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Lexene Turner Obit

Lexene Turner
Lexene Turner

Lexene Turner, 63, Houston passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Select Speciality Hospital in Lexington.  She was a retired school teacher.  She is survived by her parents, Herbert and Dorothy Turner of Houston; two sons, Walter Combs of Houston, Jerry Combs of Jackson; one daughter, Christine Combs of Houston.  Funeral services Monday, Feb. 3, 12:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Bunn, Rev. Archie Combs, Rev. Teddy Edmonds officiating.  Burial in Turner Family Cemetery at Short Fork of Houston.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Russ Smith Leads Louisville to Win Over UCF

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after Louisville’s 87 – 70 win over the Central Florida Knights that coaching Russ Smith for the last four years has been the “greatest and most hair-raising experience”.  Tonight’s game exemplified what he was saying as Smith led the Cardinals with 27 points and getting chewed out the most.

Louisville wins. Photo by Jason Sheehan
Louisville wins. Photo by Jason Sheehan

Smith was 9 – 14 from the field and 7 – 10 from the free throw line.  He drew the ire of Pitino for trying to go behind his back against three UCF players in the first half and turned the ball over.  He played only 12 minutes in the first half even though he was scoring at will.  Pitino was so upset with Smith’s play in the first half that he kept Smith on the bench to start the second half.  You live with the good and the bad with Russ.  Fortunately, this year we have seen more of the good side of Russ.  Who knows where the Cardinals would be without the stellar play of Smith.

UofL too much for UCF - Photo by Jason Sheehan
UofL too much for UCF – Photo by Jason Sheehan

Luke Hancock has been the other glue-guy for Louisville.  He has finally recovered from an early-season injury is playing his best basketball of the year.  Hancock finished with 16 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds while not committing a turnover.

Pitino has says that Hancock is the best player on the team at getting Montrezl Harrell the ball down in the post.  You could see early on that Louisville was trying to get the ball down low to Harrell.  Montrezl finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds.  His offensive game has improved since the beginning of the year and a big reason is where he is getting the ball.

Cardinals roll - Photo by Jason Sheehan
Cardinals roll – Photo by Jason Sheehan

Pitino continued to tinker with his starting lineup.  He chose to go with a smaller and more athletic lineup starting Wayne Blackshear in place of Mangok Mathiang.  The other starters were Smith, Rozier, Hancock and Harrell.  It’s the seventh different lineup Louisville has used this season.  Pitino said he would like to stick with it because of the advantages it gives you offensively.

Central Florida was plagued by foul trouble in the second half as their two best players, Tristan Spurlock and Isaiah Sykes, spent nearly seven minutes on the bench.  Spurlock said, “It was tough for us.  I really felt it hurt us as a team.”  Spurlock led the Knights with 20 points.  Sykes, CFU’s leading scorer at 15.6 points per game, struggled as he finished with only 8 points on 2 – 12 shooting.

Louisville started out of the gates with a strong showing building a 14 point lead.  Strong play by Spurlock brought the Knights to within five.  The Cardinals answered every run, but could never completely pull away.  Blackshear hit a three off a nicely designed double screen to end the first half and put the Cardinals ahead 37 – 27.

Louisville opened up the second half with a 5 – 0 run.  Wayne Blackshear hit another three pointer off of a set play and then Terry Rozier made a steal and completed the layup at the other end.  Louisville’s lead hovered around ten for most of the second half until the Cardinals started to pull away in the last five minutes.

The Cardinals shot an impressive 63.3% in the second half.  The smaller lineup help create easy scoring opportunities both inside and outside.  Louisville also scored 23 points off of 16 CFU turnovers.

Louisville improved 7 – 2 in the AAC and 18 – 4 overall.  The Knights fell to 1 – 7 in the conference and     9 – 10 overall.

Louisville will head to Houston Wednesday for a 9:00 game.  The Cardinals defeated the Cougars by 39 on January 16 in the Yum Center.

