Powell Retired teachers discuss pay system

The Powell County Retired Teachers met on Friday, March 13, in the Powell County Extension Office. Following a pot luck lunch, the meeting was called to order by president, Karen Gilbert. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sammy and Jackson Gilbert. Cebert Gilbert gave the invocation.

All committee reports were given. Cebert Gilbert spoke on the legislative session concerning the current pay system. Delegates were named of who will be attending the Kentucky Retired Teachers Convention in April. A nominating committee was appointed to elect officers for the coming year.

Members present were: Dee Robbins, Mary Lou Potts, Janice Pelfrey, Ovie Hollon, Margarita Arnett, Linda and Daryl Abner, Karen and Cebert Gilbert, and Jean Derickson. Guests were Josie Hollon, Samy and Jackson Gilbert.

The next meeting will be held on April 10 at Natural Bridge. The speaker will Dr. Julie Kennon and she will be speaking on health issues.

Please plan to attend.


Pearlene Roberts Drake Brewer, 79

Pearlene Roberts Drake Brewer, 79, passed away Tuesday, March 31 after a long illness at her daughters home. She was born July 23, 1935 in Powell County to the late Courtney and Zola Neal Roberts. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Melvin Drake and Earl C. Brewer; and her brother, John “Dogwood” Roberts.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, employee of the Powell County School Board, Billings Drugs, and above all a beloved mother and Granny to all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Robert “Bobby” and his wife, Darlene Drake, Stanton, Karen Brewer, Stanton, and Earl Wayne and wife, Lou Brewer, Campton; grandchildren, Willard “Larry” and wife, Jennifer Drake, Kelli Drake, Patricia and husband, Josh Sower, Adam Brewer, Steven Hall, Kenneth Earl and wife, Jayla Brewer, Alaina Brewer, and Riley Brewer; brothers, Charles and wife, Crickett, Versailes, Court Jr and wife, Jenny Roberts, Germantown, OH, and J.C. and wife, Judy Roberts, Stanton; sisters, Rachel and husband, Cecil Drake, Linda and husband, Bill Thorpe, Bonnie and husband, Shirley Crabtree, Phyllis and the late husband Benjamin McIntosh, and Vickie and husband, Gary Asch, all of Stanton; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Friday, April 3 at Davis and Davis Funeral Home, Stanton by Rev. Johnny Hurt. Burial was in Drake Cemetery with nephews, Rick Roberts, Charles Drake, Carl Drake, Charlie Crabtree, Travis Crabtree, Timothy Frazier, Johnny Roberts and Gary Lee Asch serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers serving were Doug Roberts, Elizabeth Maloney, Bob Maloney, James Ed Dennis, Lucy Crowe, and Louise Reed.

Garry Burton Conlee, 68

Garry Burton Conlee, 68 of Knoxville, died March 26, 2015 following an illness. Garry was born in Lexington and lived in Knoxville during his youth and graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School.

Garry served with the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He also graduated from East Tennessee State University and retired after 25+ years with the State of Kentucky Revenue Dept. Garry attended both St John Newman Catholic and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches.

Garry is survived by his parents, Ralph Burton and Mary Ellen DeCenzo Conlee, formerly of Stanton; sister, Barbara Wilhoit and husband Mac; nephews, Rick Wilhoit; Mike Wilhoit and wife Loren; Tim Wilhoit; niece Elisa Wilhoit; great niece, Harper Wilhoit; and great nephew, Cooper Wilhoit. A funeral Mass was held on March 30, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Knoxville with Father Jerry Tully CSP and Deacon Joe Stackhouse officiating.

Burial will be at Stanton Cemetery on Wednesday, April 15. The family will receive family and friends from 11 a.m to 12 noon at Hearne’s Funeral Home, 125 West College Avenue in Stanton, followed by the burial service at Stanton Cemetery. Father Al Fritsch, S.J., of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Stanton will officiate the service.

In Lieu of flowers the family ask donations is Garry’s memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Suite 301 Nashville, Tennessee 37203 or Knoxville Catholic High School 9245 Fox Lonas Rd NW, Knoxville, TN 37923. Services are under the direction of Hearne’s Funeral Home.

Nora Eldridge, 98

Nora Fields Eldridge, 98, widow of Roy Eldridge, passed away March 29 in Hamilton, Ohio. She was born Dec. 8, 1916 in Letcher County to the late John and Sarah Jent Fields. She was one of 12 children.

She worked as a nurse’s aid for eight years while living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The rest of her life she was a house wife and mother. Nora was also a member of Hatton Creek Church of God, Stanton.

Survivors include her daughters, Doreean Brock, Hamilton and Darcas Eldridge of Hamilton; grandchildren, Neil Garrison, Marilise Allen, and Brian Fowles of Hamilton, Debra Smit, Douglas Garrison, and Robin Sweat of Cincinnati; 14 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Roy Eldridge.

Services were held on Wednesday, April 1 at Davis and Davis Funeral Home by Rev. Bobby Boggs. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery, Stanton.

