NEWS & MORE
July 23 p Donna Sue (Nottingham)
Kovach, 72, see OBITUARY page
July 22 8pm Lots of thunder boomers
moving thru the county right now. Heavy rainfall expected tonight
July 22 8pm Flash Flood Watch in affect
thru Sunday evening.
July 22 8pm Be real careful ou there
July 22 a With white hair going in
all directions, ole Kelly Fulkerson turns another page today. The best
of birthday wishes extended to the West Sider turned Elk River Rat.
July 21 a In the way of stuff going
July 21 a Country Fried will be playing
up at Big Otter Community Center tonight beginning at 7pm.
July 21 a Yard Sales around every turn
in the road.
July 21 a Pool's open as is the Elk
for fishing, swimming, boating
July 21 a Hard to believe but, we know,
when the hostas start to bud, Summer is over done. They're budding now
July 21 a Jobs are hard to come by
in Clayberry. If you get one, better try hard to keep it!
July 21 a Last night, Clay Town Council
held a Special meeting to do some hiring.
July 21 a Tyler Reedy resigned as Log
Factory in Chief on Wed.
July 21 a Council voted to hire Jason
Adkins to replace Reedy. While Jason learns to whip the logs into compliance,
Miles Slack will provide leadership
July 21 a While Slack is running herd
on the turds, I mean logs, the Town needs some Street Dept help. Last night
Council hired Derrick Nutter for those part time duties.
July 21 a After the meeting, Mayor
Hubbard called up the lucky lad and spread the good news.
July 21 a Instead of hearing
a Great big Thanks! and when do I start?, Nutter turned down the job.
July 21 a Back to the drawing board
for Town Council.
July 21 early a Ethel Murt
Virginia Nelson, 67, of Harrison, see OBITUARY page
July 20 p There's a bunch of
charities out there. Some are worthwhile while others are bogus
July 20 p Here's the 20
July 20 p To check out your charity
of interest, here's Charity
July 20 p Here's their
July 20 p Tidbit: Judge Facemire was
on the bench a couple days back and commented on the cost of justice
July 20 p According to the Robe, a
few years back, a study revealed, an hour of Court costs around $900 per
July 20 a With garden production in
full force, the Farmer's Market this morning might be a great place to
shop for quality goods. Buy Local!
July 20 a Little Donny, the President
of the Electorial College, has been on the job for exactly six months today
July 20 a During each whistle stop
he boasted, fixing Obama Care would be easy, that he would fix it and tons
of things like the great wall of the USA on Day One.
July 20 a To make things easier for
him, his party controls the House and Senate. Not one Demorat
is needed to pass ANY legislation.
July 20 a After six months on the job,
his swamp has done nothing except expose his Russian handlers and controllers.
July 20 a And still, the lowly few
that still support the Orange Headed leader, they think he's the best thing
since canned soup.
July 20 a The country going to H in
a hand basket has been a phrase for some time.
July 20 a It truly is with the new
July 19 p Communicator made it to news
stands across the region Tuesday afternoon.
July 19 p For our loyal prescribers,
it's coming to you a day late.
July 19 p Yesterday morning a whirlybird
chopped down a power line which rendered our puter based mailing list and
our online postal forms out of reach. The paper went out this morning via
the USPS. Sorry for the delay
July 19 p Doubling the troubles
of publishing a newspaper, tele and DSL was off Monday night when the ace
cub reporter does his end of the typing.
July 19 p That outage on Guy Mullins
Road was caused when a State Road brush cutting tractor chopped up the
telephone company switch box at roadside
July 19 p Despite all that, a 20 pager
made it out the door Tuesday.
July 19 p Pretty good edition with
coverage from Monday's sentencing in front of Judge Jack Alsop along
with the story on a criminal pushing and punching a mentally challenged
lady before entering her home.