Eunice Scott Obit

Eunice Scott
Eunice Scott

Eunice Scott, 93, Jackson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson.  She was the widow of the late Roland G. Scott and the daughter of the late Judge William B. Turner Sr. and Ollie Mae May Turner.  She was also preceded in death by one sister, Bernice Rae Bosworth; two brothers, Wilgus Turner, William “Lil Bill” Turner.  She was a retired teacher of 43 years and a member of the Jackson Christian Church for 84 years.  She is survived by one son, Anthony Scott of Jackson; one sister, Edna Mae Turner of Jackson; one grandson, William “Bill” Scott of Jackson; one granddaughter, Megan Scott of Somerset; host of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services Sat., Feb. 1, 1:00 PM at the Jackson Christian Church with William A. Scott in charge.  Burial in the Jackson Cemetery.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Back to the Beginning

Well, just when you thought things were looking up for the Cats they go and lay a complete egg at LSU vs the Tigers.  The Cats were as cold as the weather outside in getting down early once again.  At the 15 minute mark of the first half the Cats had 2 shots and 5 turnovers.  This should have been one of the road games the Cats won.  The arena was mostly only students and a few fans.  But once again the Cats failed to show up early.  This time it cost them the game.  They expended all their energy getting back into it and had nothing left in the 2nd Half.  Dakari Johnson had his best game of the year going 7-8 from the field ending up with 15 points and 6 rebounds.  James Young also had a solid game scoring 23 points on 9-18 shooting and 7 rebounds.  Unfortunately those two were not enough to give Kentucky the victory.  The Harrison twins were a complete no show and Randle ended up with his worst game at UK.  It will be interesting to see where the team goes from here.  Calapari better get it together soon or this team will begin looking like the 2013 Cats instead of the National Championship ones of 2012.  Here’s hoping he can figure it out.

Harrell Leads Cardinals to Big Road Win Over Connecticut

The 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals came in to Saturday night’s game in Storrs against the unranked Connecticut Huskies in need of a signature win.  They accomplished that feat in a very tough and sometimes hostile Gampel Pavilion beating the Huskies 76 – 64.

Montrezl Harrell played perhaps his best game of the season getting his 4th double-double of the season.  Harrell scored 18 points, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.  Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been telling his young sophomore to play with more confidence.  Harrell took him to task hitting two 15 foot jumpers and a couple of hook shots in the post.

“I’m more comfortable.  It’s about getting reps up…different things to improve my game and improve my team”, Harrell said.

Two matchups were spoken about leading up to the game.  The matchup between UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville senior guard Russ Smith.  That matchup lived up to its billing as Napier scored 30 points and Smith 23 points.  The other matchup was Deandre Daniels and Harrell.  Daniels got in early foul trouble and never got into the flow of the game.  He finished with only 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in Louisville’s game was their ability to rebound the ball.  Louisville outrebounded UConn 45 to 30.  They won the rebounding battle for the second consecutive game.  “Every time we outrebound our opponents, we win 95 percent of our games”, said Pitino.

It has only been two games since Louisville’s loss to long-time rival Memphis, but you can sense the “unbridled enthusiasm” Pitino has asked his team to show.  This enthusiasm was on full display against the Huskies as the Cardinals trailed only once.  The team’s communication was better on offense and defense.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was ejected from the game with 13:02 left in the second half for arguing a no-call with a referee.  Wayne Blackshear made contact with Niels Giffey in front of the UConn bench and no foul was called.  Ollie went ballistic over the no-call and ran down the sideline to protest the call.  He was given his first technical for running down the sideline and the second for coming on to the court to protest the call.

Louisville made only two of the four technical free throws, but UConn was never able to get back in the game.  Louisville answered every UConn run to win its second consecutive game.

Louisville improved to 16 – 3 overall and 5 – 1 in the AAC.  UConn fell to 14 – 4 overall and 2 – 3 in the AAC.

Louisville returns to action Wednesday at 7:00 as they travel to South Florida to face the Bulls in an AAC matchup.

Bertie Frazier Obit

Bertie Frazier
Bertie Frazier

Bertie Frazier, 68, Noctor passed away Tuesday, January 28, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  She was a member of the Providence Pentecostal Church.  She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Katie (Fugate) Gillum.  She was also preceded in death by one brother, Rondell Gillum.  She is survived by her husband, Mack Frazier of Noctor; two sons, Ricky Len (Jessica) Fugate of Jackson, Michael (Cassie) Fugate of Noctor; one daughter, Joyce (Ed) Miller of Jackson; three brothers, Carl (Connie) Gillum of Independence, Danny (Donna) Gillum of Jackson, Sherman Gillum of Jackson; two sisters, Gladys (Bill) Haddix of Jackson, Linda (Ray) Hollan of Commerce, MI; special cat, Nub; special friends, Mary Helen Strong, Ann Combs, Lewis Anthony Ritchie, William Combs; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren.  Funeral services Friday, January 31, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Bellamy officiating.  Burial in the Frazier Cemetery at Noctor.  Family and friends serving as pallbearers.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Green goes green, earns green

EAST BERNSTADT, KY — Hazel Green Elementary School students made money for their school while learning about recycling. Their project also earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.


