Collett survives ‘The Crucible' to become a U.S. Marine
Marine Corps Pvt. Daniel R. Collett, a 2005 graduate of Red Bird Mission High School, Beverly, Ky., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Collett and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Collett spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
He and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
The recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as Marines for the first time in their careers.
A 'heart-driven' tour of Kentucky By Wade Hall, Special to The Courier-Journal
Neither David nor Lalie thingy is a native-born Kentuckian, but they probably know more about grassroots Kentucky and its people than anyone since Joe Creason, the beloved Courier-Journal columnist who used to boast that he set foot in all 120 counties at least once each year. Surely, as this new collection of 88 short Bluegrass essays shows, the peripatetic thingys cover the state from corner to corner like rambling folklorists, and report their findings in an informal style, sometimes assuming the vocabulary and speech of a backwoods storyteller.
To begin, they observe that "Kentucky is quietly out of the ordinary," then prove it on every page that follows. On this traipse around the commonwealth, you'll stop at familiar spots like Richmond, Taylorsville, and Lexington, but mostly at bucolic hideaways like Egypt, Inez, Swindling Gap, Hooten Holler, and, yes, Monkey's Eyebrow. You meet all sorts of people and critters, including a dog named Cat, and two cows named Bozo and Horney, who reside in Nicholas County.
Our guides cover the state like a politician running for governor, stopping at every twist and turn of the road from Hindman to Henderson, visiting Postmaster Jackie Lush in North Middleton, dropping in on the Red Bird Mission complex of the United Methodist Church near Pineville, and attending a signing of When Cuba Conquered Kentucky, a book on Kentucky high school basketball by Marianne Walker. They hear Frolic Fain tell his balogna sandwich story at his grocery store in Caninesville, and they mix with the walkers at Lexington's Fayette Mall. They spend time with the whittlers at Blevins Grocery in Bath County and attend the spectacular Kentucky Crafted Market at the fairgrounds in Louisville.
Wade Hall, professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University, is editor of "The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State."
Post by Jim Wilson on Oct 25, 2006 19:35:21 GMT -5
Party puts Cokesbury on mission for charity Story on teen's bash leads to pledge of $100,000 in late member's honor By KEVIN COWAN
A lavish party and the work of a deceased church member have inspired Cokesbury United Methodist Church to do a favor for a Kentucky charitable organization. The West Knoxville church has set a goal to raise $100,000 for the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky. The organization provides spiritual, educational, health and community outreach ministries to the needy in a three-county region in the Appalachians.
Dr. G. Steven Sallee, senior pastor at Cokesbury, read the Oct. 2 News Sentinel article "My Super Sweet 15," which chronicled an over-the-top birthday party thrown for a Farragut teen. The bash was inspired by MTV's series "My Super Sweet 16," which goes behind the scenes of six-figure parties for wealthy teens.
"I came home from church and I read that story," Sallee said. "At 2 o'clock that same afternoon, I went back to church to conduct a funeral for a member."
The member was Rachel Noble, 81, of Knoxville. She and her husband, Walter Noble, "responded to a need in Red Bird," Sallee said, "and ministered to some of the poorest people in Appalachia for 35 years."
According to government statistics, Beverly's Clay County is the poorest county in Kentucky, with a per-capita income of $9,626. Beverly is about 50 miles east of Corbin. About 40 percent of the county's residents live below the poverty line. Also, 50 percent of Clay County residents older than 25 are not high school graduates.
At Red Bird, Rachel Noble was a nurse, Sallee said, and her husband carried "coal to the school and worked at some of the churches."
It bothered the pastor that Rachel Noble "spent 35 years helping others and that it was going to be unnoticed," he said, "and that this little 15-year-old girl had gotten all of this notoriety for all of this money spent for a birthday party."
So Sallee came up with the idea to begin a series of sermons, "The Cure for the Common Life."
The first cure introduced to the congregation was "finding a cause."
As part of the sermon delivered Oct. 8, Sallee retold the story of the birthday party and shared the story of Rachel Noble's life.
"Spontaneously in the sermon, I said I think we should raise $100,000 to take to the Red Bird Mission in Rachel Noble's name," Sallee recalled. "As soon as I announced it, the entire congregation started applauding."
As he sang the last chorus of the service's final song, "People started coming down the aisle putting checks in my pockets," Sallee said. "I reached into my pockets and there was about $12,000 or $13,000 in checks."