July 19 p Pretty sad day for Clay
July 19 p Jonny Woofter's got a belly
button day coming later this month. He turns 90 on the 30th. We unburied
a couple old pictures of the lad from 1954 for this edition.
July 19 p Monday night the BDA held
a special meeting where they gave the green light to purchase river access
signs for the Elk River. Currently there are 8 public access points in
July 19 p We're at 97 degrees at 2pm
today. It is sweltering. Nice time to head to the pool or Elk River
July 17 a Bright sunshine and temps
around 90 today. Summer time at its best
July 17 a Clay County Business Development
Authority is convening a special public meeting tonight at 6pm as they
try to jump start the Elk River tourism business
July 17 a Communicator hits news stands
tomorrow afternoon. Deadline for submissions is today around 5pm. Classifieds,
Obits, Chatters, Newsy items, email em today please
July 14 p Thunder boomers are rocking
Clayberry this afternoon
July 14 p Available during Saturday's
Farmer's Market: Green peppers, hot peppers, cabbage, squash, cucs, potatoes,
and honey, to name a few
July 14 a The Kids
Count annual survey is considered rock solid
July 14 a From the latest edition...
July 14 a West Virginia is ranked 43rd
in the nation in terms of kids' well being.
July 14 a Last year we were ranked
39th. In 2014 W Va stood at 37th in the nation.
July 14 a See the trend?
July 14 a 25% of our rug rats
live in poverty.
July 14 a 29% of those families
have less than secure employment
July14 a We ranked 43rd in overall
July 14 a So, got kids?
July 14 a The best place to raise those
curtain climbers is New Hampshire
July 14 a We've got the solution for
West Virginia's woes. Instead of the Legislature continuing their effort
to beat us further in the ground, why don't they annex us with New Hampshire.
July 14 a They could name us, West
July 14 a Problems solved.
July 13 p A couple days back
we floated a notion that something was up with Anita Stephenson resigning
from the school system.
July 13 p We deduced that
from several coffee house stories plus the resignation was quickly placed
on Monday's Sch Bd meeting agenda at the last minute.
July 13 p To add to the
hype, we ended with a great big Hmmmmmm.....
July 13 p Anita Stephenson
called to say, there is nothing salacious about the resignation that in
fact, she had taken a job in Calhoun County.
July 13 p Glad to hear
from the former CMS Principal and the best of luck to her.
July 13 p But....
July 13 p To leave a cushy
principalship 6 months before retirement time in Dec., to then take a job
demanding a long drive on curvy roads, and the sudden inclusion of an agenda
item at the last minute.
July 13 p We stand by our
great big Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
July 13 a Greater Clay Long Term Recovery
meets tonight at either 6 or 6:30pm. We don't know which. The meeting will
be held in their Main Street digs across from the radio station in the
old Starcher Bldg
July 13 a This morning, the new class
from the Summer Grand Jury will stand before Judge Facemire and say, Nope,
I didn't do it Mr Robe!
July 13 a There's suppose to be a certain
amount of dignity and respect Court proceedings.
July 13 a Not so long ago, a skinny
guy was in the peanut gallery when his name was called during a Arraignment
Day. Instead of walking to the front and saying something like, Yes Sir....
July 13 a From the back of room came,
Yo Judge, That be me!"
July 13 a After peanut gallery hushed
giggles and a big smirk by the Robe, a more respectful attitude was
demanded and received.
July 13 a Back in April, the Solid
Waste Authority held their annual Spring clean up day.
July 13 a The recycling and junk removal
event is well received with tons of tires, metal, trash, and road side
pick ups hauled away.
July 13 a How much does such an event
July 13 a During last night's Solid
Waste meeting, the best they could figure, including some grant funds,
the one day affair had a price tag of around $10,600 plus some change
July 13 a 20 tons of junk metal
was removed from our creeks, Elk, and side roads.
July 13 a As for having another one
this Fall, funding is not available.
July 13 a As for hosting the annual
event next Spring, that too might be a long shot.
