NEWS & MORE
July 26 late a The morning post has
been corrected. Please reread and thanks TH for keeping us straight.
July 26 a About 95% of all criminal
cases are settled, plead, before trial date. As of yesterday, the J Collins
trial ws set to start at 9am this morning
July 26 a as of Monday morning at 8am,
all Queen Shoals PSD customers were back with water service. With
fingers crossed, that's the first time for the wet stuff in 32 days
July 26 a Still in need of clothes?
The big metal building out at Clay County Park has been turned into our
own version of a WalMart. the place is open weekdays, 9 to 5pm
July 26 a Last night's School Board
meeting will be aired in its entirety on 101.7FM this morning beginning
at 9am. An encore of the public meeting will aired around 6pm tonight.
July 26 a Jack Fields works over at
the Health Dept. The guy is more than miffed. Why?
July 26 a He's seen tons of volunteers
and leaders come and go since the Great Flood and still there's people
in need of help. Here's one...
July 26 a 70+ year old lady with
stage four cancer, upper end of the county, in need of help. She asked
FEMA, Big Otter Fire Dept, Clay First Baptist, nobody came.
July 26 a With her home flooded up
to the floor, all she needed, all she asked for, was for a volunteer to
come and lay down a new vapor barrier under her home. The idea was to try
and keep the black mold away. With her health issues, she didn't want to
add anything else
July 26 a No one came.
July 26 a If you're thinking, the need
is over, Wrong.
July 26 a Mr Fields says, there are
others with other needs today.
July 26 a Want to do some good, stop
over and see Jack Fields at the Health Dept., he's got other much needed
projects in the wait. His home number is 304 286 3773.
July 26 a Last night's School Board's
public meeting only lasted 30 minutes or so before they went secret. Did
pick up some nuggets
July 26 a A bunch of personnel
has resigned. Going other directions: CMS music teacher Rachel Burge, Elizabeth
Simmons, Rachel Schoolcraft, Erica Kearns, Gina Thomas, and from the Board
office, Mary Katherine King
July 26a The devaluation of
teachers continued with plans to hire any living body as replacements.
Teacher credentials? Nayyyyyyyyyyy, Don't need those pesky college degree's
July 26 a Clay Elem became a clothes
warehouse after the flood. Superintendent Kenneth Tanner says the last
of the stuff has been moved to Clay County Park.
July 26 a Three older school
buses were lost during the flood. The others that got wet (water in the
transmissions and locked up brakes) appear to be usable
July 26 a Around three of bus routes
have such bad roads to transverse, instead of Big Yeller running the route,
sounds like, vans may be leased, rented, to get the rug rats to school
at the start of the new year.
July 26 a As for a bunch of families
with kids leaving the county for higher ground, according to KT, he hasn't
seen a mad dash exit yet.
July 26 a The Pentagon has been minus
a Curriculum Director since Pam Mullins retired back in June. Last
night the Boardsters went secret to discuss their pick for the top spot.
The idea is to write the job requirements so only the candidate of their
choice can apply.
July 26 a As for other stuff needed
before school starts in 20 days of so, it hasn't been done this Summer.
KT and Associate Superintendent Joe Paxton admitted, with all the flood
duties, they haven't had the time to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.
July 25 a Our School Board meets tonight
over at the Pentagon. The agenda
for hiring a gazillion new personnel.
July 25 a WorkForce
WV is the over sight group handling a bunch of new
temporary jobs in the disaster zone. Interested?
July 25 a Did you loose your job due
to the June 23rd storm? have you been laid off? Have you been unemployed
for more than 27 weeks? Are you a veteran?
July 25 a If the answer is Yes to any
of those questions, you may be able to grab a job.
July 25 a For more info, dial 1 877
July 25 a Making long range plans for
college. Number One party school? Best liberal arts program?
July 25 a Here's the
July 25 a Back to that party
school question. WVU
is no longer the number one school.
July 24 p Carl Donnelly (Don)
Moore, see OBITUARY page
July 24 a Got a good FEMA report via
an email: FEMA came, photographed, and paid our claim in less
than a week. Culvert from house to main road eroded so that it would be
unsafe to leave .
July 24 a Hope the funds keep coming
July 24 a Car looking a little
shaggy these days? Billy Hayes is set up in the old Bickmore Tire Shop
across from the Clay County Bank, and is offering car washes and detailing.
