Celebration honors the ‘treasure’ that reading can bring to us all

Celebration-2The fourth annual Powell County Reading Celebration was held last Saturday. The Powell County School System, along with several community groups, sponsored the event to honor the top readers in the district.
But it was not just the readers who displayed their talents. Several students from all grades entertained the crowd during the opening ceremony in the PCHS Gym. Each performance of melodies went along with this year’s theme of “Treasure Reading.” There was even ballet dancers.
The crowd enjoyed the performances but took particular interest when the singers honored local veterans. One quartet took turns singing each branch of the US military’s song, as veterans who served in that branch stood up to be recognized.
The performances drew at least three standing ovations.
The crowd then made their way to PCMS where they could watch plays based on various books or hear poems read dramatically. Each of the performers were once again students. They could also see exhibits from the Red River Museum and reptiles/snakes from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo from Slade.
There were also nearly 20 authors from Kentucky, including two from Powell County, on hand. The authors talked with young and old alike about their passion. They also sold book and signed autographs.
Free books and t-shirts were given away and a free hot dog dinner was provided.
The Reading Celebration has become an annual event to help recognize the students who not only love to read, but have learned a lot from their reading.
Stanton Elementary was the host for this year’s event. Stanton Librarian Jessica Begley Hall told the crowd that to discover the importance of reading then Dr. Seuss had the right idea.
Quoting from a Seuss book, Hall told the crowd, “The more you read the more you know, and the more you learn the more places you can go.”
Hall reiterated that reading is indeed a “treasure.”

Deluge brings flash flooding to Stanton

Kroger-FloodHeavy rains last Wednesday evening created a little flash flooding problem in Stanton. But the problem disappeared almost as quickly as it materialized.
A slow moving thunderstorm dropped anywhere between a half inch and three-quarters of an inch of rain in the Stanton area between 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. That much water caused a ditch line to overflow in front of Kroger, located on East College Avenue.
The quick rising water covered part of College Avenue, all around the Kroger Fuel Station and flowed toward Halls Road. Residents in a house on the corner of the two streets was trapped inside for a short time. The yard became flooded and water neared the porch.
Nearby at WSKV-FM radio station, the water moved swiftly through their parking area.
“For a short time it was up to the second step,” station sports director Greg McIntosh said. “McIntosh and his SportsTalk co-host David Faulkner were on the air when the storm moved through. “But it looks like the water receded about as quick as it came up.”
Stanton Fire Epartment personnel were on hand to help direct traffic and asssit with problems the water had created at the fuel station.
It appeard that the ditch line in front of the station was clogged up, setting up a situation where he downpour and runoff had no place to go.
No injuires or serious damage was reported.

Emergency workers, an early summer and a great celebration

I'm just saying . . .  James Cook - Times Editor

I'm just saying . . . James Cook - Times Editor

It has been three weeks since this column has been in the paper. No, I was not on a sabbatical or suspended. It just has been really busy and we’ve had a lot of news items we wanted to get out to the readers.
But now, I have a little time to express a few views that have caught my attention lately.
• First of all I want to thank each and every one of you that jumped in and helped our neighbors who were affected by the tornado outbreak on March 2. The gathering of items, taking them to the stricken areas and the continued support is awesome.
But let me also show some appreciation to the law enforcement, fire/rescue, CSEPP and EMS community. They were there within minutes of the storm and jumped in to help.
They may not get paid much or even paid at all, but they do the job and they do it well. So from the bottom of my heart, and I’m sure people in Menifee, Morgan and Magoffin counties would agree, thanks so much for all you do and have done.
• Speaking of the EMS, I want to go on record as saying that I believe they do a pretty good job. Consider that two ambulances are running to help cover a county of 12,000 people (a stand by crew has been called many times to help cover the county when needed), they have already answered over 700 of calls already this year, have to drive patients to hospitals in neighboring counties and then get back as quick as they can and they do all of this on pay that is probably lower than other counties is impressive.
Sure we all get upset when it is one of our kin who need them and it seems like it takes a while, believe me I’ve been there. But I have to say that until we can find a way to put more crews on the streets in a cost effective manner to help cut down response time, we have a pretty good setup.
Is it perfect? No. Will there be a mistake here and there? Maybe, it is human nature since none of us are perfect. Though I expect and believe they will do their best on EVERY call. But for those who doubt consider the alternative of not having one. . .
•  The school year has been breezing by so fast. Believe it or not, barring any unforeseen problems (knock on wood) our kids will get a REAL summer vacation this year! I know the kids will not know how to act; they’ve never had a long break. So parents, get ready for a long, long summer. Have fun and be safe!
• The Reading Celebration was once again a success. The decorations and theme were awesome. The turnout was great. The venues were superb. But the talent some of our kids displayed blew me away!
Let people say what they want, but Powell kids are second to none in my book. And the top readers list seems to be growing. It is great to see our kids working hard, displaying their talents and then we, as a community, honoring them. It don’t get no better that that.
I’m just saying . . .

