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Image 18 of The Woodford Sun January 12, 2012

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18 THE WOODFORD SUN, Versailles, Ky. January 12, 2012 to gauge a student’s readiness imagined (being there),” said Maine where he continued his MLK Continued from p. 1 for college before ACT assessments are taken in the 11th grade, Watkins said. “Now, we’re going to track a group of kids,” said Schools Superintendent Hawkins. “And hopefully,” he continued, “we’re going to see growth each year…” Wheeler, 33. He always wanted to travel to London, England. In October, he helped cover a football game matching the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium. Before landing his job at Fox Sports and having so many phenomenal experiences, Wheeler spent a few years trying to gain experience in television and video production. He lived in Seattle and worked in a corporate job there for 18 months before deciding he wanted to “chase down” his dream of working in television production. So he packed up his belongings and moved to Los Angeles. Wheeler discovered finding a job doing what he loved to do was a lot about who someone knew and not as much about what they knew. So instead of taking a restaurant job at the Cheesecake Factory, he worked as an assistant director for no pay. That led to an opportunity as a production assistant on “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” directed by Rob Marshall. Wheeler took a job at a rental warehouse for film equipment to pay his bills, but continued talking to people in the business. He eventually landed a job at Westlake Village Studios, which led to a two-year stint as the studio’s production manager. He lost his job when Universal took over the production studio for its coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games. Because a poker show on Fox Sports Net (FSN) had been produced at Westlake Village Studios, Wheeler became acquainted with Fuel TV general manager George Greenberg, who told him that he could get him an interview at Fox Sports. Unfortunately, Wheeler would go back to being a production assistant earning low wages and no benefits. With the support of his parents, Larry and Marcheta Wheeler, and his girlfriend, Heather Carroll, a 31-year-old Joe Wheeler overcame any apprehensions about taking a job as a “low-man on the totem pole” at Fox Sports in July 2010. “My parents were kind enough to loan me money here and there,” explained Wheeler. “And Heather was kind enough to feed me.” His parents and girlfriend gave him an opportunity to continue learning television production. “One of the things that I’ve always loved about TV and film is it’s never the same thing,” said Wheeler, who was promoted to a broadcast associate at Fox this summer. His interest in broadcast production took root at Woodford County High School. Some friends were taking Dave Noble’s media class at WCHS and told him they were having a lot of fun producing the school’s Channel 4 telecast on Fridays. So Wheeler took Noble’s class during his senior year at WCHS and discovered what he wanted – a career working in television. “Dave gives students freedom to explore and use their imaginations,” said Wheeler. If a student wanted to try something new or different, he said, Noble typically supported his student’s creativity. After graduating from WCHS in 1996, Wheeler enrolled at Western Kentucky University because of its broadcast program. He wanted to get right into the studio and “start cranking out stuff.” Instead, he spent his schooldays in the classroom. So he left WKU and started working with his older brother, David, at a small production company – Magic Dave Productions – in Atlanta. They mostly produced short films, and a few commercials. It was his older brother who later convinced him to enroll in Rockport College in or Sherri Brown at (859) 7537501. Ticket-purchasers can also send an e-mail to GEH4@ hotmail.com or DonaldMorton1954@yahoo.com. Some proceeds will make up a donation to Steele Cemetery, and others will go toward Betty Luckett award funding the next Woodford The family of longtime County Roots & Heritage Fes- Woodford County schools tival later this year, Middleton counselor and administrator said. Betty Luckett is requesting March and service the board of education apLater that day, at 5:30 p.m., prove the school district as people will again march from the fiscal agent for the Betty Martin Luther King Jr. Bou- Luckett Memorial Award for levard to First Baptist Church Outstanding Character. The in downtown Versailles. How- board’s action will allow the ever, Amelia Bailey, an office family to establish the award manager at the church, said without having to also establish Monday that plans remain in a not-for-profit corporation, the works for another evening Binder said. speaker there for a King tribute “The (award’s) funds will celebration with music to begin just simply sit in an account at 6:30 p.m. and then they will be distribFor the march, participants uted when the award is given,” should meet at First Baptist said Hawkins. “So we are basiChurch at 5 p.m., to ride to cally the holding agent of the the march’s start on Martin funds.” He and Binder would Luther King Jr. Boulevard, be designated as the holding organizers said. agents under the