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Mark,

Will you run this for me on behalf of the Webbville Volunteer Fire Department?

Sign-ups for the Christmas for Children program sponsored by the Webbville Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Monday November 14th, 21st and 28th from 7-9 pm at the Webbville Volunteer Fire Department.

A valid E-911 address is necessary to sign-up NO P.O. BOXES will be accepted. This program is limited to children in Webbville Volunteer Fire Department’'s district and intended to ensure that the children in our district will have a Merry Christmas.

The Christmas Party and gift presentation will take place on Saturday December 10th at 5pm at the Fire Station.

The Fire Department will be having a Bucket Brigade at the Willard Branch Bank on Saturday November 5th and again on November 12th to raise funding for this project.

Anyone with questions regarding this project or who would like to contribute can Contact Barry Webb at 606-652-8361, Fire Chief Michael Griffith or any member of Fire Department’'s Board of Directors.

Thank You,

Barry Webb

Our ninth spotlight in the FACES OF HOPE: WE DO RECOVER series will focus on Kylen Webb’s story, Darkness Turned to Light.

Faces of Hope

The Canvas: My Story of Darkness Turned To Light                                                 

Our lives are a canvas painted by our creator who takes stained glass of heartache from our past and splashes hope, purpose, and identity, creating His masterpiece, person by person, soul by soul. My canvas of heartache really began when I started seeking something, anything, to fill a great void in my soul. I knew there was something more to life but it would be a great journey to find out what, or rather who it was that I was truly seeking. Broken, confused, hopeless, numb, tormented, are just a few adjectives that cannot even come close to describe the torture that my mind, body, and spirit went through prior to November 2012. 

Growing up I cannot say I had a ‘’bad” childhood. Yes my parents divorced when I was two, and yes I had plenty of challenges, but looking at my story compared to many I had a amazing childhood with great loving people all around me. At an early age I began to be curious of many things and I started my void filling journey. It led me to an addiction with pornography, to tobacco, to alcohol, then came drugs. 

Hanging with an older crowd and my friend’s older brothers I began the use of marijuana regularly and fell into a false love relationship. I never knew the role it would play in my life but later on it ruled my every waking moment. Growing, dealing, and using her daily my Love affair lead into an even darker dungeon of addictions. After high school was the beginning of the separation between two lives I was attempting to live. On one side I was a “good” Morehead State University student, outgoing, compassionate, and excited to pursue a business degree, but on the other side I was dealing dope, using, and experimenting with many drugs, and getting as many people as I could to partake in my demise. Balancing friendships, school, and my thrill seeking lifestyle was something I simply could not do, the dark side of my life was starting to dominate my thoughts and life. I dropped out of school and moved in with two good friends, leaving everything behind. I became numb to my feelings and started separating myself from childhood friends and family whom I was very close to. 

The drugs, hate, and numb side was taking over my mother's blonde hair, blue eyed, baby boy. Many times running from the cops, dealing drugs on a college campus,  trips across state lines with large amounts of drugs was the start of the next layer to my dark painting. The use of acid, mushrooms, speed, opiates, cocaine, and pretty much anything else I could find was becoming a daily habit. At this point I was living in a grow house with two friends and looking for any adrenaline I could. I was getting into physical altercations frequently, and also began noticing a strange darkness in my eyes. I remember gazing at myself in the mirror after many hours of being awake and thinking is Kylen still there? 

Shortly after this encounter I began to experience a very intense depression and lost the will to live.  I could care less of putting myself in harm’s way, packing a gun to every drug deal, looking for that next moment where I felt alive instead of simply existing. I finally broke. My mind began to control me instead of me controlling my mind. I began to experience many strange thoughts and behaviors, and it became too much. Earlier in my life three years prior at the age of eighteen I had experienced similar thoughts but these were much more intense. But then it happened. 

Not like when I was a boy at the age of thirteen, not like ever before I heard something, someone, speak to me in such a way I knew they knew me. Like really knew me. Not like my mom who gave birth, but like someone that could tell you my every thought, even the amount of hairs on my head. It was strange as I heard a voice tell me “Take a shower.” As i was contemplating the validity of this voice I decided to go ahead and roll with it, even though I had just had one earlier in the morning. As I entered into an apartment I was renting paid for by drug money in Morehead, KY, I went to take the shower. Then something happened. Something that would change the direction of my life, forever. 

As the water was coming down over me, thoughts of my past, moments that I was in harm's way, and various experiences came to mind. I heard again the same voice that told me to get into the shower, “Kylen, I was with you every time, protecting you.” As I came to myself and realized this was not just my mind playing tricks, I knew with every cell in me my Father was speaking to me. I swiped that curtain over and fell into the bathroom floor. I realized that I came into the world with nothing and I was leaving this world with nothing unless I had this relationship. I instantly knew a change had taken place, I went from believing in a creator to knowing him. Jesus extended mercy to me over two thousand years ago but was speaking to me in November 2012 about it and I believed truly for the very first time in His cross and resurrection. 

He gave me a will to leave it all behind, the drugs, the false me, and offered me the life I was created for. Louisa, KY was the place I heard to go and I followed his leading. Just a short week later God had made a way for me to get plugged into a local church, meet my Pastor Rick May, who discipled me along with the Holy Spirit, and gave me a place to live with my Godmother (I could've went to my parent’s house but I heard Louisa and that's where I went). Since then I could tell you hundreds of God encounters and divine appointments, also faults and failures along the way. I got a job with a Louisa based Addiction Recovery company, ARC, whom I work for today as a Kentucky Peer Support Specialist.

Today I have a beautiful Wife (Lena), two amazing daughters (Lynden and Delaney), also a large, loving family. Most of all I have a burning, passionate, Hope filled, Love relationship with my Jesus. I am a minister of the only good news that can set man free, and I enjoy telling anyone who will listen my personal story of how Jesus came into my darkness and offered me His glorious Light. Now my life is a canvas, painted by my creator, who took stained glass of heartache from my past and splashed hope, purpose, and identity each day, I AM His masterpiece. Thank you JESUS! 

What was your “aha moment?”

When I realized my mind was starting to control me and my thought life was out of control something clicked, I knew something better was in store for me, but the “aha moment” was when I had the shower encounter with God. 

Describe the feelings you experienced while in active addiction.

Feelings of hopelessness, depressed, and shame. I knew I had so much potential to make my loved ones proud, but I just couldn't get away from that life. I felt stuck and like I was a walking dead man.

What is the driving force that keeps you going when times get tough?

My daily conversation with Holy Spirit. He is my guide in this life. God is the only force that can keep me. Knowing He is a Good Father and He is always for me, helps a lot. 

What advice do you have for the addict that is still struggling?

YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU MATTER! GOD IS WITH YOU AND FOR YOU.

What obstacles or roadblocks have you encountered along your recovery journey?

Just the ups and downs life throws at you. Most people in addiction wouldn't tell you this but I happen to believe we are “feelers” our emotions can get the best of us. We used to numb them, but by doing that we couldn't feel the good feelings either. Dealing with emotions and feeling again can be tough. 

What is something you want people who have never struggled with addiction to know? 

Addiction does not make you a bad person, it makes you a sick person, not a bad person.

What advice do you have for family members of person in active addiction?

Connect with your loved one and Love them, no matter what. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection.

Closing thoughts: 

God's Love is the answer to our problems on this earth, when we can see him for the Good Father He is, and see ourselves as his children, life stops being about something you do and strive to do right, and it becomes what it was intended to be , a radical Love experience with The Family of God.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call Addiction Recovery Care at 606.638.0938 or visit them on the web at www.arccenters.com

There is hope. There is help.