July 24 a The Communicator still
has a few copies of the Great Flood edition of the rag of choice available.
Ditto for the 2 CD set of all the color pics from around the county. Either
or both make a great present for a Clayonian living afar.
July 24 a It takes real effort to pull
off a fair or festival. The make it successful, to get the most bang for
the buck, the event has to be promoted. For the outback, the norm is, newspaper
PR pieces, brochures placed at area convenience stores, maybe some posters
July 24 a The Ag Fair was held this
July 24 a NONE of those public relations
vehicles were employed. NOTHING, not even a last minute email request to
put something on this site nor the radio station.
July 24 a Very sad.
July 23 a One month today, by 9am,
a heavy downpour had passed thru the county. Electric service had blinked
off and back on. We thought the worst was over.
July 23 a Wrong O !
July 23 a As of Friday morning, the
SBA has approved $18 million for West Virginia
July 23 a As of Friday morning, FEMA
has awarded $36 million for West Virginia . Of that, $3.7 million is coming
to Clayberry. Note: those figures are the awards getting into our hands
and does not include the overhead from the operation
July 23 a There are 950 FEMA workers
operating in the state.
July 23 a Dave Pierson got the contract
to haul away the flood debris.
July 23 a AS of Friday morning, 5654
cubic yards of trash has been hauled to the Kanawha City landfill.
July 23 a There are still thousands
of gallons of bottled wa wa setting around the county. Many, most of the
plastic bottles remain outside or at best, half way under a tarp or canopy
July 23 a Plastic bottles, once they've
been in the sun or frozen, can be harmful to humanoids.
July 23 a On the bottom of each bottle
is a single digit code number.
July 23 a It seems everyone is asking
me about plastic water bottles lately. For the most part people are concerned
about the safety of drinking out of plastic bottles.
July 23 a Some bottles are soft and
flexible and crunch when you squeeze it when empty. Some are hard and firm
and sturdy and sound hallow when empty. Are they all the same? Do they
all have these harmful chemicals? The answer is complicated but the number
on the bottom of the bottle can be used as a general guide as to what chemical
plasticizer is in the bottle
July 23 a Here's a
link for info on those water bottles left out in the sun for days.
July 23 a You're looking for a bottle
with a 2 or 4 on the bottom.
July 23 a The School Board held an
emergency meeting Friday at High Noon where they selected contractors to
begin work on H E White Elem
July 23 a Dave Pierson submitted
bids on each project. His bids were tossed due to being a sitting Boardster
with conflict of interest front and center
July 23 a Barker and Sons LLC got the
nod to rebuild the entrance road and bridge leading into the school
July 23 a To engineer the rebuild of
the school's septic system, Capitol Engineering will handle the load for
July 23 a The problem with the school's
log factory is, it does not meet current standards. The tank itself is
intact but the leach field is all gone. With the drain lines destroyed,
the 3500 gallon tank will fill up every couple days or so when school is
July 23 a For the place to open for
business on the first day of school, the existing tank will be used and
get pumped out each Tuesday and Thursday
July 23 a Mitch DeBoard will
be the head poo sucker at $275 per day.
July 23 a During the emergency meeting,
first word came on the condition of roads and the possibility of using
small contract buses to meander the hollers instead of heavy big yellers.
July 23 a Heat wave coming our way
for the next few days.
July 23 a It's time to go to the pool!
July 22 late a The Clay County Bored
of Edumacation will convene an emergency meeting today at high noon. The
agenda includes getting approval for a redo of H E White
July 22 late a Mernie
Ann Osborne, 79, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
July 22 a Karen Walker says Happy Birthday
to Kelly Fulkerson today.
July 22 a Keep something in mind this
Friday morning. The Great Flood happened 29 days ago and most of us have
almost forgotten the disaster.
July 22 a Down in the Southern part
of the county, MANY of the 225 Queen Shoals PSD wa wa customers are still
without service. Large swaths of system, especially those beyond HE White
Elem. are experiencing main line breaks every time the wet stuff is turned
back on. Many breaks and many more repairs are necessary.
July 22 a FEMA and SBA reps will be
back on 101.7FM this afternoon beginning at 3pm. Got questions? Submit
your questions during the interview session 304 587 8353.
July 22 a Very important message on
our ADVISORY page concerning curbside pickup of flood debris. It won't
last forever so, while we've got free pick up, now's the time clickers
to use it.
