NEWS & MORE
Oct. 21 a What a yucky gray, wet, Friday
morning. With temps hovering around 50 today, just when the colors were
peaking, they're gone. Crap!
Oct. 21 The Panthers have a chance
for a win tonight when they travel to Shady Springs for a football match
up. Kick off is set for 7:30 . The local radio stations plans to
air the contest with pregame around 7:20.
Oct. 21a For those afar,
tunein.com is a third party provider of the airwaves or click this
link for multiple player hook ups. Go Panthers!
Oct 21 Most will agree, Frontier Tele
is a very crappy DSL service. The last four days have been especially
rotten speed wise with up time also tanked.
Oct 21 a This morning , in Maysel,
on the new and improved DSL service, to upload the first three posts on
this site, it took a full 2 minutes. 2 minutes for just text? As for uploading
pictures... forget it for now.
Oct 21 a With no alternate choices
available for most of the county, Frontier has no incentive to upgrade
service. If you're talking long term recovery from the June Great Wash
Out, internet service should be at the top of the list.
Oct. 21 a TV-3 is reporting Clay
High kids earned a big win during the 13th Annual Punkin Drop held in Charleston.
link from the boob tube.
Oct. 21 a A win is always a good
Oct. 20 p From Greater Clay Chair
Brandy O'Brien: Our meetings are [now] every two weeks. The next
one will be on Thursday November 10, at 6pm. All of our meetings
take place at our headquarters, 4086 Ivydale Road.
Oct. 20 p Got some good news
for this afternoon
Oct. 20 p After six weeks or so in
CAMC, School Boardster Morgy Triplett has been moved to a rehab nursing
home to get him back up on his feet.
Oct. 20 p Great news!
Oct. 20 p Noticed a film crew in the
county Wed afternoon. As best we can figure, the producers are documenting
the aftermath from the June 23rd Great Wash Out
Oct. 20 p When you see the lens, smile!
Oct. 20 p For those in the traveling
and leaf peeping mood...
Oct. 20 p Lunatic
asylum tours now in progress
Oct. 20 p How about a nice train
ride thru the orange, red, and yellers.
Oct. 20 p If you've got clean underwear
and willing to wear socks, don't forget the Harvest
Fest at the Greenbrier.
Oct. 20 a 45+ years ago, John and Dave
Morris hosted Morris Brothers Old Time Music Festivals on the family farm
near Ivydale. Many attended the weekends of fun including the ace cub reporter
Oct. 20 a Back around 1970, the
unlicensed Mel Gibson look alike got his Mother to drive him to the event
one soggy wet Saturday for the festival.. After parking with two wheels
on the pavement and walking up the muddy hollow, with his Mother in tow,
about the first thing they saw was a naked lady playing in the creek. A
couple more steps was a couple guys bare naked in chase of the girl.
Oct. 20 a That was all it took for
the Mom to grab her kid by the ear and march themselves back to the car.
Oct. 20 a Got word last night,
Dave Morris has died.
Oct. 20 a From an Ohio State University
notice dated Saturday Oct. 15th: Early Friday morning, we lost David
Morris - folk artist, veteran, beloved husband of Professor Christine Ballengee
Morris. The Carter Fold Family expresses heartfelt sympathy and condolences
to the friends and family of David Morris who passed away recently. David
was a prominent old time musician from Ivydale, West Virginia. David was
part of the Morris Brothers Band and played at the original A.P.
Carter Store and at the Fold building many times. David and Janette
Carter were close friends. Janette considered him an adopted son and when
she passed away, David was honored to sing at her funeral. Janette met
David through a mutual friend, Howard Klein (current Carter Family Music
Center President), who brought him to Hiltons for the first time.
David's passing leaves a hole in the old time music community that cannot
be filled. Elizabeth Cotten was quoted as saying "Now I know what heaven
will sound like. It will sound like David Morris"
Oct. 20 a 15 years ago, the wifey and
I had lunch with David and his wife up in Gassaway. Over tacos
and beer, Dave confided, his greatest loss had been, he was never invited
to play during an Apple Festival.
Oct. 15 a A couple years back, the
Apple gang invited Dave to sing during the Big Apple. Mr Morris brought
the house down. We're glad his wish came true
Oct. 15 a Dave Morris will be sadly
Oct. 19 a This Hump Day Wed is overcast
but still very warm. After a slow start, Fall colors are now showing
Oct. 19 a Straight, playing by the
rules, meetings are not as exciting as the out of control events often
found in these parts BUT they often get more accomplished. Like....
Oct. 19 a Last night Clay Town Council
convened a special meeting. In a little over an hour business
was completed and completed without yelling, rock throwing and such
Oct. 19 aWhy a Special meeting?
Oct. 19 a Down at the Log Factory,
one of the collector units was uplifted and cracked. With Winter coming
as well as a raise in river height, the repair job (paid by FEMA we hope)
has to get under way post haste.
Oct. 18 p A feller on the radio reminded
us, today is the last day to register to vote . Sick and tired? Happy with
everything? Now's the time to speak your voice in the voting box. Register
at the Courthouse today before 4pm
Oct. 18 p Campaign literature is starting
to flood the mailboxes.
Oct. 18p One of the first colorful
flyers came from Alex Mooney? Do you even know him?
Oct. 18 p Mooney is our 2nd District
Congressional rep in Congress. The Maryland resident came to office two
years ago during the Republicrat wave. It was so bad 24 months ago, if
Jesus had a D on his back, he couldn't have gotten elected
Oct. 18 p Mooney has been so bad, for
the first 18 months in office, he didn't even list contact info on his
website. Following along with Koch brother demands, Mooney has been a disaster
for this state in many peoples' opinion.
Oct. 18 p Another out of stater made
it to office two years ago, our Attorney General, Republicrat, Patrick
Morrisey. With over $4 million coming from out of state "PAC" funds, Morrisey
is also doing the mailer thing around the state. It's important for Corporate
Suits to maintain control of this office
Oct. 18 p Thinking back on the last
two Legislative season, we really like the signs going up around the state
which read: Remember in November
Oct. 18 p From yesterday's Charleston
Gazette, excerpts: Business groups in West Virginia and some of the state’s
largest corporations are organizing to head off any new “religious freedom”
laws, which opponents say allow discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people. But while the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
and several companies that joined the new anti-discrimination group Opportunity
West Virginia continue to oppose such legislation, campaign finance reports
show some are incidentally helping to fund lawmakers who sponsored and
voted for the 2016 “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” or RFRA.
