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Clay County Chronicle

Clay County Kentucky News, Events and Visitors Guide

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Bears Are Hungry

Clay County residents should be aware black bears waking from hibernation may be in search of easy food options around homes. P3

Bariatric Surgery Program Accredited

The surgery center at Manchester Memorial Hospital has been accredited as a level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). P10


Though the mountain dulcimer has long been associated with the elder generation, it has gradually attracted a number of younger players who have discovered its charms. P14

April 21, 2014


Earth Day in Clay Clay County is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse natural environments on earth. While our nature and wildlife may be more abundant than most areas of the US, it is nevertheless fragile and vulnerable to our everyday activities. Organizations in Clay County are taking action on Earth Day, April 22, and everyday to preserve Clay County's natural beauty. Picking up litter, removing invasive plants, cleaning up parks and roads,

recycling programs, and simply encouraging residents and youth to get outside to experience the nature of Clay County are just some of the efforts taking place throughout the county. As an individual, family or group, you can get involved in numerous ways to protect and preserve Cl Clay County's nature. (See page 3)

VOTE FRAUD WILL NOT BE TOLERATED Officials are asking Clay County residents to help prevent vote fraud in the May 20 Primary Election. Clay voters can play an important role in maintaining the integrity of elections by reporting any election irregularities. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General Jack Conway stress that vote fraud will not be tolerated. “It is critical that voters and poll workers be alert and report unusual election activity,” said Grimes. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure an honest and fair election for all Kentuckians,” said Conway. “Investigators from my office will be patrolling precincts and polling places on Election Day, but we also need citizens to join in the effort by reporting any election irregularities.” The Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, the United States Attorney’s offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky State Board of Elections have expanded Kentucky’s traditional defenses against vote fraud. The Office of the Attorney General has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations. The Attorney General’s office also observes elections, operates a toll-free hotline to receive allegations of election law violations, and conducts post-election audits of randomly selected counties. The number for the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline is 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). The Hotline (See page 3)

Two Men Shot, One Fatality Two men were shot in the Fogertown area on Thursday morning while hunting, according to authorities. Brian Griffin, 28, of Manchester, died from a sustained gunshot wound. Jason Roberts, 21, of Manchester, was also shot. The two men were hunting near HWY 638 with another man, Chad Bullock, when they were shot by an unknown person, according to Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson. Bullock called for help after the shooting. "Two of the gentlemen were hit. The third individual was not hit,

and he was able to call 911," stated Trooper Lloyd Cochran with Kentucky State Police. Griffin was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in London. He was pronounced dead on arrival by the Laurel County Coroner. "I knew him. He was personal friends with a lot of the law enforcement community here. It's just a tragic loss," stated Sheriff Johnson. Roberts was airlifted to UK Hospital. Authorities do not believe the incident is drug related. (See page 2)

New Laws Take Effect in 90 Days The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly came to an abrupt end on Tuesday. Lawmakers were literally left standing on the House floor in the middle of a debate on how to address the heroin epidemic when the clock struck midnight, the constitutionally-mandated end of session. Senators were also standing on the Senate floor

waiting to see if any additional bills would make it before the deadline. Despite having 60 days every even-numbered year, lawmakers routinely find themselves debating issues until the last moment and important measures fail as they are pushed later and later in session and eventually remain unaddressed as the clock strikes midnight. (See page 2)









Two Men Shot, One Fatality in Fogertown FREE GARBAGE PICKUP CITY OF MANCHESTER APRIL 23, 2014

The City of Manchester will hold a free garbage pickup day on April 23, 2014. The city will accept everything except tires. Residents who wish to participate in the pickup are asked to place garbage at the end of their driveway. The free garbage pickup applies to residents within the city limits only.

(From page 1) "We have chased down leads from meth labs to pot patches and have found no link," said Sheriff Johnson. "This is a horrible accident with a tragic outcome."

Officials are calling it a "death investigation". Roberts is at UK Hospital in stable condition. Kentucky State Police, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating the incident. Fogertown Fire Department and Clay County EMS assisted at the scene.

The shooting reportedly happened as the three men approached a ridge. Witnesses stated a man shot from the top of the ridge. The incident appears to be a hunting accident, but no one has come forward.

There are currently no suspects or people of interest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

"We honestly believe that this Brian Griffin While investigators believe the incident was individual was shooting at what an accident, the person responsible will likely face charges, he believed was a turkey. Obviously that wasn't the case," according to Sheriff Johnson. Johnson hopes the individual said Sheriff Johnson. "This has been a tragic event, and we will come forward to give Griffin’s family closure. believe the individual would step forward and tell us their side of the story if all the rumors would get out of the way." Griffin is survived by a wife and two children. He was a Investigators searched the area extensively on Thursday with well-known basketball player in Clay County in the early 2000s. He was employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at a K-9 unit. Friday was spent going door-to-door in Clay County seeking leads. Authorities also returned to the scene the Manchester FCI. Family and fiends remember him as a loving husband, father, and friend who loved the outdoors. of the shooting Friday searching for clues.

New Laws to Take Effect in 90 Days (From page 1) Since the session’s start in early January, lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget; approved measures to allow medical use of cannabis oil; created an adult abuse registry; enacted legislation to prevent children from buying electronic cigarettes; established a two-year plan for road and bridge construction; improved the juvenile justice system; and established legal protections for victims of human trafficking.

provisional concealed carry permit in one business day, with up to 45 days to complete training for a full concealed carry license.


The list of invasive and noxious plants targeted for eradication, including kudzu and poison hemlock, will be expanded.

An adult abuse registry will be created for employers to determine if a prospective employee has a previous history of adult abuse, neglect or exploitation.

“In God We Trust” will be prominently displayed in legislative committee rooms and an employee suggestion system will be created for the Legislative Research Commission.

Trained school staff will be permitted to assist diabetic students with insulin administration.

Veterans will be able to receive HVAC licensing more easily. The following bills and efforts failed: A governor's veto of a public-private partnership (P3) bill was not addressed. Telecommunications reform.

