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Solid Waste moving forward with trash bids TRASH: About 10 companies show interest in contracting garbage collection

On the mat Greenwave wrestlers are trying to get to the state meet in their first year of existence.

On the hardwood Boys basketball travels to Apollo for a showdown between top teams.

Out of the pool The boys swim team completed its most successful season in school history.

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BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND EDITOR@THENEWSSTANDARD.COM The Meade County Department of Solid Waste submitted paperwork to the Division of Waste Management this week so it can begin sending bid packages for county trash collection to poten-

tial contractors. Solid Waste Coordinator Mark Gossett said during a Fiscal Court work session Feb. 8 that about ten companies have shown interest in bidding for trash collection. Before that can happen, however, Solid Waste must update its fiveyear plan reflecting the current trash collection fee and showing Fiscal Court as the governing body. “This is catching us up,” Gossett said. “After this has been approved, we have to do a formal application to amend (the five-year plan). We can’t send a formal request in until the governing body has been changed.” The 109 Board, Solid Waste’s previous

board of directors, was dissolved by Fiscal Court last month after six years of overseeing the county’s trash collection. The decision to dissolve the 109 Board came after Solid Waste requested a $250,000 loan from Fiscal Court in November to continue operations through April 1. Without the loan, Solid Waste would have gone belly-up in January. The current five-year plan lists $9.50 as the collection rate, which is out-dated by more than two years, and the current rate is $12.50. A Division of Waste Management spokesperson said during a previous interview that the five-year plan should have been updated immedi-

ately after the rate-change took effect. Gossett said the process of updating the five-year plan will take up to two months for approval and the county should be able to send out bid packages by late spring or early summer. Solid Waste must submit a new five-year plan for 2008-2013 by Oct. 1. “It still gives us plenty of time to get the bids out, back in, and to make a … decision about what we’re going to do,” he said. “Come October 1, we’ll be doing it a different way. By then we’ll know who will be collecting (trash).”

Biohazard waste found along county roads

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Grant to fund BRAC studies B Y C HARLES L. W ESTMORELAND EDITOR @ THENEWSSTAN DARD. COM

accounts, with a final settlement deadline of March 15. Wise and Claycomb will also be entitled to their share of the money for work performed since Wise left office. State laws says outgoing officials are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, to include two and a half months pay based on the prior year’s salary. “Sheriff Wise went out of office Dec. 31, but … his obligations didn’t cease on that day,” Claycomb said. “Since Jan. 1, under his direction, the office has had to balance the payroll, issue W-2s, do January property settlements, meet with Sheriff Kerrick to have the receipt and record verified, … meet with the auditors, and we still have work to do.

A Department of Defense agency awarded a federal grant for more than a half million dollars to help communities surrounding Fort Knox prepare for the base’s transition during the Army’s Base Realignment and Closures. The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) awarded the $565,867 grant to the Lincoln Trail Area Development District and One Knox, the organization that is helping to prepare for the transition, to fund studies so neighboring areas can prepare for growth. Brad Richardson, the executive director of One Knox, said the region must prepare for thousands of military employees and their families who are moving to the area. “Preparing for growth of this magnitude is essential,” he said. “These federal funds will be used to make sure growth happens in a way that makes the best sense for our region.” Military officials estimate about 3,500 more personnel will move to the region as Fort Knox closes its doors as the Armor Training Center and becomes home to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Army’s Human Resources Command, among other units. Col. Mark Needham, Fort Knox Garrison commander, said most of the military and civilian employees relocating to the base will bring their families with them. “A change of this magnitude requires the type of comprehensive and collaborative planning between the communities and the installation that we’ve been doing,” he said. “This grant enhances our ability to make this BRAC transition better for everyone.” One Knox spokeswoman Beth Avey said the money will be used to study the needs of counties surrounding Fort Knox, including Meade County. “This grant allow us to thoroughly analyze many of the most pressing regional needs, including those of Meade County, as we prepare for the growth that we know BRAC will bring,” she said. “The end results will be actionable regional growth initiatives for important projects such as road construction, work force training, school expansion, transportation growth, water, sewerage and other infrastructure improvements. Avey said the analysis will likely help secure more grant money down the road. “The better the analysis, the more supportable the recommendations will be, and the more likely that federal or state grant money will be made available to help pay for these programs,” she said.

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VIEWPOINTS ....A4 Learn the law While trying to improve Meade County, the Riverport Authority mistakenly violates open meeting law.

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Sunny Skies Hi: 33 degrees Low: 26 degrees Winds WSW 5 to 10 mph.

FAITH ............A5 Be careful when dealing with alcoholics Getting alcoholics to seek help can be a touchy subject.

OBITUARIES ....A6 Morgan Andrews, 41 Wilma Bowen, 79 John Lawrence, 62 Evelyn Flores, 83 Melvin Thompson, 67 Jean Tussey, 48 Johnnie Welch, 71

BUSINESS........A7 Avoiding scams

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Deputy Brandon Wright looks at one of the hundreds of used syringes EMT responders cleaned up last week along state Route 144 in Buck Grove last week . Four broken biohazard waste containers were found at the location. Wright carries four intact biohazard containers to his cruiser that were found on state Route 1238 near Hobbs Reesor road. Two other containers were found on Route 1238, one near Meadowlark Lane and another near Coyote Run.

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INVESTIGATION: County looks into illegal dumping of used syringes BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND EDITOR@THENEWSSTANDARD.COM The Meade County Sheriff’s department and EMT workers took part in the cleanup of nearly a dozen biohazard containers holding used syringes and medicine vials that were found scattered along several roads throughout the county. About 10 containers were found at three different locations last Friday, but five containers had been broken open, leaving hundreds of used needles scattered along the roads. EMT officials and the Sheriff’s department cleaned up two more locations on Monday where other random needles were found. Sheriff Butch Kerrick said an investigation is underway and the Sheriff’s department is working with the Drug Enforcement Agency to trace the lot numbers on the containers in hopes of discovering the containers’ origins. Kerrick said the investigation hasn’t led to anything yet, but he speculates the containers came from outside the county. PLEASE SEE BIOHAZARD, PAGE A8

Sheriff’s department to get new cars BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND EDITOR@THENEWSSTANDARD.COM

On target Youths compete in county-wide archery competition

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In the debate over which car is better, Ford or Chevrolet, the Meade County Sheriff has publicly made a stand — he’s a Chevy man when it comes to police cruisers, but he’ll be happy to receive both. Fiscal Court unanimously approved Tuesday for the Sheriff’s department to get three new sets of wheels to replace aging police cruisers. Sheriff Butch Kerrick said four of the six cars in his department have racked up more than 100,000 miles and requested Tuesday that Fiscal Court allow him to use left-over funds from former Sheriff Cliff Wise’s budget to purchase three new cars along with the necessary equipment for each.

“We are in desperate need of police cars,” he said. “We really need four, but we can get by with three.” The Sheriff’s department will purchase two Fords and one Chevy, along with equipment, at an estimated cost of $75, 326. Kerrick said his office had to replace a transmission in one of the cars last month. He hopes to be able to update his fleet of cars by the end of next year. “Our goal every year is to try and buy two (cars) and resolve this so we won’t be in the same boat we’re in right now,” he said. Wise lobbied for Fiscal Court to approve the car purchases for Kerrick with the $96,985 left over in his budget. Kerrick also received an additional $10,000 from Wise’s budget to start his term. “If I’d have gotten elected, I would have bought two cars,”

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We are in desperate need of police cars.”

Wise said. “My expectations … were to get three new cars by the end of the year.” Magistrate Steve Wardrip said the Sheriff is “going to do what (Wise) would have done to begin with.” Brian Claycomb, who served as Wise’s office manager last term, said the check for excess fees should be presented at next month’s Fiscal Court meeting. The moneys are pending a final audit and verification by the Kentucky auditor of public


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Judge Executive Harry Craycroft said after the meeting that the amendments will take time, but it is well worth doing things right. “It’s a step-by-step process that has to go through,” he said. “Right now we’re in step one, which is to get us in compliance with the state. Step two is amending the five-year plan. We don’t want to rush in and be back in a mess. We want to do things right the first time.” Craycroft added that the county will review trash bids but that does not guarantee it will accept any of the bids. Gossett said the interest by contractors has been better

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“Bottom line is, the statute says that he shall be allowed two and half months of salary, that gives him a time window until March 15 to get his books closed out in order to relieve himself … from the liability of that money. He’s the former Sheriff, but he has significant statutory duty. We haven’t gone more than two days without doing something related with the Sheriff’s office.”

