Get ‘Snappy’ Hot on faith The newest pizza place in town offers snappy service, fresh ingredients, delicious food. A bar-b-que expert and lay minister offers hot wings and spicy sermons for people in need. Business, A6 Feature, B12 Raising the bar The Greenwave track team is improving with each meet as its season builds. Sports, B1 The News Standard 55¢ U.S. Postal Customer Standard Mail Permit No. 5 Postage Paid at Battletown, KY Meade County's Paper for the People Friday, April 25, 2008 Volume 2. No. 29 Meade County, Kentucky Won’t you be my neighbor?: Buffer zone debate is white hot By Laura Saylor firstname.lastname@example.org The implementation of a one-and-a-half-mile wide buffer zone along the Fort Knox border has some county residents — and Fiscal Court members — up in arms about landowners’ rights being lim- ited should the buffer zone become part of the county’s comprehensive plan. During a special meeting held Tuesday at the courthouse, Fiscal Court convened with members of the Planning and Zoning steering committee that is spearheading the revisions to the county’s com- THE NEWS STANDARD/SEAN P. LOWE Dozens of spectators braved a few raindrops to attend the Brandenburg El Camino Club car show on Saturday. Purring motors, good food rev up local show By Sean P. Lowe email@example.com Classic cars, good food and friendly people made a rainy day better on Saturday, at the Brandenburg El Camino Clubs car show in held Valley Station, Ky. “The show started off slow but picked up and there was some really rare cars there,” said Brandenburg resident Cecil Lowe. “Especially the 1978 El Camino SS.” Dozens of people attended the event, which showcased a variety of cars, and also offered food and prize drawings. Trophies were awarded to vehicle owners after judges cruised the lots and admired all of the cars on display. The Brandenburg El Camino Club — which organized the event — was established a few months ago by Brandenburg resident Rob Houkom. “The car show was still a success even with the inclement weather,” he said. “We still had 27 cars show up and show. We were able to raise $543 to benefit the Saint Judes foundation.” Houkom was happy for the community support the club received during its efforts to host the car show. “We had over two hundred giveaways, thanks to See CAR SHOW, A12 Golden Rule Act enforces no ‘bull’ at school By Jorena D. Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org Bullies have been strong-arming their way through the educational system since its inception. School-aged boys and girls — as many as 30 percent (or nearly 5.7 million) according to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center — have admitted to being involved in bullying either as the perpetrator, the victim, or both. Recounts of play-ground bullies taunting smaller, less aggressive school mates with “give me your lunch money” has, over the years, escalated to murder — as in the 1992 case of 12-year-old Shanda Renee Sharer — and most recently, in the Rep. Mike suicide of Bullitt County teenager, 17Cherry year-old Rachel Neblett. As a result of the nation-wide escalation of frequency and severity in bullying, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken a proactive stance, signing off on House Bill 91, requiring state schools to develop policies addressing bullying in public schools, and provide training to teachers and school personnel working with students. “This legislation hits home for many children, teens and their parents,” said Gov. Beshear in a recent press release. “By prohibiting bullying and harassment among students, The Golden Rule Act will help protect Kentucky’s most valuable resource, our children.” See GOLDEN, A12 prehensive plan — a document that sets guidelines and provisions for the future development of Meade County. Judge/Executive Harry Craycroft cited two passages, one on page 29 and one on page 56 of the comprehensive plan, that have spurred ongoing debates between county residents and Fort Knox officials. The first passage suggests Meade County property sellers with land near Fort Knox notify potential buyers — in writing — that the property at hand borders an active military zone that may produce dust, noise, smoke, vibrations and low-flying air- crafts during any time of day, any day of the year. The second passage regards a one-and-a-half-mile buffer zone along the Fort Knox/ Meade County border, inside of which Fort Knox would disapprove of high-density development. “The biggest sticking point is the one-mile buffer zone,” Craycroft said. “That is something that the majority of people feel needs to go by the wayside.” Peter Hill, a spokesman on behalf of Fort Knox, said the installation’s request to have See BUFFER, A12 Earthquake ripples through county ‘This is just a reminder that the threat is always present’ Whose ‘fault’ is it? By Laura Saylor email@example.com Meade County residents — as well as Missourians, Tennesseans, and