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Friday, December 22, 2006 Meade County, Kentucky

Board sees need, delays action Closed session illegal, attorney general rules BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

The Attorney General’s office says the Meade County Solid Waste board of directors illegally discussed hiring a bookkeeping firm in private. Wanda Terrell, the former Solid Waste coordinator and bookkeeper, appealed to Attorney General Greg Stumbo’s office following an Oct. 16 meeting where the 109 Board went into closed session to discuss employing a local bookkeeping service, subsequently costing Terrell her job a day later. Terrell worked for Solid Waste for almost 14 years and was 16 months short of retirement. The Attorney General ruled Nov. 30 that the closed session was “misplaced” because the topics discussed in closed session were not properly announced. The ruling, however, did not order Solid Waste to reinstate Terrell to her former position.





BRANDENBURG — Meade County Solid Waste will fall deeper into a financial hole if its board does not act, board members said Monday. But they refuse to take any action until incoming magistrates decide whether the board will be dissolved or not. 109 Board member Jim Harris was adamant that the board needs to stop Solid Waste from spending more than it makes each month. Harris suggested increasing the $12.50 monthly fee immediately so Solid Waste will not continue to lose money each month. Solid Waste spends about $131,000 monthly but only collects about $80,000. Each week the 109 Board delays taking action, Solid Waste is that much closer to bankruptcy, Harris said. “We know $12.50 isn’t going to cut it; that’s the fact,” he said. “We go in the hole every month we don’t do something.” Fiscal Court approved a $250,000 loan in November when Solid Waste was facing bankruptcy, then voted to

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“We need to do something before we run out of time. If we keep waiting for Fiscal Court, we’re going to be right back where we started.”

dissolve the 109 Board. Solid Waste will be able to operate until April 1 before reentering the red. “We’ve been going around and around about … dissolving this board, what we’re going to do about rates, and everything else,” Harris told other board members. “We need to do something before we run out of time. If we keep waiting for Fiscal Court, we’re going to be right back where we started. “If we sit here and keep messing around, waiting on everybody and his brother, we’re going to be sitting here

Jim Harris, 109 Board member

three months from now … and Fiscal Court will be sitting there saying, ‘How come you can’t make it?’ As a board, we need to make a decision, whether anybody else does or not. If you all want to sit here, we’ll go broke again after another 90 days.” 109 Board members had planned to bid out trash collection in the county, hoping it would be the start of returning Solid Waste to fiscal solvency. But board

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Administrators put elementary on lockdown after man’s threat


The News Standard/CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Sam Murphy, 10, of Doe Valley, and Jason Beirman, 7, of Midway, place baby Jesus in the manger for the live nativity scene Wednesday night at Brandenburg Church of God on Old Ekron Road.

Agri Fuels signs marketing deal


BRANDENBURG —A local ethanol company recently signed a marketing agreement that will allow a national cooperative to sell and market the fuel and distiller grains produced once the ethanol plant is operational in 2008. Brandenburg-based Agri Fuels, which last week signed a $1.8 million deal to buy land for the ethanol plant, selected Growmark, a 78-year-old wholesale retail company based in Bloomington, Ill., because of its distinguished history, Agri Fuels developer Don Martin said.

“They are an established … company that has an established customer base who use these products,” he said. The agreement allows Growmark to buy corn needed to produce 50 million gallons of ethanol and to sell the ethanol and distiller grains produced by Agri Fuels, Martin said. Growmark bought and sold more than 600 million bushels of corn in 2005, according to the company. Agri Fuels will use more than 19 million bushels of corn to produce the ethanol, according to Martin, who said some of the corn likely will be purchased from local farmers. But Agri Fuels likely will


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need more corn than what local farmers are willing to sell. “They will buy local products, if possible, as well as products from other areas,” Martin said. “Just because there’s 37 million bushels of corn grown around the area, growers might take their corn other places. They might getter a better price from Owensboro Grain or a chicken farm in Alabama. We have to be able to get corn from other locations as well.” Growmark also will bring corn into the ethanol plant for production using barges, trains and local producer trucks. Chris Salrin, Growmark energy business manager, said his compa-

ny also will provide gasoline to Agri Fuels to mix with the ethanol. “Once the ethanol is produced, you have to denature it so it isn’t for human consumption,” he said. “We have supply sources all throughout the Midwest. We market products from Ohio to Colorado and from Michigan to Oklahoma. When you look at the Kentucky/Indiana region, we have a number of supply points there, too.” Agri Fuels agreed last week to buy 104 acres in the Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park from the Meade County-Brandenburg



FLAHERTY — A disgruntled parent was arrested Tuesday at Flaherty Elementary after he threatened to kill a district judge and announced he was heading to the school. State police officers arrested John Michael Clark, 41, of Vine Grove, at the school after he also threatened to kill a teacher who refused to let him take his child from school. Clark faces a felony charge of terroristic threatening, two misdemeanor charges of terroristic threatening, and misdemeanor abuse of a teacher. During a Juvenile Court hearing earlier that morning, Clark threatened District Judge Thomas Lively after the judge revoked his parental rights, reportedly saying he would “put a bullet” in Lively’s head, according to the police report. A Kentucky State Police spokesman said Clark then announced his intent to remove his child from the school. School officials were informed of Clark’s intentions and told not to release the child into his custody, at which time school officials contacted state police and the Meade County sheriff’s department. School officials immediately placed Flaherty Elementary on lockdown with all entrances sealed, except the front doors by the main office, and students and faculty were kept behind closed doors, Meade County Superintendent Mitch Crump said. A teacher stopped Clark when he entered and, after being refused access to his child, Clark threatened to kill the teacher standing in his way, according to state police. Trooper J.D. Stroop made the arrest about 10:50 a.m. and Clark was taken to the Meade County jail, where he currently awaits trial. Clark pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment Wednesday morning with District Judge Shan Embry, who set bail at $100,000. Embry will oversee Clark’s preliminary hearing



Meade native steps into UK ring


LEXINGTON — Donna Gyukery of Flaherty remembers the day her son said he wanted to box for the University of Kentucky. Even though the “sweet science” was in his blood, he didn’t know it. “I was shocked when he wanted to box,” said Gyukery, 43. “I never told him, but I had a great-uncle who was a great boxer and was a sparring partner of Joe Louis. My husband’s father was also a boxer, but he never knew that, either.” Josh Gyukery, 21, went to Flaherty Elementary and

played football for Meade County High School, while also racing motocross. He traveled to competitions all over the United States during his racing days. “I played football for a couple of years, but I never had a lot of size, so motocross was really a way for me to express myself, but I quit racing in 2003,” he said. “I’ve been as far as Florida for the Winter Olympics, Oklahoma for the Grand National Championships, and Pennsylvania for qualifiers.” Josh Gyukery, a junior who




Meade County native Josh Gyukery is a junior member of the University of Kentucky boxing team. He has six scheduled fights this season in the 147-pound weight class. submitted photo


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Friday, December 22, 2006

Some people deserve special gifts


ince Christmas is only three days away, now is a good time to hand out gifts for the good (and not-so-good) boys and girls of Meade County. We’ll start with one of our own, outgoing-Magistrate Theresa Padgett, a minority owner in The News Standard and leader of the Meade County Republican Party. Padgett ran an aggressive campaign for county judge/executive on a platform of lowering taxes and ousting the “good ol’ boys” in the county courthouse. Both are noble ideas that voters should have supported. But she ran her campaign the way she served as magistrate — eschewing concensus for being a majority of one. So to her, we’ll leave “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie under the Christmas tree, so the next time she runs for office people pay more attention to the message than the delivery. Next on The News Santa’s list is outgoing-County Attorney Darren Sipes. Many voters perceived Sipes to care less about the needs of the common person than about his personal clients and political clients. Sipes, for his part, was defiant in his opposition to this claim and to calls for him to stop running his private practice from his office in the county courthouse. So to Sipes, we leave a healthy slice of humble pie. This is an intelligent person who has a lot to offer Meade County as an elected official once he realizes politicians work for the people and not the other way around. The next gift goes to a group, the Meade County Fiscal Court. This group has a lot to deal with when it takes office for 2007: the county’s solid waste department is in financial shambles and a showdown looms with the county seat, Brandenburg, over addressing for enhanced 911 service. So, to incoming magistrates, look for Teflon underwear under each of your trees, because you are jumping into the fire. This is supposed to be the board that restores civility and cooperation to Meade County politics. Good luck. Brandenburg Mayor-elect David Pace is certainly deserving of a gift. Besides his elected position, he serves as chairman of the Brandenburg-Meade County Industrial Authority and chairman of the Meade County Fair Board. All of that on top of his job at Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative. So for Pace, we leave an industrial-sized bottle of No-Doze, because he will have very little time to sleep if he wants to juggle all of these responsibilities well. Finally, the residents of Meade County, we give you a full year of The News Standard. We pledge to continue to be your only professional source of political news, compelling features, Greenwave sports and NASCAR in the county.

Letters not from home It makes me both humble and proud. These may be contradictory terms, but that’s how I feel about some of the letters I receive, especially when they come from folks of age and experience greater than mine. This one fellow from Indiana wrote to me about his life on four acres that he takes care of himself. He’ll soon be 84. It’s a letter not from home, but it feels like home, with the depth and caring and solid perspective on life that we all hope to find when we go there. A few lucky ones among us still do. This man hasn’t been in the military since 1947, but he still identifies himself with five years of service to his country in the South Pacific during World War II. Such is the mark that war can leave. His biggest gripe is disrespect for one’s environment, but in spite of his disillusionment with our litter-minded society, his letter was full of thought-provoking comments, and it left me with a good feeling about life in general. He said he sometimes gets defensive when a young person asks him what people of his generation think about, like they don’t have much on

their minds. So he told me. It’s worth repeating. “In fond memories, I think about people. Family and friends and people I meet every day in stores, in church and my neighborhood. People in the news, in my hometown and in far-traveled lands. Ordinary people and people higher up in life. “I think about good times. Maybe jumping rope or playing marbles as I did at 7, or playing on the high-school teams at 17. I think about work ... mundane tasks that need to be done for myself and also for others. “I think about the beauty of nature around me! Older people are more aware of the preciousness of all life around them ... now I see every blooming flower, bird, tree and animal with a greater appreciation than I did in my younger days. “I think about my precious memories! They add richness to my life, as I think of many people and experiences I have had through the years. Some of the happenings have not been victories and lessons learned, I’ll

agree. I have lived and seen life and all was for the best. “I think about a Supreme Being or God! Most of us senior citizens have a deeper faith than we did earlier in life. Faith moves in a marvelous way through the years of age. Have faith and think positive. All things are possible. “What does my generation think about? We think about meaningful activity and the need to be involved in everyday life. ... We have the precious advantage of years of experiences, memories and a lot of learning that adds a richness we could not have known when we were young.” I wondered what prompted this man to put out the time and effort to sit down and write the kinds of words that one would expect from a dear relative, but not necessarily from a stranger in a letter not from home. I’m truly glad he did. He concluded his letter with the words: “So be it.” I felt like saying: “Amen.” Write to Francis Shrum in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send an e-mail to © 2006 King Features Synd., Inc.

was lucky enough to make it to the hospital,” he told my aunt and me as we ate dinner there Dec. 1. He showed us around the house, where there is now a banquet room bearing the family name. It’s amazing to see the old pictures and what the place used to look like. Now it’s in the middle of a bustling metropolis, but it was farmland not too long ago. Uncle Cal drove us around and showed us some of the houses he and Aunt Eleanor lived in when they were younger and told us stories about my grandpa and how he met my grandmother while he was in college at Purdue. Everyone should take some time to learn a little about where they come from. Some clues about where you are headed may even arise. Nearly everyone struggles with his or her identity at some point, and all they have to do is look around to find it. Everyone – especially at this time

of year – also has issues with those who share the same blood. But we all need to remember that what we share is thicker than any bond we could ever have with anyone else. Recently, I thought about changing my last name to Zehnder, out of respect to Paw-paw. He had three daughters, with me being the only grandson, and no one to carry on the family name. My father died when I was 3 years old, and I have no respect for his family or who they are as human beings, for countless reasons that don’t belong on this page. There’s a saying that says, “Clothes don’t make the man.” A name doesn’t make a man, either. It has nothing to do with who you are as an individual, and it never will unless you let it. You are who you are, and nothing will ever change that, especially not a piece of paper. Aunt Eleanor knew that and celebrated the fact, even though she doesn’t remember it anymore.