Hazel Green Elementary School’s fourth and fifth-grade students accepted the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for their plastic recycling project. Principal Brad Mullins and Bianca Hawkins, who led the project, are on the front row, and the fourth and fifth-grade teachers are in the back.
Hazel Green Elementary School’s fourth and fifth-grade students accepted the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for their plastic recycling project. Principal Brad Mullins and Bianca Hawkins, who led the project, are on the front row, and the fourth and fifth-grade teachers are in the back.

For two weeks in December, students were encouraged to save every piece of plastic used in their homes, such as water bottles and liquid soap containers. They brought the plastic to school to be recycled. Fourth and fifth-grade math students added up the ounces on the plastic containers. They converted the ounces to gallons — which came to 192.45 gallons. Then, they figured out the equivalent number of 16-ounce plastic water bottles, for a visual effect.


Fifth-grade math students from Tracie Hacker’s class posed with some of the plastic bottles collected for recycling by Hazel Green Elementary School. Photo by Bianca Hawkins.
Fifth-grade math students from Tracie Hacker’s class posed with some of the plastic bottles collected for recycling by Hazel Green Elementary School. Photo by Bianca Hawkins.

“If you can picture 1,539 plastic water bottles, that’s how much plastic Hazel Green students collected in their homes in just two weeks,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented the award Friday. “That’s the same as 64 of those 24-bottle cases of bottle water. Congratulations on such a successful effort.”


“It was an eye-opener to learn how many bottles that we kept out of the landfill,” said Principal Brad Mullins. “When I announced the results, it was a light-bulb moment for the kids.”


“Our kids loved this project,” Mullins said. “There was more interest in it than I thought there would be. Some kids brought in big garbage bags filled with plastic bottles.”


“Students are aware that anything that was brought in, ultimately, made money for their school,” added Bianca Hawkins, AmeriCorps/Operation UNITE tutor at Hazel Green Elementary. She organized the recycling project.


Hazel Green was paid for the plastic through the London Regional Recycling Center’s incentive program for local schools. The center places recycling bins at all schools in Laurel County and picks them up regularly. The center weighs the bins and tracks how much each school recycles. At the end of the quarter, each school receives a check for the value of its recyclables. Since 2008, the center has paid $27,432 into the classroom funds of local schools.


Hazel Green held its own fundraiser during its two-week recycling project. Students sold reusable aluminum water bottles to raise money for the school’s environmental education activities. The money will pay for recycling bins in all classrooms, as well as supplies for the school’s garden and greenhouse, which was purchased with a PRIDE grant this year.


“We are hoping that this will be a wakeup call for those families who do not recycle in their homes to start doing so,” Hawkins said. “Some of the teachers who didn’t recycle before are now recycling at school and at home.”


“This project went so well, we plan to continue recycling at Hazel Green,” Mullins said. “I invite parents to bring their recyclables here. It will earn money for our school.”


“Hazel Green is finally ‘going green,’” Mullins joked.


The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.


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Learn more about the London Regional Recycling Center, including its incentive program for schools, at

Seeing the Good in Every Situation

What do you do when things do not pan out the way you had hoped?

Do you get disappointed and frustrated? Do you get depressed and discouraged. Do you criticize yourself or blame others because things did not work out?

If you see yourself in any of the above, you are at risk for stress, conflicted relationships, low self-esteem, anger problems, and even a suppressed immune system.

We know that our emotions impact our physical wellbeing, and the emotions mentioned above all have a negative effect both on ourselves, and on those around us.

We live in a world which is complex, with myriad interconnections, many of which we cannot control. Consequently, as often as not, things will turn out differently than expected. If we know this, we should not be upset or disappointed when it happens. We need to remain calm, try again, or try something completely different.

