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Sports Legend Reports to Prison

Richie Farmer reported to prison in Bruceton, West Virginia on Tuesday to serve a 27-month sentence after pleading guilty last year to corruption charges while serving as Agriculture Commissioner. P4

Red Bird Dorms Reopening

Red Bird Mission will reopen its dormitories to students this fall, following a 4 year closure. P8

Prepping for Performance

The Monkey Dumplin’s Cast and Crew have been busy preparing for the Monkey Dumplin's Spring Production to take place on April 11 and April 12. P5

Clay County Kentucky News, Events and Visitors Guide

March 31, 2014


History Channel in Clay County The History Channel visited Clay County last week to film mysterious, ancient artifacts for the television series America Unearthed. America Unearthed is hosted by a Minnesota based geologist named Scott Wolter. Wolter investigates mysteries and artifacts that he believes reveal an alternative history of the United States.

involving storied artifacts like the Ark of the Covenant. What Wolter unearths continues to prove there are plenty of secrets buried in America’s past.

Wolter uses hard science and intuitive theories to explain the most mysterious artifacts and sites in America. Following many leads from viewers, Wolter explores everything from modernday mysteries at the Denver Airport and pre-Columbian contact theories, to tales of treasure in the Grand Canyon and legends

Committee Formed to Boost Economy In the next nine months, 10 groups will begin developing strategies to boost Eastern Kentucky's economy through tourism, health initiatives, agriculture development, improved high-speed Internet services and business recruitment. The groups have been formed as part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative. An executive director will manage the initiative, and a series of sessions will take place throughout the region to gather additional input on diversifying and expanding the area's economy. (See page 3)

Clay County Tops Smoking List The percentage of the population that smokes every day has decreased, but the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to population growth, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Kentucky, along with Tennessee and West Virginia, have the highest rates of total cigarette smoking. Clay County tops the list with daily smoking rates at 30.7%, a small decrease from 33% in 1996. In the US, a decline in smoking is a result of a few counties or (See page 3)

While working as a world-renowned forensic geologist and the president of the Minnesotabased American Petrographic Services, Wolter began developing a new science called archaeopetrogr aphy–a

scientific process used to date and understand the origins of mysterious stone artifacts and sites. Local historian James (Jimmy) Burchell led the film crew around Clay County. “They brought a team of 9 people to do the filming and organizing of the operation,” stated Burchell. On Sunday, the film crew filmed the Red Bird Rock, a 50 ton stone that fell on December 7, 1994 from a sandstone cliff above the Red Bird River. The stone rolled onto Highway 66 at Lower Red Bird. On December 9, 1994, it was transported to its present location in Manchester. The Red Bird River Shelter Petroglyphs rock features a series of carvings that (See page 3)

Acclaimed Storyteller Coming Home Stephen Hollen, acclaimed storyteller and poet, will perform live on April 7 at 6 pm at the Clay County Public Library as part of his Appalachian Homecoming Road Trip appearances. Kick back and enjoy tales spun about life in the Appalachian Foothills by this former Clay County resident. because you have kin just like them. As he reads his ragged verse, his warm bass voice slowly weaving a picture of lightening bugs dancin’ at dusk, of mist creepin’ down a mountain like molasses on a cold will find Through inspirational stories and yourself entranced, smiling at warm humor, he will make you the memories he weaves. smile, make you think, and Hollen is an Heritage Award encourage you to come up recipient, was chosen “Man of higher. When he talks about his the Year” in 2007 and was "hometown of Beloved, elected to Who’s Who in Kentucky", characters like America three consecutive Cousin Peanut, Uncle Billy years. His poetry, known by him Gilbert or Birdie Sue Poovey, as "ragged verse", has been you will grin with recognition shared around the (See page 2) Hollen is an unsung ambassador for Eastern Kentucky. You can see it in the twinkle of his eye, and hear it in the richness of his voice, as he asks you to come along with him back the hills.









Acclaimed Storyteller Coming Home Humorists...better make that Appalachian Humorist. His humorous and sometimes bittersweet stories of cousins, friends and characters are a familiar taste of Americana. He reminds all of us of those things that make us great. His stories hit home and hit a warm place in every heart.

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He will make you want to ease on up to the porch, grab a chair and sit a spell as you listen. His deep and mellow voice will weave a spell as you find yourself leaning forward in your seat. He promises not to split any sides, but folks have been known to howl with laughter.


Along the way, he earned a Hollen grew up in the hills of Eastern Communications Degree in Oral Interpretation. His Daddy’s hard Kentucky where he honed his southern humor and learned the fine earned money taught him to “tell stories and talk in front of folks”. His Yes, some of his characters are about art of storytelling as he sat on the a half bubble off plumb; their front porch and listened to folks tell Daddy really didn’t think folks had a elevator doesn’t go all the way to the need to go to college for that. tall tales, Jack tales and just plain top floor. You will think you gossip about the neighbors. Hollen is considered by many to be recognize folks you know as he one of the premiere Southern

Foot Washin' When I was a teenager I went to high school over to Oneida Baptist Institute in Clay County, Kentucky. It was what folks down in the mountains of Kentucky call a settlement school. It was founded by James Anderson Burns to educate the youngin's of the mountains of eastern Kentucky, and through education bring an end to the feuds that were so common in the late 1800s.

Pop Holderman was enjoyin' talkin' about them washin' our feet. He had a dry sense of humor and loved to pick an' tease. I weren't enjoyin' it one bit. You see, I had a pair of socks on with a big ol' hole in the sole of my left sock. I'm talkin' huge; coverin', or uncoverin' most of the ball of my foot. What teenage boy would worry about a hole where no one would see it?

But we was goin' to a Foot Washin' Baptist Church. Pop said they liked to I was a tall, skinny kid back then with a show their humility and especially honor guests by washin' their feet. An' I pretty decent bass singin' voice (and had a HOLE in my sock. could read music). Somewhere along the way my roommate Bob Clark, Tim It felt like a hidden sin to me as I sat Searcy and I started singin' ol' Southern there in the darkness an' rode over that Gospel songs. There weren't much else windin' road to our final destination. I to do there! Bob sang lead and Tim had would be discovered, revealed for all a wonderful tenor voice. We never the world... or at least that church to found anyone that could sing baritone see. to round us out to a quartet, so we had In my mind's eye I could see it; some us a Gospel Trio! ol' country feller would rip off my shoe, Nope, never did have an official name spy the huge hole, yank off my sock an' for the group, though Bob suggested we hold it up to the congregation. He be called "The Seldom Fed Few". We would use my sock as an object lesson was teenage boys, you know. about hidin' sin in our lives. We recruited Barb Davenport to play "But be sure your sins will find you piano and started singin' at our little ol' out." Or "There is nothin' hidden that Oneida Baptist Church. Ever' now and will not be revealed." again Tim would whip out his ukelele I was a mess. We had very hip stripey and sing a solo or plunk along to our harmonizin'. We weren't too bad. Dogs britches and matchin' long sleeve blue didn't howl and folks didn't cover their shirts, white ties an' white patent leather shoes as our coordinated outfits. We ears or throw hymnals at us. looked good, but I was pretty near to Invitations came and our Principal Har- makin' sweaty patches under the arms old "Pop" Holderman would drive us to of my coordinated shirt. the churches we were to sing at. Shucks, we even sang for a funeral over What would I do? Maybe I could fall ill just before we arrived an' sit in the car, in London, Kentucky. leavin' Bob an' Tim to do a duet. Maybe Pop Holderman took us to a church I could slip as I was goin' up the stairs, some distance away from school to sing twist my ankle an' pull off the sock to at a Sunday night service. On the way, see the extent of the damage an' then he told us the church was a "Hard Shell hide the sock in my pocket... then Baptist Church" and they practiced foot bravely limp barefoot to the front, held washin'. up by Bob an' Tim to sing! Now, that was a scenario. Now, we sung at a Holiness Church once an' they didn't drag the snakes out. When we arrived I saw there was only We sung at a funeral an' even was paid! one step. As we walked in several kind A Foot Washin' Baptist an' gracious brothers took our hands, Church shouldn't be any big wrapped their arms around our shouldeal. ders an' told us how grateful they was that we was goin' to sing for them. I


reckon I weren't goin' to be able to trip an' fall.