July 13 a Full details in Tuesday's
source for news and views, The Communicator
July 13 a In the way of growing tourism
in the county, the County Commission is considering a new river access
point behind the Courthouse.
July 13 a Ditto for a plan being developed
to have another access point beside the Clay Library.
July 13 a Suppose to be a hot one today,
find a shady spot and stay put.
July 12 later p Justin Benjamin
OBrien, 34, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
July 12 late p So. You're in an elevator.
It screws up and you start to drop.
July 12 late p Any truth to jumping
up as you hit and everything will be OK.
July 12 late p The correct answer is,
No Way. Here's
July 12 late p As for West Virginia
always near the bottom in every poll, the local joke was, Thank God
JUly 12 late p We can't use that joke
July 12 late p Here's a quick
overview of us against the nation. Here's the close details on W Va
being the worst
place for business with the Republicrats at the helm in Charleston.
July 12 late p For those still in need
of someone ready to cut your grass, weed whack and such, the Woodsy ad
on the JOBS page is not updated with a working tele #.
July 12 p Summer Grand Jury was
busy yesterday. Here's the list of True Bills.
July 12 p Justin Brown B&E, Grand
Larceny Destuc of Property x 2, Conspiracy, Receiving and transferring
July 12 p Larry Cobb Strangulation
x 2, Domestic Battery x 2, Domestic assault
July 12 p Jeffery Neal Wanton endangerment
with a firearm x 2
July 12 p Justin Blankenship Grand
July 12 p Danny Nicholas Domestic Battery
July 12 p Gary Moore Transferring and
receiving stolen vehicle
July 12 p Travis Conley B & E
July 12 p Daniel Craddock Wanton endangerment
with firearm, Malicious wounding
July 12 p Natasha Hudnall B&E,
Grand larceny, Destruc of property x 2, Conspiracy, Receiving and
transferring stolen vehicle
July 12 p Zachary Daniels B&E x
2, Conspiracy x 2
July 12 p Adrian Thompson B&E x
2 , Conspiracy x 2
July 12 p Jeremy Salisbury Fleeing,
altering manufacturers serial number or ID mark, Possession of stolen vehicle
July 12 p Rodney Workman Domestic Battery
2nd offense, Malicious wounding, person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
July 12 p With the new list in hand,
all those charged will appear before Judge Ric Facemire Thursday morning
July 12 a Forgot to say Happy Birthday
wishes to Dave Derby and Mike Mullins.
July 12 early a Yesterday afternoon,
the Mel Gibson look alike was screwing around with this site and managed
to destroy the home page. We're working to restore that entry page this
July 12 a County Commission meets this
morning at 10am.
July 12 a The Solid Waste Authority
meets this afternoon around 4:30 in their Main Street Clay digs.
July 12 a Both are public assemblies
and worth the time sitting in the peanut gallery
July 12 a The county has one public
library. It's located in downtown Clay on a small lot. With that plot of
dirt, there is barely room to park three cars. As for expansion, outdoor
activities, no way.
July 12 a Last night during the Library
Board meeting, it was announced, the white house just up river from the
Library has been donated to the Library in memory of Cora Mullins.
July 12 a Boardsters are discussing
tearing down the wood structure to make room for additional parking and
a river access point for small wa wa craft.
July 12 a We've got a new smiling face
at the book spot. Olivia Hubbard was hired as a part time worker for about
19 1/2 hours per week.
July 12 Summer Grand Jury convened
July 12 a If all goes well, we'll provide
the new list of inductees late this afternoon.
July 11 p Last night there were two
public meetings on tap. We chose to attend the BDA meeting instead of the
Sch Bd gathering.
July 11 p This morning, over at Go
Mart, we heard that the School Board approved the immediate resignation
of Anita Stephenson. That action was NOT listed on the Board agenda posted
last week online.
