NEWS & MORE
Nov 17 late p Homer Osborne,
90, of Bickmore, see OBITUARY page
Nov. 17 p Here's the latest on Jeanie
Davis' Auction scheduled for Saturday Nov. 18th
Nov. 17 p It is true that some of the
Auction posters were marked CANCELED
Nov. 17 p BUT BUT BUT, the AUCTION
IS ON FOR TOMORROW
Nov. 17 p the only thing that is NOT
being sold Saturday Nov. 18th are the vehicles and lite aircraft.
Nov. 17 p Everything else is a go!!!
Nov. 17 p See you at the auction.
Nov. 17 a Everybody loves a good auction.
Most of us wind up buying a bunch of crapola that we don't need and ends
up in a yard sale down the road.
Nov. 17 a Jeanie Davis was hosting
an auction set for tomorrow over on Hansford Fork.
Nov. 17 a We noticed yesterday, on
one of the auction posters, in big black block print, CANCELED.
Nov. 17 a That's all we know about
it as of this morning.
Nov. 17 a You may think we've been
screwing off for the last two days. Wrong O
Nov. 17 a In between our nap schedule,
we've been watching govt happenings.
Nov. 17 a We'll get to a couple notes
for this morning
Nov. 17 a For decades, Clay Development
Corp (CDC) was the head scratcher of the county. Actually, CDC was the
embarassment of the county.
Nov. 17 a We watched them reduce,
eliminate, by-law requirements so Pam Ramsey Taylor could be installed
as Director during a coup.
Nov. 17 a The idea was to circle the
wagons and have one family in charge of the CDC money, goods and services.
Nov. 17 a With the new leadership,
they changed general membership and Board membership to reflect inside
views and reduce any chance of toppling the empire. Get out of line with
the Czar, you'd be tossed out in the cold
Nov. 17 a Many saw the problem and
on a couple of times, change almost came to CDC.
Nov. 17 a At another point, the Taylor
guard had to take wayward boardsters to court to keep control . For
those outsiders trying to make things better, they managed to pick the
world's worst lawyer, a lawyer so inept, he got sanctioned by the Judge
for doing absolutely zero prep ahead of the hearing.
Nov. 17 a So secretive was CDC
operations, they took others to court to regain control of a policy and
Nov. 17 a Whether a Boardster or employee,
ask one question and OFF WITH YOUR HEAD.
Nov. 17 a Many remember the time that
Everette Eagle stood up and said something along the lines of, I want to
know what's going on here???? Eagle was tossed from the Board
Nov. 17 a CDC employed badges to remove
members of the public from public meetings.
Nov. 17 a A couple employees saw the
questionable financial dealings and challenged the non profit social service
provider. Those folks were fired on the spot.
Nov. 17 a Those cases were taken to
court where CDC lost and had to pay out big settlement sums.
Nov. 17 a When Team Taylor was removed
from the organization last Dec 23rd, the county felt, things are going
to change for the better.
Nov. 17 a For the last 9 months, an
outside agency (AAA) was brought in to revive the deeply in debt CDC and
get it back on a trustworthy path.
Nov. 17 a The first public meeting
the new CDC Board was held Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 3pm. The public was allowed
Nov. 17 a Around the table, the Board
was provided few details. Everything was in general terms. As for what
a new hire was being paid, how many hours the male will work, all that
is top secret and could not be discussed in public. Management felt it
would also be a bad thing to let the Board know the name if the new employee
over at the Nutrition Site.
Nov. 17 a As for how much they're paying
for electric, wawa, toilet paper, paint, nope, that too is not available
to the public.
Nov. 17 a During an interview published
by the Communicator and later during a Nov. 2017 County Commission meeting,
the public was told, the new and improved Clay Development Corp would operate
under Open meeting Law. At some other point, we were told, for them to
secure Fed. funding, they were required to follow Sunshine Law.
Nov. 17 a On Tuesday, the new Board
did not post a meeting agenda for all to see. Nothing was posted even on
the day of the meeting. No member of the public was provided a meeting
agenda nor financial report.
Nov. 17 a OK OK, it was their first
meeting and we'll give em a break on agenda posts. The learning process
is just underway.
Nov. 17 a We can't give em a break
on thinking, financials are off limit for the taxpayer. We can't give em
a break for thinking, the new, already hired, employee is top secret.
