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This is an open appeal to all Martin County churches: Please help the animal shelter and the little animals.
We have some women who are volunteering their time, working to get dogs and cats off the roadways and into loving homes. Yes, there is someone paid a yearly salary of about $26,000, and one of his positions is to pick up stray animals. I have not been able to get in touch with him. Perhaps you have?
What we need is to pay half of this amount for the upkeep of the shelter and the women volunteers will do the work free. At least they will answer the phone and pick up the strays. This is not an easy task, but they are willing to take this job upon their shoulders and carry this load. They are doing most of it now.
Magistrates and some other elected officials voted to kill animals after 15 days. That is hardly time to find adopted homes for these pets. We need a few good-hearted, God-loving and God-serving people to boldly step up and help.
This is where Christian churches need to get involved and help. God has blessed our county churches with talented people; like carpenters, masons, roofers, plumbers, electricians, painters, cementers, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, and others with specialties.
"If you do not use your talent for the Lord's work, Satan will use it to play with."
Likewise, our business owners should share their blessings by donating materials, fencing and animal foods. Remember, these are God's creatures and man's responsibility. We need men and women to step up and wade in.
The benefits will be keeping strays off the roads and private properties, while slowing down the reproduction of unwanted animals and diseases. And, you will be blessed.
If you agree, get involved. It is the Christian thing to do. Make this saying true: "Where there is a need, Christians are there."
Set up a meeting and help build this county a working animal shelter we can be proud of. Make it a welcome center for animal pet adoptions.
Pray about it. I believe you know the answer already.
May God burden His people with the cross of conscience.
Mary Kirk Blanton
City, State: Martin County
September 29, 2015
McDonald's pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.
Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.
Eggs are common carriers of food-borne bacteria, including Salmonella, Campylobacter. Listeria, and Staphylococcus. USDA estimates that Salmonella alone accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths annually. Eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, key factors in incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. They are a common cause of allergies in children. Waste from millions of egg-laying hens ends up in waterways, rendering vast areas unsuited for recreation or water supply. The good news for compassionate, health-conscious, eco-friendly consumers is that our local supermarket offers a number of delicious egg substitutes and egg-free food products. Entering "egg-free" in a search engine returns tons of recipes.
City, State: Louisa, KY.
September 22, 2015
OK, my Cruiser Peeps, thought I would give you the run down on the entertainment for the Cruise which will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Louisa Plaza. We have a full night lined up! Music will kick off at 6 p.m.
Kicking our night off will be the Band Gypzy Roze! Next we have Lawrence County's own Jodi Mykayla Perkins, who will be singing us a few songs! Back by popular demand from our last cruise "Sweet Run"!
Gonna try to also squeeze in some open Mic karaoke for the last hour. Spaces will be limited for that, so get there a early if you want to sing and I will take the first 12 people who sign up! We also have Iheart radios own Brandon Woolum to Emcee the night! Still working on other things but I will post them later! So what a line up for the fall cruise! Going to be an awesome night! Please share! Let's get the motors running! Cruise the Plaza, Saturday, Oct. 17th! Please don't forget to take donations and drop them off at Louisa Community Bank or mail to the bank at 4393 Hwy. 2565, Louisa, KY 41230.
Thanks for your support and let's make sure we cruise in 2016.
City, State: Georgetown, Ky.
September 01, 2015
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 as well as helping the children affected by the flood.
We would like to thank the following business and individuals for their support: Appalachian Wireless, Delores Priode; Ramada Inn, Darl Music; Apple Valley Sanitation, Charles Lusk; Mountain Aggregates, Buz Tharp; Prestonsburg Gun & Pawn, Darrell Preston; Sears Hometown Store, Loretta Meade; Shorts Farm Center, Harry Wilson; Images By John Michael, John and Ramona Laney; Ferrell Gas, Premier Auto Sales, Bruce Ritz; Pepsi Bottling; Rite Aid of Paintsville, Steven Farler; MCCC Greenhouse, Alice Cole; All Things Personalized, Merle Norman, Jane Ann and Jim Daniels; Amy's Hallmark; Webb's Barber Shop, Justin Webb; Nordin's Eye Center, Dr. Mark Nordin; Sheriff Dwayne Price; Mudpyz N Butterflyz, Anita Watts; Big Sandy News, Tony Fyffe; Skyline Medical, Patricia and Jerry Daniels; Rockin' Rollers, Amber Vanhoose; Vicki Rice; Scurlock's Heating and Cooling, Tommy Scurlock; Porkey's Pizza, John Dalton; McDonald's of East Kentucky, Bob & Tom Hutchison; Tackett Tire, Barry Tackett; The Movies at Mayo Plaza; Foothills; Melissa Phelps; Castle Closeout, Frank Castle; Mi Hacienda, Osborne, O'Bryan and Butcher Law Firm; Castle's Jewelry, Doug Pugh; Paintsville Floral, Milton Preston; Advance Auto, Randall Greer; City National Bank, Lisa Deskins; Century 21,Jim Gambill; Paintsville Herald, Paula Halm; Savannah' Salon, Nancy Pelphrey; 1st Commonwealth Bank, Tim Deskins; Espresso Cafe, Patricia& Jerry Daniels; Home Furniture, Rocky Rowe: Paintsville Dairy Queen, Craig Delong; Tropical Isle, Thom & Cheri Deskins; Paintsville Golf Course, Bryan Balch; May's Carpet; and Scurlock's Heating and Cooling, Tommy Scurlock.