3-29 Obituaries

Elissa Abshear, 24
Elissa Abshear, 24, of 639 Irvine Road, Clay City, passed away due to injuries received in an automobile accident. She was an employee of KDMK in Mt. Sterling.
She is survived by her children, Memphis and Madison, mother Sheldon Haggard, father Terry Abshear, brothers Roy (Robin) Abshear, and Terry Abshear II, sisters, Rebecca Abshear and Angela (Thomas) Bowling, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Wells Clay City Chapel with Bro. Marion Brewer officiating. wellsfh.com

Shelby V. Coomer, 78
Shelby Vernon Coomer, 78, husband of Dorothy Roberts Coomer of Hardwicks Creek Road, Clay City, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.  Born in Breathitt County, he was the son of the late Willie and Lillie Deaton Coomer and he was a U. S. Army veteran.  Vernon was a retired electrician with Sylvania and he was a member of Morris Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Stanton.
Surviving relatives are his wife, Dorothy Roberts Coomer; two sons:  Dennis Coomer of Mt. Sterling and Paul Edward (Michelle) Brewer of Battle Creek, MI; six daughters:  Anita (Baikuntha) Sharma of Lexington, Vondra (Kim G.) Rose, Edith Elaine (Garry) Cole and Sharon K. (Harvey K.) Brewer all of Clay City, Kathy Smith of Stanton and Lenora (Donald) Spray of Mt. Sterling; two sisters:  Elsie J. (Clayton) Montgomery of Cincinnati, OH and Oneida (Keith) Langdon of Mason, OH; 17 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services officiated by Rev. Kevin Chaney and Rev. Kim Rose were held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel, 125 West College Avenue, Stanton.  Burial with military honors was at Resthaven Cemetery, Morris Creek Road, Stanton.
Active pallbearers were Jason Estes, Michael Estes, Benjamin Rose, Clint Rose, Shannon Burton, Joseph Coomer, Eric Coomer, Dennis Coomer, II, Brandon Smith and Neal Sharma.  Honorary pallbearers were Billy Ray Estes, Bill Gilbert, Harry Rose, Tommy Dotson, Mike Martin, Garry Cole, Clayton Montgomery, brothers and brothers-in-law of the Roberts family. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.  www.hearnefuneralhome.com

Ryan M. Goodwin, 13
Ryan Maxwell Goodwin, 13, of Main Street, Clay City, passed away at home on Thursday, March 22, 2012 following a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.  Born in Winchester, he was the son of Ronnie G. Goodwin and Krista Haddix Trimble of Clay City.  Ryan had graduated from Stanton Elementary and was a student at Powell County Middle School.  He was also a proud member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joe C. Rogers and by his maternal aunt, Carmen Haddix.
Other surviving relatives are two sisters, Tiffani Goodwin of Winchester and Carmen Goodwin of Clay City; maternal grandmother, Anna Marie Rogers of Clay City; paternal grandparents, Kathleen and her husband Billy Horn of Mt. Sterling and Robert Goodwin of Clay City; one maternal aunt and guardian, Ida and her husband James Baker of Clay City; one paternal aunt, Stephanie Haizer of Mt. Sterling; one maternal uncle, John and his wife Carol Haddix of Winchester and eight cousins:  Emily Baker, Alexa Baker, Lee Tipton, Sarah Bledsoe, Jakobe Howard, Chelsea Haddix, Shannah Coldiron and Jonathan Adams.
Funeral services officiated by Bro. Greg Webb, Bro. Gary Willoughby and Bro. Ron Pelfrey were held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel, 125 West College Avenue in Stanton.  Interment followed in the Goodwin Cemetery, Clay City with Jeff Potts, Mark Barnett, Mark McClure, Ron Pelfrey, Danny Dennis and Kevin Johnston serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the memorial and benefit fund for Ryan Goodwin at any Whitaker Bank.  Arrangements by Hearne Funeral  Home, Inc.  www.hearnefuneralhome.com.

