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WEDNESDAY March 19, 2014 Vol. 11, No. 6

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Fiscal Court exercises restraint on possible grant Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly

The Ballard County Fiscal Court declined to make a motion to apply for a grant at Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting. The grant is a Kentucky Pride Grant and would have to be filed by April 1. It was for $40,000 with a $14,000 match the county would

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have had to meet. Although it would have added more equipment to the solid waste site and added a much-needed extension to the existing building according to James Campbell, solid waste manager. However, the magistrates held to fiscal discipline. Betty Johnson with the Ballard County Cemetery Board request-

ed the approval of Tom Brooking to replace Bob Lanier, who has resigned due to health reasons, as the new board member. The motion carried. Johnson also made a request for the board to expand from the current seven members to a ninemember board, citing she wants to target younger persons for membership. She also added that this

would probably be her last year of participation on the BCCB. Paducah Area Development District representative Jeremy Buchanan was on hand to explain and get approval for conditions for the Community Development Block Grant awarded for the new Senior Citizens Center. PADD will be the certified administra-

Except for advertising, all articles, photos or information submitted Friday will be published on a space available basis only.

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Spots available at BFD event

Blandville Rural Fire Department’s Pancake breakfast is scheduled for April 5. Area vendors and yard sale booths are available for a $10 donation for space (tables not included). For more information call Erin Vance (270) 559-9136 between 6-8 p.m.

County executives discussed the low inmate totals at the Ballard County Jail at on Monday.

SAP program zapping BC Jail numbers Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly The Ballard County Fiscal Court conducted a special meeting on Monday at the Judge/Executive’s conference room to discuss the low inmate population at the Ballard County Jail. During the meeting, the first reading of the 2014 jail budget was approved. According to data, the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) offered by the Department of Corrections, and early prisoner

Board to meet on March 25

The Ballard County Extension District Board will meet Tuesday, March 25, at the Ballard County Extension Office. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

release are the apparent major causes of the under housing problem at the jail. SAP is a mental health program offered to inmates who are within 24-months of release. At the time DOC makes an offer for an inmate to join SAP, the inmate risks the loss of “good-time” accumulated if the offer is declined. Upon entering SAP, inmates are required to be transferred to the Fulton County Jail where the program is provided. Two other issues further ag-

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At Left, Beshear waves to members of the audience while visiting at Ballard County Senior Citizen Center.

Hunter Safety classes slated 4-H Youth Development to hold Hunter Safety classes (orange card) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 20-21 at the Ballard County Extension Office 6 a.m. March 22,at Ballard County Refuge. Classes are open to anyone 10 and over. For more information call (270) 665-9118 or email questions to: cesballad@lsv.uky.edu or the 4-H agent at: pjerrell@uky.edu

Council OKs new gear for WCFD

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Meet & Greet set for April 24

The Ballard County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Candidates Meet & Greet on April 24. The event, according to BC Chamber Director Myra Hook, will be held at Ballard Memorial High School starting at 6 p.m. Members of the county are encouraged to attend to get to know the candidates.

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At Right, Beshear presents check for $500,000 for construction of new center.

gravate the inmate problem; Once housed in the Ballard jail it is still the responsibility of Ballard County to transport offenders back and forth to attend court, while Fulton County receives the state payment for housing the inmate. Ballard County is also required to pay Fulton County for inmates on SAP that originated in Ballard. Currently Fulton County is housing 336 inmates to Ballard’s 33-inmates. Mike Horn said he attempted See JAIL on Page 3

With newest council member, Mike Nutt, now working days it’s difficult for him to attend the 9 a.m. city council meetings at Wickliffe. In an effort to accommodate Nutt’s schedule, the council agreed to move its meeting to 3 p.m. The council meets the first Tuesday of each month. Rana Sullivan, assisting with Kynect, spoke to the council concerning the last-minute push to register before the March 31 deadline. After the final date, the next opportunity will be during open enrollment in October. Sullivan shared that Kynect is a userfriendly site to navigate. Concerning the Fort Jefferson Project, in order comply with state and federal guidelines a survey will need to be completed showing the property to be used in the visitor center project. Mayor Lynn Hopkins wanted to be certain there is room left for accessing the tract where JMS is located. The city’s third warehouse is now three-quarters full and more material has been ordered for skid construction, according to the Warehouse Report. See WCFD on Page 3

BCW unveils ‘better county’ writing contest The Ballard County Weekly is hosting a contest for the best write-up about what YOU think would make our beautiful county even better. All you have to do is submit your 700-plus word writing to ballardweekly@ brtc.net. Make sure to include the first and last name of the person you are emailing for! The deadline is March 28 at noon. The winner will be announced March 31 via the newspaper’s Face-

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Local Monsanto representative and Bandana Ag Manager John Miller joins Ballard Memorial High School and BCCTC principal David Meinschein with winning farmers, Kandi and Alan Foster and Monsanto representative Jesse Little in presenting a $2,500 check to the school. The Fosters won the prize while competing in Monsanto’s ‘America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ contest.

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Clarke, Culver speak to residents at Chamber’s recent breakfast Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly

The premier speaker for the Ballard Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week at the Bluegrass was Michael Clarke, director of Ballard County Ambulance Service. Along with Clarke as speakers were Property Value Administrator, Anita Campbell and Candidate for Judge/ Executive, Joe Culver. Clarke has been with the ambulance service since 1997 and full time since 2009. When he came on board with the service there was only one station and 10 em-

ployees. There were no paramedics with the department and critical care patients were required to be handed off to either Carlisle County or Mercy Regional, slowing the transportation time. In 2007, they built a new station that gave room for expansion and now they man two stations that include one in Wickliffe and currently employ 20 people; 10-paramedics and 10EMTs. In January of this year, Ballard received its Critical Care classification. According to Clarke, Ballard has more specialty equipment then most services in the area.