In the days after the message, money has continued to be donated, even by those who may have needed help themselves.
"There was this woman dressed shabbily," Sallee remembered. "She said, 'That sermon has changed the way I look at life. I can't afford it, but I want you have this.' It was a check for $100."
Other donations have ranged from $1,000 from Fisher Tire to $117 in rolled pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters from a school bake sale. Cokesbury is about at the $46,000 mark, Sallee said Monday. The pastor hopes to reach the goal by Oct.31 and present the check to Red Bird Nov. 5 during a service at the church.
If more than $100,000 is raised, Sallee said Cokesbury wants to donate the excess to Second Harvest, a local food bank. To make a donation, mail checks (payable to Cokesbury for Red Bird Mission) to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922.
Post by Local News on Jan 23, 2007 16:25:57 GMT -5
Redbird ATV Club Partners With Forest Service
A local ATV club signs an historic agreement today with the US Forest Service. The Daniel Boone Trailblazers will provide assistance to rangers on portions of the Redbird Crest Trail in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
"We're looking forward to working with your trailblazer club on the light maintenance, on the litter patrol, and then whatever duties we might develop in the future," said Redbird District Ranger John Kinney.
The group is the first ATV club to partner with forest officials to preserve the land and promote safe recreational ATV riding. Club secretary Lisa Marcum hopes this partnership will encourage other groups to get involved in other areas of natural preservation.
Low Donations May Cause School To Close Jenna Emenhiser, wymtnews.com
After three years of low donations an eastern Kentucky school may have to close its doors. School administrators say the Red Bird Mission School in Clay County is facing financial hardships and unless they can raise a half a million dollars, the school may not re-open next year.
Administrators say since recent natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 tsuanami they have seen a decline giving fatigue. Many of the donors they relied on are sending their money elsewhere, now unless funding increases many students may be left without a school. Christen Wooten is a junior at Red Bird Mission School. It's a school she's attended since the fifth grade and now Wooten and the friends she's known since then may be forced to split up. It's a fate none of them are taking lightly.
"In my case I don't know where I'd go because I live between Leslie County and Clay County and I really like going to school here," Wooten said.
School administrators say they need 500 thousand dollars to keep the entire school open.
"Right now if we have to make any adjustments it will have to be a fairly major adjustment which would mean one of the schools at least would have to be not opened up," Fred Haggard said.
Haggard says 90 percent of the schools budget comes from donations.
"We could take all then money away from the other ministries and still not have enough money to pay for the school," Haggard said.
Now to save their school, students are writing letters to churches and alumni asking for help.
"If you're wanting to give money anywhere I'd give it to Red Bird because it's worth it because they really care about the students,"
We're getting money in, hopefully it will be enough to keep us open," Wooten said.
Post by Local News on Mar 22, 2007 17:15:57 GMT -5
Teen killed during Red Bird copper theft
New details after an 18-year-old was electrocuted. Police say he was trying to steal copper from power lines. It happened in the Red Bird area near the Bell and Clay County line.
State police say Joseph Roop, 18, of Gray, Kentucky was going after copper. It is something that has become a lucrative metal to grab and sell in recent months. Police say it happened just before five Tuesday afternoon when Roop cut into a high voltage line and then fell off a transformer.
They say his girlfriend managed to get him into her car and drive him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. One man says he was riding his ATV through the area at the time and nearly witnessed everything. WYMT’s Jeff Allen did talk with several of Roop's family members who understandably are having a rough time dealing with this.
His grandmother says he was a good kid, but just had a really rough life. There have been other attempts throughout eastern Kentucky to cut lines for copper. Another one that claimed a life was when a man was killed last year while trying to cut lines in the Ward Chapel area of Bell County.
Post by Local News on May 20, 2007 13:23:35 GMT -5
Crosswood UMC returns from service trip to Appalachia
Seven adults from Crosswood United Methodist Church in Marion traveled to Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky recently. During the weeklong service project, group members replaced windows and doors, built a new porch, steps, a kitchen and bathroom for a 150- year-old home that was in need of repair.
"We are unable to put a price on the service these groups provide in this area of Appalachia," stated Fred Haggard, executive director of Red Bird Mission in a press release. "Over 200 volunteer groups from all over the U.S. have completed vitally needed construction projects in our community and given more than 78,000 hours of volunteer labor each year."
