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A WOMAN ON A MISSION: Lexington resident Danielle New has never lived in eastern Kentucky, but for eight years, she has been working to restore a Floyd County cemetery. She stands here near the graves of her great-great grandparents in Betsy Layne.

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: This headstone near the entrance of the cemetery reads “Gone but not forgotten.” It is one of dozens of graves covered in brush at the Betsy Layne Cemetery.

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FORGOTTEN: The headstone of Tandy Middleton Layne (1805-1841) fell over and is now lying flat on the ground at the Betsy Layne Cemetery in Floyd County. The grave of his wife — for whom the town of Betsy Layne was named for — is missing. She was buried next to him the year that Betsy Layne was founded.

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HISTORY: This photograph is of the home of James Shannon Layne, a Revolutionary War soldier who founded Laynesville, a settlement in the area now called Betsy Layne in Floyd County. This photo is part of the Henry P. Scalf Collection at the University of Pikeville’s Frank M. Allara Library.

Graves discovered in the Betsy Layne Cemetery have these surnames:











































There are also numerous unknown and unmarked graves.

JUSTELL — People who travel from Floyd County and other northern areas of eastern Kentucky to Pike County must drive through Betsy Layne, a small unincorporated town located just off U.S. 23 near Harold.

For those who think the town’s name sounds a little feminine — well, that’s because it is.

Betsy Layne, founded in 1875, is actually named after a lady who lived near the town’s current location. She died the year the town was founded.

Her name was Elizabeth “Betsy” Johns Layne, the daughter of Nancy and Thomas P. Johns II.

In 1831, she married Tandy Middleton Layne, one of the first settlers of the nearby Justell community. The Layne family owned hundreds of acres in the area. Now, the property is divided in a trust between nearly two dozen people.

Lexington resident Danielle New has never lived in eastern Kentucky, has nothing to do with that trust and she is not related to the Layne family, but for eight years, she has been working to restore a piece of Floyd County’s history at the Betsy Layne Cemetery.

“There’s just so much history in this cemetery and it hurts my heart to know that it’s fallen into despair,” New said. “This city and this county were founded around people who were buried in this cemetery and they don’t even know that. They don’t know why their town was founded and why it was called Betsy Layne.”

Why it matters to New

New, 33, came to the Betsy Layne Cemetery because her second-great-grandparents, Joseph Bishop Colgrove and Lucy Colgrove, are buried there. It took her years to find their final resting place.

Like cemeteries throughout eastern Kentucky and other southern states, the Betsy Layne Cemetery has fallen to neglect. Graves have sunken beneath mounds of thick brush, fences are pulled down by vines and trees have tumbled over and broken headstones.

For three years, New regularly traveled from Lexington to Floyd County to search for the graves of her second-great-grandparents at the cemetery. It spans several acres on a hill in Justell.

“I was hoping there was some vital information on their headstones,” she said. “Their death certificates said they were buried in the Betsy Layne Cemetery at Justell. So, that brought me here, and from 2007 to 2010, I came here two or three times a year looking for their headstones. One day I slipped and fell and my knee hit something. I just started pulling back some of the vines and vegetation and there they were.”

Floyd County’s history is buried in the cemetery

The headstones did not give New additional information about her family history, but it did spark her desire to learn more about other people buried at the cemetery, including Betsy Layne — the namesake of not only the cemetery and the town, but also local schools, the post office and the fire department.

“I’m just more intrigued about the history of Betsy Layne and Tandy Layne,” she said. “And I want to find if James Shannon Layne is buried here. If we find that history, maybe we can get into the school system around here and educate these children about their town.”

James Shannon Layne — the first known Layne to settle in Floyd County — was a Revolutionary War soldier whose grave New desperately hopes to find in the cemetery. That’s because there are programs that would help fund the cleanup and preservation of the cemetery — a $30,000 endeavor — if a Revolutionary War soldier is buried there.

To date, New has identified seven veterans buried at the cemetery. They served in the Civil War, World War II and the Korean War.