Francis Shrum

(Family) history lessons important to learn, remember In my younger days, the Lexington chapter of my family drove to Louisville for Christmas every year at my Great-Uncle Cal’s house on Hidden Road. My Great-Aunt Eleanor was the hostess, cooking, socializing and most importantly, directing traffic. She knew who everyone was and where each was sitting. “Shaun! Kids’ table!” “Again?” Oh yeah, every year. Personally — aside from my lowly seat at the kids’ table — the new toys and video games my cousins were playing with were of the utmost interest. But, “When, oh when, will be my time at the big table?” is what always went through my mind. It always seemed like those “grown-up types” were sitting there, having the most important conversations in the world. But really, they were only talking about two things — family and poli-

tics. Those are, after all, two of the most important things in our lives. But most will agree that family, by far, outweighs anything else in this and any other world. Aunt Eleanor now is suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. So much so that she doesn’t even know me anymore. My Uncle Cal has to put her into a home now, which is hard on everyone. It’s hard on us to see how far she has fallen in such a short time. She was an English teacher at Fern Creek High School for many years, and it’s tough for everyone to see what old age has in store for us, except Uncle Cal. The two of them celebrated their 60th anniversary a couple of years ago, and I can see in his eyes how much it hurts him. But, as he says, “That’s what happens when you get to the last leg.” He knows what’s ahead. He’s seen it already in losing his younger brother, Kenny, to what doctors


Shaun T. Cox called “pre-leukemia,” in 2002. He saw Kenny lose his wife, Nancy, to lung cancer a full decade before. To me, Kenny and Nancy are known as “Me-maw and Paw-paw,” and they have more to do with the person who wrote this column than anyone except their daughter, otherwise known as “Mom.” Family is everything. My two great-uncles were born in the house that is now Dillon’s Steakhouse in Louisville. “Kenny

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Be prepared on busy holiday roadways

Friday, December 22, 2006

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) advise motorists travelling during the upcoming Christmas holiday weekend to expect increased traffic on the state’s roadways. They can also expect the increased presence of state troopers and their local law enforcement partners beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 25. “In addition to thousands of residents making in-state trips, there will be large numbers of out-of-state visitors and motorists travelling through the state,” notes KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. “This situation will bring crowded conditions that could potentially have a dangerous impact on highway travel.” During last year’s threeday Christmas holiday period, there were 922 motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky resulting in eight deaths and 377 injuries. Ninety-five of those crashes involved alcoholimpaired drivers. “The real tragedy of these statistics is that they are preventable,” says Adams. “Road safety is no accident. As responsible citizens, we have a duty to act in a manner that protects our fellow citizens as well as visitors traveling through the state. No one

wants the holidays to be a time of family tragedy and suffering.” According to KSP Lt. Phil Crumpton following proven safety procedures and behaviors can greatly increase the chances of avoiding or surviving a vehicle crash. “Speed, visibility, inattention, not using seat belts, impaired driving and bad judgement are some of the major factors contributing to fatalities and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes,” he says. “However, there are specific actions drivers can take to reduce their risk.” The Kentucky State Police recommends the following safe driving practices: • Wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers do as well, including children. It’s your best defense in a vehicle crash. Infants should be secured in a child safety restraint seat that meets federal standards. As of Dec. 17th, 872 people have lost their lives on Kentucky highways during 2006. Four-hundred-and-sixtyeight of those fatalities were not wearing seat belts. During a crash, violent forces of deceleration are created. Seat belts distribute these forces over larger and stronger parts of the body such as the chest, hips and shoulders. The seat belt also

stretches slightly to slow the body down and increase its stopping distance. The difference in stopping distances for a belted person and an unbelted person is significant. It’s often the distance between life and death. • Slow down and obey speed limits. The higher the speed of the vehicle, the less time the driver has to stop and avoid a crash. Excessive speed also contributes to severity of impact when a collision does occur. • Don’t drive after using alcohol or drugs. Kentucky has a zero tolerance policy regarding driving while impaired by alcohol. Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 will result in an immediate arrest even for first time offenders. There are no warnings. According to the National Safety Council, someone dies in an alcohol-related crash every 30 minutes. It’s a factor in six percent of all vehicle crashes and more than 40 percent of all fatal crashes. • Wear a protective helmet when operating a motorcycle. According to the World Health Organization, not wearing a helmet makes the odds of suffering a head injury three times more likely. • Don’t follow a vehicle too closely. Keep a safe following

A local Christmas tale A MULE’S TALE (A Kentucky Christmas Lie) By Duck Barr, Loathsome Duck’s, Brandenburg, KY, 1987, Rewritten and revised 1998 You kids been round here awhile, and I betcha think ya know it all bout that old mule over there who’ll barely leave her stall.

But she’s done things you’ll never guess. Her hearts bigger than a whale! And if you have yourself a seat, I’ll tell ya a Christmas Sue mule tale.

It was in western Kentucky on a cold Christmas Eve. Dick Frymire predicted snow but none those clouds would leave. An old muleskinner had gone out back to do some little thing. When he heard a crash and a thud plus a distinctive sleigh bell ring.

In surprise he asked himself, “What in tarnation did I hear?” Then he heard somebody yell “Help…..I think I hurt my deer! Oh Dear!” He ran to the far barnside which he’d left in disarray There found ole Santa Claus, Reindeer and overturned sleigh!

Seems in makin’ a surprise landin’ they ran over an old nail keg. Sure nuff, it looked like Donner had busted up his leg! Santa said, “It’s such a clear nite I left Rudolf at home. How I’ll never pull a loaded sleigh with seven deer alone!” The old muleskinner… (I believe they called him Duck) thought, “This’ll mean a lawsuit knowin’ my bad luck!”

Duck said, “If Santa’s cancelled I’ll be held responsible. So it’s up to me to help ya out. Any way that’s possible!”

He went into the barn to fetch Sue, his old red mule. A cantankerous, mischievous beast, but dependable as a rule.

As he threw her harness down he said, “She’ll pull like all the rest but when it comes to jumpin’, well sir, that’s where she’s the best!” She and I’ve coon hunted from here to Dead Horse Holler. I swear she’ll jump a fence so high no mule on earth can foller! “She can outjump anything! You can bet that ain’t no lie! I just hope that makes up the fact that she can fly.”

The look on Santa’s face showed his profound and grievous doubt, So Duck picked up a hickory switch and said, “This might help ya out!” “Though I hates to see you use it….” he said handin’ Santa the stick, “If you tapped her once or twice it’d probably do the trick.”

But ole Sue had been a listenin’ and thought “You’ll lay no switch to me!” And with a big ole leap pulled that sleigh over that there hickory tree! Just about the time her hooves were touchin’ to the ground,

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distance. Allow yourself room to maneuver or brake by keeping a safety cushion on all sides of the vehicle. • Turn on your lights. This makes it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is just as important as seeing. • When stopped at a traffic light, take one more look before proceeding when the light turns green. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light running is on the rise nationwide. Many drivers consider a yellow light as a last chance to get through an intersection rather than a caution signal. • Take extra care when driving at night. Traffic deaths are three times greater at night than during the day. Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision and vision is severely limited at night. Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. • Drive defensively. Steer clear of trouble —-expect bad decisions by other drivers. Never assume that other drivers will make the right decision. Be ready to react. Always expect the worst-case scenario and have a plan or escape route in mind. Watch out for other drivers who weave, straddle the center line, make wide turns, stop suddenly or respond slowly to

traffic signals. They may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Notify police immediately if you see a motorist driving suspiciously. (You can contact the Kentucky State Police toll free at 1-800-222-5555.) • Use good judgement-just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Every day thousands of drivers do things on the road simply because they can, even though they shouldn’t. More than 90 percent of crashes are caused by driver error. The most common traffic violations include exceeding the speed limit, rolling through stop signs, failing to use signals, running red lights, making illegal Uturns, passing on the right, failing to yield to pedestrians and driving while impaired by alcohol. • Get plenty of rest before a long trip. Fatigue can be a killer. Don’t start a long trip late in the day. Don’t drive alone. Adjust temperature controls to keep yourself awake and alert. Watch your posture. Drive with your head up and shoulders back. Take frequent breaks, at least every two hours. • Anticipate. Look far down the road. Learn to spot problems and avoid them before they happen. Roadway clues can often help to avoid a crash. Keep your windows,

mirrors and lights clean and free from snow, ice, dew and frost. Check your mirrors frequently. Watch for brake, reverse and hazard lights. Be aware of emergency vehicle flashing lights and listen for sirens. All of these can indicate trouble ahead. • Stay alert and focused-no one is crash-proof. Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes each year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths. Aggressive driving is a factor in approximately 66 percent of all traffic fatalities. Distracted driving accounts for 25 to 30 percent of all crashes. Be attentive to the task at hand-driving. Staying alert and focused can help you avoid a crash. “Safe driving requires good decision-making and good risk management,” says Crumpton. “Driving is serious business, not a game. Crashes are life-changing events that often have long-term or permanent consequences. And they don’t always happen to the other guy. It could be you.” “Don’t let the joys of the holiday be ruined by a fatality, a vehicle crash or an impaired driving arrest,” says Adams. “Adjust your driving to stress safety. Give a gift of life to yourself, your family and others during this special time of the year.”

she was off and aflyin’ with another giant bound!

Now the reindeer were holdin’ back tryin’ to slow their fall. For they were plungin’ fast mule, Santa, Sleigh and all!

Nuther jump, the biggest yet, and Sue had pulled that team above the clouds, towards the stars across a big moonbeam! They landed right atop Ray’s and Leon’s house. The noise woke their daddy up. He thought it was a mouse. As he went back off to sleep he thought, “What the hey? I got to get a mouse trap. That rat is getting bigger everyday!” From there off to visit Janice, Joy, Matt, and Kara, Mitchell, Virginia, Charles, Brandie, Cameron, and Sierra.

Kayce and Kory get baby dolls Levi gets a truck painted gaily, There’s even a big ole rocking horse For a little girl named Hailie!

Submitted photo VFW Post 10281 recently hosted two dinners at its post. The first was a Handicapped Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Wal-Mart of Radcliff donated six turkeys to the Post to host this dinner. Numerous volunteers helped serve and drive people to the dinner. Thanksgiving Day the post hosted a dinner for the family and vets, serving 86 people and delivering 33 meals to Stuart Manner in Radcliff. The post baked and deep-fried turkeys, along with serving all the trimmings.

H o l y i days p p a H To All

Round the world, through the nite, up and down in a whirl, till they thought they’d left a gift for every good little boy and girl!

Now the reindeer from holdin’ back, were seriously beginin’ to tire. But that ole mule was still ajumpin’ like her tail been set afire!

So when they finished workin’, and thought they’d completed all their rounds, Sue took a big ole jump towards her old stompin’ grounds. But wait! There’s one more stop to make! Barely avoiding a great dilemma, Santa checked his list again and found he’d almost forgotten Emma!

So now, with no more stops to make they leapt over to old Concordy. And there they found Donner bein’ doctored up By Duck, Kelly, Shack, and Shorty.

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They’d used the entire bag of tricks. All their muleskinnin’ and farmin’ skill. And sure nuff, when that sleigh arrived, Donner’s leg had begun to heal.

Kelly said, “I think he’s well nuff to take an empty sleigh on in. Fore ya go let’s put more salve where he’s buggered up his skin.” Later that next mornin’ as Santa got undressed, he thought, “That ole mule sure has me impressed!”

So at his next staff meetin’ he said, “I’ve thought hard and long, that next year I’d have long ears. Everything with antlers would be gone!” “But I’ve reconsidered and there’s no need to pout. Those mules are too darn crazy! They’d just wreck me out!”

So, now when you see that mule remember, the way she remembers to this day, the night she jumped a moonbeam apullin’ Santies sleigh!

About the Author: I was raised in Rhodelia, Ky, just above Dead Horse Holler (yes…there really is a such a place). I grew up using mules and several years away, got back into them about 22 years ago.

