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— ELIZABETHTOWN Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in May’s primary election were hoping Friday the 13th might bring some luck by securing votes in the region during a forum held last week. Six candidates, four running

for governor and two for lieutenant governor, answered questions at T.K. Stone Middle School in Elizabethtown last Friday in front of more than 100 spectators. Even though the candidates disagreed on several topics, including education and healthcare, all agreed changes need to be made in Frankfort, starting with the removal of Governor

Ernie Fletcher. “Kentucky is in a state of dysfunction right now,” said Lexington attorney Gaitwood Galbraith, who previously ran for governor on the Libertarian ticket. “You Democrats out there listen, Ernie Fletcher is not dead — there’s no stake through his heart. You must put a new face on the Democratic party … to get this state back on track.” Galbraith was joined by Steve Beshear, Steve Henry, Jody and lieutenant Richards govenor candidates Greg Stumbo and Irv Maze. Otis Hensely

could not attend. The Democratic Parties for eight counties, to include Meade County, sponsored the event. The moderator, Steve York, assistant news director for WAVE 3 in Louisville, gave each candidate between 30 and 60 seconds to answer questions. Candidates agreed that change is needed in the educational system but each had a different solution. Stumbo said the Kentucky PLEASE

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Angry parents want someone to blame for the Stuart Pepper gun incident last week, but the school shouldn’t be the scapegoat.

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Democratic hopefuls hold forum BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

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Farmers all ‘ears’ as corn prices near record highs BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

The price for corn has nearly doubled in recent months because of a higher demand for ethanol fuel. On the surface it may appear farmers can expect to make big bucks in 2007, but local farmers say that isn’t necessarily the case.

Regional markets have paid up to $4.25 per bushel for corn, almost $2 more than the average going rate. According to national reports, some states have paid up to $5 per bushel, nearing the record $5.50 set more than a decade ago. But local farmers say as the price for corn has risen so has the cost of producing it, leaving little additional money despite the drastic increase. The price of fertilizer and fuel for

machinery also has risen lately. “It’s not quite as great as it looks because fertilizer costs doubled in the past few years, so cost per acre has gone up dramatically too,” said local farmer Homer Richardson of the corn price increase. “On the surface it looks great PLEASE



When Meade County High School students graduate, hopefully they will know the Bluegrass State offers more than just talent on the basketball court and horse races in — it is also one of the key states lawmakers look to for guidance when creating bills in Congress. “Other states often look to Kentucky when making their laws,” said David Dailey, vice principal at Meade County High School and co-sponsor of Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), a club at the high school. “We (Kentucky) are tops in leadership.” KUNA, co-sponsored by Dailey and social studies teacher Mike Schwartz, is designed as a leadership club, where the students gain a better understanding of international issues through hands-on experience as pseudo-members of the United Nations. According to the Kentucky YMCA’s website, KUNA provides students “with a greater appreciation for our global community through hands-on involvement with international issues and solutions.” The club, consisting of 25 freshmen through seniors, meets once a month. The students learn the process of passing bills into law as they debate issues that affect people from all corners of the world, such as providing safe drinking water for people of all countries or the effect global warming is having on the world. “The students are forced to deal with issues bigger than themselves,” Dailey said. Brittney Neben, a senior who has been a member of the club since the sixth grade, says KUNA has allowed her to experience world issues in a new way. “We represent (in mock UN meetings) people from other countries and the issues they have,” she said. “We get to view the world through other people’s eyes.” Neben also credits much of her public speaking ability to her membership in KUNA, and says that aside from the educational benefits the club has a social aspect, too. “I have met a lot of people from other schools in Kentucky that also participate in KUNA,” Neben said. PLEASE



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The Brandenburg Planning and Zoning Committee met with The Heritage Foundation, Inc., members of Brandenburg City Council and Four Oaks residents to resolve the Four Oaks subdivision’s buffer issue. “We came here to find a solution to the buffer that no longer exists at Four Oaks,” said Phillip Henning who, along with Ron Reinscheld, represented the Planning and Zoning Commission. The members of the commission — Mayor David Pace

and council member Bruce Fackler — sat down with three Four Oaks residents, Fred Fischer, attorney for The Heritage Foundation, Inc., as well as Doug Reed, one of the company’s owners, on Tuesday to try to come to an agreement on what is a fair way to resolve the buffer issue on the Four Oaks property. City Council member Ronnie Joyner is also on the committee but was unable to attend the meeting. There have been numerous meetings in the past month to try resolving the buffer problem. The issue is that the wooded area dividing the homes


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from the businesses was torn down when construction began on the By-Pass. There are a few trees still remaining, though not many. The residents are concerned about the lack of

division between their properties and the land the commercial builder is developing. “We understand that you (Heritage Foundation, Inc.) can’t put back two-acres of trees to block us,” said Diana Vessels, a resident of Four Oaks. “But we’re asking for some trees to be put back.” Diana Vessels spoke on behalf of the Four Oaks residents, along with Bruno Illario and Mike Smith, who came to represent his 80-year-old mother, Lois Smith, who owns two lots on the Four Oaks property. “We want something that you can’t see through,” Vessels

said. The Heritage Foundation Inc., which is owned by Meade County Circuit Judge Robert Miller, Doug Reed, Bill Corum and Linda Jenkins, is developing the two acres of property at the intersection of By-Pass and Four Oaks roads. Fischer said that his clients want to come to an agreement that will please everyone involved. “We don’t want to beat anyone up over this property,” Fischer said about the company’s hope to come to a resolution. PLEASE



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From left: Gaitwood Galbraith, Irv Maze, Jody Richards, Steve Beshear, Steve Henry and Greg Stumbo, all Democratic candidates for governor or lieutenant governor, participated in a forum last week in Elizabethtown.




Act Education Reform (KERA), which was adopted in the early 1990s, needs to be looked at and amended. “I had the privilege of sponsoring KERA legislation and (I) had the privilege of voting for it,” he said. “But it wasn’t the perfect act then and it certainly isn’t the perfect act now. It’s time to revisit KERA.” Henry disagreed with Stumbo and criticized the KERA system. “If you ask teachers, there is a significant amount of criticism of the system in Kentucky,” said the 2nd district native, adding that only six of

the top 1,200 prep high schools are in Kentucky. “We have to teach children to be competitive in the world market.” Each also differed on how to decrease tuition costs and make higher education more affordable to Kentuckians. Stumbo said he would request an outside audit of state universities to see if they are wasting money. Galbraith said the state needs to help individual students pay for the training they need to compete in the workforce. “With our Commonwealth incentive, when high school graduates make an internal decision that they want to go get trained in something that will make them employable, then the state will cut the check for books, tuition and fees,” Galbraith said.

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Richardson said affordable healthcare is another item that needs to be addressed and proposed re-importing drugs from Canada, where pharmaceutical prices are much cheaper than in the U.S. Beshear’s plan, along with lieutenant governor running mate Daniel Mongiardo, a doctor in Hazard County, would be to provide free healthcare to the more than 94,000 Kentucky children without coverage. The candidates did agree on several points: none support abolishing the death penalty; none want to make Kentucky a right-to-work state; and not a single candidate said they would sign a no-new-taxes pledge. All the candidates also noted the potential benefits of expanded gambling in Kentucky, although Beshear

appeared to be the most ardent supporter. “It’s time to put Kentucky first. It’s time to bring Kentucky dollars home by putting expanded gaming on the ballot and letting people vote on it,” he said during his opening statement. “Bring that money back into the state and instead of educating Indiana’s kids and paving West Virginia roads, and lowering healthcare costs in Illinois, let’s use that money to educate our own kids, and pave our own roads, and lower our own healthcare costs.” As the primary race continues, candidates will attempt to further distinguish themselves from each other in hopes of having their name on the ballot in 2008 and finding a new home at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

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Left: Allyson Fackler, Lois Fackler and Ellen Lindsey each received their bags filled with health items, like race applications and water bottles, after signing up for “Get Moving Meade County,” an eight week program, sponsored by the Health Department and the Extension Office, that encourages Meade Countians to get healthy through physical activities.

on the issues during a mock United Nations session. The students from Meade County represented Norway, adorning native Norwegian dress and culture, and won the award for the best global village display. During the debate, students had to stand in front of their peers and argue points of view, something Dailey recognizes is often not easy for adults, let alone for 16 or 17

year-olds. “It’s really challenging stuff, but it gives kids a chance to explain what they believe and why they believe it,” Dailey said. Along with debating world issues, the students in KUNA also participate in community service projects. Recently, the group collected money during World Water Day to donate to UNICEF, an international organization

dedicated to improving children’s lives and help fund programs to provide safe water supplies and improve sanitation in communities world-wide. Daily said KUNA allows young people to see how the world works, by giving them hands-on experience they can use in their own communities someday. “These students will be the future leaders of Kentucky.”


