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Commission says no to halfway house LaCENTER – “These people up here elect us” and we should “conduct the business that we think is appropriate the way they want it done.” “So there’s no confusion I would be against it any place in La center, and I think we would use what ever options we’ve got to keep it from coming to

pass” was the response from La Center Mayor Jamie Hack. Although, not on the agenda for the city commission’s regular monthly meeting last Tuesday the 10th the sale of the former city hall was the main focus. During last month’s meeting Zack Hodges

of the Good Samaritans of Kentucky (GSK) had requested the property to be declared surplus and sold to the organization for $1 to be used as a location for a proposed residential half-way house. The commission’s answer to Hodges was to discuss the proposal. What was scheduled

for this month’s meeting were three guest; Joe Cooper, Dick Moore, and Darrell Butler. Surrounded by about forty residents that showed up to voice a united protest against the possible sale. Moore was the first to speak saying he would like to voice his

opinion. He began with a series of questions: what kind of prisoners are coming; who’s responsible for them; if the people running it has background checks; who pays the bills? He continued by saying he doesn’t think any one is against halfSee HOUSE on Page 2

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Around the County Upcoming Events June 18

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Guy Johnson,William Mc Gee, Shelly Stigall, Diane Crice, Kathe Aydlotte, Marlene Frazire, James Tyson, Mary Lou Gholson, Mary Eddiger, Lisa Alderson, Besty Davenport, Ted Solomon, Zona Newton, Richard Davis, Kim Steinbrink, Velma Walker, Richard Redfern, Georgia Davis, Kelly Derazza, Ginger Atkins, Charlotte Casson, Peggy Meridith, Gail Crabtree, Kim Terrell, Bobby Larnier, Lori Belcher, Joann Logsdon, Garland Wilson, Judy Wilson, Kathy Wilfong, Kent Stevens, Linda Kerley, Jane Polivick, Lawrence Middleton, Susie Nutt, Barbara Fisher, Judy Horn, Larry Johnson, Kandice Birney, Tara Payne, Thomas Powell, Peggy Kinsey, Ronnie White, Ann Stevens, Janet Jeffers, Ray Yarbrough, Evelyn Crabtree, Donna Stale

Relay For Life raises $59,837 LaCENTER, Ky. – About a dozen teams made up of cancer survivors, families, caregivers, local churches and businesses walked into the night to support the American Cancer Society ‘s Relay For Life of Ballard County on Friday, June 13, and raised more than $59,837. The evening began with recognition and celebration of cancer survivors in the community. Forty-five survivors took part in the opening lap around the bus loop behind Ballard Memorial High School, carrying balloons which represented a particular

cancer awareness color (pink for breast cancer, blue for colon cancer, etc.). After the lap’s completion, the survivors then let their cancer balloon go into the early evening sky. The release went along with the 2014 event theme of “Colors of Cancer; Colors of Hope.” Teams set up campsites and witnessed the luminaria ceremony at 9:30 p.m. Bags were filled with glow sticks and names of those lost to cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers were read. Closing ceremonies were fol-

lowed by the last lap with a purple balloon lift off, marking the start of Relay 2015. Awards will be announced Monday, June 23. The funds raised by the local Relay For Life event and others help support the work of the American Cancer Society, which involves providing education on cancer prevention and early detection screening importance, programs and services for cancer patients and caregivers, and research grant funding to discover new and better ways to detect, treat and prevent cancers.

Since its beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a fullfledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone. For more information on the American Cancer Society or Relay For Life, or for cancer information or connections to local, available resources, call anytime, day or night, to 1-800227-2345.

Ballard among top counties for donations

LaCENTER – The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks ‘Trust For Life’ organ, tissue, and cornea donation program was the subject of June’s Chamber Breakfast on the 10th. Ballard Circuit Court Clerk Holly Dunker was the first speaker of the morning. Dunker said Kentucky was the first state in the US to begin an organ donation program. TFL began in 1992 and has become a ‘mission’

and just a program to her and her staff. The program went cyber in 2006 and in 2010 turned around when TFL brought Executive Director Shelly Snyder on board. Dunker introduced Snyder as a “little ray of sunshine” for the donation program. Snyder is personally familiar with organ and tissue donation. Snyder said it was a passion to her; it touched her life when she

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Pictured L-R: Shelly Snyder, Christina Ellegood, from Ballard County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Chrissa Harris, Holly Dunker, Ginger Thomas; Kyleen Kelly, Mark Kelly, Deann Logsdon, Jack Giles, Rita Giles, Monica Lindsey, Myra Hook, Western Kentucky Hospital DeSee TFL on Page 4 velopment Coordinator for KODA Vanessa Dallas.

