Pettit named project coordinator of Champions Coalition

By Ed Salerno, Reporter Mary Pettit was recently selected to fill a new job description with the Pendle- ton County Champions Coalition. This grant-fund- ed position makes her the new Drug Free Communi- ties Project Coordinator. A few years back, Mary Pettit, the wife of Kyle Pet- tit and graduate of George- town University, took a job as an instructional assistant in the preschool program at Northern Elementary School (NES) working with Jane Begley. Pettit attended Ashland University in the upper area of Ohio and graduated with a degree in Child and Family Studies. From there, she worked at St. Elizabeth in Edgewood, Ky. as a Certified Nurses Assistance (CNA) for three years. Pettit decided she was ready for a new chapter in her life and wanted to work directly with children. So after a year in the preschool at Northern Elementary, she moved to the Kindergarten, again as an instructional assistant, working with Laura Caudill. During this time Pettit was contacted by Keith Smith, Pendleton County Athletic Director, to consider coaching the girls fast pitch softball team at Pendleton County High School. While Mary did not graduate from PCHS she was a student in the county and played softball from seventh to eleventh grade. She wound up taking on the coaching position. While still at NES she became aware of the possibility for new work as the drug free communities project coordinator with the community organization known as Champions for a Drug Free Pendleton County Coalition, chaired by Kenna Knight. The Pendleton County Champions for a Drug Free Pendleton County Coalition is a volunteer organization, directed by Matt Compton, who is the Executive Direc- tor of Pupil Personnel/Stu- dent Services in Pendleton County. It was chartered in 2003 as a response to address high youth sub- stance abuse in the county, in particular tobacco and alcohol use among middle and high school youth. From 2003-2007 the coali- tion projects and programs were funded through state allocated dollars and the fis- cal agent for the funding was through the regional prevention center. In 2016 the coalition landed a five year Federal grant from Drug Free Communities. Pettit was interested in this opportunity as she had extensive training in youth substance abuse and prevention while at Ashland University working on her degree. As it turns out, she was hired as Project Coordinator for the Coalition. In this position, her focus will be on youth prevention and education, specifically SMS and PCHS students. Her office is located at Sharp Middle School because the physical agent for the grant is the Pendleton County School District. One of the achievements of the Champions Coalition..See full story @ falmouthoutlook.com

Council votes to revise Festival Committee

By Ed Salerno, Reporter Discussion was held about the Falmouth Festival Committee and the planning of events by others in the community at the February 14, 2017 regular meeting of Falmouth City Council. Councilwoman April DeFalco wanted to know if the Pendleton County Tourism Council could take on the Fourth of July Celebration. Carson suggested festivals be a coor- dinated effort between businesses, schools and local organizations allow- ing everyone to help with establishing events for the whole community. Car- son stated it would require someone to coordinate the effort though. Falmouth Mayor Elonda Hinson asked Sherry Wilcher, Festival Committee Chair, if she would be interested in assuming the duties of coordinator. This led to an exchange between Welcher and council about the essential purpose behind such festivals. Carson asked Wilcher, “Are we having community festivals or food giveaways?” Welcher responded with a litany of accomplishments at her festivals, with the numbers of free items given out. Carson said, “All that is fine but what can we do to create a committee of representatives from local organizations to put together local festi- vals?” Ernst pointed out that the majority of people he spoke to do not want giveaways, they wanted a family event with booths, fireworks, parades, music, food and marching bands. Councilwoman Amy Hurst asked if it could be a county wide event. Hitch noted to Welcher that they all want to work together to make it better. Carson stated there was no reason the giveaways couldn’t be part of it. Welcher responded by saying, “This is all your opinion.” Councilwoman DeFalco began with a motion wanting city council to work in collaboration with community members. Hitch suggested that they simply needed to revise the Festival Committee. DeFalco restated her motion as Hitch suggested and it was approved. During his report Falmouth Fire Chief David Marquardt requested $1,250 toward the purchase of a $5,000 used Hummer for responding to brush fires. He noted that this vehicle was ideal for the task and sturdy enough to carry the necessary equipment plus the water to fight the fires. Council asked if Fiscal Court ..See full story @ falmouthoutlook.com

Pendleton County Search & Rescue needs your help!

