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April 18 a In yesterday's post, we
jumped the gun a bit.
April 18 a We said School's out today.
April 18 a School's in session but
it's an early out this afternoon.
April 18 a Based on other year Good
Friday's, a bunch of the kids, teachers, drivers, etc, will be getting
a head start on Spring break today.
April 18 a High School softball tonight
over at Schoonover / Bradley Field. YAP radio will be airing the match
up in real time.
April 17 a This is it for the small
fries, the last day of school before Spring break. For parents, here comes
a week of having to put up with the little turkeys. For many, it's a time
to get away for a vacation.
April 17 a For all, it's the end of
April 17 a With new school schedules
mandated, parents can never again plan for a Spring break vacation nor
a vacation in June. Ditto for trips during Christmas break.
April 17 a Sad day in the state of
April 17 a If you're needing
Courthouse or Govt. services. Better get over there today. They're closed
for Good Friday
April 17 a Big stuff this weekend.
April 17 a Over at Lake Sampson, the
Kid's Fishing Derby brings smiles to all the curtain climbers. See EVENTS
April 17 a On Saturday, a scaled down
Recycling Day takes place over at Pierson Lumber Company See EVENTS page
April 17 a Without County Commission
support, forget mattresses, chairs, couches, and household junk. Without
the $1000s needed to haul that crap off, for 2014, for many in the
county, that means, those items will end up on some creek bank or along
a side road. Sad.
april 16 a We've got bright sunshine
but D@@@ it was cold this morning. Around 7 am, thermometer stood at 20
April 16 a The newest Communicator's
lead story covers the Library Board's plea for financial help and the three
fold No that came from the COunty Commission. The paper of choice also
contains a big long accounting on all the happenings in court land. Enjoy
and just $80. Cheap!
April 16 a Last night, the four
members of the School Board appointed Gene King's son J.R. to fill the
term of the aging Father.
April 16 a J R was not around for the
public meeting at Clay High. J R will serve until Nov. 2014 when the unexpired
term on the School Board will be decided by Clayberry voters.
April 16 a This afternoon at 1pm, 101.7FM
continues its election year candidate forum with Jim Ryan submitting to
questions. After Mr Ryan, Sheriff Garrett Samples will spend 45 minutes
live on the air answering questions.
April 16 a State Senate candidate Mike
Romano and 2nd Congressional Dist candidate Steve Harrision are scheduled
later this month
April 16 a Know what they think
before you vote!
April 16 a This week is the county
wide clean up week. After a tough winter that left the yard and porch in
shambles, now's a great time to get the place looking ship shape.
April 16 a Saturday is the once
a year Solid Waste Authority Recycling Day. That Frig, old stove, tires,
and other junk, here's you chance to get it out of your yard and environmentally
safe disposed of. See EVENTS page.
April 15 p Teddy McClain, 62
of Clay, see OBITUARY page
April 15 p The Communicator is on the
news stand now. The Fed Govt thinks the paper is so important, they're
bringing it to your door step!
April 15 11:24am Snow is falling in
Clayberry. The ace cub reporter is starting to cry
April 14 a The greenest grass of the
year is happening right now. Couple that with Spring blooms, a great time
to come visit beautiful Clayberry
April 14 a Suppose to be a CHS Baseball
game this afternoon (5:30pm) over at Clay County Park. With a 70% chance
of the wet stuff today, might be iffy. 101.7 FM plans to air the
match up with Brighton NY on a delay basis sometime around 9pm
April 14 a Most of this county and
big chunks of the state came to a halt yesterday when Frontier's internet
service went haywire. Without internet, you couldn't use ATM cards nor
cards at area gas stations. Locals report that a mud slide near Hinton
WV wiped out the DSL main line. Late Sunday afternoon the service was restored
April 14 a Got your taxes done?
Tuesday is the deadline
April 14 a Clay County PSD plans to
hold their rescheduled monthly meeting Tuesday morning at 11am
April 14 a After accepting O
Gene King's resignation from the Board of Education, Superintendent Tanner
said before appointing someone to fill the spot, Clayonians could turn
in their names for consideration, interviews would be held, and they have
45 days to fill the position.