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The food pantry at New Liberty United Methodist Church in Kevil will be open on Wednesday, June 18, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A community supper will start at 6 p.m. All are welcome! Take New Liberty Church Rd. off Hwy 60, church at second stop sign.

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The Ballard Football Boosters are offering stainless steel memorial plaques to family members or friends for loved ones who were part of the Ballard Memorial High School football program and who have passed away. Deadline to order plaques for this year is Friday, July 15. For more information or to obtain an order form, please contact Vicki Gough at 665-8400, ext. 2201, or e-mail vicki.gough@ballard. Plaques will be dedicated in a ceremony at the Aug. 29 BMHS home game versus Fulton City

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Ballard County businesses honored at Paducah event

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Hillbilly Stills of Barlow and Two Rivers Fisheries of Wickliffe were recently honored by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Board. The recognition was held during a Paducah Chamber Breakfast focusing on exporting and entrepreneurship. Both Ballard County businesses were recognized as the Entrepreneurs of the Month for excellence in their entrepreneurial and exporting ventures. Terry Simmons, President/ CEO of the Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Board, spoke to the approximately 275 in attendance and presented the awards. Pictured are: Sandra Wilson, President of the Paducah

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Pictured are students of Anita Howle School of Dance who received awards at their annual recital on June 14. Shown are (front row, left to right) Kate O’Neill, Adalyn Hargrove, Hannah McManus, Harper Stivers, Tessa Holman, Liyah Holman, (back row) Emma Drake, Sydney Stivers, Samantha Dowdy, Jonnah McManus, Bryce O’Neill.

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Area Chamber of Commerce; Mike Haney and Matt Haney, President and Vice President, of Hillbilly Stills; Paducah Chamber Board Chair Deborah Edmonds; Angie Yu, President, Two Rivers Fisheries; and Terry Simmons, President/CEO, Ballard County Economic and Industrial Development Board. Established in 2011, Hillbilly Stills manufactures copper distillers that are sold nationally and internationally for home brewers and small craft distilleries (website: Since 2012 Two Rivers Fisheries has processed Kentucky white fish, also known as Asian carp, for shipment to Asian countries (website:

The Ballard Football Boosters are offering stainless steel memorial plaques to family members or friends for loved ones who were part of the Ballard Memorial High School football program and who have passed away. These 2 ½x8-inch plaques of brushed stainless steel will be engraved with the names, graduating class and jersey number (if applicable) for former high school football players, cheerleaders, coaches or boosters, and filled with black enamel. They will be installed on the wall beneath the scoreboard on the west end of Bomber Field. The one-time cost is $100 per plaque. Deadline to order plaques for this year is Friday, July 15.

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By Kay Presson Late one night, when my family lived at Elmwood Court, my sleep was interrupted by a knocking at our downstairs back door. This was right below my bedroom window, and in the summertime. We had no air conditioners... no fans, and the window was open. Looking out the window, I saw my Aunt Polly Hayden and knew something terrible had happened. She spotted me and asked me to come downstairs and let her in. This I did, trying to be quiet and not wake my five siblings who were asleep. When I unlocked the door and let Aunt Polly

in, I could tell she had been crying. “Kay, your Mother and Daddy have been in a really bad car wreck and are in the hospital. Please wake up the little kids; get some clothes together, for I am going to take you all to Mother and Dad’s. Don’t scare the other children, and lock the door.” Mama and Daddy had left earlier that night, after Daddy had returned home from his job as a bartender at Frank’s Bar in Paducah. He wanted Mama to go with him to the home of her brother, Raymond Barry Menser, “Uncle Bear,” where Daddy would drink alcohol. This was customary, and Mama came upstairs,