Ronnie Muncie, 60

Ronnie Muncie, 60, of Clay City, passed away Saturday, April 04, 2015 at his residence with his family by his bed side. He was a sandblaster for Gate Precast and a member of the Defiers Motor Cycle Club.

He is survived by two brothers, Bobby Muncie of Clay City and Scotty Muncie, and wife Brenda, of Clay City; one sister, Nona Johnson, of Clay City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Ella Muncie; one brother, Jackie Muncie; and one sister, Inda Tencher.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Grayson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. M C Rice officiating. Burial was in the Powell’s Valley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Thompson, Kiowa Muncie, Paul Johnson, Timmy Johnson, Tory Tincher, Brandon Tincher. Honorary Pallbearers were the DeFiers Motorcycle Club of Clay City,  Pikeville and Stone, Ky., Johawn Marcum, Dale Patton, Mike Johnson, Steve Miller, Michael Rattliff and Virgil Ashley. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Paul David Pelfrey, 64

Paul David Pelfrey, 64, husband of Debbie Carpenter Pelfrey, of Breckenridge Street, Stanton, passed away at his residence on April 2, 2015.  Born in Stanton, he was the son of the late Weurth Pelfrey and Georgia Lee Frazier Mathaney.  He was owner of Pelfrey’s Car Wash, Rental and Towing and he enjoyed camping and collecting Hot Rods.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Pelfrey; three children Amanda Jo (Michael) King and David Lee (Tena) Pelfrey of Stanton and Heather (Doug) Johnson of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren, Michael Paul King, Alicia Pelfrey, James Michael Johnson, Austin Johnson and Makayla Johnson; two brothers, Bobby (Janice) Pelfrey and Lyndon Woodrow Pelfrey of Stanton and one sister, Brenda ( Rick) Luckoski of Dayton, OH.  Funeral services officiated by Rev. Max Molihan and Rev. Willard Estep were held at on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Hearne Funeral Home, Stanton. Interment was in Stanton Cemetery with Mark Pelfrey, Bobby Dale Pelfrey, Scott Rogers, Gary Asch, Brett Pelfrey, Melvin Fields, Ronnie Tipton and Jamie Townsend served as active pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert King, David Baker, Johnny McQueen, Charlie Ritchie, Steve Abner, Gary Weddington, Rhonda Barnett, Sarah Howell, James Ed Dennis, Donnie Means, Charlie Pearson, Emery Southwood, John Parks, Joey Casey, Gerald Lane, Mike Lockard and Johnny Willoughby.  Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.

Francis Loraine Bailey Spencer, 70

Francis Loraine Bailey Spencer, 70, passed away Wednesday, March 25 at Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester. She was born Jan. 5, 1945 in Stanton to the late Willie Bailey and Crystal Johnson Bailey. Survivors include her mother, Crystal Bailey, Stanton; sons, William Paul and wife, Charlene Canafax, Mount Sterling, Robert and wife, Billie Jo Canafax, Stanton, Danny and wife, Deltine Canafax, Hazard, and Mark and wife, Patty Canafax, Mount Sterling; daughters, Karen Sue Morales, Mount Sterling and Elizabeth Crowe, Morehead; brothers, Danny Bailey and James D. Bailey Sr.; sisters, Oval Thompson, Allene Whisman, Mae Campbell, Janet Sullivan, Debbie Hobbs; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, husband, Billy Canafax; sons, Billy Canafax and Ricky Canafax; and granddaughter, Rikki Canafax; brother, Ralph Bailey and sister, Betty Abney.

Services were held on Sunday, March 29 at Davis & Davis Funeral Home, Stanton by Rev. Henry Johnson. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery with McKayla Bussell, Sarah Canafax, Mark Canafax, Robert Canafax, Stephen Justice, Dustin Park, Josh Haddix, Brandon Mullins, Mike Justice, James Bailey Jr., Clay Pinsol, Brian Haddix. Honorary pallbearers serving were Roscoe Snowden and Bobby Morton.

Timothy Earl Williams, 42

Timothy Earl Williams, 42, of Mt. Sterling, husband of Candy (Candyis) Williams, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. He was an employee of Timber Line Tree Service and a member of the Jeffersonville Assembly of God.

He is survived by his mother, Loretta Williams, of Jeffersonville; his wife, Candy (Candyis) Williams, of Mt. Sterling; one son, Austin Knight Williams, of Owingsville; two step sons, Jeramy Williams and wife Hillary of Mt. Sterling, and Lawrence Williams of Mt. Sterling; two brothers, Charles Edward Williams and wife Jennifer of Winchester, and Terry Williams and wife Annabelle of Cave City; one sister, Charlotte Parker and husband Steve, of Jeffersonville; two half- sisters, Teresa Rose and husband Robert, of Clay City, and Dorothy Chandler and husband Robert, of Mt. Sterling. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Williams Sr.