speaks. We all have characters in our lives, but as anyone from down home knows, as long as you say “God love them” or “Bless their heart”, you can say most anything you want about folks. Hollen’s storytelling blog,, enjoys huge popularity. Thousands of readers stop by monthly to read the humorous stories, bittersweet memories and wonderful word pictures. Hollen is also a Mark Twain impersonator. Pull up a chair on April 7 at 6 pm at the Clay County Public Library to listen to this talented author and poet. Clay County Public Library is located at 211 Bridge Street in Downtown Manchester. Hollen will also perform at the Salt Works Arts and Crafts Festival in Manchester on May 24, and Southeastern Sundays in Manchester on May 25. Visit for details.

told us we needed to go back to experience a good ol' foot washin'. He even mused on the idea of gettin' us back inWe sat on the second row. The first row to a Holiness Church an' tellin' the Pasin a Baptist Church is always reserved tor we wanted to experience a snake for folks who come forward to make handlin'. Bob an' I was all for the snake decisions. handlin', but Tim weren't to enthusiastic Over to the right was a small table with about it. a lovely pitcher an' big ol' matchin' Pop dropped us off at our dorm an' we bowl. Below was a shelf with several went to our rooms. Tim's was just small towels folded neatly. I trembled around the corner from ours. When we like a lost soul on Judgement Day when settled on our beds an' was talkin' about I saw that basin. I just knew what was the evenin', Tim came in, shut the door comin'. an' told us he wanted to show us someThe Pastor welcomed everyone, made thin'. several introductions an' turned the serTim sat down, pulled the white patent vice over to us. I swallowed my fear, leather shoe off his right foot to expose glad that we would sing before the big a sock with his whole big toe stickin' "hole in the sock" reveal. through a hole! Without sayin' a word, We did great! Barb rocked that ol' pia- Bob shucked off his shoes to show a no an' we sang with the sweetest harhole in the heel of his left an' a middle mony. I hit those wonderful low bass toe peekin' out a small hole in the right notes, "Now let us have a little talk with sock. Jesus, let us tell Him about our trouI started laughin', yanked off my left bles. He will hear us when we cry, He shoe to expose my sock. The hole will heal us by an' by". It was a song which had grown gigantic by this time that featured the bass singer. and left little of my foot covered. I then Bob an' Tim hit each note perfectly, showed them my sweaty rings on my Tim's tenor risin' to the highest notes I color coordinated blue shirt and they ever heard him sing. We sang "Jesus is both lifted their arms to reveal coordicomin' soon", "How beautiful Heaven nated sweat rings under their arms. must be" and sang "Holy, Holy, Holy" We laughed an' howled as we each a capella! Whooeee, we was on fire! shared the fears and trepidation we had For a moment I forgot that dreadful on the ride to that church. We kept it up sock. I was caught up in the sweet har- till "lights out" when Tim had to go mony of three best friends doin' some- back to his room. thing they loved, somethin' they was In the dark Bob and I lay on opposite called to do. sides of the room, whisperin' to each When we sat down a couple fellers be- other an' laughin' into our pillows about hind us patted us on the back, reached the socks. "We was a HOLEY trio toover an' shook our hands an' made me night", Bob said as we giggled into our feel great. It weren't to last, however. I blankets. quickly remembered the hole in my left We all made out way to Pop Holdersock. man's office the next day to tell him The Preacher got up, thanked us an' about our socks. He laughed with us proceeded to preach a great sermon. He and then made our day. never even glanced at that pitcher an' He looked real serious at us and said, basin. Each moment brought me closer "Boys, when I got home an' was unto relief, but I didn't relax till the final dressin', Mrs. Holderman picked up my invitation, closin' prayer an' the many socks an' said she was goin' to throw handshakes as we left out of there. them out. The right one had a hole in We enjoyed the ride back to campus, it!" even as Pop Holderman ribbed us an' Stephen Hollen

Soup Bean Benefit Dinner

History Channel in Clay County World in 1492. On Monday, the crew visited a small cave located in the Red Bird River Valley. The cave features numerous petroglyphs, and local historians have witnessed the winter solstice at the cave.

The Big Creek Fire Department will host a benefit Soup Bean Dinner for Tyler Farmer on April 5, from 11 am to 6 pm. Farmer was injured in an automobile accident. Cost is $6 per person. Everyone is welcome. The Big Creek Fire Dept is located at 17646 South Highway 421.

Treat or Eat

Difficulty affording medicine and food is most common among people with numerous health problems and those without insurance, as well as Hispanics and blacks. The findings indicate that many chronically ill people are having a difficult time and action is required to help them. Many of the people in the study with incomes 100 to 200 percent above the federal poverty line had trouble affording food and medicine. People in this income range may not be eligible for government assistance. Public officials should consider that when they set eligibility rules for assistance programs, according to the study. Assistance programs targeted to under-resourced groups who may face 'treat or eat' choices could produce substantial health gains for these vulnerable patients.


From Crisis to Opportunity Leaders from across Kentucky will join together at the 27th annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference from April 24 to April 25 at The Center for Rural Development. Clay County and Manchester officials, business owners, non-profit groups and residents are encouraged to attend. The conference, Transforming Crisis Into Opportunity, will focus on some of the region’s key issues and future economic development. This is not a conference for just a few speakers and listeners. The goal is to make everyone a speaker, listener, and an effective leader. Sessions will include topics on the SOAR initiative; Broadband and the Super I-Way; the changing face of education in Eastern Kentucky; Entrepreneurship; community; youth; tourism, and more. East Kentucky Leadership Conference registration through April 18 is $30; after that date, $35. Clay residents can register online at The Center for Rural Development is located at 2292 South HWY 27 in Somerset, 606677-6000,

LEFT: Mysterious stone head. BELOW: Red Bird River Valley cave.

On Tuesday, Wolter inspected an object believed by some to be a petrified human head. The headshaped object was found in Beech Creek. Wolter believes the object may actually be a stone carving.


Many chronically ill people take less of their medicines than they should, or skip them entirely, so they can afford to eat, according to a U.S. National Health Interview Survey.

County episode will air in September or October. Producers stated they may return to Clay County for a followup episode.

(Continued from page 1) have been interpreted as inscriptions in at least 8 Old World alphabets, all of which were extinct when Columbus arrived in the New

“We moved to city hall in Manchester to film with me and Scott Wolter, the host of the TV series America Unearthed,” said Burchell. Wolter believes many of the carvings he viewed in Clay are Native American in origin. The America Unearthed Clay

Clay County Tops Smoking List (Continued from page 1) cities with large populations enacting smoking bans and providing resources, according to the study. The City of Manchester recently celebrated the second anniversary of its comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance. The county and state have not enacted bans.

metropolitan areas. These areas have enacted smoking bans.

Falls Church City, Va. showed the lowest rate of Social stigma is also driving the daily smokers in decline, says the study. 2012, followed by counties in Income and gender also appear to Utah and other be a major factor. More men smoke than women. Higher income Western states. communities, with higher levels of According to the education, have fewer smokers. most recent 34.5% of Clay residents live in figures, tobacco poverty, compared to 14.9% for the led to 5.7 country. 37.9% of the county has million deaths, 6.9% of years of less than a high school diploma or life lost, and 5.5% of total health equivalent, compared to 14.3% in loss around the world. These the country. estimates exclude the health effects from secondhand smoke. IHME Occasional smokers, those who arrived at its estimates based on a have smoked 100 cigarettes or more, have declined within the last wide range of data sources, 10 years in 507 counties, most near including in-country surveys,

Man Shoots Brother On Wednesday, March 26, at approximately 7:35 pm the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified of a shooting that had

taken place between 2 brothers on Slusher Town road in Clay County. Upon arrival troopers learned through an investigation that Dustin Slusher, 27, of Manchester had been shot in the leg by his brother, Shaun J. Slusher, 30, of Manchester during an argument between the two. Further investigation revealed that after the shoot-

government statistics, and World Health Organization data. Previous estimates typically have been focused on fewer data sources. The New York Times visited Clay County last week to report on the study.

ing took place Shaun Slusher fled the scene. While troopers were conducting interviews with witnesses, he returned to the scene and was arrested. Dustin Slusher was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.

Shaun Slusher was arrested at the scene and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and several traffic charges. Trooper Josh Cox is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Jarrod Smith and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Committee Formed to Boost Economy (Continued from page 1) Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep Hal Rogers, who will co-chair the committee, named committee members last Monday. Members includes W. Bruce Ayers, former president of Southeast Community and Technical College; Jim Booth, coal executive and head of Booth Energy;

Jean Hale of Community Trust Bank; Rodney Hitch of East Kentucky Power Co-Operative; Jim Host, Lexington businessman; Tom Hunter, former Appalachian Regional Commission; Kim McCann, Ashland attorney; Haley McCoy of Jackson Energy; and Bob Mitchell, former Rogers' chief of staff.

