NEWS & MORE
Aug. 21 a Here goes with the
news that will change County Clay for the good, for decades to come.
Aug. 21 a Bill Bright is a very wealthy
guy these days. That wasn't always the case. In the beginning, Bright started
printing post cards and place mats with beautiful images from around the
state. The public relations products became an instant hit. Bright's one
little printing press turned into a huge operation based in Summersville
West Virginia. In addition to promoting the state big time, he made $$$$.
Aug. 21 a With that success and millions
in his pocket, Bright Enterprises grew and grew. His diversification included
114.8 miles of railroad track and vast coal holdings. The Elk River
Railroad was born. That purchase included the Buffalo Creek and Gauley
Railroad spur line. All in all, 70 miles of the line are in Clayberry.
Aug. 21 a To grow our new tourism based
economy, we need control, access, or own some of those tracks to run a
steam train, rail bus, rail rider or other vehicle to make money.
Aug. 21 a Frank Jorgensen is Bill Bright's
right hand man. Jorgensen is also a promoter of West Virginia's worth.
25 years ago, Frank was actively working to secure the Central Appalachia
Empowerment Zone (CAEZ). Since way back then, Jorgensen has been active
in this county at every corner. He has a vision and is in a position to
get things done.
Aug. 21 a Friday at 1pm a meeting was
held in the BDA office in Two Run. At the meeting were elected leaders,
BDA members, reps from the Town of Clay, Clendenin, Braxton County, and
Aug. 21 a They told no one about the
huddle. Some how, some way, the Ace Cub Reporter found out about it and
Aug. 21 a Jorgensen's remarks lasted
over an hour. In a nutshell, the entire three county long Elk River Railroad
line will be given to the BDA, to be turned into the nation's 9th longest
rail to trail tourist attraction. The rails and ties will be taken up to
make up to a 200 feet wide easement usable for horseback riding, hiking,
biking, and cross country skiing.
Aug. 21 a There is one exception and
that's the 19 mile long BC&G RR spur line which will remain in
place for a scenic trail attraction.
Aug. 21 a In 1983 the Feds came up
with a law that states something like, when RR's abandon a line, they can't
sell it in small tracts to individuals. Instead, the corridor must remain
intact in case, down the road, a railroad might be needed in the
Aug. 21 a Bright is a business man
and ain't making this huge gift for free.
Aug. 21 a Selling 114.8 miles of old
rails will realize millions for the guy in recycled metal sales.
Aug. 21 a To sweeten the pot, $25 million
from an Abandoned Mine Lands account are available for the purchase of
the easement by the BDA
Aug. 21 a To get that $25m grant, the
paperwork has to be turned in by Sept 1st of this year.
Aug. 21 a Announcement of who gets
the loot will come by mid Oct of this year.
Aug. 21 a The Grant requires that all
moneys MUST be spent within 3 years.
Aug. 21 a Jorgensen was at the secret
huddle Friday because he needs something from us to make all this possible.
He needs letters of support from the three affected counties, Clay, Braxton
Aug. 21 a Our future literally depends
on this rail to trail project.
Aug. 21 a You can make a big difference.
Aug. 21 a Write a letter of support
addressing it to the BDA / Rails to Trails Project and mailing it to: Clay
BDA; PO Box 57; Clay West Virginia 25043
Aug. 21 a Deadline for submission
is Friday August 25th.
Aug. 21 a This is our chance clickers
to actually get something started in Clayberry
Aug. 21 a Before you start saying,
the BDA will screw this up, here's a note.
Aug. 21 a Other than signing on the
dotted line, Bright Enterprises will fill out the lengthy grant application
Aug. 21 a With big money at stake,
rest assured, Bright will properly fill the thing out and make the deadline
of Sept 1st.
Aug. 21 a A bunch more
info coming tonight.
Aug 21 a In the mean time, let's go
burn our eyes out lookin at Mr Sun
Aug. 20 p Monday afternoon the
entire nation will get mooned.