Campaign designed to get underwear for elementary students

 

The Warren County Public Library is having a campaign to ensure that students in Warren County Public Schools and the Bowling Green Independent School District Family Resource Centers have enough underwear.

In "Drop Your Drawers," people can drop off packages of new underwear for boys and girls sizes 4-16 at any library branch circulation desk from Tuesday to Dec. 29.

"We're always looking for ways to be helpful. One of the things they always need are T-shirts, socks and underwear," library Director Lisa Rice said. "We've helped with Stuff the Bus and food drives. This is something we've never tried. We hope to get them in early enough to get some to the schools before the holidays begin and then a good supply at the holidays."

There are 53 libraries in Kentucky participating in the campaign, Rice said.

"One library in northern Kentucky invited us to do 'Drop Your Drawers,' and we decided to participate," she said.

"Captain Underpants" author and illustrator Dav Pilkey agreed to let them use his character on materials related to the campaign, Rice said.

"If anyone was appropriate for the cause, this one is," she said.

Natcher Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinator Karen Manley said students come to her for a variety of needs.

"A lot of time they're personal resources," she said. "Sometimes those can be expensive for families, especially if children are growing or if they have to leave the home unexpectedly."

It can be expensive to buy underwear in all different sizes, Manley said.

"We do have students who have accidents during the day," she said. "Our goal is to bring students in, get them what they need and get them back in the classroom."

Underwear is not something everyone thinks to donate, Manley said.

"We might get things like food and school supplies, and those are helpful," she said. "It's nice to have those available. Having a group like the library do this is great."

The community is supportive of family resource and youth services centers, Manley said.

"The FRYSC appreciate the kind hearts," she said. "It's something we're very appreciative and very thankful for."

— For more information about "Drop Your Drawers," call 270-781-4882 or visit warrenpl.org.

— Follow features reporter Alyssa Harvey on Twitter @bgdnfeatures or visit bgdailynews.com.

By Alyssa Harvey
Bowling Green Daily News

 

Presidential Election and The Cubs - It ain't over till it's over 

By Glenn Mollette

Three weeks ago Donald Trump was miserably behind Hillary Clinton. The recent exposure of Trump and Billy Bush caught in potty-mouth gate plummeted Trump in the polls and led to Bush's release from NBC. Since then Hillary Clinton has been cruising, smiling big and looking ahead to her Presidency of the United States.
However, Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees said, "It ain't over till it's over."

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians proved Berra's philosophy once again in the recent World Series. Cleveland led three games to two and went back to the Indian's home field advantage. There was a feeling of World Series impending victory in Cleveland. Chicago rallied winning both games in Cleveland proving, "It aint over till it's over."

The announcement by the FBI director James B. Comey to investigate Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as Secretary of State has changed Trump and Clinton's poll numbers. Trump has slightly pushed ahead in some states and narrowing the distance in others.

Americans are being further shocked as they discover that their healthcare insurance will increase 25% to 30% this fall. This is all due to the Affordable Healthcare Act sadly known as Obamacare. Clinton wants to continue Obamacare but edit or tweak it some. Trump wants to abolish Obamacare and make insurance affordable and available for all Americans. Allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines and companies to promote their insurance across state lines will help.

Americans were promised cheaper health insurance and that we would be able to keep our doctors. My wife and I found out our first year on our $1,990 a month health insurance plan that we could not even go to a doctor outside the state of Indiana. We wanted to make a visit to Cleveland Clinic and learned that our Obamacare insurance would not pay for the visit. After searching and tediously looking for new insurance options we were able to get off Obamacare and our monthly premium was lowered from $1,990 to $1,750 a month. This is still outrageous and very unaffordable. However, if we feel we can obtain better treatments in a different town we have the freedom to do so.