“Barring a major breakdown of the trucks or a major catastrophe, it will be close, but we should be able to make it.”

than expected. “Talking to some other counties, they said that it is phenomenal if you can get that much good participation and if we get … five or six bona-fide bids, that would be great,” he said. “The last time (Solid Waste) did this, they were struggling in the end to get three bids.” Gossett said he’s updated the bid package since December so both the county and residents will be protected if Fiscal Court also unanimously approved to pay Wise and Claycomb their claim of $21,698 for work performed, with the remaining money going toward purchasing the new cars. Magistrate Herbie Chism stressed the importance of purchasing the cars from local dealers, which Kerrick said were his intentions all along and that he had already priced the cars through local dealerships. The cars will be bought locally through state bid. Kerrick said by buying each brand his office will be able to evaluate the performance of each to help his office decide

trash collection is bid out. “There’s some things I’ve found out since (December) that we need to add … to protect citizens and us from outside contractors,” he said. “It would keep someone from coming in and low-balling and then tripling rates later. We can lock it in where there is a maximum percentage increase.” Some of the contractors have expressed interest in hiring Solid Waste’s drivers, pur-

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chasing its garbage trucks and leasing the shop to operate out of, Gossett said. “That’s good for us,” he said. “It’s utilization of property and (the money) will go toward debt reduction.” Craycroft said Fiscal Court does not expect a fee increase and that Solid Waste should be able to cover its expenses until October. Solid Waste yielded an $8,000 profit during the last quarter of 2006, a far cry from the almost $16,000 monthly deficit during the previous fiscal year. “As of right now, we’re tight, but we should be able to get through until (October),” he said. “Barring a major breakdown of the trucks or a major catastrophe, it will be close but we should be able to make it.”cks or a major catastrophe, it will be close but we should be able to make it.”

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Commissary closings bring hardship to veterans BY FREDDY GROVES VETERANS POST When you retired, you expected certain lifetime benefits, among them PX and commissary privileges. But with all the base closings, many retired military are finding that their expected standard of living is about to take a sharp downward turn. The retirement dollars they expected to conserve by shopping at the PX and commissary will now suffer doubled or tripled expenses when they have to shop at local stores. NAS Brunswick, Maine, is an example. Each week 15,000 people shop at the commissary. But the NAS is closing, and the commissary is sure to go. That

leaves only one other commissary in the whole state of Maine. State senators Snowe and Collins plan to push for a continued military presence, which could include building a new commissary near the pharmacy and medical clinic. And what of the families that are left behind while their fathers or mothers serve in the Gulf? Many of them already qualify for food stamps because of their income. Take away their commissary and most will be in even more dire straits. In Pennsylvania, the area around the Kelly Support Facility has a huge network of active and retired military that use the commissary, with 170,000 families coming from as far away as

West Virginia. If it closes, those families will be forced to drive 180 miles to the nearest commissary, a hardship in anybody’s book. The state’s Auditor General Jack Wagner recently sent a letter to DoD demanding to know whether the commissary and PX will close at Kelly. If they are closing, he’ll press for a brand-new facility. When the Base Realignment and Closure list was designed, officials didn’t bother to consider the people behind the numbers, nor the promises they made. Do they ever? Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send an e-mail to letters.kfws@hearstsc.com.

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Riverport’s closed session a case of not knowing the law

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egal Counsel to the Kentucky Press Association said last week that when the Riverport Authority went into closed session during it’s February meeting to discuss contract renegotiations with Consolidated Grain and Barge, it did so illegally. According to Kentucky statutes governing open meetings laws, discussing contract E DITORIAL renegotiations is not one of the exemptions of going into I SSUE : Riverport closed session. Authority went into Riverport Authority closed session to discuss Chairman Don Bewley said renegotiating contract the committee went into O UR V IEW : Local closed session because they farmers, business men felt discussing the contract are trying to improve openly could hinder his Meade county, but are group’s ability to renegoti- unfamiliar with closed ate the contract again at a meeting laws later date if the information were made public. And although the group had noble intentions of looking out for the interests of the county, their unfamiliarity with the law appears to be their only misdeed. WhileBewley has a strong point to argue, the law cares less for the interests of governmental agencies and instead focuses on the public’s right to know. If the group had a copy of KRS 61.810, the statute outlining exemptions to open meetings, the group never would have gone into closed session. The Riverport Authority consists of local farmers and businessmen who have spent years planning and coordinating the construction of a riverport that will aid local farmers and Meade County alike. The members are trying to make Meade County a better place through volunteer service. The Riverport Authority board members are not politicians, nor do they wish to be, and should not be expected to understand open meetings laws to the full extent that citizens should expect from elected officials. There is a fine line between going into a closed session to avoid public scrutiny and going into closed session because the committee doesn’t know better. The group’s diligent efforts should not be overshadowed by their misunderstanding of the law, however, they should look over the regulations so one of its members can spot an illegal action before it happens again.

The big drug scam Democrats hate that Republicans are willing, on the issue of embryonic stem-cell research, to let their straitened moral views supposedly stand in the way of medical progress. But Democrats have their own ethical problem with medical progress — based on their moral qualms about the profit motive. During the 2006 campaign, Democrats argued that President Bush’s prescription-drug program — Medicare Part D — could never be cost-effective unless the government was allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies. According to the Democrats, the “D” in Medicare “Part D” stood for “dystopia,” forcing dazed and confused seniors to be ripped off by ravenous drug companies. In reality, the absence of government negotiations has been key to the program’s success. Private health plans negotiate drug prices with the drug companies and then offer a menu — a formulary — of covered drugs through Medicare. Seniors choose among the various plans, picking the one with the drugs they want at the best price. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the robust competition has meant that premiums for the basic drug benefit average $22 per month, 40

percent less than had been projected. Seniors are estimated to be saving, on average, $1,200 a year on drugs, and 80 percent of seniors enrolled in the program are satisfied with it. As it happens, government negotiations of prices won’t do any good unless the government is empowered not to offer certain drugs, thus achieving real bargaining power. This would require creating a national formulary — in other words limiting the drugs available to seniors in the Medicare program. The Department of Veterans Affairs — touted by Democrats as an ideal example of government negotiations — has just such a formulary. If the latest drug isn’t on the VA list — well, there are always old drugs. Columbia University professor Frank Lichtenberg reports that “only 38 percent of drugs approved

L ETTERS Editor: What an odd article, or was it an editorial? It seemed a meandering mélange of socio-political commentary, cheap shots at competitors, and opinions about journalistic ethics. Frankly, I couldn’t follow it, and the last “belief” was indecipherable. (Knew what?) I suppose the article was thoughtprovoking, as far it goes. I knew I had a couple of immediate reactions. First, who asked ya? Second, of what real value are anyone’s “beliefs”? To help me answer that question, I conducted a thought experiment. I took an imaginary stroll down Main Street of Anytown, USA, and asked the passers-by what they believed. Their responses in no particular order: “I believe Harry Truman was the greatest U.S. president.” “I believe in ghosts.” “I believe William J. Clinton was the greatest U.S. president.”

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in the 1990s and 19 percent of the drugs approved by the FDA since 2000 are on the VA National Formulary.” Democrats don’t want to impose a formulary on Medicare Part D because they know that it will cause a revolt. So their negotiation scheme, passed by the House last month, has no chance of lowering prices. At least Democrats will have struck a symbolic blow against profits. They used to complain that drug companies made too many “me-too drugs,” but the variety of drugs available to treat the same conditions has created healthy competition regarding price. Now Democrats complain about one-ofa-kind breakthrough drugs, where there isn’t (yet) such competition. But drug research is risky and hideously expensive. No one will do it without the benefit of profits. When Pfizer’s new cholesterol-lowering drug proved a failure late last year, it lost 15 years and $1 billion in research and development costs. If Democrats continue crusading against drug-industry profits, they will succeed only in obstructing medical progress, to the detriment of seniors and all of us. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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“I believe Bob Dylan can sing well.” “I believe George W. Bush us the greatest U.S. president ever.” “I believe in God.” “I believe in fairies and elves.” “I believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world.” “I believe Sweden is the greatest country in the world.” (Silly tourist) “I believe Indiana is the greatest country in the world.” (Give that guy a different questionnaire!) These responses and others from my thought experiment lead me to this conclusion: beliefs are like certain body parts – everybody’s got ‘em. Yours, while important to you, may be less so to me. In fact, the possibility exists that I might deem some of your beliefs to be utter nonsense. This is where the trouble starts. We humans form social groups of people who have like beliefs – communities, religious orders, political parties,

etc. Then human nature makes us distrust and suspect the groups that believe differently. Like Frank Zappa said, “ They don’t believe in the book we’ve got over here and that makes ‘em bad.” Then this group goes to war against that group because they don’t believe, and people die… all for “beliefs.” And that’s the sad irony. Beliefs are not fact. Beliefs are not truth. My thought experiment demonstrates that, at least. When someone begins to tell me what they believe, I do a mental yawn. Don’t tell me what you “believe”, tell me what you can prove. But as for me, I believe I’ll have another beer. John W. Lacey Brandenburg P.S. Oh yeah, I believe hummingbirds fly south on the backs of geese (and they get itty-bitty bags of peanuts!)