Also, Jessica Goble; Classic Cleaners, Todd Meade; Paintsville Independent Schools, Coy Sammons; H&H Paint, Landon Butcher; Skeans Marathon, Tony and Mary Skeans; Curves of Paintsville, Lisa Caudill; Brown's Ford, Mike Brown; Anna Melvin; Country Cottage, Peggy Calhoun; Highland's Veterinary, Joel Salyer; Sabrina Scott; Poor Boy's Gun and Pawn, Mattie and Lee Crum; Capital Tire; Peebles, Kenda Howard; Roma Cucina Italian Restaurant Prestonsburg; Caudill's Wholesale, Herman Caudill; Randy's Backstage Hair Productions, Randy Trimble; Taste of Amish, Drug Testing Centers of America, Julia Barker; Dewey Bocook; S&S Signs, Nick Salyer; Hardees of Paintsville, Tracy Horton; KY Farm Bureau, Greg Meade; Heather Harrison; Fitness Plus, Thom and Cheri Deskins; The Upper Cut, Fran Jarrell; E.D. Ann's, Edde Picklesimer; William's Floral, Paula Stambaugh; City of Paintsville, Mayor Bob Porter; B&W TV and Appliances, Nick Ratliff, Malcolm Ratliff; Broadway Printers, Debra Stepp; Words N Stuff, Jim Trammell; Ol Blue BBQ, Eddie Hazelett; and Paintsville Lake Campgrounds, David Riley.
Also, Judge John David Preston; Fiesta Place, Marco Pacheco; Pig in a Poke, Rick Hughes; AutoZone; Tractor Supply; Ponderosa of Paintsville, Darla Dean; Head Over Heels, Darren Hensley; Stonecrest Golf Course, Morris Copley; Johnson Central High School, Tom Salyer; Stephanie Rodriguez; Wal-Mart of Paintsville; Treasures on Main, Michelle Hackworth; Paula's Hair Images, Paula Duncan; Penny Adams; Country Music Highway Museum; Sandy Valley Fasteners, Christy Henry; Tres Hermanos Nunez; Highlands Regional Medical Center, Kathy Rubado; Ed Hazelett; Eastern Screens and Drives, Gary Brothers; Mike Endicott; Elite Insurance Agency, Mark Grim; JML Exploration, Mike and Katie Lauffer; Jones and Preston Funeral Home, James Preston; Highland Electric, Lee Vanhoose; Judge Kevin Holbrook; Judge John Chafin; Mayor Bob Porter and Bonnie Porter; Highlands Medical Center; Kimberly Compton; Kay Grevious; Larry and Karen Blair; Robin O'Bryan; Billie Fannin; Heather Hazelett; Laura Kretzer; Margaret Burgess; Scott Ratliff, WSIP; First United Methodist Church and Robin Slone.
Again, we greatly appreciate the support from our local businesses and our community.
City, State: President, Growing Up Safe
September 01, 2015
On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.
The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York's World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.
As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.
But, there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001. It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting.
I suppose the term "first responders" was around before 9/11 but I can't remember ever hearing or using it before then.
It caught on with me because it succinctly and accurately captures not only what these public servants do, but is says something about who they are.
They are people willing to respond without question or hesitation when our community needs them. Men and women willing to make someone else's emergency or crisis their own and to put their lives on the line doing it.
If that doesn't deserve our respect, nothing does.
Most of us have always had an appreciation for first responders whether we called them that or not. At one time or another, what little boy or little girl didn't want to grow up to be a police officer or a fire fighter? As time passes and most of us go on to do other things with our lives, we tend not only to outgrow our hero worship, but also to start taking things for granted. Then some tragedy happens and our attention is drawn to them again.