We can't give em a break for going secret on wage levels.
Nov. 17 a We're trying to give em the
benefit of the doubt for their first meeting. But, the problem with
the old CDC was absolute, total secrecy, which led to inside deals one
Nov. 17a Surely to goodness, we're
not headed down that same path again.
Nov. 14 p Madge Shelvegene Mullins
, 81, see OBITUARY page
Nov. 14 p Let's do some catchin up
Nov. 14 p Monday night's Sch Bd
was interesting for what wasn't said in public. Like...
Nov. 14 p Just a third of the way thru
the school year, up at Big Otter Elem, after school teachers Pamela Douglas,
Karen Knopp, and Stacy Marks resigned their positions as did the
site coordinator Brandi McKinney.
Nov. 14 p Our elected Sch Bd reps blasted
right thru accepting the resignations without a whimper or comment.
Nov. 14 p Sure sounds like there is
some kind of rift at our most technology advanced grade school in the county
Nov. 14 p A couple months ago a teacher
at that same school raised the hackles of many parents after allegations
were raised that the teach shook the crap out of a student. Immediately
the teacher was removed from the school for a couple weeks. Most feel,
the teach was suspended during that time with the hopes that parents would
forget about it.
Nov. 14 p When the teach returned,
in two days time, Poof! gone again. In all, it's been close to two months
with a costly sub filling in the position.
Nov. 14 p So peed are parents, an online
petition was launched and several parents, grand parents, attended a Board
meeting where all of em were forced into secret time if they wanted their
thoughts known to the Board.
Nov. 14 p OK< that the background
as best we can tell it.
Nov. 14 p On Monday, the 13th and at
all Board meetings before, there has not been ANY action given the
teach. There has been no vote to suspend, fire, put on probation or accepting
a resignation... nothing officially has been done
Nov. 14 p So, after a couple months,
it's a pretty good vacation for the wayward teach who must be receiving
a full pay day. Adding to the cost overruns, a sub has to be paid.
Nov. 14 p A darn good job (vacation)
if you can get it clickers!
Nov. 14 p the final snippit from Monday
night... during a secret time to decide the fate of a Clay High School,
after a long time away from the public, the Board voted in public to expel
a student for 365 days.
Nov. 14 p Our guess is, that's the
student who sent social media viral just before Halloween by sporting an
assault style rifle on his shoulder and attached thoughts like: I cna't
wait until tomorrow.
Nov. 14 p During that secret time,
could they have been discussing the wayward teacher from Big Otter?
Nov. 14 p They shoudn't be. Anything
other than discussing the student in question would most likely be tossed
out in a court of law.
Nov. 14 p And now for this morning....
Nov. 14 p This morning the new
Fall Class of Indictees appeared for Arraignment day before Judge Alsop
Nov. 14 p We'll provide the details
on all 15 of em in the next Communicator but for now, here's a couple notes
Nov. 14 p Garin Osburn is a nice looking
36 year old feller. The guy is indicted on 6 counts each of Puter Fraud
and Access Device Fraud.
Nov. 14 p The thievery charges don't
sound too interesting until you realize, earlier this year, the guy used
a debit card and stole from a local Cub Scout Pack. Cub Scouts!!!
Nov. 14 p I know, I know, everyone's
innocent until proven otherwise BUT, stealing from Cub Scouts???? What
a dirty cheap trick!
Nov. 14 p For number two, put your
thinking hats on and turn the wayback machine to August, 2015.
Nov. 14 p Back then most of us were
enjoying an evening BBQ under the canopy, when the scanner lit up. Something
about an arrest gone real bad and some kind of huge explosion. Green Shirt
bomb teams were brought into the county. Local Badges backed away from
the scene and stood down until the calvary arrived.
Nov. 14 p Turns out, Denver Rucker
was growing pot. When the Badges showed up the guns came out. Someone blasted
a propane tank and KaBooooom rattled the Southern end of the county along
Valley View Drive.
Nov. 14 p After recovering from his
burns, Denver Rucker was in Court today via a wheelchair ride. The 69 year
old responded, not guilty 14 times before Judge Alsop.
Nov. 14 p Rucker's trial is set for
Feb 18th. His bond remains at $500,000.
Nov. 14 p Turns out, Badges don't like
it when someone comes darn close to killing them.