Illinoisans — were rattled out of bed early last Friday morning when a 5.2 magnitude earthquake rippled throughout the area. The earthquake’s epicenter was located about 38 miles north-northwest of Evansville, Ind., in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. It occurred at 5:36 a.m. EST. “We were about 75 miles from the epicenter,” said Ron Dodson, director of the Meade County Emergency Management Agency. “The shockwaves we felt are like throwing a pebble into a pond … some people said they could hear it coming and go.” Dodson said there were no reports of major damage or injury, but the event served as a reminder that Kentucky is an at-risk state for earthquakes. “This is just a reminder that the threat is always present,” he said. “There are several faults that impact this area, and we have a lot of faults that impact the state.” The last “big” earthquake to be felt in the area occurred in 1968 with a magnitude of 5.4. Dodson said its epicenter was roughly as far away from ILLUSTRATION BY LAURA SAYLOR The April 18 earthquake was felt from Chicago to Georgia, and all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Meade County as last Friday’s quake. “This was a moderately sized earthquake,” said Harley Benz, Scientist-in-Charge at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center, in a recent press release. “It occurred when most people were sleeping. So anybody that was woken up by this earthquake probably felt a very strong, sharp jolt. And it probably didn’t last very long … probably no more than a few seconds.” Benz said the earthquake was felt as far west as Kansas and as far south as Georgia. Gary Patterson, a geologist with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis, See EARTHQUAKE, A12 What to do if you are inside during an earthquake: •Drop, cover, and hold on. Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Most people injured in earthquakes move more ten feet during the shaking. •If you are in bed, stay there, hold on, and protect your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured if you stay in bed. Broken glass on the floor can injure you. •Stay away from windows. Windows can shatter with such force that you can be injured by flying glass even if you are several feet away. •Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. •Be aware that fire alarm and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire. *Information from www.redcross.com. By Laura Saylor firstname.lastname@example.org It’s been several years since Meade County has felt the effects of an earthquake. Though Ron Dodson, director of the Meade County Emergency Management Agency said small tremors occur nearly every day, they are mostly undetectable. Several factors working together at the right time cause the earth’s crust to shift, resulting in earthquakes, and some — as is well known — are much more perilous than others. What is an earthquake? An earthquake is the sudden, sometimes violent movement of the earth’s surface from the release of energy in the earth’s crust. It occurs when the crust of the earth, which is subject to tectonic forces, bends slightly. The crust is rigid, and when the stress or pressure exceeds the strength of the rocks, the crust breaks and snaps into a new position. Vibrations — called seismic waves — are subsequently generated and travel through the earth and along its surface. These seismic waves cause the movement known as earthquakes. Earthquakes are most common within areas of the crust that contain fractures, known as faults, along which two blocks of crust have slipped or shifted against one another. The blocks may move horizontally or vertically in opposite directions. Geologists and seismologists See FAULT, A2 ‘OK’ kids awarded for kind acts By Chelsey Garris email@example.com Local students were recognized for their acts of kindness during the Optimist Club of Meade County’s annual “Optimizing Kindness in Kids and Essay Contest Banquet.” Held April 22 at the Meade County Extension Office, the banquet opened with fellowship and food, and an invocation given by Jason Sutton — president of the Optimist Club — before all of the students were awarded. One of the first awards given was to the winner of the “OK Kids” essay contest, which only high school seniors were eligible for. Student body president Whitney Pack received the award for her essay titled “Today’s Choices Shape My Future…” In the essay, Pack discussed choices such as church, honors classes, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol as some of the decisions that help shape her future. For her winning essay Whitney received a $300 scholarship and an Optimist International Medallion. “I felt honored to be selected as the scholarship recipient,” Pack said. Teri Pierce, an Optimist Club See KIND, A2 THE NEWS STANDARD/CHELSEY GARRIS Five students were recognized for their kind and selfless deeds during a special banquet.