City, State: CEO, Cash Express, LLC
September 01, 2015
Twenty-one years ago, a handful of people set about to fulfill a great need in Lawrence County and bring a dream to reality. The Lawrence County Humane Society was formed in 1990, and in 1994 the Lawrence County Animal Shelter was opened.
The shelter not only houses stray and unwanted animals, but makes sure that each one is spayed or neutered and vaccinated before being adopted. A goal of the humane society is to educate people about animals and bring awareness to the animal control problem, encouraging everyone to spay or neuter their pet. A pet is a big responsibility. They require a lot of love, care, patience and time.
Over the years, several people have helped with the Humane Society, working tirelessly to improve, enlarge, and better serve the animals and citizens of Lawrence County. Thousands of dogs and cats have been rescued, nurtured back to health, and adopted or sent to a reputable rescue organization.
Members of the humane society work hard to raise funds to aid the shelter's needs, but like everything else, vet fees, medicine, pet food, and supplies have gone up. However, the income for the shelter has not. They still receive the same amount of money to operate as they did 21 years ago. Could anyone survive on what they made 21 years ago?
We are trying to save these animals. We are not a shelter that will put the animals down after a certain number of days. This obviously creates a hardship with space and the ability to provide for the animals. We are also working diligently with rescue groups to take these animals. Again, that creates another money issue because the animals need to be vet checked before they can travel.
The animal shelter is not owned or operated by Lawrence County. The land was donated and the shelter was built with a grant. The shelter is owned and operated by the Humane Society.
Now, the shelter is in a serious crisis. With a vet bill we cannot pay, the situation is desperate and the shelter is in danger of closing. We are pleading with the public to help. Many, many times members have put their own money toward expenses. We are still trying to come up with new ways to raise money, but the vet bill has to be paid, or we will not be able to continue.
The shelter has been a part of the Lawrence County community for over 20 years, helping the animals, trying to help with the animal population and serving the people. Now, we need your help. Please help us keep the shelter open. Please help us help the animals. They have no where to go, and need us desperately in order to survive and be adopted into a loving home. Please help us so that we can continue to help and save the animals.
If you would like to help, you may mail your donation to Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1331, Louisa, KY. You may also send by PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 606-483-2959. All donations are tax deductible. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Kim Perry, Lawrence County Humane Society
City, State: Louisa, Ky.
July 28, 2015
On Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Public Library, the Harman Station Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will have the most important meeting of its 90-year existence. The Kentucky DAR state regent, Barbara Zink, will be present. The Harman Station Chapter needs to be revitalized. They have dropped below the number of members that is required to be recognized as a chapter by the national society. We need the help of all citizens, especially the women of Paintsville and Johnson County, to help us bring this chapter back to its prime for the good of the community, state and our nation. The future of this chapter will be determined at this meeting.
The Harman Station Chapter of the DAR will be 90 years ago this Nov. 7. I dare say it might be the oldest continued organization in the community whose motto is "God, Home and Country." There is no other organization like it. Their objectives are education, historic preservation and patriotism.
It is important to note that the Harman Station Chapter of DAR is all about their local history. We all know that the earliest settlement in the Big Sandy region was Harman Station, which was located near the mouth of John's Creek. In 1791, many Virginia families came to this area to settle. Most of them were Revolutionary soldiers. Families who came and settled here were Hagers, Wells, Auxiers, Prestons, Browns, Fairchilds and Conleys, just to name a few.
On Oct. 25, 1925, the national society admitted 13 members and on Nov. 7, 1925, the Harman Station Chapter was officially organized with the following members: Geneva Wells Splane, Beulah Patrick Wheeler, Grace VanHoose Clay, Edna Stafford Smith, Virginia Wells Taylor, Fanny Auxier Archer, Gertrude Patrick, Pauline Wells Robinson, Maxie Auxier LaViers, Virginia Hager Geiger, Stella Atkinson, May Stafford and Mabel Auxier Rice. Mrs. Mahala Wells Hugg, who was a daughter of Richard Wells, Revolutionary soldier, was honored to become a real Daughter by the national society and joined the chapter as an honorary member.
