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May 2011 Rep. Adkins presents $730,000 to Sandy Hook for sewer improvements

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On May 2, 2011, Rep. Rocky Adkins presented a $730,000 check to Mayor Robby Adkins for upgrades and improvements to the Sandy Hook's sewer system. The check was presented to Sandy Hook Mayor Robby Adkins at the May 2nd City Council meeting. At left are pictures of Rep. Adkins and Sandy Hook officials and employees with ceremonial check at current sewer plant.

March 2010 Local Students Explore Space
Rep. Adkins

MOREHEAD, KY - Students from Elliott County High School participated in the first annual Morehead State University Space Science Movie Project. Their movie documentary, Black Holes, was previewed recently at the Morehead State University Star Theatre.

Majority Leader Representative Rocky Adkins, Majority whip Representative John will Stacy, and Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews were on hand to greet over 80 students, teachers and guests that attended the event and awards ceremony.

Rep. AdkinsElliott County students Jeremy Akers, Kevin clevenger, Lane Herron, Eugene Mofford, Ashley Salyers, Melony Sloas and Sarah Smith worked on the NASA sponsered space movie project. teachers anita Laney and John Carter helped the students and traveled with them to Morehead.

Students and teachers spent two days in January studying space and science concepts at the new Morehead State University Space Science Center. They also got a chance tow work with top scientists and experience the new state-of-the-art planetarium. Students returned to campus for one day to view documentaries from each of the teams and to receive awards.

Star TheaterEach student earned an iPod for their work on the project. The team received a new 27-inch iMac to help create future video projects along with three additional iMac workstations for the studio in their school.

Thirteen teams from Greenup County High School, Lawrence County High School, Sheldon Clark High School, Johnson Central High School, Betsy Layne High School, Lee County High School, Morgan County High School, Elliott County High School and Menifee County High School took part in the two month long program.

"These schools produced some incredible work with top notch science and creativity," said Kristin Barton, Director of the MSU 21st Century Education enterprise. "Is was particularly impressive given the number of days these schools were unable to work on the project because of the snow in Eastern Kentucky."

MSU's 21st Century Education Enterprise created the program with help from MSU's Departments of Science, Education and Space Science. NASA provided funding through the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. dataseam proveded the computers used in the schools for the project. All the documentaries can be biewed at

Rep. Rocky Adkins helps dedicate the
Ed Mabry-Laurel Gorge Wildlife Management Area

Frankfort, KY: Rep. Rocky Adkins helped dedicate the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s newest Wildlife Management Area – the Ed Mabry-Laurel Gorge WMA – on Thursday, September 10th in Elliott County.

“The 700-acre property in the Laurel Creek Gorge area has been a conservation priority because of its exceptional resources, “said Rep. Adkins. “We know what a jewel this area is in Elliott County and are thrilled that this project is now a reality.”

Named for the former owner of the property, the new WMA includes more than six miles of Laurel Creek, high quality coldwater habitat that can support a trout fishery. Laurel Creek and its tributaries provide among the highest quality aquatic resources known in this region. Helping maintain the stream’s high quality are 700 acres of mature forest.
“The Ed Mabry-Laurel Gorge WMA will provide an excellent place for fishermen, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts for years to come,” said Rep. Adkins.

The Department used Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund resources, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Louisville District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.s. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Division of Water to acquire the property. No state general fund tax dollars or hunting and fishing license dollars were spent.

The dedication took place at the low water bridge on Stegall-Coldsprings Road which connects KY 32 and KY 556.

Rep. Rocky Adkins presents check to Sandy Hook for sewer improvements
Latest funding brings total to more than $1 million for city’s sewer upgrades

Sandy Hook, KY: Rep. Rocky Adkins, (D-Sandy Hook), presented a check to represent the more than $1 million in funding to upgrade and improve the City of Sandy Hook’s sewer system. Rep. Adkins presented the check to city officials at the July 6th Sandy Hook City Council meeting. Read more

Adkins-Caudill Performing Arts Center Adkins-Caudill Performing Arts Center — named in honor of State Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and the W. Paul & Lucille Caudill Little Foundation — was formally dedicated April 21, 2007.

The 318-seat, 12,000-square-foot-theater is an addition to the Elliott County High School Campus and has replaced the High School gym as the school and community gathering place.

Click on image at left to see gallery of Performing Arts Center dedication photos

Click on Play Button at right to see Video Progression of the construction of the Adkins-Caudill Performing Arts Center in Sandy Hook

On October 12, 2008, Rep. Adkins presented a $295,000 check to fund a walking/biking trail, bathrooms and other amenities in Laurel Gorge. Rep. Adkins gave the check during a “Second Sunday,” a statewide event designed to get Kentuckians moving to fight obesity. State Representative Rocky Adkins and Senator Walter Blevins leads our first parade through the Laurel Curves to attack obesity. Rocky preseneted a check for $295,000.00 for a walking/biking trail, bathrooms, and other amenities along one of the most scenic and well known parts of Elliott County. Elliott County was one of sixty counties participating in a Second Sunday event on October 12th.

