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Dec 10th Happy Birthday Rachel
Dec 10 Charles Lee Jones, 84,
of Lizemores, see OBITUARY page
Dec 10 p Today is the first day group's
can decorate utility poles during the BDA's North Pole Decorating
Contest. The idea is to dress up the place with home made seasonal
decoration. Whom ever has the best dressed pole will receive a $100 first
Dec 10 p In previous years, the rules
stated, the decoration is to be attached to the pole by rope, belts, or
about anything but nailing or screwing to the pole.
Dec 10 p During Monday's BDA
meeting, the Chair would not name the date entries would be judged.
Dec 11 p Cold weather hit us this week.
From the last few days....
Dec 11p For us ole farts, the
week started off with a Charleston Gazette article on the Pocahantas County
Scout Camp, Buckskin Council AKA Dilly's Mills. For over 50 years
a bunch of Baby Boomers called Buckskin home and benefited from a
great program there. Since 1960 when the place opened, greedy adult leadership
siphoned off profits from timber sales to boost their own paychecks.
Dec 11p Now mothballed, it's a darn
Dec 11 p CAEZ held their Dec
meeting where Director Big Lup told Boardsters, FEMA had NOT come thru
with $$$ to rebuild their Lodge building at Dundon
Dec 11 p Under the new leadership
of Jason Hubbard, the Mayor grasped public meeting duties with ease. The
elected body had a full agenda and get this, in addition to discussing
the Town's business, they actually made decisions.
Dec 11 p Something to put in
memory banks. Since his gaining public office last Summer, Hubbard has
voiced a need to cut back expenses, get a better handle on purchases, and
controlling excessive overtime. In 2017, we hope Hubbard and Council work
together to accomplish those goals
Dec 11 p During a properly called
Special Meeting of the Sch Bd., some good news. Instead of their 2015 budget
year being all screwed to the tune of $240,000. Suits around the table
agreed, the difference between audit findings was only around $10k.
Dec 11 p Also made public was a conflict
of interest between two family members in the accounting side of the Pentagon.
Dec 11p Near the end of the meeting
and before anyone left the meeting room, Board Chair Dave Mullins showed
very shallow judgment and his butt at the same time. Mullins told
the world, School Board meetings are not public meetings but rather his
meeting. As for the public part of public meetings, nope, they ain't public
for ANYONE that has a different opinion than Mullins
Dec 11p We're hoping Dave Mullins was
just having a bad day. IF not, it's time for the aging guy to relinquish
his already limited authority.
Dec 11p For this week, the best
part was seeing curtain climbers from around the county decorate
Christmas trees on Courthouse Square. Courthouse and Town leadership provided
the annual treat.
Dec 11 p This time around, on Friday,
the temps dropped way down and even a few snow flakes were in the air.
The urchins were wired to the max. The hot chocolate and cookies added
to their energy level.
Dec 11 p In addition to decorating
trees, kids traveled upstairs to see the Courtroom and holding cell. Sadly
one kid reported: I've been here before in juvy. Another provided: My Mommy's
been in this cell.
Dec 11 p Exactly one month ago today,
County Clay and the entire state for that matter got a huge black eye as
a result of racist comments made by CDC Director Pam Taylor on her Facebook
page. Ms Taylor remains on the job as if nothing ever happened. She's able
to do that due to her family empire run Board of Directors.
Dec 11 p Program funders may believe,
her dismal remarks on social media have nothing to do with her job. They
are wrong, dead wrong.
Dec 11 p With her hand shown, the world
now knows, there is not such thing as equal opportunity without regard
to race and color at Clay Development Corporation, CDC.
Dec 11 p Pitiful.
Dec 9 p We've got a correction for
the morning post. Please reread.
Dec 9 a Now without the boat anchor
of "Jerry's Kids" hanging around, the Greater Clay is making much better
progress with flood recovery. During their Thursday night meeting, TV-3
the Charleston Gazette were on hand to record the accomplishments including
a couple new trailers to washed out families..
Dec 9 Many of our cars have been mangled
by deers running in front of your vehicle. Just wait til those 700 pound
Elk roam the hills and valleys. From
WV Metro News.
Dec 9 a Not everyone enjoys reading
this online journal. Here's one that came in Thursday: You have your opinions
and I have mine. We know yours. You keep rattling on and bad
mouthing people. You are as bad as the one you recently printed about.
You may have been right, but shut up. Print some news. Run
for office to get someone out. Quit badmouthing. , Bill Canfield
Dec 9 a We're not sure if Mr Canfield
was referring to our coverage of Pam Taylor or Davey Mullins.