The Harman Station Chapter has sponsored many events throughout its 90 years: George Washington Birthday Parties at the Masonic Hall, flag raisings, Silver Teas to showcase artifacts and heirlooms of citizens of Johnson County, 4th of July celebrations with the American Legion, History Essay Contests, placing the native boulder at the Courthouse Square, conducted district meetings of the state DAR, placed a marker to mark the escape trail of Jenny Wiley, organized events for the Red Cross and bond drives during WWII, sponsored fundraisers for the Blood Bank, honored veterans from WW I and WW II, sponsored the Good Citizen Award in the local high schools, raised contributions for veteran's hospital, planned the Johnson County Homecoming ceremony commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Dr. Walker's exploration of the Big Sandy Valley, donated 25 dogwoods to the community playground, marked Jenny Wiley's grave, wrote notes of thanks to all known US Military Veterans in Johnson County, ordered the granite bench that was placed at the public library to commemorate our nation's bicentennial, and once sponsored the annual Holiday Tour of Homes.
We must not forget that just a few years ago Paintsville, Johnson County resident and DAR member Barbara Pugh served the state DAR as state regent 2004-2007 to the 4,500 members. It would be a travesty to her memory to let the Harman Station Chapter disappear from this community forever. Remember the words of Barbara Pugh: "May we always stand strong for our 'God,' and 'Home,' and of course, our Country!"
Help us revitalize this lovely chapter. Please attend the meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the Johnson County Public Library. I will be there. We need you and your support for this chapter.
Lynda W. Closson
City, State: NSDAR Vice President General, Honorary Stat Regent, KY
July 21, 2015
I, Floyd Skeans, moved to the Multon Fork of Bull Creek in the winter of 1993, living at the intersection of Town Branch Road and U.S. 23. I have lived here approximately 22 years. I consider myself to be well qualified to make a good solid decision on the killings taken place over the last 40 years on this strip of U.S. 23.
My first encounter with the killings was right outside my window in 1995, when an entire family was killed. The only person surviving the wreck was a six-year-old baby. I went to District 12 then and offered to help buy a traffic light. They shunned me and ran me off. This problem is not just at Town Branch. I have watched the killings at the Allen intersection, and the killings at the foot of Abbott Mountain at that intersection. These killings were replaced with red lights, and it stopped the deaths.
We need red lights, caution lights and 45-mile-per-hour speed limits from the red light at Allen to the red light at Abbott Mountain. Just like they have in the north by-passing Louisa, and just like they have in Pike County going south on U.S. 23.
Will the District 12 Highway Department try to fix this problem by putting up another stone wall? Will they stone wall the front of Mann Toyota, Pops Chevrolet, Quality Motel, Auto Brokers, and Bull Creek Trade Center on this section of the highway? If they put up a stone wall, they are destroying these investments and destroying jobs and growth in our county. Millions of dollars of tax money will be lost, many good jobs will be lost, and many businesses will go under.
The killings must stop. We need a real fix, not one that destroys what little good paying jobs we have left here. The red lights put in have stopped the killings at Abbott Mountain and stopped the killing at Allen. It will stop the killing at Town Branch. Dropping the speed limit through this very busy section of road will stop the killings all along it and let this section grow jobs. Red lights, caution lights and a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit from Allen to Abbott. Tear down the walls!! Let us grow!!
City, State: Bull Creek
May 26, 2015
I have taken a few days to reflect upon the outcome of the legal accusations against me and in that time, a few things have become clear. Primarily, faith will get you through the toughest trials and secondly, the truth will prevail.
I want to begin by thanking the hundreds of family, friends, constituents and strangers for their outpouring of support throughout this ordeal. There have been many naysayers, some angry and threatening, but there have been just as many supportive words, kind letters and calls, and heads held high in solidary with my family and me as we fought the untrue charges brought against me.
In January, I was pulled over for speeding in the capital of Frankfort. Of this, I am and was found guilty. It is not my first speeding ticket, I assume it will not be my last speeding ticket, and it is something anyone who spends as many hours driving as I do understandably struggles to correct. I was, however, not drunk or drinking and driving. This is undeniably clear.
As a legislator, especially one in rural Kentucky, we spend hours on the road. This particular 36 hours was spent driving to Lexington for meetings, back to Hazard to spend the last night before the 2015 Legislative Session began with my wife and youngest daughter, and back to Frankfort. I attended a full day of legislative meetings, voted on the Senate floor and then joined family as we packed up boxes for a loved one who had moved into a nursing home. For anyone who has undertaken this task, it is emotional and exhausting but well worth the effort to make those close to you comfortable. We laughed and shared stories and I made an early night of it, stopping at a convenience store before heading to my legislative apartment to get a good nights rest. Or so I thought.
I will spare you of the details of the arrest and short time at the jail because I have the upmost respect for the law and law enforcement officers. I will not say a negative thing about the arresting officer because it is not my job to judge his actions and I thank him for his service to our Commonwealth.