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Friday, December 22, 2006


Mildred (Aloysius Marie) Barr

Mildred (Aloysius Marie) Barr, 85, an Ursuline Sister of Mount St. Joseph of Maple Mount, Ky., died Tuesday, Dec.12, at Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. She was in her 66th year of religious life. A native of Livermore, Sister Mildred was an educator for 45 years and a gifted artist and art teacher. She taught at St. Martin School, Flaherty, 1956-57. She taught in many other schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Diocese of Owensboro, and in New Mexico, Missouri and Nebraska. Survivors include four sisters, Mary Lillian Hamilton of Owensboro, Ruth Ann Mayfield of Philpot, Janet Goff of Rome, and Angela Marie Dillard of Franklin; four brothers, Louis B. and Herman J. Barr, both of Owensboro, and Gerald L. and Frederick A. Barr, both of Whitesville; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community. The funeral mass was Dec. 14, with burial in the convent cemetery. Glenn Funeral Home, Owensboro, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial gifts for Sister Mildred Barr may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356

Susan Elizabeth Naser

Susan Elizabeth Naser, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Medco Center in Brandenburg. She was a former teacher and gymnastics coach for the Women’s Gymnastics Club at Bluffton High School, Bluffton, Ind., a member of Union County Senior Citizens, a former teacher at the Earl Clements Job Corp Center in Morganfield, Ky., taught sailing, was a counselor at Merrimeda Camp at Eagle River, Wis., and worked at the Louisville YWCA. She was a graduate of Murray State University, a member of Rainbow

Girls in Sturgis, Ky., and a member of the Murray State Sailing Club. She was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Washington County, Pa., the daughter of the late Ronald Otis Naser Sr. and Helen S. Whitus Naser. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Ronald O. Naser Jr. She is survived by two nieces, Rebecca Ann Naser of Lexington and Mary Ann (Joe) Naser-Hall of Louisville; one nephew, Larry (Beverly) Naser of Brandenburg; one sister-inlaw, Mary Naser of Louisville; one cousin, John Michael Devaney of Ardmore, Penn.; three great-nieces, Charlotte Naser, Emily Diane Naser-Hall and Abby Michelle Naser; and two great-nephews, Alex Naser-Hall and Charlie Naser. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home with the Rev. Whit Soards officiating.

Edgar Earl “Robbie” Robbins

Edgar Earl “Robbie” Robbins Jr., 33, of Grahampton, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at the University of Louisville Hospital. He was born July 27, 1973, the son of Edgar Earl Robbins Sr. of Indiana and Mary Ellen Lester of Grahampton. Mr. Robbins worked at Washington Inventory Services in Louisville and was an avid motorcyclist. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Minnie Briles. He is survived by five sisters, Sandy Henning of Rough River, Renee Wiley of Flaherty, Cindy Trentz and Shelly Hackney, both of Illinois, and Bobby Jo Sernia of Cloverport; two brothers, Darryl Hubbard of Grahampton and Billy Jack Robbins of Bristow, Ind.; and his fiancée, Shandra Rochner of Louisville. Funeral services were held Thursday at Bruington-JenkinsSturgeon Funeral Home with Garry Jones officiating. Interment was in Rock Haven Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darryl Hubbard, Stafford Young, Sonny Dean, Bill Jenette, Carldale Williams, James Allen and Evin Dachenhausen.


Friday, December 22 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752

Saturday, December 23 • Turkey Shoot at VFW Post 10281, 299 Briggs Lane in Vine Grove. Sign up at 11 a.m., shoot starts at 1 p.m., 12gauge only. Every Saturday through March. For more info call the Post at 877-2138 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 Sunday, December 24 • Christmas Eve

Monday, December 25 • Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 26 • Blood Drive, 2-8 p.m. at VFW Post 11404, 770 Veteran’s Memorial By-pass Road, Brandenburg. For more info, call 800-448-3543 • Gambler’s Anonymous – Lincoln Trail Behavioral Center in Radcliff, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 27 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 • Diabetes Nutrition Class at the Meade County Health Department at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 28 • Leappad at the Meade

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Friday, December 29 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752

Saturday, December 30 • Turkey Shoot at VFW Post 10281, 299 Briggs Lane in Vine Grove. Sign up at 11 a.m., shoot starts at 1 p.m., 12gauge only. Every Saturday through March. For more info call the Post at 877-2138 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 Sunday, December 31 • New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 1 • Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 2 • Fiscal Court Meeting at the Meade County Courthouse, 7 p.m. • Ekron City Council Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752

Friday, January 5 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752


• Farm Service Agency Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Call 422-3188 (First Friday of every month)

Saturday, January 6 • Turkey Shoot at VFW Post 10281, 299 Briggs Lane in Vine Grove. Sign up at 11 a.m., shoot starts at 1 p.m., 12gauge only. Every Saturday through March. For more info call the Post at 877-2138 • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy. 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752


Mr. and Mrs. Mike Padgett of Flaherty will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2006. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Padgett were married at St. Martin Church in Flaherty. Mike is the son of Lamar and Punkie Padgett of Rineyville and Monica is the daughter of the late Baxter and Lucille Stith. Mike and Monica Padgett have three children and two grandchildren.

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The decline of Santa Claus Friday, December 22, 2006

“Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:11 Ever since St. Nicholas changed his name to Santa Claus, he has been going downhill fast. How did he sink so far? Nicholas started off as a rich young man from Turkey who ended up becoming a kindly bishop. Dressed in a red cope, mitre and crosier, he was known for his love of children and his determination to use his inheritance to do anonymous works of charity. Because he was probably “too Catholic,” 17th century Dutch Protestants helped turn him into a married ex-priest living at the North Pole. Instead of being a holy bishop presiding over a diocese, he ended up presiding over a gang of workaholic elves. Obviously, he married without being “laicized.” Why else would he have been banished to such a God-forsaken place as the North Pole? It must have been a trau-

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matic career-change. He ended up with a serious eating disorder and a possible drinking problem that turned him into a rotund bag of bad cholesterol with a bad case of “rosacea.” Just when you thought he could not sink any lower, he has starred in a new “adult” movie with an R-rating called “Bad Santa.” For those who think foulmouthed drunks and vulgar rudeness are funny, this movie was a huge hit. The reviews use words like, “demented, twisted, gloriously rude, rancid, vulgar and unreasonably funny.”

submitted photo In October, the Meade County Clothes Closet and Food Pantry asked the local Christian Motorcyclists Association Riders of the Word Chapter to help with a need. The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry provides food and clothes for residents of Meade County. The food supply was running low and it needed a way to re-supply its shelves. Director Linda Whelan asked the Riders of the Word if they could help with the food drive. Riders of the Word set up in front of Kroger and collected food for the food pantry. In just 4 hours, shoppers from Meade County donated more than a truckload of food.


So far, no one has raised any serious questions about his obsession with children, his enslaving of small animals to carry loads heavier than any UPS jet, or his penchant for “breaking and entering” into homes all over the world. Of course, there is always next year. St. Nicholas, the compassionate bishop, is not the only one to lose at this time of year. Even Jesus is being nudged out by elves, reindeer and kittens in Christmas stockings. Instead of Jesus’ birth being central, Christmas has become a frenzy of buying — buying things people don’t need, for people they don’t like, with money they don’t have. Just recently a mob of shoppers, rushing like a herd of charging elephants for a sale, trampled the first woman in line, knocking her unconscious. No wonder so many are left disappointed and in debt and the suicide rate spikes right after Christmas. Before you dismiss me as a

grinch, let me assure you that I love Christmas. My point is that it takes a lot of imagination and determination these days to “keep Christ in Christmas.” Since I am single and my life is so different than that of many people, I am reluctant to give practical suggestions, but here is one: Keep it simple. Do less, not more. Take a little of the time you saved and go on a one-hour retreat. Take a long walk by yourself, visit an empty church or take a long soak in a quiet tub and try to remember what Christmas is really all about. Rev. J. Ronald Knott, a periodic columnist, is the son of Jim and Ethel Knott of Rhodelia. He is presently serving as a Campus Minister at Bellarmine University and Director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates at St. Meinrad School of Theology. He is also a weekly columnist for THE RECORD, author of several books and a national motivational speaker.


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DEAR ST. LOUIS: You’re both right. It all depends on what your taste is. If it truly doesn’t make a difference to you, then I’d suggest cooking it inside the bird — the way your husband likes it. That way, you’ll both be happy. Send letters to Diane c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Or you may e-mail her at © 2006 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Is the book of Matthew in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. According to the prophet Isaiah, what shall be upon the shoulder of Jesus? Children, Firewood, Urns, Government 3. How many languages appeared on the writing, “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews” that hung on the cross? 1, 2, 3, 4 4. Which is the native Christian church of Egypt? Anglican, Gakkai, Coptic, Talmud 5. What was the name of Ruth’s first husband? Alton, Naaman, Peter, Mahlon 6. From Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he that ...”? Complains, Speaketh, Readeth, Sleeps ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Government; 3) 3; 4) Coptic; 5) Mahlon; 6) Readeth For more teasers, log on to © 2006 King Features Synd., Inc.

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State looks into RECCs’ reliability measures Utilities covered by the distribution reliability study

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New jobs moving to Louisville

FRANKFORT – Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong recently announced two large employers are moving to Louisville. The Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI), an international diversified news and information company, will establish a Center of Excellence in Louisville. The customer care center will create 240 new jobs, 217 of which are expected to be Kentucky jobs. Brightpoint Services, specializing in wireless distribution and services, will create about 154 new jobs. “The addition of Gannett’s new Center of Excellence in Louisville will provide a significant number of new jobs to the local economy,” Fletcher said. Gannett intends to consolidate its existing 62 customer centers into three or four Centers of Excellence to handle customer calls, both inbound and outbound, for a variety of GCI publications. The Louisville operation, which will consist of a 14,732square-foot expansion to an existing customer care center, will be the company’s second such facility and will provide services for 33 Gannett-owned newspapers. Through performance and service, Brightpoint has earned a place as trusted partners to its customers and suppliers around the world. More than 20,000 global customers, including some of the industry’s most successful OEMs, network operators, retailers and dealers rely on Brightpoint to distribute their devices, expand their sales channels and transform their logistical challenges into revenue opportunities. “The Jefferson County region continues to build a reputation as a logistics hub,” Fletcher said. “The addition of Brightpoint Services and more than 150 jobs to the area is terrific news. Kentucky is proud to welcome the company as its newest corporate citizen.” The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Gannett Co., Inc. for tax benefits up to $3.25 million and Brightpoint Services for tax benefits up to $3 million under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program designed to increase service- and technology-related employment in the state. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2005 totaled more than $1.6 billion with the creation of more than 16,700 new jobs.

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently opened an investigation into how Kentucky’s electric distribution utilities measure reliability and how they manage vegetation in their rights of way. In an order issued Dec. 12, the PSC required regulated electric distribution utilities, including Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. in Brandenburg, to provide information on how they keep track of outages. The commission also ordered the utilities to provide information on tree trimming and other measures used to prevent vegetation from contacting lines and disrupting service. “The opening of this investigation does not imply that Kentucky’s utilities are falling short in reliability,” PSC Chairman Mark David Goss

said. “But the information we collect in this proceeding will assist the Commission in determining whether there is a need for standards both for reliability reporting and vegetation management.” The investigation is the result of recommendations made last year in a PSC report on Kentucky’s electric infrastructure. That report noted that utilities are not required to and do not report reliability data in a standard way. Similarly, Kentucky does not set parameters for vegetation management, the report noted. Setting clearance requirements for vegetation could help prevent some outages, the report said. In today’s order, the PSC noted that Kentucky law requires utilities to assure their customers of “reasonable continuity of service.” PSC

regulations require service to be restored as quickly as possible and set standards for reporting outages to the Commission. The first step in the investigation begun today will be the collection of data from utilities. A public hearing has been scheduled for May 23, 2007. Parties wishing to become participants in the proceeding should submit their written requests to the PSC by Jan. 11, 2007. Anyone wishing to submit public comments may do so prior to or at the public hearing. Today’s order is accompanied by a data request to all regulated electric utilities. The questions include: • How does the utility monitor distribution system reliability? • How are outages detected, measured and recorded? • What parameters are

recorded for each outage? • How is reliability calculated? • What standards does the utility use in trimming trees? •What local codes or ordinances affect vegetation management? • How often are easements cleared, by whom, and at what cost? The order and related documents are available on the PSC Web site, The case number is 2006-00494. The infrastructure study and related documents are also available on the PSC Web site. That case number is 200500090. The PSC is an agency within the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in the Kentucky and has about 110 employees.

