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Jan 13 a About 2 inches of snow on
the ground, nice big snow flakes still falling, and 18 degrees. Quite a
change from Thursday's 70 degrees.
Jan 13 a Yesterday afternoon, County
Commissioner Linky signed his name to the form and began his campaign to
become a School Boardster.
Jan 13 a Those millions he talked
about being able to secure if he got elected to be a County Commissioner
and the ones that never came thru.... doesn't have to worry about the $$$
in the School System, they've already got $20 million!
Jan 13 a Let's see now, Link is retired
from the School System, now draws a pay day from county govt., sucks down
Social Security, and now well into his 70's, wants the voters to approve
yet more time at the trough.
Jan 13 a Got ta love em!
Jan 13 a Friday morning, Dave Walker
signed his John Hancock for a run at the House of Delegates.
Jan 13 a Incumbent, Roger Hanshaw,
has already re upped for another term under the Gold Dome
Jan 13 a Think you can make a difference?
Why not give a shot at running for office
Jan 13 a One thing is for sure, the
money is good and that check will be there til they turn off the last light
bulb and close the door.
Jan 12 a This morning it's a
balmy 60's with a slight breeze in the air followed by a sprinkle or two
Jan 12 a Don't let the mild fool ya.
Get your chores done early today. See Winter Weather Advisory below for
Jan 12 a Need to do some Courthouse
work? Better do it today, the place will be locked down for the MLK Jr
holiday on Monday.
Jan 12 a Tonight's Clay High Basketball
match up has been cancelled.
Jan 12 a Over at the Courthouse, sign
ups for the 2018 Election are few and far between.
Jan 12 a On the ballot are openings
for a County Commissioner and three Sch Boardsters.
Jan 12 a After 11 years of promising
to bring in millions of grant dollars (without luck), Linky Poo is baling
off the public trough. That leaves an open spot for someone that lives
in C District. How about you? $21K a year isn't to bad for a couple meetings
Jan 12 a Boardsters Mullins, White
and Triplett are up for reelection this time around. So far only Mullins
and Triplett have filed for reelection
Jan 12 a This county goes wild
at the mention of a dusting of snow. We all run to the grocery store and
fill our buggies
Jan 12 a Tonight, before a couple inches
of snow, we're suppose to get a coating of ice.
Jan 12 a It's the ice that breaks power
pole and lines and sends us sliding into ditches
Jan 12 a Be careful out there tonight
Jan 12 a From the National Weather
Service, here's a year end wrap up on climate change during 2017. Pretty
Jan 11 p From the National Weather
Service: REMAINS IN EFFECT
FROM 4 PM FRIDAY TO 10 AM EST SATURDAY... Mixed precipitation expected.
Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches,
with localized amounts up to 5 inches, and ice accumulations of a
light glaze are expected.
Jan 11 p Be careful out there clickers
Jan 11 a The Greater Clay Long Term
Recovery meeting slated for tonight, it has been canceled.
Jan 11 a The Town supplies water to
local and Maysel area customers as well two PSDs. The job of treating
the wawa is now on one operator. The Town is looking big time for a second
Jan 11 a With the demise of their water
operator, the Town of Clay is accepting applications for an operator in
training. Details on that getting your foot in the door job is now posted
over on the JOBS page
Jan 11 a The Town is also looking for
a part time, a couple days per week, office clerk. Interested? Head over
to the wawa plant with your resume
Jan 11 a The talk of the county is
Dwana Murphy getting fired for using the Town's Sam's card for personal
use. The new question is, what other govt agencies are doing or have been
doing the same darn thang.
Jan 11 a We asked Assessor Teresa Davis
about her dept. Answer: Nope, we don't have a Sam's card
Jan 11 a Circuit Clerk Mike Asbury:
We haven't had a card in nearly 2 decades
Jan 11 a County Clerk Connie Workman
says they do not have such a card and knew of no department with one.
Jan 10 later p The Boil Water
Order that was issued Sunday after the fire hydrant blew up on Main Street,
that Town of Clay BWO was lifted early this afternoon.
