Delani Buckner Named To Sophomore All-American Team by MaxPreps

Delani Buckner winding up to deliver a pitch. Photo Courtsey of Beth Strawn.

CLENDENIN, W.Va. – Tom Mauldin with MaxPreps unveiled Thursday their 2018 national high school underclass softball All-Americans. It comes as no surprise to see our very own Delani Buckner on the list.

“Buckner (P) led the Huskies to a 33-0 record and the Class AA state championship when she compiled a 21-0 record with a 0.39 ERA. She struck out 239 batters and issued 28 walks in 125 innings. Add to that, she had a .351 batting average and 19 RBIs” according to MaxPreps.

I had an opportunity to speak with Delani to reflect back on the amazing year she and her teammates had in winning back-to-back state championships, their third in five years. When asked what it meant to be personally recognized on a national level she said, “It was a pretty out-of-this-world feeling.” Buckner went on to add, “I don’t think I would be recognized at this level if it weren’t for my team and my coaches and us being so well received.”

Delani Buckner pitching. Photo courtesy of Beth Strawn.

The impact these young athletes currently have on our community through their hard work and success is nothing short of spectacular. Buckner added, “We are very close knit and if someone gets an award or the team gets an award it’s like the community getting an award as well.” There is no doubt Delani and her teammates are very aware how much they mean to our community and how proud we are of them and their accomplishments on and off the field.

The Lady Huskies totally dominated this season and Buckner attributes her and her team’s performance this past year to confidence. Buckner said, “We never doubted ourselves, we were there for each other and picked each other up if we were having a bad day. Our coaches believed in us no matter what day it was or who we were playing.”

According to softball writer Tom Mauldin with MaxPreps, Hoover started to receive national attention after their victory over Hurricane earlier this year. After beating Hurricane, Buckner stated, “It was wild. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Hurricane knew us very, very well and we knew we had to come in focused. It felt pretty good but we knew that we weren’t giving up just yet.”

Despite being a young team there is a noticeable confidence about this team going into next year that will be on everyone’s radar. Buckner said, “We know we are going to have a huge target on our back. A lot of teams are going to be focused on getting a hit off us and wanting to beat us. Coming off a perfect season we know it will be tough to keep it going.”

As we were reflecting back on the success that she and her team had this year Delani wanted to share a few comments directed towards the Elk River community. “I want to tell the community thank you for all their endless support and staying up to 1:00 a.m. to watch us play Chapmanville in the state tournament. It truly means a lot to us and I just wanted to thank you for everything.”

Herbert Hoover Softball Community. Photo courtesy of Beth Strawn.

The future is definitely bright for Delani, but maybe not so bright for the batters that will have to face her over the next two years. We will be looking forward to next season with great anticipation and wish the Lady Huskies continued success.

To see the complete list of juniors, sophomores and freshman stars across the nation including the 2018 MaxPreps National Junior Player of the Year read the full article by Tom Mauldin on MaxPreps.

Families move into RISE mobile homes

By: Ashley Bishop | Posted: June 28, 2018 | Source: WVAH

Elkview moves into new RISE home. (WCHS/WVAH)

Home sweet home. That is what an Elkview man who is also a RISE recipient is saying after getting the keys to his new mobile home.

“You know the old saying miracles do happen, well they do happen,” Steve Strickland said.

Strickland and his disabled wife are finally moving into their new mobile home. Last month, we introduced you to the couple while they were living in a 27-foot camper and their new mobile home from the RISE program sat on the lot locked and not hooked up to utilities.

“Last Thursday we got the keys to the trailer, and we moved in,” Strickland said.

It’s something families have been waiting on…


Clendenin Celebrates Two-Year Flood Recovery

By: Haley Kosik | Posted: June 24, 2018 at 11:57 a.m. | Source: WOWKTV

CLENDENIN, WV (WOW) – Most can recall the horrors of the “Thousand Year Flood” that took place in June 2016. Yesterday officially marked the two-year anniversary, and one West Virginian small town looking on the bright side.

Flood waters nearly drowned the little town completely. Homes were lifted off their foundations, drifting away. Everybody’s personal belongings and memories buried under muck and mud.

Two years later, the town hosts their first-ever Clendenin Homecoming Festival, a community-based event that celebrates their perseverance and accomplishments through a tough time.

