NCOC looking for Elf Tree assistants, trees up at Jay C and New Washington State Bank PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:57

Tomorrow people across the country will gather around their beautifully decorated Thanksgiving themed tables to partake in classic Thanksgiving meals including turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and all the fixings. People also will take a moment and realize what they are most thankful for on the day of Thanksgiving. Once Thanksgiving dinner is finished, dishes washed, football watched and naps taken, local residents will begin to focus their attention on the Christmas season. Black Friday shopping is beginning earlier and earlier each year with some stores opening as soon as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Night this year.

While local residents are taking a moment to be thankful, they may want to think about how they could help others. The season to spread cheer, well wishes and thankfulness is here and some children in the local community are wondering what they should be thankful for and secretly wondering if Santa will be visiting them this year.

The North Clark Outreach Center (NCOC) is hoping to answer that question for local children again this year with their annual Elf Tree. Officials at the NCOC have made the task as easy as possible this year as they have collected all the information for the local elves and placed them on the Elf Tree.

There are 150 needy children from preschool through seniors in high school in the program at the present time. The program relies on information provided from the local schools to which children could benefit from the help of the Elf Tree program.

The program, now in its 15th year, has helped children by having local residents adopt an elf from the Elf Tree. You go pick up an Elf at the Jay C Store in Charlestown or The New Washington State Bank (Charlestown Branch) and then shop for the needs and even a few wants for the elf. The requested articles for each child include a coat, shoes, an outfit, undergarments and pajamas, as well as an item or two on the child’s wish list. The expected cost of helping an elf is approximately $125.

“These kids will more than likely have no Christmas, if the community does not take care of them through the Elf Tree program. And we know they are from our community because they attend our schools,” stated Ruthie Jackson, Director of the NCOC. “Depending on how much of a thrifty shopper you are, a person can take care of a child for even less than $125.”

If you want to help an Elf this Christmas, but do not have the time to shop, Jackson said the NCOC has the answer for you.

“We have generous Santa shoppers who would love to do the shopping for you. Just go to either of the pick up places, pick up an elf, and let them know at the counter you would like to sponsor this elf. They will put the elf and the money in an envelope and we will pick it up,” Jackson added.

Jackson said the NCOC works with other agencies, such as the Angel Tree program, to make sure the children in the Elf Tree program, are not included in other programs.

Once you have completed your shopping for your Elf, the non-wrapped purchases should be returned to the same location you picked up the Elf with the Elf number on the bags. The deadline to return the purchases will be Friday, December 12.

“It seems this year there is going to be a need for a lot of public support. If you are part of a sorority, bunco club, fishing club, Sunday School class, etc., you might consider sponsoring a child as a group. We generate all of our names from the schools, we feel they have a great feel for which children are in need. There is no donation too big or too small,” Jackson concluded.

For more information about the Elf Tree program please contact Ruthie Jackson, Director of the North Clark Outreach Center, at 502-773-7474.

 
Lady Musketeers win big over Borden PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:48

The tension was thick in the Eastern High School gym last Friday as the Lady Musketeers hosted Borden.

Eastern jumped out to an early lead, but it wasn’t until a run early in the third quarter sparked by sophomore Taylor Drury and junior Bailey England, that helped release the tension and allow the Lady Musketeers cruise to 49-19.

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County employees will be offered insurance through United Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

The Washington County Commissioners and the county council held a joint meeting to listen to proposals for county employee insurance plans.

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Clark State Forest incident last August results in charges against woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

The woman who was implicated in an drug-related incident in August at the Clark State Forest finally had her initial court hearing on November 13.

According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued on September 30 for Sharon Spence, 44, Scottsburg, based on evidence gathered at the August 26 incident.

Spence is being charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of the drug, participating in an illegal drug lab/possession or sale of precursors, illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of other drug paraphernalia.

Spence and her male companion, Charles Hodge, were found last August by Robert Brewington, a Department of Natural Resources officer, by Wilcox Lake, which is partially in Scott County in the Clark State Forest. Brewington became suspicious of the pair and, once permission was obtained from Spence to search their vehicle, the officer found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The illegal drug had allegedly been recently manufactured by Hodge in a location near Scottsburg.

Meth-coated coffee filters and crystals of meth were found either near Spence or in her purse. A bucket was found in the vehicle’s rear hatch area that Officer Brewington said matched the description of a “one-pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Further, a search of purchasing records for pseudoephedrine revealed that the pair had purchased products containing that ingredient weeks and days leading up to August 26.

Hodge was immediately taken into custody. His charges, all filed in Scott Circuit Court, include dealing in meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents/precursors, dumping controlled substance waste and possession of paraphernalia. His jury trial on these charges is now scheduled for March 17, 2015.

Hodge is now incarcerated at the Washington County Jail in Salem.

Upon her preliminary plea of not guilty, Spence was scheduled for trial next April 7. Her bond was originally set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 by cash, but Judge Roger Duvall allowed her release on her own recognizance as long as she resides at 1220 Birchtree Lane in Scottsburg and remains under pre-trial supervision by officers with the Scott County Probation Department.

 
Kids First Auction volunteers will transform Knights Hall into local TV station PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:44

Be ready to bid on some great items this Saturday, November 22, during the 2014 Kids First Auction.

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