You can adopt a philosophy that will make it easy for you to do this in any situation. You can assume that whatever is happening will somehow serve the highest good. Your ego may be attached to a certain outcome, but there may be a higher good of which you are unaware.

The train that blocks traffic, holding you back, may be holding you there so you will not be at the next intersection just when an accident was to occur. The job layoff may be opening new doors for you that, in your disappointment, you cannot yet imagine. The partner who walks out on you may be making room in your life for someone who fulfills you infinitely more than did he or she.

When things go sideways, the ultimate benefit or higher good may be impossible to fathom at the time. This is where trust comes in. We must trust that in time, we will be shown, or will come to understand the learning and the perfection that is inherent in all life experiences.

As always, we have a choice. We can remain stuck in ego and rail at the unfairness, the randomness, and the incomprehensibility of it all. Or, if we want to live a life of grace, we can choose to trust in the principle that there is a divine wisdom in all that occurs. If we cannot see it, it does not mean it is not there-only that we have not yet learned to trust, and to accept that all of our experiences are vital aspects of our soul’s journey.



Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

Four Wildcats Signees Tabbed for McDonald's Game

Kentucky has record 20 signees to play in high school All-Star game since Calipari’s arrival

LEXINGTON, Ky. – All four of Kentucky’s fall signees for the 2014 men’s basketball season have been selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America game it was announced Wednesday evening. Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis were selected to the All-Star game slated for April 2 in the United Center in Chicago.

With all four of UK’s signees earning selection to the McDonald’s game, Kentucky now has 20 players named to the prestigious high school event during the John Calipari era. North Carolina is second with 15 players tabbed to the game.

Towns was selected to the East squad, while Booker, Lyles and Ulis will suit up for the West team. The game will air live on ESPN at  9:30 p.m. ET on April 2.

Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Moss Point, Miss., was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior in 2012-13, averaging 29.7 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. Booker is rated No. 18 in the 2014 ESPN 100, No. 30 in the Rivals 150 and No. 31 according to Scout.

A 6-10 forward from Indianapolis, Ind., Lyles averaged 17.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 blocks en route to being named Indianapolis City Player of the Year for a second consecutive year as a junior at Arsenal Technical High School. Playing for Team Canada in the 2013 U19 World Championships, Lyles averaged 20.3 points per game.

Towns, a 7-0 forward from St. Joseph’s in Metuchen, N.J., was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012-13. Averaging 21.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game, Towns was named First Team All-State and Player of the Year by The Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Entering his senior year, Towns has led his St. Joseph’s team to two consecutive state championships in New Jersey.

Ulis is a 5-8 point guard from Chicago Heights, Ill., who averaged 21.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a junior for Marian Catholic. Ulis is ranked 29th nationally by Scout and 33rd by Rivals and ESPN. The latest in a line of highly ranked point guards to sign with Kentucky under Coach Calipari, Ulis ranks as the No. 4 point guard in the country by ESPN and No. 6 at his position according to Scout.

Kentucky has signed 40 total McDonald’s All-Americans, including 20 under Calipari since the McDonald’s All-America team began in 1977 with the first game featuring the top players in the nation first played in 1978.

Former and current Wildcats who played in the McDonald’s All-America game previously during Calipari’s tenure include: DeMarcus Cousins (2009), Anthony Davis (2011), Archie Goodwin (2012), Aaron Harrison (2013), Andrew Harrison (2013), Dakari Johnson (2013), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011), Terrence Jones (2010), Brandon Knight (2010), Doron Lamb (2010), Marcus Lee (2013), Alex Poythress (2012), Julius Randle (2013), Marquis Teague (2011), Kyle Wiltjer (2011), and James Young (2013).

Cats Need To Steal A Win On The Road This Week

(Today’s NCAA Coaches Salaries vs. Old School Salaries)

By – Ira D. Combs

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


The conventional wisdom of most all prognosticators even those supposed astute minds that predicted a 40 – 0 UK season ( who now know how smart they really are ) still had circled the following five games ( Michigan St. – at North Carolina – Louisville – at Florida – at Missouri ) as definite possibilities of busting the 40 – 0 party .  Now that we know the outcome of the first three of those five games and that Baylor and Arkansas have also spoiled the 40 – 0 party plans even more devastating the Cats have their backs against the wall with the fine folks who select the 68 teams for the NCAA tournament and set the seeds for all those teams .


