Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 12, 2013

Words of thanks

The Independent

ASHLAND — I thank everyone who came out to support the Hands and Feet Project at our annual 5K on Aug. 31 in Catlettsburg. We had an amazing turnout and raised a significant amount of money, all of which goes directly to our orphanages on the ground in Haiti.

I also thank our many sponsors, who without  their support none of this would have been possible They are East Fork United Methodist Church, Burnaugh Baptist Church, Missio Dei Church, Tri-State KFC’s, Home Federal Bank, Tim Horton’s, Phil Clark’s Martial Arts Academy, McDonald’s of Catlettsburg, Awakening Student Ministries, Town Square Bank, Chick-Fil-A, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Craycraft’s Foodland, Catlettsburg Elks Lodge. 942, Riggs Machine and Fabricating, Kentucky Farmers Bank, Russell Compton, Catlettsburg Main Street Inc., Neal-Kilgore and Collier Funeral Home, Lighthouse Collision Services, Whayne CAT and Huntington Professional Firefighter’s Association Local 289. 

We hope to see everyone next year. For more information, visit handsandfeetproject.org.

Ryan Zornes, Race Director, Hands and Feet Project


I thank Paul Verespy, Rob Bentley Photography, Mattie Coldiron and all the Old Fashion Days committee for making the Soc & Sam Sandy Run Canoe Race a great event.  Most of all, I would like to thank the nine participants who made the race a great success.

Soc Clay and Sam Piatt have been writing about the great outdoors for years, and I believeit's a great time to get the young folks back out in the great outdoors.

The money raised for this event went to to the cemetery fund at East Park for our veterans.  Thanks to all. See you next year.

Tom Clay, president, Kentucky Outdoor Press Association (KOPA), Greenup


The 14th Annual Greenup Old Tractors, Engines & Machinery Show Oct. 3 through 5 was a huge success again this year. Admission to all of our activities and food were as always free to everyone who attended. This is only possible because of the more than 70 sponsors from Greenup, surrounding counties and southern Ohio, plus the many volunteers who donated their time to the show.

It is with G.O.T.E.M.’s deepest appreciation and thanks to all of these sponsors and individuals who have made our show one of the largest events in the area.

Mike Bryant, chairman, G.O.T.E.M., Greenup


Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has pioneered the Kentucky Farm License Plate Program, allowing Kentucky FFA and 4-H to directly benefit from the sale of Ag Tags. When a person purchases a Kentucky Farm License plate, they have the opportunity to donate $10, which is divided equally between Kentucky FFA, Kentucky  4-H and Kentucky Proud.

The FFA share for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, was $160,895, a $39,186 increase from the 2012 fiscal year. The Kentucky FFA Foundation distributes half of the funds generated from a county back to the FFA chapters in that county.

In Lawrence County, 9.65 percent of those purchasing farm plates also are making the $10 contribution. Kentucky FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of more than 14,000 students through premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.

We thank you want for supporting our program.

Sheldon McKinney, Kentucky FFA Foundation, Lawrence County FFA