Jan 10 Gene Taylor, 73 of Indore,
see OBITUARY page
Jan 10 p Happy Hump Day Wed. Here in
the land of little, the snow and cold temps are both gone leaving behind
mud up to our knees and potholes in black top big enough to knock out dentures
Jan 10 p The Happy part is, it's already
45 degrees under bright sunshine
Jan 10 p Don't miss tonight's Lady
Panther Basketball game which begins early, at 7pm sharp.
Jan 10 p For that can't attend the
match up with Gilmer County over at Clay High, both local radio stations
will sportscast the event beginning around 6:50pm Here's
the link to listen online.
Jan 10 p By the way, there will not
be a JV game before hand.
Jan 10 p Go Lady Panthers!
Jan 10 p Here's what you've been checking
Jan 10 p On yesterday's Town Council
Agenda was the topic on reconsideration of firing long time Town employee,
Jan 10 p After a Sherlock Holmes investigation
by Mayor Jason Hubbard and after a long long secret time during the Dec
5th Town Council meeting, the elected body voted unanimously to fire Murphy.
Jan 10 p Reason? Hubbard provided clear
evidence that Dwana had used the Town's Sam's Club card for personal purchases
(personal gain) as well as providing cards for family members and others
not related to official Town business
Jan 10 p A 10 year old W Va Ethics
Commission opinion was provided Town leadership. That black and white decision
made it very clear, Govt. Sam's cards cannot be used for anything other
than official govt purchases.
Jan 10 p Since that Dec 5th ouster,
Murphy requested a secret time to try and get her old job back.
Jan 10 p Yesterday, Council agreed
to hear from Murphy. They went into secret time at 5:50 and stayed behind
closed doors with Dwana until 6:39.
Jan 10 p One time Town wawa plant operator
Dwana came out carrying a bottled water container, a few papers and an
Jan 10 p Council stayed behind the
locked door until 6:58pm
Jan 10 p Once back in open session,
Council voted to "ratify the dismissal" affective
Jan 10 p Affective that day??????????????????
Jan 10 p Here's what happened. On Dec
5th, Town Council posted a faulty meeting agenda. According to Open Meetings
Law, the agenda has to tell the public with reasonable specificity, what
will be voted on.
Jan 10 p That Dec 5th meeting did not
do that. It was faulty and could be subject to a Court challenge
Jan 10 p Last night, a properly posted
agenda informing the public what they were planning to do was in accordance
of state law. Under that lawful public notice, Dwana Murphy was fired for
a second time in a little over one month.
Jan 10 p "Affective that day" means,
Murphy will be paid for the time she did not work from Dec 5th thru yesterday.
With Murphy earning around $16 per hour, you can see, the disregard for
Sunshine Law just cost the Town some real bucks.
Jan 10 p After the vote to fire, Dwana
Murphy walked out of the room without raising her middle finger or uttering
a single word. Her goose was fully cooked. Full details
in the next Communicator.
Jan 10 p Like getting the real scoop
in a timely manner? Remember first person posts like this one during next
month's Online Begging Campaign.
Jan 9 late p Tonight, Clay Town Council
voted unanimously, for a second time in 39 days, to fire long time Town
employee, Dwana Murphy.
Jan 9 late p Not sure what they have
on the lady but for sure, to get a unanimous vote, it must be solid
Jan 9 late p Details in Wed's post
Jan 9 late p County Commission meets
Wed morning at 10am. Clay Courthouse. Be there or be square
Jan 9 p During the first day of filing
for office, yesterday, Dave Mullins and Morgy Triplett threw their name
in the hat for School Board
Jan 9 p Tired of things the way they
are? Why not you?
Jan 9 p Check the County Clerk's office
for details and filing fees
Jan 9 a We didn't know it until 8:30
this morning but Clay County Schools are closed today as is Braxton County.
Jan 9 a BOIL WATER ORDER continues
today for downtown Clay and South.
