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Friday, October 13, 2006 Meade County, Kentucky
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Magistrate charged for pot plants confident the charges will be dismissed. “Mr. Staples is innocent and he has pleaded not guilty,” Cox said. “He was completely unaware of the plants, they were not his and he had no knowledge of them whatsoever.” Cox refused further comment. According to police records, Sgt. Gerald Wilson of the Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Unit spotted marijuana from a helicopter growing on Staples’ farm just off KY 1919 near Andyville on Sept. 7.
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Magistrate Jamie Staples, 44, will appear in court next week on charges of cultivating marijuana and tampering with evidence. Staples’ parents, James Ralph, 64, and Barbara Jean Staples, 63, son Justin, 19, and nephew, Brandon T. Vowels, 21, are also scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Oct. 19. Jamie Staples would not comment on the charges after Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting. But his lawyer, Scott C. Cox of Louisville, said he is
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“He was completely unaware of the plants, they were not his and he had no knowledge of them whatsoever.” Kentucky State Police found 322 plants with hoses running from a pond to three of eight marijuana plots on the family’s land. Five plots were in a cornfield and three others were growing in a wooded area. State police valued the
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plants at $644,000. Police found two locations on the farm indicating marijuana plants had been burned, according to reports. When asked what the family had been burning, Vowels said it was “just some old car-
pet and a tarp,” according to the report. If convicted, the marijuana cultivation charge carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 for a first offense. The tampering with evidence charge carries an additional penalty of one to five years and also a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. According to the Meade County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Staples and his family members were all booked on Sept. 11 on grand jury indictments and released on Sept. 12 on $20,000 cash bonds.
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BY MATTHEW LEE MILLER
BRANDENBURG — Randy Kelly made an emotional plea to the Meade County Fiscal Court on Tuesday to change the way EMS handles its dispatching following a nearly fatal incident involving his 14year-old son. “My son lay on the floor dying,” Kelly said. “They waited five minutes before anyone was dispatched out.” Just after midnight Aug. 4, Kelly made a call to 911 as his son Randall lay on the floor suffering from a seizure. Documents from Ekron Fire and Rescue show that five minutes passed before an emergency unit was dispatched, and Kelly said the dispatcher could not give instructions over the phone because of liability concerns. Kelly, 43, added that the Ekron firemen did a great job, but decided to take action when he learned that a similar incident happened to another local family. Randall Kelly was hospitalized for a month after the incident and is now awaiting a kidney transplant. Kelly and his wife, Kim, 40, believe EMS dispatchers should have more resources to reduce response time and that dispatchers should be allowed to give instructions over the
Renting county land catches man in red tape BY MATTHEW LEE MILLER
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The News Standard/MATTHEW LEE MILLER Waitress Samantha Troutman gathers silverware beneath a mural commemorating Alex Simmons, son of owner Kathy Simmons, at the Home Plate restaurant in Brandenburg.
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The memory of Alex Simmons pervades Brandenburg’s Home Plate restaurant in the form of baseball, a game he played and enjoyed. The bar features a near life-size mural of a young boy living out his dream of playing major league baseball, as well as two televisions to accommodate sports lovers. The dining area also is filled with baseball memorabilia, such as black and white photos of baseball greats such as Mickey Mantle and Joe iMaggio. Alex Simmons’ childhood mitt
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and little league trophies hang on the wall, providing owner Kathy Simmons with a cheerful, constant reminder of her son, who died in an auto accident in November. “I feel his presence through the memorabilia,” said Simmons, 48. “It makes me feel better.” Baseball is king at Home Plate restaurant, located in River Ridge Plaza, but the food is what keeps patrons coming back. The menu emphasizes variety, with common fare such as hot wings and cheeseburgers available as well as more upscale food such as prime rib and
pork chops. Simmons, 48, encourages input from her customers and tries to accommodate all tastes and pocketbooks. “Our goal is to be as versatile as possible,” Simmons said. “I wanted it (Home Plate) to be a family oriented atmosphere.” Much of Home Plate’s business depends on what is happening in town. School functions and sports events can create a rush at various times throughout the week.