An effort to address the medical A juvenile justice reform bill will liability climate. give young offenders a better chance of turning their lives around and will Expanded gaming was not addressed. save money for the system. Most new laws – all that do not come from legislation with Tax reform was never considered. Financial accountability for school “Up-skirting”, using cell phones to emergency clauses or different districts will be increased by Efforts to reform prevailing wage photograph underneath a woman’s specified effective dates – will go increasing reporting requirements. and consider right-to-work skirt, will be added to voyeurism into effect in 90 days. legislation. The “Boater Freedom Act” will laws. Bills approved this year by the require enforcement officers to have General Assembly include measures Schools can adjust calendars to make a reasonable suspicion of a violation Efforts to enact charter schools to address persistently low achieving up for snow days, and some on the following topics: before boarding and inspecting. schools. instructional hours may be waived. $20 billion state budget. Many October will be designated AntiNumerous legal liability reform Dry counties will be able to vote to agencies will see a 5% budget cut. Bullying Month. A purple and efforts. allow alcohol sales at state park Medicaid funding will not be yellow ribbon will be the symbol for facilities. reduced. State employees and An effort to allow voters to vote for anti-bullying awareness. teachers will see a raise. Full a local tax to fund local projects. Parents or guardians will be required Bourbon barrel tax credits will contributions to the state employee to appear in court when a minor is An effort to enact a statewide encourage investment and job pension system will be made. K-12 cited for a traffic violation. smoke-free law. growth in one of Kentucky’s school funding per pupil will Electronic cigarettes will not be signature industries. Education reform efforts to increase. College funding will be allowed to be sold to minors. reduced by 1.5%, while bond-funded Acupuncturists will be required to be professionalize teaching in the classroom. capital construction for colleges will Non-violent offenses can be cleared licensed. go forward. A $5.2 billion budget if the offense resulted from an A small business tax relief measure Angel investor credit will help will fund road and bridge projects individual being a human trafficking entrepreneurs grow start-up clarifying how the Limited Liability for the next two fiscal years. victim. companies into successful Kentucky Entity Tax (LLET) is calculated. Cannabis oil will be used at the “Tax zappers”, that hide retailer businesses. Efforts to abolish the new, rigorous University of Kentucky and sales taxes, will be made a Class D The statute of limitations on written academic standards. University of Louisville for research felony to possess. contracts will be lowered from 15 An increase in workers’ treatment. Voters will be able to elect to allow years to 10 years. compensation costs. ATV operators, 16 years old or Sunday sales of alcohol at wineries. The current small business tax credit Efforts to increase Kentucky’s older, will be permitted to cross Businesses, government agencies has been clarified. minimum wage higher than public roadways without headgear, if and other entities will have to notify surrounding states. the speed limit is 45 miles per hour The prescribing authority of consumers if a security breach of or less, to get from one ATV trail to Advanced Practice Registered A bill to politicize the Public Service consumers’ personal or financial another. Nurses will be broadened. Commission. information may have occurred. Anyone granted an Periodic reporting of health statistics Coal mining restrictions. Doctors will be required to take emergency protective or of drug-addicted or dependent additional training to recognize and newborns will be required. A bill to increase business taxes. domestic violence order prevent abusive head trauma among will be able to receive a


Bears Are Hungry

Celebrating Earth Day in Clay County (From page 1)

Clay County residents should be aware black bears waking from hibernation may be in search of easy food options around homes. Bear biologists state black bears will be looking for fast food sources this spring since they failed to get enough food last year following a poor acorn crop. According to wildlife experts, bears may head straight to homes for trash, pet food and bird seed. When bears find food around a home, they often return. Residents are advised not to keep trash outside and to take bird food and other animal food inside at night. ______________________________

City Luncheon Benefits Child Abuse Prevention The City of Manchester will host a luncheon at City Hall on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm to support Child Abuse Prevention. Tenderloin sandwiches, chips, dessert and a beverage will be offered for $6. All proceeds will benefit Child Abuse Prevention. Delivery will be offered. Call City Hall at 606-5983456. ______________________________

Four-Legged Friendly

Want to bring your four-legged family member with you when you visit your favorite Kentucky State Park? The Kentucky State Parks welcomes companion animals at its 17 state resort parks. Guardians can bring companion animals into lodge rooms and cottages designated for animals. Guests will pay an additional $25 fee for each stay. A limited number of rooms will be available for companion animals at each park. Companion animals may be brought into state park campgrounds as long as they are on a leash. For more information and to make reservations, call the park or visit

Volunteer: Volunteers are individuals who want to give back to our community, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about our natural treasures. Get active in Clay County by joining a group, adopting a highway or cleaning up a park, river or creek.

environmentally responsible.

Go Outside: Reconnecting with nature encourages a healthier lifestyle and helps to ensure future generations appreciate the natural Pickup Litter: Don’t litter. Trash world around them. Few places tossed carelessly outside washes offer better opportunities to connect into storm drains or creeks, which with nature than Clay County, empty into rivers that eventually Kentucky. Get outside and enjoy flow to the oceans. Trash nature and wildlife. Experiencing negatively affects the habitat of nature can be as simple as visiting a aquatic environments causing death park, bird watching in your own and injury to birds, fish, mammals, backyard, hiking in Daniel Boone turtles and other species through National Forest, or elk watching on swallowing and entanglement. Elk Mountain. Watching wildlife is Common litter includes plastic an extremely easy, fun and free way bags, paper, candy wrappers, fastto enjoy the environment, spend food packaging, bottle caps, glass family time or just to relax. Don’t bottles, plastic six-pack rings and pick flowers or collect wild plastic straws. Spend one hour creatures for pets. Leave animals picking up litter. Organize a team and plants where you find them. of family, friends, or co-workers to pickup litter. Enjoy making a Plant Native: How ‘green’ is your difference, getting exercise, garden? Ensure that it is truly working with others and having sustainable by planting seeds of cleaner surroundings. wildflowers native to our region for low-maintenance blooms next Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: spring and all summer long. Not Recycling turns materials that only will they thrive — they’ll would otherwise become waste into support native birds, insects and valuable resources. Collecting used other pollinators that depend on bottles, cans and newspapers and familiar, home-grown species for a taking them to a collection site is healthy ecosystem. Plant native just the first in a series of steps that fruit and ornamental trees. Look for generates a host of financial, native and/or heirloom plants and environmental and social returns. seeds when planting a garden. Reuse glass and plastic bottles. Coffee cans and buckets can be Create a Habitat: Habitat is the used as plant containers. Milk jugs collective term for the food, water, with holes punched in the bottom shelter and nursery areas that all can keep newly planted trees wildlife needs to survive. The loss watered. Newspaper can be used to of habitat is one of the greatest wrap gifts or as packaging material threats facing wildlife today. Many when shipping. Old clothes can be habitat features can be added to an used as rags. Reuse plastic bags to existing property, such as a garden, line trashcans or to pickup animal wetland pond, or nesting boxes. waste. Avoid purchasing items that Prevent Stormwater Runoff: Poor are over packaged. Use a reusable water quality can harm fish, shopping tote to reduce plastic wildlife and their habitat. Many waste. Opt for a reusable water things are known to cause poor bottle as opposed to one-time-use water quality, including plastic bottles. Reuse “disposable” sedimentation, runoff, erosion and food containers. Refuse to buy pesticides. All vehicle fluids are products that are not

toxic and extremely harmful to the environment. Recycle used oil in a clean, sealed, plastic container. Keep litter, animal wastes and leaves out of storm drains, ditches and creeks. Deliver old paint, pesticides, solvents and batteries to a hazardous waste drop off facility. Pouring hazardous substances down a storm drain, onto the ground or into a creek creates a danger to all, as well as animals and the environment. Yard waste, such as grass clippings, tree trimmings and leaves, can be composted and used for fertilizer around your property. Protect Pollinators: Many pollinators are in decline. There are simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance, such as planting a pollinator garden. Choose native plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season. Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators. Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators. Reduce Bird Strikes: As many as 1 billion birds die each year due to collisions with windows in homes and office buildings. The primary cause of birds colliding with glass is due to reflection. Objects or ornaments hanging in windows will reduce the reflection by breaking it up. Hang ribbons or other material in strips on the outside of windows for the full width of the glass. Keep houseplants away from windows as they can appear like trees. Clean Up Animal Waste: Clean up after your animals to reduce pollution in creeks and rivers. Poor water quality harms fish, wildlife and their habitat. Waste may be washed into waterways by rain or melting snow carrying diseasecausing organisms.

VOTE FRAUD WILL NOT BE TOLERATED (From page 1) is open throughout the year during normal business hours and from 6 am to 7 pm on Election Day. Leading up to the election, Clay County citizens may contact the Clay County Clerk or the State Board of Elections at 800-2461399 or 502-573-7100 to express concerns.

