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Board will purchase
shopping center at
Lewisport “We are getting a
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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
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.
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
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“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
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
“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.
we have needed
here in Hancock
County for years.”
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
in the last week a county resiHancock
dent received a phone call
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
-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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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scam in area
donations, we will put it in the
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
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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
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
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
•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.