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Jerry Hardesty has been trying since June to solve the problem of deer destroying his soybean crops but has had little luck doing so. Hardesty, 59, rents nearly 250 acres along the Ohio River from the Meade County Industrial Authority, a division of Meade County government. Hardesty said he was aware that former tenants had issues with deer on the property. “I heard rumors,” Hardesty said, “but I never knew they were as bad as they are.” The severity of the deer problem is apparent as you walk the perimeter of Hardesty’s field. In some areas the bean pods have been cracked and opened, the deer feeding on the soybeans themselves as the leaves have dried and withered. In other spots the beans are trampled and broken, leaving plants that look as if they have endured drought instead of the robust crop expected after months of ideal weather. “They don’t have the size on them they should have,” Hardesty said. Hardesty estimates he has lost 3,0005,000 bushels, resulting in $15,000$25,000 in damage. Hardesty acquired the right to farm the land through a bidding process in April and paid more
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The owners of The News Standard are united in their hatred of deceit, falsehood and cover-ups – so much so that they are willing to risk their money to ferret it out. But there is less risk than there may appear, as all have successfully run businesses and reached the financial independence to start Meade County’s newest newspaper. Publisher Sue Cummings, 67, of Ekron, is the majority
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Staples represents District 1 on the Meade County Fiscal Court. Staples’ opponent in the upcoming election, Thomas Goddard, 47, is not using the arrest as a platform for his candidacy. “That stuff (the arrest) does not concern the issues at hand and so it’s nothing but pure speculation,” Goddard said. “It’s hard to say whether it will affect voters because there are a lot of people who want to believe that he’s innocent, although, I’m sure it will sway some voters.”
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owner of The News Standard and has one simple reason she got involved. “I hate corruption,” she said. Cummings is a Meade County native who returned in 1979. She returned with four of her five kids in two cars and $420. A year later she bought The Golden Manor Motel. One room at a time, she fixed it up. Ten years later she
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than $20,000 to rent the property. Hardesty’s situation is unique because the land was restricted to hunters due to concerns about gunfire around the adjacent Arch Chemical plant. This has allowed the deer population to flourish unfettered on the riverfront property. Hardesty wanted to hold a special hunt on the property in early September when the soybeans still had leaves on them, but he has been unable to coordinate a plan with the Industrial Authority. The Meade County Industrial Authority held a meeting Sept. 12 to address allowing a hunt on the property. Industrial Authority members approved a hunt, but Hardesty was not present at the meeting nor was he aware of it. Magistrates voted against allowing a hunt on the property during a special meeting of the Meade County Fiscal Court on Oct. 5 to address the
telephone. “We don’t want anyone else to go through what we went through,” Kim Kelly said. Magistrate Donald Callecod said Mark Bennett, director of Meade County 911, had reviewed the Kelly incident. “Mr. Bennett told me that he had reviewed the tape,” Callecod said. “The dispatcher acted in accordance with the standing rules.” But Randy Kelly’s fight for change is not over. Magistrates appointed him to a committee slated to review EMS procedures. That committee will look at another issue magistrates debated Tuesday: restricting county ambulances from traveling outside a specific radius from their work areas. EMS stations in Brandenburg, Payneville and Flaherty each have work areas designed to reach households in 10 minutes or less. Callecod said dispatchers should know where EMS is at all times. He suggested that ambulances be restricted to a 5-mile radius from their work stations.