The Work Camp program at Red Bird Mission is a year-round work opportunity for volunteers in mission and service-minded groups. The program strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents in need and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds. Much needed work such as roof replacements, small room additions, painting, and porch and ramp construction is completed on local homes in the area.
"Each year we are able to make a profound effect not only on those we serve, but on those who come to serve as well," said Haggard. "Lives are enriched through the simplest acts and by people simply helping other people." Started in 1921, Red Bird Mission helps over 14,000 people each year in an economically distressed area of southeastern Kentucky by providing educational, health, economic opportunity, and community outreach ministries.
For information about Red Bird Mission and volunteer opportunities, visit www.rbmis sion.org or call 606-598-3155.
Post by Church News on Jun 27, 2008 6:38:34 GMT -5
Church brings music to Kentucky school by Lori Ann Cook, pantagraph.com
In a small Kentucky town hit hard in recent years by shuttered coal mines, the joy of music is experiencing a rebirth. Credit an effort by a Central Illinois group nearly 500 miles away with being -- literally -- instrumental in making that happen. Karen Daudelin, a member of the Missions Committee at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington, visited the Red Bird Mission School in Beverly, Ky., in October 2006. "Some of the needs were obvious," she said, but she also discovered the need for band instruments.
"We have no money for purchasing instruments," said the school's music teacher and director, Mark Smallwood, who leads the fifth-sixth grade band, the high school band, two choirs and the jazz/pep band.
"I do all the repairs on the instruments we are using," Smallwood said. "We have instruments, but a lot of them don't play. We repair them as long as we can." The students rent the instruments for $20 per year to help with the cost of upkeep.
Daudelin talked to other missions committee members at the church, including Illinois State University Associate Professor of Horn Joe Neisler. He contacted other churches in the United Methodist Church's Illinois Great Rivers Conference and about 30 instruments were donated. But they needed repairs; some needed new cases. Neisler contacted Carl Thacker, Illinois State University's instrument repair technician and owner of Carl's Pro Band Instrument Repair in Bloomington. Thacker and his son, Travis, volunteered to clean and repair all instruments for the mission project.
"It means a lot to us to be able to help the kids," Thacker said. "Hopefully this will help the kids learn to be better people. Musicians are generally better in school."
The National Association of Band Instrument Repair Technicians, a locally based organization of which Thacker is a member, donated a tuba. The project wound up May 14, when Wesley UMC mission team members loaded 27 refurbished instruments into a church van and set off at 6:30 a.m. to deliver them. The group arrived 12 hours later, just in time for the final concert of the school year by Red Bird's school band.
Said Daudelin, former president of United Way in McLean County, "All my life I raised money for United Way. What was lacking was real hands-on experiences. Handing someone a pair of shoes who has no shoes... it's more than giving money or time. It's a sense of fellowship that is hard to duplicate."
"When band director Mark Smallwood said 'I love you' to the kids, he really meant it. That is really inspiring. You want to help someone like that," added Daudelin.
Smallwood was grateful for the instruments the school received.
"Getting instruments into the hands of these kids means a lot. You never know how music could affect a student or what impact it might have on a musically gifted child," Smallwood said.
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Post by In The News on Sept 3, 2011 19:50:21 GMT -5
kentucky.com Grow Appalachia at Red Bird has developed four-season gardening program By Susan Smith-Durisek, Contributing columnist
Summer is winding down, but your garden harvest can go on into winter. Cole crops such as broccoli and cabbage love cool weather and can be newly transplanted through mid-September. Row covers, hoop houses and cold frames employ solar energy and enclosed spaces to turn up the heat. Here's some help for becoming an all-season gardener:
* Winter gardening workshop. The Edible Garden Series presents Extending the Season with John Walker at 6:30 p.m. Sept.13 at Beaumont Presbyterian Church, 1070 Lane Allen Road. Protection techniques of mulching and cold frames will be discussed. Walker says, "We would like to hear about those experiences and discuss the pros and cons of different approaches as well as how to implement them." Go to Faithfeedslex.org; (859) 797-2326.
* Local Cooperative Extension Service. More than a century of experience and research are distilled into publications such as the comprehensive Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky ID-128. It's on the Web at:
* Grow Appalachia. Founded with a gift from philanthropist John Paul Dejoria and administered through Berea College, the program supports and encourages Appalachian gardeners in growing their own food. The program is now in seven Kentucky locations, including Bell County's Red Bird Mission, where intern Magan Meade has developed four-season gardening, a slide presentation and a hoop tunnel construction video. Go to:
In five years, University of Florida tennis Andy Jackson has completed a transformation in Gainesville. Since inheriting a team that finished 9-17 the year before his arrival, Jackson’s list of accomplishments has grown:
The Gators have never finished below a tie for third in the SEC under Jackson. Jackson became the first head coach in Gator history to start his Florida career with top three conference finishes in each of his first five years and guided the Gators to their first-ever national title match at the 2003 National Team Indoors.
A high school basketball and tennis star for Franklin County (KY) High School, Jackson soon found that at the University of Kentucky he would have better success playing the latter as opposed to the former. After all, his high school teams did post a 79-1 record in men’s tennis during his time there. Jackson lettered at UK twice in tennis, playing at No. 2 in both singles and doubles while serving as a team captain for the Wildcats’ 1984 NIT Championship squad. That spring Jackson collected UK’s Outstanding Christian Athlete of the Year Award.
A Frankfort, Ky., native, Jackson was born David Andrew Jackson in Oneida, Ky., on August 14, 1961. He is a descendent of former United States President and War of 1812 hero Andrew Jackson along with Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Post by In The News on Jul 2, 2012 19:45:21 GMT -5
Hazard Herald Former custodian and teacher’s aide at Red Bird Mission School now a counselor
Jacqueline Sizemore of Perry County is one of hundreds of eastern Kentuckians who have learned that “people lead people to jobs” by attending Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky.
Jacqueline had dreamed of becoming a counselor since she was a girl, but her life took a different path when she dropped out of high school, got married, and started a family. She raised her family and worked as a custodian and teacher’s aide at Red Bird Mission School in Clay County, but her dream of being a counselor was always in the back of her mind.
She gradually put the pieces of her dream together over the years, getting a GED, an associate’s degree, and finally a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling from Lindsey Wilson College in 2011. But after getting her degree she quickly found it was no guarantee she would get a job in the career she had such a passion for — or any other job.
Fortunately, Jacqueline found the Perry County Job Club, which helped her improve her job search skills and find job contacts and leads that she otherwise would have missed. At the job club Jacqueline worked intensively with the job club staff — including Jack Duff, Pam Tuttle, and Mona Sammons — to focus her job search, tighten her resume, and hone the interview skills she needed to get hired.
Jacqueline found a good job as a substance abuse counselor at Perry County Treatment Services. A new job club starts July 12 and meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight at 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard.
Jacqueline said she feels blessed to have discovered the job club, and encourages anyone else who needs a job to give it a try. To contact the Perry County Job Club, call 436-3161. To find out more about Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky or to find the job club nearest you, call 1-877-512-WORK. Find Job Clubs of Eastern Kentucky on Facebook at:
Post by In The News on Aug 19, 2012 8:03:34 GMT -5
kentucky.com Project to improve Daniel Boone National Forest forms availabe at Red Bird
Submissions are being sought for project proposals to improve Daniel Boone National Forest. Project submission forms are available at the forest's Stearns, London and Redbird offices; the forest supervisor's office in Winchester; and online at:
The Daniel Boone National Forest resource advisory committee is seeking the proposals for projects to improve or maintain existing infrastructure, enhance forest ecosystems and restore or enhance watershed quality.
The advisory committee was established in 2010 and includes 15 members who represent various interest groups. The committee works with local communities and resource management officials to provide advice and recommendations.
Funding for the projects may be available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which was recently reauthorized for one year. Proposals must be submitted by Aug. 24.
Post by Church News on Oct 6, 2012 18:10:36 GMT -5
A Closer Look at Human Trafficking Guest blog post by Katy P
Katy resides in Oneida, KY and will be serving with Journey 117 in October on Team Haiti.
Human trafficking has been described as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons: by the threat or use of kidnapping, force , fraud, deception or coercion, or by the giving or receiving of unlawful payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, and for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children can take many forms and include forcing a child into prostitution or other forms of sexual activity or child pornography. Child exploitation can also include forced labor or services, slavery, servitude, the removal of organs, illicit international adoption, trafficking for early marriage, recruitment as child soldiers, for use in begging, or for recruitment for cults.