He continued with saying they can now bring the emergency room to the patient. Clarke said they are always looking to make further advancements. Last fall, the Senior Citizens donated their wheelchair accessible van to the ambulance service and the service is now in the process of finding a bus to adapt for accessibility to mount multiple spine boards for mass casualty incidents such as a bus or train wreck, or natural disasters. After Clarke finished he fielded questions from the crowd. Campbell took her See CHAMBER on Page 4

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What a blessing Do you really know what it means to have a Senior Center for the people here in Ballard County? By the time you read this article, Governor Steve Beshear will have presented our Senior Center a check for $500,000 for a new Center. It is a blessing for the seniors of Ballard to receive this grant. Judge Vickie Viniard has worked hard for us. A big thanks to you Judge Vickie, from someone who knows firsthand just what it means to have something like this for our county. I feel like so many people really don’t know what we offer at the center or that we will have even more to offer with our new center. After retiring most people need a place to come to so that they can enjoy seeing others that have retired, share views on the latest happening around our county. We have up to date materials on Medicare-Medicaid prescription drug plans, scams to watch for, the right people to contact with your special questions. It’s a great place to come exercise early in the morning. We have

Kay’s Corner

By Kay Jones

blood pressure checks and up-to-date scales to help you keep up with your weight and stay healthy. We open at 8 a.m. We have hot coffee waiting for our exercising friends who usually come back at 11:30 a.m. for a delicious lunch. We usually have some special dish that members bring, especially when the gardens began to grow. Mrs. Carol Rollins is always sharing her dishes with us; they are a hit with everyone! Some stay after lunch to work on our beautiful puzzles that some like to take home to frame; we have a great time with this. We have a beautiful adult Day Care Center. Day Care are the most misunderstood words for this program. It’s for our seniors who are unable to drive like they used to, the ones who can no longer go alone to Paducah for their necessities.

This is what I call the fun place! What a joy it is to be picked up by the senior bus and brought back to the center for a nice start to the day. They have coffee and danish, devotion and sharing of the heart if someone wants to talk or feels they need to express themselves knowing they have friends that care. Now that’s a blessing. I know firsthand what it is like to live alone. On the other hand I still am able to go as I please. These people get to go to the Dollar Store, His House, Sisters and Friends, drug stores, grocery stores, and have help with loading and unloading their purchases. They go to Paducah at least once a month; they love this because it means they get to eat at the restaurant of their choice. Oh yes! We’re this and so much more, so come and join us now. The Adult Day Care has a long waiting list for new clients, but all the rest is here now. Come give us a try. Watch for the breaking of the ground and construction of our new center, but for now come find out what we are all about.

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Dogs are not bred to be mean

By Kay Presson When I see or read of an account of a dangerous dog, mostly Pit Bull, I remember an incident from my childhood. I fully believe that dogs are not bred to be mean, rather, they are trained that way. The following incident is a true account, and I would like to share with you, the wonderful, encouraging readers of Ballard County Weekly. For four and a half years, from the summer before I began fifth grade at Henry Clay Elementary in Paducah, until the Christmas vacation when I was enrolled at Jetton Junior High School in the ninth grade, my family lived at Elmwood Court. When I was 12 years old, that summer, my parents were involved in a serious auto accident. Daddy was driving while extremely intoxicated and ran off the road. Mama sustained two broken legs...Daddy’s throat was cut from ear to ear...and our cousin, Freddy “Buddy� Menser, who was a passenger in the vehicle, sustained a burst spleen. We six kids were very close to being orphaned, however, all three recovered. Mama was confined to a wheelchair, yet she showed strength and persever-

ance. Years later, when I was grown, she told me the doctors told her she would never walk again....her response, “I’ve got to walk again, I have six kids to raise.� And, walk she did, and I admired Mama. When Mama and Daddy returned home from the hospital, Daddy acquired a bulldog, and we named him “Winky.� Winky was a good dog, very sweet, and protective. As the eldest, it was my duty to walk Winky at night. The public housing projects were perceived to be dangerous, especially at night. However, I was not afraid to walk Winky, for who would want to harm a kid with a bulldog?! One day in the summer, Winky was acting kind of strange. He was slobbering, growling and showing his teeth. This was very unlike him, and Mama realized there was something very wrong. So, there she sat, in her wheelchair, and asked me to get Daddy’s pistol out of the dresser drawer in their bedroom. This I did, then she told me to take my five siblings to an upstairs bedroom and shut the door. She told me to be calm and not to panic. I made a game of it and took the five little kids upstairs and told them not to come out of

the bedroom or not to even open the bedroom door until I returned for them. Running back down the stairs, I was scared and tried to keep my emotions in tow. There sat Mama in her wheelchair in the kitchen, holding the pistol firmly, pointing it at Winky. Since we did not have a telephone, she told me to go next door to Granny Andrews’ apartment, use her telephone and call the police and tell them the situation. This I did, trying to be brave and worrying about Mmaa and my siblings. The Paducah Police came, and my Uncle Pete Throgmorton, who was a Sergeant on the Paducah Police was with them. They bound Winky and took him away. Later, we were told Winky was infected with something called “hard pads encephalitis,� which was similar to rabies. He could have become violent any moment, and had to be put to sleep. If I live to be 100 years old, I will never forget my wonderful, courageous Mama, sitting in that wheelchair, holding the pistol on Winky. Mama was courageous in many ways, and she truly loved her family.


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Obituaries

Robert ‘Bob’ Collins

PADUCAH - Robert ‘Bob” Collins, 90, of Paducah died Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30 a.m. at Baptist Health Paducah. He was of Church of Christ faith and served as speaker, elder, deacon, song leader in various congregations. Bob was a graduate of Harding University received his masters degree from Louisiana State University, and was a retired chemistry professor. He retired from Virginia Highland Community College and had served other colleges and universities as a professor. Bob was a life- long member of the American Chemical Society and served as a board member of Southeastern Children’s Home. Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Collins Miller and husband Steve of Paducah, KY; one son, Samuel Robert Collins Jr. and wife Lyleen of Durham NC; four grandchildren, Allan Miller and wife Lisa, Emilee Graziano and husband David, Lee Collins and Michael Collins; five great-grandchildren, Ethan Miller, Luke Miller, Isabella Graziano, Angelina Graziano and Grayson Graziano; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death

Robert ‘Bob’ Collins

was his wife, Eudora Lee Collins; parents Samuel Collins & Alma Williams Collins; a twin brother, William Brown Collins; and brother, Daniel Dayton Collins. Graveside services were held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Gage, KY with Steve Miller officiating. Friends could call Monday, March 17, 2014 from 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Expression of sympathy may be made to East TN School of Preaching & Missions, 6612 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, TN 37931. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com

Anne Hughes Straub

Anne Elizabeth Hughes Straub, 89, of Paducah, died March 4, 2014 at Lourdes Hospital. She was born in Louisville, KY on Dec. 18, 1924 to the late Frank Collins Hughes and Ethel Lee McKeldin Hughes. As the youngest of 5 children she received a BA Degree from the University of Louisville. Her father died when she was very young and her mother worked as a doctor’s assistant to be sure all her children had the opportunity of attending

college. Inspired by her mother, Anne, and her husband, Earl, she helped all of their children also attain college degrees and more. Anne taught at several schools and performed private tutoring of various aged children. At various times of her life, she sewed, needle pointed and even held seasonal employment at a downtown Louisville department store teaching bow tying with ribbon. She also was an avid golfer.

