Clendenin Library Events

Clendenin Branch Library

The Clendenin Library has been open for four months in its new/temporary location after a two year absence due to the 2016 flood in Clendenin. Located in the old Middle School building on Koontz Avenue, the library offers nearly all of the services that were available at the former library. The hours are: Tuesday and Thursday 10-8, Wednesday 12-6, Saturday 10-3.

Although the space is smaller, there are plenty of books, audiobooks, DVDs and music CDs.  Other services the library offers includes public computers, Wi-Fi, and copy machine. The Clendenin Library is excited to be back in the community to provide these services.

Programs for all ages are also being offered as in the past.  Monthly events are as follows:

  • Preschool Storytime—first three Thursdays each month at 11:00 a.m.
  • Teen Time—second Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m.
  • Book Group—first Tuesday each month at 12:00 p.m.  (For Adults and Seniors)
  • Purls and Chains, a knitting and crocheting group—first Thursday each month at 6:00 p.m. (For Teens through Seniors)

Many other programs and special events are held throughout the year and a calendar of these events is available at the library or on their website  

Make it a part of your routine to visit the library!

Tammy Parker, Branch Manager
Clendenin Branch Library

Kanawha County Schools Address Bus Driver Shortage

By: Mark Burdette | Posted: Sept. 19, 2018

Recently, The Clendenin Leader sat down with Briana Warner, Communications Director of Kanawha County Schools and Brette Fraley, Executive Director of Kanawha County Schools Pupil Transportation to address the bus driver shortage at the Elkview School Bus Terminal in Elkview, West Virginia.

Below is the full interview where you can learn more about this issue that has been in the news and the topic of online conversation.

We also touched on the change in start time that many parents on Elk River have been vocal about, especially as the weather begins to turn cooler and winter will be upon us.

You can help with the bus driver shortage by encouraging those that need a job to apply at the Kanawha County Schools website. Click on Employment at the top of the page to begin the application process.

We will continue to follow this story so be sure to stay connected to The Clendenin Leader and get engaged and let us know what you think about this these important issues related to our children and schools.

Lauren Gorman, Clendenin Homecoming Festival Teen Queen to Compete in Miss WV Teen USA Pageant


By: Stacy Nelson | Posted: Sept.  10, 2018

On October 13-14th, 2018, Clendenin Homecoming Festival Teen Queen-Lauren Gorman will be competing in the Miss West Virginia Teen USA competition held at the Creative Arts Center Lyell B Clay Theatre at West Virginia University. Lauren has placed in the Top 5 for the last two years at this pageant and was third runner-up last year.  According to pageant director, Heather Rouch, “This year Lauren is in a great position to take the crown.  If she does, she would then go on to represent at the Miss Teen USA pageant.”

Lauren is a scholar athlete and currently attends Roane County High School where she is a senior.  She is actively involved in Varsity Volleyball and will also be leaving next week to prepare for New York Fashion Week where she is modeling for several designers.

Rouch indicated that sponsors are required for the competition. The Clendenin Homecoming Festival will be paying for her entry fee to compete; however, Lauren will need to prepare for competition and will need a wardrobe as well as beauty expenses. According to Rouch, sponsors will be listed in the official program, on the Miss Teen WV USA website as Lauren’s sponsor, and  will be promoted on Gorman’s social media for the entire term of her reign.  In addition, Gorman will be available for appearance opportunities.

Rouch stated, “Lauren is one of the most unique and amazing young women I’ve ever encountered. I could not think of a better person to represent our state at the Miss Teen USA pageant. She has been a wonderful representative for Clendenin and we are all so proud of her and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in the future.”

If you are interested in helping to sponsor Clendenin Homecoming Festival Teen Queen, Lauren Gorman, to compete in the Miss West Virginia Teen USA Pageant, contact Heather Roush at

Elk River Native Dean Jeffries Sworn In As Newest Member of WV House of Delegates

Dean Jeffries next to his name on roll call board. Photo Credit – Mark Burdette

By: Mark Burdette | Posted: Sept. 7, 2018

On Friday Elk River native Dean Jeffries (R) was sworn in as the newest member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Jeffries will serve the people of the 40th District which covers the Elk River Valley area in Kanawha County replacing Tim Armstead’s vacancy upon his recent appointment to the WV Supreme Court.

Surrounded by close family and friends, Jeffries was sworn in by Judge Dan Greear as other key members of the House of Delegates were in attendance. The new Speaker of the House, Roger Hanshaw welcomed Jeffries by appointing him to the Joint Committee on Flooding effective immediately.

Dean Jeffries First Committee Assignment Joint Committee on Flooding 9 7 2018 (Text)

Jeffries said,  “It was a great honor and blessing to have my family with me while I was sworn in by Judge Greear this morning to the WV House of Delegates. The response from the Elk River Community since being appointed has been overwhelmingly incredible. I love our people and our community. They were first and foremost in my heart as I took the oath today. The swearing-in ceremony today was for the Elk River Area. Those that were involved from the Legislature are well aware of my passion to serve the people of this District. I was welcomed with an antique photograph of the town of Clendenin and an appointment by the Speaker of the House to the Joint Committee on Flooding. Speaker Hanshaw understands my commitment to the revitalization of the Elk River Community. It was a huge honor to have Speaker Hanshaw’s confidence in me to place me on the Joint Committee for Flooding. I am excited and ready to serve the 40th District and the Great State of West Virginia. Before leaving my new office at the Capitol I placed a river rock from Queen Shoals in my desk drawer. I will never forget why I am there or who I am there to serve. God bless the Elk River Area and the Wonderful State of West Virginia!!”