Four representatives of local and state government will include: House Speaker Greg Stumbo; Senate President Robert Stivers; Charles "Doc" Hardin, Magoffin County Judge-Executive; and Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive.


Sports Legend Reports to Prison It’s Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season Outdoor burning restrictions are currently in effect in Clay County. Kentucky law designates February 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 am and 6 pm. The law is intended to prevent forest fires by allowing outdoor burning only after 6 pm when conditions are less likely to cause a wildfire to spread. Harsh temperatures mean drier vegetation, making it easier for a fire to start and spread. Even if the ground is so wet you can’t walk without sinking, the vegetation on top of the ground is tinder just waiting for a spark to ignite. Clay residents should contact their local fire department if they have any questions about local restrictions regarding burning. For more information about fire hazard seasons, burning laws and safe burning practices, contact the Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or

Richie Farmer reported to a prison facility in Bruceton, West Virginia on Tuesday to serve a 27-month sentence after pleading guilty last year to corruption charges while serving the office of Agriculture Commissioner. Hazelton is a high security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp where Farmer will reside.

Kentucky governor. Williams and Farmer were defeated in the 2011 general election.

A new agriculture commissioner, James Comer, requested an audit of the previous Farmer Administration. In 2012, the audit alleged Farmer used state employees to perform personal errands and hired friends who performed little or no move on," said Farmer at work. sentencing. Farmer led Clay County In 2013 Farmer was inHigh School to its first dicted on federal crimi- Farmer was originally state title in 1987 and nal charges for using his scheduled to report to went on to become one prison on March 18, but position for personal of the "Unforgettables", gain and misusing state a federal judge granted four seniors who led the funds. A plea agreement him a request for a delay University of Kentucky resulted in Farmer serv- so he could watch his to the NCAA tournaing 27 months in prison, son play basketball in ment in 1992. the Kentucky State High as well as paying more In 2003 he was elected than $120,000 in restitu- School Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament. Farmer Agriculture Commistion to the state. was surprised the judge sioner. Four years later “You make bad deciapproved his request, but he was reelected. sions and poor judgappreciated being able to In 2010 he was tapped to ments and you own up to support his son. be the running mate for those mistakes and you David William's bid as

Convict On the Run

Farmer admits he made mistakes, but believes those mistakes have been exaggerated and does not feel he deserves prison time. He never imagined he would be a federal prisoner. He said being separated from his children will be the most difficult part of prison. A film crew has been following Farmer for a possible documentary. Farmer’s jersey remains in the rafters of Rupp Arena.

NEW HEALTHY OPTIONS Spread the Health Appalachia's newest program, Healthy2Go, is working with stores in Clay County to offer healthy food options at local, small grocers.

The Clay County Sheriff's office is asking for help in locating an escaped felon. Thomas Yonts, an inmate of the Clay County Detention Center, walked off from jail work release, according to authorities. The 39 years old felon, from Carter County, escaped Thursday afternoon while picking up trash along highways near Gabbards Fork Road, according to Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson. Authorities stated it is very uncommon for work release inmates to walk off, and they do not believe Yonts to be dangerous. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 606-598-3471.

Many residents in the Clay County area live far from large grocery stores. In these parts of the counties, small retail outlets and convenience stores play a vital role in ensuring that households have access to food. The Healthy2Go initiative, designed specifically for the small stores in the region, is working to introduce healthier food options in existing small retail outlets. Collaborating with store owners, the initiative is facilitating the introduction of healthy food options into stores. Through in-store training, eyecatching new displays and nutritional labeling, STHA will provide residents with additional healthy food options, support small business owners, and begin transforming the food environment. Current Clay County participants include Toby's Grocery in Oneida and Laurel Creek Tradin' Post

N Grill on North HWY 11. Both stores are now carrying fresh fruits and vegetables, low sodium canned products, low-fat dairy and whole grain options. Clay grocers who would like to participate are encouraged to contact STHA at

Spring Hours 11-8 Daily Hotdogs Hamburgers Chicken Strips Popcorn Chicken B-B-Q Sandwich Onion Rings Fries Tater Tots Coleslaw Potato Salad


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Ed & Debbie’s Outdoor Cafe

Promoting Art for Economic Growth in Eastern KY The Kentucky Arts Council has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design to conduct workshops in the eastern region of the Commonwealth that will provide arts-related tools, resources and ideas that can initiate economic growth and development.

up information for communi- County Artisan Center in Morehead, and Tuesday, May ties and individuals through 13 at Hindman Settlement public workshops. School in Hindman. Clay "NEA and CIRD recognize County artists and advocates the arts can play a significant are encouraged to attend. role in vital community and economic development," said Additionally, the arts council will convene organizations Funding will benefit the 54- Lori Meadows, arts council and communities already encounty Appalachian region of director. gaged in arts and cultural the state, including Clay The public workshops will be projects as a way for particiCounty, by providing follow- on Friday, May 9 at Rowan The arts council introduced the concept of art as an economic driver at a December conference in Pikeville the day after the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit.

Greenbriar Presbyterian Church Community Building in Manchester. Tickets are now on sale at Thersey’s Diner, Manchester City Hall, and from Cast and Crew members. Tickets are $5 each. Free tickets are avail- told and acted out about the day the able for first responders. gas tanks exploded in East ManThe spring show of Monkey Dump- chester.

pants to share ideas, challenges and successes, followed by a competitive application process for communities to apply for related project funding. Registration and agenda information will be available on the arts council's website in the coming weeks at

Prepping for Performance

The Monkey Dumplin’s Cast and Crew have been busy preparing for the Monkey Dumplin's Spring Production on April 11 and April 12. The performance, featuring local stolin's is “Fire In The Sky: The Day ries and music, will take place at The Tanks Blew”. Stories will be

Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Theater harvests local stories by

teaching the art of story telling, then capturing and performing the fascinating oral history of Clay County on stage.

Coop Extension Service Offers April Programs Plate It Up Cooking School will be held on April 3 at 6 pm at the Clay County Extension Office. Learn about cooking vegetables that can be grown

in Kentucky gardens. Plate It Up Recipes will be used, and food samples will be offered. Every participant will get three recipe cards to take home. Call 598-2789 to register. Free and open to the public. Cake Decorating for the Beginner will be held on April 8 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Clay County Extension Office. Kay Garrison will teach the class. You will need to bring a cake to decorate, tips and a decorating bag. You should be able to find these at Walmart or Homemade for You in London. Basic tips may be a leaf, star or round tip. The class will be $5, which will cover the cost of the icing. To register, call 598-2789 or send a Facebook message.

17 New Volunteers Recruited for Clay County Red Cross A Southeastern Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteer recruitment meeting and training session was held in Clay County on Wednesday. 17 new volunteers attended and received training by Coy Prichard. Faye Gregory, board member and disaster volunteer, hosted the event.

Rejuvenate for Spring - Glamour and Glitz, Women of 2014 will be held on April 10 at the EXCEL building (beside McDonalds) from 5 pm to 7 pm. An evening is planned for women from 18-80 years of age, at no cost. Pamper yourself: hair, makeup, nails, relaxation, door prizes, job club, and other booths. Educational information will be provided on a variety of topics related to a woman's life, as well as fun activities. Child care will not be provided. For hair, makeup or nails services, call 598-2789 to schedule an appointment. Pillow Power will be offered on April 21 at 6 pm at the Clay County Extension Office. Love the look of throw pillows? Want to add some instant style to a room? Learn how to make a simple pil-

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low for a home accessory. A beginning sewing project for your home, this program will combine show and tell plus you will make a pillow from light weight upholstery fabric. Bring basic sewing supplies, a 1/2 yard of light weight upholstery fabric or fabric, sewing machine and a pillow form or stuffing. This program is free and open to the public, but you must register by calling 598-2789 or by sending a Facebook message. Hanging Baskets Leader’s Training will be held on April 23 at 10 am at the Clay County Extension Office. Lora Lee will be presenting the program. Free and open to the public. Call 598-2789 to register. The Clay County Extension Office Open House will be held on April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at the EXCEL Center (beside McDonalds). Join the celebration of the opening of the new EXCEL building. Trees will be given away. Free and open to the public.