issue. Magistrate Theresa Padgett made a motion to approve Hardesty’s request to have a special hunt on the river front property. Magistrate Harold Davidson seconded the motion “out of respect,” but it failed three to one. Davidson expressed concern over the wording of the motion and requested that magistrates simply say they “had no objection to” Hardesty holding a hunt on the property. Magistrate Herbert Chism suggested that since the lease agreement was between Hardesty and the Industrial Authority, involvement of the Fiscal Court was unnecessary. Padgett, the only magistrate to vote for the hunt, believes the Industrial Authority should be accountable to the county. “We (Meade County) are making the payment on this property,” Padgett said. “We don’t have any say over it, but we should.” According to the Treasurer’s Office, Meade County pays $24,013.49 per month in interest, as well as a yearly principle payment that
“We have a lot of people walk in to stations,” Callecod said. “There should be people there whenever possible.” Magistrate Harold Davidson disagreed, saying he doesn’t think EMS should be restricted so severely and that responders do not abuse the current system. Davidson suggested retaining the current system for 30 days until the ambulance committee can review the matter. Other magistrates agreed, with Callecod casting the only opposing vote. EMS Director Pam Weber said the possibility of driving restrictions has impacted the EMS workers. “It’s definitely affected morale,” Weber said. “We just want to serve the community.” Magistrates also discussed buying a new ambulance and whether to incorporate a new bidding procedure into the process. Weber said she wants to continue using Bluegrass Bus Sales because it was the low bid in a previous bidding process and she has been pleased with the quality of its work. Judge/Executive William B. Haynes suggested that the buying an ambulance provided an ideal opportunity for the county to experiment with a reverse bidding system to save money. A new ambulance costs nearly $90,000 and takes
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was $138,700.64 in 2006. Industrial Authority Chairman David Pace said the county’s insurance company was concerned about liability during a hunt, and the Industrial Authority wanted to comply with state hunting laws. Pace acknowledged that final plans for a hunt probably wouldn’t be in place until after the soybeans are harvested, and guns will not be allowed because of prior agreements with Arch Chemical. Hardesty said he doesn’t want to cause problems and has been willing to work with the Industrial Authority as well as the county government. Hunting the area now would result in the deer trampling the soybeans and would further damage this year’s crop, he said. So while it is too late to address the problem before harvest, he hopes he and the Industrial Authority can solve the deer problem before spring planting next year. “We’d like to rent next year, so I want to thin the deer out this year,” Hardesty said. “That’s about all we can do.”
six months to build. Reverse bidding involves conducting an auction, usually over the Internet, during which contractors openly bid against each other for the right to provide their services. The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) has formed a partnership with Orbis Online Inc., a Texas-based firm that specializes in reverse auctions Instead, magistrates agreed to buy a new ambulance from Bluegrass Bus Sales on a 4-3 vote. Magistrate Theresa Padgett voted against buying the ambulance from Bluegrass, wanting to explore the prospect of extra savings for the county. “I think it (reverse auctions) could save the county a lot of money,” Padgett said. KACo and Orbis claim savings of 12 to 13 percent when reverse auctions are used.
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Mrs. Ella Grace Benham, 73, of Guston, Ky., died Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at her residence. She formerly ran the Ekron Grocery Store. Mrs. Benham was preceded in death by a grandchild, Jennifer M. Johnson, 2 Sisters, Louise Bridges and Naomi Hutchins and a brother, Bernie Basham. She is survived by her husband, James C. “Bud” Benham, 7 children, Phillip W. Hagan, Texarkana, Texas, James A. “Buddy (Kim) Benham, Vine Grove, Ky., Steven L. (Dorothy) Benham, Wesley M. (Linda) Benham, Guston, Ky., Monica F. (Pat) Wardrip, Shelia M. (Tim) Kendall, Brandenburg, Ky., and Theresa A. Hubbard, Radcliff, Ky., 5 Sisters, Lois Smith, Maebelle Thomas, Brandenburg, Ky., Sue Carol Rider, Guston, Ky., Doris Adams, Seymour, Ind., and Margie Chism, Ekron, Ky., 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Chapel of the Hager Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Moore and Rev. Donald Cole, officiating. Burial will be in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Friday.
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Mr. Albert Owen “Sonny” Reesor, age 70, of Brandenburg, Ky., died Monday, October 9, 2006 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, Ky. He was a member of VFW Post 1181. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Martin Reesor, 3 children, Patricia Hardesty, Ricky Reesor and Debbie Goodwin and a sister, Margaret Chapman. Mr. Reesor is survived by 2 children, Gary Reesor, Shepherdsville, Ky., and Cynthia Elisson, Irvington, Ky., his mother and step-father, Katherine and Floyd “Hick” Reesor, Brandenburg, Ky., 3 sisters, Doris Moore, Muldraugh, Ky., Deloris Kilburn, Elizabethtown, Ky., and Sandra Reesor, Irvington, Ky., several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, from the Chapel of Hager Funeral Home with burial in Garnettsville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
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Judith “Judy” Hess, age 57, of Brandenburg, died Tuesday at her residence. She was a member of the Caesar’s Gold Card Holder Club. She is survived by her husband, Jay Hess, her daughter, Amy (Jason) Geary of Jeffersontown, Ky., a grandson, Simon Geary, her mother, Lois Whitworth of Brandenburg, one sister, Linda Frans of Irvington, 4 brothers, Harold (Rowdy) Whitworth and Russell Williams both of Lexington, Ky., Keith Whitworth of Irvington and Danny Smigiel of Parker, Colo., and her loving pets Lacy and Bud. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 9 p.m. Thursday, and after 8 a.m. Friday at the Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home in Brandenburg. Expressions of sympathy may go to the St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery Fund, 110 Hwy. 376, Payneville, Ky., 40157.
