Virginia Carol Turner

Virginia Carol Turner
Virginia Carol Turner

Virginia Carol Turner, 61, passed away Tuesday, April 15, at Irvine.  She was a member of the New Macedonia Baptist Church in Newport.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Cora Turner; her son, Sammy Turner; her sister, Roseanna Turner.   She is survived by her fiancé, Mike Cagel of Madisonville; her father, Roosevelt Turner of Talbert; her daughter, Melissa Turner of Paintsville; her sister, Juanita (Jim) Mister of Irvine; two grandchildren, D.J. Payne, Michel Payne.  Funeral services Friday, April 18, 11:00AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jesse Turner and Rev. Patrick Turner officiating.  Burial in the Alice B. Turner Cemetery at Talbert.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Amos Graham Jr. Obit

Amos “Buster” Graham Jr.,
Amos Graham Jr.
Amos Graham Jr.

83, Vancleve passed away Tuesday, April 15 at the Wolfe Co. Health & Rehab Center in Campton.  He was the son of the late Amos and Ella (Little) Graham.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, George Graham.  He was a veteran of the US Army.  He is survived by his wife, Sue Graham of Vancleve; one son, Douglas Graham of Virginia; two brothers, William Graham of Florida, Otis (Marilyn) Graham of Vancleve; five sisters, Vivian Profitt of Ohio, Lou Lewis of Ohio, Faith (Roger) Pelfrey of Florida, Angela (David) Rose of Campton, Anita (Robert) Adams of Missouri.  Funeral services Friday, April 18, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Finley officiating.  Burial in Graham Cemetery at Keck. Military rites observed at graveside.  Serving as pallbearers, Dan Wilson, Ike Graham, David Rose, Danny Steinmetz, Christopher Rose, Earl Campbell, Lee Minix, Gerald Fletcher, David Graham.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Vehicle Pursuit and Death Investigation / Pulaski County


(LONDON, KY.) – On Saturday July 06, 2014 at approximately 9:48 PM the Pulaski County 911 center received a call of a reckless driver on KY, HWY 80 in Somerset. The vehicle was described as a white BMW convertible. Shortly after a Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Officer observed the BMW operating in a reckless manner on KY, 80 and activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle and the operator of the BMW later identified as Lonnie S. Walls, 50, of  Smyrna, TN accelerated and continued traveling west on KY, 80.



A vehicle pursuit was initiated and Walls continued traveling west on KY, 80 for approximately (2) miles were he lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist traveling in the same direction causing Walls to strike the concrete curb damaging his vehicle. After his vehicle came to a rest Lonnie Walls exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and shot himself in the head.



Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroners Office from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


KSP Detective Billy Correll is continuing the investigation and was assisted by KSP Detective Ryan Loudermilk, Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement, Somerset Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Single Vehicle Collision Claims Life of Breathitt County Man

Altro, KY- (KSP Press Release) On Thursday July 3rd, 2014 KSP Post 13 was notified of a single vehicle collision which occurred at 1032 Miller Branch Barwick Rd in the Altro community of Breathitt County. 

Wreck kills one in Breathitt County. (File Photo - Not actual wrecked car)
Wreck kills one in Breathitt County. (File Photo – Not actual wrecked car)

Trooper Randall Coots was dispatched to the scene and through his investigation determined a 1993 Ford Explorer which was operated by Jordan White, age 20 was traveling north bond along Miller Branch Barwick Road when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road, the driver 0vercorrected and lost control striking a tree causing the vehicle to overturn.  The operator of the vehicle along with a passenger Felix Randolph White were airlifted to the Pikeville Medical Center.  A second passenger Ashley Herald, Age 19 was transported to the Hazard ARH.  Felix Randolph White, age 47 of Altro, KY who was not wearing a seat belt later died at Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by the Pike County Coroners Office.  Trooper Randall Coots is in charge of the accident investigation. 


UK to play International Teams
UK to play International Teams

Wildcats to play three international opponents over six games in Nassau

NASSAU, Bahamas – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, the 2014 NCAA Division I national runner-up, will face international teams from the Dominican Republic, France and Puerto Rico during a foreign tour – named the Big Blue Bahamas tour – from August 10-17 in the Bahamas.


Kentucky will play the Dominican Republic national team, the Puerto Rico national team reserves and French first-division club team Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket, twice each over an eight-day span at Nassau’s 2,500-seat Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, recently renovated in the spring of 2014. The Dominican Republic team will use the games against Kentucky as a tune-up for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which begins in late August. The Dominican Republic is No. 26 in the current FIBA World Rankings.


