Benefit for Cody Wright hosted by Mill Knob Baptist Church will be held Oct. 3 at the Dennis Building located at 129 Conlee Lane, Rosslyn, Kentucky from 2-6 p.m.
Old Fashion Day
Torrent First Church of God Homecoming 2009
|Donnie Richardson from Stanton First Church of God invites you to visit their website.
You can access it by going to http://sfcog.mis.net
|Mitch Patrick from Calvary Baptist Mission invites you to visit their website.
You can access it by going to www.calvarybaptistmission.com
By James Cook, Times Editor
I debated all weekend with myself. That may sound crazy, but sanity is relative and some of my relatives have none so it should come as no surprise that I like to debate myself.
The debate was over what I should write about this week. What exactly should I express my opinion on this time? There was so much to choose from. There was turmoil at the middle school on several fronts, politics is always an easy target and of course I could try to find humorous things that have happened and play off those.
But I decided to actually act like a grown up this week. So I have two points I would like to make and then I will let others decide how they wish to proceed with their lives or opinions.
My first point has to do with the county and how are we preparing for the upcoming World Equestrian Games which are just a mere 358 days away. Sure, we in Powell County have no huge horse farms, but we do have riders and those who participate in horse shows.
But I was not looking at it from a selfish, what is in it for me and mine attitude. Nor am I looking at it from the why am I not included frame of mind. I am looking at it from the position of how can the county benefit from those games?
The answer is clear. Tourism.
Now I know that some believe that tourism will save us all and others think it is a waste of time. But it is the timing that will decide just how successful we want our county to become. Sure a bike race may bring a little revenue and some headaches. But what if the county, the cities and the tourism commission got together to try to bring the thousands of visitors expected for the games to Powell County.
I’m not talking about staying here; we don’t have that many available rooms. But tours, day trips to see the Red River Gorge or the largest natural bridge in the east; how about showcasing some of our talents with the musicians we have here, the artists, the craftsmanship and then maybe, just maybe we can entice some visitors to come our way.
Sure I think we need new businesses in here and jobs; of course I believe we need better infrastructure, we need to provide better opportunities and yes, I believe we need to do something quick. Face it Washington and Frankfort will never act as quick as we need them to. But the most important thing we need is a concerted effort to get behind a once in a lifetime chance to grab for a piece of the pie that will be in Lexington next year.
Other communities are already planning and I would dare say are ahead of us. But we have two things they do not – the beauty of the Red River Gorge and hopefully a community eager to prosper.
But if we choose, we can debate it, argue over it, and try to see what we can get out of it individually or how certain cities or politicians may get ahead. Or we can pull together as a community, a county, as neighbors, friends and families at least just this one time to make a difference for all of us and our kid’s future. You decide, but let us not wait too long or all we may be left with is stable duty.
Now my second point and this one gets under my skin. How can a financial institution remove American flags from the right-of-way in front of their business, flags that were there to mark and honor a U.S. Marine’s funeral procession route? This Marine died in combat, regardless if you agree with the war or not, he was still one of ours.
Their reason was simply this – they did not want to offend anyone by leaving the flags there.
Did not want to offend anyone! Who were they going to offend? Because if you live in this country, born here or moved here, it is that flag and those who fight and die under that flag, protecting that flag, for the freedoms that flag guarantees us that are most sacred. If a U.S. Flag offends you, then do not sleep one more night under its protection. Do not spend one more dollar, nor work in a country where you are offended by the flag.
The bank has offered an apology. One of their biggest accounts has withdrawn their accounts and others are following. Where was this you ask? In Gaffney, South Carolina and the institution was the Bank of America. You remember them; our tax dollars bailed them out.
Offended? Yes I am, not by the flag but by those who are too timid and too afraid to stand up for what is right. If we don’t stand up, who will? There is an old saying used by many others before me including Robert Kennedy and other notable speakers. It is originally attributed to a paraphrase of a teaching by a famous Jewish religious leader named Hillel. It goes something like this: “If not now, when; if not us, then who.”
