Local businesses, Clementine’s, Stanton Dairy Queen and Papa John’s Pizza partnered with Ale-8 and Pepsi to honor this year’s graduating Powell County High School seniors. These businesses and franchises came together to provide each senior a goody bag in honor of their achievements as graduates. Below you will find an image of what could be found inside of these generous gestures.
Eric Monroe Jones, age 39, of Knowlton Ridge Road, Stanton, KY passed away at his residence on Monday, May 4, 2020. Born in Richmond, KY he was the son of Claudie Ray Jones and Glenda Combs Jones of Stanton and was a member of the Church of God at Knowlton. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Henry Lee Jones. In addition to his parents, Eric is survived by two daughters, Tori Jones of Winchester and Kacey Jones of Clay City; one grandchild, Sophie Grace Cunningham; two brothers, Glendon Ray (Mandy) Jones and Jackie Jones; one sister, Virginia Jones; one uncle, Donald Jones; four aunts, Anna Gay Wise, Linda Jones, Connie Townsend and Nola Morefield; four nieces; two nephews; one great niece; two great nephews and three very special friends: Sabrina Elkins, Skip Foster and David Congleton. Private funeral services officiated by Bro. Kenny Wasson were held at Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. on May 6, 2020. Burial was in Rose Cemetery with Skip Foster, Marcus Jones, D. J. West, Jacob Cunningham, Tori Jones and Kacey Jones serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Congleton, Dillon Jones, Noah Morefield, Ed Morefield, Ray and Amanda Fraley. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
By: Madison Fugate
It’s official, the world has gone mad, or more particularly, some locals in Powell County may just be seeking a little extra enjoyment and entertainment amid this pandemonium. Locals had to take a second-look when they noticed there was what appeared to be some sort of UFO parked just along the roadside of Hardwicks Creek in Clay City. Some even had to get a closer look and snap a few pictures in front of the large metal concoction for their own safe-keeping. After the word spread of this mysterious and comical landing, the county lit up with amusement and folks were traveling and bringing their children out to take a peek at the mystery.
This invention featured several noticeable details including images that appeared as if aliens were peeping outside at the beauty of Powell County. One local, Cory Graham, even summed the situation up to say, “everybody is just like, ‘Well, look at that, an alien.’” This was something no one expected to see outside their car windows. Although the invention has since been vandalized and an arrest was made to penalize that behavior, it still leaves everyone with a mesmerizing question. That question is, “What will be next?” Maybe it’s time for everyone to strap on their seat belts and embrace the journey and, of course, be prepared for impact. Laughs definitely help the situation and make everyone’s time stuck in quarantine far more enjoyable. To Powell County and beyond!
Martha Jane Smith, age 104, widow of Carl Smith, passed away on April 30, 2020 at her residence on Little Hardwicks Creek Road, Clay City, KY. Born in Krypton, KY she was the daughter of the late William and Rebecca Coldwell Whitehead and she was a member of Grace Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy. In addition to her husband and her parents she was also preceded in death by one brother, Walter Whitehead; two half brothers, Lester Whitehead and Troy Whitehead; two step brothers, Green Hazlett and Walter Hazlett; one sister, Edith Fields and two step sisters, Annie Hazlett and Addie Hazlett. She is survived by one daughter, Carlene Smith Haynes of Clay City; two sons, Doyle (Elizabeth) Smith of Mt. Sterling and Delmer Smith of West Liberty; four step children: Chris Hanson, Timothy Hanson, Jeffery Hanson and Jimmy Hanson; eight grandchildren: Valene McKinney, Valerie Hunter, Veronica Robertson, Vanessa Shoemaker, Mike Smith, Larry Smith, Donna Pleiman and Steven Smith; 11 great grandchildren: Tara McKinney, Sara Halcomb, Jessica Poe, Megan Haynes, Dustin Shoemaker, Kendra Shoemaker, Chrystal Bishop, Logan Morton, Zack Smith, Matthew Smith and Scarlet Smith and nine great-great grandchildren: Brody Halcomb, Jake Halcomb, Madison Frazier, Jaylin Wallin, Addie Morton, Alexis Bishop, Braxton Bishop, Hunter Poe and Charles Turner. A private graveside service officiated by Bro. Willard Estep wias held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Kennon Cemetery. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