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• Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day at ECTC, 1 p.m., featuring live music by Salsa Rhythms. Will be held in the courtyard between the administration and science buildings, weather permitting. Inclement weather sends the celebration to the student center. Call (270) 706-8422. • Meade County Fire District, 7 p.m. • 109 Board, Courthouse, 7 p.m. • Irvington Code Enforcement Board, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 17
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With the coming of new industry and BRAC, our county is growing. Unfortunately, with the increase in opportunities die to growth, also come the negatives as well. There will be an increase in crime and drug problems. With certain new growth comes the need for change in how we approach the problems in our county, in all areas, especially Law Enforcement. I have heard comments such as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I feel as if things are broken in our county. We have an ever-increasing drug problem in our community. My number one goal when elected as your sheriff is to attack the drug problem in our community with whatever means necessary. I will devote my Sheriff’s department staff, the help of the State police, and the combined counties “Drug Task Force” in combating our drug problem. I will be a full-time Sheriff. I will bring a “fresh new approach” to the Sheriff’s department. I am asking for your vote on November 7, for Sheriff.
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Schools scores average on state, collegiate tests Friday, October 13, 2006
School students scored a composite 20.7 — the state average is 20.6. The national average was 21.1. At the University of Louisville, the average incoming freshman scored a 23.9. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative, slated to begin over the next two years, should help schools’ improvement efforts, Superintendent Mitch Crump said. “We think it will have a very positive impact,” he said. “We’ll be bringing in kids from good families and we anticipate that all of our kids’ scores will continue to improve.” And Meade schools are already preparing for how to absorb 400 to 800 additional students into the county’s school system in addition to natural growth, which is about 100 students per year. The Department of Defense is relocating the 84th Army Reserve Regional Training Center to Fort Knox. School board members unanimously approved a tax rate of 52.1 cents per $100 on real property and 52.6 cents
BY SHAUN T. COX
Meade County students are just below where they need to be on state accountability tests and just ahead of the state average on the ACT. School board members heard the results of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System for the 2004 and 2005 school years and the American College Test last school year during a meeting Tuesday night. The county school system averaged 82.1 on the CATS tests over the two-year period – the goal was 82.5. The CATS test is given annually to students across the state. Schools and school systems that meet or exceed their goal can receive rewards, and those that don’t achieve their goal can receive sanctions. Battletown, David T. Wilson, Ekron, Flaherty, Muldraugh and Payneville elementaries each reached its CATS goal. Meade County High School and Stuart Pepper Middle School were the only schools in the county that didn’t meet their goals, though they did score higher than their previous two-year cycle. The high school’s goal was 82.6 and it scored a 78.0, while the middle school’s goal was 81.0 and it scored a 78.4. Schools are expected to score 99.7 or better by 2014. According to Peggy Darnall, coordinator of student services in Meade County, each school has a plan to help improve test scores. “What we use is the school and district development plans,” she said. “The schools look at needs and priorities, such as getting more resources or professional development for teachers, and come up with a plan. It’s a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude.’” Each school’s development plan is written by a council of the principal, three teachers and two parents. “It’s their responsibility to make sure the policies are followed, and it’s the principal’s job to implement those policies,” Darnall said. Despite coming up short on the CATS test, Meade County students are just above the state average on the ACT. Meade County High
per $100 on personal property during a special meeting Sept. 27. That is a 5.7-cent increase on each that will increase revenue 4 percent to be used for construction and/or debt service. The increase will allow the county to construct a new middle school within the next three to five years instead of the next seven to 10 years, and a new elementary school in the Flaherty and Ekron area of the county in the next three to five years as well. Jeff Greer was the lone school board member not at the Sept. 27 meeting, but he said an increase is necessary to build new schools. “Given the implications of the tax, it’s a double nickel, which means if we as a county raise it a nickel, the state will match it, so yes, I would have voted along with the other members,” he said. “We are a growth district and the needs for our school systems continue to rise. You hate to ever raise taxes but our school tax rate in Meade County is still below the state average and we will need new schools because of BRAC.”