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Carried in the arms of God Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap, so is my soul within me. – PSALM 131:2 An old rocking chair came into my possession a while back. I was told by my cousin, Margaret Cole, that it belonged to my family years ago, but my mother had given it to my Aunt Alma somewhere along the way. I certainly remember a rocking chair from my childhood days, but I was skeptical that it was the same one until I saw it. It has some deep cut marks on one of the arms. As soon as I saw it, I remembered being punished as a young boy for laying a board across that rocker and sawing through it, into one of the arms of that chair. It was in that chair that I also had one of my earliest and clear-

est childhood memories. I don’t know how old I was, maybe four, E NCOURAGING but I W ORDS remember being rocked to sleep in that chair by my mother one spring afternoon. I can even J. R ONALD remember those old K NOTT fashioned sheer curtains, blowing in the breeze of the open window in front of us. I still remember feeling so special, so loved, so filled with peace at that moment, nestled in my mother’s arms. Pope John Paul I, the Pope

before Pope John Paul II, who lived for only a month, once said that God is both male and female, but more female than male. Scripture has many references to the feminine qualities of God. Jesus, lamenting the cold reception he was getting from the religious authorities once said, “How often have I wanted to hug you to me, like a mother hen brings her chicks under her wings, but you would not have it!” Isaiah says that we are “like nurslings, carried in God’s arms and fondled in his lap” and “as a mother comforts her son, God will comfort us.” Every parish hymnal in this country has the hymn, built on another text from Isaiah, “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock and gathers the lambs

Be careful confronting alcoholics QUESTION: My husband drinks excessively. Aside from getting help for my family, what should I do specifically for him? How on earth am I going to get him to go to Alcoholics Anonymous or some similar treatment program? He is deep in denial and couldn’t make a rational decision to save his life. How am I going to get him to cooperate? DOBSON: You’re right about the difficulties you face. Begging won’t accomplish anything, and your husband will be dead before he admits he has a problem. Indeed, thousands die each year while denying that they are alcoholics. That’s why Al-Anon teaches family members how to confront in love. They learn how to remove the support systems that prop up the disease and permit it to thrive. They are shown how and when to impose ultimatums that force the alcoholic to admit his or her need for help. And sometimes, they recommend separation until the victim is so miserable that his denial will

no longer hold up. In essence, Al-Anon teaches its own version of the “tough love” philosophy to family members F OCUS ON who must THE FAMILY implement it. I asked Bob, a recovered alcoholic, if he was forced to attend Alcoholics J AMES AnonyD OBSON mous — the program that put him on the road to recovery. He said: “Let me put it this way. No one goes to AA just because they’ve nothing better to do that evening. Everyone there has been forced to attend initially. You don’t just say, ‘On Monday night we watched a football game and on Tuesday we went to the movies. So what will we do on Wednesday? How about going over to an AA meeting?’ It doesn’t work that way. Yes, I was forced — forced by my

own misery. My wife, Pauline, allowed me to be miserable for my own good. It was loving duress that moved me to attend.” Though it may sound easy to achieve, the loving confrontation that brought Bob to his senses was a delicate maneuver. I must re-emphasize that families should not attempt to implement it on their own initiative. Without the training and assistance of professional support groups, the encounter could degenerate into a hateful, vindictive, name-calling battle that would serve only to solidify the drinker’s position. Al-Anon Family Groups and Alcoholics Anonymous are both listed in local phone books. Also to be found there is a number for the Council on Alcoholism, which can provide further guidance. For teenagers with alcoholic parents, there is Alateen. Teens can go there and share without their parents’ permission or knowledge, and it’s free.

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Monday, February 19 •Meade County Fire District meeting at the District One Firehouse, 7 p.m. (Third Mon. of each month) •109 Board Meeting at the courthouse, 7 p.m. (Third Mon. of each month) •Irvington Code Enforcement Board meeting at city hall, 7:30 p.m. •David T. Wilson SBDM Council Committee meeting, 3:15 p.m. •Meade County Republican Party, rescheduled regular meeting, 7 p.m. at Republican Headquarters across from Dairy Queen in Brandenburg Tuesday, February 20 •Meade County High School Open House, 6-8 p.m. Parents and children welcome. Parents may pick up their child’s report card. •Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. at Meade County Public Library. For more information, call 422-2094 •Teen Dinner and a Movie

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in his arms, holding them close to his heart.” People who have heard me preach over the years are familiar with a life-changing dream I had as a young priest. I have talked about it many times. In that dream, I was sitting in a folding lawn chair on a treeless, grassy mound-of-a-mountain watching the sun go down. Even though I knew that God was sitting beside me in another folding chair, I could not look over. We simply sat there peacefully, in silence, watching the sun. We were both smoking cheap King Edward cigars. Finally, God leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Ron, isn’t this wonderful?” With that I woke up. My relationship with God took a

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Morgan J. Andrews, age 41, of Irvington, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Breckinridge Memorial Hospital. He was born July 17, 1965, in Missouri. He was formerly employed at R.R. Donnelly in Louisville. Mr. Andrews is survived by his companion, Anita Mudd of Irvington; a son, Mason Andrews of Irvington; a stepson, Michael Mudd of Hardinsburg; two daughters, McLauren Andrews and Morgan Andrews, both of Irvington; one grandchild; and several other family members and friends. Funeral services were held Feb. 10, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with the Rev. Eric Hornback officiating,. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Melvin A. “Mickey” Thompson, 67, of Vine Grove, Ky. passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007 at Hospice in Atlanta, Ga.. He was a former barber and worked in Alaska for 19 years on pipelines. He also was a small aircraft pilot. He loved to travel in the U. S. and abroad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. Thompson and Frances E. Thompson; two siblings, Margaret Mary Thompson Smith and Delores Thompson Yamrus; and a niece, Vickie Smith Hall. He is survived by his seven sisters and brothers, Dorothy Thompson Woodham of Ozark, Ala., Robert A. “Bobby” Thompson of Bellville, Ohio, Betty Anne Thompson Powers of Louisville, Ky., Freddy Joe Thompson of Big Spring, Ky., Bernard Leo Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., Wanda Thompson Martin of Ekron, and Sandy Faye Thompson Wilson of Irvington; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral mass will be held today, Feb. 16, 11 a.m., at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Flaherty with the Rev. Paul Beach officiating. Burial will be in St. Martin Church Cemetery. Visitation and a prayer service were held on Feb. 15 at NelsonEdelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove. The guest register may be signed at www.nebfh.com.

Wilma Highbaugh Bowen Wilma Highbaugh Bowen, age 79, of Ekron, Ky., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. She was a native of Hart County, retired from Otter Creek Park, and a member of Buck Grove Baptist Church where she served as secretary for many years. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Bowen; and her son, Mark Bowen. She is survived by her loving children, Janet (Tim) Omer of Louisville, Ky., Rodney (Betty) Bowen and Steven (Kim) Bowen of Ekron; her beloved grandchildren, Ben (Kim) Jordan, Kristen Bowen and Clayton Omer; her two great-grandsons, Jacob and John Bowen; and her step-grandchildren, Pam Swift, Sandy Gentleman, and Jimmy Rodgers, Jr. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 10, from Buck Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was held at Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg. Expressions of sympathy may be made to her church or the charity of your choice.

Administrative Judge John Lawrence Administrative Law Judge John Lawrence of Bardstown, Ky., died Feb. 8th, 2007 at his home after a brief illness. Judge Lawrence graduated from St. Joe Prep in 1962 and then Bellarmine College in 1966. He graduated from U of L Law School on the Dean’s List in 1969. John Lawrence, as an attorney practiced in various police courts, qualifying courts, county courts, Ky. Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Kentucky, US District Court and the US Court of Appeals. He taught Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University. John was the former Trial Commissioner for Nelson Circuit Court and was the District Judge for the 10th Judicial District from 1982-1985. John also was the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Nelson County before accepting a lifetime Appointment by President George Bush Sr. as a Federal Law Administrative Judge. Judge Lawrence was active in many organizations including the Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of Berea, The Lions Club and Communicare of Nelson County. His favorite pastime was flying his plane and he was an avid musician. Judge Lawrence is survived by his wife, Anne Taylor Livers Lawrence; daughters, Mary Cee Lawrence, Leanna Lawrence (Kelly) McCormick; sons, Marty (Linda) Lawrence and Brian Lawrence; and grandchildren, Celeste, Bonnie and Jack. He is also survived by brothers, Sam (Linda) Lawrence of Edgewood, Joe (Elizabeth) Lawrence of Worcester, Mass., Frank Lawrence of Madison, Wis.and Bruce Lawrence of Deatsville, Ky.; and sisters, Verlee (Drew) Alcorn of Campbellsville, Christy Caldwell of Bardstown, Cathy Targonski of Okolona, Linda Lawrence of Deatsville, Theresa (David) Padgett of Brandenburg, LaVerne (Michael) Roby of Deatsville and Inez (Jim) Crepps of Elizabethtown. John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Spencer Lawrence; parents, Jim and Cecilia Lawrence; brothers Bob, Allen and a sister Mary Evelyn. Services were at St. Gregory Church in Samuels, Ky.