“Safeguarding the right to vote and ensuring the reliability of the election process requires cooperation among all the stakeholders and making sure they have the necessary tools,” said Grimes. “I’m proud of our continued work with the expanded task force and ongoing efforts to make Kentucky’s elec-

tion laws more efficient and effective.” In addition to a robust task force, new laws will help ensure the May 20 Primary is free and fair. Lists of absentee voters will not be made public until after Election Day, helping protect them from being subjected to intimidation or vote buying.

And for the first time, victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are eligible for the Address Confidentiality Program, keeping their identities out of publicly available voter records and allowing them to vote by mailin absentee ballot.


Clay County Kentucky STATISTICS DEEDS $5, Stone Gap, Rona D. Younts and Rona D. Carver to Joshua and Nathan Noble, 4-4-14. N/A, Collins Fork of Laurel Creek, Robert Wayne and Betty Jo Sandlin to Linda Sue Bailey and Betty Jo Sandlin, 4-7-14. N/A, Bar Creek Area, Lyndon Barger to Sydney Combs Trustee, 4-4-14. $1, Bar Creek Area, Synde Combs Trustee to Lyndon Barker, Raleigh Barger and Diana Burkhart, 4-4-14. N/A, Hwy 421, House Enterprises, Inc. to Houses Appliances and Furniture, 4-7-14. N/A, Hwy 421, Goldie Day to Danielle Reis, 4-8-14. $5, Spirvy Branch, Henry and Debbie Smith to Brian Stewart, 4-4-14.

John M. Jarvis, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc. 1st offense, operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Jerry Combs, theft of services. Victor Booth, endangering the welfare of a minor X2, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs etc., 2nd offense. Charles Dozier, driving on DUI suspended license 1st offense. LAWSUITS James L. Allen, terroristic threatMidland Funding vs. Wayne ening, assault 4th (domestic vioBrock. lence minor injury), menacing, Scott Hibbard vs. Cindy Hibbard, criminal mischief 3rd degree. et al. James Shelton, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, possession SHERIFF'S REPORT of marijuana, drug paraphernalia Jackie Smith, operating on sus(buy/possess), violation of a Kenpended or revoked operators tucky EPO/DVO. license. Ronald Gray, no registration Lonnie Ross, burglary 1st deplates, no registration receipt, gree. failure of non-owner operator to Tony Dezarn, terroristic threatmaintain required insurance/see, ening 3rd degree, wanton en1st offense. dangerment 1st degree.

Drug Stats Released

compiled on drug use in Manchester. The numbers are derived from individuals who have enrolled in the program managed by Chad Thompson.

The preferred drugs of the city, according to the program participants, Manchester Cares, an alcohol and drug abuse prevention and rehabilita- appears to be methamphetamine and opiates. 57.1% of users prefer to intion advocacy initiative in Clay County, has released statistics it has ject the drugs. 59.3% are IV drug us-

FOOD PRICES ON THE RISE A recent survey of 40 basic grocery items in Kentucky totaled $120.69, 0.5% higher than the items in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 3.8% higher than the first quarter. Five years ago the average cost of the same 40 grocery items was $110.22, or 9.5% less than what these items cost on average today. An overall 2.5% to 3.5% increase in food prices during 2014 is expected. Of the six food groups recorded in the Marketbasket Survey by the Kentucky Farm Bureau – beef, pork, poultry,


dairy, grains, and fruits and vegetables – the dairy category showed the largest total increase with an average price jump of 4.9% (+$1.14). Overall, 22 of the 40 items recorded in the survey experienced increases in average price during the first quarter. While food prices may be increasing, the farmer’s share of the retail food dollar is down. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Dollar Series, a farmer earns less than 16 cents per dollar spent on food, down significantly from the 31 cents earned in 1980.

Derrick Mullins, speeding 20 mph over limit, no insurance, no/expired registration plate, operating motor vehicle on suspended operators license. Melvin Griffits, executed warrants. Kimberly Bennett, no/expired registration plate, no registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance POLICE REPORT card. Cory Harmon, assault 4th degree Temeia Gabbard, executed war(domestic violence). rant. Ashley Harmon, assault 4th deChristopher Chapman, executed gree (domestic violence). warrant. Angela Jones, criminal trespassKevin Lyttle, assault 4th degree ing 3rd. (domestic violence). William Henson, operating motor JAIL RELEASES vehicle on suspended operator license, failure to produce insur- Brenda Sue Swafford 4-2-14, ance card, no operator license. Sherri Sams 4-5-14, GH Dustin Caudill, speeding 15mph Sizemore 4-5-14, George Smallwood 4-4-14, Joseph G. Smith over limit, reckless driving. 4-2-14, Timothy Smith 4-6-14, Millard Wagers, executed warAngela Jones 4-7-14, Melissa rant. Rice 4-6-14, Jimmy L. Roark 4-9Thomas Guth, executed warrant. 14, Billy Herald 4-3-14, Adam Ralph Dezarn, executed warrant. Hicks 4-6-14, Makisha Howard Gerald Anderson, public intoxica- 4-9-14, John Jarvis 4-5-14, Johntion, drinking alcohol in a public lee Couch 4-3-14, Christopher Davis 4-5-14, Ralph Dezarn 4-5place. 14, Tony Dezarn 4-4-14, James Lewis Mullins, resisting arrest, Allen 4-7-14, Gerald A. Anderson menacing. 4-8-14, Yolanda Arnett 4-9-14, Eddie Feltner, executed warrant. Gregory Bowling 4-6-14, Leslie Collett 4-8-14, Erin Collins 4-3Murile Morgan, assault 4th de14, Jessica Freeman 4-9-14, gree (domestic violence). Amanda Grubb 4-5-14, William Arthur Henson 4-3-14. ers. 18.5% are smokers. 14.8% inhale drugs. 7.4% drink alcohol. Tobacco users tend to be female by a margin of 14.2. Participants with criminal history is 83.3% with 45% being male, 55% female. 3 participants of the program have used heroin. Ages vary for users, but all participants in the program have been unemployed.

Manchester Cares is an advocacy initiative solely dedicated to assist in the alleviation of chemical dependency, juvenile drug abuse/addiction, and alcoholism through the distribution of public information and rehabilitation services consulting. The program is free to anyone seeking help. For more information, call 606598-1930 or 606-813-6158.

Selling E-Cigarettes to Kids Outlawed Senate Bill 109 bans the sale of all types of e-cigarettes to minors. It has been signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear. SB109 prohibits the sales of all types of e-cigarettes to minors, regardless of whether the devices use nicotine. Food and Drug Administration testing has found that a number of e-cigarettes sold as “nicotinefree” actually contained the drug, and the largely unregulated nature of e-cigarette products at present creates enforcement issues around youth access for state agencies, retailers, school districts and parents.

Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of all youth in grades 6 to 12 who had tried e-cigarettes doubled, with ecigarettes being increasingly marketed to minors. The vast majority of youth who have used ecigarettes have also smoked conventional cigarettes. The Commonwealths is aiming to reduce its smoking rate by 10% over the next five years. A new initiative, kyhealthnow, is working to reduce Kentucky’s overall dismal health rankings and habits.