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Past Elliott County Schools Superintendent Curt Davis, who originally built Sandy Hook Elementary School in 1962, cuts the ribbon in a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated building. From left to right participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are Elliott County School Board member Susan Burton, State Senator Walter Blevins, Lavinia Davis, past superintendent Curt Davis, Grover Frederick, State Representative Rocky Adkins, and Elliott County Schools Superintendent John C. Williams.

Newly Remodeled Sandy Hook Elementary Dedication

The newly remodeled Sandy Hook Elementary School/7th & 8th Grade was dedicated Wednesday, August 6 during an open house for the public. The newly renovated building features geothermal heating and cooling, energy efficient lighting, thermal pane windows, new floors, drop ceilings, state of the art technology infrastructure and computer lab, among many other features. The building is truly "green" as the efficient design saves the use of electricity.

Attending the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was past Elliott County Schools Superintendent Curt Davis who originally built the building in 1962.

"It was an honor to have such a pioneer of education participate in this ceremony, especially seeing he was responsible for the consolidation of many one room schools throughout Elliott County into the first modern facilities of their kind", Superintendent John C. Williams stated.

Also included in the ceremony was the original contractor who built the building in 1962, Grover Fredrick. Representative Rocky Adkins, Senator Walter Blevins, and current Superintendent John C. Williams rounded out the speaking platform as they all added many complements to the quality of the new renovation of the facility.

Rattlesnake Ridge Water District Check
From left to right in picture: Dan Cheek, FIVECO Ad District; Chris Stamper, Rattlesnake Ridge Water District; Jay Whitehead, Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet; Steve Hohmann, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands; Rep. Rocky Adkins; Larry Stevens, Elliott County Assistant County Judge; Bill Gilbert, Rattlesnake Ridge Water District; and Charles Wallace, Carter County Judge Executive.

October 15, 2007-
Rep. Rocky Adkins Announces New Water Lines For Elliott County Residents

Rep. Rocky Adkins,(D-Sandy Hook) announced last Thursday that residents in Elliott County will soon have clean drinking water, thanks to a $1.5 million grant he helped procure. The project will install more than 14 miles of water lines and serve 52 homes in the Brushy Creek, Little Brushy Creek and Hurricane Road areas in Elliott and Carter Counties and the Cherokee Gap area in Lawrence County.

Rep. Adkins, joined by residents and state officials, helped present the $1.5 million check to the Rattlesnake Ridge Water District last week.

“This is an awfully important project for Elliott County," said Rep. Adkins. "This goes back to areas left out of previous projects and I think it is wonderful to be able to come back and get to them.”

The 52 residences targeted by the water line program had been identified by a study funded by Kentucky's Division of Abandoned Mine Lands as having been impacted by mining operations before 1982.

"I have worked throughout my legislative career to bring clean, safe drinking water to rural areas of Elliott County and this is a result of those efforts," said Rep. Adkins. "It's wonderful news for these folks and their families."

Larry CordleOn September 22, 2007, Rep. Rocky Adkins presented country music singer/songwriter Larry Cordle with a proclamation celebrating Cordle's name being included on US-23 Country Music Highway's Lawrence County boundary signs.

Cordle, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, was born and raised on a small farm in Eastern Kentucky, and was introduced to bluegrass, country and gospel music by his great-grandfather. Cordle was a boyhood friend and frequent picking partner of Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley.

Cordle established himself as a major songwriting talent via “Highway 40 Blues,” a No. 1 single for Skaggs in 1983. Subsequently, he became one of Nashville’s top composers, authoring such hits as “Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me” (Diamond Rio), “Against The Grain” (Garth Brooks), “Lonesome Dove” (Trisha Yearwood) and “Two Highways” (Alison Krauss).

Rep. Adkins, along with Sandra Jobe, a member of the Louisa Tourism Commission, advocated for two years to get Cordle's name on the Country Music Highway sign. "I am so glad that Larry Cordle is getting the recognition he deserves," said Rep. Adkins. "Larry is a talented singer and songwriter who has worked hard to promote bluegrass, country and gospel music, which is the music I and so many Eastern Kentuckians grew up on."

Cordle, a veteran of the United States Navy and graduate of Morehead State University, also performed at the grand opening of the recently renovated Garden Theatre in Louisa on September 22.

Sandy Hook Elementary Students

Rep. Rocky Adkins talks about the legislative process with Sandy Hook Elementary school students in his Capitol office in Frankfort, Kentucky in March.

Elliott Co Schools Funding Funding for School Improvement Presented to Elliott County

Rep. Rocky Adkins presented a check for $400,000 to Elliott County High School Superintendent John Williams at the school's 2006 graduation ceremony on May 27, 2006. The funding is to be used for projects in the Elliott County School District and include upgrades and improvements at a recreational complex and grounds upgrades; construction completion of the Elliott County Park; and heating and cooling system upgrades in local school gymnasiums.

Elliott County Superintendent John C. Williams accepts the check from Rep. Rocky Adkins, with Sen. Walter Blevins observing.

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