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I haul coal for my living. In March, that will be 25 years. Anything that comes up in this paper I've usually had something to say, and this paper has been good enough to print my letters to the editor. So now I have something a lot better.
Back in August, I read on Yahoo a headline that got my attention. It said " A Swedish company had come up with a new gas that would help reduce emissions"...... in small print it said ships and coal-fired power plants!!?? I just had to read this. It said a team of 16 men had come up with a new gas that would do more than just reduce emissions from ships and coal-fired power plants, it would eliminate them on the spot. This gas is made up of hydrogen atoms and diatomic alkali. The name of the gas is "Hydro Nano Gas." Well, one of the main men by the name of Lee won a Nobel prize back in 1986. The head of the company was a lead engineer for Volvo. It gets better. The website it took me to was marineinsight.com, where it said that they have strict emission standards in Europe for ships and that Globeco, an Italian shipping company, was going to put this new technology on 200 of their ships shortly. The company's name is Hydro Infra Technologies, they have a website, hydroinfra.com and can be contacted. Revolution-green.com has the details and results. You can type in "Hydro Nano Gas" on Google or Yahoo and it will bring up those websites. They said on hydroinfra.com that if they put this on every coal-fired plant in the world, it would only take two to five years??? Wowie. Coal just got a lot cleaner and greener.
We could use this at the Big Sandy power plant at Louisa, keep the doors open and the lights cheap, keep jobs and save money and live better. As for the moonscapes that was mentioned Dec.8, I don't know of any moonscapes that have grass and trees and cows and horses like I've seen lately around Phelps. And for a new day in these hills, anybody knows you don't quit your job without having one waiting to go to.
It was said right that any thing here can't be done overnight, but you shut down what you have before you, get the other going, then what you'll have is a lot of ghost towns. We need coal for more than just lights. Maybe this new gas will help us keep people here where their heart is.
Ray E Davis Jr.
December 17, 2013
Legislative redistricting has been completed, and I'm happy to welcome new constituents into the 31st District.
In Frankfort, I serve the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and am excited to specifically represent the needs of the people in Lawrence County.
I've served in the General Assembly for almost 13 years. During that time, I've made education, roads, economic development and infrastructure my priorities. In this next legislative session, I'll be committed to balancing our state's budget, advancing our children's education, and advocating for the programs and services that keep our state moving forward.
Your input is important to guiding my work in Frankfort. My door is always open, and I'm just a phone call, letter or e-mail away. I look forward to hearing what I can do to best serve your needs at the Capitol.
Contact me in Frankfort by mail at 702 Capitol Avenue, Annex Rm. 229, Frankfort, KY 40601; by phone, 502-564-8100, xxt. 681; and by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray S. Jones II
November 26, 2013
It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve as your legislator for many years. I appreciate all the support I have received from the community throughout the years and am grateful to the citizens for allowing me to serve.
My goal as a state senator is and has always been to work on projects that will help to improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I hope that I have made some contribution toward that in Lawrence County over the years. Although I will no longer be representing you in the Kentucky General Assembly, I will always be available for the people of Lawrence County. As a state senator, I still represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will do what I can to make Kentucky a better place to live.
My friend, Sen. Ray Jones, will now be representing you in the state Senate. I know that he will represent you well.
Again, thank you for all your past support.
Walter "Doc" Blevins
November 26, 2013
The Fallsburg Haunted House would like to thank all the fans for making 2013 a huge success. We had more than 17,000 people visit us this year. We had fans drive from Cleveland, Ohio, Knoxville, Tenn., Evansville, Ind., and everywhere in between. We are drawing up plans to make 2014 even bigger and better. Check us out on Facebook.
The Crew at Fallsburg Haunted House
November 19, 2013
The board of directors and members of Growing Up Safe would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual radio auction a success again this year. We truly hope we will be able to bring more awareness and education about child abuse to the children and families in our community.
