.
Sept. 15 a For those that only visit
this site when something rotten happens, there's more to Clayberry than
just a hand full dumb arss's.
Sept. 15 a Come see for yourself
what makes Clayberry "Remotely Beautiful".
Sept. 15 a Speaking of web traffic,
this web portal normally receives around 2000 visitors during each week
day. On Tuesday that count jumped to 21871. On Wed we reached 17801 hits.
Yesterday, that number was 20,565.
Sept. 15 a We thank each one of you
for walking over here.
Sept. 15 a We've got a new company
getting off the ground tomorrow. Called the Elk River Kayak and Livery
service, if you would like to try out the Elk River via a kayak, such,
including a tandem unit, are available by reservation. For those that have
their own boat and just need someone to take em to an access point, see
the ADVISORY page and call Dave at 304 880 5103 for your reservation. .
Fun starts Saturday at 11am
Sept. 15 a Let's get back to Clayberry's
newest black eye, Robert Belt
Sept. 15 a Early yesterday, word came
that Belt had taken a few days off voluntarily.
Sept. 15 a Yesterday afternoon, word
seeped out that Bus Driver Robert Belt had been suspended for five days
and ordered to take sensitivity training.
Sept. 15 a Whatever the case, there
is nothing posted on the Clay
County Schools website nor noticed provided this site, the local newspaper,
The Communicator nor the local radio station, 101.7FM
Sept. 15 a The School System
is doing a wonderful job of tamping down the black eye but has fallen short
on damage control to our just getting off the ground, tourism industry.
Sept. 15 p To Lodge your complaint
of support of public employees demeaning kids in a captivated situation,
the contact number and email address are listed just below.
Sept. 15 p Clay High football action
continues this evening when the Panthers take on Valley Fayette in away
field action. ATTENTION: There's something new. .
Sept. 15 a 101.7FM plans to air
the match up beginning with a pre game show around 4:50pm.
Sept. 15 a For those unable to
attend, WYAP-LP radio can be heard online. Here's
Sept. 15 p
Sept. 14 p For those around the world
that are interested in the alleged bad mouth of Clay County School Bus
Driver and local Black Shirt Badge, why not do the right thing and give
the people in charge a phone call
Sept. 14 p Clay County Schools Superintendent
Joe Paxton 304 587 4266.
Sept. 14 p We have a Bus Czar named
Jarred Fitzwater who is responsible for the training and actions of bus
drivers. His tele is also 304 587 4266
Sept. 14 p Over at Clay High the Principal
is Crystal Gibson. The Vice Principal is Allen Tanner. Both can be reached
at 304 587 4226
Sept. 14 p The local School Board has
oversight over the entire operation and its 20+ million budget. They also
approve all hiring and firing of friends and neighbors and discipline of
wayward dumb bunnies
Sept. 14 p The President of the local
Board is Dave Mullins who can be reached at 304 587 7666
Sept. 14 p Other members of the School
Board include David Pierson 304 587 7220
Sept. 14 p Morgan Triplett 304 587
Sept. 14 p Cheryl White 304 587 9995
Sept. 14 p Susan Bodkins is the fifth
member of the Board but we are unable to find her telephone number
Sept. 14 p The email address for the
School System is email@example.com
Sept. 14 p You will notice the schools'
website , mentions their mission statement: The mission of Clay County
Schools is Caring, Commitment, and Success.
Sept. 14 p Mr Belt is a local Sheriff's
Dept Deputy. When this f-a-g-g-o-t incident allegedly occurred, Belt was
in uniform and wearing his Badge.
Sept. 14 p It might be a good idea
to call Sheriff Triplett and let him know your thoughts on using demeaning
language while in uniform. That tele number for the Clay County Sheriff's
Dept is 304 587 4260.
Sept. 14 p Early this morning came
word that Driver and Badge Robert Belt was taking a voluntary leave of
Sept. 14 p Here in the outback, leaders
often try to slide past sticky situations by sending the offender home
until the heat dies down.
