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WEDNESDAY April 9, 2014 Vol. 11, No. 9
THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY
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David Phillips resigns from position on Wickliffe council Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly
WICKLIFFE - Following Tuesday’s special called meeting councilman David Phillips turned in a letter of resignation to be effective as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9. In an interview with Phillips after the meeting, he said he has worked with
three completely different councils and with five different mayors in his 20 years as councilman, including mayors Syl Mayolo, Herby Vance, Martha Sue Pennebaker, Chan Case and Lynn Hopkins. “It’s time for me to move on,” he said. Some of the accomplishments he said he has been personally involved
in include: working with the fiscal court and the city of Wickliffe that helps subsidize a second ambulance station located on this side of the county; assisting in the relocation of the Credit Union into its existing location; the clean-up of the grain bins at the river Weekly photo/ Dale Turner front; and the warehouse David Phillips, shown above with his wife, Jackie, growth that will be paid resigned from the Wickliffe City Council on TuesSee PHILLIPS on Page 2 day.
A Proper Farewell
Upcoming Events April 8-19
Pre Mulch orders. Contact Coach Elliott at 812-760-4311.
City of Wickliffe Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. in city park
Ballard County School Board meeting. Starts at 6 p.m. --Friday Night Fight Against LUPUS Zumba Event will be held Friday, April 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Barlow First Baptist gym. $5 fee. There will be great raffles, door prizes & a silent auction. --The Ballard County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Candidates Meet & Greet on April 24. The event will be held at Ballard Memorial High School starting at 6 p.m.
Ballard-Carlisle Historical and Genealogical Society meeting. Starts at 2 p.m.
KVPM Memorial Day event - 10th Anniversary of WWII Veterans’ trip to DC. Special guest speaker 92-yearold Edgar Herrell. Starts at 10 a.m. --Derby Day has been set for May 3 at the Farmers Market in LaCenter.
Weekly photo/ Dale Turner
Onlookers salute the remains of William F. Day ,attended by members of the Ft. Campbell Honor Guard. Day, who was listed as MIA for 63 years, died in the Korean War.
Soldier’s remains finally laid to rest Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly
To the U.S. Army and the media, he is William Franklin Day but to family members he is Bill Day, Uncle Bill, granddad, and dad to his daughter, Gloria. Gloria Shonrock was only four and one-half years of age when her father was listed as Missing In Action. After 63 years,
she was able to see her father honored and finally properly buried Monday at a funeral service held at Ballard Memorial High School. Carrie Rose-Matens, daughter of Shonrock, spoke to the gathering about her grandfather. She read a poem and a letter she had written the day they were informed of the positive identification
Above, a murial painted on Cpl. William Day’s vault. Below, a hearse brings Day’s remains to the Morrow Funeral Home. Brigadier General George (Buddy) Petty said it was “altogether fitting and proper” that they should be there for the purpose of honoring an American hero. Weekly photos/ Dale Turner
See REMAINS on Page 6
Brenda Ashcraft joins Citizens’ bank staff
Citizens Deposit Bank is pleased to announce that Brenda Ashcraft has joined the staff of Citizens Deposit Bank. Brenda is a lifelong resident of Ballard County. She graduated from Ballard Memo-
rial High School, attended Paducah Community College and the Kentucky School of Banking. Her career in banking began over 35 years ago with Citizens State Bank; later See CDB on Page 6
To protect and serve our community, businesses, school, family and our Children
Wickliffe council scraps plans to change meeting
Dale Turner The Ballard County Weekly The Wickliffe City Council was poised to adopt an ordinance changing the monthly meeting time to 3 p.m. The time change was to accommodate councilman Mike
Nutt’s schedule. However, after Nutt’s failure to appear for this month’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to reverse last month’s decision and resume meeting at the normal 9 a.m. time. See CITY on Page 2
THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
BALLARD MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Senior Spotlight Anthony Byerley
A fundraiser for Della Johnson Memorial was held on Saturday in Barlow. Shown above are (front) Carey and Heather Batts and (back) Caroline Wipple, Myra Hook, Patrick Wipple. Marvin Egner of Bandana won a Ruger 10/22 rifle as part of the event.