July 22 a Hot hot weather is
coming our way for the next few days. Tonight, dance the evening away in
air conditioned comfort at Big Ottter Community Center. Don't forget, the
Clay Swimming Pool is open for business. And, the Elk River is back to
Summer pool and awaiting your kayaking, canoeing adventure.
July 22 a Several people have asked
for additional copies of the Great Flood edition of The Communicator. We've
found a dozen or so . If you're interested in the historical document,
stop by the office, 2278 Main Street today. Asking price is $1.
July 21 a Around the county, road berms
have given away. Instead of a gravel path beyond the pavement edge, in
many places, there are abrupt drop offs. Some of those drop offs go down
10 feet. Very dangerous situation.
July 21 a We've got low spots in the
middle of the pavement. That's another indication that the June 23rd Flood
washed out the road bed under the pavement.
July 21 a Those conditions and others
offer treacherous conditions for school buses next month
July 21 a There's still a bunch to
do as we recover from the flood of a lifetime.
July 21 a For prescribers of The Communicator,
it finally made it out the post office door Wed afternoon at 4pm. It's
on the way. This edition includes a bunch of pics from the big fire two
weeks ago on Main Street.
July 20 a Howard Lee Samples,
84, of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
July 20 a Happy Wednesday morning to
one and all.
July 20 a The latest edition of The
Communicator is now on news stands across the region.
July 20 a Pretty good edition with
lots of fresh disaster relief info.
July 20 a We're back to a black and
white edition... you'll have to color the pictures yourself this time around.
July 20 a Terri Kerns has been the
Editor of the near award winning rag for 20 years. With her retirement,
we had problems getting post office forms properly filled out and mailed.
Translation, The Communciator will not be mailed until today. Sorry but
we're in learning phase
July 20 a Clayberry is approaching
one month since the Great Flood of the Century.
July 20 a Supplies are still
coming in. FEMA, SBA, and other Fed agencies are still on the scene. Every
other day or so, some private group comes to town and provides hot lunches.
Work groups are now arriving and starting to coordinate their effort with
July 20 a National news has already
forgotten about us. It's NOW when the recovery, rebuild, starts. It's now
when those workers are really needed. If you're considering a donation,
we're now in need of building supplies, plywood, 2 x 4's, screws, wafer
board and such.
July 20 a A tent city is being set
up at Clay County Park to handle the expected volunteer workers.
July 20 a Often FEMA notices
are written in double speak and legalese. Just got one penned in plain
English and important. Here goes: READY FOR SOME GOOD NEWS? ACCEPTING DISASTER
ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY – FEMA – WILL NOT
IMPACT ANY OF YOUR GOVERNMENT BENEFITS.
FEMA ASSISTANCE IS NOT COUNTED
AS INCOME, SO IT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR INCOME TAX BILL OR AFFECT YOUR
ELIGIBILITY FOR MEDICAID, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS OR AID TO FAMILIES WITH
THE DISASTER ASSISTANCE YOU RECEIVE
WON’T AFFECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE EITHER, AND IT WON’T COUNT
AGAINST YOU IN ANY BENEFIT PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.
July 18 a Down below we listed a meeting
notice sent by Delegate Hanshaw last week. The meeting site has been moved
to the CHS mini auditorum, tonight at 7pm. Might be a good one.
July 18 a Had a couple emails on the
June 23rd flood damaging their river bank... IE: the yard near the river
is now all gone.
July 18 a FEMA does NOT cover river
July 18 a Deadline for Communicator
submissions is today at 5pm.
July 17 a There have been 721 FEMA
applications so far. The deadline for submitting info has been extended
30 days. If you have the least bit of damage, why not fill out the paperwork
today. Yes, today.
July 17 a Quite different from earlier
disasters, several local residents have said stuff like, they got their
check! Of those receiving assistance, they're happy to get something albeit,
it's not enough to fully rebuild.
July 17 a Thursday's storm which knocked
out utilities in Clayberry, made us gun shy
July 17 a It wasn't storming,
thundering nor windy Saturday morning but still, the power went off around
11am and stayed down for around 7 hours. Phone service still trying to
come back from Thursday's outages, remained elusive for many thru Saturday
July 17 a We are watching the weather
more closely these days.
July 17 a Communicator comes out Tuesday.
Email your chatters, event notices, etc., early if you can. We're especially
interested in storm and FEMA stories.