Funeral Services were held Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Grayson Funeral Home Chapel in Clay City. Grayson Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Virginia Carol Wyant, 83

Virginia Carol Wyant, 83, of Camargo Road, Mt. Sterling, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Clark Regional Medical Center. She was born in Nitro, West Virginia on March 14, 1932 the daughter of the late Homer and Opal Smith Janey. She was a homemaker and a member of the West Bend Church of God.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Ray Wyant of Mt. Sterling; one son, Tom (Melissa) Wyant of Mt. Sterling;  one daughter, Sheryl Pullon of Bowling Green; and seven grandchildren, Katie Wyant and Caroline Wyant both of Mt. Sterling, and Steve Tyree of Mt. Sterling, Jason Pullon and Stacy Pullon both of Bowling Green, and Sarah Tyree and Amy Tyree both of Tennessee.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Gateway Church of God with Rev. Bill Konstantopoulos officiating and burial following in the Machpelah Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Brad Mullins, Mike Harmon, Barnes Compton, Wendell Stacy, Mike Flynn and Tom Curreri.

Clay City native serves on USS Ronald Reagan

Social-PITTMAN-colorA 2012 Powell County High School graduate and Clay City, Kentucky, native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Geneva Pittman is an aviation ordnanceman aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

“I am a weapons technician. I am responsible for building bombs and inspecting missiles, rockets and gun systems on our F-18 fighter aircraft,” said Pittman

Named in honor of former President Ronald Reagan, the carrier is longer than 3 football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long. The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons. Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at nearly 35 mph.

As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Pittman said she is proud to serve her country aboard an aircraft carrier.

“The USS Reagan is a great ship and we are very popular as America’s flagship. We get a lot of attention in the public,” said Pittman.

Pittman also said she is very proud of the work she is doing as part of USS Ronald Reagan’s nearly 3,000-member crew, helping protect America on the world’s oceans.

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard USS Ronald Reagan. Nearly 3,000 men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,000 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.

“I never cease to be impressed with the type and quality of work that goes on aboard the carrier each day,” said Capt. Christopher E. Bolt, the carrier’s commanding officer. “Our team is filled with highly qualified young adults – in many cases, 19 and 20 years old – and they’re out here launching and recovering aircraft, running a complex propulsion system safely, serving as air traffic controllers, operating sophisticated electronics, and keeping this floating city alive and functioning. Their work ethic, enthusiasm, and esprit de corps are second to none. If you pick up a newspaper in any city and examine what other 19- and 20-year-olds are doing, there is no comparison to the level of responsibility our Sailors hold. That caliber of Sailor is what has earned us the title of America’s Flagship.”

USS Ronald Reagan is also a self-sustaining, mobile airport and, like each of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. While underway, the ship carries more than 70 jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land on the carrier’s 4.5-acre flight deck. Four powerful catapults launch aircraft off the bow of the ship. After lowering a tail hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft, jets and aircraft land by snagging a steel cable called an arresting wire.

After an extended maintenance period spent pier side in San Diego, USS Ronald Reagan is preparing for its move to Japan, as part of the first ever three-hull aircraft carrier crew and hull swap. It will replace USS George Washington in Japan and become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan. As part of this rebalance strategy to increase the Navy’s presence in the Pacific Fleet, USS Theodore Roosevelt will move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego.

In 2008, George Washington was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sent to Japan as part of the FDNF. Maintaining a FDNF capability supports the United States’ commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Indo-Asia-Pacific.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Pittman and other USS Ronald Reagan sailors know they are part of an agile and skilled team standing ready to defend America.

The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there, on the world’s oceans, patrolling what is essentially the world’s interstate ocean highway system. The U.S. Navy ensures the free flow of global trade which, in turn, preserves America’s economic prosperity. When it comes to protecting and defending America, being there matters. And America’s Navy is already there.

“I love working with a diverse group of people. Everyone has a different background and it is really cool learning about where they are from,” said Pittman.

Church Calendar


Stanton Assembly of God, Washington St., Stanton, 663-0198, Pastor Eddie and Linda Thomas, 859-771-9777, Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm.


Clay City Baptist, 7th St. & 8th Ave., Clay City, Grider Denney, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Evening Service 6:30 pm.

Crossroads Baptist, 2524 Virden Ridge Rd., Clay City, Pastor James Smith, Sunday Worship Service 6 pm; 606-481-3360.

Emmanuel Baptist, 745 W Highway 15 (across from PCHS) Stanton. Ph: 663-1300. ; Services: Sunday School 9:45 am, Morning Worship 11:00 am, Evening Worship 6 pm, Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7 pm.

Faith Freewill Baptist Church, 130 Washington Street, Stanton, KY 40380, Pastor: Ireland Sexton. Phone 606-663-0073.

Friendship Baptist Church, 105 Bluebird Lane (off Virden Ridge Rd.,) Clay City, Clyde Spencer, Pastor, Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service Sunday, 11 am; Worship Service Saturday 6 pm.

Mill Knob Baptist Church, 21 Rice Rd., Stanton, off Peck’s Creek. Pastor, Warren Rogers 606-481-0444. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship at 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m.

Morris Creek Missionary Baptist, Hwy. 213 North, Pastor Bess Goss. Jr. Sunday School 10 am, worship 10:45 am.