So I ask you, when will we stand up and if we don’t, then who will?
I’m just saying . . .
By David J. Griffin, Times Reporter
Dating in the late 50’s and early 60’s usually involved more than one couple. It was almost a necessity because not every teenager had access to a vehicle. I was blessed to have my own “set of wheels” because of the generous nature of my grandfather, Eugene Stokes (Pop).
I learned to drive using the family’s 1954 Chevrolet and occasionally drove that vehicle when I first got my drivers license. Pop quickly determined it would be less trouble if I could use my own car and he assisted me in the purchase of my 1958 Chevrolet.
Living in Mt. Vernon during that era made driving almost a requirement because most of the attractions for teenagers were a considerable distance apart. The September 1959 issue of Seventeen magazine listed the following places as those that attracted teens: movies, drive-in theaters, drive-in restaurants, bowling alleys, skating rinks, pizza parlors, and amusement parks. How many of those sites were actually locally available depended on the size of the town.
Only three places on the list (Vernon Theater – Dinner Bell Restaurant – Kelsey’s Cafe) were within walking distance of Main Street, so most of the young people piled into someone’s automobile in order to frequent the other places of entertainment. I can remember one night having 13 friends in my car driving to Berea to visit the skating rink. It is not hard to imagine the fun we were having driving that 18 miles up US25 with rock and roll music playing as loudly as possible – and all the while we were singing along to the tops of our voices to the likes of Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Dion, Elvis, and Roy Orbison.
In those days Mt. Vernon did not yet have a pizza parlor, requiring us to drive to Mama Mia’s in Berea to sample her Italian delights. Mama’s restaurant was my first experience with a pizza, and I will never forget that night. Six or seven of my friends accompanied me when we decided that pizza might be a fun experience. Bobby Joe Sweeney, Gary Coffee, Carla Baker, Dorcas Woodall, Marion Whitehouse, Sam Baker, and several others rode with me to Berea.
When dating, there were several reasons why we often doubled. Many of the girl’s parents felt more comfortable if their daughters were in the company of another couple, so it was easier to find a date if four teens were in the automobile. I can still hear the girl’s mother asking, “Who else will be going with you?” For obvious reasons, parents felt safer if two couples were in the car together.
From the standpoint of finances, the guys liked double dating because they could share the expense of gasoline, food, and tickets to events such as the bowling alley and the skating rink. Of course, in the 50’s it was pretty much understood that the boys would pay for the all expenses of the date. Most of us had jobs to facilitate the cost of driving our cars and for taking out the girls.
I suppose that the Valley Drive-In Theatre was the most popular place to take dates in the early 60’s. Almost everything a teenager desired was to be found at the Renfro Valley outdoor theater: the most up-to-date movies with our favorite movie stars were always shown; the food was delicious, even though there might have been a limited selection; the popcorn was fresh; and most importantly (from a boy’s perspective) once it got dark it was a great place to “park.” The Drifters reflected the correct perspective about that popular pastime.
Well Saturday night at 8 o’clock
I know where I’m gonna go
I’m gonna pick my baby up
And take her to the picture show
Saturday night at the movies
Who cares what picture you see
When you’re hugging with your baby in the last row of the balcony (Or the back row of the drive-in theater!)
Most of my friends and I double dated when we were in high school. Saturday nights found me and many of the following guys doubling up in my black ‘58 Chevy: Jim Barton Nunnelley, Lloyd Fain, Bud Cox, Gary Coffey, Sam Barnes, Marion Whitehouse, Penny Nunnelley, Jerry Hansel, Paul Daily, Gary Foster, and many others. It was the cool thing to do.
It was a time of great fun – simple maybe but it was a way of life for teens. We drove our cars and had some money to spend. We were seeking independence from our parents, and we were unstoppable in our pursuit of happiness. You can’t get more American than that.