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School should not be blamed for Stuart Pepper handgun incident

any parents were outraged when they discovered an eighthgrade student took an unloaded handgun to Stuart Pepper Middle School last week. The knee-jerk reaction by many was to blame the school, but finding a party to blame isn’t that simple. Taking a gun to school is easy, and always has been when you look at the fatal school shootings that have plagued the United States over the past decade. Kids have backpacks, lunch sacks, and even clothes with baggy pockets that can easily conceal a weapon. Unless parents want to see their children frisked like apprehended criminals as a precautionary measure when they go to school each day, the school and its staff cannot prevent situations like this from happening. The school could purchase E DITORIAL metal detectors, such as urban schools in New York City and Los Angeles have, but the funds I SSUE : A middle school for the equipment and staff student took an unloaded would take away from educa- weapon to school. tional purchases. Besides, should Meade County students have to O UR V IEW : Parents go through an airport security shouldn’t hold the school process just to get to class? But when good kids go bad — responsible for the the school is often the scapegoat. student’s actions. When these unfortunate incidents happen, parents always ask, “How could the school let this happen?” Instead they should ask what role parents play in these situations and what they can do to prevent similar occurrences. But stop blaming the school, stop blaming rap music, stop blaming violent video games, and stop blaming television and movies. Instead, start blaming the parents and start blaming the students. If a 14-year-old student doesn’t understand that bringing a handgun to school is wrong, then the parents let that child down long before he took the gun to school. It’s the parents’ responsibility, not the school’s, to raise children and teach them right from wrong. Any moral guidance they receive at school is simply a bonus. Paul Poole, Meade County Board of Education personnel director, gave parents the key to preventing similar situations in the future — talk to your kids. Open communication and moral guidance is the only tool that can prevent these things from happening. Parents need to tell their children what to do if they notice or hear of something that could be dangerous. The school also should address students and provide guidance and instruction so students know what to do in case they face a similiar situation at some other point in their lives.


Give veterans one day of each month Granted, you might already be in an organization that’s helping fellow veterans, such as VFW or American Legion. But there’s no reason you can’t do something on an individual basis, and lots of reasons you should. My proposal: Volunteer once a month for the rest of the year. I’ll get you started with a few ideas. Grab your calendar and start filling in some blanks. April: Visit the VA hospital closest to you. Call the volunteer office and ask what you can do. You might be told of a need for parking lot shuttle drivers to ferry visitors or veterans in from their cars, or recreation assistance for planned activities, or computer tutors to help veterans with email. There’s always some way you can help. Volunteer and sign up. May: This month is National Military Appreciation Month. Check its Web site for a calendar of activities in your area. Ask at the VA hospital about a likely candidate for the Veterans History Project. Do all the legwork, including getting the forms and manning the recording or video device while your

V ETERANS P OST F REDDY G ROVES veteran tells his or her story. Handle it from start to finish. Go to for the specifics. (While you’re at it, have you done your own history? Your story is valuable, too.) June: Contact Operation Gratitude or another group to inquire about sponsoring a box of goodies to be sent to a soldier or sailor for the Fourth of July. July: Run a shuttle bus at a Stand Down in your area, bringing in veterans without transportation so they can receive services. Check the web sites for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans ( and the VA ( for the 2007 schedule. I’ll be back with ideas for the rest of the year. 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



SPMS gun situation handled professionally Dear Editor:

As I sit here and think about last Wednesday’s incident at SPMS, I am feeling so many emotions that I do not really know where to begin! On Wednesday afternoon, my son who attends Stuart Pepper Middle School came home off the bus and began to tell me what had happened at the school. I am going to be honest with you; I panic easily, and when he started telling me what happened, I became sick to my stomach. However,

by the time he finished relling me the whole story with his opinions, I was more than fine! He stated to me, “Mom, I am fine. Everybody is fine.” Immediately, he went into the other room and got the letter that Mrs. Wilson, the principal of the school, had sent to the students’ parents. The letter was very parent-friendly, and it stated the facts about what had happened at the school. I was very pleased with the letter, as well as the actions taken to secure the safety of my child and the other students of

the school. I don’t believe that the situation could have been taken care of in a more professional manner. So I want to take this time to thank the staff at SPMS for its quick and professional actions during this incident. It is evident that the concern and safety for the students was the most important thing. I am so glad I am able to send my child to a safe and caring school. Kim R. Wood Ekron has Ernie Fletcher ties Dear Editor:

I’ve read your paper faithfully since it first appeared in my mailbox. I thought, at last a paper in the county that gives a different view of what is usually presented to our citizens. This I believed until I read the Friday, April 13, 2007 edition. You had an unusual contribution on your Viewpoints page, a submisan outfit called sion from I thought your paper would investigate a little deeper into who submitted this article before printing it. The article seemed to be a political hatchet job directed at Anne Northup. This encouraged me to do a little research of First, this site is .org instead of .com. This is the information you would have found with a little research. One amazing fact that became very apparent very quickly: this website is run by someone named Brett Hall. This man is the Jersey hack imported to speak for Governor Fletcher as his communications specialist.

Perhaps you don’t remember Brett Hall; he was either fired or almost fired from his position with his outrageous claims that Fletcher was guilty of nothing that was an impeachable event, while in office. The indictment was dismissed in a deal with prosecutors, but a special grand jury issued its findings in the case, saying Fletcher had approved a “widespread and coordinated plan” to skirt state hiring laws. Starting to look like a hatchet job on Northup is in the making now? I saw the debate and the two questions Brett Hall poised to make Anne Northup look bad. Instead it came across as two totally ignorant questions by irresponsible reporters. I believe both Harper and Northup stated they were going to run a clean campaign; yet Paducah Sun reporter Bill Battleman asked Northup if she knew anything embarrassing about either of her opponents. Is the Paducah Sun now using The National Enquirer’s nasty format? The Cincinnati Enquirer reported

that Patrick Crowley asked, “Can you name specific highway projects you don’t think the state should be building?” What a dumb question for a reporter to ask; he needs to ask this question to elected officials in Ohio. There is one question they should have asked Governor Fletcher and Brett Hall; why have so many of the big-name Republican supporters and running mates deserted Fletcher in his re-election attempt? As Albert Einstein once said, “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.” Makes one wonder what is the truth in this campaign, doesn’t it? James Kendall, Former Meade County Republican Chair Guston

Editor’s note: The Cincinnati Enquirer is a metropolitan daily newspaper, owned by the Gannett Company, Inc., that also serves more than a half dozen counties in the Northern Kentucky tri-state area. ‘report’ is misleading To the Editor,

Is the News Standard secretly an arm of the Fletcher campaign? I understand Theresa Padgett has an ownership interest in the News Standard and enjoys making editorial decisions, but, has your newspaper taken to running free advertisements from the Fletcher campaign? Publishing a “report” about last week’s Republican Party gubernatorial primary election debate from “,” qualifies as just that. is a “blog” published by Brett Hall, one of the Governor’s former spokespersons. To give Meade County the impression this was a dispassionate, uninterested view of the gubernatorial debate was incorrect. No matter. Brett Hall couldn’t really be expected to find anything wrong with the Governor’s record. After all, the economy is fine, the state’s budget deficit has been turned into a surplus,

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and we’re building new roads. Why worry? Sure, the Governor has been indicted, he has invoked his Constitutional right to the 5th Amendment, and he has preemptively pardoned his entire staff – for anything illegal they “may” have done. But, we Republicans shouldn’t worry about all that according to and Brett Hall because the Governor has an “effective” commercial! Well, how nice… In 1998 President Clinton committed perjury, obstructed justice, and lied to the American people. All the while, his fellow Democrats wagged their collective finger at us -- the economy was fine, the government’s budget deficit had disappeared, and why should we bother with all that? would have us all acting as Democrats did then – in view of the next election, not right and wrong. Winning the election is important and many good things have happened in

the past three years in Frankfort, in spite of what the Courier-Journal thinks! But none of this excuses the actions of our Governor. Republicans need to take positive action next month and nominate a leader who will repeat the positive things Republicans in Frankfort have accomplished without pardoning her staff and being hauled before a grand jury investigation! We should never sacrifice our sense of right and wrong just to win an election. And that is why we should disregard and vote for Anne Northrup. Joseph Redmon Doe Valley

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Allen A. Buskey

Allen A. Buskey, 79, of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville. A native of Keene, N.H., he retired in 1990 from civil service at Fort Knox. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Joseph and Winifred B. Tuttle Buskey. Survivors include his wife, Tomie Buskey; a daughter, Janet Ann Buskey of Elizabethtown; two brothers, Donald Buskey of W. Swanzey, N.H., and Harold Buskey of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Audrey Cosby of Kingston, N.H.; two stepsisters, Shirley Page of W. Swanzey and Barbara Shay of Fitzwilliam, N.H.; and a stepbrother, Norman Susee of Bellows Falls, Vt. Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown was in charge of arrangements.