The Chamber PAC, the group’s political
spending arm, has given at least $28,000 to 38 lawmakers in the West Virginia
of Delegates who are running for re-election and voted for the controversial
bill, which has come under fire after other states lost millions of
dollars after passing similar legislation. The Chamber’s spending
includes a total of $3,000 to five of the delegates that sponsored the
2016 bill. That includes Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay; Terry Waxman, R-Harrison;
Rupie Phillips, D-Logan; John O’Neal, R-Raleigh; and House Speaker Tim
Oct. 18 p If you're not registered
to vote, today's a good time to make a difference
Oct. 18 a After four days of dry weather,
the fall colors are just beginning. For leaf peepers, this may be the peak
color time for Clayberry. A great place to enjoy the color is out at Lake
Sampson where hiking, boating, practice shooting are available.
Oct. 18 a Town Council has scheduled
a Special meeting of the elected body for this afternoon at 5pm in the
WaWa Plant on Main Street. In recent months the elected body has changed
its ways and began to actually do the public's business in public.
Oct. 18 a How refreshing!
Oct. 17 Normally by this time of year
we've had our first frost and Fall colors would be in full dress.
Oct. 17 a Not so, no frost and as for
the Fall oranges and reds, at this elevation, just a few of the sycamores
and elms are showing yellow.
Oct. 17 a We've got a few more CD sets
of the 2016 Great Flood and the recent Apple Fest available. Stop
by the office
Oct. 17 a Thinking of something from
Oct. 17 a Last Monday during the School
Board meeting. without discussion or comment in public, the Board voted
to remove Michelle Paxton from the Pentagon back to Clay Elem.
Oct. 17 a This site and The Communicator
have speculated, Michele had to be demoted back to her old job at Clay
Elem if her husband plans to replace KT as Superintendent , at the Pentagon,
later this Fall
Oct. 17 a That's out speculation
Oct. 17 a As far as official word on
her ouster, none from Team KT before during or after last week's meeting.
Oct. 17 a As far as the world knows,
Ms Paxton did a crappy job and was forced back down the ladder after just
three weeks in place.
Oct. 17 a We're sure that's not the
case but without a public explanation....
Oct. 17 a What a rotten thing for KT
to do or at least allow to happen without an explanation.
Oct. 17 a What a rotten thing for Bd.
Chair Dave Mullins to do or at least allow to happen without an explanation.
Oct. 17 a Speaking of rotten things....
Oct. 17 a During that same meeting
last Monday, there was a vote to hire Britini Ramsey for Lizemore Elem
Oct. 17 a With five Boardsters participating
but one (Dave Pierson) abstaining, only two voted in public, Dave Mullins
and Morgy Triplett (via phone)
Oct. 17 a Susan Bodkins and Cheryl
White kept their heads down and never uttered a peep
Oct. 17 a We elect leaders to make
decisions even the tough decisions.
Oct. 17 a Both Bodkins and White side
stepped their duties during the tough vote
Oct. 17 a Staying on the public
fence is a rotten thing.
Oct. 16 p Paul F. Samples,
74, of Nebo, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 16 p With early voting starting
soon, from Ben Franklin: We've created a Republic and it's yours
if you can keep it.
Oct. 14 p The Panthers pulled off a
big win against Lincoln County tonight.
Oct. 14 p With only a couple first
downs in the second half, the yardage came when we needed it. Final score
13 to 10 in the come from behind victory
Oct. 14 p Go Panthers!
Oct. 14 p For watermelon lovers, the
local IGA has some of the sweetest of the season rounds now in stock.
Oct. 13 p CHS Panthers play at home
Friday night when Lincoln County comes to Schoonover Bradley Field. Kick
off at 7:30. Weather even looks like it will cooperate
Oct. 13 p For those afar, non profit
community radio plans to air the contest.
tunein.com is a third party provider of the airwaves. Click this
link for multiple player hook ups.
Oct. 13 p During Wed's County
Commission meeting, Linky Poo made mention of a new trailer load of "nice"
stuff that was unloaded out at the Valley Fork Grade School. Household
furniture, appliances, and bedding are now available. Check the Greater
Clay group for your share of the bounty.
Oct. 13 p For those needing another
day or two for discarding flood debris and such, according to Brandy Love
O'Brien of the Greater Clay Committee, it's in the works now.
Oct. 13 p The Procious Post Office
was under five feet of water during the June 23rd Great Wash Out. After
remodeling, the place opened again Oct. 1st
Oct. 13 p Well sort of opened. There's
nice dry wall and new paint. But, the computer isn't working, nor weighing
scales, nor tables to sort all the mail, AS far as storage cabinets, bot
Oct. 13 p See the ADVISORY page for
the Grand Opening date.
Oct. 13 p Down below is an update and
more questions raised from Monday night's School Board meeting.
Oct. 13 p We mentioned Chair Dave Mullins
"controversial" decision to make a motion himself. Controversial
because that rarely happens.
Oct. 13 p Is it true that a Chair can
only vote to break a tie? How about, after a quorum is established and
someone leaves, can the meeting continue? Do absentee votes count?
Is it possible to undue a resignation after the vote?
Oct. 13 p All the correct answers
from Robert's Rule of Order
Oct. 13 p Here's the entire Roberts
public meeting book. Might be good to bookmark this one.
Oct. 13 p Sometime these ole ears don't
Oct. 13 p We only heard two Aye votes
during the hiring of the new Lizemore Elem Principal. Thinking maybe we
missed a third vote, we asked the Superintendent about that vote.
Oct. 13 p Kenneth Tanner confirmed,
he only heard two votes.
Oct. 13 p With Boardster Dave Pierson
abstaining that left four voting members of the School Board. A majority
of the four would be three. We only heard two Ayes. Hmmmmmm...
