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July 6 a For the first time in weeks,
we have some sunshine this morning
July 6 a We post and hype a bunch
but , attendance at public meetings remains next to zilch.
July 6 a Clay County Business Development
Authority has their agenda posted online.
They meet tonight at 6:30pm
July 6 a With a big long 24
point agenda, the School Board convenes at 6pm at the Pentagon. Lots
of hiring and transfers in the works for tonight
July 6 a Communicator comes out Tuesday
afternoon. Now's the time to submit your classifieds, obits, chatters,
and such. Deadline is 5pm today.
July 5 p Flash
Flood Watch continues today.
July 5 p From the week that was....
July 5 p Sometime early Tuesday morning,
youngster thugs broke in Rite Aid in Clay. They gained entry via a rear
window as they made off with alcohol and cigs. Word has it that the underage
kids have been identified
July 5 p Tuesday at 9am, Judge Alsop
did the honors as Bev Whaling was sworn in as the Town of Clay's first
July 5 p During Wed's Commission
meeting, actually right after, Sheriff Samples made a public a problem
with a guy that has 50 dogs in his house. Trying to do good, the Top Badge
took some of the canine to a rescue groups. Not such a good idea since
the dogs had parvo and had to be put down.
July 5 p The BC&G RR Co-Op is disbanding.
As a good will gesture for the county, leadership came up with a plan to
sell off their assets and hand out the proceeds to civic and non profit
groups. (See ADVISORY page)
July 5 p And then, and then,..... the
CAEZ decided they own one of the BC&G assets, a red metal caboose setting
over at the Dundon Campground.
July 5 p Director Big Lup fired out
an email saying such and she could document ownership.
July 5p Proving ownership would
mean some kind of meeting minutes reflecting a Board vote to buy that caboose.
July 5 p Since the CAEZ check was made
out to Roger Nutter and the check signer refused to sign it without Board
OK, we think Big Lup is blowing smoke.
July 5 p That topic came up during
the CAEZ Board meeting held Thursday evening. When asked, Lupardus would
only say, she has documentation. When asked if it's a check, she repeated,
I have documentation
July 5 p During that same meeting,
made public was CAEZ's intention to double the rent on non profit WYAP
radio station housed in the building owned by CAEZ.
July 5 p Unable to pay increased
rent, this week, the YAP radio volunteers started their moving effort to
downtown Clay, #6 Carr Street. That's the old house owned by Dave Derby.
July 5 p This week, last week,
and the week before, rain continued. Hands down, the wettest June on record.
July 5 p This week, we saw some
movement in the old Piggly Wiggly building. We hope to see big trucks backing
in there soon to remove the old merchandise for Food Bank distribution.
July 5 p County Clay held no
July 4th celebration this year. Hopefully with the radio station moving
back into the downtown, those holiday parties will begin again in 2016.
July 3 a Hattie Rebecca (Robinson)
Mullins, 79, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
July 3 a America's spies and
HR offices are going old-school to check people for security clearances
after last month's two big data breaches — they're using pen
July 1 p Had a couple callers concerning
the carports that the BC&G plan to sell to the highest bidder next
week, First, numbers have been added to each unit so you can identify which
you want to make an offer on.
July 1 p Another guy asked about bidding
on all em. The answer is Yes but each has to be bid individually.
July 1 p Non profit WYAP has been housed
in the CAEZ's Valley Fork building for 2 1/2 years, With rent being doubled
and attempts to do likewise twice before, the station is moving to Carr
Street in downtown Clay thanks to a generous donation from Dave Derby
July 1 p For those thinking about coming
into Clayberry for the weekend to kayak and such, the Elk remains slightly
muddy but certainly usable. Lake Sampson is looking good. Enjoy
July 1 p Friday is the official day
off for the 4th of July. Many places will be shut down for the holiday
July 1p As far as holiday activities
in the county, we don't know of any. There was a time when YAP radio hosted
holiday celebrations including fireworks. When they moved out of
town, that all ended.
