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Anthony Lovett, pastor of Horse Creek Baptist will present the invocation to the joint chambers of Kentucky’s General Assembly tomorrow night in Frankfort. Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), the presiding officer of the general assembly, invited Lovett to lead the Governor, senators, house members and other elected officials in prayer at the start of the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address for 2015. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 PM, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in the House Chambers in the State Capitol Building.

Recycle your old Christmas tree


A natural Christmas tree is a holiday season tradition in many households.

Cherished are the memories made around it and dreaded is the day when it must come down, even if the needles are dropping like confetti on New Year’s Eve revelers.

A Christmas tree’s usefulness doesn’t end when the holidays are over.

They may be recycled for mulch or donated to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to provide more cover for fish – and better opportunities for anglers.

The department is accepting natural Christmas trees free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations at more than 30 drop-off locations across the state through Jan. 15, 2015. To find the nearest location, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Fish” tab and choose “Fishing Home” from the dropdown menu. A link for the Christmas tree recycling program appears on that page.

Fisheries personnel collect the donated trees and bundle them to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes across the state. These brush reefs provide new cover for all fish and nursery habitat for young fish. They also attract baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.

New habitat is placed in lakes year-round by fisheries personnel. The Global Position System (GPS) coordinates of these features are plotted on lake maps available on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website.

The Greatest Gift – The Gift of Life


Kenedy heading to her Sophomore Winter Formal last month

The Greatest Gift – The Gift of Life

This time of year, most of us are busy buying gifts, making plans, and celebrating with family.  Two years ago, Kenedy Maze and her family were just trying to make it through the holidays alive.  Kenedy, of Fleming County, Kentucky, was missing a lot.  She missed her friends because she was not allowed to go to school due to the advancing Cystic Fibrosis (CF) disease taking over her lungs.  She missed being able to run and play because she was now tethered to 6 liters of oxygen just to breathe.  She missed her sister, Kaylee, who lost her fight against CF in 2007.

In January 2013, Kenedy and her mother left family and friends to move to their transplant hospital St. Louis because Kenedy was getting so sick.  “When I hear of someone talk about registering as an organ donor, I hear them talking about a hero,” Kenedy has said.

During the holidays, many of us wish to give back, but we struggle to find the time and means to do so.  This Christmas, there is something everyone can do that costs nothing, takes less than a minute, and helps children like Kenedy.  Joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry gives hope to thousands of children, adults, and their families.

“Although we may not be able to save their life today, we are able to give them hope simply by registering,” explains Clay Circuit Clerk, James Phillips.  “There are over 124,000 patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant this Christmas.  Each day, 21 of those patients will lose their fight, and their life, waiting.”

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life works to educate Kentucky about the vital mission of organ donation and encourage everyone to be hope for patients in need.

“As your Circuit Court Clerk, I’ve been involved with our Trust For Life for many years.  My staff and I ask every person obtaining a license or ID if they would like to donate $1 to raise awareness about this lifesaving mission.  We are also required to ask everyone to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.  It only takes a moment to say ‘yes’ and be hope,” says Phillips.

Everyone, regardless of medical history or age can join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry simply by saying “yes” while renewing a driver’s license or going online to www.donatelifeky.org.

“We feel honored to give everyone the opportunity to be hope and save lives – in a quick and simple way – every day.  Thanks to the kindness of this community and the dedication of my hardworking staff, many of you have already joined the Registry over the years.  However, the need is still there.  Only 45% of Kentuckians are registered donors.  Everyone, regardless of medical history, can join the Registry to give hope to those waiting today.  It’s easy.  Do you have questions about organ donation?  You can call 1-866-945-5433 and talk to Shelley at the Trust For Life,” explains Phillips.

Kenedy received her Gift of Life in April 2013 after several months on the Waiting List.  “Kenedy’s lung transplant is still proving to be a success. Her lung functions are at 98%, and she is living life. Cystic fibrosis (CF) has stopped her from doing so much, but she is showing CF that she is stronger. Her Sophomore year of high school has been exciting,” explains Kenedy’s mom, Sandra Maze.  Kenedy adds how grateful she is for her second chance at life, “I have chosen to live my life not only for myself, but for my organ donor. I am living because of organ donation.

Riverside Trail Ground Breaking Ceremony


Governor Steve Beshear and Senator Robert Stivers participated in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the expansion of the Riverside Trail. Stay in Clay received a $130,000 grant to complete the trail. The ceremony featured music from the Clay County Middle School choir.

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New Manchester City Council and Mayor


New Manchester City Council and Mayor were sworn in by City Clerk Mamie Smith Monday night. (left to right) Betty S. Meredith, Penny Robinson, Darnell Hipster, Jamey Mills, Esther Thompson, Dr. James Rice, James Ed Garrison (Mayor) and Fred Rogers. Claude Davis was out of town.

Edwards arrested following shooting at Walmart

Michael Landon Edwards, age 32 of Manchester has been charged with assault (first degree) following an incident at Manchester Walmart Monday morning.

The arrest was made by Manchester Assistant Police Chief Patrick Robinson about a quarter-mile from the scene.

According to eyewitnesses at the scene shots were fired after an altercation in the parking lot. The victim was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital and was flown out by helicopter.


Missing from a home on Town Branch


The owner discovered the 2153613 Huskee Log Splitter missing over the holiday weekend according to Manchester Police Department Assistant Police Chief Patrick Robinson. If you have any information call the Manchester Police Department at (606) 598-8411.

SOAR board meeting held at EKU/Manchester


Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers recognized Chuck Fluharty, president and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), which has served as the interim administrative body for SOAR.  The co-chairs gave Fluharty a formal commendation to thank him for his work in organizing and supporting SOAR over the past year.  RUPRI will continue to support SOAR in a consulting role

SOAR Initiative Targets Action Plans for Region

As the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative approaches its second year, executive board members welcomed the new SOAR executive director and considered ways for the initiative to move from information-gathering efforts into action plans.

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers, the initiative’s co-chairs, called on the board to return to their communities with a renewed energy to tackle the more difficult work of implementing the recommendations gathered from a year’s worth of regional conversations.

Two Bridge Street Residents arrested on Thanksgiving

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Traci Mays and Jesse Rogers, both of Manchester, were arrested on Thanksgiving Day for being intoxicated in public. Manchester Police Department Officer Jason Combs responded to Bridge street to investigate a complaint of a intoxicated subject in an apartment destroying property. Traci Mays was arrested for alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest. Jesse Rogers was also arrested for alcohol intoxication. Both subjects were lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

Photo courtesy or the Clay County Detention Center.