April 14 a So much for that! The School
Board meets Tuesday at 5:30pm over at Clay High. The posted
agenda includes appointing someone to fill those shoes. Word on the
street has it that Gene's son, O Gene King Jr or J.R. will be appointed
to fill the unexpired term.
April 14 a Often when someone dies
in office of otherwise vacates a position, a family member is given the
nod to fill the spot.
April 4 a Considering budget
shortfalls, it's cheaper to appoint J R. Why? They won't have to purchase
a new nameplate for the guy!
April 14 a Ever hear of a blood moon?
We've got one coming Tuesday morning around 3am. Within a year and
a half, North America will be able to see a blood moon a total of four
times. The moon takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through
the Earth's shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset. The four blood
moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates:
April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
April 14 a Communicator comes out Tuesday
afternoon. Time to email over your classifieds, notices, ads, etc.
April 14 a During the run up to the
Primary election May 13th, the local radio station interviews those
seeking office. Last week, Cheryl White and Jim Moss spoke to voters on
April 14 a Wed afternoon, April
16th, Jim Ryan (Sch Bd) will be on the air at 1pm followed by Sheriff
Garrett Samples Jr at 2pm 2nd Congressional Dist candidate
Steve Harrison is slated at April 30th. Others are jockeying for the best
spot just before early voting starts on the 30th. Encore presentations
from all the candidates will be heard on May 12th. See wyap.com
April 14 a Limited updates until
we get the near award winning newspaper of choice out the door Tuesday
April 13 a Frontier DSL is the
primary DSL provider in Clayberry.
April 13 a Most Frontier customers
are without connectivity this morning. Pooof! All gone for now and no
one seems to know the reason.
April 13 a That outage is affecting
the local radio station and those wanting to hear the 1:30pm today Candidate
Forum with 2nd Congressional District candidate , Jim Moss.
April 13 a The program will be taped
and broadcast later today when internet returns
April 13 a How can internet affect
a radio station? 101.7 FM sends their audio from the station to the transmitter
site on Triplett Ridge via Frontier DSL.
April 13 a Oddly, Frontier's service
at the station is on. If you want to hear the discussion group with Jim
Moss in real time, go to wyap.com and click the listen online button.
April 11 late late p The Easter Bunny
will be at Rite Aid Saturday April 12th from Noon to 4pm. Pictures will
be made for $5. Mr Bunny returns to Rite Aid Wed April 16th from 2 to 5pm.
April 11 late late p Suppose to be
bright sunshine and 75 degrees Saturday. Get out and have some fun this
April 11 With good food, music, and
dancing, Big Otter Community Center offers some fun stuff to do this evening
April 11 a Each election cycle, YAP
radio airs candidate interviews on 101.7FM and around the globe on the
web. Tonight at 7pm that kicks off with Dale Mullins as host and School
Board candidate Cheryl White offering answers and insight on why she's
running for office. Sunday afternoon, Congressional candidate Jim Moss
will take center stage at 1:30
April 11 a No one from Little League
emailed to make it official, but opening day for the season, Super Saturday
starts some time in the morning over at Dundon ball field. A great chance
for the curtain climbers to struck their stuff and darn fun to watch.
April 11 a Prosecutor Jim Samples was
away from duty Thursday. He's a new Daddy with a 6 pound 14 ouncer named
Abigail the center of attention. When one guy commented that Samples probably
already register her for law school, one Judge replied, she'll probably
make a better lawyer! Laughter was heard thru out the Courtroom
April 11 a New domestic abuse coordinator
for Clayberry is Trina Adkins from over in Dog Run. That's good since Ms
Adkins was getting the boot from her Courthouse custodian job come
July 1st due to CCC budget mismanagement, I mean budget cuts
April 11 a Last night Clay Roane PSD
held their monthly meeting. With just three boardsters in attendance, all
three said no to raising water bills.
