Late in the afternoon on August 10th, Governor Andy Beshear made another decision that would have a drastic impact on families state-wide. He gave a strong recommendation that schools should wait to begin in-person classes until September 28th. He later further recommended that students should not begin in-person classes again until Kentucky has witnessed a decline in positive COVID-19 cases. Powell County originally planned to offer in-person learning in the classroom and had a special called board meeting planned for that same afternoon of the governor’s announcement to meet and discuss vital questions with local health professionals. However, following the announcement the meeting was canceled and this statement was posted to social media as a response, “With Governor Beshear’s announcement strongly recommending no in-person learning at schools before September 28th, the PCS Board of Education’s special called meeting for tonight has been canceled. We will still have a brief question and answer session which will be live streamed using a link found at www.kyschools.us. Since we will not be considering in-person learning until late next month, we will focus on answering questions that do not relate to in-person learning. It breaks our hearts that we cannot spend the time we want with our students for the next several weeks. We continue to put the health and safety of our students and staff at the highest priority. Stay tuned for information about Remote Learning Orientation sessions which will be planned for August 25-27.”
By: Lisa Johnson
On Saturday, July 29 at 8:30 in the evening, Daniel W. Anderson of Mount Sterling report- edly stole a pickup from the Bowen First Church Of God. The victim, who was speaking to dispatch, advised he was in the bed of the truck and in fear of his life as Anderson was driving erratically in an attempt to eject the owner from the bed of the truck.
Police located the vehicle on East Col- lege near the Airport Market where Anderson made an obscene ges- ture to law enforcement. Officers attempted to execute a traffic stop on East College, but Ander-
son ignored them and continued south toward Bowen at a high rate of speed. Still driving reck- lessly with the owner in the back. Anderson was driving so fast officers could hardly keep up with him.
Anderson proceed- ed to go off-road in the 3000 block of Campton Road, driving through a field, plunging into the Red River and fi- nally coming to a stop when he struck a tree. Anderson then jumped from the truck, without clothes, plunging into the river. Officers plead- ed with Anderson to stay put, but he cursed at them and appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant.
A police search was
conducted with the as- sistance Stanton Fire and the subject was lo- cated three hours later, unclothed, in a tree. An- derson admitted to using Methamphetamine and stealing the truck. An- derson is charged with wanton endangerment of police officers, flee- ing and evading, theft by unlawful taking, operat- ing a motor vehicle un- der the influence of drugs and alcohol. The owner had jumped out of the truck before the crash receiving a hand laceration from the in- cident. The damages to his vehicle are estimat- ed at more than $6000. Anderson is lodged in the Powell County de- tention center.
By: Madison Fugate
It’s no secret that Powell County has it’s share of talented locals among the gifted music artists, creative painters and the galore more out there. For some of us, our talents can be unique, such as those who devote so much of themselves to horse training and equestrian. Kelsey R. Howell, a Powell County Middle School student and local, is a prime example of someone who understands their abilities can lead her to achieve her wildest dreams if she doesn’t lose sight of what’s important to her. Her passion for horses and time under her trainer and uncle, Derick Tipton of Tipton Mountain Horses, here in Powell County has led her to her first competition held in Northern Kentucky and coming home with her first blue ribbon, at just 14 years old. Competing with the “big wigs,” so to speak, never phased her. The determination and joy shielded any doubts. “She is smart, driven and sensitive, especially with animals,” her proud grandpa, James Ed Dennis, claims.
A day in the life of Kelsey would include several hours spent taking care of these massive, beloved animals. Seeing that she is there as a helping hand when one may require any sort of doctoring, and always eager to help with feeding, watering, grooming and exercising these animals. For as long as her family members could remember, the love of horses was always there with Kelsey, and dates as far back as her pretending to be a horse herself and galloping through the halls. Competing has been a life long dream for this young and determined animal lover, she’s been preparing for it her whole life.
