Blackburn/CLSD Receive Auditor's Award 2019

Brandi Blackburn, CLSD Treasurer, and the Clay Local School District received the Auditor of State Award for excellent record keeping and a clean audit report.

The Auditor of the State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit.

Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a "clean" audit report: timely filing of financial reports; does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, etc.; & entities management letter contains no comments related to ethics references, questioned costs, lack of timely submissions, reconciliation, public meetings records, etc. ARTICLE

Clay Community Loses Former Administrator


ROSEMOUNT —John Robert Estepp, Jr. (Bob), 94, of Rosemount passed October 5, 2018. He was born in South Webster on April 5, 1924. He was the youngest of eleven children of John Robert Estepp and Francis Combs Estepp. He was preceded in death by his wife, Berlyn Carole Estepp (Hartz) of 60 years. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Estepp (Euan Reavie) of Duluth, MN, and Brian Estepp (Meliea) of Reynoldsburg, OH. Bob graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1942. He attended Rio Grande College in 1942 when he joined the Navy and served in World War World II as a Naval officer. Bob then graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1947 and taught school at different local high schools (e.g., McDermott and Green Township) until he was called back to duty as a Naval officer in the Korean War. Bob returned to Clay High School in 1953 and obtained his Master's degree from Marshall University while he served as principal and superintendent for 24 years before retiring in 1977. He also co-owned the Portsmouth Monument Company.


Bob enjoyed reading and gardening and traveling and antiquing with his wife and best friend Carole. He was a volunteer for SOMC and loved spending time with his family, neighbors, and many friends.


Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. Memorial donations may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Arrangements are under the direction of F. C Daehler Mortuary Company in Portsmouth.


Fall Volleyball League

Jensen Warnock, a Clay HS senior and an Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 1190, is working toward her Gold Award.  She recently organized a two-day volleyball camp for students in grades 4-8.  She is now starting a fall instructional league with the help of other varsity volleyball players.  She is encouraging girls who are Clay students, grades 4-6, to come and participate.  Students will be taught the fundamentals of volleyball and then be given the opportunity to play against one another. 

The league started on Sunday, September 9, and will continue every Sunday in September from 1:00-4:00.  There is no cost to attend.  If you are interested in participating, please ask your teacher for a registration form, which is also available in the office. 

Moore Inducted into SSU Hall of Fame

Tiffany Shanks-Moore

A member of the 1996 NAIA National Runner-Up Softball team, Tiffany Shanks-Moore was an instrumental part of SSU's rise during the mid-1990s to a NAIA title contender. Shanks-Moore owns two of the top 15 hitting seasons in SSU history, hitting .444 in 1993 and .441 in 1996 after missing the 1995 season. Her 1996 season was arguably her best: she hit .441 with an on-base percentage of .461 and a slugging percentage of .655 with 64 hits, 13 doubles, 3 triples and 4 home runs while scoring 43 runs and driving in 41 RBIs. Shanks-Moore is third in career batting average at .443, fourth in on-base percentage at .469 and third in slugging percentage at .638.

Shanks-Moore was a Second Team NAIA All-American in 1996, was she named first team All-Mid-Ohio Conference twice and honorable mention All-MOC once. She won MOC Player of the Week on May 7, 1996, and was a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 1996.

Moore was inducted into the Poland HS Hall of Fame in 2016.

Shawnee State University Hall of Fame link.

Community Loses Long-time Clay Educator

Carol Ann Sparks Chandler, 65, of Belleview, Florida, died on August 27, 2018, at her home after a brief battle with cancer. Carol was born on January 13, 1953, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Sparks and Olive Lemaster Sparks, as well as an infant brother, Robert Craig Sparks. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Chandler of Belleview, Florida, and two children, Brandy (John) Wyatt of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeffrey (Danielle) Chandler of Belleview, Florida, and many beloved friends and family members. Carol was a 1971 graduate of Clay High School, and a graduate of the Ohio University. She taught elementary school for 45 years, the majority of which was spent in Kindergarten at Rosemount Primary School in Portsmouth, Ohio. Carol also taught Kindergarten from 2001-2018 at South Ocala Elementary School in Ocala Florida. She received numerous honors for her work in education. Carol was named a Marion County, Florida Golden Apple Teacher in 2009, a Diamond Oil 2012 Top Teacher, and in 2018 South Ocala honored her as a Master Teacher. She previously taught Children’s Church at Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, Florida, where she was a dedicated member of the congregation.


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