Archive for October, 2012
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Essay Contest winners from the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, a competition among students attending Harlan County schools include:
Elementary School: first place, Lexie Burris, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Allyson Layne; second place, Sydney Layne, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Allyson Layne;
Middle School: first place, Lainey Cox; Cumberland Elementary School, coaches, Amber Chapel and Jade Marshall; second place, Autumn Dunaway, Cumberland Elementary School, coaches Amber Chappel and Jade Marshall; third place, Morgan Simpkins, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Jasmine Dunson.
High School: first place, Lamborghini Holcomb, Harlan County High School, coach, Kelsey Penix; second place, Kaylin Penix, Harlan County High School, coach, Kelsy Penix; third place, Andrew Dozier, Harlan County High School, coach, Brooklynn Woods.
Additionally, winners of the Swappin’ Meetin’ Math Search and Compute contest were Sarah Miles, Harlan County High School; Christian Boggs, Evarts Elementary School; Kassie Woodard, Rosspoint Elementary School.
The winner of the Swappin’ Meetin’ Travelling Trophy for participation was awarded to Harlan County High School with 7,285 total points.
The 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ featured several contest that were enjoyed by many. Results of the contests for the 2012 event include:
1st Annual Pumpkin Race:
First Place winners – Cumberland Lions Club (Michael Corriston & Al Cornett) and Christy York; Second place winners – Christy York and Cumberland Lions Club; Third Place winner – Vicki Keithly; Prettiest pumpkin – Anna Jo Creech; and Best of Show – “Clown” by Brandee Gibson, Jade Marshal, Karl Creech, Christy York and Amy Jefferson.
Baked Goods Contest:
Cakes – First place, Cookies & Cream Cake – Lamborghini Holcomb; Second place – Pineapple Carrott Cake – Dianne Corriston; and Third place – Whoopie Pies – Kaylin Penix. Pies – First place, Butterfinger Pie – Lamborghini Holcomb; and Second place – Butterscotch pie – Sophia Sergent. Pastries – First place, Chocolate Chip Cookies – Bradley Holcomb; Second place, Coffee Cookies – Whitney Halcomb; and Third place, Cinnamon Buns – Faith Clark. Breads – First place, Garlic Cheese Biscuits – Lamborghini Holcomb. Best of Show, Cookies & Cream Cake – Lamborghini Holcomb.
Best of Show: Berry Blakley – “Log Cabin”; Pieced Category – First place, Betty Blakley “Log Cabin”; Second place, Kathy Cook “Costa Maya”; and Third Place, Pauline Brown “Cathedral Window”. Applique Category – First place, Fern Cornett “Ohio Rose”; Second place, Thressa Allen “Dresden Plate”; and Third place, Patsy Parrott “Flower Basket”. Novelty Category – First place, Pauline Brown “Presidents”; Second place, Pauline Brown “States”; and Third place, Glenna Blakley “HHS”. Wall Hanging Category – First place, Glenna Blakley “Blue Flower”; Second place, Delia Parker “States”; and Third place, Patsy Parrott “Christmas Joy”. Baby Category – First place, Frances Cox “Sunbonnet Girls”; Second place, Glenna Blakley “Sunbonnet Sue”; and Third place, Delia Parker “Monkey Wrench”. Beginner Category – First place, Laura Rogers “Horses and Star”; and Second place, Connie Richmond “Elvis Presley”.
Pickles, Jams & Jellies Contest:
Pickles (Sweet Pickles) – First place, Lyna Cornett “Bread & Butter pickles”; Second place, Barbara Marsh “Sweet pickles”; and Third place, Lainey Cox “Bread & Butter pickles”.
Dill Pickles – First place, Lainey Cox “Kosher Dill Pickles”; and Second place, Valerie Osborne “Dill Pickles”.
Picked Vegetables: First place, Thressa Allen “Pickled beets”; and Second place, Wayne Yaden “Pickled Corn”. Salsa – first place, Valerie Osborne and Second place, Faith Clark.
Peppers: First place, Barbara Marsh “Hot Peppers” and second place, Angie Bush “Hot Banana Peppers”.
Relish: First place, Lyna Cornett “Squash Relish” and Second place, Thressa Allen “Relish”.
Chow-Chow: First place, Barbara Marsh; Second place, Belynda Banks and Third place, Mary Lou Yaden.
Saurkraut: First Place, Kaylin Penix.
Jellies: First place, Belynda Banks “Grape Jelly” and Faith Clark “Blueberry Jelly”; Second place, Jennifer Hockenberry “Kudzu Bloom Jelly”; and Third place, Angie Bush “Grape Jelly”.