Harold R. Farrow

Harold R. Farrow, 65, Guston, formerly of Louisville, died Friday, April 13, 2007, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville after a lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam and for many years he worked maintenance for Dixie Warehouse Services. He didn’t mind sharing his opinions and he often called into local radio shows, where many knew him as Meathead. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Farrow; his father, James Farrow; his sister, Shirley Baxter; and his brother Don Farrow. He is survived by his wife, Mae; four daughters, Nina Bennett and her husband Jacob, Evansville, Ind., Tracy Whitlock and her husband Nick, Georgetown, Kelli Middleton, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Rebecca Donahoe, Louisville; a son, Joe Shultz, Jr. and his wife Heidi, Louisville; a sister, Betty Ward, Louisville; and five grandchildren, Kennedy Whitlock, Maegan Donahoe, J. T. Shultz, Jeffery Alba and Brett Mills. The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 18, at Nelson-EdelenBennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove with Deacon John Richard Whelan officiating. Burial was in the Big Spring Baptist Church Cemetery. The guest register may be signed at

May Haynes Johnson

May Haynes Johnson, 71, Elizabethtown, died April 12, 2007, at her residence. She was a native of Meade County, was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church, a member of TOPS #224 in Bardstown and TOPS #595 in Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Mary Ailene Murray Haynes, and her husband, James Floyd Johnson. Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son, George (Patricia) Johnson, Mill Creek, Wash.; a daughter, Glenda (Mike) Ash, Cecilia, Ky.; three brothers, Herbert Ray Haynes, Brandenburg, Lawrence Haynes, Bowling Green, and Houston Haynes, Guston; a sister, Faye Whelan, North Garrett; and four grandchildren, Bradley Strange, Michael Strange, Kayla Ash and Lindsay Ash. Funeral services were held Monday, from the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Roger McCurry and Belinda Berry officiating. Burial was in Bardstown City Cemetery with the Rev. Kit Yeaste officiating at the gravesite. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the ALS Association.

George Anthony Ray

George Anthony Ray, 87, Flaherty, passed away Friday, April 06, 2007, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. Mr. Ray was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Flaherty. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lum & Grace Lancaster Ray; three brothers, John Ray, Joe Ray & Hoss Ray; and two sisters Catherine Ray & Elias Gertrude Ray. He is survived by three sisters, Ann Taylor, Elizabethtown, Becky Stiff, Guston, and Rose Straney, Flaherty; and several nieces & nephews. A funeral mass was held Monday, April 9, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Flaherty, with the Rev. Paul Beach officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at


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William Blake ‘Bill’ Schmidt

William Blake “Bill” Schmidt, 79, Sarasota, Fla. and Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at his residence in Sarasota. He was a native of Hardin County and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, serving as strategic air command pilot during the Korean War. He was the owner of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Elizabethtown, president of Kentucky Coca-Cola Bottlers Association, president of Kentucky Soft Drink Bottlers Association and was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Elizabethtown Industrial Foundation, Elizabethtown Noon Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was past president of Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and chairman of the Elizabethtown Airport Board, was a chairman of the Coca-Cola Art Show for 15 years and was a member of Fort Knox Boosters Club. After working for several years, he was able to see the Schmidt Museum of CocaCola Memorabilia open last year. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luke B. and Irene Blake Schmidt. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Janet Saunders Schmidt; two sons, Larry W. and Vicki Schmidt of Elizabethtown and Luke B. and Sharon Schmidt of Prospect; a sister-in-law, Peggy Hall of Sarasota; and five grandchildren, Blake, Craig and Graham Schmidt, all of Elizabethtown, and Margaret and Luke Schmidt Jr., both of Prospect. Services were private. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Earl L. Witten, 82, Rineyville, Ky., died Friday, April 13, 2007, at his home. Mr. Witten was a charter member of Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove where he was a Deacon Emeritus. He taught Sunday school for numerous years. He was a carpenter and worked 35 years for Frakes Lumber Company before retiring and becoming a full time farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Brown Witten; his parents, Coy Lee and Kary Cross Witten; and his brother, Thurman Witten. He is survived by his daughter and sonin-law, Crystal and Larry Bruner of Rineyville; a special grandson and his wife, Morgan and Freya Crabtree of Scott AFB, Ill.; three other grandchildren, Mercedes Daunis, George Ammons, Jr. and Shauna Bruner; a great-grandson, Jayden Daunis; four sisters, Mary Frances Wilson and Willa Mae Havens both of Vine Grove, Jesse Smith of Brunswick, Ga., and Betty Amos of Radcliff; and two brothers, Moman Witten of Louisville and Raymond Witten of Vine Grove. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 17, at Valley View Baptist Church with the Rev. K. Christian Burton and Rev. Ron Burgess officiating. Burial was in Vine Grove Cemetery. Expressions of Sympathy may take the form of contributions to Valley View Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 Valley View Dr., Vine Grove, KY 40175. The guest register may be signed at

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The sales contract addendum is your best friend when you’re buying a house. The real estate agent might have mixed allegiances and the home seller might push for top price, but with the addendum you can cover many if not all of your wants and wishes. Tops on your list should be safety concerns about health hazards. Most states require disclosures to be given by the seller to the buyer for things like previous flood or fire, but not all states cover all contingencies. You can cover that yourself via the contract addendum. Keep in mind

the eventual value of your home when you sell because these same issues can come up then, too. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that causes lung cancer. It comes up from the soil into the house, where it’s breathed into the lungs. The Environmental Protection Agency sets a safety limit on radon. After that cutoff is reached, radon abatement (removal) is recommended. Contact the EPA branch in your state or go to for more information on the types of tests (short term vs. long term) for radon, and for qualified radon inspectors. Include in your addendum who will pay for abatement should radon be

found. Asbestos, if found, comes under state and federal regulation when it comes to removing it. Often it’s contained (painted over) instead of being removed, as that keeps the fibers from being released. Asbestos can be found in places such as siding, pipes, vinyl tile and roofing in older homes. Lead-based paint disclosures are generally required for any house built before 1978, but ask for a test if you’re not given a disclosure. With a home inspection you might need to ask for additional tests for some concerns, such as termites and mold, as they might not be covered under a general

inspection. Other areas to investigate before you buy: Superfund (contaminated waste) sites in the area, and the location of nearby sex offenders. No matter what your state’s laws, remember that as a buyer you can ask for anything in your offer to purchase. Your health, plus the future value of your home, could be at risk. 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 32853-6475 or send e-mail to

‘Get Connected’ drive kicked off at membership luncheon

BRANDENBURG — “Get Connected” was the theme of the membership drive the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce will begin later this month. The drive’s kick-off took place Thursday, April 19, at the organization’s monthly membership luncheon, which began at noon at the Meade County Extension Service at 1041 Old Ekron Road in Brandenburg. Membership Chair John Bruington, owner of Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home, led the program, which included brief about the presentations Chamber of Commerce by several of the “Get Connected” team captains. Already on board as captains, according to Bruington,

are: • Vickie Bryson, manager of the Brandenburg office of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union. • Jennifer Bridge, extension agent for consumer and family science at the Meade County Extension Service. • Gary Chapman, manager of First Federal Savings Bank’s office in Brandenburg. • Janice Kessinger, manager of First Federal Savings Bank’s office in Flaherty. • Christie Parcell, owner of Print Solutions in Battletown. Each of the captains, along with Bruington, will lead a four-person team that will work from mid-April until mid-June growing the Chamber of Commerce’s membership. “Our goal is to make sure

that every business and organization in Meade County gets an opportunity to learn how being a member of the Chamber of Commerce can strengthen their business, help it grow, and open doors for networking,” says Bruington. “The volunteers involved in ‘Get Connected’ know the value we provide our members and understand the importance of businesses and organizations investing in the future of our community.” At the luncheon, Bruington says members got to see the membership-recruiting materials that have been developed and had an opportunity to sign-up, either as team captains or team members. To find out more information about “Get Connected”, contact the Meade County