Jeffries will face Melissa Riggs Huffman (D) in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Listen to Dean Jeffries swearing-in ceremony and acceptance speech.

WV State Capitol on Sept. 7, 2018 when Dean Jeffries was sworn-in to serve the 40th District in the WV House of DelegatesDean Jeffries name on the roll call board in green lights. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries name on the roll call board in green lights up close. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteHouse Chamber prior to Dean Jeffries Swearing-in Ceremony. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteVacant 40th District Seat in House of Delegates prior to Dean Jeffries being sworn in. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteJudge Dan Greear swearing-in Dean Jeffries with Stacey Jeffries holding The Bible. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with Stacey Jeffries sharing a few words after swearing in ceremony. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries signing his oath of office agreement. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteJudge Dan Greear signing Dean Jeffries oath of office agreement. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteSteve Harrison signing Dean Jeffries oath of office agreement. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean and Stacey Jeffries in WV House of Delegates. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean and Stacey Jeffries. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean and Stacey Jeffries with children Brynn, Lexie and Landon. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with brother Bob Jeffries and their mother Mary Williams Jeffries. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean and Stacey Jeffries with wife's family (Jane and Bob Rowsey). Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with former Speaker of the House Tim Armstead. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries being presented with letter to serve on Joint Committee for Flooding. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with Roger Hanshaw and Jeff Billings talking about Joint Committee on Flooding. Photo Credit - Mark BurdettePicture of downtown Clendenin in 1929 being presented to Dean Jeffries for his new office by Chief of Staff Jeff Billings. Photo Credit - Mark BurdetteDean Jeffries with picture of downtown Clendenin in 1929 for his new office. Photo Credit - Mark Burdette

Elkview School Bus Garage Experiencing a 35 Percentage Drivers-Run Shortage

By: Mark Burdette | Posted: Sept. 7, 2018

The Clendenin Leader recently reached out to Briana Warner, Communications Director with Kanawha County Schools to learn more about the bus shortage that is currently affecting the Elk River area.

According to Warner the Elkview bus garage is the largest terminal in Kanawha County and is currently operating with a 35% shortage of drivers/runs being taken every day.

We offered Warner the opportunity to offer a statement to help the Elk River Community understand what exactly is going on and what they can do to help.

Here is the current list of open runs (meaning no permanent full-time assigned driver) or ones that cannot be run due to no drivers:

709 / 702 / 1103 /1109 / 1121 / 1114 / 1118 / 1204 / 1205 / 1211 / 1212 / 1213 / 1214 / 1215 / 1218 / 1219/ 1221 = total of 17 runs. “To break it down farther if you estimate 50 students per run x 3 runs per morning and 3 runs per afternoon = around 5,000 seats that cannot be offered to our students”, said Warner.

Currently, KCS has multiclass employees (mechanics, technicians, other transportation staff) running 1204, 1211, 1212, 1213, 1214.

The Kanawha County Board of Education and the Executive Director of Transportation are working on streamlining the training process so that they can maintain training and safety standards, but also move interested applicants through the process more quickly.

Anyone interested in becoming a bus driver can apply here:

A training class begins on Monday, Sept. 10 and they are working on further training classes now.

We have received several comments from concerned parents about the later start time in Kanawha County and asked Warner to comment on that issue as well.

Warner stated, “All of this is happening separately from the bell schedule change. If we ran last year’s schedule, we would be in a worse situation with more problems. This year’s schedule was designed for efficiency, but due to the shortage, we are not able to run as it is designed.”

Warner provided us the following link with additional details regarding the bus driver shortage and encourages everyone to take time to review.

The Elk River Community can help by sharing this important information and encourage anyone looking for a job to apply.

The Clendenin Leader will continue to follow-up on this story so please stay tuned.

Elk River Native Dean Jeffries Appointed to House of Delegates in District 40 by Governor Justice

By: Mark Burdette | Posted: Sept. 5, 2018

CLENDENIN, WV – Earlier today Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has appointed Warren “Dean” Jeffries (R) to the House of Delegates seat in District 40. Jeffries fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Delegate Tim Armstead who himself was recently appointed to the WV Supreme Court.

The Clendenin Leader reached out to Jeffries for immediate comment on his recent appointment to the House of Delegates. Jeffries said, “I am humbled and honored by the governor‘s decision to appoint me to the seat vacated by former Speaker of the House, Tim Armstead. I love the Elk River Area and our great state. West Virginia is making a comeback. I will work as hard as I can to bring jobs to West Virginia so that those who love the state as much as I do can continue to call it home.”