Keeping our Freedom in America is what this election is all about. More Obamacare means fewer choices for Americans. Obamacare means more cost, less medical care options for seeing doctors and more government restrictions on what kind of treatments you will be allowed to pursue. If more illegals are allowed to flood our nation it will mean more danger to Americans. Germany is reeling now from the flood of Syrians who went to Germany expecting free healthcare and national financial support. Syrians have reportedly been belligerent toward German citizens making for a hostile German environment. Nobody in America wants our country to become a battle zone of Syrians and millions of other illegal immigrants.

With every day and minute left in this election American citizens are being exposed to more and more information such as the FBI Clinton Foundation probe. The mega millions of dollars received by the Clintons during Hillary's reign as Secretary of State will most likely be the subject of investigation for the next two years or more.

A ballgame is never over till it's over. Anything can happen in a day. American people are being exposed to more and more information. By the time you read this column the last vote may have been counted and the winner announced. Election day will be over but then will begin the four long years that Trump or Hillary will have to back up all they have promised. Once again, we will hope, pray and wait. Thus, in reality it's never really over.

Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of eleven books.
He is read in all fifty states.
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Our ninth spotlight in the FACES OF HOPE: WE DO RECOVER series will focus on Kylen Webb’s story, Darkness Turned to Light.

Faces of Hope

The Canvas: My Story of Darkness Turned To Light                                                  

Our lives are a canvas painted by our creator who takes stained glass of heartache from our past and splashes hope, purpose, and identity, creating His masterpiece, person by person, soul by soul. My canvas of heartache really began when I started seeking something, anything, to fill a great void in my soul. I knew there was something more to life but it would be a great journey to find out what, or rather who it was that I was truly seeking. Broken, confused, hopeless, numb, tormented, are just a few adjectives that cannot even come close to describe the torture that my mind, body, and spirit went through prior to November 2012. 

Growing up I cannot say I had a ‘’bad” childhood. Yes my parents divorced when I was two, and yes I had plenty of challenges, but looking at my story compared to many I had a amazing childhood with great loving people all around me. At an early age I began to be curious of many things and I started my void filling journey. It led me to an addiction with pornography, to tobacco, to alcohol, then came drugs. 

Hanging with an older crowd and my friend’s older brothers I began the use of marijuana regularly and fell into a false love relationship. I never knew the role it would play in my life but later on it ruled my every waking moment. Growing, dealing, and using her daily my Love affair lead into an even darker dungeon of addictions. After high school was the beginning of the separation between two lives I was attempting to live. On one side I was a “good” Morehead State University student, outgoing, compassionate, and excited to pursue a business degree, but on the other side I was dealing dope, using, and experimenting with many drugs, and getting as many people as I could to partake in my demise. Balancing friendships, school, and my thrill seeking lifestyle was something I simply could not do, the dark side of my life was starting to dominate my thoughts and life. I dropped out of school and moved in with two good friends, leaving everything behind. I became numb to my feelings and started separating myself from childhood friends and family whom I was very close to. 

The drugs, hate, and numb side was taking over my mother's blonde hair, blue eyed, baby boy. Many times running from the cops, dealing drugs on a college campus,  trips across state lines with large amounts of drugs was the start of the next layer to my dark painting. The use of acid, mushrooms, speed, opiates, cocaine, and pretty much anything else I could find was becoming a daily habit. At this point I was living in a grow house with two friends and looking for any adrenaline I could. I was getting into physical altercations frequently, and also began noticing a strange darkness in my eyes. I remember gazing at myself in the mirror after many hours of being awake and thinking is Kylen still there? 

Shortly after this encounter I began to experience a very intense depression and lost the will to live.  I could care less of putting myself in harm’s way, packing a gun to every drug deal, looking for that next moment where I felt alive instead of simply existing. I finally broke. My mind began to control me instead of me controlling my mind. I began to experience many strange thoughts and behaviors, and it became too much. Earlier in my life three years prior at the age of eighteen I had experienced similar thoughts but these were much more intense. But then it happened. 