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Claude & Bettye Banks

Claude and Bettye Banks of 1765 Hobbs-Reesor Road, Vine Grove, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 20, 2007. They were married on April 20, 1957, by the Rev. Kirby Pollock. Mr. and Mrs. Banks are the proud parents of three children, Lionel Banks, Claudia Boyd, and Jerome Banks; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friday, April 20 •Sale at Holy Trinity Church near Meade County Public Library. Twin boys clothing size 0-2T, shoes, baby furniture, car seats, girls clothing size 0-6. •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, April 21 •Sale at Holy Trinity Church near Meade County Public Library. Twin boys clothing size 0-2T, shoes, baby furniture, car seats, girls clothing size 0-6. •Ancestral Trails Historical Society 5th Annual Genealogy & History Book Fair at the Pritchard Center in Elizabethtown, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 270-862-3209. •Irvington Masonic Lodge on Hwy 79 will be having an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Everyone is invited. Cost is a donation to help with building renovations. •Second Brigade M/C 3rd Annual Crusade for Children, Poker Run 2007. All proceeds benefit the Crusade for Children. Registration starts at 11 a.m., first bike out at 1 p.m. Run starts at The Golden Manor Motel, 116 S. Dixie Hwy in Muldraugh, and ends at The Rock Inn, 3545 Hwy 60 in Vine Grove. Poker hands $10, extra hand $5. There will also be door prizes, 50/50, and free food. For more info, call Throttle at 270-422-5042, AC at 270314-8725, or Filthy Phil at 502552-8883.

The Bluegrass Homemakers met at the extension office for our lesson on Gardening in Small Places given by Liz and Margaret. Afterwards we met at The News Standard with lunch for the staff for Media Appreciation Day. We then drove to Corydon, Ind. to tour the Zim-


merman Glass Company and later to Magdalena’s Restaurant where we had a delicious lunch. We then had a short informal meeting. Theresa reported a health issue on poison awareness of household cleaners and other items. Doris and Margaret gave a report on the International Luncheon and that 325 Beanie Babies were collected.

Cold Spring School 1920

Miss Nancy Haynes taught at Cold Spring School in 1920. The school was located where Cold Spring Baptist Church is. Holding the flag is Alberta Troutman Kendall. To her left are George Higgins, then Betty Bennett Thompson, Nettie “Coochie” Bennett Scott, Price and two Embrey unknown children. If anyone recognizes someone pictured in the photo that is not named, please contact The News Standard at 270-422-4542.


•Yo-Gi-Oh Card Tournament, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Meade County Public Library Annex. •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, April 22 •4th Annual Biker Sunday, Blessing of the Bikes – Registration is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Glad Tidings Christian Center, 515 Bypass Road, Brandenburg. Church service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Bike blessing, bike show and food will be after the service. Benefit ride leaves out at 1:30 p.m. $10 per person, all money goes to the Run for the Sun. Prizes, food, and more. Guest speaker: Mac Gober. For more information, call Gary Chapman at 270-422-4581 or Cy Moorman at 270-547-1798. •Pamida would like to invite children to Story Time, 1 to 2 p.m. There will be cookies, milk, and plenty of interesting books to read. Come join the fun! •Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 •Al-Anon Meeting, 8 p.m., at the Alcohalt House. Call 828-2624 Monday, April 23 •CPR Class, 1 p.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 4222094. •Learn to paint using watercolors, beginner’s class, 7 p.m., at the Meade County

Public Library Annex. Free and open to the public. Will meet every Monday through May 21. For more information call 422-2094 •Soil Conservation meeting, 8 p.m. •Kentucky ParaEducator Assessment (KPA) class, 11 a.m., given by the Meade County Education and Career Center. Class provides instruction in reading, writing, and math geared toward taking a passing the ParaEducator exam which is required to be an Instructional Aide. Exam will be given. Successful examinees may apply for positions in Kentucky school districts. For more information call 4225884. Meade County Education and Career Center is affiliated with Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. Tuesday, April 24 •Relay for Life Bunco, 6 p.m., at Lynn’s Pinns hosted by Meade County Board of Education Relay Team. $10 Donation and everyone gets a prize. Refreshments will be served. •Story Hour, 5:30 p.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 422-2094. •Princess Program, 6:30 p.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 422-2094. •Al-Anon Meeting, 8 p.m., at the Alcohalt House. Call 828-2624

Wednesday, April 25 •Yoga, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 422-2094.

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Jan Humphrey April 4, 2007

For some she was known as Jan Jan For others Granny Jan For all who knew and loved her She was special and a friend. She used to work a lot they say To keep the team on track If there was an emergency She’d be sure to call you back. Making things for one and all Was a talent that she had She’d sew a smile on a teddy bear’s face So he wouldn’t look so sad. Babysitting was her joy She’d keep them day or night Reading stories and playing games What a child’s delight! A sister to some Good friend to others And to many... Like a second mother.

•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, April 26 •Leappad Program, 10 a.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 422-2094. •Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., at the Meade County Public Library. For more information call 422-2094. •WorkKeys assessment test preparation class, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the Meade County Education and Career Center. Classes, testing, and certificate, if earned, are FREE. For more information call 422-5884. Meade County Education and Career Center is affiliated with Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. Friday, April 27 •Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752

Saturday, April 28 •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, April 29 •Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at REBOS Club on Hwy 79 in Irvington at 8 p.m. For more info call 547-8750 or 547-8752 •Al-Anon Meeting, 8 p.m., at the Alcohalt House. Call 828-2624

We love you Jan Jan

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Current $14.87 7.41 7.11 6.41 5.41 3.00 3.23 5.25

Usage 1,000 3,000 5,000

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QUESTION: I have very little time to spend with my children these days, but I make sure the hours we do get to spend together are meaningful. Do you agree that the quality of time you spend with your kids is more important than the quantity? DR. DOBSON: I’m afraid the logic of that concept is flawed to me. The question is, Why do we have to choose between the virtues of quantity vs. quality? We won’t accept that forced choice in any other area of our lives. So why is it relevant only to our children? Let me illustrate my point. Let’s suppose you’ve looked forward all day to eating at one of the finest restaurants in town. The waiter brings you a menu and you order the most expensive steak in the house. But when the meal arrives, you see a tiny piece of meat about 1 inch square in the center of the plate. When you complain about the size of the steak, the waiter says: “Sir, I recognize

that the portion is small, but in spanking our students? that’s the finest corn-fed beef DR. DOBSON: Corporal money can buy. You’ll never punishment is not effective at find a better bite of meat than the junior and senior high we’ve served you tonight. As school levels, and I do not recto the portion, I hope ommend its applicayou understand that tion. It can be useful F OCUS ON it’s not the quantity for elementary stuTHE FAMILY that matters, it’s the dents, especially quality that counts.” with amateur clowns You would object, (as opposed to hardand for good reason. core troublemakers). Why? Because both For this reason, I am quality and quantity opposed to abolishare important in ing spanking in elemany areas of our mentary schools, lives, including how because we have sysJ AMES we relate to children. tematically eliminatD OBSON They need our time ed the tools teachers and the best we have have used to tradito give them. tionally back up their My concern is that the word. We’re down now to a quantity vs. quality argument precious few. Let’s not go any might be a poorly disguised further in that direction. rationalization for giving our Dr. Dobson is founder and children neither. chairman of the board of the nonprofit organization Focus QUESTION: How do you on the Family, P.O. Box 444, feel about corporal punish- Colorado Springs, CO. 80903; ment as a deterrent to school or misbehavior? Do you believe