Dec 9 a Our response was something
along the lines of, maybe watching the weather channel would be more pleasing.
Dec 9 a Enjoy the weekend one and all.
Dec 8 p For any of this to make sense,
drop down and read the school board post from Dec 7th
Dec 8 p We'll wait...... still waiting......
Dec 8 p During Wed's Special
School Board meeting, Dave Mullins had his shorts bunched up big time.
He was (maybe is) a 24 carat horse's butt to say the least.
Dec 8pm After a night's time
Dec 8 p Davey M is unable to
control his mouth and thought process because he's mad at the Ace Cub Reporter.
Somewhere in his rant yesterday, he yelled out that Kenneth Tanner is a
good man and we keep ragging on him. Well. KT is a good guy and we've never
said any different.
Dec 8 p What we're talking about is
dumb bunny Dave Mullins.
Dec 8 p The burr is under Davey's saddle
because we keep nailing him on his pee poor leadership and his thought
that, he's in charge
Dec 8 p Recently, Mullins wanted his
way on a vote, put it on the agenda, and then was unable to get anyone
to make the motion on his behalf. How embarrassing for the Grand PooBah
Dec 8 p There was his charge to run
off a couple sub bus drivers recently. Once again Mullins lead the rally
to oust the Sams without luck. We printed that too.
Dec 8 p Davey had plans to make sure
Michelle Paxton made it to the Pentagon three months ago. When we found
and printed state code that forbids the spouse of a Superintendent (Joe
Paxton) from having his family members working in the central office, with
his shorts all bunched up, Mullins was again in the news when they had
to demote Ms Paxton back to Clay Elem.
Dec 8 p We found out and printed the
back room plans to give Michelle Paxton a $10K bonus to make up for the
demotion. Wittle Davey was stomping his feets.
Dec 8 p We got wind that Ms Paxton
was in contention for yet another raise ($7K) to become a preschool director
and work out of the Elem . When we made that notion public, they backed
Dec 8 p On that back pay bonus $$$,
we reported, instead of going back years and years and paying employees,
accepted business practice only demands 2 years of back pay. KT and Mullins
went ballistic during the Nov 14th Board meeting while agreeing with everything
that we printed as true
Dec 8 p What may have been the big
enchilada was when they were forced to put that $10K extra pay vote
on a public agenda for all the world to see.
Dec 8 p With all that festering over
the last 4 months, Mullins exploded yesterday during and after the special
Board meeting. He was so torqued up, he was short of breath. His neck went
from red to blue.
Dec 8 p The Ace Cub Reporter was prepared
for the impending encounter.
Dec 8 p How? Back on Nov 14th,
when the Sch Bd meeting was held at Clay Elem, we overheard Wittle Davey
tell at least one Board member, he would never allow the reporter to ask
a question again. Ever!
Dec 8 p Dave Mulllins has slithered
thru life operating in the backroom or other hush hush means, to
get his way.
Dec 8 p For the last 4 months
or so, Dave's plans have become public and he hates it in the worst way
Dec 8 p Hating something can make you
as dumb as a box of rocks. That's what has happened to the aging Wittle
Dec 8 p If anyone is reading these
feeble posts, someone take Dave off to the side and explain to him a few
Dec 8 p School Board meetings are public
Dec 8 p Anyone, everyone, has a 100%
right to show up a couple minutes before any public meeting and be put
on the agenda to speak
Dec 8 p At the end of each meeting
when he asks if anyone has a question, he cannot discriminate based on
skin color, lack of hangy down, or pure hatred
Dec 8 p Please tell him, he does
not have control over other elected School Board members and they too can
ask questions and accept answers from the public.
Dec 8 p And finally, if Dave Mullins
is unable to conduct himself in a professional manner and follow the oath
of office he promised with one hand on the bible, it's time to go or at
least, time for someone else to be Prez of the Clay County School Board.
Dec 8 p What a nice Christmas present
that would be for the county.
Dec 8 p Next posting will cover his
policitcal dealings in the last 20 years .
Dec 7 late p Our Lady Panthers
put it all over Braxton County tonight with a tough fight in the last quarter
to garner a 6 point win.
Dec 7 late p This evening long
time head Coach Mary Ramsey was not at the helm. Instead Cristy Fitzwater
was in charge.
Dec 7 late p If you check the school
system web site, Ramsey's job is up for replacement. Ms Ramsey is one
of the winningest coaches in the state. Until the just the last few years,
girls' sport coaches were paid less than their male counter part.
Dec 7 late p Behind the scenes, bet
the fight is on for the head coach slot.
