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Jarrod Polson to join Jeff Sheppard at UNITE's Shoot Hoops camp in Harlan

Jarrod Polson
Jarrod Polson

Jarrod Polson, 4-time All-SEC Academic Team member, to appear at Harlan Shoot Hoops camp

Four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson will join fellow University of Kentucky alum Jeff Sheppard for the final UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp in Harlan County on Thursday, July 10.

“We are excited to have a player of Jarrod Polston’s character to join Jeff Sheppard for our Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camp,” said Dan Smoot, UNITE president/CEO. “His attitude toward the game and focus on making the right choices fit well with the purpose of camp.”

This is the eighth season for the free camps, which combine basketball skills instruction with anti-drug and self-esteem messages.

The Harlan camp begins at 4 p.m. at Harlan County High School, located at 4000 U.S. 119 (between Harlan and Cumberland) in Baxter. Any school-age youth is welcome to participate.

A native of Wilmore, Kentucky, Polson set the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) record for free throws attempted and made in a January 2009 game that he tallied 50 points. As a high school senior, Polson led West Jessamine to the second round of the Sweet 16 state tournament and was named First Team All State.

Originally a walk-on at the University of Kentucky, the 6-foot, 2-inch point guard quickly impressed Wildcats head coach John Calapari, who gave him a full scholarship before his freshman year had begun.

Polson received only limited playing time during his first two seasons with the Wildcats (which included a NCAA National Championship his sophomore year).

Things changed after Calapari inserted him in for an ailing teammate during the 2012013 season-opening game against Maryland. A 10-point performance, key steal, and clutch free throws in the waning minutes earned him accolades and solidified his spot in the rotation.

He played in all 33 games as a junior, including three double-figure scoring efforts and averaging 13.8 minutes a game.

Polson continued to provide key playing time during his final season, including nailing a crowd-pleasing three-pointer during 19 minutes of action on senior night.

Over his four years with UK, Polston played in 94 games, scoring a total of 140 points with a .424 field goal percentage (.313 three-point percentage).

This past spring, the Colts retired Polson’s jersey – the first time that distinction had been awarded in school history.

Presented by Ameritox, Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps are fun, interactive and provide a safe, drug-free activity where children have an opportunity to interact with positive role models while learning fundamental basketball skills.

In addition, parents and guardians will have an opportunity to attend a brief UNITE Foundation-sponsored education program on the emerging heroin problem. Information on the signs, symptoms and dangers posed by prescription drugs will also be provided.

As a senior at the University of Kentucky, Sheppard was named the NCAA’s Final Four Most Valuable Player in the Wildcats’ 1997-98 National Championship season. He would later go on to play one season with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and 3 years in Italy.

Helping make the 2014 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps possible are the Cumberland Gap Mountain Spring Water (Middlesboro), UPS Foundation, Walmart (Louisa), Kentucky Army National Guard, Laurel Grocery (London), Flowers Bakery (London), Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge Center (Manchester), Appalachian Wireless (Ivel), Farm Credit Mid-America (London), First Federal Savings and Loan Association (Hazard), Minuteman Press (London), Tim Short Auto Group (London and Manchester), WestCare Hal Rogers Appalachian Recovery Center (Ashcamp), and Ronald C. Cox Attorney At Law (Harlan).

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at<>.

Perry County Woman Charged with Assault 1st Degree

Perry County Woman Charged with Assault 1st Degree 

Vicco, KY –  A Perry County woman faces Assault 1st Degree charges after an altercation that happened along a surface mining road in the George’s Branch community of Perry County.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard was notified at 2:38 A.M. 0f the incident after Sonya Caudill, age 25 of Viper, KY arrived at the Hazard ARH Emergency Room with a puncture wound to her neck.  Troopers from Post 13 responded to the hospital and through their investigation located and arrested Betty Jo Fields, age 25 Viper, KY walking along South Kentucky Highway 15 in the Happy Community Of Perry County.  Details of a motive in this assault are still under investigation at this time.  Betty Jo Fields has been lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree.  The investigation Into this incident is ongoing at this time and Trooper Josh Richardson is in charge of the investigation.

Mt. Sterling Man Dies in Motorcycle Collision in Breathitt County

(From KSP – Jackson, KY) – A Mt. Sterling man lost his life in a single vehicle collision in the Cragan community of Breathitt County yesterday.  At approximately 5:22 p.m., on June 17, Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call advising of man lying beside a motorcycle on KY 15, approximately three miles south of Jackson.  Troopers and EMS were dispatched to the scene.


The initial investigation into this collision indicates that a 1993 Honda CBR motorcycle was traveling north on KY 15, when the operator, 29 year old James Lockhart, of Mt. Sterling, KY, lost control of the vehicle while navigating a curve.  Mr. Lockhart was thrown from the motorcycle after it collided with a guardrail.  Lockhart was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Breathitt County Coroner’s Office, at 6:00 p.m.


Mr. Lockhart was wearing a helmet at the time of this collision, and there are no indications that impairment was a factor.  This incident is being investigated by Trooper Loren Holliday of Post 13.

Calipari Signs New Contract with UK

Kentucky has advanced to the Final Four in three of last four seasons

Coach Cal - Photo by Dusty Layne - East KY Media
Coach Cal – Photo by Dusty Layne – East KY Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to the school’s 16th NCAA Final Four appearance last season, has been rewarded with a new seven-year contract, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Thursday. See attachments for the actual contract, which includes an amendment to the previous agreement along with details of the seven-year deal.


“Basketball has long been the marquee sport at the University of Kentucky,” Barnhart said. “It’s a sport that the traditions of this university and this state have been founded on. They were developed and sort of started from the get-go by Adolph Rupp and through many good people since. What Cal has done is returned us to those glory days of Final Fours and championship efforts, great players, and all along he’s helped young people understand the responsibility of going to class, of the commitment to each other and to a program that has as rich of a tradition as this one does. It has long been our goal over the last three to five years that Cal enjoy this as his final stop in coaching and that he has an opportunity to finish his career at the University of Kentucky and hopefully set standards and win championships that will be remembered for many, many years to come.”


“Under Coach Cal’s leadership, the most storied program in NCAA basketball has reached new heights of success and excellence,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “And that continued success, in which Coach Cal plays a critical leadership role, is a major reason why we have one of the handful of programs in the country that is financially self-sustaining and that has entered into an unprecedented partnership to fund nearly two-thirds of a more than $100 million science building dedicated to learning and research. As important to me, the Coach, his staff and our entire program are focused intently on putting students first in everything that they do. Nowhere is that more evident than in their continued efforts to ensure that our student athletes are prepared for success in life as well as in sports. They perform on the court and in the classroom.”


In five seasons, Calipari has led the Wildcats to a 152-37 (.804 winning percentage) overall mark, including four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, two appearances in the national championship game and the 2012 national championship. Under Calipari’s tutelage, 17 Wildcats have been selected in the NBA Draft in four seasons, including 13 taken in the opening round, two No. 1 overall selections, five top-five picks and eight lottery picks.


Calipari has guided UK to two Southeastern Conference championships, a pair of SEC Tournament titles and has comprised 20 consecutive 20-win seasons, leading all active coaches with that streak. He is a mere three wins shy of becoming just the 13th active Division I coach to achieve 600 on-court victories.


“I’d like to thank Mitch (Barnhart) and Dr. Capilouto for their commitment to me, my family and the basketball staff,” Calipari said. “I’ve said over and over that I have the best job in the country. With the continued support from our administration and the greatest, craziest, fans in college basketball, we have accomplished a lot in our five quick years, but we still have lofty goals for the future. We want to continue to help young people and their families reach their dreams, while at the same time maintaining our success on the basketball court, in the classroom and in the community.”


Calipari’s teams have showed remarkable success off the court. Most recently, the men’s basketball team posted a 3.11 cumulative grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester, including 10 student-athletes who amassed a 3.0 or better. It marked the sixth time in the last seven semesters the basketball team has achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA. In addition, Kentucky totaled a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2012-13 year.


Since Calipari arrived in Lexington, his teams have posted one-year APR scores of 979 in 2009-10, 979 in 2010-11, 977 for the 2011-12 national championship season and 1,000 for 2012-13. Kentucky’s most recent four-year composite score of 989, ranked in the 80th-90th percentile among all Division I basketball scores and the 60th-70th percentile within all Division I sports. The NCAA’s average APR for all Division I men’s basketball schools was 957.


Additionally, all 10 players at UK who were eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years, under Calipari, walked away with a degree in hand. Two of those players (Jarrod Polson and Patrick Patterson) earned a degree in just three years.


Calipari’s foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country, and in 2010, he used a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He followed that up with another telethon in 2012 that raised $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the New England coast.


A year after helping raise $350,000 for charity during the inaugural UK men’s basketball alumni weekend, Calipari was the driving force behind the more than $1 million that was donated to local and national organizations during the second annual alumni weekend.


His foundation has also worked with and donated money to Samaritan’s Feet, the West Liberty Recovery Fund, 4 Paws for Ability, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Urban League of Lexington and the V Foundation. Calipari has also headed up the EverFi Financial Literacy Program, which teaches students across Kentucky the importance of money management.


UK has hauled in the top-rated recruiting class in four of five seasons under Calipari’s direction. This year’s four-player class is rated No. 2 overall by most recruiting services and will accompany eight scholarship players from the 2013-14 national runner-up squad.


Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its 2013-14 roster, which includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee,  Alex Poythress, and Derek Willis as scholarship returnees.


The Wildcats will also welcome four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.


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Snowplow winners announced


Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.
Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.

Winners of the snowplow obstacle course competition were Richard Mazurek, Owsley County, first place, and Robert Riddell, Estill County, second place.

Edd Hensley Obit

Edd Hensley
Edd Hensley

Edd Hensley, 62, Jackson passed away Sunday, July 6 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was preceded in death by parents, Green and Linnie Hensley; brothers, Lee Hensley, James Hensley, Charles Hensley; sisters, Aileen Smith, Ellen Hensley, Hazel Hensley, Mabel Hensley, Doshia Hensley, Juanita Hensley; one grandchild, Jasmine Joy Starr Robinson; one son-in-law, Ricky Fugate; mother and father-in-law, Staudie and Anna Bolen.   He is survived by his wife, Donna Hensley of Jackson; one son, Ed Dwayne Hensley of Jackson; three daughters, Danetta Robinson(Kevin Hall) of Somerset, Deanna Gail Bartley(Jason) of Pikeville, Jessica Fugate(Dave Southard) of Jackson, Heather Hensley of Jackson, Donna Mae Sizemore(Chad) of Jackson; two brothers, William Jr. Hensley of Jackson, Troy Hensley(Christine) of Jackson; two sisters, Lula Moore of Lexington, Joyce Neace of Jackson; nineteen grandchildren, one great grandchild; special friends, A.B.Howard, French Howard, Cecil Howard; brothers-in-law, Joe Bolen, John Bolen, Jr. Bolen; sisters-in-law, Delorise Couch, Sandra Bolen. Special thanks to nephew, William Lykins. Funeral services Wed., July 9, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cecil Howard officiating.  Burial in the Tyra Cemetery at Frozen.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Napier Obit

Wayne Napier
Wayne Napier

Wayne Napier, 56, Clayhole passed away Saturday, June 28, at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.  He was the son of the late Merle and Wilma Napier and the brother of the late Don Napier.  He is survived by his wife, Leona Napier of Clayhole; three daughters, Maria Rogers of Franklin, Ohio, Jessica Napier of Clayhole, Bethany Napier of Clayhole; three brothers, Merle Napier Jr. of Somerset, Danny Napier  of Stanton, Bruce Napier of Bath County; five sisters, Audrey Jean Fugate of Hazard, Pat Oliver of Hazard, Brenda Oliver of Hazard, Connie Holbrook of Jackson, Donna Martin of Bath County; two grandchildren, Camilla Renee Gonzolas, Caydence Wayne Rogers; special friend, Charles Miller of Bath County; host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services Wed., July 2, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buddy Turner officiating.  Burial in the Flint Ridge Cemetery at Clayhole.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Alta Mae Lindon Obit

Alta Mae Lindon
Alta Mae Lindon

Alta Mae Lindon, 86, Vancleve passed away Monday, June 23, at her residence.  She was a retired teacher with the Breathitt County School Systems.  She was the widow of the late Brownloe Lindon and the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Lula Back Gillum.  She was also preceded in death by one grandchildren, Letitia Dawyn Turner; 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  She is survived by one son, Kevin (Natasha) Lindon of Winchester; three daughters, Sharon (Dwight) Smith of Walton, Vonda (Eugene) Turner of Vancleve, Vicki (Doug) Watts of Vancleve; one brother, Larry Gillum of Erlanger; four sisters, Faye Cordes of Covington, Sue(Earl) Oaks of Walton, Betty Taulbee of Lee City, Gay Thompson of Covington; fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 26, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Leedy and Rev. Don Ison officiating.  Burial in the Lindon Cemetery at Vancleve.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, family request donations to Calvary Christian Clear Fork Campus Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Merle Fisher Obit

Merle Fisher
Merle Fisher

Merle Fisher, 72, Hazard passed away Sunday, June 22, at the St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington.  She was the daughter of the late Irvine and Lutisha (Cornett) Napier.  She was a member of the 11th Hour Of Worship Center in Hazard.  She is survived by two sons, James(Mary) Crowe of Lost Creek, Gerald(Elaine) Jones of Pine Grove; two daughters, DaRhonda Hensley of Hazard, Theresa(Paul) Hurt of Hazard; two brothers, Eugene(Katherine) Napier of Westchester, OH, James Napier of London; ten grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren.  Funeral services Wed., June 25, at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eldon Miller and Rev. Mike Tabor officiating.  Burial in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Noble.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Kelsey Jones Obit

Kelsey Jones
Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones, 90, Clayhole passed away Wednesday, June 11, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was a US Army veteran and worked as a mechanic for Falcon Coal Company.  He was the son of the late James Jones and Tisha Stacy Jones.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Arnold Jones, Nathan Jones, Arthur Jones, Henry Jones, Beecher Jones, Clifford Jones, Shelby Jones; sisters, Lora Gibson, Margie Gayheart, Belva Shafer, Hazel Jones, Ida Mae Williams.  He is survived by his wife, Florence Jones of Clayhole; one son, David Campbell of Memphis, TN; two daughters, Joyce(Farmer) Erp of Jackson, Rachel(Larry) Adams of Hazard; one brother, Granville Jones pf Germantown, OH; one sister-in-law, Mazie Jones of Bays; special grandchild, Derek Jorge Campbell; grandchildren, Heather Campbell, Weston Erp, Larry Stephen(Amber) Adams; special niece, Edna Rose:  host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Sat., June 14, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Barnett officiating.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery at Hazard.  Serving as pallbearers, Derek Campbell, Farmer Erp, Weston Erp, Larry Adams, David Campbell.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.