July 17 a This Sunday morning, most
of the county has utilities restored and the sun is out. Hope it stays
July 15 p Nancy Ann Herold, 68,
of Procious, see OBITUARY page
July 15 p Johnny Dale Drake,
69, of O’Brion Creek, see OBITUARY page
July 15 a Non profit 101.7FM
will be hosting a live interview session with FEMA and SBA reps this afternoon
beginning around 3pm. Dale Mullins will be the host and moderator. Listen
in for the latest this afternoon.
July 15 a Not sure what we did to deserve
it but, Mom Nature dumped on Clayberry Thursday at 3:45pm. The 10
minute wind and rain storm blast followed by another cloud burst a couple
minutes later, County Clay went dark again. Much of the county was without
power until well after midnight.
July 15 a Phone serve was available
for most but not so the Frontier DSL service.
July 15 Observers in downtown Clay
said it was like a tornado with wind pushing tree sideways.
July 15 a Beside the Middle School,
a big tree took out a utility power leaving lines dangling and a transformer
laying in the center of the street
July 15 a On Main Street two other
trees brought down the overhead supply lines to the world.
July 15 a Coming down Rt 4 from Ivydale,
two slides, trees, had the lines and cables pulled down to the pavement
July 15 a The storms are here in July
making double duty the norm for emergency service workers and utility companies.
July 15 a Since the June 23rd Monster
Flood, member of our Legislature have been in the county on a regularly.
Examples are Senators' Facemire and Romano who arrived early on and have
returned on a regular basis. The Gov and his top Dept Heads have even shown
up. Not sure what they've accomplished but at least they've showed an interest
in their constituents
July 15 a Conspicuously absent
has been Clay County's very own, Delegate Roger Hanshaw.
July 15 a As for the ace cub reporter,
Hanshaw has not been seen at any of the organizational meetings, at the
distribution sites, nor in public at the Courthouse or on the streets.
We asked others if they had seen the lad. Nope came the responses
July 15 a Now nearly a month after
the flood, here's an email from our Delegate Hanshaw: Representatives of
many state and federal agencies involved in the flood response effort will
be at Clay County Middle School this coming Monday, July 18, at 7:00 pm
to directly respond to questions from Clay County residents about response
efforts. Many agencies have been providing information to residents
individually, but on Monday evening residents will have an opportunity
to speak directly with many agency representatives at once. Confirmed
attendees are: FEMA, West Virginia National Guard, Small Business
Administration, Senator Shelley Moore Capito's Office, Clay County Health
Department, Town of Clay, and Clay County Commission. Other agencies
are being added to the list daily. Please make this information
available on your websites and through other outlets that may be available
July 15 a Better late than never.
July 14 a Elizabeth Suzanna
Trimble, 63, of Maysel, see OBITUARY page
July 14 a Clay Roane PSD meets this
evening in the Procious Wa Wa Plant beginning at 6:30pm. Employee pay raises
are on the agenda for tonight.
July 14 a The local radio station's
Board of Directors convene their gathering tonight beginning at 5:30pm
at the station, #6 Carr Street. Everyone is invited and Yes, volunteers
July 13 a Need info on hauling away
flood debris? The latest Health Dept info is now on the ADVISORY page.
July 13 a County Commission meets this
morning at 10am in the Courthouse
July 13 a While many remain without
water service and others without a roof over their head, there's a big
time media circus coming today over at CHS. Well meaning coaches with West
Virginia roots will fly into Clayberry and hand out new football uniform
promises. The photo op starts around noon.
July 13 a You want to do something?
Volunteer your back, hammer and time.
July 13 a Don't send more wa wa food,
clothes. We have ten times too much of that. As a matter of fact, we're
out of places to put it and are now readying to start sending the overflow
to a warehouse in Belle.
July 13 a During Tuesday's Town Council
meeting, FEMA rep Phillip Hammersla spent a bunch of time explaining how
the Govt is here to help us. Reality is, FEMA and the SBA will
provide the bulk of their assistance to government agencies.
July 13 a Maybe the most important
thing he provided, these first couple weeks after a disaster, they are
providing $$$ for Safety and Sanitation relief; FEMA is not an insurance
policy: and their funds will not build back a new house.
July 13 a Around the county comes stories
on meager settlements. FEMA explained the many step process for Govt and
individual pay outs.