Dec 7 p Back in the Summer, maybe before
that, Sch Board members asked Superintendent Tanner for more info on the
2015 Budget year. At issue was the last year end audit where the CPA folks
reported in 2015, that year, ended with a $10K surplus. All along,
Tanner told his bosses, the audit was wrong, in fact , 2015 ended
with a $250 K surplus.
Dec 7 p Meeting after meeting, the
Board asked for the CPA's to show up and talk.
Dec 7 p Meeting after meeting, month
after month came and went. No Auditor's and no answers
Dec 7 p Today at 1pm two group's
of CPA's showed up for a properly called and noticed special meeting of
the School Board.
Dec 7 p For a little over an hour ,
answers came. Near the end KT said he wanted the meeting before his retirement
so as no one will think he slid out the door with any $200,000 issue
Dec 7 p The discussions brought out:
the 2015 Audit findings were not off by $200,000 as KT had reported.
Dec t p Instead, the Board's Auditor
and a second group (a checks and balance group) came up with an ending
balance just $10K different. Both audit findings were close to ending the
2015 year with around a $240,000 surplus.
Dec 7 p When you're off $10K when dealing
with a 20 million dollar budget, that's fairly reasonable and common. Moving
one debt to the wrong column or one bill marked unpaid when it really was
paid, making a double entry, anything can explain being just $10k
Dec 7 p With that issue behind
em, here's the big story clickers.
Dec 7 p When it was time for questions
to be asked, Board Chair Dave Mullins said he was never ever again allowing
the Ace Cub Reporter ask a question during a school board meeting.
Dec 7 p Additionally, he said a School
Board meeting was a not a public meeting , it was THEIR Board meeting
Dec 7 p Here's the best part
Dec 7 p Very firmly, Dave Mullins
said he would not let anybody never ever talk that speaks out against a
school idea, notion, plan.
Dec 7 p Always operating with
compassion... The Ace Cub Reporter asked Mullins if someone had crapped
in his oatmeal that morning. That didn't help much clickers.
Dec 7 p With him still steaming
out both ears, we asked if his blood pressure was OK.
Dec 7 p Oh Boy Oh Boy, Mullins
was not a happy camper
Dec 7 p As he was getting more aggressive
with his words, the Reporter merely made a statement: Dave , You've been
watching too many John Wayne movies.
Dec 7 p Maybe his shoes or shorts were
too tight. Maybe he had one crosswise. Maybe his meds were off
Dec 7 p Or, maybe it's time for a Highland
Hospital tune up.
Dec 7 p Other Board chairs have done
stupid crap in the past.
Dec 7 P Back before JD Morris went
to prison and was School Board Chair, he too thought he could win by telling
the Communicator they had no place at Board meetings. He lost that battle
Dec 7 p Back when Jerry Linky
Poo was School Superintendent and trying to arm twist the Ace Cub Reporter
to support the Excess School Levy, without luck, we told him, we wouldn't
be in favor of feeding every kid on earth if it meant adding another penny
Dec 7 p Long time School Bd Chair RB
Legg often had harsh words for the media if they said anything contrary
to an official School System explanation.
Dec 7 p For the all humped up Dave
Mullins, as we told Linky 17 years ago, let the games begin.
Dec 7 a The Communicator made it to
news stands across the region Tuesday afternoon. For the many that receive
their dose of news via the US mail, due to the power being off Tuesday
afternoon, The Communicator did NOT make it tot he Post Office for the
mailing. That means, your paper will show up one day late.
Dec 7 a The lead story handles the
info on a local Green Shirt getting put on administrative after blasting
a Robo Deer on the back side of Town.
Dec 7 a It's not the first write up
on Green Shirt Aaron Nichols who was sued on sexually intrusive warrantless
arrests not so long ago. Here's
the link for online reading of that now case which cost the taxpaper
well over $100,000 to settle.
Dec 7 a The Pentagon is hosting a special
meeting this afternoon at 1pm. Topic is financials. They might be
discussing the 2015 audit where the Superintendent says they finished the
year with 1/4 million to spare and the CPA's say , nope, just $10K to the
Dec 7 a CHS Basketball action
tonight beginning at 7:30 pm when Braxton County comes to Town.
Dec 7 a For those that want to listen
online, here's the link.
Dec 7 a Town Council held their first
monthly meeting under the direction of new Mayor, Jason Hubbard.
The one hour plus gathering went smooth with lots of earnest discussion
and decision making.
Dec 7 a Get this, when going over the
bills, they actually asked questions on several items and made suggestions
on how to make cuts. How refreshing!
Dec 7 a The Charleston Gazette editorial
board provided an op/ed in Tuesday's regional edition. Their topic was
racism since Donny J was selected as Prez of the Divided States of America.