In laymen’s terms the Cats need to steal a win or maybe two on the road and then run the table at home to get back into the # 2 seed discussion and some people associated with the inner circles of college basketball believe that hole is to deep to dig out of and the Cats need to set their sights on a more realistic goal of a # 3 seed . Regardless of your opinion it’s pretty obvious they need to steal a win on the road .


This week in my opinion are the two best opportunities to steal them and make some noise with the pollsters in doing so . Tuesday the Cats head to Baton Rouge , La. for a (9:00 o’clock tip-off on ESPN) and then Saturday the Cats visit Missouri for a (1:00 o’clock tip-off on CBS ) . Granted these two teams aren’t carrying the punch everyone around college basketball thought they would but still a couple w’s this week for the Cats can open some eyes across college basketball as to how this team has developed over the last few weeks and that it is gaining some momentum heading down the stretch toward the post season . Plus a couple convincing wins this week along with a little help from some other teams falling on hard times could pole vault UK back into top 10 status .


Since were discussing the NCAA tourney and seeds we may as well go to the only educated source on the matter and that would be the ESPN guru of Bracketology Joe Lunardi himself . Lunardi has been uncanny in recent years with a lot of his final predictions and of course he’s been off base on occasion as well . Going into this past weekend’s play Lunardi had Coach Cal’s Cats as a somewhat surprising  # 2 seed a bit high at this point in the season with 4 losses on the Cats resume in my humble opinion .


Still this week may be as important of a two game road swing as there is left on the Cats schedule .


Today’s Value of NCAA Coaches Salaries vs. Old School Value


I stumbled upon some interesting tidbits this past week listening to some of my favorite sports talk shows and surfing the net while cramped up indoors with all this crappy weather the Commonwealth has had to deal with . One interesting item I stumbled upon was NCAA basketball coaches salaries . Let’s just say I’m wondering if today’s university athletic departments are getting the bang for their buck as compared to what the old school guys were giving their school’s  during their era .


First of all I know there is a 40 plus year time warp involved since John Wooden won his 11consecutive championships but wait till you see the numbers I’ve uncovered before you draw any conclusions .


Let’s start with today’s supposed elite or top 5 coaches both in salary and success . Remember though that even the meager so called bottom dweller coaches of the low level Div. 1 programs  will make  in the neighborhood of $100,000.00 to $150,000.00 .


According to  a website referred to as The Richest and it’s lead columnist Nitin Rhandari the top five richest college basketball coaches are as follows and these are annual salaries by the way that each coach is currently under with their respective school :


# 1 – Mike Krzyzewski – Duke  7.2 million   ( Four NCAA titles )

# 2 – John Calipari – Kentucky  5.0 million  ( I Elite 8 / 2 Final Four / 1 NCAA title going into his 5th year at UK )

# 3 – Rick Pitino – Louisville  4.9 million  ( 2 NCAA titles / I at UK and 1 at U of L )

# 4 – Bill Self – Kansas  4.9 million   ( 1 NCAA title / 1 runner-up )

# 5 – Billy Donovan – 3.7 million   ( Two NCAA titles )


Based on information given out by Denny Crum on the Joe B. and Denny show last thursday and just a friendly reminder that Crum was an assistant for UCLA’s longtime icon John Wooden , the “Wizard of Westwood” received a salary the year he won his 11th consecutive NCAA championship  of ……….. $32,000.00 .


I’d say the Bruins got a good bang for their buck even if it was in the old school era !!!!!!!!!!!

 Team Notes and Stats To Date

As of the beginning of this week the top 9 players in Coach Cal’s rotation are putting up the following statistics per game riding a 15 – 4 record going into the LSU game :

Julius Randle – 16.6 ppg / 10.4 rpg ; James Young – 14.4 ppg / 4.2 rpg ; Aaron Harrison – 13.7 ppg / 41 assists ; Andrew Harrison – 11.1 ppg. / 68 assists ; Willie Cauley – Stein – 8.0 ppg / 6.8 rpg ; Alex Poythress – 6.7 ppg / 5.5 rpg ; Dakari Johnson – 4.0 ppg. / 3.2 ; Marcus Lee – 2;9 ppg / 1.6 rpg ; Dominique Hawkins – 1.2 ppg / 11 assists .