Grand Champion Jams: Betty Jane Fields “Apple Butter”.
Jams: First place, Betty Jane Fields “Apple Butter” and Mary Lou Yaden “Strawberry Freezer Jam”; and Second place, Lainey Cox “Cherry Jam”; and Third place, Lamborghini Holcomb “Caramel Apple Jam”.
Youth Division (Elementary/Middle School): First place, David Benning, Rosspoint Elementary School.
High School Division (All winners are from Harlan County High School): First place, Noah Hughes; Second place, Jake Alred; and Third place, Devyn Creech.
College Division (for SKCTC Students): First place, Clint Parsons.
Note: All Youth and High School Division winners will now submit a video to the state committee for consideration to be a Kentucky State Torchbearer (sponsored by the Kentucky Storytelling Association). If they win that, they will submit to the National Youth Storytelling Showcase.
One of the more popular components of the annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ is the art contest. Schools from across the county take part with the art work displayed in Chrisman Hall.
Winners for 2012 include: Cumberland Elementary School – Best of Show, Amber Bailey; First place, Amber Bailey.
Green Hills Elementary – Best of Show – Tori Akers; First Place, Kandace Scruggs, Kay Turner, Madison Belcher, Katie Napier, Amber Blanton and Cassidy Hammond; Second Place, Lonnie Whitehead, Faith Hoskins, Garrett Byrn, Nikki Callahan, Zander Colandria and Arri Bryant; and Third Place, Anna Massingale, Austin White, Emily Helton, Shawn Joseph and Faith Hoskins.
Harlan County Christian – Best of Show – Hailey Foster; First Place, Hailey Foster; Second and Third Place, Madison Cresten.
Harlan County High School – Best of Show – Anna Jo Creech; First Place, Katie Johnson; Second Place, Lindsay Branson and John Saylor; and Third Place, Jason Perkins.
Evarts Elementary School – Best of Show- Taylor Sizemore; First Place, Taylor Sizemore, Cristy Napier, Angel Wynn, Matt Risner, Olivia Freeman, Anna Wynn, Emma Ball and Nick Caldwell; Second Place, JJ Caudill, Summer Brock, Kristen Napier, Gage Caudill and Tracey Mefford; and Third Place, Brenna Hall, Alliyah Dean, Gracie Ewing, McKenzie Middleton and Dalton Riley.
Rosspoint Elementary School – Best of Show – Hannah Hoskins; First Place, Hannah Hoskins, Baili Boggs, Ethan Cornett, Brianna Rogue and Matt Howard; Second Place, Emily Long, Joseph Hatfield, Matia Williams and Morgan Burke; and Third Place, Hannah Gaw, Aubrey Purgitt, Jonathan Hubbard, Logan Skidmore and Tiara Lambert.
James A. Cawood Elementary School – Best of Show – Kindergarten Class; First Place, Michael Torres; Second Place, Jaiden Marlow; and Third Place, Gabe Smith.
Wallins Elementary School – Best of Show – Tyler Duncan; First Place, Joshua Lee; Second Place, Gwyn Turner; and Third Place, Shelby Martin.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Autumn is in full swing in Kentucky decorating its landscape and roadways with vibrant, colorful foliage. These Fall colors serve to remind drivers that they will see an increased movement of deer throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, deer season begins Nov. 10th and motorists are more likely to encounter these animals on or near roadways.
Spokesperson for KSP, Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving during fall months.
“It is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly fifty percent of all collisions with deer occur,” says Saint-Blancard.
“Last year, we had 2,938 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with three of those being fatal collisions,” adds Saint-Blancard.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 1 million deer related vehicle crashes each year that kill nearly 200 people, injure over 10,000 and result in over $1 billion in vehicle damage.
Saint-Blancard offered the following tips for drivers:
· Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when humans see worst and reaction time is slow.
· Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.
· Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities.
· Use high beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time.
· Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve — this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is generally safer to hit the deer rather than running off the road or risking injury to other motorists.
· Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don’t expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle.
· Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn’t always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.
· Always wear your safety belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
The Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will bound onto the stage and into the spotlight for the 48th time beginning Friday, Oct. 5 and continuing through Oct. 6. The festival, one of the oldest and most successful folk, art and music events in the commonwealth, will be held on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Hundreds of festival-goers are expected to gather at the Swappin’ Meetin’ which pays tribute to the traditions and the culture of those who reside or have deep roots in the Central Appalachian Mountains.
“There is something for everyone at the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, “ said Michael Corriston, the event’s long-time director. “The event continues to grow and has developed into one of the top festivals in both attendance and content.” He noted how the event has become a “jewel” with people from across the region, state and country coming to the area each fall to participate and enjoy the festival.
