Letters to editor May 12, 2011

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LaFollette Press:

This letter is to say thanks to all who participated in the Rotary/Chamber Golf Tournament at Deerfield last Wednesday, May 4. The funds generated through the benevolence of team and hole sponsors and the good sportsmanship of the golfers who weathered unseasonable chilliness, will assist Rotarians in numerous projects, including the eradication of Polio world-wide. As usual, Campbell County businesses and individuals came through with shining colors.


Regina Blankenship





LaFollette Press:

The Campbell County Cancer Association extends sincere appreciation to everyone for the successful Telethon recently held on WLAF-Channel 12.  Over $24,000 in pledges were made during the program to help local cancer patients.

Special thanks to Jim Freeman, Bill Waddell and Josh Etter and the staff of WLAF for all their help.  Thanks to all the singers and musicians who performed during the program to include:  Adam Hunley and New Cannan Singers, Carl and Mason Capp, and the Botts’ Family.  Thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time and talent during the telethon.  Most especially, thanks to everyone who pledged their support and encouragement.  


Clarence Lowe





LaFollette Press:

I would like to thank the following people for participating in the children’s Earth day at Valley View School.

Chris Thacker, his specialty is nursery and landscaping. He educated the children about composting and the good it does for our earth.

Lowes donated flowers and their employee Crystal Thacker brought the flowers and helped the children plant them.

Thomas Hatmaker showed the children how important honey bees are to our environment. He is a bee keeper.

Glennis Monday, Campbell County environmental officer spoke to the children about littering and how it harms our earth.

The Campbell County Honor Guard made a donation and with the donation a Dogwood tree was bought and planted by the LaFollette Garden Club. They endorsed the environmental program at Valley View.

Cumberland Gap Historical Park Micah Davis and Beth Ridens did a presentation about black bears in the park.

Cove Lake State Park Ranger Boby Wray talked about beavers and other native animals.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Campbell County Soil Conservation District (NRCS) Haydee Thillet and Katherine Johnson county SCD soil conservation tech Enviroscape talked about soil and water conservation.

Charles “Boomer” Winfrey a geologist hold a science enrichment program with the children after school. The children studying with Mr. Winfrey after school teach the other children what they learn on Earth day.

Amanda Park, a ranger, Indian Mountain State Park, brought her corn snake and talked to the children about reptiles.

Mary Ayers talked to the children about the life cycle of turtles.

The JROTC from LaFollette High School, posted colors during the assembly in the gym.

Jim Robinson

Nature Center Coordinator



LaFollette Press:

Open Arms Ministry held their annual Campbell County Spring Telethon on April 30 in LaFollette, raising $4,000.00 to help feed the hungry. We would like to thank all the singers and musicians who came out to sing for the telethon. A special thank you goes to the Neighbert family and all the good folks who brought and prepared food for the telethon.

Thanks go out to Bill Waddell and the staff at WLAF-TV Channel 12 for the use of their facilities. Also, we thank the folks who answered the phones, took pledges, and the folks who helped in decorating the studio for the telethon.
Also, the Ministry held a roadblock in downtown LaFollette on May 7, raising over $2,000.

Within seven days between both events, this community dug deep into their pockets and their hearts to give in order to help feed the hungry.
In closing, we thank the citizens of this community for your continued support of our work.

We understand with the high unemployment rate, you reached deep in your pockets to help your fellow neighbor, despite these tough times. The Lord will bless you for that donation based solely on faith in a multitude of ways.

You simply can’t out give the Lord; and remember; every dollar we collect buys seven cans of food for the less fortunate. May the Lord bless you and your families.

Diana Walker

Public Relations Representative

Open Arms Ministry