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Records removed from County Attorney’s office BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

Greenwave crushes Suns The boys team defeated Muhlenberg South 61-37 in the first round of the regional tournament. The boys will play Owensboro tonight at Grayson County.

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County officials reported this week that documents were taken from the County Attorney’s Office by its former holder more than two months ago. Financial and personnel records were removed by former County Attorney Darren Sipes when he left office in December, said current County Attorney Margaret Matney, leaving her with “no idea” what was taken or what files

should be present in the office. As for her office’s financial situation, Matney said it has been operating blindly because no one knows how much money will — or should — be coming in this year. “This has been a burden to the County Attorney’s Office and it trickles down to being a burden to taxpayers,” she said. Matney said she is unsure if court documents with residents’ personal information were taken, but she said the personnel files removed had the addresses, phone numbers

and social security numbers of the office’s former employees. Sipes reportedly took the files so he could conduct a final settlement for his office, which is due to Fiscal Court by March 15. Fiscal Court expects Sipes to present his settlement during the March 13 meeting. Sipes did not return phone calls. When The News Standard submitted an open records request to Sipes for financial records for 2005 and 2006, he promptly responded by E-mail, acknowledging he had the records and agreeing to

the request. “You are welcome to come by my office, inspect any of the records you seek to review, and take any records with you for copying purposes,” he wrote. Matney said during a conversation with Sipes that he told her he was entitled to hold on to the documents until the settlement is due. Matney, however, disagrees, and believes the original files should have been turned over the day she took office. The removed documents could be a case of bad blood

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between Matney and Sipes. Sipes hired Matney as his assistant county attorney in 2003 before firing her later on grounds of her work ethic and her desire to have a private practice. Sipes previously said he told Matney when she was hired he expected a full-time assistant. Matney then ran against, and defeated Sipes, in November’s election by more than 700 votes. Now both are citing the PLEASE



Agri Fuels given 90 day extension to purchase land CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

Season over for Lady Waves The Lady Waves gave up a fourth quarter lead, losing to Owensboro 66-61 in the second round of regional play.


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VIEWPOINTS ....A3 Breaching the public trust Removing documents from the courthouse may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right.


Junior center Nick Stinnett cuts off a piece of twine as a memento of Meade County’s 54-41 victory over Hancock County in the 11th district championship game March 2.

uring the past two seasons, the Meade County High School boys and girls basketball teams have a combined 32-0 record in district play, including two consecutive district championships. Tonight, the boys will look for a measure of revenge against the Owensboro Red Devils in the second round of regional tournament. The Lady Red Devils knocked the Lady Waves out of their regional tournament Wednesday night at Muhlenberg South.


BUSINESS........A5 Learn to play the college financial aid game The financial-aid process is a game, but applicants don’t know all the rules.

OBITUARIES ....A6 Shirley Spink, 64 Michael Mason, 50 Marie Morgan, 89 Donald Pennington, 67 Willie Cross, 83 Aleatha Floyd, 91 Charles French, 79 Aral Jolly, 94

FAITH ............A7 TNS welcomes new columnist Pastor Randy Johnson brings his spiritual insight to Faith & Values.


The Lady Waves hoist their district championship trophy after defeating Hancock County 53-40 last week.

Meade County-Brandenburg Industrial Authority Chairman David Pace said in December he wouldn’t “feel totally good” about Agri Fuels’ $25,000 deposit to construct an ethanol plant in the Industrial Park until he saw the remainder of the money. Now it seems Pace will have to wait another three months before he can rest assured. The Industrial Authority board met Tuesday to approve giving Agri Fuels another 90 days to pay the remaining $1.8 million for 104 acres in the Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park near Arch Chemical. According to the original agreement, the total payment was due March 1. The money will now be due June 1. The Industrial Authority went into closed session to discuss giving Agri Fuels the extension before approving the extension unanimously, with board member Carl Austin abstaining. Pace said the extension is merely a speed bump caused by legalities and there is no reason to think Agri Fuels developer Don Martin won’t come through as expected. “We’ve given the purchasing agreement an extension … so (Agri Fuels) can finish due diligence per the original agreement,” Pace said. “(Martin) has never led us to believe ‘if’ it will happen, but ‘when’ it will happen. It’s a matter of finalizing the legalities. PLEASE



Underage drinking puts two in hospital STAFF REPORT RHODELIA — Six juveniles and one adult face charges after the Meade County Sheriff’s Department broke up a party of underage drinkers but hours later, a drunken teen leaving the party was involved in a single car accident, injuring two passengers. Deputies John Stinebruner and Thomas Young responded to complaints around 11:00 p.m. Friday that youths were having a party and drinking alcohol at the Meade-Breck Center in Rhodelia. The deputies found a parking lot full of cars and more than 250 people attending the party, according to a police report. Rodney Houchens, 22, of Brandenburg, was arrested along with five minors, whose names cannot be released, for alcohol intoxication. The party led to an accident hours




Cities, county find E-911 compromise Local youths look to design Prize Poster Meade County High School students compete in state-wide poster program

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BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Most of Brandenburg and Muldraugh residents will keep their current addresses once Meade County’s Enhanced-911 service takes effect. The cities’ mayors met last month with Judge Executive Harry Craycroft, Mark Bennett, the county’s 911 center director, and Bill Lacy, who is charged with readdressing for E-911, to find common ground on the addressing dispute. E-911 will provide dispatch-

ers with names, phone numbers and addresses of all emergency calls made over telephone lines. The current system only provides phone numbers. The second phase will provide the same service for cell phones and voice-over Internet programs, and will use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to pinpoint the location of cell phone users. Lacy said the first phase could be ready in one or two months. Bennett and Lacy advised the cities to change their addressing schemes by adopting a national scale that would

place address points along roads every 5.28 feet. The E-911 board members said their standard would be cheaper, quicker and more accurate than the alternative, which would require obtaining GPS coordinates for every doorstep in the cities. The county has already adopted the 5.28 scale. “We talked about address issues and they (Muldraugh and Brandenburg) decided they wanted to collect points rather than readdress the cities,” Bennett said during a March 5 E-911 Committee meeting. “That wasn’t our rec-

ommendation.” Bennett said the 5.28 scale has a specific purpose, which is why it is the recommended scale by the E-911 committee. The scale would plot address points on a digital map that would be used during the cellular phase of E-911 service. Previous Fiscal Court members wanted to force the cities into compliance but the current administration decided against legal action and instead opted for a democratic approach, Craycroft said. “We’re working on a solution I think will work on every-

one’s part,” he said. “ It’s give and take and I think everyone will be able to live with it. When they get ready to throw the switch everyone will be in compliance. The city and the county aren’t 100 percent happy, but … we don’t want to fight with each other. We’ll come to a conclusion where we can get this to work.” The mayors said previously that changing every address in their cities would be too costly for businesses and too large a PLEASE


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Ladies Auxiliary VFW prepares for Spring As spring approaches, the members of the Meade County Memorial Ladies Auxiliary #11404 would like to thank everyone in the community, VFW comrades and Auxiliary members who are making this fiscal year a success. Take a look at some of our achievements: Programs like Americanism, Voice of Democracy, Legislative, Patriot’s Pen, Patriotic Art, and Political Action Committee have

allowed students, community members, and organization members to express their views on important issues in many ways. We have helped raise $3 million dollars for Cancer Aid and Research along with Cancer Grants for our members who have cancer. Donations have been sent to help our own VFW National Home for children in Eaton Rapids, Mich. A relief fund helps mem-

bers with special needs. Scholarships are provided for both students and active military personnel. We help our VA hospitals not only to purchase special items needed, but also to provide parties for the residents. Operation Uplink helps provide free phone cards to our active military personnel and our hospital veterans. Students are encouraged to help us support our active troops with cards and letters

as well as mailing “goody boxes” to our military stationed overseas. The newest program “Unmet Needs” assists deployed military personnel’s families with unexpected expenditures. Special thanks are extended to each of our members who have paid dues to remain a member of our organization. A large percentage of this income is applied to meet all the previ-

ously mentioned donations to our programs. Membership truly is invaluable to our organization and our country. Membership numbers make possible the voices and letters that reach our legislators so they know where we stand on veteran’s issues that will make a difference. Ladies who have a grandfather, father, husband, son, sister, daughter, step-grandfather, stepfather, stepson, stepbrother, stepsister or

stepdaughter who has served on foreign soil or in foreign waters are encouraged to contact us. Help make a difference in our community as well as the lives of our active military personnel, veterans and their families. Our Auxiliary can be contacted by calling Glo Brady at 497-4813; Virginia Smiley at 422-3484; Libby Richardson at 422-4181; or Meade County Memorial VFW Post at 422-5184.

