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Kevil city council passes dog ordinance RICHARD H. BLANKENSHIP The Ballard County Weekly Kevil city officials held their regular meeting on a cold Jan. 6 morning. The brief meeting began with the reading and approving of the previous month’s meeting. In regards to the old Kevil Bank building and school building that has been the topic of discussion in previous meetings, city officials noted they had sent out letters requesting action be taken. As of the meeting, officials indicated that all of the annexation paper work has been completed. Now the city will begin the de-annexation of two

properties that have been in the works for some time. The council also passed it’s second reading of the new Kevil dog ordinance. The new ordinance assumes many of the county ordinance’s conditions with the main addition that officers can issue citations instead of giving out warnings for first-time offenses. Despite its passage, the question still remains as to how city officials will enforce that stipulation of the ordinance without the dogs having any kind of identification tag. On a minor note, if any citizens have been curious about the abandoned vehicle near the post office in Kevil that’s missing the rear glass, it will be moved to a junk yard in the near future by its

owner. The financial report for the months of October and November was also presented. In the month of October, the two largest expenditures were the cameras and the well drilling. In November, the biggest activity was the receipt of the property tax. The new water rates that were set late last year to begin compensating for depreciation are also now in effect. Also, in between the previous meeting and this one, the formula was enacted for the amount gathered by the new rate that will be set aside in the depreciation fund. The session came to a close with the council going into closed session to discuss matters pertaining to an “evaluation.”

Second storm hits Ballard County hard If you happen to be keeping score recently, Mother Nature is leading Ballard County by a 2-0 margin. A winter storm brought the western Kentucky to a standstill over the weekend, bring the region’s activities to a halt for the second time in less than a month. The storm brought brutally cold temperatures that lingered below freezing for several days. According to the National Weather Service, a strong system rolled into the area on Saturday evening, bring with it snow or rain. The weather conditions forced officials within the Ballard school district to cancel classes on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures on Monday and Tuesday were in the single digits, with highs only in the teens. Wind chill readings ranged from -10 to -20 degrees. Temperatures weren’t expected to rise above freezing until Wednesday. The storm was a record-setting one for local residents. According to the NWS, the last time temperatures reached a prolonged period was during the winter of 1995-1996.

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WEEKLY BRIEFS NL food bank will be open

Rushing to action ... Members of the Ballard Memorial High School girls’ basketball team race onto the court prior to the showdown with the Carlisle Comets last week. The Lady Bombers Bombers played in front of a large crowd in the BMHS gymnasium.

Report: Verso, NewPage to merge

City confident work on Trail will be completed

According to a release from Verso Paper Corp., the Tennessee-based company will be merging with NewPage Holdings Inc. Verso Paper Corp., a producer of printing and specialty papers, will reportedly acquire NewPage, which is valued at $1.4 billion. Verso CEO Dave Paterson will lead the combined organization. Both Verso and NewPage representatives will comprise a team to charge the integration and transition of the two companies.

The Wickliffe City Council held its first regular monthly meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m. The first to report at the meeting was Mark Davis with the Purchase Area District Development (PADD). Davis said he was still assessing December’s monthly expenditures for The Trails Project at Fort

Cool times ... Ice coats part of the Mississippi River near the Cairo bridge on Tuesday morning. The region was hit by a major winter storm earlier this week.

Jefferson and would have data at the special Trails meeting, which will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. Davis noted the project needs to be finished by June 30 or any money left at that time would have to be returned. Councilman David Phillips, who was filling in for Mayor Lynn Hopkins, said he was sure that even See CITY on Page 5

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The food pantry at New Liberty United Methodist Church, Kevil will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Community Supper at 6 p.m. To get to the New Liberty United Methodist Church, take New Liberty Church Rd.

School changes are announced Due to school days missed in December, school WILL be in session on Feb. 17 and March 14. The last day of school is now Friday, May 16.

Carvallo to hold workshop Mixed media artist and instructor Sunny Carvalho will lead two workshops at Ephemera Paducah in January. Classes are $130 per person, per class. Students can register for each class at www. ephemerapaducah. com.



