Family Movie Nights Back For Summer in Clendenin

CLENDENIN, W.VA. – Movie nights are back on Friday evenings this summer at the Clendenin Little League ball field. Concessions will be available from 6:30 p.m. until 15 minutes after the movie starts. All movies begin at 7:00 p.m. Here is the movie line-up and dates for the summer of 2018. Mark your calendars and plan to bring your friends and family to enjoy one of these great movies.

  • June 15 – UP
  • June 29 – The Wizard of OZ
  • July 13 – WALL-E
  • July 20 – The Goonies
  • July 27 – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • August 3 – Finding Nemo


Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant Winners

The 1st Annual 2018 Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant was held on May 26-27 at Elkview Middle School. Congratulations to all of the winners.

MRS Contestants

#1 Misty Adkins (3rd RUNNER UP)

#2 Alicia Casto (MRS WINNER)

#3 Krystal Rectenwald (2nd RUNNER UP)

#4 Krista Wilkinson (1st RUNNER UP)


TEEN Contestants

#6 Kennedy Fox


#8 Carigan Hayes (1st RUNNER UP)

#9 Elizabeth Kingrey (2nd RUNNER UP)


QUEEN Contestants

#10 Caitland Boggs


#12 Michaela Everette

#13 Tayo Oluwafemi (1st RUNNER UP)

#14 Lyndsee Plantz

#15 Rebecca Rhodes (2nd RUNNER UP)


Children’s Pageant Royalty

Baby Mister: Zachary Brake II

Little Mister: Wyatt Russell

Baby Miss: McKenna Garnes

Tiny Miss: Sophia Casto

Little Miss: Grace Fletcher

Junior Miss: Natalie Donohew


View pictures of the Children’s Pageant Royalty below and keep scrolling down for pictures of the rest of the Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant.

Children’s Pageant pictures submitted by Heather Roush

View the pictures below from the event.

Clendenin Homecoming Festival Quickly Approaching

Excitement is in the air as the 1st Annual Clendenin Homecoming Festival quickly approaches. June 22-24, 2018 the Town of Clendenin will welcome guests from near and far to witness the progress of a once flood ravaged town and to celebrate the rebirth of the community. The resilience and spirit of those who call Clendenin and the Elk River home is remarkable and unmistakable.

The Clendenin Homecoming Committee is a growing group of local citizens working tirelessly since last year to plan and coordinate the upcoming festival.  In addition to the carnival and parade, the festival will feature numerous activities like a kayak race, horseshoe tournament, fishing tournament, numerous concerts, fireworks, craft and food vendors, and so much more. See below for a complete list of the festival agenda. Craft/sales and food vendor applications are still being accepted, so it is not too late to register for a booth.

2018 Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant winners: (L-R) Teen Queen Lauren Gorma, Queen Charley Clayton, and Mrs. Queen Alicia Casto

The Clendening Homecoming Festival recently crowned its royalty at the recent Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant. Winners included Teen Queen Lauren Gorma, Queen Charley Clayton, and Mrs. Queen Alicia Casto.  The Children’s Pageant Royalty includes: Baby Mister-Zachary Brake II, Little Mister-Wyatt Russell, Baby Miss-McKenna Garnes, Tiny Miss-Sophia Casto, Little Miss-Grace Fletcher, and Junior Miss-Natalie Donohew.

Various businesses in Clendenin have re-opened their doors and new businesses have made Clendenin their home since the June 2016 Flood; however, to date, Clendenin does not have a hotel. Many who attend the festival will stay with family and friends in the area; however some may seek other accommodations. There are hotels in neighboring towns, including nearby Elkview, and local Bed and Breakfast’s in and around Clendenin. Country Road House & Berries is located in Clendenin and has a Bed & Breakfast, along with the best strawberries in the area. You can contact them for room availability at (304) 553-5761 or by visiting their website.

Airbnb and Home Away are also great places that you can search for places to stay during the festival. Both Airbnb and Home Away are online marketplaces which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. If you live in Clendenin or the surrounding areas and you are interested in learning how you can earn extra money by renting your room(s) and/or property during the Festival, here are some great resources:

In preparation for the festival, the Town of Clendenin along with the Kanawha County Commission, Chuck Grishaber with the Kanawha County Planning Department, and 25045- A New Clendenin, are sponsoring an Elk River Cleanup in Clendenin on June 9. Volunteers are asked to meet at Smith’s Foodfair parking lot at 9AM. View more details HERE.


