Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

December 31, 2011

New year brings new hope

ASHLAND — Ken and Jaye Artrip have been selling a lot of cabbage in the final days of 2011.

“They say the more cabbage they eat the more they will make. Green cabbage — green money,” Artrip said before estimating they’ve sold “hundreds of heads of cabbage” for people to cook and eat as part of their plans for the new year. His personal wish for 2012 is “that anybody who wants a job can get a job because there’s an opportunity out there for them, because that’s the way it was when I was a kid.”

Ringing up the cabbages at the family-operated produce business on 13th Street in Ashland, Jaye Artrip declared an ambitious wish for the year to come.

“I’d like to see all of our boys brought home ... alive,” she said. “I’d just like to see everybody happy, smiling and having a good time.”

While confirming the connection between cabbage and New Year’s celebrations, neither Artrip was familiar with the more southern tradition of cooking black-eyed peas for good luck in the days ahead.

“The last time I bought black-eyed peas I could not give them away,” he said a laugh.

Setting up lights and equipment for a New Year’s Eve show in Cannonsburg, musician Tony Maynard considered the year’s end.

“2011 was full of ... challenges and compromises, but all in all we rocked hard and lived to rock again,” he said, noting it was a year when he got to work as a sound engineer for many of his musical heroes including The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, .38 Special, The Outlaws, Air Supply, Jamey Johnson, Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson. “That’s always a gift to get to do that.”

The guitarist did not hesitate to answer when asked about his personal resolutions for 2012. “I resolve to rock faster, harder and louder.”

Restaurant owner Tal Callihan said he hopes to focus more on family and personal development during the next calendar year.

“I think just growth on a personal level. I try to learn every day. Life is a wonderful teacher,” he said, before adding 2011 was a good year for his business, although it certainly ate into time with his wife, Sarah, son, Talmadge and daughter, Ryleigh.

“My wife has been truly supportive and extremely understanding,” he said. “My eight-year-old daughter is not quite as understanding as my wife. She wants to know why I’m gone all the time.”

Tim Holmes of Ashland said he is setting simple goals for his New Year’s resolutions.

“One I've thought of is to practice repurposing at least one item a month through 2012. For example, make a lunch pail out of an old milk carton, or a lamp from an old wine bottle,” said Holmes before adding, “And, in following UPS guidelines I hope to make more ‘Right’ turns this year.”

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0727exonline.jpg Finding a healthier take on cooking out

    Grilling is a favorite part of summer, but it doesn’t always have to involve hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque. There are plenty of creative ways to grill that can be healthier for you.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07/26/2014 — Reunions

    Local news

    July 26, 2014

  • Highway naming ceremony set

    State leaders will join Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini in Morehead next week to name a Kentucky highway in memory of a Rowan County native and member of the United States Air Force with 12 years of service who died last year while serving in Afghanistan.

    July 25, 2014

  • Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.
    Grayson Beverage Center received its license last Tuesday and was able to begin sales as soon as the shelves were stocked.

    July 25, 2014

  • Lemonade stand is paying off of 12-year-old

    During most of the past week, drivers traveling down 13th Street have been seeing a young man selling lemonade on the side of the road for 75 cents a cup.
    That would be Lucas Gillum, a kid who has a heart for helping others.

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726FairFri0306.jpg Friday fantastic day for fair activities

    Among the many smiling faces along the midway at the Boyd County Fair Friday evening, Jesse Cline’s excited grin stood out in the crowd as he prepared to perform for his home-county crowd.
    “I go to Idol Wednesday,” said Cline, who made it to Hollywood during last year’s season of American Idol.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Manchin being sued by brother for $1.7M

    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III faces a $1.7 million civil suit filed by a brother over a lifeline to save a family carpet business in the late 1980s.

    July 25, 2014

  • Good deed done: ReStore returns cash to owner

    Staff of Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently discovered a large sum of money in a donated piece of furniture.

    July 25, 2014

  • Highway to be named for late airman from Morehead

    State leaders will join Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini in Morehead next week to name a Kentucky highway in memory of a Rowan County native and member of the United States Air Force with 12 years of service who died last year while serving in Afghanistan.S

    July 25, 2014

  • Food vendor charged in slaying back to selling

    A Louisville hot dog vendor who is free on bond after being charged with murder in a suspected case of road rage has returned to selling hot dogs at his long-time perch in front of the courthouse.

    July 25, 2014