Minnie Harrison, 90
Minnie Thelma Harrison, 90, beloved wife of the late John Duncan Harrison, left her earthly body for her heavenly homecoming on Sunday, March 25, 2012. She was at her home surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. She was born Oct. 8, 1921 in Powell County to the late Margaret Morton Caudill Bruen and Archibald Caudill. Due to the untimely death of her father, Jesse Bruen assumed the role of her adoring step-father and later grandfather to John D. and Minnie’s children, daughters Patricia Ann Powers-Carl Lexington, and Nancy Jo Sparks-Milward, Winchester and son, John Dwight Harrison, Winchester.
In addition to her children, Minnie is survived by seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, special nephew, William F. Harrison, Jr., and special niece, Rose Mary Morton Page.
Ms. Minnie, as she was affectionately called by many, worked for several decades at her mother’s restaurant, Bruen’s, home of the famous Bruen’s chili-dogs and homemade pies. Along with working at Bruen’s, she was active in service to her Lord, Jesus Christ, for all of her life in various capacities first at Stanton Baptist Church and later as a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Stanton. Numerous children were blessed to have Ms. Minnie as a Sunday School teacher. She also spent many years working with the Women’s Missionary Union. Both John D. and Minnie’s lives were a living testament to furthering the kingdom of God, not the least of which was mentoring their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and faithfully praying blessings over their lives.
Believing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, a celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, March 28 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Joseph and Rev. Greg Webb leading the service. Arrangements by Well’s Funeral Home, Stanton.
Active pallbearers were Chad Powers, Jeff Brewer, David Thorpe, Martin Harrison, Brad Bigelow, Tavis Pollock, John Anthony Harrison. Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Charles Noss, Fred and Polly Tuttle, George Drake, William Harrison, Rick Page, Robert Milward, William Carl, Kathy Dudleson, and Jean Derickson.
Memorial gift suggested to: Emmanuel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 910, Stanton, KY 40380 or Hospice East, P.O. Box 1209, Stanton, KY 40380. Guestbook at Legacy.com.

3-29 Church News

Gospel Singing
The Green Meadows Gospel Music Association in Eastern and Northern, Kentucky will be having a meeting for your area at Kathy’s Country Kitchen Restaurant in Clay City on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Our featured group will be Isaiah’s Cry and other featured singers will be Revelation 411, David Smith, Kenny and Becky Mabry, and Viola Little and more. Come enjoy some great food and fellowship while you listen to some good gospel music. Please feel free to invite your pastor and other church members to come. For more information contact (270)775-5431.

Singing
There will be a singing at Calvary Baptist located on Stokley Loop in Clay City on Sunday, April 1 at 6 p.m. The guest singers are The Hall Family. There will also be a pot luck dinner.

Fire in the Wilderness
Fire in the Wilderness Full Gospel Ministry will open with a revival at 824 South Fork Road (Highway 1639) in Stanton beginning April 8 and continuing for at least seven days, at 7 p.m. nightly. All anointed singers are welcome. For more information call 606-663-6172.

Easter at Calvary
There will be special services at Calvary Baptist on Stokley Loop in Clay City on Easter Sunday, April 8. A Sunrise Service will be held at 7:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast from 8-9 a.m. (RSVP at 663-1890 for the breakfast.) Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m. and Church Services will start at 11 a.m. An Easter Skit featuring the youth group will be held at 11:30 a.m. and an Easter Hat Parade will be held at 12:15 p.m. There will be Easter baskets for the kids after the services.

Easter Week Services
The Powell County Ministerial Association would like to invite everyone to the Holy Week Services Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6.  Monday night will be held at Grace Fellowship Church in Stanton, Tuesday night will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Stanton, Wednesday night will be held at Stanton First Church of God, Thursday night will be held at West Bend First Church of God, Friday night will be held at Stanton Christian Church.  All services will begin at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Services will be held at the Stanton Cemetery with Brother David Rule and also at Natural Bridge with Mitch McIntyre.  Both services will begin at 7 a.m.

Prayer Task Force Schedule
The Powell County Christians United Against Drugs (PCCUAD) Prayer Task Force will meet at the Stanton Presbyterian Church located next door to the Powell County Health Department on Main Street. The prayer service starts at 9 a.m.
Prayer Line
If you are in need of prayer or need to leave a prayer request, call (606) 663-6172 or (606) 663-6385.

3-29 Community Calendar

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
You can have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Clay City Elementary on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 9 a.m. There will be food, games and egg hunt with 5,000 eggs, a basket auction, green screen pictures and a silent cake auction. Come and have fun with your family!

Powell Democrats Precinct Elections
The Powell County Democratic party’s precinct elections will be held on Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.  at your local polling location. All democrats are invited to attend and participate. For more information concatct Tony Ball, Chairman, Powell County Democratic party at 606-663-2314.

Yoga for Beginners
Free beginner yoga classes will be held on Mondays- April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Powell County Extension Office. Poses will be taught in a very basic format and all ages are invited to attend.  For more information, please call Stacy Crase at Foothills Health and Wellness Center at 663-9011.

PCHS Freshmen
Orientation Night

All incoming freshman for the 2012 – 2013 school year and their parents/guardians are invited to attend Freshman Orientation on April 3 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Healthy Meals on a Budget Workshop
The Powell County Extension Office and Foothills Health and Wellness Center will be offering a free workshop called Healthy Meals on a Budget.  This workshop will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. at the Powell County Extension Office. Topics will include make-ahead meals, quick and healthy recipes and time-saving kitchen tips for people on the go. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample some of the featured recipes. For more information, please call Pam Dooley at 663-6405 or Stacy Crase at 663-9011.

Disabled American Veteran Meeting
The Monthly Meeting of the Powell County Disabled American Veterans Powell County Chapter # 103 is held on the second Thursday each month at 30 Bright Street Stanton at 6 p.m. For information call Joe Neal 663-5895.