Nada Baptist Mission, 120 Nada Tunnel Rd., Children’s Sunday School 1:45 pm, Children’s Music 2:30 pm, Adult Sunday School, 2:30 pm, Worship 3 pm, Pastor, Dr. John E. Owen, 859-744-2884

Powell’s Valley Baptist, 125 Powell’s Valley Rd., Clay City; Gary Willoughby, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday service 6 pm.

Rehoboth Baptist Mission, 663-1950; Gary Hurt, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Morning Service 11 am; Sunday Evening 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Stanton Baptist, 42 E. College Ave., Stanton, Ph. 663-2170; Jonathan Lewis , Min., Sunday School 9:45 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; AWANAS Wednesday 6:30-8 pm & Wednesday Service 7:00 pm.

West Bend Baptist,10124 Winchester Rd. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday Service 11:15 a.m. Pastor John C. Taylor. Phone 1-859-270-1599.

Calvary Baptist Church, Stokely Loop, Clay City, 663-1890; Johnny Hurt, Pastor, Sunday School 10 am; Worship 11 am; Evening Service 6 pm; Wednesday Service 6 pm.


Our Lady Of The Mountains Church, 1093 E. College Ave., 663-5919; Sister Mary Jane Kreidler, pastoral director, and Father Al Fritsch, parish priest.  Tuesday and Friday Mass 4:30 pm


Stanton Christian, 100 West Church Street, Stanton, 663-2458; Senior Pastor, Chris Moon, Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service 10:30 a.m. and Sunday Night Small Groups and Youth Groups at 6 p.m. Meal and Open Gym at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nigh Small Groups for all ages 7 p.m.


Bowen Church of Christ,  Luke Newell – 1st and 3rd Sunday; Daniel Newell – 2nd and 4th Sunday.

Cat Creek Church of Christ, Dwaine Meadows Min. Sunday School 10 a.m.; morning worship 11 a.m.;  evening service 6p.m.’ Wednesday 7 p.m.

Clay City Church of Christ, 5719 Main St., Clay City, Mack C. Rice and Daniel Newell, Ministers, Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Stanton Church of Christ, 255 N. Main St., 663-5327; Brock Hartwigsen, Min., Sunday Service 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.


Bowen First Church of God, 5555 Campton Road, Stanton (Bowen) 663-0751; Pastor Steven V. Williams, Sunday School 9:45 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Clay City First Church of God; Interim Pastor, Max Molihan, 4236 Main St., Ph. 663-2810;  Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Emmanuels Tabernacle Church of God, Pastor: Kyle Shoupe; 859-749-4067; Sunday School, 1  pm, Worship Service, 2 pm; Sunday Night Service, 6:30 pm; Wed. night service, 7:00 pm; For more information 663-2266 or 663-8118.. Everyone is welcome.

Grace Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy, 775 E. College Ave., Willard Estep, Min.,  Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am & 6:30 pm, Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Hatcher’s Creek Church of God, Worship Service 11 am and 6:30 pm.

Knowlton Church of God, Furnace Rd., Stanton, Kenny Wasson, Min, Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 6 pm.; Wednesday Service 6 p.m.

Living Water Church, 780 North Fork Rd., Ph. 663-1979; Dale Hale, Sunday School 10 am; Morning Worship Services 11 am and Sunday Night 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Middle Fork Church of God, 9479 Campton Road, Stanton; Pastor Garland Lacy; Sunday Service, 11 a.m. 

More Than Enough Ministries Church of God, 1236 College St., Stanton, KY. Service Fridays 5-7 p.m., Clothing Giveaway Director Betsy A. Caudill , home (606)663-7849, cell (606)304-8838, Morris Creek First Church of God, 1669 Morris Creek Rd., Stanton, Raymond Tipton, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Mountain Parkway Church of God, 30 Adams Ridge Rd., Dale Payne, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

New Beginnings Church of God, 1091 Irvine Road, Hwy. 82, Clay City; Pastors Patty and Billie Utterback, Sunday School 11 am; Sunday Worship Services 12 pm. Tuesday Bible Study 6 pm., Wednesday and Saturday 7 pm.

Slade Church of God, Sunday School 10 am; Sunday Worship 11 am; Sunday Night Service 6 pm. Pastors: Bill White . Campers Welcome.

Stanton First Church of God, 980 E. College Ave. P.O. Box 325,  Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm. Anthony T;. Molihan minister.

Vaughn’s Mill First Church of God, Hardwick’s Creek Rd., Clay City, Teddie Linkous, Min.; Sunday School 9:45 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6:30; Wednesday Service 7 pm.

Vaughn’s Mill Full Gospel Church of God, Located off KY 2001 and Happy Top Road in Clay City. Services are: Sunday 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m.; Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome.

West Bend  Church of God, 9866 Winchester Rd., Clay City, KY 40312, Ph. 663-9210. Pastor Bro. Ray Wyant , home phone 859-498-2262 Sunday School 9:45 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 6:00 pm., youth service 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer services at 7 p.m.

West Bend First Church of God, 8861 Winchester Rd., Clay City, KY Pastor James Combs, Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Worship service 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday youth service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday prayer service, 6:30 p.m.