Clay County Kentucky EVENTS 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 is working hard to bring you the best festival in year on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the history of the event. The mission is to organize May. All sellers asked to participate all three days. the best festival possible for the people of Clay County and to promote tourism for Clay County by providing a weekend of family entertainment. 3rd Annual Commit To Be Fit 5K Run

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.

Friday, May 23, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester Run/walk a 5K on the scenic trail along Goose Creek to support an area-wide commitment to health. All proceeds benefit "Healthy Clay", a non-profit organization who seeks to find healthy options for the community. A Fun Run will take place at 6 pm, 5K run begins at 6:30 pm. Special prizes awarded upon finishing. Medals awared to first and second place male and female finishers in each age division. First 150 registratns guaranteed a t-shirt. Walk-up registration accepted on day of race with cash only.

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 festivities, with the big day on Saturday, June 28 on the OBI campus. For more information and lodging details, please call Amanda Roberts at 606-847-4111 ext:268, or email Roberts at

Circuit Court Meeting 9 am 1st Monday of Each Month Circuit Court Building, Downtown Manchester The Circuit Court meets at 9 am on the 1st Monday of each month at the Circuit Court Building, 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.


Weekly Cruisin’s 6 pm Every Thursday Huddle House, Manchester Weekly Cruisin’s take place at the Huddle House in Manchester on Thursdays, hosted by Clay ONGOING EVENTS Southeastern Sundays County Cruisers, starting at 6 pm. Clay County 1 pm to 5 pm Fourth Sunday of Each Month May Cruisers is a non-profit organization of classic car Impact Archery thru October enthusiasts dedicated to promoting tourism in Clay Free Archery Classes are offered Wednesday Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester County. The organization hosts numerous car Southeastern Sundays will take place on the fourth nights at 6 pm at Gray Fork Church, 67 Grayfork shows and cruisin's throughout the year to draw Road, Manchester. Everyone is welcome. For Sunday of each month May thru October, from 1 visitors into the county while offering family fun pm to 5 pm, at Rawlings/Stinson Park. The event more information, contact Eric at 231-6850, Jenna events for Clay County residents. 599-7005 or Boo 813-0990. will feature musicians, entertainers, Appalachian vendors, food, a car show and historic attractions. Child Abuse Prevention Day Woman's Club of Manchester The location of the event will highlight Clay’s April 26, 2014 at 11 am Except for the months of January, June and July, nature, parks, swinging bridges, murals and Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester mysterious artifacts. FREE booth space available. the club meets the second Monday of each month The annual Child Abuse Prevention Day will take at 6 pm. The Woman's Club of Manchester is ded- place at Rawlings/Stinson Park on April 26 at 11 All musicians welcome. Musicians may solicit icated to community improvement. Through its donations. Signup online at am. A walk will take place from EKU to volunteer service, the club strives to enhance the Rawlings/Stinson, followed by festivities. The lives of others. Any woman age 18 and above who event is hosted by the Department for Community has been looking for a way to be involved in her Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming Base Services. Activities and entertainment procommunity is welcome to join the organization. Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 8:30 am to Dark vided by volunteers. Inflatables will be provided For more information, call 606-598-2033 or folRiverside Park, Manchester by Manchester Memorial Hospital. low the club on Facebook. The Salt Works Appalachian Homecoming will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 8:30 am to dark at the historic Salt Works Village. The event will feature handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrators, reenactments, story telling, wandering characters, dancers, cloggers, live blue grass, folk, gospel and country music, homemade food and activities. Entertainers include: Preacher Bill, Heaven’s Jublliee, Stephen Hollen, Higher Ground, Cabin Creek Boys, Mitch Barnett, The Leap, Kevin Rice Band, Three Musicians, The Hollow Bodies, New Union Grass, Tidalwave Road. Chamber Block Party Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 am to Dark Downtown Manchester Local entertainers, vendors, inflatables, karaoke and activities line the streets of downtown Manchester for a day of family fun festivities. Travis Wayne, Preacher Bill, Hensley Brothers, Kevin Rice Band, Jimmy Rose, Jack’s Creek Boys, The Leap and additional bands will perform. In addition, a golf tournament and corn hole tournament will be hosted. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Chamber of Commerce Meeting 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 Clay County Days have served on Active Duty in one of the US August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014 Armed Forces from February 28 1961 through Downtown Manchester The 2014 Clay County Days Festival will be held May 7 1975. Members who do not meet those on August 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014. The committee requirements may be Associate Members.

Cancer Coalition 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 am to 11:30 am Bert T Combs Park, Manchester. The 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 am until 11:30 am at Bert T Combs Park in Manchester. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Clay County. Money raised will be used to purchase gas cards and other items for patients. There are no treatment facilities in Clay. Registration and race packet pickups will begin at 8 am day of the race. Contact Tammy Jones at 606-526-5051 or for more information. Class of 2014 Pot Luck Reunion June 14, 2014 starting at 12 noon Rawlings/Stinson Park, Manchester Class of 2001 Pot Luck Reunion at Rawlings/ Stinson Park on June 14 beginning at noon. 4-H Camp Clay County Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Camp is offered from May 27 to May 30 at J.M. Feltner Camp in London for all Clay youth entering grades 4 thru 9. Cost is $165. Full and partial scholarships available. For more information, call 606-598-2789 or visit Development.


Clay County Kentucky OBITUARIES Anessia Woods of Indiana, and Donald Woods of Ohio. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and Mr. Brian Keith Griffin, age 28 of Manchester, these brothers and sisters: Delores Smith Sester of departed this life on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Lexington, Cledith Smith of Garrard, Sybil Smith the St. Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky. He of Little Goose Road, Rufus Smith of Burning was born on Tuesday, June 18, 1985 in Clay Springs, Oscar Smith of Garrard, Albert Smith of County, Kentucky to the union of Billy Darrell Garrard, and Jimmy Ray Smith of London. Funerand Sherry Bowling Griffin. He was a member of al Services for Mr. Charles C. Smith will be conthe New Zion Baptist Church and was employed ducted on Friday, April 18 at 1 PM at the by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the ManRominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Anthony chester FCI. He was a loving husband, father, and Lovett will be officiating. Burial will follow in friend. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife the Garrard Cemetery in the Smith Hollow Comand best friend: Whitney Shepherd Griffin, his munity. Visitation will be held on Thursday evedaughters: Presley Kate Griffin and Hadleigh ning after 6 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Brynn Griffin, and his parents: Billy Darrell and Chapel. Sherry Griffin. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents: Wilma and Ronnie Brown, his ma- Mrs. Betty Jean Cope ternal grandmother: Alverna Bowling, his nephMrs. Betty Jean Lewis Cope, age 79 of Manew: Wyatt Jones and his brother: Brandon Griffin. chester, departed this life on Wednesday, April He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfa16, 2014 at the Manchester Memorial Hospital. ther: Preston Bowling. The family has requested She was born on Monday, October 18, 1943 to the in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the 1st union of William and Lucy Lewis. She was affiliNational Bank of Manchester. Funeral Services ated with the Lighthouse Holiness and Crawfish for Mr. Brian Keith Griffin will be conducted on Holiness Churches. She leaves to mourn her passMonday, April 21 at 1 PM at the Horse Creek ing her sons: Mickey Cope of Manchester and MiBaptist Church. Rev. Adam Hooker, Rev. Jay chael Cope of Blanchester, Ohio, five Mathis and Rev. Anthony Lovett will be officiat- grandchildren: Michelle Cope and Kyle Cope of ing. Burial will follow in the Herd Cemetery in Ohio, Katelyn Cope, Shayln Cope, and Allyson the Bar Creek Community. The family of Mr. Bri- Cope, 3 great grandchildren: Keedon Parker Wian Keith Griffin will receive family and friends on ley, Adrian Christian, and Jonathan Wooley. Also Sunday evening after 6 PM at the Horse Creek surviving is one sister: Joan Henson and her husBaptist Church. band: Daugh and one brother: Ray Lewis and his