Twelve die on Kentucky roadways last week KENTUCKY STATE POLICE FRANKFORT — Preliminary statistics* indicate that 12 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Mar. 4, 2007.




burden for residents. Brandenburg Mayor David Pace said the meeting was “progressive,” but that a few addresses will have to change. “We have to take it back to our street committee and try to move forward from there,” he said. “Some street name changes will have to happen.” The E-911 committee said duplicate road names must be eliminated and addresses cannot have half numbers or lot numbers in order for the Master Street Address Guide, a master list of all addresses in Meade County, to be finalized. Muldraugh Mayor Danny Tate told City Council during a special meeting last month that most of Muldraugh’s addresses will remain the same, but some changes must happen. “We’ve come to a resolution,” Tate said. “Our addressing system will work the way it is, but we’ve go to get rid of

Eleven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is unknown at this time. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One of

the victims was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet. Single fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Clay, Daviess, Hardin, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Meade, Oldham, Perry and Pike counties.

half numbers and lot numbers.” Lacy said he is concerned that by not adopting the 5.28 scale, addressing issues will resurface down the road, possibly resulting with county residents having to change their address again. “If the city annexes parts of the county, the two can’t be on different addressing scales and the county addresses would have to change,” he said. Pace agreed that if Brandenburg annexed parts of Meade County, more address changes would be needed. “If we annex … we would want to be on the city scale and not the county scale,” he said. Lacy said the E-911 committee is working each day to get the MSAG in compliance with phone companies. Brandenburg telephone approved the MSAG but Bell South Telephone, which services Muldraugh, said more addressing changes are needed before they will approve. The result is Muldraugh residents will have to wait longer for the first phase of E-911 service.



Through Mar. 4, preliminary statistics* indicate that 108 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 10 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 100 motor vehicle fatalities, 60 victims were not

wearing seat belts. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, loca-

tion, direction of travel and license number if possible. These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.


later that sent two juveniles to the hospital. The Meade County 911 center was notified of a car accident about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning on state Route 144 east of the Meade-Breck Center. An intoxicated 17-year-old driver left the roadway in his 1998 Chevy S-10 Blazer and overturned the vehicle, according to a police report. The driver was not injured, but two female juvenile passengers were taken to Harrison County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by Meade County EMS. The driver had a blood alcohol level of .072 and faces a driving under the influence charge. The driver admitted to Stinebruner that he and the passengers had just left the party of the Meade-Breck Center. The incident remains under investigation and other charges might be filed, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

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Missing files show a breach in public trust ewly-elected officials are bound to hit speedbumps during their first few months in office, and County Attorney Margaret Matney has certainly had her share. When Matney began her term she walked into a barren office with no desk, no computer, no office supplies, and most importantly, no financial or personnel records. Sipes said the desk and computer belong to him, but what doesn’t belong to Sipes are the records he took to finish his audit, which is due to Fiscal Court no later than March 15. Even though the computer belongs to Sipes, the county documents on that computer don’t, nor should the only existing copy of the documents leave the courthouse and be unaccounted for the past two months. Matney said Sipes told her E DITORIAL during a phone conversation that he would keep the docuI SSUE : Records were ments until his audit is due. removed from the County According to state regulations, removing county docu- Attorney’s office by ments from the courthouse is former County Attorney. nothing more than a slap on the hand, a misdemeanor and O UR V IEW : Removing possible $500 fine at the most. government files is a And it appears Sipes knows the breach of public trust. same. Sipes boasted heading into the election that he collected more than $1.5 million in delinquent property taxes, but neither Fiscal Court nor Matney have any record of what was collected last year. They also are unsure of how much money should, or will, be returned to the county. Also, the personnel records removed have personal information about county residents that should be considered sensitive and by no means should ever leave the courthouse. Whether Sipes’ actions are legal or illegal, there is still a matter of what is right and wrong. It is clearly wrong to remove the sole copy of documents that other elected officials need in order to conduct business and serve residents. By taking county records, Sipes has breached the public trust that was given to him as an elected official. Instead of making a backup copy of necessary files, Sipes instead has continued to make life difficult for his former assistant. The missing files are only Sipes’ latest attempt to make life difficult for Matney, whom he hired in 2003 and fired shortly thereafter. Then after losing the election to Matney by more than 700 votes, he demanded a recanvas, which he did not show up for. Next, Child Support Services were kicked out of their building so Sipes could use it at the new location for his private practice. Sipes’ behavior toward Matney is the kind of sophomoric behavior that would be expected in the halls of Meade County High School, but not from a former elected official who claimed to have the county’s best interests at heart.


Senate majority affirms pro-life values The Prison Industries (FRANKFORT) As we move toward the conclusion of the 2007 Enhancement program, created with Session, the pace of activity has Senate Bill 42, will allow the picked up significantly. As Senate Department of Corrections to work with private employers so bills move through the that prisoners can work for committee process and pass L EGISLATIVE them at minimum wage on off the floor, House bills U PDATE prison grounds. The indusawait their turn at considertrial jobs would let the prisation. oners develop job skills This week, the Senate they can use when released. Majority continued to This is an opportunity to be affirm our strong pro-life productive and learn to be values. Substantial research a constructive member of confirms that human fetussociety. Part of the earnings es as young as 20 weeks would go toward making gestation can and do react C ARROLL restitution for their crimes, to painful or negative stimG IBSON paying into the victims uli. Senate Bill 80 will compensation fund, and require that women thinkpaying child support. ing of terminating their pregnancies are provided with infor- Employers would be screened to mation on fetal pain and anesthesia. ensure that jobs would not be lost in surrounding communities. As with any invasive medical proce- the dure, the patient should be provided Among the 16 members of the screenwith as full as information as possible ing panel would be four labor representatives to protect the companies’ before making a decision. The bill is Senate Bill 67 which toughens current workforce. Kentucky’s DUI laws also passed the designed to keep jobs in Kentucky. The Senate also passed SB 198 Senate. It will allow blood and urine tests that reveal certain drug levels to which I sponsored. From the beginbe admissible by themselves in court, ning, one of my goals in Frankfort instead of requiring a state lab official has been to promote common-sense to testify regarding the drugs’ effects. government. One such opportunity Like the blood alcohol test, certain is this bill which will allow blue ink levels would automatically be con- to be used to sign death certificates. sidered evidence that someone was When a loved one passes, the last driving under the influence, as long thing a family should deal with is a as the test was taken within two government bureaucracy that nithours of the traffic stop. We must picks the color of the ink one uses to have a zero-tolerance policy when it sign documents. In other action, members from comes to the safety of our families.



both sides of the aisle attended briefings on energy efficiency issues and the challenges facing local jails. With strong bipartisan support, the Senate has also been working on developing a proposal to deal with the unfunded liability of the state employee pension system. Details are still being hammered out and we are hopeful that the House will work with us in a collaborative manner. These are significant concerns facing Kentucky with no easy answers. Gathering the most comprehensive information possible is the first step to formulating answers. The House of Representatives passed their appropriations bill so we will be reviewing their proposal. We are ever mindful that we are the caretakers of your tax dollars. We passed a bipartisan budget last year which is still in force. As a member of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, I would be very hesitant to re-open the budget beyond restoring the vetoed projects and allowing for a military income tax exemption unless compelling evidence is presented. We have only one week left of the 2007 General Assembly Session before the veto period. Please contact my office toll-free at 800/372-7181 with any questions or concerns or if there is anything I can do. Senator Carroll Gibson represents the 5th District, including Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart, Larue, and Meade counties.


Money, trash or health Which comes first? In September 2005, I bought a house in Meade Co. I was very happy with the location and the setting. It was something I had been looking for since house hunting the beginning of 2004. I walked the property as best I could, considering the time of year it was. In the winter of 2005, I discovered a sinkhole on the back of the property. This sinkhole in question is 100 feet wide and a depth of approx 50 feet or more. I know sinkholes in Meade County are common; that is not the problem. I do not mind the sink hole, but the trash and debris such as tires, roofing shingles which, by the way, match my neighbor’s roof, plastic, oil containers and foam insulation, have me concerned. The builder Jeff Knott pushed trees and concrete into this hole. Other than it being a main source of drainage for the property, I do not need it plugged up. I realize trees will

rot and concrete will fill, but let us be for real. The other trash will not. I contacted Wanda (Terrell) in the recycle center in the spring of 2006. She arranged in the summer of that year to meet with me and photograph the mess. She said that the EPA, based on funding from the state, would confirm a clean up and would contact me with the results. In August of 2006 I contacted waste management and was told money was not approved yet. In October, 2006, I called to confirm and I was told that Wanda no longer worked for waste management, but that the funds where granted and I was the first on the list for clean up. After reading an article about the 109 Board, I became concerned. I called the Waste Management and inquired about the clean up. I was told that it would be after the first of


the year, THIS YEAR, 2007, I am still waiting and as we all know spring is coming, when rains are sometimes heavy, then summer when the weeds and grass are overgrown, especially around something I don’t maintain.

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Hunter Bradley Mattingly

Ish-Tarla Elaine Bradshaw Miss Ish-Tarla Elaine Bradshaw, daughter of Michael and Alice Bradshaw of Guston, Ky, is graduating March 16, 2007 from Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Graduation service will be held March 16, 2007, at Walnut St. Baptist Church, Lousiville, Ky. Ish is a member of Phi Sigma Eta, an academic honors professional fraternity. She will be receiving an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science. During college she worked at the McDonald’s in Brandenburg and Neilson’s Media Reasearch in Radcliff. She is a 2003 graduate of Meade County High School.

Chris and Emily Mattingly, Brandenburg, are proud to annouce the birth of their son, Hunter Bradley Mattingly. Hunter was born February 3, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Bobby and Beverly Mattingly, Payneville; Bobby Foushee, Smith’s Grove; and Marsha Foushee, Brandenburg.