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Livestock sector to slow in ’07 BY LAURA SKILLMAN

LOUISVILLE –The livestock industry has been the driving force behind a strong agricultural economy in the state, but prices in the coming year will level and input costs will rise, making the enterprises less profitable. While the equine sector will remain strong, cattle and poultry will see less profitably. These three sectors comprised 61 percent of total cash farm receipts in 2006. Grain prices are expected to pick up the slack in 2007 ensuring a continued strong farm economy. “We’ve seen very good feeder cattle prices in Kentucky for several years now and we’ve been enthused about those and wondering how long they were going to last and thinking about long-term expansion,” said Lee Meyer, an agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. “But what we’ve seen was not the cattle cycle and the expansion of beef production that has caused things to change; it was corn.” In the past few months, higher corn prices have had a detrimental effect on cattle prices. The impact of increased corn prices on cattle prices follows what Meyer calls the eight-to-one rule; for every $1 increase in corn prices, feeder cattle prices will drop by $8. There is also some expectation of a little more beef production in the United States but not much more than last year. That should help slaughter cattle prices to remain steady while feeder cattle prices are expected to be 5 to 10 percent lower. “But by historical standards, prices are still going to be pretty good,” Meyer said. “Efficient producers should be able to cover their costs, and the longer run, I think, is still looking pretty good.”

The poultry industry, an $850 million industry in Kentucky, will also be impacted by higher feed costs due to increased corn prices. Exports have been strong, and the industry has continued to build on export levels of 15 percent of broiler meat. In the next year, integrators are expected to reduce production and, as a result, prices are expected to increase slightly. Higher feed costs will increase production costs, tempering income potential. Energy costs, especially for natural gas used to heat broiler houses, have also had an impact on farmer expenses. Hog production in Kentucky leveled out in 2004 after about a decade of declining production. In 2005 and likely 2006 as well, production has increased slightly. Prices in 2006 were good and exports are strong, a key factor in the strong prices. Prices in the coming year will be down

about 3 percent overall, but Meyer said the important thing to consider is the breakeven cost of production. Corn is an important component of hog diets and with the higher prices for the commodity, the production costs will be higher, pulling the breakeven price up and impacting the producers’ profit potential. Much of the increased price of corn is being driven by a high demand for the grain in ethanol production. Distillers’ dried grains (DDGs), a byproduct of ethanol production, will be utilized as a feed source by some sectors of the livestock industry. Distiller’s grain can be used for a feed source for backgrounding calves to complement other feed stuffs and forages in Kentucky, Meyer said. The feedlots are trying to move more toward distiller’s grains in their rations to offset the higher corn prices.

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and he pays for a lot of this out-of-pocket. Sometimes, you don’t know what your kids are getting into, but after meeting him, I know he’s looking out for them and their best interests. He really put my mind at ease after meeting him.” Ginter said Gyukery has all the tools to do some damage in his weight class. “He’s a great kid and a very good athlete,” he said. “He’s tall and lanky and he hits really hard. He just needed to get a few fights and some training under his belt, which he has done. I expect him to be competitive this year and make it to nationals. He’s really a fearless kid. He suffered a couple of bloody noses fighting through his inexperience, but he never backed down, and that says a lot.” Josh Gyukery said his dad, JOSH Joe, 49, was GYUKERY all for boxing, perhaps because of the family history. “My dad loves it,” Josh Gyukery said. “He came to one of the fights down in Louisville last year, and he really enjoyed it. I’ve been blessed to have parents who have always been behind me, no matter what I do. They’ve always been supportive and that really helps.” The UK boxing team is a member of the National Collegiate Boxing Association and the country is broken up regionally, like other sports. “It’s broken up into different divisions, and in this division we have Navy, Michigan The Citadel and Miami of Ohio, as well as a couple of other schools,” Josh Gyukery said. “Every year there’s a regional, and out of every regional you take the top two teams and a third if another bid is available. Our regional was in Chicago last year, and this year the national is out in Reno, Nev.” According to Gyukery, boxing is a sport that is just now starting to get some recognition on campus. But years ago the UK boxing team was just as good as the basketball team. After training his entire freshman year, Gyukery made full-team status as a sophomore and had two fights — in

two higher weight classes — which he lost. “Last year was more of a learning experience, losing two times,” he said. “You have to listen to advice from others and move on, but it’s tough.” Gyukery and his coach chalked up his losses to inexperience, but both said he has come a long way since his freshman year. “He came out for boxing late, and that set him back because your first year is the toughest,” Ginter said. “Every time you make a mistake, you get punished for it, literally. He suffered a painful first year because he fought guys with so much more experience, but he’ll be much better this year.” Gyukery said he’s worked hard to make it to nationals. “I think I’m a national contender this year in my class,” he said. “I got a personal trainer and a nutritionist to get me down to my fighting weight, and I have — starting next month — six fights lined up. Usually you only have two or three fights a year, so it’s a lot. I even have fights on two straight weekends.” Gyukery said fights on back-to-back weekends can be difficult on your body — especially your face — but you have to stay focused. “It’s tough to bounce right back like that because you do get hurt,” he said. “It’s one of those sports where it’s not if you get hurt, it’s when. It’s always testing you, and you have to be on your toes. You have to bounce back regardless if you lose or not.” Donna Gyukery said her son, a mechanical engineering major, uses boxing as a release after a tough day of classes and studying. “After studying, he puts on

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from a year ago. The FTC estimates that 110 firms will be operating plants by the end of 2007. Agri Fuels likely will begin preliminary excavation in March, Martin said, but his design team will need about six months to develop blueprints, leaving the bulk of construction to start around June. The plant will take about a year and a half for completion. Martin said Agri Fuels also will potentially develop sister companies to handle by-products. One by-product of ethanol is highly nutritious livestock feed. A modern dry-mill ethanol refinery produces about 2.8 gallons of ethanol and more than 17 pounds of distiller grains from a bushel of corn, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. When Agri Fuels opens, Martin expects it will employ 40-45 workers and as many as 125 workers within five years.

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the gloves and helmets and they spar,” she said. “They’re not killing each other. It’s very organized with a lot of rules to keep everyone safe, and they’re not just beating the heck out of each other. I don’t like to see the blood or anything, but that’s part of it too. But I raised him to be tough, and that’s what he is.” Josh Gyukery, an outdoorsman who still loves to come home to hunt deer with his dad, said moving to a city where there are more people on campus than in all of Meade County has been a big change for him. “When I first came here, it was complete culture shock,” he said. “In Meade County, there’s no mall or anything like that you can drive to in 10 minutes. It took 45 minutes to get to a mall from there.” One of the biggest changes was the shortened amount of time it takes for him to get to class. “I was always preparing myself to go to class because at home, it was a 30-minute drive to school. Here, I’d leave way before class and sit and read the paper because it’s only a 10-minute walk. Everything is so much closer and there are so many more people. It’s completely different and it’s been a big change. I do miss home and I have to go every now and then to get away from it all, but I really like being here.”




in early January. Crump said situations such as Tuesday’s are rare in Meade County, but that the Flaherty Elementary staff handled the situation well. “We’ve had situations where parents come in angry, but not to this extreme,” he said. “The school handled this by procedure. I have to commend (Principal) Mandy Richardson and her staff for doing what they have to do to keep children safe. No kids were in danger at any point because of the quick thinking of the staff. We’re going to make sure the kids are safe. Our No. 1 job is safety. (Children) have to feel safe, and if they feel safe, then the

Page A7 educational process can go on.” Elementary school officials refused to comment on the incident Wednesday, including one who denied that a parent threatened a teacher. Richardson sent a letter home to parents Tuesday informing them of the incident, stating, “We asked police to come to our school as a precautionary measure; in addition, we went into our lockdown procedure to make sure that all kids remained safe. The incident was handled appropriately by our staff and no one was hurt.” Eddie Whelan, whose child attends Flaherty Elementary, said he was pleased with how the school responded to the incident. “I thought they did a good job,” he said. “My kid made it home safe.”

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“Although Ms. Terrell’s employment status was tangentially related to the subject of the closed session discussion … the primary focus of their discussion was, judging by the order in which the motions were made upon reentering open session, the hiring of a bookkeeping service,” according to the letter signed by Stumbo and Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver. Terrell said she is satisfied with the outcome. “I’m happy they ruled in my favor,” she said, deferring further comments due to pending litigation against Solid Waste. 109 Board Attorney Robert Heleringer feels differently about the ruling but sees the conflict as a learning experience. “I disagree with that determination,” he said at Monday’s



109 Board meeting. “We can learn from it and we have to follow that mandate that’s in the law very carefully to the letter.” In an Oct. 30 letter to the Attorney General, Terrell alleged the board improperly relied on the statute for closed meetings to discuss replacing her position with a bookkeeper and requested the decisions made during the meeting be declared null and void. “The hiring of Livers Bookkeeping Service was not brought up in the meeting until they had the closed session,” she wrote. 109 Board Chairman Bim Wardrip and board member James Vessels stormed out of closed session, leaving only four board members to vote on Terrell’s future. Wardrip reportedly said he quit as chairman of the board, but he did not officially resign

and has been acting as chairman since. State law says the exceptions to open meetings laws cannot be used to “shield the agency from unwarranted or unpleasant public input, interference or scrutiny.” The only exceptions are when appointment, discipline or dismissal of personnel needs to be discussed. The opinion also further clarifies how governmental bodies are to state their reasons for going into private discussions. “Prior to going into a closed session … a public agency must state during the regular and open portion of the meeting the general nature of the business to be discussed and the reason for the closed session. The public is entitled to know the general nature of the discussion.” Both sides have the option of appealing the decision in Circuit Court.

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members realized last week during a special meeting that the current five-year waste plan prohibits anyone from collecting trash in the county except for the Solid Waste department. Until the plan is revised and a franchise fee is established, bid packages cannot be sent out. The process of selecting a franchisee is already running behind schedule. The 109 Board originally hoped to have bid requests returned by Feb. 15 and to have a franchisee begin trash collection April 1 — when the loan from Fiscal Court runs out. 109 Board members said Monday they are reluctant to redraft a five-year plan until after Fiscal Court has decided their board’s future. So the board decided to table any decisions until after Fiscal Court makes a decision regarding the 109 Board’s future and if certain ordinances will be amended. “Until the county makes up their mind, we’re beating a dead horse,” 109 Board member Shannon Loose said. Neither the 109 Board nor Fiscal Court can agree on who has the authority to raise garbage fees. Magistrate Herbie Chism said the 109 Board must show justification for a fee increase, but 109 Board Attorney Robert Heleringer said he “respectfully disagrees” with how Fiscal Court interprets the law. Heleringer referenced a 2003 Circuit Court case in which the 109 Board sued Fiscal Court and won. “I believe the implied powers under (KRS) chapter 109 gives this board the right to set rates, increase rates and decrease rates,” he said. “We had a Circuit Court opinion that explicitly said we were in power once we were constituted to be autonomous. We don’t have to go to Fiscal Court, but I know that’s been the tradition and the practice of this board to keep relations good, but it’s unnecessary. “Circuit Court opinions aren’t black letter law in Kentucky, but it’s good law in this jurisdiction. Not only do we have my humble opinion, but we have a judicial opinion. I’ve always been for good relations, and I’m not saying we throw down the gauntlets and make any demands or issue any edicts, but to answer the simple question, ‘Can this board increase it’s own rates,’ the answer is, ‘Yes.” Chism said he will request the issue be added to the agenda of Fiscal Court’s Jan. 2 special session. If the topic is added, the 109 Board intends to hold a special meeting the following day to begin taking action.

