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•   Claudia Howard (Bush)  9/12
•   Keith Daniel  9/10
•   Steve Clevenger  9/9
•   Kim Beckstrand (Mayer)  9/9
•   Linda Wheeler (Hoffman)  9/9
•   Kathy Hatfield (Berry)  9/8
•   Pam Stapleton (Walter)  9/1
•   Mike Gothard  8/31
•   Carol Walker  8/30
•   Steve Thomas  8/16
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   John Clark  10/23
•   David Small  10/23
•   John Harrison  10/25
•   Robert Franklin  10/26
•   Carol Nunley (Blair)  10/26
•   Cindy Sparks  10/30
•   Maria Prince (Rademacher)  11/1
•   Roger Cline  11/4
•   Kevin Rigsby  11/8
•   Becky Bolner (West)  11/13
•   Debbie Prichard (Adams)  11/13
•   Patty Kesling (Kitchen)  11/14
•   Pam Duncan (Staton)  11/19
•   Keith Shimfessel  11/21

WHERE WE LIVE


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1 lives in Alabama
3 live in California
1 lives in Colorado
1 lives in Delaware
16 live in Florida
8 live in Georgia
3 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
231 live in Kentucky
2 live in Louisiana
1 lives in Maryland
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
10 live in North Carolina
14 live in Ohio
3 live in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
8 live in Texas
6 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
5 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wyoming
1 lives in Alberta
55 location unknown

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Paul G Blazer High School
Class Of 1975
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Kathy Medcalf Jones on the death of her mother, Patricia Medcalf, on Thursday, October 19th. Please keep Kathy and her family in your thoughts

Just wanted to give a BIG "Shout-out" of THANKS to the organizers of our recent 60th Birthday Bash held at Greenbo Lake!

A big thank you to Jolinda, Jan Baker Conn, Claudia & Claudette, Rhonda Sutphin Smith, Cindy Blanton Lang & Keith Frazier; Probably am leaving someone out and if so, thanks to all involved.

What a great time, fun day, catching up with old TOMCATS and re-living the good ole days! Everything was wonderful; Fun games, delicious food, every detail was perfect.

Also a big thanks to our own band (and classmates) of Robb Taylor and Susan Wolford Jackson. Tom Berry ('74)fit right in with us youngsters:)!
They kept us entertained through-out the evening with great music.

Thanks again to everyone involved (including attendees) for making the PBHS Class of '75 the Best Class ever!

Proud to announce that I (Steve Thomas) am a happy grandfather of a set of twins,
Laiken Courtney and Lorelai Louise. Born August 10th making
a total of 7.

Our condolences to classmate Kevin Weinfurtner on the death of his mother, Agatha Manley Weinfurtner, who died Saturday, September 9, 2017. Please keep Kevin in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate, Maria Prince Rademacher, on the death of her mother, Imagene Griffith Prince Stewart, on Friday, September 8, 2017.  Please keep Maria in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate, Mike Gothard, on the death of his mother, Helen Stewart Gothard, on August 30, 2017. Please keep Mike and his family in your thoughts.

We send our condolences to Nannette Webb Wheeler in the death of her father, James Joseph "Jim" Webb on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Mr Webb was 83 years old. His graveside service was held at Highland Memorial Gardens in So. Point, OH. Please keep Nannette in your thoughts & prayers.

Congratulations to Gregg Picklesimer on the birth of his 8th grandchild,Tripp Ayven Picklesimer!  He arrived on Aug. 10, 2017 and was 7lbs 8oz and 21" long. He is the son of Tyler and Alison Picklesimer.

 

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Dwight Blevins on the death of his brother, Patrick Blevins, on Aug 5, 2017. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug 9th at Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland. Please keep Dwight and his family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Linda Caines on the death of her longtime companion, Gene Meade, on August 1, 2017. A memorial service was held at Preston Funeral Home in Ashland on  August 5.  Please keep Linda in your thoughts.

I am announcing the birth of my 3rd granddaughter, Quinn James Sinelli. She was born July 19, 2017. She is the first child of my daughter, Lollie and her husband Mike.

Congratulations to classmate Mike Gothard on the birth of his second granddaughter, Blakeleigh, born July 14th. She is the daughter of Mike's son, Mike and daughter-in-law, Brooke.

Congratulations to Eddie Price on the birth of his newest granddaughter, Nora Elizabeth Price.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate, ClaraJo Wheeler Stapleton, on the death of her brother William "Bill" Wayne Wheeler on Sunday, July 16, 2017.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Putnam Stadium Restoration, c/o Donna Suttles, 1520 Lexington Ave., Ashland, Ky 41101.