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SUBMITTED ARTICLE The Optimist Club of Meade County, Inc. is sponsoring our O. K. Kids (Optimizing Kindness in Kids) program again this year. The nomination forms are already available at all Meade County Schools. Teachers, parents, grandparents, friends and members of the community are encouraged to nominate the child they think best demonstrates the values of kindness. As in prior years, four win-

ners will be chosen from four different grade levels: K-3; 4-6; 7-8 and 9-12. Then, on April 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m., we will have our Annual Awards Banquet and invite the winners, their families and their sponsor. In the past four years, the program has grown a lot and community support has helped make the program a great success. The year 2005 was our first year for the Awards Banquet and past club PresidentMelinda Powell noted, “If you want to be encouraged about

our future leaders and their values, read some of these nomination forms.” The winners of each group are given a savings bond, a certificate and various prizes that the business community donates. To help defray some of the costs involved with the savings bonds and banquet, we also accept donations from private citizens. Our club also sponsors an Essay Contest and the winner reads their essay at the banquet. The winner is also invited to our Awards Banquet with their

family. The Essay Contest winner also gets scholarship money to the college of their choice. We are a 501-C3 non-profit organization. Any monetary donations will be appreciated as will gift cards/certificates. All donations should be made to: Optimist Club of Meade County, Inc. and mailed to: P. O. Box 1155, Brandenburg, Ky 40108. If you have any questions, contact Karen J. Hofmann at 422-4437.

C OMMUNITY C ALENDAR Saturday, March 10 •Wolf Creek Fire Dept. meeting, 7 p.m., at the firehouse •Turkey Shoot at VFW Post 10281, 299 Briggs Lane in Vine Grove. Sign up at 11 a.m., shoot starts at 1 p.m. 12 gauge 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, March 11 •Petticoat, Petticoat Concert at the Senior Citizens Center at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Meade County Public Library at 422-2094 •Al-Anon Meeting, 8 p.m., at the Alcohalt House. Call 828-2624 Monday, March 12 •Brandenburg City Council meeting at city hall, 7 p.m. (Second Monday of each month) •Muldraugh City Council meeting at city hall, 6:30 p.m. (Second Monday of each month) •Battletown Fire Protection District meeting, 8 p.m.

•James R. Allen SBDM, 3:15 p.m. •Meade County Board of Elections meeting, 10 a.m., at the courthouse. Tuesday, March 13 •Brandenburg Planning and Zoning meeting, 7 p.m., at city hall. •Meade County Board of Education meeting, 7:30 p.m. •Story Hour, 10:30 a.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information, call 422-2094 •Fiscal Court meeting at the Meade County Courthouse, 7 p.m. (Second Tuesday of each month) •Parks Committee meeting at the Meade County Courthouse, 6 p.m. (Second Tuesday of each month) •Al-Anon Meeting, 8 p.m., at the Alcohalt House. Call 828-2624 •SPMS SBDM, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 •David T. Wilson SBDM, 3:15 p.m. •Muldraugh Elementary SBDM, 3:30 p.m. •Meade County Extension District Board meeting, 7 p.m. •Yoga, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Meade County Public

Library. For more information, call 422-2094 •Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 Thursday, March 15 •Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Hunters Education Class at the Meade County Sportsman Club, 6 to 9 p.m. EST. For more information, call David Crigler at (270) 8631839. •Meade County NARFE 1512 meeting, 1 p.m., at United Methodist Church. Topic: Kentucky Federation Convention, help needed. (270) 422-3935 •Muldraugh Planning and Zoning meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Muldraugh City Hall (Third Thursday of every month) •Meade County Planning and Zoning meeting, 7 p.m., at the courthouse. •Ekron Fire Protection District meeting, 7 p.m. •Story Hour, 5:30 p.m. at the Meade County Public Library. For more information, call 422-2094. Friday, March 16 •Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Hunters Education

Class at the Meade County Sportsman Club, 6 to 9 p.m. EST. For more information, call David Crigler at (270) 8631839. •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, March 17 •Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Hunters Education Class at the Meade County Sportsman Club, 8 to 12 a.m. EST. For more information, call David Crigler at (270) 8631839. •Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, 9:30 a.m. at the Meade County Public Library. For more information, call 422-2094. •Turkey Shoot at VFW Post 10281, 299 Briggs Lane in Vine Grove. Sign up at 11 a.m., shoot starts at 1 p.m. 12 gauge 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


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Ky.’s 2006 unemployment rate falls to 5.7 percent FRANKFORT—Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate decreased to 5.7 percent in 2006 from 6 percent in 2005, while gaining 20,600 jobs and posting the highest number of nonfarm jobs in Kentucky’s history, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET) in the Department for Workforce Investment. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in 2006 from 5.1 percent in 2005, making it the lowest annual U.S. unemployment rate since 2000 when it was 4 percent. Unemployment rates declined in 43 states and the District of Columbia from 2005 to 2006. Hawaii posted the lowest 2006 annual jobless rate in the country at 2.4 percent, while Michigan had the highest annual rate at 6.9 percent. Twenty-one states, including Kentucky and the District of Columbia had higher annual unemployment rates than the U.S. annual rate in 2006,

while 27 states were lower than the nation and three states had the same unemployment rate in 2006. “We recorded the most nonfarm (agriculture and selfemployed jobs excluded) jobs of any year in Kentucky’s history with 1,845,100 nonfarm jobs in 2006,” said Carlos Cracraft, chief labor market analyst in the OET, an agency of the Education Cabinet. “This is the third consecutive year of job growth in Kentucky. We have added a net total of 173,400 nonfarm jobs over the past 10 years.” Kentucky’s 5.7 percent unemployment rate in 2006 ranked it as sixth highest of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Cracraft said. Eight of Kentucky’s 11 major nonfarm job sectors listed in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) showed employment growth in 2006. Kentucky’s professional

and business services, a sector that includes professional, scientific and technical services, management of companies, and administrative and support management, had the largest growth in 2006 with 6,200 more jobs. This category also includes temporary help agencies that provide workers to other businesses on a contractual basis. In the last 10 years, the sector has ballooned by 40,400 jobs. “The temporary help industry supplies labor to a wide variety of industries, so it is a good barometer of what is going on across the labor market. In the last three years, the temporary help industry has grown by 12,700 jobs after three consecutive no-growth years as a result of the 2001 recession. Demand for temporary help services often leads business cycles, because through such services, firms can adjust their workforces quickly to react to changes in

Battletown, Payneville students to attend ‘manners luncheon’ MEADE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BRANDENBURG — Where will sixth-grade students from Battletown and Payneville elementary schools be showing off their manners this month? At the upcoming membership luncheon of the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce. This will be the 12th year for the annual “manners luncheon” organized by the Meade County Extension Service, the Meade County Extension Homemakers, and the Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great opportunity every year for our members to

meet some of the young people who will be the future of Meade County,” says Russ Powell, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. At the luncheon, he said, the 50 or so students who attend will meet members of the community and show off the social and table-manners skills they learned during training provided by Jennifer Bridge, consumer and family science extension agent. The luncheon will begin at noon on Thursday, March 15, and take place at the extension service at 1041 Old Ekron Road. Members of the extension homemakers will cater the

meal. Entertainment will be a mini-concert of Bluegrass music performed by Paul Priest, who plays bass for Katie Penn, a Lexington-based band. He also is an announcer for WMMG Radio and a frequent host of its Edgewise talk show. Chamber of Commerce members who plan to attend the luncheon should make their reservations by noon Tuesday, March 13, by calling 270-422-3626 or emailing Cost of the luncheon for Chamber of Commerce members and their guests is $6 per person.

Learn to play college financial-aid game BY DAVID UFFINGTON DOLLARS AND SENSE A U.S.News & World Report article on the state of college financial aid is an eye opener. Bottom line: The financial-aid process is a game, and applicants aren’t told all the rules. Taking a cue from a 2006 study by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, the magazine did an analysis of its own using interviews with student-aid officers, students and lenders, as well as viewing the actual financial-aid award letters. Typically the game goes like this: A student applies to a college and fills out the paperwork detailing the family income. From this the college determines the grants and scholarships the student is to receive, and calculates the EFC — the Expected Family Contribution. That’s what the student and the parents have to come up with.