(You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop me a line at P.O. Box 927 – Stanton, KY 40380. I love to hear from you and listen to your suggestions for this column.)
Jerry L. Elam, 27
Jerry Lee Elam, 27, of Levee Road in Jeffersonville died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 at his home. He was born June 18, 1982 in Clark County and was the son of James Elwood and Mary Ellen Tincher Elam. He was an employee of W.A. Kendall.
He is survived by his parents James and Mary Ellen Elam of Jeffersonville; two daughters, McKenzie Brook Martin and Halee Storm Elam both of Powell County; two sisters, Angela Spencer of Powell County and Wyona Kay Shelton of Lee County; one brother, James Christopher Elam of Powell County.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Pea Ridge Church by Brother Frankie Sparks and Brother John Henry Moore. Burial followed at the Pea Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated toward the funeral expenses. Pallbearers were: James Strange, Jr., Nick Conners, David Strange, Gary Shelton, Donald Hale, and George Tincher.
Kenneth Pierson Johnson, 29
Kenneth Ray Pierson Johnson, 29, 882 Cow Creek Road, Stanton, father of Kenneth and Paul Johnson, died Sept. 14. He was born Feb. 29, 1980 in Lexington to Kenneth Hayes and Gayle Pierson.
Survivors include his wife, Samantha Johnson; mother, Gayle Pierson, Stanton; dad, Paul E. Johnson, Stanton; father, Kenneth Hayes, Kenton, Ohio; sons, Kenneth Johnson Jr. and Paul Keith Johnson, both of Stanton; brothers, James Johnson, Stanton, Dewayne Johnson, Stanton, and Michael Dustin Johnson, St. Mary; sister, Paula Johnson, Stanton; half-sisters, Teresa Whisman, Campton, Missy Hayes, Campton, and Melissa Johnson, Cincinnati, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Alexis, Jacob, Jordan, Nathan, Ethan, and Michael Johnson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Ethel Jonson and Otis and Sylvia Pierson.
Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at 882 Cow Creek Road, Stanton by Rev. Tommy Evans and James Pierson. Burial was in the Johnson-Pierson Cemetery, Stanton. Pallbearers who served were Shawn Rogers, Larry Napier, Kendall Pierson, Kenneth Johnson, Paul Johnson, Dewayne Johnson, Shane Johnson, Scott Smith, Dean Martin, Greg Damron, and Leeland Johnson. Wells Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
Michael L. Shriner, 48
Michael Louis Shriner, 48, of 71 Redwood Drive, Stanton, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was a son of the late Charles and Harrett Slater Shriner. He was an Air Force Veteran and a former machinist with Texas Instrument.
Surviving relatives are his wife, Georgia Ann Ratliff Shriner; two sons: Michael Paul Shriner of Winchester and Jon Shriner of Stanton; one daughter, Michelle Shriner of Clay City; three grandchildren: Kaleb Michael Browning, Rylee Stamper and J. J. Rogers; one brother, Robert (Jocelyn) Shriner of Kent, Ohio and his father-in-law, Harry Ratliff of Stanton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Shriner.
Graveside services with military honors were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 in the Amvets Post 67 Veterans Cemetery on Highway 15, Stanton. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com
APPLE PIE DESSERT
¼ cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped tart apple
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup water
1 Tbsp butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the apple and walnuts. Transfer to a greased 7 inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. For the butter sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in the water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Serve butter sauce warm with the apple dessert.
BANANA SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed bananas
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup sour cream
2 cups plain flour (sifted)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cream butter until light; gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time; add mashed bananas, vanilla and sour cream. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold into cream mixture stirring to blend. In separate bowl combine chopped nuts, ¼ cup sugar, and cinnamon, use as filling. Spoon ½ of batter into well greased and lightly floured tube pan. Sprinkle half the filling mix over top then spoon remaining batter into pan and sprinkle with remaining filling mix on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake is done (cake will crack on top). Cool for 10 minutes.