Brian Lee Brewer, age 42, of Stanton, Kentucky passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Born in West Liberty, Kentucky he was the son of Ralph Lee Brewer of Campton and Sandy and Dave Taulbee of Stanton. He was a 1996 graduate of Powell County High School, a member of the Carpenter’s Union and former employee of Congleton and Hacker Company. Brian was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Tilden Bedwell and his paternal grandfather, Lloyd Brewer. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Michelle Beshears Brewer; one son, Austin Chase Brewer of Stanton; daughter by heart, Alyssa Renee Brewer of Richmond; maternal grandmother, Betty Bedwell; paternal grandmother, Lois Brewer; step grandmother, Doris Horn; two sisters, Andreana (Ray) Johnson of Irvine and Rebecca (Cameron) Romero of Mt. Sterling; step sister, Brandy (Chris) Henderson of Clay City; half brother, Ryan Tyler (Elizabeth) Brewer of Louisa; nephews and nieces, Michael Ratliff Jr., Seth Edwards, Alexxa Gordon and Megan Ratliff; step nephew, Jacob Henderson; step niece, Allison Henderson and several aunts and uncles . A private graveside service officiated by Bro. Bobby McQuinn will be held on May 7, 2020 in Elkins Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Taulbee, Austin Chase Brewer, Seth Edwards, Ray Johnson, Chris Henderson, Nicholas Prince, Danny Rogers, Ralph Brewer and special uncle Carl Trent. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
Merle Travis Trusty, 41, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from a accidental fall. He was an employee of the Stanton Housing Authority. He was born November 21, 1978 in Plymouth, IN to Clarence Trusty and the late Peggy Earnest Trusty. Survivors include, daughter, Tinisha Trusty; father, Clarence Trusty; and sisters, Michele (Kenny) Rowe, Misty (Tim) Marsh, and Amanda (Shawn) Henderson. Private services were Friday, May 1 Davis & Davis Funeral Home, Stanton. Burial in Stonegate Cemetery with Clarence Trusty, Shawn Henderson, Tim Marsh, Cody Rowe, Tommy Mays, Allen Thomas, and Larry Means serving as pallbearers.
Brian Scott Buckland 41 of Clay City passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Hospital. He was born June 4, 1978 in Winchester to Jimmy and Marcia Buckland. He was a mechanic. He is survived by his mother Marcia Buckland of Clay City, two sons Christian Buckland of Bath Co. Caden Buckland of Bath Co., a daughter Keira Hawkins of Clay City and two sisters Jamie Buckland of Mt. Sterling and Kayla Buckland of Clay City. He was preceded in death by his father Jimmy Buckland. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
William Christopher Childs, 59, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at his home. He was born July 11, 1960 in San Diego, California to the late William Donald and Velma Taylor Childs. He was a retired salesman. Private services were Saturday, April 25, 2020. Burial in Vaughns Mill Cemetery, Clay City.
Betty J. Smith, 74, widow of Burnis Smith, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at Saint Joseph Mt. Sterling. She was born April 1, 1946 in Ohio to the late Wallace and Agnes Mae Williams Neal. Survivors include, sons, Randy D. Smith and Danny Smith; daughters, Agnes Marie Watson and Sandy Stamper; grandchildren, Melinda Smith, Tracey Smith, Ashley Howard, and Lois Stamper; great-grandchildren, Trevor Smith, Kadence Smith, Shaylyn Leach, Delilah Howard, and Kerrigan Smith. Private services were Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Martha Helton, 79, wife of Wilford Dale Helton, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at Saint Joseph East Hospital, Lexington. She was born June 1, 1940 in Montgomery County to the late Melvin Malcom and Sylvania Ellen Stanhope Tincher. Survivors include, husband, Wilford Dale Helton; sons, Rick Williams, Samuel Helton, and Vaughn Helton; daughters, Pamela Williams and Kristen Helton; brothers, David Tincher, Joe Tincher, and John Tincher; sister, Lowana Evans; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were Saturday, April 25, 2020 Davis & Davis Funeral Home. Burial in Helton Family Cemetery.