If a good student is applying to an elite school, one that is well-endowed, the school simply comes up with any money the student can’t. For a less well-known school, there are behind-thescenes secret activities, and therein lie some hints about getting into the college of choice with a decent financial-aid package. • If competing School X offers a better aid package, School Y is likely to increase its own aid package to attract the student. • If a student’s high school has turned out students who did well at a given college, that college is likely to give more aid to subsequent students. • Schools look at the order of a student’s preferences, and weigh how much a student wants to go to a given school. The assumed “preferred” school is likely to give a lower aid package. The thinking is

that the student wants it badly enough to find another way to get there — and will pay more. To see where your state ranks in terms of making it easier to finance college (43 of 50 states rated an F), go to and click “State Reports.” To get started on the hunt for college financial aid, check Federal Student Aid, an arm of the Department of Education, at The site is comprehensive and includes the forms (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), online help including chat, and stepby-step instructions. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or send e-mail to

demand that may only be short lived,” Cracraft said. Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. Learn more about the Office of Employment and Training at

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Shirley Ann Pike Spink

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Ms. Shirley Ann Pike Spink, 64, of Brandenburg, Ky., died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Harrison County Hospital, Corydon, Ind. Ms. Spink was born March 28, 1942, the daughter of Shirley Sylvester and Frances Josephine Hager Pike. Mrs. Spink was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. She is survived by two sons, Barry (Debbie) Spink, of Lexington, Ky., and Danny (Tina) Spink, of Brandenburg; and a sister, Mary Jo (Frank) Mudd, of Flaherty. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3, from St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Brandenburg, with the Rev. Paul Beach officiating. Burial was in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery in Flaherty, and directed by Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg. Pallbearers were Steve Hamlet, Jr., Tommy Hamlet, Henry Pike, Todd Mudd, Larry Naser and Andrew Short. Prayer services were held Friday from the chapel of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Willie Paris Cross, 83, of Muldraugh, Ky., passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky., following an illness. He worked civil service at Fort Knox for thirtythree years, retiring in 1983. During that time he also established and operated businesses in Muldraugh and Radcliff. In retirement, he enjoyed farming and gardening in Meade County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Lottie Cross; two adult siblings, Christell Sheets and Arnold Cross; and an infant sister, Geraldine Cross. He is survived by seven sons, Roger Cross and Keith Cross, both of Elizabethtown, Jeff Cross of Glendale, Gene Cross of Brandenburg, Chris Cross of Louisville, Lane Cross of Nashville, Tenn., and Terry Cross of Cincinnati, Ohio; five siblings, Kenny Cross, Carbin Cross, Ronald Cross, Glenda Jones and Imogene Little; fifteen grandchildren, Kaleigh, Tiffany, Mallory, Clayton, Tilden, Nathan, Ned, Troy, Brett Ryan, Suzanne, Celeste, Morgan, Meredith and Nick; and his thoughtful caretaker and ex-wife, Coleen Cross. The funeral service was held Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff, Ky., with the Rev. Charles Blanc officiating. Burial was in the North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff, Ky. The guest register may be signed at Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Muldraugh Elementary School, 202 Wendell St, Muldraugh KY 40155.

Michael Lee Mason

Mr. Michael Lee Mason, 50, of Vine Grove, Ky., died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville. Mr. Mason was born May 18, 1956, the son of William Matthew and Lillie Martella Phelps Mason. He was the Body Shop Manager for Bob Hook Chevrolet. Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Michelle Mason, of Vine Grove; a daughter, Malory Cosgrove, of Vine Grove; his mother, Lillie Martella Mason, of Louisville; two brothers, Doug (Judy) Mason, of Louisville, and Russell (Connie) Mason, of Custer, Ky.; his former wife, Sherry Mason Johnson, of Louisville; his mother-in-law, Ruth Proctor; two nephews, Matt Mason, of Pikeville, Ky., Russell A. Mason, of Custer, Ky.; and a niece, Scarlet D. Mattingly, of Custer, Ky. Funeral services were held Monday, March 5, from the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth Long officiating. Burial was in Garnettsville Cemetery, directed by Hager Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be left at

Marie Clara Morgan

Marie Clara Morgan, 89, of Muldraugh, Ky., died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky. She attended Stithton Baptist Church, and was a retired teacher from Fort Knox Community School System. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Elfriede Schreiber and Johanna Grieves; and her brother, Warner Neudorf. She is survived by her son, Charles E. Morgan of Radcliff, Ky.; a daughter, Joanne Van Zant of Elizabethtown, Ky.; three grandsons, Bobby Jo Morton, Michael Morton, and Steven Morton; a granddaughter, Melissa Ann Smith; and eight greatgrandchildren. The funeral service will be held today, Friday, March 9, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff with the Rev. Brian Voelker and the Rev. Joe Hammond officiating. Burial will be in the North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff. The visitation was held Thursday, and will also be held today, after 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Otter Creek Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 694, Radcliff, KY. 40159. The guest register may be signed at

Mr. Donald Ray Pennington

Mr. Donald Ray Pennington, 67, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Radcliff, Ky., died Friday, March 2, 2007, at his residence. Mr. Pennington was retired from the US Army, a member of Camp Knox Masonic Lodge and the Safe Harbor Club. He is survived by 10 children, Michael Pennington, of Tampa, Fla., Donnie Heckler, of Irvington, Ky., Crystal Miller, of Woodbridge, Va., Jill Scherer and James Pennington, both of Portsmouth, Ohio, Debbie Livers, of Brandenburg, Rachell Sipes, of Radcliff, Ky., Sherry Brown and Ellis Heckler, Jr., both Lexington Park, Md., and Joe Heckler, of York, Pa.; two sisters, Celia Stoner and Mary Frances Stafford, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; a twin brother, Ronald Pennington, of Ashland, Ky.; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 8, from First Baptist Church in Brandenburg. Burial was in Cap Anderson Cemetery with full military honors. Masonic services were held Wednesday, March 7, at the funeral home.

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Aleatha Floyd Mrs. Aleatha Floyd, 91, of Brandenburg, Ky., died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Medco Center of Brandenburg. Mrs. Floyd was born July 3, 1915, the son of Henry Harrison and Rose Shrewsbury Pack. She was preceded in death by two husbands, John Adams and Frank Floyd; a son, James Henry “Doc” Adams; and a stepdaughter, Mary Adkins. Mrs. Floyd is survived by three children, Wayne Edward Adams, Lena Pearl Thompson, and Phillip Wesley Adams, all of Brandenburg; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Bishop, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 07, 2007 from the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ron Melton and the Rev. Tom Bridge officiating. Burial was in New Brandenburg Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Hager Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the New Brandenburg Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences can be left at

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QUESTION: You once wrote about an overweight fourthgrade girl who was teased by nine aggressive boys as she entered the classroom — all while the teacher looked on in silence. What would you have done if you had been the teacher on that day? DOBSON: Those mocking, joking boys would have had a fight on their hands, I promise you that. Of course, it would have been better if the embarrassment could have been prevented by discussing the feelings of others from the first day of school. But if the conflict occurred as described, with Nancy suddenly being humiliated for everyone to see, I would have thrown the full weight of my authority and respect on her side of the battle. My spontaneous response would have carried this general theme: “Wait just a minute! By what right do any of you boys have to say such mean, unkind things to Nancy? I want to know which of you is so perfect that the rest of us couldn’t make fun of you in some way? I know you all very well. I know about your homes and your school records and some of your personal secrets. Would you like me to share them with the class, so we can all laugh at you the way you just did at Nancy? I could do it! I could make you want to crawl into a hole and disappear. “But listen to me! You need not fear. I will never embarrass you in that way. Why not? Because it hurts to be laughed at by your friends. It hurts even more than a stubbed toe or a cut finger or a bee sting. “I want to ask those of you

who were having such a good that kindness through the rest of time a few minutes ago: Have this year.” When a strong, loving you ever had a group of students make fun of you in the same teacher comes to the aid of the least respected child way? If you haven’t, in her class, as I’ve then brace yourself. F OCUS ON described, something Someday it will hapTHE FAMILY dramatic occurs in the pen to you, too. emotional climate of Eventually you will the room. Every child say something foolish seems to utter an - something that will audible sigh of relief. cause everyone to The same thought is point at you and bouncing around in laugh in your face. many little heads: “If And when it happens, Nancy is safe from I want you to rememJ AMES ridicule — even ber what happened D OBSON Nancy — then I must today. be safe too.” (Then addressing By defending the the entire class) “Let’s make sure that we learn some- least popular child in the room, a thing important from what took teacher is demonstrating (1) that place here this afternoon. First, she has no “pets”; (2) that she we will not be mean to each respects everyone; (3) that she other in this class. We will laugh will fight for anyone who is together when things are funny, being treated unjustly. Those are but we will not do it by making three virtues that children value highly, and that contribute to one person feel bad. “Second, I will never inten- mental health. And may I suggest to partionally embarrass anyone in this class. You can count on that. ents: Defend the underdog in Each of you is a child of God. your neighborhood. Let it be You were made with his loving known that you have the confihands, and he has said that we dence to speak for the outcast. all have equal worth as human Explain this philosophy to your beings. This means that Susie is neighbors, and try to create an neither better nor worse than emotional harbor for the little children whose ship has been Wade or Mary or Brent. “Sometimes I think maybe threatened by a storm of rejecyou believe a few of you are tion. Don’t be afraid to exercise more important than others. It leadership on behalf of a youngisn’t true. Every one of you is ster who is being mauled. There priceless to God, and each of you is no more worthy investment of will live forever in eternity. your time and energy. That’s how valuable you are. Dr. Dobson is founder and chairGod loves every boy and girl in this room, and because of that, I man of the board of the nonprofit love every one of you. He wants organization Focus on the Family, us to be kind to other people, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, and we’re going to be practicing CO. 80903; or

