Community children learn to shoot hoops, not drugs
|A proper defensive stance was learned by basketball campers, as well as the ability to listen, behave properly and say no to drugs on Monday during Operation UNITE’s “Shoot hoops, not drugs” basketball camp.|
y Andrew Adkins
Operation UNITE held a regional basketball camp titled “Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs” on Monday at the Johnson Central Middle School gymnasium to teach school-aged children about refraining from drug use.
Campers from the community were treated to a free day of knowledge to boost self-esteem and fundamental basketball skills.
Former Kentucky basketball player Jeff Sheppard conducted the event and stressed the importance of preventing children from becoming susceptible to drug use. “I’ve been involved with this program for the past nine years. We’ve done programs in schools and all kinds of places. I just love kids,” Sheppard said, “I live in Rep. Hal Rogers’ district and I know how big of a problem drugs are in this state. I want to show these kids the importance of staying away from drugs.”
Throughout the course of the camp, children interacted with one another and coaches. When Sheppard blew the whistle, campers were supposed to return to their spot on the court, despite their location at the time.
Campers learned how to dribble, pass and play defense with help from Sheppard and the coaches. One of the coaches during the camp was 2010 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice, who decided to work with the program after graduating from college.
“I think sports are important because they keep kids busy. When kids get on a team, they’re not going to be wanting to go out and do bad things,” Justice said, “This camp gives them the opportunity to trust people. We can teach them and show them the right way.”
While Justice, Sheppard and the rest of the camp counselors instructed the children, parents and guardians were administered a UNITE-sponsored educational program regarding drug prevention.
Approximately 125 children signed up for the camp and every child was awarded with a free T-shirt and basketball at the camp’s conclusion.
RC Flyers Fun Fly
| Photos by Andrew Adkins/staff RC pilots of all ages traveled to Stonecrest for a Fun Fly day presented by the Stonecrest RC Flyers.|
By Andrew Adkins
The Stonecrest RC Flyers held a Fun Fly event to raise awareness about the group and to make memories with friends and family on Saturday.
Stonecrest RC Flyers President Joe Meade said Fun Fly was a success. “It’s just awesome to come out here and have this kind of fellowship.”
Participants in Fun Fly ranged from members of the group to new flyers. Homemade planes and state-of-the-art helicopters shared the sky. Vice President Densil Baker said the group, formerly known as the Jenny Wiley Flyers, has existed since 2001 and is a chartered member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc. “There are all kinds of aircrafts here, like helicopters, military-style planes. We have this whole field to use,” Baker said.
The Stonecrest RC Flyers were awarded with the field at Stonecrest by the City of Prestonsburg. Tim Stephens, founder of the group, said the RC Flyers earned the land. “We showed the city council how we could benefit the community,” Stephens said.
Thirty-two participants paid the landing fee on Saturday. Pilots traveled to Stonecrest for Fun Fly from Ashland, Belfry, Grundy, Va. and Haysi, Va., as well as Paintsville and Prestonsburg. Meade said the group recently hosted a team of professional flyers at the site.
“AMain Hobbies had pro pilots here a week or so ago, it was part of their circuit,” Meade said, “these guys were from Las Vegas and California and we were one of two stops they made in Kentucky.”
Fun Fly participants of all ages were treated to a meal during the all-day event.
According to stonecrestrcflyers.com, the group currently possesses 17 members. The field is open anytime to all members and the yearly membership fee is $50. Meade had a message for anyone interested in joining the Stonecrest RC Flyers. “This is an awesome hobby. We come up here to enjoy the day and enjoy one another’s company. People can come up here and do this as a release. Anyone can come up and fly.”
Finishing the Fight - Relay for Life teams vow to beat cancer
|Opening ceremonies included a display of flags by the Auxier Chapter 18 DAV.|
The 2014 Johnson County Relay for Life event was held Friday, June 20, at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Opening ceremonies included a military salute by the Auxier Chapter 18 DAV, the singing of the national anthem by Marlana Vanhoose, keynote speech by cancer survivor Sara Hopson Blair, formal recognition of survivors in attendance, and the opening Survivor’s Walk first lap around the track. This year’s theme was “Super Heroes.”
Fun in the city
|Those attending the downtown block party on Saturday evening enjoyed a meal outside along with music on the street.|
t was a busy weekend in Paintsville with the Big Sandy Shrine Club’s 5k Flip-Flop Run and Appalachian Hospice’s Dawkins Trail Bike/Hike, so it seems only fitting to wind it all down Saturday evening with a little down time in the city. Barbecue, music and a couple of give-aways wound up the weekend with an old-fashioned block party sponsored by the Paintsville Main Street Association and Paintsville Tourism.
Flip Flop 5K hosted by Shriners
|Photos by Andrew Adkins/Staff Participants ran the downtown streets to raise money for the Big Sandy Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Transportation Unit. |