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 med. onions, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp lime juice
½ tsp dried oregano leaves
¼ tsp red pepper sauce
¼ tsp salt
1 (11ounce) can white shoepeg or whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15ounce) can great northern beans, drained
1 (15 ½ ounce) can butter beans, drained
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast
Heat oil in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic in oil, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except chicken. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes. Stir in chicken; simmer until hot.
When life hands you a chocolate rubble . . .
By Sarah Bloom
Have you ever had one of those days when everything you touched seemed to just fall apart? When you could almost be certain that you were born with all thumbs instead of a complete hand? Even worse is having one of “those days” along with a “start too many things and can’t finish any of them” days. For the past week this seems to be the story of my life.
One night last week I was juggling more things than a big top clown when one by one they started to fall. Around 6 p.m. I was getting supper together for my boys, helping them finish up homework, doing laundry, and preparing a rather large cake for someone. I was actually feeling pretty confident in my time schedule because if things continued on smoothly I would be finished in plenty of time to watch my favorite show at 9 p.m.
I breathed a sigh of relief as I pulled my cake from the oven and placed it on the cooling rack. By the time I finished with the boys’ supper it should be cool enough to complete.
Hearing the unmistakable sound of a spoon hitting the kitchen table I turned to find my two year old smearing potato soup all over the area in front of him. “I done,” he chirped through a potato caked smile. Scolding him for wasting food I quickly gave him and the table a lick and a promise and sent him on his way. My other boys were still eating so I returned to my cake and figured I would get a step ahead by turning it onto a board to finish cooling.
This is where my juggling skills began to deteriorate. Centering my board I quickly tried to flip my cake to prevent cracking the smooth surface because no one wants a cake with a big crack. Oh, how the irony of that thought came back to bite me. As I lifted my cake and turned it over the board I mistakenly thought was strong enough to support it crumpled like a piece of paper. In a matter of heartbreaking seconds my beautifully baked cake was reduced to a pile of chocolate rubble. You could actually hear the air being sucked out of the room as my boys fell deathly quiet. A mouse could have sneezed and sounded like thunder at that point.
I stood there in complete silence staring at my homemade disaster. Sensing my distress one of my twins slowly walked up beside me and whispered, “Everyone makes mistakes mommy.” I was still unable to speak and they wisely took the hint and vacated the kitchen. As my mind jumped into salvage mode I quickly called my husband and asked him to pick up more supplies for me on his way home. I knew I had automatically set myself back two hours or more. Well, that delay grew even longer when my loving husband mistakenly bought the wrong stuff and I had to make the trip out myself.
Three hours later and about ten stress levels higher, I successfully turned another completed cake out onto a board, a reinforced board to be exact. During this time I had fixed up some cupcakes for another person and was putting the finishing touches on them. As I picked the tray of cupcakes up to store in the refrigerator my juggling skills were completely lost. To my dismay I watched in slow motion as they flipped right out of my hands and landed on top of the cake I had just placed on the counter.
By this point it was 9 p.m., my feet were aching, my baby was half asleep and wanting to be held, and my last strand of sanity dissipated. Looking around at the devastation that was my kitchen I was ready to accept defeat. Instead of sighing, crying, screaming or pulling my hair I just started to laugh. It was a good thing no one was watching me or I would have already been committed.
My mom has always told me that when something is becoming difficult to deal with that it is best to just walk away for awhile. That is exactly what I did. I gathered up my sweet little bundle of two year old and plopped down on the couch to watch Scooby-Doo. Sitting there breathing in his baby scent I let out a long cleansing sigh and just thanked the Lord for the day, for my children, and for the lessons learned from trying to do it all before asking Him to help carry the load.