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‘We’ve got to learn to finish’ The News Standard/SHAUN T. COX The Meade County football team takes the field against North Hardin last Friday. The Greenwaves lost 25-21.
Greenwaves miss opportunities, try to avoid same in game tonight
BY SHAUN T. COX
Meade County football coach Larry Mofield believes his team can take some of what it did well in a 25-21 loss last Friday to North Hardin to get a win at Central Hardin tonight. “We were very physical at North (Hardin) and we’ve got to do that against Central (Hardin),” he said. “You’ve got two teams here with the same record overall and they’re going to be just as hungry as we are. We’re not 5-2, so they’re not scared of us.” Central Hardin (2-5) is winless in the district and is one of only two teams – Bullitt Central being the other – without a win in the region. Mofield thinks tonight’s game is between two evenly matched teams. “Their record’s not indicative of the kind of team they have,” he said. “They’re well coached and they get after you, so we’ll have our hands full, for sure. It seems like it’s a real dogfight with them every year, so we’ll obviously have to play well to win the game.” Central Hardin likes to throw the ball, Mofield said, which means Meade County (2-5) had better be ready to defend the pass. “I think the thing you really have to do with them when they’re on offense is know how to line up and know you’re assignments,” he said. “Lining up correctly is sometimes threefourths of the battle, and if you don’t line up correctly, you’ll get beat. Once you get lined up and know you’re assignments, you’ve
just got to stop them.” That hasn’t been too difficult for Bruins’ opponents so far this year. Central Hardin has the lowest-ranked scoring offense out of 12 teams in the region at 11.57 points per game and its scoring defense is ranked sixth in the region, giving up 20.86 points per game. According to middle linebacker T.J. Millay, if the defense will focus on tackling the right way and being physical, they can give their offense a short field and create better opportunities for them to score. “Their running back (Michael Lyons) is a big threat, but other than that they don’t really have a main threat,” he said. “They like to spread the ball around and get everyone involved by running a bunch of screens and bubbles, so we really have to be on our toes when they spread us out. If we tackle well, we’ll be in good shape. “ Another key to the game will be matching Central Hardin’s physicality and intensity, Mofield said. “Central Hardin’s a big, physical team, and I also think that they’re pretty solid on special teams,” he said. “Their punting game is pretty strong and so is their kick coverage.” Meade County and Central Hardin have had only one common opponent this season, North Hardin, which beat the Bruins 480 at home Sept. 29. Meade County only lost by four points at North Hardin (4-3) last Friday, but Mofield said his team was beyond moral victories. “We played really well against North Hardin, but our number one goal was to win the game,” he said. “We don’t believe in moral victories and we lost the football game, so we’re disappointed, but if there’s one positive thing to take out of it, we played hard the whole game and we should play with the same
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Father and son Justin and Hunter Otero watch the Greenwaves during warm-ups from the track alongside the field at North Hardin. intensity every time out.” Mofield said his team would be better off if it can cut down on mental mistakes and penalties. “We just made too many mistakes and we weren’t able to overcome them,” he said. “One thing we try to do as a coaching staff is not make excuses. We had some costly penalties but no one play loses the game for you. I felt like it was a complete effort all around as far as offense, defense and special teams, but it wasn’t a win.” One early sequence set the tone for the game. North Hardin had the ball at the Meade County 7-yard line but fumbled and Meade County recovered on its own 6-yard line. But two plays later, Meade County fumbled and North Hardin recovered the ball. The Trojans scored to go up 6-0 and missed the extra point. After running back Mike Harris (101 yards on 21 carries) scored the Greenwaves’ first touchdown, North Hardin fumbled and Meade County recovered on the Trojans’ 37-yard line. Quarterback J.L. Cannady ran it