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Rev. Johnnie Preston Welch Jr. Rev. Johnnie Preston Welch Jr., age 71, of Ekron, Ky., died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky. Rev. Welch was a former pastor of Zion Grove Baptist Church and Guston Missionary Baptist Church, sang in the Mass Choir and Male Chorus, was head of Vacation Bible School for many years, was currently associate pastor of Zion Grove and a member of Hardin Lodge #46, F.&A.M. He is survived by his wife, Lucretia Clarkson Welch; three children, Joseph (Judy) Welch, Sr. of Hardinsburg, KY, Wanda (Robert) Welch of Ekron, Ky., and John Louis (Martha) Welch of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 11, from Zion Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

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Evelyn Louise Andrake Flores Evelyn Louise Andrake Flores, age 83, of Brandenburg, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at the Life Care Center in Bardstown, Ky. She was born on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1923, in Simpsonville, Ky., to the late Clarence Palmer and Lula Bell (Arnold) Bennett. She worked for McDonald Douglas as an electrical welder, and at Kroger's as a demonstrator of new products. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Flores; and four brothers, Owen Bennett, Dick Bennett, Eugene Bennett, and Stanley Bennett. She is survived by two sons, Edward (Nancy) Andrake, Jr., and Kenneth (Lisa) Andrake, both of Brandenburg, Ky.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 13, with the Rev. Douglas Mitchell of West Point Baptist Church officiating. Visitation was held at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 334, Brandenburg, KY 40108.

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“We’re in the process of trying to find out where they came from,” he said. “We’re thinking these aren’t coming from Meade County … and that Meade County is a dumping zone for this biohazard.” Four broken containers were found on Route 144 in Buck Grove, four containers were found on Route 1238 near Hobbs Reesor Road, and single containers were found along Route 1238 near Meadowlark Lane and Coyote Run. Additional cleanup efforts Monday were at the intersection of Gumwell and Buck Grove Roads, and along Gaines Road. Kris Paul, director of the Meade County Health Department, said the biohazardous material has been turned into her department so it can be disposed of properly. “We have someone who picks up our needles and syringes … and then incinerates them,” she said. Paul said the syringes could have been used for blood work, to include testing for HIV and hepatitis. A Division of Waste Management official said there is a strict protocol governing the disposal of biohazard waste and that hundreds of needles likely means someone isn’t following the rules. “I’ve heard of people finding bags of waste like that, but I don’t know how in the world they could fall off a truck,” she said. “I suspect someone threw it away the wrong way.” Kerrick said the needles may have been dumped by a contractor wanting to save money. “I’ve checked on two venders that are contracted to pick up (biohazard waste),” he said. “It’s pure speculation, but we’re thinking an employee is disposing of them on his own to try and save a few dollars.” Kerrick said residents living near where the biohazard waste was found were notified and he hopes community involvement will help authorities capture those responsible. Residents should look out for vehicles that seem out of place and if they spot anything strange, to get a license plate number and contact the authorities, he said. Dan Shacklette, whose

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Russ Powell, Meade County Chamber of Commerce executive director, said he’s confident Meade County will benefit from the growth at Fort Knox and is pleased with the regional effort and scope the federal grant provides. “We have to plan in a coordinated and collaborative manner,” he said. “Establishing One Knox and the Governor’s BRAC task force was the first step. Receiving these federal funds will help us carry out the work at hand.” Richardson said One Knox will submit requests for additional funding as needed and

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Four busted biohazard waste containers were found on state Route 144 in Buck Grove Feb. 9. EMTs and the Meade County Sheriff’s department cleaned up the waste, along with nearly a half dozen other areas in the past week.

family owns the property at the intersection of Route 1238 and Hobbs Reesor Road, where four containers were found, said he is puzzled how the containers got there in the first place. “I can’t understand why someone would have that stuff if they’re not certified to handle it,” he said. “How did it get out here to begin with?” Shacklette said he was concerned his cattle might have been stuck with one of the loose needles. Judge Executive Harry Craycroft said the cleanup effort has been handled appropriately but if necessary, the county may look to outside help. “They only thing we can do right now is get EMS to do the

cleanup and if it becomes too big a problem, there are two companies that deal with hazardous materials and we would get them involved,” he said. “You have to get somebody who is trained and used to handling that kind of stuff.” County officials urge residents to call 911 or the Sheriff’s office if hazardous materials are found, and warn against residents trying to clean it up themselves. “We don’t want to take any chances of someone being stuck by needles or being contaminated by any narcotics from these syringes and vials,” Kerrick said. Anyone with tips that could aid in the investigation should contact the Sheriff’s office at 270-422-4937.

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STANDINGS Basketball District W L Meade 6 0 Hancock 4 2 Breckinridge 1 5 Frederick Fraize 1 5

Boys:

W 6 3 3 0

Girls: Meade Hancock Breckinridge Frederick Fraize

L 0 3 3 6

Overall W L 17 6 11 12 8 14 6 16 W 9 11 8 0

L 13 10 14 16

WRESTLING Regional Meet Feb. 10 in Louisville Class Wrestler Finish 103 J. Childress 5th 112 A. Ohmes 1st 119 A. Stewart 3rd 125 B. Wyatt 4th 145 T. Roach 5th 160 N. Kelch 3rd 171 C. Bruce 3rd 189 J. Geary 4th 215 T. Crow 5th 285 B. Fuqua 4th Final Team Standings 1 Bullitt Central High 2 Pleasure Ridge Park 3 Southern High 4 DeSales High 5 Meade County High 6 Fairdale High 7 Doss High 8 Valley High 9 Iroquois High 10 Shawnee High 11 Holy Cross High 12 Western High

ON DECK February 16 Boys basketball @Apollo 8 p.m. Wrestling state tournament @Frankfort Civ. Cen. 9 a.m. February 17 Wrestling state finals @Frankfort Civ. Cent. ?? Archery shoot Meade County High 2 p.m. February 19 Girls basketball @Owensboro Cath. 7 p.m. February 20 Boys basketball @LaRue County 7:30 p.m.

YOUTH SPORTS Elementary Scores DTW Lt. Blue 51, Ekron2 26 Z. Wilson 10 Z. Ledford 18 R. Warren 6 J. Mosier 6 E. Wright 6 A. Sell 2 D. Bruner 6 R. Parker 21 J. Petit 2 Ekron1 21, Battletown 9 J. Embry 4 C. Mattingly 7 L. Burchett 2 T. Mattingly 2 T. Jarrell 8 C. Long 7 DTW Navy 20, Ekron1 18 C. Williams 13 J. Embry 2 B. Raley 7 J. Claycomb 1 L. Burchett 8 T. Jarrell 4 D. Andrews 1 C. Long 2 Muldraugh 30, A. Keiser 4 B. Hart 6 C. Warman 20

DTW Green 27 J. Barley 6 A. Grimes 6 R. Babb 6 C. Bruce 9

DTW Yellow 40, Muldraugh 21 B. Garris 20 A. Elzy 2 A. Fackler 8 C. Smallwood 2 L. Wilson 4 A. Keiser 2 A. Stallings 2 B. Hart 2 N. Turner 6 M. Heith 1 C. Warman 12 DTV Navy 38, Flaherty2 35 C. Williams 3 J. Wilson 21 B. Raley 19 A. Haynes 4 S. Cape 6 Z. Kullman 2 D. Orr 7 M. Ray 2 T. Dix 3 M. Drury 6 DTW Red 26, FlahertyI 22 J. Raymer 11 A. Dowell 6 Z. Bogard 2 J. Whelan 2 T. Tynan 4 K. Lancaster 12 K. Burks 3 M. Mathias 2 T. Cross 6 EkronII 21, PaynevilleII 16 T. Neal 2 B. Feldpausch 4 R. McVay 2 D. Vaughn 2 A. Sell 9 J. Nevitt 4 Z. Ledford 4 T. Jenkins 6 T. Keys 2 H. Stewart 2 FlahertyI 20, PaynevilleI 10 A. Lancaster 3 L. Pike 2 A. Dowell 6 J. Stull 4 K. Lancaster 10 CJ Saylor 2 M. Mathias 1 A. Thomas 2

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Wrestlers look to make noise at state tourney BY SHAUN T. COX sports@thenewsstandard.com