Disabled American Veteran Service
Officer

The next Disabled American Veteran Service Officer will be available on Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the DAV meeting Hall 30 Bright Street Stanton. For information call Joe Neal 663-5895.

Free GED
GED exam cost is now FREE!
Visit MSU-Powell County Adult Education to prepare for your GED exam. Call 606-663-1948

Genealogy Help Desk
The Red River Historical Society and Museum located at 4541 Main Street in Clay City has opened a Genealogy Help Desk. It will be staffed by members of the historical society and members of the Red River Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). If you are researching your Eastern Kentucky roots we hope we can be of some help to you. The hours are 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday at the museum.

4-H Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Powell County’s 4-H Ten Club will sponsor Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7 at the Powell County Extension Office. An all-yu-can-eat-buffett will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children under 12 will receive a complimentary phot with the Easter Bunny. Tickets can be ourchased in advance for $7 or at the door for $10. Call 663-6405 for more details or to pre-order.

Soccer Sign-ups
The Powell County Youth Soccer League will be holding sign-ups for the spring league on March 31 at the Clay City Park Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information call Davis Spencer at 859-808-3283 or Brian Derickson at 606-663-1004.

Powell County
Tourism Commission

The regular board meetings are held every fourth Wednesday at 1 pm. The meetings are held at the office in Slade (behind the red caboose). For more information call 606-663-1161.

Vets Benefits
A Veteran’s Benefits Field Representative will be at the Powell County Courthouse in Stanton, Kentucky on the first Thursday of each month.  The hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  For further information call toll free 1-866-376-0308.

Rabies Clinic
There wil be a rabies clinic on Saturday, May 5. The times and locations are as follows:
1:00 – 1:30 West Bend – West Bend First Church of God, 8891 Winchester Road
1:45 – 2:15 Clay City – AMVETS Building
2:30 – 3:00 Stanton – Powell County High School Bus Garage
3:15 – 3:45 Bowen – Bowen First Church of God
Rabies Shot $5. Other vaccines available. Times may vary depending on participation. Sponsored by:  Stanton Veterinary Clinic and Powell County Health Department

3-29 Court News

Marriages
•Dana Montgomery, 39, manager, to Paul Dunaway, 41, self-employed.
•Kayla Banks, 21, McDonald’s, to Hipolito Rivera, 26, Red River Hardwoods.
•Alex Morgan Pelfrey, 20, student, to Rusty Allen Leggett, 20, laborer.
•Jessica Nicole Rawlins, 32, unemployed, to Larry Townsend, 35, unemployed.
•Darla Kay Dunn, 26, retail associate manager, to Cory Spencer Graham, 32, GIS Coordinator.