 “I’m currently working to identify the eighth veteran,” she said. “He doesn’t have a marker. His family was poor and he was in World War II and he died maybe in the 1960s or 1970s. Somebody just wrote his name on his headstone and they’ve never been back to give him any type of marker.”

The Civil War veteran, Lindsey Layne, fought at the Battle of Middle Creek in Prestonsburg, New said. Through research, she also learned that he was also a prominent Floyd County judge and postmaster. He lived in Peach Orchard in the 1800s.

“Lt. Lindsey Layne and his son were the only two people in the area who voted for Abraham Lincoln,” New said. “They were on the Union side. They were told, ‘If you come and vote, there will be men there with guns,’ but they didn’t shoot them. The genealogist who researched it said they found records that showed there were only two votes in Floyd County for Abraham Lincoln, so that story might be true.”

Lt. Layne’s grave is not properly marked, New said.

“He should have a marker that is prominent, that shows he was a judge of the county and that he was a Lieutenant of the Civil War,” she said.

New said three of the World War II veterans buried at the cemetery — Charles Goble, Raymond Goble and George Moles Jr. — were among four men who died in a mining disaster on Feb. 25, 1948.

“They never came home from their shift for the week, so their wives went to the mine to find them,” she said. “They all died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The newspaper stated that the city heard the women coming out of the mine, crying and screaming because their husbands had died.”

The headstone of one of these graves is leaning, and headstones for two of these men are buried under a thicket of vines and saplings. A nearby headstone of another World War II soldier is covered in mold.

“The mold has taken over it,” New said, pointing at the headstone. “That mold will eat into that granite and marble and then one day, you’re not going to be able to read what it says.”

The grave of Betsy and Tandy Layne also found this same fate at the cemetery.

Years ago, New found Betsy Layne’s headstone there, planted in the ground next to her husband’s headstone. Today, it does not exist. New hopes it is tucked up under vegetation, but she suspects that vandals destroyed it.

When New visited the cemetery last fall, Tandy Layne’s headstone was still standing. On a March 13 visit, however, New discovered Layne’s headstone broken from its seam of earth and lying flat on the ground.

“It’s just a matter of time before it breaks and you won’t be able to fix it,” she said. “Our history is fading fast and if we don’t clean it up and preserve it, it’s going to be gone forever and people won’t be able to trace the genealogy that’s lying in this cemetery.”

Genealogists spend much of their time unraveling mysteries — stories of people who were born and lived and died and — if they are lucky — everything in between.

New and her team of volunteers have painstakingly located 130 graves at the cemetery. Each of them flagged, photographed and cataloged in her online database. Because of the overgrowth, she can’t locate about 20 percent of the graves.

Officials with the National Register of Historic Places promised to help New map the cemetery if it is cleaned up to a maintainable state.

That’s just one of many organizations she has reached out to for help.

New wants to preserve the county’s history

In a perfect world, New could raise enough money to clean up the cemetery and take steps to preserve it, utilizing headstone preservation kits to restore old headstones before they become brittle and wilt away like the bodies of those buried there. She even found a company in North Carolina that can search the property with radar to find all of the graves without headstones.

But life is far from perfect.

“People laugh at me when I tell them what I’m doing,” she said. “They say, ‘What are you doing?’ There are cemeteries on hillsides like that all over eastern Kentucky.’”

In nearby Pike County, officials cleaned up neglected cemeteries because descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy feud are buried there and the 2012 release of a History Channel miniseries about the feud attracted droves of tourists. Buses of tourists still flock to those communities, and the tourists bring their wallets when they come, buying souvenirs, eating at local restaurants and shopping in local stores.

New would like to see that happen at the Betsy Layne Cemetery.

Her ability to see that happen, however, lies in the hands of many others.

She has personally invested thousands of hours for research, physical labor to clean up the cemetery and more than $2,000 on the project. She even created a nonprofit agency, Betsy Layne Cemetery, to raise funds for the effort.