Louisville — It was a banner weekend for the Meade County wrestling team at the regional tournament last Saturday as seven team members qualified for the state meet, three more are going as alternates and its coach took home the Third Region Coach of the Year plaque. Today and tomorrow, the stakes are even higher as the guys are competing in the state meet, held annually in the state capital’s Frankfort Convention Center. Only a couple of guys on the team have been to Frankfort and none have gone

inside the 5,300-seat sports complex. Coach Bob Davis said it would be business as usual in the days leading up to the tournament. “We’ve got to keep the same routine and keep it as normal as possible,” he said. “They’re going to be blown out of the water the first time they walk through the door anyway. It’s a big gym and a big atmosphere. They’ll see more than 360 wrestlers at one time and it’s going to be something they’ve never been faced with. It will be a great experience for them.” Davis said he can’t hold anybody’s hand out there and they’ll have to overcome their

nerves on their own for the most part. “I can’t tell them anything; I just have to be there for them,” he said. “They’re going to be scared until they get on the mat but once they get started, they’ll be fine. It’s human Bob Davis nature to be nervous, but I think they’ll do well.” Junior Fort Knox transfer Arthur Ohmes will be Meade County’s top overall seed as the reigning Third Region 112-

pound champion. Ohmes’ teammates and coach said he was all smiles after winning his championship. “He smiled like you wouldn’t believe when he won and just to see that smile on his face… ,” Davis said. “He’s had three years of it and it’s the first time he’s ever won it (all). He defeated a kid that defeated him earlier in the year and then he had to wrestle someone who’s taller than him and he doesn’t like that. To wrestle someone who has the height and the leverage advantage on you in that weight class is very tough. He had to overcome that and it’s one of his Achilles’ heels, but he did it.”

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BY SHAUN T. COX SPORTS@THENEWSSTANDARD.COM The Lady Waves have two more regular season games before heading into district tournament play in just more than a week, and will face Owensboro Catholic on the road this Monday. Catholic (17-7) has struggled of late, losing four straight games after starting the season 17-3. The Lady Aces began the streak by dropping two close games, losing 49-44 to Owensboro (16-6) and 47-45 to Carroll County (21-4). Then Catholic lost to Muhlenberg North (19-6) 55-48 and got blown out by No. 24 Ohio County (18-6) 78-44. Meade and Catholic have faced four common opponents this season. Both teams have beaten Hancock (1110) and Breckinridge (8-14) counties, THE NEWS STANDARD/SHAUN T. COX

Meade County freshman center Bliss Powers tries to save the ball from going out of bounds. Meade County hammered Frederick Fraize 68-11.

Meade faces regional rival Apollo BOYS: ‘Just another game,’ Benock newest member of 1,000 point club BY SHAUN T. COX SPORTS@THENEWSSTANDARD.COM Tonight’s game against Apollo might be the biggest test of the year for Meade County thus far and while the team undoubtedly wants to win, its coach has made it clear that it’s just another game. “It’s not a must-win game and whatever happens, happens,” Coach Jerry Garris said. “I think it will be a close game and a good one to see. I think there’s a lot of attention because of the two teams involved but in the whole grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.” Apollo (18-6), last year’s state runner-up, is ranked just ahead of Meade County in the region,

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Swim team’s best season in school history comes to an end

Lady Waves sweep district

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The emotionally reserved Ohmes said getting some payback and winning the championship were the biggest moments for him from the state meet but his teammates said he was more excited than he lets on. “(Ohmes) won his first two matches and looked like he had barely lost or something,” junior Bobby Fuqua said. “After he won the championship, he was actually going crazy.” Junior Nathan Kelch said he could tell Ohmes felt like “a million bucks,” and junior Antonio Stewart said, “He was

even though it has one loss while Meade is undefeated. Junior center Nick Stinnett said his team could use that for inspiration. “It motivates us because we don’t feel like we’ve gotten much respect since we moved to the Third Region and we’ve been undefeated in the district two years in a row now,” he said. Senior guard Riley Benock said while it is just another regular season game — one of 26 — he’s been thinking about it since the schedule was released. “From my perspective, I’m looking forward to it more than any other game we’ve played this year because of the matchups we had last year,” he said. “But you can’t get too caught up in the emotion of it. We have to take care of business and go down there and give it our best effort, but we’re definitely looking forward to it.” Meade defeated Apollo in the regular season last year, but lost the regional tournament PLEASE SEE REMATCH, PAGE B2

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Junior guard Casey Hubbard goes up for a shot in Meade County’s 70-30 win over Frederick Fraize. Hubbard found his shooting touch and had 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field.

The Greenwave swim team qualified a relay team for the second day of the state swim meet for the first time ever last weekend, and one member was named the state recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. Senior Jake Baldwin was named the Third Region Sportsman of the Year after the regional meet two weeks ago in Versailles. Last weekend, he earned the same honor for the state of Kentucky. “The five regional award winners were eligible and based on the applications and what was written on them previously, the meet officials decided on the state recipient and it was Jake,” Coach J.P. LaVertu said. In lieu of the award, Baldwin was selected to read the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Sportsmanship Creed to the crowd before the meet. Prior to the meet, senior Daniel Silva said the group prepared just like it always had — but with shirts and ties this time. “We got dressed up in ties and looked really nice,” he said. “We got on the bus and we were all talking and making jokes, trying to keep it light. We listened to some music to get pumped up and it was the same thing last year. We were singing and dancing — having a good time — and just trying not to worry about it.” The meet, held at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natorium last Friday and Saturday, was the second trip for Silva, Baldwin and sophomore Troy Jobe, and an incredible new experience for seniors Andy Wilkins, Jon Hobbs and Cody Baldwin, junior Matt Spilman and sophomore Alex Medley. “It was probably the best thing that’s happened for me in swimming — getting to swim state,” Wilkins said. “It was really exciting. The whole atmosphere of being there was amazing and (the Natorium) was packed.” For Silva, who competed in the 200yard medley relay for the second-straight year, it was the culmination of three years worth of long drives to Fort Knox and countless hours of practice. “We came into this season expecting to go to state again and when I stepped up on that block in regionals, I thought about how horrible it would be to make it last year and not my senior year,” he said. “But, we made it.” Something also dawned on Wilkins, whose brother Larry also swam for LaVertu and Meade County before joining the Navy, as he knelt on the blocks after making it to state — the fact that he was about to swim against the best in Kentucky. “When I was up on the block getting ready to dive in is when it hit me,” he said. “I was looking around at everyone that was about to swim and I thought it was amazing that I was competing

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Smoke on a roll as Daytona 500 rolls BY BUDDY SHACKLETTE

7th Grade Championship E. Hardin 48, Stuart Pepper 43 Vine Grove Clippers 22, Bucks 4 M. Dial 4 B. Faulkner 2 A. Burgess 9 J. Draper 2 K. Norton 4 W. Edmunds 5

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Tony Stewart celebrates a win last leason. The two-time Nextel Cup Champion failed to make The Chase last year.

DAYTONA BEACH — When Tony Stewart came by NASCAR Media Day last week he was in a surprisingly jovial mood. The reason that’s a surprise is the dog-and-pony show that is NASCAR Media Day is about as much fun for the drivers as having Lionel over for a visit for Archie Bunker. It seems to take forever, is tedious and seems as though it will never end. The sanctioning body — which has good and necessary intentions — whisks drivers from picture session to picture session and there’s usually about seven such sessions for television.

There’s about a half-dozen radio shows, a hanging out session with whichever reporter wanders by, and usually about a 20-minute question-and-answer session in front of a mass of print media. Media representatives throw everything at drivers from, “Have you ever worn a diaper driving?” to, “What do you think about being selected the preseason favorite to win the championship?” “Wow, do I get preferred parking or something like that for that,” Stewart grinned. It’s amazing what a strong end to the season and relaxing off-season can do for a guy’s psyche. “As you can tell, I think he

has worked extremely hard getting ready for this year,” said team owner Joe Gibbs, whose fulltime job is coach of the Washington Redskins. “We always think we have a chance every race he is in. We hope he is on a roll.” Let’s rewind to the low-point of last season, which is when the two-time Nextel Cup champion failed to make The Chase for the championship at Richmond. While mathematically eliminated from The Chase, the only guy that was hotter than Stewart over the last 10 races of the season was eventual 2006 Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. PLEASE SEE DAYTONA, PAGE B8