Oct. 13 a We've waited a couple days
before posting this update. For this lunker to make sense, it's important
that you've read the School Board article in the latest Communicator. Here
goes first with some background
Oct. 13 a 6 or 7 years ago, Larry Gilliepie
(the Somber Super) retired as School Superintendent with Kenneth
Tanner (KT) take over the reigns. After accepting his retirement, on a
meeting agenda, was the rehiring of Gillespie as a substitute teacher.
Oct. 13 a RB Legg was the Board Prez.
At his side was KT along with Boardster Dave Mullins
Oct. 13 a The time came to vote on
Gillespie, Legg asked for a motion to hire. He waited.. and waited... and
finally, RB Legg made the motion himself to hire Gillespie. The motion
Oct. 13 a Mullins along with Gene King
were the ring leaders to rub Gillespie's nose in the brown stuff.
Oct. 13 After the meeting KT said he
had just learned a lesson, to never take any Board vote for granted. He
added, had he known Gillespie didn't have the votes to get the position,
he would have pulled the name and not embarrassed the guy in public.
Oct. 13 a Fast forward to four days
ago with Dave Mullins serving as Board Chair and KT readying to retire.
Oct. 13 a This time around, before
the meeting and most likely during secret time, Mullins politic'd hard
to get Britini Ramsey hired as Lizemore Elem. There were several others
bidding on the job but for some reason, Mullins was determined to get Ramsey
Oct. 13 a Mullins asked for a
motion to hire Ramsey, there was a pause, he asked again without a response
from his Board. Finally, in a questionable move, Mullins himself made the
motion to hire Ramsey as Lizemore Principal.
Oct. 13 a Each motion demands
a second. With Dave Pierson abstaining from the vote (that's the same thing
as not being there) Mullins asked for a second to his own motion. No response,
Again a request for a second, more silence. Finally, on the other end of
the telephone, from his hospital bed, Morgy Triplett made the second.
Oct. 13 a During the vote, Only two
Ayes were heard, Dave Mullins and Morgy Triplett. At the table, Cheryl
White and Sue Bodkins said nothing and had their heads down looking
at the conference table.
Oct. 13 a With two votes , Ms Ramsey,
who was sitting in the peanut gallery, was hired.
Oct. 13 a KT had to know the
split vote or maybe a "no" vote was coming.
Oct. 13 a Ramsey is a qualified person
with all the credentials needed to be a Principal. Why was Dave Mullins
damned and determined to seat Ramsey. How did it come about?
Oct. 13 a Our guess and strictly a
Oct. 13 a KT got shot down over a month
ago when he wanted Melinda Isaacs moved from Clay High to the Pentagon.
With Mullins successfully leading the charge to keep Isaac at CHS, KT lost
the skirmish and turned in his resignation letter during secret time.
Oct. 13 a As a favor to KT, as a way
to show support, as a way to keep KT around a little longer, as a way to
make amends, Mullins engineered the controversial Ramsey vote.
Oct. 13 a The fall out from KT
leaving has been immense. There have been several power shifts at the main
office, the Pentagon, with many more coming.
Oct. 13 a What we're' getting at is,
KT knew the hiring of Britini Ramsey was controversial and allowed it to
happen. With the new Principal sitting there during the meeting, KT forgot
what he learned 6 years ago when Gillespie was turned out to pasture
with egg on his face.
Oct. 12 p Larry R. Deitz, 75,
of Lizemores, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 12 p For the last many decades,
Mildred McKenzie has been a scriber of history. Over the years, Mildred
published many pictures from years gone by.
Oct. 12 p As a columnist for the Communicator,
she would stop in the office to talk.
Oct. 12 p Last Summer along with her
sister Cybil, Mildred sat in the rocker chair and told stories on her way
to the Thursday luncheon held over at Ginos.
Oct. 12 p On that hot day, she commented
on why she had long pants on.
Oct. 12 p According to Mildred, she
wore long pants so all the men at Gino's wouldn't oogle at her legs. She
grinned broadly as did everybody else in the office.
Oct. 12 p Tuesday, Mildred passed away.
Oct. 12p For her nearly 90 years, her
smile, her wit, and her writing will be remembered fondly.
Oct. 12 p Mildred, we already miss
Oct. 12 a Presidential campaigns come
and go and the country moves on. Rarely is there much excitement
about either choice . 8 years ago Obama De Bama raised the
excitement bar as did Bernie this year.
Oct. 12 a Now just 14 days til early
voting commences, it's obvious, Hitlary Clinton will get the nod for Prez.
Oct. 12 a Both top candidates are devoid
of the truth. It just isn't inside either of em.
Oct. 12 a With his mental capacity
in question, Donny J is flat out scary. There is little doubt the
guy would smack the red button at every opportunity.
Oct. 12 a In the battle of which is
the worst contender and the worser Prez, we're glad the Trumpster is behind
by a solid 10 points and spiraling downward.
Oct. 12 a Best of all, it looks like
his tail spin will also pull down Repuclicrat leaders through out the nation
Oct. 12 a With our knuckle draggers
solidly in support of the whack job in West Virginia, time will tell if
the coat tails to the bottom will prove true in this state.
Oct. 12 After all the Legislative crapo
during the last two years Republicrat control, sure hope the national trend
comes true in this state.
Oct. 11 p County Commission meets Wed
morning at 10 am. Their posted agenda includes the hiring of a brand new
Black Shirt Deputy.
Oct. 11 p The Communicator is now available
across a four county region.
Oct. 11 p For our Rx folks, due to
ownership statement requirements of the Postal service, delivery (once
a year) has to go thru a secondary post office. Translation: Your paper
will be delayed one day. Sorry but that's the way it is
Oct. 11 p We were able to include Monday
night's very interesting Sch Bd meeting in this edition
Oct. 11p How often does the Board offer
a split vote, a very split vote where only two Aye's were heard and Chair
wasn't even able to get anyone to make the motion!