second year and my life-long dream of being a priest was A few years ago, I was sit- headed for the ditch, I needed ting on my front porch with a sophronismos, the knowledge cheap cigar and a yellow pad of what to do in the face of making some notes for a homi- panic. Somehow God gave it to ly when I noticed a young man me. When I got my first assigncrossing the street to check out ment, associate pastor of seven a yard sale. He was wearing those mission churches in eastern baggy pants barely covering Kentucky, I needed sophronishis rear end with his under- mos and God gave it to me. When I was pastor of the wear almost totally exposed. As he ran across the four lanes Cathedral of the Assumption of traffic of Eastern Parkway, and it cracked down two sides during the renovahe was tugging with tion and almost fell one hand in a halfhearted attempt to E NCOURAGING to the ground in a W ORDS heap of rubble, I keep them up. The needed sophronisnext time I looked mos and God gave it up he was about to to me. come back across the Today, the whole street with his yard world needs sophrosale bargain, a large nismos and maybe portable TV set. you are going He made it out through a crisis of into the middle of your own as well. Eastern Parkway Maybe you are facing with his new TV J. R ONALD a cancer diagnosis, when, honest to K NOTT unwanted pregnancy, God, his pants fell the death of a spouse, down around his the loss of a child, the shoes! Like a deer caught in the headlights, he loss of a job or the end of a relafroze in place as the traffic tionship. If so, you may need came toward him from both sophronimos. Whatever it is, God offers directions. Not knowing what to do, you could almost see his us even more than sophrononmind working through his lim- ismos, he offers us peace. The peace that Jesus offers ited options. Well, he kept his cool, held us when we end up in one of onto his TV and calmly shuf- these crises, does not always fled to the curb with his pants come with the magic fixing of the situation, but “a way to be” down around his shoes! I had to admire his sophro- in that situation. Peace is not nismos. Sophronismos is one the absence of problems, but of my very favorite Greek the certain knowledge that, in words. It has been translated the end, things are going to by some as “knowing what to turn out OK. If you have that knowledge, that peace, no do in the face of panic.” When I was almost kicked storm can knock you off totally out of the seminary during my off balance.

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Local farmer and Flaherty resident J.J. Hager plants corn in one of his family’s fields. Hager said he intends to plant his usual 1,000 acres of corn this year, although he may plant extra corn in wheat fields that were destroyed by last week’s freezing temperatures.



but I’ve got a perspective like a friend of mine — if we can sell corn for $4 a bushel over the next few years, it will probably cost us $4.20 per bushel to produce it.” Richardson said he is willing to gamble a little bit on the corn market. He said most years he plants 500 acres of corn but this year he intends to plant 670 acres in hopes the market price will stay high. An acre of corn can produce between 120 and 150 bushels. But a drop in the market, drought, or freezing weather after corn seeds are planted could destroy the crops; such as what happened when more than 100,000 acres of wheat in Kentucky was destroyed by last week’s cold spell. “If there wasn’t any risk to it, there wouldn’t be any profit potential,” Richardson said. “Farm analysts hedge everything to take the risk out of it, but it also takes the product potential out of it too. “We’ll make some money, for a while, but I’m afraid it will start evaporating in the future. The problem then is, if everything else goes up and corn drops down we’re losing money again. I think it’s going to be a very volatile summer in the market. I think prices will be up and down quite a bit.” According to state data, Kentucky farmers will plant 190,000 more acres of corn this year, raising the total to 1.31 million acres. Don Bewley, a local farmer and chairman of the Riverport Authority, said he will stick to his normal rotation of 200 to 300 acres of corn despite the increased market price. He said another cost that has risen is the price for corn seed. “Seed corn sells up to $100 per bushel,” he said. “If you could sell your corn as seed corn, you could sell for one year and then retire.” The increased demand of ethanol fuel spurred the surge in corn prices, but Bewley is skeptical that the need for corn to produce ethanol will continue. He said according to farm journals he’s read, “there is a big push to use other materials other than corn for ethanol.” “I think the use of ethanol will continue to grow, but the products used to manufacture it probably will change,” he said, adding that one alternative product that could be used to produce ethanol is corn stalks. Ethanol is a grain alcohol that can be mixed with gasoline in concentrations up to 10 percent in cars and more than 80 percent in cars with specialty equipment. A federal mandates requires at least 7.5 bil-




Most full-time farmers will lock in a lot of their grain prices early on. Some have a safety net by not locking in all their crops, and some sit on the Internet every day looking at prices.” lion gallons of alternative fuels be produced by 2012, but the government is projecting that new ethanol plants springing up nation-wide will produce more than 11 billion gallons by then. The locally-based company AgriFuels signed a purchasing agreement for more than 100acres to build an ethanol plant in the Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park and a $75 million ethanol plant project has been discussed for Louisville’s Riverport. Andy Mills, University of Kentucky extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said the corn market’s future will likely be dependent on how many ethanol plants are operational over the next year. “Corn prices are based on ethanol plants on line and the number of ethanol plants that will come on line,” he said. “The plants are a driving factor in corn prices. The next year or so will tell us for sure what is going to happen. Most ethanol plants were started and designed when corn was $2.30 a bushel and now that corn is over $4 per bushel, it’s not as profitable to have an ethanol plant.” Mills said farmers are right to not get overly-excited about the increased price of corn and that many farmers with years of experience probably won’t stray from their crop rotations. “Some farmers are putting out a few more acres of corn, but … the cost to put out corn is very high, so it costs more operating money,” he said. “And corn crops are demanding at harvest time and you have to think of storage space. These farmers have learned over the years that … there are benefits to a crop rotation system. Most farmers who are growing extra corn are using sod fields – ground that has been nothing but hay and pasture fields for years.” Many farmers are taking advantage of the high market and are locking in prices now. Richardson said he knows farmers who have already sold their corn in advance for 2008 and 2009. “Many farmers will sell (corn) before they even have it put into the ground,” he said. “Most of the time people who sell that far in advance are try-

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ing to get a good profit locked in. Prices could go higher, but they could go lower too.” Mills said there are positives and negatives to locking in a price so soon. “You can lock in an amount, but you’re risking what the weather will be,” he said. “Fortunately for our farmers, not many had corn planted during our last cold spell. Some people lock prices in when they think they’re good, and then prices went up even more. Farming is like any other business — there are risks. “Most full-time farmers will lock in a lot of their grain prices early on. Some have a safety net by not locking in all their crops, and some sit on the Internet every day looking at prices and future prices.” But farmers aren’t the only ones being affected by rising corn prices. Anyone entering a grocery store can see the effect. Soda, which is made with corn syrup, has increased by six percent and ground beef has increased by three percent, reported The Courier-Journal. The C-J reported last week that a survey of Kentucky food prices by the Kentucky Farm Bureau late last year showed an increase in the total cost of 40 basic grocery items of about three percent compared to the summer. The biggest increase was cut-up fryers, which are fed corn, increasing 55 cents to 2.85 per pound. Distiller grain, a by-product of ethanol, is used as food for feeder calves. The increased price in feed means an increased price for beef, and a decrease in the value of feeder calves sold on the market. “The cost of feeding a calf in a feedlot has gone up quite a bit, so the price of steak has gone up, even though the price of calves has gone down,” Mills said. Richardson said the increased cost of feeding his cattle has been “dramatic,” but like many other farmers all he can do is wait and see what the market’s future holds. With five more months until harvesting season farmers can continue to play the corn market, but only time will tell if they should have sold now or if they will be able to reap a larger payday down the road.



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The first of hopefully many more quilt blocks to come was placed on the side of the commercial exhibits building at the fairgrounds on Wednesday amidst a small crowd of spectators. The block started the kickoff of the Clothesline of Quilts project in the county. “Iowa has a (Clothesline of Quilts) trail throughout all of the state; hopefully Kentucky can get the way,” Debbie Hardesty, co-chair of the Clothesline of Quilt project for Meade County, said about her expectations for the project. Many other states, such as Iowa, have joined the project to reap the benefits it can bring to the area. Meade County now knows what the Clothesline of Quilts can offer the community. “The primary benefit of this project is that it promotes tourism. Quilting is also part of our culture, and painting the quilts will beautify the countryside,” said Jill Butler, Conservation and Development coordinator for Lincoln Resources, an organization that works with public land to meet the needs of the community.