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An extension and scope of work for the Fort Jefferson Project has been approved. According to councilman David Phillips, it may be four to six weeks before the project can begin. There is still more mold removal and monitoring required at the site. Also, plans and budget approval by the state along with the bid process
is still needed before moving ahead with the project. In order to spend federal grant money the state requires a procurement code to be in place for the project. Purchase Area Development District officials presented a Model Procurement Code for the Fort Jefferson Project to the council for approval. Plans to upgrade and use the Dalton House have been scrapped. The building is full of mold and
Come out & see what is new for spring! BALLARD COUNTY CO-OP 475 West Kentucky Drive • LaCenter
asbestos and is unsalvageable. The findings require the building be torn down, with an Asbestos removal cost estimated at $7,000. There were only two bidders for the Well Project. The bids came in over budget and authorization was granted for engineer Mary Austin to renegotiate with the bidders. The council decided against the purchase of a new truck for the city. The council noted it is expecting to need more funding for street maintenance this year.
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off next year and should be a good source of income to the city. Phillips wanted to be sure credits were given to Colie Sullivan and Mayor Mayolo for NAPA locating here in Wickliffe; Herby Vance and Larry Kelley, who wrote and procured the grants for the Main Street Project, The Fort Jefferson Visitors Center and The Fort Jefferson Trails Project; Judy Hall, Larry Hammett and Guy Johnson for the work on the Main Street Lighting and New Page for their donation to the project.
By Taylor Raffety Senior Anthony Byerley is one of the friendliest guys at BMHS. No matter what the time of day, I can guarantee he will ask how your day is going. This sociable guy lives in Lovelaceville and is the son of Joe and Edra Byerley. Anthony attends Lovelaceville Baptist Church. He has been on the soccer team for four years and plays soccer outside of school whenever he gets the chance. Anthony is also a very dedicated band member, participating for seven years.
He is one of only a few clarinet players in marching band and he currently serves as section leader. Anthony has been in Beta for three consecutive years and has attended the state
conference every December. He hopes to have left an impression on the staff at BMHS and leave behind many memories. Although he currently works at IHOP, this senior has great ambitions. Anthony hopes to one day become a high-ranking military official and later earn a degree. FAVORITES Class: Band Teacher: Mr. Hammack Movie: “The Crow” Band: Flux Pavillion TV Show: “Big Bang Theory” Video Game: “Kingdom Hearts II” Food: Pizza School Food: Bosco Sticks
By Cera Peck Senior Megan Wagner is the girl with dreams to one day change her last name to McCreery…as in Scotty McCreery. This country music star stole Megan’s heart when he first appeared on “American Idol.” Since then, this girl doodles “Megan McCreery” on anything and everything. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Megan now lives in Barlow with her mother Dawn Bergeron. She has been a Bomber for as long as she can remember and has made her mark in many ways. A three-year member of HOSA and a four-year member of FCCLA, Megan is a past Vice-President of Membership and is current President
of FCCLA. Megan was chosen as an outstanding student in geometry her sophomore year. Megan hopes to be remembered as the girl madly in love with Scotty McCreery. Her favorite thing at BMHS is the medical classes they offer, and she hopes to leave behind the restrictive cellphone policy.
Outside of school Megan enjoys shopping and spending time with her best friend, Halie Gaskins. Megan earned her CNA and uses that certification everyday at her job at the Life Care Center. She hopes to continue her education in medicine at Louisiana State University to become a cardiologist. Megan wants to do this in honor of her daughter, Olivia, who passed away from heart problems soon after her birth. FAVORITES
Class: MNA/ANA Teacher: Mrs. Allardin Movie: “5th Quarter” Musician: Scotty McCreery Song: “See You Tonight” TV Show: “Grey’s Anatomy” Video Game: “Mario Brothers” Food: Cheese Ravioli School Food: Enchiladas
By Micah Medlin If you have ever seen the marching band perform, you have most likely seen senior Raevyn Halliwell. This eclectic, gorgeous senior is quirky, fun, and fierce. She was born in Tucson, Arizona but currently lives in La Center. Raevyn was raised by her mother, Andrea Halliwell and her grandma, Rita Horn. She has been a part of the marching band for two years and was a member of the broadcasting team for one year. She was also a member of National Art Honor Society, FBLA, and Drama for three years and the Academic Team for one year. She had the privilege of being on the honor roll,
and serves as the secretary of the Art Society. Raevyn was recently voted “Most Talented” by her classmates. Raevyn doesn’t let her school activities slow her down outside of school. She enjoys watching movies, ballet, singing, writing, photography and film. She hopes to be remembered as the person who stood
As most everyone knows, during the inclement weather We have had over the past few montrhs, we lost our main Window in our shop and were forced to close until a new window could be installed. After three long months the wait is over! On Friday, March 31st at 8:30 a.m. we will officially re-open our doors once again. In addition to re-opening we are excited to announce we will now have many more items in addition to our previous items. Such items include: Wedding Decor, Flower Girl Dresses, Drift wood furniture, Mason Jat Gifts, Gift baskets, Crochet items, Pampered Chef and many more items! To celebrate we will be having a grand re-opening on Friday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 12. Refreshments will be served and Door prizes given so please come join us! New store hours are Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tues.-Thurs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
out and stood up for people, and also for being kind and funny. Currently a sales rep. at Justice, Raevyn someday hopes to become a director, photographer, or a screenplay writer. Her future plans include attending film school and completing an internship at Pixar or DreamWorks. FAVORITES Class: Drama or Art Teacher: Mr. Quertermous Movie: “Coraline” Music: Classical Song: Swan Lake Theme TV Show: “The Bachelor” Food: Cheese Pizza School Food: Bosco Sticks
Kindergarten registration set for April 25 Registration and DIAL screening for students who plan to attend kindergarten at BCES this fall, but who have not attended a public preschool, will be held aon April 25, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Please call Angie Fields at 270-665-8400, ext. 2200, to schedule a appointment. Please plan to bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization records.