Oct. 11p If you want to know what's
really going on in Clayberry, read The Communicator
Oct. 9 p Hester Ellen McKinney,
79, of Widen, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 9 p John
C. Hill, age 89, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 9 p The BOIL WATER ORDER
from the Town of Clay continues for the next few days.
Oct. 9 p Areas affected include the
downtown area, Pisgah,Two Run, and Ivydale,
Oct. 9 p Boil it first clickers
Oct. 9 p For many of those with a job,
Monday is a day off of work, a holiday
Oct. 9 p Monday night , the Sch Bd
meets at 6pm in the Pentagon
Oct. 9 p The meeting
agenda calls for the resignation of Superintendent Kenneth Tanner and
taking him back in as a substitute teacher.
Oct. 9 p Michelle Paxton was
voted to head to the Pentagon a couple meetings back. State Code issues
came to light which prevents a Superintendent's wife from being employed
in the main office. With Joe Paxton likely to be the next Superintendet,
it makes financial cents for wifey Paxton to return to the Principal position
at Clay Elem
Oct. 9 p Also on the agenda is hiring
a Principal at Clay Elem
Oct. 9 p With the rehiring of
Mike Mullins for Pentagon duties, should make for a good meeting
Oct. 9 p Last Friday's Special meeting
of Clay Town Council was canceled due to lack of interest.
Oct. 9 p Not sure of a rescheduled
date at this time
Oct. 9 p This is Communicator week
in Clayberry. Deadline for submission is Monday at 5pm. Email your classifieds,
obits, classifieds , now
Oct. 8 a Didn't go so well for the
Panthers last night.
Oct. 8 a Roane County barely sneaked
past the Panthers, 45 to zip
Oct. 8 a Remember, the wawa is off
today in many sections of the county as Town of Clay workers install a
new fire hyrdant
Oct. 7 a With rain in the forecast,
the Clay High Panthers will be in action over in Roane County. Game begins
Oct. 7 a The local non profit radio
stations will air the match up beginning at 7:20 or there abouts.
Oct. 7 a To listen online, click
tunein.com or use this multi
players page to listen in around the world.
Oct. 7 a Go Panthers
Oct. 7 a For those seeking a dry environment,
good food and music returns to the Big Otter Community Center tonight at
7pm. Interested in line dancing, get over there a little early.
Oct. 7 a Big water outage coming for
wawa customers in and around the Town of Clay. See ADVISORY page for more.
Oct. 7 a During last
night's Greater Clay Committee meeting, before during and after the election
of officers, you could feel the tension in the air. Afterwards, one of
the attending guests spoke on the topic of keeping things together and
not letting the skirmish get in the way of progress
Oct. 7 a When the dust settled Chair
Brandy Love O'Brien remained at the helm of the new group.
Oct. 7 a Not so was Kathy Linkinoggor
who was not reelected to her perch.
Oct. 7 a With the good ole boy network
defeated in the power grab, one feller said his group was based on Christian
values and it would no longer be participating in t he Greater Clay Long
Term Recovery Committee.
Oct. 7 a Full details in the next Communicator.
Oct. 6 a Greater Clay Committee meets
tonight for their annual meeting and election of officers. Not sure of
the future for Chair Brandy Love O'Brien.
Oct. 6 a Operating out of the
old Peach's Bar and Grill building beside Spread Park, action starts at
Oct. 6 a Over in Two Run is the Clay
County Senior Nutrition Center. The building is owned by the County Commission,
governed by the Golden Age Club, and operated Putnam County Aging.
For all intents and purposes, the Golden Age Club is in name only
Oct. 6 a Daily a handful of seniors
partake of the Lunch time meal. A deliver driver hands out more meals around
the county. The building is also rented out (cheap too) for receptions,
parties, and meetings. It's a busy place.
Oct. 6 a For a number of years, there
was a war between Putnam Aging and Clay Development Corp (CDC) over the
name, Senior Center. at one point, they went to court to settle their
differences. A court decision did little to improve things.
Oct. 6 a CDC is a dark agency devoid
of public scrutiny nor Board meetings open to the public. CDC is on record
as govt paid for agency that does not follow Open meeting Law
Oct. 6 a So bad is the agency, not
so long ago, they called Badges to a monthly and removed the only member
of the public there
Oct. 6 a Claiming to be loosing
money, Putnam Again is getting out the Senior Center business in Clayberry.
Their contract ended in Sept.
Oct. 6 a The only outfit that has shown
any interest in keeping the place open is, you guessed it, the super secret,
Clay Development Corp (CDC).
Oct. 6 a If you or know some agency
willing to take over the operation, check with the Clay County Commission
on how to bid on the much needed program.
Oct. 5 a Yesterday's Don Fitzwater
email raised the hackles of a few.
Oct. 5 a For those wanting to provide
feedback to Mr Fitzwater, his email address is email@example.com
Oct. 5 a All emails appreciated
Oct. 5 a Last Friday night came a report
of a shooting in the Dille area of the county.
Oct. 5 a We received several emails
on the topic
Oct. 5 a Having seen nothing on other
media outlets and no new Clayberry faces on the jail website, we asked
our Top Badge
Oct. 5 a Garrett Samples said
he really didn't know anything about the incident but questioned whether
there was a shooting at all
Oct. 5 a Black Shirt Tyler Caruthers
commented that he thought the incident occurred in Nicholas County.
Oct. 5 a Gleaned from the Tuesday CAEZ
meeting, the first 12 people have been hired for the stream clean up effort.
Another 12 will soon be on the payroll. Good pay too
Oct. 15 a Interested in a job? See
Oct. 5 a During the last four Town
Council meetings, we've seen change
Oct. 5 a Like during last night's gathering,
when one of the elected wanted to vote on something, Jason Hubbard: It's
not on the agenda
Oct. 5 a Old guard Dwana Murphy: It
don't have to be
Oct. 5 a Jason: Let's put it on t he
Oct. 5 a Nice!
Oct. 5 a When Council was deciding
on a needed Special Meeting, Mayor Whaling asked about having one the next
Oct. 5 a from the peanut gallery: Now
that you're trying to do things legal, do you need a three day notice for
a special meeting?