She’s received quotes from several companies that can clean up the cemetery without causing more damage. After that, she’d seek additional funds to preserve headstones and maintain it for future generations.

“It’d be $30,000. That’s the quote we’ve gotten from several different tree preservists who can come up here and clean it up,” she said. “They’ve all quoted about $30,000 to clean up all these trees, haul them out and fix the fences that have fallen.”

The last known burial at the cemetery was in 2010. Because the graves are not well marked, gravediggers uncovered one grave trying to dig another one.

“If we were just able to mark these graves, saying that an unknown person is buried here, then it would prevent disturbing their peace and other people can bury their family members here,” she said.

The mystery of Betsy Layne remains

New wants to learn more about Betsy Layne with the hope that it will entice local residents to want to help restore the cemetery.

She knows that Betsy Layne married Tandy Layne in 1831, that she had five kids from 1831 to 1839 and that her husband died of typhoid fever when her youngest child was two years old. New discovered that Betsy Layne never remarried and that she had laborers and at least two slaves who lived with her.

“She had to have been an incredible woman,” New said. “She had to have been. They gave her a post office when she died. They gave the town to her after she died, so she did something. But no one knows. It really, really bothers me that there is not more information about this woman.” 

Courthouse records were lost in a fire and the only records she finds do not state why the town was named.

The chimney of Betsy Layne’s house is still visible on a plot of land in the Justell community. That area is also overgrown and neglected. 

In “Kentucky’s Last Frontier,” eastern Kentucky historian Henry P. Scalf details the Stratton and Layne settlements in the Betsy Layne area.

He reports that “a flood of settlers” from southwest Virginia came to the Big Sandy Valley in the late 1700s. In 1796, Solomon Stratton and his sons settled in what was then known as Mare Creek Narrows. James Shannon Layne — the Revolutionary War Soldier New desperately hopes to find at the cemetery — founded the Layne Settlement nearby.

Layne opened a horse mill for custom grinding of grain and later opened a general store there, Scalf reported.

 “The two settlements, due to the many outstanding descendants, became important in log cabin development days,” Scalf wrote. “Like the Harmans and Auxiers farther down the river they contributed permanence and stability to a fast peopling valley.”

A newspaper article he wrote in 1954 explained that the parents of Betsy Layne and Tandy Layne traveled to the Big Sandy about a decade before they were born.

“Betsy’s mother had ridden horseback to Kentucky with one of the children, age about two years, lying in her arms,” he wrote.

To find more information about people buried in the cemetery, to volunteer or to donate to the restoration project, visit Tax deductible donations may also be mailed to Betsy Layne Cemetery, 977 Sugarbush Trail, Lexington, Ky. 40509. New is hosting a cemetery cleanup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28. She will provide hotdogs to volunteers and those who help can have free firewood. No tools will be provided.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Danielle New and Edna Scalf, archivist and reference librarian at the University of Pikeville’s Allara Library, for research assistance for this story.

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PROCLAMATION: Pike County Judge-Executive William Deskins signs a proclamation recognizing March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Also pictured are Peyton Boyd and Sabrina Cooley with the Pike County Advocacy and Support Program, Deputy Judge-Executive Bryan Morris, The Healing Program representatives Karen Howard, Linda Spurlock and Kim Sparks.

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge-Executive William Deskins signed a proclamation recognizing March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month on March 19.

The proclamation came with support of the Pike County Advocacy and Support Program and The Healing Program, a Mountain Comprehensive Care Center service that offers support and services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Kentucky has higher rates of sexual violence, with 47.7 percent of women and 19.6 percent of men in the state experiencing sexual violence.

According to the proclamation, more than 3,000 calls were made to Kentucky’s regional rape crisis centers last year. These centers provided more than 17,000 counseling sessions, 3,300 types of advocacy services and more than 3,800 educational programs for Kentucky residents.

There are many forms of sexual violence, including rape, child abuse and intimate contact without consent (such as sex with an intoxicated person). There are also non-physical types of sexual violence, such as stalking, verbal coercion or harassment.