Bill could help volunteers Legislation, cosponsored by Ed Whitfield in February of 2014, amends the definition of “full-time employee” in the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that qualified volunteers, including voluntary firefighters and emergency responders, are not counted when determining the number of full-time employees for meeting the employer mandate under the Obamacare law. The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act was introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (RPA) after concerns were raised by volunteer fire

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book page, and will have their writing featured in the April 3 edition of The Ballard County Weekly. The winner will also receive a $25 reward and a 1-year online subscription to The Ballard County Weekly. The contest is open to writers of all ages.

departments. Since the IRS views volunteer firefighters as employees, municipalities would be forced to provide health insurance or pay a fine, potentially saddling them with unbearable financial burdens and threatening public safety

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to have SAP at Ballard before Fulton received the program. He noted he thinks it was politics that kept Ballard from getting the program. Horn does have a rehabilitation program available at the jail,Malachi Dad’s, which is faithbased and completely voluntary. Horn says they are more productive at reducing repeat drug offenders but has yet to get DOC to

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Hopkins said demolition of the front part of the school will be too extensive for the city’s backhoe and he is considering using JL Dublin for the project. Dublin will use an excavator for the destruction. Hopkins also added that he intends to keep the doors for use or sale. In the meeting, Wickliffe City Fire Chief Chris Wilson requested new turnout gear for the department. According to Wilson, there are several sets that are damaged and can’t be used. The price of the eight new sets of turnout gear, approved by the council, will come with a nearly $13,000 tag. In addition to the suits, it will be necessary to purchase helmets, gloves, boots and nomex head and face covering to have a complete ensemble at $1,000 dollars

accept them as readily as SAP. Horn went onto say, he recently attended a meeting where it was said that inmates were not going to see as many early releases as there have been in the past. Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard plans to contact Judge Tim Langford for possible solutions to the problem and invite him to attend a Fiscal Court meeting to discuss with the court avenues to increase inmate population at Ballard. per set. Wilson said that membership is up from 10 when he took over to 23, and there are five who have no suits at all and others have to use turnout gear provided by the Wickliffe Rural Fire Department. The department is also on the hunt for a new fire truck. Hopkins said they would have to find a grant to cover the more than $200,000 piece of equipment. Two Rivers Fisheries is finally back in operation and Superintendent Guy Johnson has been looking at data for a new piece of equipment that will require 50,000 gallons of water a day to operate. Johnson said water production for TRF will not be a problem but noted using that much water will be putting a load on the city sewer system. The meeting ended with the council discussing the Harvest Festival planning.

Troopers look into man’s accident with ambulance On March 14, at 5:58 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge responded to a collision involving a Nicholas County ambulance. According to a report, Charles Bailey, 21, of Mt. Olivet, was operating a 1996 Chevrolet passenger car and traveling south on U.S. 68. Bailey came up to the intersection at US 68 and Concrete Road (KY 36) and attempted to make a left turn onto Con-

crete Road and did not see the Nicholas County Ambulance traveling westbound. The ambulance struck Bailey’s vehicle on the driver’s side. Bailey’s vehicle then struck a 2011 Kia driven by Tammy McConnell, 41, of Carlisle, who was traveling eastbound on US 68. McConnell sustained minor injuries. Bailey was transported to the UK Medical Center in Lexington for his injuries.

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BANDANA BAPTIST CHURCH

157 Allen Street, Bandana

BANDANA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 11524 Oscar Road, Bandana

LITTLE UNION BAPTIST CHURCH

5601 Bandana Rd., Bandana

Barlow ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH

315 Antioch Church Rd, Barlow

HOUSE OF PRAYER Paducah Road, La Center

LaCENTER CHRISTIAN CHURCH 414 Walnut Street, LaCenter MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH 576 Mt. Pleasant Rd., LaCenter NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 901 Monkey Eyebrow Rd., LaCenter OSCAR BAPTIST CHURCH 7820 Oscar Rd., LaCenter

BARLOW BAPTIST CHURCH 135 N. 6th Street, Barlow

OSCAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH intersection Michtell Lake Cutoff Rd and Turner Landing Rd

BARLOW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

RESURRECTION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 6914 La Center Rd., LaCenter

198 So. 5th Street, Barlow

FIRST GENERAL BAPTIST 255 S. 4th, Barlow OHIO VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH 538 Hazelwood Rd., Barlow

Hinkleville

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 624 Broadway, LaCenter

Lovelaceville LOVELACEVILLE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 253 N. Broadway, Lovelaceville

PLEASANT HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1718 Credo Rd., Hinkleville

Lovelaceville United Methodist Church 143 North broadway Lovelaceville, Ky

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BETHEL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 12245 Woodville Rd., Kevil HEATH CHURCH OF CHRIST 10025 LaCenter Rd., Kevil KEVIL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1072 N. 1st Street, Kevil

NEW LIBERTY METHODIST CHURCH Kevil

PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH

4409 Monkey Eyebrow Rd., Kevil

SPRING BAYOU BAPTIST CHURCH

4575 Old Hobbs Rd., Kevil

BETHEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH 2346 Bethlehem Church Rd., Wickliffe BLANDVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH 5576 Bethlehem Church Rd. Wickliffe CALVARY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 54 Linda Circle, Wickliffe FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 585 Barlow Rd., Wickliffe FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Wickliffe FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 326 N. 4th Street, Wickliffe

GRACE VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

FULL GOSPEL TEMPLE CHURCH 754 Court St., Wickliffe

KEVIL FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

NEW LIBERTY GENERAL BAPTIST 4214 Gum Corner Rd., Wickliffe

403 Kentucky Ave., Kevil

986 N. 1st Street, Kevil

NEWTON CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH

12800 Ogden Landing Rd., Kevil

VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 2456 Mayfield Rd., Wickliffe

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FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 373 Forest St., LaCenter 665-5084

HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF La CENTER 421 Broadway, LaCenter GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3752 Paducah Rd., LaCenter

