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Lawrence County Men's Golf League
One spot left for interested golfer;

The opening of the Lawrence County Men's Golf League was delayed two days due to inclimate weather but the golfers were rewarded for the wait with a beautiful 70 degee plus opening day on Thursday April 7th. 

The Eagle Ridge course at Yatesville State Park was in great condition as the 39 member league took  to the links at 5:30 p.m.  The golfers showed some winter rust in their play as there were only two birdies recorded for the evening and several members fell victom to the dreaded three-putt.

Dan Preece led all golfers in the low gross score catagory with a three over par 38. Jim Cooksey finished in second place with a four over par 39.  John McDaris posted the low net score round for the evening with a two under par net score of 33.  Mark Clevenger and Jim Cooksey tied for second place in low net score at a one under par 34.

In the skills competition on the course John McDaris was a double winner as he made the shot closest to the pin on hole # 3 and had the longest and most accurate drive on hole # 4.  Sam Sumpter posted the shot closest to the pin on hole # 17.  Dan Preece sank the longest putt on hole # 18.

The men's league competes each Tuesday evening beginning with a shot-gun start at 5:30 p.m. The league members would like to thank the staff at Eagle Ridge for all their help in making such a successful start to the 2011 season.  With one opening remaining for this year any golfer interested in joining the men's league may contact the pro-shop at (606) 673-4300 for information


 

Accident survivor clung to spillway structure;

From The Lake News

Two men who drown in a boating accident Saturday below Kentucky Dam have been identified. A third man in the boat was rescued by the heroic efforts of rescue workers on the scene.

The bodies of Ray Herman, 64, of Campbellsburg, and Andy Myers, 44, of Louisville were recovered by rescue squad members in the Tennessee River below Kentucky Dam. Neither of the two men was wearing lifejackets when they were found.

From the KPA Content News ServiceFrom the KPA Content News ServiceA third fisherman, Lloyd Thomas Roberts, 53, of Bowling Green managed to find a way out of the dangerous water crashing over the dam and clung to the structure in an adjoining spillway. He was wearing a life jacket.

Witnesses standing on the river banks near the power house at the dam could hear his calls for help. Another fishing boat attempted to reach him but was forced back by the swirling water.

The place where Roberts managed to hang on to the dam was still a very dangerous place for him and anyone who might attempt to rescue him. He was near the middle of the river clinging onto the dam in between open spillways from which giant torrents of water was crashing down every second.

Concerns about Roberts trapped hanging onto the side of the dam resulted in Grand Lakes Fire Department Deputy Chief Chad Campbell to repel the 85-100 foot down the vertical side of the dam to reach the man and secure him until a larger rescue boat could arrive. It was feared that he might not be able to hang on until help could arrive. Both Livingston County Rescue Squad and Marshall County Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

Marshall County’s larger boat was used to go through the treacherous waters to reach both the men and get them to safety. The lone survivor, Roberts was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was treated for injures and potential hypothermia at the hospital.

Little is known about what happened. Some of the witnesses at the scene told a reporter from The Lake News that it appeared the men in the boat were having trouble getting the boat’s motor started and the boat was pulled into the water discharging from the spillway by the back current created by the fast moving water from the open gates.

When the boat became trapped in the discharge from the gates it was swamped and repeated circled in and out of the water falling through the gates. The force of the water heavily damaged the boat and only a short section of the bow protruded above the water as it circled in and out of the boiling currents near the dam. Witnesses said they could see at least one man forced away from the dam and into the white water. They said he went under and did not resurface.

Several different agencies from the state, TVA, Livingston County and Marshall County responded to the scene. The Kentucky Department of Fish and wildlife Resources is conducting an investigation of the incident.

Last year, six of the 18 people who drown in Kentucky drown on or near Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The loss of the two fishermen Saturday is even more ominous because the boating season on local waters is just barely underway for the season.

 

Eyewitnesses saw fishing boat capsize near the tailwaters of Kentucky lake

Rescue workers were at Kentucky Dam Saturday morning searching for at least two people who were in a capsized fishing boat in the tail waters of Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River at Gilbertsville. According to eyewitnesses on the scene below Kentucky Dam two people were in the boat which was apparently disabled.

The boat and the two people on board were pulled up against the dam and under an open spillway by the back current of the seven open gates at the dam. Another nearby fishing boat tried to reach the stranded boat through the churning water but was forced to turn back because of the dangerous conditions.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a boat in distress at Kentucky Dam at 10 a.m. CDT. Rescue operations were delayed because of the distance to Tennessee River ramps where their boats could be launched.

Witnesses said that one person was seen being carried by the water away from the locks went under and did not resurface. The second person was not seen but yells for help could be heard from the area where the boat was capsized next to the spill wall for several minutes after the boat capsized. The same witnesses said that both people appeared to be wearing life jackets.

Rescuers lowered a rope from the top of the dam above the spillway to the water but no one was pulled from the water. The rope was still hanging from the dam and into the water at 11 a.m.

Marshall County Rescue Squad and Livingston County Rescue Squad boats were on the scene. Because of the dangerous water conditions neither boat has been able to get near the capsized craft, which is being carried in and out and beaten against the dam in the churning waters.

By Gloria Hollifield
The Lake News

 

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