Helping to control the stray animal population in Kentucky. The Furs Foundation spaying and neutering program is for "low" or "no" income dog & cat owners.


Clay County Kentucky Events COMMUNITY FESTIVALS HWY 421 100 Mile Yard Sale May 1 through May 3, 2014 From Harlan to Jackson counties, crossing through Leslie and Clay The 421 Yard Sale is a multi-county tag sale stretching over 100 miles along US Highway 421. The event will take place from May 1 through May 3, 2014. The yard sale will stretch from Harlan to Jackson counties, crossing through Leslie and Clay, and will also stretch from parts of Virginia to West Virginia. The event takes place each year on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May. All sellers asked to participate all three days. 2014 Salt Works Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm Riverside Park, Manchester The 2014 Salt Works Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm at the historic Salt Works Pioneer Village in Manchester. The event will feature fine arts, handmade and hand decorated crafts, pioneer demonstrators, live blue grass music, homemade food, and children's activities. Clay County Days August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014 Downtown Manchester The 2014 Clay County Days Festival will be held on August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014. The committee is working hard to bring you the best festival in the history of the event. The mission is to organize the best festival possible for the people of Clay County and to promote tourism for Clay County by providing a weekend of family entertainment. OBI Golf Tournament Friday, June 27, 2014 Crooked Creek Golf Club Alumni & Friends of OBI Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 at Crooked Creek Golf Club in London, KY. The event will be part of Oneida Baptist Institue's Homecoming Southeastern Sundays feature musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, festivities, with the big day on Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm Fourth Sunday of Each Month May thru southern food, a car show and historic attractions. The June 28 on the OBI campus. For more October location of the event will highlight Clay’s nature, information and lodging details, please call Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester parks, swinging bridges, murals and mysterious Amanda Roberts at 606-847-4111 ext:268, Southeastern Sundays will take place on the fourth artifacts. FREE booth space available. All musicians or email Roberts at Sunday of each month May thru October, from 1 pm welcome. Musicians may solicit donations. Signup to 5 pm, at Rawlings/Stinson Park. The event will online at

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PAWS, working primarily in Clay and Leslie Counties, has helped to fix over 1100 animals since 2005. PAWS is an all-volunteer organization funded through donations, grants and fund-raisers. Support animal welfare in your community. All donations are tax-deductible and are gratefully accepted at: PAWS, c/o A. Carey PO Box 216, Hyden, KY 41749. Like us on Facebook at PAWS Leslie County.

Clay County Kentucky Events ONGOING EVENTS Impact Archery Free Archery Classes are offered Wednesday nights at 6 pm at Gray Fork Church, 67 Grayfork Road, Manchester. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Eric at 231-6850, Jenna 599-7005 or Boo 813-0990. Woman's Club of Manchester Except for the months of January, June and July, the club meets the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. The Woman's Club of Manchester is dedicated to community improvement. Through its volunteer service, the club strives to enhance the lives of others. Any woman age 18 and above who has been looking for a way to be involved in her Circuit Court Meeting community is welcome to join the organization. 9 am 1st Monday of Each Month For more information, call 606-598-2033 or folCircuit Court Building, Downtown Manchester low the club on Facebook. The Circuit Court meets at 9 am on the 1st Monday of each month at the Circuit Court Chamber of Commerce Meeting Building, Downtown Manchester. 12 pm 2nd Wednesday of Each Month Manchester City Hall The Manchester-Clay County Chamber of Commerce meets at 12 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Manchester City Hall in Downtown Manchester. Clay County DAV Chapter 137 5 pm Last Friday of Each Month Clay County Public Library Meeting Room All veterans are welcome to join the Clay County DAV Chapter 137. The chapter meets at 5 pm on the last Friday of each month in the Clay County Public Library Meeting Room in Manchester. Vietnam Veterans Chapter #868 6 pm 2nd Thursday of Each Month Horse Creek Holiness Church Fellowship Hall The Clay County Vietnam Veterans Chapter #868 meets at 6 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Horse Creek Holiness Church Fellowship Hall. The organization conducts all military Funeral Honors for Clay County Veterans. Members must have served on Active Duty in one of the US Armed Forces from February 28 1961 through May 7 1975. Members who do not meet those requirements may be Associate Members.

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Manchester Council Meeting 6 pm 3rd Monday of Each Month Manchester City Hall, Downtown Manchester The City of Manchester City Council meets at 6 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at Manchester City Hall, Downtown Manchester.

Fiscal Court Meeting 3 pm 2nd Thursday of Each Month County Administration Building, Downtown Manchester Clay County Fiscal Court meets at 3 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the County Administration Building, Downtown Manchester.

Child Abuse Prevention Day April 26, 2014 at 11 am Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester The annual Child Abuse Prevention Day will take place at Rawlings/Stinson Park on April 26, 2014 at 11 am. Clay County residents are urged to attend. A walk will take place from EKU to Rawlings/Stinson, followed by festivities. The event is hosted by the Department for Community Base Services. Activities and entertainment provided by volunteers. Inflatables will be provided by Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Cancer Coalition 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 am to 11:30 am Bert T Combs Park, Manchester. SPECIAL EVENTS The 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 am until 11:30 am Monkey Dumplin's Spring Production at Bert T Combs Park in Manchester. Cancer is the April 11-12 second leading cause of death in Clay County. Greenbriar Presbyterian Church Community Money raised will be used to purchase gas cards Building, Manchester and other items for patients. There are no treatThe spring show of Monkey Dumplin's is April 11-12 at the Greenbriar Presbyterian Church Com- ment facilities in Clay. Registration and race packmunity Building. Stories will be told and acted out et pickups will begin at 8 am day of the race. about the day the gas tanks exploded in East Man- Contact Tammy Jones at 606-526-5051 or chester. Monkey Dumplin's Story Telling Theater for more information. harvests local stories by teaching the art of story telling, then capturing and performing the fascinating oral history of Clay County on stage. Shop With a Cop Basketball Game Fundraiser April 18 at 7 pm Clay County High School The annual Shop With a Cop/Clay County Cancer Coalition Basketball Fundraiser Game is April 18 at 7 pm at Clay County High School. The game will include the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police vs the Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire Department and Manchester Dispatch. Grade school dance teams will perform at halftime. Tickets are $5 for adults; $2 children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Shop With a Cop and Clay County Cancer Coalition.

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Clay County SCHOOLS & SPORTS Red Bird Dorms Reopening rain made travel and communication with other parts of the world very difficult. The school began to grow and become one of the finest schools in Kentucky. Neighboring communities called on Red Bird for help in improving their schools. Thus, Jack’s Creek and Beech Fork came into Red Bird Mission will reopen its dormitories to students this fall, following a 4 year closure due to lack of funding. The dormitories are currently being renovated, with students from all over the country spending spring break helping with the renovations.

the Red Bird family of schools.

Over the years, Red Bird has grown and changed to meet the needs of the local people. Thousands of students have passed through the doors of this institution and have been profoundly affected by the high standards and lofty goals of many talentThe Red Bird Mission Board was forced to close ed and dedicated teachers who have come to the school and dormitories in 2010 when it could serve at this place from all over the United States. no longer afford the program. The school itself Alumni live and work all across the nation, and re-opened later that year, without a dormitory wherever they are, they appreciate and cherish the program. unique and multifaceted Red Bird learning experience. Many actively support the projects of the The dormitory program at Red Bird Christian School will reopen with a strong focus of comple- Red Bird Mission School Association with their menting the academic preparation, leadership for- gifts of time, talent, and monetary contributions. mation, and career discernment that students Faculty concern and flexibility, high academic receive in the classroom. Any student, of any de- and moral standards, and high expectations are nomination, may attend Red Bird and participate still evident at Red Bird Mission School today. in the dormitory program. Course offerings are challenging and varied, preparing graduates for either college or the world of Red Bird has provided a high quality education for students from the surrounding area for over 85 work. In addition to the basic courses required by years. In 1921, two teachers, Myra Bowman and the State and the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Red Bird students enEmeline Welch, began educational work in this joy many elective classes and extracurricular remote area where the rugged mountainous teropportunities.

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Clay County SCHOOLS & SPORTS Teens Copycat Drinking and Driving Want to make sure your teen doesn't drive while intoxicated? You might want to start by making sure he or she doesn't go riding with peers who have been drinking or using drugs.

that drunken driving among teens fell by more than half between 1991 and 2011, with 90 percent of older high school students saying they didn't drink and drive in 2011.