Northwest Georgia Bank promoted several employees, including Frank Hales, Kevin Taylor, Johnny Morris, Brenda Ridley, Tonya Plemmons and Ken Brock.
Brenda Ridley was promoted to assistant vice president-centralized loan processing (CLP). She joined Northwest Georgia Bank in 1987 as a consumer loan secretary. During her 26-year banking career, she has served in many different areas of lending support, including loan platform administrator/trainer, intranet co-administrator and CLP department manager, among others.
A graduate of Red Bird High School in Beverly, Ky., she has earned five diplomas from the American Institute of Banking, including General Banking, Banking Operations, Banking and Finance, Marketing and Consumer Lending, as well as three certificates — Supervision, Advanced Loan Documentation and Real Estate Loan Documentation.
A volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, she lives in Ringgold with her husband of 33 years, Randall.
Post by In The News on Mar 13, 2013 16:15:44 GMT -5
daytondailynews.com Tipp City looking to donate fire pumper to Oneida Volunteer Fire Department By Nancy Bowman, Contributing Writer
A 31-year-old fire pumper truck that served Tipp City (Ohio) well but no longer is needed likely will be on its way soon to a new assignment in southeastern Kentucky. The only things holding up that journey by the 1982-model Grumman Pumper are formal votes by City Council. One vote, expected at council’s March 18 meeting, would declare the truck surplus property. The second would approve an ordinance allowing the city to donate surplus property valued at $1,000 or more.
Current options available are public sale, auction or trade in. The proposed ordinance would allow disposal of surplus assets by sale, donation or agreement with another political subdivision without public bids. The city was asked to consider donating the pumper truck to the Oneida Volunteer Fire Department in Clay County, Ky. The request was from Michael Whitby of the Tipp City EMS crew who also is regional director of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International.
Whitby said the Oneida department serves an area of around 90 square miles with 3,500 people and an average household income of $9,000 a year. City Manager Jon Crusey told council the pumper became surplus with the arrival of the new fire ladder truck, which has a pumper.
If the old truck were kept, the department would have six trucks with pumps. However, it does not have personnel to staff that many trucks, or space to keep them. Fire Chief Steve Kessler said the city paid $110,000 for the truck. The truck is still good, he said, but the city would have to try to find a buyer if it decided to sell. He estimated the value at $2,000 to $4,000. Council President John Kessler said he was familiar with Oneida, Ky.
Councilman Bryan Budding said he understood the need but questioned how to tell local taxpayers a vehicle they bought was being given away. He said the city should to get at least something out of the vehicle. Budding said if other council members wanted to give the truck away, he’d go along.
Post by In The News on May 9, 2013 20:21:33 GMT -5
Tippecanoe Gazette New Carlisle (OH) Council Votes to Donate Fire Truck to Oneida VFD by Nancy Bowman
The New Carlisle City Council debated the sale of a surplus city dump truck to a local village and donation of an old fire pumper truck to a Kentucky community before voting Monday to authorize both actions.
Councilman Mike McDermott voted against the direct sale of the surplus dump truck to Covington for $13,000 and the donation of the 31 year old fire truck to a Clay County, Ky., department. Councilman Bryan Budding joined McDermott in the vote against the fire truck donation. Budding offered to contribute money if a community group wanted to attempt to buy the fire truck through the traditional bidding of surplus property, The rest of council agreed to the sale to Covington and the donation to Clay County.
Budding said he could not support giving away a piece of equipment purchased with taxpayer money. Michael Whitby of the local EMS crew and regional director of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International had asked council to consider donating the 1982 truck to the Oneida Volunteer Fire Department in Clay County, Ky. The department serves around 90 square miles and 3,500 people with an average household income of $9,000 a year, Whitby said.
The Tipp City pumper became surplus with the arrival of the new fire ladder truck, which has a pumper. Fire Chief Steve Kessler earlier estimated the 1982 pumper’s value at $2,000 to $4,000. Council in March approved a change in the city ordinance to allow for disposal of surplus assets by sale, donation or agreement with another political subdivision without public bids. Previously, the options were public sale, auction or trade in.
The proposal to donate the fire pumper brought the most debate Monday. Council President John Kessler said a lot of people he talked with liked the idea of donating the pumper to an area that needs it.
“I don’t have a problem giving it to them,” Councilman Pat Hale said. “It can’t always be dollars and cents. Sometimes some things have to be done from the heart.”