According to Jeffries, his immediate priorities are to address the road issues plaguing Blue Creek area and Little Sandy Road along with school-related issues including the shortage of school bus drivers and the later start time that is specifically affecting Herbert Hoover High School. Jeffries went on to add that his number one priority is to bring jobs back to West Virginia and the Elk River. Jeffries said, “My heart is with Clendenin. Anything I can do for Clendenin I will. We’ve got to revitalize that town. My heart is there, I will tell you that.”

Mayor Shana Clendenin welcomed Jeffries’ appointment by saying, “Dean has been actively involved in the happenings of Clendenin and the Elk River for a long time. His appointment is a sensational victory for all of us in District 40.”

Jeffries’ appointment will conclude at the end of Armstead’s current term at the end of this year. Jeffries will be running against Melissa Riggs Huffman (D) for the 2-year term in District 40 coming up this November.

Jeffries, an insurance agent, resides in Elkview with his wife Stacey and four children, Tyler, Alexis, Brynn and Landon.

Nation’s Oldest Community Reunion Kicks Off This Weekend in Pinch, WV

By: Angela Brown | Posted: August 8, 2018

PINCH, W.Va. – For the 117th year in a row, the annual Pinch Reunion will be held from Friday, August 10th through Sunday, August 12th, 2018 in Pinch. WV.

Considered the oldest community reunion in the United States, the event was founded by Judge William Wertz, and originally included civic debates, music, and various community events.

This year’s Pinch Reunion weekend will be filled with a variety of activities for all ages; 5K run/Walk; pie, cookie, cake and cupcake baking contest; car show, vendor and craft fair, games for kids, and a parade. In keeping with tradition, live music will take place Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Wigwam. Sunday’s festivities include a community church service followed by live Gospel music and free hot dog lunch at 1:30 p.m.

Schedule of events include: Friday: 6:30 p.m. at the Pinch Reunion Grounds Wigwam: Free music including local legend “The Earl of Elkview” George Dougherty, followed by bluegrass music by Band Wagon at 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m., 5K Run/Walk beginning at Pinch Elementary School, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Car Show at New Beginnings Church; 10 a.m., The Coopers Creek CEOS Pie and Cookie Baking Contest submission drop-off at Heritage Baptist Church (for information call 304-541-9026); 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vendor/Craft Fair at the VFW building; 4 p.m., Parade beginning at Pinch Elementary School with lineup beginning at 3pm; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Family Fun Night at Mt. Tabor Church; 7:00 p.m. Awards presentations at the wigwam, 7:15 p.m. – 9 p.m. free concert with opening act Jake and Jocelyn Hayhurst, followed by a country music concert by Clay County native Joanna Young at the Wigwam. Sunday 11 a.m., Community Church Service at Heritage Baptist Church; 1:30 p.m., Reunion closing ceremonies will begin followed by a free hot dog lunch and gospel sing from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the wigwam. For more information, visit or look up Pinch Reunion WV on Facebook.

For more information about this year’s Pinch Reunion contact Angela Brown at (304) 553-2114.

Roane County reports math teacher shortage less than a month before classes begin

By: Lauren Talotta | Posted: July 19, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

Earlier this month, the Board of Education called it “a problem of crisis proportions.” Nearly half of the mathematics teaching positions at the high school – vacant

Earlier this month, the Roane County Board of Education called it “a problem of crisis proportions.” Nearly half of the mathematics teaching positions at the high school – vacant. School officials are carefully weighing their options, looking for the solution to filling those positions.

Grandfather Robert Parrish still has some time before Niyah and Blake attend Roane County High School, but that doesn’t mean he’s not concerned about the county’s teacher shortage now.

“Finding math teachers is always a hard position anyway. Even going back 40 years, I know that was my hardest subject,” Parrish said.

Hiring those who are qualified is an equation of its own. But Superintendent Dr. Richard Duncan said…


Kanawha board hires Hoover architect, Crawford relative; no bats found

By: Ryan Quinn | Posted: July 18, 2018 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha County Board of Education Wednesday hired away an architect on the new Herbert Hoover High who’s also a board member’s relative, and heard no protected bats were found on planned properties for Hoover and the consolidated Bridge/Clendenin elementary.

The elementary school is expected to open in fall 2020, and the new Hoover school in fall 2021.

Charles Wilson, the county school system’s executive director of facilities planning, said he doesn’t expect the absence of bats to move up completion by an entire school year, but perhaps could allow a mid-year finish.

The school board voted 4-0 to hire Charleston-based Williamson Shriver Architects employee Andrew Crawford, effective Aug. 13, as one of the county’s two facility planning coordinators. Board member Jim Crawford, who recused himself from the vote, said Andrew Crawford is his brother’s grandson.

Carol Hamric, Kanawha’s human resources executive director, said…


Christmas in July Give-A-Way by Elk River Get-A-Way

Sponsored By: Elk River Getaway

Elk River Getaway is having a Christmas in July Give-A-Way.

Enter to win 1 of 12 FREE half day rentals. The drawing will be held July 25th.

To enter, visit the following participating locations below, write your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop in the event box onsite.

Winning Passes Valid: Aug. – Sept. 2018

For more information call (304) 993-0006 or visit

Good luck from The Clendenin Leader and Elk River Getaway!