We would like to thank the following business and individuals for their support: Appalachian Wireless, Premier Auto, Bruce Ritz, John Mischel, Poor Boys Gun and Pawn, Mattie and Lee Crum, Images by John Michael, John Michael and Ramona Laney, Tropical Isle, Fitness Plus, Thom and Cherie Deskins, Mountain Aggregates, Buz Tharp, Prestonsburg Gun and Pawn, Darrell Preston, Short Farm Center, Harry Wilson, Chris Hunter, Sears Hometown Store, Loretta Meade, Treasures on Main, Michelle Hackworth, Scurlock's Heating and Cooling, Tommy Scurlock, Porkey's Pizza, Mark Dalton, Savannah' Salon, Nancy Pelphrey, Judge John David Preston, Superior Floor Coverings, Jimmie Lee, Auto Zone, Dawn Preston, Skeans Marathon, Tony and Mary Skeans, Pack and Butcher Law Firm, Paul Pack, Brett Butcher, Patco Pools, Country Cottage, Peggy Calhoun, CB&P Pawn, Carl Butcher, The Market Place Ladies Boutique, Felicia Woody, Becky and David Harrison, Miss Ida's Tea Room, Willa Burchett, The Movies at Mayo Plaza, Dean and Jodi Preston, Highlands Foundation, Kathy Rubado, Maid 2 Shine, Christy Henry, Amanda Blevins, Judge Janie McKenzie Wells, Penny Adams, B&W TV and Appliances, Malcom Ratliff, Nick Ratliff, Rite Aid, Hardees, Anna Melvin, McDonalds, Bob and Tom Hutchison, Capital Tire Company, Kevin Blair, Tackett Tire, Barry Tackett, S&S Signs, Nick and Kayla Salyer, The Big Sandy News, Tony Fyffe, Marjie Hale, Advance Auto, Randy Greer, The Upper Cut, Fran Jarrell, Connelly and Higgins Family Dentistry, Paintsville Floral, Milton Preston, Ramada Inn, Daryl Music, WalMart, StoneCrest Golf Course, Paintsville Dairy Queen, Craig Delong, Paintsville Herald, Paula Halm, Nordin Eye Center, Mark Nordin, Something Old, Something New, Debbie Branham, Curiosity Shop, Beth Houston, Foothills, Beverly Castle, Big Sandy Furniture, Fast Lane, Inc., Erin O'Bryan, Auxier Greenhouse, Hometown Subway of Paintsville, Masters Miracle, Harry Frisby, Brown's Ford, Mike Brown, Titan Cleaning Service, David Blair, Castle's Roofing and Closeout, Frank Castle, Webb's Barber Shop, Justin Webb, Pig in a Poke, Brian and Tammy Cramer, Paintsville Golf Course, Jerry Wells, Sandy Valley Fasteners, John and Christy Henry, Johnson Central High School, Noel Crum, Steve Trimble, Hutch Chevrolet, Todd Justice, Caudill's Wholesale, Herman and Dawn Caudill, Highlands Veterinary, Joel Salyer, Janice Hammonds, Eric and Melissa Phelps, H&H Paint, Landon Butcher, Michael and Heather Harrison, Connie Stayton, Vicki Rice, Words N Stuff, Jim Trammel, City of Paintsville, Mayor Bob Porter, Bonnie Porter, All Good Things, Stephanie Marsh, Flippin' Britches Resale and Consignment Shop, Paula's Hair Images, Paula Duncan, Paintsville Schools, Coy Sammons, Chuck McClure, Café on Main, Dawn Preston, Ruth Deskins, Maurices, Taco Bell, Little Ceasar's, E.D. Ann's, E.D. Ann Picklesimer, Blackbarn Produce, Steve and Marla Carter, Wildwood Video, Ronnie and Sara Blair, Pink Dogwood Florist, Diana Adams, Castle's Jewelry, Doug Pugh, Arby's, VH Medical Mobility, Leo Music, Steve Vanhoose, Brenda Shepherd's Photography, Wildcat Tire, Teresa Anderson, Apple Valley Sanitation, David Lusk, Mane Attractions, Angel Fannin, Head Over Heels, Darren and Joyce Hensley, Curves of Paintsville, Lisa Vanhoose, Broadway Printers, First Commonwealth Bank, Food City, Barry Bostic, Highland Electric, Lee Vanhoose, Lizzie B's, Tim Branham, Sabrina Scott, America's Quick Mart, Sonny Patel, Ponderosa, Eddie and Heather Hazelett, William's Floral, Paul Daniel, Honda of Prestonsburg, Rockin' Rollers, Amber Vanhoose, Kari Kole, Audrey Thornsbury, Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Angela Taylor, Paintsville Main Street, Mi Finca, Joel Garcia, Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church, Peebles, Paula Wheeler, Tractor Supply, Ed Hazelett, Giovanni's, F.S. Vanhoose, Judge Tucker Daniel, Elite Insurance, Jones and Preston Funeral Home, Anna Melvin, Mike and Kim Lauffer, Sallee Ann Holbrook, Kay Grevioius, Thomas Bartley, Larry and Karen Blair, Fred Nelson, Kimberly Compton, Dan Lyons, WSIP and First United Methodist Church.
Again, we greatly appreciate the support from our local businesses and our community.
Growing Up Safe
November 19, 2013
As many of you may know, our motto at Meade Memorial is "Whatever it takes for every child, every day!" I would like to thank the staff, the parents and grandparents of Meade Memorial for making this our most successful fall festival ever.
We have truly been blessed with a wonderful staff and an even more wonderful community. As a staff and as a community, we share a common goal, our children. I am sure that you will agree that there are many extras that make a child's school experience more memorable.
