THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Citizen Voice & Times
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Vol. 93 No. 4
ECHS Academic Team, Future Problem Solvers,
Quick Recall take first place at regional competition
Several individual students also placed and advance to state along with teams
By Rhonda Smyth
CV&T News Editor
The Estill County High School Academics Team
brought home the 14th region championship for the
second straight year, last Saturday after competition
at Powell County High School.
Estill scored a total of 47 points overall. No other
team came close. Letcher County was second, Jackson
Independent was third and Knott County Central was
Estill’s Future Problem Solvers, placed first for the
fifth straight year. The Quick Recall Team also took
top honors for the second year in a row.
In addition to doing well as a whole, there were several students who placed individually. They are, math,
first place, Aaron Burgher; math, second place, Corey
Thomas; social studies, second place, Devin Miller;
composition, first place, Erin Combs; composition,
fifth place, Andrew Abernathy; language arts, first
place, Natascha Richardson; language arts, fourth
place, Erin Combs; arts and humanities, first place,
The team will now participate in Kentucky State
Governor’s Cup competition in Lexington in March.
The Estill County High School Academic Team members are first row from left, Erin Combs, Natascha Richardson,
Christian Tipton, Sydney Richardson, Kayla Wolpert, Aaron Berger, coach Greg Horn; back row, Tanner Chaney, Corey
Thomas, Dakota Halbert, Devin Miller (Captain), Andrew Abernathy, Jay Winkler.
Estill Deputy Sheriff
Randy Farthing arrested Melissa Drake on an
district court warrant
on Feb. 18 obtained by
Irvine Division of Police
Chief Brad Smith.
The warrant states
that on Dec. 8, 2011,
Drake yelled obscenities
at James Philip Cahal
while he was in his truck,
parked on Main Streeet.
It also states Drake
used a knife to scrape
the side of his truck from
the back to the side mirrors doing $1,272 worth
of damage. The victim
reported a similar incident that occurred three
weeks prior whereby she
cut the valve stems off
Cahal’s truck tires.
Drake was taken to the
Estill County Jail and
charged with first degree
criminal mischief which
is a Class D felony.
Bail was set at $1,000
surety and she was
released when JoAnn
Drake signed her bond.
She was required to
sign up for monitored
conditional release and
ordered by District Judge
Bo Leach to be randomly
drug tested and have no
contact with Cahal.
She is expected to
appear in court on March
Dotson charged with
Deputy Russell “Doc”
Morris arrested Amy
R. Stotts Dotson, 33, of
Jacqueline Court on Feb.
18 after she allegedly
tried to sneak a marijuana cigarette into the
Estill County Jail.
Morris’ report states
that Amy Dotson dropped
off a can of Skoal brand
snuff at the jail, for an
inmate, Tommy Dotson.
There was a half-smoked
marijuana cigarette hidden in the can.
She was released on
$1,000 surety bond signed
by Larry Dotson. She was
ordered to appear in Estill
District Court on March
21 and must report to
pre-trial services, submit
to random drug testing
and have no contact with
recovered, 2 arrested
Morris recovered a stolen pistol and arrested
two men who allegedly
Christopher Burton, 20,
of Ravenna and Zackery
Jones, 27, of Scott Court
were lodged in the Estill
County Jail on Feb. 15,
charged with receiving
stolen property. According
to Morris' report, the two
men were together when
they sold a pistol that
was stolen from the home
of Harold Hunt on White
Oak Road, to a Ballard
The gun was recovered
on Feb. 10.
Jones' bail was set at
$5,000 cash and Burton's
was set at $2,500 cash or
‘Dancer’ ran away from Drip
Rock, found on Red Lick
By Lisa Bicknell
CV&T Staff Writer
Snow fell everywhere but here!
CV&T photo by Lisa Bicknell
Snow fell and school was called off in all but eleven Kentucky counties Monday. Even
mountain roads like this one on Drip Rock were not snow-covered enough to call off school
in Estill County, much to the disappointment of school children and their teachers.
On February 3, Charlie Peek of
Lynch Road on Drip Rock took his
Saluki puppy out for a walk. He said
she slipped her leash, darted under the
fence and took off into the surrounding
woods near his mountain home.
Dancer didn´t come back that day…
or the next. Knowing the distractible
nature of the breed and their love for
chasing rabbits and birds, Peek moved
quickly to spread the word about his
missing nine-month old puppy.
He placed a notice in local newspapers and drove around surrounding
neighborhoods, stuffing flyers in mailboxes.
His Saluki is one of a very unique
breed, reserved in nature, with a sleek
body type that resembles a greyhound.
The dogs are sometimes called Persian
Greyhounds, desert hounds or gazelle
Built for speed with a narrow waist
and long graceful legs, the Saluki has
an interesting gait. When in full stride,
all four feet are off the ground at the
same time, so that the dog appears to
barely skim the earth.
“These dogs typically only bond to
one owner or one family,” Peek said.
This particular puppy is the fourth
generation in a line of champion
Salukis that Peek has owned. He said
that Dancer´s great-grandfather was
the top dog in the country in 1999 at
the National Specialty show.
Salukis, though uncommon in these
parts, are thought to be the oldest
domestic breed of dog known to man.
They are particularly highly prized in
the countries of Iran, Iraq, Israel, and
Egypt. Used as hunting dogs, they
have helped put food on the table for
centuries in desert areas.
For this reason, the dogs are highly
regarded in Middle Eastern cultures
and are the only breed of dog that
Muslims do not consider unclean.
Peek said that Bedouin chiefs go out
hunting on horseback, armed with a
falcon and a Saluki, which sometimes
rides on the horse behind its owner.
Feuding Bedouin families will
attempt to kill one another´s Salukis,
because they play such an important
part in their enemies’ food supply.
After nearly two weeks of searching
for Dancer, someone finally called Peek
and said they’d seen her crossing the
bridge on Murphy Ford Road.
Then last Friday a local mail carrier
reported she had seen the dog in the
lower Red Lick Valley area, and that it
appeared to have a broken leg.
With a snowstorm pending for the
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