Oct. 5 a Council agreed and a special
meeting will be properly posted
Oct. 5 a How refreshing
Oct. 5 a Council person JP Helms:
How come the Town of Clay office was closed during the Big Apple?
Response: When the office was in downtown Clay, parking was so bad, everyone
was given the day off.
Oct. 5 a JP: Since we're up here at
the Wawa Plant now, that's not a problem
Oct. 5 a Get this clickers, Council
voted to take away that Big Apple paid holiday from Town workers.
Oct. 5 a The most hated Council
person just added another notch
Oct. 5 a Hand down, the biggest
change while discussing the need to purchase a new town vehicle.
Oct. 5 a With all in agreement to purchase
something for the Sewer Plant operation, Jason Hubbard: How you going to
do that? There's only $2000 in the account
Oct. 5 a For the first time EVER, instead
of stumbling blindly into another debt (that equals another rate increase
down the road), Council considered their financial posture and di so in
Oct. 5 a By the way, how far in debt
is the Log Factory? $29,000+ would be the correct answer.
Oct. 5 a From that very troubling and
pesky Hubbard lad: The Sewer made just $50 last month ... We lost a bunch
of customers [after the flood]
Oct. 5 a Full details in the next Communicator,
but for now, as the long meeting was winding down, word came on problems
with meter readers. According to Joe Coleman, there have been many, repeated
errors coming from two meter readers including one comment: one reader
doesn't even get out of the vehicle to read the meter!
Oct. 5 a Mayor Whaling said she would
take care of the problem
Oct. 5a It's taken a long time,
but hopefully, Town leadership has rounded the corner in a good way
Oct. 4 a Important Saturday wawa
info on ADVISORY page
Oct. 4 a With their agenda posted last
week, tonight Clay Town Council meets at 5pm. What has made those meetings
so interesting in recent months is open discussions on the quirks of life
in the slow lane. We hope it continues
Oct. 4 a Also this evening and at the
Courthouse, the CAEZ holds meetings at 4 and 6pm.
Oct. 4 a Starting
in July, road crews went around Clayberry and ground off the top two inches
of broken, pothole laced, black top. The process leaves a ridges behind
better for accepting the new asphalt.
Oct. 4 a The scrapped off roadway is
much "rougher" and noisier to drive on. The process is used
through out the state. Over in Roane County the old stuff was scrapped
off and then paved over one week later.
Oct. 4 a Not so here in the land of
little where new potholes are appearing in what's left of our pavement
. With just a few weeks of paving season left in 2016, no new pavement
to be seen in these parts
Oct. 4 a A lightly attended Business
Development Authority (BDA) was held last night.
Oct. 4 a Something of note from that
Oct. 4 a Chair Mitch DeBoard felt strongly
that FEMA would supply enough $$$ to rebuild the washed out sections of
the Buffalo Creek Trail.
Oct. 4 a With our future based in tourism,
that trail is essential to our long term financial health
Oct. 4 a While the BDA has a
lease on the spur line, DeBoard says that ain't enough to develop a long
term business plan for the asset
Oct. 4 a According to the guy at the
helm, efforts are under way to either have the 22 mile line 60 foot wide
parcel donated or purchased by the BDA or a long term lease
set up before any real construction can begin
Oct. 4 a From the email bag and
relating to our comments on how Clayberry shoots itself in the foot at
every turn in the road: Your Sep 29 news posting describes the Clay County
Cess pool to a T. I grew up listening to the folks saying the same thing.
There is very little to no good that comes from that place. I was born
and raised in Clay county and left on the first car that stopped for my
thumb the first Monday after graduation from CCHS. I haven't looked
back. The people are so afraid they will lose their welfare checks if they
stand up and vote for the best candidates or that the so called "Powerful"
have them afraid for some other reason and of course some are just party
voters. Sorry but i wouldn't live in Clay County unless I was paralyzed
and somebody dragged me there. And why you may ask did I not return and
help straighten it out. Some places are lost causes from the border and
Clay County is one of them. I see people on Facebook and other places
glorifying Clay County and it makes me wonder if they have ever been out
of the county. If I have offended anyone so be it.
Oct. 4 a All emails are appreciated
Oct. 4 a For the ace cub reporter,
the wifey has been gone for a week. She even took the dog on vacation.
Oct. 4 a With her return coming tonight,
it time to get the house and life back normal.
Oct. 4 a The crud has to be scrapped
off dishes, the jon to be flushed and the seat to be lowered, not to mention
shoveling the dirt off the floor and washing clothes for the first time
in seven days
Oct. 4 a By this time Wed, the quiet
will have disappeared for another year. With no clean socks to be had,
just as well too.
Oct. 3 a Arthur Dean Holcomb,
see Obituary page
Oct. 3 a Business Development
Authority (BDA) meets tonight at 6:30 in the old State Road garage in Two
Oct. 3 a Had a couple colors reports
of a shooting , maybe in the head, in the Dille neighborhood late Friday
night. Sometime close to 10pm we did hear a call for
Black Shirts in the Dille area.
Oct. 3 a We've checked the various
jail websites and didn't notice anyone locked up from this area. Will keep
Sept. 30 a Don't let this chilly rainy
Friday morning keep you at home on this last day of the month
Sept. 30 a While the Big Otter Community
Center is closed for another week or so, there's other good stuff going
Sept. 30 a Big Otter Fire Dept is hosting
a Bingo session tonight. See EVENTS page
Sept. 30 a It's homecoming tonight
during the Clay High home game against Independence.
Sept. 30 a Game starts at 7:30.
Pregame on the radio gets underway around 7:20 with TG Griffith behind
Sept. 30 a For internet listeners,
there's a third party provider, tunein.com
as well as this multi player link
Sept. 30 a One update from the
radio world. A third County Clay radio station serving the Big Otter are
was suppose to go on the air last week. Didn't happen. The brand
new $2500 transmitter did not work. With shipping time back and forth to
the factory, it's going to be a while before 104.3FM gets on the air.
Sept. 30 a With one win under their
belt, Go Panthers
Sept. 30 a People behave differently
when regional media crews are recording the action as well as a State Senator.