Church Directory Bandana BANDANA BAPTIST CHURCH 157 Allen Street, Bandana




LaCENTER CHRISTIAN CHURCH 414 Walnut Street, LaCenter

5601 Bandana Rd., Bandana

Barlow ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH 315 Antioch Church Rd, Barlow

BARLOW BAPTIST CHURCH 135 N. 6th Street, Barlow




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 OSCAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH intersection Michtell Lake Cutoff Rd and Turner Landing Rd RESURRECTION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 6914 La Center Rd., LaCenter ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 624 Broadway, LaCenter



1718 Credo Rd., Hinkleville


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


PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH 4409 Monkey Eyebrow Rd., Kevil




NEWTON CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 12800 Ogden Landing Rd., Kevil

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

Wickliffe 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 CHRISTIAN CHURCH 326 N. 4th Street, Wickliffe FULL GOSPEL TEMPLE CHURCH 754 Court St., Wickliffe NEW LIBERTY GENERAL BAPTIST 4214 Gum Corner Rd., Wickliffe VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH 2456 Mayfield Rd., Wickliffe

West Paducah HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH 9215 Ogden Landing Rd. West Paducah

Obituaries Eric Neil Potts Eric Neil Potts, age 42, of Barlow, passed away at 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Mr. Potts was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in LaCenter. He was a retired Maintenance Foreman for the TVA Shawnee Steam Plant. He was a member of the Boilermakers Local #40 and the Knight of Columbus #1055. He is survived by his wife of 25 years ,Tammy (Timmons) Potts of Barlow;

daughter, Shelby Potts of Barlow; son, Steven Potts of Barlow; parents, Ray and Sue (Ellegood) Potts of Fancy Farm; daughter-inlaw, Kerstie (Crabtree) Potts of LaCenter; sister, Susan Potts of Fancy Farm; maternal grandmother, Onieta Hayden Ellegood of Fancy Farm; grandchildren, Tristan Dukes, Camdon Potts, Eden Dukes, Jada Potts, Emmett Potts and Gabriel Caldwell. He was preceded in death by his son, Neil Potts; maternal grandfather, Samuel

Ellegood; paternal grandparents, Willie D. and Frances Potts. A Funeral Mass for Eric Neil Potts will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the St. Mary Catholic Church in La Center with Fr. Brandon Williams, Fr. J. Patrick Reynolds and Fr. David Willett officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Church Cemetery. Visitation began at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe

with prayers being said at 7 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: St. Mary Catholic Church Food Bank, PO Box 570, LaCenter, KY 42056 or to your local food bank. The family requests that on behalf of Eric, you support your local Red Cross by either monetary donations or by donating blood. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle at

Patsy L. Thompson PADUCAH - Patsy L. Thompson, age 71, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at 11:17 p.m. at Lourdes Hospital. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Patsy is survived by three sons, Anthony Thompson and his wife, Cherie, of Kevil, Kevin Thompson, of Cunningham, Ky. and Tim Thompson and his wife,

Patty, of Metropolis, Ill.; two brothers, Jack Matlock of Peoria, Illinois, and Ted Matlock of Paducah.; four sisters, Joyce Ibbotson of Columbus, Georgia, Linda Lynn of Peoria, Illinois, Wanda Uphaff of Peoria, Illinois, and Brenda Durbin of Perryville, Ohio; six grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Thompson; two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter with the Rev. Troy Deweese and The Rev. Billy Riley officiating. Interment followed at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to New Hope Baptist Church, 901 Monkeys Eyebrow Road, LaCenter, Kentucky 42056 or Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-9961. Visitation was Thursday after 10 a.m. until funeral time at 1 p.m. Morrow Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

Fary (Bobby) Heflin LaCENTER, Ky. - Fary (Bobby) Heflin, age 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. at Life Care Center in LaCenter. Bobby graduated from Ballard County High School in 1950. She, along with her parents and her husband, Tom, farmed for many years. Bobby loved to crochet and knit. She was an avid sports fan of football and car racing.

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She is survived by several cousins. Bobby was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Heflin, and her parents, Rob and Fary Jones. Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Morrow Funeral Chapel with Bob Morrow officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation was Friday after 11 a.m. until funeral time

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Virginia Bruer COLUMBUS - Virginia Bruer, age 79, of Columbus, passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Countryside Health Care in Bardwell. Mrs. Bruer was homemaker and a member of Obion Baptist Church in Columbus where she served as the Primary Class Sunday School teacher and church custodian for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Merriman of St. Elmo, IL, Connie Ellegood of Mayfield, Regina Dowdy of Clinton; sons, Donnie Bruer of Columbus, Ronnie Bruer of Columbus, Rev. Gaylon Bruer of Arlington; sisters, Glennes Cheatham of Melber, LaWanda Long of Dawson Springs, KY, Betty Holder of Benton, KY; brothers, Walter Blanton Evans of Bardwell, Roberts Evans of LaCenter; twenty-one grandchildren, five step-

grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren; She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Bruer; her parents, Walter and Stella (Trevathan) Evans; daughters, LaDonna Watson and Janie Hogancamp; son, Kenneth Bruer; two sisters and one brother. Funeral services for Virginia Bruer will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington with Rev. Herbert Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery in Columbus. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Obion Baptist Church, c\o Ronnie Bruer, 297 Resin Rd., Clinton, KY 42031