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sat down on the side of my bed, gave me the house key and told me that Daddy wanted her to go with him to Uncle Bear’s. She assured me that everything would be alright and they would be back later. However, things were vastly different, for Daddy, who was highly intoxicated, driving back to our home, had a wreck. Mama’s nephew, Freddy Menser (Buddy), had been at Uncle Bear’s and Daddy was going to take him home first, then come back to Elmwood Court. The wreck was almost fatal, for Daddy’s throat was cut from ear to ear, both Mamas’ legs were broken, and Buddy had a burst spleen, and they were all three hospitalized. We six children were taken by Aunt Polly to the home of our paternal grandparents, who lived on Hovekamp Road in Paducah. Although we were not told of the details of the accident, me, being a nosy, 12-year old, listened to the conversation of the family when they thought we were asleep. Daddy’s family had a meeting, and my siblings and I overheard that there was a possibility that Mama and Daddy might not live, and that we would be orphaned. In fact, they were planning on which of Daddy’s brothers and sisters would get each of us six kids. It was a miracle that Mama, Daddy, and Buddy survived the accident. Mama was confined to a wheelchair the rest of the summer, and when I was older, she told me the doctors had told her she would never walk again. Her response was typical of my Mama’s quiet strength....”I’ve got to walk again...I have six kids to rise.” And, she did indeed walk again. The summer of my 12th year, I will always remember, and would discourage anyone from drinking and driving. For, we six kids came very close to being orphaned because of my father drinking and driving.





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way houses, the area churches already support those types of programs. He went on to say he personally feels the facility just should not be on Broadway and it shouldn’t be that close to the school, City Park, or the bank. He said he was an old man and he walks up and down the street and would hate to have to start carrying a gun. Moore continued by saying he understands that it is a non-profit organization but that he doesn’t personally think that Hodges or GSK partner attorney Mark Medlin would be involved in any thing that’s non-profit, to which the crowd burst into applause. Cooper said the biggest concern for him is location; it doesn’t belong in the city. Butler on the other hand came prepared, armed with information, but before he began he took the opportunity to thank the mayor and commission on the choice of Kevin Green as city police chief. Butler started by saying “I question some times the motives of anything, especially some thing like this when it’s being put right in our down town area.” To back up his suspicions for motive and argument against the facility Butler presented some interesting facts: Dismas House is a non-profit organization operating seven halfway houses in Kentucky alone; in 2009, the latest numbers available, total contributions were $46 million, the state provided $8million and the remaining $38million was from private contributions; the president/ceo received a $603,000 salary- the vice president/coo received $470,000- vice president/ cfo received $298,000there were four other officers receiving six digit salaries alsoDismas House was the exclusive sponsor of the Bellarmine University ( an independent, private, Catholic university in Louisville) basketball team and made a fouryear “commitment of support” to U of L for a total of $600,000. As far as institutional and community p r o g r a m m i n g

participation and completion for Fiscal Year 2012 the numbers were not impressive: only 603 of 2,594 completed the academic programs- a little more then 10% completed Vocational Technology programsSubstance Abuse Treatment, 618 of 1,761 completed the program- sex offender treatment/-community only seen around a 25% or less completion rate. Inside/Out, Pathfinders, and Thinking Ahead were bright spots for programming but only had 272 total participants. Hodges was able to voice his stance and make pitch for the sale of the property. He brought a newspaper clipping from the day’s Paducah Sun that showed a 30% rehabilitation success rate for half way houses. Hodges said the concern GSK was in helping to reintroduce inmates to society and contrary to opinion it was not a get rich scheme. The commission voted unanimously to decline the sale. The fire department will not be doing Boston Butts for La Center Days this year. The commission approved the replacement of lights in the fire station. There will be ten at a cost of $160 each. A resolution to accept municipal road aid was approved and a special called meeting was scheduled for the 17th at 5:30 pm for the second reading of the 2014-2915 budget.

WICKLIFFE – Wade Garrett, 58 of Wickliffe, passed away at 7:19 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at St. Thomas - West Hospital in Nashville, TN. Mr. Garrett was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Wickliffe and former officer of the Wickliffe Eagles Club. He was a pilot for CGB Waterfront in Cairo, IL. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Garrett; two daughters, Melissa Moore of Milburn and Chrissy Garrett of Cape Girardeau; one son, David Garrett of Barlow; five grandchildren; five sisters, Judy Phillips of Wickliffe, Gayle Jennings of Bardwell, Vickie Cunningham of Lone Oak, Nancy Riggs of German-

town, TN, and Jill Harris of Wickliffe; and three brothers, Rodney Garrett of Joliet, IL, Tony Garrett of Arlington, and Tim Garrett of Wickliffe. Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Willie Alice Carpenter Garrett. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe with Rev. Dee Hazlewood officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Buzzard’s Roost, 246 Dunbar Drive, Wickliffe, KY 42087.