July 13 a You loose your home, the
max pay out is $33,000.00 Hammersla was reluctant to mention that
max payout. Council person Jason Hubbard read the fine print and found
the $33,000 figure. Go Jason!
July 13 a There are strings attached
to much of the handout. Not the emergency handouts but , in the rebuilding
grants and or loans, MOST will be required to sign up for costly flood
July 13 a There was no mention of FEMA
trailers coming to County Clay.
July 13 a For those affected by the
flood, something very important. You have to apply for benefits NOW. The
window for the first application is closing quickly. Even if you think
there is a remote chance or need for $$$, fill out the application NOW.
July 13 a The disaster recovery center
remains open at Clay High
July 13 a All the extra Green Shirt
Badges have now left the county. Ditto for the last few Guardsman, they're
July 13 a Things are happening
July 13 a Most notable are the number
of roads falling apart. Big sink holes are appearing in the payment. In
other places, the pavement is cracking away due to the wash out of fill
July 13 a Bus Czar Mike Mullins commented,
he's more concerned about the unsafe roads than anything else leading up
to school reopening on August 18th. When the heavy buses start running,
the pavement may further degrade.
July 13 a If you're trying to get to
Clendenin on Rt 4, you can't. Near Barron Creek, the road ain't there.
Between Queen Shoals and Clendenin, at least two washouts have reduced
the artery to one lane only.
July 13 a Many Queen Shoals PSD customers
remain without the wet stuff.
July 12 p Town Council meets this afternoon
at 5pm in the Wa Wa Plant / Town Hall
July 12 p On the agenda is mention
of using personal vehicles.
July 12 p Wed morning the County Commission
meets at 10am. If you have questions, the CCC meeting is the place to be
July 12 p Suppose to be a presentation
Wed, High Noon, over at Clay High.
July 12 p Sounds like, supporters
of West Virginia from around the East are bringing in replacement football
July 12 a Norman Keith DeMoss,
60, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
July 12 a We forgot a birthday wish
yesterday. Great big best wishes to all around good guy, Dave Derby.
July 11 p Got a big fat Opppppppppppps
July 11 p The Health Board meeting
was actually scheduled for next Monday, July 18th.
July 11 p Our bad
July 11 a Greetings and top of
the morning to ya
July 11 a Don't forget, we're
selling a CD set with all the 2016 Great Flood pics from the first 9 days
of the wipe out. $10 is the asking price. We can snail mail for a couple
bucks more. Just let us know via email an your history lesson will be on
July 11 a Here in the outback, gardening
is important. Besides offering healthy vittles, those small plots provided
a winter's worth of food.
July 11 a Noticed last Saturday, the
Farmer's Market was not held at the Courthouse.
July 11 a The Health Dept has put out
an advisory for gardens that were under the flood waters. Basically it
says, if your garden was under water, do NOT consume the produce. No ifs,
ands or but's about it, don't take the chance.
July 11 a Another hit on County Clay.
July 11 a During the last 10 years
there has been a real push to grow tourism in this county of little
July 11 a We've had to tug and pull
our leadership along the way but, at the start of the season this year,
the new Buffalo Creek Trail was open to hikers, CAEZ's campground offered
3 rental rooms, at the other end of the trail, Mitch DeBoard's Campground
served as a great place to spend the night.
July 11 a The BDA planned the Elk River
Fest. The local radio station planned the Don't Sweat, Get Wet Float trip
down the Elk. Word was getting out, Clayberry had something to offer.
July 11 a Before the June 23rd flood,
every weekend, SUV's, trucks, and vehicles pulling trailers, brought in
canoes and kayaks. Those folks enjoyed the Elk, Lake Sampson, and trout
fishing on Buffalo Creek. Like it or not, that was fresh $$ coming into
July 11 a With the Trail and bridges
washed out in many places, the Buffalo Creek Trial is closed, the Dundon
Campground Lodge building was under 4 feet of water, all the freshly stocked
trout are now down in the Ohio River, and Mitch's Campground washed away,
Tourism 2016 in County Clay is closed for the season.
July 11 a The Health Board meets this
morning at 9am in the NH Dyer building on Main Street
July 11 a Our School Board is having
a social this afternoon down in Charleston.