That's the message of a new study that found that older high school students are much more likely to drive under the influence if they've ridden with intoxicated friends.

The new study presents a grimmer picture. It's based on several surveys of thousands of high school students in grades 10 to 12, beginning in 2009. Twelve percent to 14 percent said they had driven while intoxicated from drugs or alcohol at least once within the past month. Moreover, 23 percent to 38 percent said they had ridden with a driver who was intoxicated within the past year.

The level of extra risk appears to be extraordinarily high, said study author Bruce Simons-Morton, a senior investigator with the Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

"It shouldn't be a surprise that you're Those who had ridden with intoxicated drivers were especially more likemore likely to drink and drive if you've been around others who drink ly to drive while intoxicated themselves in their senior years of and drive and you ride with them," high school. Simons-Morton said. "But it's just wildly associated with the risk of The study design didn't allow redriving while intoxicated." searchers to pinpoint in laypersonIn the big picture, however, drinking friendly terms how much more likely and driving among young people has the exposed kids are to drive while intoxicated. It also didn't prove that sharply declined in recent years. A 2012 study from the Centers for Dis- riding with intoxicated peers directly causes kids to later drive under the ease Control and Prevention found influence.

What's going on? "If you're in a peer group where driving while intoxicated is acceptable, then you're going to be exposed to it," Simons-Morton said. "Having that kind of experience is socializing. It makes it OK." Students also were more likely to drive while intoxicated if they had gotten their licenses earlier, although the size of the effect was much smaller than for those who rode with intoxicated drivers. "Part of that is just exposure," Simons-Morton said. "They've been driving more, so their opportunity for driving while intoxicated is greater."

Parents should set clear boundaries and consequences for the kids. The problem of motor vehicle accidents What to do? Delaying licenses for teens is a good idea, Simons-Morton and fatalities among young drivers said, but it's more important for par- cannot be overstated. They are the ents to keep an eye on how their kids leading cause of death for youth aged get around town. Are they passengers 16 to 20, and currently account for more than one in three deaths in this in cars with intoxicated drivers? age group. Drinking and driving compounds this risk.

FREE LUNCHES Red Bird Christian School is offering free and reduced price meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete an application and return it to the school. Applications are available in the school’s main office. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.

for free meals. Foster children will receive benefits based on information submitted on the household application or information received from an appropriate agency. Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact Red Bird Community Outreach Director, Tracy Nolan, at 606598-0520.

In accordance with the Sponsor’s disclosure agreement, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the Household size and income criteria school system in determining eligiwill be used to determine eligibility. bility for other educational proChildren from families whose ingrams. Households notified of their come is at or below the required levchildren's eligibility must contact the els may be eligible for free or school if it chooses to decline the reduced price meals. Once apfree meal benefits. proved, meal benefits are good for Any interested person may review a an entire year. You need not notify copy of the policy by contacting Althe organization of changes in inlen Wilder at 606-598-2416, 15420 come and/or household size. S. HWY 66, Beverly, KY 40913. All children in households that receive KTAP or SNAP are eligible

Summer Vacation Saved Public schools in the Commonwealth will not have to cancel summer vacations.

have 170 days of classes if they have a minimum of 1,062 instruction hours.

Kentucky House and Senate members agreed on Wednesday to suspend school district requirements to

Districts that cannot meet the threshold will end on June 6.


Clay County Chronicle OBITUARIES Mr. Frankie Lynn Martin

Mr. Willie Napier

Mr. Frankie Lynn Martin, age 51 of Manchester, departed this life on Monday, March 24, 2014 at his home. He was born on Friday, May 18, 1962 in Leslie County, Kentucky. He was a welder and a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Sergeant for 8 years. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife: Martisha Neal Martin, his children: Aaron Martin, Alex Landers and Keith Landers, these grandchildren: Chloe Landers, Noah Landers, and Addisin Landers. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Gordon Martin, Bill Martin, Ann Galbraith, Sherry Farry, Sally Angel, Della Sizemore, Johnny Sizemore, Aaron Paul Bowling, John Bowling, Linda Rouse, Judy Campbell, and Janet Sears. He is preceded in death by his parents: Paul and Holly Martin, and Aaron and Olzie Bowling and his brothers: Terry Martin and Lee Martin. Funeral Services for Mr. Frankie Lynn Martin will be conducted on Friday, March 28, at 1 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gordon Martin and Rev. Charlie Martin will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Sizemore Cemetery in the Bar Creek Community. Visitation will begin at 6 PM on Thursday evening at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Willie Napier, age 69 of Buzzard departed this life on Monday, March 24, 2014 at his home. He was born on Friday, March 31, 1944 in Clay County, Kentucky to the union of Theo and Edith Mitchell Napier. He leaves to mourn his passing his sisters and brothers: Juanita Smith of Manchester, Polly Keen of Manchester, Mae Napier Smith of Manchester, Geraldine Cowens of Manchester, Eugene Napier of London, Ernest Napier of Manchester, and Ronnie Napier of Manchester. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Theo and Edith Napier and these brothers and sisters: Theo Napier, Jr., Elder Ray Napier, Audrey Weber, Clarence Napier, and Bobby Napier. Funeral Services for Mr. Willie Napier will be conducted on Thursday, March 27 at 1 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. George Roberts, Rev. Paul Stewart and Rev. Archie Henson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Napier Cemetery in the Buzzard Community. Visitation will be on Tuesday evening after 6 PM and on Wednesday evening after 6 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Billy C. Henson Billy C. Henson, 59, of Manchester passed away Friday March 21st, 2014 at his home. He is survived by his son Delbert Henson and wife Alicia, and three daughters, Rhonda Huff and husband Broaderick, Jamie Henson and John Marchese, and Bonnie Henson and Natasha Partin all of Manchester. He is also survived by three brothers: T.C. Henson and wife Robin, J.C. Henson and wife Debra, and William Henson and wife Allison, and one sister Hazel Henson, 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews, all of Manchester. He is preceded in death by his parents Taylor and Lois Henson and his first wife Laura Rose Henson. The Funeral Service will be held 1 PM Monday at his home with Jimmy Helton and Lyle Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow in the Henson Cemetery at Caudill Gap. Visitation will be after 3 PM Sunday at his home.

Franklin D Asher Franklin D. Asher, 76, of Indianapolis passed away March 24, 2014. Born September 25, 1937 in Manchester, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Lewis and Pollie (Smith) Asher. Franklin worked as a press operator with United Carrier Technologies in Indianapolis, retiring in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, Roberta Asher; five brothers, Larry, Warren, Dennis, Lewis Jr., and Broadus Asher; two sisters, Elvie Asher and Geraldine Gray, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, John, Gardener, and Mac Asher; two sisters, Jennie Lawson and Ollie Miller. Funeral services for Franklin D. Asher will be held 2PM Sunday at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Bart Collins Cemetery at Lost Fork. Visitation will be 4 – 8 pm Friday at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Greenwood, IN, and from 4-8 pm Saturday at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester, KY.

Hazel Mills

Hazel Mills, 88, of Manchester, was born July 25th, 1925, and passed away Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. She is survived by one son, Larry Mills and wife Kathie, two daughters, Betty Whitehouse and husband Jeffrey, Micky Begley and husband Sylvester, all of Lexington,one step-daughter Linda PatMrs. Vesta Gross terson, along with seven grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is Mrs. Vesta Gross, age 78 of Manchester, departed this life on Thursday, preceded in death by her husband, George Mills, her son, Eugene Mills, her March 20, 2014 at the U.K. Medical Center. She was born on Saturday, July parents, Sie and Anna Murphy, one brother, James Murphy, one sister, Mary 27, 1935 in Clay County, Kentucky to the union of Steve and Mallie Powell Turner, and one granddaughter, Tracy Williams. She also leaves a host of Allen. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Clayton Gross and the other relatives and friends to mourn her death. Funeral services for Hazel following children: Brenda Gross Thompson and Billy of London, KenMills will be held 11AM Friday at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel with tucky, and Roy Gross of Ashland, Kentucky. Also surviving is her grandRoy Lane Woods officiating. Burial will follow in the Rocky Branch Cemechild, Roy Wayne Gross and these great grandchildren: Aneca, Jasmine, tery at Gooserock. Visitation will be after 6PM Thursday at the Britton FuKaylee, Devin, Jacob, Parker, and Audreanna. Also surviving is her sister: neral Home. Bonnie Rawlings. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She is preceded in death by her parents: Steve and Mallie Allen and one brother Walter Allen. Funeral Services for Mrs. Vesta Gross will be conducted on Sunday, March 23 at 2 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Chris Roberts will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Brown Mission Cemetery in the Laurel Creek Community. Visitation will be held on Saturday evening after 6 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