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University of Kentucky Wildcats fans are still celebrating a couple of early Christmas gifts in wins over Louisville and Indiana, archrivals 1 and 1A. But while Cat fans are basking in the afterglow, UofL fans are left wondering why their supposed savior has now lost three straight to his old school, plus a game to another former protégé this season. A lot of talk has been flying around that Pitino has lost it. Nonsense. But has he softened a bit? Absolutely. That’s what happens to most people when they get a little older and go through some of the things Pitino has had to deal with over the last several years. He lost brotherin-law and best friend Billy Minardi in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center for one. And that can soften the strongest of wills, except maybe Bob Knight’s, who is probably too tough a nut — emphasis on nut — for anything to crack. Certainly some of the luster came off after the unceremonious way he dumped the Celtics after leading them to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. His record of 102-146 over three and a half seasons and the way he faxed in his resignation are big black marks upon his previously pristine resume. But through it all, Pitino will always be a great coach. Many Kentucky fans like to call him the “Benedict Arnold of the Bluegrass,” or “Traitor Rick,” but it was supposed to be good for the rivalry, which had fallen so far in the latter years of the Denny Crum era. This was supposed to put the UK-UofL game right back up there with Duke-Carolina, and no one should have a problem with that. So far, that hasn’t happened, but that’s not Pitino’s burden alone to carry. Kentucky hasn’t looked so great recently, either, and watching last Saturday’s game was like scrubbing toilets — not fun. Perhaps most surprising is the way the Cards are shooting the ball. Pitino’s “Brick-bino’s” are putting up so much masonry that their new arena should be finished by now. The biggest of the Cards’ woes may be the horrendous shooting of sophomore forward Terrence Williams. Williams has hit on 7 of 45 from behind the ark — a mindnumbing 15.6 percent — and 41 of 120 from the field, or 34.2 percent. On top of his horrendous shooting from the floor, T-Will is only making about 53 percent of his free throws. Louisville is shooting 34.8 percent from three and 42.9 percent from the field as a team, both respectable numbers. But one must consider the competition. Against its three toughest opponents — Arizona, Kentucky and UMass — UofL has shot a combined 34.7 percent from the field, including 12 of 60 from three.





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Team’s success rides on guard’s offense, coach says


Coach Jerry Garris has a simple solution for ending his boys basketball team’s three-game losing streak: 6-5 senior guard Riley Benock needs to shoot more. “I’ve been on him all year, ever since this summer,” Garris said. “But it’s just not his mentality. He wants to set other people up, but if we’re going to be successful, he’s got to take more shots.” Benock said it’s important for him to shoot because his teammates have been great at rebounding the ball, only losing the battle on the boards once this season. “Really, you can’t go outside of yourself and you still have to play within the offense,” he said. “But there are times that I know I could get more shots off, just with my size and driving to the basket and being able to shoot it. That won’t take other people out of the offense, because it gives them a chance to rebound it and get putbacks, which was big for us early.” Benock said he will work to be more aggressive in looking for his shot while still creating for teammates. That lack of aggressiveness was especially apparent in the team’s third-straight loss, a 67-63 defeat last Saturday to Franklin County in the Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass tournament in Fairdale. Meade (4-3) led by 47-37 at the end of the third quarter but was outscored 30-16 in the fourth. Benock led Meade County with 18 points — but only took two

Benock said he knows he needs to be more assertive offensively. He scored 17 against Male during the King of the Bluegrass tournament in Fairdale.

shots the second half and did not score in the fourth quarter. Garris said he wasn’t pleased with the way his team was unable to put the Flyers away. “We had chances to blow it open and we let them back in it,” he said. “We were up 21-12 in the first half with about three and a half minutes to go, and we only scored two more points. They took a 25-23 lead at the half with their best player on the bench.” Garris said his team played well in the third quarter but couldn’t get the job done in the fourth. “We came out in the third quarter and started running and defending a little bit, and we were up 10 after three,” he said.



The News Standard/SHAUN T. COX Meade County junior forward Eric Whelan tries to get a rebound while Male’s Dexter Heyman tries to hold him down. Male was the first team to out-rebound the Greenwave all season, 32-28.

Girls’ pressure earning respect BY SHAUN T. COX

The News Standard/SHAUN T. COX Junior guard Mindy Oliver gets fouled as she tries to go to the basket against Ohio County.

Ohio County Coach Brad Johnson’s team defeated Meade County for the second time this season Wednesday night in the Shively Sporting Goods Lady Bruins Invitational, but he said Meade was the toughest opponent his team has faced this season. “We’ve had a pretty easy time of it, to be honest with you, and they’ve played us closer than anybody has all year,” Johnson said. “They really play aggressive and they go at us and attack the basket against the press. Some teams are awkward for you to play against, and they’re that for us. They have good players in the post and have guards who can shoot the ball and we’ve struggled with them twice.” Ohio County has won its five games

against other opponents by an average of 26.6 points, and beaten Meade by an average of 10 points over the two games. Ohio County beat Meade by six Dec. 11, 81-75, after forcing 35 Meade turnovers. Meade dominated nearly every other statistical category that night, but was still down big after three quarters, 57-40. In the re-match, the Lady Waves (2-5) stayed close to Ohio County (7-0) until the second half, trailing by 11 midway through the third quarter. Every time Ohio made a run, Meade would counter, but the Lady Waves still lost 73-59. The issue the second time around was much like the first. Nearly every time Meade



Waltrip building for future with Toyota BY BUDDY SHACKLETTE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been an exiting and frustrating year for Michael Waltrip. Off the track, Waltrip has embarked on a multi-million dollar project that revolves around racing. The Owensboro, Ky., native is in the process of building Waltrip Raceworld, a familyfriendly racing attraction, while also building a three-car NEXTEL Cup team for the 2007 season. “We have been building this team for over a year now,” Waltrip said. “We have

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Getty Images/DOUG BENE Michael Waltrip drives his signature car.

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tried to pass the ball, an Ohio player was in the passing lane, doing anything to deflect the ball. Ohio County rode its pressure defense and deep bench all night. “They play lots of people and everybody they bring in can shoot, guard, handle; all of them can play,” Meade Coach Josh Hurt said. “We’re working on building some depth. They have it and they’re senior-oriented and we only have two — even though they’re good ones.” Meade finished the game with 32 turnovers, three fewer than the first meeting. Foul trouble also was a factor for Meade County. Senior forward Kayla Stull was called for her fifth foul courtesy of an elbow to her face from Ohio County forward Jo Jurgen in the fourth quarter. Junior forward Kayla Fackler got called for her third foul with 6:17 left in the first half, and junior guard Kim Montgomery fouled out with 6:06 left in the game. “It seems like every game we get into foul trouble, that’s our M.O.,” Hurt said. “We don’t move our feet and we use our hands too much, and it seems like every game somebody gets into foul trouble. We’ve got to do a better job defensively.” Johnson said he remembered how Meade dropped 35 on his team in the fourth quarter of the first meeting. “We felt like they would come into the game real confident because they put up so many points on us in the fourth quarter last time, and they just keep attacking you,” he said. “They really come right at you and we just tried to match that energy. We’ll always run and they do a good job with their press offense. I really think they’ll be one of the top two or three teams in the region, and they’ll keep improving.” Hurt said his team still lacks consistency. “All their starters are back and their whole bench is back,” he said. “It’s just practice, practice, practice, and our kids are close to that. We’ve got some kids with experience too, and I don’t think we’re out of position too often. They’re aggressive, they press, it’s tough minded, and if you’re not tough, you struggle. We’re tough 20 minutes and not 12. We’ve got to be tough for 32 minutes.” Last Saturday, the Lady Waves completed a boys/girls



sweep of Hancock County. And what a sweep it was. The boys beat the Hornets by 15 on Dec. 5, and the girls outdid their male counterparts, winning by 27, 66-39. Meade took a 16-12 lead after the first quarter and really turned up the heat in the second, outscoring Hancock 24-13 to take a 15-point halftime lead, 40-25. After leading by 20 at the end of the third, the defense held Hancock to only four fourth-quarter points to set the final score. “We didn’t play our best, but we played well enough,” Hurt said. “They’re a district opponent, and for us to be 2-0 in the district is good. Being the No. 1 seed is a goal, so it was a good win. They hung in there with us for a little while, and eventually our depth, defensive pressure and offensive ability enabled us to put it away the way I thought we should be able to.” Meade continued its trend of killing teams on the glass, out-rebounding Hancock 4522. Fackler led the way with 13 boards to go with her 12 points, and Stull added eight of her own, along with 11 points. Junior guard Mindy Oliver was spectacular, going 8-17 from the floor and 2-3 from three-point land to lead all scorers with 23 points. She also had eight rebounds, four steals and an assist. Meade forced Hancock into 24 turnovers while committing only 12 of its own, a big improvement over the 35 turnovers Meade had in its previous game. The Meade County bench also continued its recent uptick, contributing nine points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals to the cause. Next week, the girls travel to Scottsville to participate in their second tournament in as many weeks. “The LIS is the Lady’s Invitational South, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious Christmas tournaments in the state,” Hurt said. “It’s been passed a little bit by the Fifth-Third Bank tournament recently as far as drawing top20 teams, but it’s a really good tournament.” Meade will play Monroe County at 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Box Score: Lady Waves 66, Lady Hornets 39 Hancock: M. Wroe 5-10 2-4 12, T. Wroe 2-5 4-8 9, Mosby 1-2 5-8 7, Taylor 3-9 0-0 6, Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Johnson 0-0 1-2 1, Kratzer 0-2 0-0 0, White 0-2 0-0 0, Ellis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-35 12-22 39. Meade: Oliver 8-17 5-7 23, Fackler 4-9 4-4 12, Stull 4-10

Junior guard Mindy Oliver looks to the basket for two of her gamehigh 26 points. 3-4 11, Newby 4-12 1-3 9, Ledford 1-1 0-0 3, Hurt 0-3 -2 2, Evans 1-1 0-0 2, Powers 1-1 0-2 2, Montgomery 1-5 0-0 2, Wathen 0-3 0-0 0, Stinnett 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 24-62 15-23 66. Hancock 12 13 10 4—39 Meade 16 24 15 11—66 Three-point goals—Hancock 1-6 (M. Wroe 0-1, T. Wroe 1-2, Taylor 0-1, Jones 0-2). Meade 3-11 (Oliver 2-3, Newby 0-1, Ledford 1-1, Hurt 0-2, Montgomery 0-2, Wathen 0-2). Fouled out—Taylor. Rebounds—Hancock 22 (Hones 10), Meade 45 (Fackler 13). Assists—Hancock 7 (M. Wroe 6), Meade 14 (Montgomery 4). Total fouls—Hancock 14, Meade 17. Technicals—none. Lady Eagles 73, Lady Waves 59 Meade: Oliver 8-11 10-17 26, Stull 4-9 3-7 11, Newby 2-9 59 9, Fackler 2-3 2-2 6, Powers 1-2 2-2 4, Hurt 1-4 0-0 2, Stinnett 0-0 1-2 1, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Wathen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 23-41 59. Ohio: Adams 8-17 4-6 20, Robinson 4-6 9-11 18, Embry 4-7 0-0 8, Goff 2-7 3-7 7, Hunt 3-5 0-0 7, Whitaker 3-4 0-2 6, Albin 2-5 1-2 5, Keown 0-4 22 2, Hamilton 0-1 0-1 0, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Griffin 01 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 19-31 73. Meade 10 14 16 19—59 Ohio 10 27 16 20—73 Three-point goals—Meade 0-6 (Newby 0-2, Montgomer 0-2, Wathen 0-1, Hurt 0-1). Ohio 28 (Robinson 1-1, Embry 0-1, Goff 0-2, Hunt 1-2, Keown 01, Hamilton 0-1). Fouled out— Stull, Montgomery, Adams. Rebounds—Meade 36 (Stull 12), Ohio 27 (Adams 8). Assists—Meade 11 (Newby 5), Ohio 9 (Goff 6). Total fouls—Meade 21, Ohio 28. Technicals—none.


No, that’s not a misprint. Pitino has reportedly told Williams to keep shooting, but maybe he needs to tell freshman guard Edgar Sosa to do that instead. Sosa is hitting 50 percent of his threes for the season, 18 of 36. Freshman guard Jerry Smith also is hitting them at a 39-percent clip, and sophomore guard Will Scott is hitting almost 49 percent of his threes. Granted, the two have only taken 28 and 23 attempts, respectively, but maybe that’s the problem. The sole bright spot against UK was the play of creakykneed senior David Padgett, but can he do it night in and night out? Doubtful, especially considering the competition he’ll face in this season’s big-man Big East. People like to talk about the lack of talent the state’s two biggest programs have gotten in the last couple of years, but that’s nothing short of lunacy. The Cards have a top-10 class this year, as they did last year. Kentucky’s current junior class has two McDonald’s AllAmericans and another top-30 recruit and was No. 1 in everyone’s rankings. That’s in addition to this year’s top-20 class, which has looked under-ranked so far. Ask Louisville if they’ve ever heard of a guy named Jodie Meeks. The guess here is that Pitino will get it turned around in time for a late run to make the NCAA tournament, but it won’t be easy, especially if his players keeps supplying the building materials for the new arena.