Ballard County Judge Executive Vickie Viniard seeks re-election Ballard County Judge Executive, Vickie Viniard has announced that she will seek re-election. Judge Viniard has served two terms as Ballard County Judge Executive. Viniard stated that she would like to thank the voters of Ballard County for their support and confidence in her over the last 8 years. I have enjoyed the opportunity the County has given me and I do take the responsibilities very serious. Ballard County has moved forward in many ways. There are several things that I would like to still see accomplished while I am in office. Some of them are in the works now. I would like to ask for your support at this time and also to thank you for the opportunity you have given me serving as your Judge Executive. Sincerely, Vickie Viniard Political ad paid for by Vickie Viniard




Opinion Firearm safety tips for everyone One thing I’m very passionate about, besides guns in general, is gun safety. The definition of Gun Safety is: a collection of rules and recommendations that can be applied when possessing, storing, or handling firearms. The purpose of gun safety is to eliminate or minimize the risks of unintentional death, injury or damage caused by improper possession, storage, or handling of firearms. Most accidents involving a firearm occur with experienced gun handlers. They get “comfortable” handling a gun then lose focus on the important safety rules and that’s when accidents happen. Any time you handle a gun or prepare to hand the gun to someone else, you should triple check that it is unloaded. And then show the person that it’s unloaded. Gun safety training seeks to instill a certain mindset and appropriate habits by following specific rules. The mindset is that firearms are inherently dangerous and must always be stored carefully and handled with care. Handlers are taught to treat firearms with By respect for Tim their destrucBatts tive capabilities, and strongly discouraged from playing or toying with firearms, a common cause of accidents. Since I started shooting some action pistol competitions, safety is the number one priority when at the range. Most ranges we compete at are considered “cold ranges”. Which means that no guns can be loaded until you are on the firing line ready to begin your shooting stage. And there are usually two safety officers at each stage making sure no weapon is used in an unsafe manner. The main safety rules to follow, in my opinion are these top 4. 1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded. 2. Never let the muzzle of the gun point at anything you are not willing to destroy. 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. 4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. The rule that I see broken the most is people putting their finger on the trigger. Seems as though the first thing folks want to do when they pick up a gun is stick their chubby little finger on the bang bang button! This is a no no! Another big safety tip is to keep your guns away from children. Make sure they are out of reach, have a trigger lock or are locked in a safe. There are several good bedside safes available now that can only be accessed by your fingers. The last tip I would offer is to take some kind of gun safety training course. Or better yet, a self-defense course that involves safety. Being prepared is the best training you can offer yourself. If you need a reason to be prepared, just look around at your kids or family. That’s reason enough right there. Concealed carry is a serious matter. If you carry, or are considering carrying a gun for self-defense, You owe it to yourself, and your loved ones, to learn how to become a responsibly armed American. Stay safe Ballard County and exercise your right to your second amendment.

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Why we need to support the KVPM I live with the stories & the photos. There has not been a day that I didn’t think of them since November, 2002. Even when I had my stroke I thought about plans I had promised to them. Family carried me out with a wheelchair to events we had planned to keep things going for them. In spite of all that, I could never do it alone. God was at the top of the plans & a handful of volunteers who have changed through the years. Some had to get back to other things, some got sick & couldn’t do it anymore & sadly, some have died along with many of the Veterans we struggled to honor. Off & on this past year I have had someone tell me that a person would have supported the Kentucky Veteran & Patriot Museum except they believed when I died, the doors would close & no one would care. I don’t believe that. I believe the same thing that I believed years ago, I live in the most patriotic area of the United States. The Veterans did not make it on the WWII DC Trip because of me. Yes, I made speeches for them & sat in front of stores for them but you all gave … every man, woman & child who gave sent them to Washington. We need your help again. We have been able to keep up with the utilities & supplies but we still don’t have the building paid off & now we desperately need a new air conditioner purchased & hooked up before spring hits us & with all this early winter, we could very well get an early spring. There was a man I had the pleasure of traveling with on the WWII DC Trip. His name is Harold Connor. He believed the trip was going to happen. He told his kids he was going, not for him, but for his buddies who didn’t make it back home. His kids scoured the country for a uniform like he would have worn. They found it in California & had it shipped to him. He was 60 lbs.

