Did You Know? – Country Road House and Berries

The month of May means the strawberries are ripe for the picking at Country Road House and Berries in Clendenin, West Virginia! Place an order, find them at the Capitol Market in Charleston, or pick your own berries in one of their 2 acre strawberry fields. Join us as we visit with Angela and John Born at their Bed & Breakfast and strawberry farm location just off of Gabe Creek Road in Clendenin.


A “City Guy” Converted, A New Kayak Business on The Elk, and A Song

CLENDENIN, W.Va. – As I navigated my way back to Clendenin after an interview with Steven Grau (pronounced Grouw), owner of a new kayaking and shuttle business called Elk River Get-A-Way, I couldn’t seem to get an old song out of my head. Before I was even born, in the late 1950s, songwriter Pete Seeger wrote a song called “Turn, Turn, Turn” in which he derived the lyrics almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible. The song was later recorded by the folk/rock band The Byrds and quickly soared to number one on the music charts in 1965. The opening line; “To everything (turn, turn, turn), there is a Season (turn, turn, turn), and a time to every purpose under Heaven.” (more…)

Clendenin Little League Hits Homerun with Super Saturday

Photo Courtesy: Cole Clendenin

CLENDENIN, W.Va. – After foul weather in early April hampered the Clendenin Little League’s first attempt to host Super Saturday, it was rescheduled for Saturday, April 28 and the weather plus the turnout couldn’t have been better. The Clendenin Little League holds one of the oldest sanctioned leagues, celebrating their 60th anniversary. Super Saturday is sort of a kickoff to the Little League season in Clendenin and this one appeared to be a huge success.

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The day began at 9am in prayer, followed by the National Anthem, an introduction of players and coaches, and a thank you and acknowledgement of donors and sponsors who help to support the organization. There were teams not only from Clendenin, but from numerous areas including Elk District, Charleston, Sissonville, and Boone County. Six games, of various age-group teams, were slated for the day running from 10am all the way through to the evening hours.

Cars lined both sides of the street in the upper end of town near the ballpark and the crowd was plentiful. Organizers estimated that there were roughly 500 in attendance and pointed out that this event is such a positive for the town because it draws people from outside of the area into our community. They estimated that concessions sold approximately 500 hotdogs for the day, along with a variety of other items, and that other local eateries more than likely received a bump in business revenue for the day as well.

In June of 2016, the Clendenin Little League facilities were significantly devastated by the flood. Many involved with the organization, as well as other volunteer organizations, have assisted in rebuilding and rehabbing the facilities there. They are now in the process of installing indoor batting cages, pitching areas, and other indoor practice spaces within the building.

Congratulations to the Clendenin Little League for their hard work and determination to restore the organization after the 2016 flood and for pulling off a very successful Super Saturday event which also served to benefit the town, the community, and local businesses.

  • Casey Clendenin (left) and Tabitha Clendenin (right), organizers with The Clendenin Little League Organization
    Casey Clendenin (left) and Tabitha Clendenin (right), organizers with The Clendenin Little League Organization. Photo Credit: Susan Jack

Meet Your Neighbor: Keith Murdock

Welcome to the Clendenin Leader’s “Meet Your Neighbor” video segment with Keith Murdock, owner of Murdock’s Auto Sales and Auto Repair in Clendenin, WV! Learn more about Keith and hear a great Elk River Little League story as well in our latest segment of Meet Your Neighbor. Be sure to check out his website at www.murdockspreownedautosales.com.

Meet Your Neighbor is intended to be light, informal, and fun. We will be highlighting random individuals in the Elk River Community on a regular basis, so don’t be surprised if we, one day, pick YOU! Enjoy! 


Clendenin’s Shafer Equipment to Attend EXPO

CLENDENIN, WV (The Clendenin Leader) – Shafer Equipment, LLC of Clendenin, will be in attendance and will have an exhibition booth available at the 2018 West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition to be held on March 21-22 at the Charleston Civic Center. Referred to simply as “EXPO”, this is the only West Virginia trade show for the construction, engineering, and architectural industries. Attendees will be present from over 25 states and multiple countries, and it will draw nearly 5,000 regional attendees. It is one of the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi.

Attendees of this show are Architects, Engineers, HVAC Practitioners, Landscape Architects, Lawyers, Surveyors, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, and more. EXPO has become a meeting ground for numerous trade associations and professional societies as well. Various seminars will be available, many offering continuing education credit.

Shafer Equipment will be located at Exhibition Booth #724 and would like to extend an invitation to all attendees, to stop by and visit, plus sign up for their raffle; a chance to win a Full Day Lower New River Rafting Trip for Two People at Adventures On The Gorge!

EXPO charges no admission fee to qualified attendees. Qualified attendees are those directly engaged in construction; design; public works or infrastructure construction and maintenance; others actively engaged in procurement of these goods or services; owners demonstrating a need for these goods and services; trade professionals and others who play a role in supporting the design and construction industries. For more information on EXPO, visit their website at http://wvexpo.com.

