NEWS & MORE
Aug 29 p From the Clay County
Ambulance Service: Saturday's CPR Class has been canceled for now
Aug 29 p Get well wishes extended to
Aug. 29 a On this last Monday of the
month, we're busily typing away on t he upcoming Communicator. Our
lead story will provide the public with the just released Clayberry test
scores from last Spring.
Aug. 29 a For instance, how about
a grade school where not one student was learning at grade level in math;
how about at Clay Middle, Lizemores, and HE White where a full 50% of the
kids were not at grade level in English; and, at Clay High where 84% of
the 9th graders are unable to do basic math proficiently.
Aug. 29 a In one word, dismal comes
Aug. 29 a The full run down comes
Tuesday afternoon when the latest bestest yet Communicator makes news stands
across the region.
Aug. 29 a If you have a chatter,
event, or some other item you need in the newspaper of choice, now's the
time to email your info
Aug. 29 a In the mean time, no updates
unless something dumb bunny comes up
Aug. 29 a Who was really the first
lady to run for President? The correct
answer is Victoria California Claflin who ran for that office before
women were even allowed to vote. While you're goofing off at work , here's
the write up on the first crack in the glass ceiling.
Aug. 28 a Esther May Adkins,
99, of Duck, see OBITUARY page
Aug. 27 a Even with new goal
poles in place, it didn't go well for the CHS Panthers last night
Aug. 27 a Final Pirates 28 Panthers
Aug. 27 a There's a bunch of diabetics
Aug. 27 a Some group donated a bunch
of new diabetic lace up, shoes to the county. There's a least
two large cartons of em still over at CHS. According to AD Mary Ramsey,
the contact point to pick up a pair is Advantage Home Health on Main
Aug. 26 a Tonight is the season
opener for the Clay High Panthers. Nothing draws more to the bleachers
than football action. With perfect weather slated for tonight, it's time
to come out and support our athletes. Admission is free tonight with kick
off coming at 7:30pm
Aug. 26 a Last call clickers. The local
radio station is looking for sponsors to get the entire 10 game season
on the air. $50 is the asking amount. Great way tog et your message
out to the world. If you're interested, email em at email@example.com
of if you see the ace cub reporter, let him know.
Aug. 26 a For Panther fans around the
world, you can listen to the game over the internet. Just go over to tunein.com
and type in WYAP-LP. Note: if you don't have a good DSL connection, it
won't work right. Sorry about your luck.
Aug. 26 a Summer Grand Jury was
suppose to meet the first part of July. Didn't happen due to the number
of flood victims making a jury pool next to impossible.
Aug. 26 a For the very short Summer
session, Grand Jury results include
Aug. 26 a Jason Hall, Burglary
Aug. 26 a Ashley Stapleford failure
to register as a sex offender x 14
aug 26 a Sean Andrew Thacker, failure
Aug. 26 a Yelp that's all the alleged
felons Prosecutor Samples could find this time around
Aug. 26 a Arraignment day comes
Sept 1st before Robe Jack Alsop. Action starts at 9am sharp.
Aug. 26 a With Fall fast approaching,
people under 40 something must take DNR's hunter education class before
buying a hunting license. Check out the ADVISORY page for details.
Aug. 26 a Thanks MS for the info
Aug. 25 p Right at 16,000 cubic yards
of flood debris have been removed from the county dump sites. At $68 a
cubic yard, that's a bunch of $$$. For all intents and purposes, FEMA stopped
paying for getting rid of the junk, yesterday afternoon.
Aug. 25 p Some are saying, their residence
was condemned. Clayberry does not have a building inspector nor does our
local government condemn squat. Instead, W Va Guard units are handling
those duties for this county.
Aug. 25 p FEMA has paid several in
the county for their muddy homes. That's the homes, NOT the property.
Aug. 25 p As soon as a contractor tears
the place down, property owners can build right back albeit, they're suppose
to follow local flood zone ordinance mandates
Aug. 25 p A couple weeks back
, this site posted that Superintendent Kenneth Tanner (KT) was unwilling
to make public, standardized test scores. We gave him H over the denial
because, during a School Board meeting, he said the results were public.
Aug. 25 p He was so peed off, he emailed
us in length
Aug. 25 p We admit poorly worded postings,
horrible spelling, grammar, inuindos, and rotten sentence structure.
Aug. 25 p If he was peeturbed over
that, keep reading today.
Aug. 25 p For months, School Boardsters
have asked to see last year's Pentagon audit. To date, including as recently
as the last Board meeting, Superintendent KT has not complied with their
requests. We'll call him, unwilling once again, to provide info.
Aug. 25 p A couple weeks back, KT told
his employer (Sch Bd): they ended last year $240K in the black ALTHOUGH
, the Pentagon's CPA firm found just $10K to the good. $230,000 is in limbo.