The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, a statewide coalition of 13 rape crisis centers that work together to be a “unified voice against sexual victimization,” is asking Kentucky residents to “Be a Voice!” for sexual assault victims in the state. Details about how to get involved are available on the agency’s website,

Mountain Comprehensive Care Center’s The Healing Program in Prestonsburg (606-886-8572 or 800-422-1060) serves residents in Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties. The Rising Center in Hazard (606-436-5761, ext. 7800) serves residents of Letcher, Knott and Perry counties.

A 24-hour hotline (800-656-HOPE) is available to help people find their nearest crisis center.

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SHE TOOK HOME THE CROWN: Maranda Finney of Wesley Christian High School was crowned the winner of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Saturday, March 14, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

CROWD AWARD: Payton Trout of Belfry High School won the crowd award.

FIRST RUNNER UP: Ally Davis of Prestonsburg High School was first runner-up winner.

SECOND RUNNER UP: Lauren Dotson of Phelps High School was second runner-up winner.

PRESTONSBURG – When Maranda Finney heard her name announced as the winner of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, it took a second to sink in.

Finney, 16, a junior at Wesley Christian School, flawlessly performed “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera in front of a sold-out crowd at the Mountain Arts Center. The competition, presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, is open to students in high schools throughout eastern Kentucky.

“So many great performers took the stage and nailed it,” said Finney, who also takes three classes at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. “It was an honor to compete with so many outstanding performers.”

More than 30 participants performed during the two-night event.  Ally Davis, a sophomore at Prestonsburg High School, was first runner-up for her performance of “A Man’s World” by James Brown.  Lauren Dotson was second runner-up.  The junior from Phelps High School performed “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood.

Finney earned a full-paid scholarship to BSCTC, a cash prize, a full album recording and a spot on the Big Sandy Singers and Band. Caitlin Conley of Paintsville High School also earned a spot on the Big Sandy Singers and Band and was awarded the Senior Award.  She performed “I Wonder” by Kelly Pickler.

Payton Trout, a sophomore at Belfry High School, won the crowd favorite award during the final round on Saturday.  He performed “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.  Roger Hall, a senior at Betsy Layne High School, won the crowd favorite award on Friday.  He performed “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals.

Alex Meade, a junior at Betsy Layne High School, won the essay contest.

Clayton Case, director of Fine Arts at BSCTC, said this year’s Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition highlighted the very best our region has to offer.

“All of our performers did an outstanding job,” he said. “These young men and women gave the people of Eastern Kentucky a glimpse of the tremendous talent walking the halls of our local high schools.”

Haley Sullivan, a first-year member of the Big Sandy Singers and Band who was recently selected to the prestigious music program at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and Clarke Sexton, a senior at Johnson Central High School and 2014 Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition winner, performed “Poison and Wine” by the Civil Wars.  Sullivan and Sexton also debuted their full album at the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition.

This year’s competition also featured performances by the Big Sandy Singers and Band. Each contestant performed with a live band as the Big Sandy Singers and Band performed with Friday’s school runner-up winners, and the house band of the Mountain Arts Center performed with contestants on Saturday.

Olivia Davis, of Pikeville High School, advanced to Saturday’s final round after performing “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles.  Laken Compton, of Betsy Layne High School, won the first-ever Appalachian Wireless Wildcard and advanced to Saturday’s final round.  The contest was generated by text messaging voting on Appalachian Wireless phones.

“So many people work for months putting this event together,” said Case. “I want to thank our Fine Arts department and the staff and management of the Mountain Arts Center.  They always go above and beyond to make this a unique experience for our participants.  This would not be possible without the generosity of our corporate sponsor Gearheart Communications and other partners such as Appalachian Wireless and Double Kwik.”

For more information on the Big Sandy Singers and Band, contact Case at 606-886-7388 or email

Pikeville resident Leslie Combs dedicated her life to public service.

She started her first term as state representative in 2007 and currently represents residents of Letcher County and residents in part of Pike County in the Kentucky General Assembly.