Aug. 20 p Here's why scientists are
Aug. 20 p And with any big event, some
business cashes in on the hoopla. For
Aug. 20 p A solar eclipse was a scary
thing not so long ago. Mom's would gather the kids and close the drapes
Aug. 20 p Myths would be passed around
of the child blinded for life or another one where the kid looked at the
eclipse and grew fangs or something
Aug. 20 p With kids off school
and just getting off buses during the brightest part of the solar event,
careful out there
Clay Schools will close down Monday
Aug. 20 a We know that because kids
told us as much
Aug. 20 a A quick check on the School's
website yesterday, it says zip, nothing, ninguno about school closure
Aug. 20 a Over on the State
Bd's website, it's without an update as well
Aug. 20 a One person told us that Sarah's
robo call was gobblede goop full of popping and cracking
Aug. 20 a It is a pitiful thing that
a $20m a year govt agency operation does NOT keep the taxpayers up to date
one way or another.
Aug. 20 a We've got a huge announcement
coming Monday afternoon if the sun spots don't shut down the internet
Aug. 20 a Before that announcement,
Aug. 20 a Around 24 years ago, the
Business Development Authority reformed under the auspices of the County
Commission. Norman Wilson was elected Chair of the group
Aug. 20 a The first two projects of
that new agency included: get a steam train back in Clay for tourist dollars;
and two, build river access points so foreigners could better enjoy the
Elk. Six access points were built and signs went up. The DNR put in another
couple ramps, one at King Shoals and another at Queen Shoals.
Aug. 20 a Ann Anderson was the project
chair for the rail ride. After several months of research and effort, turned
out, a steam train was way to costly for our meager wallet not to mention
the high cost of insuring such a ride
Aug. 20 a Another issue was securing
the BC&G RR spur line to run on. At the time as is now, Bright Enterprise
owns the whole rail system.. Back then there was still a possibility that
the railroad would be put back in use hauling coal from Bright's coal holdings.
Aug. 20 a During that learning period,
the BDA and others went to the Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone (CAEZ)
for support and assistance. After a couple sit downs, Bright Enterprise
rep Frank Jorgensen made a presentation. Although upbeat in spirit, in
a nutshell, Mr Jergensen said, we're not interested in giving up the rails
and you guys don't have the $$$ to make it happen anyway.
Aug. 20 a Off to the side, all
by himself, Roger Nutter from Nicholas County started his effort to grow
a train ride in the county on the old BC&G RR line.
Aug. 20 a Way up at Swandale, Nutter
purchased a "jitney" or "rail speeder" and set up a camp site there.
On weekends, Nutter gave rail rides with the jitney. Word spread and things
grew. That was in 2005.
Aug. 20 a Roger and a small band of
supporters approached the CAEZ in search of funding for a scenic train
ride. They wound up with a small diesel engine on rubber tires followed
by a larger diesel over electric engine and a couple cabooses.
Aug. 20 a Instead of continuing
that direction, Team Nutter got saddled with developing a trackside campground
Aug. 20 a With his death, Nutter's
dream of having a steam train ride, it too died.
Aug. 20 a The CAEZ ended up with the
campground which sets (for the most) idle most of the year. Team Nutter
erected a lodge building shell at the campground which would have served
as a meeting place, gift shop, and center for a train operation
Aug. 20 a Five or eight years
ago, local Mitch DeBoard got active with cleaning up Buffalo Creek and
turning it into a classy trout stream. That morphed into doing something
with the BC&G RR spur line which runs right beside Creek.
Aug. 20 a A lease was signed with the
BDA and Bright Enterprises for local use of the 19 miles of rail. That
was a major step forward, we had permission to be on and around the
Aug. 20 a Three years ago, the right
of way was cleaned up. Tons of local money and support came to Clayberry
Aug. 20 a Several of the still standing
railroad trestles were planked with board making for easy, safe access
by bikers and hikers.
Aug. 20 a During the 2016 Great Wash
Out, all the improvements were washed into the Ohio River. Huge rail bridges
were knocked off their foundation. In other places, all the gravel ballast
and ties were washed away leaving nothing buy hanging rails in several
Aug. 20 a By June 24th 2016, there
was little left to rebuild from. With everything gone, everything was different.
The wind left out sails. We were screwed.
Aug. 20 a Behind the scenes, plans
changed from building a scenic train ride to pulling up the rails and having
a walking trail.
Aug. 20 a Without a train, rail, ride,
County Clay's tourism future would be greatly diminished. No big ticket
item, few would come for the little things we offer.