Christian Fellowship Church of God, 4627 Main St., Clay City, Pastor Harold G. Kelly, Sunday School 10 am; Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:45 am and Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm; Wednesday Service 7:00 pm.

Walnut Grove Church of God, North Fork Road, Stanton,    Anthony Bond Pastor, Sunday Morning Service 10 am; Wednesday Night service 6 pm.


Grace Lutheran Church, 108 Hemlock Dr., Winchester, Sunday School 9:15 am, Worship 10:30 am, 745-2873.


Clay City United Methodist, 7th St., Kim Rose, Min., Sunday School 10:00 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Bible Study 6 pm.

El Bethel United Methodist Church, 5229 Trapp-Goffs Corner Road (behind Goff’s Corner Market) Winchester,; Rev. Mike Albertson, Pastor;  606-233-7407; Sunday School 10 am; Sunday Morning Worship 11 am; Sunday Night Bible Study 7 pm.

Hardwicks Creek United Methodist, Hardwicks Creek, Pastor Chris Harrison, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am & 5 pm; Wednesday Service 6 pm.

Shiloh United Methodist, 2652 Campton Rd. (SR 11 & 15) Stanton, Ph. 663-5633; Derek Hickman, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6:30 pm; Youth Ministries, 6:30 pm Sunday;  Bible study 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Online: www.shilohunited.org, or facebook.com/shiloh united stanton or email at ShilohUnitedWorship@gmail.com

West Bend United Methodist, 8677 Winchester Rd., Clay City, Ph. 663-5534; Michael R.Guertin, Pastor, (931) 237-0569;  Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday Worship, 11 am and 6 p.m.;  Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m.


Full Gospel Lighthouse, Fifth Ave., Clay City, Sammy Faulkner, Min., Sunday School 10 am; Worship Service 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday Service 7 pm

Harvestime Assembly 480 E. College Ave., Stanton; Sunday, 10 am, 11 am and 6 pm; Wednesday, 7 pm. Rev. Tony Story, 606-663-9866.


First Presbyterian, Phillip Pogue, 420 N. Main St., Stanton, Ph. 663-2914; Sunday School 9:30 am; Worship Service 10:45 am and 7:00 pm; Wednesday Service 7:00 pm.


Airport Chapel, Stanton, Scoby Faulkner, Min.

Blessed Assurance Church,  650 W. College Ave., Stanton; Gary Sparks, pastor. Randy Sparks, assistant pastors, Sunday School 10 a.m.; morning worship 11 a.m.; Sunday night 6 p.m.; Wednesday Youth Service 6 p.m. Phone 859-556-0481

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1085 Grand Ave., Beattyville. Branch president, James R. Ellison; Sacrament meeting, 10:30-11:30; Sunday School 11:40-12:20; Priesthood and relief society 12:20-1 p.m.; missionaries phone 859-432-9584. Ronald E. Roberts 1st Counselor in the branch presidency, 1452 Brookside Dr., Stanton. Phone 606-481-9770

Three Cross Mission Church, Sunday School 10 am, Worship Service 11 am & 6 pm and Wednesday Service 6:30 pm, Clay City, KY

Full Gospel Church, 27 Hunter Ln., Clay City; Pastor, Ralph Banks; Sunday Services 6 p.m., Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.

House of Prayer For All People, Helton Mtn., Slade, Dale Helton, Min., Worship Service,  Sunday 2 pm.

Nada Baptist Mission,  Tunnel Rd., Dr. John Owen, pastor; Phone 859-744-2884. Services 2 p.m. Sunday School; 3 p.m. worship.

Never Ending Grace Community Church, 29 Howell Lane, Clay City, Stephen Donithan, pastor 859-585-8756 Sunday School 10:00 a.m., Worship Service 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Pine Grove C.M.E. Church, 9575 Winchester Rd., Çlay City KY 40312. Sunday School: 10 am.; worship service 11 a.m.; Pastor, Diane Flora.

Vaughns Mill Community Chuch, hosting God’s Fresh Start Church 155 Spout Springs Road, Clay City, Ph. 859-608-6525, Thomas Rogers, pastor,  Sunday Service 2 p.m.; Thursday night 7 p.m.

Wings of Love Church, 7283 Winchester Rd., Clay City, Ricky Shuler, pastor, Children’s Sunday School, 5:30 p.m., Sunday Service 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday night 7 p.m.

Wildwood Chapel, 1599 Halls Hill Road, Stanton. Pastor: George Sparks, 606 -663-9950. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship Services 11 a.m.,  Friday Service at 7 p.m.

Robinson joins others to help SOAR

Seated from left to right are: Jared Arnett, Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers. (Standing from left to right): Rep. John Short, Rep. Chris Harris, Rep. Rocky Adkins, Sen. Albert Robinson, Sen. Robin Webb, Sen. Steve West.

Seated from left to right are: Jared Arnett, Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers. (Standing from left to right): Rep. John Short, Rep. Chris Harris, Rep. Rocky Adkins, Sen. Albert Robinson, Sen. Robin Webb, Sen. Steve West.

Senator Albert Robinson (R-London) joined Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Executive Director Jared Arnett and other elected officials in the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 168 Monday.