The News Standard/CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Meade County junior Antonio Stewart grapples with Central Hardin’s Roger Banks in the 119pound weight class during Wednesday’s home match. Stewart pinned his opponent in 3:04 and was one of only three Meade County wrestlers to win their respective matches. Central Hardin thumped the Greenwave 60-15.


Meade swimmers seventh VERSAILLES — The Meade County swim team finished seventh overall and third in the region and the girls placed 21st against some of the top teams in the state in last Saturday’s Woodford County Invitational in Versailles, against 32 other teams. While neither team won any of races, the boys placed senior Daniel Silva in the top 10 out of 90 swimmers in the boys’ 50 free; senior Jake Baldwin in the top 10 of 87 in the boys’ 100 free; seniors J. Baldwin, Andy Wilkins, Cody Baldwin and Silva in the top 10 of the boys’ 200 free relay; sophomore Troy Jobe in the

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top 10 of 52 in the boys’ 100 back; senior Jon Hobbs in the top 10 of 51 in the boys’ 100 breast; and Jobe, Silva and the Baldwin brothers in the top 10 of the boys’ 400 free relay. Swimmers also set 11 school records and 30 personal-best times.

Grapplers lose at home BRANDENBURG — The Meade County wrestling team lost to Central Hardin Wednesday night. Only three members were able to pull out wins against one of the top teams in the region, and the Greenwave lost 60-15. Winners were Arthur Ohmes, 112, Antonio Stewart, 119, and Bobby Fuqua, 285.

The News Standard/SHAUN T. COX Above, 6-foot freshman Bliss Powers looks to shoot over Ohio County guard Lauren Goff. Powers came off the bench to score four points and grab two boards in eight minutes. Left, Senior guard Jasmine Newby drives to the hole after taking one of her six steals. Newby also had nine points and five assists.

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I received a great letter in response to my column about franchising NASCAR’s Nextel Cup teams. John in Winter Springs, Fla., brings up some important points that I did not cover. Here is his letter: *** Greg, I agree with your assessment on NASCAR franchising its Cup teams, and also feel 2007 will be a pivotal year for NASCAR. First, if it doesn’t get its TV ratings up after 2006’s significant drop, there will be trouble with the networks and sponsors. Second, like you said in your column, there will be a large number of major sponsors (Red Bull, Burger King, NAPA, Domino’s, etc.) wondering why their cars are on the trailers going back to the shop and not on the starting grids. That will make for bad karma on Madison Avenue and will force their account managers to steer their clients away from NASCAR team sponsorships. Third, NASCAR has already been backed into the wall on the past champion’s provisional (which outlived its usefulness when Richard Petty retired) and bigger teams buying rides from guys like Derrike Cope or Kevin Lepage. These bigger-team owners manage to fork out $100,000 for trick setups and qualifying engines in

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It’s the holiday season, and not only are the days shorter, but so is the amount of time you have to dedicate to your fitness program. Keeping a realistic and effective fitness routine during the busy holiday season can be challenging. But there is hope! With planning and some minor changes, you can enjoy a fit and guilt-free holiday season. Here are some suggestions: • Add yourself to your “to-do” list. Just as you make lists to purchase presents or attend holiday parties, place time for yourself on your important list of things to do. If YOU don’t make the time to take care of yourself, it won’t find you. • Set realistic goals. Setting a goal of losing body fat, gaining muscle or training for a marathon during one of the busiest times of the year can be challenging. Switch to a maintenance plan if you know you will experience a change in your schedule and responsibilities during the holiday season. When your schedule returns to normal, your body will be ready to kick back into high gear. • Plan ahead. Anticipate the change in schedule and priorities you’ll face as the

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holidays approach. Modify or condense your workouts to receive the same amount of cardiovascular and strength-training benefits within the time available. For example, if you are accustomed to exercising five days a week, strengthening a different muscle group each day, an effective modification could be switching to three days a week using full-body exercises with one day of rest in between. • Keep an exercise journal. Journaling can be a great way to hold yourself accountable and stay committed to your exercise routine during the holidays. Having to write down your activities can encourage you to stay active, even when you feel otherwise. Enjoy the holidays, and when you don’t have time to do anything else, KEEP MOVING! Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Andrea Renee Wyatt, M.S.S., C.S.C.S., is a certified personal trainer with an extensive background in strength and conditioning as well as therapeutic recreation. If you have a fitness or training question, e-mail Andrea at or write her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2006 King Features Synd., Inc.



not the monumental business module he is forming. Aside from the finishes, he’s been pleased with the progress. “I am very proud of this organization,” Waltrip said. “From the talented management team led by Ty Norris, to the men and women that build our beautiful Toyota Camrys, none of this would be possible without them. I am also proud of our new building that will open to the public in mid-May.” Fortunately for Waltrip, there appears to be some help on the way when it comes to the on-the-track performance. Waltrip, who has been building his new Toyotabacked effort for a year, secured sponsorship and is finalizing personnel as the program gets ready to kickoff the 2007 Cup season. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Preseason Thunder testing begins Jan. 8 at Daytona International Speedway and it was just last week that MWR announced who would be calling the shots on its three Cup entries. Matt Borland, known for his excellence alongside Ryan Newman over the year, has been designated crew chief of the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry, which will be wheeled by former champion Dale Jarrett. Larry Carter, who put racing great Rusty Wallace in victory lane at Martinsville, will reside as crew chief of the No. 00 Toyota Camry, driven by David Reutimann. David Hyder, former crew chief for Ken Schrader in the

hopes of a well-heeled, but loser team like Michael Waltrip Racing paying them double that $100,000 to get their sponsors in the field. If you believe the rumors, both of these old customs are going away or will be severely limited in ‘07. Fourth, without franchising, once-strong teams like the Wood Brothers, PPI and Morgan-McClure may be forced to shut down. What will be left is exactly what NASCAR feared, multi-car teams like Roush, Hendrick, Gibbs, Penske, Ganassi and RCR dominating the tour. If that happens, NASCAR could face the same kind of big-teamowner mutiny that openwheel racing saw when CART broke off from USAC. Franchising teams is the only way to fix problems 2, 3 and 4. But I’m afraid that by 2008, it will too late to help the older, one-car teams, while sponsors for Michael Waltrip Racing, for instance, will be frantically searching the “out clauses” in their contracts. Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if one of the major car companies (I’m betting Ford) decides to pull out of NASCAR after ‘07. Ford can sponsor the entire Champ Car series for about what it will cost them to support the Wood Brothers and Robby Gordon in NASCAR in 2007. Losing Ford won’t hurt Jack Roush, since Toyota

No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, will crew chief his boss’ car, the No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry of Waltrip. “We concentrated on pairing personalities to find the perfect qualified individuals for each position. Matt is a proven winner and we’re proud to have him steering the No. 44 UPS Toyota team. I’ve known David for a while and look forward to him leading the NAPA team. I love his enthusiasm and the way he thinks,” said Waltrip. “Obviously, Larry was vitally important in building our teams and I know he will be instrumental in building David Reutimann’s future while driving his Toyota cosponsored by Burger King and Dominoes Pizza. We are fortunate to have all three of them under one roof.” Borland led Ryan Newman to 12 wins, 37 poles, 54 topfives and 83 top-10 finishes in 186 Cup starts. The 35-year-old joined Penske Racing South in November 1999 originally as an engineer. In 2001, Borland was instrumental in Newman’s success as he participated in a combination schedule in the ARCA, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. “I’m looking forward to making a new home at Michael Waltrip Racing and working with Dale Jarrett,” Borland said. “Dale is a champion and he has a ton of respect in the garage. He’s obviously proven himself as a driver. Also, Toyota will be great to work with. I think Toyota is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers.” Jarrett established himself as a perennial championship contender in the mid-90s, fin-

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PHOTO COURTESY CHRYSLER MUSEUM This altered Hemi-powered 1949 Plymouth was the first Ramcharger car, known as “High & Mighty.” will snap up his teams like a hungry dog eating a biscuit. But Robert Yates may have more of a problem. *** Q: Greg, whatever happened to the Ramchargers team that ran all those fast Dodge super stockers and funny cars, and what was their first car? — Peter, Oklahoma A: Peter, the Ramchargers began in 1958 as a car club with soon-tobe-champion driver Jim Thornton as its first president. The original Ramchargers car was a 1949 Plymouth that carried the name “High & Mighty,” and it won in every class in which it competed (usually C/Altered), including the 1959 U.S. Nationals. I remember the car ’s

eight long, trumpet-style exhaust stacks, wild highrise intake and actual height, thus the “High and Mighty” moniker. Next came a Dodge Dart in 1961, which led to Super Stockers, then altered wheelbase cars and eventually Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters. The team debuted its distinctive candy-apple red and white-striped paint job in 1963 with the Ramchargers logo. They ran competitively well into the 1970s and will be remembered as one of the strongest teams ever. Write to Greg Zyla in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send an e-mail to © 2006 King Features Synd., Inc.

ishing in the top-10 in championship points for seven consecutive seasons. Jarrett has 32 career Cup Series victories, including three Daytona 500 wins and two in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “There are a lot of smart, innovative individuals in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and I am thrilled that Michael Waltrip Racing was able to secure one of the best in Matt Borland,” Jarrett said. “He’s obviously had a lot of success in the few years he’s been in this position. I think Christmas came a little early for Michael Waltrip Racing and myself. This announcement just adds to my excitement about 2007. I think he’ll truly be a valuable asset to this No. 44 UPS Toyota team and will complement Michael Waltrip Racing as a whole.” Carter, nephew to former NASCAR team owner Travis Carter, joined Penske Racing South in 2004 and helped Wallace snap a 105-race winless streak. It was only his 10th race with Wallace, whose last Cup Series win was in 2001 at California Speedway. “We’ve set some realistic goals and assembled a solid team,” Carter said. “David Reutimann is very talented and we’re going to have a lot

of fun working with him. He’s been fast at all the tests and I think he’ll do well next year. Fortunately, we were able to run five races last season with Bill Elliott to help prepare us for 2007.” Reutimann will be running fulltime in both the Cup and Busch Series in 2007 for MWR after a successful run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Darrell Waltrip Racing over the past few years. Hyder has nearly 20 years of experience as a Late Model driver with close to 100 victories. In 1999, he stopped driving and building his own cars and joined Petty Enterprises as a mechanic. Almost three years later, he became a car chief for the Pettys in Cup Series. At the end of the 2004 season, he transitioned from being a car chief at Petty Enterprises to becoming a crew chief at BAM Racing with driver Ken Schrader. “Michael has the same mentality as other drivers I’ve worked with,” Hyder said. “Michael approached me at the end of the 2006 season and asked me what I was going to do the next season. He gauged my interest in being his crew chief. I got really excited about everything he has planned for his race team and I accepted.”

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Brooke Hilligoss, right, started collecting drink can pull tabs two years ago. She got her friend Kaysi Jupin collecting them also. They donate these to VFW Post 10281 in Vine Grove. Each pull tab represents one minute in camp to a child with cancer. Brooke is in second grade and Kaysi is in third grade at James R. Allen. They live in Johnstown.


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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: One of my favorite morning activities is to take my dog “Jake” to a little park nearby and play fetch. However, a sign went up recently that says “No Dogs.” I live in a small city where there is not much open space, and pets have to stay on leashes almost everywhere. If I want to play fetch with Jake, I have to put him in the car and drive out to a hiking area — and guess what, new regulations about pets are going up there, too! What can I do? — Frustrated in the Northeast DEAR FRUSTRATED: Finding open space for dogs, even in the suburbs, is becoming increasingly difficult. Many municipal parks do not permit them at all, even on a leash. Action groups have formed in many cities to address this issue, and are hammering out compromises with their munici-

palities that allow both pets and people to enjoy open spaces. Chances are, one has formed in your community; if it hasn’t, consider organizing a group. Look for (or put up) signs at the local vet’s office and on community bulletin boards. Contact the local newspaper. Start a Web site or a blog. A group should consider all the options available for offleash spaces and present them at public meetings. It should also consider the issues that likely caused pet bans in the first place: pet waste disposal, aggressive dogs, fearful adults, small children in the area, etc., and develop solutions and/or rules of conduct for group members to mitigate or eliminate these issues. Remember, always be polite, but be insistent. Pets are a part of our communities and their needs should be considered, including a clean, safe place to play off-leash and socialize.