Aug. 20 a We left out a lot for sure,
but that's what we remember from the last 25 years and the efforts
of growing tourism in a place where there are no jobs for the average person
on the street.
Aug. 20 a The big announcement comes
Monday afternoon and it's major to say the least.
Aug. 20 a If you don't burn your eyeballs
out watching the eclipse of a life time, stop back tomorrow for something
Aug. 19p Edward Clark Cruikshank,
D.D.S., 74, see OBITUARY page
Aug. 18 p For those that think our
thugs never get convicted or spend time in the slammer....
Aug. 18 p This morning, Judge Facemire
was on the bench running in tall gear.
Aug. 18 p It didn't take but
a couple hours to get a bunch of cases ready for trial or for a plea to
be worked out
Aug. 18 p Christi McCune's plea
will be accepted on August 30th
Aug. 18 p Justin Brown is set for trial
on Sept 6
Aug. 18 p With a mental competency
test OK'd, Jeffery Neal will accept a plea deal at 9:30 on Aug. 30th
Aug. 18 p Justin Blankenship is the
guy that often appears in our Badge Blotter. You might remember him as
the lad that always wears that goofy grin and covered with tattoos.
For this morning, Justin sat down in the chair and sprawled out , almost
laying down and looking away from the Judge as if he didn't give a rat's
padukey about anything. Blankenship has not accepted a plea deal
Aug. 18 p Prosecutor Samples
offered 27 million times drunk driver Danny Nicholas a plea deal and it
was accepted. Nicholas will take his plea Aug. 30th
Aug. 18 p A Gary Moore refused his
plea deal and goes to trial Sept 6th
Aug. 18 p Travis Connally will enter
his guilty plea Aug. 30th as well
Aug. 18 p Ditto for Daniel Craddock
Aug. 18 p There seems to be a big screw
up in the Adrion Thompson case where paperwork from the Magistrate is missing
or otherwise none existent. Pros Samples, " Have to figure out what's going
Aug. 18 p Then there was the notorious
Aug. 18 p Daniels has been in court
enough to know, you aught not pee off the Judge.
Aug. 18 p Within five seconds of going
up front, he did something. With his back to the peanut gallery, we couldn't
see what he did.
Aug. 18 p Judge Facemire did and immediately
slid to the front of his red leather chair and firmly said, "IS THERE
A PROBLEM!!!!! ... I'll REVOKE your bond [right now]!!!!!!!
Aug. 18 p What ever got happened, made
the Court very unhappy. Trial date is set for Sept 6th
Aug. 18 p Daniels thought he had everything
by the short hairs and was ready to head back out the door.
Aug. 18 p Didn't happen.
Aug. 18 p Instead, Black Shirt Robert
Belt held up a new warrant for domestic battery and Daniels was taken into
custody for the brand new charges
Aug. 18 p Harold David Morton , "Stump"
to the rest of the world, has been back in Orange since getting arrested
2 Friday's ago.
Aug. 18 p His attorney, the Waynster
King, managed to raise the Facamire hackles as he tried to delay the hearing
till later in the day
Aug. 18 p Facemire, "He's NOT getting
out on bond!"
Aug. 18 p After an 11 am hearing, Stump
remains behind bars until an August hearing where the Judge commented,
I could raise your bond requirements!
Aug. 18 p Remember last Jan when Mike
and Lindy Carper's flooded out home was burglarized by Okey Hodge, Rachel
Larch, and Joshua Burdette?
Aug. 18 p All three of those folks
will go to trial Sept 12th.
Aug. 18 p In less than 2 hours,
the wheels of justice moved right along.
Aug. 18 p August 30th and Sept 6th
are going to be very busy days in Circuit Court land
Aug. 18 p Have a nice weekend
one and all
Aug. 17 p Sam Eugene Daniels,
51, of Bomont, see OBITUARY page
Aug. 17 p Today's the first day back
Aug. 17 p Not sure how things went
inside the buildings but getting the ankle biters to and from school, ...
scanner listeners are having an interesting afternoon with kids in the
place, on the wrong bus, buses in the wrong place and more.
Aug. 17 p Organization is not on the
mark so far.
Aug. 16 p Need an old Jeep? Check out
the ADVISORY page today
Aug. 16 p River Report: For those thinking
about playing hooky and taking off from work for kayaking the Elk, beautiful
day lots of sunshine but the river is up above Summer pool by about 12
inches and is milky in color.
