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7 p About 1.6 million students take the SAT exam each
year, and only 43% of the high school class of 2013 scored
high enough to succeed in college, according to a College
Board analysis. U.S. students have fallen behind their
counterparts in many other developed nations in test
results, prompting concerns that the U.S. is
insufficiently preparing young people for competing in a
global economy. For
more, press here.
7 p That speaks volumes on how well the USA educational
system is doing.
7 p The CHS Class of 2009, the students that should have
graduated from college in 2013, of that CHS class, only a
dozen or so only made to college for more than a few weeks
, only 5 graduated on time, and only another 2 or 3 expect
to complete the undergraduate work this year.
7 p Oh, I don't care if the Govt is looking at what I read
online! Oh, I don't care they know what library books I
check out. Oh I don't care the Feds are.....
7 p Well you should. When when civil right is given away,
the rest will soon fall. The National Security
Agency apparently isn’t the only government agency engaged
in domestic spying. Local law enforcement is playing
the role of Big Brother.
7 p Frontier internet leadership provides a bunch of
lip service on lots of improvements with their DSL
service. The reality is just the opposite. They add more
customers to over crowded lines and switches which slows
down the already snail speed internet speed. While
Forntier is pitiful, the whole darn country is laggin
behind the rest of the world. According to a
recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a
shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download
speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49
Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging
speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like
Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.
7 p That average speed of 20.77mbps is five times
faster than actual Fronter speed and that's when Frontier
DSL works at all!
7 a That mystery pic on the homepage was sent our
direction by M.E. who says that was a hotel situated on
Main Street where Prestera is located now. The ornate
wooden building burned in the early 40's.
7 a Saw 54 degrees Thursday. First time in months we've
not listed a school outage or delay on a Friday morning.
Maybe Spring really is close
7 a Are those rug rats driving you up the wall. Now's the
time to get them signed up for Little League ball and out
of the house. Use the homepage button today
7 a It's time you got out of the house too. Big Otter
Community Center might be just the ticket! Good music and
food tonight. Wear your dancing shoes too
7 a The Business Development Authority (BDA) met last
night. One of their 2014 projects is to grow a kayak /
canoe livery business in the county. The guy they had in
Jan that was willing to try the venture, he pooped out.
7 a Consensus from last night, if they can't find someone
to set up and operate the livery business, the BDA will do
it themselves. How about you America? Here's a chance to
make a small investment and maybe just maybe, make some
real money this Summer.
7 a Interested? Call Bill Dunn today for info
7 a The CAEZ also held their rescheduled monthly meetings
7 a By far the most active CAEZ committee is the Eco / Dev
Committee which convened at 4pm in the Commission room
7 a During that gathering, the Director provided the Board
will updates on each county served by the CAEZ. On this
county, there was mention of the lodge building over at
Dundon, progress updates, and more.
7 a Missing from the presentation was any mention of the
humongous $1140+ water bill the CAEZ has to pay
compliments of water leakage.
7 a Dry warm temps today and Saturday. Get out of that
house and do something fun
6 a Let's see now....
6 a Communicator made it out the door Wed afternoon
and in the post office too. Lead story provides nasty
winter and snow info. If you're interested in what
Courthouse workers earn, that series starts with this
6a The Panthers got their i's dotted last night, 71 to 42
in Sectional Tournament action. That's the end of the
basketball season for CHS this year.
6 a CAEZ holds their rescheduled monthly meeting tonight,
4pm and a full Bd meeting at 6pm. Both public meetings are
held in the Commission room at the Courthouse
6 a The BDA convenes at 6pm tonight int he old State Road
garage at Two Run.
6 a All three meetings are open to the public and should
be interesting to watch.
6 a Something's going on at the Town's only grocery store,
Foodland. Outside the big signs are covered up. On the
double door is a sign stating that they are no longer
honoring Foodland discount coupons. Inside, some shelves
have greatly reduced inventory.