Sen. Robinson was the sponsor of the SOAR legislation, which sets up the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund, with a management structure for $4 million in funding from the General Assembly.

Powell District Court – March 24 & March 31

March 24

• Betty Jo Campbell, arraignment, possession of a controlled substance, first offense, second degree. Did not appear, bench warrant issued, $2,500 cash bond.

• Carol C. Capps, arraignment, alcoholic intoxication in a public place, first and second offense.

• Eric Rogers, arraignment, non support. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for April 14.

• Boyd W. Williams, arraignment, wanton endangerment – second degree. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 12.

• William A. Booth, arraignment, obstructed vision and/or windshield. Pretrial diversion order.

• Ambrose Davis, continued first appearance, operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 12.

• Tyler B. Henchon, arraignment, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, etc., .08, first offense; no/expired Kentucky registration receipt; no/expired registration plates; improper display of registration plates; booster seat violations. Did not appear, bench warrant issued, $2,500 cash bond.

• Derek N. Morguson, continued first appearance, driving on DUI suspended license – first offense. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 12.

• Cody A. See, arraignment, reckless driving. Dismissed per County Attorney’s order.

• Violet L. Townsend, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first; failure to produce insurance card. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 12.

• Barbara I. Ward, arraignment, speeding 1 mph over (limited access); following another vehicle too closely. Failed to appear.

March 31 

• Brandon Crabtree, continued first appearance, terroristic threatening, third degree. Plead guilty, receive 60 days in jail plus cost.

• Jesse Clay Patrick Jr., arraignment, theft by deception – include cold checks U/$500. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 12.

• Jason S. Charles, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Plead guilty, $500 plus cost.

• Jerry Faulkner Sr., arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, first. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for April 21.

• Charles R. Haddix, arraignment, failure to produce insurance card; no/expired Kentucky registration receipt; no/expired registration plates. Show cause hearing scheduled for April 14.

• Leslie S. Newsome, arraignment, failure to produce insurance card; failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, first; failure to use child restraint device in vehicle. Plead guilty, pay fines plus cost.

• Candelario Romero, arraignment, speeding 5mph over (limited access). Plead guilty, pay fine plus cost. Operating vehicle with expired operators license, plead guilty, pay fine.

• Donnie R. Sons Jr., arraignment, operating a boat/watercraft u/influence of alcohol, first; failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance, first; failure to produce insurance card; failure to wear seat belts. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for April 7.

• Darrell G. Walker, arraignment, failure to produce insurance card; failure to wear seat belts; failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security. Failed to appear.

• Jacqueline Walters, arraignment, operating on suspended/revoked operators license; no/expired Kentucky registration receipt; no/expired registration plates; improper registration plate; improper display of registration plates. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 19.

• James M. Wilcox, arraignment, driving on DUI suspended license – first offense. Plead not guilty, pretrial conference scheduled for May 19.

Remember that -20º in February, well now the plants are showing it



County Ag. Agent

One cold winter!

This past Monday night we discussed spring pruning at our garden class at PCHS. Most of the trees and shrubs in our landscape are crying out “ Help me!!” With temperatures dipping down to 20 below zero one night this past February, plants are now showing the signs of that cold temperature!   You will need to spend some time outdoors now to get your landscape back in shape.  In a short synopsis, this is what we are finding outside:

Roses-very few of our roses survived the winter. If they are living, they would be showing some sign of green and a few buds somewhere by now. I have a few “Knock-outs” that have a few sprouts near the bottom of the plant, but almost all our pretty hybrid tea roses are gone, even the ones which were mulched and protected near the front porch.

One plant in front of the greenhouse which was given to me from my Napier neighbors, when my dad passed away, may have one sprout coming up from the base of the plant. I hope it is coming up above the graft.

If your roses survive, but sprout below the graft union, they will grow and bloom this summer, but the rose you see will not be the rose you had before. It will probably be a wiry scattered bloom you will not find attractive at all.

For those, go ahead and pull up and throw it away.  You’ll never be happy with it as grafted roses are grafted on a rootstock that is based on root development and growth. It will usually not be a pretty rose you would want to cut and bring into your home.

Prune all roses down now to where you see a green cane or a reddish-colored sprout from the bottom of the plant. If they have not greened up by now, they probably never will.

Nandina -or heavenly bamboo was once 8 feet tall in the front of my house. These plants were given to me by a good friend who declared that I needed them in my landscape.  He is gone now. I have used their pretty green berries and foliage in both my daughter’s , one nephew and two niece’s wedding arrangements and bouquets.

They have been put in many fall decorations for years at Natural Bridge State Park and numerous altar arrangements at church. I have used their red berries in hundreds of wreaths and centerpieces for Christmas in at least 6 Kentucky counties over the years. But now they are dead.

There will be no more berries this year. Their stately canes all are black in the center. There is no life in them and they were thrown on the fire last Thursday night.

It was a painful ritual. It tore at my soul to cut them down, but they are gone. My only hope is that one of them might sucker out from the bottom and rejuvenate themselves. They will have to start over.