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Clay County Chronicle STATISTICS (excludes alcohol), theft of motor vehicle registration plate decal, no/expired Kentucky registration plate, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain insurance/security 1st offense. Jason W. Hubbard – no operators/moped license, rear license not illuminated. Dean Hoskins – serving bench warrant (failure to appear). $10 – Island Creek, Harvey and National Collegiate Student Loan Bruce Hoskins – assault 4th degree Tammy Holland to Cecilia SmallTrust vs. Angel Wagers. wood, 3-13-14. Brenda Baker vs. Kentucky Medical (domestic violence) minor injury. Ricky Harris – carrying a concealed N/A – Tract HWY 11, Alex Howell Investors LTD, et al. estate and Vernon Howell estate to Community Trust Bank vs. Eric Al- deadly weapon, public intoxication, criminal trespassing 1st. Alex Jr. Howell, 3-14-14. len, et al. N/A – Tract 2 HWY 11 8 acres, Bet- Michelle J. Fair, et al, vs. Zachary S. Shawon Wesley Robinson – serving bench warrant for court. ty Lou Howell to Vernon Howell, Davidson. 3-14-14. Phillip Thompson – theft by unlawful Marsha Stivers vs. Dollar General DEEDS taking of disp. all others ($500 or N/A – Lodge Hall Road, Charles and Corporation, et al. $5 – Holland Branch, Randy Martin Jacqueline Coots to Commonwealth more but less than $10,000. Midland Funding, LLC vs. Annie to Faye Funk, Tommy Martin, Joan of Kentucky and Transportation CabLinda Carol Day – no/expired KenSmith. Stacey, et al, 3-18-14. inet, 3-12-14. tucky registration plate, no/expired Midland Funding, LLC vs. Danny $2.50 – Crawfish area, Bobby Eston N/A – Oscar Bowling Road, Jessie Kentucky registration receipt, failure Rutledge to Donald Ray Jarvis, 3-17- and Karen Bowling and Linda Allen Sandlin. of owner to maintain insurance, inad14. Midland Funding, LLC vs. Rosa Valequate silencer. to Commonwealth of Kentucky and lance. $5 – Holland Branch, Randy Martin Transportation Cabinet, 3-12-14. James D. Brewer – speeding 28 mph to Faye Funk, Tommy Martin, Joan Midland Funding, LLC. vs. Charlene over limit. $1 – Holland Branch, Joan Stacy, Stacey, et al, 3-18-14. Fox. Roger Hornsby, et al, to Tommy $5 – Crawfish area, Della Mae Jones Martin, 3-18-14. JAIL RELEASES to Jeffery Jay and Edith Ruth BullN/A – Paces Creek area, Adam Scott SHERIFF'S REPORT Chester Wagers, Jr. 3-14-14, Ronald ock, 3-17-14. Loughran to Lillie B. Collins, 3-18Jacob Jones – possession of conWagers 3-13-14, Sammy Wagers 3$17 – Lawson Mountain Big Creek, 14. trolled substance 3rd degree 1st of19-14, Jade R. Martin 3-15-14, MiClifford and Sandra Sexton to Thom- N/A – Collins Fork area, Jessie and fense, possession of marijuana, chael Martin 3-18-14, Belva Mayas Maggard, 3-17-14. Courtney Brooke Collins to Collins resisting arrest, public intoxication field 3-19-14, Troy Melton 3-15-14, Cemetery, Inc., 3-18-14. $80 – Elk Creek, Stanley and Ina controlled substance. Dean Hoskins 3-16-14, Jacob Jones Couch to Charles and Jacqueline N/A – Shepherd Town, Lillie Mae Milton Hatfield – failure to pay fine. 3-15-14, Tammy Jean Jones 3-14-14, Coots, 3-14-14. Michael Long 3-13-14 Madden to John and Maggie Sally M. Asher – theft by unlawful McWhorter, 3-19-14. $37 – Fall Rock, Jimmy Lee and Robin Hensley 3-17-14, Tony L. taking (shoplifting). Carrie Allen to Ibrahim and Anna Hinkle 3-18-14, Brandon Holland Belva Mayfield – public intoxication 3-17-14, Bruce Hoskins 3-17-14, Ahmed, 3-14-14. LAWSUITS controlled substance (excludes alco- Christopher Duff 3-17-14, Johnny D. $7 – Lyttleton area, Paul and Essie Midland Funding, LLC vs. Deborah hol). Hacker 3-19-14, Rick Harris 3-16Smith to Jerri Smith, Tommy Bivin, Brandon. Shawn W. Robinson – served war14, Mathew Helton 3-18-14, Michael et al, 3-17-14. rants, possession of controlled subMidland Funding, LLC vs. John AbShane Minton 3-18-14, Crystal N/A – HWY 80, Lisa Stewart to Anstance 1st offense. ner. Roark 3-15-14, Lee Yvonne Roark thony and Christine Stewart, 3-143-16-14, Tommy Dean 3-15-14, Teresa Bowman – no/expired KenDebra Hilterbran, et al, vs. Kathy 14. Dustin Matthew Dill 3-13-14, David tucky registration plate, no/expired Bowling Hedges, et al. $5 – Upper Rader, Cecil Jr. and MaDowney 3-13-14, Dezerae Lavonne First Financial Investment vs. Bryan Kentucky registration receipt, posbel Murray to Bethany Murray and session of a controlled substance 1st Alexander 3-12-14, Sally M. Asher Bilbrey. Amanda Toler, 3-14-14. 3-18-14, Grady H. Bishop 3-19-14, degree 1st offense. Jerome Mullins vs. Pam Hensley, et Teresa Bowman 3-14-14, Jennie N/A – Sextons Creek area, Edna Jason Wagers – failure to produce al. Crosslin 3-14-14. Jarvis to Casey Jarvis, 3-13-14. insurance card, public intoxication MARRIAGES Valarie Lynn Marsh, 51, N/A, to Paul Hacker, 49, N/A, 3-18-14. Marla Kay Edmonds, 41, N/A, to Cecil Wayne Burkart, 41, N/A, 3-1114. Kaitlyn Nicole Henson, 20, student, to Robert Delon Bowling, 20, logger, 3-8-14. Shannon Raye Jackson, 18, Phillips Diversified, to Harley Zane Hubbard, 18, Spectrum Care, 3-15-14. Juanita Michaelle Calwell, 40, housekeeper, to Michael Leonard Perachi, 39, cook, 3-7-14. Chelsi Lynne Baker, 18, call center representative, to Ford Anthony Lee Gray, 21, lineman, 3-9-14.

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Clay County Chronicle COLUMNS Right or Wrong? by Reverend Roberta

by Lisa Bourque

Dear Reverend Roberta, I bought my house as a foreclosure. Everything was in pretty bad shape. The place was littered with trash, the doorknobs were all gone, most of the windows were busted and the kitchen cabinets were ripped off the walls and taken away. After months of hard work, I’ve made a nice home for my family, no thanks to the previous owners. I guess those people never bothered to leave a forwarding address because we’re still getting mail for them. It’s mostly from bill collectors, but not all of it. There’s no way I’m lifting a finger for them, so I just throw the mail out. My wife says that’s wrong, but I don’t care. Who’s right here?

Container and Companion Gardening Growing your own food is just smart and a great way to not have to rely on the stores to have what you want. Just because you live in an apartment or don't have much land doesn't mean you can't grow your own food. There are plenty of vegetables that do great in containers, such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, spinach, beets, and of course many herbs. Take into consideration how big the plant gets and plant accordingly into the right size pot. Make sure it has a drainage hole or two, and never let your veggies dry out. Over-watering can be just as dangerous. A good rule of thumb to avoid overwatering is to plunge a popsicle stick into the soil. If soil sticks to it, it doesn't need watered. If you have a spot in the yard at least 4x4 feet, you can have a great little raised garden bed and plant a variety of veggies. Keep in mind that plants have friends and neighbor well with some better than others. This is called Companion Planting. An example of this is tomatoes like to be planted near carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers. Do not plant corn or potatoes near your tomatoes. Beans do well with celery, corn, cucumbers, radish, strawberries and summer savory, but will not do well with garlic and onions. Planting mint near your cabbage will enhance the flavor of your cabbage. Marigolds near your tomatoes will deter tomato Aphids. If you are new to gardening, container and small, raised bed gardening are great ways to start. Try an online search for Companion Gardening (Continued on page 13)


Handy Harold Dear Harold, The United States Post Office will stand behind your wife and so will I. The mail is protected by law. When anyone receives a piece of misdirected mail

they should write “Not at this address” and hand it to a carrier or to a clerk at the post office or drop it into any mailbox. Besides, you don’t know what really happened that caused the previous owners to lose their home. Sounds like they were pretty badly off. Try to put yourself in their shoes. What they did wasn’t right, but a little empathy on your part wouldn’t hurt.