recommendation if the request gains board MLK Day closings approval. The annual Betty Luckett The Versailles, Midway, and Woodford County govern- Memorial Award will be ments will be closed Monday, “presented to a WCHS senior Jan. 16, in observance of the who demonstrated outstanding Martin Luther King Jr. Day character, especially in the holiday. There will be no city face of adversity,” according garbage pickup; however, to information given to board Rumpke Sanitation will run its members. A committee will garbage collection as normal. choose a WCHS senior to The Woodford County receive the award, which will Courthouse and Annex will be presented on Senior Class be closed. Also closed for the Night. “We do think it’s a very holiday will be the Woodford County Health Department, generous offer on the part of the the Woodford County Library family to create this financial (main library and Midway award on (Betty Luckett’s) branch) the Woodford County behalf,” said Binder. Financial report Schools, the Versailles Post The district began the Office (no mail delivery), and all Woodford County banks. month of December with a total cash balance of $8.94 million and ended the month ARTIST with a balance of $9.9 million, Continued from p. 1 according to Binder’s financial darkroom. report. “That was always magical The district’s general fund to me,” he says of processing was bolstered by $2.1 milfilm, “but there’s so many other lion in property tax revenue. things that you can do with Also, the building fund redigital. For one thing, you can ceived $10,000 in restricted shoot a thousand pictures in tax revenue and climbed to one day and not have to worry $778,549.54. about running out of film.” The district spent Having an opportunity to $214,658.91 out of its capicapture a moment in time like tal outlay fund, including an a sunset during his and his expenditure of $83,800 for wife’s recent cruise in Key heat pump replacement costs West, Fla., explains why Smith in the gyms at Northside and likes photography so much. Southside elementary schools. “You don’t realize how fast The district ended December that sun’s actually setting,” he with $241,690.13 in its capital says, “until you watch it …You outlay fund. can just click, click, click and The school food serall of a sudden it’s gone. vice fund’s expenditures “If you didn’t get it, it’s not of $165,649.82 exceeded going to come back up and wait its December revenues of for you.” $137,917.51. However, Binder He prefers using black-and- noted school lunchrooms only white in his photographic art. had two weeks of revenue be“If you take away the color,” cause of the district’s two-week he explains, “then it’s all about winter break. The food service the form, light, shadows, tex- fund ended December with a tures – and a lot of time color balance of $83,215.25. will cover up a lot of that.” Color, he says, can turn photographic art into an ordi- NFL Continued from p. 1 nary picture. The human form is Smith’s team bringing an NFC playmost favorite subject. off game between the 49ers “Everybody is different. and Saints to living rooms all You’ll never see two people across America on Saturday alike,” he explains. “Even if afternoon at 4:30. His crew and they’re twins, they won’t be on-air personalities Kenny Alexactly alike.” He also enjoys bert, Daryl Johnston and Tony photographing architecture, Saragusa will tell that game’s cars and most anything else. story to viewers as they have “I always say, I like shoot- every Sunday throughout the ing whatever’s in front of a regular season. camera,” explains Smith. “Do the Packers win the Super Bowl for a second time BUDGET this year? I was a part of the Continued from p. 1 game that ended their perfect season,” said Wheeler. “…I ergy conservation efforts was there for history.” employed since school began Wheeler has not yet helped in August have resulted in the cover a World Series, but he saving of $12,422 in energy did help out on Fox’s coverage costs. of Major League Baseball’s Board members will be All-Star game in Arizona last asked to approve the energy summer. He also was involved management plan at its regular with Fox’s coverage of a Red meeting on Jan. 23. Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Instructional update Park, which was a huge deal for Chief Academic Officer this rabid baseball fan. Mike Stacy gave board mem“I could run down the bers an update on the district’s events and I would’ve never efforts to identify students for its primary talent pool. Twenty percent of Woodford County’s students were identified as ifted and talented, he said. Free Weekly Events “We are continuing to work ith our principals,” continued tacy, “on now providing MONDAY, JANUARY 16 The Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. ervices on a bi-weekly basis ith the understanding that in TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 ear one it is a shift … as far 10 a.m. Toddler Tales. Songs, rhymes, and stories for ages 2 and 3. s trying to schedule and find 11 a.m. Preschool Stories. Books, crafts, and music for ages 4 and 5. ways to incorporate” gifted 4-5 p.m. M&M Book Club. Parents and kids discuss the fun book, and talented services into a Ivy and Bean, eat snacks, and discuss. school’s schedule. 