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PAGE 2 Hancock Clarion, Hawesville, Ky., June 2, 2011 Board will purchase shopping center at Lewisport “We are getting a —Continued from page 1 said the center benefits everybody in the community. As a former human resources manager at Aleris, Kennedy said about half of the kids in the school system do not enroll in college, and stay in the community and work at the factories. The center allows them to acquire needed skills close to home. “My goal was to do something for the kids in the county,” Kennedy said. “We are not only going to teach vocational skills, but life skills as well. It is going to be a big benefit to the school system.” Board member Denford Sanders called purchasing the center and converting the tech college into a vocational center a great idea. “We cannot ask for anything better, really,” he said. Dale Gray, the board chairperson, said he looked forward to the school system finally getting an Area Technology Center. “It is long overdue,” Gray said. “We have wanted to provide vocational training in our own building, but constructing our own building was too expensive.” Board member Donna Quattrocchi called acquiring the property a great situation for the school system. “I really think it is going to provide the need that has been missing,” she said. Background The Hancock County Board of Education started the process of purchasing the shopping center last July, shortly after the Owensboro Technical and Community College opened its satellite campus in the shopping center. The first step included placing a finding in the school board meeting minutes that the district wanted to purchase the shopping center and turn the OCTC campus into an Area Technology Center. Next the board needed to survey the shopping center Mailboxes damaged by vandals —Continued from page 1 “Mine was a brand new plastic box,” McBride said. “They busted the side and knocked the flag off. The neighbor up the road had a metal box and they smashed it flat. The neighbor down the road—they knocked that mailbox completely off the post.” McBride went to the Sheriff’s Of fice Friday morning to report the incident. He asked Deputy Sheriff Chris DeJarnette if the law allowed him to shoot people damaging his property. DeJarnette said no. McBride asked if he just needed to standby and watch them destroy his property. DeJarnette said the best thing to do is get a highly detailed description of the vehicle and occupants if possible. “In the future I will be looking closer,” McBride said. “I would rather put a few bird shot in them.” DeJarnette said if caught, the vandals do face criminal charges in connection with the incidents. “It is not fun and it is not games,” he said. DeJarnette said if any county residents see or hear anything in connection with this vandalism, call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 927-6247 or Hancock County Emergency Dispatch at 927-1311. He said give a good description of the type of vehicle and direction of travel and officers will try to catch up to the perpetrators. vocational center we have needed here in Hancock County for years.” —Scott Lewis grounds, appraise the lot and building and hire an architect. The architect examined the building to ensure it met all construction codes and did not contain unsafe materials. The board also needed to perform a title search on the property. After getting all of this material together, the board sent the information to the state for approval. Once the state gave its approval, the board then entered into official talks with the shopping center owner, Todd Dyer, about a price for the property. The main push to bring a tech center to Hancock County star ted when the county hired Mike Baker as its Industrial Foundation Director. Shortly after being hired two years ago, Baker traveled to Owensboro to talk to OCTC interim president Lar r y Durrence and impressed upon him the dire need to train the work force in Hancock County. Durrence agreed, but OCTC lacked the money to launch the facility. A unique partnership then emerged to bring the tech center to Hancock County. OCTC par tnered with Hancock County Fiscal Cour t, the City of Lewisport, the Hancock County Industrial Foundation, the local school system and others in this joint venture. A delegation traveled to Frankfor t to talk to Governor Steve Beshear, and asked for approximately $75,000 to pay the lease on the shopping center location for two years. The governor liked the idea, but provided no funding. The group did not get discouraged, but looked for ways to make the project a reality. Hancock County Fiscal Court agreed to fund the lease for two years, and shortly thereafter the City of Lewisport agreed to give $35,000 to help with other expenses. Industrial Foundation Director Mike Baker called the process a successful example of a group of people putting personal opinions and goals aside and working for the common good of all. He said it shows what a community can do when it marshals its forces and pursues a unified goal. He said as the years go by, the opening of the center will be considered a milestone event in the county’s history. The tech center officially opened in Februar y of 2010. ————————— Heritage Festival—Continued from page 1 Obituaries Mildred Grace Emmick Foster Mildred Grace Emmick Foster, 96, of Lewisport, died Friday, May 27, 2011 at Heartland Villa Care and Rehab Center. She was a Hancock County native, born on Februar y 13, 1915 to the late James Noble and Zenada Dove Buck Emmick, the oldest of seven children. She was extremely family oriented and generous to a fault. She was her Lewisport High School class valedictorian; she attended the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky State Teachers College. Her teaching career began in Hancock County where she taught elementary education for three years. She married Alvin Goodman in 1937 and they moved to Michigan and then to Chicago. In 1949 they moved to Downers Grove, IL where she taught elementary education for 14 years and served as assistant principal for another five years. During this time in her career, she was a pioneer educator in the state of Illinois where she began applying the concepts of team teaching and individualized education in the classroom. She served as principal for nine years at Washington Elementar y School before retiring from the Downers Grove school system. She finished her undergraduate degree at Nor th Central College in 1964 and earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1968. In her pro-active approach to live she became involved in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and held positions in local, state and national Principals and Teachers Associations. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, The Business and Professional Women’s Association and the Honorary Women Educator’s Society. In 1968 she married Jack C. Foster and in 1977 they moved to a farm in Hancock County. Immediately she began giving back and was given the AARP Award for Outstanding Ser vice to her community. She was voted Hancock County Historian of the Year, was given the Hancock County Museum Historical Preservation Award and also the Distinguished Ser vice Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. She was on the GRADD Legislative Advisory Research Committee on Aging, reporting to the Governor’s Committee on Aging, the Hancock County Retired Teacher’s Association, the Hancock County School-Community Advisory Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Daviess County Historical Society, the Hancock County Historical Society, the Hancock County Museum-Chair woman of Exhibits and Volunteers, the Hancock County Homemakers, the Hancock County Book Club, the Lewisport Senior Citizens, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mildred was also inducted into the Iowa State University Plaza of Heroines, and was a Kentucky Colonel. She was a member of Lewisport United Methodist Church. Preceding her in death in 1964 was her first husband of 27 years, Alvin H. Goodman; her daughter, Arleta L. Benest in 1989; three brothers, Dr. Michael Hal Emmick, Col. Lelgia F. Emmick and Norman Emmick; her daughter-in-law, Judy Goodman in 2010; and her second husband of 40 years, Jack C. Foster in 2009. Survivors include her son, M. Neil Goodman of Owensboro, KY; her step-daughter, Marsha (Charles) Weaver of Muncie, Indiana; her two step-sons, Bob Foster of Durango, CO and Steve Foster of Los Angeles, CA; her three sisters, Jean Emmick Howard and Martha June Emmick, both of Owensboro and Louise Emmick Reithel of Albuquerque, NM; and nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Ms. Foster will be held June 4, at 5:00 p.m. in the Taylor-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Vanderford officiating. The family will greet family and friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hancock County Historical Society or the Hancock County Museum. Both may be mailed to P.O. Box 605, Hawesville, KY 42348. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Wesley S. Bock Wesley S. Bock, 80, of Hawesville passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Wes was born April 22, 1931, in Waukegan, Illinois, son of the late John Bock and Emily (Wilton) Bock. He was united in marriage to Patsy (Persinger) in Rantoul, Illinois, in 1983. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Martin. A U.S. Army veteran, Wes was a member of Hawesville Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing with his grandchildren, mowing grass and volunteer work. He retired from Emerson Corporation where he was a materials manager. Voyles at: tvoylesmed2@yahoo.com for more information and to register for the contest. As always, the Heritage Festival Committee books a host of popular musical acts for people attending the celebration to enjoy. In addition to the Kentucky Headhunters, a Gospel singing takes place Thursday evening at 7 p.m. On Friday Mike Fulkerson, a singer/impersonator, entertains the crowd with his mix of Elvis hits and other songs from the 50s and 60s. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Chapman Park. On Saturday evening, the Tell City group “Sweet Water Band” entertains the crowd. This group plays a variety of musical styles from Country, Classic Rock and Old Time Rock and Roll. They take the By Ralph Dickerson stage at 7:15 p.m. at Chapman The Hancock County Park. The Moon Crickets Sheriff’s Of fice wants to inclose out the festivities star tform county residents of a ing at 9 p.m Saturday. possible scam making the rounds in the county. Twice The in the last week a county resiHancock dent received a phone call USPS 234-140 from someone saying he represented the “Sheriff ’s OfPublished Every Thursday by fice,” and that person claimed Clarion Publishing Company, Inc., to be soliciting funds for the Periodicals Postage Paid at Hawesville, Kentucky 42348 K-9 unit. -POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: “We are not taking any The Hancock Clarion, P.O. Box 39, Hawesville, KY 42348 type of donations right now,” E-MAIL ADDRESS: hancockclarion@bellsouth.net Hancock County Sherif f’s WEB PAGE: hancockclarion.com Deputy Chris DeJar nette Donn K. Wimmer, Publisher • Steven D. Wimmer, Editor said. “If we do decide to take Master Page Even 1 Sheriff says possible K-9 scam in area donations, we will put it in the paper.” If any county residents receive these phone calls, contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 