Clay County News Outlet Discovers White Powder in Threat Letter


Clay County dispatchers confirmed that Clay County news outlet, The Communicator, received a threatening letter containing a mysterious white powder early Monday morning.

The letter, intended for the Director of the Clay County Development Corporation, Pamela Taylor, was instead sent to The Communicator’s office in Clay, WV. 

Andy Waddell, representative of The Communicator, confirmed that the white powder was examined by USPS Postal Inspectors from Charleston, who then determined the substance to be Borax, a nontoxic material.

Several hate letters from multiple points of origin were sent to the Clay County Development Corporation and Court Office, says Waddell. However, The Communicator received the only letter containing mysterious powder. 

The letter was addressed to the Director of the Clay County Development Corporation, Pamela Taylor, who posted an offensive remark regarding First Lady Michelle Obama last week. Taylor wrote, “”It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”

The Clay County Development Corporation had no definite answer regarding Ms. Taylor’s employment status, besides that she had been, “removed from her position.”

Former Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded to Ms. Taylor’s controversial post on Facebook by posting, “Just made my day Pam.”

“It’s a shame that we have people in this country that harbor such hateful feelings,” said Waddell.

Whaling subsequently turned in her letter of resignation on November 15th and was replaced by interim mayor, Jason Hubbard.

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