What does it take to get things done?
Letter to the Editor:
What does it take? For nearly two years I “Grover Barnett” have been trying to get the School Board, Earnie Smallwood, and Powell County Judge Executive Mr. James Anderson to come together and move forward on making over one hundred roads in Powell County safe for travel by school buses. Our State Rep. Richard Henderson has even called these people over a year ago about this problem.
I have personally called and talked to Mr. Tate, Mr. Smallwood, Donald Curtis, Diana Meadows, James Anderson, most of the magistrates in Powell County as well as Richard Henderson. Earnie Smallwood himself gave me a phone number for the department over bus garages in Kentucky. According to them there are no guidelines or specs that deem a road safe or unsafe. That the person over the bus garage “Mr. Smallwood” makes the call on road safety according to Frankfort.
I have spoken at a few school board meetings and fiscal court meetings as well. Here is what Mr. James Anderson has told me. That in order to fix the roads the school needs not only to give him a list of roads and how to fix the roads, but the reassurance by the school board that the buses will travel the roads to pick up the students, this has been an ongoing issue for nearly two years. So after nearly 2 years; what does it take to get Mr. Anderson the information he needs and the reassurance by the Powell County Board of Education, that the fixed roads will be traveled by the school buses!
Grover S. Barnett
Thanks for making the Reading
Letter to Editor,
On behalf of the Powell County Reading Celebration Committee, we would like to thank the students, staff, parents, community partners, artists, authors, and volunteers for their contribution in helping make our Sixth Annual Reading Celebration a success.
It took countless hours of planning to ensure that the top student readers from each school were recognized during a special ceremony, along with showcasing students in various performing arts settings such as musical programs, plays, dance, technology, and more.
The Reading Celebration was a true collaboration among numerous community organizations and without whom this event would not have been possible! A special thanks to the Powell County FRYSC’s, School Library Media Specialists, Powell County School System Staff, Kentucky authors, and the countless others who volunteered or contributed in some way to make this event possible.
It takes a significant amount of time and money to coordinate the Reading Celebration and we will be looking for additional community partners in the months ahead as we continue to showcase student achievement and talent in reading and the arts.
someone is fighting the closing of roads by forest service
I am writing to express my admiration of an April 10th letter to the editor, “ROAD WARRIOR” in The Lexington Herald by Jeffrey Dozier. He told it”like it is” regarding the closure of public roads by the National and State Forest Services in both Wolfe and Powell Counties. Since the Great Depression, POLITICIANS have campaigned southeastern Appalachia with their promises to aid this area with good roads, quality schools, improved utilities, incentives for attracting manufacturing and, hence, employment opportunities. I was a school boy in the 50’s when first exposed to their “hot halitosis-laden air”. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, one being Bert Combs, those promises never happened. I am of the opinion that Mr. Combs is revered in eastern Kentucky, especially in Stanton.
The action of the Forest Service of closing the roads identified by name in the “Dozier Memo”. my phrase, has had a negative effect on the economy of our area. Shame on you Forest Service! I DO have an appreciation for the men and women of State and National Forest Service; I find solace in my belief that the road action resulted from a directive by someone isolated in an office in a big white house. WWTRD (What Would Teddy Roosevelt Do?).
I am proud of my heritage as an Applachian-American and I am “turned off” with do-gooders who cannot understand my devotion. I ask not what Appalachia can do for me (in the way of handouts) but rather what I can do for Appalachia as an employed, self-supported, civic-duty motivated Appalachian-American (none of this entitlement “bunk” for me).
I have no easy solutions for the Appalachian economy. Any solution will be difficult and require men and women with great caring and dedication. Certainly, to shut down opportunities for continuing growth and economic growth in the Red River Gorge area has been discouraging, and is a backward step which must to be “nipped at its bud”.
Is there a Bert Combs “ in the wings” ready to take on “The Great Reclaimer” title. Why not multiple Berts an “Bertresses” to lead our area to economic stability? Thanks again, Mr. Jeff Dozier for lighting my fire.