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NEWS & MORE
Aug 29 a With penalties galore,
didn't go so well for the Panthers last night
Aug 29 a The Fayetteville Pirates got
us, 21 to 6
Aug 28 p Forgot to mention the Health
Fair now in progress at the Clay Health Care Center on Clinic Drive in
Big Otter. Massages this afternoon til 2pm too.
Aug 28 p Sorry for the tardiness of
Aug 28 p From the email bag:This was
shared on the Trooper Eric Workman Foundation Page. They will be
doing a candle lighting this evening at the memorial, Wallback at 7:30
Aug. 28 a For those that view Clayberry
from afar, it may be hard to imagine living in a place without a grocery
store stocked with fresh fruit, meats, and a variety of brands to choose
Aug. 28 a County Clay has been without
a franchise grocer the entire Summer. Beginning last Fall, the store that
was here, really wasn't. For months, inventory was almost non existent.
Shelf after shelf was bare. The old Piggly Wiggly was depressing to see
Aug. 28 a IGA owner Pam Widner says,
it's a go, the new store will open Monday. Nice way to start Fall
Aug. 28 a Judge Facemire was behind
the bench Thursday handling the duties of the Court.
Aug. 28 a James Criner was indicted
in July for DUI, Driving Revoked.
Aug. 28 a An indictment means you're
caught but nothing more. 100% of the time, when the Judge asks, Guilty
or Not Guilty, the guy in orange is suppose to say, Not Guilty Your Honor
Aug. 28 a When asked that question
, Criner said Guilty. A quick nudge from his attorney resulted in a I mean
Aug. 28 a Smiles were seen around the
Aug. 28 a Another guy made the mistake
of opening his pie hole with, That gun wasn't even mine! Smiles were seen
around the Courtroom. There's a reason why your
attorney always tell you, don't say anything
Aug. 28 a Anyone can attend an adult
case in Circuit Court land. It's interesting to see the wheels of justice
Aug. 28 a No matter how hard an attorney
tries to get the press tossed from a proceeding, that pesky Constitution
keeps the big wooden doors open for public scrutiny.
Aug. 28 a In rural America, Friday
night high school football is the place to be. CCHS Coach Steve Ware says
we can expect a pretty good season. Tonight, the Panthers take
a road trip to Fayetteville for the season opener. Kick off is 7:30pm.
Aug. 28 a Next week is Braxton at home.
The entire schedule is over on the ADVISORY page
Aug. 28 a Clayonians living afar, our
military folks and those unable to sit on those icy cold bleachers, depend
on the local radio station for game coverage. WYAP volunteer Sportscaster
TG Griffith does an excellent job letting us know what's happening on the
Aug. 28 a To get the entire season
on the air, it still takes some jingle. $50 is the asking donation for
your business to get mentioned at least four times during each match up.
Interested? It's not too late. Email the station at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call and leave a message at 304 587 8353
Aug. 27 p For a short period this afternoon,
the homepage was all goofed up. Ooooops. It's corrected now.
Aug. 27 p For those wanting to subscribe
online, it's now easy. Just go to About
Us page and
click the PayPal button.
Aug. 27 p Everybody goofs up once in
Aug. 27 p Take the Pentagon for instance.
If you walk over to ther School System web site and click
the Senority List, something comes up that looks like Hebrew or some
other ancient language. If that's English, I know why our Common Core results
were so poor.
Aug. 27 later a Clay High
Football kicks off Friday night with an away game over in Fayetteville.
Non profit 101.7FM plans to air each Varsity game in 2015. To do so, the
station needs on air sponsors. The asking donation is $50 for the entire
season. Your name, business name, jingle, short message, will be mentioned
at least four times during each contest and during the week when volunteers
are behind the mic.
Aug. 27 later a If you can help with
the effort, call t he station at 304 587 8353 or email em at email@example.com
Aug. 27 later a Go Panthers!
Aug. 27 a During yesterday's County
Commission meeting, our elected folks voted to hire William Lee Adkins
as the County Dog Warden. He will be paid a $25 bounty for each stray brought
in and held for 5 days.
Aug. 27 a William the Bounty Hunter?
Not according to Commissioner Fitz
Aug. 27 a After the meeting we asked
about the piece rate approach to rounding up every pouch in the county.
Aug. 27 a Fitz says, Nope. Mr Adkins
wil respond to tele calls that come to the Courthouse
Aug. 27 a As a follow up to Barry McCune's
attempt to expand decent DSL into downtown Clay and Two Run....
Aug. 27 a It's not just for residential
coverage. If you're a business owner, be sure to contact Mr McCune.