July 10 a On this Sunday morning, most
of the extra Guardmen and Green Shirts have headed back to their regular
life. With those folks gone, we're starting to fend for ourselves once
again. Like, the flood debris
July 10 a During Wed's County Commission
meeting, three bids were opened to contract out hauling trash from curbside
and a second, to haul the wet stinky stuff from the 6 dump sites. Pierson
Lumber the low bidder for each
July 10 a Clayonians, you have
a chance to get rid of all that old crap, wet or otherwise.
July 10 a In the next week or so, the
CCC will come out with a directive to stop curbside pick up.
July 10 a Then, shortly after that,
your chance to drop your junk at the dump sites will also end.
July 10 a Look around clickers,
get rid of that stuff before the free service is gone.
July 10 a Voters don't actually have
a say in who gets to be the Demorat and Republicrat Prez nominee. In reality,
delegates to each party's convention make the selection. Wonder who represents
the mountain state? Here's the
complete list for the Demorats and commitment if any.
July 9 a From FEMA's Deanna Frazier:
We would like publicity for our Disaster Recovery Center at the Clay County
High School where disaster survivors can register for assistance, get questions
answered, and apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business
July 9 a The Communicator has 8 pages
of color pictures covering the June 23rd Great Flood
July 9 a During the first 9 days, we
captured a bunch more images from the storrm of the century.
July 9 a If you would like a CD (actually
two CD's), email us or stop by the office.
July 9 a Being the purveyor of bad
news, we've got some more
July 9 a The Business Development Authority
and the Watershed Association has worked their arsses off in the last four
years to secure and grow the Buffalo Creek Trail. During that time , volunteers
have built and rebuilt bridges, cleaned the 60 foot right of way, stocked
trout, put up trail markers, and started the marketing for the tourism
July 9 a It's not spectacular
like the Grand Canyon of course but very pretty, very outbackish, and something
July 9 a Not no more
July 9 a The June 23rd flood tore the
guts out of the 20 mile trail. Bridge gone. Other bridges washed down stream
100 feet. Rails twisted like pretzels. In places where there was a nice
stream bank beside the hiking trail, is is neither a stream bank nor track
July 9 a Very sad news for the future
of County Clay.
July 8 4:30p Weathercasters are
calling for high winds and rain this evening for areas South of Clayberry.
July 8 4:30p State Road folks are being
cautious. Over the scanner, we're not taking any chances, make sure all
the equipment is on high ground.
July 4:30p Keep your eyes pealed
July 8 a The W Va Fire Marshall's office
showed up to investigate the old IGA fire on Main Street. Once source raised
questions about some odd things that happened before the blaze. One of
em was, a couple box trucks normally parked up against the building had
been moved the night before. Another possible eyebrow raiser, some items
inside the building had also been removed before the outbreak of flames.
July 8 a Nothing for certain and not
a Hmmmmmm, but interesting none the less.
July 8 a The local Health Dept is making
a bunch of info available.
July 8 a Gleaned from one notice: There
are legitimate FEMA inspectors in the field, beware ot people posing as
FEMA Inspectors or "FEMA approved" repair contractors. FEMA makes no such
endorsements...... Legitimate FEMA Inspectors will have the applicant's
9 digit case number and will always carry FEMA Identification badges with
a photo. Inspectors are not authorized to ask for personal financial information....
July 8 a During the Thursday afternoon
huddle at the Pentagon, a Big Cheese FEMA Chief told the group, they have
July 8 a While it's true government
agencies will reap big benefits from FEMA, locals are telling a different
July 8 a So far all our contacts are
saying, the FEMA folks were nice but settlements are none existent. For
instance, one lady wiped out in Camp Creek was offered a mere $2500.00
for cars, porches, HVAC, and under the floor insulation. $2500 is better
than nothing but the strings attached included, they have to sign up for
flood insurance at $1800 per year.
July 8 a If you have a not so happy
FEMA experience or even a good one, let us know. Email us today
July 8 a Over the last three
weeks, we've been reporting on all the stuff coming into, about ten times
too much stuff for flood victims to EVER use. Yesterday during the huddle,
OES Director Greg Fitzwater admitted, it's hard to tell people no.
July 8 a With many Guard units and
extra Green Shirts pulling out shortly(last night patrol is Sunday) , what
happens to all t he unused stuff? Plans call for the 100's of tons of good
to be taken some warehouse in Belle.
July 8 a Parents, you looking for back
to school stuff? The Catholic Church over in Maysel is Back to School Central.