9276247, or call emergency dispatch at 927-1311. To be alerted to possible scams and other important information, visit the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department webpage on Facebook. Options on the site allow email aler ts to be sent to cell phones. In addition, the Lewisport Police Department also possesses a Facebook page. 6/1/11, 2:54 PM He is survived by his wife, Patsy; sons, Tom, David and Dan Bock; step-daughters, Kimberly Boswell and Tracy Rickel; a step-son, Gregory Rickel; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eleven brothers and sisters. There will be a memorial ser vice at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Hawesville Methodist Church. There will be no funeral services or visitation at Huber Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Perry County Animal Shelter or American Cancer Society. Venera Mary D’Agostino Dort Venera Mary D’Agostino Dort, 93, of Hawesville went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center. Venera was born on September 25, 1917 in New York, New York to the late Alexander and Annuziata Fiori D’Agostino. She was a member at Immaculate Conception in Hawesville. Venera and her husband owned a restaurant in up state New York, was a volunteer at the Hancock County Public Library and a member of Friends of the Library. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Dort. Venera is survived by two daughters, Lorraine (Robert) Viola of Colonia, NJ and Ellen (Larry) Gaynor of Hawesville; five grandchildren, Frank Viola, Stephen Viola and Nicole Viola all of New Jersey, Jamie Gaynor of Maryland and Alexander Gaynor of California; and four great-grandchildren all of New Jersey. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Friday, June 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Carl McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemeter y. Venera’s family will be greeting family and friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Gibson & Son Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.gibsonandsonfh.com. Joe Stephen Greathouse, Jr. Joe Stephen Greathouse, Jr., 81 passed away on May 28, 2011. Joe was born in Lewisport, KY. He served in the Air Force, was the Director of Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, Director of the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Columbia, Missouri, Vice President for Planning and Program Development Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. He was a member of the American Hospital Association and was past president of the Tennessee Hospital Association. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and L ydia Catherine Edwards Greathouse and his sister, Michal. He leaves his loving wife, Linda Howard Greathouse of Spring Hill, FL; children, Amy Faye Greathouse Stovall (Thomas) of Virginia Beach, VA, Joan Todd Greathouse Noble (John) of Homewood, CA; grandchildren, Joseph Todd Stovall, Thomas Brett Stovall, Henry Ross Stovall all of Virginia Beach, VA. He also leaves his brother Frank Clark Greathouse of Lewisport, KY. Graveside services will be June 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Hernando Pasco Hospice. George K. Pate George Kendall Pate, of Lewisport, died Monday, May 23, 2011 at his residence. George was born in Hancock County on Saturday, February 14, 1931 to the late Joseph Haywood and Nancy Smith Pate. George was a special little man. He attended Lewisport School, collected dog figurines, caned chair seats and sold Christmas Cards. George typed his own greeting cards and many letters he sent to friends and family. He enjoyed visitors and receiving cards, especially funny ones. George loved his phone friends, his birthday on Valentine’s Day and all his birthday parties given by his friends and family. Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth Pate Grant; nieces, Donna (Pat) Ogle, Nancy Harper, Sally Jo Taylor, and Mary Jane (Mark) Niewerth; nephews, Bobby (Lynn), Keith and Karl (Valerie) Pate, and his special friend and caregiver Norma Rickard. Norma, the family thanks you for all your love, care, patience and understanding of George. He loved you! In addition to his parents, George is predeceased by his brothers, Robert S. “Joe Bob” and Sam H. Pate. Funeral service was held at the Taylor-Wood Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, May 25, with Brother William Vanderford officiating. Burial was in Lewisport Cemetery. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice. Contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home. CALENDAR OF EVENTS Thursday, June 2 •Weight Watchers meeting, Methodist Church, 10th and Mozart, Tell City, Ind. 5 p.m. •Celebrate Recovery, Central Baptist Church, 7 p.m. •VFW Post #5186 Ladies Auxilary meeting, Hawesville United Methodist Church, 6 p.m. Friday, June 3 •Hancock County new Judicial Center meeting, noon, third floor, Hancock County Administration Building, Hawesville. •Motion day proceedings, Hancock County Courthouse. Saturday, June 4 •Hancock County Farmers’ Market opening, 8 a.m., U.S. 60 entrance of Vastwood Park. •Dog obedience classes, Hancock County Animal Shelter, 10 a.m. Cancelled if raining. Monday, June 6 •Partners meeting, 12 noon, Hancock County Development Complex. •South Hancock Elementary Preschool registration and screening, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 •South Hancock Elementary Preschool registration and screening, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. •Hawesville City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. City Hall. Wednesday, June 8 •North Hancock Elementary Preschool registration and screening, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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