NCAA rules allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation.


“We are thrilled to bring together top basketball teams from all over the world and showcase it at such a beautiful setting,” said Complete Sports Management President Lea Miller. “It is always a pleasure working with the Bahamas Basketball Federation, and we are very appreciative of their support. The University of Kentucky is truly one of the most dominant programs in college basketball, and it will be fun to watch them compete on this global stage against teams from the Dominican Republic, France and Puerto Rico.”


The Wildcats, 29-11 a season ago, will open the tour on Sunday, August 10 against the Puerto Rico reserves at 5 pm ET. The next day, UK will face Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket at 1 pm ET. Tuesday, August 12, Kentucky will play the Puerto Rico reserves for the second time at 1 pm ET.


After a day off on Wednesday, August 13, Kentucky will face the Dominican Republic on August 14 at 5 pm ET. The second game against Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket will be played either August 15 or 16 (date to be determined) at 1 pm ET. Kentucky will finish the tour on Sunday, August 17 against the Dominican Republic at Noon ET.


“We are excited to make the trip to the Bahamas for our foreign tour,” said Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who will begin his sixth season as the Wildcats’ head coach. “Working with Lea and Mason Miller has been a pleasure. My goal is for our team to grow together, to learn about one another, to have fun and to compete against teams that will stretch us out. These teams should be a challenge that will let us really see where we are at this point. But again, learning and having fun will be the emphasis of the trip. It’s another opportunity for us to fail fast.”


“The Bahamas Basketball Federation is delighted to have a team such as Kentucky embrace our shores,” said Bahamas Basketball Federation Vice President Mario Bowleg. “We know that Kentucky will bring a high level of basketball performance with lots of excitement for our Bahamian basketball fans to experience. We take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lea Miller and her team, whom have worked closely with the Federation, to bring such an elite group to our shores, not just to play basketball but to bond as a unit and experience paradise all at the same time.”


Fan travel packages for Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour will be available. For more information, visit To book travel packages, please call 1-855-UKBBALL (1-855-852-2255). Only those who book through the Big Blue Bahamas tour travel company will have access to tickets.



(all games at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)

Sunday, August 10:            Puerto Rico Reserve Team…………………………….. 5 pm ET

Monday, August 11:            Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket……………… 1 pm ET

Tuesday, August 12:           Puerto Rico Reserve Team…………………………….. 1 pm ET

Wednesday, August 13:     OFF DAY

Thursday, August 14:          Dominican Republic National Team………………. 5 pm ET

Friday, August 15 OR:        Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket……………… 1 pm ET

Saturday, August 16:

Sunday, August 17:            Dominican Republic National Team………………. Noon ET


About Complete Sports Management: Complete Sports Management is an all-encompassing sports marketing agency, led by founder and president Lea Miller. The core capabilities of the agency include the creation of sporting events, event management, sponsorship and hospitality package sales and ticket promotion.


Through Miller’s global connections, she seized the opportunity to take collegiate sports outside of the United States by putting together a preseason college basketball tournament, Battle 4 Atlantis, held in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In its first three years, Battle 4 Atlantis has turned into the most successful preseason men’s Division I college basketball tournament in history, while providing unprecedented exposure for both the Atlantis Resort and the Bahamas. Miller has also negotiated sponsorship agreements and media contracts with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and AXS TV.


In 2014, Complete Sports Management will bring the Bahamas’ first college football FBS postseason bowl game, the inaugural Bahamas Bowl on December 24, 2014, featuring teams from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. For more information on Complete Sports Management, visit

Winchester Man Charged With Crimes Related to Child Pornography

Arrest made in online child porn case ......File photo
Arrest made in online child porn case ……File photo

(Winchester, Ky.) On May 7, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Linville Strange, 45, of Winchester, Ky., on charges related to child pornography. Strange is charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor- 1st offense.


This arrest was the result of an ongoing, nation-wide Internet Crimes Against Children investigation by HSI and the KSP Electronic Crime Branch. HSI agents in Arizona began investigating in January after they discovered a suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation.


Investigators contacted Strange at his residence in Winchester. After an investigation, Strange was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Clark County Detention Center. A full forensic examination of the evidence is pending and the investigation is ongoing by KSP Det. Josh Lawson and HSI Special Agent Mike Romagnoli.