It’s not usual that an equestrian at such a young age is delegated the responsibilities that Kelsey handles so well. To be able to volunteer and participate as much as she does at her age is certainly an accomplishment, and her family expresses their gratitude to her Aunt Anna Tipton and Uncle Derick Tipton in allowing her the opportunity to be such an asset and prove her talents and unspoken connection with horses. Kelsey is a trainee and volunteer at Tipton Mountain Horses. This particular farm is often occupied with well over 100 or more horses. It’s unquestionably a sought after location to trust your most prized equestrian with. Many, even some internationally, have a connection to Powell County by and through this farm.
Her entire family stands behind her choices and her goals, in fact, they are beaming with pride. Her family claims she doesn’t consider what she does work, because it’s where her passion runs deep. It would be a safe bet to assume there will be plenty more competitions and victories in Kelsey’s future as she intends to continue working her way up, that of course entails more horses and more shows. Congratulations, Kelsey, continue to beat the odds as Powell County listens and cheers along with your proud family.
On July 20th, Mayor Allen made an important message that sparked the interest and opinion of several Powell County citizens. “Due to the spike of COVID in Powell County, we are considering canceling some activities. People are not wearing the masks as ask to, this could influence our decision. At this time, the splash park, Music in the Park, ballfields, and basketball courts are open, but with the spike in cases we may be forced to cancel these activities for the health and safety of our employees and citizens. The City of Stanton will make a decision in the next couple days.” -Mayor Allen
By Madison Fugate
The Barn at the Gorge located in Stanton, Kentucky and owned by Jennifer Drake, has in store some events for this Summer season that have been triggering the excitement of several locals. On July 9th, they hosted their first ever Karaoke Night. This was an event hosted outside, with a lot of comfortable fanning and a large enough space to accommodate the mandated 50 or less capacity at a safe distance. There is no cover charge, there was however food and drinks available for purchase. The food was prepared and provided by another well known and locally owned restaurant, The Red River Smokehouse. Owner and operator, Jennifer Drake, expresses her pursuit to host this event each Thursday, if all goes accordingly. She states you can follow the events more closely by liking her Facebook page and following the events posted online.
Typically, this location is most often times used as a venue for weddings and is a popular and sought after spot for said occasions. Drake devotes the majority of her time and energy into these special days for her clients. One motto she prides her business behind for her wedding events is “creating the best day ever.” This amazing barn is located just on the other side of the gravel drive that leads to the 4 Guys RV Park at the Gorge where you will find another popular area, more particularly known as a camping site that offers a pool, playground area, and more.
In addition to karaoke nights, the Barn at the Gorge also hosted a night for musician Tyler Halsey to perform acoustic on July 11th with an admission fee of $10.00 and a limit of 50 people as recently mandated. There is another date set for a live performance in store at the Barn at the Gorge. The Cornbread Opera is scheduled to play on July 18th with the same regulations, as of now, and an entry fee of $5.00. As with anything for the duration of this prolonging pandemic, the agenda and regulations are subject to change and you can stay updated by following their Facebook page.