Mr. Brian Keith Griffin

Hazel Smith Hazel Smith, 84, of Peach Bottom, PA, was born March 27th, 1930, and passed away Wednesday, April 16th, 2014. She is survived by two brothers, Jack Smith of Columbia, TN, Jerry Smith, of Manchester, KY, and five sisters, Edna Reed of Columbus, OH, Hester Rutledge of Peach Bottom, PA, Betty Cote of Detroit, MI, Martha Wagers of London, KY, and Mary Swafford of Manchester, KY. She is preceded in death by her father Joe D. Smith, her mother Mallie Smith Hyde, one brother, Ambrose C. Smith, and one sister, Tressie Dembski. She also leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her death. Funeral services for Hazel Smith will be held 1PM Saturday at the Britton Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in the Manchester Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 12 Noon Saturday at the Britton Funeral Home.

Ms. Ruth Asher

Ruth Asher, 63, of Goose Rock passed away Thursday April 17th, 2014 at her home. She is survived by three children, Shawn Asher and wife Sheila, Goose Rock, Tim Asher, Goose Rock, and Jason Asher, London. She is also survived by her mother Bernice Walden and the following brothers and sisters: Clark Walden, Manchester, Nellie Smith, Chicago, IL, and Betty Ferguson, Goose Rock, as well as the following 7 grandchildren: Sarah Asher, Cameron Asher, Austin Simpson, wife Pearl all of Manchester and a host of nieces Kaitlyn Asher, Emily Asher, Rylan Asher, and Ms. Elva Westerfield and nephews. She is preceded in death by her par- Isabella Asher. She is preceded in death by her Elva Westerfield, 55, of Manchester after a long sister Pauline Corum, and her father Herman Ashents: William and Lucy Lewis, one sister: Joyce courageous battle with ovarian cancer passed er. The Funeral Service for Ruth Asher will be Sams, two nephews: Jimmy Wayne Henson and away Friday April 18th, 2014 at the Lucille Park- Bobby Sams, and one niece: Rachel Sester. Fuheld 2 PM Sunday April 20th, 2014 at the Britton er Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, KY. Elva neral Services for Mrs. Betty Jean Cope will be Funeral Home Chapel with Tess Lipps and Baxter was born on August 21, 1958 to the union of John conducted on Saturday, April 19, at 2 PM at the Corum officiating. Burial will follow in the Goose Henry and Bertha Bowling Roberts. She proRominger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jonathan Rock Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 AM fessed Christ as her personal Savior at the age of Henson, Rev. Donnie Mathis, and Rev. Cecil Sunday at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel. 10 and joined Liberty United Baptist Church in Benge will be officiating. Burial will follow in April 1969. She remained a loyal and devoted Submit Obituaries for Free to the Chadwell Cemetery in the Pigeon Roost Comchristian until the day of her passing. Elva was munity. Visitation will be held on Friday evening employed by the Cumberland River Comprehen- after 6 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chasive Care Center as an Early Childhood Interven- pel. tionist until her retirement in the spring of 2013. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Thomas and Sally Ann Spurlock Roberts, and Maternal Grandparents, John and Minnie Oaks Bowling. Elva was also preceded in death by her father John Henry Roberts. She is survived by her Mother Bertha Bowling Roberts, Sister Sherry Roberts House, brother in law Maurice House, and a multitude of extended family and friends. Visitation will be held at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday April 20th, 2014 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The Funeral Service will be held at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 11 AM with Brother Chris Roberts and Rondall Westerfield officiating. Interment will be at the Farmer Roberts Cemetery at Bear Branch, KY. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Gideon's International or the Clay County Cancer Coalition. We believe our loss is Heaven's Gain.

Mr. Charles C. Smith Mr. Charles C. Smith, age 63 of Manchester, departed this life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Manchester Memorial Hospital. He was born on Tuesday, September 12, 1950 in Clay County, Kentucky to the union of Pittman John and Sarah Henson Smith. He worked in construction. He is survived by his wife: Linda Stevens Smith, his children: Tracey Arlene Smith of Ohio, Michelle Smith of Ohio, Christopher Lee Smith of Manchester, Charles E. Smith of Manchester, John Corey Pittman Stevens of Manchester, 3 step-children: Michael Ernest Stevens of Manchester,


Clay County SCHOOLS & SPORTS TIGER FOOTBALL DRAFT 2015-2018 KHSAA Football Alignment of Teams Proposed Class 4A ● District 1 –Calloway County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Logan County, Madisonville-North Hopkins ● District 2 – Allen County-Scottsville, Franklin-Simpson, South Warren, Warren Central, Warren East ● District 3 – Breckinridge County, John Hardin, Valley, Western ● District 4 – Collins, Franklin County, North Oldham, Spencer County ● District 5 – East Jessamine, Marion County, Mercer County, Taylor County, West Jessamine ● District 6 – Clay County, Knox Central, Rockcastle County, Russell County, Wayne County ● District 7 – Bourbon County, Harrison County, Holmes, Mason County, Scott ● District 8 – Ashland Blazer, Boyd County, East Carter, Greenup County, Johnson Central, Rowan County

Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs The Small Business Administration has developed a teen website designed to introduce young entrepreneurs to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice. Increasing entrepreneurship in Clay County and Southeastern Kentucky is one of several goals advocates believe will revitalize the region.

OBI Creates Honor Societies Oneida Baptist Institute has created a National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held on March 25, 2014. David Robinson, OBI principal, spoke at the induction ceremony. A special luncheon was hosted in honor of the members. A total of 28 members were inducted into the societies. Members were chosen by a 5-member faculty council.

The teen site features the fundamentals of starting a small business; brainstorming and evaluating the feasibility of an idea, developing a business plan, learning from successful young entrepreneurs, making sound financial decisions and utilizing various entrepreneurial development services. Visit for more information.

Keeping Students, Graduates in Southeastern Kentucky House Bill 2 cleared the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday night that expands a scholarship program for students in Kentucky's coal regions. The goal of the measure is for students to attend four-year colleges in coal counties and encourage them to seek careers in the same region following graduation.

Students receiving the scholarship would be required to attend local colleges unless a program is not offered locally. Scholarships would be funded through coal severance funds. The bill will now be considered by Gov. Steve Beshear.


Law Strengthens Prepaid Tuition Program Kentucky is projected to save $20.1 million from changes to the state’s prepaid tuition plan under a bill now signed into law. The bill caps the rate of return on Kentucky Affordable Prepaid Tuition (KAPT) accounts that are not used for college expenses. It also sets 2028 as the last year a KAPT account can be used for any purpose.