Dec 7 a Unfortunately the editorial
staff got it wrong wrong they provided their readers, Pam Taylor
had been fired from Clay Development Corp (CDC).
Dec 7 a Wrong Wrong Wrong. Ms Taylor
has never lost a penny since the Nov 9th racist controversy
erupted and remains on the job.
Dec 5 a With the new month upon
us, it's time for the next round of govt. agency public meetings
Dec 5 a Tonight at 6:30 the Business
Development Authority (BDA) holds their Dec meeting and dinner over at
the Senior / Nutrition site in Two Run. Their
agenda looks pretty tame but Hey, you might get some free munchies
if you attend.
Dec 5 a Tuesday afternoon offers a
couple chances to govt. in action.
Dec 5 a Town Council meetings have
been pretty lively recently. That elected body meets at 5pm in Town Hall,
AKA WaWa Plant on Main Street
Dec 5 a CAEZ schedules their
monthly offering the first Tuesday of the new cycle beginning at
4pm with an economic development meeting
Dec 5 a Doctor Michelle Herron from
out West made national news last week after her facebook posting used terms
like monkey face to describe the first lady.
Dec 5 a That Doc
has now lost her job and position in the community.
Dec 5 a Ms Pamela
Taylor made equally troubling Facebook posts Nov 9th. on Facebook and remains
in the building and life is good.
Dec 4 p The Clay High Basketball Schedule
is now posted on t he ADVISORY page
Dec 4 p Looking back, we've had a pretty
interesting last seven days.
Dec 4 p A rumor became public on a
long time Green Shirt getting caught shooting the DNR's Robo Deer. None
other than County Clay's own Aaron Nichols is the guy front and center
with the finger pointing his direction.
Dec 4 p Officially, from the Headquarters
in So Charleston, they're just confirming a "hunting incident".
Dec 4 p Because this is a small county
where everybody knows another's business...
Dec 4 p Just before Thanksgiving, near
the corner of Linda Rhodes' farm, near the old dump, the First Sergeant
got caught blasting Mr Robo. Via emails and the coffeehouse crowd, word
came, on the 28th, Mr Nichols turned in his resignation
Dec 4 p We can't confirm that or any
thing else, but we are certain Nichols is in the grease big time.
Dec 4p We keep checking the Magistrate's
office for a hard copy ticket on the infraction.. Not there yet either.
Dec 4p By mid week, it was official,
the County Commission inspired group designed to destroy the Greater Clay
Long Term Recovery Committee's effort to assist flood survivors, we call
the new group, Jerry's Kids, they had been disbanded.
Dec 4 p Our sources say, the
close it down demand came from no less that the Gov's office.
Dec 4 p Later in an email from the
Greater Clay group, sounded like, good faith attempts are being made to
bring into the fold, those appointed to Jerry's Kids.
Dec 4 p After talking to Greater Clay
Chair Rhonda McDonald, new funds totaling $100K have came their way along
with a commitment to purchase new single wide trailers for those in need.
Dec 4 p Instead of starting a second
group to assist in flood relief, Commissioner Linky Poo showed what's really
in his heart, to keep his thumb on funds and who gets help after the June
23rd Wash Out.
Dec 4 p His thing is in the wringer
and rightly so.
Dec 4 p Behind the scene, concerning
racism at Clay Development (CDC), we're getting word that your telephone
calls to funders may be working
Dec 4 p Just after the world wide blow
up on Ms Taylor's racist comment on Facebook, the nutrition site contract
which was already signed by CDC, that contract has been pulled
Dec 4 p We're just starting to hear
stories of other Federally funded programs operated by CDC may also be
Dec 4 p TV crews are still coming around
trying to get a comment from the already back on the job (actually she
never left her job), Pamela Ramsey Taylor.
DEc 4 p Great!
Dec 4 p On Saturday, Santa came
to the Lion's Club building on Main Street. In addition to crafts and munchies,
a bunch of rug rats grinned from ear to ear as they passed their
Christmas wishes on to the man in red.
Dec 4 p One boy showed his Christmas
catalog to Mr Claus as he pointed out each item of interest
Dec 4p Parents beamed as they snapped
pictures of the curtain climbers
Dec 4p It was a great time full of
hope. Such is important after the last 6 months of rotten that came our
Dec 4 p We're down to just 3 weeks
till Christmas. So far we haven't seen snow. Weathercasters are calling
for a dusting layer this week.
