Randall Douglas Woods indicted on murder charge

By Carlee Lammers Staff Writer for WV Gazette-Mail | Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

Randall Douglas Woods, 62, of Clendenin, also was indicted on a murder charge last week. Woods allegedly shot two of his neighbors in August after a dispute.

Woods told police at the time that he fired his 9mm pistol into a pickup that three of his neighbors were riding in. Woods allegedly shot David Elmore, 31, killing him. Cora Elmore, 38, who was driving the truck, survived with a gunshot wound to her forearm.

Woods also is to be arraigned before Tabit at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14. In addition to murder, he was indicted on malicious wounding and wanton endangerment charges.

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WV National Guard, fire departments unite for swift water training

Photo by Craig Hudson | Gazette-Mail – Military personnel hoist up a trainee who was “rescued” from the water during a training exercise for the newly formed West Virginia Swift Water Rescue Team.

By Max Garland Staff writer for WV Gazette Mail | Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 | Source: WV Gazette Mail

When Kevin Clendenin first trained for swift water rescue operations more than two decades ago, he didn’t expect he’d be training one day with West Virginia National Guard members, let alone using their helicopters.

But circumstances changed quickly following the deadly June 2016 flood that devastated much of West Virginia.

“The floods in 2016, with many losing their lives, that’s what sparked this joint enterprise,” said Clendenin, now chief of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department.

West Virginia school hit by flood getting band equipment

By: Tyler Barker | Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 9:34 am | Source: WOAY TV

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Another West Virginia school that was destroyed by severe flooding last year is receiving musical instruments for its band.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the nonprofit group Music Rising is giving $64,000 in band instruments to Herbert Hoover High School in Clendenin. The school lost its instruments in the June 2016 floods and borrowed instruments after that from a nearby middle school.

Studio City, California-based nonprofit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation selects schools and administers the grant program for Music Rising. (more…)

Flood recovery effort continues in Clendenin

By: Blaine Carragher | Posted: Sep. 20, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. | Source: WSAZ watch video here

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) — While several are rebuilding around the country from the recent string of natural disasters, West Virginians are still feeling the impact from 2016’s deadly flooding.

“We don’t want to be forgotten in that list of all the other natural disasters that are going on,” Greater Kanawha Long-Term Recovery Committee executive director Susan Jack said.

Volunteers Help Rebuild Clendenin, West Virginia

A group of about 30 young volunteers went to Clendenin on Wednesday to give a helping hand, which flood recovery leaders tell WSAZ is still in high demand.

“I cannot stress to you how important the volunteers were to us and were to our area,” Jack said.

Wednesday’s volunteers were from all over the country and came to Clendenin as a church group.

While volunteer groups of all kinds are welcome, Jack tells WSAZ there is an even greater demand for skilled laborers.

If you’re interested in volunteering call (304) 539-9399.

“We’ve got this down to a science. The materials are on site ready to go. We just need people to come and let us finish the job here,” Jack said.

The Greater Kanawha Long-Term Recovery Committee urges people from all over to help. If you’re part of an out of town group, they can offer free lodging.

Neighbor celebrate flood recovery in Clendenin

Clendenin residents gathered at Clendenin Middle School to listen to gospel music, enjoy free food and share memories from the last year. Photo Credit: Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

By: Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews | Posted: Jun. 23, 2017 at 9:58 p.m. | Source: WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — For Clendenin Church of the Nazarene Pastor Charles Larue, the recovery efforts stemming from the June 2016 flood deserved celebration on the one-year anniversary of the storm.

“God’s gracious,” Larue said. “The reason so many lives were spared was because of the grace of God.”

That is why the Clendenin Ministerial Association — which Larue serves as vice president — organized a celebration event Friday. Residents came to Clendenin Middle School to listen to gospel music, eat free food and enjoy an evening with their neighbors, many of whom went through similar circumstances.

The last year for Clendenin has not been easy; homes and stores were destroyed after the Elk River spilled over its banks. Six people died during the flood. Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High schools were closed permanently.

