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Johnson County and Paintsville students graduate from The Center for Rural Development’s 2014 Rogers Explorers program
University of the Cumberlands Rogers Explorers: Graduates of the 2014 Rogers Explorers program held on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands are Spencer Lett, Boyd County; Bailey Hubbard and Chasity Sizemore, Clay County; Elliot “Elle” Montgomery, Garrard County; Karah Crowe, Jackson County; Rebecca “Meg” Pugh, Paintsville Schools, Johnson County; Madison Gibson, Landon Hammons, Rex Miller, and Ryan Shackleford, Knox County; Madison McDaniel, Laurel County; Kaylan Stogsdill, McCreary County; Cole Petty, Monroe County; Alex Vermillion, Perry County; Spencer New, Nathaniel Cox, Clayton Dalton, Gretchen Hines, Anna Lauren Jacobs, Mallory McDonald, Madeleine Rogers, and Micah Wooldridge Pulaski County; Carlee Cash, Rockcastle County; Aidan O’Brien, Rowan County; Lily Dennis-Bay, Molli Mulberry, Abbey Norvell, Christian Sharpe, and Anna Grace Zehr, Whitley County; and Tayler Mayabb, Wolfe County.  

Johnson County and Paintsville Schools students Rebecca “Meg” Pugh, Joseph “Alex” Fowler, Emma Plaxico, Blake Gamble, Rebekah Preston, and Rachel Greene have graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2014 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program. 
The Rogers Explorers program is an educational leadership program that provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their math, science, and technology skills. Graduates are encouraged to work toward pursuing careers in these in-demand career fields. 
“This year’s class of Rogers Explorers showed that there are tremendous young leaders in our region of southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “By participating in this program, students had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of math and science, and why the career fields are needed in our area.”  
The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University. 
A record 150 middle school students attended this year’s Rogers Explorers program. Participants apply when they are in the eighth grade and attend during the summer before the start of their freshman year. There is no admission charge to attend Rogers Explorers. 
Meg, Alex, and Emma represented Paintsville Middle School. Meg is the daughter of Barbara and Doug Pugh of Paintsville. Alex is the son of Nathan and Jennifer Fowler of Meally. Emma is the daughter of Jayson and Renae Plaxico of Sitka. 
Blake, son of Darren and Charlena Gamble, Oil Springs; and Rebekah, daughter of Guthrey and Andraya Preston, Staffordsville; and Rachel, daughter of Mark and Melanie Greene of East Point, represented Johnson County Middle School. 
For more information about Rogers Explorers, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email Visit to learn more about youth programs at The Center.

Never forget — remembering 9/11

Held in observance of the 9/11 tragedy, a program remembering the many lives lost and the countless lives changed took place Thursday morning in the Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Mayo Auditorium. Local officials, ministers, emergency responder teams and area school children were in attendance.

Photos by Patrick Ross/Staff Writer

Johnson County Public Library to present Kentucky Humanities Council program on life in 1800s Ohio River Valley;To be presented Sat., Sept. 13

An award-winning Kentucky author and teacher will present a Kentucky Humanities Council program focusing on the early 1800s and the life of 21-year-old Craig Ridgeway, fictional main character of the book “Widder’s Landing — Life and Love on the Kentucky Frontier.”
Eddie Price, author of “Widder’s Landing,” will present the historical piece on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at the Johnson County Public Library.
The progam is free and open to the public.
The program will focus on the volatile years of 1811-1815 in the Ohio River Valley. Price, wearing period dress, will speak of the Great Comet of 1811 (a total solar eclipse), the largest passenger pigeon flight ever documented, the Northern Lights, and the New Madrid earthquakes. He will also examine Kentucky’s crucial role in the War of 1812 — America’s first constitutionally sponsored war.
Price and his program have proven popular all across the state in schools, with historical societies, DAR and SAR groups, libraries, museums, art councils, in pioneer villages and with reenactment groups. Both “Widder’s Landing” and Price’s program have been endorsed by the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Humanities Council, the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission on the War of 1812. Widder’s Landing was recommended by Kentucky librarians to the 2014 Kentucky State Fair’s Special Exhibition
Price, a teacher of history for 36 years (Hancock County High School and Owensboro Community & Technical College) and a recipient of Ashland Oil’s “Golden Apple Teaching Award,” has also been named “Outstanding American History Teacher” by the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies, among other notable awards.
Price presents in authentic costume and brings along a colorful powerpoint slideshow and period music for a highly educational and entertaining program.
Following the presentation, the author will take questions.
Price said on Monday that he is looking forward to visiting Paintsville and hopes to see many interested residents in attendance.

Heritage Days educational, fun

“Heritage Days” are currently underway at the Mountain HomePlace. Visitors learned about local history, Appalachian culture and crafts, home foods preservation and more on Thursday. The event will continue today through 3 p.m.

Fun activity leads to healthier lifestyle
Seven-year-old Drew Wilson demonstrates his hula hoop skills at a recent Weight Watchers club meeting. Drew’s mother and grandmother are lifetime members of the diet club.

Those in the know realize that losing weight takes not only smart food choices but regular exercise, as well. At a recent Weight Watchers diet club and support group meeting, members took turns trying out hula-hooping as a fun exercise activity. Weight Watchers counselors encourage members to be active in their weight loss journey and to find ways to incorporate fun activities into their regular exercise routines.
Lifetime Weight Watchers member Martha Price recently celebrated her 81st birthday at a club meeting. To honor her commitment to Weight Watchers, healthy eating and regular activity, club leader Brenda Pennington presented Price with a new pedometer to use to measure her walking distance. Price says she walks two miles each day as part of her healthy weight loss plan.
Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 and the club meeting begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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