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Z - July 26, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Heaven .Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox And so as tragic as the circumstances of what we've seen today are, as heart- breaking as it is for the fam- ilies, it's worth us spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Al- lie and Stephanie. Because they represent what's best in us and they assure us that out of this darkness a bright- er day is going to come." President Barack Obama, as he spoke in Aurora, Colorado on July 22, regarding the tragic shooting at the local movie theater. Allie Young, 19, and her best friend, Stephanie Da- vies, 21, were sitting just a few feet away from where suspected gunman James Holmes threw canisters during a July 20 midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises" in the Au- rora Mall Theater. As Holmes started fir- hag into the crowd, Young, sensing she should warn others, stood up and was immediately shot "She was shot in the neck, and it pundured a vein and immediately she started spurting blood," President Obama said in a speech Sunday night "And appar- ently as she dropped down on the floor, Stephanie- 21 years old - had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her.fingers over where she -where Al- lie had been wounded, and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting." Obama said that Davies, despite being told by her best friend to run in order to save herself, refused to budge and remained by her friend's side until the SWAT team emerged at the scene. Davies, with the help of several others, then carried Young across two parking lots to an ambu- lance. Young survived and her body continues to heal. She survived because her friend's love for her was strong and she did not waiver in her conviction. The shooting, just anoth- er senseless act of violence in our nation, only rein- forces my belief that every moment of every day is a blessing not to be taken for granted. You can play by the rules, be a good person and a good member of society and still meet an unfair and much-too-early death. This violent act has also acted as a vehicle for a deeper understanding for me, of what our Kentucky ancestors endured. Imagine what the folks in Aurora would be think- ing if the gunman escaped. Imagine what they would be thinking if they realized the gtunnan would return, intent on doing additional carnage, and the next time he returned he would be bringing his psychotic friends with him. This was the reality that our early Kentucky pioneers and their Native American counterparts lived with for several de- cades in the late 1700s. Imagine surviving the devastating 1780 summer invasion of British and Native American warriors that left many the central Kentucky settlements of Ruddle's and Martin's Sta- tions destroyed and their inhabitants taken prisoner. Imagine how the lucky survivors Of the Battle of Blue Licks felt after their defeat two years later. I am reminded of George Stockton, who first ex- plored northeastern Ken- tucky in 1776 with his half brother John Fleming, his cousin Samuel Strode and his brother in-law William McCleary. They marked and claimed thousands 0fl acres of land, built 20 small cabins and built their main cabin along the Warrior's Trail where a beautiful flesh-water spring flowed fi'om a small hidden cove. That location would be called Stockton's Spring, and the small cabin would be the first built in what would one day be Flem- ingsburg. Stockton, Strode a, nd McCleary, returned east in the autumn of 1776 but Fleming stayed in Ken- tucky. Stockton returned frequently, and returned with his family and several other Maryland families in 1787, when the group flotil- la came down the Monon- gahela and Ohio Rivers and landed at Maysville. Stockton brought his wife, Rachel Dorsey Stock- ton and their children, Robert, George, Joshua, Phoebe (later wife of Jo- seph Barnes), and Ed- ward. Michael Cassidy, the fierce little Irishman who first came to Kentucky in 1782 and who saved Flem- ing's life that same year during the Battle of Upper Blue Licks, had returned in June 1786, to Berkeley County Virginia, where Stockton and Fleming had strong ties. He came back to Kentucky in 1787 and in all probability came with Stockton. The Barnes fam- ily and the Williams family also came with Stockton and together they built a wilderness fortress known as Stockton's Station. Isa- iah Keith, St0ckton's cous- in, settled in tire station. The Williams family in- cluded John, Basil, Jarred, Thomas, Zadock and Lau- rence Williams. Robert, Jr Samuel Barnes, Ephraim Barnes and Joseph Barnes who married Phoebe Stock- ton on 20 February, 1800, were among the commu- nity's earliest settlers. Fleming built a station in 1788 and Cassidy built one the same year with the three stations being located closely together for mutual protection: But protection was never guar- anteed and many early set- tiers met an early death. Zadock Williams was killed in 1789 near Stock- ton's Station as he hoed weeds from his tobacco patch. The warriors who killed and scalped Williams (and they did this within sight of the station) deliberately left a war club on his body to let Stockton know who had done this and to no doubt send subtle mes- sage of terror to him. be back," the subtle message no doubt meant, though Stockton told his young son George, Jr that the war club was left because the warriors were scared and left hast- .y. But he knew better, as he had been raised in a Seneca village near Niaga- ra Falls following his cap- tivity by Native American warriors as a youth. Stockton grew into man- hood among these war- riors and his close friends in his later life told histo- rian John Dabney Shane that Stockton "had become a famous warrior." Although Stockton re- turned to colonial life in the late1760s he retained many Native American habits. Two years after Zadock Williams was killed the warriors returned and killed Robert Stockton, the eldest Stockton child. It was within that loom- ing shadow of violence that our Kentucky settlements, and many of our Kentucky ancestors, were born. I do not know how we can stop acts of mass vio- lence. I do not think the answer lies in broadening or restricting our technol- ogy or even in radically changing our current gun laws. I think the root ofthe problem is not guns. It is fear and hatred. Our citizens have suf- fered because of fear and hatred since before our country was even a coun- try. But I do believe that love has been a stronger and more-stable force that continues.to shape our destiny. 