Is Clay County’s glass half full or half empty? The answer differs, of course, according to whom it is asked.
A group of about 20 community leaders and concerned citizens, members of the Health Clay Coalition, gathered last Thursday, and their response is a definite half full.
After breaking into small work groups, they were asked, “What are you proud to say that Healthy Clay Coalition has accomplished?”
Their responses included: the Manchester smoking ban, McDonald’s changing its menus, crosswalk signage by the state Highway Department, safer walking with citations for drivers who ignore pedestrians, public safety ads with children, recycling, and a tripling in membership of the fitness center.
They were then asked to, “Imagine Clay County as you would like it to be in 10 years. Describe how it will be different.”
They responded with: stay in Clay (population increase), better educated population that takes ownership, more safe areas for walking and running, continue county-wide beautification, promote the good, health is contagious (a healthy environment for a healthy us).
Other responses included: increase convenience factor at local parks, decrease obesity rate, have food service move from compliance to leadership, have ambulances posted in different parts of the county, move from a sense of entitlement to “I’m earning.”
More responses were: improvement of access to healthy foods, have Clay County in 10 years seen as a progressive place (the kind of community in which people would want to stay and move to), have adventure tourism, have the smoking ban be county-wide and have the county be drug-free.
The group was asked, “What do you see as the strengths and assets of Clay County that can be mobilized to make Clay County a ‘Healthy place to live, work and play’?”
Some responses were: existence of hiking trails, natural beauty, local media, good schools, lots of hard-working people who will rally together, history, athletic excellence and artistic people.
They were then asked, “Who needs to be involved in defining goals and objectives for the Healthy Clay County strategic plan? How can we engage them in this process?”
Responses included: the entire community, the faith-based community, the Historical Society and leaders of local communities.
The group is going to get together again March 2, according to Health Department Educator Rhonda Bowling. Goals are to be defined, and a strategic plan is to be compiled. It, then, will be presented to the community.
Clay County was hit hardest by Sunday’s snowstorm, according to Jackson Energy spokesperson, Karen Combs.
In a press release, Combs said that 1,300 outages were reported in Clay County, far more than any other county. She said a main power line serving the Oneida area was hit by damage, causing a loss of power to over 140 homes Sunday night. There were smaller outages throughout the rest of the county.
Crews were expected to have all power restored by noon on Monday.
Kentucky Utilities, which serves part of the Manchester area, reported six outages affecting 36 customers.
KU spokesperson Cliff Feltham said that 15 customers were without power from approximately 5 p. m. Sunday to 5 a. m. Monday because of trees on lines and broken poles. The other customers were in the Chadwell Road area. Trees on lines caused loss of power from approximately 9:40 p. m. to 5:30 a. m.
Over half of the Clay County coroner death cases in 2011 were drug or alcohol-related, County Coroner Danny Finley told the fiscal court last Thursday.
Clay County Schools could let out as early as May 10, if weather or illness does not take a hand.
Clay County schools have been hit recently by several illnesses, according to the nursing supervisor of the county health department.
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