FRANKFORT – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) today released results from the 2006 Kentucky Youth Tobacco Survey (KYTS) that show a continued decline in youth smoking rates statewide and an encouraging change in young people’s attitudes about smoking and the use of tobacco products. Efforts to promote healthy lifestyle choices, including avoiding the harmful effects of tobacco, are connecting with more Kentucky teenagers, according to the survey conducted by the Department for Public Health within CHFS. “These results mean good news for the future health of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “Avoiding tobacco use is one the smartest choices one can make in terms of preventive health care and a key goal of my new Get Healthy Kentucky initiative. The study shows we have been moving in the right direction to curb tobacco use, and with this new program we hope to see an even bigger decline, particularly among young people.” The study, which provides a broad overview of the smoking rates and tobacco habits of Kentucky’s youth, covers a range of topics indicating public health programs to reduce youth smoking and tobacco use have been remarkably effective. The 2005 hike in Kentucky’s excise tax, proposed by Governor Fletcher and approved by the General Assembly, has also had an impact, by increasing the cost of

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tobacco products to teens with limited disposable income. In addition, the adoption of smoke-free school policies has helped curb the number of students exposed to tobacco smoke. The survey results indicate that middle school students’ exposure to secondhand smoke dropped significantly between 2002 and 2006. “The information gleaned from the survey gives us a good indicator of how well our programs are working and where we need to focus our efforts to prevent tobacco use among young people and stop them from becoming regular tobacco users,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell The results show: • A three-percentage point drop in the percentage of high school students who admit current tobacco use. Twentyfive percent of Kentucky high school students acknowledge they smoked or used a tobacco product on one or more of the past 30 days. In 2004, the percentage was 28 percent. • Current cigarette use among middle school students fell from 15 percent in 2002 to 12 percent in 2006. (Data was not available for 2004.) • Lifetime cigarette use declined significantly among high school students from 63 percent in 2004 to 57 percent in 2006. Lifetime cigarette use is defined as having ever tried or used a cigarette. A similar decrease was found among middle school students. That number fell significantly from 44 percent in 2002 to 36 per-

Get ready for a great new beginning to 2007 with a New Year’s Eve celebration that involves the whole family. Start the evening outside with ice-skating, hiking, sledding, flag football, capture the flag or another active game that is fun for all ages. Then move indoors for a meal of soup, stew or chili, along with salad and bread. For a special surprise before or after the meal, open homemade New Year’s crackers. They are an easy-to-create variation on English Christmas crackers — party favors that make a cracking sound when you open them. These are a silent version, but

just as fun. Make them ahead of time, and they’ll be ready to delight everyone at the party. Gather recycled cardboard tubes from paper towels or your holiday gift wrap and cut to 6-inch lengths. Fill each small tube with small, inexpensive items such as folded paper party hats, whistles, wrapped candy, a lucky penny, tiny Postit notes, a fun pencil with snowmen printed on it, flavored Chapstick or colorful string and directions to make a cat’s cradle. For a special thought, tuck in a strip of paper with a meaningful or funny quote from a well-known person your kids love or admire. It might be a quote from Mr. Rogers or a memorable line

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Many schools also plan activities around the Great American Smoke Out to point out the need for smoking restrictions in public places. These results were generated from the 2006 KYTS conducted earlier this year in 65 high schools and 74 middle schools throughout Kentucky. More than 3,000 high school students and 3,700 middle school students were surveyed. The full report can be viewed at d/tobacco.htm. Click on Kentucky Tobacco Data Reports. The results of the KYTS help Kentucky’s public health community monitor the state’s progress in attaining the goals outlined in Healthy Kentuckians 2010. Those goals include objectives to reduce the prevalence of cigarette smoking among middle and high school students, reduce the proportion of high school students who have smoked a whole cigarette before age 13, and increase the proportion of high school students who have never smoked a cigarette. The Healthy Kentuckians 2010 objectives reflect Kentucky’s commitment to the national prevention project “Healthy People 2010.”


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cent in 2006. • A significant decrease also was found in the percentage of middle school students who had ever tried any type of tobacco product. That number fell from 52 percent in 2002 to 44 percent in 2006. “We are absolutely delighted with this new information,” said Irene Centers, program manager for DPH’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. “Keeping our young people from initiating smoking is the best way to help ensure a healthier future for Kentucky. We have been working diligently to get the message out to youth about the health risks of tobacco use.” According to Centers, youth activities across Kentucky include the youth coalition Helping Overcome Tobacco (HOT), Tobacco Free Sports initiatives in schools and community groups, and advocacy and education groups such as Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU). Each year, schools across the state participate in Kick Butts Day activities to raise awareness about the health and mortality issues related to tobacco and to support strong tobacco prevention policies.

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Flaherty Elementary School Mrs. Banks Third Grade Class Dear Santa Claus, I would like to have for Christmas is a 10 speed bike, a cd player, operation and monopoly games, some movies, some playstation games, sunglasses, pants, lamp for bedroom, some cds, scene it nick game, clothes. love, Tyler Thomas Age 8 Flaherty Elementary Ms. Wardrip Class Dear Santa, My name is Ty Thompson my Grand mamma calls me Thompson Boy. I am 5 years old. I live on Knollwood Drive in Brandenburg. I hope you have a good Christmas and Ms. Claus has a good Christmas too but most of all I need to remember it is Jesus’ birthday. So happy birthday Jesus! Now for Christmas I would like the dinosaur I saw at Radio Shack and the Crazy Car at the mall. I also want a remote control car that twist. It’s at Radio Shack too. Could you bring my best friend Joey a crazy car too and a remote control car that twist too. I will leave you some cookies. Ty Thompson Michelle and Tracy Thompson parents JRA Primary – Mrs. E. Funk’s Kindergarten

Dear Santa, for chrismis I want a motorcycle, toy dog, radio, and a power ranger. Love, David Durham Dear Santa Claus, I want a Nintendo D.S. lite. And I want a pink one please. I want a black chair for my desk in my room. And a American girl doll. I think I’ve been good! I tried really hard to be good this year. Don’t forget my brother. Please bring my little brother a tractor because he really likes them! Love, Skylar Ashley Age 7 Santa Claus, Hi, my name is Dustin. I have been a good boy this year. For Christmas I would like a doodle monster, a gameboy SP, gameboy SP games, and floam. I hope you enjoy the cookies and milk I’m going to lay out for you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year. I’m 8, and I go to James R. Allen, Mrs. Kessinger’s 3rd grade class. Dustin Satterley, Merry Christmas! Santa, Hi, My name is Raelynn. I’ve a really good girl this year. I hope I’m on the nice list! For Christmas this year, I would like a doodle bear, cheerleading dance mat, and carebears. I’ll be sure to put out some cookies and milk. Have a very Merry Christmas. I’m 9, and I go to James R. Allen, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. West’s 3rd grade class. Raelynn Smith Merry Christmas Dere Santa, I’ve been good this year. I want a Doddle bear, a diry with a lock, V-smile Games, and a Barbie doll with Clothes. I will leve you milk and cookies. Love, Brittany Dear Santa, I would like the game spider man B, and I would like a xbox, and I would like the game Dukes of hazerds, and I would like a controller airplane, and a inflible Santa like you. I would like the movie That’s so Sultlife of Hunlad Montana that’s all from Jesse Dalton Mongomery. Thank you Santa. Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy. So for Christmas I want

Hi Santa Clause, howare your Reindeer? this year I want for Christmas is a hide and go seek Care Bear. I Love you Santa. I will leave cookies and carrots for you and your reindeer. Love, Macy Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas. I have been good! Please bring me a rapture. Love, G. Offut Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas. I have been good! Please bring me a baby Doll. Love, Maggie Powell Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I Love Christmas. I have been good! Please bing me a BaBe Doll. Love Siera Lucas Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love a bb gun, the Cars and the to dance. Pretty please will you Christmas. I have been good! Dukes of Hazzard playstation bring me this stuff? Please bring me a BarBe and game, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Love, 12 dansing princess. coat, a computer, and a pair Heidi Otis Love of cowboy boots. I hope to see Age 8 Katrina Dougherty you soon. James R. Allen Primary Love, Ms. Shelton 3rd Grade Dear Santa, Joseph Nichols How is Rudolph? I love Age 5 Dear Santa, Christmas. I have been good! James R. AllenI have been an OK kid. I’ve Please bring me a real dog. Kindergarten not been good, but I’ve not Love, been that bad either. So I’m Carson Crump Dear Santa, hoping you will get me I want Molly the American Playstation 2 games. One that I Dear Santa, Girl doll, a game boy game would really like is Shadow the How is Rudolph? I love “Cats”, an Ipod and clothes. I Hedgehog. I’m only asking for Christmas. I have been good! want a calendar and a bed for Playstation 2 games. Because Please bring me a pet hamster. my dolls. I want a Fur Real that is all that I’m into. Love, Friend. Can I have a new Steven Cawthorn Laura Beth scooter too? Can I have a litAge 9 tle couch in my room? I need James R. Allen Primary Dear Santa, a new coat too because my Mrs. Shelton How is Rudolph? I love others are too big and the Christmas. I have been good! sleeves cover my hands. I like Dear Santa, Please bring me a Fantastic playing with babies and stuff. Do you think I have been a four game. I like toys. I want you to put good girl this year? I sure Love, the Molly doll beside me in hope so. Here’s my list for Austyne West bed. I have been good all this year; I want a walking year. And that is the truth. doll and thats all. Dear Santa, Love, Love, How is Rudolph? I love Hillary Otis Callie Lynn Hardesty Christmas. Age 6 Age 7 I have been good! Please James R. Allen Primary Payneville Elementary bring me a Hummer car. Ms. Beaver 1st Grade School Love, Mrs. Ray’s 1st grade class Jack Richardson Dear Santa, I Love Santa Santa He Dear Santa, Dear Santa, Says HO HO HO HO Ho. I I have been a very good girl How is Rudolph? I love would like a playstation3 and this year and I would like to Christmas! a psp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ask for an Amazing Amanda I have been good! Please I will be waiting. doll. bring me a 12 Danseing Love, Thank you, Princess. Mr. Sam Hamilton Savannah love, Mrs. Peters’ 1st grade Flaherty Elementary Jaycie Barger Class School James R. Allen Mrs. Bednar’s First Grade Dear Santa, Class How is Rudolph? I love Dear Santa, Christmas. I have been a good boy Dear Santa, I have Been GOOD! Please this year. So if you can I I would like for you to Bring me some Presents. would like to have Disney’s bring me clothes, Doodle Love, The Cars movie, and anything Bear, know your name Dora, DeVan Hammack to do with The Cars. I would and Chicka chicka Boom also like some Magnetix, Hot Boom Blue. Dear Santa, Wheels, and maybe the new I will leave you some cookHow is Rudolph? I love Playstation 3, with some ies and a glass of milk to help Christmas. games for it. But if not I will you through the night. I have been good! Please understand.. I know how hard I have been a good girl for bring me a CaStle. they are too get.. my mom, dad, and my Love, Dallas Cawthorn teacher at school. Would you Ashley Powell Age 7 also get something for my James R. Allen Primary mom and dad to? Dear Santa, School Thank you, How is Rudolph? I love Mrs. Peters Meagan Hindman Christmas. Age: 6 I have been good! Please Dear Santa, School: Flaherty bring me all surprises. I want Kirsten, the American Elementary Love, Girl doll, a new CD player and Class: Ms. Frazier’s 1st Parker a cell phone. I’d also like the grade Vanessa Ann Hudgens, High DeAr Santa, School Musical, Cheetah Girls 2 Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? and Cheetalicious Christmas I have been a very good boy I love Christmas. I have CDs. I’d like a Nintendo DS and this year. I would like to wish been good! Please bring me a a couple pig stuffed animals that all the boys and girls get video game. would be nice too. A laptop what they want. I would like Love, would be cool to have and I’d to ask for a game for my X Conner Kennedy love to have Let’s Ride, the box system. The name of the Barbie gameboy game about game is Marvel Ultimate Dear Santa, horses. It looks soooo COOL! Alliance. It has lots of differHow is Rudolph? I love Dance Revolution would be so ent Marvel characters in it. Christmas. I Have Been AWESOME to have because Thank you, GOOD! Please Bring Me a you get to dance on it and I love Duncan gutter.