She serves on numerous committees, including those that consider measures concerning the state’s appropriations and revenue, transportation, economic development and tourism, education, energy and government. She also represents Kentucky on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees.

In 2009, she was one of the experts appointed by the governor to “Transforming Education in Kentucky,” a task force geared to bring the state’s educational system into the 21st Century.

More recently, she and Rep. Greg Stumbo led the charge that created the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship program, which helps students in coal-producing counties finish a bachelor’s degree.

Through the years, Combs has been a staunch supporter of education, coal mining, economic development, the right to hunt and fish and numerous other issues affecting eastern Kentucky.

But her service to the state and to eastern Kentucky goes far beyond those titles.

Over the years, she has served on boards for numerous organizations that work to enrich the lives of eastern Kentucky residents, including the Pike County Industrial Development Economic Authority Board (1998-2007), Pike County Chamber of Commerce (Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) and, among others, the Site-Based Decision-Making Councils at Pike County high schools and elementary schools. She’s worked for the University of Pikeville for more than two decades.

An avid golfer, Combs also served as a member of the Green Meadows Ladies Golf Association, and regularly supports the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Links for Learning fundraising golf scramble, among other charities. 

She is a member of the Pikeville Rotary Club, Pike County Democrat Executive Committee and the Pike County Democratic Woman’s Club (since 1985).

In 2011, she was among 100 people selected nationally to participate in the Program for Emerging Leaders because of her “integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and commonsense.”

In 2014, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gave Combs the “MVP Award” for “going to ‘bat’ for businesses in Kentucky and the University of Pikeville honored her in its Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame.

Those mark only a few of her contributions to the people and communities of this region.

Sources: Medical Leader stories,

She’s 89 years old, but Pikeville resident Jeanette Elder doesn’t let age slow her down.

After graduating in 1960 from Pikeville College (University of Pikeville), Elder earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ed, the former owner of an insurance company and an avid photographer. They married the day after they graduated.

In interviews with the Medical Leader, she said, “I’ve never been one to just sit around. I need to get out and help people. It’s just a part of me, I guess.”

She’s been doing that all of her life.

Today, Elder is an active member of the Pikeville United Methodist Church, where she has sung in the choir for more than 60 years and has been nominated for numerous leadership roles.

Elder, a former Pikeville High School cheerleading coach, is a founding organizer of the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors in 1954. KAPOS hosts numerous competitions for cheerleaders and dance teams annually. Elder served as a KAPOS cheerleading judge for decades, trained KAPOS judges and currently serves on the organization’s advisory board.

For that service, she was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Pikeville High School Hall of Fame in 1989 and, in 2002, the she and her husband Ed were inducted into the then-named Pikeville College Athletic Hall of Fame.

In June 2012, Elder accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service. Her nomination for that honor came from Dana King, Director of Guest Relations at Pikeville Medical Center.

Elder has been a volunteer at Pikeville Medical Center since the hospital started its volunteer program in 1990. Since that time, she has donated more than 10,240 hours of service at PMC. She and her husband spent years taking pictures of babies born at PMC. Now, Elder provides other types of volunteer services at the hospital.

PMC officials honor volunteers each year with the Ed Elder Volunteer of the Year Award in her husband’s honor.

Sources: Medical Leader stories; KHSAA, University of Pikeville and Pikeville Independent Schools

Tina Hughes kisses her son, the namesake of the foundation.

Floyd County residents Sam and Tina Hughes will tell you that losing a child — their only child — has been one of the most challenging journeys of their lives.

What they won’t tell you is that the death of their seven-year-old son, Jordan, has left them with nothing to pour their love into.

It’s because of that love that Tina Hughes is honored during Women’s History Month as a local woman who has made a difference.

Hughes, a physical therapist, and her husband, a business owner, prayed for years to have a child.

Their beautiful baby boy, Samuel Jordan Hughes, was diagnosed with an ependymoma, or a tumor in his brain, when he was just a toddler. He underwent numerous surgeries and medical procedures to beat the cancer, but he lost the battle at the age of seven in 2010.