6:30 p.m. Library Writers Group. Featuring writing exercises that He was especially pleased tickle your imagination, and a fun group of fellow wordsmiths. with the high school identifying 100 students who need the THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 10 a.m. Baby Story Time. Songs, rhymes, stories, and great activities services. “That’s right where for ages 6-23 months. we should be at,” he said, “be6:30 p.m. Book Banter: Young Adult Books for Adults. Join cause we have an outstanding us as we discuss books like the Harry Potter series, The Hunger group of students at that level.” Games, and more. No assigned books. For adults and teens. Sam Watkins, director of instructional programs, updated board members on efforts to as- FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 6:30 p.m. Magician Doug Doolin Performs. Our favorite magician, sess academic progress among Doug Doolin, will perform rope, card, rabbit tricks and more. For students through standardized all ages. Please call 873-5191 to sign up. ACT-like tests in the seventh-, th eighth-, ninth- and 10 -grades. 115 North Main Street, Versailles • 873-5191 hose results will provide data www.woodfordcountylibrary.org Main Library hands-on education in media production over the next twoand-a-half years. There, he found himself surrounded by creative people who were a lot like him. “It just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit for me,” explained Wheeler. “Rockport is nestled right on the (Atlantic Ocean) coast. It’s pretty quiet. It’s pretty sleepy… “Growing up in Midway,” he continued, “it kind of reminded me of Midway – except on the coast.” BEARDS Continued from p. 3 Street Presbyterian in Lexington, has joined in the effort, and more congregations may also join. Donations are welcome, such as at the church’s Web site under the “Ways to Support” tab. Or checks can be mailed to the church at 710 Pisgah Road, Versailles, KY, 40383. “If they have the word ‘beards’in the memo line, then they will go to the American Cancer Society.” Jones serves on that organization’s Relay for Life board, in Woodford County. Even apart from donations, “share the story with other people,” he suggested. “Begin the conversation that men really face some horrible things with cancer.” That help could come from people apart from one of those churches, or who could not — for various reasons — grow a beard themselves, Jones continued. That includes several wives of the male church members involved, he added. “My wife does not mind a beard at all, because she’s okay with it. Some of the men in the church are not growing beard, for the very reason that their wives said; ‘Don’t you dare.’” But most don’t mind the beard work, and understand why the men want to do it. “There’s a real personal sense to this,” Jones said. “Cancer has become a very personal issue for us here.” McCracken Pike horse farm sells for $4.95 million WOODFORD SUN STAFF REPORT A self-described horse lover from California purchased a 124.98-acre farm on McCracken Pike for $4.95 million, according to a Dec. 30 deed filed in the Woodford County clerk’s office. Steven C. Marshall, president and owner of Western Energy Production, LLC, purchased the horse farm at 2519 McCracken Pike from Ardmore Stud, LLC (Robert Cromartie, manager). Two houses and three barns are located on the property. Marshall said he acquired the Woodford County farm because of “a love for horses Two men enter guilty pleas in home invasion WOODFORD SUN STAFF REPORT Two men entered guilty pleas for their roles in a 2009 home invasion during Woodford Circuit Court’s rule day proceedings Jan. 4. Brandon M. Robinson, 26, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of complicity to second-degree burglary and complicity to intimidating a participant in a legal process. The commonwealth recommended eight years in prison and restitution (to be determined). William O. Whitlow, 27, of Louisville, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree burglary and intimidating a participant in a legal process. The commonwealth recommended eight years in prison. Charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful imprisonment were dismissed under a plea agreement. Robinson and Whitlow are and the area.” His Black Rock Stable owns approximately 30 thoroughbreds, including Silver Medallion. The three-yearold won the recent $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap. Marshall said he will continue operating a horse farm on the McCracken Pike Farm and that will not change as long as he owns the property. “We’re not looking for oil out there,” he joked during a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon. Western Energy Production, LLC, is a privately held oil and gasoline exploration and production company headquartered in Bakersfield, Calf., according to its Web site (western-energy.com). scheduled to return for sentencing on Sept. 5. A third man allegedly involved in the home invasion, Michael Pawelczyk, a 27-yearold former University of Kentucky student, was scheduled to return to Woodford Circuit Court for an Aug. 15 jury trial. His Feb. 13 jury trial was removed from the court’s docket. Pawelczyk has been charged with second-degree arson, two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process, first-degree assault and firstdegree burglary. 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