KAPT is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Detailed information will be delivered to customers regarding program changes, but the vast majority of account owners will not notice any difference. The program was established by the General Assembly in 2000 but has not accepted new enroll-

ments since 2004 because the cost of tuition has risen more quickly than fund growth. Kentucky families can still save for college expenses with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, administered by KHEAA. For more information, visit


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SOAR Working Groups to Meet The Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Initiative will convene the first official meeting of its 10 working groups on April 24 from 1 pm to 4 pm. and in conjunction with the East Kentucky Leadership Conference at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. The SOAR Working Groups are responsible for leading large-scale discussions throughout Eastern Kentucky on topics related to the region’s economic future and quality of life. The 10 working groups include: Agriculture, Community & Regional Foods; Broadband; Business Recruitment; Business Incubation; Education and Retraining; Health; Infrastructure; Leadership Development and Youth Engagement; Regional Collaboration and Identity; and Tourism, including Natural Resources, Arts and Heritage. Participation in the working groups meetings on April 24 is open to businesses, local governments, organizations, and all interested citizens. The information collected during these sessions

will be translated into detailed strategies for moving the region forward. Together, the strategies will compose the SOAR program of work to be presented at a regional summit in November 2014. Participation is free, but you must register to attend at SOAR working group participants are also invited to attend the East Kentucky Leadership Conference. The conference is designed to bring together community members from all walks of life throughout Eastern Kentucky to discuss issues important to the region, share ideas and devise solutions to problems that have kept the region from reaching its fullest potential. Sessions will focus on entrepreneurship, youth engagement, work ready communities, tourism, K12 education, next generation technology and much more. The cost to attend the conference is $35. Register online at or call The Center at 606-677-6000.

Call For Nominations The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is seeking Clay County nominations to its Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2014 inductions. The commission will accept nominations until July 15, 2014. The Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame recognizes brave men and women who have been leaders in the struggle for equality and justice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Inductees have worked to end discrimination in several areas. As examples, they have fought for desegregation of schools and pub-

L-R: Ronnie Miller, Gail Miller and Whittney Williams enjoy an Easter Play in Clay County.

Bariatric Program Accredited

lic accommodations; they have pushed for civil rights legislation and equal opportunity in education, employment and housing; and, they have given of their time, resources, and service toward efforts that challenged and changed old, unjust philosophies and systems. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for October 2014. The date and location will be announced soon. The nomination form may be found at For more information, call Cynthia Fox at 502782-9726.

The surgery center at Manchester Memorial Hospital has been accredited as a level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation demonstrates the hospital's commitment to delivering the highest quality care for bariatric surgery patients. For more information, call Manchester Surgery Center at (606) 598-0328.

$50,000 for Produce/Nursery Business U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Eligible commodity groups, agriculture organizations, colleges and universities, producers, municipalities, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations may Funding from the Specialapply. Projects “must aim ty Crop Block Grant Proto enhance the production gram is provided by the and competitiveness of Clay County farmers, businesses and organizations are eligible for up to $50,000 for operations relating to “specialty crops”: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.

Kentucky specialty crops.” Successful applicants may be awarded up to $50,000. Applications must be submitted by close of business June 2. For more information, including a downloadable application and requirements, go to or call 502-564-4983.

Manchester Gospel Mission Easter Egg Hunt 2014.


Help Stop Child Abuse

Staying connected with Manchester Memorial Hospital is now easier than ever before with Manchester Connect, a new, free application for iOS and Android. The mobile app offers patients and visitors access to and information about many of the hospital’s resources through a smartphone or tablet. The app allows you to access emergency room wait times, learn about services and treatments, find hospital directions, pay your bill, and securely save health records and insurance information. The app also gives you

Saturday, April 26 is Clay County Child Abuse Prevention Day. The event begins at 11 am and takes place at EKU Manchester and Rawlings/Stinson Park in Manchester.


the ability to send patients e-cards, request prayer from chaplains, and search physicians by name or specialty. “Manchester Memorial Hospital is committed to providing our hospitals with tools and technology to optimize the patient experience. A hospital mobile app is a great way to engage patients in a way that is convenient for them,” said Erika Skula, CEO. Visit the iTunes App Store or Android Market on your mobile device to download Manchester Connect.

In 2013, Clay County had 326 calls that met criteria for investigation. Out of those 326 calls, 148 of the reports were found to have children in need.

The goal of this year's Child Abuse Prevention Day is to expand the event so more people become aware of the signs of child abuse and neglect. A walk will begin at 11 am at EKU Manchester on April 26. Following the walk, attendees will meet at Rawlings/Stinson Park for activities, food, and entertainment.

"Watch the Lamb" Easter play at Church of God Worship Center presented on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.


Practical Prepping by Lisa Bourque

CAMPING HACKS Camping is a fun way to hone your prepping skills for situations in the wild, but here are some camping hacks that will make things easier and maybe even more comfortable when roughing it in a primitive campsite. ● Bring your belt and a few S hooks. Wrap it around a fairly big tree and place the S hooks in the holes. Then hang your pots, pans, spatulas and dish towel. ● Ever run out of dry kindling or paper to start your campfire in the morning? Open that bag of Dorito's or Fritos and light one up, they are coated in grease. Starburst candies also make great fire starters. You can even pack a pencil sharpener and 'sharpen' twigs to make shavings to start your fire. ● If it's still cold at nights from spring or fall camping, leave the vents in your tent unzipped at night. The condensation from your breath will cause moisture in there at night and make it wet and cooler. If it's really cold out, you can boil some water over your campfire and put it in your Naglene bottle and throw it in the bottom of your sleeping bag. If you fill it to the brim and leave no space for air, it should stay warm all night. ● Having trouble with pests while camping. Pour a box of grits (not instant) around the campsite. For ticks, make a solution of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle. Spray your shoes and clothing to help keep them at bay. Mosquitoes will be deterred from buzzing around you at night if you burn a bundle of sage in the camp- (See page 13)


Clay County Chronicle COLUMNS Right or Wrong?

enough. Was I wrong? –No Odors Norman Dear Norman,

I do understand your predicament, but I always try to see the other side of a situation and take into account that there may be something we don’t know. When a house smells of cats, the owner is probably not fastidiously cleaning the litter box. But the cats could have physical or behavioral problems that their caregiver is struggling with. What if the woman works long hours or isn’t well? It would have been kinder to take the job and wear a mask. The cost of a by Reverend Roberta mask could be added to your estimate. Empathy, the ability to understand and Dear Reverend Roberta, share the feelings of another, is I’m a housepainter by trade and jobs are something everyone should learn. For almost always welcome. But I turned all you know the woman wants her down an inside painting job because the rooms painted so that she’ll be house smelled so bad of cats it made me motivated to clean up after her cats. feel sick. Now my wife is mad at me. Your work could give her a fresh start She knows the owner of the house and and her house a fresher smell. says she won’t know what to say if she Dear Reverend Roberta, meets the woman on the street. I gave I recently applied for a job at a local the excuse that I was just too busy to take on any more work right now, so as business. One question on the application bothered me. They wanted to make it less embarrassing for my to know if I’d ever seen a psychiatrist or wife, but I guess that wasn’t good been treated for depression. My doctor

gave me antidepressants five years ago, when I was getting a divorce, but I want the job, so I lied. Was that wrong? Blue Betty Dear Betty, While I can’t say it’s right to lie on a job application, in this case the question violates your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers can ask questions about an applicant’s ability to perform specific job functions, but they cannot ask the applicant, previous employers or anyone else any questions relating to the existence, nature or severity of a disability-mental health conditions included. Because the question should not have been asked, I can’t blame you for answering as you did. If you’d answered truthfully or just skipped the question altogether, you almost certainly would not have been considered for the job. But I’d ask myself whether I really want to work for a business that isn’t familiar with the ADA or that intentionally disregards its protections.