Dec 3 p Rebecca Lurlene Doss,
90, of Ovapa, see OBITUARY page
Dec 1 late p Jackie Burl King,
see OBITUARY page
Dec 1 late p Welcome to a new month
Dec 1 late p For those wanting to do
something nice this season of giving, be sure to check out the ADVISORY
Dec 1 late p We'd like
to thank the Charleston Fraternal Order of Police for donating a bunch
of kids' toys to the county. Some of the toys also came from a PA based
FOP group. Town Mayor Hubbard was the go between for the distribution.
Dec 1 late p Thank you
Dec 1 late p Dance the night away Friday
night up at the Big Otter Community Center
Dec 1 late p The Lady Panthers are
in home court action Friday night.
Dec 1 late p If they can get enough
sponsors, the local radio station plans to sportscast 20+ games this season.
So far, they've only got four sponsors. Help Help Help
Dec 1 late p For parents and kids alike,
Santa is coming to the downtown Saturday morning. Be sure to load up those
rug rats and bring em over to the Lion's Club building on Main Street
Dec 1 late p Much needed donations
to the tune of $100K have come into the Greater Clay organization this
month. That's great.
Dec 1 late p We understand, at least
one new single wide has been ordered and is coming to a needy family thanks
to the Greater Clay efforts and great supporters
Dec 1 late p One feller told us today,
there's going to be a Santa parade on Main Street on Dec 16th. If someone
has info, please let us know. Shame for the organizer to go to all that
effect and then no one know about it.
Dec late p Hillary
has now the election by over 2.5 millions votes. Strange? Donny J is still
claiming victory. Here's the economy
of the last election.
Dec 1 late p Here's the
Metro News work up on Green Shirt Aaron Nichols blasting a Robo Deer
up on the hill behind the Town of Clay
Dec 1 late p Although a little dated,
Lewis has a good write up on life in Widen West Virginia.
Dec 1 late p Think its a pipe dream
a vehicle on home grown alcohol? Brazil has already converted a big
percentage of their cars to alcohol. No not corn drippings, but much of
the rediscovered fuel from trash dumps. One interesting note. When using
alcohol as the go juice, there is zero pollution thrown in the air. Bet
gas companies are crapping their pants about now.
Nov. 30 p Get your coffee cup clickers.
Here comes some juice!!
Nov. 30 p Our local non profit FM radio
station is planning to sportscast a bunch of the Clay High boys and girls
basketball games. The first game for 101.7FM is slated for this Friday
Nov. 30 p If they don't get a bunch
of sponsors, the season and our athletes' good deeds will not be on the
radio. Check out their web site and pay pal button today.
Nov. 30 p Area news outlets like
and The Charleston Gazette (today) have now picked up on our
exclusive coverage of locally born and raised Aaron Nichols getting suspended
from his Green Shirt position down in South Charleston. The official statement
is listed below in the Nov. 29th posting.
Nov. 30 p Gazette coverage (sorry not
online) page 6 C includes mention of transgressions made by Nichols over
the years behind the badge. Their reference included Nichols arresting
a half nude lady while using potty mouth. CHarges were all dropped against
the woman. A costly lawsuit followed. The Gazette article did not mention
a damage award or even who won the thang.
Nov. 30 p If we remember right, taxpayers
coughed up around $100K to get things settled.
Nov. 30 p Not too long ago, we remember
Nichols getting in trouble arresting a couple guys for standing outside
a beer garden smoking cigarettes. That might have happened in Wirt County.
Turns out , it's still legal to smoke a torch in public!
Nov. 30 p Back during his Dad's run
for the House of Delegates (1996) , we reported Nichols trying to wreck
an opponent's family car and truck and making promises : "I'm going to
kill that little fat arss" while in front of the old CDC Senior Center
with a hunting rifle in his back seat.
Nov. 30 p Aaron was referring to the
plump rump of the Ace Cub Reporter.
Nov. 30 p Shortly after that reporting
in The Communicator where we called the guy a nut for his actions, he sued
the near award winning newspaper of record.
Nov. 30 p Those local incidents
happened a short while before Aaron Nichols was accepted into the Green
Shirt Academy in Institute.
Nov. 30 p After getting accepted to
the Academy, several, many, in the county wrote letters (that was before
emails) badmouthing the selection of Nichols to the training center. He
still got in.
Nov. 30 p Monday evening we started
posting all the hearsay, rumor, coffeshop talk on Nichols.
Nov. 30 p Those original comments included
a part about Nichols NOT receiving a ticket for shooting Mr Robo Deer.
He got off easy until a Facebook posting boasted of getting away with everything,
Nov. 30 p As we said on Monday, that's
what we're hearing and as of tonight at 8pm, we think it's still true.