Nov. 14 p Now, if pot was legal
in 2015, Rucker would be a happy smoked up senior citizen today
Nov. 14 p Most of us old farts have
gotten away from drugs. A bunch of us are still tempted by a chance at
garnering some unearned cash.
Nov. 14 p Last Summer, right after
the Great Wash Out in June, a bunch of people put their hands out for free
goods and services. Some grabbed tons of new items, turned around and sold
the goods in yard sales while others loaded their trucks up and headed
to WalMart to redeem cash for the goodwill hand outs.
Nov. 14 p Thomas Holcomb is well known
to local Badges. Nothing major , but often, Thomas winds up on the wrong
side of the law.
Nov. 14 p Holcomb was indicted on Flood
Fraud (we made up that term) for filing false reports with FEMA and state
Nov. 14 p If convicted, Thomas Holcomb
is looking at up to 10 years on each charge.
Nov. 14 p We think there are several
others being looked at . We hope so anyway. We hope so because we saw much
greedy corruption with our own eyes right after the flood.
Nov. 14 p For those that haven't guessed,
all the newbees in the court system told the Court, Not me Judge, I'm not
Nov. 14 p The newly reconstituted
Clay County Development Corp held their first public Board meeting this
afternoon. We're going to sleep on our findings before posting. That should
come sometime Wed afternoon. Check back in then.
Nov. 14 a We've got some pretty good
posting coming from last night's Sch Bd meeting.
Nov. 14 a Right now we're heading over
to the Courthouse to take in Arraignment Day.
Nov. 14 a Posting should be visible
after 1pm today. Check back please.
Nov. 13 p As for the shooter of Ronald
L Boggs, whomever pulled the trigger, that person is still on the run.
Who knows, he or she might be your next door neighbor.
Nov. 13 p As of 3 pm today, there were
no arrests on file in the Magistrate Clerk's office.
Nov. 13 p At the old Courthouse, there
is a downstairs outside door. That's the one used by the Clay Ambulance
Service for entrance to their offices many years ago.
Nov. 13 p The door lock was smashed
in sometime this past weekend. A new lock was installed mid day today.
Nov. 13 p Sheriff Triplett felt it
wasn't a break in and said the old lock was not in good working order.
Nov. 13 p We think, it could very well
be, since it was so cold this past weekend, members of our homeless
community busted thru the door for a warm place to sleep.
Nov. 13 p One year and 5 days ago,
all H broke loose over at Clay Development Corp. On the 9th of Nov. 2016,
Director Pam Taylor made the facebook post that was heard around the world.
It took her Board until Dec 23rd 2016 to make the obvious decision to fire
the long time in charge family that ran CDC.
Nov. 13 p For the first time in years,
actually, over a decade, Clay Development Corp (CDC) will hold a Board
meeting in public. That comes tomorrow afternoon, 3pm, in the
CDC building on Main Street.
Nov. 13 p Elvin Delner Frame, 84, see
Nov. 13 a On this gloomy, damp, Monday
morning, we haven't heard of any arrests from Friday's murder. Will check
at the Courthouse later today for updates
Nov. 13 a School Board meets
tonight at 6pm. The
agenda lists several resignations from Big Otter Elem's
after school program. Those resignations include the site coordinator.
Nov. 13 a Motion day provides
the local court system a chance to see where they are in all the cases
that are on the books.
Nov. 13 a Motion Day was held last
week before Judge Jack Alsop.
Nov. 13 a No shows included: Thomas
Lee Rose, Winzell Gibson, Bobby Edward Lanham, Tom Stuck, Jason Henry,
Billie Murphy, and Jeremy Salisbury
Nov. 13 a If you see any of those folks,
please tell em, the Sheriff has pick up orders in your name.
Nov. 13 a This is the week before Deer
Nov. 13 a Whether you actually hunt
or not, this is the week we put new tires on the four wheeler or side by
sides, buy ammo and then go out back and blast away beer cans. We also
head over to Wally World to purchase cold weather socks, long underwear,
Nov. 13 a Around Clayberry, in the
back of nearly every pick em up truck, there's an ATV at the ready to locate
good hunting spots
Nov. 10 late late p Here's the MetroNews
write up on this mornings murder.
Nov. 10 p Around 8:23 (my time) this
morning, the scanner lit up with a 40 something male not breathing, then
a pause, then, and he has a bullet hole in his chest
Nov. 10 p In any shooting incident,
ambulance crews wait till Badges secure the scene.