With only a little over 2 weeks of duck season left in Kentucky, I decided to profile the Northern Shoveler, scientific name Anas clypeata. A middle sized duck, the northern shoveler is easy to identify due to its wide flattened bill. The specialized bill has an adaption called lamellae which are comblike structures used to filter crustaceans, plankton, and other material from the surface of the water. Although

Harold Connor attended the World War II trip to the nation’s capital not for himself, but for his buddies who didn’t return home. To make the trip – and fit into a uniform that was bought for him, he lost 60 pounds so he could show honor! He was the most photographed veteran on the trip.

By Sandy Hart too heavy & lost the weight so he could show honor! He was the most photographed Veteran on the trip. He fought in major battles against the Nazis & was part of the reason we have our freedom! I have another special memory of Harold. Traveling to DC could be stressful & tiring but I did a pretty good job of hiding it. One of the maneuvers that kept me calm was performed by Harold. He loved black licorice & discovered I did too! At a most stressful moment, I would feel something sliding over my shoulder & it was from

Profiles in Nature By Jack Glisson

the northern shoveler does not nest in this area a few of them do over winter along the Mississippi river drainage and numbers increase during spring and fall migration. As a matter of fact, this photo was taken in March in the Ballard County Ref-

the hand of Harold Connor – black licorice! That may not seem like much to many but to me it is a symbol of so many things they have done for us. They left as young people, some still in their teens, they fought hard to protect us, never letting their families know what they really went through. They worked, struggled through everyday problems. They deserve to be honored in so many ways. I have stories to share & I will be glad to tell them but I am asking for your help. At the start of this New Year, would you please help me keep things going? I don’t ask anybody to hurt themselves. I said the same thing when we got them to Washington DC. Even though we took them from all over, over 85% of the money came from West Kentucky. I need you to do it again. I just want to make one more point. A Veteran very close to my heart (who has helped KVPM in so many ways) asked me recently why I didn’t ask him to pay for something. I let him know I uge on Mitchell Lake. Nesting takes place in Western Canada and North Western - North Central US, an average of 9 eggs are laid in grassy areas some distance from water. Breeding plumage is shown, in winter the male is much duller with black or dark colored head and the back has black feathers with light colored edges. Flanks are tan and there may be white crescents on the side of the head.

would not always be around & neither would he … if we did everything by ourselves, everyone would not share in the experience, not to get to make the project their own. If this happened, the doors could close. Help make this your dream too. Help us honor our Heroes! Checks can be made out to KVPM. Send them to KVPM c/o Sandy Hart, 4177 Bethlehem Ch. Rd., Wickliffe, KY 42087 or you can drop it of at First Southern National Bank in Wickliffe, or stop by KVPM on Thursday, Friday or Saturday 10am – 4pm. IN ORDER TO HAVE HEROES TOMORROW WE MUST HONOR THE HEROES OF YESTERDAY & TODAY!

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Although the northern shoveler does not nest in this area a few of them do over winter along the Mississippi river drainage and numbers increase during spring and fall migration

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Charlotta’s story As told to Kay Presson In my living room in my home, there is a quilt rack which holds several quilts. Also is a shelf, and one of the items is a vintage Cabbage Patch doll. Each time I look at the doll, I remember the following story. The story is true, and I am going to donate the Cabbage Patch doll, sitting in a little red rocking chair, holding the printed story to Kentucky Veterans and Patriots Museum This is true, and was related to me by Charlotta Livingston, a former neighbor of my sister, who lives in Paducah. I became acquainted with her while visiting my sister. We chatted over the fence that separated their back yards and became friends. My daughter, Genet, was eight years old at the time, and also was Charlotta’s friend. Genet will be 31 years old Jan. 18, 2013 One day, while Genet was in school, and I had business to conduct in Paducah, I called Charlotta and asked her if she would like to have lunch. I picked her up at her home, and she related this incident in her life. She came from a promi-

nent Jewish family in Canada, the family consisting of her parents, her younger brother and her. Her grandparents lived in Austria, from where the family had migrated. Her uncle is Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world renowned pioneer of open heart surgery. When she was five years old, she and her brother boarded a ship, and traveled to Austria to visit their grandparents. This was at the beginning of WW2, right after the United States entered the war. During the visit, one night, they heard many boots stomping up the stairs to their grandparents’ apartment. Not knowing there was danger, thinking it was neighbor’s children, they didn’t think anything about it until the door was kicked in. Into the apartment swarmed Hitler’s SS troops, armed and screaming. They grabbed all the family, shoving, punching, and cursing. Charlotta and her family were transported to one of the notorious concentration camps, where they were separated. Charlotta never saw her grandparents or her