Property Transfers
•Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Paula Thorpe, 148 Sons Road, $30,100.
•Richard R. Rednour II, Richard Rednour II, Tax Ease Lien Servicing LLC, Mers, Homecomings Financial Network Inc., Powell County, Kentucky, United States of America, and Lillian D. Williams, Master Commissioner, to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, and Argent Securities Inc., 79 Deer Park Drive, $324,700.
•Ellis L. Amburgy and Joan L. Amburgy, to David Barker, S. Margin Street HWY 15.
•Simon Allen Jr., thru POA, Mary L. Allen, Attorney in Fact, and Mary L. Allen, to Wayne Seifert, 10.35 acres-Cat Creek, $32,000.
•Peoples Exchange Bank, to James and Brenda Watkins, Lot 7 of PLAT CAB-1 SL-58, $16,000.
•Margie Vinson, to Charles and Ruth Stamper, 0.32 acres-S. Side Lake Neomia Road, $1,500.
•Stephanie E. Ward, Stephanie Ward, Donald R. Ward, Health Care Collection Services Inc., UK Medical Center, UK College of Dentistry, Tax Ease Lien Investments 1 LLC, Central Kentucky Management Services Inc., Central Kentucky Management Services Inc., Kentucky Medical Services Foundation Inc., Wells Fargo Bank NA, and Lillian D. Williams, Master Commissioner, to Wells Fargo Bank, 68 Carmichael Road, $58,535.
•Clara Lee Henson, to James Edward Henson and Dean Monroe Henson, Lots near HWY 15.
•Citizens Bank, Anthony Dwayne Osborne, Angela Gayle Osborne, US Bank, Kentucky Property Tax Servicing, Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Revenue, and Lillian D. Williams, Master Commissioner, to Linda and John Snedegar, 1428 Black Creek Road, $25,000.
•Ferrell Logging & Lumber Inc., to Cumberland Woodlands LLC, 4 tracts-Cane Creek, $175,000.
•Susie Smith to Jessie Scott Hale, W. Margin Jones Road, $7,000.
•Easter Wooton, to Whitaker Bank Inc., Lot 6-Echo Valley Subdivision.
•Joshua Wells, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Midland Funding LLC, BAC Home Loans Servicing LP, Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP, and Lillian D. Williams, Master Commissioner, to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1362 N. Bend Road, $147,814.
•Marcus A. Caudill and Karen L. Caudill, to Dani M. Hawes, and Diane R. Hawes, 0.22 acres-HWY 82.
•Marcus A. Caudill and Karen L. Caudill, to Dani M. Hawes and Diane R. Hawes, 6.06 acres-HWY 82, $180,000.
•Samuel Dunn, to Samuel Dunn and David Dunn, Virden Ridge Road.
•Ella Trent, and Ella Rose, to Charles and Ruth Stamper, Oak Ridge Road, $60,000.
•Ella Rose, to Randy and Lisa Embree, Oak Ridge Road, $31,500.
•Christopher Ray Lairson, to Christopher Ray Lairson, deed of correction for DBK 163 PG 549.
•Dueville Ray Watson and Joyce Carol Watson, to Shawn Singer, 100 acres-South Fork, $72,000.
•Tasha L. Chaney, to Steven and Michelle Rogers, Lot 1-West Lone Oak Estates, $4,000.
•Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Saxon Asset Securities Trust, Americas Moneyline Inc., and Saxon Mortgage Inc., to Scott Wilson, 145 Graham Street, $28,199.
•Dorothy K. Carlsson, thru Attorney in Fact, and Alton Alan Kiernan, POA, to Alton Alan and Brenda Kiernan, Lot 17 of PLAT CAB-2 SL-9.
•Dorothy K. Carlsson, thru Attorney in Fact, and Alton Alan Kiernan, POA, to Alton Alan Kiernan and Brenda Kiernan, White Oak Drive, Lot 16-W. Lone Oak Estates.
•James W. Friend Sr. Trust, Daniel S. Wallace, Trustee, and James W. Friend Jr., and James W. Friend Jr., sole trust beneficiary, to UAE Investco 1 LLC, Oil and Gas Estate, $22,000.
•Homer Ray and Madge Ray, to Mitchell Parker, Forge Mill Road.
•George Randall Casey, Marlene Casey, Rodney Lewis, Sandra Lewis, Doyle McFarland, Aleta Kaye McFarland, Brian Derickson and Angie Derickson, to George Casey, 3 tracts.
•George Casey, to Powell’s Valley Baptist Church Inc., HWY 82-2.10 acres, $50,000.

Circuit Court
•David Lee Ratliff, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2, trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 3, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Martina Stacy, three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument-first degree-I, persistent felony offender – second degree, not guilty plea, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, second or greater, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, second or greater offense, drug unspecified, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, second or greater offense, drug unspecified, pretrial conference April 18.
•Morgan Atkinson, theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Josh Abner, theft by unlawful taking, disp/auto, persistent felony offender – first degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference May 9.
•Joshua W. Abner, two counts of burglary, third degree, criminal mischief, first degree, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief second degree, escape-second degree identify facility, theft by unlawful taking/disp-building, criminal mischief-second degree, persistent felony offender – second degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference May 9.
•Jonathan Adams, two counts of theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, 10 counts of forgery, second degree, pretrial conference April 8, trial date is May 8.
•Bruce Bevins, receiving stolen property under $10,000, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Anna Bishop, trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 3, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, drug unspecified, not guilty plea.
•Josh Booth, four counts of rape, third degree, pretrial conference April 4.
•Jane Crowe Brantley, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Barney Brewer, manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, pretrial conference April 4.
•Mona Bundy, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Jessica E. Charles, tampering with physical evidence, continued until April 18.
•Doyle Matthew Conner, burglary, third degree, theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, pending indictment, continued until April 18.
•Kristin Mays Cope, unlawful transaction with a minor first degree illegal sex act, under 16, failure to report child dependancy, neglect, or abuse first offense, continued until April 4.
•Missy Dawn Crabtree, receiving stolen property (firearm), persistent felony offender – second degree, to enter plea on April 4, trial date is April 26.
•Brian Phillip Epperson, assault fourth degree minor injury, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs with .08, aggravator, first offense, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Lanny Griffith Jr., two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, bench warrant issued.
•Johnny Haddix, burglary, second degree, theft by unlawful taking/disp-firearm, theft of a controlled substance, first offense and less than $300, persistent felony offender – second degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Cody Hall, burglary, second degree, theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, bench warrant.
•Mark D. Hawkins, tampering with physical evidence, continued until March 26, bench trial set for June 11.
•Wendell Hurt, flagrant non support, continued until April 4 to enter plea.
•Samuel Jackson, two counts of burglary, third degree, criminal mischief, first degree, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief-second degree, continued until Jund 25.
•Zachary Justice, rape, first degree, unlawful transaction with a minor-third degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Matthew Keith Lyle, possession of burglary tools, sentenced to three years.
•Anthony Wayne Lynch, flagrant non support, dismissed with prejudice.
•Kellee Maloney, theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Sarah Jo Manning, manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, continued until April 4.
•Nickie A. Miller, probation violation for felony offense, probation revoked, to serve three years concurrent with other sentence.
•Nicky A. Miller, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, not guilty plea, pretrial conference May 9.
•Roger Jason Miller, receiving stolen property under $10,000, not guilty plea, continued until April 18.
•Steven Morton, 12 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument-second degree-I, guilty plea, received four years on each count – concurrent – diverted for four years.
•Rufus D. Mullins, shock probation in felony convictions, denied.