“Folks will be here for two days of fun, fellowship and enlightenment,” he said. “We are excited about hosting the festival as we welcome our old friends. We invite all to come see what we have to offer as we reconnect with our Appalachian heritage while enjoying the exquisite autumn in a most magnificent setting.”
As a premier folk and arts event, the Swappin’ Meetin’ continues to attract an impressive lineup of artisans who eagerly demonstrate their craftsmanship. For 2012, demonstrators will include basket weavers Frances Whitaker and Eleanor Smith; flute maker, Bruce Helton; chair caning, Stewart Whitaker; dulcimer making, Payton Manning; chain saw carving, Joe Salyers; scroll saw art by Donald Honeycutt; wood carvers, Robert and Oneatta Smith; spinning by Fern Cornett; lye soap making by Francis Amily; broom making by Larry Counts; sorghum molasses cooking by SKCTC faculty and staff, and Raku pottery creations and demonstrations done by SKCTC staff and students.
Throughout the two-day event, a variety of music will be presented and will feature beginning Oct. 5, music by Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes, who will also serve as masters of ceremonies; Marlow Tackett, Roy Harper, Harlan County High School Choir, Brooklyhn Woods, Jim Mullins and Company, Derek Jeffers. On Saturday, Oct. 6 taking the main stage will be Jake and Ruby Ravizee and the Greater Mt. Sinai spiritual group. Additionally, singers Jason Collins, Raymond Smith, Seth Carmical, Tommy White, Anna Jo Creech, Peggy Green, Seth Murphy, Mary Lynn Franks and Tammy Chapman are scheduled to perform.
During each festival, various individuals are honored for their contributions as artists, workers and supporters, all of whom have played key roles in helping the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ reach its pinnacle of success.
Southeast President Dr. W. Bruce Ayers, who began his association with the college as a student in 1964 and who, for the past 27 years, has been president, will be honored as the 2012 Swappin’ Meetin’ Honoree. Ayers, who will retire next June, has been a tireless supporter of the festival and over the years has held countless jobs as a worker, participant and supporter. During his time at the college, the event has enjoyed significant grow, where today the festival attracts several thousand people for the two-day event held along the banks of Cloverlick Creek in Cumberland.
The Swappin’ Meetin’ Faculty Award for 2012 will be given to Professor Carlton W. Hughes, and the Savannah Delph Award will be awarded to Dianne Corriston, with the Staff Award going to Scotty Carruba. The Quilting Award will be presented to members of the Poor Fork Quilters. Their collective work will be showcased in the gallery of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center beginning Friday morning until 4 p.m. Saturday.
No Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ would be complete without contests. Over the years, various contests have given local folks the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise in a wide-ranging spectrum of competitions. Set for this year will be the Pickles, Jams and Jellies Contest, Quilt Contest, Baked Goods Contest, Hog Calling Contest, Great Pumpkin Contest, Story Telling Contest, Checkers Contest, a Cake Walk and the Photography Contest sponsored by the Tri-City News.
“We invite all to come out and enjoy the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, “ said Corriston. “It proves to be a fun time, a wonderful time for all. We surely hope to see you there!”
For further details about the festival, contact Corriston at the SKCTC Cumberland campus by phoning 606/589-3137.
During the 48th Annual Swappin’ Meetin’ , one of the main events this year will be the gospel singing on Friday night, Oct. 5th. It will be at 5:30pm in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus. The event will feature anionted Holy Ghost filled gospel singers from the Harlan County area such as Tammie Chapman from Harvest Worship Center, Seth Carmical from the Coldiron Church of God, Tommy C. White from The Hanson Christian Church, Peggy Green from Mt. Assembly Church of God, Jake & Ruby Ravizee from Rising Star Baptist Church, Jason & Crystal Collins and Jason & Aarin Collett from the Cawood Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Mt. Sinai Spirituals from Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and two young up and coming gospel artists Anna Jo Creech from Cumberland Pentecostal Church, and Seth Adam Murphy from Loyall Baptist Church. Come ready tow orship and give praise to God, as these anointed singers minister in testimony and song, to lift their voices and give glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The first annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ 5K run and a one-mile walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 8 a.m. on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. The event will begin in the lower parking lot of the campus with participants following a course across the city of Cumberland before returning to the campus. The event is being held in conjunction with the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, one of the premier folk, arts and music festivals in Kentucky.
The entry fee for the 5K or the one mile run is $15 in advance of the race date, or $20 on the day of the event.
The competition is being coordinated by college staff members Chris Hockenberry, Kristen Simpson and Susan Croushorn. For additional information, contact Mr. Hockenberry at 589-3144 or via email: email@example.com