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On Monday evening, August 22, 2011, Farm Credit Services (FCS) hosted a banquet, at the Carter County Extension Office, for their members. Over 80 people from neighboring counties were in attendance to enjoy the meal, dessert contest, door prizes and speakers. This event was made possible, largely due to the efforts of Farm the local staff of the FCS Office in Grayson, Kentucky. Staff Members are as follows: Bernice Mc Cormick, Karen Hencye, Bonnie Caudill and summer intern, Danielle Harmon.

Bill Johnson, CEO of FCS was not in attendance for the event, but Barney Barnett, Director of FCS, was on hand to welcome guests, as well as, David Lynn, Sr. Vice President and Joel Oney, Regional Vice President, were. Lynn spoke briefly on Conversions. FCS offers a conversion program so when interest rates go down, a customer can switch to a lower rate without the hassles and expense of a complete refinancing. This year alone 4,400 customers have saved an estimated $11million in future interest rate costs.** Oney introduced the two candidates for the Board elections. The candidates for Kentucky are Dan Flanagan, of Campbellsville, Kentucky and John L. Kuegel, Jr., of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Farm Credit Services members enjoyed a delicious banquet that the banquet in Carter County.Farm Credit Services members enjoyed a delicious banquet that the banquet in Carter County.Flanagan is a fulltime farmer who owns a 400 acre farm and also leases 250 acres. On his farm, he raises soybeans, corn and wheat. He also manages six broiler houses and raises both wholesale and retail produce. Dan is actively involved with the ministry at his church. He served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 1990. In 2005, he was elected as the “Agribusiness Person of the Year”. Two years later, he was selected by the Soil Conservation Council as “Master Conservationist of the Year.” Dan served as vice chair of the Kentucky Council of Post Secondary Education and is currently serving as chair elect of the Kentucky Council of the Agriculture and is a member of the Kentucky Poultry Federation Board. He received his bachelors degree from Campbellsville University. He also graduated from the University of Louisville where he received his Masters in Administration. Additionally, he received his masters degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Ginny have two children, William and Matthew.*

“Because I have benefited from Farm Credit through my own personal family farm growth, I feel it is important to give back my time, talent and experience, “said Flanagan.**

Kuegel operates a 1,050 –acre dairy and grain operation with 175 milking registered Holsteins. He is a member of a number of agricultural organizations including the Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee (past state chairman), the Daviess County Farm Bureau (director and immediate past chair), the Daviess County Extension Board and the Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club (past president). He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA (1984/85). John received his bachelor of science in animal science from the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of Apollo High School. He and his wife, Leigh Ann, attend Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he serves as chair of the Deacons and a Sunday School teacher. They have two children: Johnna Leigh and Joshua Lane.*

“I’m honored to be considered a director candidate and would be excited to bring my leadership skills and work ethic to the board,” stated Kuegel.**

Dean and Grace Ramey, in Kentucky, not in attendance on Monday night, was awarded the 2011 Small Business Award for retail/wholesale for their gardens and greenhouse.

Lazer photo by danielle AdkinsLazer photo by danielle AdkinsThis year, FCS gave out 42 scholarships. The scholarships range between $1,000-1500, to assist youth in furthering agriculture. Kayla Young, of Louisa, Kentucky, daughter of Arnold and Patricia Young, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship on Monday evening. She is a freshman at the University of Kentucky and her major is Animal Science. To read her story about how she plans to make a difference in agriculture, as well as the other 41 recipients between Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee go to, click on Community, then Scholarships.

First Place for the Desert Contest was awarded to Karen Blevins, for her Apple Dumplings, and Second Place, Alice Middleton, for her Black Berry Cobbler.

A few additional facts on FCS:**

-there are over 85,500 FCS members throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee

-31% of FCS’s Loans are to customers with livestock operations

-22% of FCS’s loans are to customers who farm corn and soybeans

-Over 50% of FCS’s customers have been farming less than 10 years

-Over 40% of FCS customers have loans that are fixed for 10 years of more

-FCS has over $16 billion in loans and assets

For more details on FCS go to or call 1-800-444-FARM.