July 11 p Anita was the long time Middle
School principal who was replaced by Leslie Pierson Goe. During that time,
a couple months back, Stephenson was voted off the island with a Dec 2017
July 11 p As a 12 month employee, Anita
was moved over to the High School for teaching duties and kept her 12 month
contract and income.
July 11 p That made Goe and Stephenson
on the payroll with principal salaries
July 11 p Getting all her salary, all
Summer long, and without any pesky curtain climbers to worry about, why
would anybody resign?
July 11 p We think there's a bunch
more to this story and are hopeful such comes out over the next few days.
July 11 p In the mean time, one big
July 11 a The basement conference room,
kitchen, HVAC, and storage areas of the Clay County Library were flooded
big time during the June 2016 Great Wash Out. The Library volunteers are
still trying to get everything back together.
July 11 a Now a foundation wall is
listing to starboard meaning, big big expense to repair.
July 11 a Today at 4:30, at the
Library, the Board meets for their public meeting. Agenda items include
a bunch of time on getting the flood repairs completed.
July 11 a Just made public, Clay
High will receive $1.4 million FEMA bucks to repair athletic property.
News made the $$$ public.
July 11 a Last night the Business Development
Authority (BDA) held their public meeting where a bunch of interesting
stuff was put on the table. Like....
July 11 There a darn good chance that
FEMA will cover repair costs on the Buffalo Creek Hiking Trail. That pathway
is along the railroad rights of way of the old Buffalo Creek and Gauley
July 11 a Because the tracks were in
poor condition, the BDAers felt getting a tourist steam train up and running,
well. the cost was just too great. Therefore they set their sights on having
a walking, biking, horseback riding trail.
July 11 a With FEMA coughing up millions
to replace bridges, rails, and ballast, all of a sudden, there is a chance
that County Clay could once again have steam engines or at least a rail
bus drawing in tourists from around the region.
July 11 a Everything is still a long
shot but at least there is hope coming our way
July 11 a One of the problems with
all that mush is, the BDA does not own the easement nor tracks. The BDA
does have a legal lease on the 20 mile long spur line.
July 11 a Back several months ago,
there was street talk that the owner of the whole shebang may have an interest
in donating the place to the county but with a caveat. In exchange for
giving the place away, the owner would take up the rails for scrap value.
July 11 a No rails, that's great for
a hiking trail but then there's no chance of ever having a scenic ride
here on the home front.
July 11 a Now on the street, strictly
speculation mind ya, behind the scenes there is a new effort to gain the
property without the scraping of the tracks, bridges and such.
July 11 a Say your prayers that the
latest rumor becomes reality
July 11 a With a train ride in place
coupled with Elk River boating and fishing, we might see a turn around
for future generations.
July 11 a Speaking of the beautiful
July 11 a A couple months ago,
the BDA voted a motion to help finance a kayak livery service for the Elk.
July 11 a Last night VISTA worker Rachel
Spencer made a presentation to get something started later this Summer
July 11 a The BDA was receptive to
the plan. So interested, they plan to hold a Special BDA meeting next Monday
to get the ball rolling.
July 11 a Keep your fingers crossed
clickers. This is about the third attempt at such a proposal and maybe
this one will take off.
July 9 p Got a School Board meeting
Monday night at the Pentagon. Here's
the agenda for the 6pm start time.
July 9 p The Business Development Authority
(BDA) also meets on monday but at 6:30pm. With a bunch of storm damage
still to deal with from last year's Great Wash Out, might be an interesting
meeting to attend. The BDA meets int he old State Road garage in Two Run.
July 9 a With a date change, we missed
last week's Town Council meeting . $$##@@!!!
July 9 p Wed morning is the next
County Commission meeting. 10am is the start time for that public gathering.
July 9 p Wed at 5:30 is the Clay County
Solid Waste Authority meeting in their office digs on Main Street across
from the old Henry Clay Hotel. And Yelp!, they've already got their meeting
agenda posted on the front door of the meeting house.