6 a Word on the street has it that the local
Foodland will change to another franchise, most likely the
Southern chain, Piggly Wiggly although other franchises
are available, When customers ask store workers, the reply
is, there's a surprise comin'.
6 a Back when Robin Sizemore bought RT's IGA store, the
shelves went empty as they changed over to a Fas Check
6 a Town Council held their rescheduled monthly meeting
Wed at 5pm. A couple things from that gathering. First,
long time town employee Terry Traub quit a couple weeks
ago. There's been no mention of that big time loss other
than, last night, TT's keys were passed to the next guy
and mention was made that his truck had been cleaned out.
6 a The CAEZ leases dirt over at Dundon and refers to the
place as a campground. Although there hasn't been much in
the way of camping there for years, the water service
(from the Town) remained on.
6 a Back in August a water leak ran up the wa wa bill to
$1149.58. One leak was 314,000 gallons, followed by
155,000 gallon another month and finally, most
recently, a 344,000 gallon leak for one month.
6a That's about 3/4 million gallons of potable wet stuff
that has to be paid for. After the first huge
bill, CAEZ told the Town to shut off the water service.
6 a Not sure who dropped the ball after that but the
water remained on and leaked like crazy to the tune of
several thousand dollars.
6 a The cash strapped CAEZ got off the hook with
just a $1149 bill to pay.
6 a The balance of the bill will be covered by the Town.
Actually, that balance will be paid by other customers of
the water utility in the form of water rate increases.
- March 4 9:15 pm Clay
County Schools will be operating on a two hour delay Wed
- March 4 p The
afternoon sun helped some but many side roads turned from
melting snow to solid ice. Be careful out there.
- March 4 p The Clay
High Panthers will play Sectional Tournament action down in
Poca Wed night at 7pm.
- March 4 p The all
volunteer local radio station wants to brodcast the match
up. Poca High is now charging $125 as a broadcast fee. If
you want to hear Panther action Wed night, the station has
to come up with $125 pronto.
- March 4 p Can you
help? Email the station at firstname.lastname@example.org with your
pledge . Or call the station at 304 587 8353
- March 4 p The
Communicator makes it out the door Wed around noon o'clock.
Should be on news stands across the region by 3pm Wed
- March 4 p Mentioned in
this edition is the round ex sheriff resigning in a huff and
leaving even more controversy over in Calhoun County. From the Hurherald web
site and dated March 5th: Problems raised by the
Calhoun Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Board could be
resolved with the resignation of Randy Holcomb.
Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee has advised the Calhoun
Commission that Holcomb has resigned. Longtime
member of the Calhoun Co. Deputy Sheriffs Civil Service
Board, attorney Loren Howley, expressed concerns to the
Calhoun Commission about the hiring of Holcomb. Holcomb has
had various job titles as an employee of the sheriff's
department, first employed as a temporary part-time
deputy. The Calhoun Commission has requested an
opinion from the WV Ethics Commission regarding the sale of
county property by the sheriff. Sheriff Ballengee sold
several retired duty weapons to Holcomb's son, a licensed
gun dealer. The ethics request was to clarify the
legality of the sale. Also at issue is the money from
the sale of the weapons was deposited in the sheriff's
concealed weapons fund, the commission is concerned the
action was improper. Commission president Scottie
"Chip" Westfall said, "The commission is following up on the
concerns of the Deputy Civil Service Board and other
- March 4 noon The
CAEZ meetings slated for 4 and 6pm today have been
rescheduled for Thursday, in the County Commission room
- March 4 a Clay Town
Council meeting is on for today at 5pm
- March 4 a The
Sectional Tournament B Ball game scheduled for tonight has
been changed to WEDNESDAY night at 7pm
- March 4 a The
Communicator will be delayed til Wed.
- March 4 a Temp
is already around 20 degrees but many side roads in the
county remain unplowed and untreated.
- March 4 a Be careful
- March 4 early a Earl
Glen McCune, 87, see OBITUARY page
- March 4 3
am Temps outside: 8 degrees.