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Love Bailey Crigler Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas. I have been Please bring me an AirBlade. Love, Cameron Poff Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas? I have been good? Please bring me a dog. Love, Nathan Hunter Dear Santa, How si Rudolph? I love Christmas? I have been good! Please bring me a Brat doll. Love, Julia Crabb Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas. I have been good! Please bring me a hamster. Love, Cheyenne McGehee Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas. I have been good! Please bring me a star wars game. Love Caleb Greenwell Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? I love Christmas! I have been good! Please bring me some presents. Love, Devin Hammack Dear Santa, I would like for christmas. A polly pocket boat, Barbie laptop with mp3 player, Butterscotch pony, Barbies, Barbies clothes, Play stove, Play food, Coloring books. I have been a good girl and do good in school. Love, katrina dougherty

Ekron Elementary Mrs. Tighe’s 2nd grade class

Dear Santa, I have been a good boy and I want to have a red robot. I want a mini dirt bike. I am going to put cookies on the table. I want a XBOX 360 and a new selfone, and a paint ball gun. Happy Christmas. Sincerely, Tyler Andrews Dear Santa, I was good girl. Plese can you give me a makeup kit? Can you plese give me a new bike too? Love, Juney Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I would love to have moey, a memory card, a cool car, a real gun and a turkey call, army pants and an army shirt and ten packs of yo-ge-o cards. How are your reindeer? Sincerely, Derek Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would love to have for Christmas my family and friends. I want a babby, a live doll, bratz’s and a Nintendo DS. Love, Kaylen Dear Santa, I want a game boy and can I have Pokemon game. I want a star wars game and a cars game. I want a BB gun. A real BB gun. Love, Tony Miller Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. I would love to have a Nintendo DS gameboy, Designers world, baby, bratz passion for fashion house, diamond bracelet, diomand necklace, headband, finer nail polish and a pearl necklance. Who is leading your slieghe this year? Love, Haley Dear Santa, I have been a good boy. I want a be be gun and Mr. Tighe wants a X-box 360. I want a real gun please. I want a paint ball gun too please. Love,

By Brody Wilkerson Age 4

Kris and Mrs. Tighe’s Class too Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. I would luve to have Holly Hobby Snow con makeup, moon shoes, baby alive, and amazing Allsen and one last thing and that toy is hot tub party bus. That is what I want for Christmas. Santa is the greatest man I saw. Love, Theresa Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. Can I have a laptop computer, X-box, play stayshon 2, and Britz jeans. I will leve youmilk and cookies. Love, Ashley Greenwood Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I would like to have a DS and a bike. I will like a paintball gun. How are the Elves? How many toys do you fix? I will like a dirt bike. Love, Blake Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I would love to have toycars and trucks. Next I want a race car, paint gun, and abig ball, remote control car and airplane, army cars and trucks, game and deer call. Enjoy the cookies. They willbe on the table. Love, Clayton Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would love to have a real gun, the game with the camera, clothes, moves, dress. St. Nek who is leading your sleigh this year? I will leve you chokolet chep cookies on the table. I hope your sleigh is not to full. I hope the reindeers don’t kech a cold! I whish you a Merry Christmas! Love, Mikaela Dear Santa, I have been a good boy. I want a Nintendo DS. Please, oh, please drink the milk and eat the cookees. Oh, the cookees and milk are under the tree. Love, Tylor Lee Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I want a Nintendo DS, a Barbie laptop computer, and books about you and your elves. Please, please get me it. I want hair barrets, and headbands and a diamond necklace too because I love Christmis. What are the elves doing? Who is leading your sleigh this year? How are you doing? Well, I love Christmas and you!! Love, Alysa Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I woud like to have Yugioh cards, computer, bibi guns, checkers and Nintendo DS. How many toys do your elves make? Love, Alex Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. Are the elves and the reindeer being good? For Christmas I want a basketball goal. Love, Sylvia Jeffries

By Meagan Hindman Age 6 Flaherty Elementary Ms. Frazier's 1st grade class

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) I know, dear Lamb, that you don’t like anyone trying to take charge of one of your projects, but try to be a bit more flexible. A new idea could help hasten a positive result. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) I’m sure, like the timethrifty Taurus that you are, that you’ve done much of your holiday shopping. But don’t relax yet. Wrap those gifts now to save yourself lots of unwanted pressure. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be receptive when a family member or friend asks to confide in you. Your positive reaction could ensure that he or she will have a happy holiday experience. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t be rushed into wrapping up that workplace problem. Consider leaving it until after the holidays. This way you’ll have the facts you need to reach the right resolution. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You’ll get news that will make you glow brighter than the lights of the holiday season. Be sure to use what you learn both carefully and kindly, to avoid giving the wrong impression. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) That frayed relationship could be mended in time for the holidays if you were more flexible. Give a little, and you could get back a lot more than you imagined. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Things might not seem to be settling down as quickly as you would prefer. But it might be just a little holiday time flutter. You’ll soon get news that will lead to more stability. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Stop getting so involved in everyone’s personal problems that you lose precious time with loved ones. Remember, even the Supreme Court closes for the holidays. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) All signs point to a bright holiday, with all of those pesky problems finally resolved in your favor. Share the good times with people you love and, of course, who love you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your plans should not be set in stone and cemented over. Leave some openings in case you need to make changes. Spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Surprise! This holiday finds you on the receiving end of the generosity of those who are usually the recipients of so much that you give so freely and lovingly. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) That piece of good news assures that you’ll be swimming in clearer, calmer waters this holiday season. There might be a storm or two ahead, but you’ll weather it all in fine style. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a flair for seeing things as you’d like them to be, as well as a gift for turning your perceptions into reality.

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“In the fourth quarter we turned it over eight times and let them get right back in it, and the momentum switched back is what it amounted to.” Junior center Nick Stinnett had 15 points and tied Benock for the team lead with seven rebounds. Junior guard Casey Hubbard finished with 14 points and two steals, and junior forward Rob Williams chipped in 11 points. Last Thursday in the opening round, the Greenwave was manhandled by one of the state’s top teams, as the Male Bulldogs won 59-38. Male jumped out to a 10-2 lead, using their quickness and athleticism to pressure the Greenwave into 19 turnovers, off which Male scored 24 points. Conversely, Meade scored only eight points off nine Male turnovers. “We were outmatched, outathleted and out-played; that’s the bottom line,” Garris said. “That’s what top-five teams do to you. When you go out there and you’re timid like we were, that’s what happens. It’s over in a hurry when you come out timid against teams like that.” Benock said his team wilted under the constant Male pressure. “We just weren’t strong with the ball, and a good defensive team like that, they get up in you and put a lot of pressure on you, and we panicked a little bit,” he said. “If we can get that corrected, we’ll be all right.” The highlight of the game for the Greenwave was the mini-block party Benock threw in the first quarter. In the first four minutes of the game, Benock blocked three shots and caused two more jump balls. For a while, the Male players couldn’t even get the ball out of their hands before Benock was throwing it right back at them. He officially finished with four blocks — although it seemed like he had six or seven — and he certainly altered several other Male shots.

“Part of it I know coach doesn’t like, because you can get into foul trouble, but it really goes back to my length and guarding people who aren’t quite as big,” Benock said. “A lot of times it’s positioning, and sometimes if you’re behind someone and they get a rebound, when they try to put it back up it’s easy to get a blocked shot that way.” The star of the game was Male senior Doug Beaumont, who led all scorers with 23. Beaumont, the 5-9 Mr. Football, shot 5 of 9 from three-point land and made three consecutive treys to close out a 9-4 run to end the first half with Male on top 32-14. Male was up 28 at the end of the third period, but Meade outscored it by seven in the fourth to make the final score a bit more respectable. Male was the first team to out-rebound Meade all season — 32-28 — and scored 10 second-chance points to Meade’s two. Garris said good things could come out of being humbled by a better team. It’s losing to the lesser teams that worry him. “I don’t think that’s going to hurt us any, for us to see teams like that,” he said. “I wish we would have competed better than what we did. What concerns me is the Campbellsvilles and the Franklin Counties, because we’re a better team than them. We just didn’t play well, and that’s a concern.” The team is in the midst of a 13-day layoff until the start of the Farmer’s Bank Snowball Classic in Frankfort Dec. 29Jan. 1. Garris said he would use the time to work on new wrinkles and fundamentals. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “There are a lot of things that we still want to put in. We haven’t hardly worked on our press defense much; we haven’t worked in any zone out-of-bounds plays yet — we don’t see a lot of zone — but this gives us a chance to go back and re-teach some of the things we were doing well those first four games.” Benock said the team will work to get back to playing

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The News Standard/SHAUN T. COX Above, Meade County’s 6-2 junior center Nick Stinnett looks to go to the hoop against Male’s 6-5 O.J. Bell during the King of the Bluegrass tournament. Right, 6-5 senior guard Riley Benock blocks Male center Kris Carree from behind. Benock finished with four official blocks and is averaging nearly two per game. with the same passion it had earlier in the season. “We’re just trying to get back to our old selves,” he said. “Earlier on in the season, we were playing with a lot more heart and motivation, and we’re trying to get that desire back because that’s when we’re at our best.” Garris said the team is defending and rebounding well. “That got us off to a good start, and it seems like here lately we’ve lost a little bit of our edge in these last three,” he said. “It will be a great chance for us to get their attention and practice the right way.” Garris said such a long layoff is almost like the preseason and the team would have five days of practice this week and

three more next week before heading off to Frankfort. “I think more than anything this is good for us because we can work on conditioning,” he said. “Our football players still don’t really have their legs under them and we need to be able to get up a few more shots. We’ll go back and do some more drill work because these kids coming off of football didn’t get any of that earlier in the season.” Box Score: Bulldogs 59, Greenwave 38 Meade: Hubbard 0-3 0-0 0, Williams 0-3 0-0, Ives 1-5 2-4 5, Benock 7-12 2-4 17, Stinnett 3-6 2-4 8, Roe 3-7 0-0 6, Whelan 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-39 6-12 38. Male: Lannon 1-2 2-2 4, Hayes 0-3 0-0 0, Gainey 1-2 0-0 2,

Beaumont 8-15 2-3 23, Miller 1-4 0-0 3, Woodford 0-1 0-0 0, Holman 2-6 0-1 4, Shontee 1-1 0-0 2, Jeanty 1-2 0-0 2, Carree 1-3 5-6 7, Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 0-1 2, Heyman 47 0-0 8. Totals 22-52 9-13 59. Meade 4 10 6 18—38 Male 13 19 16 11—59 Three-point goals—Meade 210 (Hubbard 0-3, Williams 0-1, Ives 1-2, Benock 1-3, Roe 0-1). Male 6-22 (Lanon 0-1, Hayes 0-2, Beaumont 5-9, Miller 1-4, Woodford 0-1, Holman 0-4, Mitchell 0-1). Fouled out— none. Rebounds—Meade 28 (Benock, Stinnett, Roe 6), Male 32 (Heyman 7). Assists— Meade 4 (Roe 2), Male 10 (Gainey 5). Total fouls—Meade 10, Male 15. Flyers 67, Greenwave 63 Due to a discrepancy between the official game stats and the

team stats, only point totals from the official stat sheet will be given. Meade: Hubbard 14, Williams 11, Ives 2, Benock 18, Stinnett 15, Roe 3. Total 63. Franklin: Hicks 8, Hines 8, Ammons 2, Todd 13, Scott 22, May 1, Meyer 10, Fields 2, Watkins 1. Total 67. Meade 12 11 24 16—63 Franklin 5 20 12 30—67 Three-point goals—Meade 4-7 (Hubbard 2-3, Williams 1-1, Benock 0-1). Franklin 6-16 (De. Hicks 0-1, Hines 1-1, Scott 0-1, Todd 3-6, Meyer 16). Fouled out—Benock. Rebounds—Meade 31 (Benock, Stinnett 7), Franklin 27 (Scott 6). Assists—Meade 8 (Benock 4), Franklin 12 (Ammons 4). Total fouls— Meade 24, Franklin 26. Technicals—Stinnett.

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