Kimberly Burton Hall, 49, wife of David Hall, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Baptist Health, Louisville. She was born September 18, 1970 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky to Kenneth Burton and Brenda Layne Sharpe. Survivors include, husband, David Hall; son, David Michael Hall; mother, Brenda Sharpe; father, Kenneth Burton; sister, Marti Burton; nieces, Kensley, Maisey, and Samantha; nephew, Robert Dewayne Lawson; grandmothers, Opal Burton and Pauline Layne; sister-in-law, Pricilla (Larry) Lawson. Private services were Friday, April 24, Montgomery Cemetery, Menifee County.
Edward Eugene Rogers, 71, husband of Phyllis J. Rogers, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
By: Lisa Johnson
On Sunday, April 26th, just before 3 in the afternoon, a house fire was reported at 9750 Winchester Rd. here in Powell County. Units from Clay City, Hargett, Stanton, and Middle Fork responded. Firefighters were heartbroken when it was discovered that one cat and three dogs had perished in the fire. The fire was found to have started in the rear of the structure which is considered a total loss. Clay City Fire Assistant Chief, Eric Strange, called in Red Cross to assist the homeowner. The cause of the fire is still unknown. We would like to thank all firefighters yesterday for coming out and helping. The rain was cold and windy. Officer, Bonnie McIntosh, Stanton Fire stood in the cold and rain with her pink helmet on, handling the traffic. These volunteers worked hard and long hours, never feeling the cold. They are all proud members of one family.
By: Madison Fugate
On Tuesday, April 14th, the Powell County Fiscal Court was able to safely conduct their meeting through means of technology that allowed each magistrate to join in via video call. The meeting began with a message from Stacy Crase of the Powell County Health Department. She gave updates on how the health department has successfully worked with other important groups in the county such as Emergency Management teams and local media in order to provide updates and education. She confirmed that despite what information you may have heard so far, to date, there has only been one COVID-19 case reported in Powell County and this case has since recovered. The health department would indeed be notified of any additional reported cases. Executive Judge, James Anderson, showed his gratitude to Crase for all of her diligent efforts during this pandemic.
To follow there was discussion regarding a budget amendment involving an energy conservation project in the amount of $1,125,527.00. As soon as the money is there, the Fiscal Court will approve this amendment. Revisiting some unfinished matters- the fiscal court also needed to make a few clarifications to the budget for Powell County Jail. The biggest implication on the budget for the jail was the Governor’s signing to lock in the current retirement rate. The jailer also needed to include in the salary lines of his deputy to insure those amounts were being considered. Anderson wanted to make sure all necessary changes would be considered and included in the budget.
Anderson wanted to make a point to encourage the citizens of Powell County to log in to my2020census.gov and complete a census. He advises this process will be brief and is crucial step in order to ensure that the county will be properly funded. He then addresses the census checks could be considered as potentially worrisome for a small community with several local businesses such as Powell County. To support this notion, he expresses his concern that most of the monies will be spent at larger franchises and he warns recipients to be cautious of where their dollars are spent and to shop locally whenever possible.
He then led a word of honorable mention to honor our local faith communities and their efforts to provide a positive experience during the Easter holiday season. When considering our local churches, Anderson remarked, “We are just so very proud of the way that they represented Powell County.” He also sent praise to Powell County Clerk, Jackie Everman and team in their accommodations to best serve Powell County. Everman would like to remind everyone that restoration and renewals have been extended for (90) ninety days and you can still renew online at drive.kentucky.gov or by mail, P.O. Box 548, Stanton, KY 40380- the $2.00 fee will be waived for this service. The window service is available on Wednesdays from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. at the Powell Counwty Clerk’s office. Marriage licenses are by appointment only. Your fishing and hunting license can be done online, there are still some retailers offering this service as well. Anderson then uttered his appreciation to our local businesses and community partners. The Powell Valley Millwork was certainly implemental as for their abundant donatiowns in hand sanitizer to the county. Later, he expressed a few lines of appreciation for the first responders and dispatch staff and his understanding of their sacrifices during this time. These were just a few of the appreciated and valuable contributions that were mentioned.