Sept. 14 p Your telephone calls and
emails will help insure this problem is fixed once and for all.
Sept. 13 p Professional news
organizations stay on the safe side when it comes to slanderous reporting.
Names are with held untilt here's some kind of confirmation.
That's not the case with social media which blares out any rumor coming
down the pike and make it sound like fact.
Sept. 13 p Until now, this site has
not identified the Clay County School Bus driver that uttered the f-a-g-g-o-t
ridicule to a local student. We chose the innuendo route until now.
Sept. 13 p Raw Story is an international
news portal visited by 1000's daily.
Sept. 13 p Today around Noon,
Raw Story posted a story pointing the finger at Robert Belt as
the bus driver in the cross hairs for all the world to see. When
you walk over there, be sure to check out the comments section near the
bottom of the story.
Sept. 13 p Sadly we report, as this
steamer rolls along, we may receive another black eye as big as the Pam
Taylor story last Nov 9th..
Sept. 13 p Now, we can say Belt
is also a Black Shirt Badge and still on the job there and the school bus....
Sept. 13 p Our School Board nor the
Pentagon's Joe Paxton, are hired to protect employees.
Sept. 13 p Instead, from the time the
student gets on the bus to the time he or she gets home, the kid is suppose
to be in a safe haven, a place neutral and devoid of the crap the kid may
have went thru Sept. 5th.
Sept. 13 p Instead of saying, we investigate,
Team Paxton should have removed Belt from the safe haven of a school
bus. That should have happened as soon as High School leadership was given
notice of the incident.
Sept. 13 p Leadership is required to
err on the side of the child.
Sept. 13 p Part of Joe Paxton's
job, Sch Bd Chair Dave Mullins and all the Boardsters jobs, is to be an
advocate for those in their charge.
Sept. 13 p That was NOT done!
Sept. 13 p Instead, the benefit of
doubt was given the Badge wearing, figure of authority.
Sept. 13 p While investigating, the
target child continues to be exposed to the sensitive situation while Belt
drives the bus. Kids on the captivated environment of a bus may now think
it's OK to call another child a Faggot.
Sept. 13 p Instead of being prudent,
the Pentagon and the School Board dropped the ball in the worst way.
Sept. 13 p The only real question should
be, was the child protected? The answer is No.
Sept. 13p Heads need to roll from Clay
High leadership right on up to the top of the dog pile.
Sept. 13 p For those wanting to lodge
a complaint or comment, the High School's telephone number is 304 587 4226.
The tele # for the Board of Education is 304 587 4266.
Sept. 13 p At the Pentagon, the
correct names to ask for are, Superintendent Joe Paxton and or Bus Czar
Jarrod Fitzwater. We're looking up School Board President
Dave Mullins tele # now.
Sept. 13 p These are sad times in County
Sept. 13 a County Commission meets
this morning at 10am
Sept. 13 a Great societies do better
when secrets are kept to a minimum. Monday night, during the Sch Bd's secret
time, there is little doubt, they spent their 45 minutes discussing how
to handle and tramp down public information on the bus driver allegations
of using demeaning language against a student and admonishing the kid with
words of going to Hell if he doesn't change his ways.
Sept. 13 a The incident is suppose
to have taken place on Sept. 5th. Monday was the 11th. That 6 day time
span was plenty of time to retrieve the bus video from the Pentagon's data
base (server). A couple things could have happened.
Sept. 13 a The bus did not have a recorder
or the recorder was turned off
Sept. 13 a The recorder worked but
the stream was so damning, it was erased, lost, or otherwise, unusable
Sept. 13 a The recorded evidence was
so damning, a recording from a different date was substituted to
clean up everything for the Pentagon
Sept. 13 a Or, finally, nothing happened.
Sept. 13 a Was a video played during
the Board's secret time? We don't think so.