•Clinton Muncie, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, first offense – drug unspecified, controlled substance prescription not in original container first, possession and/or use of radio that sends/receives police messages, buying and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, continued until April 4 to enter plea or set for trial.
•Horace J. Napier, shock probation in felony convictions, denied.
•Robert Olinger, sexual abuse, first degree, victim under 12 years of age, pretrial conference May 9, trial date Aug. 6.
•Robert Thomas Pittman, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, drug unspecified, pretrial conference April 4.
•Nicole Polley, two counts of criminal abuse-first degree-child 12 or under, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Ian F. Powell, burglary, third degree, theft by unlawful taking/disp-all others, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication in a public place-first and second offense, continued until April 18.

Angela Hope Robbins, promoting contraband – first degree, possession of a controlled substance first offense, second degree, buying and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication of a controlled substance excluding alcohol, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Carolyn Robinson, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2, trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified schedule 3, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Carolyn Robinson, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified schedule 3, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, drug unspecified, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Ralph Robinson, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified schedule 3, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, drug unspecified, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•David Logan Rogers, forgery, second degree, criminal possession of a forged instrument-second degree-I, sentenced to one year – probated for one year.
•Eugene Reed Shackleford, first degree possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified, first offense, possession of a controlled substance, third degree – drug unspecified, continued until April 18.
•Shannon Smith, flagrant non support, received two years – diverted for five years.
•Zachary Smyth, fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.
•Martina Stacy, three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument-first degree-I, continued until April 18.
•Martina Hope Stacy, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, second or greater, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, first offense, drug unspecified, trafficking in a controlled substance, third degree, second or great offense, drug unspecified, continued until April 18.

•April D. Swartz, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs with .08, aggravator, first offense, first degree possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified, first offense, possession of a controlled substance first offense, second degree, possession of a controlled substance, third degree – drug unspecified, wanton endangerment-first degree, guilty plea, received two years – to serve six months, sentencing set for April 4.
•Kathy Thacker, two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000, pretrial conference April 4, trial date is May 8.
•Warren Dean Townsend, assault-third degree-police/probation officer-identi, resisting arrest, continued until April 4.
•Warren Dean Townsend, receiving stolen property under $10,000, continued until April 4.
•Lanny Ray Walters, theft by failure to make required dispensation of property $10,000 or greater, continued until May 23 to make more restitution.
•David Watkins, sexual abuse, first degree, victim under 12 years of age, continued until April 4.
•Jonathan J. Watson, first degree possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified, first offense, buying and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, three years – probated, credit for time served of 51 days.
•Jennifer Weir, shock probation in felony convictions, denied.
•Philip Wells, theft by unlawful taking/disp-auto, persistent felony offender – first degree, escape-second degree, identify facility, burglary, third degree, theft by unlawful taking/disp-building, criminal mischief-second degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference, May 9.
•Jason Lee Williams, first degree possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified, first offense, possession of a controlled substance, first offense, second degree, criminal trespassing-third degree, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Charles Wyatt, criminal possession of a forged instrument – first degree-I, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, (methamphetamine), not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 18.
•Priscilla Yeary, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, first offense, drug unspecified, schedule 3, not guilty plea, pretrial conference April 4.

Confessions of a ‘dentaphobe’