After the FB posting, Brown Shirt Stuart Sims issued at least one ticket
for the transgressions. We hope one of the tickets
is for being a 24 carat dumb bunny
Nov. 30 p Anyway you look at it, Nichols
is in deep stuff and rightly so.
Nov. 30 p How about some happy
news for a second....
Nov. 30 p Town Council leaders
accepted a $250,000 streetscape grant from the Governor Tuesday mid day.
This grant comes without a need to match state $$$ with local funds.
Nov. 30 p Long time readers will remember
5 years ago when Commissioner Fran King (not Big Lup) secured a $200,000
streetscape grant for the Town. That grant was never used because
Town Council was disorganized, without leadership, and could not
come up with the local matching funds ($40,000 or so)
Nov. 30 p What's streetscape?
The idea is spruce up a run down block in the downtown area with period
lighting, benches, fancy trash cans, and trim out new sidewalks with brick.
Nov. 30 p Now back to dark side of
Nov. 30 p Late last week, we started
hearing a rumbling that the newly formed County Commission backed
recovery committee was going to get the axe from the Gold Dome
Nov. 30 p This morning, with all three
Commissioners sitting on their bench, the whispering was loud enough to
hear em say, the new group, Jerry's Kids as we call it, was gone, disbanded.
That's news seemed to shock Commissioner Arlene Tucker
Nov. 30 p If the purpose of the new
agency was to add resources to groups already working to help people after
the June 23rd Great Wash Out, that would have been great
Nov. 30 p It wasn't
Nov. 30 p Instead, Commissioner LinkyPoo
worked behind the scenes to stop the efforts of the Greater Clay
Recovery Committee and publicly stated, he wanted their money and designation
as a long term recovery group.
Nov. 30 p Look for a few members of
Jerry's Kids to be a part of Greater Clay.
Nov. 30 p The only thing left is for
Linky to come up with some statement that makes his loss of power more
palatable, wording to that reduces the egg on his face.
Nov. 30 p How embarrassing for the
Nov. 30 p For those wondering
if CDC Director Pam Taylor is still coming to work. The answer is Yes.
She was in the building Tuesday.
Nov. 30 p For those wondering, did
all those tele calls to CDC funding agencies made a difference. The answer
Nov. 30 p CDC had just signed a contract
to operate the Senior Center / Nutrition Site at Two Run.
Nov. 30 p Everything was in black and
white until Pam Taylor's racist FB remarks flew around the world via about
every news outlet.
Nov. 30 p It is our understanding,
the nutrition site contract has now been pulled from CDC.
Nov. 30 p As for other funds being
pulled from the family run empire, we don't know yet
Nov. 30 p For those that didn't make
the phone calls to complain, how about taking a few minutes today and voice
your feelings on Pam Ramsey Taylor's racist thoughts on FB and those utterings
affected the entire county.
Nov. 30 p Here goes one more time:
Nov. 30p W Va Bureau of Senior Services,
Commissioner Roswell 304 558 3317
Nov. 30p Ramona Stanley with
Appalachian Area Agency on Aging, 304 425 1147.
Nov. 30 p Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
304 558 2000
W Va's U S Senator Joe Manchin 202-224-3954
W Va's U S Senator Shelley Moore
Capito 202 - 224- 6472
Nov. 30p And of course, the employer
of Pam Taylor, Clay Development Corp, 304 587 4251 or 304 587 4996
Nov. 30 p Today Courthouse employees
hand counted every ballot from the Nov. 8th election.
Nov. 30 p That was mandated a Republicrat
Senatorial candidate demanded a recount in each county of the 12th Senatorial
Nov. 30 p How accurate was the ballot
counting machine used on Nov. 8th? Before we answer, the actual back up
tape record was also visually inspected.
Nov. 30 p Glad you asked. After today's
hand count, the machine was off just 1 ballot.
Nov. 30 p Up to the minute news, right
here on clayberry.org. In depth coverage in The Communicator,
Nov. 30 p Come Feb, we'll be doing
our annual online begging campaign. Keep all this info in mind when we
start the begging in a few months
Nov. 30 a This morning the County Commission
is over seeing the recount of the 12th Senatorial District ballots.
Nov. 30 a Before they got underway,
up front, Commissioners were talking in hushed tones. From that quiet talk:
the counter group formed by Linky Poo to oust the Greater Clay Long Term
Recovery Committee, Jerry's Kids as we're calling them, has been disbanded.
Nov. 30 a It's our understanding, Link
and the gang was told to shut it down with that message coming from the
Nov. 30 a That's what happens when
you form a group every so quietly and form it with one intention, to destroy
the already up and working, Greater Clay Committee.
Nov. 30 a Instead of fighting, maybe
the county can get back to helping those in need. Good!
