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Y oman e SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA SINCE 1880 T HE A DVANCE HE D VA N C E See Bomber Golf page B1 Wednesday H August 1, 2012 In God we trust Vol. 124 HHH #31 Parker named interim Ballard Co. Fifth annual “Bomber Middle School assistant principal Back-to-School Bash” Saturday Aug. 4 Long-time Ballard County Middle School teacher Amber Parker has been named interim assistant principal there for the 2012-13 school year. She also will serve as athletic director for that time. BCMS assistant principal Dustin Roberts is leaving after his second year in that job, and ninth in the district. He was hired as director of pupil personnel and transportation at Carlisle County Schools last week, leaving the vacancy. Parker has been a BCMS teacher since January 1999, most recently in health and PE. She finished her principal’s certification in just May of this year. While she said she had seen other administrative job openings since her certification, she had two important filters: She wanted to begin this phase of her career as an assistant, and she preferred to stay in Ballard County. Her new job responsibilities will include discipline for the middle school, as well as assisting in curriculum and instruction development. Parker also will be leading teacher training before classes begin, including ongoing sessions on Ruby Payne’s landmark book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. She said that continuing her own education on the job is probably the thing she’s anticipating the most. Although she won’t have a block-schedule styled day any more, Parker said she was looking forward to interacting with all middle school students, and building relationships with struggling students and their families. “I wanted to learn from really good administrators,” she said. “I think that will make me better for the district.” She likened the working-her-way up scenario to coaching, a job she’d know a little something about: Parker was the Lady Bombers girls’ varsity basketball coach for 6 years, and is the only Ballard coach to be named Region 1’s Coach of the Year (2003). She said she was glad to be getting back into athletics, a part of her professional life she’d traded for being the mom of quadruplets. Parker said she knew many area basketball coaches and officials, and thought she’d enjoy learning about the school’s other sports like volleyball, soccer, baseball, soft- ball and football. “We have successful programs here, and I’d like to find a way to get even more students involved,” she said. “If not in athletics, in other things our school has to offer.” Parker said she didn’t think it would be difficult to work as an administrator among former teacher colleagues. She cited the middle school’s culture and tradition of critique, feedback and support among the faculty. “We really are like a close family here,” she said. “I just want to help keep the culture of the building positive, for our teachers, students and families.” Ballard Memorial High School Principal David Meinschein worked with the administrative team trying to fill the sudden void after Roberts landed the Carlisle job. “We needed continuity, two weeks out from the beginning of school, to best serve our families and our students,” he said. The group’s two main criteria were leadership skills and current administrative certification, Meinschein said; Parker also brought the added bonuses of both classroom and athletics experience. Because the job opening occurred so close to the beginning of school on Aug. 9, the placement was made as an interim. While interim placements do not require the state’s 30-day posting requirement, the job will be posted in the spring for the 2013-14 term. The fifth annual “Bomber Backto-School Bash” will be held this Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All students in the district will register for class, receive orientation information at all of Ballard’s schools, and be eligible to win a door prize. In addition to students and parents, the public is invited to a health and community resource fair in the Ballard Memorial High School gym at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Ballard County Welfare Society again will be stationed in the BMHS band room from 7-9 a.m. with clothing vouchers for families who qualify. Orientation times for kindergarten through high-school seniors are scheduled on that day, beginning at 9 a.m. A complete schedule of class orientations may be found on our web page at For more information, please contact Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson at 665-8400, ext. 2014, or email Kentucky Ag Commissioner to join Celebration of improvements at Ballard County Fairgrounds FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will join state and local officials to celebrate completed and upcoming improvements to the Ballard County Fairgrounds in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Sixth and Oak streets in La Center, Ky. “These improvements will serve the citizens of Ballard County during the fair and for other events throughout the year,” Commissioner Comer said. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will provide funding that will make this project a reality. I’m pleased that we could help upgrade this facility.” The improvements consist of new restroom facilities and a new concessions area. The KDA provides support for more than 100 local agricultural fairs in Kentucky as well as district, state and national livestock shows and sales. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe and Ballard County completes major remodel The new foyer has been enlarged to accommodate many visitors as well as giving folks a comfortable place to visit. Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Wickliffe , serving all of Ballard County, invites you to stop by and see the updates they have been working on. Photos by Sydney Cooper The Milner & Orr Funeral Home located in Wickliffe just went through a complete renovation both inside and out. This beautiful Georgian brick building has been updated with new carpet, new furnishings and a new floor plan. The new foyer has been enlarged to accommodate many visitors as well as giving folks a comfortable place to visit. The chapel has been given more privacy and has a new private family area that is both soft and soothing. The lounge has a full size refrigerator and microwave and the restrooms have been updated to be handicapped accessible as well as modern. The overall feel of the funeral home is light and warm with a friendly décor. Visitors will notice many changes on the outside as well. All new concrete sidewalks and a huge paved parking lot will make parking and entering the building much Jimmy Darnell has been Funeral Director since 1991 easier. There is a new flower delivery room just to help the local florists. “We are so proud of the beautiful new Milner & Orr at Wickliffe” states Randy Orr. “We know local families are going to feel right at home in the new surroundings.” Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe is one of the most beautiful buildings in Ballard County. Situated on a large lawn, surrounded by flowering dogwood trees, this two-story colonial funeral home has served as a comforting haven for many area families. The building was built in 1962 by Billy J. and Judith Milner with Bob and Margaret Phillips as their partners. In 1982 Randy and Andrea Orr The lounge has a full size refrigerator and microwave. purchased the Phillip's share, and the new partnership became the very first Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Western Kentucky. Located in the quaint river town of Wickliffe, this funeral home provides folks in Ballard County with personal attention from the owners and the dedicated staff members 50 CENTS • THE ADVANCE YEOMAN • PUBLISHED WEEKLY •  50 CENTS that live on site. From the large southern front porch to the mahogany sideboard, you'll feel at home at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe. Feel free to stop by and Jimmy Darnell will be glad to show you around. Jimmy has been serving the folks of Ballard since 1991.

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