July 9 p Thursday evening the Greater
Clay Long Term Recovery Committee meets beginning at 6pm
July 9 p Remember Vince Golosow, AKA
Tattoo Vince? Those that have been in these parts for 15 years or so will
remember Tattoo Vince as the shooter (killer) of Judd Reid (body found
in Pisgah) and maybe an accomplice in the death of Christian Dawn Starcher
July 9 p Here's the write up from the
Reporter and second more wild
side piece from a web portal.
July 9 p Golosow set up a business
in Two Run before murdering Mr Reid. Called the Gypsey Jew store, most
felt the place was a cover for drug sales.
July 9 p That building is now occupied
by the Communicator staff and operation.
July 9 p When the Communicator moved
in , the missing girl had not been found.
July 9 p In the downstairs is a long,
skinny lookin forced air furnace.
July 9 p When they first turned the
thang on, it was reaaaaal stinky.
July 9 p And then the notion came,
what if Vince stuffed the Seabolt girl in there!
July 9 p Being the chicken shirts they
were (are) , no one would go to the basement for the longest time.
July 9 a Pretty nice listing over on
the JOBS page.
July 9 a From the scanner, we have
a man clad with just boxer shorts on has been seen walking along side the
July 9 a 11:29am "After I get done
on Blue Knob, I'll take a pass at the underwear guy."
July 9 a Stuff to make you grit your
July 9 a Robert Murray owns the largest
privately held coal mine in the world. According to Mr Murray, there no
such thing as clean coal technology. It's
July 9 a Little Donald says millions
of unlawful votes were cast in Nov 2016. After an exhaustive study, in
the entire state of Iowa, he was right. One mentally unstable
lady tried to vote twice.
July 9 a Off With Her Head!!!!!!!!!!!
July 9 a To insure a far right majority
on the U S Big Robes, 14
million secret dollars were spent to get Gorsuch appointed to the Supreme
July 9 a Often on TV are images of
private citizens getting the stuffing's beat out of um for taking pictures
of Badges during arrests and such.
July 9 a A full one half of the country
is now bound by Appeals Court decisions across the land. That decision
says, Badges are public officials at work, and therefore, ANYONE
can snap away.
July 9 a Enjoy a beautiful Sunday
afternoon in the Appalachian Mountains of County Clay.
July 7 p Let me tell ya a story.
July 7 p This county lives on grants.
For decades, non profits and govt agencies thrived on small grants known
as "Budget Digest Grants". Those dollars made the difference for many fire
departments and such. When the Republicrats took over the Gold Dome
four years ago, they removed all the Budget Digest $$$ in the account.
July 7p And then....
July 7p Every county in the state can
receive Lead Economic Development (LED) grants. LED amounts were upwards
of $32,000 per year. Also from the Gold Dome, the LED funds were to help
grow and or maintain local programs. For the past several years, the CAEZ
was awarded the LED funds. While CAEZ controlled the $$$, Clayonians never
saw any improvements here in Clayberry.
July 7 p In 2017, the Business Development
Authority (BDA) was awarded the LED funds. Their plans included upgrading
Spread Park, hiring a part time grant writer, and upgrading the BDA office
space allowing it to be rented out providing the BDA sustainability funds.
July 7 p Our BDA and County Commission
just found out, they applied for the grant too late, after the deadline.
July 7p Then they found out, instead
of around $30K, the newest grant would have provided just $14K.
July 7 p Then came word that no LED
grants would be awarded this year. None, according to Mitch DeBoard
July 7 p %%$$##!!!!
July 7p We don't know for sure
but, our guess, our elected Republicrats removed those funds too.
July 7p Before the county folds up
and blows away, this weekend, we've got a nice Festival coming our way.
July 7p Known as the Elk River Fest,
there's a bunch of cool offerings coming our way including fireworks Saturday
night around 10pm . Center for the fun is the new and improved Spread Park.