Aug. 25 p Also, through out the year,
Board members ask for plain black and white figures to show the financial
posture of the county' largest employer.
Aug. 25 p The 2014 2015 audit has been
posted for months over on the W Va Auditor's website for all to see.
Aug. 25 p We think we know why KT does
not want to provide the audit. Here's an example
Aug. 25 p Page 82: We note errors in
the Board's assets, liabilities, revenues and expenditures... Various general
ledger balances were not properly reconciled to the supporting documentation
such as cash, receivables, salaries..... One of the objectives of
an internal control system is to provide management [Sch Bd] with reasonable
assurances that the transactions are recorded properly ....
Aug. 25 p This results in an
inaccurate and incomplete presentation of the financial position and results
.. is unable to produce financial statements...
Aug. 25 p The CPA folks, paid for by
the School Board, are saying exactly what our elected Boardsters have been
sayin' regularly, they don't know how we're doing financially
Aug. 25 p Page 83 .. several
instances where duplicate payments were made for goods and services....
Effective procedures have not been implemented to prevent duplicate payments
Aug. 25 p 2015-004: Expenditures are
overstated by the amount of duplicate payments.
Aug. 25 p No one is saying anyone
swiped funds. BUT....
Aug. 25 p With duplicate entries and
errors in general ledger reportings, it's beginning to look like a shell
game where funds are kept from the public and Board for future use, down
Aug. 25 p To see for yourself, here's
to the Auditor's Chief Inspector page. Once you get there, just type
in "Clay". After the new page loads you can view all the audits from the
Town, Commission, Health Dept and several years of School Board audits.
Aug. 25 p Enjoy
Aug. 24 a County Commission meets
this morning beginning at 10 am.
Aug. 24 a If you're coming into Clayberry,
allow some extra travel time. Road paving is in progress from Maysel to
Two Run, some patching in downtown Clay, and other crews are up around
Big Otter heading to the county line with fresh asphalt.
Aug. 24 a It's our understanding, before
the Big Apple, there will be new blacktop down to the high school
Aug. 24 a If you haven't heard
Steve and Mike are back behind the 101.7 FM mic each Wed morning
from 8 to 10 am.
Aug. 23 a 64 degrees outside. With
the windows open, that's a cool breeze coming thru. We're trying to hold
on to Summer as long as we can, but none the less, it's slipping away.
The hostas have already bloomed and mums are showing first buds
Aug. 23 a This morning, the first school
bus transmission went South down on Grassy Creek. Flood waters got into
some of the trannys during the June 23rd flood. Don't know if that's the
problem or not, but the first break down came before 6 this morning
Aug. 23 a Instead of one Bus Czar in
charge of the show as has been the case for decades, this year we've got
Superintendent Tanner and Asst. Joe Paxton. With just a couple of school
days under their belt, it didn't take em long to realize, they didn't want
to handle the 4 am call outs for subs.
Aug. 23 a On the Pentagon's website,
on the 19th, came the posting for a Bus Driver to handle the early
morning call out duties thru an extra duty contract.
Aug. 23 a It's time for Clay High Football
action. The first game of the season comes this Friday night over at Schoonover
Aug. 23 a There was a bunch of media
hoopla when all new football outfits were donated to Clay High after the
flooding . With the first game free for all to enjoy,
the Panthers will not be wearing the new outfits.
Aug. 23 a Instead, after Gardner's
Dry Clothing agreed to clean the old gear for free, the Panthers will open
the season in the old stuff.
Aug. 23 a The local non profit radio
station plans to air all ten varsity CHS match ups. To do so, a bunch
of sponsors are needed. They're asking for $50 donations. Not a bad
shake since you get your name and message mentioned four times during each
Aug. 23 a If you can help our athletes
get their good deeds on the radio, call WYAP at 304 587 8353 or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Another easy way to support community radio is to go
to their website and use the PayPal button
on the homepage.
Aug. 23 a We'll provide coverage from
last night's school board meeting later this morning.
Aug. 22 a As a follow up to Friday
evenings shoot down a nd blow up, from TV-8 news: West Virginia State
Police arrested Denver Rucker Friday night after they said he fired at
troopers in Clay County. Rucker is in the hospital being treated for burns
and will likely face several attempted murder charges. Friday evening troopers
went to Little Queen Road in the Bomont area to check on marijuana they
had spotted during a helicopter search. When they got there, troopers said
Rucker was inside a shed and fired a shot at them. While negotiating, troopers
said Rucker lit a propane tank, causing an explosion. He was severely burned
and three state troopers were knocked over by the explosion.
Aug. 22 a Tonight the School Board
meets in the Pentagon. With school already up and running, the Bd is still
trying to find warm bodies to fill many positions. Here's the
agenda for the 6pm gathering.
Aug. 22 a Speaking of jobs, don't forget
to check out the JOBS page where there's a couple Fed jobs available and
a secretarial position in the Sheriff's Dept.