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younger brother again. So, there she was, a small, blonde, five-year old Canadian child, far from home, separated from her family. Naturally, she was scared. She told me she often heard screams of terror at all hours. However, a German colonel took pity on the small child and spirited her away to his home where he and his wife hid her until the end of the war. They were good to the child, treated her as if she were one of their own. The German family risked their lives to protect a little Jewish girl. After the war, they made connections with her family in Canada, where she

was reunited. Charlotta kept in contact with the kind German family, traveling to visit them many times. Charlotta passed away several years ago, however, her story will always be alive, for it shows that even in the midst of the worst situation, and there are kind people. In conclusion, I would like to compliment Wickliffe Mayor Lynn Hopkins for the article in last week’s Ballard County Weekly. It was very relevant, and inspired me to share “Charlotta’s Story” with you, the wonderful readers of The Ballard County Weekly.


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though there are parts of the project that won’t be able to be completed until later in the spring, he was confident that the project will be finished in plenty of time. Davis added that he would like to talk with the grant administrator about some aspects of the Fort Jefferson Project. He also said that PADD were still working on the loan application for the well project. Fire Department and Warehouse reports were both favorable. The city’s water and sewer reports were also good except for a couple of water leaks and frozen pipes, and having to replace a chemical pump. The Main Street project which was scheduled to begin soon has been delayed

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by the contractor. Also, Councilman Mike Nutt attended his first meeting since being named as the replacement for Chris Halteman, who resigned earlier in 2013. In old business, city officials noted their search for a one-ton flatbed truck has been unsuccessful so far.




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Senior Spotlight Jessica Jones By Taylor Raffety With a vibrant personality and spontaneous attitude, senior Jessica Jones loves being the center of attention, in a good way of course. This multi-talented individual has been very active throughout school, participating in tennis for 2 years, cross country for 4 years and track for 6 years. She has also been a member of FCA and FBLA, each for 4 years, and Beta for 3 years. If all of that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she has been an energetic addition to the broadcasting team for 3 years; a part of the journalism staff for 2 years, currently serving as co-editor of the yearbook; and a dynamic vocalist in the choir for 4 years. She has received many honors through the choral program including a distinguished

rating for Solo & Ensemble, becoming a member of the 1st District Honors Choir for 2 years, and being recognized as the first BMHS soprano ever to be a KMEA All State Honors Choir member. Because of her dedication to the choir it’s obvious that Jessica was the perfect fit for Vice President of Women’s Choir her junior year and President of Choir her senior year. She also served as treasurer of the junior class and currently holds the position of secretary/treasurer of the senior class. Jessica is the daughter of two proud parents, Marilee and Jerry Jones of Barlow. She attends First Baptist Church of LaCenter and is a dedicated member of her youth group. She is the lead singer of the youth praise band and enthusiastically

Jessica Jones

participates in every outreach program in the community and beyond. Because of her heart for serving others, she has been on many mission trips including her most memorable, a trip to Haiti. Although Jessica has a busy schedule and many commitments, she always manages to make time for herself‌and her hedgehog, Princess Brilla. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing

piano and has become quite the virtuoso. She also brags about her “closet nerd� status to anyone who is willing to listen, much like her obsession with Thor. Jessica hopes to leave behind a great newscast and be remembered as the girl with the great voice and beautiful smile. Although she currently holds a steady, parttime position as a model at Hollister, her goal is to one day become a reporter. To accomplish her dreams, Jessica plans to attend MSU or WKU in the fall, majoring in journalism and mass communications. FAVORITES Class: Choir Teacher: Mrs. Veal Movie: “Les Miserables� Musician: Ingrid Michaelson Song: “Dance With Me Tonight� by Olly Murs TV Show: “Psych� Food: Oreos School Food: Turkey Day