Sept. 30 a Such was the case last night
during the Greater Clay Recovery Committee meeting held beside Spread Park
where seven days earlier, the meeting got real steamy
Sept. 30 a With recorders rolling and
cameras snapping, there was no rock throwing nor walk outs of members and
Sept. 30 a There was some entertainment
Sept. 30 a A crap stirrer from Charleston
was on hand advancing all these un-named people from the Gov on down who
told the crap stirrer, there's all kinds of problems with the new group
and changes have to be made. She went on and on before....
Sept. 30 a On the other side of the
conference table was a female pastor who displayed great charm as she tore
the opponent a new butt hole
Sept. 30 a As for the un-named folks
with concerns,,, it's not your place to provide third party disparities.
Instead, as a matter of policy, those with issues should address them with
this group. As the Preacher lady was cutting the crap stirrer down
to size, a look around the room revealed many grinning at the action at
Sept. 30 a With a smile on her
face, Ms Pastor was able to politely say, Lady, this is an independent,
stand alone agency not related to any of your story telling nor under your
Sept. 30 a It was wonderful action.
Based on the faces around the table, it looked like about 50% of the attendees
were frowning, those that were backing the crap stirrer.
Sept. 30 a Up front, the Greater Clay
Chair handled the aggressions in good order most of the time. It was a
tough assignment to keep the meeting moving in a straight line but Chair
Brandy Love handled the meeting.
Sept. 30 a The backroom war to
topple Ms Love and the get the wayward group back in the fold of the Clayberry
thumb, it ain't over
Sept. 30 a An ultimatum has been made
of Love. Either give up the Greater Clay volunteer work or loose your daytime
Sept. 30 a For Clayberry Bluebloods,
it's important that someone more controllable be in place. Others elected
to office there include, Lyyn Drake and Cathy Linkinoggor
Sept. 30 a Love has to make her decision
by the end of the work day today.
Sept. 30 a Being poor herself and with
an out of work coal miner husband at her side, she has little choice.
Sept. 30 a Enjoy the weekend clickers
Sept. 29 early a Clayberry has
a way of shooting itself in the foot. The hammer is cocked now.
Sept. 29 early a Since the beginning
of time, this Appalachian county like many others, has sucked the hind
teat. Truth is there's little more than a couple dollars in the whole place
and we fight over who gets to handle the small amount.
Sept. 29 a If some group comes up with
some loot, the war begins. Who gets their hands (control) on it often leaves
us no better off than before it arrived.
Sept. 29 a The backroom negotiations
are notorious. For this hamlet, our bluebloods try to keep a thumb on anything
and everything. The first question that comes up in the smoked filled room
is: What's in it for me?
Sept. 29 early a For the rabble
to have any control means, the bluebloods have lost control. They can't
allow that at any cost.
Sept. 29 a Example. Several years
ago, a guy from Tuxedo Park NY showed up with a plan to manufacture
lighted outdoor street number signs. Whenever someone was in distress,
the light would be turned on so emergency service workers could see where
the problem is. The guy said he had read about our poverty and just
wanted to provide jobs.
Sept. 29 a One of his first stops was
the one local bank back then. There he was met with resistance and
given his walking papers which included: we don't want those jobs here.
Sept. 29 a One year later, somewhere
else of course, the guy started manufacturing the signs which are now used
in many parts of the country. Our bluebloods proudly stopped the
plant in its tracks to keep everything in check. The big thumb had got
Sept. 29 a One prominent business man
once proclaimed, he didn't want new money, new jobs, in County Clay.
His reason? Since they were so poor, they had to shop there and run a line
of credit at his store . With that set up, Clayonians were his wards, especially
at election time.
Sept. 29 It was nice to see all those
old CHS grads returning to their roots during the Big Apple. Those folks
provided a picture of Clay in days gone by when it was prosperous.
Sept. 29 a True there were more stores
and gas stations 40 years ago, but Clay was NOT prosperous for the masses.
To have a meager job here, you kept your mouth shut and voted the way you
Sept. 29 a Had it been prosperous,
the grads would not have left home for a future in sweltering plants up
North. The only way they have a nice car today to come home in, was a union
scale labor job.
Sept. 29 a We're about to see the next
version of maintaining control to keep locals at bay
Sept. 29 a A couple months back,
a national group came to West Virginia. Under the auspices of that, the
local chapter of the Greater Clay Long Term Recovery Committee was formed.
Their idea is to think out of the box for a brighter future.
Sept. 29 a Having heard there
was $$$ coming to the group, about as soon as they got underway, the bright
thinkers sparred with dimly lit locals. Some locals walked out of the meeting.
Sept. 29 a Others battled over
where to store any funds and even where the group would hold meetings
Sept. 29 a Now with the Bright Thinkers
pressing on with new ideas and new possibilities, wantabee Blue Bloods
are laying plans to regain control of the Greater Clay group.
Sept. 29 a Old timers know, the way
to kill a snake is chop off the head. That's what is in progress today
Sept. 29 a The person at the
head of the Greater Clay table is Brandy Love. She's the problem and has
to be eliminated. Although she spent time here as a kid, she left.
Brandy does not have the right last name, She has to be put out to pasture
before her group with their independent ways, gets a foot hold.
Sept. 29 a We don't know much about
Ms Love other than, in our 21 years of keeping Magistrate Court records,
we don't see a criminal complaint or charge. Being a Town drunk, not that
Sept. 29 a The biggest problem with
Ms Love is, she keeps thinking outside the box. Instead of getting in the
gutter with the locals, she presses on with a loftier goal.
Sept. 29 a Here in the outback, empowering
locals can not be tolerated.
Sept. 29 a Clayonians have to be treated
like mushrooms. Kept in the dark and fed crap.
Sept. 29 a The backroom crowd
plans to come up with an angle and topple Love soon, maybe this week.
Sept. 29 a Someone has to be in that
top perch that will bow to the powers that be in Clay, They have to keep
their mouth shut and do as they are told.
Sept. 29 a Once the new leader is in
place, before the meeting, meetings have to be called to get everybody
on the team in line. That practice is usually followed by, Open Meeting
Laws? Nope, we don't have to follow any of that stuff!