Jan 9 a Town Council meets today at
5:30 in the WaWa Plant.
Jan 9 a Have ya been outside?
Jan 9 a Instead of zero or worse, at
8am we're setting at 35 degrees with warmer temps coming our way for the
rest of the week. Suppose to be in the 60's on Thursday
Jan 9 a Now above freezing, yards
have turned into mushy swamps.
Jan 9 a Last night's Business Development
Authority (BDA) meeting was their first for the new year. Their agenda
laid out plans for the new year. Like....
Jan 9 a A Statement of Mutual Understanding
is being worked on to assure that the Buffalo Creek Spur line remains in
the hands of the BDA for eco/dev use including a rail service.
Jan 9 a BDA Chair DeBoard said the
new agreement is much firmer than previous agreements and and will allow
the group to look for funds to grow the potential tourism draw
Jan 9 a Back in Nov, The Communicator
reported on how poorly the CHS baseball team had treated the BDA building
which they used for winter practice. Everything from broken windows and
basketball hoop to not paying for utilities and trashing the place up with
Jan 9 a According to the Chair, after
telephone calls from Superintendent Joe Paxton and Dave Mullins, that will
never happen again. Assurances were given that old debts will be paid and
the basketball hoop will be replaced.
Jan 9 a With the just received LED
grant now in the bank, the BDA has $38,346 to their name
Jan 9 a Here's something new
Jan 9 a First mention came of growing
an industrial park in the Dundon area. DeBoard, " We need a place to
Jan 9 a Turns out, in "Lilly", where
the gob pile use to be, there's 30+ flat acres available for use.
Jan 9 a Sounded like BDA Boardsters
were in favor of growing a place for business to build out.
Jan 9 a Here's a snippet of interest.
Jan 9 a The CAEZ took all the credit
for planting apple orchards over in Nicholas County last Spring.
Jan 9 a Last Fall during a public
meeting, it was reported that upwards of 75% of the saplings were dead
Jan 9 a During follow up meetings,
CAEZ Director Big Lup disputed that number and everything was looking wonderful
in Nicholas County
Jan 9 a During last night's BDA meeting,
the Chair told his Board, a group travelled over to the orchard site and
had a look see.
Jan 9 a The look see group confirmed
what we reported four months ago, at best, just 30% of the trees remain
Jan 9 a Full details in the next Communicator
Jan 8 7:40pm CLAY COUNTY SCHOOLS
ARE ON A TWO HOUR DELAY TUESDAY MORNING.
Jan 8 p Right now, many of our main
roads are slushy big time. Temp is 34 degrees.
Jan 8 p If low temps come tonight,
drivers may have a tough tough time during the commute.
Jan 8 p Noon The first dribble
of slicky drizzle is now coming down
Jan 8 p Richard Keith “Rick” Taylor
II, 36, see OBITUARY page
Jan 8 p Clay Lion's Club Casino is
closed tonight. No Bingo
Jan 8 a This morning we're watching
out the window for the first sign of the expected ice, rain, snow, due
to come our way sometime mid day
Jan 8 Normally everything shuts down
for two weeks around Christmas. This year, due to the extreme cold, last
week was an extension of the two week Christmas break
Jan 8 Ice or not, lots going
on this week
Jan 8 a Tonight at 6pm the School Board
meets at the Pentagon where they will vote in a new H E White Elem Principal.
Many are hoping for a leader that will turn the place around and into a
Jan 8 a With a 6:30 start time, also
tonight, is the Business Development Authority meeting. On their agenda
is a decision on who gets to use the group's building. Last month, the
group expressed great displeasure with damage done by the CHS baseball
team when they were using the building last year.
Jan 8 a Tuesday afternoon , 5:30pm,
Town Council will hear from ousted employee Dwana Murphy who wants her
job back. Several days ago we understood that water operator Murphy planned
to bring an entourage of family, supporters, and a lawyer. Not sure
if any of that is true but the meeting might be a juicy one to attend
Jan 8 a What's left of the Greater
Clay Long Term Recovery Committee is suppose to meet in the old Valley
Fork Grade School building beginning at 5pm, Jan 11th.
