NEWS & MORE
Oct. 22 p Gary James Dawson,
50, of Duck, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 22 p Susie Miller, 83, of
Indore, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 22 2017 On this date in
1962, U.S. President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles had been
deployed in Cuba and ordered a blockade of the island. Back then, when
we had a Prez with a brain, things cooled down and war was averted just
50 miles off our shore.
Oct. 22 p Pretty scary times
today America. These days feels like those leading up to the Pearl
Harbor bombing by Japan.
Oct. 22 p And, the Air Force is recalling
to duty 1000 pilots .
Oct. 22 p The calm before the storm?
Oct. 22 p School Board meets Monday
night. Here's the
meeting agenda which begins at 6pm in the Pentagon
Oct. 22 p The very short agenda
makes no reference to a disciplinary decision of secret time for a teacher.
Oct. 22 p If the stars align just right,
we might get The Communicator out on time Tuesday.
Oct. 22 p Deadline for your submissions
is tomorrow, Monday, around 5pm. There's your chance to spout off IF, IF,
you're willing to put your name on it.
Oct. 21 p 22 years ago, with
the Communicator barely making ends meet, the partnership of Terry Kerns,
Lindy Myers and AW formed. For 20 years, most of which was without any
pay, the trio worked to provide real news on what's going on in Clayberry
as we called this place.
Oct. 21 p Lindy retired out 18
months ago. Terry Kerns retired in 2017 to Georgia to be with her grandson
Oct. 21 p The last 14 months
have brought on new faces and new writers for the county's only locally
owned and operated newspaper of choice
Oct. 21 p With Lindy , without fail,
husband Paul was at her side every time they came to the office. Cold weather,
hot weather, putting the paper together or for a BS session at the office,
the dynamic duo was ever present.
Oct. 21 p Paul (and Lindy) got fired
up when talking politics. Often the partnership was yelling back and forth
as one side took on the other. It was a great time, every time!
Oct. 21 p Paul and Lindy were very
strong community activists when it came to supporting their local school,
H E White Elem. They worked long hours before each Ramp Feed to make the
Oct. 21 p Both were instrumental in
the formation of community radio in County Clay. Lindy and Paul were some
of the first volunteers long before 101.7FM. Prior to an FM
station, The Communicator staff formed and ran an online only radio station,
Oct. 21 p Lindy passed earlier this
Oct. 21 p Paul Alton Myers, Glen West
Virginia, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 21p It's a sad day in Clay.
Oct. 21 a The stars did not align last
night for the Panthers
Oct. 21 a 30 seconds into the match
up with Shady Springs, you could tell, it was going to be a bad night for
the home team
Oct. 21 a Final score, 39 for Shady
Springs and 6 points for the Panthers
Oct. 21 a Got word in an email that
HE White Elem is hosting a Fall Festival party this evening beginning at
5pm. Fun includes a haunted hike, refreshments and munchies.
Oct. 21 a We're sure the volunteers
worked their butts off setting up the fun but isn't it a shame, after all
that work, they neglected to let the public know.
Oct. 21 a For leaf peepers, the leaves
are falling minus any of the bright oranges and reds. Maybe next year
Oct. 21 a River Conditions: clear
wawa, warms temps but low height. Translation: anywhere you go on the Elk,
there will be some portage.
Oct. 20 p John Eric Douglas,
30, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 20 p Robby John Douglas,
35, of Clay, WV, see OBITUARY page
Oct. 20 p While you're sitting there
beating in the afternoon, how about some reading material
Oct. 20 p How many passengers come
and go from the Charleston Amtrak station? Here's
Oct. 20 p Built over 100 years ago,
the Charleston Train Depot is historic. Here's
Oct. 20 p If you have any vacation
time saved up, how about a Fall train trip. Here's a
nifty website to handle those needs.
Oct. 20 p In the morning post
we mentioned the planned rail rider tourism draw.