Sarah Bloom, Times Lifestyles Columnist

Sarah Bloom, Times Lifestyles Columnist

Have you ever known someone to think a toothache was a blessing?  Well, maybe not exactly the toothache itself, but the circumstances surrounding it?
Being a full fledged, self-proclaimed “denta-phobe” myself I can honestly say this is the last place in the world that I would be looking for a blessing in disguise, but our Lord works in mysterious ways so let me just share a little story with you.
I have always considered myself to be a fairly tough girl.  Throughout my life I have tolerated pain and fear well.  But there is one thing that can instantly cause me to sweat and my pulse to take off at a dead run.  Pure dread inches down my back as soon as I realize I may need to make a trip to the dentist.  No offense to anyone in the dental profession, but I can’t stand it.  There is something about someone sticking their hands in my mouth, needles, and drills that cause me to become nauseated.
With that being said I put off visiting my worst fear until I have no other option. About three years ago I chipped the side of one of my jaw teeth.  At the time it did not hurt so I was satisfied that I had it under control.
I made a conscious decision to not eat any extremely crunchy or sticky foods.  Of course that meant no more Laffy Taffy, but I figured a small sacrifice would not hurt as long as it kept me away from the dentist office.  I would even pray to the good Lord to have mercy on me and allow my tooth to go along as if nothing had happened, and for the past three years it has.
At times I would wake from a dead sleep in a panic because I had dreamed that during the night I had somehow broken the rest of my tooth.  After I realized it was only a nightmare I would drift back to sleep and wake the next morning just fine.  I told you my fear was intense.
About seven months ago at work we were given the opportunity to take out some Aflac insurance.  As I looked through the brochure two policies jumped out at me:  accident and dental.
With four boys I figured the accident policy would come in handy.  Literally one month after it went into effect one of my sons broke both his arms in a freak rope swing accident.  The Lord was most definitely watching over us on that one.
I knew that my family needed the dental insurance as well for the same reasons.  Boys will be boys at all times and since we had already had a couple of broken teeth over the years I figured it would pay for itself as well.
The only drawback was that for any major procedures there were different lengths of waiting periods.  But I got it anyway especially since it would cover my husband and me as well and that chipped tooth in the back of my mouth would be covered should it ever decide to act up.  In addition my youngest son Cole got a cute little Aflac duck out of the deal.
Fast forward to about a week ago.  I woke up and what I hoped was a repeat of my usual nightmare turned out to be reality.  Most everyone knows that horrible feeling.  Suddenly you can count every heartbeat from the inside of your head and anything cold or hot is your worst enemy.
With shaky hands I dialed up my dentist and grudgingly made an appointment.  Don’t get me wrong, my dentist is a very nice man; he has looked into my mouth since I was a small girl, but I still don’t like seeing him.
The day of my appointment that dental policy I had been paying on for the past six months suddenly came to my attention.  It occurred to me that I may not have to worry so much about the bill and said a prayer of thanksgiving for its presence.
As I slumped down into that weird chair, smelling those dentist office smells, my eyes wandered over the tray of torture devices that are kept on display right in front of the patient.  I wonder if they realize what kind of nightmare scenarios are played out in people’s minds as they sit there and wait.
My exam and x-ray were fairly painless, but the words that came out of my sweet dentist’s mouth cause me to instantly want to show him my breakfast.  Two sad, depressing options…root canal or extraction.  Putting on my best brave face I agreed to think over each one and let him know as soon as possible.
When I got home I quickly dug out that dental policy and began to scan the pages and pages of big medical words meant to explain dental procedures.  In my search I noticed that each column was labeled with a waiting period.
After a few minutes of searching I came across “root removal” and my heart sank as I found it to be under the 12 month waiting period.  Without insurance this option was out of the question.
I could not find anything about extractions so I just decided to go ahead and schedule an appointment with the oral surgeon (the title alone caused me to sweat) and take care of business.
You may be wondering where the “blessing” is in all of this and I am fixing to tell you.  When I spoke with the woman on the phone she asked if I had dental insurance.  I told her of my policy and she immediately said she thought they had waiting periods for certain procedures, but that she would check into it and give me a call back.  Holding my breath I asked her for a baseline amount for the visit so I would know what to expect.  The amount she quoted me without insurance was bad, but not as bad as I had thought it would be.
Less than thirty minutes later she called me back.  She proceeded to tell me that my six month waiting period was up on April 1 therefore my appointment for April 4 would be covered.
As I have said many times before I do not believe in coincidence but rather in divine intervention.
Three years ago I chipped my tooth and for three years I have asked God many, many times to keep it from becoming painful, which He did.  Seven months ago I invested in a dental policy that required, unbeknownst to me, a six month waiting period for procedures such as extractions, and three days before my visit my policy surpassed that waiting period.
Now each time I see those Aflac commercials with that crazy duck I am reminded that the Lord most definitely works in mysterious ways and sometimes over a long period of time.

