Friday, 19 November 2010 19:47
The Clay County/Manchester Chamber of Commerce elected new officers Wednesday. Left to Right: Rebecca Webster, treasurer, Karen Lawson, Vice President, Danny L. Finley, Past Vice President, Kelly Sandlin, President, Irene Lewis, returning Secretary.
Over thirty members participated in the election of Officers and Directors for the Manchester and Clay County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
The Chamber will now be led by a new President, Kelly Sandlin of Kelly Sandlin’s Photography, and Vice President, Karen Lawson, with the Clay County Board of Education.
A new treasurer was also elected at the meeting, Rebecca Webster, for the Manchester Memorial Foundation.
Returning as an officer to the board is Secretary Irene Lewis.
Newly elected Directors are Clyde Phillips, John Ed Pennington, Jamey Mills, Linda Hooker, Pat Wolfe and Margy Miller.
Those returning to the board are Blanca Hammond, Terry Gray, Sharon Carnahan, and Geraldine “Bootsie” Smith.
Appointments to the board were County Judge-Executive Joe Lewis Asher, Mayor George Saylor, Jr., Dennis Myers from Manchester Memorial Hospital, and Past President Veronica Hagen.
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Friday, 19 November 2010 19:46
Property owners in Clay County are eligible for a 2 percent discount on their property tax bill if they pay between now and November 30, says Sheriff Kevin Johnson.
According to guidelines provided by the state, property taxes must be paid the end of the year, or the property tax bill will incur a penalty.
The collection dates are as follows:
Starting Date Ending Date
2% Discount 11/01/2010 11/30/2010
Face Amount 12/01/2010 12/31/2010
5% Penalty 01/01/2011 01/31/2010
21% Penalty 02/01/2011 04/15/2011
Property owners should have received their Property Tax Bills by November 1. However, Sheriff’s Department officials say you can still pay your tax bill in the sheriff’s office.
“We’ll be happy to look the amount up for you,” says Johnson. “If you prefer, you can mail your payment in. When mailing in your payments, please include your copy of the tax bill or put the bill number on your check. If you wish a paid receipt returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.”
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Friday, 19 November 2010 19:43
With the holidays upon us, millions of Americans are hitting the road to visit with family and friends. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) wants every celebration to be a joyous occasion, so it’s reminding travelers that state and local law enforcement will be out in force from Nov. 15 to Nov. 28, sending the strong message to Click It or Ticket.
“No one wants to start off the holidays with a ticket,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock. “Save your money for turkey and buying presents for loved ones – don’t throw it away simply because you failed to buckle up.”
While seat belt use is at a record high of 84 percent nationwide, Kentucky lags behind with an 80 percent usage rate. Statistics for 2009 indicate 398 (61.3 percent) of the 649 people who were killed in motor vehicles last year in Kentucky were not wearing a seat belt.
“Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest time of the year, is also one of the deadliest and most tragic,” said KOHS Executive Director Chuck Geveden. “Clearly this is an indication that people are just not aware of the huge risk taken by not buckling up.”
In Kentucky last year there were 1,120 crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday, resulting in 330 injuries and seven fatalities. Of those fatalities, five were unrestrained.
“Wearing a seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket or worse...your life,” said Geveden. “We want all drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket, day and night.”
Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
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Friday, 19 November 2010 19:41
“Breast Cancer Hides, Go Seek” has become a familiar phrase in our community. This search for breast cancer is now easier thanks to digital mammography at Memorial Hospital. Women who undergo mammograms at Memorial Hospital are benefiting from the latest diagnostic technology available—digital mammography.
Memorial made this state-of-the-art machine available in February 2010. The purchase of the digital mammography unit was facilitated through the hospital’s charitable foundation. The Memorial Hospital Foundation acquired funding through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
To date, 784 digital mammograms have been performed at Memorial Hospital.“Since this technology is now available locally, patients are more likely to use it,” said Dr. Jenny Sung, Memorial Hospital surgeon.
In digital mammography the image is captured on specifically designed digital detectors. The digital detector converts x-rays into an electrical signal, which is then sent to a computer. The radiologist can review the digital mammogram on a high-resolution computer monitor.
“This unit is light years ahead,” said Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, radiologist at Memorial Hospital. “It is like the difference between the horse and buggy and the modern-day automobile,” said Gonzalez.
The superior image quality of digital mammography is similar to the technology of high definition television which provides greater clarity and visibility. This technology also allows the radiologist to look at the images in different contrasts and in different positions to improve detection.
“The kind of breast cancer that we are hoping to find is very small and you need this equipment to make a difficult task easier,” said Gonzalez.
Storing the images is also easier and images can be digitally sent to other physicians. Films that are light and temperature sensitive are no longer required.
Mammography is just one area that has benefitted from funding raised through Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Foundation continues to seek out resources to ensure all hospital services and programs are using the latest technology and best equipment possible. For more information on how digital mammography may benefit you, please call (606) 598-5104.
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Friday, 19 November 2010 19:28
How the coming of the railroad put Horse Creek on the map is only one of the fasinatating stories in the Fall-winter Edition of Clay County Ancestral News Magazine which hit the sale racks here this week.
This is part of an article talking about the best of times and the worst of times on Horse Creek during the 1930’s.
The article features comments of 93-year-old George Harris and other Horse Creek residents and covers seven pages of the 72-page publication.
The issue features several local writers: Danny Finley, Charles House, Clara Barton Potter, Frank Downey, Nora House and others. It covers a variety of historical events, and is flavored with comments and historical documentation of people and events making this county’s history personal and fascinating read.
Most of the articles also feature historical photos.
According to the Clay County Historical and Genealogical Society Treasurer Danny L. Finley, the publication is made twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
Finley says copies of the magazine can be purchased at the Clay County Historical Society above the Public Library from 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. With a membership, the magazine is free, says Finley, but without a membership a copy costs $9.
“Membership to the Clay County Historical and Genealogical Society is $20 a year. Being a member gives one access to genealogical databases, publications, census data, marriage records, and other tools that reach into Clay’s past,” says Finley. “Being a member doesn’t mean you have to attend a lot of meetings, but is really there for your own enjoyment and curiosity.”
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