in for the Greenwaves’ second score and Meade County led 14-6 at halftime. With 9:38 left in the third quarter, North Hardin’s Mark Terry (143 yards on 27 carries) ran the ball in for the second of his four touchdowns. The Trojans failed on the two-point conversion, and Meade County lead 1412. The Greenwaves defense stopped North Hardin on its next possession, but Meade County was called for roughing the kicker, giving the Trojans a fresh set of downs. North Hardin scored on the drive and lead 18-14 with 11:04 left in the game. The Trojans went for the two-point conversion again but failed. “Some of the penalties, we, as a coaching staff, won’t even address because they were aggressive mistakes,” Mofield said. “Like the roughing the kicker penalty. Our boys saw the ball on the ground and they went after it. I was screaming from the
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BY SHAUN T. COX
The Meade County Lady Waves will return most of their roster from last year and look to repeat as district champions in the upcoming basketball season when practice begins Monday. Meade County returns four starters from a team that went 20-10 and won the district tournament, only to be knocked out in the first round of the regional tournament by Owensboro. According to third-year Coach Josh Hurt, the upcoming regular season will not be about wins and losses, but rather about getting his team prepared for the postseason. “We hope to take what we did last year and improve, obviously,” he said. “We want to win the district, but it’s not really about wins and losses, it’s about using our tough schedule to get ourselves ready to hopefully make a run at regionals this year.” Experience is something the Lady Waves will have a wealth of this season, returning their top two scorers and assist leaders, top four rebounders and seven girls that played in at least 20 games. According to senior guard Jasmine Newby, the team’s experience will give it a big advantage over other teams.
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Controversy stirs Chase as it heads to Lowe’s
BY BUDDY SHACKLETTE
Getty Images/RUSTY JARETT Driver Brian Vickers won a controversial race at Talladega last Sunday after he spun out teammate Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Junior on the final lap.
The Meade County Greenwaves boys basketball team looks to reload after losing four starters from last year’s 20-9 district champion squad. Senior point guard Riley Benock is the only returning starter from a team that brought home the district title for the first time since 1992. The team lost by two points in overtime to eventual state runner-up Apollo in last year’s regional semifinals. Coach Jerry Garris expects to have a good team even though the team lost a lot of quality players. “We want to win the district again, first and foremost,” he said. “Last year was the first time in 14 years we won it, and I think we can do that again. The biggest goal every year is to get to the state tournament, and one of these days, soon, we’ll get there. “The 3rd region is more wide open every year than what the 5th region was. The 1999-2000 season was the last time a team actually repeated as regional champs.” Benock thinks it will take a total team effort this year’s team to match what it did last year. “It will be tough to improve on last year’s record because of what we lost, but the new guys will step in and we’ll still be pretty good,” he said. “… We still have a lot of talent and the guys who are returning played a lot of minutes last year.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Nothing like a little controversy to stir up The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. A week ago, Chasers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were anxiously anticipating making up some serious ground in the NASCAR NEXTEL points standings at a place where they had both seen success. The place was the Talladega Superspeedway (Ala.), site of The Chase’s fourth stop and a venue where Johnson had wheeled his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet to victory just five months prior. Junior, on the other hand, can stake claim to five Talladega victories and is the only driver in Cup history to string together four consecutive wins there. Last Sunday, Junior appeared
well on his way to a sixth Talladega win when he realized Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers loomed large in his rearview mirror. Junior had put his No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet out in front and took the white flag. He was about a mile away from a win when Johnson and Vickers made a run at him. With a push from Vickers, Johnson got under Junior and was on his way to passing him for the win, but Vickers — still looking for his first NEXTEL Cup victory — clipped Johnson’s right-rear fender, sending Junior and Johnson spinning and handing Vickers the win when the last-lap caution flew. “I can’t believe it, here we went all day long and had a great chance to make up some points and got crashed by a teammate,” Johnson said. “I’m just bummed out that we
