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•   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
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•   Brian Salyer  3/25
•   Randy Maddux  3/29
•   Cindy Gallaher (Setliff)  3/30
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•   Madge Maupin (Haney)  4/4
•   Connie Griffith (Sloan)  4/8
•   Jolinda Kimbrell (Conley)  4/8
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•   Karla Mansfield (Kirk)  4/17
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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
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Paul G Blazer High School
Class Of 1975


Congratulations to classmate Tom Cantrell on the birth of his 5th grandchild and 1st grandson. Hunter James Cantrell was born March 2, 2018. He weighed in at        9 lbs, 8 ozs. and was 21 inches long.

Our condolences go out to classmate Terry Pruitt on the death of his brother, Kevin Anthony Pruitt on Friday, January 26, 2018.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Pruitt family at Please keep Terry and his family in your thoughts.

Our condolences go out to classmates Mike and Teresa Green Slone on the death of Mike’s father, Lonnie Ray Slone who passed away on Sunday, December 31,2017.  Funeral services were held January 4 at Steen Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to Please keep Mike and Teresa in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate, Debbie Ball Dove on the death of her mother.  Georgene "Jean" Preston Ball passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3 at 1 PM  at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent to  Please keep Debbie and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate, Melissa Kimbleton Cathers, on the birth of her granddaughter (and sixth grandchild) Peyton Caroline.  She was born 12-19-17. She was  6 lbs 8 oz and 20 “ long. She is the daughter of Melissa's son Matt Boggs and his wife Megan.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Tod Wuerdeman on the death of his father, Thomas Lee "Tom" Wuerdeman, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. A Private memorial will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Please keep Tod and his family in your thoughts.

Our condolences go out to classmate, Melody (Mel) Stafford Martin, on the death of her mother, Amy Francis McIntyre Stafford on Wednesday, November 29, 2019. Private services were held at New Highland Cemetery in Highland Missouri. Condolences can be expressed at

Congratulations to Dreama Felty Wallace on the birth of her granddaughter, Haddie Odessa Jordan. She was born November 12,  2017 and weighed 8lbs. 11 oz. She is the daughter of Dreama’s oldest daughter Kristin and her husband Stuart. This is Dreama’s first grandchild.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Donna Gallaher Miller on the death of her father, Paul Gallaher, on Friday, Nov. 3rd at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He was 81 years old. His funeral was 11/9/17 at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home.

Our sympathies go out to classmate, Debbie Foster Sheely, on the death of her mother, Louise Wilson Foster, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Please keep Debbie and her family in your thoughts.


Congratulations to classmates Jennie and Eddie Whitt who have welcomed another sweet, beautiful grandson! Finley Edward Whitt was born 11-2-2017, 8lb 11oz, 20 in. πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ˜. He joins brother Jackson who is 16 1/2 months old. 

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

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 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.


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: