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Breathitt Co. Recycling Gift Card Drawing

The Breathitt County Recycling Center in partnership with the Breathitt County Action Team recently held a drawing for a $25 Gift Card from Walmart.  A total of four cards were given away.  Congratulations to our four winners, Cindy Kosch, Judith Jett, Kevin Sullivan, and Raymond Fugate.  Names were drawn from everyone that signed in when they brought in their recyclables to the center during this promotion.  The drawing was held in honor of America Recycles Day.  America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.   Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at

The Breathitt County Recycling Center is located at the County Garage on HWY 1812 and is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.  Items accepted are #1 and #2 plastics, office paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard and steel cans.

Calvin L. Saum II – Breathitt Co. Solid Waste Coordinator – 1137 Main St. Ste. 203 – Jackson, KY 41339 –(606) 666-3818 (office) – (606) 666-3819 (fax)

Ronald G. Smith Obituary

Ronald G. Smith, 71, of Lawrenceburg, husband of 53 years of Brenda Crawley Smith, passed away suddenly Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at U.K. Chandler Medical Center. Born Dec. 8, 1942 in Frankfort, KY, he is the son of Duard “Shorty” Smith of Lawrenceburg and the late Bessie Mae Snow Smith.

Ron was a former co-owner of Smith Brothers Home Improvements, a 15 year employee of IBM, and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of The KY Committee of 101 for 32 years, a former member of the American Legion Post #34, and a KY Colonel. He served as Sunday School Superintendent for 26 years, sang in the choir, and a member of the Methodist Men at the Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church, where he was a member for 40 years.

Along with his wife and father, he is survived by two daughters, Becky Smith (Mike) Tankersley of Highland Ranch, CO, and Sharron Smith (Joseph) Burton of Frankfort; three grandchildren, Jordan Tankersley, Brenna and Darcey Burton; three brothers, Paul R. (Patty) Smith of Frankfort, Danny Wayne (Jean) Smith of Bowling Green, and Gayle W. (Tina) Smith of Lawrenceburg.

Including his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joann Smith, and a brother Dayle Thomas Smith.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 10th at Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Hebron Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be 3–8 PM Tuesday at Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church, 565 Carlton Dr., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

UK Announces Home-and-Home Series with UCLA

Wildcats will make first-ever trip to Pauley Pavilion in 2015, host Bruins at Rupp Arena in 2016 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Adding to an already marquee nonconference slate of games for the next two seasons, the Kentucky basketball team has signed a two-year home-and-home series with UCLA, beginning with a trip to Los Angeles during the 2015-16 season.

UK will begin the series with a trip to Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2015, which will mark the Wildcats’ first visit to UCLA’s storied facility. UCLA will return the trip on Dec. 3, 2016 in what will be the first matchup of the two bluebloods in Rupp Arena history.

Classic logoKentucky is already scheduled to face UCLA this season in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 20 at the United Center in Chicago.

“Steve and I have known each other for more than 20 years. When he and I started talking about a possible series, it seemed like a no-brainer to me,” John Calipari said. “One, with the way our schedule is shaking out for next year, it gives us another great opportunity early in the season to learn about ourselves. Two, not only does Big Blue Nation get to see two of the historic programs in Rupp Arena when UCLA returns the trip in 2016, it gives our fans on the other side of the country a chance to see our team in person. I couldn’t be more excited about the way our nonconference schedule is shaping up for the next two years. It should be another challenge.”

UK is 6-4 all-time vs. the Bruins, with all but three of the previous matchups having taken place on a neutral floor.

The last time Kentucky hosted UCLA in Lexington was a 77-76 Wildcat win on Feb. 17, 1961. Likewise, UK hasn’t played UCLA in Los Angeles since beating the Bruins 68-66 on Dec. 4, 1959.

UK’s nonconference schedule for the next two seasons is already shaping up to be every bit as good as the 2014-15 slate, which has already featured three ranked opponents in just eight games.

In 2015-16, in addition to the trip to UCLA, Calipari’s team will play Duke in Chicago in the Champions Classic, travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic, and host Louisville at Rupp Arena.

The following season, in 2016-17, Kentucky will play Michigan State in New York in the Champions Classic, battle UCLA at home in the second year of a home-and-home series, and face North Carolina in Las Vegas in the CBS Sports Classic.

The top-ranked Wildcats will return to the court on Wednesday at Rupp Arena when UK faces Columbia. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and at

KY 2017 in Lee County to be closed Saturday, Dec. 13

KY Highway logoIn order to replace a drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2017 in Lee County on Saturday, Dec. 13. The road will be closed at milepoint 1.2, near Primrose. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will continue until approximately 3 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 708 and KY 52 as a detour route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.

KY Hwy 2017

UK Keeps Lock On #1 Host Tarheels Saturday In Rupp Arena

uk ballBy – Ira D. Combs – Tri State Sports Media Service Inc. 

The latest Wildcat winning streak put together by Coach Cal and his uniquely talented hoopsters should be holding at 10 once the Cats paste Columbia at mid-week and then march into the 2nd weekend of play in December with another top 25 battle awaiting this Saturday in Rupp Arena against the North Carolina “Tarheels” at 12:00 (Noon) on CBS . 

Already on the Cats NCAA resume are wins over (#5 Kansas , #6 Texas , and #23 Providence) so even the most novice mind of the NCAA selection process will tell you that UK is setting in pretty good shape to get one of those coveted #1 seeds and in the lead for the overall #1 which should put them in a 1st weekend setting at the Yum Center in Louisville , Ky. where I’m sure tickets will be at an all time premium .


The trick now for Coach Cal is to keep this team engaged daily with an eye on the prize at the end of the season next March in Indianapolis .


Actually , that shouldn’t be very hard for the remainder of this month anyway with upcoming saturday prime time nationally televised games against North Carolina , UCLA , and the annual Battle of the Bluegrass with the Cards . If the winning streak continues on thru December and the Cats are setting at 13 – 0 on New Years Day and with the SEC being as putrid as it is then Cal may have a challenge on his hand keeping these young minds from wavering into mindless thoughts instead of the task at hand or heaven forbid having to deal with the old annual nemesis of years past the ( January Shooting Slump ) of the Joe B. Hall & Eddie Sutton eras . Don’t laugh you old school Wildcat fans it could happen and maybe already has to a degree . The last (3) games UK has went inside the last 5:00 minutes of each game 0 for every how many attempts they took behind the arc but was bailed out each game before the final horn .


But then again we or I may not be giving this team it’s just due in being more mature mentally and emotionally than what we think they are . I simply just still have a hard time labeling this a veteran team when it has no seniors who play actual minutes , I guess I just can’t get out of the old school mind-set .


On the other hand at the end of the day or in this case the season what better way is there to keep today’s young and mega-talented players like Cal has engaged and energized at tip off every game when they have a prize lying in front of them of an undefeated season but let’s wait at least until mid January before we start talking about what everybody wants to talk about but won’t and you know exactly what I’m talking about .


One thing I do like about this team is the fact that it has already proven it can win a big game against a solid ranked opponent without shooting the ball well from the perimeter both in front of and behind the arc . Proved that against both Providence and Texas but both those games were in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena when Big Blue Nation had the back .


Now the next question is can they survive a poor shooting night and win on the road because remember all NCAA tournament games are on a neutral court .   


  Press Row Notes & Tidbits


# 1 – Did you know that U Pike Univ. has scored more points on UK to date than any other team when they posted (68) on the scoreboard back on Nov. 1st .

# 2 – First it was Alex Poythress who missed back to back games with sickness then Tyler Ulis got the bug against EKU and now Coach Cal has left Rupp Arena early (2) games in a row .

# 3 – UK has now hit at least (1) 3 point shot 909 games in a row which puts them in 2nd place among NCAA Div. 1 schools behind only UNLV .

# 4 – After this Saturdays game against North Carolina there will be a (24) day stretch until Jan. 6th that UK will not play a game in Rupp Arena , the longest in recent memory .