Dear Polly,

This is a hard question to answer. All the rules of what’s proper say you have to give the pearls back. But I feel terribly sorry for Tommy. He does sound like a nice boy. He probably bought the pearls when he thought you might go to the prom with him. And I know you’re right. He would be hurt if you gave them back. Besides, you aren’t Dear Reverend Roberta, going steady with the other boy. You might go out with Tommy another time. I’m in high school and my Mother says So, I’m going out on a limb here and that I’m too young to have a steady say that it’s not wrong for you to keep boyfriend. I expect she’s right. So I the pearls, if you accept them as a have lots of boyfriends. I chose a really friendship gift and if you write a thank cute boy to take me to the prom, but I you note. Maybe you could say, “Dear know I hurt another boy’s feelings. He’s Tommy, Thank you so much for the a very sweet boy, but I had to choose pearls. They are beautiful. I hope you somebody. When I came home from will take me out again and I can wear school today, I found a little box on my them then.” Sign your note just like step. There was just the prettiest strand Tommy did, “Your friend, Polly.” But of pearls inside and a note that said, Polly, don’t wear the pearls to the prom. “These are for you to wear with your That wouldn’t be fair to the cute boy prom dress. Wish I was the lucky guy who will be your date. taking you to the prom.” He signed it “Your friend, Tommy”. Is it okay for me to keep the pearls? They are just Send Right or Wrong questions to right for my dress and it would only Rev. Roberta at hurt Tommy more if I give them back.


Pearly Polly

All Creatures Great & Small by Hattie Dutton

Hats Off to ALL Service Animals Anyone who becomes a caregiver to an animal knows how much that animal adds to the enjoyment of life. But for those with disabilities, a trained service animal can mean a better quality of life. The Americans with Disabilities Act considers an animal a “service animal” if it has been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability." The A.D.A. defines disability as a "mental or physical condition, which substantially limits a major life activity". For an animal to be considered a service animal, the animal must be trained to perform tasks directly related to the person’s disability. Guide dogs first began working with veterans blinded in World War I. In the early 1980’s, small capuchin monkeys began helping quadriplegics with basic functions like eating and drinking. Things got more complicated in the 1990s, when psychiatric service animals were trained to fetch medications and the water to take them with, and also to alert patients in advance of panic attacks. Today service animals of all species can help the disabled and are being trained to perform more and more tasks. Service animals can include pygmy horses, parrots, pigs and, even ducks. Many can alert people with epilepsy of seizures and even help autistic children to socialize. A parrot can help the deaf to “hear’ the telephone, the doorbell or a fire alarm.

Therapy animals, also known as comfort animals, have been used for many years to help people in hospitals and nursing homes. By simply being gentle and friendly and allowing humans to pet and play with them, they can calm, lower blood pressure and make patients feel better. While these animals are certainly of therapeutic value, they have no special legal rights under the provisions of the A.D.A. But today, the line between service animals and therapy animals is blurring. It really depends on how one defines the words “task” and “work” and whether something like soothing a person to enhance his or her safety qualifies as a task; one that an animal can be individually trained to do. Helping veterans with the hyper vigilance of PTSD is a perfect example. In 2003, the Department of Transportation revised its internal policies regarding service animals on airplanes and issued new guidelines. Based on the wider variety of animals now trained to assist the disabled, they allowed any species of animal to qualify as a service animal, and providing emotional support would be considered a qualifying task. Although this applies only to airplanes and did not alter federal law, it supports a trend toward what has been called “a veritable Noah’s Ark of support animals”. But narrow mindedness, a lack of compassion and ignorance, rather than a show of support for the disabled causes some landlords, business owners and city officials to challenge the legitimacy of non-canine service animals. Understandably, disabled persons that have been denied access because of their alternative animals are responding with

lawsuits. Your medical information is private and under the provisions of the A.D.A., it is illegal to ask what condition your animal helps you with. Also, you cannot be required to provide proof of disability or to demonstrate any of the tasks that your animal is trained to do. A business may ask only questions like “Is that a trained service animal?” or “What task is it trained to do?” If the disabled person answers yes to the first question and gives a brief, nonspecific response to the second, such as “My animal alerts me to medical emergencies.” or “My animal is aware of any changes in my condition.”, further questioning could end in a lawsuit. Those of us who live without limitations rarely understand what it is like to live with a disability that will never go away. It would be so much kinder to give the benefit of the doubt to those less fortunate than we are and to honor the work of all service animals. Thank goodness for these wonderful animals-of all species. We wish them long, safe lives, and their people quality life, with the help, comfort and companionship of these amazing creatures. "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow Men." -- St. Francis of Assisi

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Really Easy, Super Tasty

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2 large onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick 2 tablespoons butter 2 pressed garlic cloves 1 dash Worcestershire sauce 1 bag of sliced Swiss cheese 4 slices toasted French bread

So we set our clocks ahead, did the countdowns and just when spring had supposedly sprung, it got colder. I've decided this is mother nature's way of letting me enjoy something I love a little bit longer, soup. I love a nice , hot bowl of soup in the cool weather. This recipe really Directions (makes 4 servings) is easy and super tasty. It goes really well with spinach 1. Place onions and butter in saucepan. and mushroom salad and some red wine. 2. Saute on medium heat until onions are tender. 3. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes (don't let garlic burn). 4. Add beef broth, consomme, and Worcestershire sauce. 5. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. 6. Take ovenproof bowls (you can use over-sized coffee mugs) and place 1 slice of cheese in bottom of each bowl. 7. Fill bowl with soup leaving room at the top. 8. Place toasted French bread on top. 9. Top with a slice or two of Swiss cheese. 10. Place under broiler until cheese is bubbly. 11. Serve immediately.

French Onion Soup Ingredients

● 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth ● 1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans beef consomme

by Gary Barnby

Heritage Pavilion The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society's Heritage Pavilion is located on the Square in Manchester. The copper-topped structure serves as a visual symbol of Clay County’s heritage. The pavilion contains three large interpretive signs that recount the county’s history from before its founding, to well into the 20th Century, focusing on early history and places and of some of the most prominent people of historical interest. The first sign is a graphic rendering of the county’s “Historical Trails and Places,” and guides the visitor along the famous Warrior’ Path

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that traversed the county from north to south and was followed by such early explorers as Dr. Thomas Walker and Daniel Boone in the mid to late 1700s, and countless Indians before them. The graphic also maps out some of the earliest roads funded by the state legislature in the early 1800s that were built expressly for getting salt from several Goose Creek works to customers in the Bluegrass and in other states. This sign shows the location of several of the salt works, and contains pertinent information. The second sign details the significant Civil War activity that took place within the border of the

Healthy Mountain Living by Betty Baker

Plant-OnlyOnce Veggies Many gardeners grow perennial plants and flowers, enjoying their ornamental beauty year after year. But did you know there are a variety of perennial vegetables that can also be planted once and enjoyed for years to come? They are also among the healthiest veggies and are an inexpensive, one-time purchase. Easy-to-grow perennial vegetables

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offer a healthy food source that comes back year after year. Here are 10 perennial veggies: ● Scarlet Runner Beans: Scarlet runner beans are grown as ornamentals and are also edible as green beans and dried beans. The flowers are edible too, when cooked. ● Sea Kale: Sea Kale is ornamental and the shoots, young leaves and flowers are edible.

(Continued from page 12) and Container Gardening...there is an entire world of information out there. Remember to start with non GMO seeds so you can save your seeds for next year's planting. Teach your kids everything you learn; pass it on to them so they, too, can one day be self sustainable. Also, try canning to preserve your hard work and enjoy it in the winter!