Cats looking like favorite for 2014-2015 Champions

Fans who were disappointed in this years Wildcats, that is until they made their NCAA Tourney run, will have yet another Calapari team loaded with talent and high expectations from BIG BLUE NATION. UK was expected to lose as many as 6 players to the NBA this year, but only Randle and Young decided to forego their college careers and move on to the NBA.

UK Wildcats celebrate as they make it to yet another Final Four - Photo Michael Huang - East KY Media
UK Wildcats celebrate as they make it to yet another Final Four – Photo Michael Huang – East KY Media


The Harrison twins were the final piece to fall into place in next years star studded team filled with McDonalds All-Americans. Along with the “Twins”, Willie Cauley Stein, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee & Alex Poythress all are coming back. That coupled with big man Karl Towns, Guards Ulis and Booker  along with Trey Lyles, Dominque Hawkins & Derek Willis, UK is as deep as anyone in the country and have the tournament experience to beat anyone in the Country.

Kentucky will be one of the biggest if not the biggest team in the country with Johnson, Stein and Towns up front and the Harrison twins in the back court. How many teams in the NCAA would like to have Ulis, Poythress, Lee, Booker, Hawkins, Willis or Lyles starting for them, lit alone coming off the bench? UK has at least 12 players than can start for 95% of the teams in the country.

Calipari’s biggest problem next season appears to be how to play everyone and who to fit in with Stein, Johnson and the twins. The Wildcats have been in 2 Championship games, won one of those, 3 Final Fours and one Elite Eight, all  in 5 short seasons at UK. No other team in the Nation can even come close to those lofty achievements. Once again, UK is expected to make a deep Tournament run and quite possibly their 9th NCAA Championship.

Below are Press Releases for UK players making announcements on their future with the Wildcats.


The Harrison Twins will be coming back for another chance at an NCAA Title. Photo by Michael Huang - East KY Media
The Harrison Twins will be coming back for another chance at an NCAA Title. Photo by Michael Huang – East KY Media

Harrisons to Return for Sophomore Seasons

Freshman guards join Cauley-Stein, Lee, Johnson and Poythress among returnees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, they announced Friday.

Aaron Harrison started all 40 games for the Wildcats during the 2013-14 season and averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He knocked down three of UK’s all-time most memorable shots in three consecutive games in helping UK past Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament to reach the national championship contest.

“I’m coming back for a second season in large part because last year’s title run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron Harrison said.

Andrew Harrison started 39 games for UK and poured in 10.9 points and added 4.0 assists per game. He dished out three or more assists in seven of UK’s final nine games. His-20 point performance led all Wildcat scorers in an upset of No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.” Andrew Harrison said.

“I’m excited about Aaron and Andrew’s decision to return for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Their postseason play was a result of the improvement they made all season and displayed what they’re capable of doing on the court. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them during the summer and watch them lead next year’s team.”

Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshmen Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.

With the announcement of the Harrisons, 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 Final Four squad.

Additional returnees include freshmen Dominque Hawkins, Derek Willis and EJ Floreal, who all saw action this season. The Wildcats will also welcome the No. 2 rated recruiting class in the nation that sports four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.

Johnson to Return for Sophomore Season

Freshman center joins Cauley-Stein, Lee and Poythress among returnees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman center Dakari Johnson will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.

“After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year,” Johnson said. “Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college.”

The 7-foot center started 18 of Kentucky’s last 20 games, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during that stretch. Johnson tallied nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds in UK’s postseason-opening win over LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

“I’m happy to have Dakari back with us for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Despite being the youngest player on the team this season, he continued to improve every day on the court and it showed. We look forward to seeing his improvement over the summer and throughout next year.”

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native grabbed six or more rebounds four times during UK’s postseason run, while shooting better than 62 percent from the field during the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshman Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.

Poythress to Return for Junior Season

Sophomore forward joins Cauley-Stein and Lee among returnees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore forward Alex Poythress will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in helping lead the Wildcats to the NCAA title game. He shot better than 68 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, including an eight-point, seven-rebound performance in the Final Four against Wisconsin.

“I’m excited for Alex and the decision he’s arrived at,” head coach John Calipari said. “I’m proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he’s ready to take that next step and lead this team next season.”

The Clarksville, Tenn., native tallied a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down 12 rebounds two games later against second-ranked Michigan State.

Fellow sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Marcus Lee announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season last week.