*Info on candidates re-printed from hand-out given out at banquet by of FCS

**The Journal, Vol. 26, Summer ’11, Annual Meeting Issue.

Former sheriff Witten accused of destroying 10 years of records;

Witten denies any wrongdoing

PAINTSVILLE, Ky., -- Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said Wednesday that when he took office on Jan. 1, there were a lot of missing records — accident reports, investigative files, even personnel documents.

"Bottom line, they were gone when we got here," Price said. "Totally wiped out."

That has raised questions about whether former Sheriff Bill Witten might know where the records are.

Bill WittenBill WittenWitten's attorney, Stephen "Nick" Frazier, said the former sheriff didn't take the records. Tampering with public records is a felony.

Frazier, a former circuit court judge, said that in his long experience, people commit felonies because they're crazy or have something to gain.

"Bill Witten's not crazy, and there's no gain" for him to take files from the office he held for 12 years, Frazier said.

So there's a mystery in Johnson County, and it's not clear how it will be resolved, although Price said he would like to have the state Attorney General's Office investigate. State police already are investigating the potential that some drugs and about $3,700 are missing from the evidence room, Price said.

If there are drugs or money missing from the evidence room, Witten didn't take them, Frazier said.

The story about the missing records became public in recent days because a former deputy under Witten, Tom Wyatt, began talking about it with the media.

Wyatt was frustrated that the issue was not being handled as a criminal investigation.

The missing records include his personnel file and those of other former employees, Wyatt said.

"We're potential identity-theft victims at this point," he said. "I feel it's a criminal matter."

That the records are missing is not exactly news to Price.
Price, a Democrat, defeated Witten in the general election last November. It was evident as soon as he assumed the office that records were gone, said Price, a retired state police officer.

Price said his office is busy, opening more than 200 criminal cases in the eight months since he took over, so he would have expected to find files on cases, plus accident reports and other records.

But he didn't, he said.

Price said he asked Witten about it, and the former sheriff said he didn't have the records.

Price has since worked with state officers to try to get information on the records.

Officers used records from the commonwealth's attorney's office to piece together files so they could pursue cases, but there were some criminal investigations that his office couldn't follow up on because of the missing records, Price said.

The office also couldn't provide citizens and attorneys with requested copies of accident or theft reports, causing frustration and disappointment for people who needed the documents for insurance claims, Price said.

Price said he was told by employees who worked under Witten that, before the administrations changed, Witten directed them to carry out boxes of records from the office to a waiting vehicle. Price said he was told the files were taken to Witten's house.

Frazier, Witten's attorney, said he would be glad to meet anyone at Witten's house who wants to look for the files.

"He just didn't do it," Frazier.

Frazier said that other people besides Witten had access to records in the office.

And nearly all the "missing" files are duplicated elsewhere, Frazier said.

Frazier said there might be some politics involved in the matter — an attempt to discredit Witten to discourage him from running again.

Price, however, said politics has nothing to do with his attempt to find the records.

By Bill Estep
Lexington Herald-Leader

Huge pill mill operation in Florida broken up

The Miami Herald reports on "the nation’s largest pill mill crime enterprise," that was busted Tuesday in Florida. The news report focuses on the 13 doctors who allegedly were "the engine behind a narcotics network that churned out more than 20 million oxycodone pills and $40 million in profits."

Two of the doctors, Roni Dreszer and Cynthia Cadet, had patients who later died of drug overdoses in Kentucky. A column by Fred Grimm focuses on Chris and Jeff George, twin brothers Grimm calls "the state’s mass purveyors of oxycodone, even as they peddled 85 percent of the nation’s pain pills out of walk-up, no-insurance, cash-only storefront operations."

The Palm Beach Post also reported on the arrests. The George brothers are described in the Post, "Born and raised in Florida, the brothers evolved in just a few years from brash, trouble-making sons of a prominent real estate developer, to health supplement and steroid salesmen, to pain clinic tycoons. ... In two years, 80 percent of the prescriptions penned by the George brothers’ doctors — nearly 67,000 — went to patients who lived outside Florida and 43 percent went to people from Kentucky, according to the indictment." Jeff George has been charged with second-degree murder.

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