Pendleton County Search and Rescue is an all volunteer unit fully accredited in both water and land search by the state of Kentucky. As volunteers, they are not permitted to charge anyone for their efforts in locating lost persons. Every time the volunteers are called into service they respond, knowing that for the lost person, this could easily be a matter of life and death. Search & Rescue recently lost one of their vehicles, a Humvee, that was used to transport members and pull watercraft. This vehicle was very important and was used whenever the team got called into service. They are now asking for your help in purchasing a new vehicle (pictured above). The cost of this truck is in the area of $22,000. If they are forced to money borrow from the county it will have to be reimbursed, making it difficult to pay for insurance and other expenses. Members of this volunteer unit risk their lives each and every time they’re called upon, never asking for anything in return. Let’s show them some appreciation and help raise the money needed for this vehicle. A gofundme account (Volunteer First Responders Need Help) has been setup for those who would like to help out. Please visit www. gofundme.com/3a9n8oo to make a donation. Thank you in advance.

Pendleton County certified as “Work Ready In Progress”

By Ed Salerno, Reporter Following a year and a half long effort on the part of 80 or so people from Pendleton County under the direction of Bill Mitchell, Director of Development, and Judge Executive David Fields, Pendleton County is now certified Work Ready in Progress. What does that mean? In short, it opens the county up to be considered by businesses and factories seeking to locate in Kentucky. These companies already know before talking to anyone that Pendleton County has an excellent school system with graduates and work age citizens between the ages of 24-65 who are “skills” ready to go to work and there is an infrastructure and Internet broadband speed that will meet the needs of their business. These are just some of the requirements to be a Work Ready In Progress County. As Thomas Kelly from the Education Cabinet in Frankfort put it, “The Work Ready Community In Progress certification is a measure of a county’s workforce – an assurance to business and industry that your community is committed to supplying the highly skilled workforce that is required in today’s global economy. To help promote the Kentucky Work Ready Community In Progress certification, we are providing you with high quality signs from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Our goal is to help you promote your county as a certified Work Ready Community In Progress and to increase community awareness of and support for the Work Ready Community In Progress certification.” Under Fields and Mitchell’s tireless guidance some 80 people representing local and county government, business, industry, education and a number of civic organizations were brought together to research and write a presentation to the state. Eighteen individuals, from that group of eighty, were on hand January 2 to present to a state panel of experts from across the Commonwealth gathered at Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTC) in Versailles. Their presentation was the culmination of all this effort. There were rather strict rules for this presentation. A total of 30 minutes was allotted each county doing a presentation. All who came from Pendleton County had time to provide a short personal introduction. Next, five representatives of the..See full story @ falmouthoutlook.com

Harlem Wizards return to Pendleton County Nov. 9

led, high flying and inter- active community event fea- turing the world famous Harlem Wizards basketball team as they take on the P.C. All Stars, a team of teachers, coaches and community individuals. The game tips off is 7 p.m., on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at PCHS. General admission tickets will be $6 in advance and $10 at the door. Courtside Plus tickets are available for $30 and will reserve courtside seating, exclusive 10 minute meet and greet with 2-3 Wizards, free team poster and $15 discount on Wiz- ards replica jerseys. Court- side Plus tickets are limited and first come, first serve. You can learn more about the Harlem Wizards at www.harlemwizards.com. Forms are being sent home through the schools for ticket reservations or visit Wizards website to buy them in advance. For more info call 859- 654-5800. Proceeds will go to support PC Athletics. Concessions and Wizards souvenirs will be sold. There will also be a free autograph session after the game.

Harlam Wizards return to Pendleton Co.

Don’t miss this fun-filled,
high flying and interactive
community event featuring
the world famous Harlem
Wizards basketball team as
they take on the P.C. All
Stars, a team of teachers,
coaches and community
individuals.
The game tips off is 7
p.m., on Wednesday,
November 9, 2016 at PCHS.
General admission tickets
will be $6 in advance and
$10 at the door. Courtside
Plus tickets are available for
$30 and will reserve courtside
seating, exclusive 10
minute meet and greet with
2-3 Wizards, free team poster
and $15 discount on Wizards
replica jerseys. Courtside
Plus tickets are limited
and first come, first serve.
You can learn more about
the Harlem Wizards at www.
harlemwizards.com.
Forms are being sent home
through the schools for ticket
reservations or visit Wizards
website to buy them in
advance.
For more info call 859-
654-5800.
Proceeds will go to support
PC Athletics.
Concessions and Wizards
souvenirs will be sold.
There will also be a free
autograph session after the
game.