Have a beautiful and safe week. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
By James Cook, Times Editor
Being caught by surprise is an understatement for the inmates at the Powell County Detention Center. Last Tuesday evening a surprise shakedown of the facility helped jail staff, local law enforcement and the state’s Department of Corrections to find items they did not expect. Drug testing also provided some disturbing results. The nearly five hour search has led Powell County Jailer Melvin Rogers to follow the state’s recommendation and lockdown the inmates for up to 60 days.
According to a jail supervisor, Tina Haddix, the state went even further. On Monday, the state reportedly moved 15 inmates out of the Powell County facility. Some reportedly went to the Three Forks Correctional Facility in Beattyville. All of them tested positive during the drug test last week. The move could cause a shortfall of near $185,000 in the jail budget.
Rogers, who was appointed as the jailer on April 1 after the retirement of long time jailer Ted Lacy, said he received a tip and initiated the search. He called on local law enforcement and the state to assist with the search and drug testing. In days leading up to the search, at least two inmates were caught with contraband items in the facility. Contraband items are considered to be anything that is either illegal or is not allowed in the jail. In some facilities, if it was not issued by the jail then it is considered contraband.
During the search items like cell phones, cell phone chargers, tobacco, syringes and two finger nail files that could have been used as weapons, known as shanks, were found. Canine units were used to search the outer grounds and jail vehicles for items. However, they did not find any contraband items. The syringes reportedly belonged to an inmate who takes insulin shots, but is not supposed to have the needles in his cell where they were found.
“I figured it was about time for a search and we got some information. So that sort of set it off,” Rogers said. “I called in help from the local law enforcement and the DOC. We didn’t find any drugs, but we found other items.” Rogers did not want to “pin-point” where the information came from for the time being. “I don’t want to do that until we are sure and we don’t want to hinder the investigation,” he said.
As for the drug testing issue, rumors have surfaced over the past few years that like many other jails across the state, drugs were available in the jail. Despite no illegal drugs being found during the search, still several inmates tested positive. The Powell County facility reportedly holds 147 inmates, with near 40 being on the work-release/community service program. The positive results were surprising.
“I’m not sure if the tests were random and I know some refused and I think they may have included those in the positive ranks,” Powell County Judge Executive Darren Farmer told the Times in an interview late last week. “They (DOC) have told me that 54 percent of the state inmates tested positive and 36 percent of those on the secured side also tested positive.”
Farmer was asked how the high number of positive results of state inmates will affect the county.
At a special meeting of the Powell Fiscal Court on Monday, as inmates were being removed by the DOC, Farmer was asked how losing state inmates would affect the county’s budget. “We are on a 60 day lockdown,” Farmer answered. “Fifteen inmates will be moved today . This will adversly affect the jail fund of our budget by reducing revenues between $12,000-$15,000 per month.” That would mean a ,oss of state revenue for holding those inamtes of up to $185,000.
“We are following the recommendations of the DOC and trying to take corrective actions as they suggested to help solve some of these problems,” Farmer reported as he answered questions last week. “I know they (inmates) have been put on a 60 day lockdown. And I believe the DOC will be back periodically to readminister drug testing in those 60 days.”
During the ingterview the day after the shakedown, Farmer was asked if there was a drug testing policy for jail staff as well. “Well, we have a random policy in place, but there really has not been any money to implement it,” Farmer said. “As you know with the budget situations we’ve had, we’ve struggled just to keep the lights on. We will do it when the budget allows for it though.”
Rogers confirmed that the inmates, including work-release inmates, had been “pulled” until further investigation. “We are following the DOC suggestions and they will be locked down, no one leaving the building, until the investigation is completed,” Rogers said.
Last Saturday Rogers called the Times to report that the lockdown was still continuing and that someone had been charged on Thursday for trying to place cigarettes near a back door during visitation. However, a check of the citations Monday afternoon at the Powell Circuit Court Clerk’s Office did not reveal any new arrests. “They may still have the citations at the jail,” clerk staffers told the Times. Rogers called the Times on Monday evening and said that gail Pearson had been charged with trying to bring contraband into the facility. “She left it by the door where the kitchen was, it’s a hallway now to the men’s cells,” Rogers said. Tobacco items are considered contraband at most jail and detention facilities across the state.