Aug. 16 p The Communicator made it
out the door Tuesday afternoon. It's a pretty juicy one this time around
and well worth just 80 cents
Aug. 16 p Two things rile up Clayonians
like none other. One is just the mention of "zoning". The second hot button
for this county is separation of church and straight.
Aug. 16 p Just the mention of that
second item and all the independent churches rise up and go crazy.
Aug. 16 p During Monday's Sch Bd meeting,
Aug. 16 p Pick up the newest Communicator
for all the details
Aug. 16 p Based on his words on Monday,
there is little doubt that Donny J is a full blown white supremacist
Aug. 16 p Scary as Drumpf is with his
finger on the red button, it's no match for what he can do to our nation
with that kind of thinking.
Aug. 16 p Scary times for sure
and he's only been around 200 days.
Aug. 16 p He's got to go. Hurry up
Aug. 14 a On this soggy Monday morning,
we'd like to take a moment to thank all those that regularly email over
tips, thoughts, notices and such.
Aug. 14 a We also get another type
Aug. 14 a Here's a partial from one
that arrived just a couple days ago: I read your paper for local news but
remember thats all you are selling. I will not be renewing my subscription
in sept...your political posts will be causing more of us to do the same..you
talk like Obama walked on water and Trump is the devil
Aug. 14 a Other emailers know
how to get our attention. Here's another thought provoking clicker with
: Perceiving that you are an ultra-leftist, liberal, pinko, ACLU-loving
Dumbocrat, I have been highly entertained by your attacks on our great
new president via your website as he begins to "drain the swamp" and otherwise
keep each and every one of his campaign promises. It is so refreshing
to have a true leader once again in the People's House in Washington!......
Aug. 14 a It's those emails that keep
us going strong and growing.
Aug. 14 a Thanks to all our emailers.
You are appreciated.
Aug. 14 a No new posts til we get the
real newspaper out the door sometime Tuesday afternoon.
Aug. 13 later p Forgot to mention the
real slimy crap during this morning's weekly wrap up.
Aug. later p Gov Justice spent his
life as a Republicrat. That's up until 2 years ago when he changed his
registration to Demorat. Two weeks ago, Big Jim, as Prez calls him, changed
his affiliation back to Repub.
Aug. 13 later Why? We couldn't
figure it out..... until now
Aug. 13 later p West Virginia's
Manchin family spent decades as registered Republicrats. That all changed
when A James Manchin sought room at the public feeding trough. Since the
70's, Manchins have been Demorats albeit , Demorats in Name only, "DINOs".
Aug. 13 later p That's the background
in a nutshell.
Aug. 13 later p MSNBC broke news Friday
that our Senator Manchin will be appointed to one of Trump's cabinet level
positions. During normal times, most would say, well, great, Smokin Joe
movin on up! It would be great to have a pro coal guy in charge of the
Dept of Energy for instance.
Aug. 13 later p These ain't normal
Aug. 13 later p When Justice changed
party's, that made him a dirty rotten slimy puke to many Demorats.
Aug. 13 later p Now, if Manchin gets
the nod to become a Cabinet appointee, in West Virginia, when a Senator
vacates his seat, the Gov gets to appoint a replacement.
Aug. 13 later p In 2017, there
is little doubt that Republicrat Justice would replace Demorat Manchin
with a Republicrat.
Aug. 13 later p With the slim majority
currently in the Senate, adding one Repub would swing the balance so all
of America would experience loosing Medicaid, reductions in Medicare,
the loss of insurance coverage, plus giving the rich fat cats a huge tax
Aug. 13 later p Knowing all that as
being true, IF IF IF our Joe Manchin leaves his seat in the Senate, that
puts him in the same slimy boat as Gov Justice.
Aug. 13 late p the Orange Headed Prez
is scheduled to make his announcement sometime Monday.
Aug. 13 late p We're hoping Senator
Manchin sees thru the smoke and puts the interest of West Virginians and
the nation, first.
Aug. 13 p This morning, WYAP played
a tune called, All God's Children. The message is inclusion of course .
But, after learning of the White Supremacist attack in Virginia Saturday,
we're having trouble following thru with that song's message.