Hundreds of people from across the country followed Jordan’s progress online and hundreds of local residents, church members, family members and friends supported him and his family during his life-long struggle with cancer.

After saying goodbye to their son, Tina and Sam said hello to their new purpose. They asked for monetary donations instead of flowers at Jordan’s funeral and created a nonprofit organization, the Jordan Light Foundation, to help other families with children who have medical illnesses.

“It would have been easier to say, ‘I’m not dealing with childhood cancer anymore. My journey with that is over. But we had the ability to help other families, so that is what we need to do. That’s what we’re supposed to do,” Tina said in previous Medical Leader interviews.

With the mission of “Families helping families through the love of Jesus Christ,” the foundation provides awareness, support and funding to families experiencing a medical crisis. 

Jordan’s illness sent the family to specialty hospitals in numerous states, and Sam and Tina realized that there is a huge need for assistance with expenses associated with medical situations that often aren’t covered by health insurance.

She spends most of her time now as one of many Jordan Light Foundation volunteers, serving as president of the board. She calls that service her “labor of love.”

In that effort, she travels throughout the state and into other states to visit sick children in hospitals, pray with their family members, participate in foundation committee meetings and help organize fundraisers.

Last year, the foundation expanded, establishing an office in Cleveland, Tennessee, and partnering with Omega Center International, Perry Stone’s Youth Ministry.

The foundation has assisted numerous children and families since its founding five years ago. It does so by bringing Christians of all denominations together for one cause.

Sources: Medical Leader stories; The Jordan Light Foundation

PIKEVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association announced last week that it will host a free workshop for local residents who are interested in learning more about the disease and related illnesses.

Alzheimer’s Association officials will host “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Pike County Library, located at 125 Lee Ave. in Pikeville.

This workshop was scheduled to be held earlier this month, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The family-centered program teaches participants about detecting Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss, as well as causes, risk factors, disease stages, treatment and other topics related to it.

The workshop is free, but registration is requested. To register, call 606-437-6001 or email

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SERVING: Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray Jones, Pikeville,
prepares for a parliamentary challenge in the Kentucky Senate.

The 2015 General Assembly is winding down and a bill that would provide funding to Shaping Our Appalachian Region is in the hands of the governor.

Voting 99-0 on March 11, the Senate gave final passage to SB 168 to create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund. The House passed the bill with a vote of 36-0 on Feb. 25.

Working through Shaping Our Appalachian Region, the fund would utilize the Department of Local Government to provide funds for economic development in eastern Kentucky.

Funds would be available to nonprofit agencies, formally-designated entities of SOAR and local government offices and agencies. The grants or loans would be used to support job creation and retention, entrepreneurship, tourism, broadband deployment, education and lifelong learning, workforce training, leadership development, public engagement, health and wellness, arts and heritage, infrastructure, economic diversity and sustainable agriculture practices.

This bill is supported by all local legislators.

Another bill sponsored by a local legislator that’s headed to the Governor’s desk is SCR 109, sponsored by Sen. Ray S. Jones II to designate the Blood Song: The History of the Hatfields & the McCoys as the official play on the feud in Kentucky.

HB 92, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville, to help addicts, is also in the hands of the Governor, as is HB 348.

The bill is geared to attract more professionals with advanced degrees to the field of addiction counseling.

“Our goal is to bring in more people who may have different education and experience levels but still have the same goal: to help our citizens overcome their addictions,” Rep. Combs said.  “The heroin legislation the General Assembly is now working on is expected to call for more treatment options. This law will help us to achieve that goal as well as help us be ready for any other drug problem that may occur.”  

Gov. Beshear will also consider another bill she co-sponsored to clarify that a private entity does not include one created by a local government or one whose membership includes appointees by a local government.

 He will also consider Rep. Chris Harris’ bill to modify the calculation of per diem salary for retired judges called to temporary active judicial service and a bill co-sponsored by Rep. John Short to allow a taker-up to have a stray equine gelded after a 15-day hold.

