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  • By Sidney Cann

    Sid's Outdoors

  • Shanna McClung didn’t celebrate her 13th birthday with a party. She celebrated by hosting a pageant to benefit Grayson County Humane Society.

    McClung, a pet lover and cheerleader with Twin Lakes All-Stars, got the idea for her birthday party after a dance party she and her parents, Joey and Delana McClung, hosted last year for her birthday. Everyone attending was asked to bring canned food instead of birthday presents.

  • On a cold, rainy night in February, seven members of Leitchfield Lions Club, dressed in camouflage, struck out for Lewisport to capture Felix the Traveling Lion.

    At approximately 6 p.m. they arrived at the Clubhouse where Felix had last been spotted. With a gun, hats, and even a “Lion”, they entered the building. Needless to say the Lewisport members were surprised by our appearance, but we “got ’er done!”

  • By Anna Taylor
    Intern Staff Writer

    With the start of a new school year comes the time for some back-to-school shopping trips. Whether you’re a first time back-to-school shopper or you are familiar with the ritual, it’s always an exciting process. Once your children are ready to set a day aside for school shopping, here are some things to consider when it comes to attire.

    What’s appropriate?

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    Tim Skees, a firefighter and EMT from Big Clifty, was cast in a movie about Patsy Cline in May. The movie is a remake of Cline’s life story.

    Skees, the son of Danny and Deanna Skees, will play a bodyguard in the movie and said his time on the set is the most interesting in his life. His part was announced on May 7 via Facebook, search “Patsy.”

  • By Anna Taylor
    Intern Staff Writer

    Missionary group Putting Prayers to Action, Inc.’s focus is to provide the needs of families in poverty stricken areas while sharing the love of Christ.  In an effort to do that, the group provides food and supplies to local food banks and churches. The ministry also travels to some of these poverty stricken places to help them and worship with them. This summer, Putting Prayers to Action will be traveling to eastern Kentucky.

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    This past weekend the largest crowds for several years, excluding the theatre festivals, gathered at the Pine Knob Theatre for the premier of "Be Bop A Lula."  

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    My name is Dawn Blandford and I am so much more than a cancer survivor. I am a wife, daughter, and mother of three amazing children. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 35.  

    In my years growing up, I battled issues with my bowels such as constipation and diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  • By Jack Ewing
    UK Extension

    Just as the summer grilling season is heating up, beef supplies across the country are down, meaning it might cost a little more to host that backyard party. In fact, the number of beef cattle in the United States is reportedly less than 30 million – the lowest number since the early 1960s. And when numbers go down and feed prices go up, consumers end up paying more.

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    The nationally acclaimed Camp Invention summer program is coming to Leitchfield this week. Inspired and influenced by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention is a weeklong summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The program creatively immerses and engages its participants through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Each year women’s magazine Marie Clair honors 16 women younger than 40 who are reinventing the industry in which they work. In November, when the “Women on Top” were named, a Clarkson native was among them. Sarah Vickery was a surprised and humbled by the honor.

    “The other women in the group are so accomplished and fascinating; it’s just an honor to be in their company,” she said via email in December.

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    On the morning of Dec. 2, insurgents detonated a truck laden with explosives next to Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, and detonated it. A two-hour battle followed and the insurgents were defeated by the cooperation of coalition and Afghan forces. The insurgents were defeated, but a gate was destroyed as a result of the battle.

  • Kelsey Basham told Actos, Models and Talent For Christ (AMTC) that she was ready to move to New York City tomorrow if asked. Had her mother been with her, it’s a good possibility there would be conditions added to the answer. Basham is moving to New York but just for four short weeks next summer to work as an actress with AMTC.

  • A week in Chicago usually makes one think of vacation for but for Abigail Floyd, it was all about dancing. Floyd spent hours dancing in a ball room at a Chicago hotel for five days with other ballet dancers.

  • I was drafted in March of 1953. We went to Indianapolis, Ind., to sign in, then to Michigan for a while.

    Then they put us on C130s and sent us to Camp Polk, now Fort Polk for 16 weeks of basic training in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
    The truce (of the Korean War) was signed during out last week of basic training but they sent us to Korea anyway. We stopped over in Japan for a while.
    I was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 69th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Division. I was in charge of the pits in that outfit.

  • Hayward Wilkerson has always been interested in his family’s history. With the help of computers, his family’s history has more depth and stories than ever before.

  • Alfred Hitch joined the Illinois National Guard on Jan. 5, 1964. He served six years in the Guard, starting as a tank driver and switching to mechanic.

    Hitch served one night a week for a while, then the Guard changed the requirement to one weekend a month and they were strict about showing up, he said.
    He remembers a fellow soldier in his group that didn’t show up for training and immediately was moved to an activated unit and shipped overseas. Hitch’s unit also was in line to go to Vietnam.

  • What started as an obligation in 1957 became a 30-year career for Ray Stevenson. Stevenson was working at Houchens Market in Leitchfield when he joined the U.S. Air Force that year.

    “I wanted to get my obligation out of the way,” Stevenson said.
    The draft was in force and he knew he would be required to serve. Stevenson signed on for four years, passing up a shot at management with Houchens. After four years in service, Stevenson was married to Nellie Heavren, who grew up in Grayson Springs.

  • April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time set aside to recognize the more than 200,000 individuals throughout the U.S. who play a vital role in the delivery of public safety services. Often called the “unsung heroes of public safety,” these men and women are usually the first point of contact for those in need.

  • By Adrian Sanders
    Correspondent
    On March 6, while juniors were slaving over the ACT, seniors were getting jazzed up in their best dresses and sharpest button-ups in preparation for a tradition known as the Senior Social. For more than 20 years, this senior-only gathering has been a special event here in Grayson County for not only the students, but for members of the community as well. Influential figures of our county gathered with the senior class at The Rock for inspiring speeches, appetizing food catered by Farmer’s Feedmill and amusing karaoke.