April 11 a Customers will say, Thank
goodness for that.
April 11 a Before your think everything
April 11 a The PSD will be asking for
a rate increase in May under the code name, Rule 42 request.
April 11 a When that was mentioned
during the meeting, it was as if, no one knew what a Rule 42 request means
April 11 a What it means is, once you
ask the WV Public Service Commission to set higher rates, you can't turn
em down. The PSD has to to follow thru with what the outsiders deem necessary
to keep the place running in the black.
April 11 a Remember, the WV PSC
is NOT there for the customers but instead, their mission statement is
very clear, the PSC is there to make sure local providers are guaranteed
to make a profit no matter what!
April 11 a
April 10 p We've got a Magic
Jack update. Delta Communications was paying $98 a month ( including a
$30 / month phone book ad) for Frontier business service. We
purchased a Magic Jack box for $50 and connected it to the Exede Satellite
service at the office.
April 10 p On Friday we emailed Magic
Jack to "port" our Frontier tele number to Magic Jack. That was another
$30 per year. They said it would take up to 10 days to get the local 587
6007 number switched over to the Magic Jack system. It actually took four
April 10 p Now with the internet telephony
up and running, we've been testing it. With Exede download speeds around
5mbps, the phone, fax, and credit card machine appear to work via the online
April 10 p Two bad sides. If you don't
have a peppy internet speed, voice calls are choppy and with a delay. Two
people talking at the same time doesn't work well. Second, Frontier
was less than happy to loose another phone number to a competitor. They
threw up two road blocks to slow the transfer process.
April 10 p For a small business,
every penny counts. Now instead of around $900 a year for business phone
service, the expense will be $50. With that in mind, telephone service
sounding more like cell phone service, we can live with it.
April 10 p We've got an update on Isaiah
Murphy's arrest yesterday. After peeing hot Wed, Murph went to CRJ. The
jail wouldn't take him. He was so overdosed, the druggy was rushed to a
hospital for emergency room care.
April 10 p According to Sheriff Samples,
had the lad not received immediate medical care, he most likely would have
April 10 a Clay Roane PSD meets this
evening at the Procious Wa Wa Plant. Agenda (on ADVISORY) includes seeking
a rate increase. Last month, Board Chair Brian Holcomb said he was dead
set against raising monthly bills.
April 10 a Here's something interesting.
April 10 a Isaiah Murphy has been in
trouble with the Badges for years. Now in the adult system, Murphy was
caught on Guy Mullins Road a couple Friday night's ago busting into
a parked car and trying to get away with shotguns, pistol, and knives.
He was apprehended with drugs in his pocket. He spent several days in the
slammer with his family unwilling to go his bond.
April 10 a Yesterday morning, Murphy
and a buddy were seen acting weird near Bullards Exxon and in front of
Maysel Baptist. Passerby's said they acted stoned to the max. By the time
the duo made it to Teaberry curve, they were arguing.
April 10 a About the time a school
bus was going by, Murphy threw his pal out in the road. The bus narrowly
missed the second youth.
April 10 a When Badges got to
Isaiah, still under the influence of drugs and still under bond for the
previous escapade, he flunked the whiz test.
April 10 a Murphy is once again calling
Central Regional Jail home.
April 10 a Drugs have torn this county
(and families) apart with no end in sight.
April 10 a The annual Solid Waste Authority
Recycling Days is coming in 9 days. With sunshine and warm temps coming
today, a great time to start gathering up the winter junk accumulations.
April 10a Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, You can't
take it over to Pierson's ahead of time but you can start piling it up
for easy removal on the 19th
April 10 a If you're thinking about
heading over to the Courthouse to watch the Prosecutor Samples v CCC case,
don't bother. The final hearing has been delayed.
9 early a From the email bag: the library will not be open Wed April 9th
until noon due to meetings.