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THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY
Alexander Ray Shugart Cpl. William Franklin Day
OSCAR - Alexander Ray Shugart, age, 27, died Sunday evening at Lourdes Hospital. He is survived by his father, Ronald Shugart of Ashville, Ky., his mother, Cindy Shugart of Oscar, Ky. One son, Alexander Shugart of Pittsburg, Ks. One brother, Brandon Kear of Texas; three sisters, Amy Kersey of Tulsa, OK, Brandie Kear of Oscar, Ky. and Smantaha
McKee of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by two nieces and three nephews. Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 1, at LaCenter Cemetery with Rev. Ryan Baker officiating. Interment at LaCenter Cemetery will follow. Visitation was at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter.
Ehlman ‘Al’ Negley
PADUCAH - Ehlman “Al” Farley Negley, 91, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at Baptist Health in Paducah. He was born Aug. 21, 1922, to Samuel Greg and James Ella Brooking Negley. Mr. Negley had retired from the construction industry that took him as far as California before settling down in Providence, KY, with his wife and her children. After the death of his wife, he moved back to this area to be close to his Negley family and to “home.” Mr. Negley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army’s 76th Division in World War II. He was member of both the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans and a member of Corner Stone Church of Bertrand, MO., where his son, Dave, serves as pastor. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruby Cullen Negley; one son, John Cul-
len; two brothers, James Farrah and Harmon Foster Negley; and two sisters, Gladna Freida Heathcock and Amanda Frances Tanner Tharp. He is survived by two sons, David Cullen, Mayfield, KY., and James Paul Cullen, Lafayette, IN., as well as one daughter, Sharon Anderson, Sacramento, CA., as well as Cullen grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisterin-law, Ruth (Harmon) Negley, and several Negley nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held Monday, April 7, 2014, Cross Roads Baptist Church in Beulah, KY with Rev. Ronnie Cullen officiating. Visitation was held at the church from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. service time. Burial was at Green Grove Cemetery in Providence, KY., with military honors. Melton Funeral Home in Providence was in charge of services.
LaCENTER - Linda Dian Potts O’Hara, age 66, died at her home in LaCenter Ky. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:20 p.m. Linda attended Calvary Christian Fellowship Church. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Robert O’ Hara of LaCenter, Ky.; two daughters, Roslyn Masters of LaCenter, Ky and Mitsy Conley of Wickliffe, Ky.; one brother,
Terry Potts of Daytona Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cody Krech, Chelsea Frankenberger and Roslyn Conley; and four great-grandchildren. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and JoAnn Potts; two sisters and two brothers. There will be services at a later date. Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter is handling arrangements.
LaCENTER - Corporal William Franklin Day was born Feb. 8, 1925. He was missing in action and presumed dead on Dec. 2, 1950 during the Korean War. William is survived by one daughter, Gloria Shonrock and her husband, Ernie, of Longmont, Colo,; a son, Edward N. Day of New Mexico; a brother, Herman Day of LaCenter; two granddaughters, Carrie RoseMatens and her husband, Ken, of Firestone, Colo., and Tracy Hogue and her husband, Aaron, of North Richland Hills, Texas. He is also survived by four greatgranddaughters, Allison Rose, Macaylin Shonrock and Lane Hogue and Morgan Hogue; two grandsons, Christopher
Shonrock and Curtis Shonrock; three greatgrandsons, Austin Christopher Shonrock, Brodie Shonrock and Gavin Shonrock. William was preceded in death by his parents, James O. and Mattie Day. Also, two brothers, Eugene Day and Oliver Day, and a sister, Mildred Scott. Memorial services were Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Ballard Memorial High School in LaCenter, Ky. Rev. Mark Bond officiated. Interment followed with military honors at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in LaCenter. Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter was in charge of arrangements.
