July 22, 2014

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New Zion Disaster Relief Mission Team picked up trash Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

On March 23,2013 11 members of the New Zion Baptist Disaster Relief Mission Team picked up 38 bags of trash on the side of the road. We began at the new Falmouth Bridge and walked for four and a half miles east on State Route 22. There were 38 bags full of pop bottles, beer bottles and various restaurant cups and wrappers.

It's a shame to see so much debris along the beautiful Licking River bottoms! Let's try to keep our Kentucky roads free and clean of unsightly debris!

Tammy Lockhart

New Zion Baptist
Disaster Relief Mission Team

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The Oakland Youth Group helps by cleaning roads Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

Oakland Christian Church Youth Group a.k.a. Ridge Kids are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community by cleaning up four and a half miles of Milford Road. We collected 13 bags of garbage. This service project allowed us to earn much needed money for a summer trip. During our clean-up we found beer bottles and cans, pop bottles and cans, whiskey bottles, McDonald's bags and food. The strangest items were an eight track tape player and a toaster! We did not just do this for money, we want to help Mother Nature. This earth needs less alcohol and littering and more appreciation for Mother Nature's beauty.

Sincerely,

Della Bowling, Fifth grade student

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Morgan Christian Church picks up litter along roadside Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

We at Morgan Christian Church would like to say thanks for the opportunity to pick up trash along our assigned route. The money we raised will be used for the children attending Morgan.

We started our route on Saturday, March 9, and finished our first leg about 2 p.m. On Saturday, March 23, we completed our full route and picked up a total of 87 bags of garbage and a total of 12 tires.

The experience was fun and good fellowship for all.

Thanks again,

Steve Wood

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Pendleton Lady Cats golf team rid the highway of garbage Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

Members of the Pendleton County Lady Cat Golf team cleaned up Hwy 609 on Saturday, March 23, 2013. We had a good turn out of support. We picked up 44 bags of trash. There were a lot of bottles, cans, cigarette packages and fast food containers along the side of the road. Thanks to all that showed up to help. Let's all do our part to keep Pendleton County beautiful.

Sincerely,

Lisa Cobb,
Pendleton County Lady Cat Golf Team

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Butler Baptist picked up trash along the highway Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

On March 23, 2013 17 members including four youth from the Butler Baptist Church Wellness and Youth Program picked up trash along highway 1657. We were amazed about just how much trash there was. We filled 27 bags of trash, along with finding five tires, and one gas tank. One item that was found numerous times were empty nasal decongestion tablet containers. These were probably left behind by those who were making meth. It's sad that there are those who don't care about littering along the road but are also making illegal drugs. We would encourage you to think twice before throwing something out alongside the road. We want to thank all who make this possible that we can help to keep our county clean.

Rev. Daryl Mullins,
Butler Baptist Church
Wellness and Youth Program

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Pendleton Young Republicans stand with Rand Paul Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

The Pendleton County Republican Party sent a letter to Rand Paul thanking him for all of his efforts in Congress and to express our constant support. We stand with Rand!

Pendleton County is largely made up of a few rural communities and farmland. We citizens here hold in high regards the traditional values that made this country great. We are law abiding citizens that value the second amendment with much respect as well as the freedom to worship God in the way we have for well over a century in our county. We value the education of our children and we respect the privacy and liberties that our American soldiers fight to preserve. As you demonstrate in your recent filibuster, we too secondary to other members in Congress. We feel the current administration is not doing enough to secure these freedoms and we applaud you for standing up for the rights of Americans.

We also support your values of a less intrusive and fiscally responsible government. As you have expressed on the topic of Libya, the threat of an ever-increasing national debt, coupled with large government spending on conflicts abroad, which have no vital connection to the growing issues at home, is wrong. Senator Paul, your unwavering voice, which speaks clearly the concerns most important to us and your resolve to address the issues we deal with as Americans and Kentuckians, is refreshing and reassuring to know we have someone in Congress fighting to maintain our valuable freedoms.

Sincerely,

The Pendleton County Republican Party Chairman, Bill Roseberry

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NJROTC receive praise for their service Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

I would like thank the wonderful citizens in Pendleton County who care for our community, the environment, and our children.  On Saturday afternoon March 23rd, while the PCHS Navy Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets and parents were picking up trash along Route 22 west, two wonderful encounters occurred.

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Pendleton County Historical Marker 953 in the wrong place on US 27 Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

The members of Ruddell and Martin Station Historical Association who are descendants of those killed or  taken prisoner by Captain Henry Bird in the raids on Ruddell and Martin Stations, believe Historical Marker 953, “British and Indian Raid” is located at the wrong place. It is currently on US Highway 27 at Boston Station, in front of Licking Valley Oil, Pendleton County, about five miles north of Falmouth. Captain Henry Bird’s force did not land at Boston. It should be at Falmouth. Below is documentation and references to show Falmouth is where Capt. Bird and his force landed and is the proper place for the marker:

Capt. Alexander McKee Captain Henry Bird’s assistant in his letter to Maj. Aren't de Peyster (July 1780) made a reference to where they started over land in Kentucky.

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Citizen would like to show her appreciation Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

I want to take a moment to express my thanks and gratitude to Pendleton County Chief Deputy Todd Dennie and others that were involved in helping to locate and return belongings that were taken from my home on November 30. I am blessed with great family, friends and a community of leaders who care about one another and are so willing to meet ones needs as they arise. Praising and thanking God for each of them.

Dee Browning

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Pendleton County Schools Chairman responds to recent letter to the Editor Print E-mail

Dear Editor,

First I would like to thank you for the opportunity to respond to the letter in today's issue titled "In Who's Best Interest?" on behalf of the Pendleton County Board of Education. There were numerous misconceptions and incorrect statements in the letter. I want to set the record straight on the following:

1. The benefits and reasons why we support the NKU Ed .D program for the district and superintendent.

2. Clarification on the reduction in positions at the district level and the $140,000 in savings to the district.

3. Explaining the reasons for changes in the salary structure and how that will benefit staff.

4. The reasons for changing our staffing formula and how those were determined.

5. That programs were not eliminated during the change in staffing.

In December of 2012, each member of the board of education received a letter from the Northern Kentucky University College of Education inviting the district and Superintendent Strong to participate in the 2nd Superintendent Ed. D Cohort.

The executive doctoral cohort is a program designed to improve the district by refining and improving upon the skills of the superintendent. This process focuses on developing competencies in the superintendent through work that is to be completed on projects that will benefit the district. The competencies developed will tie directly back to efforts that help improve the district. In addition to the competency work, the district will have access to all programs within the college of education, as well as other departments of the university for a two and a half year period. This type of professional development could cost the district thousands of dollars. The cost of this program is $33,980, less than $5.00 per student over the three year period. The board certainly understands that there is a cost, but more importantly felt that it was an investment in the future of the district. In addition to the board agreeing to pay the tuition, it also asked Mr. Strong to sign an agreement requiring him to reimburse the district for all or portions of the tuition depending upon his length of service to the district. Mr. Strong is also responsible for all other expenses associated with the program. Ms. Key must have been unaware of this information or neglected to share that important part with her readers. Where will this money come from to pay for the Ed.D? Currently the board provides for professional development of the superintendent and other administrative positions. We will redistribute those funds and look at other general fund options. The funds used will not be taken from any reductions made due to staffing.

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