Crepe Myrtle-my crepe myrtle is usually pretty each summer, but it has died down before.  Anytime temperatures get below 10 above, my crepe myrtle bites the dust. Losing it this winter was no surprise. I will cut it down to the ground, but am pretty much sure that it will come back from the ground level once soil temperatures increase.

It probably will not have many blooms this year, but it should survive. I even expect the big Crepe myrtle in front of People’s Exchange Insurance store will have to be cut down this year and start over. It is one of the prettiest specimens in the county, and has a brilliant display of red blooms almost every year. It is an old variety which must have more winter cold tolerance than most current varieties. I hope it made it through.

Southern Magnolia- Those once waxy, dark green leaves are now brown and scorched looking, just like you took a flame to each leaf. Again, these are “Southern” magnolias. This winter, we did not have southern weather! Many or most of these leaves will drop off, but fortunately, most will be replaced with those pretty glossy leaves again this summer. This is God’s way of replacing an old shrub or tree.

Boxwood-Another southern plant that does not like temperatures below zero is showing lots of signs of leaf scorch. Most of these will come out of it, but may have to have some extra pruning to remove the whitened, dead leaves.

Foster Hollies and other hollies are burned pretty badly. I had one tree in the back yard that had almost half of the bottom branches removed. Every leaf had fallen off and the branches were bare. Maybe this was a good opportune time to prune it anyway.  Other plants that are scorched include Photina, even taxus and juniper. Time will tell on most shrubs.

I personally feel about pruning and burning old plants like I do about cleaning out my closets or greenhouse areas. I remembered who gave me that basket, or what trip I was on when I purchased that planter. I have become attached to that red sweater that someone gave me, even though it may be a little too tight to wear right now.

If only I could lose a few pounds, it might fit better.

Plants, like old sweaters make me comfortable. They make me feel at home. I hate to see them go.

While we are talking about spring plants, check out your forsythia. Most are showing only a few blooms down around the ground. The buds of the forsythia have been killed, and only those which were covered down in the snow, or received just a little warmth from the ground, were protected and will bloom. They are the sorriest sight I have ever seen, but every once in a while, you may see one that was unscathed by the winter cold.  They will leaf out soon, without their pretty blooms.

Don’t punish them by harsh pruning. Hopefully they will do better for us next winter. In 40 years, I have never seen them do this!

The Bradford pears in your yard may also bloom this week, but expect poor flower shows from them as well. Most will bloom with a small dingy brown bloom that will make you sad, at best. Temperatures at twenty below zero in February or March do not enable us to have a pretty bloom show come spring!

26th Annual Boonesboro Lioness Club to help Hospice east is set for April 10

Debbie Jones, Hospice East Executive Director, is excited to announce the 26th Annual Boonesboro Lioness Club Auction.  For the past 25 years, the Boonesboro Lioness Club has hosted a yearly auction to benefit Hospice East – raising a grand total of over $115,000 for the nonprofit organization!  All proceeds are used to better serve hospice patients and their families in Powell and Clark Counties.  This year, the auction will kick off with a Bake Sale starting at 4 p.m. on Friday April 10 at the First Church of God gymnasium (2500 Colby Rd. Winchester).  The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Items for the auction have been donated by over 100 local businesses, Volunteers and employees.  Some of the items to be auctioned include a BBQ grill with all the accessories, a Keurig coffee maker, quilts, cookware, gift certificates to restaurants, doctor offices, salons and automotive repair shops, and tickets to sporting events and amusement parks.  Several ‘themed’  baskets have also been put together to be silently bid on, plus much more!  We hope you will join us! For more details call 859-744-9866.

Leave the daffodils alone



County Ag. Agent

Hurray! Garden Classes begin in April

The Powell County Extension Office will once again be offering our annual Extension Gardening Classes each Monday night in April at the Powell County High School cafeteria.  Each class will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature a one hour lecture and approximately one hour spent out in the greenhouse planting and potting flowers  and vegetables of all kinds.  We’re all ready for winter to be over and ready to get our hands dirty!

Now I totally realize that the first Monday of April will be our last game of the Final Four-NCAA championship, and the cats WILL BE PLAYING THAT NIGHT, So we will have our class begin at 7:00 and give you plenty of time to get home before the ballgame starts.

Some of this year’s topics will include  Grafting and pruning techniques, Gourds in the garden, Garden Art and a local garden party. The Spring garden class is open to everyone, whether you have a green thumb, or not and will include this lecture, a garden party picnic and a plant sharing and pot luck dinner.   Participants receive free seeds and door prizes at each meeting and take a few plants home from the learning greenhouse to plant at home. The Garden class is open to anyone who wants to start gardening and learn from other gardeners in our county.  Contact the Powell County Extension Office at 663-6405 for details.

Planting Tips for the lawn and Garden

Trees and shrubs are in abundance at local department stores, lawn and garden centers. One word of wisdom for trees and shrubs now is to watch and water these new plants.  Even though soil moisture levels are adequate now, it will be very important to water new plants thoroughly during this summer, maybe as much as twice a week.