July 1 p Maybe with their return ,
sometime again, the fun will return
July 1 p Best of Holiday wishes to
July 1 a 59 degrees this morning at
7 am. Heaters are on. We're wrapped in sweaters and light jackets. Hostas
normally bloom in August when other colors are about gone. Not so this
year. Hostas are blooming right now
July 1 a We've had three weeks of rain,
thunder boomers, and wind. Gardens need water but this Summer, it's time
to turn off the spigot.
July 1 a Forgot to say, the rescheduled
Thursday meeting of the CAEZ will be held in the County Commission room
of the Courthouse at 6pm.
July 1 a The Big Oter Community Center
gang are taking the holiday off Friday night. No music this week
July 1 a During the weekend wrap
up Sunday, we commented on the demise of the Confederate flag coming down
in So Carolina and other Southern states as well as big box stores removing
related merchandise from their shelves
July 1 a Must have struck a cord. We
received several emails bad mouthing this site and the removal of
July 1 a Let's really torque you up.
July 1 a Truth is, that's not the battle
flag of the Confederated States of America. The last flag was all white,
the flag of surrender
July 1 a Almost a third of American
adults own a gun, but the rate varies widely by state and tops out at almost
62 percent of people in Alaska, new survey data show. See where West
Virginia fits in the big picture.
July 1 a And once again, that gun didn't
kill those nine worshippers in South Carolina. A deranged mind did the
damage. Don't increase gun control, increase mental health funding!
June 30 a It wasn't so long ago that
the West Virginia Public Service Commission felt our local power company
ownership was so rotten, several of their W Va based providers were
taken from em and given to more responsible outfits. During that PSC investigation,
surfacing tot he top was word that company funds had been redirected to
a casino operation.
June 30 a While there's little going
on , we took a few minutes to read a March 2015 WV PSC report on Elk Power,
now Black Diamond Power, request for a rate increase and without
June 30 a On Feb 3 2015 Black Diamond
asked to increase revenues $1,112,899 or 14.47%. In the report they stated
they were in financial distress.
June 30 a On Feb 11th Black Diamond
came back and asked for an immediate increase of 8.18%.. In that request,
we they said they had a net loss of $379,698 last year.
June 30 a Black Diamond buys power
from AEP. A few years ago Black Diamond was so mismanaged, they got in
debt to AEP to the point, AEP was ready to cut off juice to Black Diamond.
To correct the past due amount, the PSC ordered Black Diamond (on August
10, 2012) to pay 72.5% of all their revenues to AEP.
June 30 a As of Feb this year, Diamond
has not been making those monthly payments and owes $1,968,185.00 to AEP.
June 30 a Black Diamond is documented
(10 years ago), as a company that doctors their books. For this rate increase,
they used a questionable pro forma request plan. Catching that, the PSC
ran the numbers using a cash flow approach based on test year
information, Using those numbers, and after making four changes in their
books, Black Diamond showed a need for just a 2.3% increase in annual revenue
June 30 a Last year, The Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Black Diamond to give customers
a monthly refund. Instead of doing that, Black Diamond asked for a rate
increase to cover the cost of paying off old debt owed to AEP.
June 30 a For the 2015 rate increase,
the PSC found sic instances where Black Diamond info did not originate
from their records, lack of details in debt owed, cash allowances did not
contain necessary details, and paperwork to document the need for a rate
increase, well, it just wasn't there.
June 30 a We call stuff like
that, cooking the books. the PSC gave Black Diamond 10 days to resubmit
June 30 a Because the WV PSC is there
solely to see that utility providers show a profit, Black Diamond was given
a 5.7% rate interim rate increase last Spring.
June 30 a We're feeling it now.
June 29 a Over on the EVENTS page is
mention of the Health Dept offering free sports physicals. That posting
has been corrected with the correct date and time.
June 29 a Each weekend we try to post
a wrap up from the last seven days or so. Sometimes we miss important stuff.
June 29 a Last week the confederate
flag came down in South Carolina. During the Civil Rights era in the 60's,
the flag was raised to show the world, blacks have no place in the state.
June 29 a Fighting it as long as possible,
it's finally gone from govt buildings.