July 8 a If you don't get it, some
greedy Bas!!!! will pull out a truck load and set up a yard sale
July 8 a Was your garden inundated
with flood water. The Health Dept is coming out with a what to do
with your flooded garden notice soon.
July 8 a To cut the smell or to make
your hay field perform better, free 50 pound bags of lime are available.
July 8 a And finally for this second
Friday of July, sounds like Guard units are taking it on themselves to
help out in a big way with the destroyed H E White Elem septic system.
Crews will be handling the engineering stuff for starters.
July 7 p Clay County PSD's Boil Water
Order has been lifted as of last night
July 7p The Office Manager reports
that just four homes remain under the the BWO restriction
July 7 p Our Business Development Authority
will not have a Board meeting this month
July 7 p Ditto for the Central Appalachia
July 7 p Our Health Dept has tried
twice to hold their mid Summer Board meeting . they will try again July
11th, Monday morning at 9am.
July 12 p Clay Town Council rescheduled
for Tuesday July 12th at 5pm.
July 7 p Think you're ready to
be indicted? The Summer Grand Jury was suppose to happen last week but
didn't. Look for that process to happen in August.
July 7 p Problem? Yelp, In the aftermath
of the flood and with many still in a daze, they can't get jurors and in
many cases, don't know their temporary housing location
July 7 p The Library is back open but
only til 3pm daily. It's also book amnesty time. No fees for overdue books,
dry or soggy
July 7 p As of mid morning today,
Elk Power has all their customers reconnected except for one in the Camp
Creek area still needing a power pole set.
July 7 p Beckley newspapers has
a good write up on FEMA offers. Click
here for more.
July 7 p Normally in County Clay, there's
just a couple structure fires each year.
July 7p Yesterday morning was the old
IGA building fire followed by a house fire in the Hartland neighborhood
in the afternoon and yet another blaze around 2am this morning.
July 6 p One structure fire ain't enough
for today. Around 1:50, a call came in on a house fire just down
river from the Hartland bridge. Fire crews are on the run again.
July 6 p Town of Clay's Boil Water
Order for the Maysel service area has been removed.
July 6 After 6:10 the first calls
came across the scanner of a structure fire at the old IGA store on Main
Street It currently housed a thrift store on the main floor.
July 6 6:50am From Unit 701: Call Pinch
Fire Dept and tell them to bring their ladder truck.
July 6 7:15 am Send an EMS unit up
here on stand by only
July 6 By 7:30 all local fire
departments were on scene. Dark tan smoke seeped out at the roof line while
flames could be seen at the front double doors.
July 6 7:34 Firemen used a metal
saw to cut thru a metal back wall to gain access.
July 6 7:40 The first flames
made their way thru the rood near the center of the building
July 6 Around 7:45, the
billowing brown smoke turned to black as the petroleum based roof material
ignited. The heat from the inferno could be felt 200 feet away
July 6 Attempts were made to keep the
flames away from overhead utility lines and transformers
July 6 7:55 A Clendenin Fire truck
arrived and started using a water canon
July 6 Maybe the best decision
701 (Greg Fitzwater) made was calling for the Pinch Ladder truck. Around
8:15 that unit showed up and began hammering the flames from 3o feet above
at the end of the ladder boom.
July 6 almost immediately the fire
was cut back substantially
July 6 a By 8:30 the biggest part of
the fire was out or at least under control.
July 6 No nearby buildings were damaged
and didn't look like anybody was injured
July 6 The Guard units on hand for
flood duties sure came in handy with traffic control, moving combustibles,
and assisting firemen
July 6 On the 23rd, the place
was under water. Since the Great Flood, everything in basement had been
pulled out as well as all the wall coverings and ceiling. The flood ruined
the place and would have required $1000's in rehab. With the fire wiping
it out, no one has to worry about the flood problems.
July 6 The building is best known
as RT's Grocery Store on Main Street.
July 6 RT is long gone and now,
so is the building.
July 6 a Alma Nellie Cottrell,
92, of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
July 6 6:16 a Calls for Fire Depts
to respond to M&M Thrift Store on Main Street, Structure Fire
July 6 a We plan to leave on all the
flood pictures till Thursday evening before removal. If you want one, it's
easy, just right click and hit the save as button.
July 6 a If you want all of em, let
us know and we'll burn em to a cd for $10. There's over 200 available.