Oct. 20 p It's not like we're inventing
the wheel. Turns out, in New York state, they've already got their ride
Oct. 20 a It's a big night for Clay
High football when Shady Springs comes to Schoonover Bradley Field.
Oct. 20 a We're 3/4's thru the season
with more wins than losses under our belts.
Oct. 20 a Go Panthers
Oct. 20 a For those afar, it's easy
to listen via the web. Just go to www.tunein.com and type in WYAP
Oct. 20 a After last year's Great Wash
Out, downtown Clay changed. Within weeks of the flood, new faces were in
town. The street people carried their belongings in back packs and squatted
in vacant buildings and along the river bank.
Oct. 20 a Being a clanish bunch, we
figured from the git go, they were druggies
Oct. 20 a It didn't take long for break
ins to increase many fold.
Oct. 20 a From the Clay Bank down river
to the Pisgah bridge, the new people could be seen hanging out on street
corners and supposedly making drug deals.
Oct. 20 a For many businesses, it was,
is, a scary time.
Oct. 20 a Three weeks ago, Mayor Hubbard
hired a part time night watchman to patrol the hamlet.
Oct. 20 a Dressed in a blue shirt,
kaki pants and sporting a "security" badge, Danny Berry has been out on
the streets after dark.
Oct. 20 a Berry is a security guy and
not a gun toting Badge BUT!, it's fun to watch the druggies when he's heading
Oct. 20 a Take last night. As Berry
was walking the street, Yes, walking, those that usually hang out around
the old Henry Clay, they disappeared and stayed hid while the guy was patrolling
Oct. 20 a It was refreshing to see
Berry actually on foot too.
Oct. 20 a You see and hear a lot more
when pounding the pavement.
Oct. 20 a Maybe things just got better
in the municipality. Time will tell
Oct. 20 a We keep talking about the
"rail rider guy". An update
Oct. 20 a The feller's name is Larry
McCraken and the official name of the new tourist draw is Buffalo Creek
Oct. 20 a We talked to Larry earlier
Oct. 20 a He plans to have the prototype
of the rail car built by Christmas and test it out on the BC&G RR spur
Oct. 20 a The schedule calls for several
of the cars to be built and ready for an April or early May grand opening.
Oct. 20 a If that happens as well as
the new kayak livery service, that's two of the three prongs of our tourism
economy in place
Oct. 20 a What's left?
Oct. 20 a We need a horse (s) drawn
wagon ride to operate each weekend next Summer.
Oct. 20 a How about you?
Oct. 19 p Music and dance at the Big
Otter Community Center has been a tried and true fun time since the 1980's.
Week after week, year after year, the small band of people work their butts
off scheduling entertainment, buying vittles, cleaning the place, cooking
the food, and more.
Oct. 19 p After years of dedicated
volunteerism, a couple of the long time Board members are retiring away
from the Friday night workload.
Oct. 19 p To keep the community center
open and the Friday night shows alive, a couple new volunteers are needed.
How about you?
Oct. 19p Hard work Yes but worth it
in every sense of the word.
Oct. 19 p If you can lend a hand,
call Jim Ryan at 304 286 5523
Oct. 19 a Before Kenneth Tanner retired
from School Superintendent duties, he launched a questionable campaign
against new Federal regs. Remember that?
Oct. 19 a KT as we called the guy,
told the world, this county will never follow Fed. guidelines coming down
the pike on transgender bathroom use in the schools.
Oct. 19 a His plan was well received
by local Bible thumpers.
Oct. 19 a So convicted was the KT lad,
he told the assembled, I will quit my job before following the law of the
Oct. 19 a At that time, there was no
mandate, no law, to do something by such and such a date. KT was reacting
to a memo handed down from Washington.
Oct. 19 a Instead, it was his very
own little media ploy to gain support on something that was unwinable,
nor should it be winable. KT and the Sch Bd took oaths to follow the law
of the land. Violating any law would be automatic grounds for removal from
Oct. 19 a Fast forward three years....