The cold lonely ember A member of a certain carefully picked up a brightly church, who previously had burning ember and placed it been attending services regu- to one side of the hearth all larly, stopped going. After a alone. Then he sat back in his few weeks, the pastor decided chair, still silent. The host watched all this in to visit him. quiet fascination. As It was a chilly PASTOR ’ S the one lone ember's evening and the S POTLIGHT flame diminished, pastor found the there was a momenman at home alone, tary glow and then sitting before a its fire was no more. blazing fire. Soon it was cold and Guessing the rea"dead as a doornail.” son for his pastor's Not a word had visit, the man welbeen spoken since comed him, led the initial greeting. him to a big chair R ANDY Just before the near the fireplace J OHNSON pastor was ready to and waited. leave, he picked up The pastor the cold, dead ember made himself comfortable but said nothing. In and placed it back in the midthe grave silence, he contem- dle of the fire. Immediately it plated the play of the flames began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the around the burning logs. After some minutes, the burning coals around it. As pastor took the fire tongs, the pastor reached the door to

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Accepting forgiveness ness from others and forgiving ourselves when we have hurt and disappointed others is often just as difficult. Here Peter and Judas have a lot to teach us. Both Judas and Peter denied St. Peter is a hero of mine. Jesus, but there is a great differHis real name, of course, was ence. Judas could not forgive Simon. “Peter” (from the Latin himself and committed suicide. word “petros”) was just a nick- Jesus, I am convinced would name meaning “a rock.” Today, have forgiven Judas, but Judas never gave Jesus the we might call him chance. Peter, on the “Rocky.” Jesus must have E NCOURAGING other hand, accepted Jesus’ forgiveness given him that name W ORDS and came to forgive tongue-in-cheek himself, going down because Simon was in history as a great anything but rock saint. solid. I am sure the Have you ever other apostles laughed done some awful, their heads off when hurtful thing to they heard Jesus give someone you love, him that name. J. R ONALD maybe your parents The story today or your children, a takes place during K NOTT spouse or a close those depressing and friend? Have you confusing few days after Jesus’ death and resurrec- ever done something stupid to tion. Not knowing what to do hurt yourself, maybe losing with themselves, thinking that your life-savings though comtheir dreams about a wonderful pulsive gambling, maybe ruinkingdom were over, Peter, ing your marriage because of joined by some of the others, infidelity, maybe killing somehas returned to his old job of one while driving intoxicated? Burdened with an inability to fishing. Appearing to them on the forgive yourself, maybe your beach after a big catch, Jesus life is stuck in a cycle of selfbegins to question Peter, giving hatred. Some kill themselves, him a chance to retract his three- little by little, with drugs or time denial. You can just imag- alcohol, some relieve the pain of ine Peter squirming with regret by killing themselves. Sometimes those who have embarrassment as Jesus teasingly asks him three times whether the most to be forgiven for, are those who come to appreciate he loved him. This story reminds me that it God’s forgiveness and mercy is hard to forgive others when the most. I have spent my 34 they have disappointed and years as a priest focusing my hurt us, but accepting forgive- preaching on God’s uncondiPeter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” John 21:17

tional love and mercy to those who have fallen short. I have seen this message transform the lives of those who can accept it. I have seen many miserable failures, like Peter, go on to become some of the best disciples of all! My friends, we have all failed as disciples, but the important thing is that we recover like Peter, rather than follow Judas, who could neither forgive himself nor accept God’s forgiveness.



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same statute (KRS 64.830) to support their stance. The statute says an “outgoing county official, as soon as his successor has been qualified and inducted into office and his official bond approved, shall immediately vacate his office, deliver to his successor all books, papers, records and other property held by virtue of his office, and make a complete settlement of his accounts as county official.” Matney said Sipes is using the same statute to justify removing the documents. The statute also states an “outgoing county official shall make a final settlement with the fiscal court of his county by March 15 … to obtain his quietus, and immediately thereafter he shall deliver these records to the incumbent county official.” Violating the statute is considered a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in either a $500 fine or 90 days in jail, but county officials said taking the issue to court would be a waste of time since they expect Sipes to return the documents during Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting. County officials also are unsure if the statute was in fact violated because of its ambiguous language. Matney, along with Judge/Executive Harry Craycroft, said they have contacted numerous state authorities since January to get assistance in retrieving the files but were




(Martin) said he needed about 45 days just for the legal work to process.” In the civil litigation sense, due diligence describes concepts involving the performance of source inspection or source surveillance, or the performance of duties within a certain standard of care. Pace said he believes the delay is because more studies are needed and not because Agri Fuels lacks the additional money to purchase the land. Martin could not be reached for comment. Magistrate Herbie Chism, Fiscal Court’s liaison to the Industrial Authority, along with Magistrate Tony Staples, said patience is needed when conducting business deals. “Sometimes things change and you have problems with legalities, but I think we need

told it was a county matter that needed to be resolved by county officials. “I’ve checked with the state and if there’s nothing we can do at the state level then there’s no use in us trying to do something locally when all they’ll do is pat you on the wrist and say ‘shame on you’ because there is no real consequence,” Craycroft said. “We don’t want to go through the time or money, and even if something is found, there is nothing they can do. “It’s a very unfortunate circumstance for everyone involved in the county and it is something that hasn’t been swept under the rug. But if you look at the legality, nothing criminal has been done. Basically, that means there is nowhere to go.” Craycroft said the dilemma raises an equally important ethical question. “Should this information be out of the office?” he asked. Craycroft said he spoke with one of Sipes’ former employees who cited KRS 64.830 and denied anything illegal had occurred. “They assured me they are doing things by the book according to the statute,” he said. Tim Sturgill, general council for the Kentucky Association of Counties, said he didn’t believe removing the files was a criminal act and that Meade County would likely have to take Sipes to Circuit Court to gain compliance. The Attorney General’s Office also said it is up to the county to decide if legal action is needed. “In this particular case, it

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If the current county attorney has taken all the informal steps, such as putting a request in writing … it would be her prerogative to take court action if she chose.” needs to be resolved at the county level,” Attorney General spokeswoman Vickie Glass said. “If the current county attorney has taken all the informal steps, such as putting a request in writing … it would be her prerogative to take court action if she chose.” Commonwealth Attorney Kenton Smith said although Sipes actions may be legal, it still isn’t right. “There should be a manner of common courtesy and cooperation as we have these turnovers,” he said. “I don’t think these things should happen.” Smith said during an Attorney General’s meeting in January he was told many offices around the state have the same problem and that the State Police were asked to investigate the allegations. Magistrate Steve Wardrip believes Sipes took the records to make life difficult for his successor. “There’s no reason for it to be this way,” he said. “(Sipes) has done everything he can do to make it difficult for (Matney). Wardrip, along with fellow

magistrate Tom Goddard, said the county’s hands have been tied and every avenue they look into leads to a dead

end. Goddard and Wardrip both said they don’t want to press the issue legally, but that the county needs the documents to regain financial accountability for the County Attorney’s office. Goddard said one thing that must stop is the use of personal computers in the courthouse. Sipes used his personal computer while serving as county attorney, and he took his computer when he left office. Magistrates speculate that county documents are still on Sipes’ computer. Goddard said the county

needs to purchase equipment for offices so a similar situation doesn’t happen again. “When you’re voted into a county job, the county should provide the materials you need,” Goddard said. “That would be like us telling the sheriff if he wants to buy a new car he has to pay for half of it. That doesn’t make any sense.” Craycroft agreed. “One of the things we’re going to take a look at is buying the computer for the (County Attorney’s) office and if it changes in four years, that computer had better be in the office,” he said.

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Sometimes things change and you have problems with legalities, but I think we need to work with (Agri Fuels).”

to work with (Agri Fuels),” Chism said. Martin said in previous statements that he estimates Agri Fuels will pay $2.1 million in salaries and $135,000 in taxes annually. When Agri Fuels opens, Martin expects it will employ 40-45 workers and as many as 125 workers within five years. Additionally, Agri Fuels will use about 19 million bushels of corn per year, most of which Martin said he hopes to acquire from local farmers. The result, he said, will be big savings. Martin estimates that farmers spend about 25 cents per bushel for transportation

to locations such as Louisville or Owensboro, but will save about 10 cents per bushel by selling corn to Agri Fuels. Martin believes the ethanol business is a solid investment that will continue to grow, and government reports support Martin’s claim. According to the Department of Energy, by 2030 the United States will need to produce 12-15 million gallons of ethanol. Agri Fuels was expected to begin preliminary excavation as early as this month but because of the extension, construction cannot begin until June.

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STANDINGS Basketball District W L Meade 8 0 Hancock 5 3 Breckinridge 1 6 Frederick Fraize 1 6

Overall W L 23 6 13 16 8 18 7 19

Girls: Meade Hancock Breckinridge Frederick Fraize

W 12 13 8 0


W 8 4 3 0

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Lady Waves fall in region semi-finals BY SHAUN T. COX

L 17 13 18 20

The Lady Waves’ season came to an end Wednesday night after giving up 34 fourthquarter points to Owensboro in the region semi-finals. The Lady Waves led 40-32 to start the fourth period and after surrendering the lead with 3:28 left and falling behind by as many as eight, had a shot to tie the game with 10 seconds left and down three but turned the ball over at half-court with about four seconds remaining. Coach Josh Hurt was frus-

ON DECK March 9 Boys basketball regional semis @Grayson County 8 p.m. March 10 Girls basketball regional title @Muhlenberg South 8 p.m. March 12 Boys basketball regional title @Grayson County 8 p.m. March 14 Girls baskeball Sweet 16 @Rupp Arena 6:30 March 10 Archery Region II Tournament @Tompkinsville, Ky. 8 a.m. March 12 Archery Region II Tournament @Tompkinsville, Ky. 8 a.m.