9215 Ogden Landing Rd. West Paducah

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Opinion

New center is great Familiar faces in unfamiliar lands addition to Barlow On March 11, 2014, I attended the Governor’s presentation of half of a million dollars to the Senior Citizens of Ballard County for the purpose of building a new facility for seniors and others in Barlow, Kentucky. I couldn’t be happier for Barlow, which has a great community. My father ran the Barlow Branch of the Citizens State Bank and had adopted Barlow. I grew up in Barlow in the old branch bank on the corner where the medical clinic is now located. Later on I was able to have Dunn Construction (Chigger Ridge) build a beautiful branch in Kevil, Kentucky, and I had come to know another great community and its citizens. The proposed facility for the seniors of Ballard County will be a much needed facility to support the county. Jerry and Connie Moore have provided the property and help for Judy Jackson and her effort to obtain this facility. It should be noted that our Judge and Fiscal Court and all of our county patrons have worked hard to get this funding. The action is beginning on the metal building at Fort Jefferson for the Visitors Center and the city is surveying this area for setting apart this site from our 34 acres that goes down to the river bank. The Cross site is two acres and is not owned by the city and the Fort Jefferson Visitor’s Center will be a few acres fenced off from the city property. It is our intention, with the KDOT’s approval to require exit traffic at the visitor’s center to use the southern side exit road due to the improved visibility of South US Hwy 51 coming into Wickliffe. Exiting at the northern side of the building is a blind turn back to the town and dangerous. The City of Wickliffe will maintain proper right-of-ways for its use on the rest of the acreage not included in the visitor’s center or trail venue and a commercial access down the front of the acreage for access to the river. I have an old map that was drawn by a Dupoyster fore-father that farmed the area around the site of the New Page Corporation paper mill in the 1880’s, that shows the site of the true Fort Jefferson. The map is a copy and dated 1889 and is hand drawn. The fort site fits the correct description of the fort as detailed by a history book based on the Revolutionary Period Indian Wars and George Rogers Clark’s men, who lead the Indian War for Thomas Jefferson, when he was Secretary of State. They built the fort around 1880 and established Clarksville at the base of Fort Jefferson on a road bed similar to Hwy 51. The site of the fort would have possibly straddled the roadway that Westvaco built to the docking cells for barges at the river near Mayfield Creek’s mouth. The book says the fort was built 100 yards from the mouth, north of Mayfield Creek, and near the river off- chute of Island #1, or Cane Island, which has generally been eroded by the river channel and has disappeared. A Fort Jefferson site on Bunky Gay’s farm, along with the nature trails would complement the Fort Jefferson Visitor’s Center and trails and tie into tourism at one of the true history resources for this region. We are blessed to have Columbus-Belmont Park at Columbus, Ky. If there was a Fort Jefferson State Park or commercial venture there, then the Mounds, Fort Jefferson, would complement Columbus-Belmont’s Park for tour buses and weekend trips. The Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is open for the spring 2014 and summer and fall 2014. Our new city street lights are going to be on tonight, Friday, March 14, 2014, and this state grant for lights and benches was funded by the Kentucky State Department of Local Government. They should spruceup the area for our businesses in this main street area and for the court house. We are currently improving the Dalton House at the city park for the coming 2014 Harvest Festival and I am trying to build up the Rural Fire Department’s JUG OFF this summer at the river. It is an event that is unique and should be our signature event for Wickliffe

Continued from last week I also told her that when Troy went overseas he always brought my mother a gift. Again, she corrected me. Finally, she said she was convinced I knew Col. Crawford and she was going to call him on the radio to tell him that I was on the plane. She said that when the plane landed we would be directly in front of his office and that he would be watching every move the plane made. I said, “Ma’am, please don’t do that because Troy will be here to pick me up and take me to his office and he can’t take all these Marines.” She told me when the plane landed it would turn around right in front of his office and he would be watching. She also told me she would not call Col. Crawford but I believe she did. When I was hauled down the ramp I looked to the right at a large picture window and there stood Troy, looking right at me. He waved, I waved back, and then I was loaded on a big bus that held stretchers. Col. Crawford was a big man; I would guess he was at least six feetthree inches tall and weighed about 230 pounds. When we left there we were driven to a Red Cross tent where

we were given refreshments. One of the ladies working there was Troy’s wife, Anne. I recognized her immediately but did not tell her who I was. She may have known but I didn’t tell her. We left the Naval Hospital where we were put in ward. After being there about five days, Troy called me to ask how I was and I told him in detail; I told him I had a million dollar wound but I was fine. He said, “Tell you the truth Buddy, when I hang up this phone I’m going to call your mother.” He did what he said he would do; I know that was a great comfort to my mom and dad. Troy would call to check on me and each time we talked, he said, “I’m going to send a staff car to pick you up so you can spend the day with Anne and me.” However, I told Troy not to do this and I would see him in Mangham. A number of years after Troy retired; he came in the drug store that I owned to see me. He was driving a Porche, we rode to Winnsboro talking about the past. That Porche would run 200 mph, we didn’t go over 90! Not too long after his retirement Troy passed away in a New Orleans hospital due to cancer; He deserved better. I’m not

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sure of this, but I think he retired as a Brigadier General; Anne lives in Florida. They were great people! From the hospital in Japan, I went back to Korea and checked in at Division Headquarters’. The first Sergeant told me we had two choices-we could go back to our company or to an island of the cost of Korea where Korean and Chinese prisoners were being held. I felt I could not guard the prisoners because if I had them penned up there, I just might have killed some of them. I asked about Charlie Company, and he told me that it was about a quarter mile down the road on the left, so I picked up my gear and started off. The First Sergeant called me to come back because I had shrapnel still in my left foot and would not be able to walk the hills like I had done before. He put me in Division Headquarters’ guarding the Commanding General of the First Marine division, General Thomas, with eleven other marines. This was

Profiles in Nature Finally! A sure sign that spring is just around the corner, Chorus Frogs and Spring Peepers have started to call. I have heard them call briefly a few times last month but the recent temperatures have them calling in earnest now. The Chorus Frog, or Pseudacris triseriata, is usually one of the first frogs that start calling in spring. The males gather in some shallow pond or pool of water and using their vocal sacs emit a call to attract potential mates. The call resembles the sound made by raking your fingernail over the teeth of a

comb and can be heard up to half a mile away. The frequency and intensity of this call increases with warmer temperatures. After mating the females can lay from 500 to 1,500 eggs during a single season, each consisting of gelatinous clusters that contain 30 to over 100 eggs each. These eggs will hatch in 3 to 14 days and the tadpoles will turn into froglets in 40 to 90 days. The wide range here is due to different water temperature. Tadpoles feed on algae, diatoms, and other microscopic invertebrates whereas the frogs feed on

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turn, filling in for a rescheduled speaker, speaking to the guest in an impromptu address with information about the local Salvation Army. Although many are not aware, there has been a Salvation Army in the county for several numbers of years. Their applications for assistance are processed at the West Kentucky Allied Service. Last year, the Salvation Army received $2,800 from the United Way from payroll deductions from New Page, USEC, and other employers. Campbell would prefer donations to be made through her. If donations are made directly to her, she only has to send 20% to the home office in Lexington;

about the last half of August, 1951. In January of ’52, I had accumulated enough time to allow me to return stateside, I debarked at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California. There I received orders to report to Patuxent Naval Air Test Center in Maryland. I was given 18days leave, so I went home to Mangham to see my mother who had been ill for quite some time. I turned down two Purple Hearts because I didn’t want to worry her. I had to accept the last one because I had a foot injury and could not walk. At Patuxent, I was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to duty at the main gate. I was chosen by my Commanding Officer to attend recruiting school. While I was there peace talks to end the war had begun, and I received orders to go to Algiers Naval Station in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was assigned duty guarding the ammunition depot in Belle Chase near New Orleans, and there I received my discharge in March, of 1953. I enrolled in a Bowling Green Business University and College of Commerce and graduated in 1958. I met Lou Yates, and we were married in 1955; we had three girls-Kelly, Karen, and Allison. We have 5 grandchildren.