By MADISON FUGATE
An election like never before, an election that will most likely hold an interesting read for history books in years to come. Despite the challenges, Powell County Clerk, Jackie Everman and the rest of the office teamed up with Stanton Postmaster, Danna Hughes, to ensure mailed ballots were delivered to and from on time and their hard work and determination allowed for a very different poll in votes as required from them this year. The clerk and staff pulled long hours and added days to count votes. Everman summarizes her view and thoughts behind the process, “This year’s voting was definitely different, thanks to the pandemic, but all in all, I think it went rather smooth. Even though there was a lot more pressure on me and a lot of extra work and time that went into it versus a “normal” election, I think we handled it rather well. We went from less than 10% of people voting by mail up to almost 60%. I’m anxious to see how we will proceed with the General Election.” Kentucky’s primary election was originally scheduled for May 19, but was delayed until June 23 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. In the 2016 general election, Donald Trump won the state with 62.52% of the vote in Kentucky, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 32.68%. The winning presidential candidate has carried Kentucky in every election from 1964 to 2004. In 2008, John McCain won the state but lost the White House breaking that streak. Kentucky’s state Legislature is controlled by Republicans, while the governor’s office is in Democratic hands under the leadership of Governor Andy Beshear. Republicans hold both of the state’s US Senate seats and a majority of US House seats. This year in Powell county, there were more absentee ballots than in person votes. Republican candidate, Donald Trump led the president of the United States primary election in Powell County by 33 votes at a total of 877 votes with Joseph Biden, democratic candidate, following closely behind at 844 total votes. Bernie Sanders received 154 total votes and the remaining candidates had 50 or less each total in Powell County. Mitch McConnell led the United States Senator poll in Powell County with 791 total votes and Democrat, Amy McGrath, followed closely behind with 778 votes total. Democrat, Charles Booker received a total of 385 votes for Powell County and Democrat candidate
Mike Broihier had 161 total votes in the county. The remainder of candidates for United States Senator held 50 or less votes for Powell county. As far as the United States Representative in Congress, Democrat, Josh Hicks, led the poll for Powell County with 961 total votes and Republican Andy Barr had 872 total votes. Democrat Daniel Kemph received 443 total votes for United States representative in Congress, again in Powell County alone. The remaining candidates for United States Representative in Congress had 50 or less votes total each. The next choice on the ballot was for state senator, Albert Robinson led this campaign in Powell County with 455 total votes. Kay Hensley had 275 votes and Brandon Jackson Storm had a total of 192 votes for Powell County. The last choice on the ballot was for Justice of the Supreme Court, Robert B. Conley led the votes for Powell County with 1,080 total votes, the largest accumulation of supporting Powell County voters compared to any other candidacy. Sam Wright held 672 votes and Chris Harris had 570 votes total for Powell County.
Alden Thomas Pittman, 73, widower of Elda Pittman, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Saint Joseph Mt. Sterling. He was born December 16, 1946 to the late Jasper and Izetia Stewart Pittman. Survivors include, sons, Robert (Holly) Pittman and David (Sarah Derickson) Pittman; daughter, Christy (Shawn) Kennon; grandchildren, Jordan Rice,, Bryanna Rice, Christopher Rice, Mackenzie Rice, Braxton Pittman, Skylar Pittman, Tyler Pittman, Kelsey Parker, Dustin Parker, and Chase Kennon; great-grandchildren, Jaren Rice, EllieAnne Rice, and Hayden Ritchie; brothers, Jr (Vivian) Pittman. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Rayburn (Wanda) Pittman. Services were Monday, July 6, 6:00PM Davis & Davis Funeral Home, Stanton by Rev. Larry Shoemaker. Visitation Monday after 5:00PM.
Phyllis Jean Smith, 63, widow of Gary Smith, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born April 16, 1957 to the late Ollie and Dorthey Rogers Dunaway. She was a past employee of United L & N Glass, Versailles, and Winchester Farms. Survivors include, sons, Chris (Bridgette) Smith, Thomas Smith, and Titus Smith; grandchildren, Samantha Smith, Cody Smith, Shelby Smith, Mason Smith, and Morgan Smith; sisters, Sharon (Donny) Rogers, Ruthie (Stanley) Stull, Carolyn Skidmore, Ann Seaman, Sheila (Danny) Barnett, Debbie Stamper; brother, Billy Dunaway. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Dorthey Dunaway; husband, Gary Smith; brothers, Paul E Dunaway and Larry Dunaway. Services were Sunday, July 5, 2020, 10:00AM Davis & Davis Funeral Home, Stanton. Visitation Saturay 1-3pm at the funeral home. Burial was in Stonegate Cemetery, Stanton.