Jan 8 a In the mean time, watch
out for icy conditions along with a couple inches of fresh snow
Jan 8 a The good news is, we're starting
this day above freezing. Later in the week we're suppose to feel temps
around 60 degrees.
Jan 8 a Maybe water pipes will thaw
Jan 8 early a With many schools around
the state already closed for the day, from the National Weather Service:
Mixed precipitation expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total
snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of a light
glaze are expected.
Jan 8 early a At 7am this morning,
thermomometer stood at 32 degrees.
Jan 8 early a Don't forget to check
yesterday's post on the Boil Water Order now in affect. See below.
Jan 8 early a Lots going on this week.
Check back later this morning for a complete run down.
Jan 7 7:50p CLAY COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL
BE CLOSED MONDAY
Jan 7p Have you looked at the
weather report? How bad is it? Kanawha County schools closed their doors
before we did! For Kanawha to shut down, that's unheard of!
Jan 7 p Warmer temps but sleek, rain,
freezy crap and worse for the next 48 hours
Jan 7 p Stay home if you can
Jan 7 p Town of Clay issued a this afternoon due to a
fire hydrant bursting. The old rascal was located in front of the now long
gone RT's Store.
Jan 7 p The BWO is in affect for Carr
Street down river to where Clay County PSD ties into the municipality.
Jan 7 p Back streets in the downtown
area pull off the main storage tank and are unaffected.
Jan 7 p Not sure how this could affect
schools on Monday.
Jan 7 p Will let you know if the Pentagon
lets us know
Jan 7 a Holly Lee King, 70, of Clay,
see OBITUARY page
Jan 7 a Catherine Genevieve Paxton,
91, of Wallback, see OBITUARY page
Jan 7 a For the first time in many
days, temps are suppose to get above freezing today along with bright sunshine
Jan 7 a Should be a good day to get
out and restock
Jan 7 a If you look at the weather
reports, freezing rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. People worry about
a little snow but it's freezing rain that can really put you over the embankment.
Jan 7 a Last night around 9:35, over
the scanner came a call for aid for a feller that managed to shoot himself
in the crotch.
Jan 7 a Ambulance crews waited until
10:13 for Green Shirts to arrive and secure the location near the Dundon
Jan 5 a The cold wave continues today
and suppose to continues thru Sunday. Darn chilly
Jan 5 a In the land of poor people,
such weather makes for real challenges.
Jan 5 a Bald tires makes for dangerous
travel to grocery stores and beer runs
Jan 5 a With poor home wiring
and the need to turn up space heaters to the max, disaster is often just
around the corner
Jan 5 a Those that heat with wood and
often don't have enough wood cut and split ahead of time, a cold home can
happen real quick
Jan 5 a And then there's the frozen
wawa lines. Right now when everything is froze up, no problem. When the
temp raises in a few days and the pipe thaws out, many of us can expect
a huge wawa bill from broken pipes
Jan 5 a These are tough times in Clayberry
Jan 5 a For the most part, we're just
hunkered down until the weather breaks
Jan 5 a While you're sitting there
playing on your puter there's a new threat out there just waiting
to strike your home unit especially if you use the "cloud".
Jan 5 a There are answers. Not
good ones but answers.
Jan 5 a On this date 19 years ago,
a stoned out of his head, Sonny Bono, crashed into a tree while skiing
and died. Other important
stuff on this date.
Jan 5 6:00p Clayberry Schools
will be closed Friday. Keep em home Mom!
Jan 5 Here's the West Virginia school
closing web page.
Jan 5 p And No, even if you take the
little snot lickers over to a school Friday morning, No, they will not
Jan 4 7:55 am Clay County Schools
are closed today.
Jan 4 The Communicator made it out
the door, one day late, Wed afternoon. This edition provides high praise
for the 2018 Person of the Year. Full details including the financial picture
of CSCS, the old CDC, too
Jan 4 a Big fluffy snow flakes are
coming down. Clayberry is blanketed in white and lookin good.