Oct. 19 a Much broader than a school
bathroom law but sort of related, "North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper reached
a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday to allow
transgender people to use public rest rooms that correspond to their gender
Oct. 19 a Here's the
article from United Press International.
Oct. 19 a By stepping down from his
perch, Clayberry taxpayers averted another huge lawyer bill and additional
Oct. 18 late p All us old pot
heads can't wait til we can legally smoke grass sitting on our front porch.
Oct. 18 late p In W Va
it takes a MD to prescribe the weed.
Oct. 18 late p The State Pot Board
is now offering an online
survey for results to determine the amount of pot that will be needed
to dull the pain from achy shoulders, knees, ankles, back, hang nails,
sore throats, poison ivy and other serious medical problems.
Oct. 18 late p Take a few minutes and
fill out the survey a few hundred times to make your voice count
Oct. 18 late p not to long ago, plans
were laid to turn West Virginia into the
potato capitol of the world. Agriculture Commissioner Walk Helmick
was the master mind behind the million dollar taxpayer paid for project.
Oct. 18 late p For this county, the
one person that picked up the reigns and ran with trying to grow spuds
atop gob piles and strip mines was none other than, CAEZ Director,
Connie Lupardus, Big Lup to many.
Oct. 18 late p Walt Helmick lost his
top perch during the Nov 2016 election cycle. Now his potato project and
others, are being tossed to the wayside. As far as selling the used equipment,
doesn't look too rosy.
Oct. 18 late p Expect scrap metal priced
bids on the equipment.
Oct. 18 p The plan is to get the railroad
tracks from Dundon up, cleaned and ready for the rail rider group before
winter gets here
Oct. 18 p Cleaning amounts to brush
whacking, removal of a few small growing trees, and one section where a
rock and mud slide has completely covered over the tracks.
Oct. 18 p Want to make some $$$?
Oct. 18 p If so, the BDA is taking
bids on the clean up job. See JOBS page for the notice.
Oct. 18 p Deadline for submission
is Friday Oct. 20th. Better hurry!
Oct. 18 p During the last School Board
meeting, much time ws spent behind closed doors.
Oct. 18 p Without mentioning a name,
we speculated, the secret time was discuss a teacher from the North and
allegations that the person acted unprofessional toward a student. So far
we haven't mentioned a name
Oct. 18 p With this next post, actually
an online petition, the name becomes public
Oct. 18p Here's the
online petition site and the many names of those willing to sign their
Oct. 18 p As of Noon:30 on Hump
Day, 89 petitioners have made their mark
Oct. 18 p With the incident, the T
Shirt Lady, and Robert Belt's dumb bunny mouth, in each, lawyers are involved
to guide the Pentagon.
Oct. 18 p In just three cases before
the Sch Bd, we wonder, how much has been spent, invoiced, on lawyer
fees in the last couple months
Oct. 18 p Bet it's a whole bunch
Oct. 18 p Here's a partial list of
counties and their peak Fall foliage percentage: Berkeley (70%) —
A good range of color can be found at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management
Area off Hampshire Grade Road.; Doddridge (75%) — U.S. 50 from Parkersburg
to Clarksburg is a recommended drive. Mercer (75%) — U.S. Route 19
from Princeton to Gardner is scenic. Mingo (30%) — King Coal Highway is
showing quite a bit of color. Monongalia County (65%) — Coopers Rock
State Forest on the Preston-Monongalia border is still colorful.
Morgan (60%) — Color is approaching peak just in time for the Berkeley
Springs Fall Studio Tour—a driving tour of local art studios Oct. 21-22.
The three-state panorama off W.Va. Route 9 and Detour Road is another good
view. Logan (40%) — Blair Mountain is showing quite a bit of color.
Nicholas (70%)— W.Va. Route 39 from Summersville to Gauley Bridge is a
recommended drive. Ohio (55%) —The maples along W.Va. Route 88 through
Oglebay Resort are showing good color. Ritchie (60%)—U.S. 50 from
Parkersburg to Clarksburg is approaching peak color. Taylor (65%)
—Tygart Lake State Park is beautiful now. The oaks are still green but
other trees are showing oranges, yellows and reds.
