Pastor Varney named “Difference Maker”
Congressman Hal Rogers presented the chairman of the Carter County “Enough” Drug-Free Coalition, Jim Varney, with a “Difference Maker Award” on August 13, 2013, for his efforts to help families and individuals grappling with addiction. Jim and his wife Debbie also operate the local Lifeline Recovery Program. The award was given at KCU during the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Congratulations Carter County
The winner of the 2013 Robert Straus Community Organization Award was the Carter County Drug Free Coalition (CCDFC), which first appeared on the prevention scene in 2006 as the Carter County Drug Task Force Coalition. What began as an effort to look into causes of low school test scores turned into a commitment to build an infrastructure of effective policies, programs and strategies that would not only improve those scores, but would put Carter County as a whole on the path to being a safer, healthier community. The coalition focused on empowering its citizens, strengthening families, and joining systems to reduce substance abuse.
From the beginning, CCDFC sought technical assistance from Pathway’s Regional Prevention Center staff and coalition members began by immersing themselves in a strategic process that would help them reach their goals. They were trained in CSAP’s Strategic Prevention Framework and followed that process in order to achieve measureable outcomes. Since receiving funding in 2008 as a Drug-free Community, CCDFC has implemented or assisted in implementing approximately 30 initiatives, programs, and strategies within the community that support their goals. Based on the results of the Kentucky Incentives Project (KIP) Student Survey, between 2004 and 2012, Carter County consistently reduced reported 30-day, one-year, and lifetime use by 8th, 10th and 12th grade students.
Congratulations to CCDFC and UNITE Coalition Coordinator Ashley Akers Shepherd, and co-chairs Jim Varney and Shelly Steiner.
The award was one of two presented in August 2013 by the Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (KSAODS). The other recipient was given to Shelby Prevention, a coalition that has been in existence for over 20 years and is currently one of Kentucky’s Drug-free Community grantees.
Free Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camp
Carter County will host the first of 6 free Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Basketball Camps with Jeff Sheppard on Monday, June 3, at East Carter Middle School, 1 Spirit Lane, Grayson.
All school-age youth are invited to participate in this FREE camp, which begins at 4 p.m. and will conclude about 7 p.m. Youth receive a T-shirt and basketball. Water and food provided. All participants will be entered into a drawing for 2 portable basketball goals to be given away at the end of camp.
Closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register.
All school-age youth are invited to participate in this FREE camp, which begins at 4 p.m. and will conclude about 7 p.m. Youth receive a T-shirt and basketball. Water and food provided. All participants will be entered into a drawing for 2 portable basketball goals to be given away at the end of camp. Closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register.
Operation UNITE welcomes Carter County
In August 2012, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers visited Carter County to issue a resolution welcoming residents into his Fifth Congressional District and expand Operation UNITE’s service area effective January 1, 2013. The resolution was signed by Rogers and county Judge-Executive Charles Wallace.
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