Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 1, 2013

275

Pinwheel garden is a reminder of child abuse in Boyd County

SUMMIT — Police, foster parents, social workers and care providers joined forces on the hill below Kentucky State Police Post 14 Monday morning to plant a garden they hope will serve as a reminder for people to report any situation where child abuse is suspected.

“We just want people to be aware that child abuse is prevalent. This just brings a reminder it is a big issue,” said KSP Trooper 1st Class Mike Murriell as a crowd estimated at more than 100 adults and children used pencils to make holes in the ground to hold the plastic stems of bright blue and silver pinwheels that will remain at the post through the month.

The children planted 275 pinwheels in the wind-driven garden, one for each child abuse case in Boyd County during 2012, compared to 229 pinwheels and cases during 2011.

State Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, reminded the crowd he had again contributed to the effort to prevent child abuse and exploitation through legislation making it illegal to view child pornography in Kentucky. Sinnette said only a few years have passed since attitudes about child abuse shifted dramatically, becoming unacceptable instead of being viewed as something that happened behind closed doors, or as a family matter that should not be questioned.

Boyd County Judge-Executive William “Bud” Stevens read a proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county.

“This is a serious issue that needs more attention,” Stevens said.

Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles told the audience 759 suspected cases of child abuse were reported in Boyd County last year, with 189 of those cases revealing “substantial maltreatment.”

Charles said child abuse should not be tolerated.

“Today, we want to bring our community to action,” he said. “Child abuse is unacceptable. We want to support healthy child development.”

The audience for the ceremony included children and staff  from King’s Daughters Child Development Center, the South Ashland Family Resource Center, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Hope’s Place, the Ramey-Estep Homes, NECCO, the Ashland/Boyd County Health Department, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Benchmark Family Services, KVC Croney and Clark and Pathways.

Those who suspect child abuse are asked to call (800) 752-6200 or the KSP at (800) 222-5555.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Local briefs: 4/25/14

    The city’s annual Arbor Day tree seedling giveaway will take place from noon to 6 p.m. today, or until all seedlings are gone, whichever comes first, at Central Park.

    April 24, 2014

  • Grimes goes on attack over McConnell jobs comment

    Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes is castigating incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for telling a Beattyville newspaper editor that it’s not his job to bring jobs to Lee County.

    April 24, 2014

  • City to seek proposals for floating restaurant

    The Ashland Board of City Commissioners on Thursday voted to advertise for proposals to locate a floating restaurant on the city’s riverfront.

    April 24, 2014

  • Luallen says no to 2015 governor’s race

    After months of deliberation, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen announced Thursday she will sit out the 2015 race for governor.

    April 24, 2014

  • BREAKING: APD probes gun report near Blazer campus

    April 24, 2014

  • Judge denies renewed motion to dismiss Rosen lawsuit

    A judge has refused to dismiss a former Boyd district and circuit judge’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that affects his ability to run for re-election this fall.
    In an order entered on Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate denied a renewed motion to dismiss by current Boyd Circuit Judge George W. Davis III, an intervening respondent in the suit filed in January by Marc I. Rosen.

    April 23, 2014

  • Ashland football players join special-needs students for prom

    The purple chiffon gown and the sparkling tiara are back in the closet four days after the big dance, but Karina McBride still hasn’t stopped talking about Saturday night — the decorations, boys bringing her cups of punch, her first kiss (on the cheek, her mother hastens to interject), and dancing the night away at her first prom.
    “She’s been flying high since that night,” said Michele Woods, who is Karina’s mother and who brought together friends and volunteers to organize a prom for special needs students.

    April 23, 2014

  • Concrete pouring at Putnam

    Workers are pouring concrete foundations at Putnam Stadium and once those are dry and cured will be ready to install seats at the historic arena.
    The workers are putting in 12-hour shifts to keep on schedule to complete the stadium’s reconstruction in time for this fall’s football opener, said site supervisor Craig Chinn of Trace Creek Construction.
    The most visible work is happening on the home-team side of the stadium, where workers Tuesday were setting forms for the cylindrical concrete piers that will support the seats. Once those are poured, cured and inspected they will add the seats.

    April 23, 2014

  • Unique races for Carter magistrates

    Carter County magistrate ballots are full of candidates eager to represent constituents in each of the five districts that make up the county’s fiscal court.
     

    April 23, 2014

  • Martin County marks 50 years since LBJ visit

    Today marks 5o years since former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez resident Tom Fletcher and promised to end poverty in America on April 24, 1964. On Friday, Inez will be commemorating the occasion with a special event.

    April 23, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone