NEWS & MORE
Dec 12 a Blanch (Neff) McCune,
88, of Lizemores, see OBITUARY page
Dec 12 a 42 degrees this
morning with weathercasters telling us, get out the winter jackets, rain,
snow showers, and temps down in the low 20's for the next four days.
Dec 12 a A small band of volunteers
are trying to grow better internet service for this and three other counties.
The Clayberry team meets today at 1pm in the County Commission room at
Dec 12 a Tonight the CHS Boys are taking
on Herbert Hoover HS in home court action. Go Panthers
Dec 12 a 101.7FM plans to air the match
up beginning around 7:20pm with TG Griffith behind the mic
Dec 12 a Here's the
online link for those too far away to attend in person.
Dec 12 a Special Note 1: the non profit's
station is having transmitter problems. Instead of a good sound for several
miles out, the power setting goes up and then down, and then off, then
everything starts over again. The volunteers have replaced the aging rascal
with a back up smaller unit. Replacement is not going to be cheap. The
last transmitter came in at around $3000
Dec 12 a Special Note: To keep all
the Basketball games coming this season and to help with replacing, repairing
the transmitter, it takes sponsors. So far this season, WYAP-LP has only
4 sponsors. It takes about 15 sponsors to make it happen. $50 is the asking
donation for the entire High School season. If you can help em out, stop
by Clay Auto today. Thanks in advance
Dec 12 a Very interesting Business
Development Authority meeting last night. Post coming on that info later
Dec 11 p Forgot to mention in last
night's post, the BDA also meets tonight.
Dec 11p BDA meetings are held in the
old State Road garage in Two Run and begin at 6:30. Their
agenda makes mention of an update on the hiking trail. Hope there's
some good news there.
Dec 11 p Better get your outdoor chores
taken care of this afternoon. The high temp for Wed is just 28 degrees
with dustings of snow coming Tuesday. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Dec 11 p Need a full or part time job?
See JOBS page today.
Dec 10 p School Board meets at
the Pentagon Monday night at 6pm. The agenda
was posted timely.
Dec 10 p Lets talk dirty rotten crap.
Dec 10 p Things come to mind. Stealing
from a little ole lady.... a church robber stands out as rotten to the
Dec 10 p Now add this. Stealing from
the Toys for Tots Christmas campain. Fortunately, they were caught
Dec 10 p Are you noticing the number
of people diagnosed with demntian. Old Timer's desease? Here's
a study that is linking such to the use of canola oil.
Dec 10 a This Sunday morning we're
waking up to our first dusting of snow. Ridge tops are showing about half
an inch, just enough to make the place look like Christmas time.Something
about snow brings out the magic of the Season.
Dec 10 a The Ace Cub Reporter is a
diabetic cripple even with a whole cocktail of drugs taken each day.
Dec 10 a At every corner he tries to
come up with some all new cure for the rotten disease.
Dec 10 a 9 years ago, after listening
to a local radio show which touted the virtues of eating cinnamon as a
cure to everything, he tried that out and decided, if a little helps, a
lot will do better
Dec 10 a After several months of eating
a bunch of that stuff, he wound up in the hospital. Although breaking wind
was much less revolting, a humongo kidney stone had to be surgically removed
in the Spring of of 2008.
Dec 10 a No more cinnamon for that
Dec 10 a Now he may have found something
that really might help.
Dec 10 a A few months back, he started
drinking tomato juice, maybe a full glass a day.
Dec 10 a Get this, each night, after
a tomato juice went down the hatch, remarkably, blood sugar levels were
much lower the next morning.
Dec 10 a We're not medically trained
but others are reporting
Dec 10 a The big news from the last
seven days was the firing of long time Town employee, Dwana Murphy
Dec 10 a See below for details
Dec 10 a Since then, we've been receiving
emails left and right. As often happens, the wolves have come out from
the woodwork including an
online petition to have the lady investigated.
Dec 10 a Friday night's Christmas Parade
was a huge success. Lasting a full 30 minutes, everything from inflated
animals to log trucks and four wheelers were decorated with lights from
stem to stern.
Dec 10 a There was something missing.
Dec 10 a The Clay High Marching Band
was nowhere to be seen or heard.
Dec 10 a They were seen and heard over
in Gauley Bridge Saturday night. It took two costly to operate buses and
a box truck to make that road trip and people over there happy..
Dec 10 a Shame the same great sounds
weren't heard close to home
Dec 10 a Enjoy the snow this morning.
Dec 8 late p Clay High Panthers smeared
Midland Trail, 69 - 40.
Dec 8 a There's some stuff to do this
time of year
Dec 8 a Tonight is the unannounced
Christmas Parade in downtown Clay. If it's like last year's version, the
after dark event will include vehicles with tons of lights. 22 degrees
this morning and it's suppose to be about that temp tonight.
Dec 8 a Also, the CHS Panthers are
taking on Midland Trail in home game action which begins at 7:30 sharp.
Dec 8 a To get all the boys and girls
games on the air, non profit 101.7 FM is still looking for a bunch of sponsors
to make it happen. So far only four sponsors have come on board for the
Dec 8 a If you can help em out, go
see Pete over at Clay Auto Parts right away.
Dec 8 a Here's the online
links for web listeners.
Dec 8 a Indoor dance, music, and good
food tonight up at the Big Otter Community Center.
Dec 8 a More scoop later today
Dec 6 p Thursday morning a bunch of
the smallest of small fries will come to the Courthouse and decorate indoor
Christmas trees and munch on cookies and hot chocolate. That's always a
fun time to be around the big brick building.
Dec 6 p In Nov., Greater Clay Recovery
Committee voted to shut the office down on Dec 1st and get rid of
the two employees. Reason, they're out of operating money. Rent will be
paid thru the end of Dec.
Dec 6 p Greater Clay's governing committee
meets Thursday evening at 5pm in their Main Street digs. Having not seen
an agenda (as of 11pm Wed evening), not sure if the agency will shut down
completely or try to keep the notion alive for a while longer.
Dec 6 p How many of ya have checked
back over and over this afternoon for the latest on the Town of Clay dealings.
We can tell by the counter, a bunch of ya have. Thanks for your patience
and here goes.
Dec 6 p Tuesday evening Clay
Town Council went behind closed doors to discuss disciplinary action of
an employee. That was the employee that used the Town's Sam's Club card
for personal items. FYI: The Sam's account was set up to be for tax exempt
purposes, aka, any govt agency can make purchases without paying sales
tax. There is also the issue of what happened to those reward points at
the end of each year for the last 20+ years.
Dec 6 p First some background.
Dec 6 p In this state, any employee
minus an employment contract is an "at will" employee. As such, management
can walk in at any time and say: We know longer need your services and
Dec 6 p Dwana Murphy went to work for
the Town as a meter reading around 95 or 96. With the help of her now ex
Mother In law, Betty Murphy, Dwana quickly moved up through the ranks and
gained a certain position in the community.
Dec 6 p Dwana later followed Betty
Murphy as Town Recorder. She held that position until moving out of town
limits and a public ourcry, was forced to resign.
Dec 6 p She also worked as a Class
II WaWa operator.
Dec 6 p Behind the scenes, Dwana continued
the Murphy empire of side room deals and influence.
Dec 6 p After last night's lengthy
secret time, with a unanimous vote in public, Town Council, all five of
em, voted to fire the 20+ year employee. They, maybe the Mayor, called
her up and told her, you are fired
Dec 6 p This morning early, Dwana Murphy
took her office keys to Town Hall, turned them in and walked out, an unemployed
Dec 6 p Over the years there have been
Town employees that hastily turned in their resignations instead of facing
a firing squad. At other times, Council hid rotten employee dealings like
the time a clerk stole over $5000 from Town Coffers and was never prosecuted.
There was an elected official's grandson that broke into the new Log Factory
and stole the gold electrical contact points and nothing was done to the
Dec 6 p There have been
times when local elected officials owed huge wawa bills and Council let
them float by without public scrutiny or prosecution. There were hidden
deals where some agencies were allowed free wawa service.
Dec 6 p Who was behind the giving of
Town Christmas bonuses and such? Dwana would be the correct answer. Who
was responsible for doling out the crappy work to disliked employees, Dwana
Dec 6 p As far as out right firing
an employee, this firing was the first in many, many, many years.
Dec 6 p Mayor Hubbard held a meeting
with the remaining employees this morning around 9am
Dec 6 p Bet their shorts were all bunched
Dec 6 p Bet the remaining employees
are walking a new line, one where they actually get some work done and
fulfill requests made by Council and the public!
Dec 6 p It's a new day in the Town
of Clay land. It's a day devoid of the left over strings from years
Dec 6 p Good!
Dec 6 p There is already street talk
of Dwana trying to get her job back via some kind of civil lawsuit.
Dec 6 p Full details in the next Communicator.
Dec 6 p Come Feb when we do the anual
begging campaign, remember how nice it is to have a web portal with first
hand, factual, to the point, local news. That place is right here on beeuuuutiful
Dec 6 a Get your java, this is going
to take a few minutes...
Dec 6 a 29 degrees this morning with
a dusting of the white stuff expected for Friday night.
Dec 6 a It was one heck of a Lady Panther
B Ball game last night. The final quarter was a stand up all the
way barn burner with Lewis County coming out on top, 57 to 53
Dec 6 a The Communicator made it out
the door Tuesday afternoon. It's a darn good edition loaded with down home
info you can find nowhere else. 80 cents and worth every penny
Dec 6 a Whomever is organizing Friday's
Christmas parade, those folks have done little in the way of promoting
the fun time. To date, they've provided no notice of the event , in any
way, as far we can see
Dec 6 a During last night's Town Council
meeting, word came of the parade, date, time, and that the Town's Security
Man, Danny Berry, would assist anyway he can. That's as official
as we can manage. See EVENTS page for details
Dec 6 a For decades, Clay Town Council
has been a hand off management team. They met once a month, talked about
doing something, collected their pay days, and went home. By the next month's
meeting, they had forgot about what was talked about 30 days prior. Things
have changed with the new administration.
Dec 6 a Here's the biggy for the morning.
Mayor Hubbard brought some serious business to the Council table last night.
Dec 6 a Last month, while purchasing
a new safe for the Town office at Sam's Club, he found out, the Town of
Clay has a Sam's Club card on file.
Dec 6 a After scratching his head a
couple times, he did some investigating.
Dec 6 a Turns out, there's been a Town
of Clay Sam's Club card for many years. We think he said, 19 years.
Dec 6 a It's always good to wisely
spend taxpayer funds but....
Dec 6 a This card had one town employee
as a the primary card holder and a bunch of that employee's family and
friends listed as other card holders.
Dec 6 a The card allows for tax free
purchases as well as end of the years points (cash) back to the primary
Dec 6 a Keep in mind, town elders knew
nothing about this arraignment held by the one employee. Nothing
Dec 6 a At Hubbard's request,
Sam's Club pulled the last two years worth of records. Town purchases amounted
to zero on the card but the employee had used the card. According to the
Mayor, one purchase, personal purchase, was over $2000.
Dec 6 a See the problem? Is anybody
saying, Fraud? Unjust enrichment?
Dec 6 a With their serious hat on,
Council provided frank discussion during their monthly meeting on the policy
of such an inside concept. With a unanimous vote, they decided to immediately
cancel the Sam's Card.
Dec 6 a The policy issue was
settled. The Sam's Club problem and liability for the Town was settled,
Dec 6 a According to the W Va Ethics
Commission opinion 2010-18, such purchases are unlawful.
Dec 6 a Council went into secret time
to discuss discipline for the wayward employee.
Dec 6 a Town Recorder Joe Coleman is
also a Town employee. Citing conflict issues as an employee, Coleman did
the right thing and stayed out, away, from the secret time talks
Dec 6 a Check back this evening
for the results of the secret time and any public vote on discipline
Dec 6a We're glad Jason Hubbard is
on the job.
Dec 4 p Communicator comes out tomorrow.
No updates unless someone does something dumb before Tuesday evening
Dec 4 p Believe it or not, it's Clay
High basketball season time.
Dec 4 p The local radio stations are
planning to air a little over 20 games this season. the mix will be half
boys and half girls.
Dec 4 p First game to be on non profit
101.7FM and 106.7FM is Tuesday evening when the girls take the courts in
Lewis County action.
Dec 4 p To get the season on, those
folks needs sponsors. $50 is the asking price for the whole season. That's
three months of getting your and/or your business name mentioned several
times during each contest.
Dec 4 p If you are interested in getting
our athlete's names and good deeds on the radio, stop by and see Peter
over at Clay Auto Parts in Two Run and do so right away.
Dec 4 p Go Lady Panthers!
Dec 4 p Town Council meets Tuesday
at 5:30pm in the WaWa Plant . Meeting is open to the public except when
Dec 4 a CAEZ also meets tomorrow.
Dec 4 p Better enjoy this afternoon's
60 degree temp. Rotten weather including a chance of snow comes our way
at week's end.
Dec 3 p This past week is one for the
history books. Real history.
Dec 3 p Friday was the 316th day of
the trumpistan reign of prevarication. Whatever the guy says, we know the
truth ain't in it and to believe just the opposite
Dec 3 p On Friday General Flynn admitted
to felony fibbing, the shortage jail time charge available. There is little
doubt, to receive that low felony consideration, the deal was cast, Flynn
will spill his guts on Team Trump.
Dec 3 p Sure reminds us of 44
years ago when Nixon's John Dean went to the Senate and spilled the beans
on that administration
Dec 3 p True Drumpf could pardon his
deviate family and friends but that still leaves him in the grease. He
can't pardon himself. Before you say, well, VP Pence will just give him
the easy out. Wrong, Pence is in deep trouble as well and is looking at
time out in the pasture.
Dec 3 p Bet the White House staff slept
little this weekend. Also, bet the staff is already putting feelers out
for other job opportunities
Dec 3p Might be a great Christmas after
all for the rest of the nation.
Dec 3 p Without Demorat support or
involvement, the Senate got a step closer to increasing taxes on everybody
except the millionaires and corporations. In the package and unknown to
many are the cutbacks to Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare, and children insurance
Dec 3 p Washington leadership is in
sad shape this Dec 2017.
Dec 3 p Locally, Jim Dawson is
an ole fart that works hard to make a living. His garage business has been
at it for years. Those seeking dependable repairs, they go to Dawsons
Dec 3 p This past week, one of the
vehicles in his parking lot was stolen. Others were vandalized.
Dec 3p Street crimes continues to bite
folks that are already struggling to keep their doors open for business.
Dec 3 p On Sunday morning, came a scanner
request for Badges to investigate a 4 wheeler stolen in the Queen Shoals
Dec 3 p Richwood W Va has been
home to scandalous govt dealings for decades.
Dec 3 p Back in the 40's, it was Richwood
leadership that went after the Burnette family's religious beliefs.
Dec 3 p That lawsuit made it all the
way to U S Big Robes and established the separation of church and state
ruling that this county's leadership struggles with right thru today.
Dec 3 p Richwood's Mayor Bob Baber
is in the grease with his Town Council trying hard to toss the independent
thinking Baber from power. Another
costly lawsuit is in the works as we write.
Dec 3 p We have a small band of volunteers
trying to organize improved internet service for a four county service
area which includes County Clay. Here's an update
on that much needed effort.
Dec 3 p Raise your hand if you think
Badges over step their bounds. For those folks concerned over bogus searches,
here's some interesting reading on a couple cases that the
Court smacked down.
Dec 3 p With Drumpf in charge, it gets
confusing on whether ObamaCare is still around. The answer is Yes and little
has changed. For those needing cheap insurance coverage,
here's the facts. Deadline to sign up is in two weeks.
Dec 3 p The Communicator comes out
Tuesday. Deadline for submissions is Monday around 5pm. This edition is
also a great time for businesses and individuals to include thier Christmas
message to customers.
Dec 3 p We've got sunshine this
afternoon. Get out and enjoy it while you can.