Surmise it to say that, knowing my innocence the whole time, I complied with every request of me and asked only for the rights allotted to every citizen of this nation. I was released within a short amount of time and taken to my truck, which had been impounded. The incident was short but I must confess, innocent or not, being in the situation was a surreal and alarming experience I hope you nor a member of your family ever have to experience.
The sequence of events that followed was equally as surreal. As a public figure, I understand that I am fair game for the media. And the media came to play. The sensational media firestorm of the accusation, motion filed by my attorney without my knowledge and subsequent removal of that motion at my request was stunning. It is not in vain that I assure you there were more important things going on in the world; In the state; In this county; Probably even in your own homes! However, this was a "top" story and because of the slanted coverage, the blowback was fierce. Hateful emails, letters, and calls bombarded my house and office. Innocent until proven guilty is a thing of the past; Guilty until proven innocent is the new normal. However, my family and friends, trusting in the man they knew at heart, took it with dignity and grace of which I am in awe and am eternally grateful.
Some friends, however, even encouraged me to admit guilt to something I truly had not done. Admit guilt, pay a nominal fine, loose your license for a few weeks and this will all blow over they said. And, in some of my weakest moments, in times I wanted dearly to protect my family and my district, I considered it. But at last, I could not. My pride would not let me and my faith directed me out.
I am a proud man. I do not think that is a sin. I am proud of my children, proud of my wife and marriage, proud of my legislative record and two decades worth of service to the mountains and people I love. I could not let them down and I could not let lies define me. Because of this, I surrendered my license for 4 months awaiting a "speedy" trial, hired attorneys with my personal money and fought these charges.
It took the jury less than 10 minutes to find me not guilty. Not because they were ill prepared or unsure, but because it was the evident truth. Putting your fate and reputation in the hands of 6 strangers and a judge is frightening. But my faith in God and my faith in the justice system in this country led me through those months and that day.
I owed you an explanation. Maybe you heard the story on the radio, saw it on the news, or read about it in the paper but chances are what you learned wasn't the whole truth. As an elected official, I owe it to my constituents to be the best that I can be. As a father and husband, I owe it to my family to do just the same thing. And you have my word I will continue to do that.
City, State: Hazard, Ky.
May 26, 2015
In an effort to make known the most recent and correct information, I want to inform you that in the coming weeks, you will be receiving a tax bill from the Johnson County Clerk's Office for the additional recallable nickel tax (5.7 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate.) As many of you know, Judge Preston ruled back in February that the recallable nickel tax was collectable, and on Friday, May 1, ordered that bills on the additional tax be sent out. Additionally, the Kentucky Department of Education has indicated that Johnson County Schools proceed with collection of the recallable nickel.
As with all tax bills, they will be paid at Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price's office on the schedule indicated on the tax bill.
I also wish to correct a misconception. The recallable nickel tax is ONLY on real estate property. Items such as vehicles, boats, ATVs, utilities and other such services are NOT taxed.
Johnson County Schools continue to be the most efficient district in the local area and provides the lowest tax rate of 45.3 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate. Other local district tax rates include Paintsville Independent, 88.7 cents; Floyd County, 59.6 cents; Lawrence County, 52 cents; Magoffin County, 47.7 cents; Martin County, 76 cents; Pike County, 63.2 cents; Morgan County, 52.9 cents; and Pikeville Independent, 71.8 cents.
The recallable nickel will enable Johnson County Schools to continue to offer our students and community with buildings that are the envy of other districts and stand out as the safest and most modern facilities in our region. As we go forward, the vision for future facilities may include such projects as a new Meade Elementary School, a renovated or new high school, and the most up-to-date HVAC, electrical and energy schools and buildings.
Our Johnson County Board of Education, and I as auperintendent, as well as each of you, have great expectations for our district in academics, athletics and all educational endeavors allowing our students to be college and/or career ready; along with being contributors not only today but in the future growth for Johnson County as a community and society. The modernization of current and new educational programs in our district such as STEM, biomedical, technology and other career oriented programs will allow our students to be the most prepared and workforce ready in the region, if not the state.
Again, as a distinguished school district, the recallable nickel tax will ensure that our students and teachers will have the facilities and resources to continually meet the high expectations set forth by our community and enable our students to compete in the global workforce.
As citizens of Johnson County, I hope you will help educate our community in the understanding that our students deserve the best and should always be our primary focus in investing in Johnson County and Kentucky's future. As employees, parents and property owners of Johnson County, I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions.
City, State: Superintendent, Johnson County Schools
May 12, 2015