Edwards named Coal Festival Queen
(Local News ~ 09/25/11)
Last year's Coal Festival princess is this year's queen: Rikki Edwards, crowned Sunday by her best friend Shayna Nicol, was thrilled with the win. "I'm so excited," she said. "It's really an honor to get to represent Dugger like this." Edwards, who told the crowd she's currently reading author Leo Tolstoy's lengthy Russian novel "War and Peace" because she loves to study history, wins a $500 scholarship. This year's princess, Paige Passen, will receive a $250 scholarship. Passen told the audience organ donation's important. "There are many people out there that are (destined) to do something in this world," she said. "And just because something bad's happened to them, that shouldn't stop them." Conner Kendall received third place and a $100 scholarship. She told the crowd if selected queen, she believed she'd do well. "I do the right things," she said. "I believe I could set a good example for all the little kids running around." Other queen candidates included Madelen Filton, Ashleigh Boyd, Kaitlyn Lewis, Shawna Kamstra, and Shelby Smith. Smith, Lewis, Boyd, Kendall and Edwards all competed previously in last year's queen pageant. The candidates also competed in raising funds for the festival by selling tickets to a chicken noodle dinner. Filton raised the most money -- $321 -- and received $50. The candidates compete in sports, formal and businesswear categories, writing an essay on which disease they'd eliminate from the world and answering a question on stage. While each contestant drew one question at random, the shared question -- which disease each candidate would eliminate from the world -- frequently drew tears. Many had seen their own family members suffer, sometimes dying from the diseases they sought to eradicate. Lewis, who intends to become an oncologist and work with children, said childhood cancer's what she'd eliminate. While about 80 percent of kids stricken with the disease survive "in my opinion, 80 percent is not enough." Watching her brother suffer with cancer inspired her to a career in medicine, she recalled tearfully. "I do not believe children should have to live in a hospital," she said. "They should be able to swim, play and enjoy sports as I have." Kamstra, who plans to become a cosmetologist, likewise remembered her grandfather tearfully. Stricken with muscular dystrophy, he struggled, was required to walk with crutches, and ultimately died. "He passed away at the young age of 55 with his family by his side," she said, fighting back the tears. Kendall, who plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis for pre-med courses in biology and anatomy, seeks to eradicate mitochondrial disease, which could eventually leave her little sister Dixie, 4, in a wheelchair. Shelby Smith, meanwhile, hoped to eliminate a rare strain of leukemia which struck only five people in 2010 and which cost her beloved aunt her life. "For two months, I watched the emotional toll it took on the entire family," she said. "I never comprehended how precious and fragile life was until I lost my aunt." Despite heavy rains, which postponed the Car Show and mud volleyball until Oct. 2, about 400 people attended the Coal Festival Queen pageant, held in the Dugger Community Building. The pageant was sponsored by Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine and Watering Can Flowers.
Records fall as Miners rout Cougars, 81-20
(High School Sports ~ 09/25/11)
Revenge is a dish best served in front of a homecoming throng. The No. 3 Class A Linton-Stockton Miners tried to erase the memory of last year's 73-33 loss at North Daviess with a 81-20 victory over the Cougars at Roy Williams Field Friday night. "We just got our butts kicked tonight," North Daviess coach Scotty Helms, who's two-time defending Southwest Seven Conference champion Cougars slipped to 3-3, 2-2, told his team after the Miner onslaught. "They just handed it to us...
Scenes from the Annual Owensburg Founder's Day celebration
(Local News ~ 09/25/11)
Go to the following link to see a photo gallery from the Owensburg Founder's Day celebration on Saturday. http://gcdailyworld.com/gallery/9318
Owensburg public meeting on post office closure set for Monday
(Local News ~ 09/25/11)
The residents of Owensburg are hoping to voice their concerns about the closing of their post office at a meeting planned for Monday night at 7 p.m. The meeting, at the Owensburg-Jackson Township Fire Station, is part of a discontinuation of service feasibility study being conducted by the U.S. Postal Service...
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