April 9 early a Last night Nicholas
County short gamed the Lady Panthers 11 to 2
April 8 a No Clay County PSD meeting
this morning due to Board member illness. Clay Roane PSD meets Thursday
evening 6pm where they will consider a rate increase. Their agenda is posted
on the ADVISORY page
April 8 a Clay County's Mikey Lanham,
the guy with the most ever battery, assault, drinking charges and convictions,
is back on trial Wed morning at 9am
April 8 a County Commission meets Wed
morning at 10am in the Courthouse
April 8 a The Space Station has been
looking for intelligent life for decades. Last night the space craft flew
over Clayberry. FInding no intelligent life here, it kept right on going!
April 8 a Gene King's 40 year reign
on the School Board ended last night when fellow Boardsters accepted his
resignation. The letter cited poor health and a bleak outlook for improvement
April 8 a Suppose to be a CHS
home softball game this afternoon at 5pm. With drizzle coming down, not
lookin too good for the match up with Nicholas County. Last night's Panther
Baseball game was likewise canceled due to the liquid
April 8 a Time to register to
vote runs out April 22nd. For those that don't know, West Virginia ranks
dead last for voter turnout. Another lofty perch to hold!
April 8 a Another
potential class action has been filed in the wake of January's chemical
spill that contaminated the drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians.
April 8 a Just three county's over,
The former Pocahontas County prosecuting attorney has been indicted
on felony charges of embezzlement.
April 8 a As for Christian values in
the Courtroom, 1. Jesus would give him/her another chance, or, at least,
probation. See Matthew 7:12; “2. Jesus loved and forgave sinners. See John
5:1-15; and “3. Only those jurors without sin may cast a stone in judgment
of the defendant. See John 8:7. WV
Supreme Court said Yelp!
april 8 a When men, women, and
undecided enter the military, there
is no mental health evaluation.
April 7 later p That Boil Water Order
for customers of Clay Roane PSD, issued early last week... the BWO has
April 7 later p Frontier tele charges
a humongo fee for business telephone service.
April 7 late p An alternative is the
Magic Jack internet service which runs about $30 per year. Add on to that
$30 another $20 to keep and use your local tele number and Presto
Chango, $50 a year and your have business telephone service. That's a bunch
cheaper than Frontier. If you're wondering about phonebook ads and listings,
you have to call the Berry Company to continue that service.
April 7 later p Sometime this week,
The Communicator is switching over to Magic Jack. During that switch over,
called "porting", incoming calls won't happen. Suppose to take about 24
hours to make the change
April 7 later p The local radio station
has used the internet phone service for about 18 months with good results
April 7 later p The difference is,
at The Communicator office, the internet service is satellite from Exede
April 7 later p will keep you psoted
on how the change is coming
April 7 p also this evening is the
Business Development authority meeting in their building at Two Run. Start
time is 6pm . The agenda includes updates
on the 18 mile long hiking trail, erecting money making billboards, and
operating a kayak business this summer on the Elk
April 7 p Around the county, colorful
campaign signs are sprouting on about every intersection.
April 7 p The election is also
April 7 p Tony Samples is a retired
feller from Procious. In the next Communicator, Tony wants the following
ad published: Vote for Greg Fitzwater for County Commission. It's time
for a change. Let's clean house. paid for by Tony Samples
April 7 p Looks like the incumbent
guy is in for a real run.
April 6 late p Looking ahead for this
week, School Board meets
Monday night at 6pm at the Pentagon. That meeting was suppose to be
held at Laurel Nursing to accomodate Gene King. With his resignation
from office last week, the meeting place was moved back to the Gump Street
April 6 late p Interesting side note.
During the last Board meeting, soon to be out of office, Boardster Beth
Cercone, told the Superintendent that it was against her principles to
attend a public meeting at a nursing home BUT, that she would participate
via a tele connection.
April 6 late p Lots of people are complaining
about high Elk Power and Black Diamond electric bills. The WV PSC is on
April 6 late p The military use to
use sandbags for barriers and shelters. Things have come along way since
then. We now have what's called earth bag shelters and homes. For a nice,
cheap, thermal great, easy on electric, easy on the environment, and cute
as a button storage building, out building, or even a home, take
a look at this one.