‘Rumors’, questions dominate fiscal court meeting

E-BarnesLast Tuesday night the Powell County Fiscal Court held their regular meeting. This meeting was not like others though. The court room was full and people there to speak in regards to an issue that seemed to have many people concerned.
The meeting began with the discussion of some issues and information that had been circulating throughout the county pertaining to the ambulance service and Powell County Judge Executive James Anderson’s future plans for the service and its employees.
Allegedly Anderson was planning to make pay cuts and replace some employees at the ambulance service. The alleged plans spread rapidly and the support for Eddie Barnes and his staff was abundant as many people were present on their behalf. However, Judge Executive James Anderson spoke on behalf of his self and the fiscal court to put an end to the “rumor” as he referred to it.
Mike Allen a resident of Powell County explained that he had health issues and stated, “When I need someone I want to see Barnes render my aide, I know no other man qualified for this position.” Allen went on to say that he had supported Anderson in the race but, “You should not fool around with our health and safety.”
Anderson quickly responded by saying, “We have had no personnel decisions at this time and there is no truth to the rumors you have been hearing.”
It was not as it appeared though, not all were there to show support of the ambulance service. Bill Moreland who had recently lost his wife due to a stroke spoke on the poor service he received after calling the ambulance service when his wife was in need.
“When my wife had a stroke, they came in and looked at her, I told them they needed to go get a gurney from the time they left the house and went out to get the gurney it took them 12 minutes to get back in to my wife had they been any slower the bill would have been there first,” Moreland said. “The man who was helping couldn’t do anything but hold up his pants and as they took my wife to the ambulance they let her bump all the way down the steps because he had to hold his pants up.”
Eddie Barnes Director of the Powell County Ambulance service stood up and responded to this statement, “I did address the issue with this employee’s attire, he had recently lost weight and had not purchased any new clothing but I did address the issue.”
Andrew Green a part time EMT with the ambulance service then spoke on behalf of himself and other employees.  Green began by asking Anderson how the ambulance service was funded. Anderson responded by saying, “The funding comes from the general fund, we budget $115,000 for the ambulance service.”
Green then asked how Anderson planned to put a stop to these rumors, Anderson stated, “The rumors are on your end they are not circulating from here. If you have any questions my door is open and I will tell you the truth. I’d be happy to answer any questions; first thing to do is go to the source before it’s blown out of proportion.”
Green’s last question was about the proposed pay cuts. Anderson simply answered, “I have not said anything about pay cuts.”
It had been stated that Anderson plans on making some schedule changes beginning next month in an effort to help make the ambulance service more efficient. Barnes had stated that some of the changes could improve things for some full-time employees, but not for part-time employees. Part-time employees could see fewer hours. There are reportedly 10 full time employees at the ambulance service. Many of the paramedics work in Powell County as a second job, as they are already paramedics for other counties.
Dave Ramsey also an employee with the ambulance service asked about the proposed pay cuts and mentioned a tax to help ensure funding. Anderson quickly responded, “Our people are taxed out, and without eliminating some of the other tax such as the insurance premium or something we cannot tax any more, our working class supports the county.”
Other employees also spoke. Dustin Holder asked, “Why is it always the ambulance service that gets attacked?” Anderson responded, “It is the largest line item.” As the discussion continued Anderson advised the crowd, “Its taxpayer money so we’ve got to ensure that hopefully we can have the best of both worlds. Have a sound ambulance service as well as guarantee we’re putting the taxpayer’s money to the best use possible.”
Courtney Cox then responded, speaking to Anderson, “Come spend 24 hours with us in a truck and see what we do.” Anderson responded, “If I can find time to not take away from my wife and kids I’ll make an effort to be in a truck with you, I have no problems with that”. Cox stated, “We have to spend 24 hours away from our families.” Anderson retorted, “You chose to do this job though.” He also stated that he knew how hard it was for someone to just sit in an office and tell someone what to do when they had not done the job before, so he was open for input and would not be opposed to being in a truck to see what goes on.
The meeting then continued with representative Doyle Rambo Red Cross Volunteer. Rambo and Anderson proclaimed March as Red Cross Month.
Next, Craig Lindon presented the District Ten 2012-2013 Rural Secondary Road Recommendations. The recommendations are for work to be done on one mile of Ky. 613 (North Fork Road), Ky. 613 for another half mile and on West Indian Creek Bridge, and Ky.3352 Snow Creek-Virden Ridge Road.
Lindon was asked about issues regarding the intersection of Railroad Street and Washington Street. He said he could turn it in and request a study be done, but it would be best to contact the counties representative and legislators.
Stanton City Council member Tommy Mays spoke on behalf of the city and advised that solar powered flashing stop lights had been purchased in hopes of preventing future accidents. But they were aware as well as everyone else that something needed to be done at the intersection.
Next, Anderson appointed Linda Porter and Christina Cook to the library board and appointed Darlene Drake to the tourism board to fill a vacancy due to a resignation.
Last, due to the recent tragedy in our neighboring counties the court decided to put in place an emergency plan for the order of succession in case of an emergency. If something were to happen and Anderson was unable to perform his duties temporarily, like in a disaster situation, the order would be the deputy judge, Ricky Creed, John Barker, Myers Arnett, Donna Gabbard, and Eck Snowden.

Hall named as region co-coach of the year

Coach-hallPowell County basketball coach Brian Hall has been named as the Co-Coach of the Year in the 14th Region. Hall was recognized at the KHSAA Boy’s Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament in Rupp Arena last week.
Hall, in his fourth year as the Pirates leader, was able to turn his team around over the past four years. He went from a first year record of 3-24 and used the talent his players had to end the 2011-2012 season with a 20-13 record.
The Pirates won the 56th District regular season with a district record of 5-1 and then captured the district tournament. It was Powell’s first district tournament title since 2007. They ended the season as region semi-finalists.
Hall shares the 14th region honor with Buckhorn coach John Noble. Noble and Hall’s teams met up in the 14th Region semi-finals this year.