The next item for discussion was the progress in effort to open the Clay City Industrial Park- just located right off the main Clay City exit. Powell County received a grant to have the utilities facilitated. In order to finish this particular need, a request for engineering had been made. The submissions for this job were then acknowledged and are as follows: Nesbitt Engineering, Inc., Blake Adams Engineering, and Palmer Engineering. However, the Fiscal Court will still need to meet with the industrial authorities in order to make their decision based upon their recommendations.
After some detailed discussion of Powell County’s duties as well as some past experiences, a motion was made to maintain the contribution and leave the soil conservation the same as the year before. Anderson informed the magistrates he would be in communication with County Attorney, Robert King, in order for the two to dictate a response that meets the criteria.
Laura Denise Strange, age 45, passed away on April 17, 2020 at her residence on Frames Branch Road, Clay City, KY. Born in Mt. Sterling, KY she was the daughter of Jerry and Gathala Goodwin Strange, Clay City, KY. She was a 1992 graduate of Powell County High School. Laura was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Wayne and Betty Goodwin and sister-in-law, Gloria Mendoza. In addition to her parents she is also survived by her former husband and best friend, James Junior Strange and by her life partner and best friend, Valari Cochran; one son, James Ethan (Tiffany Chavanne) Strange; one daughter, Harley Denise Strange; one grandchild, Xzavier Patton; brother Nicholas (Joan) Conner; half brother Brandon Conner; special niece and nephew, Debra Nicole and Dylan Andrew Conner; nieces and nephews: Regina, James, Destiny, Karah, Brianna, Israel, Dionte, Steven and Kansas and several aunts and uncles. Private graveside services will be conducted in the Wayne and Betty Goodwin Cemetery. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
Rodney Waco McKinney 84 of Clay City passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Fountain Circle Nursing and Rehabilitation in Winchester. He was born May 24, 1935 in Morgan County to Ralph and Mary McKinney. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, retired from Rockwell and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Clay City. He is survived by three sons Rodney McKinney and his wife Shelia of Jeffersonville, Roger McKinney of Camargo, Anthony McKinney of Mt. Sterling, a daughter Kathy Lee and her husband Bret of Mt. Sterling, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, a brother Coy McKinney of Ohio and a sister Gabrielle Christine of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Mary McKinney, a brother Phillip McKinney and a sister Nadine Stethem. Private graveside services were Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Rest Haven Cemetery with Bro. Johnny Hurt officiating. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.
By: Lisa Johnson
On Wednesday, April 8 just after ten o’clock in the morning a man driving on Hardwick’s Creek, fell asleep at the wheel. The Maysville man’s vehicle came to rest under a telephone pole just feet from plunging into the creek. He was alert and out of the car when first responders arrived.
He is lucky to be alive, driving while drowsy is incredibly dangerous. According to the CDC The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013. However, these numbers are underestimated, and up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.
The Sleep Foundation says that drowsy driving is extremely dangerous. Sleep deprivation can have similar effects on the body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours or more essentially has the same effect as a blood alcohol level of .05 (for reference .08 the legal limit). Someone who has been awake for a full 24 hours and driving is similar to driving with a blood alcohol level of .10.
It’s important to recognize the signs of drowsiness before getting behind the wheel of a car. If you are yawning or blinking frequently, having difficulty remembering the past few miles driven, have missed your exit, keep drifting from your lane or hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road it may be a good idea to pull over for a quick nap or to stop somewhere for a cup of coffee.
Being fifteen minutes late to your destination is better than not arriving at all.
Marvin “Joe” Vinson Sparks, 48, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born June 15, 1971 in Winchester, Kentucky to the late Marvin Vinson Wasson and Hilda Sparks Wilson. Survivors include, sons, Joshua (Angela) Sparks, Richmond and Nathaniel Sparks, McKee; daughter, Brianna (Derek) Collins, Richmond; grandchild, Riley Jay Collins; mother, Hilda Wilson, Winchester; brothers, Shawn Hudgel, Pebbles, OH, Ronnie Dale “Dinkey” Williams Jr., Winchester, and James Wesley Williams, Winchester; sisters, Marlene Wasson, Zaundra Swanson, Nancy Wasson, Martha (Barry) Morton, Annitta Lykins, Shamo (James) Creech; grandmother, Betty Sparks; aunt, Joyce Hamm; life long friend, Tonya Shell Sparks; best friend, David Keith Yeary; several nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Wasson and grandmother, Myrtle Yeary. Private Services were Monday, April 13, 2020. In lieu of flowers contributions suggested to the funeral home for his services.
