The Manchester Enterprise: Community News

Clay Author Releases Fiction Thriller

Equal parts suspense, deception, and romance, former Clay resident  Joel Howard’s new book, “Bloodline and Betrayal,” will keep readers guessing with more twists and turns than a winding country road.

The book follows novelist Debra Benson as she experiences severe writer’s block after the tragic death of her mother. While seeking solace in the Adirondack Mountains, Debra meets David Kimble, an undercover FBI agent posing as a forest ranger, who has been sent to keep an eye on her. The two begin spending time together, and soon the couple can no longer deny their growing attraction for each other and realize they are in love.

But when Debra finds out that the father she never knew is the probable next president of the United States and he wants her killed to protect his reputation, she and David find themselves on a perilous journey of life and death, a journey that stretches from New York to the political jungle of Washington DC.

According to Sharon Crovetto, BS, Education, “‘Bloodline and Betrayal’ is a captivating and fast-paced adventure filled with betrayal and deceit. Its tapestry of characters is brilliantly interconnected in unforeseen and fascinating ways. The dramatic twists and turns of the plot heighten the excitement and intrigue.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Howard has always been a storyteller, and his family and friends have been entertained by his stories for years. He  and his wife, Sheila, now live in Hebron, Kentucky. They have one son, Michael, who is an accomplished gospel musician.

Joel will be signing “Bloodline and Betrayal” at the Clay County Public Library on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Bloodline and Betrayal, the new book by Clay author, Joel Howard.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:23


Blue Service Flags Given to Families of Clay's Enlisted


Clay County student Ashley Lewis presents SPC William Mitchell's family with a "Blue Service Flag" to display in their home until his safe return.



Family members of enlisted Clay County men and their families were honored at the Clay County Middle School Friday, along with SPC William Mitchell.

Mitchell, along with his mother, the wife and mother of SPC Jacob Stevens, and Leslie Sizemore, wife of Colonel Jimmy Sizemore, were given blue star service flags.

SPC William Mitchell, 20, of Clay County, accepted the flag along with his mother. Mitchell, a First Battalion Airborne solider, is set to return to Fort Campbell on Wednesday and will then be transferred for a tour of duty in Iraq.

"Because these Clay County men server country, we want to say thank you and know that many of us are praying for you," said Karen Grubb, FCCLA Leader and teacher at the Clay County Middle School.

The blue service flags were made by Ashley Lewis, an eighth grade student there.

"A service flag in the United States is an official banner. Family members of those in active duty are the only ones that can display them," explains Grubb.

The flags are hung in their families window until all are home safe.

CCMS Principal Wayne Napier presented the Blue Service Flags to the family members.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:49


Folk Life Festival a Success

The Clay County Middle School Folk Life Festival was a success Friday, as dozens of students and visitors gathered in the gymnasium to partake in the fun, food, and traditional Appalachian arts.

Middle School students participated in several of the activities, including dulcimer music, taught by Rhonda Russ, while Diane Simpson instructed students on basket weavings.  Baskets, which were made by students, were on display and some were even for sale at the festival.

“It was a great time and everybody bragged on our students ,and how much they enjoy coming every year,” says Youth Service Center Director Marsha Garrison.

Garrison says several of the vendors who were at this year’s festival said they wanted to come back next year.

“A lot of the candy makers sold out. It was truly a success, and we thank everyone who participated, as well as Principal Wayne Napier for allowing us to put on the festival,” said Garrison.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:48

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City Employees Reinstated; Attorney Says This Will Not Resolve Lawsuit

Six employees who were fired one day after the election were reinstated to their jobs Wednesday.
A press release issued Wednesday by Lexington Attorney Leslie P. Vose stated, “Mayor Carmen Webb Lewis and the Manchester City Council have reinstated the employment of Calvin Bishop, Phillip Brown, Travis Buttrey, Jeffrey Pennington, Scott Robinson and William Stivers and no paychecks will be missed.  We hope this resolves the litigation and regret that these employees did not use the available grievance procedure.”
The statement went on to say, “Any personnel issues involving these employees may best be dealt with by the incoming Mayor and council members”.
This is the latest action that has been made by the City of Manchester after the lawsuit naming Mayor Lewis and the City of Manchester was filed in Federal District Court on November 8.
The lawsuit, which was filed by the six employees who were let go, alleged that their being fired was politically motivated because they did not support Lewis in the election.
However, the Attorney representing the six plaintiffs, Ned Pillersdorf says this does not resolve the lawsuit.
“I’m happy to see them reinstated to their jobs, however this does not resolve the lawsuit. In terms of resolving the case, we’re looking for the Mayor to personally compensate, to pay the claim out of her own pocket. It appears, from our perspective, that she’s the one that’s caused the havoc,” says Pillersdorf.
Pillersdorf says the City of Manchester was only named in the suit because the plaintiffs sought reinstatement to their positions.

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Clay County Extension Food Center Opens

Have an idea for a food product you would like to expand on?  Do you have a recipe you would like to develop?  Are you growing produce and are looking to process a product and market that product yourself? 
You now can do this in the area as a result of the recent opening of the Jackson County Regional Food Center.  The Food Center is a fully equipped, certified kitchen that allows anyone to take their idea or recipe and develop, process, package, and label that product on a large scale for direct retail markets. 
Examples of products that can be produced in the Food Center include salsas, barbecue sauce, salad dressings, jams, baked goods, canned goods and so on. 
Two meetings have been scheduled on December 6 at 10:00 a.m. and  6:30 p.m. to allow you at your convenience to attend, tour the facility, and get your questions answered in regard to developing your idea or recipe, test batching your products, securing jars, lids, and labels, and developing markets.    Greg Golden, the Kitchen Manager, will be there to lead the tours, discuss these issues, and answer your questions. 
The Food Center, which is available for an hourly rental fee, eliminates the thousands of dollars in overhead expenses in equipment, trainings, etc. that one would need to process, package, and label a product.  By having the needed equipment and expertise available at all times, now you as a producer or food entrepreneur have the infrastructure in place that allows you to market cole-slaw instead of cabbage, pickles instead of cucumbers, jams instead of berries, or candies, breads and other baked goods on a large scale, just to name a few.
Make plans to attend one of the meetings scheduled for December 6.  Please call the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 to register or for more information.
The Food Center is located off of KY Highway 30 on Welchburg Road (Highway 3443) around the Annville area of Jackson County.   From Manchester, take US Highway 421 N and go approximately 20 miles to Tyner.  Turn left onto Highway 30 and go approximately 2.5 miles.  Turn left onto Highway 3443 and the Kitchen is 0.3 miles on the right.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 21:28


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