Clendenin Town Councilman Sidney Oliver said in his 77 years living in Clendenin — his entire life — he had never seen anything like what happened on June 23, 2016.

“I live behind Smith’s (Foodfair), where Big Sandy (Creek) comes out and the Elk comes down,” he explained. “I lost a brand new car and a good truck, but nothing happened to my house.”

Eva and Sidney Oliver Photo by Alex Thomas.

Eva and Sidney Oliver Photo by Alex Thomas.

Oliver’s daughter was not as fortunate.

“She lived on Koontz Avenue and it was five-feet deep in her living room,” he said. “She’s OK.”

But it is what happened after the flood that has remained with so many residents. Local and national volunteer organizations came into the town to donate time, supplies and food.

“We’ve had people as far away as Massachusetts to come in here are work on houses and stuff,” Oliver said. “I know one day there was 29 people working on my property, and I couldn’t have done (the work) in 10 years.”

Renee Lepley said the flood drove neighbors together, including two people she knows who “didn’t really like each other.”

“After the flood, they became very good friends,” she said. “People have pulled together and worked together. People who didn’t know each other now do.”

Oliver also mentioned how Clendenin is rebounding as businesses open their doors.

“They only thing we don’t know is if Smith’s is going to come back, which we need bad because we don’t have no grocery stores,” he noted.

When asked where the closest grocery store is located, Oliver said “Elkview,” 10 miles south of the town.

Clendenin Church of the Nazarene Pastor Charles Larue. Photo by Alex Thomas.

Clendenin Church of the Nazarene Pastor Charles Larue. Photo by Alex Thomas.

Larue said Clendenin churches also were instrumental in helping people in need by providing food, clothes and building supplies, which is expected to continue.

“We turned our gymnasium and fellowship area and all of that totally over,” he explained. “Actually looked like a Walmart without a cashier.”

And it is those moments, for Larue, why coming together Friday night was important. It was an evening of remembering not the tragedy of the June 2016 flood, but the unity and perseverance that pulled Clendenin together.

“Many people, including myself, lost pretty much everything that we owned,” he said. “Through generous donations from churches and other people, we were made whole again. In a lot of cases, things are better than it was before again.”

A remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday at Herbert Hoover High School to honor those who died in the flood.

Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

Alex Thomas joined MetroNews in January 2017 as a reporter/anchor. He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and broadcast journalism. Alex can be reached via email alexander.thomas@wvradio.com.

Help coming this summer for flood victims in Kanawha County

By: Leslie Rubin | Posted: May 26, 2017 | Source: WVAH

Flood victims in Kanawha County can expect some much needed summer help to arrive as the one-year anniversary of the devastating June floods approaches. (WCHS/WVAH)

Flood victims in Kanawha County can expect some much needed summer help to arrive as the one-year anniversary of the devastating June floods approaches.

Officials announced at the bimonthly Greater Kanawha Long-term Recovery meeting Thursday that eight to 10 groups from a variety of states are coming in about a month to volunteer at sites in the Elk River area.

In July, the Enact Community Services Group is sending 350 volunteers to identify 80 homes they can help rebuild. Next week, construction is starting on new homes thanks to the cooperation and help of several different agencies.

“For the people who are saying, ‘It’s about time,” believe me, the committee that I work with, we think that every single meeting,” said John Ballengee, chairman of the Greater Kanawha Long-term Recovery Committee. “We think, ‘Can we do this quicker, can we do this faster?” So this opportunity is a really good stepping stone to the next part of the recovery,”

With all the rain the area has had recently, cleanup volunteers said flood victims should be extra vigilant and take flash flood warnings and watches very seriously.

Softball’s Allison Rager named OVC player of the week

By: Connor Link, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations | Posted: Mar. 27, 2017 | Source: Morehead State Eagles

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State softball sophomore Allison Rager has been named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

It marks the third time this season that an Eagle has received an OVC honor as junior Chelsea McManaway has twice been named OVC Pitcher of the Week. (more…)