Send Right or Wrong questions to Rev. Roberta at revroberta@ClayCounty

All Creatures Great & Small earth. While hummingbirds eat insects and pollen to build muscle, the greater part of their diet is sugar, obtained from the nectar of flowers. Hummingbird bills are long and tapered to fit perfectly inside tubularMy garden is home to many wonder- shaped flowers. Their tongues are ful creatures, but hummingbirds are grooved on the sides to collect the the jewels among the flowers. Hum- nectar, which they lap at a rate of 13 mingbirds chirp, but they lack a true licks per second. It is a myth that song. It is the wings of a humming- these birds are attracted to red flowbird, beating 60 to 80 beats per sec- ers. Nectar producing flowers of any ond that make the distinctive color will attract them. Just a few of humming sound for which they are the flowers you can plant to bring named. hummingbirds to your garden are Bee Balm (Monarda), Butterfly Hummingbird Trivia: The smallest species of humming bird is also the Bush (Buddleia), Columbine, Coral Bells, Delphinium, Foxglove, Hollysmallest of all birds, but based on the percentage of total body weight, hock, Honeysuckle, Morning Glory, Rose of Sharon and Trumpet Vine. humming birds have the largest Hummingbirds are territorial and brain. will attack other birds to protect a The male hummingbird attracts his food source. desired female with his “courtship dive”. He will climb 60 feet or more The female hummingbird chooses her nesting site well. It will be shadinto the air, then dive toward the ed to keep the eggs cool and it will ground and make a wide U-turn to be protected from winds that could climb skyward again. A normal speed of flight for a hummingbird is tip the nest. Hummingbird nests are about 25 miles per hour, but during beautiful and intricate. Sticky spider webs serve as the foundation on these courtship dives, males have been clocked at speeds in excess of which the female layers soft fibers, 50 miles per hour. Predators are at- like moss or leaf hairs. She contintracted to the brilliant color of male ues to layer, until the nest is shaped, contouring the inside to fit her body. hummingbirds, so the female must She will bring more spider webs to warn off the male as soon as she hold the nest together. When the successfully mates with him. nest is finished, the female amazingHummingbird Trivia: Hummingly camouflages it with anything birds are the only bird that can fly from seeds to small twigs. backwards, forwards, up, down and Hummingbird Trivia: A humming from side to side. They are also the bird female knows that the camouonly bird that can hover. flage material she uses for the shadHummingbirds have the highest ed side of the nest should be dark, metabolic rate of any animal on but where the sun hits it the colors by Hattie Dutton

The Magic of Hummingbirds

should be light. She also makes the walls of her nest thicker on the windier side. Whenever I watch a hummingbird paused in mid air above a Rose of Sharon or a Trumpet Flower, I think how like a fairy, dressed in a cloak of iridescent green, it seems. But it could not have been a humming bird that inspired the centuries old tales of fairies in Europe. Hummingbirds are found only in the Western hemisphere. Still, Native American mythology abounds with these wondrous little birds. An Aztec legend tells of the god of music and poetry who traveled to the underworld in the form of a humming bird so that he might make love to a beautiful goddess. The beautiful goddess then gave birth to the first flower. Hummingbirds are no less mystical for me than they must have been for ancient people. These dear little birds bring magic to my garden. They are truly one of nature’s treasures. "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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KITCHEN ON THE CREEK by Lisa Bourque In our household I like to make, at least two nights a week, a meatless meal. It's easier on our tight budget and sometimes less fattening if you are cutting out things like greasy pork and ground beef. Here is a recipe that promises to be very filling and delicious. I hope you will add it to your rotation! Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos Ingredients ● 2 whole Sweet Potatoes, Peeled and Cubed Small 2. Let cool. Add your roasted veggies to a can of ● 2 whole Jalapenos Diced rinsed black beans. Add cilantro and squirt of ● 1 whole Red Pepper, Diced Small lime juice. Combine gently. At this point, mixture can be stored for later use. ● 1 whole Red Onion, Diced Small 3. Warm your wheat tortillas or wraps in microwave ● 2 teaspoons Olive Oil according to directions on package. Spray a cas● 1 teaspoon Cumin serole dish with nonstick spray or olive oil spray. ● 1 teaspoon Chili Powder 4. Add two heaping tablespoons of vegetable and ● 1 pinch Salt and Pepper bean mixture to center of wrap. Top with shred● 1 can Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained (15 ded cheese. Fold over, fold in sides, place in pan Ounce Can) and continue to roll the others. Place into your baking dish, seam side down so that they stay to● ½ cups Fresh Cilantro, Chopped gether. ● 2 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice 5. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or ● 2 cups Shredded Cheddar until golden brown. Baking this way will make ● 1 package Burrito-Sized Wheat Tortillas Or the tortilla wrap crisp. For a softer burrito, spray Wraps (6-10 Count) burrito with nonstick spray, then wrap in aluminum foil and bake for same amount of time. 1. In a bowl, toss your raw veggies in olive oil and season with spices. Place in a large baking dish 6. Makes about 6 burritos. and roast in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes, tossTip: Premake your burritos and wrap them in aluminum ing around halfway through. foil. Keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days for a quick lunch

Practical Prepping (From page 12) fire. Keep spiders out of your tent with peppermint soaked cotton balls, place in the corners of your tent. ● An easy way to pack eggs for scrambling in the morning is to prepare them ahead of time and pour into an empty water bottle. No worries of breaking your eggs and taking up all that space. Wrap your meat in cabbage leaves before folding it up into tinfoil to put on the fire, this will keep the meat from burning and keep it moist! ● Remember to be able to properly identify poison ivy/oak and make sure the kids can too. Nothing will ruin a camping trip like a bad case of the itchies! Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will make things less stressful for your next camping trip.


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Beautiful Big Hickory Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole layout that offers the best golf value in Kentucky. Its beautiful Bermuda fairways and immaculate undulating bent grass greens provide a golfing experience that is a thrill for all ages and skill levels. It is a 3,000 yard course that plays to a par 36 and includes a variety Situated on a rolling knoll made by the Cotton of holes framed by scenic trees as well as Bend of historic Goose Creek, the course is ponds and streams. Its signature hole is the surrounded by lush, hardwood forest-covered par 4 ninth whose green is fashioned in the mountains. shape of the state of Kentucky. The course is owned by the City of Manchester and is accessed off Beech Creek Road (on the way Big Hickory Golf Course is located at 521 Big Hickory Rd, Manchester, KY 40962. to Bert T. Combs Park). Just follow the signs. Call (606) 598-8053 for additional details. by Gary Barnby

Big Hickory Golf Course

Healthy Mountain Living by Betty Baker

Don’t Be Deceived The texture of foods influences people's dieting choices. Creamy butter or ice cream often wins out over a crunchy granola bar. In a recent study, participants were asked to sample foods that had soft, smooth, hard or rough textures and then estimate their calorie amounts. In another test, volunteers were asked to watch and rate a number of television ads, thinking that was the test. But they were also given cups with bite-sized brownies as a "thank

you" for their time. Half of the participants were also asked about the amount of calories in the brownies. Some of the participants received softer-textured brownies while the other half got crunchier brownies. People who had been asked about the calories in the brownies, which forced them to focus on caloric intake, ate more of the crunchy brownies than soft. On the other hand, those whose minds weren't focused on calories tended to eat more of the soft brownies.