Charles Richard “Dickie” Luttrell, age 79, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his residence in Stanton, Kentucky. He was born April 22, 1941 in Combs, Kentucky to the late George and Edna Gabbard Luttrell. He was a member of Combs Baptist Church of Combs, Kentucky, an American Veteran serving in the United States Army in the Vietnam War and he was a retired truck driver for Hearne Trucking Company and Hilton Trucking Company. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Chapter 171. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Turner Luttrell and a special four legged friend “Little Richard”; three daughters: Tina and Steve Walker of Georgetown, Kentucky; Lesley and Carl Day of Smilax, Kentucky and Jennifer and Robert Burke of Irvine, Kentucky; two sons: David and Melanie Luttrell of Hazard, Kentucky and Charles and Jamie B. Luttrell of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; three brothers: Gerald Luttrell of Frankfort, Kentucky, Bill Luttrell of Indiana and Larry Joe and Peggy Sue Luttrell of Combs, Kentucky; eight grandchildren: Steven Walker, Derek and Sheridan Luttrell, Hannah Osborne, Cierra Harvey, Adrian Harvey, and Jayleigh and Ellie Burke; special niece Joy Taulbee and special nephew Jared Taulbee. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Hearne Funeral Home, 125 West College Avenue, Stanton, Kentucky from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Funeral services were officiated by Bro. Garland Lacy was held on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at the funeral home as well at 2:00 P.M. Burial was in Stonegate Cemetery with Darren Napier, Jared Privett, Jimmy Luttrell, Wendell Sexton, Ray Grigsby and Mike Seller serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Marvin Rose, Luke Rollins, Dr. Trish Lewis, David and Deborah Catchings and the Hazard V. A. Clinic. Hearne Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Charlie Richard Long, age 90, husband of Billie Fortney Long, passed away July 1, 2020 at his residence on Pearl Street, Stanton, KY. Born in Celina, TN he was the son of the late Miley and Margaret Willis Long. Charlie was a retired foreman with Codell Construction Company and he attended Stanton Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Albert Long and his sister, Faye Walters. He is survived by his wife, Billie Long; one son, Michael (Laura) Long of Kingston, OH; one daughter, Diana Long of Stanton; one brother, Jerry (Wanda) Long of Greenburg; five grandchildren: Carrie (Lee) Botts of Frenchburg, Audrey (Joey) Barker of Kingston, OH, Clayton Long of Tokyo, Japan, A. J. (Leslie) Greenwalt and Brittney Greenwalt of Chillicothe, OH; eight great grandchildren: Kylee Botts, Judah Barker, Cora Pelletier, Deghan Greenwalt, Kace Greenwalt, Adiline Greenwalt, Chandler Greenwalt and Brianna Barbee; special granddaughter, Amy Holder along with a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services officiated by Rev. Kim Rose were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Hearne Funeral Home Inc., 125 West College Avenue, Stanton, KY. Visitation was 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home Burial was in Stanton Cemetery with Wayne Fortney, Lee Botts, Dustin Holder, Murray Wakeham, Mike Flannery and Joey Barker serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Brenda Hughes, Ron and Barbara Rousey, Codell Construction Company Alumna, Brenda Crabtree, Judy Shaw, Everett “Junebug” and Denise Todd, Calvin Fortney, Teresa Kinser and Hospice East. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc.
Wilson H. Hampton, 95, passed away Friday night June 27, 2020. He was a native of West Bend Ky born to the late Walter and Lullia Cooper Hampton. Affectionately known as ‘W.H.’ and ‘Uncle H’ by those that loved him. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in WW II. He was the husband of Mae who proceeded him in death. W. H. Retired from Avon Army depot after many years of employment. He so enjoyed farming and took pride in raising his garden. He was a devoted member of Pine Grove CME in West Bend but also attended Greater St James CME in Winchester. He was a very kind man that never complained. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. Leaving to cherish his memory is his daughter Linda (Doug) Hopewell. Granddaughters Kathy and Brenda Hopewell, six great grandchildren, his sister, Evelyn Williams, several nieces including Rev. Cassandra Brown, a host of nephews, cousins and other relatives. The homegoing services were Friday, July 3, 2020 at Pine Grove CME in West Bend (ClayCity) KY. Visitation was from 12pm with 2pm service at the church. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery. Pastor Denise Jones, officiating. Arrangements by Chenault Bros Funeral Home, Winchester, KY.