Please keep ClaraJo in your thoughts.

 

 

Congratulations to classmate Debbie Barber Hostetter on the birth of her grandson, 
 John Francis "Jack" Horrigan ( born to  daughter Annie and her husband Andy). Born June 19, 2017
6 lbs 9 oz , 19 1/4" long

Our deepest sympathies to classmate, Lola Biggs Mayne, on the death of her father, Robert Biggs, on June 22, 2017. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 24. Condolences can be sent to globefc.com. Please keep Lola and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Becky Hayes Woodburn who welcomed identical twin grandsons on Saturday, June 16,2017. Ayson (5lb 12oz) and Lincoln (4lbs 10 oz) were 7 weeks early and are doing well. They are the sons of Becky's son, Brad and his wife who believed they had already completed their family!! Becky says she thinks of it as being Doubly Blessed! 

Our deepest sympathies to Claudia Wellman Burgess on the death of her husband, Bradford Burgess, on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Please keep Claudia and her family in your thoughts.

There are 22 steps from the lobby to the second floor of The Daily Independent. I’ve traveled those L-shaped stairs what seems like a million times.

It was 42 years ago this spring, a few weeks before graduating from Paul G. Blazer High School in 1975, that my career with the then Ashland Daily Independent started.

My father was in the Lions Club with Paul Sierer, the late editor of the ADI who at the time was the managing editor. He mentioned to Sierer that I was looking for any kind of work at the newspaper.

Sierer put me to work — rolling ticker-tape at 6 in the morning and matching that ticker-tape with the numbered story that was ticking over the Associated Press wire and being spit out. There was a certain way you rolled the tape and I’m sure I could do it today (It may have also contributed to some carpal tunnel in my older age).

The newspaper intrigued me and especially the sports department where I spent much of my idle (idol?) hours.

The late Mike Reliford, who would be my professional mentor, was the sports editor then and he took a liking to me. He was your typical crusty newspaper editor of the time. But he taught me how to write, how to stand your ground and how to interact with the public.

I worked around the sports department so much that he began putting me to work but, in those days, a byline had to be earned. It took from April 1975 to October 1976 before I wrote my first bylined story — a Kiwanis Bowl game between Coles and Putnam.

Since that first story went to press, I’ve written, conservatively, more than 15,000 stories — I’m sure more than anybody else in this newspaper’s history. I’ve also had easily more than 3,000 photographs published, and again, that number is conservative.

I say all this because this will be one of my last stories with The Daily Independent. I’ve accepted a new job as managing editor of Kentucky Today, a digital newspaper operated by the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

I’ll still be writing, reporting and editing, but no longer for this newspaper. My home base will be Ashland — so I’ll be around and involved in the community like always. But I’ll be representing the KBC, a natural move for me, and look forward to growing its digital brand. I'll start for the on July 1.

This community and this newspaper have been my very heartbeat and supplied me with a tremendous life. I leave with no regrets but only the best of memories. I’ve worked with tremendous journalists and photojournalists who shaped my career. The names are too many to mention for fear of leaving someone off the list.

I saw the country while being privileged to cover UK sports from 1990 to 1998, including a midcourt seat when Christian Laettner’s dagger of a shot made us all cry in 1992.

I witnessed the Reds winning the 1990 World Series from the press box, sat in on an interview with Muhammad Ali and had multiple interviews with Pete Rose and the best seat in the house for Brandon Webb’s meteoric rise from the Ashland American Little League to National League Cy Young Award winner.

But it was never the celebrities that meant the most. It was you and your son or daughter, from the youth league arenas to battling for state championships. You were the community that mattered the most to me after I became the managing editor and then editor starting in 2005, too.

I worked with seven publishers and they showed confidence in my abilities to do what I thought was best from my seat. That was especially true for Eddie Blakeley, the current publisher, who never doubted anything I did.  He let me do the job I was being paid to do.

Even in these tough times, we have a great newspaper that cares about our readers and community. It stands on journalist principles and ethics that makes sure everybody is fairly treated and that government officials are watched closely. That has never changed.

It’s going to be strange not being the face of this newspaper in the weeks, months and years ahead. It’s all I’ve ever been and the ink from The Daily Independent will be flowing through me for the rest of my days.

Thank you for reading, responding and respecting me. I’ve enjoyed this unbelievable journey and look forward to what God has in store for me next.