Nov. 30 a A better update coming this
afternoon including an update on the escapades of Clayberry's very own,
Nov. 29 From Green Shirt
Lt M. Baylous, 2:15pm The
West Virginia State Police is aware of a hunting related incident involving
First Sergeant A. D. Nichols and another individual which occurred on Wednesday,
November 23, 2016. First Sergeant Nichols was immediately placed
on administrative leave once the Superintendent learned of the incident.
In accordance with established policy and procedure, the West Virginia
State Police has begun an internal investigation. Internal investigations
are conducted completely independent of other potential or pending investigations.
In this case, the West Virginia Natural Resources Police will investigate
any potential hunting violations which may have occurred; therefore, the
West Virginia State Police will not be commenting further about the incident.
Background for the media: First Sergeant A. D. Nichols
is the same Trooper who was suffered multiple injuries including a traumatic
brain injury on December 31, 2012, in St. Albans, West Virginia, when he
was struck by a vehicle being driven by a shoplifter. He is currently
assigned to the Planning and Research Section of the West Virginia State
Nov. 29 a School Superintendent
Kenneth Tanner will actually be on the clock thru the end of December.
Now sucking up his unused vacation time, for intent and purpose, that regime
Nov. 29 a Much time was spent during
last night's Sch Bd meeting telling old stories and laughing over things
of old. Each speaker last night boosted of our outstanding school system.
Nov. 29 a KT read from some chart showing
County Clay Schools ranked in t he top ten in the state. Smiles were broad
Nov. 29 a There was no mention of our
F rated school and other rankings just released from Charleston
Nov. 29 a Leadership had to be in place
for the new Super, Joe Paxton. He got his pick of Jarrod Fitzwater as sidekick
Nov. 29 a In the changing of the guard,
last night, Leslie Pierson Go was moved from the classroom to administrative
work as Assst Principal at Clay Middle
Nov. 29 a The great scheme of things
is: OKP3 is at the helm with Joan Haynie is a hold over from the KT administration.
Nov. 29 a Joan will retire in Dec 2017.
Jarrod will move up to Asst. Super.
Nov. 29 a With Jarrod's spot then open,
Leslie gets the nod to move to the Pentagon
Nov. 29 a All just guessing of course
but put the prediction in your gray cells.
Nov. 28 p Noticed something this morning
at the Courthouse
Nov. 28 p Before 11 am, Commissioners
Linky & Fitzwater, and United Way's John Ballengee were
chatting in the main hallway. Nothing uncommon about that since the County
Commission and United Way teamed up to form the Jerry's Kids organization
a few weeks ago. Jerry's Kids as we call it, was formed solely to do away
with the Greater Clay Long Term Recovery Committee.
Nov. 28 p In the County Commission
room was Greater Clay Chair Rhonda McDonald.
Nov. 28 p After a several minute wait
and after a lady from Greenbrier showed up , Fitz called for McDonald to
gather with them in County Clerk Connie Workman's office.
Nov. 28 p With a group of seven or
more, normally, the get together would be held in the spacious County Commission
Nov. 28 p Keeping things secret appear
to be most important right now
Nov. 28 p We're not sure what Team
Linky is up to but since they held their huddle in secret, our guess, something
is NOT going Link's way and he needs quiet time to iron out wrinkles or
a tidal wave.
Nov. 28 a Our Natural Resource Badges
uses a mechanical deer to entrap night time blasters.
Nov. 28 a Shooting Robo Deer
is serious business and leaves the spot lighter or vehicle hunter with
a much lighter wallet.
Nov. 28 a We're getting a story of
a law enforcement feller getting caught shooting Robo last week.
Nov. 28 a The story goes, once caught,
DNR did the fellow Badge a favor, yelled him for a while and then let him
go. No ticket
Nov. 28 a Still just a story mind ya,
being a 24 carat dumbarss, the Robo blaster got on Facebook boasting of
his getting off easy
Nov. 28 a If all the speculation is
true, Mr Blaster has now been issued a multi-ticket
Nov. 28 a Good!
Nov. 27 p It's been nearly 20 days
since the racism remarks From CDC Director Pam Taylor and the follow up
reply from ex Mayor Bev Whaling went around the world.
Nov. 27 p For those 20 days, the school
of public sentiment was loud, strong, and clear. This county, this state,
this world, does not condone racism.
Nov. 27 p For those that don't know,
none of our postings are deleted. Instead they are stored on the past news
page. The link to that page is down below.
Nov. 27 p Bev Whaling did the right
thing and resigned from her elected position. That's not the case for Pam
Taylor who remains at the helm of her family empire and fully in charge.