can’t take advantage of a day when we can really close up in points. That’s the way this Chase has been for us. We’ve had cars worthy of a championship, but crazy things have happened at the end. I’m just really disappointed.’’ Johnson, who sits eighth in the points standings, didn’t lose or gain any ground, but the episode was the epitome of his Chase season thus far. The El Cajon, Calif. native has had, arguably, the fastest car at all of the Chase stops – New Hampshire, Dover and Kansas – but odd occurrences have cost him good finishes and a legitimate run at a points lead he held most of the season before The Chase began. “I’m upset,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief. “I’m disappointed. It’s sad. We’ve had a car capable of winning the race two weeks in a row and a car capable of
top-fives four weeks in a row and haven’t gotten the results. I hate it for Lowe’s and I hate it for Hendrick Motorsports and I hate it for everybody. This team has been sitting all year waiting for this Chase to start and once it started, we were pouncing. We were ready. We were rolling strong. We’ve had a bunch of weird things happen. We’re going to Lowe’s Motor Speedway next week and we’ll blast through there. We’ll run well there in the Busch car and the Cup car and we’ll move on and go to Martinsville.’’ Junior went to Talladega seventh in points and Jeff Gordon’s involvement in a Lap 137 crash at Talladega moved Junior up one spot in the standings while all but dashing Gordon’s hopes for a fifth champi-
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Garris said Williams brings some intangibles to the team. “Rob is maybe our best defensive player and it’s like night and day how far he’s come since last year,” he said. “Rob didn’t even start for the JV team at the first of last season but he did by the end.” According to Garris, the most important thing for this team to start out on a good note will be getting everyone healthy. There are a lot of football players who have bumps and bruises that come from playing such a physical sport. “We’ve got to stay healthy,” he said. “We’re not as talented as last year, but we will compete. Riley tore his labrum and had surgery this summer and won’t be ready for full contact for about three weeks. “Nick Stinnett has a strained ligament in his knee, Erik Whelan has a strained wrist ligament, Jeremiah Mann broke his leg playing football a few days after coming back from breaking his collarbone. We’re thin and we don’t have much height, so we have to get those guys healthy.” Practice starts Monday, Oct. 16 and the first game will be at Louisville Butler at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28.
have more of an Owensboro slant as opposed to an E-town slant on our schedule.” Overall team speed may be CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 the theme this year, as Meade County is playing undersized, “We only lost one senior, so the tallest player being 5-10 we’ve all played together and senior forwe know each other really ward Kayla well,” she said. “We played Stull. together this summer, and I “We’re think we can definitely be better not overly this year because of our experibig,” Hurt ence. We worked hard over the said. “We summer on our individual don’t have weaknesses and that’s going to anyone make us a better team.” that’s 6-2 or JOSH Hurt also thinks his team will 6-3, so we HURT be better off in the second season have to outin the team’s new district. smart and outwork people in “I think we’ve gotten more the post to get rebounds and familiar with our new surbe able to defend the post the roundings,” he said. “We right way.” moved from the 17th district Rebounding will be a cruin the 5th region to the 11th cial factor and that’s the area district in the 3rd region. We Hurt said his team is working
to improve the most. “We have to rebound better than what we have in the past,” he said. “Our perimeter shooting needs to get better, we need to be able to knock down more open shots and not give up too many second and third chances to the other teams. If we can do that, we can be a really good team.” Newby said that along with Central Hardin and Hancock County, the team she is most looking forward to playing this year will be Breckinridge County, which is where she grew up. “I really want to play well against them and for us to get the wins,” she said. The team’s first scrimmage will be against Western Hills at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 in Elizabethtown.