Lee to Return for Sophomore Season

Freshman forward joins Cauley-Stein among returnees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my college experience and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player,” Lee said. “Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year.”

The 6-foot-9 forward was called upon in Kentucky’s Final Four run and he answered the call with a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team.

“I’m excited for Marcus and think he’s barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of,” head coach John Calipari said.  “In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season.”

The Antioch, Calif., native tallied 17 points in UK’s season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down a then-career-high six rebounds against Northern Kentucky.

The NBA Early Entry deadline is at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, April 27.

Kentucky residents have chance to win an iPad in KHEAA drawing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in May. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on May 1 through 12 a.m. on June 1.

IPad giveaway. (Photo Item may not be same as actual IPad)
IPad giveaway. (Photo Item may not be same as actual IPad)

To enter, a Kentuckian must click on the orange graduate icon on the KHEAA Facebook page, answer one question about college, and “like” KHEAA on Facebook. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party.

Only Kentucky residents are eligible. Prior winners are not eligible. Employees of KHEAA or its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), and their immediate family members are not eligible.

The drawing will be held in early June, and the winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond by email within three calendar days to receive the iPad. If no response is received within three days, another winner will be drawn.

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.

UK Hoops Heading to the Sweet 16

By: Tyrus York – The #3 seeded UK Hoops team accomplished something Monday night that was a first for the program.  By defeating #6 seed Syracuse 64-59, they advanced to their 3rd straight Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

The win did not come easy for the Cats, especially after their near 50 point romp over Wright State on Saturday.  The offense slowed to a near halt Monday night, shooting only 36.2% behind 21-58 shooting.

The good news was that the Kentucky defense stepped up and limited Syracuse to only 33.3% from the field.  The Wildcats also forced Syracuse into 23 turnovers which included 15 steals.

The Orange presented a different matchup for the Cats with more size down low than Kentucky seemed to be ready for.  Many of their misses came from inside the paint on missed layups.  Syracuse was also able to out rebound the Cats 41-38.

Despite the size of Syracuse, Kentucky’s DeNesha Stallworth was very effective, going for 13 points and 6 rebounds.  She gave the Wildcats consistency down low while the other post players struggled offensively.

Samarie Walker was one of those players that struggled, scoring only 1 point, but she made her presence known on the glass grabbing 7 rebounds.

Bria Goss was the leading scorer for the Cats with 17 points as she overcame a 3-7 shooting performance by knocking down 11-12 from the free throw line.  Most of those free throws were down the stretch to put the game away for Kentucky.

Senior Kastine Evans provided a much needed lift on the otherwise cold shooting night for the Cats hitting 3-4 from the three point line.

Syracuse was without their leading scorer in Brittany Sykes as she went down with a knee injury in the first round on Saturday.  That no doubt limited the Orange, but players like Brianna Butler (15 pts), Briana Day (13 pts), and Alexis Peterson (12 pts) all stepped up to keep the game close.

Kentucky will play Baylor in the Sweet 16 in what will be a rematch of one of the most epic games in women’s basketball history.  The two teams met on December 6 in a 4 overtime game that ended up being a 133-130 Kentucky win.

That game is scheduled to tip off Saturday at noon in South Bend, Indiana in the Notre Dame region.

Life Should Not Be A Marathon

If you feel that you are running a million miles an hour and it is exhausting you, you may not have learned the art of pacing yourself. A marathon runner learns that it is pointless to try to run at top speed throughout the race. Life should not be a marathon, but it can seem like one if we never take time to rest.


Unless our lives are incredibly simple, there is probably more for each of us to do in a day or a week than we could ever hope to accomplish. If we always focus on what we did not accomplish, as opposed to what we did do, then we create inner turmoil – everything from stress and anxiety to lowered self-esteem. The pace of modern life makes it easy to forget that the purpose of life is to BE, not to DO.


If things are getting hectically out of hand, it might be a good idea to call a time out. Leave the laundry or the paperwork, and just take a relaxing bath with or without a good book. If you are overscheduled in the evenings and weekends, take a week off from all commitments. If you were sick, you would have to miss things, and taking some pre-emptive rest and relaxation might avert that. If you are tired, go to bed two hours earlier than usual. It will produce the same result as if you were able to sleep in.


If you have become too serious about life, go out with friends and have fun. You see, the end of life will come, and we STILL won’t have everything done. It’s not about how fast we go, or how much we do – it is truly about how much we enjoy.


So pace yourself, and sprinkle plenty of enjoyment throughout your days.


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

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