April is a perfect month for planting most anything, especially trees and most shrubs.   When planting trees , look out and up before planting.  Several people forget this when planting and regret it when utility companies come and trim plants to get them out of the power lines.  Also remember to consider leach lines from sewer systems and the potential for growth of your home and family.

At planting, it is really un-necessary to add sand, peat moss or compost to the soil when planting and can actually be detrimental to the root system of the new plant.  Each plant must get adjusted to the type of soil that is readily available where you plant it.  Trees and shrubs wrapped in synthetic burlap must be un-wrapped at planting.  These will not decay.  Wire baskets should also be removed at planting as well as any plastic twine which can restrict root growth.

Always plant a tree at the same depth it was growing in the field or container.  If it is balled and burlapped, use the soil line on the trunk as your indicator.  If it’s in a bucket, plant at the same

depth of the existing soil. You can easily dig a transplant hole that’s too deep but not too wide.  The planting hole should be at least two times the diameter of the root ball, even wider is better.  It’s best to dig a hole that is saucer shaped, rather than bucket shaped.  Trees that are planted now probably won’t need stakes unless they are extremely large.

April has become somewhat drier lately, so make sure to water your trees once they are planted.

Leave the Daffodils alone

Daffodils are blooming this year, just in time for Easter!   Once the daffodils have faded away, we are tempted to run over them with the lawnmower or give them the once over with the weed-eater to give our lawn that freshly manicured look. We need to leave any of our spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips alone on up into late spring and let the foliage yellow and die down on its own.  As long as foliage is green it is storing up food energy for next year’s blooms.  Cutting the foliage now will reduce the size and number of blooms next year.  Leave their green leaves alone as long as you can stand it.

If you just have to prune something, look over your flowering shrubs like the forsythia that are  in full bloom now or will be in a day or two.  Right after spring flowering shrubs lose their blooms is the time to get out there and cut a few branches back and do some pruning.  I personally like these shrubs to simply grow wild and free as nature intended, but I realize sometimes you just have to keep them under control.  Cutting these shrubs back now will still give them ample time to produce buds for next spring’s flower show.  Basically prune any flowering shrub AFTER blooming if it blooms before June 1st.

For more information, stop by the Powell County Extension Office at 169 Maple Street in Stanton, KY.

Powell County Health Fair 


For those Powell County residents who have been putting off going to the doctor for a long time, the Powell County Community Health Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at the Powell County High School cafeteria, beginning at 5 p.m. and going until 7 p.m. You will want to put this date on your calendar.

Some of the services offered this year by the Kentucky River foothills and other local health agencies may include glucose screening, cholesterol tests, vision and hearing tests and many other screenings that farmers and gardeners need to check on from time to time. Our health is something we constantly need to monitor.  The health fair helps us all do that at a very inexpensive rate. Call the Extension Office at 663-6405 for more details.

Farmer’s Market Meeting Scheduled April 9th

For those farmers and gardeners who want to be part of the 2015 Farmers Market here in Powell County, our first organizational meeting of the year will be held next Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. here at the Powell County Extension Office conference room. We will discuss market rules and regulations, get certified to obtain WIC and Senior Coupons and discuss using EBT machines at our market this year. This meeting is for old, established members and those who have never been members before. We encourage you to start planting and get ready for this year’s market season!

Guest Column: State Representative says ‘All inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Kentucky must end’ now




Guest Columnist

One of the key components of public education is the fact there should be a high level of public trust.  The faculty and staff of our schools are entrusted daily with the lives and safety of our most vulnerable and impressionable citizens, the students.  As both a legislator and educator, I take that charge seriously and am aware their futures rely heavily on not only the education element, but also in our ability to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment.

It is with a heavy heart that I recently read an article outlining the rise in inappropriate teacher-student relations in Kentucky.  While the article focused on one particular school district, it is a disturbing trend that has affected nearly every section of Kentucky, and indeed the nation, over the past few years.  These incidents have occurred with both men and women; in urban, suburban and rural areas; and in high schools, middle schools, and, most egregiously, even in elementary schools.

Data on inappropriate relations is thin.  However, in a 2000 study by the American Association of University Women, it was reported that 10 percent of students between 8th and 11th grades felt they were the victims of inappropriate sexual conduct from a teacher or other school employee.  Two-thirds of those respondents said there had been inappropriate physical contact.

It would be naïve to believe these type of situations have not always existed, but by no means should that be reason to excuse the completely inappropriate behavior in which some in our profession have engaged.  For a member of a school’s personnel to sexually abuse a child in such a nature is inexcusable and a complete breach of the trust they have been granted.

There is no shortage of opinions on why there has been an increase in the report of such incidents over the past decade.  However, consensus seems to be that everyone believes measures should be taken to prevent this type of abuse, encourage victims to come forward, and educate both school personnel and students on the legal and psychological dangers of such activity.

It is with those goals in mind that I am encouraging the Kentucky Department of Education to establish a blue-ribbon task force to study this issue and make recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and local boards of education on any positive action that can be taken in this regard.

The students of the Commonwealth of Kentucky deserve our best efforts if we are to earn the public trust.