June 29 a That's a good thing
June 29 a By the weekend, Ebay
decided not to allow any confederate flag related materials to be sold
on their site. That included the Dukes of Hazard TV show related offerings.
Other major chains removed battle flag images and offerings. The pendulum
has swung to far to the other side.
June 29 a Today the Big Robes
will hand out three more major decisions including whether citizens can
take the politics out of the shaping of political districts.
June 29 a Tired of those rug rats?
A Day Camp is being offered out at Clay County Park. See ADVISORY page
June 28 a Chilly this morning with
a bunch of us running to turn on the heater.
June 28 a Most of us have power restored.
After outages galore, truth is, the brunt of the storms went around us.
Thank goodness for that.
June 28 a Tuesday afternoon during
a special session, Town Council voted unanimously to raise water rates
23% and log factory cost by 10%. Only one person showed up for the public
June 28 a During discussions before
the vote, Council was asked what they had done to cut costs. They had nothing
to report. On the Sewer rate increase for the log factory which is twice
too big for the customers on hand, Zip.
June 28 a Wed morning, Sheriff Samples
made public a real problem with dogs running loose and one feller with
around 50 of the canines lodged in his house. Before you get all soft hearted
and want to adopt, the animals have parvo and are in need of being put
June 28 a Our Top Badge also
referenced state code which mandates each county to have an animal shelter.
June 28 a Clayberry is without such
June 28 a The Communicator came out
in the last seven days. In plain black and white comes word that a couple
workers in the Sheriff's Dept have been told, there's not enough in the
new year budget to keep you full time with benefits. Part time Badge Chad
Sizemore has been told likewise
June 28 a It's tough times in the County
June 28 a Jay Carper use to work for
the Clay Health Dept serving as an RN, Smoking Ban Czar, Septic Tank
Badge, and Emergency Plan something or other. He was fired a few years
ago after getting caught viewing porn on an office computer. Since then
he has gone they the various civil service appeals followed by a trip to
Circuit Court. Each time, Carper went down in flames , lost . This site
and reporter were brought to court for calling Carper a dumb bunny "if"
he was really looking at porn on company time. His attorney was verbous
citing that we called the lad DUMB BUNNY not once but three times.
June 28 a No we didn't call him a dumbshirt
of dumbarss. We should have!
June 28 a After loosing in Circuit
Court, one time county public official Jay Carper, took the same case to
Fed Court for a yet another try. In Fed land, his civil suit included half
the county including the ace cub reporter and Delta Communications.
June 28 a During a pretrial hearing
on June 25th, Judge Goodwin dismissed the Mel Gibson look alike noting
that Carper's attorney (Hiram Lewis) filed the complaint way to late and
during the hearing, questioned whether there was any kind of case allowed
to go to a Federal Court.
June 28 a As for the other defendants
in the slap suit, the Judge was very clear when he looked at Lewis and
said, this is not going to go your way.
June 28 a Trial date is set for
August 25th with Lewis still trying to line his pockets with demands for
millions of dollars.
June 28 a At week's end, Mayor Ryan
Clifton was seen moving his blue desk chair out the side door as he prepares
to leave office at the of the month. During his tenure, the town prevailed
during many court room battles and saw the opening of the new wa wa plant.
Wish there were more accomplishments to report, but alas, there's not.
June 28 a Republicrats are stomping
their feet big time this week when they went down in flames not once but
twice before the Big Robes.
June 28 a With their attitude, don't
allow Obama De Bama to have any accomplishments, the Supremes said, ObamaCare
will remain in place and do good for millions of Americans
June 28 a One day later, the Supreme
Court made official the inevitable, like females in the 20's and blacks
in the 60's, gay people have the same rights as everybody else.
June 28 a With those two issues off
the table, what will FOX Entertainment dwell on now?
June 28 a You got it, the same crap
will be regurgitated over and over and...
June 28 a Storms blanketed Clayberry
leaving many in the dark and without other vital utilities.
June 28 a Now Sunday morning, most
have their TV's on and able to connect the world via DSL
June 28 a We've made thru another week
and just about another month