Legislators met in Frankfort for three days last week and both chambers passed a flurry of bills before the Senate and House adjourned shortly before midnight on March 11.

As of  March 17, Gov. Steve Beshear had signed four bills, converting them into law.

The first bill he signed designates $132.5 million in bonds to build a research center at the University of Kentucky. He also signed a telephone deregulation bill into law and a bill that allows residents to specify their wishes for end-of-life care.

On March 17, Beshear signed HB 134 into law to reinstate a tax break for Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. It would waive the state’s excise tax on live pari-mutuel wagering for the race.

Other bills up for consideration by the Governor include:

•SB 22 to help Kentucky entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start a business •HB 24 to make it harder for children to misuse cough medicines.

•HB 234 to require early child care and education programs to follow a state quality-based rating system.

•SB 28 to prohibit Internet cafés from offering computer-based gambling.

•HB 62 to make agencies that leave the Kentucky Employee Retirement System pay part of the system’s unfunded liability.

•SB 75 to require newborns health screenings to includes checks for Krabbe Disease.

•SJR 20 to assess the state’s backlog of sexual assault cases.

•SB 119 to give schools until June 5 to make up snow days or seek a waiver.

•SB 159 to require health care providers to give information about spina bifida and treatment options to parents who unborn children have been diagnosed.

•SB 10 to improve stroke victim care by requiring local emergency services to have a list of all acute stroke-ready hospitals.     

•SB 55 to allow game meat to be donated to organizations that offer free meals to people in need.

•SB 61 to remove barriers to colorectal cancer screening.

•SB 62 to allow elected officials who are reelected to a new term in the same position and who then retire following reelection but prior to the new term to have a prearranged agreement or void her or her initial retirement.

•SB 119 to require school personnel to receive training on child abuse and neglect.

•SB 162 requiring flags to be flown at half staff upon the death of an emergency response personnel in the line of duty.

•SB 182 to require notice and method of notice of high-volume horizontal fracturing, baseline water quality testing and other requirements.

The veto recess — during which lawmakers wait to see if the Governor vetoes any bills — will continue through March 23-24, when legislators return to Frankfort for the last days of this session.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. —This loss is going to sting for a long, long time.

Tug Valley was bounced from the Class A boys’ state basketball tournament as Williamstown rallied from 15 points down in the final eight minutes to stun the Panthers, 46-42, in the opening-round game played at the Charleston Civic Center on March 18.

The Panthers, who finished up 17-7, took a 37-22 lead into the fourth quarter before being outscored by the Yellowjackets 24-5.

Tug Valley was led in scoring by Calvin Blankenship’s 15 points while Jeremy Dillon added eight and Tyler May chipped in seven.

Gage Wix finished with 13 points, fueling the comeback. His two free throws with 2 minutes, 2 seconds left put Williamstown in front to stay at 43-41.

Dillon made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left to make it a one-point game. Williamstown’s Isaac Brown hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 23 seconds left.

Tug Valley had one last chance to tie but Dillon’s three-point shot missed.

Chandler Weber added nine for the winners.

At Charleston, W.Va.

(Class A quarterfinals)


WHS (23-3)….............................5  11  6  24 – 46

TV (17-7)…...............................11  12  14  6 – 42


Williamstown (46) – Chandler Weber 0(3) 0-0 9; Gage Wix 2 9-13 13; Neely 2 0-0 4; Travis 1 4-6 6; and Palmer 0(1) 6-7 9; and Brown 0(1) 2-2 5. Totals: 5(5) 21-28 46.

Tug Valley (42) – Jeremy Dillon 2(1) 1-2 8; Tyler May 2(1) 0-0 7; Hayden Sturgill 0(2) 0-0 6; Austin Baisden 2 0-1 4; Calvin Blankenship 4(2) 1-2 15; and Marcum 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11(6) 2-5 42.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, sixth-seeded University of Pikeville was within four of No. 3-seed Langston (Okla.) with under two minutes to play, but the comeback came up short in the end for an 80-71 loss in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on March 18.