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17.7 12.9 6.69 5.48 5.22 3.67 3.37 2.78 1.43 1.27 1.00 0.75 0.67 0.50

7.19 5.33 4.46 1.78 1.93 0.33 1.59 1.93 2.00 0.55 1.18 0.13 0.33 1.00



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71.3 75.6 59.7 73.9 72.0 50.0 75.0 60.5 50.0 40.0 50.0 40.0 0.0 0.0


Benock Stinnett Roe Williams Ives Rupe Hubbard Whelan Brangers Mann Wells Pace Kinser Thomas

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SPORTS BRIEF Meade County guard Riley Benock was named the Third Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. His coach, Jerry Garris, was named the Third Region’s Coach of the Year for leading the Greenwave to a perfect 14-0 record in the region thus far. Benock will have the opportunity to try out for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series after the season, and has been invited to play in the KentuckyOhio All-Star game April 7.

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Coach Josh Hurt talks with his team in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s region semi-finals loss.

trated after the game but was more than pleased with the way his team played, he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how we played and I couldn’t be more proud of our kids and the effort they gave,” he said. “You want to be playing your best ball late in the season. We played a lot of tough teams early to get us ready and I think we were ready. We could not have asked for this game to go much better than it did. Unfortunately, late we committed a few fouls, gave up some offensive rebounds and turned the ball over a little bit here and

Wave crushes Suns BY SHAUN T. COX Tonight, the Greenwave will compete in its biggest game of the season to date in a second-round regional tournament match up with Owensboro at Grayson County High School. It’s win or go home and this team has its sights set on the Sweet 16, played in the hallowed halls of the 24,000seat Rupp Arena in Lexington. In order to get there, the task at hand against the quicker, more athletic Red Devils (22-8) is clear — value possessions and hold on to the ball. “We have to come out and take care of the ball and I know they’re a very athletic team that likes to rip and run,” senior guard Riley Benock said. “A lot of their offense comes off turnovers and their transition game. So if we take care of the ball, play our style and keep low defensively, I think we’ll be all right.” Six-foot senior guard Jamison Johnson is Owensboro’s ultra-athletic leader on the court and best player. The two teams have faced several common opponents this season. The most interesting team, perhaps, is Apollo (219), which Owensboro faced three times this season winning two, including a 58-56 overtime win in the district tournament March 2. Meade (23-6) beat Apollo 43-31 Feb. 16. Owensboro and Meade also have both faced Henderson County (22-5), with Meade winning 49-31 Dec. 2, and Owensboro losing 77-71 Feb. 23. The Red Devils also lost to Muhlenberg North (22-9) 70-66 Feb. 6, a team Meade beat 62-54 Jan. 20. Coach Jerry Garris said his team has experience facing speedy teams this season. “Male, John Hardin, North Hardin, they’ve all got quickness,” he said. “Trinity is not as quick but they have to play in Louisville every night so they guard that way. If we take care of the ball like we did in the first half (Tuesday), we’ll be fine. If we take care of it the way we did in the second half, we’ll be coming home.” Garris was referring to Tuesday night’s 61-47 firstround victory over Muhlen-

there. We gave it everything that we had and that’s all you can ask for.” In the second quarter, Meade broke open a back and forth game by confusing Owensboro’s offense and behind three three-pointers from senior guard Jasmine Newby and junior guard Melinda Hurt. “We made shots, played a triangle-two defense and they didn’t adjust to it very well and we killed them on the glass in the first half,” Josh Hurt said PLEASE



Sixty years later, still the champs BY PHILLIP STITH


Junior forward Chris Roe is fouled driving to the basket during Tuesday’s win.

berg South. In the first half, Meade gave up only seven points and turned the ball over just three times. In the second half, Meade gave up 30 points and turned it over 13 times, perhaps because it took a 32-point lead into the locker room in front of a raucous Greenwave — and a stunned Suns — crowd. “We came out there definitely ready to play, only giving up seven points in the half,” junior center Nick Stinnett said. “Coach Garris said

we didn’t come out that way in the second half because everybody thought we had such a good first-half and we didn’t think they could come back. I definitely think it’s a statement.” Benock said his team was a little surprised by the way it throttled the Suns in the firsthalf, which included a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. “We didn’t close out as well we wanted to,” he said. “But I think a lot of people thought it would be a close

game — we thought it would be a close game — and to come out and jump on them that quickly and to stay with it the whole game, I think it makes a good statement to everyone else in the region.” The Suns had to be discouraged by the way they shot the ball in the first half, going 2-for-22, Benock said. “It’s got to be frustrating because we’ve been there

Last Friday, Meade County beat Hancock County 54-41 to clinch their second consecutive district title. It all started 60 years ago this week, when Meade High School beat the Hawesville Eagles 37-25 to claim its first-ever district championship. Coach E.W. Pace had reason to be optimistic about his team in the fall of 1946. He had a talented returning player in Norman Vinson and a group of exciting new players, led by Charles Thompson and Grady Chandler. “Charlie and I just got back from the service and were still young enough to play,” Chandler said. “It was our only season playing basketball.” Two other quality players, Paul Powell and All-Region performer James ‘Red’ Chandler, were added to the team when Ekron High School was disbanded at the end of the previous school year. Though the team had not won the district title in 19 previous years of competition, Pace had in place his best chance yet to make a run at the championship. The team was his most talented to date, but they were not a model of consistency. Irvington beat them by five; they beat Irvington by 13. West Point beat them by six; they beat West Point by 22. During the season, they never won more than four straight games, or lost more than two in a row. “We had to get used to playing together,” Grady Chandler said. “We didn’t really gel as a team until near the end of the season.” The two things that were constant for the team were big wins against Flaherty and big losses against Hardinsburg. In January, Meade High School celebrated its biggest win of the season, a 78-39 win over Flaherty. However, just two weeks later, the team suffered its second loss of the season to Hardinsburg, both by wide margins. When the regular season ended, Meade’s record stood at 15 wins and 9 losses. Still, there was reason for optimism. Meade had played well enough to win in almost every game. Thompson was becoming a standout on the team, and he led the team in scoring in 15 of




Reutimann has seen highs, lows BY BUDDY SHACKLETTE DAYTONA BEACH — Zephyrhills, Fla., native David Reutimann knew his rookie season — in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series — would have its share of ups and downs, but he never expected it so early and so often. Before the season even began, his Michael Waltrip

Racing team received a black eye when the company was fined $100,000 and had personnel escorted from Daytona International Speedway. The aftermath of all of that saw Waltrip take over Reutimann’s primary car and Reutimann wheeling an unproven No. 00 Dominoes Pizza Toyota in the Gatorade Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races. Two of the three MWR Toy-

ota’s qualified poorly, but Reutimann got his pass into the season-opener even before he got in the car. Due to the outcome of the first Duel, Reutimann’s qualifying time got him in the Daytona 500, taking away the pressure of making the seasonopener. GETTY IMAGES/RUSTY JARRETT FOR NASCAR




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after the game. “Melinda Hurt gave us a big-time spark by hitting a couple of threes for us in the second quarter and she played extremely well.” Senior forward Kayla Stull said the loss was doubly difficult for her and Newby, since this was their last game. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team and the way we played tonight,” she said. “We played like a family and we are family. (It) hurts, but especially with us being seniors. We know we aren’t coming back.” Josh Hurt said the key for Owensboro down the stretch was their ability to hit the glass. “They’re very athletic, very strong and very big,” he said. “I thought we wore down in the second half and they started rebounding and getting putbacks. Hurt said his team would no doubt be in position to be back next year with a chance to win again. “They’re a tough team and they’ll have a legitimate chance to win this thing,” he said of Owensboro, who defeated Meade for the second time this season. “I thought we proved that we were a contender also, and I think we will be for quite some time.” Newby finished with 21 points, five assists and eight steals, while Melinda Hurt had 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Kayla Fackler had 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, and junior guard Mindy Oliver had eight points and nine rebounds. Stull had six points, nine boards, two assists and three steals in her final game. Monday, Newby scored more than half the Lady Waves’ points as Meade County defeated Edmonson County at home in the first round of the regional tournament. Newby scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half and Meade defeated Edmonson 5240 by outscoring the Lady Cats 22-11 in the fourth quarter after being down one heading in. “We had eight minutes and you can do a lot in eight minutes, especially only being down one,” Newby said. “We weren’t down that much in the fourth quarter so we knew we had a chance to comeback, and we just had to keep our heads up and stay confident because Coach Hurt always says we play better when we’re having fun.” Newby was the only player who was able to find her rhythm, as she went 9-for-15 from the field including 4-for-5 from three-point land. The rest of the team shot a combined 8-