Aug. 27 a As to why SuddenLink stops
its coverage South of the Town of Clay, an email: It appears
with a quick phone call to the PSC tele branch that Adelphia operated the
lines in and around the clay county area from 2006-2007 then sold to Time
Warner around the 08-09 era and then sold to Vital (Vidal) Communications
in 2010. They had what they called three "head ins" in our area,
which is where the source broadcasts from. One was in Frametown,
second one was in Clay, and the third was in Bomont. The PSC records
indicate that the first two were closed in 2010 and Bomont was closed in
2011 and has set abandoned since then when Vital closed up shop and left.
Aug. 27 a We remember when Ecoco TV
operated the system in Clay over to Maysel. With just a handful of channels
offered and old old equipment, they went bankrupt. Following those guys,
a couple other fly by nights were given the "franchise" by Clay Town Council.
Those two groups operating out of the trunk of their cars, never got off
Aug. 27 a The Econoco's equipment was
(is) located out on Cemetery Road in Clay and Guy Mullins Rd in Maysel.
Aug. 27 a Here's another email: I am
writing as a concerned citizen, neighbor, mother and grandmother on the
speed driving on Maysel Laurel Ridge Road. This road is like the
rest of the county and is growing in population with homes and children.
The traffic on this road has picked up tremendously. Children are
people too. Please slow down and watch for them. I am
not only talking about our bus stop but all of them. Watch
the end of driveways, you never know how fast a little one can move.
Please slow down and watch whether there is school or not. Sincerely
A Concerned Citizen, Neighbor, Mother And Grandmother Connie Sizemore
Aug. 27 a All emails appreciated. Thanks
Aug. 27 a Fresh spuds will be available
at today's Farmer's Market on Courthouse Square.
Aug. 26 a Many. most, in Clayberry,
have access to one internet provider, Frontier Tele Co. At best, the provided
speeds are less than promised by their sales people and advertising campaigns.There
are also serious issues with time outs and other times when pauses come
and go one right after another.
Aug. 26 a SuddenLink cable service
is available South of the Hartland bridge. SuddenLink customers often boast
of quick service and lower prices. SuddenLink offers TV, DSL, and tele
Aug. 26 a Why SuddenLink stops before
the Hartland bridge is not known. It may be a result of the old WV PSC
franchise era for cable providers. Up until 10 years ago, the Town of Clay
had its own provider and voted on the outfit for service.
Aug. 26 a Poor internet affects
about every business in the county. When it goes down, some businesses
might as well close their doors. Unsuccessful efforts to get SuddenLink
into downtown Clay have come and gone.
Aug. 26 a Barry McCune has worked
at Clay County Bank for years. McCune is fed up with pee poor service and
is doing something about it.
Aug. 26 a We received this
email from Mr McCune: I have been speaking to Suddenlink about expanding
their coverage area to include the town of Clay and Two Run. They
have asked if we could provide a list of potential customers that can be
contacted and verified. If you are interested in switching your home
or office to Suddenlink for your internet, TV or phone service, please
contact me at (304)587-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact
Aug. 26 a OK Clickers, here's
your chance to do something. Get off your thumbs and email Barry today.
Aug. 26 a Word came a couple meetings
ago that the School System was making plans to hire a truancy coach to
handle all the kids that hide away from class time. During those discussions,
turns out, the Pentagon would received just $30K from State coffers to
help with the expense of having someone on the job. The alternative to
that, the $30K could be handed over to the Circuit Court where they would
do the hiring and handling of truancy .
Aug. 26 a The problem is, $30K isn't
enough for pay and benefits to cover the cost of an employee with social
worker credentials. Also, when the five year program is over, what happens
to the social worker's job.
Aug. 26 a During the last Board meeting,
Aug. 24th, a third option was made public.
Aug. 26 a That third option is to not
participate in the program.
Aug. 26 a Some time ago, after hearing
about strings attached to free grant money, one appointed officials said:
We can't afford any more of this free money
Aug. 26 a School Super Kenneth Tanner
has been adding pound after pound. He now sports a substantial pot belly.
During that last School Board meeting, during one feisty part of the meeting,
KT's neck turned red and then into blue up to his ears.
Aug. 26 a Thinking that's high blood
pressure and coupled with that girth a plenty, we had a talk with the lad
Aug. 26 a Here's the deal, if Tanner
looses 25 pounds by Christmas, this site will be kinder to the Pentagon
Aug. 26 a Instead of saying 86% of
Clay High 11th graders are unable to do math at grade level.
Aug. 26 a Instead of saying 58% of
8th graders are able to do grade level english
Aug. 26 a Instead of saying over
70% of all Clay County students are sub par in math, we'll do something
different if KT drops those 25 pounds.