Friday, June 22

6:00 PM: Myers Amusements Carnival (Across from the Post Office)

7:00 PM: Audio Outlaws Concert (Main Street Stage)

Saturday, June 23

8:00 AM:  Horseshoe Tournament Registration (Railroad Track)

9:00 AM: Opening  Ceremony (The Gazebo)

9:00 AM: All craft and food vendors open (Main St. & Maywood Ave)

9:00 AM: Kayak Race (Begins at Queen Shoals Bridge River Access)

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: The Hoppy Express – from Smith’s Lot to Main Street and Back

11:00 AM: Horseshoe Tournament (Railroad Track)

12:00 PM: Parade Lineup (Poca Valley Bank)

12:00 PM: Carnival Opens (Across from the Post Office)

2:00 PM: Duck Race (Old Bridge to New Bridge)

4:00 PM: Royalty Coronation (Main Street Stage)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Joanna Young Concert (Main Street Stage)

6:30 PM: Adam Tucker Meet & Greet (Main Street Stage area)

7:30 PM: Adam Tucker Concert (Main Street Stage)

After Adam Tucker Concert: Fireworks by Zambelli’s (on hill behind Smith’s lot)

Sunday, June 24

6:30 AM: Fishing Tournament (details on Facebook Event: Elk River Fishing Tournament)

5:00 PM: Fishing Tournament Awards (Main Street Stage)

Sponsors for the Clendenin Homecoming Festival include First Bank of Charleston, Pulmonary Associates, Poca Valley Bank, Shafer Equipment, Charleston Blueprint, FYAO, Cabin Creek Health Systems, Cantrell’s Florist, Houff Transfer, Teays River Construction Company, The Yak House, Kanawha County Commission, O.V. Smith and Sons, Inc., Town of Clendenin, and The Clendenin Leader.

You can stay up-to-date with The Clendenin Homecoming Festival by visiting their Facebook page.


The Jim C. Hamer Company is a leading producer of hardwood products with locations throughout West Virginia and Kentucky. Our employees are given the tools and opportunities to maximize their talents and achieve professional success. We are seeking an experienced and hardworking Maintenance Technician for our Amma, WV location.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive compensation structure
  • Weekly pay
  • Great work environment
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Company sponsored retirement plan
  • Safety bonus
  • Attendance bonus

What You Will Do:

  • Possess strong technical knowledge
  • Electrical experience
  • Must be able to cut and weld
  • Maintain an clean and organized area
  • Commitment to follow all applicable safety policies without compromise
  • Take personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of your work


  • Two years previous experience
  • High School education or GED

For more information please call (304) 453-6381 ext. 116. All qualified applicants are also invited to apply in person. You can do so Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at:

190 Industrial Park Drive

Amma, WV 25005

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.


Meet Your Mayor – Shana Clendenin

CLENDENIN, W.Va. – The Clendenin Leader had an opportunity to sit down with Clendenin, West Virginia Mayor, Shana Clendenin. Not only did we learn about Mayor Clendenin, and why she decided to run for mayor, we also talked about the progress that has been made during her past 11 months in office. In addition to the upcoming Clendenin Homecoming Festival June 22-24, 2018, Clendenin is now a prime location for recreation and tourism based economic development.

A very important event coming up on Saturday, June 2, 2018 is the Elk River Clean-up. This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved and make a difference for the Elk River area. We plan to have more sit down discussions with Mayor Clendenin in the future to keep the Clendenin community informed and encourage everyone to get involved in the great things that are going on in the town of Clendenin.

Lady Huskies Are Class AA Region 2 Champions, Shutout Bridgeport in Game 2

Herbert Hoover Lady Huskies are your 2018 Class AA Region 2 Champions. Photo courtesy: Beth Strawn

The Lady Huskies traveled to Bridgeport to face the Lady Indians in Game 2 in the best of three games in Class AA Region 2 action Tuesday evening. The final score was Herbert Hoover 4 and Bridgeport 0. The Huskies will open up double-elimination state tournament play on Wednesday, May 23 with a matchup against the Region 1 winner — either Weir or Petersburg — at 9:30 a.m. on Field #3.

Remaining Class AA tournament schedule:


Game 1 (Wednesday): Petersburg at Weir

Game 2 (Thursday): Weir at Petersburg

Game 3 (Friday, if necessary): Petersburg at Weir


Game 1 (Monday): Herbert Hoover 9, Bridgeport 1

Game 2 (Tuesday): Herbert Hoover 4, Bridgeport 0



Game 1 (Monday): Wyoming East 8, Shady Spring 1

Game 2 (Tuesday): Wyoming East 8, Shady Spring 9



Game 1 (Monday): Chapmanville 6, Poca 0

Game 2 (Tuesday): Chapmanville 3, Poca 0


To see more statewide high school softball regional pairings and scores click here.

Lady Huskies Cruise Past Bridgeport in Game 1 Class AA Region 2 Matchup

Rebekah Woody posing with her home run souvenir against the Bridgeport Indians in Game 1. Photo Courtesy: Beth Strawn

It was a warm and packed house at Michael D. Chandler field in Falling Rock, WV where the Lady Huskies took on the Bridgeport in Class AA Region action Monday evening. The crowd was electrified with Rebekah Woody’s three run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning as the Huskies cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Lady Indians.

The Lady Huskies travel to Bridgeport this evening for Game 2 in the best of three series to have a chance to reach the Region 2 Championship.

We wanted to share several video links posted by Husky fans and some action shots captured by The Clendenin Leader from last nights victory.

Rebekah Woody 3-run homervideo courtesy John Woody

Lady Huskies Celebrate Game 1 Victory Over Bridgeportvideo courtesy Beth Strawn

Bridgeport vs. Hoover (Game 1) WCHS Sports Reportvideo courtesy Beth Strawn

1st Base - Presley McGee

1st Base – Presley McGee


Shortstop - Mallori Chapman

Shortstop – Mallori Chapman




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…)