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t TIMES-NEWS, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, March 7, 2002, PAGE 16-A Continued from page 1-A McDonald led the National Anthem. Later, Ohio County Middle School students Jenna Brashear and Seth Willis spoke on their experiences in the AgForce program, orga- nized by the Ohio County Co- operative Extension Office, and the Ag Shadow Day for middle school students. Entertainment was pro- vided by Jeanie Jett-Mason with mannequin Jerry, who performs regularly at Goldie's pry House in Owensboro. The mannequin managed to get a few jabs in at members of the audience including Cooper. "You know, I like you Dud," the dummy 'said' to the judge- executive. "He sure ain't very smart, but I still like him." Several of the county's elected officials were in atten- dance, including PVA Jason Chinn, Beaver Dam Mayor Bob Cox, Ohio County Clerk Les Johnson, Circuit Court Clerk Gaynell Allen, Magis- trates Bill Burden, Lonny Hawes and David Jones, Bea- ver Dam City Commission members Mary Pate and Dwight Westerfield and Ohio County Board of Education member Charlotte Whittaker. Ohio County High School principal Dean Minton was also in attendance. Throughout the breakfast, speakers thanked the commu- nity for realizing the impor- tant relationship between ag- riculture and the community. "Many Americans just don't understand how important farming is and that 22.8 per- cent of the Gross Domestic Product is in agriculture, even though in agriculture's most expensive year it only re- ceived 1.5 percent of the fed-. eral budget," Nalley said. The Farm-City Breakfast was sponsored by Ohio County Farm Bureau, Ohio County Industrial Founda- Dustin Bratcher/Times-News photo Jeff Nalley, farm director for WBKR radio and featured speaker, talks to the crowd of 300 gathered inside the cafeteria of Ohio County High School last Saturday morning. Nalley will serve as the president for the National Association of Farm Broadcast- ers in 2004. tion, Ohio County Conserva- tion District, Ohio County Ex- tension Service, Ohio County Chamber of Commerce and Farm Credit Services. The committee that over- sees the breakfast consists of chairman Darren Luttrell, Dudley Cooper, Chad Porter, John Render, Greg Hillard, Dan Porter, Greg Comer, Shanna Abney, Carol Lamar and Jason Magan. Some "Straight Talk" On Banking Today.. That Can Make Banking Better For You... m you get an idea of how much you would like to finance on a ear pumha . you come in and see us and line up your loan. 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There have been good years, bad years, years that have made me proud, and years that have sickened me right down to the dirty bottoms of socks that my wife keeps beg- ging me not to wear outside without shoes. For all of those 60 years I was a man possessed. Every Wildcat loss was met with a hurting that did not end with the closure of a radio broadcast or the end of a television production. I've pushed away sleep while re-liv- ing every minute, every shot of games that did not end up in the win column. And on waking up the morning after, my first thought amounted to another stab in a consciousness dictated by a stupid game that netted me absolutely nothing in the way of mental, physical, spiritual or monetary gain. I guess I thought that was the way it was supposed to be with residents of the Big Blue Nation. Unwavering support. Rightful punishment. Allegiance second only to that afforded our Maker. Well that's all a thing of the past. I've decided the Lexington school apparently doesn't care if its basketball team continues a time-honored tradition of suc- cess through excellence. I'm now a free man and I have to admit it feels pretty good. No longer will I throw fits or things, lose sleep, or wish my life away for the sake of another UK tele- vised game. The dedication that ward. had me shackled all of those If fact, years now has dissolved into complacency. Dick Vitale, the worrisome mouth that never shuts up, son keeps telling me and others that Tubby Smith is one of the best college basketball coaches in the nation. And I have to ask, if Vitale knows so much about coaches and coaching, why isn't he still one himself?. I maintain that if Tubby is as good as some seem to t nk, why does he not have better control of his team? This season has been one beset with one contro- versy after another and nobody, including Smith, seems to want to do anything about it. Or sit back maybe that should read, nobody make seems capable of doing anything about it. In all of those 60 years of pay- ing homage to the Big Blue, I've never seen a tean: less orga- nized, less respectful or less car- ing than the one now carrying what once was a near-sacred banner. That attitude has to reflect more back on the coach. And any other worthwhile coach, it seems to Wildcats me, would have booted some of those players and called in But cheerleaders for help before al- lowing them to ever again step loses foot on a basketball floor in a Kentucky uniform, in the If they gave awards for the most disappointing player of the continue season, if would go to Keith body Bogans. If they honored bad point guards, Cliff Hawkins not as would win hands down. If they he is. wanted to most with bond. I watch him worth the at took the he leaves. mostly recruit. Kentucky pionship, J talent him by My idea game like able, but Take stance. basket you c Now, if shots and them, you' ament in Continued from page I-A !i :!:i:!:il i : : :iii~i::~i:~ :~i:~ ~:iiiii~i~iii~ill ~ Pictured members of the Ohio County High School Academic Team are Morgan Cooper, Brandon Temple, Lee Barnwell, Christian Pieper, and Joe from left to right Bill Clark, John Talley, Heather Grantham, Evan trips to the Governor's Cup. "We've always been very strong in that (future problem solving) area," Norris said. About 20 members make up the OCHS teams, which include varsity and junior varsity stu- dents. Members of the future problem solving team include Christian Pieper, Lauren Pieper, Cooper and Ben McKown. Individuals competing for OCHS will be Christian Pieper in language arts, Heather Grantham in English composi- tion and Brashear in general knowledge. The OCMS Academic Team began its run for state at Muhlenberg County South on Feb. 2. when it won the District Championship. On Feb. 16, the academic team went to Holy Name School in Henderson to compete in the regional and came away second overall and a bid to state. Herrell said the team did take first place victories in quick re- call and future problem solving. "This is the first time in four years that we've sent a quick recall team to state," Herrell said. So is there a secret to the aca- demic team's success? Herrell and her assistant coaches said they give all the credit to the students. "They learned from their mis- takes last year," Herrell said. "They've been studying more on their free time and taking more responsibility." According to Nunn, many of the surrounding school districts expose its students to academic competitions in elementary school. "We don't get the kids until they're in the seventh-grade," Nunn said. "So our students are just beginning while the other schools are already ahead of us. That shows the talent that's on this team." The state tournament is be- ing held March 10-11 at Louisville's Executive East and West for both academic teams. Along with the quick recall and future problem solving events, there are three students from OCMS competing for indi- vidual state titles -- Lowery in written assessment, Andrew Pieper in language arts and Johnson in science. Herrell demic Tes ' round but pens dents. "It's away," she beyond Get st Ohio 314