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quarter while getting fouled to join the club his brother fell just 30 points shy of after getting hurt. “He called me right after and congratulated me, which was really nice,” Benock said of his brother. “It was definitely good to get it because he would have had it easily until something happened. In the back of your mind it makes you think, I hope I get there before I get hurt or something happens, too. But it was nice and it was special.” According to the school’s athletics director, John Proctor, it is unclear how many members are in the club because accurate records aren’t available. The last player to join the club was Zack Miller, who graduated in 2000. The Greenwave shot the lights out from three-point land, going 13-28. Hubbard, not known for taking a lot of shots, scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting. “In warm-ups, we were shooting around and everything was going down so I figured I’d shoot one in the game and see how it felt,” he said. “It felt good so I just kept firing them.” Garris said Hubbard doesn’t shoot very often because he knows he doesn’t have to and really likes to distribute the ball to his teammates. “I wish we could get him to shoot some more because he can shoot it and it gives us another dimension and we’ll need that coming down the stretch.” To go along with his 14 points, Hubbard also had three rebounds and seven assists. Roe also got in on the act, going an identical 5 of 8 from the field and 4 of 7 from three for 16 points. Editor’s note—If you have information and photos about other members of the 1,000-point club, send information to sports@thenewsstandard.com, or call The News Standard at 422.4542. Box scores: Greenwave 57, Cougars 47 Meade: Hubbard 1-1 0-0 3, Williams 1-3 3-4 6, Ives 0-1 0-0 0, Benock 5-9 2-3 14, Stinnett 10-10 8-11 28, Roe 2-3 1-2 6, Whelan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-28 14-20 57. Grayson: Embry 2-6 2-2 6, B. Skaggs 1-3 0-0 2, W. Smith 3-4

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3-3 9, Johnston 1-6 6-6 9, K. Skaggs 0-2 0-0 0, J. Smith 7-11 2-2 21, Boone 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-33 13-13 47. Meade18 13 10 16—57 Grayson12 12 6 17—47 Three-point shooting—Meade 510 (Hubbard 1-1, Williams 1-3, Benock 2-5, Roe 1-1). Grayson 6-15 (Embry 0-1, W. Smith 0-1, Johnston 1-3, K. Skaggs 0-2, J. Smith 5-8). Fouled out—Embry. Rebounds—Meade 18 (Benock 5), Grayson 15 (Johnston 3). Assists—Meade 9 (Stinnett 3), Grayson 7 (Johnston 4). Total fouls—Meade 15, Grayson 16. Technicals—none. Greenwave 70, Aces 30 Fraize: S. Poole 0-0 1-2 1, Wethington 0-2 1-2 1, Miley 0-0 0-1 0, Grubbs 4-8 0-2 10, D. Poole 2-3 0-0 5, Riley 0-1 0-0 0, L. Melton 1-1 0-0 2, D. Melton 412 0-0 11. Totals 11-27 2-7 30. Meade: Pace 0-0 1-2 1, Rupe 11 0-0 2, Mann 1-1 0-0 2, Hubbard 5-8 0-0 14, Williams -6 0-0 5, Ives 1-7 0-0 2, Benock 7-13 1-1 19, Brangers 0-3 0-0 0, Stinnett 2-3 0-0 4, Roe 5-8 2-2 16, Wells 0-3 0-0 0, Whelan 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 26-59 5-7 70. Fraize10 5 8 7—30 Meade18 17 22 13—70 Three-point goals—Fraize 6-15 (Grubbs 2-6, D. Poole 1-1, D. Melton 3-8). Meade 13-28 (Hubbard 4-7, Williams 1-2, Benock 4-10, Brangers 0-2, Roe 4-7). Fouled out—none. Rebounds— Fraize 24 (Grubbs, D. Melton 5), Meade 28 (Benock 5). Assists— Fraize 6 (Grubbs 4), Meade 24 (Hubbard 7). Total fouls—Fraize 7, Meade 11. Technicals—none.

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rematch in overtime. But Meade wasn’t at full strength because Jordan Benock, Riley’s older brother, tore his ACL against Grayson County two weeks before tournament play started. If not for Jordan Benock getting hurt, Meade very well could have been the team playing for the state championship. “They played really well in the state tournament but they dodged a lot of bullets in getting there,” Garris said. “I didn’t think they were head and shoulders above any of us last year and I think that’s the case this year. I think Owensboro Catholic was the best team and when we were 100 percent, we were the second best team.” Stinnett compared Apollo to Breckinridge County, not because of talent level —Breck is certainly no Apollo — but because of what the games mean to the fans and the teams. “It’s business as usual but it’s still a big game just like Breck County,” he said. “It’s really turning into a rivalry and I think we’re the top two teams in the region and it will give us a good preview of what might happen in the regional tournament.” Junior guard Casey Hubbard said a win Friday could be a boost heading into tournament play, which is 11 days away. “It would put us on top and we’re already feeling really good about how we’ve been playing,” he said. “We’re playing really well defensively and this win would give us a big step up going into the tournament. We’re all really pumped up because the word is that it’s Apollo and us for the region and it’s going to be a big game. We’re going to come focused and ready to play.” Garris said both teams are nearly carbon copies of each other and he expects a tight, pitchers’ duel of a game. “We both guard pretty good, we have the two best players in the region and it’s amazing how similar we are in nearly every aspect,” he said. “It won’t be a high scoring game because both teams make you work to get your shot off and from that

standpoint, it’s going to be a defensive battle. If it gets in the 50s, that would be a high score.” Apollo is 5-3 in its last eight games while Meade County has been on a roll, winning eight in a row and 11 of its last 12. Meade hasn’t lost in more than a month, the last one being to John Hardin Jan. 12 by four points, 39-35. For its latest victory, Meade traveled to Grayson County Tuesday — the site of this year’s regional tournament — to take on the Cougars (16-8) and won by 10, 57-47. “They were the best team we’ve played since Muhlenberg North and they’re probably the best defensive club we’ve seen this year,” Garris said. “It was a good game defensively and they were able to cut it to five in the fourth quarter but we were able to knock down some free throws at the end.” Stinnett was superb, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, 8-for-11 from the line and finishing with 28 points and four rebounds. Stinnett accounted for nearly 50 percent of his team’s points, while leading the team in assists with three and chipping in two steals. “Nick had a heck of a game for us last night and he was a lot bigger and stronger inside than what they had,” Garris said. “They were hanging on Riley and we recognized that we had a mismatch in there and we got him the ball.” Stinnett credited his teammates for recognizing his size advantage. “They are a really good defensive team and they fronted me in the post and doubleteamed Riley, so I just kept working,” he said. “Riley, Casey and Rob kept throwing it in to me and I was getting some open looks because I was the bigger forward. They didn’t have a lot of size and we were able to lob it over their heads in to me.” Benock also had 14 points, five boards, three blocks and three steals, while junior forwards Rob Williams and Chris Roe had six points each. Last Saturday, the Greenwave completed its second straight perfect regular season in district play with a 70-30 win over Frederick Fraize (6-16) and Benock became the newest member of Meade County’s 1,000-point club. Benock scored one off the glass in the third

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pumping up his cardboard poster!” Several of the guys said they also are hoping to see some pretty ladies in Frankfort, but jokes and kidding aside, this is a business trip and a learning experience for this budding first-year team. “I don’t know about these guys but I’m going there to win,” Stewart said about his mental approach this weekend. “We have to keep each other hyped up.” Junior Cody Bruce said even though some of his teammates are wary about facing

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against guys that are going to be trying out for the Olympics some day.” The two teams and two individuals that competed for Meade didn’t win, but that’s not what the day was all about. Originally, five members qualified and three gave up their spots in the 200-yard freestyle relay so their teammates — Wilkins, junior Matt Spilman and sophomore Alex Medley — could compete with them. “It feels good to compete with the best in the state and to know that you’re one of the top teams,” Silva said. “Just to qualify is awesome. I’m disappointed we didn’t place higher, but we made the second day.” Wilkins said his Mom and Dad were thrilled his teammates gave him the opportunity, especially since it may be his last. The senior is heading to the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in civil engineering, but doesn’t plan to continue swimming — at least at this point. “We did well — you can always do better — but just getting to compete was a big deal for me,” he said. “(My parents) were really happy I had the chance to do it. I didn’t make it there myself, but my teammates gave me the chance and my parents were really excited for me.” Silva said he would like to keep swimming because he has proven to himself that he can get better.