ROOKIE CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Reutimann, a championship contender in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Darrell Waltrip the last few seasons, crashed in the season-opener, starting and finishing 40th. The next week, he and his MWR teammates went to California for the second of 38 stops on the Cup circuit. It was again a bittersweet stop because Reutimann’s qualifying run got him into the Auto Club 500 but knocked out Waltrip, his owner. Reutimann started 33rd and was running well when Greg Biffle got into the back of his ride, sending Reutimann for a hard hit into the California Speedway SAFER barrier wall. “It’s a combination of several things that helped me walk away,” Reutimann said. “It’s the faith in the man above looking over me, to the safety crew working quickly, to the SAFER barrier wall system in place, down to my helmet and HANS device. Also, it is the seat that I used that was made by Randy LaJoie’s company (The Joie of Seating). It’s all the things that NASCAR mandates to help us. NASCAR does a phenomenal job in keeping their drivers safe.” The hit relegated Reutimann to a 33rd-place finish, and he now stands 41st in points heading into this weekend’s Cup stop in Las Vegas. Reutimann was so sore after the California crash that he opted to let Mark Green practice his Car Of Tomorrow entry last week at Bristol Motor Speedway before Reutimann headed to Mexico City for the Busch Series race. “I feel really good and I’m ready to race,” Reutimann said. “My left foot hurts a little bit and I’m walking with just a slight limp. The swelling has gone way down. If I can have something like that happen and

Edmonson shot about 46 percent from the field, but took 13 less shots than Meade because the Lady Waves’ defense was able to force 23 turnovers, including 15 steals. Stull finished with nine points, five boards and three steals, while junior forward Kayla Fackler had seven points, eight boards and two steals. The Meade County bench keyed the Lady Waves to victory in last Friday’s district title game against Hancock County. The Lady Waves survived major foul trouble to win 53-40 by getting big-time contributions from several reserve players. “The bench was outstanding and I couldn’t be happier,” Coach Josh Hurt said. “Carly Evans and Bliss Powers, especially, got us some big baskets and extended the lead for us. Caroline Wilson, Mallory Wathen… I thought Melinda Hurt came in and really gave us some big minutes and got some great things done defensively.” Newby and Stull both spent extended periods on the bench in the first half. Meade’s defensive stopper on the perimeter, Newby, picked up her second foul just more than a minute and a half into the game and Stull picked up her second with about 28 seconds left in the first quarter. After going to the bench, Newby came back in the second quarter, only to pick up her third foul with 3:53 left in the first half. Stull sat the entire second quarter. Stull’s replacement, the 6foot freshman Powers, came in and scored six points in the first half. “Oh crap,” Powers said of what went through her mind when Stull was whistled for her second foul. “I’ve never played so well and I stepped up because I knew that we needed it. I feel like I did Kayla proud and it makes me feel good because (Coach) needs me and he needs all of us to give a total team effort and play together.” Fellow freshman Carly Evans also came off the bench to score six points, including four in the first half and a banker at the buzzer to end a decisive third period which saw Meade outscore Hancock 14-3. After a 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer by Lady Hornets guard Micah Wroe brought Hancock back within five at the half-time break, the Lady Waves came out and scored 12 straight points to begin the third quarter. Newby picked up her fourth foul less than a minute and a half into the third period. But Melinda Hurt came in and swiped two straight steals and then was the beneficiary of another Fackler deflection. “Melinda Hurt came in and just said, ‘I am going to stop

come through it with just that little bit, I’ll take it any day.” Reutimann, on the other hand, has had a little more good fortune in his Busch Series car ride this season. He started his No. 99 MWR Toyota 21st and finished six laps off the pace in 29th at Daytona. In his Busch run, the day before his Cup accident in California, Reutimann started 15th and finished 14th, and last weekend in Mexico City he qualified 25th but wrestled away a 12th-place finish on the road course south of the border. The run left Reutimann eighth in the Busch Series points heading to Las Vegas this weekend. “We hope to continue to move forward in the points. The guys have been giving me good cars. We had a respectable

Junior forward Kayla Fackler skies for a rebound over Edmonson County. Fackler finished with 8 rebounds.

you,’ and she did just that,” Josh Hurt said. “Mindy Oliver did a great job on Hilary Jones, who is one of the top scorers in the region. For her to hold Jones to just two points was a remarkable job by her. I thought on the offensive end, Kayla Stull took over in the second half and got us some big baskets and we were able to score a little bit off our press.” Hancock didn’t get its first basket — a three-pointer — until there was about 30 seconds left in the period thanks in part to Melinda Hurt, who downplayed her role after the game. “I guess I just decided to pick us up and be a little spark,” she said. “I just wanted to come out and play hard. It feels really good because this is what we’ve worked so hard for and why we’ve played so many good teams.” Oliver led the team in scoring with 13 points, and also had three assists, three steals and a block. Fackler, a junior forward, had 12 points, four boards, two steals and a block. Stull had 11 points, eight boards and two steals. Wilson and Newby had three steals each and junior guard Kim Montgomery had four steals and three assists. Fackler, Newby, Oliver and Stull also made the All-District Tournament team for their outstanding play. Stull said how proud she was of her teammates after the game and what they have all helped build these last couple of years. “Oh my God,” she said. “Carly, Bliss, Caroline, Mallory, Melinda… everybody came up huge. Jasmine and I were sitting over there and it didn’t even matter. They came in and played better than we could have. It

finish last week and we’ll keep building off of that,” said Reutimann. “The team is happy with where we finished. My experience on a road course was slim to none before this weekend. All in all, it was a good day for us.” Reutimann qualified 25th for the scheduled 80-lap event, but an engine change resulted in the No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota starting at the rear of the field. ¶ “Generally, you don’t go to a track hoping for a top-15 finish, but this was a totally different scenario,” Reutimann said. “We aimed for a top-15 finish. We have done a good job. I learned a lot about racing on a road course. Overall, we feel like we had a good weekend. We are ready to move on to Las Vegas (Motor Speedway).”

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feels great to help start a tradition in Meade County with girls basketball and we’re here to stay. We’re not going anywhere.” Box scores: Lady Waves 52, Lady Cats 40 Edmonson: Clemmons 5-8 1-4 11, Hunt 4-7 2-3 10, Priddy 3-11 1-3 7, Gooding 2-3 1-1 5, Creek 1-3 2-5 4, Daugherty 1-2 1-4 3, Simon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-35 820 40. Meade: Newby 9-15 7-11 29, Stull 3-11 3-6 9, Fackler 3-9 1-1 7, Oliver 1-7 1-2 4, Hurt 1-2 0-0 2, Wilson 0-0 1-2 1, Montogomery 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 13-22 52. Edmonson 9 10 12 9—40 Meade 13 6 11 22—52 Three-point goals—Edmonson 0-6 (Priddy 0-6). Meade 5-11 (Newby 4-5, Stull 0-2, Oliver 13, Hurt 0-1). Fouled out—Oliver. Rebounds—Edmonson 28 (Clemmons 13), Meade 28 (Fackler 8). Assists—Edmonson 10 (Hunt 4), Meade 7 (Montgomery 4). Total fouls—Edmonson 17, Meade 20. Technicals— none. Lady Waves 53, Lady Hornets 40 Hancock: M. Wroe 6-14 7-10 22, T. Wroe 1-5 2-2 5, Sanchez 2-3 1-1 5, Mosby 2-2 0-0 4, Hones 16 0-0 2, Taylor 0-0 1-2 1, Eckles 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 12-33 12-17 40. Meade: Oliver 6-9 0-0 13, Fackler


Senior guard Jasmine Newby goes up for a lay up. Newby put the team on her back and carried it to victory with 29 points.

4-8 4-6 12, Stull 5-9 1-4 11, Evans 3-5 0-0 6, Powers 3-5 0-0 6, Newby 1-3 0-0 2, Wilson 0-2 24 2, Hurt 0-2 1-2 1, Montgomery 0-3 0-2 0, Stinnett 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-47 8-18 53. Hancock 8 123—17 Meade 11 14 16 12—53 Three-point goals—Hancock 4-8 (M. Wroe 3-4, T. Wroe 1-1, Jones 0-3). Meade 1-6 (Oliver 1-2, Stull 0-2, Montgomery 0-2). Fouled out—none. Rebounds— Hancock 26 (Eckles 9), Meade 21 (Stull 8). Assists—Hancock 3 (Mosby 2), Meade 11 (Montgomery 3). Total fouls—Hancock 14, Meade 19. Technicals—none. Lady Red Devils 66, Lady Waves 61 Owensboro: Douglas 8-13 3-11 20, Howard 5-12 3-4 14, Prince 5-13 4-4 14, Kendall 4-5 2-5 10, Hinton 2-6 1-2 5, Johnson 1-2

1-4 3, Ison 0-1 0-0 0, Haire 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 14-30 66. Meade: Newby 5-13 10-12 21, Hurt 3-8 2-2 11, Fackler 5-15 01 10, Oliver 4-13 0-4 8, Stull 212 2-8 6, Montgomery 2-5 0-0 5, Wathen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 2167 14-27 61. Devils 9 11 12 34—66 Waves 9 20 11 21—61 Three-point goals—Devils 2-11 (Douglas 1-2, Howard 1-2, Prince 0-4, Johnson 0-1, Ison 01, Haire 0-1). Meade 5-18 (Newby 1-4, Hurt 3-6, Oliver 03, Stull 0-1, Montgomery 1-3, Wathen 0-1. Fouled out—Johnson, Stull. Rebounds—Devils 40 (Howard 13), Meade 36 (Oliver, Stull 9). Assists—Devils 9 (Douglas 4), Meade 15 (Newby 5). Total fouls—Devils 19, Meade 23. Technicals— none.