1 Dear Editor, Dear Editor, I would like to take this time exercise my right to free I five of them unless slan- derous statements are spoken, unkind words are hashed out, or verbal out- bursts and interruptions throughout the meeting. press. !am been read about the es :i i:0ur imy current board mem- Sch just about everyone in bath county now knows that Nancy Hutchinson has resigned as superinten- dent of our schools. To many this might be an answered prayer, to oth- ers it may only be another nightmare as it opens up another year of arguing, mudslinging, and political combat among our school board as they decide her replacement. In her last board meet- hag Mrs. Hutchinson lashed out at the male board members. Mrs. Hutchinson, like the rest of us, can have her opin- ions and rightfully so. However, she failed to mention that the women are just as guilty of be- ing childish and unco- operative. In the last few months I have voiced my concern about our current board members' behavior. This negative opinion I have hasn't changed any. We elect these individu- als to be model citizens for our community, our children and to speak for each of us. Currently we have board members that fall to appear to meetings or if they do show up at all they leave abruptly when business is left open on the table. They cannot communicate politely and effectively between the 40 i'7"Li a =MeFarlan d, go- ing to ambulance board :meetings to investigate Hurschell Rawlings' em- ployment. His employ- ment as an ambulance employee/volunteer has no concern to me. In fact, I applaud him for his ef- forts to hell those in our community as a board member and emergency medical worker. He is a better man than me for I know I couldn't do that. I understand the rules say that members can't be em- ployed at both roles. But I fell that is the least of our concerns in our district fight now as budgets are fight, jobs are lost, and our money is flying out the window to pay lawyers to fight an endless battle that did nothing. It ended with a resignation. What do we have to show for that? If Mrs. McFarland is so worried about where people work I have a ques- tion for the board. I have emailed each of them and now have it printed in the newspaper. How can Steve Meadows be our super- intendent? His wife is a teacher at OES. Isn't that a conflict of interest? How can a husband sign his wife's paycheck? Mr. Raw- lings can't be employed as an ambulance employee but Mr. Meadow's posi- tion is legal? How can he Dear Editor. What if we could person- ally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or pre- vent cancer? What if our involvement, and that research, ultimate- ly leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? What if we could make it so even one family never has to hear the words "you have cancer"? Residents of our commu- nity have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the Ameri- can Cancer Society's third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place August 7-11, 2012 in Central Ken- tucky. On August 10, enroll- ment will take place at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. Enrollment is being made possible in partuership with Saint Joseph Cancer Center, part of KentuckyO- ne Health, and the YMCA of Central Kentucky. For more details and to sched- ule an enrollment appoint- ment, visit cps3kentucky. org. Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commit- ment to the study are en- couraged to sign up. Those kl' be part of the Chamber of Commerce serving as president and still be su- perintendent? That is a volunteer job. Couldn't that be just as easily a conflict of interest trying to do good deeds in the community? It was for Mr. Rawlings. The Chamber of Commerce also hands out educator' of the year awards. That could be con- flicting. I do appreciate the members of the Chamber of Commerce and am in no means degrading their actions or roles. I am just trying to make the point that if it isn't right for one, it isn't right for all. I know this might be absurd and ridiculous but I can't un- derstand how one person can get away with such ac- tions and yet another one gets tormented to death! People in our commu- nity shouldn't be afraid to speak their minds. It is a shame when workers in our school can't disagree or feel encouraged to have an opinion for fear of be- ing reprimanded. This is a free country, not a dic- tatorship but in the past few years I feel, and know, that our school system has created a stressful un- invited environment. With the new board and super- intendent starting in 2013 I hope that they can work together as a team, do the right thing morally and ethically and encourage higher standards for our school system, its staff, board members,' and stu- dents. I have emailed the Ken- tucky Department of Edu- who choose to enroll will simply fili out a comprehen- sive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phle- botomists) and provide a waist measure. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years. If you aren't eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3. For more information, visit cps3kentucky.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. Sincerely, Pam Shouse cation about these matters and as soon as I get a re- sponse I will definitely let the community now what I find. I thank you Mr. Editor for allowing me to rant and rave about these is- sues. I only hope others see my opinion and care to take a stand with me, not for me but for the kids in our schools. I will definitely be run- ber and I would love to have the chance to speak for my district and show a better model behavior for our community. Thatlk you for your ning as a candidate for. time. school board in Novem-, : Brandon Graven s28,00 Dental Exams for Pre-School- Headstart - Kindergarten Cleaning & Fluoride Free 4 4