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county from 1861 to 1864. The sign takes the visitor from the raid on the Goose Creek salt works by Rebel forces under the command of Gen. Felix Zollicoffer before the first battle of the war in Kentucky, and through the years of skirmishing between the armies around Manchester and on Red Bird, and details the destruction of the five major salt works by Union forces that was carried out in order to keep salt out of Confederate hands. Much of the sign details the activities of Clay County’s famous Colonel (later Brigadier General), T. T. Garrard, in the county. The third sign gives brief biographies and photos or renderings of some of the most historically prominent Clay County citizens, and shows where they lived and are buried. Included on this sign is the first known settler of the county, John Gilbert, a long hunter who decided to settle on Red Bird at the close of the American Revolution and raised a large family there with his wife, Mollie Bowling. Read more at

● Sorrel: Sorrel is an herb with tart, lemon-flavored leaves used in salads, soups, and sauces. ● Jerusalem Artichoke: Jerusalem artichoke underground tubers can be eaten raw or cooked like potatoes. ● Groundnut: Groundnut is a 6-foot vine with high-protein tubers that taste like nuttyflavored potatoes. ● Bunching or Egyptian Onions: These onions continue to produce new onions even after being harvested.

● Ostrich Fern: Ostrich ferns are ornamental and delicious. ● Ramps or Wild Leeks: Ramps are an onion with edible leaves and bulbs. ● Daylilies: Daylilies are primarily grown as ornamentals, and are common in the wild, but the flowers are also delicious in salads or battered and fried. ● Good King Henry: Good King Henry is a European spinach with tasty shoots, leaves and flowers.


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by Jack White

Amazing Uses of Vinegar More than just a salad dressing, vinegar is an effective household cleanser, natural bug repellent, and offers health benefits. It is environmentally friendly and very economical. ● Boil one-cup of vinegar and four tablespoons of baking soda in teapots, or run vinegar and water through coffeepots, to remove mineral deposits. ● Add a cup of vinegar to your laundry during the rinse cycle to break down uric acid and soapy residue. ● Clean shower curtains with a sponge dampened with vinegar.

Good Memories To the Editor, Your photos bring back so many good memories of my childhood, growing up in Oneida, attending OBI, and having the mountains as my playground. Kids today spend so much time inside connected to the latest electronic device. They have no idea what they’re missing….mountains, forest, rivers and creeks. Back then we were connected to nature, not the internet. Jeremy Garrison

Very Interesting Read To the Editor, Loved the story on the Whitetop Laurel Band of Cherokee. I really enjoyed reading it. It was very interesting and well written. Thank you for providing information to the public about this important issue.

● Loosen a jar lid by holding the jar upside down and pouring warm vinegar around the neck at the joint.

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● Rub cider vinegar on your skin to repel bugs.

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● Remove paint stains with hot vinegar.

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● Eliminate refrigerator and freezer odors by cleaning with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water.

I am disgusted that an ag-gag provision was attached to HB222. This ag-gag bill would criminalize whistleblowers who courageously expose crimes on factory farms. Given recent undercover investigations in Kentucky, it is clear that more, not less, oversight is needed to ensure both public and animal welfare.

● Mix vinegar and baking soda to remove cooking oil from your stovetop. ● Clean humidifier filters by soaking in a pan of white vinegar. ● Rub chewing gum with vinegar to remove it. ● Scrub ovens with vinegar and baking soda. ● Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl with undiluted white vinegar. ● Clean windows with one part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water. ● Apply full strength vinegar to (uninfected) insect bites to relieve itching. ● To remove smoke odors from clothes, hang above a steaming bathtub filled with hot water and a cup of white vinegar. ● Wipe down surfaces with vinegar to prevent mildew. ● Saturate a cloth with vinegar and baking soda to clean tubs and showers. ● To ease pain and aid recovery, use a vinegar-soaked brown bag on sprains.

Just a few weeks ago, horrific cruelty at a major Kentucky pig factory was exposed; including pigs locked into cages so small they couldn’t turn around and mother pigs being fed the remains of their diseased piglets. But instead of cleaning up their act, the state’s big meat producers are now trying to silence whistleblowers. The industry and its backers in the legislature are trying to sneak through an “ag-gag” law aimed at criminalizing anyone who exposes food safety violations or animal abuse on factory farms. This attempt to silence whistleblowers, slipped in at the last moment so as to avoid public debate, is particularly egregious because it was attached to a previously pro-animal bill. Please help stop the ag-gag provision in HB222, which would threaten animals and consumer safety. Call your legislators and ask them to oppose this undemocratic effort. Amy Fenton


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Find Your New Best Friend Current Animals Available for Adoption at KWAS Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, servicing Clay County, is located on 5th Street Road in Corbin. KWAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing abandoned or relinquished animals into appropriate homes by working with volunteers, rescue groups and vets. KWAS serves 4 counties: Knox, Whitley, Mccreary and Clay. KWAS works with volunteers, rescue groups, shelters, foster homes and veterinarians. Through collaborated efforts, KWAS rescues and places hundreds of animals per year in well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. KWAS also serves as a community resource to animal guardians by providing information on responsible guardianship, educational materials, and assistance on spaying and neutering. Animals for adoption at the KWAS are posted on several animal adoption sites. See available animals on or Or, stop by the shelter to meet them in person. KWAS has animals of all sizes, ages, colors and breeds…all looking for a forever home. Rescues are always welcome, as well as fosters and adopters. Operating Hours for Adoptions: Closed Sunday and Monday; open to the public for adoptions on Tuesday 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 3 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Call 606-526-6925 for more information.

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CLAY COUNTY ELECTION GUIDE MAGISTRATES Magistrate District 1 incumbent Democrat Harrison Pennington will compete against Republican candidates Dennis Wagers, Eddie D. Jackson and Wayne Roberts. Magistrate District 2 incumbent Price Hoskins will run against Edward Holland, Chris Farmer and Harlan Davidson. Magistrate District 3 incumbent Sonny Gay will compete against James Martin, Eddie P. Frazier, Wayne Byrd and Hugh Lunsford. Magistrate District 4 Randall Wagers will run against Jamie Gray, Jim Gray and John L. Gibson.

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Judge Executive Joe Asher will run against Republicans Kevin Jackson, Steve Mobley, Tommy Harmon, Clay Russell White and Mark Anthony Jackson in the May Primary. The winner will compete against Independent Wesley Coleman Whitehead and Democrat Jackie Jones in the November election.

Manchester incumbent Mayor, George Saylor, will run against James Ed Garrison and Barbara White Colter.

CITY COUNCIL City Council Members seeking re-election are Betty Smith Meredith, Fred Rogers, Deanne Hensley, Dr. James C. Rice, Maretta “Penny” Robinson and John Edd Pennington. In addition, Ryan Smith, Esther Thompson, Claude Davis, James “Jamey” Mills and Darnell Hipsher will run for Council. The top eight vote getters will win a council seat.

CLAY COUNTY County Clerk Michael Baker, County Attorney Clay M. Bishop Jr., PVA Administrator Philip Moberly and Coroner Danny Finley are unopposed.

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SHERIFF Incumbent Sheriff Kevin Johnson's competition in the May Primary will be Clarence Sizemore, Larry “Red” Smith and Wendell Keen. The winner will run against Democrat Bob Loren in November.

JAILER Incumbent Jailer Kenny Price will not seek reelection. Terry Davidson, Danny “Big D” Reid, Donald “Cush” Jones, Jason Combs, Linda Smallwood, Roger Webb, Charles G. Harris and Edd Jordan will seek the position.

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Magistrate District 5 incumbent Hugh Gregory will not seek re-election. Republicans Corbet Hensley, Gary Miller, Mitchell Sizemore and J.C. Henson will compete. The winner will face off against Democrat Ray Brown. Magistrate District 6 Johnny Johnson will compete against Danny Garrett and Stevie “The Fireman” Smith.

CONSTABLES Constable District 1 Delbert Collins is unopposed. Constable District 2 Tim Hoskins is unopposed. Constable District 3 Harvey D. Collins will compete against Tommy “Dick” Butler. Constable District 4 candidates include Adam Hoskins, Denver “Gabe” Napier, Jeffery Ghent and Ronnie “The Bull” Mitchell. Constable District 5 Republican Bent Couch will run against Democrat Billy Dale Wagers. Constable District 6 candidates will include James David Jackson, Donald S. Watson and William “W.O.” Jones.

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