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September is National Voter Registration Month

Since 2002, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has recognized September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage eligible Americans to register to vote or to update their voter registration information. The WV Secretary of State’s Office is proud to join NASS in this annual effort. West...
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Elk Conservation District announces FY23 fall approvals

The Elk Conservation District (ECD) provides local self-government leadership and initiative for the development and conservation of soil, water, and related resources. In cooperation with private landowners, government agencies, and private organizations, we will develop an integrated planning, education, and management program that will protect, restore, and enhance those resources. The ultimate goal is to protect and conserve our soil, land, water, and related resources for the health, safety, and general welfare of our state’s citizens. In addition to our conservation planning services, we also assist in stream restoration and provide educational programming to schools and civic organizations about the value of conservation and stewardship of the environment.

Local Fire Departments Receive New Life Saving Tools

Clay County and Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department joined together this past week for some beneficial training in the usage of battery-operated HURST band extraction tools. These tools aid in rescues when lives are at stake, making recovery faster and more efficient. This training was held by Nicholas Burkholder, manager of Interstate Rescue Sales.

Girl Scouts Announce New Cookie

A new fruit-flavored cookie will join the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond’s lineup for the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie season. The Raspberry Rally is a thin, crispy cookie is infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in a delicious chocolaty coating. This must-have new cookie will be the first in the Girl Scout Cookie lineup to be exclusively offered for online direct shipment only, enhancing girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills.

Elk River DAR holds celebration

The Elk River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized June 9, 1972 in Gassaway, WV. The current members gathered this summer to celebrate the chapter’s 50th anniversary which included a luncheon, awards, entertainment and gifts. The chapter’s only living charter member is Patricia “Trish” Hall Moore. She plus 19 members attended the celebration. The DAR is a service organization emphasizing patriotism, education and historic preservation. For more information go to:

New Website Aims to Connect Tourists with Businesses

Clay County High School graduate Adam J. Auxier has come up with a website to help potential tourists find businesses along the up-and-growing Elk River Trail. As a kid Adam grew up in Indore, and after graduating from high school he joined the Marine Corps and served eight years. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was a combat aircrew member onboard a CH-53E. He ran a successful business in Los Angeles prior to returning home to Ivydale.

New Eagle Scouts Recognized

Clay County’s Boy Scout Troop 123 celebrated the rare occasion of having not just one, but four scouts who had all recently achieved scouting’s highest and most prestigious rank- Eagle Scout. For more than 100 years, the rank of Eagle Scout has remained one of the most recognized...

Clay County Students Graduate from Glenville State

Three Clay County students have received their degrees from Glenville State College, now Glenville State University, as members of the Winter 2021 graduating class. Katie Nutter of Clay graduated Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies as part of Glenville State’s Milestone Initiative. Lori Ray...

CCHS Graduate Represents Clay as Glenville Pioneer

Clay County High School Class of 2021 graduate Trenton Holcomb represents Clay County as the 2022 Glenville Pioneer. Trenton, son of Christi Holcomb and grandson of Denise Holcomb, was active in the Clay County High School band and FFA, has made his freshman year at Glenville an eventful one. Trenton...

Clay County CERT Named Hometown Hero by West Virginia Can’t Wait

$2,000 Award Honor West Virginians for their “Courage to Do What Needs Done”. The mission of WV Can’t Wait is to win a people’s government in the Mountain State, led by the West Virginians who work the hardest and bear the greatest burdens. In addition to a $2000 award, Heroes receive free on-going leadership training and coaching, access to mental health and safety services, and a network of other folks who are making a difference. Each of the 40 Hometown Heroes was selected by a committee of volunteer leaders from around the state, from a pool of more than 115 nominations.

Taylor Made Farms Offers “Grandma Size” Lunches

Looking for delicious lunch options? Taylor Made Farms has expanded and is now offering lunches during the week. Owner Tammy Taylor has turned her passion for cooking into a local lunch catering service. Located in Bomont, Tammy is offering a variety of menu choices each week with delivery available. Here...