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Church Directory Bandana
BANDANA BAPTIST CHURCH
157 Allen Street, Bandana
Benefit for Nathan Crabtree and Family Saturday April 12 5 p.m. • Bandana Life Center
Featuring groups: For Him, Clint Fisher and John Summers/ James Renfroe. BBQ sandwich plates and dessert auction conducted by Jerry Kinsey. Pre-order plates available.
For more info contact 270-331-2998.
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
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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 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
RESURRECTION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 6914 La Center Rd., LaCenter
198 So. 5th Street, Barlow
FIRST GENERAL BAPTIST 255 S. 4th, Barlow
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
BETHEL CHRISTIAN CHURCH 12245 Woodville Rd., Kevil HEATH CHURCH OF CHRIST 10025 LaCenter Rd., Kevil
1072 N. 1st Street, Kevil
MLS #75354 955 Hazelwood Road - Barlow $225,000
LaCENTER CHRISTIAN CHURCH 414 Walnut Street, LaCenter
135 N. 6th Street, Barlow
KEVIL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
MLS #75353 978 Oscar Road - Barlow $237,500
Paducah Road, La Center
OSCAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH intersection Michtell Lake Cutoff Rd and Turner Landing Rd
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BARLOW BAPTIST CHURCH
OHIO VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH 538 Hazelwood Rd., Barlow
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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
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FULL GOSPEL TEMPLE CHURCH 754 Court St., Wickliffe
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NEW LIBERTY GENERAL BAPTIST 4214 Gum Corner Rd., Wickliffe
403 Kentucky Ave., Kevil
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12800 Ogden Landing Rd., Kevil
VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 2456 Mayfield Rd., Wickliffe
FAIRVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 373 Forest St., LaCenter 665-5084
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THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY
Profiles in Nature
By Jack Glisson
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
Griffin is one of county’s treasures
Photo by Kentucky up Close!
There are six species of wild turkey in North America. The one present here in Kentucky is the Eastern Wild Turkey.
By the time this is published the spring youth turkey season will have already came in and the regular turkey season is only a few days away. Seems that spring has come a little late but with any luck the turkeys will be on the move by then. There are six species of wild turkey in North America. The one present here in Kentucky is the Eastern Wild Turkey, or Meleagris gallopavo silvestris. This is the same species that was encountered by the Puritans when they first landed on America’s eastern shore. Once widespread over the eastern half of the United States eastern wild turkey numbers plummeted during the 1800’s and early 20th century. Overhunting, loss of habitat, and diseases from domesticated birds had almost wiped the native turkey population out in Kentucky by the 1940’s. The only known population remaining in Kentucky at that time was in the Land Between the Lakes area and by the 1950’s this population numbered less than 900 birds. KDFWR started an aggressive repopulation program by swapping deer and otter for turkeys from surrounding states and placing seed populations in areas of good habitat. The rest is history with viable populations of wild turkey now existing in every Kentucky County. Male turkeys are called toms and start breeding displays during March and April. The display consists of fanning the tail, gobbling, and strutting. The female or hen turkey responds with a yelp type call. After breeding she will lay 9 to 13 eggs in a depression type nest on the ground from mid to late April which will hatch in 4 weeks. The young birds will feed on mostly insects and tender vegetation and start taking seeds and fruits as they grow. Adult birds eat a variety of plants, seeds, nuts, and even small lizards, frogs, and snakes. I have seen turkeys fly to the top of oak trees and feed on acorns before they have a chance to fall. As with most game, the meat of the wild turkey has a different flavor and consistency than its domesticated counterpart. I am sure there are as many methods for cooking as there are hunters but my favorite is to slice the meat 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick, roll in flour, add your favorite seasoning, and fry until brown in oil with a little bacon grease for that extra flavor. Good hunting, and if you don’t want to eat your wild turkey after the hunt, I can be contacted through the newspaper office!