Garris said it won’t be hard to get a team effort from the guys he has because they really like playing together. “They share the ball and pass it well, we’ve got great chemistry and that’s to our advantage,” he said. Having one of the best guards in the region – and maybe the state – in the 6-5 Benock will help ease the loss of so many starters. The starting lineup will feature four juniors: center Nick Stinnett, forward Chris Roe, and guards Rob Williams and Casey Hubbard. Aside from experience, the team also lacks size. The Greenwaves will face a lot of teams that will have a size advantage this season, Garris said. “We’re not really big and that’s going to be a factor,” he said. “Our point guard is our tallest player and teams like Ohio County have 5 guys 6-5 or taller and it’s going to be tough to defend them. Most other teams in the region aren’t that big, but North
sidelines for them to go after it, and I don’t blame that on them. That’s playing aggressive and that’s what we want. We felt like we got the ball, we felt like we tipped it and, obviously, that wasn’t the call. “That didn’t cost us the game, though. You can’t ever point to one play, even though particular plays seem magnified, and we just have to find a way to overcome those things.” It looked as though Meade County would do just that, as the Greenwaves drove the ball to the Trojans 14-yard line on the next possession, and Cannady connected with receiver Nick Stinnett over the middle for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Meade County lead 21-18. But with a chance to win the game, Meade hurt itself again. A pass interference penalty gave the Trojans a first
onship. “It’s pretty much done for us as far as I am concerned as far as the championship, but we have a lot of great races left in this Chase that we can win and that is all we can focus on now – going forward,’’ said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet. “I don’t think you can afford two big hits like that in the Chase. That doesn’t stop us from going out week in and week out, and working our guts out to win races and work as hard as we can to get as many points as we can.’’ With six races left in The Chase, car owners Richard Childress and Jack Roush appear to have the best shot at retaining the championship they have won multiple times. Roush drivers Matt Kenseth, who gained two
Meade County vs. North Hardin Team Statistics First Downs Rushes—yards Passing yards Sacks by—yards 3rd down eff. 4th down eff. Passes Punts Punt return-yards KO returns—yards Fumbles—lost Penalties—yards Time of Possession
M.C. 21 38-160 161 0-0 4-11-36.3 3-3-100.0 18-23-1 3-30.33 0-0 3-65 2-1 10-90 29:09
N.H. 15 33-205 110 0-0 1-5-20.0 1-1-100.0 9-13-0 0-0 2-11 3-20 4-4 10-115 18:51
down and set up the final North Hardin touchdown and the final score, 25-21. On Meade County’s final possession, the Greenwaves drove to the North Hardin 29yard line, only to throw an interception with 34.7 seconds left in the game. “We’ve got to learn to finish,” Mofield said. “We’ve been up on teams in the second half this year, and we let those games slip through our
fingers, and I think that’s something we’ve got to correct.” According to Mofield, the team needs to play like it practices. “We’re not executing the things we go over during the week and that’s disappointing,” he said. “It seems like Friday nights, when the heat’s turned on a little bit, we forget some of the things we practice.”
positions in the standings, and Mark Martin sit second and third in the points race, while RCR drivers Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick sit first and fourth respectively. Harvick moved up a position in the standings and Burton maintained his lead, but he leads the top-5 Chasers by less than 52 points. Burton, still looking for that elusive first championship, does have history on his side. In each of the first two years of The Chase, the driver leading after the first three races went on to win the championship. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “When this thing started, I told all of you that 10 races was an eternity. If you look at our sport at any 10-race stretch throughout the year, there are probably three teams and drivers that look like they are the best team/driver combination within those 10 races. So, there’s probably not going to be one team through all 10
races that just stands above everybody else. Whatever happens on Sunday happens. The sun is going to come up Monday morning. There are bigger things in life.” Owner Rick Hendrick has three drivers in The Chase, but all three are in the bottom four positions and need major runs to be considered serious contenders for the title. For Johnson, his home track (Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.) and site of The Chase’s fifth stop – Saturday’s Bank of America 500 – couldn’t have come at a better time. Although he has struggled of late, Johnson won the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s in May, finished second in the Coca-Cola 600 a week later and has won four of the last five Cup events there. Buddy Shacklette is a graduate of Meade County High School and has covered NASCAR for The Daytona Beach NewsJournal for the past 15 years.
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Hardin has a 7-footer and John Hardin has 2 or 3 kids around 6-6. We’re going to be outsized a lot so we’ll really have to utilize our quickness.” Benock said Stinnett and Roe can “both really bang around” inside, which could help ease that they’ll be playing against taller players nearly every time out. The two are both imports from the football team where Stinnett plays running back and defensive end, and Roe plays on the offensive line and line- JERRY GARRIS backer. They will have to use that football mentality when going after rebounds against taller players. When asked about the player who has come the farthest since last year, both coach and player agreed on Williams. “This summer I was really impressed with Rob,” Benock said. “He transferred from Fort Knox and played on the JV team last year. We’re really going to be counting on him to play a lot of minutes.”
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