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Soccer player signs with NAIA champs BY SHAUN T. COX

Last Friday, Meade County High School senior Susan Wheaton signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Lindsey Wilson College next year. The Blue Raiders are the reigning 2006 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Champions and have won two of the last three. “My original decision was between Lindsey Wilson and Austin Peay,” Wheaton said. “I visited both colleges and was accepted to both, but the Lindsey Wilson campus was more comfortable for me and it was not as far away from home — I’m a momma’s girl.” Susan’s mother, Patty, was in attendance and said that while it was a great day for the family, it was also difficult because Susan’s father, Robert, is in Iraq with the Civil Service. “He is just overjoyed. He will be here for graduation and he is so proud of her, just like Mom is,” Patty Wheaton said. “She did all this on her own. She contacted the coach herself, she did the


Patty Wheaton, left, signs off on Susan Wheaton’s, center, commitment to play for Lindsey Wilson as assistant coach Debbie McGuiness, right, looks on.

research and went down on a visit. She talked with coach Drew (Burwash) and coach (Debbie) McGuiness and from there, she made her decision.” Susan Wheaton’s high school coach, Dan Shook,

said her love for the game is what made the scholarship possible. “I’m very proud of Susan and I think she will be a great addition,” he said. “She’s a very capable athlete and is a very committed player. She gives her time and of herself and she loves the game, which I think is very important. She loves soccer and she was a very good leader for our program. I know she’ll come to the team with a lot to give and a lot of heart.” Shook said anytime players from Meade County can go to college and play the sports they love make for the proudest moments as a coach. “We love to see our players go to the next level so any time that happens, we’re extremely proud of the girls that are able to,” he said. “To go beyond to the next level, you know they love the game because it takes a lot of commitment to do what they are getting ready to do. To play at that level is going to take a lot, so you know that they are realPLEASE

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Eighth-grader Zach Bowen competes in the high jump during Tuesday’s dual meet with Hancock County. “The girls team had a dominant performance, winning every event but one,” said coach Larry Garner, who was pleased with the team’s performance. “It makes us look good, but Hancock County’s girls team is not as good as they usually are and they don’t have the numbers they usually do, so we try to keep it in perspective. Our boys team was beaten overall, but we had some really strong performances out of them in the areas we expected to. Overall, things went well and we’re happy. We had some really good performances from our throwers as well.”

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The Lady Waves have a tough stretch of games coming up including a match up with one of the top teams in the state, and a big-time rematch with district rival Breckinridge County. This weekend, the girls will participate in the Christian County Tournament. “We play three teams in our pool that are killers,” coach Mike Harreld

said. “Owensboro Catholic is No. 1 in the state, North Laurel always has a great team and Friendship Academy, who is out of Tennessee. So, that tells me they’re good.” Owensboro Catholic was the state’s pre-season No. 1 team and is currently (11-5), North Laurel is (9-7). Harreld’s daughter, sophomore pitcher Maris Harreld, said the team will step up its game for the stiff competition. “We should do well,” she said. “I think that we have the talent; we just

have to pull together and work as a team. We have to continue to work on our hitting and limiting our errors. If we go into a game knowing that we’re playing a good team, we usually play better. Our record could be better, however, I think we’ll pull through and get our win total up.” Monday, the team will take on Apollo. “Apollo is a great regional team PLEASE



The Meade County boys and girls tennis teams have struggled a bit early in their seasons, but have steadily shown improvement and scored a few wins of late. The girls took their first couple of match victories Monday against Bardstown. “Our first and second doubles teams won (Monday), so that was very exciting for us to get our first wins,” first-year coach Amber English said. “I’m very pleased and I think we’ve shown a lot of improvement these last few weeks.” English said she made some changes and things are moving in the right direction for the inexperienced team. “I think our doubles teams are really coming together right now and are playing well,” she said. “I moved some things around, like Megan Wright to No. 1 singles and she’s done a really nice job.” The boys also scored some match wins at Bardstown, but fell short of the overall victory. “The Bardstown match could have gone either way,” said coach Mark Zweifel. “It was 32, Bardstown, and we couldn’t buy a break. They were hitting the ball long, they were hitting the ball short.” Last week, Central Hardin was able to make quick work of both teams. “Central Hardin pretty much went the way I expected,” Zweifel said. “This was a tough match for the team, Central is one of the best we play. One thing against all the players was the weather. It was bitter cold and the wind was making the ball do crazy things.” Zweifel said coaching tennis is different than other sports in that you have to let the players think for themselves for the most part. “I don’t talk to them much during a match because they know what they’re doing wrong,” he said. “I kind of let them play at their own pace.” Zweifel, like all coaches, said there’s still a lot of room for the kids to get better. “I haven’t seen as much improvement as I’d like, but we’re young and things will come along,” he said. “Am I disappointed in where we are right now — no, not at all. The doubles players could be playing better PLEASE



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DAYTONA BEACH — There was a time not so long ago that Chip Ganassi youngster Reed Sorenson was living a charmed life. Just two short years ago, the Peachtree City, Ga., native could do no wrong. He was young, he was successful out of the gate and the heights of future success looked endless. Sorenson ran with the front pack. He won at places like Nashville and St. Louis on the NASCAR Busch Series en route to finishing fourth in the 2005 final standings. Things changed some at Ganassi, but Sorenson appeared to be the one thing that would remain constant. Former teammate Jamie McMurray, the former flagship driver at CGR, jumped ship to Roush Racing and suddenly Ganassi had a team with two rookies and little experience. Ganassi quickly did damage control by hiring Juan Pablo Montoya, a world-renowned winner with no stock car experience.

The hiring took the heat off Sorenson and teammate David Stremme and put the spotlight on Montoya, who is a rookie in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing this season despite being a former Indianapolis 500 winner and a winner in Formula One racing. “He brings a lot of things to the team that aren’t necessarily race-related. He’s been all over the world racing, and he has an outlook that he wants to win races just like everybody else here. Myself and David talk to him through the weekend and we share information evenly. I wouldn’t say that we talk about anything different. I think it’s got to the point now where he’s run enough races where he’s not really a new guy who doesn’t know anything anymore,’’ Sorenson said. “He’s a racer just like me and David are and we just talk normal stuff. We talk about our cars. We talk about what we learned on the track. It’s almost like now where we’re just kinda like regular teammates. We just go out there and learn from each other and do the best we can.” These days, it’s easy for Stremme and Montoya


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ly going to be focused. So, it is a very proud day.” Susan Wheaton said it did, in fact, take a lot of hard work and dedication. “I started out on JV, moved up to varsity and I worked my butt off to get there,” she said. “When I got on, I was looking forward to being a senior and it felt really good for the six of us seniors to be able to lead the team — it was just amazing. I wouldn’t replace it for the world.” Debbie McGuiness, the newest addition to the coaching staff, also played for Lindsey Wilson and was named to the All-Conference second team in 2004. McGuiness said the signing periods are a rousing time for the program. “It’s an exciting time during the spring, especially getting new players,” she said. “We’ve seen (Wheaton) play and we’re excited about the talent that she has and what we can do to develop her as a player. We’re really looking forward to her coming to our campus and seeing what




the points standings, while Montoya, a rookie Cupper with tons of racing experience, has overachieved by logging a pair of top-10 runs and currently sits 12th in points. Sorenson, on the other hand, has run very well in the No. 41 Target Dodge, but inconsistent finishes have cost him in the points. He ran 13th in the seasonopener at Daytona, ninth at Atlanta and 18th at Martinsville, but crashes at California and Bristol relegated him to last-place finishes at 43rd. “That’s exactly what we looked at last week. If we had finished just 20th in those two races where we finished dead last, we would be 12th in points. So, I kinda pointed that out to a lot of guys on my team,’’ said Sorenson. “If we stop doing that (finishing last) we’ll be OK. Both of them were bad-luck deals, so we think if we just keep doing our job and staying consistent, we’ll keep creeping up in the points and we’ll be fine.” A big key to that could be keeping the car on the track. There were the two crashes




who is very strong,” Mike Harreld said. “That’s the thing about going from the 5th to the 3rd Region. In the 3rd, just about everybody is solid.” Tuesday, the girls travel to nearby Radcliff to face North Hardin. “North has lost their dominant pitcher, but they’ve got two younger girls who can throw the ball well,” Mike Harreld said. They’re playing great ball right now and they always hit the ball and play great defense.” Next Thursday is the allimportant re-match with Breck. County. The Lady Waves lost the first meeting 2-1 in extra innings on April 12. “We need that one bad,” Mike Harreld said. “I still think we can play with them and beat them, we just have to have a solid game against them.” Marris Harreld said the team will be looking for a measure of revenge “Absolutely,” she said. “We had a tough loss against Breck County and I’m sure we’ll come out ready to play.”

