Special to the Times
Locals appear and work on new Disney Movie, Secretariat
Robert Stokley and son Keegan recently appeared and worked on the new Disney motion picture file, Secretariat, at Keeneland Raceway, one of several locations where the film is being shot. Keegan’s dad, Robert was cast as a press reporter extra, along with other extra reporters; appear in a scene with John Malcovich playing Secretariat’s trainer and Diane Lane as Secretariat’s owner.
The characters were being asked questions concerning Secretariat and the horse Sham, which had been running a close second to Secretariat in the past two races. Robert stated, “Malcovich is one of my favorite actors, and no I did not get his autograph for it is kind of unprofessional on set, but I wanted to!”
Keegan Stokley, however, worked on the film/movie as a Grip which has to do with the lighting of the sets. Keegan worked on the Keeneland and Churchhill Downs location shoots here in Kentucky and is currently in Louisiana continuing with the rest of the film’s shooting locations. Robert and Keegan both hold a degree in film production and attended the same college together in Orlando, Florida.
Both Robert and son Keegan work on independent films from time to time, Robert as a second assistant director and son, as mentioned earlier, a Key Grip, with grip and lighting. This was the first major motion picture film where both, father and son have worked together on.
Robert and Keegan both say it’s great working on films, and they had rather work on motion pictures then eat. Keegan wants to have his own production company some day and Robert wants to finish a script/screenplay he’s writing on and hopefully get produced someday.
Keegan is the grandson of David and Lorna Baker of Stanton, and the late Earl and Florene Stokley of Clay City.
FRANKFORT — The Department of Revenue will be holding a statewide Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) exam for anyone interested in running for PVA in 2010 in any county in the Commonwealth. The test will be on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Eagle Lake Convention Center, 1000 Eagle Lake Drive, Lawrenceburg. Individuals who pass this exam will be eligible to seek election in the 2010 primary and general elections.
The PVA exam is based on vocabulary, reading comprehension and mathematical questions. All materials necessary to take the examination, including calculators, are supplied. The maximum time limit for the written exam is three and one half-hours. All applicants will be notified of test results within two weeks.
Individuals interested in taking the exam must be at least 24 years of age, have resided in the state for at least two years, and in the county in which they are seeking office at least one year preceding the election or appointment. A driver’s license or other ID with a recent picture will be required as evidence of identification.
This is the only time the PVA exam will be given for the next four years unless an opening occurs due to a vacancy.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park will host the 47th annual PhotoScenic Kentucky Workshop the weekend of Oct. 24-25.
The weekend includes a series of workshops for “serious amateur” photographers in one of the best known natural settings in the state. The workshops are free, but advance registration is requested.
Leading the workshops will be former Courier-Journal and Detroit News photo director C. Thomas Hardin and current Courier-Journal photographer Bill Luster. All photographers at the workshop will shoot digital.
The weekend will include guest speakers and a critique of the work that is produced.
Anyone interested in attending the free workshops is asked to register in advance. To register or for more information, call Hardin at 502-452-9491 or Luster at 502-558-0722. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Bridge State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, the Sandstone Arches Restaurant, gift shop and hiking trails. For more information or for room reservations, phone 1-800-325-1710. The resort near Slade is 52 miles southeast of Lexington off the Mountain Parkway on KY 11.
Because of the popularity of Natural Bridge at this time of year, availability of rooms may be limited. Guests may want to consider other state resort parks in the area such as Buckhorn Lake or Jenny Wiley. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov
FRANKFORT — Students still have time to submit their artwork for the Transportation Cabinet’s annual Adopt-a-Highway poster contest. The deadline has been extended to Oct. 23. Winning entries appear in the Adopt-a-Highway calendar.
Exposure to the Adopt-a-Highway program provides young people with a sense of ownership in Kentucky’s highways and stresses the importance of keeping Kentucky’s highways clean and litter free. The contest aims to encourage children not to litter and to help spread the message to others.
Parents, teachers and family members are asked to encourage children to participate in the contest. The entry form with the necessary certificate of authenticity can be obtained by contacting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Office of Public Affairs.
The form also is available online at http://adopt-a-highway.ky.gov/. Click on “poster contest.”
Entries must be postmarked by the extended deadline, Oct. 23, 2009.
Powell captures sixth district title in eight years
By James Cook, Times Editor
They say the first time you win a championship, it is the sweetest. If that is the case, then the Lady Pirates volleyball team has a sweet tooth. Powell captured their fourth straight district title, their sixth in eight years, as they beat Owsley County 25-19 and 25-14 last Thursday at Estill County.
In the first set the Lady Pirates led by a few most of the way, and had a set-point at 24-15 but let Owsley run off four straight points before scoring the set-winner.
In the second set the match was close until the midway point. That is when Powell scored five straight points with Angela Hall serving to go up 19-13. Owsley could get no closer, and Powell wrapped up the title as they scored three straight points with Kelly Gibson serving to win the match.
“I’m proud of these girls and what they’ve accomplished. The district title means a lot to them; they’ve heard from the start that they won’t win much this year, after losing 10 players to graduation,” Powell Coach Ken Jones said. “They’ve worked extra hard to prove all the negative comments wrong, and now they’ve done it, with a 17-8 record and the title. I couldn’t be happier for them. It’s a very close group and teamwork is what got them the championship. Even though we’ve got only two seniors on this year’s squad, we’ve got a legitimate shot at the regional title and a trip to NKU for state.”
