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County clerk answers questions about vet-dry vote

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Knox County Clerk Mike Corey answers questions about the possible upcoming local option election on alcohol sales in Barbourville.

Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Knox County Clerk Mike Corey answers questions about the possible upcoming local option election on alcohol sales in Barbourville.

Alcohol was on the minds of everyone at Tuesday’s meeting of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, not in the sense of drinking alcohol, but more of what will happen in the case the sale of alcohol in Barbourville is put to the community during a local option election.

A petition for a local option election has been circulating throughout the town for the past couple of months, and Mike Corey was invited to the meeting to answer questions about the possible election.

“Elections are something we take very seriously in the county clerk’s office,” said Corey. “I certainly believe in the power of the ballet box. It’s what makes this country great.

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Two Smiths a first at Knox School Board

Pictured by David Stewart Dalton Smith, a senior a Lynn Camp High School, the first-ever non-voting student board member, takes a seat beside board member Peggy Gray.

Pictured by David Stewart
Dalton Smith, a senior a Lynn Camp High School, the first-ever non-voting student board member, takes a seat beside board member Peggy Gray.

Dexter Smith, at right beside Knox Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles, presides over his first school board meeting as Chairman of the Board.

Dexter Smith, at right beside Knox Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles, presides over his first school board meeting as Chairman of the Board.

By David Smith

For the Mountain Advocate

Dexter Smith dropped the gavel for the first time to open Tuesday’s Knox County School Board meeting.

He told the sparse crowd, “I appreciate serving on this school board. I thank these fine board members for voting me chairman.”

After the pledge of allegiance and prior to the start of the meeting, Kelly Sprinkles, Superintendent, introduced Dalton Smith, a senior from Lynn Camp High School.

“Dalton Smith is going to be our first non-voting student board member. We hope to get the ‘student perspective’ concerning what we do as a school system. Each month we hope to have a new student from a different school.”

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Flood wall certification moving forward

By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

In a special meeting of the Barbourville City County on Feb. 16, the Barbourville City Council voted to authorize the Barbourville Utility Commission to submit an application to obtain loan assistance from the federally assisted Wastewater Revolving Fund (State Revolving Loan Program) for proposed wastewater treatment facility improvements.

The council also authorized the Barbourville Utility Commission to submit an application to obtain loan assistance from the Infrastructure Revolving Fund (Fund B-State Revolving Loan Program) for the proposed Levee Certification Project.

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Union Men’s Basketball: Sweet 16; No. 18 Bulldogs Control Bryan, 91-63, In AAC Tilt

By John Gatto

For the Mountain Advocate

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) and guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) scored 15 points, apiece, pacing the Union College men’s basketball team to a convincing 91-63 victory at Bryan (Tenn.) on Thursday evening in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.

With the victory, the Bulldogs extended their NAIA Division II longest winning streak to 16 games, improving to 25-4 overall, 16-1 in the AAC. Bryan fell to 14-12, 8-9 in the AAC with the loss.

In the win, things remained tight between the Bulldogs and Lions throughout the first half, but Union ended the period on a flurry, and rolled into the locker room with a double-digit lead at 45-29. The Bulldogs shot 62.5 percent in the first half to take the large lead, while Bryan could not keep up after a hot shooting start, only shooting 41.4 percent.

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Grow Appalachia to hold informational meeting

Dewitt Elementary community garden

Dewitt Elementary community garden

Barbourville Community Garden

Barbourville Community Garden

Special to the Mountain Advocate

The Lend-A-Hand Center, a nonprofit community service organization in the Stinking Creek area of Knox County is announcing the beginning of its second year of the Grow Appalachia Gardening Program. The Lend-A-Hand Center Grow Appalachia project is designed to break down barriers to gardening and build community, addressing food security issues in Knox County through providing resources and technical assistance for home and community gardens. Lend-A-Hand is a partner site for Grow Appalachia, a program based out of Berea College that addresses food insecurity issues in the region through enabling community members to grow their own gardens and organize community gardens.

The Center will have an informational meeting about the Grow Appalachia program at the Lend-A-Hand Center, 3234 KY 718, Walker, KY, on Saturday Feb. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.

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