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Seniors honored at Feb. 23rd game

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Applications are now available for the annual scholarship given to a high school senior by the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce to encourage and promote higher education as a key ingredient in business and community leadership. The $750 award is funded by a variety of projects and events undertaken by members of the organization. The name of this year’s recipient will be announced in May at the annual honors night assembly at Meade County High School. The winner will be selected on the basis of general school record, work activities, school activities and community activities. Students must submit an essay of between 350 and 500 words that responds to the following question: What role should the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce and similar community organizations play in building the future of Meade County? Students who apply for the scholarship must: be a graduating senior from Meade County High School; be a resident of Meade County; intend to enroll as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program in an accredited public or private college, community college, university, or vocational-technical program; have a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. Submit a complete application in the high schools counseling office by Tuesday, April 10 deadline. Application forms are available at the counseling office and from Russ Powell, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, by calling 270-4223626 or emailing

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For the third consecutive year, Meade County RECC is participating along with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in the “Role Model” poster program. This year’s poster features men’s baseball and ladies’ softball athletes promoting the practice of good sportsmanship and reminding students to buckle up when driving. The poster program involves delivering a message to other students from their peers. This year, in addition to the posters, counter cards and pocket schedules featuring season schedules for both sports were also delivered to


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before,” he said. “They had some good looks and they didn’t fall and I’d say on a lot of nights, maybe they would. But luckily tonight for us they didn’t, and that let us get some confidence and it hurt theirs.” Garris credited his team’s defense for throwing the Suns off their game early. “I thought we defended really, really well tonight. I thought our half-court defense was good and I thought our rebounding was even better,” he said. “We got about every rebound and when you get people missing and you limit them to one shot, you’ll be in pretty good shape. I can’t really think of a shot that they took in the first half that we didn’t contest.” Stinnett credited the job junior guard Casey Hubbard did on the Suns’ point guard. “We did a heck of a job defensively, especially with Casey guarding their point guard and not letting him go to his right hand the whole time,” he said. “I think he was having trouble dribbling with that left hand.” Benock and Stinnett scored almost 84 percent of Meade’s points and Benock took all four of Meade’s three-pointers, making three. “We pounded away inside early and they didn’t have an answer for Stinnett,” Benock said. “Anytime they’d collapse, I’d be open on the perimeter. Everything seemed like it was open and we executed well enough to convert.” It was obvious Muhlenberg hadn’t played Meade County this season as Benock, who finished with 29 points, found himself wide open a few times — something he hadn’t seen all year. “One time in the first half, when I brought the ball down court, everybody went away and I was wide open for a three at the top of the key,” he said. “I think it shocked me and I didn’t know if I’d hit it or not because … I’m not used to it. I think they focused so much on everybody that every once and a while someone was able to slip open, including myself.” Stinnett was unstoppable down low and went 9-for-11, finishing with 22 points and eight rebounds. “They weren’t really big enough inside so that was really an advantage for me,” he said.” Last Friday, the Greenwave again rode its hot three-point shooting to finish off its secondstraight perfect district season with a title-game win over Hancock County in Cloverport, 5441. Since a 1-for-14 effort against Floyd Central on Jan. 28, Meade County has shot a blistering 46.45 percent from the perimeter. The first game of this extended white-hot streak was, ironically enough, against Hancock County. “We’ve been getting better as the season has gone on,” Benock said about the team’s three-point shooting. “Guys are getting more and more confident — especially Casey (Hubbard), Rob (Williams) and (Johnathan) Ives. They showed that tonight and we’re all shooting the ball really well.” Meade shot 8-17 — or 47.1

CHAMPS CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 its 27 games. Of their nine losses, only Hardinsburg had beaten them by double digits, but they had done it twice. The optimism for the upcoming district tournament in Lewisport faded when the pairings were announced. Meade High School faced Hardinsburg in the first round, but Pace had an idea. “We couldn’t have a good practice in that cracker-box gym of ours,” Grady Chandler said. “About three weeks before the tournament, we went to Fort Knox to practice on a regulation court. That helped us more than anything.” From the opening tip of the tournament it was clear that this was not going to be a repeat of the previous two meetings. Grady Chandler scored the first basket of the game and Meade took a 20-11 halftime lead. Vinson led all scorers with 17 points — twice as many as any other player — and the Greenwave won 43-30, avenging previous losses of 17 and 12 points. The only teams left between Meade High School and a district championship were Lewisport and Hawesville, both of which Meade had beaten in the regular season. Meade beat Lewisport 50-33 in the semifinals


Junior center Nick Stinnett went 9-for-11 Tuesday and scored 22 points and had 8 boards.

percent — from the arc in the 5441 win over the Hornets in the title game, while the Hornets went 4-13. Hubbard went 4-for-7 against Hancock and said he thinks the team can continue to shoot the lights out. “We can keep it up,” he said. “We’re really hot right now and I think we’ll keep it going into regional play. We really are on fire right now.” After the game, Garris said he would love to cut down the nets at the regional tournament, but there are still many hurdles to overcome. “That’s still a long way away,” he said. “Tuesday will be a big game and a new start for us. The best thing about tonight was getting that home game on Tuesday because that’s a big advantage. From the coaching standpoint, it’s the best thing in the world to have that first game at home — especially in our situation. We’ve been pretty good at home the last two years. We’ve only lost two games at home the last couple of years and I like that environment.” Benock had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards, along with five assists, two blocks and a steal. Stinnett finished with 14 points and five boards, while Hubbard had 12 points and four assists. Garris said he loved the way this team plays together and the way his best player knows that in order to win; he has to share the ball. “They’ve played together a long time, they like each other and when you like each other, that helps out a whole lot,” he said. “They know who the star is, but they also realize that if they get open, he’s going to give them the basketball.”

Meade: Williams 1-1 1-2 3, Ives 1-3 0-0 2, Benock 10-13 6-7 29, Stinnett 9-11 4-7 22, Roe 1-1 12 3, Whelan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-31 12-18 61. South 5 3 12 18—37 Meade 20 19 11 11—61 Three-point goals—South 5-22 (Diedrich 1-6, Civils 2-4, Carver 1-6, Johnson 1-6). Meade 3-4 (Benock 3-4). Fouled out— none. Rebounds—South 13 (Smith, Wolfe, Carver, Matheney 2), Meade 27 (Stinnett 8). Assists—South 3 (Carver 2), Meade 14 (Benock 6). Total fouls—South 15, Meade 19. Technicals—none. Greenwave 54, Hornets 41 Hancock: Jones 0-6, 0-0 0, Mosby 1-2 0-0 3, Pate 2-6 0-0 6, Roach 5-10 0-0 10, Helm 3-5 0-2 6, McCoy 1-3 0-0 3, Basham 6-7 1-3 13, Wall 0-1 00 0. Totals 18-40 1-5 41. Meade: Hubbard 4-7 0-0 12, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Ives 1-1 0-0 3, Benock 5-12 6-9 19, Stinnett 4-9 6-8 14, Roe 1-2 2-2 4, Whelan 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-33 1419 54. Hancock

11 15 4 11—41

Meade 19 15 7 13—54 Three-point goals—Hancock 413 (Jones 0-1, Mosby 1-1, Pate 2-6, Roach 0-2, McCoy 1-3). Meade 8-17 (Hubbard 4-7, Williams 0-1, Ives 1-1, Benock 3-7, Roe 0-1). Fouled out— none. Rebounds—Hancock 20 (Roach 5), Meade 24 (Benock 10). Assists—Hancock 10 (Roach 3), Meade 11 (Benock 5). Total fouls—Hancock 19, Meade 12. Technicals—none.

Meade County senior guard Riley Benock literally splits the Suns defense for two of his 29 points Tuesday. The Greenwave plays Owensboro at Grayson County tonight.

Many of Meade County’s male students supported their team by sporting old cheerleader uniforms that had reportedly been thrown away. Meade rolled in its first-round match up.

Box scores: Greenwave 61, Suns 37 South: Diedrich 1-7 0-0 3, Maxwell 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 36 3, Civils 2-7 2-2 8, Carver 413 3-6 12, Johnson 2-8 0-0 5, Matheney 0-0 4-6 4, Jenkins 00 1-2 1. Totals 9-37 14-24 37.

1947 Meade High School Team: Coach: E.W. Pace Charles Thompson F Norman Vinson F James ‘Red’ Chandler C Eugene Fontaine G Grady Chandler G Reserves: Paul Powell Jack Smith Bill Miller James ‘Buddy’ Wilson Jimmy Bondurant and Hawesville 37-25 in the championship game to give the school its first ever district championship. “I remember that a bunch of us made the All-Tournament team,” Thompson said. In fact, the team was so impressive in the tournament that the entire starting five made the All-Tournament team. Although the 1947 team went on to lose to Henderson County in the regional tournament, their place as Meade County’s first district champions is secure. Of the 1947 team, only Grady Chandler and Thompson still live in Brandenburg. James ‘Red’ Chandler lives in Zephyr Hill, Fla., Eugene Fontaine in Jacksonville, Fla., and Vinson in Fairfax, Va.

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