Christina Evelyn Duncan

BARLOW – Christina Evelyn Duncan, age 94, died at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitaiton in Paducah Monday Evening. She was a member of Barlow United Methodist Church. Christina was formerly of Cairo, Illinois. Christina is survived by two sons Carl Tanksley of Granite City, Illinois, and Kenneth Tanksley of Quitman, Texas. Five Daughters Carlene Haney of Paducah, Ky, Estella Hoover of Largo, Florida, Donna Purvis of West Paducah, Ky. Janet Evans of Kevil, Ky.and Deborah Staples of Benton, Ky. Two Brothers Ernest Marrs of West Union, West Virginia and Carl Marrs of Aurora, Colorado, one sister Edna

Hipps of Cape Giradeau, Missouri. Thirteen Grandchildren, 24Great Grandchildren and Seven Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband H.M. Duncan, one daughter Mary Tanksley, Three brothers, three sisters, and three Grandchildren. Her parents were John and Hattie Marr. Funeral Services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter with the Rev. Tony Schaeffer officiating. Interment will follow at the Barlow Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Morrow Funeral Chapel. Morrow Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

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Ballard County Elementary School has announced the winners of the last bikes for perfect attendance for the 2014-15 school year. Shown above is Dalton Reno. Not shown is Aaliyah Houston. Student names are drawn at the end of each quarter; the gifts are provided by the Ballard County Board of Education.

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was 17. Her father passed away suddenly, he went to take a nap and his heart stopped and he never woke up. He was unable to be an organ donor but he was able to be tissue and cornea donor. She said she still remembers her mother saying the donation was “one piece of light in a day of complete darkness.” He was able to give sight to a 22 and a 29 year-old by the gift of his corneas. She said when she looked at the calendar the day he died it said ‘you make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give.’ Snyder said “we have two hands, one to help ourselves and one to help others.” Guest speaker Kyleen Kelly shared with the group her experience with organ donation. While on vacation in Canada she received a call from her son, Mark, from a hospital emergency room. At age 30 his liver had failed. Two days later, Kelly said, the doctor told them Mark would need a transplant or he would die in just a couple of months. The next seven months were spent in-and-out of the hospital till one day, according to Kelly, Marks body just simply broke down and the doctor said he would be dead in 48 hours without the new liver. Kelly said they called their minister and elders of the church and they prayed and left the situa-

tion in God’s control. On the second day of the 48 hours the nurse finally told them to go home and if there were any changes in Mark’s condition they would call and let them know. At the time pagers were in use to notify people on transplant lists, before the use of cell phones was common. Kelly continued by saying that when they opened the door to their home the phone was ringing. On the other end was a transplant the transplant nurse. She said the pager never went off and she thought there must have been some thing wrong with it. She said she will never forget what the nurse said, “we’ve found a transplant for Mark.” The liver was a perfect match, according to Kelly, some thing that’s very rare in the transplant world. She went on to say that what that means is the donor has the same body characteristics; height, weight, chest size, and blood type. She said “little did we know that Mark’s donor was going to be a 22 year-old young man from Ballard County.” Macon Giles was the son of Jack and Rita Giles, who according to Monica Giles Lindsey daughter of the Giles’ and spokesperson for the family, sustained fatal injuries during a 4-wheeler in 2000. Monica said she remembered the drive to the hospital, after that midnight call on May 14, “thinking surely he would be alright.” After

hearing the words of the doctor saying he was in grave condition, she said it began t sink in. Macon had received several injuries to his body but had received head trauma that had left him brain dead. She said they began to pray, literally pleading to God for a miracle. She said they knew they served a sovereign God and wanted his will to be done. After the first day nothing was better. Consultants from Kentucky Organ Donation Affiliates (KODA) come in and explain the process of organ donation. She said she had mentioned to her husband that she had an interest in being an organ donor herself but as a family it wasn’t some thing they had discussed and didn’t know how Macon would have felt. After seeking the direction of the Lord they felt compelled that Macon would have chosen to donate his organs. Lindsey said that while they were praying for a miracle there was another family praying for a miracle also, without a liver transplant he would die too. She continued by saying that when they wrap there arms around Mark Kelly they are embracing a part of their loved one that never died. She said that the Kelly’s are like family and they enjoy getting together a couple of times a year to celebrate another year of Marks life. Three other people were recipients of Macon’s organs.