Powell got to the title game after beating Lee County 25-11 and 25-18 last Tuesday night.
The first set saw the Lady Cats only lead at 1-0. From there on the first server for the Lady Pirates, Melanie Pasley, put in six straight serves for scores. Powell was up 16-6 at end of first rotation and cruised to the win.
Lee went up 9-6 in the second set before the Lady Pirates rallied for six straight points with Kelly Gibson serving to take a 13-9 lead. Lee got back to within three at 19-16, but Powell’s Angela Hall put in two scoring serves after a missed Lady Cats serve to go up 22-16, and the Lady Pirates went on for the win.
By James Cook, Times Editor
Their hold on the district’s top spot did not last long, but they still have a chance to host a playoff game. The Powell County Pirates traveled to Jackson last Friday night to play the team they were tied with at the top, the Breathitt County Bobcats.
The Bobcats have had a sluggish start, but with a healthy Channing Fugate back in action, it became a no contest early. Channing rushed for three touchdowns in the first quarter, another in the second and caught a pass for a TD to help lead Breathitt to a 63-26 victory. The win gives the Bobcats the top seed in the district.
Fugate’s scoring runs and reception totaled up to 143 yards in the first half. He only needed about 60 to reach the 6,000 yard mark in his high school career. His efforts and a strong showing by the Bobcats helped them to hold a 42-6 halftime lead. Powell’s only first half score came on a one yard run by quarterback Elliott Hale.
The second half was a little bit closer as Breathitt could rest some starters. Powell did manage to score in third quarter when Derek Taulbee scored on a 40 yard run. In the fourth, Austin “Possum” Watkins hit pay dirt on a 27 yard run and D.J. Jones scored on an eight yard scamper. But that was the offense Powell could muster up on a cold, soggy night.
Breathitt ran a total of 50 plays, picking up 244 yards on the ground off 27 rushes and their air attack was 17-for-23 for 251 yards. Three of those completions were for touchdowns. The Bobcats picked up a total of 495 offensive yards.
Powell rushed 45 times for 251 yards; the passing game was 1-for-5 for 19 yards. That gave the Pirates a total of 270 offensive yards. Powell was led by Taulbee who picked up 118 yards on 13 carries. Watkins ran seven times for 67 yards and Daylan Charles carried the ball eight times for 19 yards. Tim Hardy had seven rushes for 11 yards, Keenan Tiller ran three times for 19 yards and D.J. Jones had two carries for 10 yards.
Breathitt’s easy varsity win gave them full control of the district standings. Powell will have to knock off Estill County to keep the number two slot and have a chance for a home game in the playoffs. That game will be played in Stanton on Friday as part of the Senior Night festivities set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
In other Powell County football action last weekend, the Pirates grade school teams took three of four from Nicholas County. The Pirates Red Team won 26-0. The fifth/sixth grade teams played split squad games. In the first game Powell won 22-7 and 6-0 in overtime. The Pirates Black Team lost a heartbreaker, 6-0.
By Kevin Lawson, Special to the Times
The Powell County Pirates Boys Golf Season came to a close with the Pirates participating in the state tournament for the second time in school history. The Pirates qualified for the state tournament by finishing second in the regional tournament held at Paintsville Country Club. Powell County finished second out of 17 teams, the tournament was won by Hazard.
Leading the way for the Pirates in the regional was sophomore Jimmy Combs with a score of 78, junior Devean Teasley was next with a score of 84, followed by senior Myles Ashley with a score of 86, sophomore Corey Kirkpatrick had a score of 86, and junior Morgan Reed had a score of 88. According to Coach Lawson the conditions were “very cold and tough, it was without a doubt the worst weather we played in all year, our boys responded well and reached our goal of qualifying for the state tournament”.
The state tournament was played at Bowling Green Country Club. Only 24 teams from the state qualify for the season ending tournament. In order to qualify as a team you must win or finish second in your regional tournament. The Pirates ended up finishing 19 in the state tournament with Morgan Reed leading the way with a score of 82. Reed missed the individual cut by one shot.
“We would like to thank the entire community for their support throughout the season,” Coach Lawson said. “And I would like to send a special thanks to the golf team parents for all of their support throughout the year. Also a special thanks to Beechfork Golf Club, Greg Teasley and Darrell Billings for their support of the golf team.”
Jesse Vires (left) and Kevin Roberts found these puffball mushrooms last Saturday on Boone Creek Road in Stanton. One weighed in at 1 1/4 pounds and the other checked in at 10 1/2 pounds.
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 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.
Alumni Association Meetings
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.
A Veterans Benefits Field Representative with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Powell County Courthouse, Stanton on the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Veterans and their families will be given counseling in filing for Federal and State Veterans benefits. This service is provided free of any charge or fee by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Veterans Affairs. Call and leave a message at 1-866-376-0308, leave a message, your call will be returned. Bring all documents pertaining to filing a claim.
Higher Education Development Board
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.
Stanton Parks and Recreation Board
The Stanton Parks and Recreation Board will hold their regular monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. The meetings will be held at the city building in the Senior Citizens building located at the city park.