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Where do you start when talking about Floyd Griffin? Floyd is one of this county’s colorful characters who have been able to enjoy an adventurous life. He has traveled to many parts of the world throughout his life and has been friends with Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Muhammad Ali. A fifth degree black belt in karate, Floyd has taught Tae Kwan Do for 30 years in Barlow and La Center. Floyd was also the 2013 La Center Day’s parade Grand Marshall. He was born in Barlow but soon moved to La Center with his grandparents when he was 3-4 years old. In his early life, Floyd was exposed to creating herbal medicines by his grandfather, Pleas (pronounced Plez), who was half Indian and born in 1887. Although he himself never took up the trade, he recalls helping make medicine with has grandfather. He said on Saturday’s and Sunday’s the house would be full of people from as far away as St. Louis, Louisville and Chicago who had come to get medicine from his grandfather. Floyd worked as a farmer helping local farmers before moving on to working at the Ford garage in LaCenter. Although from Ballard County, Floyd graduated from Lincoln High School in Paducah were he was bussed with many other blacks from the county before desegregation. He was drafted into the Army in 1963 where he met and became friends with Muhammad Ali, when he was still known as Cassius Clay, at the induction center in Louisville. Floyd said while he was stationed at Fort Knox, he traveled to Louisville to watch Ali fight. While in the Army,
On Saturday, April 5, there was a bake sale at the Barlow House to help raise money for a memorial for Della Johnson. There is no one more deserving. Della was one special lady. She loved her work at the Barlow House. She
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Floyd said he spent the better part of 10 years off and on in Vietnam and volunteered for what he called, everything manly, tough guy stuff ,he said. Floyd was a Ranger, paratrooper, and flew combat missions as a pilot, flying up to 175 hours a month but said scuba diving was one of the most difficult thing he’s done. Vietnam is where Floyd met his wife, Ketthi (Ket-I) referred to as Lan (Lon). According to Floyd, she was a farm girl he met in town called Go Cong where she worked at a market. They married and had one child while in Vietnam, a son they named Mark. Floyd continued to tell that his son now lives in Atlanta in a house he bought that had been owned by Facts of Life television star Kim Fields. After returning to the States, they also had
another child, a daughter named Enetria, who still lives in La Center. During his stint in the military, Floyd was able to travel to several countries, including China, Japan and Russia. He said that he enjoyed Russia and the people were some of the nicest he has ever met. He mentioned Sweden and especially Australia as his favorite country. Floyd began karate in Korea while stationed there. As a martial artist, he attended tournaments in Hong Kong and was able to meet and become friends with Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee. He added, he never had the opportunity to compete with either and that Bruce Lee is missportrayed by filmmakers;. He said Lee was a very small man, only 135 pounds and when you see Lee in film they tried to make him look much larger than he really was. Floyd went on to say he was never able to meet Jackie Chan. Floyd said while in Vietnam he received several awards but he refused the Purple Heart for a foot injury. He said he saw guys take the heart for every little sis-
sy thing that happened. In 1968, he received an Army Commendation Medal of Honor for his action taken after a mortar attack that saved the destruction of other nearby aircraft. Floyd tells a story of a young man called Rainbow with just days left on his tour who was allowed to replace him on a chopper flight to Da Nang that crashed and killed the man. Floyd went on to say it still bothers him every time he thinks about it. Floyd worked 22 years for the Kentucky Road Department and is also an avid gardener. The things Floyd has experienced and the stories he tells of his life seems almost endless; he spent 2 years in Iran and left there in 1979. He’s raced motorcycles in Vietnam, owned and drag raced a ‘57’ Chevy he said was the fastest car in the county. He has been featured in an article in a 1969 issue of a sports magazine. At nearly 72, Floyd is in good health and seems to enjoy reminiscing old times and likes to entertain doing card and coin tricks he’s learned over the years.
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Floyd illustrating with his hand as he tells one of his stories. During his life. Floyd has been friends with Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Muhammad Ali.
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never got tired of it. I remember years ago when I worked in the adult day care center program how she would always welcome the ladies. She would set a beautiful table for us. Sometimes we would only have five or six present but this didn’t bother Della. We always had a wonderful time. This was just a small thing for her. She made each one feel spe-
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cial. I miss Della. She was a friend. She was, as one
of her sisters told me, the rock of their family. She was a wonderful grandmother and told me she was ready to go as her illness got worse but, she didn’t want to leave her family. God saw it in His plan to take her. What a great thing this is, a bake sale to help us remember Della … and all her love and hard work she gave to others.