July 7p Full details over on the EVENTS
page. Hope to see you there.
July 7p Don't forget to get out to
Big Otter Community Center tonight for great music and dance.
July 6 a We've got a pretty good Communicator
this time around. Front page coverage includes several interesting lawsuits
involving Clay County businesses
July 6 a Also, be sure to check out
the Blotter on page 18 for the details on Stump Morton's latest allegations
of Grand Larceny done in nothing but black spandex shorty shorts.
July 6 a Clayonians love fireworks.
Nothing brings out the crowds like BOOMS and streaks of light in the night
July 6 a This Saturday's Elk Fest now
includes a Fireworks display at 10pm.
July 4 a The Best of Independence Day
wishes to you and yours on this slightly overcast Holiday
July 4 a While we're screwing off instead
of typing on the newspaper, a couple notes.
July 4 a Seniors, if you're interested
in Farmer's Market coupons, Clay Development (CDC) has em at the ready.
See ADVISORY page
July 4 a We've got the complete Elk
Fest Schedule over on the EVENTS page
July 4 a Want to make some $$$ during
the Fest, vendor space is still available
July 4 a Want to make some other $$$
during the Fest?
July 4 a There a bunch of cash payout
prize money available too. As of last weekend, only a couple contestants
had signed up to compete meaning, it might be pretty easy to put some jingle
in your pocket next Saturday.
July 4 a OK, back to typing on the
July 3 a Before taking the July 4th
July 3 a One lawyer stands out as "the
go to guy" for criminals in the hot seat. For decades, John Mitchell Sr
got more off the hook than anyone else
July 3 a Mr Mitchell's funeral will
be held Wed. See OBITUARY page
July 3 a Tuesday is the normal day
for publishing The Communicator. With the holiday tomorrow, the rag of
record has been delayed one day. Check out all the news fit to print and
then some, Wed afternoon.
July 3 a Due to the holiday, it's not
too late to email over your info.
July 3a For those thinking there's
going to be some big fireworks display in downtown Clay, forget it, not
going to happen nor is there a parade, carnival, or anything else
July 3 a The Pool is also shut down
on the 4th.
July 3 a The river is open for business
July 3 a
July 2 a Welcome to the Summer
time four day weekend.
July 2 a It's time for picnics, family
reunions, trips over to the Elk, or a motorcycle ride thru the mountains.
July 2 a Yesterday, our local IGA was
selling watermelons by the boat load along with hot dog buns, paper plates
July 2 a This is the beginning of a
new fiscal year for the state.
July 2 a We're now finding out for
sure what dismal changes the Republicrat Legislature crammed down our throats.
July 2 a Here's a link
to a complete list of law and rule changes they put on the books
July 2 a Much of the stuff was a waste
of time but there was one bill that went into law that makes sense.
July 2 a We've always thought, if you
screw up, get a felony after your name, do your time, your transgression
is over and you're ready to start life again.
July 2 a In this state, that's not
July 2 a In West Virginia, that youthful
indiscretion hangs on forever and the loss of rights is forever. That changed
with the new year.
July 2 a For non violent felons,
new law allows that conviction to be changed on the books to a misdemeanor.
As a misdemeanor, voting and gun rights are returned to the now straightened
up person. Without that felony conviction, many more job opportunities
are available as well.
July 2 a They got something right this
year. Thank you Demcrat Delegate Mike Pushkin for your hard push.
a Five years ago this morning, with the temp already close to 100 degrees,
most in the county and many in the state woke up to no electric, no communications,
and dwindling wawa supplies
June 30a We had lived thru winter conditions
without power but that did not compare to 100 degrees and roads impassable,
no A/C anywhere, and prospects of many days, weeks, without power.
June 30 a That was five years ago today
after the 15 minute "Derecho" roared thru the county and sent back into
the 18th century
June 30 a Johnny Woofter has
been in these parts for decades. He's often seen sitting in his Buick on
Main Street keeping an eye on everything.
