NEWS & MORE
May 31 a No meetings this last
day of May
May 31 a For a couple years, the BDA
made a big push to grow tourism in Clayberry. three years ago the volunteers
came up with an Easter event, Elk Fest, Fall Elk Fest, Decorating Leonard
Poles, and Winter Fest.
May 31 a With a change in BDA volunteers,
those fun events are gone
May 31 a Two months ago, the BDA asked
around for a head honcho to take charge of the Elk Fest and keep it going.
Around the table they looked and no one was willing to take on the weighty
May 31 a Last week, Mayor Whaling said
she would happily take the top spot and organize the Fest for Summer 2016.
May 31 a For the thang to happen,
Bev is going to need some help. How about you. You can reach the Mayor
at Town Hall. Call today
May 30 a Welcome to the first day of
May 30 a Even here in Poorsville, it's
a time celebrate with family picnics and games
May 30 a For us pale white people,
it's also a time to turn bright red after too much sun
May 30 a Enjoy the Holiday
May 30 a We have a complex
in Clayberry, we want to park right in front of the door. Most won't even
walk two car lengths to shop.
May 30 a There's two times during
the year when our roads get congested, Apple Festival weekend and Clay
High Graduation morning.
May 30 a In prep for Saturday's CHS
graduation, for about the third year, the Pentagon provided shuttle service
from four nearby parking spots. hey picked up graduation goers, dropped
them off at the front door, and then returned everyone back to the parking
May 30 a The idea was to cut
down on the congestion and reduce the chance of accidents when parents
parked along the main two lane in front of the school. Often the curb parking
results with two tires over into the driving lane.
May 30 a Very nice idea right? Something
that makes sense from the Pentagon!
May 30 a Saturday morning at
10:15, there were a grand total of three vehicles parked at Pierson Lumber,
4 at Clay Middle and zero at the Pentagon.
May 30 a Once again near CHS,
cars and trucks parked along the main drag making driving treacherous.
May 30 a That string of
parked cars spanned from the school half way up river to the Town of Clay.
That makes for about a 1/4 mile walk instead of the shuttle bus to the
May 30 a Go figure
May 27 p Great news parents.
May 27 p The Clay pool opens
Saturday at noon. Great place to drop off the rug rats for a few hours
of peace and quiet.
May 27 p The pool will reopen on Memorial
Day from noon to 6pm.
May 27 p With temps above 90 degrees...
Just in time !
May 27 a Clay High graduation comes
Saturday morning at 10 am. Parking is always a mess for that big event.
Often cars park half way out on the two lane and restrict traffic flow
while making for dangerous driving in the area..
May 27 a This year, The Pentagon is
offering Shuttle Bus service to Graduation
May 27 a Beginning at 8 am attendees
will be picked up from four locations and taken to CHS.
May 27 a The locations include, Clay
Middle, The Pentagon, Peirson Lumber Co, and the bus garage.
May 27 a And Yes, they
plan to bring you back to your vehicles afterwards.
May 27 a Things happen in Clayberry
and are never, hardly ever, mentioned in public
May 27 a Like, the Town of Clay was
fined $120,000 for a faulty Log Factory operation during Mayor Clifton's
reign. The DEP cited all kinds of infractions including, dumping
logs directly in the Elk River.
May 27 a That fine was later reduced
to a still outragious $60,000.00.
May 27 a Not one mention was made during
Town Council meetings back then.
May 27 a The DEP is suppose to come
to a soon to be held Council meeting. We've got our fingers crossed that
they don't bring their ticket book again.
May 27 a Those fines, including
the $50,000 DEP fine during the Mayor Jarrett administration, have to be
paid. Customers do the paying. Those fines make up part of the operation
expense and are included during rate increase proceedings.
May 26 p Ruby Lane, 98, of Bickmore,
see OBITUARY page
May 25 a Big long agenda posted for
this morning's County Commission meeting which begins at 10am.
May 25 a The Communicator made it out
the door yesterday around 2pm. Distributors in four counties sell the newspaper
of choice. Get one today
May 25 a The National Spelling Bee
spotlights some pretty remarkable kids. Here's some
interesting background on the contest.
May 25 a For your edification: Finnish
babies sleep in cardboard boxes.
May 25 a Make it a good day
May 23 p Erma Rada McCune, 92,
of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
May 23 p Communicator comes out Tuesday
afternoon. No new posts to we get that rascal out the door
May 23 p Tonight's School Board meeting
including updates on the April 20th near massacre will be included.
May 23 p Should be good reading
May 22 p From CHS Track Coach
Matt Sticker: Trevor Armes is the new WV AA state champ in the 400m dash.
