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Chairman Rogers on Executive Amnesty and Funding the Government

Hal Rogers logo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) continues to stand firm against amnesty, while working diligently as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on federal discretionary funding for the rest of the year.

“There’s no one stronger than me against unilateral action by the President on” immigration. (CNN, 11/13/14) 

If President Obama acts on immigration before the spending bill is done, there will be an “explosion.” (Fox News, 11/13/14)

I don’t want a shutdown and I don’t want the threat of a shutdown. Because that doesn’t serve our purposes.” (Associated Press, 11/13/14)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Wednesday that he and House leaders are committed to passing an omnibus spending bill by the end of the year. (CQ, 11/12/14)

Read more about the state of play in Congress: GOP debates its immigration strategy as Obama prepares executive action. (The Washington Post, 11/13/14)
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter @RepHalRogers or on Facebook @CongressmanHalRogers.   

HCTC Work and Learn assists student’s future (Lee County News)

Chasity Whitaker
Chasity Whitaker

High school wasn’t a priority to Chasity Whitaker of Beattyville but now she realizes that a college education is very important and so she’s enrolled at Hazard Community and Technical College. “First and foremost, my 7-year-old, Troy Dennis, is why I wanted to further my education. I want him to know that education is very important. I also want to better myself so I can better our family and our lives,” she said.

While in high school, Chasity’s husband’s grandmother had a stroke and became paralyzed and there was no one to take care of her and the family wanted her cared for at home. So Chasity dropped out of high school and moved to Lexington to provide assistance.

Four years later, she moved back to Beattyville where she met Cheryl Botner, instructor at Lee County Adult Education, who got her to change her life’s course and become committed to her education. “I would never have made it as far as I have today; she has helped me far beyond what any teacher has done. She is a wonderful instructor,” Chasity said.

Chasity is enrolled in online college classes at HCTC and has a goal of becoming a preschool teacher or work at a daycare or even be a children’s nurse. HCTC’s Work and Learn coordinator, Mavis Poe Clemons, has assisted Chasity in her educational pursuit.  “I’m thankful to Mavis Clemons and the college for this wonderful opportunity they have given me.  I look forward to starting my future with them,” she said.

Chasity joined the Work and Learn Program in February 2014 to begin working toward earning her GED.  “After Chasity began working on her GED she gained confidence in herself and you could literally see that confidence grow during each meeting. Chasity became more and more engaged in her education,” noted Mrs. Clemons.  As the Work and Learn Coordinator, Mrs. Clemons aided Chasity with exploring different career options and offered career counseling.

Workshops are completed with all students that focus mainly on learning soft skills. Mrs. Clemons has linked her to resources that provided her with important college information. She also provided her with materials regarding programs of studies that are offered through HCTC and also assisted her with completing her enrollment application for college.

The HCTC Work and Learn Program assists students from the very beginning of their educational journey until they are settled into college. Chasity is the first HCTC Work and Learn student to receive her GED since the new test has begun. “I am very proud of the diligence she put forth toward earning her GED; it is such a great accomplishment and I look forward to her future achievements because I know great things will happen in her life,” Mrs. Clemons said.  Chasity is currently employed at the Lee County Board of Education and plans to transfer to the Ready to Work Program to complete an Associate’s Degree with Hazard Community and Technical College.

The HCTC Work and Learn Program includes the counties of Perry, Knott, Leslie, Breathitt, Owsley, Lee, and Wolfe. The GED test changed at the beginning of 2014 and some students say that it is quite more challenging than the past exam. “The Work and Learn Program helps students realize that education will open many doors and create multiple opportunities for them and their families,” Mrs. Clemons said. All students have the potential of earning a GED; they just must have the determination to follow through with their plan. When students participate in the Work and Learn Program, they work on specific goals tailored to their needs, whether it be increasing Math or Reading scores. The program also emphasizes employability skills and places students in work-study positions to increase their marketable skills.

For more information about the Work and Learn Program, contact Mrs. Clemons at (606) 487-3284.

Five Wildcats on Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams

Andrew and Aaron Harrison selected to first team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Five Kentucky players were selected to the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ preseason teams, the league office announced Thursday. Sophomores Aaron and Andrew Harrison were tabbed to the first team, while juniors Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns were second-team selections.

Eleven different schools were represented on the two teams, but UK led the league with five selections. Florida and LSU each had two selections. In all, 29 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.


The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.


Aaron Harrison is UK’s leading returning scorer after averaging 13.7 points per game during his freshman campaign. Harrison logged 13 points and three assists per game in UK’s two exhibition contests in 2014. Andrew Harrison started 39 games as a freshman and dished out 159 assists, which ranks third among all-time UK first-year players. Harrison posted a team-high 15 dimes in Kentucky’s two exhibition games.