                       

Our deepest condolences to the family of Robert Kevin Mitchell who passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Family will receive friends from 4-6 PM on Friday, May 26, 2017 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221, where a funeral service will follow at 6 PM. Private Interment will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Central Ohio, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 260, Columbus, Ohio 43231.Please keep Kevin's family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to Becky Heffner Burchett on the birth of her granddaughter on May 6, 2017,  Sarah Caroline Burchett. She weighed 6 lbs 9 oz.

 

Congratulations to classmates Mark and Beth Boggs Maynard on the birth of their grandson, Brooks Alan Wyatt. He is the son of Mark and Beth's daughter Sally and her husband Derrick. He was born on April 28 at 8:53 am  and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. He was 20 inches long.

Our deepest sympathies to Dreama Felty Wallace on the death of her mother, Verna Fairchild Felty who passed away on Saturday, April 8th. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum. Steen Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.  Please keep Dreama and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to Debbie Duff Greenberg on the birth of her first granddaughter (and 2nd grandchild), Tavi Kemper.

 

Our deepest sympathy to Jeanie Walter Adkins on the death of her father, Lafayette Walter, on Sunday, March 12, 2017. He was also the father in law of Pam Stapleton Walter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Rusty Burke Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made payable to The Rusty Burke Scholarship Fund and mailed to 2200 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101. Please keep Jeanie and Pam in your thoughts.

 

 

 

Congratulations to classmate Mike Gothard on the birth of his granddaughter, Landry Gray Wakefield. She was February 17, 2017 at 9:58pm. and was 7Lb. and 20 1/2 inches long. She is the daughter of Mike's daughter Megan and her husband Tyler.

Sending our love and prayers to David Click in the death of his mother, Janet Click on Feb. 8, 2017. She was 90 years old and passed away at Kingsbrook Life Care Center in Ashland. She was also the aunt of Debbie Click Smith.

Our deepest sympathies go out to classmate Clarence Jobe on the death of his father, Denver Jobe, Sr. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held at Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg, on Thursday, Feb 9 at 11am. Condolences may be left at kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.

Congratulations to classmate, Kim Stewart Lynch, on the birth of her granddaughter, Reagan Nicole Taylor who was born 1/28/2017. She weighed 8lbs 4oz. Her parents are Kim's daughter Megan and husband Bryan Taylor and  she joins 2 yr old brother, Collin. 

Our condolences to classmate Moe Wells on the death of his wife, Susan Marie Pennington, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 5-8pm at Bridges Christian Church in Russell. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 29th at 2 pm at the Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood. Contributions in Susie's memory may be sent to The Neighborhood, 2516 Carter Ave, Ashland. Condolences may be sent to canifffuneralhome.com. Please keep Moe and his family in your thoughts.

We extend our sympathies to classmate Cindy Gallaher Setliff on the death of her mother, Doris Sparks Gallaher, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Services were held Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 13th St Freewill Baptist Church. Condolences can be sent to steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Cindy and her family in your thoughts.

Sending prayers to fellow classmate, Rachel Adkins McAllister, in the death of her husband, William David McAllister, on Jan. 15, 2017.  He was 65 years old and he and Rachel had been married for 39 years. David was also the Brother-in-Law of classmate, Jeanie Walter Adkins. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 20th at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg.

Our condolences go out to Lloyd Rayburn on the death of his mother, Lillian Leadingham Rayburn, on Friday, January 13, 2017. Funeral services will be held at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland on Tuesday, January 17, at 1 pm with visitation on Monday from 6-8 pm. Condolences may be sent to mfhfuneralhome.com. Please keep Lloyd and his family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to Jan Baker Conn on the birth of her new granddaughter, Sloan Mayo Midden. She was born Tuesday, January 3rd and was 6lbs 5 oz. Her parents are Lacey (Conn) and Marc Midden. Her sister Sawyer, 21 months, although not quite sure of her, is giving her kisses. This is Jan's 4th grandchild.

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Class of 1975 classmate, Kristy Ison, of Flatwoods, Ky. on January 4th. Burial will be at a later date in Caroline Cemetery in Raceland. 

Please keep Kristy's family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to Pam Duncan Staton on the birth of her grandson Grey Robert Cartmell. He is the son of Pam's daughter Jessica. He was born 1/5/17 and weighed 7lbs 8 oz. He is Pam's third grandchild.

Pam Stapleton Walter thinks these would be great for the Class of 75 girls to wear to Birthday Bash! Anyone interested? 

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Congratulations to Melinda Gibbons Prunty. She was sworn into the Kentucky House of Representatives yesterday.

We send our condolences to Pam Wessel Pore in the death of her father, Chuck Wessel, on Dec. 31, 2016 at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, KY.  Mr. Wessell was 85 years old. Donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY  41101.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of classmate Steve Harvey who passed away at his home in Ashland on December 15, 2016.  