He competed yesterday in the state meet and lived up to the prediction
and won the 400m dash race. He set his new personal record with a
run of 50.64 seconds. Trevor is only a junior and will
be back next year to defend his state title.
May 22 p By the way, that's the first
ever Track and Field Champ for Clay High. Congratulations !
May 22 p Got this a little too late
for the EVENTS page: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office will be Clay
Monday morning, May 23rd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Clay County
Courthouse, 246 Main Street, Clay, as they launch their eighth “Commonsense
Connections” week. Representatives from his office are traveling across
the state making stops throughout to bring federal government to West Virginians,
hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and to take information
back to the senator. Sen. Manchin will not be there.
May 22 p School Board meets Monday
evening beginning at 5pm in the Clay High Library. Here's
the agenda for the festivities.
May 22 p 32 days ago, Clay Middle
School was to have been the scene of a massacre. Fortunately, it didn't
May 22p With three arrests made, Green
Shirt statements indicate the investigation is about over unless some new
tip is provided them.
May 22 p Now it's up to the Court
system to render justice.
May 22p Unless the Judge decides to
make this an adult case, which could happen , or at least has happened
in other states, the public will hear nothing more.
May 21 a Suppose to be a car show in
downtown Clay this soggy Saturday.
May 21 a For all those seeking to make
some extra money this Summer, the Town of Clay plans to go after property
owners that don't cut their grass and cut it for em. If you're a grass
cutting, weed whacking person in search of work, stop by the Wa Wa Plant
and sign up on the call out list. They plan to go down the list until someone
agrees to do the contract work. See JOBS page for details.
May 21 a John Perdue came to town giving
away $$ to various agencies. The funds came from the unclaimed property
fund his office oversees.
May 21 a Pay out went to the Pentagon,
Clay Development, Clay Ambulance, Faith Mountain.
May 21 a Interesting observation. During
the hand out presentation, Sheriff Samples came thru the Courthouse with
a young lad in cuffs. Bad timing on the Top Badge's part. So much for juvy
secrecy in Clayberry.
May 21 a We received quite a few guesses
during the mystery photo contest Thursday and Friday.
May 21 a That mystery guy on
the home page is Jimmy Miller who lives out Wilson Ridge. The photo is
from his 1955 graduation album where his nick name was listed as "Punk
May 19 p The Clayberry
School website reports: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - The West Virginia
State Police announced today that a 3rd juvenile has been charged in connection
with the Clay County Middle School Threat Investigation. Additional information
may be found on the websites of the major statewide news media outlets.
Clay County Schools may not lawfully release the name or additional identifying
information about the juvenile. Clay County Schools Administrative
Officials were expecting this 3rd arrest might well happen. Clay
County Schools will continue to work with law enforcement officials as
this case moves forward. Thank you very much.
May 19 a Looks like we may have a dry
day with temps around 70. Great
May 19 a Our mystery person on the
home page drew a bunch of responses.
May 19 a From her 1955 year book entry,
that's Gravel Gurdy as she goes by in the Brother Bill articles, or Evelyn
McLaughlin to the rest of the world.
May 19 a This evening at 7pm the local
emergency planning group meets in the conference room of the Health Dept
on Main Street.
May 19 a Their goal is to come up with
protocols at the ready just in case something bad happens.
May 17 a Every guess in the Mystery
Person contest has been wrong-o. Here's a hint. This lady spent decades
teaching school and currently is a near famous writer in the county's locally
owned and operated newspaper. Email your guess
May 17 a Several years ago, Smoking
Czar, Septic Tank Inspector, Emergency response guy, and RN Jay Carper
was fired from the Health Dept after viewing porn on an office computer.
May 17 a Since then Carper has gone
thru the civil service process followed by the Court system to get his
job back .
May 17 a We use to say, allegedly viewing
porn on an office computer.
May 17 a In Court records, in the finding
of fact sections, Judge Alsop left no doubt about the viewing part on company
May 17 a When this site published,
If Carper was doing such on company time and equipment, he would be a dumb
bunny. Carper sued us along with several government agencies and individuals.
In the suit he sought millions.
May 17 a In Circuit Court land, the
case was tossed after one hearing.
May 17 a Most thought everything was
settled until summons were issued for a Federal Court case.
May 17 a When that Judge tossed everything,
we thought the case was finally over.
May 17 a Nope
May 17 a An appeal was issued to the
May 17 a Yesterday the Robes
tossed the appeal.