Aug. 13 p We are fortunate this today
that we're not in a war with with North Korea and or Venezuela.
Aug. 13 p With dimly lits in charge
of this country and North Korea, these are truly scary times.
Aug. 13 p Can't you just see Donny
J sitting there staring at the red button and the Generals yelling, don't
do it, don't do it, sir.
Aug. 13 p This was the last week before
school starts up for 2017-2018. Parents drug their snot lickers to big
box stores for the mandatory, new pair of shoes, jeans and tees
Aug. 13 p School system employees
took advantage of the last few days of Summer break with last day vacation
Aug. 13 p The best part of being a
teacher (July and August) is all done for another year.
Aug. 13 p Monday evening the School
Board meets at the Pentagon. Agenda
items call for voting Crystal Gibson in as the next Principal at Clay
High. Her new Vice Principal is Allen Tanner.
Aug. 13 p Also Monday evening, the
Development Authority holds their monthly public meeting. It's a big
night for Clayberry as the volunteer Board decides who will be receive
govt funding and start the county's first Kayak Livery, rental, service
Aug. 13 p It's our understanding that
three folks are in the running for the start up service.
Aug. 13 p 40 years ago when the first
guide service started over on the New River, people laughed and said, what
a joke, what a waste. Today the Gorge outfitters are the key to the tourism
based economy in that region of the state.
Aug. 13 p Over here, the ground floor
opportunity could be just as fruitful.
Aug. 13 p With about 6 weeks of the
river season ahead of us, our county could see results in short order.
Aug. 13 p We've got our fingers crossed!
Aug. 13 p While we're talking pipe
dreams.... Clayberry needs of a real, in business, shade tree lined campground
along the river bank. Not a place for long term motorhomes but, a place
weekenders can pitch a tent, cook out, and take care of the personel
AUg 13 p Nothing fancy, just clean
and neat. About the only espense would be some kind of restoom facility,
a few picinic tables, trash cans, and good signage.
Aug. 13 p For those with river front
property, start making plans now for that home based money maker business.
Aug. 13 p Deadline for Communicator
submissions is tomorrow around 5pm. Email over your chatters, classifieds,
newsy, announcements right away please.
Aug. 13 p DR. SANDRA S. CHISAR,
see OBITUARY page
Aug. 12 a Mike Lanham has the most
arrests and convictions in County Clay history.
Aug. 12 a Iron Mike as he likes to
be called got out of prison several months ago and has been living in Roane
Aug. 12 a In early July, the guy got
arrested on battery charges and once again, housed in Central Regional
Jail. That lasted a couple weeks before all charges were dismissed
Aug. 12 a Full details in Tuesday's
Aug. 12 a Stump Morton has been jailed
on our dime for his felony caper of breaking into the Catholic Church and
swiping tools followed by stealing from a nearby porch.
Aug. 12 a Stump got out of jail
a few days ago.
Aug. 12 a It didn't take long for him
to be picked up on home confinement violation.
Aug. 12 a He's back on our dime folks.
Aug. 12 a Full details in the next
paper of record, The Communicator.
Aug. 11 p From the email bag:
Last regular season day for the Clay County pool is Saturday August 12.
The pool will not be open during the week of August 14-18.
Pool will be open Saturday, August 19, all day, and there will be a party
with live band, "TEN FEET TALL" that evening.
Aug. 11 p River report: AS of 11am
Friday, the Elk is clear as a bell and just about at Summer pool. Great
conditions for playing in and or on the Tiskelwah. See ya in Remotely Beautiful,
Clay County West Virginia, this weekend.
Aug. 11 a Note: Goofed up some of the
News page this morning. Trying to straighten things out now
Aug. 11 a Don't forget about Big Otter
Community Center tonight where you can boot scoot the night away along
with digesting great munchies along the way.
Aug. 11 a We try to stay on local
news as much as we can but
Aug. 11 a When the dimly lit Orange
Headed Prez says, we are now locked and loaded which is said this morning,
that's scary. Real scary.
Aug. 11 a There has never been a good
war and ready to make another mistake right now.
Aug. 11 a 200 days in his Presidency,
many of us wondered what would happen if some crisis came on his watch.
We now know, it's worse than could have been imagined. Diplomacy has not
been in the mix.