June 30 a Did you know, as a kid, Woofter
once road his bike all the way to Charleston and back?
June 30a How about, did you know, Woofter
was double promoted while in Clayberry schools (graduated in 1943) and
won the Spelling Bee one year. That award included a trip to DC and a hand
shake from FDR . The guy he beat back then was Walter Schoonover
June 30 a And here's the gran slam.
Johnny Woofter married when he was 8 years old. That story will be in the
next Communicator. 80 cents and worth every penny
June 29 late p Five years ago today,
the was no power in Clay. No tele, no DSL.
June 29 late p We were cut off from
the rest of the world.
June 29 late p Driving was next to
impossible due to the number of trees and power lines down
June 29 late For the lucky few with
portable generators, purchasing gasoline was also hard to come by. The
couple stations open for business, Badges had to be called to maintain
June 29 latep Temps remained around
100 degrees for 9 days straight.
June 29 late p With those temps, lack
of wawa, and food in short supply, life was dangerous on June 29th 2012.
June 29 late p Late late in the afternoon,
for just 20 minutes or so, high winds ripped thru the county and state
during the Derecho. When the rain and wind died down, out county laid in
June 20 late p Derecho was a weathercaster
term most of us had never heard of.
June 20 p Many of us went over a week
without electric. Some went well over 2 weeks with juice
June 20 late p Tough time. We were
very lucky no one died during and after the Derecho made its way thru Clayberry.
June 29 a Bad news first.
June 29 a Black Shirt Tyler Caruthers
is leaving the County Clay Sheriff's office this Friday. Without any chance
of making a living here, he's heading to better pay (at least $4
per hour more just to start) over in Nicholas County.
June 29 a For us, that means, we have
remaining, Sheriff Triplett, Robert Belt and now in training, Ryan Thomas
who will be away from service for another couple months.
June 29 a No one can blame Caruthers
for seeking greener pastures and better $$$
June 29 a The process of finding
Badge candidates takes months. Once a candidate is hired, he (or she) too
has to be sent for training. Once trained and after they get a little experience
under their belt, we can expect the process to start all over again when
they find better paying employment elsewhere.
June 29 a Since last year's Great Wash
Out, many new faces have been in Clay. No not the Guard, FEMA, SBA, Salvation
June 29 a The new young faces we're
talking about are street people. The ones carrying back packs, sleeping
in tents just across the river, the ones wearing toboggans and walking
around in a purple haze.
June 29 a In addition to those faces,
locally we have our own druggies on every corner and pilfering in every
neighborhood in order to support their habits.
June 29 a Clayberry is eat up with
the drug culture. We have truly lost an entire generation. The war on drugs
failed many years ago as we continue to think drug use is anything less
than a mental condition.
June 29 a A couple days ago,
there was a Town Hall Meeting on Drug Abuse (heroin) in the Health Dept
building. Two DEA officials were on hand with info, speech, power
point presentation, lots of munchies and drink was at the ready.
Such sessions cost a bunch of money to put on.
June 29 a Guess how many parents, grand
parents were on hand for the meeting.
June 29 a The correct answer would
June 29 a The Clay Health Dept was
in charge of of the much needed info Town Hall meeting including the process
of letting the public know about it.
June 29 a In addition to jailing the
young people not working, ditto for informing the public.
June 28 a This morning beginning at
10am, the Clay County Commission will conduct its last meeting for this
June 28 a Public meeting and always
worth taking the time to watch em in action.
June 27 late a Need a job? The U S
Census Bureau is getting ready to hire.
June 27 late a See JOBS page now
June 27 a If you've been around Clay
more than a day or two, you'll remember Joyce White from down in Bomont.
June 27 a Back when Linky Poo decided
H E White Elem wasn't worth keeping and the Board voted unanimously to
shut down the rural school, a band of neighbors formed to save the school.