Aug. 26 a Maybe something along
the lines of : WOW! 14% of our 11th graders can do math!! Ain't that Grand!
Aug. 26 a In any case, Kenneth Tanner
needs some words of encouragement as he tries to shed the excess pounds
Aug. 26 a The hurherald website
reported, Calhoun County would not release the results from 2015 Common
Aug. 26 a Tanner did and those findings
are in the latest Communicator.
Aug. 26 a We should have given One
Ata Boy to Tanner for making those dismal results, public
Aug. 26 a We do so now Atta Boy KT!
Aug. 25 a The question of posting meeting
agendas came up last night during the School Board meeting.
Aug. 25 a From the peanut gallery came,
you didn't post your agenda online until Monday morning after 8 am. Around
4pm, the agenda was changed. Mr Tanner, what's the latest you think you
can change your agenda?
Aug. 25 a KT's response: As late as
meeting time. We do that, make changes, before approving the agenda
Aug. 25 a Make Tanner's answer
as a big wrong-o
Aug. 25 a On Jan 4, 2007, our local
School Board received a West Virginia Ethics Committee opinion on what's
proper and what follows state law. That opinion states, meeting agendas
must be posted three business days in advance of the public meeting and
agendas can be changed no latter than 2 days prior the gathering.
Aug. 25 a The whole idea is for the
public to know what our elected folks are doing before they do it.
Aug. 25 a If a govt agency follows
an Ethic's Opinion, it is an "absolute defense" against any court challenge.
Aug. 25 a Common Core test results
were discussed near the end of the meeting. Tanner was upbeat on student
Aug. 25 a Truth is, test results in
Clayberry and statewide for that matter, is abysmal. KT is paid well to
be upbeat and see the sunnyside.
Aug. 25 a As for bottom of the gutter
math scores, Boardster Beth Cercone laid much of the blame on current text
books Cercone: No one is tearing up jack in math. Integrated Math I and
Math II is a bunch of garbage.
Aug. 25 a We couldn't agree more
Aug. 25 a School enrollment remains
about the same this year with enrollment hovering around 2000 kids.
Aug. 25 a Breakdown: H E White Elem
109; Lizemore Elem 122+; Big Otter Elem 260+; CLay Elem 530; Clay High
550; Clay Middle 435
Aug. 24 a The School Board changed
their meeting dates in the middle of the Summer. With that change, they're
suppose to meet the second and fourth Monday of each month. State law requires
each public body to post their meeting agenda three business days before
convening the gathering. For the Sch Bd, the thang has to be posted on
Aug. 24 a This is the fourth Monday
Aug. 24 a As of 7am this morning, still
agenda available online.
Aug. 22 p We've had a great week in
Aug. 22 p In addition to beautiful
Summer weather, the yard apes went back to school.
Aug. 22 p On Friday, the operators
of the new IGA conducted job interviews over at that wittle newspaper
in downtown Clay. Disputing rumors that no one wants to work in the County
of Little, the waiting line stretched out the door and onto the sidewalk
Aug. 22 p Word now has it, the
opening of the establishment will be Monday August 31st. Great!
Aug. 22 p While we sleep,
deer emptied our gardens of about everything but hot cayenne peppers.
Aug. 22 p There's been a dispute between
the CAEZ and the BC&G RR Co-Op over who owns the big red caboose parked
over at the Dundon Campground. The CAEZ claimed ownership because they
contributed several 1000 dollars to the purchase price of $27,000 back
in Nov. 2006.
Aug. 22 p After sifting thru stacks
of old records, during Saturday's BC&G RR meeting, the original signed,
notarized bill of sale was shown to attendees. The document was made out
to the BC&G only and states as such in two places.
Aug. 22 p We think, the find will avert
any court challenge , saber rattling, by the CAEZ
Aug. 22 p Bids were opened for the
sale of the caboose. Dave Pierson was the high bidder.
Aug. 22 p Before the BC&G
shuts down, they are giving away all their assets ($) to various county
non profits. See latest Communicator for details.
Aug. 22 p Two weeks ago, the group
voted who gets what on about 70% of their wealth. Once again, see Communicator
Aug. 22 p With everything winding down,
they also agreed to fund a 4H Tee Shirt request (about $800) for next year's
summer camp and 101.7 FM's request ($1500) for help with paying insurance
and broadcast royalties.
Aug. 22 p Based on other funds on hand
and no CAEZ lawsuit over the sale of that last caboose,, additional recipients
will include, Clay Little League for new rest rooms & storage room
at Dundon Ball field and a free book program for school kids brought by
the American Teacher's Federation
Aug. 22 p It was a great week in this
humble little place!
Aug. 22 p Don't set at home clickers,
gather the family and do something Sunday.