- March 3 5:20p CLAY COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TUESDAY
- March 3 Side roads are
solid ice. Main roads remain dangerous too
- March 3 Kids: Better
enjoy this last year of not having to make up school days
after June 8th.
- March 3 Parents:
They're all yours. Don't kill em!
- March 3 Communicator
deadline remains today . BUT BUT BUT, if the roads remain
icy slick, expect delays in getting the thing out the door
- March 3 5:31p From
Green Shirts: Would you call DOH and see if they can make a
swipe at our driveway and some cinders... Pronto!
- March 3 That wasn't a
problem when the Green Shirt HDQ was located right on a
centrally located main road in Maysel.
- March 3 late a
From the email bag: BDA Meeting has been canceled for
tonight. Rescheduled for Thursday March 6th
6pm. Monday nights agenda will be used for Thursdays
- March 3 a From the
Pentagon: The Board of Education Meeting scheduled at
Clay Elementary School at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3 has
been postponed and will be held at a later date to be
- March 3 a Today's
Tourism meeting has been canceled
- March 3 a The Business
Development Authority (BDA) is suppose to meet tonight. Their website mentions no
- March 3 a Talked to a
lady down in Charleston who reports the place is all but
shut down due to the weather. A 10 minute trip from Belle to
Kanawha City took 45 minutes with speed never getting about
25 miles per hour.
- March 3 a Here in
Clayberry, looks like four inches on the ground and snow
flakes heavy enough to look like a white out. At 19 degrees
at 9am and strong wind, this $$##@@ winter won't end.
- March 3 a No report of
power outages so far
- March 3 a State Road
crews are out scraping the pot holes but with this much ice
and snow, stay home if you can
- March 3 a County Clay
is at the top of another poll: Last election, a
larger percentage of WV voters chose not to vote than in any
other state in the Union.
- March 2 late p Suppose
to be lots of public meetings this week. Until the storm
decides what's it going to do... we'll hold off that
- March 2 7pm Clay
County Schools will be closed Monday
- March 2 7pm So
far, we've just had rain. Up North, around Morgantown, the
ice has already hit and a few inches of snow on top of that
is making driving very tricky.
- March 2
7pm Nine county school systems, most of em in
the North, have already called off edumacation for Monday
- March 2 a First the
- March 2 a 106 pounder
Jack Cummings is now a State Wrestling Champ after a 55
- March 2 a In the 180
pound weight class Tyler Stewart also took top honors in the
State Wrestling Tournamnet held yesterday
- March 2 a Overall the
Clay High team placed fourth in the state
- March 2 a Saturday
night the Panthers BBall team put it all over Herbert
Hoover, 59 to 44 wining the Sectional Tournament held at HHS
- March 2 a The Panthers
move on to the next round down in Poca Tuesday night.
- March 2 a 101.7 FM
hopes to continue the on air coverage but but but... Poca
High School greedily demands a $100 broadcast fee. If you
can help the non profit make it happen, you get your name
(s) mentioned several times during the event. Call the
station 304 587 8353 or email email@example.com
- March 2 a Now for the
- March 2 a With about a
100% certainty, looks like the region is about to be
blanketed in rain followed by sleet, then ice and 6 inches
of snow. The stuff is suppose to start this afternoon around
- March 2 a Suppose to
be around 5 degrees Monday night and Tuesday.
- March 2 a at 10am this
morning, Clayberry was gray and thick with dampness in the
- March 2a Clayonians
are running to local outlets for supplies.
- March 2 a We'll post
as electric and internet allows.
- March 2a All together
now, this &&^%$$^^^!!!!! winter won't quit!!!
- March 2 a Be
reaaaaaaaaaaal careful out there today.
- March 2 a If you're
canceling your meeting or event, please email and we'll let
the world know (if possible)
- March 2 a The
Communicator comes out Tuesday. Better email your notices,
classified, articles, etc now