Nov. 10 p Almost an hour later, we
saw the first Blue and Gold cruiser go flying past Go Mart in Two Run with
the blue lights on heading to the Clay County Dump Road.
Nov. 10 p By 11 am this morning,
word on the street had it, that a 46 year old male was living under a rock
overhang covered with a tarp and a shooter ended his life.
Nov. 10 p Spectators near the
scene report a male and female were seen in the back seat of a cruiser
heading off the hill.
Nov. 10 p With the courthouse closed
today for Veteran's Day, hard to get any first hand info from criminal
Nov. 10 p Last night, there were right
at a dozen people sleeping, living, on Main Street in downtown Clay.
Nov. 10 p This morning the temp stood
around 32 degrees.
Nov. 10 p For anyone interested, Anderson
Heights low income apartments has 4 or 5 open apartments for rent.
Nov. 10 a Better get a cup of
coffee, we've got a bunch to talk about this morning.
Nov. 10 a Birthday wishes extended
to Ethel Nichols of Wallback who will turn 100 tomorrow.
Nov. 10 a Think about it. During Ms
Nichols life time, Civil War soldiers still walked this country. Sitting
Bull was still alive. She's been thru 2 world wars and saw for the
first time a radio, light bulb, pavement covering the mud, and men on the
Nov. 10 a Wit all that under her belt,
she's still perky and spry.
Nov. 10 a After The Communicator came
out Tuesday, Clay Town Council held their Nov. meeting in the WaWa Plant.
During that gathering, the Mel Gibson Look Alike brought to Council's attention
the very serious problem of NOT informing wawa customers of Boil
Water Order times.
Nov. 10 a During the discussions, Operator
and Office Manager Dwana Murphy gave a light hearted explanation on less
than stellar notices provided only a few customers. Explanations also came
on the many times that the Boil Water Orders are only provided those immediately
affected by the crud filled wet stuff.
Nov. 10 a As for a written policy for
notification, Nope, they ain't got one or at least made no reference to
such a document
Nov. 10 a When informed that a formal
complaint had been written, Mayor Hubbard told the body, Good, we will
follow any directive provided by the W Va Public Service Commission.
Nov. 10 a Secret times are not common
during County Commission meetings.
Nov. 10 a True they get their heads
together ahead of time but as far as secret time during public meetings,
Wed morning's closed door session was a first in a long time, maybe years.
Nov. 10 a In addition to the
three elected folks, 911 Dispatch Director Denise Holcomb and one time
911 center employee Bill Stephenson were included in the secret discussions
Nov. 10 a Afterwards, CCC Chief Greg
Fitz said: No decisions have been made yet
Nov. 10 a That means, there was NOT
an agenda listing for action on that date. Expect such an item
on the next agenda
Nov. 10 a Also from Wed's gathering,
the CCC accepted 911 Asst Director Tina Richards resignation effective
a couple weeks ago.
Nov. 10 a Based on how much turn over
there is at the 911 Center, we think there are serious management issues
Nov. 10 a Thursday evening, over
in Summersville, a bunch of folks , upwards of 40, met to discuss growing
an ATV riding trail in the center of the state. The idea is to make
something as successful as the 19 year old and growing strong, Hatfield
and McCoy trail in the Southern end of the State
Nov. 10 a Clayberry is included
in those plans with a 108 mile long trail "loop" mostly on Forest Land
Management property out Lilly way. "Trailheads" (welcome center, trinket
sales, drinks, etc) are planned for the Town of Clay and Gilboa.
Nov. 10 a IF, if, if, this comes to
pass, having the riders come thru the municipality .. well, that could
be a big boost for our economy. Based on the experiences down South along
the Hatfield McCoy Trail, we could expect needs for repair shops, places
to munch, places to sleep, and arts and crafts stores.
Nov. 10 a So far, an engineering
firm has put together possible trail options in Clay, Fayette, Webster,
Nichols, and Braxton Counties.
Nov. 10 a For the Hatifeld and McCoy
operation, the annual budget is around $3.9 million dollars but brings
into that area, close to $20 million new dollars. One speaker commented,
about 60 percent of the riders are from out of state. That amounts to lots
of new dollars in the struggling coal field economy.
Nov. 10 a Don't get too excited readers.
