Hope Wall on display at Magoffin Judicial Center

SALYERSVILLE – “When you see all these people who have battled substance abuse and are now in recovery it makes everything worthwhile,” Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery said Friday, glancing at the UNITE Hope Wall now on display at the Magoffin County Judicial Center.

Pictured are Dan Smoot, UNITE President/CEO (left); Amanda Arnett, Peer Recovery Coach for Drug Court (front center); Carson Montgomery, Magoffin County Sheriff (back center); and Judge Kim Childers, 36th Judicial Circuit.
Pictured are Dan Smoot, UNITE President/CEO (left); Amanda Arnett, Peer Recovery Coach for Drug Court (front center); Carson Montgomery, Magoffin County Sheriff (back center); and Judge Kim Childers, 36th Judicial Circuit.

Montgomery was joined Friday, January 31, by 36th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kim Childers, UNITE President/CEO Dan Smoot, and local Drug Court officials as the Hope Wall was set up.

The wall – celebrating a person’s ability to overcome an addiction – will remain on display through Friday morning February 14.

Visitors stop by to read information about those displayed on the UNITE Hope Wall Friday afternoon. Several Magoffin County people are among the approximately 150 individuals featured.
Visitors stop by to read information about those displayed on the UNITE Hope Wall Friday afternoon. Several Magoffin County people are among the approximately 150 individuals featured.

Anyone who has been in recovery for at least 18 months is eligible to be featured on the wall. For more information contact the UNITE office at 606-330-1400 or visit www.operationunite.org

Can Relationships Make You Sick?

A warm, loving, nurturing relationship is a healthy thing. In such a relationship there is laughter, connection, intimacy, communication and fun. These qualities can reduce stress, reduce anxiety and depression, improve quality of life and cause the body to produce endorphins: hormones that make us feel good and even reduce pain.

If a good relationship can contribute to our health, what happens if the relationship is not good. Of course there are variations depending on how negative the relationship is, and how much involvement there is; whether it is a spouse or immediate family member, extended family, a boss or colleague or a neighbor.

A negative relationship creates stress. It may also result in depression, anxiety, feelings of anger, sadness, or loneliness. Here, rather than good chemicals, the body produces stress hormones. In fact, studies have shown that after an angry or upsetting episode, the immune system is suppressed for six to eight hours!  If another incident happens, or even re-living it as we tell someone about it, then the immune system suppressed for a further six to eight hours.

It is clear that if our relationship with someone in our lives is conflicted, we could be in an almost constant state of immune system suppression. We may not experience effects of this right away, but over time we may be vulnerable to a variety of health issues.

We need to think of stress, negativity, anger and conflict as things that are toxic to our bodies. We would not breathe or ingest substances we knew to be toxic to our bodies. Similarly, we should also practice ecology in our emotional environment. If the situation or interactions cannot be changed to create a more positive emotional climate, it may be time to make a move.

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

UK Hoops Bounces Back With Big Win Over LSU

By: Tyrus York – The last few weeks have been up and down for #13/12 UK Hoops (17-5, 5-4) and Head Coach Matthew Mitchell.  Seemingly falling into a pattern of win one then lose one, the Cats picked up a big win over #14 LSU (17-5, 6-3) in Memorial Coliseum on Sunday with a final score of 63-56.

UK Hoops bounce back - Photo by Michael Huang
UK Hoops bounce back – Photo by Michael Huang

LSU began the game on a 6-0 run, but the Wildcats responded with a 13-0 run of their own and never looked back.

Leading by double digits a majority of the second half, Kentucky looked as sharp as maybe they have all season on the defensive side of the court.  They forced the Tigers into 18 turnovers, but more importantly were able to capitalize with 25 points off those turnovers.

Bria Goss led the Cats with 11 points, but it was another very balanced scoring game for Kentucky with 7 players contributing 6 points or more.

LSU came into this game with a clear advantage in the paint that Kentucky was able to neutralize throughout most of the game.  The Tigers would ultimately outrebound Kentucky 40-36 and outscore them in the paint 22-20, but those are margins that the Wildcats could live with.

Samarie Walker had a tough task in the paint going up against superior size in the Tigers, but she was a force inside grabbing 7 rebounds, 8 points and a steal.  Walker won’t get credit in the box score for the havoc she created in the paint deflecting numerous entry passes to the LSU bigs.

Matthew Mitchell continues to be concerned with the growth of his team, but acknowledged that they responded very well in a very important game to beat LSU.

The identity of this team has been and continues to be their energetic defensive pressure and we saw some of that on Sunday.  Lacking a true star on the team, Kentucky must rely on what it does best, forcing turnovers, to win big in the SEC.

Kentucky will get a week off before returning to action next Sunday in Gainesville, FL to attempt to avenge a 83-73 loss at the hands of the Gators in Memorial back on January 5th.

Here We Are Again Back To The Future With Another Drama Filled UK Basketball Season

By – Ira D. Combs – Tri State Sports Media Service Inc. – www.combsbrothersonkysports.com

Dear Big Blue Nation we have been lead astray again by these so called recruiting service gurus and the many under qualified national sports media gurus of college basketball . Many of us bought in to the 40 – 0 talk or even a two or three loss season , yes we did , we bought it hook , line , and sinker as they say down at the local barber shop .

