Paul Blazer always was pro-education
With Paul Blazer’s father, father’s brother and father’s sister having been teachers, Mr. Blazer never lost sight of his emphasis on education. He began his 1962 high school dedication remarks with “I am greatly honored both by the (dedication) occasion and by the fact that the beautiful high school has been named for me. I can think of no greater honor than to have my name associated with education.”
He died in 1966. With Mrs. Georgia Blazer’s — the University of Kentucky’s first woman trustee (1939) — participation and support, Mr. Blazer was a 19-year provider of interest-free loans and scholarships for Ashland and Catlettsburg area students to attend the Ashland Junior College (records for 130-plus from November 1938 -1957 still exist), an advocate for special local taxation for increased teachers pay and modern facilities (1936 on), represented the Ashland School Board of Education before the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees to create the 1957 UK Community College association with Ashland (one extension existed in Covington for nine years prior), and an advocate of the importance of up-to-date technology and communication systems in Ashland’s Independent School District.
Having declined the naming idea when first approached by Claude Fannin in 1957, in all likelihood and if alive today, Mr. Blazer would support any name the Ashland School Board would choose for its high school and would be honored by the 50 years of recognition for Georgia’s and his contributions to education.
He would further encourage the name change if his name on a building was causing a distraction from the work of educating our children or the community felt the continued recognition as being for anything other than for a private citizen championing the role of Ashland’s teachers and the education of Ashland’s youth.
Stuart Webb. Ashland
Paul Blazer always was pro-education
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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