It took Hatfield McCoy folks 10 years to get the first riding experience
up and running down there. One optimistic lad thought, the first trail
loop in thsese parts could open in just five years if if if everything
came together without 'hitches".
Nov. 10 a More on the trail idea this
weekend. Stop back then
Nov. 10 a Lots going on this weekend.
Be sure to check out the EVENTS and ADVISORY pages for details.
Nov. 10 a Up at the Big Otter Community
Center, music and dance tonight!
Nov. 10 a 32 degrees this morning at
Nov. 10 a Scanner traffic, 8:34 am
this morning: feller not breathing with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Nov. 10 a Just another Friday morning
in the Land of Little.
Nov. 9 p Everett “Junior” Rogers, 86,
of Indore, see OBITUARY page
Nov. 8 p Grand Jury results are in.
Nov. 8 p Sean Thacker - Sex Assault
2nd Degree, Incest, Sex Abuse by parent
Nov. 8 p Garin Osburn - 'Puter
Fraud x 6, Access Device Fraud x 6
Nov. 8 p Gary W Moore - transferring
and receiving stolen vehicle
Nov. 8 p Randall J Taylor - Burglary
Nov. 8 p Phillip Burnside - Burglary
Nov. 8 p Denver Rucker - Manufacturing
Schedule 1 substance
Nov. 8 p Denver Rucker - Wanton Endangerment
w firearm x 3; commission of felon with firearm; possession of destructive
device; causing death or injury x 4; Wanton Endangerment involving
Nov. 8 p Rodney Mark Workman - Wanton
Endangerment w/ firearm; domestic assault; person prohibited from firearm
Nov. 8 p James Jennings Ramsey - Failure
Nov. 8 p John Eric Hunt - counterfeiting
x 5; conspiracy x 2
Nov. 8 p Glenda Skaggs - counterfeiting
x 5 ; Conspiracy x 2
Nov. 8 p Justin Lee Brown - B&E;
Grand Larceny; Dest of Prop x 2; transferring stolen goods; obstructing
an officer; fleeing; false statement x 2
Nov. 8 p Natasha Hudnall - B&E;
Grand Larceny; Dest of Prop x 2; transferring stolen goods; obstructing
an officer; fleeing; false statement x 2
Nov. 8 p There was one presentation
brought by a private citizen that went nowhere
Nov. 8 p And there was one more.
Nov. 8 p How many of you know people
that received Fed dollars after the June 23rd Great Wash? How many of those
folks were never touched by the high water? How many of em took cleaning
supplies, butt wipe, water , brooms, mops, and more and then took the goods
over to Wal-Mart and traded it in for $$$?
Nov. 8 p The final indictment goes
to Thomas Holcomb who is officially charged with Computer fraud and obtaining
goods under false pretense
Nov. 8 p The reality is, Holcomb is
charged with flood fraud
Nov. 8p That's one indictment. Wonder
how many more are squirming in their seat about now?
Nov. 8 p All the new class of folks
are suppose to show up next Tuesday, 9 am, to tell the Judge, I didn't
Nov. 8 a County Commission meets this
morning beginning at 10 am
Nov. 8 a Need a job, check out the
JOBS page for stream clean up work at $10 per hour
Nov. 8 a Greater Clay Long Term Recovery
Committee has a couple jobs needing finished before they close their door.
If you have a handi-man license, Greater Clay has a job for you
Nov. 8 a If you have an interest in
what's really going on in County Clay, pick up a copy of The Communicator
Nov. 8 a Fall Grand Jury finished their
work well after 4pm yesterday.
Nov. 8 a If all goes well, we plan
to have the results posted around noon today. Check back then.
Nov. 7 p Around 3:30 today the Fall
Grand Jury was still meeting behind closed doors. One lady commented, they
probably won't be done today
Nov. 7 p Town Council meets this afternoon
at 5:30 in the WaWa Plant on main Street.
Nov. 7 p The Communicator made it out
the door today a little early. For those interested in what's really going
on in Clayberry, The Communicator is your source for news and views
Nov. 7 p Yesterday we put a call to
help a young family pay to get their gas service turned on before cold
weather sets in.
Nov. 7 p Thankfully, we can report,
the need is taken care of. You are appreciated
Nov. 7 p Looks like they will have
their gas turned on by week's end.
Nov. 7 a NICHOLS, M. Sharon, age 78,
see OBITUARY page