Not like when I was a boy at the age of thirteen, not like ever before I heard something, someone, speak to me in such a way I knew they knew me. Like really knew me. Not like my mom who gave birth, but like someone that could tell you my every thought, even the amount of hairs on my head. It was strange as I heard a voice tell me “Take a shower.” As i was contemplating the validity of this voice I decided to go ahead and roll with it, even though I had just had one earlier in the morning. As I entered into an apartment I was renting paid for by drug money in Morehead, KY, I went to take the shower. Then something happened. Something that would change the direction of my life, forever. 

As the water was coming down over me, thoughts of my past, moments that I was in harm's way, and various experiences came to mind. I heard again the same voice that told me to get into the shower, “Kylen, I was with you every time, protecting you.” As I came to myself and realized this was not just my mind playing tricks, I knew with every cell in me my Father was speaking to me. I swiped that curtain over and fell into the bathroom floor. I realized that I came into the world with nothing and I was leaving this world with nothing unless I had this relationship. I instantly knew a change had taken place, I went from believing in a creator to knowing him. Jesus extended mercy to me over two thousand years ago but was speaking to me in November 2012 about it and I believed truly for the very first time in His cross and resurrection. 

He gave me a will to leave it all behind, the drugs, the false me, and offered me the life I was created for. Louisa, KY was the place I heard to go and I followed his leading. Just a short week later God had made a way for me to get plugged into a local church, meet my Pastor Rick May, who discipled me along with the Holy Spirit, and gave me a place to live with my Godmother (I could've went to my parent’s house but I heard Louisa and that's where I went). Since then I could tell you hundreds of God encounters and divine appointments, also faults and failures along the way. I got a job with a Louisa based Addiction Recovery company, ARC, whom I work for today as a Kentucky Peer Support Specialist.

Today I have a beautiful Wife (Lena), two amazing daughters (Lynden and Delaney), also a large, loving family. Most of all I have a burning, passionate, Hope filled, Love relationship with my Jesus. I am a minister of the only good news that can set man free, and I enjoy telling anyone who will listen my personal story of how Jesus came into my darkness and offered me His glorious Light. Now my life is a canvas, painted by my creator, who took stained glass of heartache from my past and splashed hope, purpose, and identity each day, I AM His masterpiece. Thank you JESUS! 

What was your “aha moment?”

When I realized my mind was starting to control me and my thought life was out of control something clicked, I knew something better was in store for me, but the “aha moment” was when I had the shower encounter with God. 

Describe the feelings you experienced while in active addiction.

Feelings of hopelessness, depressed, and shame. I knew I had so much potential to make my loved ones proud, but I just couldn't get away from that life. I felt stuck and like I was a walking dead man.

What is the driving force that keeps you going when times get tough?

My daily conversation with Holy Spirit. He is my guide in this life. God is the only force that can keep me. Knowing He is a Good Father and He is always for me, helps a lot. 

What advice do you have for the addict that is still struggling?

YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU MATTER! GOD IS WITH YOU AND FOR YOU.

What obstacles or roadblocks have you encountered along your recovery journey?

Just the ups and downs life throws at you. Most people in addiction wouldn't tell you this but I happen to believe we are “feelers” our emotions can get the best of us. We used to numb them, but by doing that we couldn't feel the good feelings either. Dealing with emotions and feeling again can be tough. 

What is something you want people who have never struggled with addiction to know? 

Addiction does not make you a bad person, it makes you a sick person, not a bad person.

What advice do you have for family members of person in active addiction?

Connect with your loved one and Love them, no matter what. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection.

Closing thoughts: 

God's Love is the answer to our problems on this earth, when we can see him for the Good Father He is, and see ourselves as his children, life stops being about something you do and strive to do right, and it becomes what it was intended to be , a radical Love experience with The Family of God.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call Addiction Recovery Care at 606.638.0938 or visit them on the web at www.arccenters.com

There is hope. There is help.