Researchers concluded that understanding how the texture of food can influence calorie perceptions, food choice, and consumption amount can help nudge consumers towards making healthier choices. Unfortunately, it can also be used by processed food corporations to get us to eat more less healthy foods. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat has already hooked Americans on processed and packaged foods, fueling the nationwide obesity epidemic.

Remember to always think about what you’re eating. Texture can trick you into overeating. Salt, sugar and fat can tempt you into eating less healthy options. Eat slower to allow your stomach to communicate with your brain that it's full. Drink water with every snack or meal to pace yourself and to help satisfy hunger. Whenever possible, make your meals from scratch.


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Back to Basics We are Not Alone

by Jeanne Claire Probst/Author and Poet

by Jack White

Dulcimers: Truly Appalachian With only three or four strings and a simple diatonic fret pattern, the Appalachian dulcimer is generally regarded as one of the easiest string instruments to learn. Although the Appalachian dulcimer first appeared in the early 19th century among Scotch-Irish immigrant communities in the southern Appalachian Mountains, the instrument did not come from Ireland or Scotland, though similar instruments did exist there. Early American settlers were unable to make the more complex violin in the early days due to a lack of tools and time. This was one of the factors which led to the building of the dulcimer, which has less dramatic curves. Few true specimens of the mountain dulcimer exist from earlier than about 1880, when J. Edward Thomas of Knott County, Kentucky, began building and selling them. The instrument became used as something of a parlor instrument, as its modest sound volume is best-suited to small home gatherings. But for the first half of the 20th century the mountain dulcimer was rare, with a handful of makers supplying players in scattered pockets of Appalachia. Virtually no audio recordings of the instrument exist from earlier than the late 1930s.

The Appalachian dulcimer achieved a renaissance in the 1950s urban folk music revival in the United States through the work of Jean Ritchie, a Kentucky musician who introduced the instrument to New York City audiences. In the early 1960s, Ritchie and her partner George Pickow began distributing dulcimers made by her Kentucky relative Jethro Amburgey, then the woodworking instructor at the Hindman Settlement School. They eventually began producing their own instruments in New York City. Meanwhile, the American folk musician Richard Fariña was also bringing the Appalachian dulcimer to a much wider audience, and by 1965 the instrument was a familiar presence in folk music circles. The dulcimer was one of the first mass-produced instruments. Design changes made the instrument easier to produce and to play. The body was made larger, and geared tuners were installed, rather than traditional wooden pegs, to make tuning easier for players. Though the mountain dulcimer has long been associated with the elder generation, it has gradually attracted a number of younger players who have discovered its charms. Because of its ease of play, many music teachers consider it to be an especially good educational instrument. Appalachian dulcimers continue to be made by individual craftsmen and small, family-run businesses located in the American South and particularly in Appalachia.

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It seems that every day; failing conditions around us make our daily loads heavier and heavier. And even though we didn’t cause all the problems people face on our earth, we have a share in the guilt if we fail to shower each other with love and compassion. Instead of building “walls” of hate, we should be building our own homes surrounded by floral gates. Instead of scheming how to get even with someone for their mistakes, we need to find ways to get around ill feelings and let go of our hate. And instead of trying to get ahead of one another as if we were competing in a race, we need to learn to be more loving to avoid further shame and disgrace. Can you imagine a day where you did not have any pain, and that your family, friends and neighbors felt the same? Can you imagine, clean air, clean water and good food to eat, and greetings of kindness by everyone you meet? Since we were not put on this earth to live alone, we must find the way to make our paths straight, so that we can lighten the heavy loads being carried by ourselves and our fellowman, we must be more loving because it is love all human societies have thrived on and should demand. What about you? Which will work best for you, “Hate, shame, disgrace” or “compassion, kindness and love?”

We were not put on this earth to live alone, We were not put on this earth to moan and groan. But something happened way back in the beginning, And we have reaped the consequences of one person sinning. Yet we were still given direction in which way we could go, If love for one another, we wanted to show. And even when we fall down we must help each other to get up, By being compassionate we can overlook “walls” that have been built up around us. As the years have gone by, and even though we are here on our earth to live, Some never learn and keep depleting the land’s resources to see what more it will give. We turn on each other instead of working together as “family or friends,” Loving one another should come from our heart, we should never pretend. We need to help each other to survive the worst of any stormy weather we will face, If we want all to benefit from the privilege we have, being part of the human race. We must show we care when we have a “man or woman, or child down,” Because if we haven’t helped our neighbors in their time of need, when we need a shoulder to lean on…we might not get a response. So, since we were meant to live on this earth together, In unity, we should work to make living for all a little better. And even though the first sin was not ours, Our love for one another can lighten a heavy load, and all moaning and groaning can be devoured.

Chronicle LETTERS & OP EDS Lack of Legislative Progress Disappointing

seats on the ballot, and you have a scenario that favors slow walking on the policy front.

by Dave Adkisson, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Again, that might be understandable. But understandable and acceptable are two entirely different things, and the missed opportunities of the justconcluded 2014 General Assembly put this session well into the “disappointment” category.

The state budget is always the giant in the room when the General Assembly meets in even-numbered years. That’s understandable, since the two-year spending plan sets policy and determines the direction of state agencies across the board.

Granted, the 2014-2016 enacted budget does include several positive elements, particularly in its restoration As the giant, the budget gets the most of funding for elementary and seclegislative time and attention, particondary education that was lost during ularly in the closing days and hours the recession and full funding of the when differences between the House Kentucky Retirement System (KRS). and Senate are debated in marathon There were positive targeted tax re(and sometimes contentious) negotialief measures for industries such as tion sessions. our signature bourbon industry and a This might make it understandable tax incentive to encourage “angel” that, in so-called budget sessions, investments in new start-up compathere generally is limited progress on nies. other initiatives. Add the fact that Juvenile justice reforms won passage even-numbered years also find all to give youthful offenders a better House seats and half of the Senate chance of turning their lives around.

And the legislators’ standing strong against efforts to increase workers compensation costs, politicize the Public Service Commission, repeal the state’s tough academic standards and enact onerous coal-mining restrictions was commendable. But even a limited review quickly reveals a list of negatives that is far longer than Kentucky can afford. At the top of the list is the legislation nicknamed “the P3 bill” to develop a mechanism for greater use of publicprivate partnerships to save taxpayers’ money and create a transparent, accountable process of contracting for needed services or infrastructure projects. The P3 bill passed the House by a 10-to-one margin and Senate by a three-to-one margin, both with overwhelming bipartisan support. But Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed the measure because of a House amendment that would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance the reconstruction of the

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Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky. And, unfortunately, the House – where the bill originated – declined to override the veto, meaning it did not come up for further action in the Senate. In our view, the bill was the most important piece of job creation legislation passed this year, and, as such, had the support of more than 35 civic and business organizations. The governor’s veto was unnecessary and should have been addressed with swift legislative action in the final days of session. This was definitely a missed opportunity to move Kentucky forward – and to catch up with 34 other states where P3 laws already exist. When Kentucky voters approved the constitutional amendment to allow annual legislative sessions, it was with the hope that every session, every year, would mean progress for the state. The 2014 session fell far short of that mark.

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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 Mobley 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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