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the best Kentucky has to offer, they need to maintain their swagger. “I think we’ll do well, we just have to have confidence in ourselves and not let our opponents mentally knock us out before the match even starts,” he said. “We have to keep other things from distracting us because at regionals, I lost my first match and I shouldn’t have, but I still did well.” Davis said he just wants his guys to compete. “When we go to state, we’re not looking at it like we’re going to go in there and blow it away,” he said. “God knows I’d like for every kid to be a state champion but I don’t think our expectations would

be realistic if I said we were going to win every weight class. What we will gain from this is experience and that’s why I’m so excited that we’re taking 10 kids. Even the guys who won’t wrestle, just for them to see what it takes to get there and what they have to do to win at that level will set up our off-season and that’s the best thing out of all of it.” ….. Justin Geary said the team has to put all it has learned this season into play. “We just have to go out there and wrestle like coach always tells us and not think about it,” he said. “We have to stay calm, do what we’ve been taught and wrestle like it’s any other day. People are ten times better at state than the region-

al meet.” ….. Brandon Wyatt agreed. “We have to use what we’ve been learning,” he said. “We want to come out better for next year and hopefully we’ll get some guys to the championship round this year.” Davis joined several of his peers at Meade County High to win Coach of the Year in their respective sports. Coaches Dan Shook took the award for what his girls soccer team was able to accomplish, J.P LaVertu won for swimming, and Larry Mofield won for football. “I think that speaks pretty highly of the administration to go out and find coaches that are representing this commu-

“Hopefully, I’d like to swim in college,” he said. “Practice probably wouldn’t be that great but I know I can get faster. I’m looking at probably (attending) Western Kentucky (University), but I’m not sure what I will major in — something sports related.” LaVertu said he hopes his guys will all give some thought to having futures in the sport. “I hope they consider swimming in college,” he said. “Jake and Daniel could swim in college and Jon Hobbs has only been swimming two years and was less than half a second away from qualifying for state in the breaststroke. He’s still got a long way to go but I hope that he would consider it. Andy Wilkins could swim at a smaller school, and Daniel Silva and Cody Baldwin could as well.” The 200-yard medley relay

team, consisting of Silva, Jake Baldwin, Jobe and Hobbs, finished 15th on the first day qualifying it for Saturday, where it finished 16th in the state finals. The 200-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of Cody Baldwin, Wilkins, Spilman and Medley finished 24th and did not qualify for the second day. Jake Baldwin also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 24th, and Jobe competed in the 200-yard freestyle but received an automatic disqualification for a false start. LaVertu said he was thrilled with his guys and girls teams this year, and would dearly miss everyone he’s losing. “For the five senior boys, I think they realized that the hard work they’ve put in these last four years — and some of them two years — finally paid off,” he said. “Coach actually knew what

he was talking about when he was making them do all those sprints and when he was busting their humps on technique problems. These seniors were really a special group because of how far they had to travel for practice all these years, getting home so late after school everyday and still maintaining the grades they were able to get. To be this successful in the pool says a lot.”

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Beach party chases away winter blues A little slice of paradise came to Meade County last week when David T. Wilson Elementary hosted its Bulldog Beach Party. The annual winter festival took on a more tropical theme this year to give the community a break from the harsh winter weather. “We wanted to do something that was different and would get the kids more excited,” said Marrianne Miller, Parent Teacher Organization president. “We did some research online and thought it would be nice to have a beach party because it’s nasty outside and the kids would enjoy it.” Miller said the event was geared towards parents and children alike. “Our main focus was for students and the whole community to come out and have some fun. We want a friendly atmosphere where parents feel welcome,” she said. Festivities included food, games, face painting and a raffle. The student who sold the most raffle tickets received an iPod Shuffle. As an extra incentive, students who turned their homework in on time received either $5 in tickets or free food. Fifth grade teacher Andrea Esarey said the incentive helped motivate her class and that the students were “very serious” about their studies leading up to the event.

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fought victory. After suffering their first loss of the tournament, SPMS played Frederick Fraize Middle School from Cloverport for the right to face Grayson again in the championship match. SPMS, who had beaten Frederick Fraize in round one, hammered out a decisive win against the Aces to set up a re-match against the

powerful Grayson County team that had lost only one match all year. In the finals, it was nip and tuck as the two teams struggled to establish a comfortable lead. Eventually Grayson County edged ahead and went on to victory to claim their second consecutive 13th District title. By finishing second,

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Front Row (Left to Right): Kayla Parcell (254) 1st, Gracie Fackler (236) 2nd, Logan Hardesty (126) 3rd, Koby White (210) 2nd, Josh Durbin (239) 1st; 2nd Row: Drew Wathen (273) 4th, Shelby Miller (245) 4th, Lacey Reichmuth (254) 3rd, Jake Nevitt (251) 4th, Tyler Stull (262) 3rd, Taylor Knott (270) 1st, CJ Saylor (248) 5th, Dallas Allen (262) 2nd; 3rd Row: Hannah Lewis (265) 1st, Nathan Parcell (283) 1st, Amber Kessinger (260) 2nd, Bailey Thomas (267) 1st, Winnie Weick (240) 3rd, Ashlyn Mills (253) 2nd, Destiny Adams (233) 4th, Rhett Burks (270) 5th; Back Row: Dalton Waters (282) 2nd, Courtney Campbell (290) 1st, Meagan Parcell (280) 2nd, Brandi Waters (269) 4th, Jenna McAlister (278) 3rd, Travis Argabright (271) 5th, Justin Waters (280) 1st, Jordan Reichmuth (273) 4th, Austin Kasey (276) 3rd, Paul Pike (277) 2nd, Zack Crutcher (273) 3rd; Not Pictured: Tray Powers (60) 4th, Emma Bell (231) 5th, Samantha Dezelich (216) 5th, Emily Fox (257) 5th

Elementary, middle and high school students scored well at the county shoot on Saturday, February 10, 2007. The participants in the photo above represent the first five places in their respective divisions. Additional participants will be listed next week’s issue of The News Standard.

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Dancers take fourth in hiphop style competition CINCINNATI — The Meade County High dance team competed in Jam Fest last weekend in the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati. The team took fourth place in the varsity hip-hop division out of seven teams. Coach Beth Risen said it was a great experience for her team to learn and have fun. “We went up Friday night

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David T. Wilson Elementary Principal Donna Foushee welcomes students and parents to “paradise” at the Bulldog Beach Party.

Middle school places second in Governor’s Cup competition More than 80 students from five different middle schools came to Meade County to take part in the 13th District KAAC Governor’s Cup Competition Jan. 27. Stuart Pepper Middle School was the host for the district this year. Students began the day by taking part in written assessments in the areas of math, science, arts and humanities, language arts and social studies. After the completion of the written assessment portion of the day, the schools began the quick recall tournament. Quick Recall is a fast paced game between two teams of four students. The game is divided into two twelve minute halves of forty general knowledge questions. During the opening round matches of the double elimination tournament, Grayson County and Stuart Pepper Middle emerged as the early favorites. Eventually these two teams would meet in the semi-finals with Grayson County taking a hard

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and Jam Fest had a professional choreographer there that has worked with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake,” she said. “The girls could take a class with him and learn different steps, and we had a dance party with a DJ and food and stuff for the girls to have some fun.” The team’s next competition will be March 3 and 4 at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

Cheerleaders compete in Owensboro OWENSBORO — The Meade County cheerleaders finished third in their only competition this season Feb. 3 at Daviess County High School. The team was scheduled to compete in Nashville the weekend of Jan. 5, but had to cancel due to a girl moving away and injuries. In last weekend’s competition, the team competed in the medium division, taking third place behind Owensboro High and Grayson County. “They did really well,” Coach Hesler said. “We do a two-and-a-half minute routine and they hit it and it was really clean. We didn’t win anything, but we did as well as we expected them to do.” Each squad is judged on its overall routine, stunting, tumbling, motions, the cheer itself and school spirit. Senior night for the cheerleaders, and boys’ and girls’ basketball teams is Feb. 23.

SPMS assured itself of a berth in the regional tournament to be held February 17th at Breckinridge County Middle School. In addition to the quick recall team several other students received individual honors and will be moving on to regional competition as well.

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1. Crank (R) Jason Statham (Lionsgate) 2. The Illusionist (PG-13) Edward Norton (Fox) 3. Little Miss Sunshine (R) Abigail Breslin (Fox) 4. The Devil Wears Prada (PG13) Meryl Streep (Fox) 5. Snakes on a Plane (R) Samuel L. Jackson (New Line) 6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (PG-13) Will Ferrell (Sony) 7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13) Johnny Depp (BV/Disney) 8. The Covenant (PG-13) Steven Strait (Sony) 9. My Super Ex-Girlfriend (PG-13) Uma Thurman (Fox) 10. Invincible (PG) Mark Wahlberg (BV/Disney)

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (PG-13) (Walt Disney) 2. Invincible (PG) (Walt Disney) 3. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (PG-13) (Sony) 4. Step Up (PG-13) (Touchstone) 5. The Devil Wears Prada (PG-13) (20th Century Fox) 6. Little Miss Sunshine (R) (20th Century Fox) 7. Cars (G) (WaltDisney/Pixar) 8. Fearless (PG-13) (Universal) 9. Barnyard (PG) (Nickelodeon) 10. Ice Age: The Meltdown (PG) (20th Century Fox) © 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.