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Chorus frogs are rarely seen outside of the breeding season. They are very secretive in nature and tend to stay hidden in grass or under logs or rocks or such. mostly insects but will eat just about anything that moves as long as it is small enough to swallow. Chorus frogs are rarely see outside of the breeding season. They are very secretive in na-

whereas if the donation is made at the old First Southern National Bank, 30% is required to be sent to the Lexington office. Campbell says she feels as if the purchase of kettles, at $150 each, may not receive enough donations to pay for themselves. Culver answered the question that some may have wondered as to why he chose to run for office. Culver stated that upon returning to the county after retirement he offered his expertise in law and communications as a volunteer and never received any response to his offers. According to Culver, he evaluated his background and concluded he has something to offer this county and the Judge/Executive’s office would be the most effective place to utilize it. He said he has

ture and tend to stay hidden in grass or under logs or rocks or such. A very big welcome here to spring time and the variety of nature that comes with it!

professional and managerial experience, completed law school and is licensed to practice. Culver says he is an idea person and he loves this county; his focus is always looking for ways to make improvements. He added that he has five priority points; they can be remembered by part of the Old McDonald song, E-I-E-I-O: Economy, Image, Education, Infrastructure, and Openness. He concluded by explaining that open meetings are a concern he has. He says he intends to use the Internet to keep the public informed and executive sessions limited. He says decisions concerning the public’s money should be made in the open and there are only a few times to move to executive sessions.


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Lady Bombers finish 9th in 1st Region standings

The Ballard Memorial Lady Bombers ended the 2013-14 season ranked ninth in the final 1st Region standings. Ballard Memorial, under the direction of head coach Kayla Vance, claimed a district runner-up finish and made an appearance in the regional tournament during this year’s postseason. The Lady Bombers finished with a 14-14 overall record. After defeating host Mayfield, Ballard Memorial fell to Graves County in the championship game of the 3rd District Tournament. The Lady Bombers fell to eventual champion Marshall

County in the opening round of 2013-14 1st Region the First Region Tournament at Basketball Standings Murray State University. Team Record Ballard Memorial competed Marshall County......................(31-6) in the Lyon County-hosted Ace Murray.....................................(28-6) Paducah Tilghman...................(23-9) Hardware Christmas Basket- Graves County........................(21-8) ball Tournament and also won Community Christian ............(16-12) County................(16-17) a game in the First Region All McCracken St. Mary.................................(15-11) “A” Classic. The Lady Bomb- Calloway County...................(14-13) ers rolled past Carlisle County Ballard Memorial...................(14-14) County........................(9-17) before falling to Murray High Carlisle Mayfield...................................(9-17) in the small-school state tourna- Fulton City...............................(6-13) Fulton County..........................(3-14) ment at Paducah Tilghman. After opening the season Hickman County......................(3-14) 0-5, Ballard Memorial, which shot nearly 40.0 percent from ple multi-game winning streaks the field this winter, won two of later in the season. three games. The Lady BombPrior to the postseason, Balers, however, put together multi-

lard Memorial defeated Livingston Central, Todd County Central, Carlisle County, St. Mary. Mayfield, Carlisle County, Hickman County and St. Mary for 13 regular-season wins. Ballard Memorial dropped regular-season games to Marshall County, Massac County (Ill.), Murray High, Carbondale (Ill.), Graves County, McCracken County, Lyon County, McLean County, Hickman County and Calloway County. The Lady Bombers finished ahead of Hickman County (314), Fulton County (3-14). Fulton City (6-13), Mayfield (9-17), Carlisle County (9-17) in the 1st

2014 BMHS Basketball Wrap-Up Denton leads Lady Bombers in scoring

Senior guard/forward Abbi Denton wrapped up an outstanding high school basketball career earlier in the month when the Ballard Memorial Lady Bombers made an appearance in the First Region Tournament at Murray State University. During her senior season, Denton averaged 16.6 points and FIVE rebounds in Ballard Memorial’s 28 games. She led Ballard Memorial in scoring and ranked second in rebounding. Last season, as a junior, Den-

ton averaged 9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Bombers. But she wasn’t alone when it came to scoring. As a team, Ballard Memorial shot 39.9 percent (519-of-1,300) from the field. The Lady Bombers were 105-of-387 (27.1 percent) from 3-point range. Eighth-grade center/forward Leah Shelley, one of the First Region’s top young girls’ basketball players, ranked second in scoring and third in rebounding

for the Lady Bombers, averaged 11 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Hailey Houston, a senior forward, averaged 9 points per game and led the Lady Bombers in rebounding with a 5.1 boards per game. MacKenzie Blackford (6.6 ppg), Shelby Rollings (4.5 ppg), Tashion Burns (3.4 ppg), Ashleigh Tyson, Erin Young, Meghan Walker, Kayto Buchanon, Jayde Newton and Makenzie Pegram also provided scoring for BMHS.

Two members of the Ballard Memorial High School boys’ basketball team averaged double figures in the scoring column during the 2013-14 season. Junior forward Clay Newton paced the Bombers, averaging 10.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Keagan Cooper accompanied Newton in double figures, averaging 10 points per game. In all, a dozen different Ballard

Memorial players broke into the scoring column during the 201314 season. Narrowly missing a double figures scoring average for the season, junior forward Dre Bledsoe averaged 9.4 points per game. Another junior forward, Cody Newton, ranked as Ballard Memorial’s fourth-leading scorer, averaging 6 points per game for the Bombers.

Other scorers for Ballard Memorial during the 2013-14 campaign were Toler Terrell (5.1 ppg), Lee Chandler (4.9 ppg), Zach McAfee (4.7 ppg), Trevor Langston (2.8 ppg), Tyler Wray (1.9 ppg), Logan Suiter (1.7 ppg), Zach Parsons (1.2 ppg) and Steven McGowan (1.0 ppg). The Bombers exited the 201213 season 6-23.