Cauley-Stein has seen action in 66 career games and has averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds during his first two seasons in a UK uniform. Poythress has appeared in a team-high 73 games in his career while making 31 starts. The Clarksville, Tenn., native averages 8.3 points per game and shoots at a .544 clip for his career. Towns was the lone first-year player selected to either preseason team by the league’s coaches. In UK’s two exhibition games, Towns averaged team-bests in points (17.5) and field-goal percentage (93.8).


The Wildcats open their 2014-15 campaign with three games in six days beginning on Friday. UK tips off with Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.


2015 Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams:


First Team All-SEC

Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.

Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.


Second Team All-SEC

Alex Caruso –  A&M, G, 6-5, 184, Jr., College Station, Texas

Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

KT Harrell – Auburn, G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.

Jarell Martin – LSU, F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Josh Richardson – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.

Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, So., Lancaster, S.C.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

KSP NEWS RELEASE – #FinishStrongKY: Weekly Campaign Results

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics indicate that ten people died on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. During the same reporting period, KSP accounted for 411 seat belt citations, 116 aggressive driving citations, 49 distracted driving citations and 118 DUI arrests. In an effort to reduce highway fatalities, KSP is asking Kentuckian’s to ‘Finish Strong’ in 2014 by adhering to safe driving procedures including wearing seat belts, reducing speed, refraining from distractions and never driving impaired.  Kentucky is currently at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly fifty years.


The #FinishStrongKY project began November 1, 2014 with a data driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. The effort will remain in effect through the holidays.  KSP is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration to roll out the #FinishStrongKY media blitz.  The agencies will utilize social media platforms to blast out uniform traffic safety messaging with the hash tag FinishStrongKY. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

KY 847 in Owsley County to be closed Saturday, Nov. 22

In order to replace a drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 847 in Owsley County on Saturday, Nov. 22. The road will be closed at milepoint 5.5, just north of Scoville. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will continue until approximately 2 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic. No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 30, KY 11 and KY 1938 as an alternate route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.

KY 2466 in Breathitt County to be closed Saturday, Nov. 22

JACKSON, KY – In order to replace a drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2466 (Meatscaffold Branch) in Breathitt County on Saturday, Nov. 22. The road will be closed near milepoint 0.6. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will be completed by 2 p.m. No detour is available. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly. Provisions will be made should emergency vehicles need access to areas beyond the closure point. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable day.

DISNEY ON ICE coming to Rupp Arena


Lexington, KY, November 11, 2014 — Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt will take audiences on a sightseeing tour of the imagination. This ice spectacular visits Lexington from March 12 to 15 for eight performances at Rupp Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14.

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.  You’ll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.

Upbeat music, loveable characters and exciting destinations make Passport to Adventure a holiday you’ll never forget. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Audiences will be entranced as they experience this exciting excursion — one that will fill the arena with magic, music, and best of all, Mickey and Minnie!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure are available at Rupp Arena. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

To learn more about Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, visit, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

