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Program 1618

1. Raptor Center at Southwestern High School
2. Our Town—Paintsville
3. Ale-8-One Bottling
4. South America

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Pulaski County

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Southwestern High School Conservation Club and Raptor Rehabilitation Center

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: Prentice Walker, David Dampier
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Jim Piston

Raptor Center at Southwestern High School

Back to the Skies

The Conservation Club and Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Southwestern High School in Pulaski County treats and heals injured raptors from all over the state. Birds that can be rehabilitated are returned to the wild. Those with permanent injuries are cared for by the student volunteers and used for educational presentations.

Only a few high schools in the country serve as raptor rehabilitation centers. Among the birds of prey that Southwestern has cared for are bald eagles, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and owls.

The program was organized in 1993 by Southwestern teacher Frances Carter. The club has come a long way from one cage in Mrs. Carter's classroom. They were recognized a few years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency with the President's Volunteer Service Award. And recently students have been raising funds to build the Liberty Raptor Research Center to serve as a year-round workplace.

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Johnson County

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Paintsville Tourism

Producer/Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Paintsville

You'll likely be humming a country song if you spend some time in Paintsville. This town is home to the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, which features exhibits on Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown. Nearby you can visit Loretta Lynn's Homeplace.

Paintsville's Mountain Homeplace, with its five original 19th and early 20th century structures, aims to celebrate Appalachian heritage while dispelling stereotypes about the people of the mountains. Interpreters work on the farm throughout the growing season, explaining life in the old days.

This town was once the home of one of Kentucky's richest men: John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo (1864-1914), a schoolteacher who became a coal baron. The three-story Mayo Mansion now serves as the Our Lady of the Mountains School; the Mayo Methodist Church is known for its organ, donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and its stained glass windows.

The Kentucky Apple Festival each fall attracts hundreds of people for fried apple pies, handmade crafts, a parade, and, of course, a country music show.

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Clark County

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Ale-8-One Bottling Co., P.O. Box 645 Winchester, Ky. 40392-0645, phone: 859-744-3484

Producer: Joseph Charles Gray
Production Assistant: Joshua Mabry
Editor: Joseph Charles Gray
Narrator: Tim Engle


A Late One and Only

This next segment, produced by students at Morehead State University, looks at the iconic Ale-8-One soft drink, its history and its future.

Ale-8-One, the only Kentucky soft drink concoction still in production, was launched in 1926 in Winchester by G.L. Wainscott. Its ginger-blend recipe is a family secret to this day. Its unique name was chosen from a slogan contest at the Clark County Fair and is a pun on "A Late One," meaning the latest thing in soft drinks.

The company is still going strong today. Company president Fielding Rogers, the great-great-nephew of the founder, talks about the latest things for Ale-8-One, such as salsa and barbecue sauce, as well as suckers made by the Ruth Hunt Candy Co.

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Whitley County

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Kentucky Natural Lands Trust

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Kelly Campbell

South America

The Far Side of the Mountain

On rugged Pine Mountain in southeastern Kentucky, the days of Daniel Boone don't seem so long ago. Even today, new discoveries are being made in the wilderness. We explore one such tract of pristine land—land so remote that the locals named it South America. The tract is significant for its biodiversity, and Dave Shuffett explores this property and its rare plants and animals.

The Pine Mountain Wildlife Corridor, a project of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, will connect protected areas on Pine Mountain to form a contiguous forest block and migratory corridor—120 miles long—from Virginia to Tennessee.

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