Christina Hadley Ellegood shared her experience with the donation of her sister’s, Nichole Hadley, organ donation. Nichole was a victim of the Heath High School shooting that impacted her family for the negative and the positive. Ellegood said she was a sad but excited about telling the story of her sister. She described her as a slender, six-foot tall, 14 year-old, super out-going funny person that loved to be the life of the party. Just a little while before the shooting she had seen a show about organ donation and was excited about it and would tell every one about organ donation so there was no question what to do. She said Nichole wanted to touch people’s lives and make a difference in the world and was ultimately able to make a huge difference in many people’s lives. With all the media attention the family considered the best way to take advantage was to discuss organ donation. All of Nichole’s major organs were donated. The doctors in Louisville said they had never seen a set of lungs fit into some one’s body the way Nichole’s fit into her recipient’s. The

family has been able to meet a woman from the Philadelphia area whose life was saved by one of Nichole’s organs. They have also met the man who received her heart. Deann Logsdon from Barlow completed the speakers list for the day. In July of 1999 she said she had had an infection and was given an antibiotic and had an allergic reaction to it. The reaction sent her into liver failure. In the Hospital she slipped into a coma and her kidneys failed. Eventually they called her family in told them she would probably not make it through the night. At that time she had gone to the top of the transplant list and that same night received a liver. She says she often thinks of the man and his family who donated his organs and is so thankful that they made the decision and gave her life, and a second chance. “I know because of God too and a whole lot of prayers I’m standing here today,” added Logsdon. Ballard Chamber director Myra Hook concluded by saying she hadn’t realized how many times her life had been touched by

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organ donation. Her first husband was killed in 1984 at age 30 by a drunk driver. There wasn’t a program like TFL at the time, she said if she could have known that through his death others could have lived she thinks it would have helped her through that time a lot. Hook’s brother’s grandchild was born with a hole in his heart and there wasn’t a lot of hope for him but he miraculously received a heart and now doing well. There are more then 50% of Ballard County resident on the donor registry; more than the state average and more then the national goal: Ballard is normally in the top ten counties in the state that collect $1 for TFL: in May 75% of Ballard residents visiting the Clerks office gave a dollar to TFL: any one regardless of age can be a donor; the oldest donor for Ky was 84 year-old and nationally was 91: donation of organs should not delay or impact funeral arrangements: there should never be any cost associated to the donor family: there are more than 122,000 people nationally on an organ transplant list.

By Jack Glisson

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Mud Snakes are non-poisonous and as a matter of fact when captured, they are one of only a few snake species that will never offer to bite.

All of us at Mud snakes a familiar site to Dr. Chris Howard’s western Kentucky residents office would like to announce the Association of Dr. Ryan Sparks, D.M.D. and her assistant Christina Newton to our practice. The Ballard County Weekly Please welcome them both. (270) 665-9557 Dale Turner Lisa Turner Reporter Owners and Publishers Hours: Tommy J. Wells Dale Turner Managing Editor Circulation Tues, Wed, Thru HOW TO CONTACT US: 8:30-5:30 Although common in this area the Western Mud Snake, or Francia abacura reinwardtii, is rarely seen due to their nocturnal habits but may sometimes be found under debris near water or crossing roadways during rain. The back is colored a shiny blue-black to black above, with the sides alternating this color with shiny salmon pink to orange bars. The belly al-

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ternates dark with pinkish bars. The tail ends with a single terminal scale that forms an awl-like tip. The bright colors of this snake make it easy to identify. Average length is 36 to 54 inches. Mud Snakes may lay from 10 to more than 50 eggs. The female frequently stays with the eggs, coiled around them. Young snakes are similar to adults but the orange bars may be more pro-

nounced. Confined in Kentucky to the purchase area this snake is rarely encountered far from water and cypress swamps due mostly to its preferred diet of amphiumas and sirens. Mud Snakes are nonpoisonous and as a matter of fact when captured, they are one of only a few snake species that will never offer to bite.