Sept. 13 a What was done was type up
a boiler plate, bullet proof , statement to stem the tide of public ridicule.
Sept. 13 a Here's Joe Paxton's grammar
riddled public statement that was provided to TV-3 on Tuesday Sept. 12th)
: "In response to the media's request for a statement, please know
that administration is prohibited from going into detail regarding these
preliminary allegations. I can state that administration is investigating
the allegations, and will do so thoroughly, all while complying with applicable
laws and policies that govern the process. Administration always takes
allegations of this nature serious, and in doing so, administration takes
the investigation serious versus rushing to pre judgment."
"Regardless of the
outcome of the investigation, please know that all of our employees are
expected to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all of
our students. As the Employee Code of Conduct mandates, the school system
expects all of our employees to exhibit professional behavior by showing
positive examples of communication, fairness, and language. Also, as required
in the Code of Conduct, the school system expects all of our employees
to maintain a safe and healthy environment, free from harassment, intimidation,
bullying, and free from bias and discrimination."
Sept. 13 a Such statements are written.,
No off the cuff stuff with mistakes can be made. Paxton had to start
the news cycle off with a tamp down effort.
Sept. 13 a Based on social media response
and with many knowing how the Pentagon does things, the statement is doing
little to squash the public's demand that change be made.
Sept. 13 a The next step is for costly
attorneys to make their appearance.
Sept. 13 a That step can be eliminated
if Team Paxton would come out of the backroom and do the right thing.
Sept. 13 a The weight of a court proceeding
and the ridicule that comes with such on a high school kid, that shouldn't
happen. It doesn't need to happen. Taxpayers should not have to pay those
costs out of Levy funds!
Sept. 13 a Instead, it's time for our
elected leaders to do the right thing, step up, and do so quickly.
Sept. 13 a That BS about a lengthy
investigation,.... they have witnesses after witness from the bus
Sept. 13 a Multiple first hand eye
witnesses work every time.
Sept. 13 a What also works is
a willingness to do the right thing. No not discipline for running over
of a guard rail, but a willingness to to what's right even if the employee
is a strong friend of the administration.
Sept. 13 a Here's the tough one clickers...
Sept. 13 a The ridiculed child
might have to step forward. He shouldn't have to since Team Paxton is sworn
to uphold the law, but sadly, the teenager may have to take a pounding
for the right thing to happen
Sept. 13 a While this incident
is taking place front and center, other incidents may be sliding
under under the bus.
Sept. 12 p After a long 36 hours of
labor, The Communicator made it to news stands across the four county region.
Sept. 12 p Our lead story gives insight
on the dismal 2017 standardized test scores for our wittle rug rats..
Sept. 12 p All the news and views plus
the latest breaking news on a facebook based internet sensation where a
local school bus driver is said to have called a CHS student a "faggot"
and "You're going to Hell".
Sept. 12 p During Monday night's School
Board meeting, the question came up: What's the policy on school system
employees addressing students with such demeaning words.
Sept. 12 p The answer from Superintendent
Joe Paxton will cost you 80 cents.
Sept. 12 p Since details were put on
Facebook, the normal, Off With His Head remarks are everywhere.
Sept. 12 p TV-3
a 5pm opening volley on the topic.
Sept. 12 p The first of the Big Apple
carnival rides are being set up in prep for Thursday night's opening evening
of family fun.
Sept. 12 p You might notice over on
the ADVISORY page, the new Kayak Livery Service will be up and running
this Saturday. With dry, warm weather, expected as well as the river to
be up a couple inches, you better get your reservations in early. For those
wanting to rent a kayak or double kayak, boats are limited and you really
aught a reserve em now.
Sept. 12 p Good luck Elk River Kayak
Sept. 12 p Also mark your calendars
for the end of the season, Fall Foliage Tour on the Elk slated for Oct
14th. That info is available on the EVENTS page
Sept. 11 p Dana (McKinney) Miller,
84, see OBITUARY page