Sept. 29 a Locals are aligning
now for the coup. Greater Clay has to be brought back into the inner circle
of no hope. That brighter future notion will be gone as it has so many
times in the past.
Sept. 29 a Those out of towners trying
to make a real difference in the Land of Little, will never know what hit
em until after it's over. By then, they'll just take their ball and go
Sept. 29 a The next meeting of the
Greater Clay Committee vs the Bluebloods comes Thursday night at 6:30pm
in the old Peach's Place Bar beside Spread Park.
Sept. 29 a Already many have
been helped by Greater Clay. With ideas still in the works, more common
Johns and Plain Marys could benefit. Shame those people never show
up at public meetings to say: Stop the Crap?
Sept. 29 early a The Living Museum
of Disparity is taking another gigantic leap backward.
Sept. 29 a Finally, from Martin
De Vries: The hinge of the future is on the door of the present.
Sept. 27 p Clay County's locally
owned and operated newspaper, The Communicator is now available for your
Sept. 27 p We included a few pages
with color pics from the recent Big Apple
Sept. 27 p All the details from Monday
night's School Board is included in this edition
Sept. 27 p Including Superintendent
Tanner's confirmation that he turned in his written resignation letter
during secret time 15 days ago.
Sept. 27 p Before your get excited
and run over to the Pentagon to turn in your resume, he ain't going anywhere
soon. KT told the assembled, Dave Mullins asked him to hang on to the resignation
for a while
Sept. 27 p Also in the write up is
Tanner's explanation on the "snafu" as he called it, on bidding the Clay
Elem Principal position.
Sept. 27 p Pretty interesting stuff
and darn good reading
Sept. 27 p TV-8
news crews were in Clay Tuesday covering the closing of the Camp Creek
bridge on Wed. Many locals are upset over the span shutting down to vehicular
traffic leaving them long commutes just to pick up a loaf of bread.
Sept. 27 p Need legal help? See ADVISORY
page for the return of the Legal Aid Society in County Clay.
Sept. 27 p We've got a new advertiser
on the homepage. Just click the logo for the company's web portal. Need
someone to investigate the wayward and horny husband? Now you've got a
Sept. 26 p After all that morning posting
Sept. 26 a How about some guessing.
Sept. 26 p Last school board meeting,
the secret time went on for 2 hours
Sept. 26 p Here's the question clickers:
How long do you think secret time will last tonight?
Sept. 26 p Email your guess now
Sept. 26 a Thurman Thomas Ratliff,
95,of Duck, formerly of Widen, see OBITUARY page
Sept. 26 a Things are not smooth
and easy in School Board land
Sept. 26 a Two weeks ago, Superintendent
Kenneth Tanner turned in his resignation during a 2 hour long Board meeting
secret time. The resignation was confirmed during a TV-8 news segment a
couple days later.
Sept. 26 a Tonight's Board
meeting agenda makes no mention of his resignation.
Sept. 26 a During that same meeting,
Boardsters voted Michelle Paxton in as an Asst Superintendent.
Sept. 26 a With KT leaving, the next
in line for the Top Spot would be Joe Paxton
Sept. 26 a We reported on a state
law forbidding a Superintendent having a close relative also working at
the Pentagon. That sent the school system in a tail spin
Sept. 26 a Michelle worked as
the Clay Elem Principal. With Ms Paxton assigned to the Pentagon, Team
KT did the normal thing and posted a job bid for her former position
Sept. 26 a When news came of the just
discovered state nepotism law, claiming there was an error in the original
job posting, they posted the same identical job description a second time,
on Sept. 22nd
Sept. 26 a If Michelle keeps
the Pentagon job, Hubby Joe can not move to the top
Sept. 26 a Since no one was talking
(knowing) about the state law until the first principal bids were nearly
over, Michelle was out of the running for her former position.
Sept. 26 a The original bid was rebid
to allow Michelle to get her former position back
Sept. 26 a With all that under
our belt, what if Michelle says, I plan to keep the Pentagon job
Sept. 26 a Couple with that mess up,
school funding is anticipated to go down this year due to fewer students,
state budget short falls, and such
Sept. 26 a Is there even a need for
new positions in the already top heavy Pentagon?
Sept. 26 a Real dilemma with
all the markings of a dandy Board meeting tonight beginning at 6pm
Sept. 26 a Deadline for Communicator
submissions is tonight at 5pmish
Sept. 26 a Now's the time to email
Sept. 24 a Lindy May Myers, 69,
of Glen, see OBITUARY page
Sept. 24 a Our CHS Panthers played
a heck of a ball game for three quarters against Liberty down in Raleigh
County. That last quarter killed us. Final score, 38 to 33
Sept. 24 a Ramsey's Dairy Bar down
at Fola added sugar free ice cream to their offerings
Sept. 24 a Ever tried it? Think sugar
free would have less flavor or taste?
Sept. 24 a Wrong-O!
Sept. 24 a Instead, the sugar free
stuff has a creamier flavor than the regular stuff
Sept. 24 a We're taking down the Big
Apple pics on Sunday. If you'd like a CD of the pics, just let us know.
$8 plus tax.
Sept. 24 a We mentioned something wasn't
smelling right at the Pentagon during yesterday's morning post
Sept. 24 a Here's a note. Asst Superintendent
Mike Mullins retired back in June. He's been away from the place since
Sept. 24 a Gone until yesterday when
he was seen out directing bus traffic.
Sept. 24 a There was no mention of
bringing Mullins back during the last Board meeting nor on the agenda for
the upcoming meeting.
Sept. 24 a Here comes on big Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
Sept. 23 a Margaret Ann McCracken
Moore, 89, of O’Brion, see OBITUARY page
Sept. 23 a Tonight the Panthers take
on Liberty in away field action. It's the first time Clay High has played
Sept. 23 a 101.7FM plans to air the
game. For those afar, try listening on a third party provider, tunein.com
or try this to use your own player
window. Go Panthers.
Sept. 23 a WYAP has been helping to
get WULL , 104.3 FM in Big Otter to get on the air. Last night the volunteers
tested the new transmitter and antenna. Didn't work.
