Lease negotiations underway to bring back Clendenin Library Branch

By: WSAZ News Staff | Dec. 12, 2017 2:28 am | Source: WSAZ

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) — They’ve got the books and computers and now they’re one step closer to having the space.

Kanawha County Library Board Members voted Monday to enter into a lease agreement to open up a new Clendenin branch.

The agreement would give them space on the first floor of the former Clendenin Middle School. (more…)

Library approves agreement for temporary Clendenin library

By: Alexander Thomas | Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 | Source: WCHS News Network

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Clendenin residents could have a temporary library following the approval of a lease agreement by the Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors at its meeting Monday.

The Clendenin library was destroyed in the June 2016 flood. The closest options for residents to receive service were the Elk View branch as well as weekly stops by the county mobile library.

The agreement would include renting the first floor of the former Clendenin Middle School building on Koontz Avenue, a 3,300 square-foot space. The library board will pay $1,500 per month to 25405 A New Clendenin Inc., the not-for-profit owner of the building. (more…)

Library board moves toward establishing temporary Clendenin branch

Gazette-Mail file photo: The Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County Public Library was severely damaged when around 9 feet of water inundated the building in the June 2016 flood.

By: Carlee Lammers, Staff Writer | Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors is one step closer to establishing a temporary branch in Clendenin.

Board members voted unanimously Monday to proceed with lease negotiations to create a temporary branch on the first floor of the former middle school on Koontz Avenue in Clendenin.

Board member Anne Silbernagel said the board’s public services committee toured several potential locations before landing on the former middle school property.


Letter: WV on cusp of major development with natural gas pipeline projects

By: Jeff Wade of Scott Depot, President of Ace Pipeline | Posted: Dec. 11. 2017 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia sits on the cusp of one of the greatest periods of infrastructure development since, potentially, the creation of the interstate highway system.

This development will provide tens of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in investment, generations’ worth of tax receipts for state and county governments, and set the foundation for maximizing the state’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of all West Virginians. (more…)

Clendenin Christmas Celebration Hosted by Clendenin Homecoming Festival

As a warmup for the Clendenin Christmas Parade that was held on Saturday, December 9th, the Clendenin Homecoming Festival held a fun event at the Rec Center in Clendenin the night prior in which they had a Christmas decoration competition. The following morning, just hours before the parade, Breakfast with Santa was held at Momma Payne’s Restaurant.

Mayor Shana Clendenin invited County Commissioner Ben Salango to assist with the judging of the lights and decorations around town. Homes and businesses were judged, and trophies were awarded for first, second, and third place in each category. (more…)

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.

Reach Carlee Lammers at, 304-348-1230 or follow @CarleeLammers on Twitter.


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…)