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Adams helps MCU split twinbill with Campbellsville

CAMPBELLSVILLE Tuesday afternoon, March 11, was easily the nicest day for baseball that the Mid-Continent University squad has encountered in 2014. However, due to field conditions in Mayfield, the Cougars had to hit the road for a doubleheader at Campbellsville University. The Cougars, 9-7 overall, continued to pitch the baseball well, allowing only one earned run in 14 innings of play, but Campbellsville, 11-9, managed to salvage a split in the twinbill. Mid-Continent won Game 1 by a 2-1 margin while with Campbellsville took Game 2, 3-2. Jordan Adams, a senior from Evansville, Ind., continued his hot streak at the plate in the top of the first inning on the first game. With two out, Adams flared a two-run single into center, putting Mid-Continent on top, 2-0. That proved to be all the offense MidContinent would get. It also proved to be all the offense they would need. Campbellsville threatened starting pitcher Bill Schroeder, a senior from Paducah, in the first, fourth and fifth innings, but each time, Schroeder was able

to escape unscathed. Ballard Memorial High School graduate Todd Adams, entered on the hill for the Cougars in the sixth, and after allowing a one-out single, A junior at M-CU, Adams induced a double play to get out of the inning. The Tigers again threatened in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of a Mid-Continent throwing error to score a run with two out. With runners on second and third and two away, Gentry Kinsella smoked a sinking line drive to center, but MidContinent’s Nick Borders made a diving catch to preserve the win. Schroeder scattered three hits and two walks in five innings, striking out two to earn the win over Chris Tuma .Todd Adams earned the save by notching the final six outs, yielding one unearned run, one hit and one walk. Borders and Argenis Salazar each had two hits in the game, with Borders and Jimmy Braswell scoring runs in the win. Mid-Continent scored two runs on eight hits and made one error; while Campbellsville tallied once on four hits and two errors.

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Ballard County Elementary School held an “ole fashioned” Basketball Jamboree on March 14, with students playing each others’ homerooms, and cheering for their teams as the evening progressed. BCES Principal Vicki Gough said that 263 students participated, and the evening raised $2,800 that will go toward the purchase of instructional materials for math and writing. Above, Konner Myatt shoots the ball as Jarrod Abernathy looks on, both are members of Michele Chandler’s second grade home room.


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THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Board set June 4 as last day of school year Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly

After much consideration by the Ballard County Board of Education, the final verdict is in for students. June 4th is now set as the last day of school. Ballard County School District Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson explained to members of the board of education three possible options for amending the school calendar to accommodate making up missed snow days. AAll available options, he said, were to include Memorial Day attendance.. The first option addressed at Monday meeting was the June graduation option. With the last day of

school already scheduled for May 30, students will have to attend school on and June 2-4. Option No. 2 was the Saturday option. With this option, students would be required to attend classes on three Saturdays (March 22, April 26 and May 17). BC Schools Superintendent Casey Allen, stressed that if the Saturday option was chosen, “there is going to have to be a concerted effort on the part of our administration to make sure what’s going on in our classes is worthwhile ‘cause if it’s not you might as well tell kids not to come.” Allen went on to say if it wasn’t constructive, “that would be a waste of taxpayer

money and that’s not what we’re here for.” Finally, the No. 3 option would have included three spring break days – March 31 through April 2. Allen told the board, “Keep in mind there are no easy options, there are no options that satisfy everyone.” After much consideration, option one was agreed upon. A major reason for not using the Saturday option was the consideration of the cost to the district. Each day of attendance outside the regular schedule week day would cost an estimated $2,000 in payroll and benefits. The June 4 option will allow a complete spring break week.

Students from Ballard County Career and Technical School assisted with 2014-15 registration at Ballard County Preschool-Head Start on Feb. 28. Shown from left are CTC student Lauren Graves with prospective BCPS student Kadyn Story, and Maggie Denton with Gauge Garner. Ballard Head Start Family Service Worker Trish Pickett said students from Shan Gordon’s class helped collect data during the registration process and were very helpful.

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tor over the grant project. One thing Buchanan told the court was before any money is released it will have to be reflected on the county budget. PADD will receive $25,000 administration fee. The four river counties will share in a Broadband Grant that will provide 100 computer towers and 25 lap top computers to be community accessible in the county. They are expected to arrive in midMay. The locations for the computers placements in Ballard will be; the public Library in Wickliffe, Industrial Park at Kevil, Senior Citizens Center in Barlow, and The West Kentucky Allied Services location outside of Wickliffe. Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard said the grant also has provisions to supply payroll for attendants at the access sites but did not know how long the provision would last. County attorney Vicki Hayden

career readiness. Allen says he feels they made headway on the funding issue. With the purchase of a new bus this year, an extra bus the district now possesses will be sent to auction with Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association. The Kentucky Right of Statues requires a site base budget and staffing allocation recommendation each year. Currently the site allocation fund is based on a $100 per average daily attendance per student formula. Another formula that can be used is a three-half percent per seat allocation. At the present time the buildings are over staffed according

to student population. At this time, until a state budget is approved, the site budget and staffing allocations are tentative. The 2014-15 school calendar was addressed and approved. The first day of school will be Friday, Aug. 8. The week before Christmas is usually a partial week attendance but this year it will be a full week going through Dec.19. Another change will be two four-day weekends; Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 will be a day off with the weekend, and President’s Day. March 13-16 will be another four-day weekend. The meeting concluded with student and staff achievements.

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With the calendar behind, the meeting moved forward to a 4-H Leadership trip to Frankfort. The board approved the sixth grade trip on the 20th to observe Kentucky legislators in action. Career Technical Center funding continues dwindling yearly, according to Allen. Allen asked the board to approve $165 expenditure for travel for Principal David Meinschein and himself to Frankfort in order to voice their concerns. According to Allen, Ballard has one of the best CTC schools in the state, days after the trip a report was issued stating our district is No. 1 in college and

shared with the court that there is a public computer in the Law Library in the court house. In the ambulance report for February there were 107 response, 54 transports and 2 out-of- town transfers. According director Micheal Clarke, out-oftown transfers are on the rise. Clarke said deposits for February were up. The jail report presented by Mike Horn was 34 inmates being housed at the jail; 19-state, 13-Ballard, 1-Carlisle, and 1-Graves. The second reading of the jail budget was approved. “Pretty normal month” is how Animal Control Officer, James Campbell described February. Campbell reported 23 calls for the month and one dog on the west side of La Center creating problems. The 75-pound pit-bull attacked four other dogs last week. Campbell said the dog was only vicious to other dogs until he got the bite pole on the dog and broke the pole. He was able to catch the dog and deliver it to Coffee’s. Campbell said that according to KRS

a dog that attacks another dog is not considered vicious; it has to attack livestock or humans. February’s solid waste report was also given by Campbell. Dave Walker from the road department said there are a “bunch of messy roads” in the county. The road department has received one of the two new salt spreaders and expects the new trucks around the first of May. Walker added that the road department will begin removing the shrubbery around the court house next week for the fencing project to start. Viniard added that the tree removal was to begin this weekend. Concluding the meeting was approval of the treasure’s report. A side note added by Viniard was that The State Economic Development Cabinet in Frankfort issued a report saying; Kentucky’s number one export to foreign countries for 2013 was fish and that Asian carp from Two Rivers Fisheries was number one on that list.