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THE BALLARD COUNTY WEEKLY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
‘What Would Make Ballard County Better’
Murray slips past BMHS in 1st Region All ‘A’ Classic semifinals LA CENTER - The Ballard Memorial baseball team’s run in the 1st Region All “A” Classic ended in the semifinals on Tuesday. Murray plated one run in the bottom half of the sixth inning and pulled out a hard-fought 4-3 win. Longtime rivals, the Ballard Memorial and Murray baseball squads met for the first time in the 2014 season. With the win, Murray improved to 4-6 and advanced to meet St. Mary in the 1st Region All “A” championship game. St. Mary blanked Mayfield, 8-0. Following the loss, Ballard Memorial dropped to 8-2 and was eliminated from the small-school regional
tournament. Murray junior pitcher Zack Grogan earned the win. Ballard Memorial hurler Clay Newton suffered the loss. After Murray had struck first with a run in the bottom half of the first inning, Ballard answered. The Bombers scored two runs of their own in the top half of the second inning to lead 2-1. Murray, however, pushed across another run in the bottom half of the second frame to tie the All-A game. The two familiar 1st Region foes swapped leads later in the contest. Each team scored once in the top half of the fifth inning. Murray plated the game-winning run
in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Offensively for Murray, senior outfielder Logan Smart went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Helping his pitching cause at the plate, Grogan went 1-for-3. Ballard Memorial wasn’t without its share of offensive highlights in the tournament game. Leading the way for the Bombers was junior Evan Lawrence, who went 2-for-4. Another junior, Steven Worley, smacked a double and finished 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Bombers. Ballard Memorial is scheduled to visit Murray for a regular-season game on April 17. The Bombers, behind a one-hitter from Law-
LA CENTER - Host Ballard Memorial and Marshall County were even through four innings when the two high school softball teams met for the first time in the 2014 season. Marshall County, however, erupted for 11 runs in the top half of the fifth inning to pull away from Ballard Memorial on April 1.
The Lady Marshals beat Ballard Memorial, 12-2 ,in six innings in the high school softball matchup. With the win, Marshall County improved to 5-2. Ballard Memorial fell to 0-8. Multiple players helped to lead the Marshall County offensive effort. The Marshall County softball team
won its second game in three outings, returning to the win column following a 3-7 loss to Butler County. Offensively, Caitlyn York led Marshall County with three hits. Tori Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger each went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Lady Marshals. Marshall County
The youth of this generation
Josh Jones Special to rence, managed to blank The Ballard County Weekly Carlisle County, 13-0, in Kids these days are very five innings in the first round of the tournament bright and sharp individuals with the capabilities of on March 31. Carlisle County soph- achieving far greater fuomore pitcher Ethan tures than we could ever Weatherspoon suffered have dreamed of for ourselves. But with this world the loss. The Bombers made being a constant challenge the most of their offen- for the youth of this genersive opportunities. Bal- ation to become the people lard Memorial scored they want to become, more its 13 runs on only five and more are settling for less in life, and most even hits. Junior Clay Newton, turn to crime and drugs so led Ballard’s offensive they can be anything at effort by producing a all in this ever-dwindling society. I suggest that if three-run triple. The Bombers didn’t you want changes in your waste any time moving community then its up to out in front of Carlisle the people to help mold County. Ballard scored the world that our kids live three runs in the bottom in and to help make those half of the first and never ever needed changes by bringing things to do to looked back. our community that will keep the youth a little further from harms way. In the past we’ve had scored first, pushing pool halls, game rooms, across one run in the top and even hayrides in Balhalf of the first inning. lard County. As the days But the Lady Bombers have past those things answered, scoring a run wasted away. I propose we of their own in the botbring something new and tom half of the initial invery fast growing to our ning to tie the game. community that not only The Lady Bombers will improve the recreplated their other run in ation activities in the area, the bottom half of the but will also bring income fifth inning, following to the local economy. I beMarshall County’s 11lieve that disc golf could run outburst. do just that. Ballard Memorial Disc golf has been rappitcher Rebekah Hoganidly growing since brought camp suffered the loss. to Western Kentucky in The Lady Bombers 2007 with the first course were limited to a pair of built in Murray. Disc golf hits in the setback. Balapplies to all ages, weights lard Memorial dropped and genders. Since 2007, its second game to 10 more courses have Marshall County in the been added to the West 2014 campaign. MarKentucky atmosphere, shall County beat the all resulting in bringing Lady Bombers, 12-1, on income to the area’s closMarch 20. est to the course and, in With the loss, the Lady Bombers absorbed their third consecutive setback via the KHSAA 10-run mercy rule. Marshall County and Ballard Memorial are not scheduled to meet on the softball diamond again this season.
Lady Bombers fall at home to Marshall County
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Homemakers hosted a yard sale Saturday at the Ballard County Extension office in LaCenter. The sale serves as a fund-raiser for the local 4-H.
the long run, given the youth of this generation a new sport to constantly challenge themselves and leaving less time to make bad choices in life. The Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner traveled all the way across country last summer just to play disc golf on one of West Kentucky’s most beautiful courses. Actor Matthew McConaughey donated over $100,000 to Kentucky last year to help fund building new courses and he’s not even a resident of Kentucky, he just loves the game that much and wanted to help out youth. So, in conclusion, if there was one thing I could do to make Ballard County a better place it would be to build a disc golf course to give the youth around Ballard County a better chance than any of us ever had, and also help our community to continue to grow. You never know, the next place to be funded by the love of the sport could be Ballard County and the next time you see kids doing nothing all day remember how easy that is to change. Vote “ Yes” for disc golf.