April 6 a late p Here's a
web site full of info on earth bag homes.
April 6 a We said good-bye to a couple
icons this past week
April 6 a After 37 years as a Clay
County School Boardster, O Gene King signed his resignation letter from
the Board. Gene was the guy that had a big heart for the kids and went
to bat for them and their parents on a regular basis. He was also
quite the attention getter. Like..
April 6 a The architect was there telling
us how many cubic feet this room and that room would be. Gene yelled out,
I don't care how many cubic feet there are, I want to know how big it's
going to be!
April 6 a Down at H E White Elem, as
a parent was telling the Board that his religion should be equal to any
other religion, Gene went ballistic with potty mouth and stormed out of
the room. Reality was, he was wanting out of the long meeting to have a
April 6 a It was also Gene that
had had complaints on "50 fat ladies" dancing Zumba
april 6 a Gene King added color to
otherwise, held in secret , boring as a box of rocks, School Board meetings
April 6 a We've got another changing
of the guard in progress. The Bank of Gassaway is under going a name change.
Beginning Monday morning, out with the Bank of Gassaway and enter Premier
Bank, a huge regional conglomerate. The new sign and logo is already in
place. all new ATM cards and PINs go into Monday as well.
April 6 Last week during the Town of
Clay meeting, the question came, when you motion to pay the bills, does
that mean, you are really paying all the bills? Answer: Yes
April 6 a During the CAEZ meeting,
administration announced that the new daycare center there was breaking
even. When asked about the earlier announcement that the facility would
be making gobs of $$$, answer: that was if the place was holding
more kids with a harder to get state license.
April 6 a Saturday morning, fire did
a number on G&M garage at Maysel.
April 6 a Later in the day, kids from
all walks of life had fun during the BDA's Easter Egg Hunt. Hosted by volunteers,
the annual event was well attended with smiles everywhere. It was small
town America at its best.
April 6 a The world is ending
The world is ending.... Or at least that's what Bill Gates is screaming
as he calls it quits on the world's most used puter operating system, Windows
XP. According to those wanting to make $$$ off us, as of midnight tonight,
there will be no new updates and fixes for the tried and true system of
April 6 a Gates says don't stop at
Go Mart or the Bank, but instead, run as fast as you can to the new, rotten
to the core, Windows 8 system.
April 6 a Why Windows 8? Answer: Get
as many people on it as quick as they can because, it's sooooo bad, an
even newer possibly something that really works, will be on the market
at Christmas! More money for Gates.
April 6 a The world switched to XP
in 2001. Today over 35% of the world (and that's a bunch of people!) remains
loyal to the tried and true system. Keep in mind, there
are still many people still successfully using the much older Windows 95
and 98 systems.
April 6 a Don't be duped by the rich
man's sales ploy.
April 6 a And finally for this
wrap up, for the first time in 12 weeks, last week, Clay County Schools
were in session for the full 5 days. Not one Snow Day or two hour delay.
April 6 a Spring is here and none too
APril 6 a Bubba went to the University
of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He was a great player but a poor
student. Come graduation day, Bubba didn't have enough credits. But
he was a great basketball star and the students held a rally and demanded
the dean give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the dean
agreed if Bubba could answer one question correctly he would give him a
diploma. The one question test was held in the auditorium and all the students
packed the place. It was standing room only. The dean was on the
stage and told Bubba to come up. The dean had the diploma in his hand and
said, "Bubba, if you can answer this question correctly I'll give you your
diploma." Bubba said he was ready and the dean asked him the question.
"Bubba," he said, "How much is three times seven?" Bubba looked up
at the ceiling and the down at his shoes, just pondering the question.
The students began chanting, "Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!"
Then Bubba held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. Bubba said,
"I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one." A hush fell
over the auditorium and then the students began another chant. "Give him
another chance! Give him another chance!"