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Ag Update By Tom Miller Ballard County Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources

Sale Representative needed for the Ballard County I saw my first JapaWeekly. If interested call nese beetles hatching out 270-335-3700 ask for this past week. In the Lisa past several years, they have gone from a major • FOR SALE pest, devouring everyYou may have extra $$$ thing across the county in your closet. Advertise to a more occasional pest in the newspaper today! damaging plant in pockCall us today at (270) ets around the county. This is the way their in335-3700. vasion has played out in other parts of the coun• SERVICES try. As more native animals recognize them as a NEED MOWING? food source, their numCall Dale at bers will continue to go 270-748-5491 down. Reasonable This winter was also price! Call today! colder than normal. Certain plants, like Bermuda • FOR SALE grass, had a very hard time making it through this winter. I know many of you think I’m kidding when you have tried everything to control Bermuda grass where it was not wanted in the past and couldn’t kill it, but this winter has wiped it out. I don’t think the winter had much of an effect on these beetles as they are well protected in cocoon like structures underground until they hatch out with the onset of warmer weather. I mention them mainFOR SALE ly as a warning to begin Drinks and snacks vend- looking at target plants ing machine. $1,200.00. to see if they might be Has change machine on a problem in your yard side. Call 270-748-5602. this summer. The first places I would look are any of the purple leaf PUBLISHER’S plum trees, these seem NOTICE: to be a big draw. Rose All real estate advertising of Sharon is also a plant in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which that seems to draw them makes it illegal to advertise for miles around. When “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on you see them on these race, color, religion, sex, displants it is time to think ability, familial status or national origin, or an intention, about protecting some of to make any such preferthe other plants in your ence, limitation or discriminayard. Where they can tion.” Familial status includes

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do the most damage in a hurry is on plants like your rose bushes. They can literally strip a rose bush in one afternoon, so making some insecticide applications now before they get started will give you some insurance. Most of the insecticides that are labeled for homes and gardens have very good stopping power but they don’t hang around very long. To protect valuable plants you need to plan on applying insecticides every 10 days to 2weeks. Always read the label and it will tell you how often you have to apply. Also read the label to see when it is safe to eat the fruits or vegetables that are grown. For the last several years, I have had to sacrifice some blackberries to Japanese beetles because I just was not comfortable spraying the berries and then harvesting them so soon. I look for these beetles to be much less of a problem this year than in the past. That does not mean that everyone will be safe. There may still be pocket this summer that suffer severe infestations. Now is the time to get out there and look at your yard as the beetle hatch is just beginning.Programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, age, sex, color, religion, disability or national origin. For additional information, contact the Ballard County Extension Office, 110 Broadway, LaCenter, 665-9118.

School is out for summer By Avriel Turner

I love summer! I love swimming, camping, sports, and most of all I love having NO School! I mean, I like school, but every now and then I really need a break! A

very very long break. I think summer is the best time of the year, because you don’t have to worry about homework or tests. You can just relax! During the school year, we’re always having to get up early and go to bed on time so we’re not tired during school, but in the summer we can sleep in late and go to bed late. I think summer is the Best!

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BCMS recognizes students at Awards Day Ballard County Middle School held its Awards Day ceremonies for sixth and seventh grade on May 27, and immediately preceding eighth-grade promotions on May 30 in the school gym. Recognitions were as follows: Principals’ Awards These awardees are chosen by Principal Kevin Estes and Assistant Principal Amber Parker for the boy and girl in each class that they consider to show the characteristics of student ambassadors for BCMS and their grade level. Those qualities include being dependable, honest, well-rounded (both in academics and extracurricular activities), promoters of BCMS in school and outside school; having gone above and beyond in the classroom, and with teacher and administrators’ requests, administrators requests. This year’s winners are Colton Baker and Anna Thompson in sixth grade, Sydney Leigh and Drake Walsh in seventh grade, and Morgan Graves and Blake Sanders in eighth grade. Holly Adams, 6th language arts, reading MAZE: Dalton Hawes, Brandon Rodgers, improved 11 points. Fluency: Brady Parrott improved 45 words. STAR: Dillion Hollon went up 2.4 grade levels. Language arts awards: Anna Thompson, Ryan Rehkemper, Slade Donner, Zoie Overby

Students of the Month

Ballard County Elementary School has announced its Students of the Month for May. Students are selected by their teachers as good examples of the positive attitude, behavior and effort that is expected of everyone at BCES. Shown above (from left to right) are students in the primary (grades K-2) wing of the school: (front row) Jackson Rollins, Luke Colson, Savara Cantrell, Kasey Chandler, (middle row) Whitney Bridges, Elliana Jones, Westin Whipple, Allison Weeks, (back row) Nevaeh Yates, Rachel Moss, Daniel Meinschein and Alexis Alderson. Kendra Ruggles is not pictured. At right, students in the intermediate (grades 3-5) wing of the school are (front row) Marissa Griffin, Leah Doke, (middle row) Addy Gossom, Ella Cate Downing, (back row) Chloe Glisson and Katelyn Sanderfer.