May 17 a For defense attorneys, each
case (state, federal, appeal) demanded a $10,000 up front fee before county
insurance coverage kicked in.
May 17 a After Jay Carper
"costed" the county $1000's upon $1000's in attorney bills, the case is
May 17 a Moving on....
May 17 a Many counties and municipalities
in the state have laws on the books which demand homeowners keep their
lawns mowed, vines cut back, trash picked up, and no junk vehicles setting
May 17 a Last night Clay Town Council
discussed such measures and the existing ordinance on the books.
May 17 a With the Mayor leading
the charge to clean up the hamlet of little, sounds like, letters will
be penned this week giving property owners five days to clean things up.
If that doesn't work, the Town will contract out the maintenance duties
followed by demands to pay the clean up bill.
May 17 a Also discussed last night
was some feller driving and parking his big log truck on Back Street. Seems
the weight of the rig has destroyed the pavement leaving pot holes and
leaving little room for motorists to travel the one lane artery.
May 17 a The get tough notions
are probably needed but there are problems.
May 17 a On the log truck issue, the
Town does not own the street. Several years ago, Council gave all the local
streets to the state
May 17 a As for improving the looks
of Clay, it sure needs it
May 17 a But....
May 17 a The local government needs
to set the example for others to follow
May 17 a Like, real close to the trail
head for the Buffalo Creek tourism trail, the Town has a weed grown over
and vine covered place that use to serve as a sewer plant.
May 17 a Setting the example would
make tough measures more bearable.
May 17 p With the rain coming down,
today is the last day of school for the Class of 2016.
May 17 p They know little of what's
coming their way.
May 17 p In the morning post we provided
three links to area media outlets with info on arrests of the two students
that planned the CMS blood bath
May 17 p THis morning's Gazette has
better details. For the latest, click
May 17 a With Town Council back fully
seated, there's a Special Meeting this evening beginning at 5pm. With the
agenda properly posted last week, might be a good one to attend
May 17 a Mayor Whaling has a new job
over at Premier Bank in Two Run
May 17 a LEPC is holding a meeting
this Thursday in the Health Dept conference room beginning at 7pm.
May 17 a Both gatherings are open to
May 17 a The Buffalo Creek Watershed
group received a DEP
award for their efforts to clean up and turn the tributary to the Elk
into a tourism draw for Clay County. Click on the link for something reaal
special. Notice, Moon Mullins all dressed up. Now that's something you
don't see every day!
May 17 a Beginning around noon
yesterday, regional TV-3,
media outlets starting posting two arrests from the April 20th near massacre
at Clay Middle School.
May 17 a In the TV-3 coverage
comes mention that other students are being held out of school and more
arrests maybe coming
May 17 a The un-named juvys are charged
with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation
to commit murder.
May 17 a As of 6:30 this morning,
a quick look at the Clay
County Schools web site makes no mention or provides any update on
May 17 a During the May 9th School
Board meeting, Superintendent Tanner said he would keep the public up to
date. It could be, the Pentagon was kept in the dark on the arrests.
May 16 a Primary Election 2016 is in
the history books. For the most part, voters made the right choices and
elected the best person for the job. See the Communicator for all the
May 16 a The one that puts the biggest
smile on many a face is in the Sheriff's contest where the Poopster came
in a distant third place.
May 16 a The smiles come after the
one time Sheriff once told Clayonians, I am the most popular guy in the
county and can win any race I want to
May 16 a He's eating those words now
May 16 a Last Monday a whole
gaggle of parents showed up for the School Board meeting held Monday night.
One of the speakers was Sheriff Garrett Samples who spoke on quick response
times because his office is within a few seconds of Clay Elem and the Middle
May 16 a His words were terse which
ain't very common for the Top Badge
May 16 a Later this week we asked the
guy about the street talk, Black Shirts were left out of the Almost Massacre
on April 20th. Samples provided , the rumors are true. The Sheriff's Dept
was kept at arm's length
May 16 a As for the Black Shirts' presence
at last Saturday's CHS Prom, Garrett said it was very apparent, the Pentagon
wanted no part of local Badges there. It was only after a quick chat with
the CHS Principal that the normal duties were resumed.
May 16 a In this one horse place, we're
trying to figure that out.
May 16 a The best we can figure, the
Pentagon is still smarting from a court case several months back where
a female driver passed a lights on school bus but asked Black Shirt Robert
Belt to drop the case. He didn't
May 16 a With the bus drivers and the
Pentagon mad at Belt, that could help explain his distant 2nd place finish
in the Sheriff's race five days ago
May 16 a Suppose to be dry today. Get
out and enjoy it while you can