By: Madison Fugate
It’s safe to assume that one of the most popular past time hobbies of several locals is the sport of golfing. So many residents, new and old, enjoy the golf courses here in this area. These courses have been around for many years and store fond memories to so many from years ago. Of these courses, the Beechfork Golf Club hosts an invitational tournament for these enthusiastic and dedicated players. Although several events have been either canceled or postponed this summer, there are still a select few planned events that can make safety precautions feasible while still choosing to carry out these events with some adjustment to the normalcy of certain procedures to assure safety. As many of you are already aware, golf is an outdoor sport that maintains a safe distance between players and with extra sanitation of equipment when necessary and so forth, fortunately, this sport can still be made possible despite the overwhelming cancellation of so many other future plans.
This tournament will take place on August 7th, 8th and 9th. On August 7th, there will be a blind draw scramble (A-B-C-D format), the scramble is to start at 11:00 a.m. An entry fee of $50.00 is required, Calcutta at 10:00 a.m. The cash payout is to be determined based upon the number of players. On August 8th, the tournament tee time begins at 8:00 a.m. with Calcutta after the completion of the first round. On August 9th, the tee time begins, again, at 8:00 a.m. with prizes to be awarded.
As for the tournament entry fee, the fee is $110 with your own cart and $130 if a rental cart is necessary. It’s encouraged for you to bring your own cart, if possible. The number of flights is based upon the number of participants. There will be a prize awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. The first place winner will be awarded with $500.00, second place participant will be awarded with $300.00, third place participant will be rewarded with $200.00, and fourth place participant will be rewarded with one-dozen proV1x golf balls. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s invitational tournament, you are welcome to reach out to 859-475-8045 or 606-481-2684 with any potential or further questions. The deadline to sign up for this tournament is August 5th, 2020. Members of the Beechfork Golf Club are seeking your support in bringing back this annual tournament and giving the community an event worth looking forward to. This year may be the time to make long lasting memories again out on the golf course!
By: Madison Fugate
The Powell County Board of Education have had no choice but to remain diligent and on their toes, so to speak, at all times to determine the best scenarios for our students and leaders here in Powell County. There are quite a few speculative and popular questions that have been roaming the minds of all citizens, “When will school open back?” or, “What requirements will my children and I be faced with?” Many students who are dedicated to their sports wonder if they should look forward to the next season, or if this too will be taken away from them. Currently, PCS leaders are designating these concerns as their top priorities. It should be made known the overwhelming series of events and potential incidents that require careful consideration by the administrative staff and board leaders in ensuring PCS staff and students are prepared for these unnatural circumstances.
On June 17th, Dr. Anthony Orr, Powell County Superintendent, emailed a detailed video to the families of Powell County students regarding the considerations of what the upcoming school year could look like. At the beginning of the video, Dr. Orr leads with this statement, “I want to make clear that we have not made any concrete decisions at this point.” He later adds there is hope these school leaders will be able to communicate their decisions to the public sometime in mid July. There are presently a couple contrasting options being debated on by the PCS administrative teams and the Powell County Board of Education. Each plan is similar in terms of the standard 185 day contract for employees, 1062 instructional hours, elementary recess and the fact that funding mechanism is still uncertain. Dr. Orr makes clear there are no plans to in any way “cut elementary recess.” He does describe PCS leaders’ intentions to consider possible changes and fine tuning to the current systems in place for these breaks.