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Lindsey has to offer.” McGuiness said the goal of the program is to stay at the top and one way to do that is to sign local Kentuckians. “Our soccer program has been extremely successful, with us winning two out of the last three national championships, and we’ve gone to the tournament every year since 2001,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of international players. However, bringing in local girls is always something that we want to do. Sometimes it’s hard because they like to move off and go to big schools and get away from their parents. But luckily, Susan wants to stay with us. We have junior varsity and varsity programs and both teams have been very successful. We just want to keep pushing them along, stay nationally ranked and stay No. 1.” Lindsey Wilson College, located in Columbia, Ky. (Adair County), was founded in January 1903 and its namesake was the deceased nephew and stepson of Catherine Wilson, of Louisville. The college is one of only four Kentucky schools classified as a Baccalaureate-Liberal Arts College by the Foun-

dation for the Advancement of Teaching. The school’s enrollment was 1,790 students for the 2006-2007 academic year, and its budget was $28 million. Reportedly, Kentuckians make up 84 percent of the school’s enrollment. The women’s soccer team, a member of the Mid-South Conference, has existed since 1992 and the team’s overall record stands at 241-76-15. Burwash was named NAIA Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year after the team finished 24-2. The Blue Raiders finished their season on a 16-game winning streak. Burwash also won the award in 2004 after the team went 19-0-6 and won its first championship. The team has gone 84-9-7 in Burwash’s four seasons at the helm. The men’s soccer team is also one of the best in the NAIA, winning seven championships from 1995 to 2005. Six players from last year ’s championship team were named either first, second or third team All-American, and senior midfielder Hishamar Falconer was the Brine-NAIA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.

and last week at Texas an engine failure resulted in Sorenson registering a 40thplace finish. Like Stremme, he has three top-20 runs this season, but crashes and the engine failure have left him 29th in points and third in the Chip Ganassi Racing stable. Sorenson and company will be looking to begin to build some consistency this Saturday night when the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series makes its West Coast swing through Phoenix International Raceway. “Actually, I think we’re taking a brand new car there… and we’re going to try to get it the same as we had the car at Richmond,’’ Sorenson said. “Hopefully, they run the same. The bodies are the same so there’s no aerodynamic difference. It’s just all about making sure it’s just as light and you get the setups the same.” It will be the third Car of Tomorrow — the series will contest 16 races with NASCAR’s new car — race of the season for the series. When testing a couple of weeks ago at Richmond, Sorenson consistently had some of the quickest times in each session. In past COT events, Sorenson ran 43rd at Bristol but

rebounded for an 18th-place run at Martinsville. The Richmond test was positive and the first time the new cars had been on a track bigger than a half-mile. The three-quarter mile Richmond test should be more conducive to PIR’s onemile layout this Saturday night. “We had some momentum. We had two dead last finishes this year, and I wouldn’t really call that consistent, so we’ve got to make sure we don’t do that any more. We’ve had some decent runs but the only good race we had we felt we did everything we were supposed to at Atlanta, so we’ve just got to get a little bit better when we go to some of these places,’’ Sorenson said. “I think at Martinsville we finished 18th, so that was just kinda an OK day. The test at Richmond went really well. I think we hit on something there a little bit, so we’ve just got to get our cars favorable for a top 10 finish every weekend and make sure we stay out of wrecks and things like that.”

Mike Harreld said his team really needs to show some patience at the plate to beat Breckinridge. “Their pitcher locates the ball really well, but she’ll walk you if you let her,” he said. “But we’ve been swinging at bad pitches lately and in that game, we did. But she still walked five of our hitters. If we can lay off those and make her throw to us, I think we can hit her.” Last Monday, Beth Haven (8-1) traveled to Meade Olin Park and was bounced 8-1. “They’re a young, good team with a nice pitcher, but we came out and hit the ball very well,” Mike Harreld said. “Maris pitched extremely well, holding them to one run with eight strikeouts, six hits and no walks. “However, we still made six errors so we need to improve our defense. Our hitting and bunting picked up quite a bit in that game, but there were some very routine plays that we made errors on.” Tuesday, the girls faced Pleasure Ridge Park and staged a come-from-behind victory after falling behind 30. “We had another inning where we just kind of fell apart and weren’t doing the

Buddy Shacklette is a graduate of Meade County High School and has covered NASCAR for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for the past 15 years.

correct things that we need to do on defense and spotted them three runs,” Mike Harreld said. “Kelcie McCoy was pitching a good game, but I brought in Raymie Greenwell to try and shut them down and prevent them from getting another run and she did just what we needed her to. I think our defense really picked it up too. “It wasn’t anything where Kelcie was pitching bad. It was just the fact that we were down three early and couldn’t afford to give them another run because we’d have trouble getting the three back.” Mike Harreld said it was a big night for freshman Malory Wathen at the plate. “She was 3-for-5 with some clutch hits for us,” he said. “And Taylor Smith had a clutch sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth to move Katie Straney over after she got a base hit. Then Mallory came through with a base hit to score the run.” Maris Harreld said Wathen was one of the player’s that has really improved at the plate, among others. “I think Megan Fackler has improved a lot,” she said. “Erin Sireno and Mallory Wathen have both really started hitting the ball well.”

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Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Casino Royale (PG-13) Daniel Craig (Sony) 2. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R) Sacha Baron Cohen (Fox) 3. The Holiday (PG-13) Cameron Diaz (Sony) 4. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) Will Ferrell (Sony) 5. The Departed (R) Leonardo DiCaprio (Warner) 6. Babel (R) Brad Pitt (Paramount) 7. The Prestige PG-13) Hugh Jackman (BV/Touchstone) 8. Man of the Year (PG-13) Robin Williams (Universal) 9. Let’s Go to Prison (R) Dax Shepard (Universal) 10. Flags of Our Fathers (R) Ryan Phillippe (DreamWorks)

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Borat (R) (20th Century Fox) 2. Peter Pan (G) (Walt Disney) 3. The Departed (R) (Warner) 4. Flushed Away (PG) (DreamWorks) 5. The Prestige (PG-13) (Touchstone) 6. The Secret (NR) (Prime Time Productions) 7. Stranger Than Fiction (PG13) (Sony) 8. South Park: The Complete Ninth Season (NR) (Comedy Central) 9. Babel (R) (Paramount) 10. Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (G) (Walt Disney) (c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

Friday, April 20, 2007


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The Lamb loves to be surrounded by flocks of admirers. But be careful that someone doesn’t take his or her admiration too far. Use your persuasive skills to let him or her down easily. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is a good time to begin setting farreaching goals and connecting with new contacts. Aspects also favor strengthening old relationships — personal and/or professional. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A personal disappointment should be viewed as a valuable learning experience. Go over what went wrong and see where a change in tactics might have led to a more positive outcome. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t leave projects unfinished or personal obligations unresolved, or you might find yourself tripping over all those loose ends later on. A relative has important news. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Expect a challenge to the usual way you do things.

Although you might prefer the tried-and-true, once you take a good look at this new idea, you might feel more receptive to it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Much work has yet to be done to polish a still-rough idea into something with significant potential. Expect to encounter some initial rejection, but stay with it nonetheless. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There still might be some communication problems in the workplace, but they should be resolved soon. Meanwhile, that “tip” from a friend should be checked out. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new relationship appears to need more from you than you might be willing to give right now. Best advice: Resist making promises you might not be able to keep. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That restless feeling encourages you to gallop off into a new venture. But remember to keep hold of the reins so you can switch paths

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when necessary. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A demanding work schedule keeps the highspirited Goat from kicking up his or her heels. But playtime beckons by the week’s end. Have fun. You earned it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re beginning to come out from under those heavy responsibilities you took on. Use this freed-up time to enjoy some muchdeserved fun with people close to you. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Before you get swept away by a tidal wave of conflicting priorities, take time to come up for air, and reassess the situation. You might be surprised by what you’ll find. BORN THIS WEEK: Your leadership qualities are enhanced by a practical sense of purpose that keeps you focused on your goals.

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Turkey season is here, now is the time to brush up on the law SGT. BOB MARANGO

The 2007 wild turkey spring season runs from April 14 to May 6. All hunters should obtain a copy of the Spring 2007 Turkey Guide, which is available wherever licenses are sold. Some of the points of law for all hunters to remember are: •A person shall not enter upon the lands of another to hunt, trap or fish without the oral or written permission of the landowner. •All persons born after Jan.1, 1975, except those under 10 years of age or hunting on their own farmlands, must complete a state-approved hunter education course and must have a valid course completion card in their possession while hunting in Kentucky. All hunters less than 16years-old and hunting with a firearm must be accompanied at all times by an adult at least 18-years-old. Adults must remain in a position to take immediate control of the youth’s hunting equipment at all times. •All hunters, except resident owners of farmlands, their spouse and dependent children and tenants who reside and work on the farm must buy the appropriate hunting license and turkey permit. Hunters who own land in Kentucky but do not meet resiare dency requirements required to purchase non-resident hunting licenses and tags. •All turkeys taken — regardless of license type or exemption — must be reported on the Department’s toll-free telecheck system. You must call 1-800-2454263 (CHK-GAME) by midnight on the day the turkey is taken. Hunters will receive a confirmation number, which they must retain as proof on their hunter harvest log. •Only shotguns no smaller than 20-gauge nor larger than 10-gauge and legal archery equipment are permitted. Hunters may not use or possess shells larger than #4 shot. No rifles or handguns of any type are permitted.