Celia Inaz Estes, age 83, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020. Born in Stanton, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Sherman Bellamy, Sr. and Beulah Brandenburg Bellamy and the widow of Elby Lee Estes, Jr. Celia Estes was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio where she taught Sunday School, Baptist Women’s Class and Girls In Action Class. She also taught at Mount Pleasant Children’s Village in Monroe, Ohio and Building Blocks in Middletown, Ohio. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Lee Estes and David Allen Estes; one daughter, Sandra Estes; three brothers: Sherman Bellamy Jr., James Bellamy and Alvin Bellamy and three sisters: Alberta Handy, Arvetta Nolan and Reva Crowe. Celia Estes is survived by two sons, Larry D. (Lisa) Estes and Timothy (Gwen) Estes; one daughter, Shelia Estes; one brother, Kelly (Arlene) Bellamy; two sisters, Ruby (Hank) Fiola and Shirley Ann (Brinton) Crabtree; seven grandchildren: Tonya Estes, Rebecca Williams, Jacob Wayne Estes, Richard Lee Estes, Caci Lee Estes, Leah Estes and Melissa Dooley; 13 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Private services will be conducted. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
Patty Hall 57 of Clay City passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020 at her residence with her family by her side. She was born August 31, 1962 in Winchester to Thomas A and Reva Powell. She was a housewife. She is survived by her husband David Hall of Clay City, two sons Brandon Powell and his wife Jessica of Jeffersonville, Kaleb Hall of Clay City, two daughters Tasha Rogers and husband Richard of Stanton, Brittany Hall and Derrick Brooks of Clay City, three grandchildren Jeremiah Rogers of Stanton, Bracken Powell of Stanton, Coledon Powell of Jeffersonville, a brother Dennis Powell and wife Linda of Clay City, Robin Powell Moore of Stanton. And sister in-law Linda Coombs Powell. She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas A and Reva Powell, two brothers Thomas Eugene Powell and Jimmy Dale Powell and two sisters Betty Jane Hall and Penny Denise Powell. Private graveside services were held Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Hall – Strange Cemetery in Clay City with Bro. Johnny Hurt officiating. Pallbearers were David Hall, Derrick Brooks, Richard Rogers, Randy Goodwin, Cecil Dixon and Danny Olinger. Honorary pallbearers were Kaleb Hall, Brandon Powell, Jeremiah Rogers, Bracken Powell and Coledon Powell. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Leanndrea Dee Williams 33 of Jeffersonville passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Mt. Sterling. She was born September 9, 1986 in Mt. Sterling to Larry and Peggy Williams. She was a Government Employee and a member of the Living Waters Church in Mt. Sterling. She is survived by her parents Larry and Peggy Williams of Clay City, two sisters Heather Chandler and her husband Josh of Jeffersonville and Katelyn Geil and her husband Christopher of Clay City. Graveside services were held Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the West Bend Cemetery in Clay City with Bro. John Duggins officiating. Pallbearers are Josh Chandler, Caleb Chandler, Eric Mays, David Williams, C D Dyer and Christopher Geil. Grayson Funeral Home is in charge of services.
Jacob Watson 28 of Stanton passed away March 30, 2020 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center from injuries he received in an auto accident. He was born in Winchester May 9, 1991 to Randy and Roberta Watson. He was an employee of Infiltrator Water Tech in Winchester. He is survived by his father Randy Watson of Stanton, his fiancé Cordelia Hale of Stanton, a son Jacobe Watson of Stanton and a brother Jonathan Watson of Stanton. He was preceded in death by his mother Roberta Watson and infant twin brothers. A private graveside services was held Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Cobb Hill Cemetery in Irvine with Bro. Jimmy Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Jonathan Watson, Samuel Higgins, Dean Estepp, Shawn Woolsey, John Watson, and Cole Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers Charlie Goodwin, Michael Curtis, Chase Johnson, John Watson Jr. and Robert Hale. Grayson Funeral Home was in charge of services.