Nov. 27 p Unless some new revelations
are exposed, the county and state will suffer the blight while Ms Taylor's
Nov. 27 p While the ace cub reporter
was in Morgantown, in a big box store, while chit chatting in an aisle,
the stranger asked, where you from?
Nov. 27 p The response was Clay
Nov. 27 p The chit chat ended with
raised eyebrows as the guy walked the other direction.
Nov. 27 p People will remember for
a long time. The years of effort to grow tourism in County Clay, it's all
Nov. 27 p As we move thru these
last few days of November..
Nov. 27 p With just 100 votes or so
separating the Republicrat challenger in the Senatorial 12th District from
incumbent Senator, Doug Facemire, the election recount begins this week.
With our machine counting all ballots, expect few changes in the total
Nov. 27 p Major contention most likely
will be the 50 challenged votes. On election night, it was determined,
just 15 of the ballots would be counted. The remainder either did not live
in Clayberry or were not registered here.
Nov. 27 p Monday evening, the School
Board meets at the Pentagon. Their
posted agenda brings to reality, school system cutbacks mandated by
the Governor. For this tiny county, they have to trim back $86,000+ during
the last 6 months of this year. That's a bunch and it's just lucky that
all the Pentagon personal was hired into place just before the long known
budget cuts were made public.
Nov. 27 p Now with the Pentagon top
heavy, if cuts are made, they will come from classroom teachers and school
Nov. 27 p How bad is it? Without a
correct audit, no one knows how much $$$ there really is left in the checkbook.
Last year's audit is off $200,000+. That's the audit the School Board has
asked for for 6 months. So Far, Superintendent Kenneth Tanner has been
unable to get the CPA's to attend a public Board meeting.
Nov. 27 p With Monday night's Board
meeting most likely his last before retirement, KT has managed to slip
out the door unscathed by the $200,000 controversy.
Nov. 27 p
Nov. 27 a Daniel Lee Hundley, 57, of
Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
Nov. 27 a Where are the
worst drivers in America? For once, our state is not the worst at something.
Nov. 25 p A night's sleep and
a roll of Tums, Turkey Day is behind us. Deer Camp continues with moderate
temps providing for a no excuse time in the woods.
Nov. 25 p Since Nov. 10th, this site
and the latest Communicator have spent tons of time covering the dismal
thinking process and racist post made by CDC Director Pam Ramsey Taylor.
Nov. 25 p For those wondering, Ms Taylor
is still on the job.
Nov. 25 p For those thinking she should
have been ot should be fired for her dimly lit facebook comments, might
not be over yet for the Taylor lady
Nov. 25 p Noticed Charleston Gazette
did a follow up piece on T Day concerning Ms Taylor getting fired 20 years
Nov. 25 p The Communicator provided
a full page on the history of the family empire in the latest edition.
Nov. 25 p It's our understanding others
are working behind the scenes to apply pressure on funding agencies to
affect her removal
Nov. 25 p While those folks are working
quietly to remove that blight, and while covering the black eye we've received
from those racist comments, we've managed to ignore other serious issues
Nov. 25 p Cold weather finally came
our way Saturday, seven days back. For many June 23rd flood survivors without
adequate shelter, things are now real serious. The Greater Clay Committee's
work has gotten tougher without the support of the County Commission.
Nov. 25 p Greater Clay managed
to bring in truckloads of building supplies and provide some labor to winterize
homes. Additionally, new funding has come their way to help keep the lights
turned on and provide for unmet needs.
Nov. 25 p A few weeks back the
County Commission took it on themselves to withdraw all support from Greater
Clay and start their own committee.
Nov. 25 p We're calling that new group,
Jerry's Kids. After holding a couple meetings, the new folks have
set up by laws and established officers but little else.
Nov. 25 p Instead of jumping in and
providing support from day one, nothing has been accomplished. They haven't
managed to pick up one case file for the needy. With winter fast approaching,
Jerry's Kids has done nothing more than gum up the works and slow down
legitimate efforts by the Greater Clay Committee.
Nov. 25 p Surely to goodness,
some State oversight committee will step in and tell the ring leader of
the mess, Linky Poo, stop behaving like a kid and take care of serious
problems before someone, some people, freeze to death.
Nov. 25 p Hope the funders are still
taking notice and do something soon, real soon.
Nov. 25 p For the rest of us, we turn
up the thermostat, run thru the TV channels, eat left overs and pay
little attention to the many in need.
Nov. 25 p If you can lend a hand in
some way, call Greater Clay Long Term Recovery Committee at 304 587 4700.
Nov. 25 p Happy Thanksgiving Link.