Dr. Orr begins with the description of the first option under consideration. In January, there was a calendar with an approved student start day of August 11th. More recently there has been a moderated calendar with an option to begin school on August 25th. This new schedule currently under consideration includes labor day off, fair day off, a planning day for teacher’s in October, a traditional Christmas and Spring break with a possible end date of June 2nd. This schedule would not allow for the traditional fall break, but overall is very similar to past school years with this one exception, calendar wise. The next prepared option would allow the flexibility to begin school after Labor Day. This is the biggest and most noticeable difference. The planned days off would also be a relevant difference in the decision making. The planned days off for this option would include fair day, election day and Christmas break. This calendar would allow for a possible end date of June 8th.
After the announcement of options, Orr then instructs “We know that healthy at school is going to require social distancing.” Orr then weighs in on some of the factors of the large population of students who ride the school buses. It is believe the school system will still be able to transport students in buses as before. Each student would be required to wear a face mask and their temperature would need to be taken before they are able to occupy the bus. The requirements of masks of students in the classrooms have recently been relaxed. It has been decided by state leaders if students and teachers are able to maintain a 6 feet distance at all times, then there would be no need for a mask. However, both the size of the classrooms and class sizes create an issue for this allowance in Powell County’s school buildings. Orr claims he is continuing to closely follow the issue across the state to determine the concrete route. Plexiglass is not recommended for fear of numerous accidents that could occur from the use of. Pre-entry temperature checks and face masks would most definitely be recommended by the students and staff. There will be frequent opportunities for students and staff to sanitize and wash their hands in addition to frequent sanitizing of high touched surfaces. PCS leaders are still considering the effects of the use of the cafeteria and for now it can be assumed classroom lunches prove to be the best option.
“What if there is another spike in positive tests?” you may be asking yourself. Administrative staff and the board have also considered this scenario as a possibility as well. Dr. Orr explains the school system may need to take a brief shutdown as they have in the past for treatment of the common influenza illness. They are also looking into integrating technology more and more for each student for extended shut downs. The school system leaders are hoping they can avoid the rotation schedules. Orr also addresses the students who may be more vulnerable to this illness, or, who may live with family members with vulnerability. He assures special accommodations for these specif cases are being well thought out that would ensure the parents are more comfortable while keeping these students safe while learning. He then goes on to say, “It may be best for those students to learn at home on a full time basis.” One possibility would be live streaming to the students at home while the teacher teaches. Another possibility would be offering an online virtual school. Students would not work with their teaches through live stream as in the other option, they would instead have the ability to access schooling digitally. Dr. Orr relays he would be glad to hear your feedback and would be open to your thoughts through email email@example.com.
Mercy Health – Marcum and Wallace Hospital Updates
Hospital Visitor Policy
While continuing to ensure patient safety and well-being, Mercy Health – Marcum and Wallace Hospital has updated its visitor restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19.
No visitors are allowed for patients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 (exception is made in instances of end of life). For all other patients, the following policies apply to visitors to the hospital:
One visitor each day will be allowed for each admitted patient on the medical unit. The visitor is allowed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. A visitor may not leave the hospital campus and return that same day.
A visitor will be required to remain in a patient’s room even when the patient is not present.
Procedural patients may have one visitor for post-procedure consultations with the medical provider.
No visitors will be allowed to accompany patients in the ER or in outpatient areas such as lab, radiology, etc. The only exceptions are in cases of end-of-life, life-changing diagnoses, or if the visitor is needed for assistance with care or communication. Pediatric patients in these areas are allowed one parent/guardian.
No visitors with signs or symptoms of illness will be permitted and all visitors must pass a temperature check and screening to be allowed entry to the hospital.
All visitors must wear a mask at all times within the hospital (including while in a patient room.) The only exception is when eating and drinking.
Mercy Health – Marcum and Wallace Hospital recommends that anyone at high risk for severe illness, such as older adults or those with serious underlying conditions, not visit at this time.