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Date: 08-24-2017

We have a Powerball winner! Not in the Bluegrass but 5 Kentuckians still win big cash

A Massachusetts hospital worker who considered winning the lottery a "pipe dream" cashed in the most valuable ticket in U.S. history Thursday, hours after winning the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

Powerball winner:  "My pipe dream came true," Mavis Wanczyk, of Chicopee, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.  Wanczyk, 53, said she had hoped to retire in 12 years.  "I called them and told them I will not be coming back," she said with a laugh.  She said she and a co-worker were checking their numbers last night when she realized she won. She said she was so rattled she was nervous about driving, and the co-worker followed her home.  Wanczyk, who has a 31-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son, said her good fortune began to sink in Thursday.  "I have come down from all that," she said. "I just want to be alone, be me, and figure out what I want to do."  Wanczyk, who chose to take a lump sum of $480 million before taxes, bought the ticket Wednesday afternoon at a Pride market in Chicopee. Early Thursday, however, the lottery agency had said the winning ticket was sold at a convenience store outside Boston.Powerball winner: "My pipe dream came true," Mavis Wanczyk, of Chicopee, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Wanczyk, 53, said she had hoped to retire in 12 years. "I called them and told them I will not be coming back," she said with a laugh. She said she and a co-worker were checking their numbers last night when she realized she won. She said she was so rattled she was nervous about driving, and the co-worker followed her home. Wanczyk, who has a 31-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son, said her good fortune began to sink in Thursday. "I have come down from all that," she said. "I just want to be alone, be me, and figure out what I want to do." Wanczyk, who chose to take a lump sum of $480 million before taxes, bought the ticket Wednesday afternoon at a Pride market in Chicopee. Early Thursday, however, the lottery agency had said the winning ticket was sold at a convenience store outside Boston.

The more than $700 million in Powerball winnings was snatched by a Massachusetts resident Wednesday night but Kentuckians still won big.

Five Kentucky residents won $50,000 by matching four numbers plus the Powerball, according to the Powerball website.

In total, 24 Powerball players won $50,000 in Wednesday night's drawing, the second-largest Powerball payout in history.

The winner numbers were 6-7-16-23-26 with a Powerball of 4.

The jackpot for Saturday's drawing drops to a mere $40 million, USA TODAY reported. The odds of winning the Powerball: 1 in 292,201,338.00.

SEE More abouty Jackpot  HERE

By Madeleine Winer
The Courier-Journal

 

Date: 08-14-2017

Kentucky man named Food Network's next big 'Star' - gets own cooking show

Kentuckian Jason Smith, a school cafeteria manager from Carter County, beat out two other competitors Sunday night on cable TV's Food Network to win his own cooking showKentuckian Jason Smith, a school cafeteria manager from Carter County, beat out two other competitors Sunday night on cable TV's Food Network to win his own cooking show

Kentucky Press News Service

Kentuckian Jason Smith, a school cafeteria manager from Carter County, beat out two other competitors Sunday night on cable TV's Food Network to win his own cooking show. Smith earned the title of Food Network's next Star, according to the network's magazine.

Smith beat out a number of challengers during the 11-week process of determining the winner.

"Gosh. For once in my life, I’m speechless. I’m very honored. I’m very humbled by being named the next Food Network Star. I’m very excited. It’s just one of those things that’s hard for me to even put into words. I feel like I have made an accomplishment beyond accomplishments that I’ve ever set for myself. Or it still hasn’t sunk in. I don’t know what to say," Smith told Food Network Star.

The Courier-Journal reported last week: "If the Kentucky cook from Carter County wins, he won't be the first from the Commonwealth to be awarded a Food Network gig.

"Louisville chef Damaris Phillips started her celebrity chef career after winning Season 9 of "Food Network Stars." Phillips became the host of the Food Network show "Southern at Heart" and has stayed busy ever since."

During Sunday night's show announcing the winner, Smith credited his mother, a Laurel County resident, for his success.

 

AUGUST 10, 2017

Play about the Hatfield-McCoy feud, where it happened, resonates in today's America, actor says

L to R: Roger, Justin and Sam Belcher are three generations in "Blood Song." (Appalachian News-Express photo: Elaine Belcher)L to R: Roger, Justin and Sam Belcher are three generations in "Blood Song." (Appalachian News-Express photo: Elaine Belcher)


The feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families is iconic in American lore, but a descendant of the Hatfield side says the families' fight has eerie parallels in today's often volatile atmosphere. Modern liberals and conservatives form tribes and behave "in ways the original Hatfields and McCoys would have easily recognized," Justin Belcher writes for The Huffington Post. He says that the sensationalism surrounding the feud also spurred the birth of yellow journalism, perhaps a precursor of today's "fake news." And the avid news coverage of the feud also served to widen the gap between urban and rural Americans. It encouraged the urban populace to "look down on mountain folk" while rural dwellers were convinced that their urban counterparts had "abandoned American traditions and values." Both then and now, he says, feelings trump facts, and those who urge calm and peace are often ignored.

Belcher and other descendants of the feuding families are bringing the past into the spotlight with a new production of a play called "Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfield and McCoys" (click here for tickets and showtimes). The play will run on Fridays and Saturdays in August at the (where else?) Hatfield & McCoy Park Outdoor Theatre in McCarr, Ky., right in the middle of where the original feud took place.

Belcher hopes the audience can learn from the past and apply the lessons to today. "Whether they’re part of feuding families, the rural urban divide, or polarized politics, Americans are still neighbors, and neighbors need each other. They also need to learn how to settle their differences amicably and peacefully. America has often undertaken to teach Appalachia how to do things better; today lessons from Appalachia’s past can teach America the same thing."

Written by Heather Chapman


 



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