# 5 –  CBS will televise both the North Carolina & UCLA games but ESPN2 will televise the Battle of the Bluegrass on Dec. 27th .


You can go online to for more coverage of UK basketball and football as well as KHSAA football and basketball .

Arrest made in Leslie County Armed Robbery

Hazard, KY-  A Leslie County man has been arrested for his role in a Tuesday evening armed robbery which happened at the Adams Market at 4637 Cutshin Road in the Smilax community of Leslie County.  The arrest was made on Saturday December 6th after the store owner reported the suspect had made contact with her and was on his way to her business to speak with her.  Trooper Jared Smith along with Trooper Donnie Foley responded to the business and located suspect Steven L. Williams, age 22 of Bear Branch, KY.  After speaking with the suspect he was taken into custody without further incident and was charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree, he is now lodged in the Leslie County Jail.

Money Tips for Students, December 2014

Tax tips for students

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly.

Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, though, discuss the situation with your parents. Depending on how much they contributed to your upkeep during the year, they may be able to claim you as a dependent, which could save them thousands of dollars.

Students and parents may be able to take advantage of these programs on their federal taxes:

  • American Opportunity Credit, available for the first four years of college.
  • Lifetime Learning Credit, available if a taxpayer or a dependent is taking college courses to acquire or improve job skills.
  • Tuition and fees deduction, which lets taxpayers deduct qualified education expenses paid during the year for themselves or a dependent. The expenses must be for college.
  • Student loan interest deduction, which lets people deduct up to $2,500 per year on federal taxes for interest paid on federal student loans.

For more detailed information about federal programs, go to to download the free Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.

Kentucky also offers a tuition tax credit for undergraduate students who attend state colleges.

Remember that tax rules may change from year to year, so make sure you have the most up-to-date information before filing.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s grant and scholarship programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). It provides financial literacy videos at KHEAA also provides free copies of “It’s Money, Baby,” a guide to financial literacy, to Kentucky schools and residents upon request at

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.

Louisville Rolls past Florida International 82 – 57

One look at the final score of Louisville’s game Friday evening against visiting Florida International and you might think it was just another normal game for the No. 5 Cardinals. However, Coach Rick Pitino was not completely happy with the performance. “We did some good things tonight, the thing that is missing from this basketball team and why they can’t go from good to very good is turnovers. We tried to make some passes tonight. We did a good job working inside to out, but our turnovers, and it is from our best players, is the reason we are not scoring more, or playing better.”, Pitino said.

Louisville committed a season-high 20 turnovers with 10 of them coming from starters Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, and Chinanu Onuaku.

Pitino was asked what is contributing to the turnovers and the below-average offense and he said, “Just very poor passing, poor ball-fakes, poor pivots, guys are open and they are trying to force it.”

On whether there is a lack of patience offensively he said, “I think these guys like to score more than teams past, the other teams really loved to pass the ball and what happens is you score more points that way. You get just as many shots, but you shoot a higher percentage. This team hunts points and that is why they don’t look as good as the past three years.”

No matter how the Cardinals are playing the fact remains that they will go into their matchup Tuesday night against Indiana in Madison Square Garden undefeated at 7 – 0. It is a part of the annual Jimmy V. Classic. This will be the first matchup between the two border states since 2003.

There were some positives to take away from this game. For the first time this season Chris Jones made 50 percent of his field goal attempts. Jones finished with 11 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

Montrezl Harrell had another strong performance finishing with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. It was Harrell’s second consecutive double-double. The only negative was his 5 turnovers.

David Levitch was a surprise starter for the Cardinals starting in place of Terry Rozier. Pitino was asked why Rozier was not in the starting lineup and he said it was because Terry had missed a class during the week. Rozier scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was the play of sophomore Anton Gill. It was Gill’s birthday and he put up the best offensive performance of his young career. He scored 15 points on a solid 6 of 10 shooting.

Florida International was led by Dennis Mavin’s 15 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Blackshear and Rozier Lead Cardinals to Win Over Ohio State

With one look at the box score from Tuesday night’s matchup between No. 5 ranked Louisville and No. 14 Ohio State one could determine that it was not a pretty one. However, to watch it in person, you could realize the beauty of this game lied in the defense being played by both teams.

Louisville dominated the first half with the type of hard-nosed defense that fans have come to expect from a Rick Pitino coached team. The Cardinals held the Buckeyes to 6-for-26 shooting in the first half for a paltry 23.1% while jumping out to a 35 – 18 halftime lead.

The only negative for the Cardinals in the first half was the foul trouble of both of their big men, Chinanu Onuaku and Mangok Mathiang. Pitino has been searching for bench help during the early part of the season. Tonight’s star off of the bench was a surprising one in freshman, Anas Mahmoud. Mahmoud played 24 minutes and finished with 3 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots.

Wayne Blackshear’s biggest knock during his U of L career has been that he hasn’t showed up in the big games. He changed that perception tonight by coming up huge to the tune of 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in a team-high 38 minutes. He finished 4-for-8 from three point range.

Terry Rozier struggled with his shot the entire night, but came up big when it mattered most hitting two threes and making a driving layup in the last 3:49 of the game. Offensively his game was offensive for most of the game. However, he did contribute in a big way in other areas. He finished with 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Pitino had this to say about Rozier, “He took the big shot when we were up three to give us the lead, and that’s a hell of a thing for a guy like that to do. I thought Terry Rozier, who didn’t have his jump shot early, was getting every rebound, making big plays, and I thought he was great down the stretch.”

The Cardinals got a scare in the second half when Rozier hurt his hand and was seen holding it during the action. Timeout was called and he went over to see the trainer, Fred Hina. It turned out to be only a dislocated finger. He got it popped in place and was immediately ready to go back in the game.

Ohio State kept chopping at the lead eventually getting to within 4 points with 30 seconds remaining. Louisville native, DeAngelo Russell, led the charge in the after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half. Russell finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Buckeye point guard Shannon Scott came in to the game leading the country with 10.4 assists per game. He was held to 0 assists and committed 5 turnovers.

Louisville’s defense was not as sharp in the second half, but did enough to hold off the surging Buckeyes. They held Ohio State to 30.4 percent shooting for the game.

The fifth-ranked Cardinals return to the KFC Yum Center on Friday evening to face Florida International.

Cal And Cats Wade Thru The Ducks And Pigeons Still Waiting On The Big Test (Cards Provide Last Chance At Bowl Eligibility For Stoops & Gridiron Cats)

By – Ira D. Combs – Tri State Sports Media Services Inc.

When your ranked # 1 in the nation and have just thoroughly beaten the likes of Grand Canyon , Buffalo , Boston University , and Montana State  , oops , I forgot the Kansas thrashing which was more dominating than any of the previous mentioned then it’s difficult to get excited about UT Arlington if you’re a member of college basketball’s most elite team at this date , that’s  just human nature in the world of team sports it has nothing to do with not having a competitive spirit for every game . 

So if your John Calipari your challenged to come up with ideas and practice routines to off set all the pats on the back the players are getting from BBNnot to mention being glorified on a daily basis by all the national news media . But then isn’t that the beauty of the new “Platoon System” it has it’s own built in mechanism every day in practice that keeps players minds , emotions , and competitive spirit squarely on earning their spot in their respective platoon rotation so they can garner the few minutes their (5) gets on game night and then the production on court during those precious few minutes keeps the mindset squarely on the next task at hand , it’s just a constant daily reminder of what your role is in the eyes of John Calipari . 

So as we wade thru the ducks and pigeons on the schedule such as ( UT Arlington (Tues.) 7:00 est. on SEC TV Network ) BBN patiently waits on the next supposed solid challenge which should be the fighting “Friars” of Providence College (Sun.) Nov. 30th on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. est. ) . Providence at one time was one of the original mainstays of the old extremely deep and talented Big East . Surprisingly Providence had not received even (1) vote for consideration into the top 25 at this writing and they were undefeated at 6 – 0 with wins over Fla. State / Notre Dame of the supposed mega hoops conference , the ACC . 