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Date April 10 April 11 April 14 April 21 April 24 April 25 April 28 April 29
Opponent Mayfield Carlisle ALL A REGIONAL St. Mary Graves County Tilghman St. Mary Fulton City
Site Here There TBA There Here There Here Here
Time 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. TBA 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
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The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Ballard County committee is scheduled to meet Monday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at the Ballard County Extension Office. Leaders for teams for the 2014 Relay event are then invited to meet with the committee at 6 p.m. There are currently 13 teams planning on partici-
pating in the June 13 event, which will take place from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., June 14, at the Ballard Memorial High School bus loop. Teams will provide food and games that are available to the entire county community, as well as opportunities to recognize and honor cancer survivors and remember those loved ones lost to cancer.
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Remembering the start of art and the‘British Invasion’ By Kay Presson Those of my generation remember well when the Beatles first came to America. The year was 1964, and I was a junior at Heath High School. My Mama had always encouraged me to write and draw and some kind soul had bought me some art supplies. One of the items was a large sketchpad, Above is a picture drawn by Kay Presson during an art class in 1964. The drawing is of the Beatles. and, believe it or not....I still have it with many and several other budding drawn by me in 1964. of my original sketches. artists discussed the matRecently, I watched While I am not a profes- ter, and decided we would the special of the Beatles sional artist, I do enjoy like to have an art class. and remembered 50 years drawing and writing. This we suggested to one ago. I was never one of One of my classmates of our teachers, and we the screaming fans, yet, I at Heath High School, were given some art sup- enjoyed their music. Linda Houston Harper, is plies and allowed to meet Encouragement is a one of the most talented in the Chapter House of vital part of our lives and artists I have ever known. FFA. There, we encour- I sincerely appreciate the When we were students at aged each other in our ar- encouragement of Linda Heath High School, some tistic efforts, sketched and Houston Harper as well of us were asked what if drew. I was encouraged as others. This encourageany classes we would like by my classmates and ment, I sincerely believe, to have added to the cur- the photo attached with is one of the many blessriculum. Linda, myself, this week’s column was ings from God.
City OKs sale of property to CDB The Wickliffe City Council held a special called meeting Tuesday at city hall with Mayor Lynn Hopkins absent with a cold. The first item on the agenda was the sale of the remainder of the school and property to Citizens Deposit Bank. The sale was approved with stipulations requiring a new survey to clarify property description, and for CDB to tear down and dispose of school, and the paving Tenth Street after construction and demolition is complete. Cemetery mowing has been a con-
cern for the past few meeting and was addressed again. The cemetery board will pay for mowing three to four times until the issue can be resolved as to who will be responsible for the maintenance. A motion was approved by the council to require two signatures on all city issued checks. Approval was granted for an ordinance to be written by the city attorney to protect city workers against wrongful termination and guarantee a hearing before termination is final.
of his remains. Matens related some statistics to those gathered about the numbers of soldiers present during the battle the day her grandfather died; the Chinese outnumbered American and allied forces 200,000 to 20,000 (about the capacity of Rupp arena). Principal David Mienschien urged the students in attendance to remember this day, saying it is a “once in a lifetime” experience. A 1961 graduate of BMHS, Brigadier General George (Buddy) Petty Jr. said it was “altogether fitting and proper” for the purpose of burying an American Hero and that they should be there honoring Day. Gen. Petty said it was his privilege to speak on Day’s behalf. He said if you haven’t heard of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, you don’t know much about history and, in particular, American history. He continued to explain the conditions encountered when Day died. He said it was just five years after WWII and America was not eager to join another war and prolonged entry as long as it could. If America had waited any longer it may have been too late and Communism may have taken over and now, “South Korea serves as a beacon for democracy today,” according to Petty. He added, “where would we be today if not for William Days’. He went on to say historians have called the Korean War, the forgotten war. Petty said the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir was a “ten-mile stretch of fro-
zen dirt road,” the only way in or out. He said military intelligence knew there were Chinese in the area, but they had slipped in an additional 67,000 men undetected. That night the temperature had plummeted to -35 degrees. The conditions caused weapons to malfunction, blood plasma to freeze, and physicians, in order to give an injection, had to defrost needles by blowing on them. Richard Stanley, who operates the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Hopkinsville, presented an award to Gloria Shonrock on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear. Shonrock addressed the crowd with a heart-touching poem and gratitude to everyone who helped make the day possible. Herman Day, brother of William, said he would like to thank all who helped to bring his brother home. He continued by saying he wasn’t sure he would ever get to see the day when his brother would make it home. An uncomfortable chilly, breezy, rainy 50-degree day was not nearly as cold for the burial of Bill Day as the -35 degree conditions when he gave is life in Korea. He was interned beside his mother in his brother’s plot. The following was written by Carrie RoseMatens the day her mother learned that her father had been positively identified on Feb. 13, 2013; “On November 27, 1950, William F. Day went into battle in the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Very few made it out of that bloody battle ... even the fallen. The battle lasted through Dec. 1, 1950. He was listed as MIA on Dec.