“As you know, people just keep trying and it is difficult to keep everything out,” Rogers added. “But we try.”
The state Department of Corrections, as well as county officials, are continuing the investigation.
By James Cook, Times Editor
A day of fishing turned tragic for one Stanton family. Last Sunday evening a man fell into Skyview Lake after a witness stated he was reaching in to pull out a fish he had caught. He never resurfaced, as his wife, two small children, brother and friends looked on.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Chad Rice stated that the man, Marcos Antonio Perez, fell in and may have panicked. “His brother told me that he could swim, but that he had a breathing problem. I took that to possibly be asthma,” Rice said. “If you fall in and panic, get about a pint of water down in those lungs and stay under it does not take long.”
Powell County 911 Emergency Dispatch received the call at approximately 5:16 p.m. and reported that Perez, 22 of Stanton, may have been under water for four minutes as they dispatched units to the area. Emergency personnel from the Stanton and Clay City fire departments, as well as Powell EMS units were sent to the pay lake just off Paint Creek Road. The units arrived within five minutes of receiving the call.
Once it had been determined that he could not be found by those personnel on scene, the mission went from rescue to recovery. Water rescue and search units from Menifee, Estill and Clark County were called in and arrived just after 6:15 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Powell County Sheriff Danny Rogers, CSEPP Director Danny McCormick and Powell Emergency Management Director Arthur Ashley were also on scene to render assistance.
The lake is, according to officials, 22 to 25 feet deep and covers about two acres. The shore line slopes downward at a sharp angle and then falls straight off. At least one witness reportedly tried to jump in to help Perez, but was not able to find him.
Perez body was found at 7:19 p.m. and taken out of the water some six minutes later. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Powell County Coroner Carl Wells.
“I fell little bad about all this, as we all should anytime something like this happens,” Rice said. “I had written him up before for fishing without a license and told him he needed to find a pay lake where a license was not required. I even suggested this lake. You never know, you really never know what can happen. That’s why it is so important to be careful around water.”
The body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. Police consider the drowning an accident.
By David J. Griffin, Times Reporter
For one generation, he is the only doctor they can remember in Clay City. For others, he is the one doctor they will never forget.
After practicing in Clay City for the past 25 years, Dr. David Gagnon will last see patients on Sept. 30. When asked why he made the decision to close his office, he replied, “I am quitting because I have been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. I am on a trial derived from mold out of the Mayo Clinic. So you can say I am old and moldy!”
Dr. Gagnon is originally from Saratoga, New York. He attended the University of Maine where he received his BA degree in Zoology in 1974 and his MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1981. He recalled, “My parents said being a doctor was all I ever wanted to do.”
Twenty five years ago, the National Health Service assigned Dr. Gagnon the position in Clay City to assist him in paying off his medical debts. He simply never left.
“I am going to miss my patients tremendously. I delivered many of my younger patients. They have come to me and exposed themselves both mentally and physically, and I hope I have allowed them to retain their dignity. I truly appreciate them for letting me into their lives,” he said with a smile.
Six years ago, Dr. Gagnon was first diagnosed with his cancer and was given a prognosis of approximately five years. “The next time I was evaluated they gave me seven years, and the last time ten years.” He is into his sixth year of cancer treatment.
He further explained, “I am in love with my wife, Marcy, and I have a lot to live for.” He paraphrased the Robert Frost poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” when he said, “I have many miles to go before I lay my head down.”
Dr. Gagnon married Marcy five years ago. With a huge smile on his face, he explained her immediate impact on his life. “I had never ridden a horse until I met my wife. Now we have five horses. We even explored Ireland for a week on horseback.”