Established in 2011, Shafer Equipment is a family owned and operated heavy equipment company that offers sales, rentals, parts, and service, of heavy equipment for pipeline, construction, and environmental work. They serve customers throughout West Virginia, as well as Southeastern Ohio and Southern Pennsylvania. Shafer Equipment is a full-service dealer for Terramac crawler carriers, and they stock a diverse selection of specialty attachments such as hydroseeders, personnel carriers, tack welders and more, which mount to the unit’s chassis. They are also an Okada attachment dealer with a wide range of Okada Hammers in various sizes. In addition, they provide parts, service and warranty repairs for Cummins certified engines and carry a wide variety of top of the line Excavators, Komatsu, CAT, John Deere Pipelayers, and Dozers as well.

Shafer Equipment, LLC is located at 1420 Bufflick Road, Clendenin, WV. For more information visit their website at www.shaferequipmentwv.com or you may contact them at 304-548-4300.

West Virginia Teacher Strike: Students Minds on Lack of Food and Money, not Education


With the West Virginia teacher walkout/strike well into its second week, I was on assignment to do a story about volunteers comprised of various organizations, who had coordinated an effort to provide hot meals for children in need, due to the continued shutdown of the schools. As I wrapped up the interview, I decided to speak with some of the children that were hanging around the facility, just to get their take on the situation. After all, their lives have been disrupted by this situation maybe more than any, and I had not seen any media coverage concerning the student’s thoughts and opinions of the situation. (more…)

Clendenin Health Center Teams with Other Organizations to Provide Hot Meals for Children


School Nurses from Clendenin/Bridge Elementary, Pinch Elementary, Elkview Middle and Herbert Hoover High School.
Susan Jack | The Clendenin Leader

It is widely known that many children are deprived of a hot meal when school is not in session.

Due to the continuation of the teacher walk-out, prompting more school cancellations in the area, the Clendenin Health Center (Cabin Creek) decided to provide hot meals at lunchtime on Thursday for any students or families in need.

Volunteers with the Clendenin Health Center teamed with Elk River Backpack Blessings, the Clendenin United Methodist Church, Principal Vanessa Brown, and school nurses from Clendenin/Bridge Elementary, Pinch Elementary, Elkview Middle, and Herbert Hoover High School, to help insure that children had an opportunity for a hot meal on this day.

Despite a wide-spread power outage in the area, they stuck with the plan as the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department graciously volunteered their facility where they had generators on hand.

Due to the disruption caused by the power outage, turnout was lower than expected, so volunteers quickly shifted to Plan B.

They jumped in and set out to deliver the meals personally, going door to door, to those they knew might be in need, and Elk River Backpack Blessings assisted in delivering hot meals along with their normal backpack deliveries today as well.

Susan Jack of The Clendenin Leader spoke with Mary Grandon, Physician’s Assistant at the Clendenin Health Center about this teaming effort and how important community service is to the staff at the Clendenin Health Center.

Meet Your Neighbor: Diana Chandler

Welcome to the Clendenin Leader’s very first “Meet Your Neighbor” video segment featuring Diana Chandler, owner of Penny Pinchers located on Main Street in Clendenin, WV! To learn more about Penny Pinchers visit their website at www.pennypinchersllc2.com. These are intended to be light, informal, and fun. We will be highlighting random individuals in the Elk River Community on a regular basis, so don’t be surprised if we one day pick YOU! 😃 Enjoy!

*These will normally run between 2-3 minutes in length. The first one here is longer due to the introduction.

Youth Spotlight – Hunter White

While at Herbert Hoover High School, athletically Hunter White was a member of the Huskies basketball, baseball, and golf teams. Academically he was a member of the “We the People” debate team that made it to the second round of a state-wide high school competition in 2014, and the Math Field Day Team. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, was Salutatorian of the Herbert Hoover Class of 2014, and was awarded the President Award which goes to the top graduating male in each class.

Hunter chose West Virginia University to continue his education, and in 2016, the first year he was eligible, he was selected an Eberly Scholar. This is considered the most prestigious scholarship awarded at Eberly College, WVU’s largest college. Only twenty students per year are selected for this scholarship.

Hunter with his parents, both 1981 Herbert Hoover Graduates, Rhonda and J.E. White of Clendenin

A Senior now at WVU, Hunter is majoring in Biology and will graduate with highest honors (summa cum laude), receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree, with Honors, in May of 2018. He was recently named a 2017 Mr. Mountaineer Finalist, one of only five selected. He has already been accepted to medical school and will begin in the Fall of 2018. He is the son of J.E. and Rhonda White of Clendenin.

Susan Jack with The Clendenin Leader, sat down with Hunter and had a casual conversation with him while he was home on Christmas Break. He shared with us a little about his time at WVU, his activities, accomplishments, and his plans for the future. Click the play button below to listen. (more…)

Water Crisis Settlement – Deadline Approaches to File Your Claim

This is a friendly reminder to all in the Clendenin and/or Elk River Valley areas that were impacted by the January 2014 Water Crisis, that the deadline for filing a claim in the class action lawsuit against West Virginia American Water is February 21, 2018.

You can view more information regarding filing a claim in the WV Gazette-Mail article.

Claims can be submitted online at the following website www.wvwaterclaims.com.