Cal’s Boys Open Season Friday In Search Of Title # 9

By – Ira D. Combs / Tri State Sports Service Media Inc. / 

For those BBN faithful that don’t have the luxury of attending many games in Rupp Arena I’ll set the scene for you going into this coming friday nights season opener against mighty Grand Canyon (8:00 o’clock SEC TV Network) . When the UK starting lineups are announced at the beginning of each game the lights go out in Rupp Arena and the players are announced to a lot of fan fair along with indoor fireworks , etc . This year when that pre-game segment began for the Blue – White scrimmage and both exhibition games recently a video tape of Andrew Harrison popped up on the large video jumbo-tron in Rupp Arena and the lead guard for the Cats this year simply said with a very serious and stern look on his face , “ the story isn’t over “ . Now if you’ve been in a cave for the last six to seven months you don’t understand that quote but if you’re a loyal card carrying member of BBN you know exactly what he meant . After a sluggish and somewhat disappointing regular season last year Cal’s boys circled the wagons and charged thru March Madness like a Gator does thru the southern swamps gobbling up everything in it’s path until they run into it’s new nemesis of recent years the U Conn “Huskies” and finished one game short of NCAA title # 9 for the historic program .  So the stage is set for those Wildcats who decided to return to Rupp Arena for another season instead of testing the NBA waters . The new story to inter-twine into this season is John Calipari’s new platoon system . With so many talented players returning to the roster Cal has come up with a (2) team platoon system of (5) players each playing in (4) to (6) minute intervals throughout the 1st half and most of the 2nd half . Cal says only the players buying into the concept will make it work and so far they have . How long it will last into the season nobody knows . For the blue-white scrimmage and (2) exhibition games the platoon system has been made up mostly of (Towns – Poythress – Harrison Twins – Cauley-Stein) on the starting unit and (Ulis – Booker – Lyles – Lee – Johnson) on the 2nd unit . Nine of the ten players just mentioned were McDonald’s AA coming out of high school and many well respected college basketball gurus ( Dick Vitale & Jay Bilas  ) have said the 2nd unit could pull enough votes to be a top 20 team if not higher . In state players Dominique Hawkins / Madison Central and Derek Willis / Bullitt East are set to be the 6th man at their respective positions when the first player in one of the (2) platoon systems gets into foul trouble or injured during a game . So there you have it sports fans , a 12 member mega talented roster of basketball players for John Calipari to keep happy along with BBN over the next (4) months until March Madness kicks in , then the run for NCAA Title # 9 hopefully will begin with one of those (4) coveted # 1 seeds in the 1st weekend of play at the Yum Center in Louisville and will culminate right up 1 – 65 in Indianapolis , Indiana for the Final Four weekend . I’ve searched and as astutely as possible for my trained eye evaluated this team from the baseline of Rupp Arena thru the Blue – White scrimmage and (2) exhibitions games and I can’t see any true weaknesses so I suggest you hang on thru any bumps in the road and whatever you do don’t anybody jumping off the wagon this year , hop on now it’s gonna be a sweet and exciting ride .

Stoops and Asst. Coaches Have Lots Of Mental Work To Do 

Four  weeks ago the UK football team set at 5 – 1 and Mark Stoops was riding as high in the saddle as Roy Rogers ever did , if memory serves me right Stoops remarked , “we’ve only just begun” . Note to coach Stoops , be careful what you say it could come back to haunt you . Four weeks and four consecutive losses later the saddle has slipped and Stoops is clinging to stay on the horse . I’ll be the first to admit even though I picked the Cats to go 6 – 6 that there was some serious doubt at times even after the 2 – 0 start when I also suggested UK would be 5 – 1 at the mid season break although I could still see some serious bumps in the road .  The Florida and South Carolina games got everybody excited but it was a another classic case of some ”Fools Gold” , little did we know at the time how average those two teams were . Then our eyes got opened at LSU but we came back to the friendly confines of CWS and pumped a little juice back in our legs with a very competitive performance against # 1 Miss. State . Then last saturday against a good Georgia team the wheels fell off and everything Mark Stoops had accomplished was put in the rear view mirror if not buried and you could sense the mindset of the players was wondering back to the past .  Now Stoops and his staff who have been so successful on the recruiting trails need to pull another rabbit out of their hat and do some serious coaching of the mental aspect with this young team to bring them back to the point where they were at mid season . This is not an easy challenge , many coaches will tell you on any level , when you lose the players competitiveness it’s one thing but when you lose there heart , desire , and  solid mental approach it’s very difficult to get them back especially late in the season with (2) games left and both on the road . This is exactly where Stoops and his gridiron Cats are at , how they respond beginning this week in Knoxville ( 4:00 o’clock SEC TV Network ) will come a long way in telling if they have enough in the tank left to get that 6th win for bowl eligibility . Both games at UT and U of L are winnable but the mindset must change first then play on the field must make a turnaround back to the first half of the season . UT opened as a 6 ½ point favorite monday morning in Vegas , I don’t know if that’s a slap at UT and there paltry season or UK and how they’ve fallen apart . You can go online to for more coverage of UK football & basketball as well as KHSAA football and basketball and you can now follow me on my new twitter account at @combsbrothers5 .

Georgetown feels wrath of Wildcats

UK Wildcat LogoSure it is only exhibition, but can you really say you don’t see the difference in last years National Champion runnerups and this years newest Wildcat team? Last year, the Kentucky team that was supposed to go undefeated, started off fairly good enough with a 7-1 record and looked like a team trying to find it’s way. It was like that all season long until the NCAA Tournament where the Cats finally got it together. So far this year in two exhibition games, UK has thoroughly dismantled it’s two opponents. UK opened with a 116-68 win over Pikeville and followed that up with a 121-52 beat down over Georgetown. Granted, these two teams are not the caliber of teams the Wildcats will face this season, but they are not rollovers either. Kentucky is 12 deep and can literally field two teams good enough to win every night with either group. For those of you with dreams of a 9th title banner hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena, this could very well be your year.

