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Messenger year in review
July-December 2008

Rev. Charles Blanc retired from Ekron Baptist Church after serving as the church’s pastor for 41 years.

The Matt Pike Memorial Truck and Tractor Pull raised approximately $45,000 toward constructing a gym at St. Mary Magdalen Church.

Weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants at the 16th annual Threshing Days and Antique Power Show held over the July 4 weekend at Otter Creek Park.

A crowd of over 250 spectators witnessed Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s “great raid” in downtown Brandenburg July 12 during the start of the weekend Civil War re-enactment.

Audrey Nicole Straney was crowned Miss Meade County Fair 2008.

The 8-year-old baseball players on the Meade County Madness headed to Niles, Mich., to compete in a regional 15-team championship, earning a spot in the final four.

Mason Craycroft and Brett Wilson were crowned Little Mr. and Miss Meade County Fair 2008.

The 2008 McMAC Concert Series kicked off Aug. 9 with a performance by Chain Reaction.

While Microsoft is ubiquitous in homes, schools and businesses, in the realm of publishing, Mac is the industry standard. In an effort to prepare Meade County students for careers in the publishing industry, a Mac lab has been installed at Meade County High School. It will be used by the journalism, yearbook and video editing classes.

Kyle Raymer won the 2008 National Guard Junior World Championship during a tournament held Aug. 15-16 at Lake Monticello, S.C.

A major methamphetamine drug bust the week of Aug. 5 has “put a dent” into the drug entering Meade County, Sheriff William “Butch” Kerrick said. The bust came about while the county’s undercover drug detective was investigating suspected meth usage at a county residence, Kerrick said. The investigation eventually resulted in arrests of two county residents.

“The best day of school ever.” That was the consensus after an intense, six-hour Challenge Day session in the gym at the James R. Allen Freshman Academy. Challenge Day is a program designed to break down the barriers between people and help them come to understand and accept each other.

A major windstorm with hurricane force winds, which wasn’t predicted until minutes before it struck Meade County, knocked out power to thousands and cancelled schools.

Results from the 2008 Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) are in, and the results are positive for the Meade County School District. The big success story this year is Stuart Pepper Middle School. For the first time in CATS history, the middle school scored in the 90’s (92.4) and met goal.

“It feels like a great big gorilla’s off our back,” said junior starting quarterback Tyler Mattingly after Meade County High School came away with a big win over district rival Central Hardin Sept. 19.

The Pets in Need Society held their annual Pet Festival at Brandenburg Riverfront Park. Prize for the most unusual pet went to Nita Porter’s three-legged dog named Princess.

The 15th annual Meade County Fire School, sponsored by the Meade County Firefighters and Chiefs Association, the Kentucky Fire Commission and Area 5 of the state fire rescue training unit attracted more than 130 participants.

Meade County’s football game against visiting Owensboro Apollo Oct. 3 was four mini games rolled into one. The first half belonged to the Greenwaves, the second to the Eagles. Then it took two overtimes to decide a victor – ultimately Meade County.

On Oct. 1, the Meade County Public Library welcomed Rachel Baelz as its new director.

An undisclosed lawyer, who specializes in real estate and stevedore issues, will review the Riverport’s lease agreement. Riverport consultant Mike Flint recommended the action during the Authority’s Oct. 7 meeting. He added he didn’t think the review cost would exceed $4,000.

The Lady Wave volleyball team traveled to Hancock County Oct. 14 to meet the Lady Hornets for the district championship. In straight sets, the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Hornets 25-22 and 25-21 to win their second consecutive District 9 championship.

Jonah Cundiff and Candice Cruz were crowned football homecoming king and queen for 2008. Shelby Chism was the princess, and Swade Stull was the prince.

On Oct. 24, the North Hardin Trojans found it’s tough to play in Death Valley, especially on homecoming night when the Greenwaves defeated the Trojans 10-7.

On Oct. 29, members of the Meade County Habitat for Humanity board of directors and Brandenburg United Methodist Church met to sign a letter of intent to partner with Linda Dowell in building a home for her family.

The Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club held a toy run Oct. 18 to benefit the children who are served by Meade County Community Action. On Nov. 2, they brought their donation of toys and $2,316 in cash.

The nation chose Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, but if Meade County residents had a say, Sen. John McCain would be in the White House. A total of 6,691 voters in Meade County chose the McCain/Palin ticket during the Nov. 4 balloting. The county’s voter turnout was pegged at 64.98 percent. Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, received 4,343 votes.

The Greenwave football team ended their regular season Nov. 7, celebrating senior night with a win over Woodford County.

A trial which placed Brandenburg on the national news media radar results in a $2.5 million settlement to Jordan Gruver. The Southern Poverty Law Center, who represented Gruver, won the jury verdict against one of the nation’s largest Klan groups for its role in Gruver’s brutal beating at the Meade County Fair in 2006. The $2.5 million verdict is expected to cripple the Imperial Klans of America, which has 16 chapters in eight states.

Susan Streible was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the position of commonwealth attorney, representing Meade, Breckinridge and Grayson counties, effective Nov. 19. Streible was appointed to succeed Kenton Smith who resigned effective Oct. 31.

Louisville’s budget problems are filtering down to Meade County, effective Dec. 14. Louisville Metro Park spokesperson Jason Cissell confirmed Dec. 1 Otter Creek Metro Park, located off Hwy 1638 near Muldraugh, is closing. A reopening date was uncertain.

The sights and sounds of Christmas permeated Brandenburg over the weekend. First on the list of events was the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf Nov. 29 at the Christmas by the River celebration. The annual wreath festival sponsored by the Pets in Need Society began Nov. 30.

A protest attended by about 300 area residents and renewed interest in taking over Otter Creek Park from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife marked a tumultuous week for the 2,600-acre wilderness near Muldraugh. State officials are in the process of setting up a meeting with city of Louisville officials to discuss the park’s possible purchase, but representatives stress the only thing that is happening are discussions.

Meade County farmers acquired some well-deserved recognition at the state Farm Bureau meeting Dec. 4. Outgoing Kentucky Farm Bureau President Marshall Coyle awarded Meade County Farm Bureau members a County Activity of Excellence Award for their “Breakfast with a Farmer” program this past July at the Meade County Fair. Coyle said the popular event allowed participants to pay a reduced food cost and later learned the farmers would only get 22 cents of the profit.

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