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2, 1950. In September of 1994, the North Koreans gave to the U.S. 208 boxes of remains that could hold up to 400 servicemen from the Korean War. On Feb. 13, 2014, the remains of William F. Day were positively identified through dental records, chest xrays and mitochondrial DNA, which was provided by Shonrock, Mattie Terrell, his niece, and Herman Day, his only living brother. Workers at JPAC Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, through hard work, dedication and the utmost respect for the people they have been charged with identifying, my grandfather will finally, after more than 63 years, be laid to rest next to his mother in La Center, KY. It took almost 20 years to get to the box holding my grandfather’s remains. Painstaking work, gentle care and persistence by these amazing workers to find out who these individuals were and get them back home to their loved ones is absolutely amazing. My mother now has Parkinson’s and I worry about her health and longevity. I am so grateful and thankful that my mother can have this closure while she is still able to have it make a difference in her life. In a couple of months we will be traveling to KY to lay him to rest. There is a war memorial in front of the high school there, and it bears my grandfather’s name. He will be buried with full military honors, which is absolutely fitting and well deserved. The town will have a parade in his honor. This team of people who have dedicated themselves to making families whole again have once again renewed the spirit of my great uncle who believed that the U.S. Government didn’t care about his missing brother or his family. God bless the team of people who negotiated the release of these remains and to the North Koreans, who showed empathy and respect by releasing the fallen. War is hard on everyone. Time can heal. In the end, good can indeed overwrite the bad and make it right. Thank you for reading this.”
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known as First Southern National Bank. Through the years she has held several positions, from Book Keeping, Bank Teller, and Branch Manager to Loan Assistant. Her emphasis is that each position was just as important as the other. Brenda feels one of her greatest accomplishments is her relationship with customers. She treats the customers the way she would want to be treated and in doing so, has earned her the customer’s confidence, respect and friendship. Brenda, and her husband, Floyd reside in Gage, KY
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KVPM held its annual Dice Run fundraiser on Saturday. The museum raised approximately $2,000 from the event. The funds will be used to repair the air conditioning equipment.
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To protect and serve our community, businesses, school, family and our Children My name is Carey Dean Batts. I am seeking the office of Sheriff in Ballard County. My father, Roy Batts, was the LaCenter Police Chief for over 20 years. He passed away several years ago, but I learned a lot from him before his passing. The most important thing that I learned from him through the years is to treat everyone equally and with respect. Even at home, he rarely had anything bad to say about anyone that he had to deal with during his service. I can only hope that one of these days people in Ballard County can look back on my service and say the same about me. I have served as a Deputy Sheriff in Ballard County continuously for a little over 20 years. I remain employed as a Deputy Sheriff for your Sheriff’s Office. The four years prior to my service as a Deputy Sheriff, I served as a Deputy Jailer at the Ballard County Detention Center. I began my career as a Ballard County Deputy Sheriff by being assigned to the Western Area Narcotics Team, whose offices were located in Paducah. I served as an undercover officer and investigator with them for approximately 5 years. During those five years, my duties were primarily working undercover to purchase many different types of drugs from individuals who were trafficking in them. Following my service with the Western Area Narcotics Team, I was moved to the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office. While serving as Deputy Sheriff in our county, my roles have been widespread. Some of my duties have included patrol, investigator, and interviewer/interrogator. I have worked varying hours at the Sheriff’s Department through the years, including morning, evening and midnight shifts. The last few years have been working the daytime shift, which afforded me the opportunity to work many hours alongside Sheriff Cooper, which enabled me to witness and become a part of the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. If you give me the opportunity to serve as your Sheriff, my most important goal is to ensure that you have a Sheriff’s Department that you can depend on and trust for your protection and security, and a Sheriff’s Department that operates in such a way that you never have to question it’s honesty or integrity. Thank you, Carey Batts