Official Basketball Box Score
Georgetown College vs Kentucky
11/09/14 7:00 pm at Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

VISITORS: Georgetown College
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 Kimbro, Tony…….. f  1-7    1-2    1-2    1  3  4   3   4  1  4  0  1  31
14 Washburn, Corey….. f  4-11   2-4    1-2    1  4  5   5  11  1  2  0  1  34
35 McWhorter, Deondre.. f  7-17   0-0    2-2    3  2  5   4  16  1  1  1  0  25
04 Cottrill, Noah…… g  4-16   2-8    0-0    0  0  0   1  10  1  1  0  1  39
12 Coleman, Gerald….. g  1-9    0-1    2-6    1  1  2   3   4  3  6  0  2  30
01 Stenzel, Bopper…..    1-4    1-4    0-0    1  0  1   2   3  2  0  0  1  16
03 Burns, Darion…….    1-2    0-1    2-3    1  1  2   0   4  3  1  0  1  13
34 Sandoval, EJ……..    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   3   0  1  0  0  0  12
TEAM…………….                         2  1  3             1
Totals…………..   19-68   6-20   8-15  10 16 26  21  52 13 16  1  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-35 22.9%   2nd Half: 11-33 33.3%   Game: 27.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-7  57.1%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 53.3%   4,1

HOME TEAM: Kentucky
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Karl-Anthony Towns.. f  5-5    0-0    3-5    0  8  8   1  13  1  2  1  0  18
15 Cauley-Stein, Willie f  6-8    0-0    0-1    1  5  6   0  12  2  0  3  1  19
22 Alex Poythress…… f  6-7    0-1    3-3    2  2  4   0  15  2  0  1  0  18
02 Harrison, Aaron….. g  6-9    5-7    0-0    0  4  4   1  17  5  1  1  0  18
05 Harrison, Andrew…. g  1-3    0-2    4-4    0  2  2   5   6  6  2  0  1  13
00 Marcus Lee……….    3-3    0-0    0-0    1  5  6   3   6  1  1  0  0  15
01 Booker, Devin…….    4-9    3-7    0-0    0  1  1   1  11  4  1  0  3  16
03 Ulis, Tyler………    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  4  0  0  0  19
13 Malone, Sam………    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  1  0  0  1   2
21 Tod Lanter……….    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   2
24 EJ Floreal……….    1-1    0-0    0-2    1  1  2   0   2  1  1  0  0   5
25 Dominique Hawkins…    1-1    1-1    1-2    0  1  1   2   4  2  0  0  1  10
32 Long, Brian………    0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
35 Derek Willis……..    3-5    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   0   7  0  0  1  0   8
41 Lyles, Trey………    6-9    2-2    0-0    0  4  4   4  14  1  2  1  1  17
44 Dakari Johnson……    3-6    0-0    6-8    5  5 10   2  12  1  2  1  1  17
TEAM…………….                         2     2
Totals…………..   46-72  12-27  17-25  14 40 54  20 121 32 12  9  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-35 54.3%   2nd Half: 27-37 73.0%   Game: 63.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-16 43.8%   2nd Half:  5-11 45.5%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 15-18 83.3%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 68.0%   3,2

Officials: John Hampton, Bart Lenox, Jacyn Goble
Technical fouls: Georgetown College-None. Kentucky-None.
Attendance: 21490
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Georgetown College…………   24   28  –   52
Kentucky………………….   60   61  –  121

Repairs on Hal Rogers Parkway bridge in Perry County to begin Nov. 10

Traffic to be reduced to one 13-foot lane and controlled by temporary signals 

Bridge repairs Hal RogersHazard, KY – A bridge repair project in Perry County will result in one-lane traffic and delays for motorists using the Hal Rogers Parkway west of Hazard.

Repairs to the span carrying the Hal Rogers Parkway across KY 80, the North Fork of the Kentucky River and the CSX Transportation railroad tracks at milepoint 57.243, just east of Exit 56, will start on Monday, Nov. 10. Temporary signals will control traffic at the bridge. These temporary signals will be in place for approximately 30 days as work on a bridge deck overlay project proceeds. In addition, barrier walls will be placed on the bridge, resulting in one-lane traffic.

During the work, the bridge will be restricted to vehicles less than 13 feet wide. Vehicles wider than 13 feet will need to find an alternate route around the work zone. KY 80 (Combs Road) and KY 15 is the recommended wide load detour.

Drivers should slow down as they approach this construction zone, watch for stopped traffic and obey the temporary traffic signal. Motorists should always be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in this and any other areas where projects are ongoing.