While we wait on that first true test for the 2014-15 Wildcats I continue to be impressed with this new “Platoon System” that Coach Cal has come up with . 

The man still continues to get virtually no recognition on his talents as a game and practice coach yet he has virtually overhauled and changed his system on how he utilizes his players various talents at each of the five positions on the floor . First was the “Dribble Drive” system which utilized his multi talented point guards ( John Wall – Eric Bledsoe – Brandon Knight – Marquiss Teague ) then last year he saved a season that was headed toward a disaster when he tweaked the dribble drive system to where it enhanced the different type guard skills  that the Harrison twins brought to the program . Now in his 6th campaign leading the Big Blue he has brought to the table another change called The Platoon System which incorporates all the different talents and abilities at all (5) positions for (2) platoons of starters where all 10 players receive between 18 – 22 minutes per game with their own respective platoon . 

If you have followed UK basketball for many decades and have a trained and skilled eye on the X’s and O’s of the game you should have noticed that in recent games Cal has run several different offensive sets previous UK coaches have used . The old high – low post that Joe B. used to implement with Rick Robey & Mike Phillips and Sam Bowie & Melvin Turpin has been used to incorporate this teams depth at the PF and C positions a few times . Also , if you were really paying attention in the Buffalo game when UK faced a couple possessions against a man to man defense and Cal had (3) guards in the game he ran ole # 6 the guard around that Adolph Rupp made so famous . 

Bottom line is the man can do much more than recruit and he still gets very little credit from the national and local media corps for his vast talents . You can bet on one thing for sure if this “Platoon System” continues on thru the season as is and UK takes home NCAA title # 9 the inner power circles of college basketball will find a way to curtail his success in the future just like the inner power circles of college football came up with the playoff system to try and thwart Alabama and the SEC from dominating college football . 

Finally It’s The Cats vs. Cards On Rivalry Weekend

As the great Yankee Yogi Berra once said , “ It ain’t over till it’s over “ . So one more time Mark Stoops and his battle weary Wildcats get an opportunity to get bowl eligible as his brief (2) year tenure as the head Wildcat comes to a close this saturday down in River City at the “Pizza Pit” better known as Papa Johns Stadium where the Cards are usually hard to handle .

To set the scene for you  the Cats are rolling into “The Ville” on a (5) game losing streak with an overall record of 5 – 6 but still have one more opportunity to circle the wagons and extend their season into the holidays and get valuable extra practices for their extremely infant roster which has 21 redshirts with nothing to do until winter workouts begin in mid January if the Cats don’t pull off the upset . The “Cards” on the other hand are riding high tide into the Thanksgiving Holidays after solving the time honored delimma of whipping “The Irish” right underneath the Golden Dome which I’m sure enhanced their bowl opportunity selection to an even higher $$$$$ maybe even a New Year’s Day bowl , that is , unless the Cats can pull off the upset which would leave the Cards with (4) losses and a mid level bowl .

Now who said the Governors Cup game couldn’t have flair and excitement at the end of the season where it has always belonged in my eyes . Now if we can just get Mitch & Tom to move the women’s and men’s basketball games to friday night and sunday afternoon we’ll have a true rivalry weekend the entire college world will be jealous of and for those media folks worried that a major network can’t carry the UK – UL game in a national prime time setting .

Think again .

NASCAR is over way before sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and don’t think the folks at ESPN wouldn’t love to have a premier sunday afternooncollege basketball game to offer the sports viewers and go up against CBS , Fox , or NBC at any time afternoon , evening , or night when their precious NFL season has been dilluted to almost nothing other than a possible wild card opportunity or two .

Inner athletic circle officials well know that both Rick Pitino & John Calipari literally hate playing the game at any time or place on the schedule so why not get the game out of the way early so both programs can go on to building their NCAA resumes for March without having the game hanging around until late December .

Just a thought but it makes to much sense for the powers that be at UK and U of L to even discuss , remember if not for the SEC and ACC conference offices we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the Governors Cup rivalry on rivalry weekend . This Saturday’s UK – U of L game has been assigned a 12:00 Noon kickoff time and will be televised on ESPN2 .

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