Cindy White, 6th math First block, Kylie Koontz; third block, Jacob Howle; fifth block, Alex Overby; sixth block, Eli Johnson; seventh block, Brighton Cooper and Bre Rushing Dana Donner, 6th science, keyboarding Science: Colton Baker, Katana Byas, Hannah Dixon, Slade Donner, Peyton Lehmann, Ryan Rehkemper, Shelby Taylor, Anna Thompson Keyboarding: Daegon Byers, Reece Joles, Faye O’Brien,

BCES marks 20th ...

Ballard County Elementary School marked its 20th anniversary on June 4 with a luncheon for current and former employees. Shown from left are current Assistant Principal Angie Woods; the first BCES assistant principal, Chan Case; the first BCES principal, Gracie Nichols; current Principal Vicki Gough; former BCES guidance counselor, Pam Gabbard; and current Guidance Counselor Vicki Fowler.

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Bre Rushing Cathey Seaton, 6th social studies, study skills Social studies:3rd block, Alex Ferren, Faye O’Brien; 5th block, Ryan Rehkemper, Zoie Overby; 6th block, Colby Dome’, Abby Gates; 7th block, Colton Baker, Abby Tyson Study skills: first quarter, Hannah Dixon; second quarter, Brittany Rudolph; third quarter, Ella Waldon; fourth quarter, Brighton Cooper Holly Kelly, 7th language arts, reading lab First block, Emma LeFevre; second block, Logan Scott; third block, Alex Russell; sixth block, Madison Frye. Reading lab: Bryan Allen, Tyler Chandler, Will Mathis, Christian Wallace Sherry Bertram, 7th math First block: Right-Hand Man, Lance Colson; outstanding students, Joseph Pegram, Cehara Griffin; second block, Steven Seaton, Chase Rundles; third block pre-algebra: Madison Frye, Jimmy Horn; sixth block pre-algebra: Tristen Hammond, Chloe Irvin, Taryn Hamilton, Ben Fithen. Outstanding sixth-grader in seventh-grade advanced prealgebra: Slade Donner. Sue Morris, 7th science Outstanding science awards, based on overall excellence: Cody Howard, Madeline Kimbro, Mason Purcell, Tryn Hamilton, Braden Nichols, Preston Reno, Parker Feezor, Jayden Anderson; special award to Charida Robinson Science lab: Tyler Chandler, Colson Ivitts, Brandon Myatt, Christian Wallace, Erick Marinelli, Ben Thomas Adam Solomon, 7th social studies Awards based on grade point average, classroom participation, and class insight. First block, Abby Phelps, Chase Rundles; second block, Wyatt laPradd, Chloe Irvin; third block, Ben Fithen, Jordan Wood; fourth block, Mason Purcell, Kierstan Guynn Economics: first quarter, Ben Thomas, Katie Garner; second quarter, Erick Marinelli, Hanna Abernathy; third quarter, Preston Reno, Kiley Moore; fourth quarter, Christian Wallace, Charlie Steinbrink Kayla Vance, 8th language arts: Best writers: Cassidy Thompson, Grace Travis, Jackson Abell, Candice Durr, Peter Green Hardest workers: Makayla Kearney, Cacey Holt, Anna Cruse, Connor Brooking, Makayla Dowdy Best skit performer: Khalil Griffin Most helpful: Sabrina Doyle, Morgan Graves Highest GPA: language arts first block, Lindsey Miller; second block, Hayden Roberts; third block, Grant Dunning; seventh block, Jordan Pickett; sixth block reading lab, Jessica Plumley. Sherry Queen, 8th math: Awards given not solely on basis of academic excellence, but also on good attitude in class, good work ethic, and improvement throughout the year. First block, Austin Dowdy; second block, Bethany Fadely, Ryan Hall; third block, Jonnah McManus, Madi Williams; seventh block, Kenzie Blackford, Zach Frensley. Tyler Burgess, 8th science: Highest GPA: first block, Morgan Hunt; second block, Meghan Walker; third block, Slader Sullivan; seventh block, Lauren Wheeler Best science lab competitors: Will Allcock and Ree Fields Best individual labs: Grace Travis, Drake Blevins Best lab team: Ross Jones, Peter Green Hard workers in lab: Austin Dowdy, Trey Baucom Carol Wiggins, 8th social studies Outstanding performance awards: Jonnah McManus, Sam Paul. Social studies awards: Kameron Howle, Alisa White, first block; Leah Shelley, Connor Brooking, second block; Courtney Spees, Jack Davey, third block; McKenna Hall, Caleb Bliss, seventh block; Rianah Fields, Hannah Partain, Ross Jones, Randy Harper, ad-