Sept. 23 a For over 20 years, The Communicator
was owned and operated by Lindy Myers, Terry Kerns, and the Mel Gibson
look alike. Last Dec, Lindy retired
Sept. 23 a Lindy worked tirelessly
for 20 year to make the paper grow and supported the notion: the more voters
know about the dealings of government, the better off we are
Sept. 23 a Additionally, Lindy served
on the local Demorat Committee, was a Mother / Grandmother, and was an
active supporter of H E White Elem
Sept. 23 a Lindy Myers died Wed. We've
lost a keeper
Sept. 23 a We keep checking the Matic's
Funeral Home web page for funeral arrangements but without luck.
Sept. 23 a Ever just have a feeling
something is awash?
Sept. 23 a Two weeks ago we had
that same feeling . A day later School Superintendent Kenneth Tanner (KT)
turned in his resignation letter during secret time. There was no mention
of the resignation during the public part of the public meeting held Sept.
12th. Not a peep.
Sept. 23 a We got word of the resignation
and started spreading the news. A
TV-8 news report confirmed the bail out last week.
Sept. 23 a Yesterday the Pentagon
posted the meeting
agenda slated for Sept. 26th. The agenda makes no mention of a vote
to accept the resignation. Does anyone else think that's odd?
Sept. 23 a And there's something else.
During the Sept. 12th meeting, the Sch Board added new people to the Pentagon
staff. Michelle Paxton got the as Attendance Director / Asst Superintendent;
Tina Burnette as Nutrition Director / Asst Superintendent.
Sept. 23 a Paxton and Burnette served
as Elem Principals prior the tap to move up the pay grade ladder.
Sept. 23 a With them out of Clay
Elem and Lizemore Elem (respectively), it was time to bid those Principal
Sept. 23 a The Pentagon website provides,
those two carefully worded job descriptions were posted Sept13th. All that's
normal. Get replacements in place as quickly as possible so those that
are moving up and do so.
Sept. 23 a But then... those same two
Elem Principal positions were placed online to rebid , yesterday.
Sept. 23 a KT not leaving after all?
Sept. 23 a Ms Paxton and Ms Burnette
not getting to move up the ladder?
Sept. 23 a Something ain't smelling
Sept. 23 a Big Otter Community Center
remains closed for another couple Friday nights
Sept. 23 a Tomorrow is a big auction
in the Northern end of the county on Walker Road. All the particulars and
directions are in the Communicator. Still just 80 cents.
Sept. 23 a Pick up a copy today.
Sept. 21 a In the most recent Communicator
came word of a bunch of new jobs coming our way from the Federal Gov. Called
disaster clean up workers, top pay for supervisors at $20 / hour,
check out the JOBS page for contact info.
Sept. 20 a School Boardster, ambulance
driver, Morgan Triplett has been hospitalized for three weeks. Before that,
he spent four weeks at home prior to seeking med treatment.
Sept. 20 a The MRSA
infection in his leg just won't go away.
Sept. 20 a Prayers are in order for
Sept. 20 a Last year, the County Commission
balanced the budget by not paying the jail bill for several months. Again
this budget year, there wasn't enough money to go around for the entire
Sept. 20 a West Virginia Commissioners
just got a new directive from the West
Virginia Big Robes telling em, Yes, you will pay the jail bill.
Sept. 20 a Also from the Big Robes
under the Gold Dome, from last week, another decision will affect Clayberry
this Election Day. Clayonian Tom
Gorgone will mount a write in campaign seeking the Top Badge position.
Sept. 20 a The Pentagon has to get
their ducks in a row to keep things together.
Sept. 20 a During the last Board meeting
they voted in Michelle Paxton as a top dog on the hill. Michelle is the
wifey of Asst Superintendent Joe Paxton.
Sept. 20 a Before any votes were
made, the Board went secret for two hours. During that time, Superintendent
Tanner resigned from duty. Feeling he didn't have the support of his Board,
Tanner quit after being told CHS Principal Melinda Isaacs would NOT be
moved up to the Pentagon
Sept. 20 a With Joe Paxton air apparent
to the Top Spot when KT leaves, it was very important to get the wifey
in power right away.
Sept. 20 a Why?
Sept. 20 a State Code : §18A-2-1:
....The principal [superintendent] may not recommend for employment an
individual who is related to him or her as father, mother, son, daughter,
brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife,
father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law,
sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother,
stepsister, half brother or half sister;
Sept. 20 a Michelle had
to be placed before Joe Paxton gets the Superintendent spot in the near
Sept. 20 a Last week, Boardster Cheryl
White commented that others would make a good Superintendent. Names included
Pam Mullins and Mike Mullins, both recently retired Pentagon duties
Sept. 20 a There's others around well
qualified. Like, one time CHS vice prinicpal Dr Michelle Samples who now
works in Charleston
Sept. 20 a We have another special
person to consider.
Sept. 20 a County Commissioner Linky
Poo served as Superintendent a number of years. Since being on the Commission,
the county has nearly gone broke inspite of his campaign promises to bring
in millions of grant dollars to our county.
Sept. 20 a To keep the county from
going completely bankrupt, maybe the Sch Bd should consider Linky as the
interim Superintendent of Schools and give the rest of us a break.
Sept. 19 a For this area, Labor
Day is not the end of Summer. For County Clay, The Apple Fest marks the
end of Summer.
Sept. 19 a There's always complaints
before during and after the Big Apple. The younger volunteers ae doing
things different. Some things are working, some ain't
Sept. 19 a When people came up to us
last weekend saying something sucks, our response was, are you ready to
volunteer and make it better?
Sept. 19 a Not one person showed ANY
interest in doing anything but complain.
Sept. 19 a The 46th Big apple is in
the history books.
Sept. 19 a We've got about 125 photos
from the affair on our home page. To grab one, just hover on the image,
right click and save as.
Sept. 19 a In addition to those shown,
we've got any 200 or so more. If you're interested in the whole shebang
in living color, CD's are available for $8. For shipping, add another
Sept. 19 a Enjoy your Day