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Shotguns can only hold a total of 3 shells and must have the magazine plugged to hold only 2 shells, plus one in the chamber. •A hunter shall not take a turkey by the aid of baiting, or hunt on a baited area while bait is present, or hunt on a baited

area for 30 days after all bait has been removed. A baited area is any place where feed, grains or other substances capable of luring wild turkeys have been placed. •Turkeys cannot be hunted from any type of vehicle or boat.

•The use of recorded electronically-produced calls is prohibited. •Certainly, all hunters should have safety as their primary consideration while turkey hunting. Because most hunters are completely camouflaged while hunting, do not wave at another hunter but call out in a loud clear voice to make the other hunter aware of your presence. •Persons who violate the turkey hunting regulations — including failure to check in harvested turkeys — are subject to fines up to $1,000, loss of equipment, hunting privileges, and possible jail time. •IMPORTANT — After taking a turkey and before moving the carcass, hunters must immediately mark the appropriate information on the back of the permit with the sex, date, and county where the turkey was killed. Exempt hunters must make their own log and are not

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PUBLIC NOTICE: The Meade County Fire Protection District seeks qualified candidates for the position of non-firefighter Property Owner Trustee. In accordance with KRS 75.031, this term shall be four (4) years and shall begin July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2011. Qualifications Include: Candidates shall reside in the Meade County Fire Protection District. Shall own real or personal property subject to the Meade County Fire District. Shall be 18 years of age or older at time of election. Persons meeting these requirements who are interested in this election position should notify the Meade County Fire Protection District in writing before 5 p.m., May 21, 2007. This notification shall include the following information:Full name of interested person. Legal address. Home telephone number. Legal signature. Please submit above information to: Meade County Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 276, Brandenburg, KY 40108, Attn: Chief Larry Naser PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800927-9275.


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My name is Lauren Bednar and I’ve recently taken on the job of youth columnist at The News Standard. This is my third year living in Meade County; and I currently am a junior attending Meade County High School. I’m involved with Drama Club, Foreign Language Club and Photography Club. I’ve done some work with the MCHS newspaper, The Current, and I had an amazing experience with the paper’s advisor, Shannon Anderson. She gave me a good start to help me out and the extra boost that is leading me to purTARGET: sue a career in journalism. Y OUTH I love writing in itself, and I love the adrenaline rush that you can only get from seeing your name in print and knowing that your story is good enough for hundreds (if not thousands) of people to read. I’m not sure exactly when I had my epiphany L AUREN telling me to write, but B EDNAR since about three or four years ago in junior high I’ve been hooked. I’ve grown up in a lot of different places because my father served in the military, and I’ve had a lot of different experiences to mold my opinions and beliefs into what they are today. I’d like to think that they’re different from that of others, but at the same time comprehensive to the public to give Meade County a new perspective on issues that concern today’s youths. I never thought I’d have my own column so soon, but I look at this opportunity as a blessing. My goal is to discuss things going on in the world today that pertain to our teens, and to give a fresh new outlook on the ideas and issues already floating around. I’m not going to try and stir up trouble, but I would like to get some topics out of the books and into the minds of the public who can give them a voice, help stand up for what’s right, and bring action upon things that need change. I hope to give a general overview on events, tasks, and hardships that youths may face, or are just are curious about. Some topics I discuss could range from getting a drivers license, prom, teen drinking; all the way up to preparing for the ACTs, new local bands, or things teens can do around Meade County. Hopefully I can give valuable insight, open some eyes and stir up interest on topics that need to be talked about among youths such as myself. Prom committee makes magical evening possible One of the biggest events during the school year is about to take place — the 2007 Meade County High School Prom. Many girls (and guys) take this opportunity to spend all day getting dressed up, their pictures taken, being chauffeured to the prom, and then enjoying a nice night out to eat afterwards. What a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of work goes into prom behind the scenes by actual students. MCHS always has a student Prom Committee that is comprised of juniors and seniors who are interested in helping out with everything that goes into the actual prom. The students collectively select the colors, favors, a list of songs for the seniors to vote on, decorations, etc. This year the Committee has 10 juniors and seniors who have put an extensive number of hours into making this prom an exceptionally good one. The theme chosen for this year is “City of Dreams.” The colors to coordinate are black, silver, white and pink. Usually MCHS’s prom is held at the High School, but that is not the case this year. Due to construction on the building, the prom will be held at Stuart Pepper Middle School. Graham Photography is our school’s sponsored photographer and will be taking prom pictures at the Brandenburg Farm Bureau Building. As of now, only juniors and seniors are allowed to buy tickets. Prom has always been for upperclassmen and the staff doesn’t see that changing. Kim Clutts, one of the prom committee directors, wishes all students, “a wonderful prom,” and reminds them, “don’t drink, and have fun, but be safe doing it.” Lauren Bednar is a junior at Meade County High School, is the youth columnist, and contributing writer, for The News Standard.

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Lady Waves basketball team celebrates season STAFF REPORT

The Lady Waves celebrated a successful season with an awards banquet Wednesday night at Meade County High School. The girls finished the season with an overall record of 12-17, but were 9-7 in their region and an udefeated 8-0 in the district for the second year in a row. The team won its district games by an average margin of 36 points per game. Meade County advanced to the second round of the regional tournament before falling in a heart-breaker to Owensboro, 66-61. In addition to dominating the district, the girls dominated the classroom, finishing with an overall team GPA of 3.37. Award winners: Jasmine Newby — Team Captain, All-District Tournament Team, All-Region Tournament Team, Best Free Throw Percentage — 66.9 percent, Most Assists Per Game — 2.5 APG, Most Steals Per Game — 4.8 SPG

Kayla Stull — Team Captain, All-District Tournament Team, All-Region Tournament Team, Leading Rebounder — 8.2 RPG, KHSAA Academic AllState First Team

Mindy Oliver — Leading Scorer — 14.6 PPG, Best 3Point Field Goal Percentage — 36.7%, Best Field Goal Percentage — 48%, KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention

Kayla Fackler — Most Blocks — 28, KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention

Melinda Hurt — Sixth Man Award, KHSAA Academic AllState Honorable Mention Kim Montgomery — Most Assists Per Game — 2.5 APG

Kelsie Ledford — KHSAA Academic All-State First Team

Caroline Wilson — KHSAA Academic All-State First Team, Varsity Letter Bliss Powers — KHSAA Academic All-State First Team, Varsity Letter

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Carly Evans — Varsity Letter Kayla Ross — Varsity Letter

Erin Sireno — KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention

Alexa Adams — KHSAA Academic All-State First Team

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Above: Seniors Jasmine Newby, left, and Kayla Stull, right, share a laugh at Wednesday night’s girls basketball banquet. The two were named to both the AllDistrict Tournament Team and the All-Region Tournament Team this season. Newby will attend Kentucky State University and Stull will attend Bellarmine. Left: Coach Josh Hurt addresses the crowd at Wednesday’s banquet and awards ceremony. The Lady Waves finished the district season perfect for the second straight year.


Senior Riley Benock signed a letter of intent yesterday to play basketball for former Greenwave player and current Mississippi State Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs are a member of the SEC West division and finished 21-14 last seaon and 88 in the conference. State lost to West Virginia in the finals of the NIT Tournament. Benock’s first college game back in Kentucky will likely be in 2009, when Mississippi returns to Rupp Arena to play the Kentucky Wildcats. Last week, Benock was named to the All-State Second Team after winning 3rd Region Player of the Year and averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Jr. dragster season opener delayed yet again

MCHS freshman Travis Argabright’s junior dragster season opener was delayed for the second straight week. The first delay was due to cold temperatures and last weekend’s delay was because of rain. The opener has been rescheduled for Saturday at Ohio Valley in West Point, with the test and tune Friday. The gates will open at noon. Sunday, a benefit race will be held to raise money for thefamily of the little girl that was severely injured in a crash at Ohio Valley a couple of weeks ago. The gates open at 10 a.m. and the races begin at one.

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