vanced history. Academic Team Governor’s Cup participants: Parker Feezor, Eli Johnson, Reese Joles, Wyatt LaPradd, Rayanne Lindblad, Zoie Overby, Mason Purcell, Ryan Rehkemper, Shelby Taylor. Eighth grade academic team members are Cassidy Thompson, Grace Travis and Jackson Abell. Mitch Kimball, art 6th grade, Jade Artis, Chloe Mowery, Brighton Cooper, Ivy Mowery; 7th grade, Isaac Pigg, Sydney Leigh, Colson Ivitts, Chloe Irvin; 8th grade, Grant Dunning, Grace Travis, Meghan Walker, Jason Wells. Kristin Sickling, media center 6th grade, Shelby Taylor, 18+ hours of faithful service; 7th grade, Alex Russell, Teanna Rushing, 6+ hours; Bryan Allen, 7+ hours; Chase Rundles, 18+ hours; Cody Howard, 27+ hours; 8th grade, Hayden Roberts, Tyler Smith, 5+ hours; Jackson Abell, 10+ hours; Meghan Walker, 13+ hours; Sam Paul, 17+ hours. Accelerated Reader award: Jackson Abell, 340.7 points, accuracy rate of 98.3 percent. Heather Waters, instrumental music Distinguished solo performances: Elly Travis, Abby Gates, Peyton Lehmann, Kolton Pearson, Colby Dome, Shelby Taylor, Dallas Smith, Joey LaPoint, 6th grade; Emma LaFevre, Emma Kimbro, Maddie Kimbro, 7th grade; Tyler Smith, 8th grade Most Outstanding Band Students: Abby Gates, Colby Dome’, 6th grade; Emma LeFevre, 7th grade; Tyler Smith, 8th grade Most Improved Middle School Band Student : Bryan Allen, 7th grade All District Honor Band: Tyler Smith, 8th grade; Mason Purcell, Emma LeFevre, Maddie Kimbro, 7th grade Quad State Honor Band: Ben Fithen, Braden Nichols, Emma LeFevre, Alex Russell, 7th grade, Mason LeFevre 8th grade Samantha Veal, vocal music, 8th arts and humanities 6th grade choir: Outstanding musicianship, Colton Baker; Most improved: Katana Byas. 7th grade general music, highest grades: first quarter, Alex Russell; second, Madison Frye; third, Connor Carneal; fourth, Emma LeFevre 8th grade general music, highest grades: first nine weeks, Leah Shelley; second, Madi Williams; third, Connor Carneal; fourth, Emma LeFevre. 7th/8th grade choir, Most Improved: Taryn Hamilton; Outstanding section leaders: Morgan Graves, Jason Naas, Michaela Nutt Distinguished solo and ensemble: Wyatt LaPradd, Taryn Hamilton 8th grade arts and humanities, highest grades: First quarter, Leah Shelley; second, Madi Williams; third, Jonnah McManus; fourth, Michaela Nutt Stephen Queen, PE, teen issues/health Awards given based overall average, class participation, work ethic, and sportsmanship. Health and PE: 6th trade, Slade Donner, Alex Overby, Emmie Garner; 7th grade, Grace Webster, Sydney leigh, Joseph Pegram; 8th grade, Meghan Walker, Landon Wicker, Leah Shelly, Ross Jones. Teen issues: 6th grade, Ryan Rehkemper, Shelby Taylor, Colby Dome’, Chloe Mowery; 7th grade, Erick Marinelli, Jimmy Horn, Drake Walsh, Hanna Abernathy Kim Grogan, 8th Spanish Candice Durr, Lindsey Miller, Hayden Roberts, Grace Travis, Jayson Wells, Rianah Fields, Hannah Partain, Ross Jones. Tricia Baumer, writing 6th grade: Colton Baker, Jade Artis, Abby Gates, Katana Byas, Faye O’Brien, Olivia Bailey, Macy Lanier, Shelby Taylor 7th grade: Madeline Kimbro, Jordan Wood, Mason Purcell, Parker Feezor 8th grade: Jayson Wells, Hannah Partain, Bradley Chandler, Khalil Griffin, Jackson Abell

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