It is great sadness that we announce the death of classmate Tony Campbell of Lake Worth, Florida. Tony passed away November 20, 2016 due to heart problems. Tony will be lovingly remembered by his family, including his son, Scott Campbell, grand-daughter, Alaina Crownover, and sister, Vicki Senters.

 

 

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Keith Shimfessel on the death of his mother, Betty Martin Shimfessel, on November 19, 2016.  Contributions can be made to Beech Street Christian Church Building Fund, 1672 Beech St., Ashland, KY 41102 or to Community Hospice 1480 Carter Ave, Ashland Ky 41101. Please keep Keith and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations Melinda Gibbons Prunty for winning the Kentucky House 15th District.

WESTERN KENTUCKY (11/8/16) — A newcomer to the state political scene, Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Greenville, has upset longtime state Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, for the Kentucky House 15th District. Following the flow of other Kentucky offices up for grabs, the win went to a Republican.

Prunty successfully ran her very first campaign on the platform of right to life, promoting coal, jobs and “a fresh, energetic change”.

After the polls closed, Prunty said she attributed the win to the fact that people in Kentucky want to take a different path.

“I believe people are ready for a change,” said Prunty. “I’m humbled. After hearing about all the issues from the voters, I want to do the best I can. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

When she takes office in January, Prunty said she wants to hit the ground running by tackling the state’s “antiquated adoption laws”. The grandmother of adopted twins, she said the current laws are not good for prospective parents nor birth parents.

Unofficial tabulations indicate Prunty won her portion of Hopkins County over Yonts by a 3,391 to 2,073 margin, and won Muhlenberg by a 7,206 to 5,900 margin.

Yonts, who was reached at home tonight, was surrounded by his family. He said although he wishes Prunty the best, he believes she has no idea of what she is in for with the upsets of several other races in the state.

“We were the only Democratic chamber left in the south,” said Yonts. “We knew we were facing a tsunami coming into this year but the Speaker of the House asked the seniors not to retire yet, and so I stayed on. I’m proud of the job I’ve done and proud to have served.”

Yonts said the “tsunami” effect was the result of many voters pulling the straight Republican ticket.

WESTERN KENTUCKY (11/8/16) — A newcomer to the state political scene, Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Greenville, has upset longtime state Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, for the Kentucky House 15th District. Following the flow of other Kentucky offices up for grabs, the win went to a Republican.

Prunty successfully ran her very first campaign on the platform of right to life, promoting coal, jobs and “a fresh, energetic change”.

After the polls closed, Prunty said she attributed the win to the fact that people in Kentucky want to take a different path.

“I believe people are ready for a change,” said Prunty. “I’m humbled. After hearing about all the issues from the voters, I want to do the best I can. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

When she takes office in January, Prunty said she wants to hit the ground running by tackling the state’s “antiquated adoption laws”. The grandmother of adopted twins, she said the current laws are not good for prospective parents nor birth parents.

Unofficial tabulations indicate Prunty won her portion of Hopkins County over Yonts by a 3,391 to 2,073 margin, and won Muhlenberg by a 7,206 to 5,900 margin.

Yonts, who was reached at home tonight, was surrounded by his family. He said although he wishes Prunty the best, he believes she has no idea of what she is in for with the upsets of several other races in the state.

“We were the only Democratic chamber left in the south,” said Yonts. “We knew we were facing a tsunami coming into this year but the Speaker of the House asked the seniors not to retire yet, and so I stayed on. I’m proud of the job I’ve done and proud to have served.”

Yonts said the “tsunami” effect was the result of many voters pulling the straight Republican ticket.

Melinda told classmate Pam Stapleton Walter that she is "Humbled and Honored with her Win."

 

Former classmate, Kim Beckstrand Mayer, lives in Garland, TX. Her mission in life is to help protect children from abuse. She and her husband have opened a home for girls called "Your Place". It's purpose is to provide at risk kids the skills they need to be successful productive adults, by mentoring and providing safe and productive activities for them. Your donations would be greatly appreciated. Please send a contribution to "Your Place" c/o Kim Beakstrand Mayer, P.O.Box 452372, Garland, TX  75045.

 

Our very own '75 classmate, Mark Maynard, has written a book about the 1961 Tomcats Basketball Team. The name of the book is "Teamwork".  Mark has also written a second book: "Tragedy and Triumph" about the 1967 championship football team and the tragic death of Joe Franklin.  You may order Mark's books by going to: www.markmaynardbooks.com