Local hearings were held where Boardsters thumbed their noses at the notion,
community schools were worthwhile. It took $15K in attorney and court fees
before Judge Charlie King ordered the school to be reopened. Joyce White
was a part of that effort
June 27 a During the notorious days
of the Clay Ambulance Authority, Ms White was at the helm handling the
back door stuff including a vote to dedicate $50K for attorney fees to
defend the Authority's feeling, they did not have to follow Open Meetings
June 27 a During those days 20 years
ago, Joyce was very active with the Clayberry Republicrat Committee. At
one point she served as Chair of the group.
June 27 a Joyce White, 73, see OBITUARY
June 26 p We've got a new business
opening today in downtown Clay. Called Ronda's Attic, the store is located
in that little blue building across from Clay Apartments. The What Not
shop is open 10 to 5 Monday thru Saturday's. Ronda's got a deal going,
buy $10 worth of stuff and you get a bag of goodies.
June 26 a Tonight brings the final
meeting of the fiscal year for the Sch Bd. Their
agenda is posted and includes a short list of year ending duties.
June 26 a Sometimes, just when you
think a short list will be without interest, something changes
June 26 a For this year and a new State
budget in place, never know its affect on life in Clayberry.
June26 a Meeting begins at 6pm at the
June 26 a If you know something going
on , that's more than we do.
June 26 a For those wanting to enjoy
the Elk via a kayak this Monday, the stream is still very muddy and running
well above Summer pool.
June 25 late p Buckshot Butcher, see
June 25 late p thanks PT for
emailing over the Obit.
June 25 p We haven't heard a word on
Widen Days or even if it is going to be held this year. Not a peep. Please
email if you have up to date info.
June 25 p People are asking, why
didn't you post Buckshot Butcher's Obituary.
June 25 p Answer: we haven't seen one
June 25 p Weather casters issued a
flood watch Thursday evening for County Clay which was scheduled to last
thru June 23rd.
June 25 p The 23rd marked the
1 year anniversary of the Great Wash Out of 2016
June 25 p Keep in mind a "watch" is
far different from a Weather Service "warning". None the less,
Clayberry got all jittery just at thought of the possibility.
June 25 p Events were canceled
June 25 p True the Elk River was high
and muddy enough to plow, Saturday and today were perfect sun filled days
with low humidity.
June 25 p This week we saw the rebirth
of Clay County Development Authority (CDC). By laws were brought up to
date. The annual meeting was held and no one threw rocks or got in someone's
June 25 p With the fresh start, it's
now time to fill Board positions with capable, thinking people.
June 25 p Interested in helping the
county grow? CDC Board applications are available in their office
June 25 p We know, we know, a lot of
people lost nearly everything or everything, one year ago this weekend
during the flood.
June 25 p But! truth is, millions of
dollars came into the County of Little from the Feds.
June 25 p For instance, we need jobs
and new money for this place to grow. Before the flood, plans were in place
to tear up the old railroad tracks and create just a walking trail up Buffalo
Creek. That would be OK but in no way would a trail generate the tourism
dollars a steam train could generate.
June 25 p Since the flood and just
now coming together, it looks like several million FEMA dollars are on
the way to reconstruct the tracks, ballast, and bridges.
June 25 p With several miles of the
right of way to be rebuilt, the chances of building some kind of scenic
train ride are better than ever.
June 25 p 24 years ago when the BDA
was first formed, the first two projects were, create river access points
and build a steam train ride.
June 25 p Four access points were built
by BDA volunteers and DNR constructed two more but the train was
just too costly.
June 25 p Now, with Federal help, we
might get lucky this time around.
June 25 p With a train and or
rail car ride, access points for boaters and fishermen, Spread Park serving
as a hub for the activities, and the right promotion, we might just have
something to build on
June 25 p Enjoy the nice weather one