Marcy Gagnon is a physical therapist and works out of Estill County. Before that she was in private practice in Richmond. Because Dr. Gagnon is associated with the Clark Regional Medical Center, they reside in the Boonesboro section of Clark County. He has two daughters: Erin, 23, from Louisville, and Brett, 26, who lives in Washington, D.C. He added, “I also have one step-daughter and two step-grandsons.”
Dr. Gagnon leads a very active lifestyle. He has participated in many marathon races and has even walked the entire Appalachian Trail, which stretches 2,160 miles from Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
September 24, 2009
Powell County Library
Story Time at the Powell County Public Library is every Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 5 years. We will read stories, do crafts and sometimes a movie.
Sponsored by the PCHS Cheerleaders. Come and meet your favorite Princess, take pictures, get autographs, make crafts, and have Tea with Alice in Wonderland. Finish the evening with a carriage ride with Cinderella and Prince Charming on Saturday, Nov 14 from 4-8 pm at the Powell County High School. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at door and may be purchased from any cheerleader or Coach Terena Wallingford. Call 606-663-0760 or 606-422-6096 or visit our website www.powellpiratecheerleaders.com1 A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept 28.
Little League Baseball Elections
The Powell County Little League will be holding their annual election for the Board of Directors at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Senior Citizen’s Building at the Stanton City Park. Little League International regulations state that in order to be eligible to vote in elections you must have volunteered for Little League, in the current season in any capacity such as a Coach, Team Mom, concessions, field maintenance, etc.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, and if you were a volunteer, to vote in the elctions. Our players need you. Come be a part of an awesome organization and support youth baseball in Powell County.
Nurse Aide Training
Community Education, a program of the Clark County Schools, will be offering State Registered Nurse Aide Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 22. Classes will meet 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clark County Area Technology Center, 650 Boone Ave., Winchester. The cost is $220 and textbooks are available at Bethany Book Room in Winchester. State testing fee of $75 will be collected in mid-November, toward the end of the course. The instructor is Heather Abner. Contact 859-745-3946 for more information or to register. Checks can be made payable to Community Education and mailed to 24 W. Lexington Ave., Suite 220, Winchester, KY 40391. Students must register and pay in advance by September 17.
Class of 1969 40 Year Reunion
Make plans to attend the 1969 40 Year Class Reunion at Powell County High Cafeteria on Oct. 3, 2009. The doors will open at 5 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The dinner will consist of salad, steak, baked potato, drinks, and dessert and prepared by the Powell County Cattlemen Association. If you have questions, please contact: Kay Epperson-(606)663-5266; Sandy Hall-(606)663-5278; Kay Stewart-(859) 498-8925; Thelma Skidmore-(606) 663-5253. If you have any high school photos you can share for the slideshow, contact Sandy Hall, or upload on the PCHS Class of 1969 Facebook page. Hope to see all 1969 graduates!
Community Education, a program of the Clark County Schools, is offering the following classes in August and September: Basic Computer Skills, Beginning Beading, Budo Fitness, Concealed Carry Weapons Training, Conversational Spanish, Cooking, Crochet, Fast Food at Home (making healthy and fast family meals), Knitting, Middle Eastern Dance, Monday Yoga, Salsa Dancing, Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Tax Free Investing (Free), Web Design, Wednesday Yoga.
For more information, or to register, contact Cora Heffner or Lisa Stephens at 859-745-3946 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students must register and pay in advance by sending payment to 24 W. Lexington Ave., Suite 220, Winchester, KY 40391.
The Powell County DAV Chapter #103 has changed their meeting dates from the third Tuesday of each month to the second Thursday at 6 p.m.
Powell County Diabetes Support Group
Kentucky River Foothills Rural Health Network is sponsoring a Diabetes Support Class. Classes will meet every second Thursday of the month. Classes meet at the Powell Adult Day Care (behind Foothills Mobile Clinic) in Clay City from 4-5 p.m. For more info, please call Tena at 663-9011
The Powell County Alumni Association will meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Powell County Public Library at 7 p.m. Call 663-5209 for more details.
Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons Class will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Stanton Fire Department beginning at 9 a.m. For more information call 859-771-5872 or 606-663-5672.
PCMS Discipline Committee Meeting
The Powell County Middle School Discipline Committee will meet after school on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to discuss the Middle School Athletic Policy and Dress Code. The meeting will be held in the library and all interested parties are invited to attend.
Higher Education Meeting
The Powell County Higher Education Development Board will meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Powell County High School Library at 6 p.m.
ASAP Parenting Classes Offered
The Local Estill/Powell Counties Kentucky A.S.A.P. (Agency on Substance Abuse Policy) Board will be providing a series of five parenting classes for FREE. Leaders will use the evidence-based curriculum, Guiding Good Choices. It is geared for parents and caregivers of children ages 9-14 years of age. Classes will be held every Wednesday at the Powell County Extension Office from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23 and will conclude on Oct. 21. For more information and to register, please call Sherrie Hale at the Health Department at 663-4360, or Tena Pelfrey at the Foothills Mobile Clinic at 663-9011.
Berea Health Ministry Clinic in Berea provides medical care for you. If you have no health insurance or have lost your job, call the clinic (859) 986-1274) for an appointment. We are here to serve you.
Certified Phlebotomy Classes
Become a Certified Phlebotomist, learn to draw blood for hospitals, doctors offices, private insurance companies, etc. Classes are 6-8 weeks long, all materials provided. Classes held in Powell County. This class is accredited and certified by the International Academy of Phlebotomy Sciences (IAPS). For more information call: Carole Marcum (606) 464-0354 or Edwinna Knox (606) 663-8108; can leave a message if no answer.
Powell County Democrats In Action
The Powell County Democrats in Action group meets on the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Powell County Courthouse.
The Stewart and Patton family reunion will be held at the Municipal Building in Clay City on Saturday, Sept. 26. The building will open at 10 a.m. Plan to eat at 12 p.m. Bring a covered dish and come out to enjoy the day with family and friends. Everyone welcome. For more information call 663-2724.
The annual Boyd reunion will be held at the Lions Club Park in Stanton, Saturday, Sept 26. All family and friends of the late Algin and Ollie Boyd and J. W. and Emma Boyd are encouraged to come. Lunch will be served about 12:30. Tableware will be furnished, so bring a covered dish and enjoy a day of fellowship. If anyone has old family photos to share, please bring them. For more info: call 606-464-2725 or 606-663-9104 and leave a message.
The Neal Family reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Lion’s Club Park beginning at 12 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish, old photos and musical instruments. All family and friends are invited to attend
The annual Stone reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 at the Clay City Community Center. Bring a basket lunch and join us for great food and fellowship. Table service will be provided (plates, forks, etc.). Friends and relatives are invited. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please mark your calendar.
The descendants of the late Lonnie Nelson Marcum and Ella Kathryn Rogers Marcum invite all family, relatives and friends to the sixth annual reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Lion’s Club Park in Stanton. Please bring a covered dish, musical instruments and plan on having a fun-filled day. Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes all day. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. No pets allowed inside of the building.
Class of 1969 40 Year Reunion
Make plans to attend the 1969 40 Year Class Reunion at Powell County High Cafeteria on Oct. 3. The doors will open at 5 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The dinner will consist of salad, steak, baked potato, drinks, and dessert and prepared by the Powell County Cattlemen Association.
If you have questions, please contact: Kay Epperson-(606)663-5266; Sandy Hall-(606)663-5278; Kay Stewart-(859)498-8925; Thelma Skidmore-(606)663-5253. If you have any high school photos you can share for the slideshow, contact Sandy Hall, or upload on the PCHS Class of 1969 Facebook page. Hope to see all 1969 graduates!