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T HIS W EEK ’ S H OROSCOPES ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You don't like rejection. But instead of trying to "ram" your ideas through to an unreceptive audience, stand back and wait for a more favorable environment later this month. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Job commitments call for the tidy Taurean to charge into those problem-plagued projects and get them into shape. Then go ahead and enjoy the fun and friendships of your expanding social life. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The pressures of the workplace are beginning to ease. While you still need to stay connected to your ongoing commitments, you'll be able to take more time to relax with family and friends. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might feel that you need to prove how much you can do. But be careful not to take on more than you can handle, or you risk being bogged down. An Aries has a message for you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Financially it could be a little tight for

a while. So resist the urge to splurge on things you don't really need. There will be time enough to indulge yourself when the money squeeze eases later this month. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You demand trust from others. But someone is creating a situation that could put your own trustworthiness in question. Be sure to keep all lines of communication open. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A problem delays the recognition that you hoped to receive for your hard work. But all will soon be resolved. Remember to make patience your watchword this week. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Those wonderful ideas could expand your workplace prospects and ultimately lead you on a new career path. Your personal life also opens up new vistas. SAGITTARIUS(November 22 to December 21) So much seems to be swirling around you these days that you might find it hard to focus on priori-

ties. Best advice: Take things one at a time, and you'll get through them all. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Work out situations with what you have, and avoid the temptation to create complications where they don't exist. This applies both at home and in the workplace. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Keep your keen senses open to possible changes in personal and/or professional situations. Knowing what might lie ahead gives you an edge on how to handle it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Personal pressures at work could create a problem with your performance. Best advice: Focus on the job ahead of you. If necessary, you can deal with the other issue later. BORN THIS WEEK: Like your fellow Aquarian Abraham Lincoln, you have a way of handling the most difficult situations with grace and conviction. (c) 2007 King Features Syndicate, Inc

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well as Frederick Fraize (0-16). Catholic was also able to knock off Grayson County (21-4) at home by two points on Jan. 15. Grayson beat Meade at home 6350 on Dec. 4. Meade head coach Josh Hurt said his team would have to guard the perimeter and pound it inside to use its size advantage. “Owensboro Catholic is guard oriented, small and they like to shoot the three,” he said. “I think what teams have been able to do is guard the perimeter shot and keep them out of the paint. There will be some mismatches size-wise and we’re going to have to get the ball to Kayla Stull inside.” It will certainly be more competitive than last Saturday’s game against the struggling Lady Aces of Frederick Fraize. The Lady Waves rode the hot three-point shooting of several players and used 32 Lady Aces’ turnovers to finish out the district regular season in style with a 68-11 victory. “It’s nice to be undefeated in the district and, of course, we’ll get (Frederick Fraize) in the first round,” Hurt said. “Breckinridge and Hancock are both very talented— young but talented. It will take everything we have to be able to finish off going undefeated in back-to-back years.” Junior forward Mindy Oliver agreed and said the team will likely see Hancock if it makes it to the championship game. “It’s really big for us going into the district tournament knowing that we’re undefeated and it really raises our confidence,” she said. “I think we can win the district and it will help us get ready for the region. I’d rather see Breck County, but I think it will be Hancock because they’re a better team.” Meade led 48-2 at the half and the hot three-point shooting spread from teammate to teammate. The girls combined to shoot better than 50 percent from the perimeter, going 8-for-15 — far and away the best performance of the season. “If we could shoot like that every night, no team could beat us,” Oliver said. “I think we all have to believe that we can do it and we have to want to shoot.” Hurt said he hopes his team’s hot shooting wasn’t a one-night thing. “You hope that carries over because we were just on fire,” he said. “We shot an unreal percentage but when we get open looks and we’re feeling good, we can shoot the ball.” Meade has shot well from three on occasion, but had only made as many as four threepointers three times this season — against the aforementioned Fort Knox and both games against Breckinridge. Senior guard Jasmine Newby finished with 14 points and three steals, while senior forward Kayla Stull and sophomore forward Chelsea Stinnett both had nine points. Stull and junior forward Kayla Fackler led the way with five boards each, while Oliver had seven steals to go with her eight points. The Lady Waves hosted the Lady Dragons of South Oldham Feb. 8 and took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter only to lose by seven, 52-45.

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Three races into The Chase, Stewart won at Kansas and then put together back-to-back victories near the end of the year when he won at Atlanta and Texas. Over the winter, Stewart entered his own equipment in the prestigious Chili Bowl, the granddaddy of all dirt-track races held in the dead of winter — indoors — in Oklahoma. After wrecking and being injured a year prior, Stewart won the prestigious event. So how does he kickoff the season-opener to 2006? How about by winning last Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout At Daytona all-star race. It’s a high-dollar, non-points race, but one that often reveals what teams have before the season officially kicks off with the season-opener. “I think the whole field that ran tonight has a huge advantage over the guys that didn’t make it into the Shootout because of the fact that we got to run at night,” Stewart said. So over the last five months, Stewart has won five times including three Cup points races. Not a bad confidence boost for a team eager to get back into The Chase after taking a hiatus last season. “Tony’s win is certainly a big

“We had a 10-point lead and I think we lost our focus and didn’t finish the game,” Oliver said. “Coach Hurt has been on us all year about starting the game the right way and we came out ready; we just threw it away.” Hurt said Meade had trouble with Oldham after it switched to a zone defense. “They started out playing man (defense) and we didn’t have much of a problem with it in building that lead, but their 23 zone was really good,” he said. “They had some tall kids on the floor and it made it very difficult to see and make the passes we needed to make for those open perimeter shots. They did as good a job as anybody has on Mindy.” Oldham was able to go 17 of 18 from the line and held off Meade late in the game to seal the deal. Stull led the way for Meade with 17 points and nine boards, while Oliver had eight and five, respectively. Hurt said the game was one his team would like to have back. “That’s one that we knew we had eight- and nine-point leads at a couple of different times and we just needed one or two plays to put it away,” he said. “I thought we played hard, it was just a couple of mistakes here and there and they made some plays, but it was definitely one we’d like to have had.” Box score: Lady Dragons 52, Lady Waves 45 Oldham: Jones 4-11 13-13 22, Reynolds 4-8 3-4 11, Conniff 3-6 1-1 7, McGuffin 3-9 0-0 6, Mabry 2-6 0-0 4, McMullen 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Schaver 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-44 17-18 52. Meade: Stull 7-15 3-5 17, Oliver 3-15 2-4 9, Newby 4-10 0-0 8, Hurt 3-6 0-0 7, Fackler 2-5 0-2 4, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 5-11 45. Oldham 8 10 11 23—52 Meade 14 5 11 15—45 Three-point goals—Oldham 1-6 (Jones 1-4, McGuffin 0-2). Meade 2-9 (Stull 0-1, Oliver 1-4, Newby 0-1, Hurt 1-3). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Oldham 29 (Mabry 7), Meade 23 (Stull 6). Assists—Oldham 6 (Jones, McGuffin 2), Meade 11 (Wilson 5).Total fouls—Oldham 12, Meade 18. Technicals—none. Lady Waves 68, Lady Aces 11 Fraize: Sanders 2-7 0-0 5, Vincent 1-3 0-0 2, Sims 1-4 0-0 2, Powell 1-2 0-0 2, Arnold 0-3 0-0 0, O’Reilley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 520 0-0 11. Meade: Newby 6-9 1-2 14, Stull 4-7 0-2 9, Stinnett 3-6 1-2 9, Oliver 4-8 0-0 8, Hurt 3-4 0-0 7, Wathen 2-3 0-0 5, Montgomery 2-2 0-0 5, Ledford 2-5 0-2 5, Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Ross 1-2 0-2 2, Fackler 0-3 0-0 0, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-53 2-10 68. Fraize0 2 7 2—11 Meade 24 24 16 4— 68 Three-point goals—Fraize 1-5 (Sanders 1-4, Arnold 0-1). Meade 8-15 (Newby 1-2, Stull 11, Stinnett 2-3, Oliver 0-2, Hurt 1-1, Wathen 1-2, Montgomery 1-1, Ledford 1-2, Wilson 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds— Fraize 14 (Vincent 8), Meade 22 (Stull, Fackler 5). Assists— Fraize 3 (Sims 2), Meade 18 (Wilson 4). Total fouls—Fraize 9, Meade 6. Technicals—none. deal for us. We have so much pride in Tony and all he has done for us. Seeing him, the way he has matured in the sport and the things he has done are a big deal,” Gibbs said. “As far as what he can carry over, it is so hard to win here. We have been in it since ’91 and we were so fortunate to get one (500 win) with Dale Jarrett. We have had good cars, at different times, we felt like we had cars and had a chance but it is so tough to win the 500. It is very hard to win. Winning this race of course is a big deal for us, but winning the 500 is something that is extremely hard to do.” It also is something at the top of Stewart’s wish list as he heads into his ninth Cup season. Stewart has won two of his Big 3. He’s won the Indianapolis 500 and a championship. The only one left he hasn’t conquered is the Super Bowl of racing, the Daytona 500, which rolls green Sunday at 3 p.m. “The big three to me are obviously the championship, Indy and here. We have two of those three knocked down. The 500 is still missing off that list. There are still four race tracks I haven’t won at that I want to win at and the 500 and that pretty much covers the to-do list,” Stewart said. “The four tracks are Darlington, California, Las Vegas and I keep forgetting the fourth one, oh yeah, Talladega. That is probably the most important one I haven’t won at yet.”

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