Flood survivor, Janet Rollyson explained…


Elkview Crossings Mall: Two Years Later

By: Lily Bradley | Posted: June 23, 2018 at 11:23 p.m. | Source: WOWKTV

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A busy shopping center forced to rebuild, after the 2016 flood completely wiped away the only road to get there.

Now two years later, the bridge has been rebuilt. Just like the community and the local businesses that call the Elkview Crossing Mall home.

The Elk Valley Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library System was forced to close it’s doors after the flood.

Library employee Sara Caswell told 13 News that…


‘Clendenin Strong’: community reflects on two-year anniversary of flood

By: Lauren Talotta | Posted: June 23, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

The town of Clendenin is bouncing back two years after the 2016 floods.

Saturday marks two years since the devastating June 2016 floods. For many families, the evening of June 23 felt like a nightmare.

For the people of Clendenin, the images will forever remain in their minds.

“It was a very tragic day for our family, as well as for everyone,” said Holli Hess.

Across the state, 26 lives were lost just two years ago and several more in the aftermath.

“My mother-in-law passed away. She had an injury on her ankle and became septic,” said Hess.

But with every tragedy comes hope. The town of Clendenin, which was…


Two years later: Clendenin family rebuilds after 2016 flood ravages home

By: Lauren Talotta | Posted: June 22, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

The Tanner family was able to move their house to a new property a few miles away.

Saturday marks two years since devastating floods hit West Virginia, destroying homes and lives. In Kanawha County, Clendenin was one of the areas hit the hardest by the 2016 flood, the rebuilding continues there today.

The Tanners are just one of the hundreds of families displaced by the flood in and around the town of Clendenin. They remember June 23, 2016 like it was yesterday.

That morning, it started raining,” said Zac Tanner. “We tried to save as much as we could. The water just got so high, we just climbed up the hill in the back of our house.”

“I was out work, and my husband called and said our house was starting to flood,” said Jennifer Tanner.

Memories washed away in just minutes, but…


Flash flood watch continues through Friday night for West Virginia and southeast Ohio

By: Jeff Morris | Posted: June 22, 2018 | Source: WVAH

The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch continues through late Friday night for portions of southeast Ohio and West Virginia, including Kanawha and Putnam counties. (WCHS/WVAH)

UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.

High water completely covering the fast lane just east of the Chelyan Bridge on E. Dupont Avenue, Metro 911 said Friday.

UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.

Metro 911 reported that large clumps of mud are falling from the hillside just before the intersection of Elk Estates and Blue Creek Road in the Blue Creek area between Clendenin and Pinch.


Flood recovery funding still on Kanawha Commission’s agenda

Flood debris is piled outside a damaged house in Clendenin on July 1, 2016. Chris Dorst | Gazette-Mail file photo

By: Rick Steelhammer, Staff Writer | Posted: June 21, 2018 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

In the weeks and months following the catastrophic flooding that swept across much of West Virginia in June 2016, “I never thought we would still be doing recovery work two years later,” Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said on Wednesday.

“But here we are, in our last meeting before the two-year anniversary of the flood, still dealing with it,” Carper said, before he and other commissioners voted to provide $15,000 for building supplies for use by volunteers in repairing 75 flood-damaged Kanawha County homes this summer.

“These are the kinds of organizations that get things done,” Carper said. “They were here last year and did good work.”

During a nine-week period this summer, 900 Group Workcamps Foundation volunteers have made commitments to work on flood repairs in the Clendenin and Elkview areas, with followup work to continue for five additional summers, Clendenin Mayor Shana Clendenin told commissioners.

“A lot of people still need things like…


Flood relief efforts to continue despite Kanawha recovery committee’s plans to close

By: Kalea Gunderson | Posted: June 21, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

Rainy nights like Thursday are still difficult for victims of the 2016 historic flooding that swept across the state killing 23 people and destroying hundreds of homes across several counties. (WCHS/WVAH)

Rainy nights like Thursday are still difficult for victims of the 2016 historic flooding that swept across the state killing 23 people and destroying hundreds of homes across several counties.

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary, and still, many people are in desperate need of help.

Even though the list of needs is still long, the Greater Kanawha Long-Term Recovery Committee is running out of money and will soon close, and with many families still waiting on the help they were promised by RISE West Virginia, the recovery committee doesn’t intend for its recovery efforts to stop when the funding does.

The funding is running out and…