Oct. 18 p For leaf peepers, try the
New River Gorge for great oranges and reds
Oct. 17 a Before anything else, be
sure to check out our advertisers that make this website possible.
Oct. 17 a If no one else tells ya,
Oct. 17 a 36 degrees this morning.
Oct. 17 a Here's a website that provides
lots of great info and pics on the
railroad years in Clayberry. For future reference, you might want to
Oct. 17 a We've got a guy that's trying
to build lightweight peddle powered rail cars to be used on the BC&G
RR spur line. If all goes well, Elk Rail Riders will be up and running
Oct. 17 a We received an email from
the lad last night. He's in need of used bicycles so he can cabbage off
the gears, chains, pedals, etc.
Oct. 17 a Can you help out? Larry's
telephone number is 681-249-9322.
Oct. 17 a We're posting his want ad
Oct. 16 p Frost alert in affect for
tonight. There goes the last of the Summer flowers and the green tomatoes.
Oct. 16 p In the last Communicator
we made a passing reference of a teacher from the North receiving a two
week suspension for inappropriate actions toward a student.
Oct. 16 p We think that suspension
ended today and the person is back in the classroom.
Oct. 16 p Parents are reporting that
the discipline came and went without a vote of our local Sch Bd.
Oct. 16 p That last part is true because
the Bd made no decision in public during the last public meeting
Oct. 16 p An email just arrived that
some of the parents have started circulating a petition for the teacher's
removal from the classroom.
Oct. 16 p One person called to ask
"What are you going to do about it????"
Oct. 16 p We're the scribes not the
Oct. 16p If you want action, you the
parents have to attend the next Sch Bd meeting, stand up, and express your
Oct. 16 p The next Clay County Board
of Education meeting is Monday Oct. 22nd, 6pm
Oct. 16 p There are ways to make $$
in the woods. Some dig ramps and yellow root during the Spring. Others
Oct. 16 p This is Hedge
Oct. 16 p Got bugs in your house? A
couple Hedge Apples in the house, basement, cellar is
suppose to repel spiders, ants, roaches.
Oct. 15 p Elk Power had scheduled an
outage for a few hours this morning. Get this... for the first time
we can remember, they actually notified customers ahead of time via print,
web sites, and local radio. Very nice!
Oct. 15p County Clay had a big success
this week. That was Saturday's Kayak Float trip sponsored by the
Clay Business Development Authority.
Oct. 15 p On Saturday, over 77 boats
registered for the ride. It's estimated that upwards of another 20 came
for the fun but did not register
Oct. 15 p With the temp around 80 and
clear wawa second to none, for naysayers, you lost this one
Oct. 15 p Participants came from Tennessee,
Ohio, and Virginia as well as from Southern West Virginia counties.
Oct. 15 p We have got our start in
the tourism business with this event.
Oct. 15 p What good did it do? Where's
Oct. 15 p You're way behind clickers
Oct. 15 p Every vehicle here for the
Float Trip spent money on gas, beer, soda pop, bought concessions at Spread
Park. That's fresh new $$$ into our economy.
Oct. 15 p They came, they had fun,
and they spent money. Other than spending a couple bucks for toilet paper,
it was all profit for those involved.
Oct. 15 p They would have spent more
$$$ had tee shirts, caps, and trinkets had been available.
Oct. 15 p With all having a good time,
they will tell their buddies back home. When they return, hopefully, the
rail rider outfit will be up and running. Down the road the hiking trail
and wagon rides will add a third and fourth reason to spend the weekend
in the outback of Clay.
Oct. 15 p Speaking of keeping
them overnight... plans are being laid to offer tent camping along the
Elk. If we can keep overnight, they will dig even deeper in their pockets.
Oct. 15 p Saturday's event was a total
Oct. 15 p Clayberry has been discovered
and this time, in a good way.