The Ballard County Career and Technical Center has been ranked first in Kentucky for the number of students enrolled who reach both academic and technical career-ready benchmarks, in a state report released Feb. 28. BCCTC also ranked first among the state’s 80 CTCs in technical career-ready benchmarks, and eighth in the state in academic career readiness. Those marks mean that 71 percent of Ballard’s students have made both satisfactory scores on the ACT, ASVAB or WorkKeys assessments (academic readiness), as well as earning KOSSA or other industry certifications (technical readiness). The state average was 40 percent for this dual measurement. In the separate areas, 76 percent of Ballard’s students were technically ready, versus 49 percent across the state, and 81 percent of Ballard’s students were academically ready, versus 63 percent across the state. The 134-page report, titled “From Two Systems to One World Class System of Technical Centers,” was prepared for the Kentucky Department of Education by the Southern Regional Education Board. In addition to the rankings, the report discusses ongoing and proposed changes to the CT system, including

Kindergarten registration set for April 25 Registration and DIAL screening for students who plan to attend kindergarten at Ballard County Elementary School this fall, but who have not attended a public preschool, will be held at BCES on Friday, April 25, from 8:30-11:30 am. Please call Angie Fields at 270-665-8400, ext. 2200, to schedule a screening appointment. Please plan to bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization records.

alignment of CTE offerings to workforce needs; college and career readiness standards; academic support by home high schools; articulation, dual credit and alignment of technical center programs with community colleges; implementation of Individualized Career Learning Plans; professional development; advisory committees; and facilities. The rankings fall right into place with the district’s long-term plan for the CTC. “Ballard County’s Career and Technical Center has been in operation since 1978, but like many ‘vocational schools,’ many people used to think it was for students who couldn’t or didn’t want to go to college. We’ve spent the last several years shoring up the CTC’s programs, trying to reflect industries that are healthy and prominent in our area, like health care, the river industry and agriculture,” said Ballard Memorial High School Principal David Meinschein. “We’ve had great support from our board and administrators, but all the while, we’ve had to constantly refine our approach, as CTC funding has been cut from $224,969 in 2010-11 to $90,821 in 2013-14 – a drop of almost 60 percent in just three years,” he said. Currently, the annual expense budget for the CTC is a little more than $118,000, including clerical and custodial staffing, utilities, and office supplies, he said. “We have been very fortunate that while the drops in CTC funding have been steep, so far our Board of Education has been able to make up the difference in required operating expenses from the general fund (SEEK money),” Meinschein continued. “We are blessed that our board members and senior administrators are not afraid of change and innovation, if they can see the benefit to our students and families.”

Strengthened partnerships with West Kentucky Community and Technical College and Murray State University resulted in members of the 88-student Class of 2013 graduating with over 1,350 college credit hours, Meinschein added, a 27 percent increase from 2012, and an estimated cost savings of $28,000 to those students and their parents. This year, qualified students were able to enroll in a new program that will allow them to graduate from BMHS in May 2015 with an associate of arts degree from WKCTC. “Despite the continued cuts in CTC funding, we still plan to add a new program in the near future,” Meinschein said. “It will be a program that follows our overall plan of matching the courses we offer to the opportunities in our community.” Other short- and longterm plans involve the community – helping Ballard County become a state-certified Work Ready Community; exploring the possibility of offering WorkKeys or other assessments to adult community members; making evening college or technical classes available to the community in Ballard school facilities; and establishing a set of continuing student internships with community businesses, to give students real-world experience to go with their academic and technical credentials. A meeting will be held to discuss career pathways and other important topics on March 13 at 6 p.m. in the BMHS cafeteria. Parents/guardians who would like their child to be enrolled in any Advanced Placement, dual enrollment or dual credit classes next year must attend. All students, including parents of current eighth-graders, are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Meinschein at 270-665-8400, ext. 2501, or email david. meinschein@ballard. kyschools.us.


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muscle protein, and death due to insufficient nutrition. The Spring/Summer of 2013 presented good growing conditions with greater hay production than in recent years. However, poor cow performance in herds where winter feeding consists of hay only suggests that the hay produced was of poor nutritional content. Although hay may look good, unless a producer has had their hay tested for nutritional content, they do not know what the true feed value is. Producers need to realize that cattle can actually ‘starve to death’ while consuming all the hay they can eat, especially if crude protein levels are 3-4% and TDN is <30%. Remember, in the last 60 days of gestation, an adult cow (1200 pounds eating 2% of her body weight) requires at least 54-56% TDN and 8-9% available crude protein while an adult beef cow in the first 60 days of gestation requires 59-60% TDN and 9-10.5% available crude protein. We have also received numerous calls and diagnostic submissions associated with ‘weak calf syndrome’ or full-term calves which were presumed to have been born dead. Almost without exception, these calves have been born alive, but never stood or nursed, and there have been no gross or microscopic lesions or pathogens identified in fetal tissues or placenta, which would indicate an infectious cause of mortality.

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Dietary protein levels during the last trimester of pregnancy have been welldocumented to play an important role in calf survivability. Calves born to protein-deficient dams are less able to generate body heat and are slower to stand and nurse compared to calves whose dams had received adequate dietary protein during the last 100 days of pregnancy (for more detailed information: http://digitalcommons.unl. edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?a rticle=1151&context=ran gebeefcowsymp). Calves born during unseasonably cold weather, with ice or snow on the ground, are at risk of chilling and death if they do not gain their feet and nurse soon after birth; inadequate energy and protein nutrition in the dam often leads to higher calf mortality in these conditions. Additionally, colostrum quality and quantity from protein- and energydeficient dams may be less than optimal for best calf survival and performance. It is evident that some producers in Kentucky have not provided adequate mineral supplementation to their cattle this winter, as copper and selenium levels in liver samples analyzed from a number of animals have been far below acceptable levels. Many of these cases have died of malnutrition and/ or herd-wide outbreaks of respiratory disease (including pneumonia in pre-weaned calves). Additionally, we have seen

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THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

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Senior Spotlight Halie Gaskins

By Elizabeth Goodin Walking down the halls of BMHS, if you see two red-headed girls walking together, it is no doubt the dynamic duo of seniors Halie Gaskins and Megan Wagner. You rarely see one without the other. And that is one thing that Halie Gaskins loves to do – hang out with her best friend. She is also a dedicated nursing student, loving her nursing classes and even working as a CNA at Life Care of LaCenter. Halie is the daughter of Edna Haynes of Barlow and Hoppy Gaskins of Karnack, Illinois; also