Taylor Raffety By Jessica Jones Seated in the front and center of the classroom, senior Taylor Raffety raises her hand before she speaks, even if she is only giving her soft-spoken opinion. But no amount of words could describe her hidden personality that not many passersby get to see. Taylor has an ability that not many 17-year-olds have. She can meet people on the street or on the mission field and love them unconditionally, like only a woman of God could. Taylor is more than an active member in her youth group; she is a leader at FBC LaCenter where she attends with her mother,

Mary Smith. Her heart has lead her on several mission trips including one that took her overseas to Haiti. Her talent has given her the opportunity to be accepted into the Governor’s Scholar program, a prestigious program in which only a few students are accepted. One of Taylor’s most well-known qualities throughout the school is her patience and willingness to help anyone. She actually enjoys helping with a math problem or checking for grammar mistakes in a paper. In school, Taylor is involved in many clubs. She has been in FCA and on the Academic Team for 4

Taylor Raffety

years, a BETA member and Student Ambassador for 3 years, and a part of HOSA, FBLA and FEA each for 2 years. She now serves as the dutiful FEA president. She has been on Student Council for many years: her freshman year serving as treasurer, her junior year

as secretary, and her senior year as secretary. But her in-school life doesn’t stop there. Taylor has been on the broadcasting team for 3 years and has been a part of the journalism staff for 2 years, currently serving as co-editor, alongside her best friend, Jessica Jones. Not as if she has a busy schedule already, but she has stayed fit by playing tennis for 2 years. Taylor’s heart isn’t contained to the walls of the school building, though. One can always find her volunteering at Family Focus or doing service projects for the community. Her love for people is someSee TAYLOR on Page 6

By Abbi Denton Funny, hardworking, and energetic are just a few words to describe senior Josh Nalley. He is never too far from his boys and has a memorable, infectious laugh. Josh is the son of Chrissy Adams and Michael Adams of Barlow and Jason Nalley of Carrollton, Georgia. He has been a member of Skills USA for 2 years. Outside of school, Josh likes to chill with friends and listen to music. Honoring his role as class clown, Josh wants to be remembered as a cool and funny guy. He hopes to leave behind A-School and his favorite thing about BMHS is the 2:55 bell. Josh currently works at Fazoli’s, but his dream job

Josh Nalley

is to be Batman. His future plans are currently undecided. . FAVORITES Class: Auto Body Teacher: Mr. Wells Movie: “The Dark Knight� Musician: Mac Miller Song: “Life Ain’t Easy� TV Show: “Family Guy� Video Game: “Assassin’s Creed 3� Food: Mac N’ Cheese


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

Annual Ky Commodity Conference set for Jan. 17 The 20th annual Ky Commodity Conference will be held on Jan. 17 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green. The day starts with registration and a trade show at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. with a marketing session lead by Marty Ruikka, ProExporter Network & Dr. Cory Walters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (formerly from the University of Kentucky). Lunch is provided and begins at 11:30 a.m. with remarks from Commissioner of Ag James Comer. The keynote speaker is Evelyn Browning-Garriss, The Weather Whisperer. You need to go to the website and register by Jan. 10. That website is http://www. After lunch, all the commodity organizations have meetings. From 1:30 to 2:30 is the Soybean Association. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. is the Annual Corn Growers Association Meeting and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. is the Small Grain Growers Annual Meeting. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a Roundtable Discussion with Paul Hornback, Chairman, Senate Agriculture Committee and Tom McKee, Chairman, House Agriculture and Small Business Committee. At 6 p.m., there will be a Grower Appreciation Reception followed by the Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Here is where all the yield awards are presented by the different associations. I have attended the program for the last several years and have always had a good day. You see lots of

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thing that will be missed in the halls of BMHS for years to come, and the standards she has set will be the goals of many to follow. She plans on taking her heart and passion to the Murray State campus in the fall where she will major in Youth and Non Profit Leadership. FAVORITES Class: Journalism Teacher: Mrs. Farmer Movie: “Just Like Heaven” Musician: Casting Crowns Song: “From the Inside Out” TV Show: “Say Yes to the Dress” Food: Meatloaf School Food: Texas Straw Hat


people that you know, it is always good to get involved with the different commodity organizations. We have had very good representation from Ballard County on the Soybean Board over the years, from Benny Cooper and now Alan Pace. Steve Kelley from Carslisle County is on the Corn Growers Board. There are several farmers from Hickman, Fulton, Graves and Calloway on several of the boards and they are always looking for new ideas and ways they can help farmers from production and University research to the political process. Everything that day is free just make sure you register by January 10 th to insure you have a ticket. 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.



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