Against a team that was beating its opponents by nearly 30 points per game, the Bears showed no fear, even after trailing by 15 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half.

Khalilah Quigley, who matched the game high of 19 points, scored the Bears’ last bucket to make it 75-71 with 1:32 to play, but Langston scored the last five points of the game at the stripe to move on to the second round.

Aundrea Matchen joined Quigley in double figures with 18 points off the bench and Kandice Porter finished with eight points and five rebounds. T’Keya Mason paced Langston with 19 points and Lulu Perry chipped in with 15.

The Lions outshot UPIKE 46.2 to 34.2 percent from the field and led the game on the boards 51-40. Pikeville ended up with less turnovers at 14-10.

Langston wasted no time jumping out to a 7-0 lead, ending the early run with a three from Lynette Holmes in the corner. Porter got the Bears their first points with a put back and Quigley banked in a three shortly after to make it 10-5.

The Lions had no trouble scoring over the first seven minutes, but time and time again UPIKE came up with big baskets. Trailing 16-10, Matchen continued that trend with a contested three to keep the Bears close.

Midway through the half though, the shots stopped falling for the Bears, leading to Langston grabbing a 24-15 lead with the help of two straight offensive rebounds and easy buckets.

Down but not out, the Bears outscored the Lions 7-1 over the next three minutes to trim the deficit back down to three at 25-22. But as it’s done all season, Langston fired back with a quick, deflating run, outscoring the Bears 11-6 to take its largest lead yet of 10 points.

With three minutes on the clock, Mason delivered a dagger with a deep three, followed by Holmes getting loose for a layup after a UPIKE miss to help Langston to a 43-28 lead.

The Lions outscored UPIKE 16-4 over the final six minutes of the half to enter the break with a 45-30 advantage.

Much like the start of the game, Langston opened the second half scoring the first four points to push the lead to 19.

For the next seven minutes though, UPIKE outscored Langston 11-5, getting under the halftime deficit for the first time at 54-41 with a three from Devin Conley.

Two possessions later, it was Conley coming through again as she lost the handle on the fast break, but recovered at the top of the key to bury a second straight three.

It got UPIKE within 10 at 56-46 with just over 10 minutes left.

Ten points became the stopping point for the Bears’ runs for the next several minutes as they cut the deficit there multiple times. The breakthrough finally came with 3:50 to go when Jamie Castle delivered a layup to get within eight.

Quigley grabbed a board on the other end, quickly pushed it ahead to Kayla Day for an easy two and suddenly UPIKE had new life within six at 70-64.

The comeback continued as Castle swiped a steal out of the hands of Holmes, drew a foul and made one free throw to get within five.

Following a one-for-two showing at the stripe by Langston, Quigley cut into the deficit even further with a layup on the other end, but four points would be as close as UPIKE would get as Langston took care of business at the Bears’ last few attempts were off the mark.

UPIKE ends its season with a 23-9 overall record. Langston advanced to the second round now at 28-3.

At Independence, Mo.


LU (28-3)….........................................45  35 – 80

UP (23-9)….........................................30  41 – 71


Langston, OK (80) – Morgan Lee 6 2-3 14; Lynette Holmes 4(1) 2-3 13; T’Keya Mason 6(1) 4-4 19; Lulu Perry 4 7-11 15; Jhordyn Patton 1 3-4 5; Shanequa Gaston 2 0-0 4; Amber Warren 1 0-0 2; Sharron Carter 1 0-1 2; and Che’Ron Lewis 3 0-2 6. Totals: 28(2) 18-28 80.

UPIKE (71) – Kandice Porter 3 2-2 8; Khalilah Quigley 6(1) 4-8 19; Jamie Castle 2 3-4 7; Kelah Eldridge 1(1) 2-2 7; Kayla Day 1 0-0 2; Aundrea Matchen 5(2) 2-2 18; Devin Conley 0(2) 0-0 6; and Erin Swatzel 1 2-2 4. Totals: 19(6) 15-22 71.