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On Saturday we loaded up and headed south for the best Nascar track in the whole world BRISTOL baby !!!!!!!!!!!!
The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm. After a short drive we were there with 60,000 other people. We got to watch the Sprint Cup cars practice twice for the race that they were going to run on Sunday. At 2 pm they did driver introduction and we got started with the Nationwide race, they put on an excellent show with some awesome speed around this half mile bull ring. The drivers beat and banged on each other all day, there was some good wrecks and everyone walked away from them all.
But at the end of the day Kyle Busch pulled into victory lane and took the check.
The vendors outside the track had everything you could imagine it was like redneck heaven i loved it!!!! Shirts, hats for all drivers, car parts even race cars you could get into and get your picture made in.
They run again in August if you like racing you should try to get a ticket and make the short drive it is awesome !!!!!
(See slide show of the race on The Lazer Home page...)

Walking the Appalachian Trail is the subject of a workshop April 1 at ACTC


Ashland residents Carl "The Fireman" and Carrie "Mudfoot" Stambaugh will share their experiences in walking 1,400 miles of the trail last year.


The Appalachian Trail is a 2,178 mile National Scenic Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Over the course of 112 days, the Stambaughs walked off a combined total of 75 pounds and wore out four pairs of shoes.


The journey inspired them in countless ways, and they will share photographs, stories and lessons from their journey. From the scenery to the wildlife, towns and people, hiking the AT is more than just a walk in the woods. It's a total immersion experience in American landscapes, history and culture.


“It was important to us to experience everything the trail had to offer, the wildlife, the scenery, the towns, its history,” said Carrie. “Although we had planned to hike the whole trail, we had a limited time frame of five and one-half months, and we experienced some set backs.  Rather than rush to finish the trail, we decided to wait and complete the last 700 miles when we have time to enjoy the experience.”


Carl is an engineer with the Ashland Fire Department. A lifelong Ashland resident, he is a partner with other firefighters  in Rescue Pro, a confined space rescue services company.  When he was in the U.S. navy in  his early 20s, he read a story in Backpacker magazine about the trail and decided to walk it someday.


Carrie, a Cincinnati native, moved to Ashland in 2005 to work as a reporter for The Independent.  She is now a freelance writer and has been recently published in the Huntington Quarterly and Kentucky Farm Bureau News.  She started backpacking as a teen and decided she would hike the AT one day, like her mother had talked about when Carrie was a child.


Both Stambaughs are ‘outdoors’ people, experienced in hiking and camping, and the trail taught them even more. They will share  tips on how to plan and prepare for a hike on the AT whether considering a "thru" hike of the whole trail or "section" hike of part of the trail.


Their presentation is Friday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The workshop at the College Drive Campus is free, but preregistration is requested through ACTC Lifelong Learning, 606-326-2072, 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Professional artists who are residents of Kentucky are eligible to compete for a $7,500 Fellowship award.


FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the highly competitive Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship awards until March 15, 2011. The awards are open to professional artists and emerging artists working in the visual and media arts, including: craft, drawing, experimental and installation work, mixed media, new genre, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, film, video and audio work.

Professional artists who are residents of Kentucky are eligible to compete for a $7,500 Fellowship award.

Professional Kentucky artists who are in the early stages of their career, including but not limited to seniors and graduate students in Kentucky college or university fine arts programs, are eligible to apply for an Emerging Artist award of $1,000.

To access the guidelines, instructions and application, go to:

In alternate years, the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship program is available to writers, composers and choreographers.

The purpose of the Fellowship program is to support Kentucky artists engaged in creating artwork of high quality and to recognize creative excellence in practicing, professional Kentucky artists. The Fellowship awards are named after retired Kentucky journalist and past arts council board chair, Al Smith.

The Fellowship program utilizes a "blind jury" process in which the panel reviews the work samples and applications according to application numbers only. Criteria for the awards include artistic excellence and professional achievement.

For more information about the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship program or other Kentucky Arts Council opportunities for artists, contact Tamara Coffey at 502-564-3757, 888-833-2787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.