Personally , I’m ashamed of myself because I’ve been exposed to and directly involved with several championship level basketball teams over my 61 years and should have known better .

However , in the last 10 days or so I have come to my senses and now know what to expect the remainder of the season and what I think to be the high water mark for this team . They say confession is good for the soul so let’s move on with this week’s column and the rest of the season .

When will the vast majority of the UK basketball fan base ever learn that just because UK has highly rated and many times overhyped basketball players wearing their beloved blue and white jerseys they are no different than any other college basketball teams players when it comes to playing like freshmen . They will be inconsistent in their performance level as freshman and especially on the road when they make their first appearance in each of the SEC basketball venues .

They will look like they are ready to conquer any and all odds one game then the next game especially on the road they will , well , look like freshmen . It’s just the nature of the game and no coach has an answer no matter how many games or championships he has won .

That old time honored trait that each team takes own it’s own personality , well , this team is just taking a little longer and it’s driving Big Blue Nation and Coach Cal to a tizzy in the process . Last week in this column I wrote that this team needed to steal a win on the road and I’ll admit again like many others I really meant two . At the end of the week they done exactly what I ask them to , steal a win and it was a good one at an extremely difficult place to win . Missouri was 42 – 2 at home under Frank Haith  until Cal and his extremely young felines came to town .

Now UK heads into this week ( 16 – 5 overall 6 – 2 SEC play ) and have a date at Rupp Arena tuesday at 7:00 on (ESPNU) against Ole Miss and it’s basketball version of Justin Beiber (Marshall Henderson) who I’m sure will give the new modern day young fan base a thrill or two and at the same time make us old school folks cringe and scowl at least every other possession . Then Saturday the Cats will head back out across the southern trail this time to one of the most picturesque settings in the south at Starkville , Mississippi where the historic cowbells will be at full force when the blue and white team takes the court .

My crystal ball says UK will end the week at 18 – 5 overall and 8 – 2 in SEC play then the following week UK will hit both ends of the SEC in cellar dweller Auburn on a Wednesday in Auburn and then entertain the new basketball Kingpin of the SEC at present anyway , the # 3 ranked Florida Gators in Rupp Arena with the ESPN Game Day cameras running nationwide .

Just remember UK us front loaded and top heavy with freshmen and the only thing consistent will more than likely be that they will be inconsistent during this stretch .

UK Football Set To Sign Best Ever Freshman Class

This Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. the CWKYT TV station out of Lexington , the sister TV station of WKYT will air a special on the Cats most highly ranked football incoming freshman class in the long embattled history of the school’s football program . Mark Stoops has made many in-roads in areas that UK has never been able to crack the last two recruiting seasons as well as re-tap into some of the home grown talent across the Commonwealth that had been lost in recent years .

Some of the recent gloom and doom of UK football has been due to three consecutive losing seasons of 6 – 7 , 2 – 10 , and 2 – 10 . Some of it due to their in state rival Louisville Cardinals recent success and according to some people inside UK football circles some of the Cats recent misfortune has been due to the inept recruiting abilities of former coaches like Joker Phillips which doesn’t make sense because Phillips was well known just a few years ago as the person responsible for buiding the pipeline of players to UK from the talent laden LaGrange , Georgia football program which helped produce four consecutive minor bowl bids by the Rich Brooks regime .

Be that as it may we are now definitely in a new era of recruiting football players to UK and the man responsible is Mark Stoops who is set to announce his 2nd class this Wednesday . Seven incoming players ( 6 freshmen and 1 junior college player ) have already enrolled earlier this month to get a head start on their college career so they can participate in spring practice this March / April at the Nutter Training Center.

Reports have been circulating out of the practice facility that one of Stoops prize nuggets incoming freshman QB Drew Barker will be thrown directly into the QB race when spring practice starts .

You can go online to www.combsbrothersonkysports.com for more coverage of UK basketball and football including all the new football recruits late this week and also info on KHSAA basketball and football .

Donna Lynch Obit

Donna Lynch
Donna Lynch

Donna Kay Lynch, 45, Morehead passed away Monday, January 27, at her residence.  She was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Ida (Smith) Robinson.  She is survived by one son, Kenny Eugene Stamper of Morehead; two daughters, Deanna Machelle Stamper of Morehead, Heather Renee Stamper of Morehead; three brothers, Kenneth Robinson of Winchester, James Robinson of Jackson, Larry Robinson of Winchester; two sisters, Pansy Purvis of Mt. Sterling, Bonnie Robinson of Mt. Sterling; one grandson, Tyler Blayne Webb; one granddaughter, Novalee Mae Royse.  Funeral services Sat., Feb. 1, 1:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robbie Conn, Brother Scott Barnes officiating.  Burial in the Bailey Cemetery at Roark Mountain.  Serving as pallbearers:  Kenneth Stamper, Nathan Purvis, Jason Parks, Brandon Coomer, James Robinson, Floyd Coomer.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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.

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