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a big part of her life is her “uncle” Jimmy Haynes. She has been an active member of FCCLA for four years, HOSA for two years, and Military Club for one year. Halie was also in concert choir

for one year. Outside of school, Halie likes to ride 4-wheelers. Her favorite thing at school is the 2:55 bell. After graduating, Halie hopes to leave behind the rules and Mr. Jezik. Her future plans include attending North Carolina State University and either become an oncologist or join the military. FAVORITES Class: MNA/ANA Teacher: Mr. Quertermous Movie: “The Fifth Quarter” Musician: T.I. Song: “Memories Back Then” TV Show: “Duck Dynasty” Food: Tacos School Food: Hot Wings

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By Abbi Denton “I’m not shy, I’m holding back my awesomeness, so I don’t intimidate you.” This quote, author unknown, could easily be used to describe senior Kaine Brooks. Voted “Most Shy” by his classmates, Kaine is the son of Will and Melissa Brooks of Wickliffe. Shyness aside, Kaine is known for his cool hair and videogaming skills. He played

By Scott Jenkins Handsome, courageous and friendly are all words that describe the middle Bosse boy. You may not know senior Kyle Bosse, but that’s your loss. Known as the “Friendliest” among his classmates, Kyle is mannerly, soft-spoken, and an all-around nice guy. Born in Chicago, Kyle’s family moved here because of the sudden drop in the economy. Kyle now lives in La Center with his parents, James and Dena Bosse. He has been involved in journalism for one year

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a number of grass tetany/ hypomagnesemia cases in early-lactation beef cattle consuming only hay suggesting that 2013 hay supplies may also be low in magnesium content. It is important to understand that the winter of 2013-2014 has been exceptionally difficult for cattle in Kentucky and cows are “pulled down” much more than we typically see in late winter. This fact is why we are seeing an increase in death loss across Kentucky due to malnutrition in all ages of cattle and many stillborn and weak calves that do not survive. What has normally worked in years past (feeding cattle hay exclusively throughout the winter) will not necessarily work this year. Consider supplemental feed to help your cattle through the next month to 6 weeks until grass is growing and is past the “watery” stage. Energy AND protein are both crucial; protein tubs will not be sufficient in most cases to fulfill energy requirements. Contact a

he loves to hang out with his friends. Kaine hopes to be remembered as a great person. His future plans are to attend WKCTC. FAVORITES

Kaine Brooks

football for one year and when he’s not in school

Kyle Bosse

Kyle Bosse

and broadcasting for three years. Kyle has been in Drama Club for two years, last year serving as president. He is also a National Art Honor Society member (two nutritionist or your herd veterinarian to review your feeding program. Adequate nutrition is not just important today but also down the road. Continued milk production, the return to estrus and rebreeding, and overall herd immunity are also impacted over the long term. Continue to offer a trace mineral mix

Class: Welding Teacher: Mr. Chatellier Movie: “The Other Guys” Band: Sleeping With Sirens Song: “Roger Rabbit” TV Show: “The Walking Dead” Video Game: Grand Theft Auto Food: Hot Wings

years) and academic team member (one year). In his spare time, Kyle loves to hunt, fish, and exercise. Kyle hopes to leave behind his legacy – little brother Matthew Robert Bosse. Kyle hopes to be remembered as a Bosse. Kyle’s future plans are to join the military and eventually be a pilot of an AH-64. FAVORITES Class: AP World History Teacher: Mr. Quertermous Movie: “World War Z” Musician: Kid Cudi Song: “Summertime Loving” TV Show: “Breaking Bad” Video Game: “Mabinagi” Food: Eel Roll

high in magnesium in order to prevent hypomagnesemia or “grass tetany” at least through the first of May. Remember the old adage regarding the effect of winter on cattle, “February breaks them, March takes them.” Unfortunately, that could not be truer in the aftermath of the severe winter of 2013-2014.

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Ballard Memorial HOSA students (from left) Lyndsey Grief, Maggie Denton, Clayton Walker, Abbi Denton and Layken Myatt earned first place in the PSA contest. They were some of the 13 students who qualified for national competition at the state conference March 4-8.

BMHS HOSA qualifies 11 for national conference Nearly half of the 23 Ballard Memorial High School students who attended the state Health Occupations Students of America conference on March 13-14 have earned eligibility to attend the organization’s national conference in June, and two were elected to state offices. Those eligible for national competition are Clayton Walker, Maggie Denton, Abbi Denton, Layken Myatt and Lyndsey Grief, first place for public service announcements; Mary Beth Myers and Storm Wilson, first place, career health display; Karley Wray and Bekah Hogankamp, third place, CPR/FA team; Lauren Graves, third place, dental science; and the medical reading team of Cera Peck for her topfive finish. Clayton Walker, last year’s state parliamentarian, was elected state president this year. Trent Taylor was elected state parliamentarian in his place. Adviser April Jewell accompanied the students to the conference in Louisville, along with a number of parents. “They competed with the upmost competency and professionalism,” Jewell said. “I also would like to thank all of the parents who attended the conference with me to help chaperone.”

Trent Taylor (left) was elected state parliamentarian and Clayton Walker was elected state president for HOSA.

Lauren Graves (left) earned third place for dental science, and the team of Karley Wray (right) and Bekah Hogankamp (not pictured) earned third place for CPR/FA. All of them are eligible for national competition.

Mary Beth Myers (left) and Storm Wilson earned first place in career health display. They’re eligible for national competition.

Members of the Ballard Memorial chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the Region 1 Conference in Owensboro on March 14. Fourteen students qualified for state competition at the event.

FBLA students attend Region 1 conference Members of the Ballard Memorial chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the Region 1 Conference in Owensboro on March 14. Fourteen students qualified for state competition at the event. Those earning first place in their competitions were Weston Gordon and Michael Waldon, banking and financial systems; Jesse Rollins, health care administration; and Karley Wray and Jillian Babb, local chapter name

tag. Those earning second place in their competitions were Alexandra Roberts and Autumn Dunaway, business ethics; Staci Henderson, Brandt Marinelli and Casey Wilson, business presentation; and Jillian Babb, help desk. Those earning third place in their competitions were Karley Wray, accounting; and Ryan Armer, Christian Roberts and Tyler O’Brien, emerging business issues.

Shelbi Wiggins was chosen as an alternate winner of the Robert P. McCann Scholarship at Murray State University. Adviser Janice Hays said this of her students: “They were well mannered, respectful, and very appreciative of the opportunity to compete and represent our school and student organization. They performed to their very best at each event, and all who attended are the cream of the crop of our school.”

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