We thank our principal, Vanessa Dials, for believing that a child should never be charged for the many "extras" that we seek on a daily basis to provide. We thank the following businesses for working with us to attain this goal: Bob Hutchison, McDonald's, Hutch Auto, Bruce Aaron Davis, State Farm Insurance-Paul Pelphrey, Appalachian Insurance, Mike Jarrell and family, City Barber Shop, Baldridge Barber Shop, Unique Hair Connection, Sassy Joe's in Martin, Panache, Carl D. Perkins Beauty School, Denny Embry-High Voltage Trucking, Addi's Parad "Ice"-Salyersville, Pack and Butcher, Fannin's Plumbing, The Hobbitt Shoppe, Car Quest, Connelley and Higgins, T and A Uniforms, Community Trust, First Commonwealth, Clyde Pack, Ramada Restaurant, Paintsville Herald, The Big Sandy News, Tuesday and Thursday, S&S Signs, AutoZone, Short's Farm, Cox's Auto, Advanced Auto, Unique Boutique, Brenda Shepherd's Photography, C and C Photography-Charlene Castle, Superior Flooring, BCW Wrestling, Bob's Store, The Camp Pizza and Deli, Amanda and Steve Walters, Professional Eye Care, WalMart Vision Center, The Bowen Family, Lenora Wheeler, William's Floral, Kentucky Heating and Cooling-Jamie Blair, Wildcat Store and Boot Shop-Flat Gap, Sheena Blair, Dr. Coleman, Jones and Preston Funeral Home, Preston Funeral Home, Phelps Funeral Home, Paintsville Funeral Home and Massages by Christina Simpson.
November 19, 2013
To the Editor:
The Thornsberry family would like to say thank you for all donations for Abby and family. A special thank you to Carrie Montgomery for organizing the car wash/bake sale, to Burger King and Judy Dotson for hosting and providing the water, to Auto Zone, Advance Auto and Walmart for their donations, and to everyone who washed cars, baked goods, or participated in any way.
We would also like to thank Fallsburg Elementary School, especially Rhonda Piper, Brenda Parker, and Brianna Adkins for t-shirt, bracelet and hairbow sales. Thanks to Marshall at Fallsburg Grocery for your help and donations, and to Brian Cassady at the Haunted House for donations.
We don't mean to leave anyone out. If you donated in any way to Abby and her family, we say thank you.
October 29, 2013
The Salvation Army of Johnson County held the Third Annual "Run for Your Lives" 5K Run/Walk in downtown Paintsville on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The "Run for your Lives" is a zombie-themed 5K run which allows participants to pit themselves against "the walking dead" as they try to complete the course without having their health flags taken away and being transformed into zombies themselves.
The awards given that day were Best Overall Time (Male), Randy Caudill; Best Overall Time (Female) and Ultimate Survivor, Oda Bunes; and the "Carl Award," Bruce Coleman, who was the first runner, 12 and under, to cross the finish line with a life flag.
Among the walking dead winners were Wyn Coleman, first place, Most Kills; Travis Barker, second place, Most Kills; and Carter Conley, 12 and under, Most Kills.
Makayla Mollette was the winner for the Best Zombie costume. The crowd enjoyed free refreshments and a Zombie Photo Booth.
All proceeds from this event go directly to the Salvation Army of Johnson County. Event organizers would like to extend their utmost thanks and gratitude for the support of the following sponsors and friends: Skeans Marathon, Appalachian Wireless, Paintsville Tourism, Big Sandy Broadband, Q-95, Cardboard Sea Photography, Usual Suspects, Highland Elementary, Johnson County Drug Court participants and JCHS student volunteers.
God Bless and thank you.
Service Unit Manager
The Salvation Army of Johnson County
October 29, 2013
On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank Paintsville for its generosity and support of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Ninety walkers and volunteers participated, and we raised $1,600 to fight breast cancer and provide hope for all people facing this disease.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a chance to celebrate survivorship. I want to applaud the many survivors that led the way. These women are heroes. They are our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. They are the reason we continue the fight, and they remind us all of a very important message – finding breast cancer early – when it's most treatable – can save lives.
A special thanks to all the volunteers who worked to make this event a success. We could not have done it without you.
Again, thank you for supporting your American Cancer Society and our mission to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. If you have outstanding pledges or would like to make a donation, it's not too late. Contact the local American Cancer Society office at 606.325.8251 or make a gift online at www.makingstridespaintsville.org. You can also contact the American Cancer Society anytime, day or night for cancer-related information, support and resources at 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
Sr. Manager, Relay
October 29, 2013
It's well documented that an informed and educated citizenry is vital for our country to prosper. When the National Defense Education Act of 1958 was unveiled under President Eisenhower, educational television was identified as playing an important role in providing educational opportunities and access to the American people.
KET's founder, O. Leonard Press, and supporters across the state worked tirelessly to bring public television to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That dream became a reality 45 years ago when KET signed on for its first broadcast on September 23, 1968.
Over the decades, KET's commitment to breaking down geographic and economic barriers, and bringing access to education to every Kentuckian, regardless of their background or location, has remained constant.
Today, KET broadcasts (free, over the air) three distinct channels: KET, KET2 and the Kentucky Channel. And their robust website is a great resource for information on topics about Kentucky, education, health, public affairs, and the arts and culture.
We can count on KET to bring us wonderful documentaries, beautiful arts and cultural programs, and timely public affairs programs that keep us informed about the issues facing Kentucky, the nation, and the world.
As KET celebrates its milestone anniversary, we thank you for your support of this important Kentucky treasure that's dedicated to educating, informing, and inspiring us every day. To learn more about KET, and how you can get involved, visit ket.org.
Friends of KET Board
October 15, 2013