Jan 4 a At 13 degrees, it also
feels like a tropical heat wave!
Jan 4 a The CHS PAnthers got
smeared last night, Braxton County 61, CHS 51
Jan 4 a They got ahead at the opening
buzzer and never looked back.
Jan 4 a Sitting at home on a cold snowy
day makes some people droopy
Jan 4 a How about some good reading,
reading, something to perk you up, on how Drumpf can be canned in 2018.
Jan 3 p Sleep in Kids, 2 hour delay
Thursday morning for Clay County .
Jan 2 p County Clay schools will be
operating on a two hour delay Wed morning. Sleep in kids.
Jan 2 p It's election time clickers.
Or at least, it's time to sign up to run for office.
Jan 2 p The first day of sign up is
Jan 2 p Three Sch Bd seats are for
voter approval as well as a County Commission perch to name a few.
Jan 2 p On the state level, Delegate
Hanshaw's seat is on the ballot as is Senator Mike Romano.
Jan 2 p How about you? Why not give
it a try?
Jan 2p Good money to boot!
Jan 2 p At 5pm, the temp is 13 degrees
and dropping. Suppose to be below zero Wed morning.
Jan 1 6:04pm Clayberry Schools will
be operating on a two hour delay Tuesday morning
Jan 1 p Temps in the morning are suppose
to be aroun 3 below zero.
Jan 1 p Here's
the link for all West Virginia school closings and delays.
Jan 1 p County Commission meets
Tuesday morning at 10 for their annual organizational meeting. That should
be a short affair but we'll see what happens.
Jan 1 p This will be the last organizational
meeting for Linky Poo who is not seeking office again. He's the guy that
campaigned on being able to bring home millions of grant dollars. That
didn't happen. As a matter of fact, the CCC is now over $300,000 in debt
for the Jail bill.
Jan 1 p For Communicator readers, we're
holding up the paper for one day. Instead of coming out Tuesday, paper
will see the light of day Wed afternoon.
Jan 1 p Deadline for submission is
Tuesday around 5pm.
Jan 1 p If you have something to say
or get off your chest, now's the time email comments
Jan 1 a No Lion's Club meeting Tuesday.
Jan 1 a For those needing firewood,
there's a listing on the CLASSIFIED page
Jan 1 a For those seeking a snowblower,
there's one of those also on the CLASSIFIED page.
Jan 1 a For those needing their britches
patched, that servcie is also on the CLASSIFIED page.
Jan 1 a For those needing a hot bodied
female to keep your bed warm, sorry, no such listing on Classified.
Jan 1 a With the launch of a
new year, there are always feelings of hope and renewal. Based on what
we saw in 2017, come on with the new year!
Jan 1 a With curtain climbers away
from school and at home for the last two weeks, parents are climbing the
wall as they wait for school to start back in the morning.
Jan 1 a There is a problem tho
Jan 1 a Temp is suppose to be in the
negative numbers Tuesday morning. Some small fries are out there standing
beside the road by 6am in wait of Big Yeller.
Jan 1 a Some will be in the bitter
cold with lightweight jackets and wearing sneakers.
Jan 1 a Freezing their butts off is
not a good way to get an education. For the Pentagon (they say they never
read this web portal), go ahead and call it for tomorrow. There's no reason
to wait until 5 am tomorrow
Jan 1 a Tuesday's Town Council
meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday
Jan 1 a Word on the street has it that
fired from duty Dwana Murphy has asked for special attention from the elected
body and plans to make an appearance and demands during the next public
meeting of the municipal board.
Jan 1 a Kids along the road have it
tough without a doubt. With the extreme cold, parents are having a tough
time coping with old heating sources, vehicles that won't start,
drafty windows / doors and other rigors that make it impossible to keep
up with on meager budgets.
Jan 1 a Stay home if you can and throw
an extra log on the fire. Good luck clickers.