Aug. 11 a Gather the family close and
start saying your prayers. With two dismal leaders in charge of the war
buttons, this could be the end of things as we know it.
Aug. 11 a Local....
Aug. 11 a Here's how it works clickers.
Aug. 11 a Some Govt agency comes
up with a great idea, finds a few million tax dollars, and sets out on
a good mission. Somewhere along the way, down the food chain, the dandy
idea turns to yuck, and you guessed it, the much needed service runs off
Aug. 11 a What we're talking about
is the new Health Right mobile dental lab that services 6 counties
in W Va.
Aug. 11 a What a wonderful idea and
in a place (Clay) that is in need of adult dental care.
Aug. 11 a When the service was
ready to go, the Charleston Newspaper made it their front page article.
Aug. 11 a The pull behind three chair
dentist office has been seen in Clayberry a few times in the last several
Aug. 11 a Here's the problem. There's
not been even one announcement of the service in this county. No mention
of services offered, dates for the county visit nor a schedule of ANYTHING.
Aug. 11 a Without people knowing about
it, the number of customers will continue a downward spiral
Aug. 11 a Then it runs off the track
Aug. 11 a In a few months, the Govt
will look at the numbers and say, Hey, maybe we don't need it to visit
County Clay. We'll remove Clay from the rotation and spend more time
in the counties where there's a bigger need.
Aug. 11 a If there was ever a place
that needed such services, it's our 342 square miles.
Aug. 11 a We lose out again because
local and state leadership dropped the ball by NOT letting the public know.
Aug. 11 a With few customers,
that makes life easier for those in charge.
Aug. 11 a Your tax dollars at waste
Aug. 11 a Pitiful!
Aug. 9 p Pretty interesting County
Commission meeting this morning. Here's a couple notes
Aug. 9 p Getting in step with our tourism
economy, the Commissioners agreed to allow a river access point to be built
behind the Courthouse. Mitch DeBoard plans to donate dozer time and labor
to cut the path down to the Elk.
Aug. 9 p If that gets built along with
a new point behind the Library, the county will be in good shape from Duck
down to the Hartland bridge.
Aug. 9 p There is a problem South from
the Hartland Bridge to the King Shoals access point, That's a long stretch
without a public place to enter or exit the Elk River.
Aug. 9 p If anyone knows of an old
county road down to the river, please let the BDA know so it can be included
in the push to grow a new economy
Aug. 9 p By the way, The Communicator
donated a bunch of river access maps and is distributing them around Clay,
Kanawha, Calhoun and Nicholas Counties.
Aug. 9 Now back to the CCC meeting.....
Aug. 9 p For those wanting wawa from
the new Pack Fork extension project, bids were recently opened and guess
what? The bids came in low, $487K low. Plans are being put together to
add new stuff to the project like, generators, cleaning of tanks, pump
station upgrades, and such, to use up that $487K bonus.
Aug. 9 p How bad off is the county
budget? This morning it was announced, the County owes $274,452. to the
Jail Authority. How are they going to pay the debt?
Aug. 9 p No answers were given.
Aug. 9 p For those way out Harrision
way and in need of wawa. according to the CCC, Birch River PSD is working
to get or plan or get started on, supplying potable wawa to Whetstone which
is out past Harrison West Virginia.
Aug. 9 a 54 Degrees in Clayberry this
Aug. 9 a Yesterday the Orange Headed
Prez diverted attention from the Russia investigation by alarming the world
with words of war. News media had to follow his dimly lit words. Thus,
his diversion covered one news cycle.
Aug. 9 a While Donny J is saber rattling
on North Korea and how scary it is for a country to have nuclear fire power,
there's only one country on Earth that has actually used the big bomb and
Aug. 9 a Today is remembrance day for
Aug. 9 a On this date in 1945 the U
S A dropped an atomic
bomb on Nagasaki instantly vaporizing thousands and thousands. The
civilians that made it thru the blast suffered to their last breath from
Aug. 9 a Also on Japan, a couple days
ago, we lost the original
Aug. 7 later p Gordon “Butch”
Moore, 72, of Lizemores, see OBITUARY page
Aug. 7 p County Commission meets Wed
morning at 10am. Big long agenda too.
Aug. 7 p To grow touristism