New Library Director in Greenup Keeps Library Soaring

New Library Director in Greenup Keeps Library Soaring

Kathy Clayton

Ashland Beacon


              Libraries are magical places, full of adventure and information and fun, a place where the community can find all kinds of activities. “I want people to think of the library as a destination, a place people want to go and spend time,” said Tim Gampp, new director at the Greenup County Public Library.

               As director and librarian at the main branch, Gampp oversees three public libraries and two bookmobiles. Besides Greenup, there are branch libraries in South Shore (McKell) and Flatwoods.

               “Instead of people running to the movies or the mall or Lexington, I want people to see the library as a destination,” he said. “I want to see books flying off the shelves.”

               Of course, modern libraries offer much more than books, as he is quick to point out. There are DVDs to check out, magazines and newspapers to read, and activities for adults and children. The Greenup library will feature a dinner and movie event February 10, at 6 p.m. “I’m not sure what they’re serving for dinner, but the movie will be Black Panther – Wakanda Forever.”

               Gampp, who started January 1, stepped into big shoes when he took the GCPL job. Sharon Haines and, before her, Dorothy Griffith, spent many years in the GCPL system. “I’m still understanding the programs going on here. Sharon left it in good shape.”

               The library also offers Libby, which allows library card holders to borrow books to download their Kindle or other device. Hoopla is a streaming service that features audio and e-books, and Kanopy which streams some shows, documentaries, BBC, and children’s programming.

               Gampp graduated from Shawnee State University with a degree in fine arts and soon discovered there were not many fine arts opportunities in southern Ohio. He answered an advertisement for a library branch manager in Portsmouth in 1998. “I fell in love with libraries,” he said, and went on to get a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University.

               He has spent time as a librarian in Rowan County before coming to Greenup, and before that was a regional consultant for the State Library of Kentucky, overseeing 15 to 20 libraries in eastern Kentucky. “I learned a lot about eastern Kentucky from traveling around,” Gampp commented.

               Gampp is proud of the programs currently offered in the GCPL system. There are weekly story hours at each library, Wednesdays in Greenup, Tuesdays in Flatwoods, and Thursdays at McKell. “Vickie Hughes does a wonderful job with the kids,” he said. Dr. Seuss Day will be celebrated March 4 and 11 at the Greenup branch, featuring green eggs and ham, a scavenger hunt, crafts, games and prizes.

               A Get Crafty event is planned February 6 at the McKell branch. Participants will learn to create a stacked book décor item. The Flatwoods branch plans to offer an after school program, starting February 9, for kids age 7-12. Anyone interested should call the library for registration information for any of these events.

               Gampp stated, “We hope to appeal to the younger generation by offering some new gaming programs.” Plans for this are not finalized, but Gampp has an area in mind, with wall space for a TV. This area is near the Jesse Stuart section of the library, which features a glass case of first edition Stuart books, many autographed by Stuart, one of Greenup County’s most renowned citizens.

               Gampp pointed out that the library’s genealogy services are one of the more popular functions. An entire room is dedicated to historical and genealogy information. Many residents come in daily to browse through the family information collected over the years. There are also copies of newspaper from days gone by, including a few Ashland newspapers dating back to 1889, Russell Times editions from 1917, and the Greenup paper from 1935. “We are digitizing these, making it easier to find articles and obituaries,” he explained.

               He also pointed out that citizens can get tax help beginning February 1, extending through tax season. Go to the Greenup branch to put your name on the list; you will be given a packet of information to fill out, and a tax consultant will contact you to set up an appointment.

               For more information on GCPL programming, or to register for an upcoming event, check the library’s web site or call 473-6514.

Urgent Care Options that the Community Can Count On

Urgent Care Options that the Community Can Count On

Sasha Bush

The Ashland Beacon

Animal Urgent Care

It’s always comforting to know that whenever the weather has got you feeling down or you feel a cold coming on that you have options as far as health care goes. Most of us have a primary care physician who we visit regularly. But, for those times that we find ourselves needing care after hours we often turn to urgent cares or to the emergency room.  But what happens when our furry, waggy-tailed friends need help outside of the vets normal operating hours? Thanks to Riverside Urgent Pet Care, we no longer have to ask that question.  Riverside Urgent Pet Care is an alternative to the animal ER. They offer care and treatment for non-life-threatening conditions for all your fur babies’ needs.

Dr. Amy Bess, DVM, is one of three veterinarians who works at Riverside Urgent Pet Care. Dr. Bess stated, “Right now we are open for after-hours care on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6pm-10pm. We would love to be open more, and maybe one day, we will be able to expand.” Currently, Riverside Urgent Pet Care is located at 1550 Kenwood Drive in Russell, Kentucky. Examples of conditions that can be treated include, but are not limited to, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, minor wounds and lacerations, skin allergies, frequent urination, eye discharge/squinting, toenail injuries, anxiety, ear infections, and end of life care.

The inspiration to create an urgent care for pets was stemmed from Dr. Bess’ work with the Animal ER in Ceredo. Dr. Bess would often see frustrated owners bring their pets in to the Animal ER with non-emergent conditions, such as ear infections and congestion because they were unable to get into their regular vet. “I could see that there was a huge population of pets that fell into this category of urgent care but not quite an emergent care need,” shared Dr. Bess. Once Dr. Bess realized that there was a real need for an urgent care for pets, it wasn’t too long after that her vision became a reality. Today, Dr. Bess works alongside two other veterinarians, Dr. Mirissa Duncil and Dr. Kyle Franks. Together they work to make sure that animals across the Tri-State have access to the care that they need, and that pet owners can rest easy knowing they have options outside of regular office hours.

Dr. Bess truly loves everything about her work. “Being there to help a suffering pet and a worried pet owner get the help that they need when they need it is what Riverside Urgent Pet Care is all about. We love that our urgent care clients are genuinely grateful for us. It is so satisfying to be able to provide care for their furry loved ones and to offer advice on how to better care for their pets,” noted Bess. If you have a furry animal friend that needs urgent medical care, you can contact Riverside Urgent Pet Care at 606.266.8262. Their office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Giving Street Cred to the Locals Rick Potter with Award Nominations and New Album

Giving Street Cred to the Locals

Rick Potter with Award Nominations and New Album

By:  Brittany Hall

Ashland Beacon

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“Do or do not; there is no try.” Yoda said these profound words in the Star Wars series and ironically, it has proven to be true. So, what does it mean exactly? It means to try, to try again even when you fail, try again, work hard, fail and succeed. Work hard long enough and your efforts will be rewarded. That is the case with local country/bluegrass musician Rick Potter who has been nominated for several Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards. “I feel it gives us a little street credit to the local area. Plus, it gets our name out to other cities and states that have never heard of us. It’s very important.” Potter adamantly spoke.

Potter humbly said that he was very surprised that he had been nominated at all. “There are so many talented local artists that should be on that list. I’m so glad that people thought enough about my songs to nominate me.” When asked what the future may hold if he wins, or even after the nominations, Potter said “I’m not looking for this to change anything for me. My only goal is to write songs and support other singer/songwriters. If it takes me to places to hear or play on stage with other great musicians, then I consider myself successful.”

No matter the career, passion, or hobby we may have, someone had to be an influence to ignite that fire within us. We all have a role model in our lives that we look to guide us and mentor us. This such person for Potter was his dad, Richard Potter who last played with the River Cities Band. “He played in every animal bar in the tri-state area. I’ve never considered myself as talented as him, but people have said I’m like him in the way I treat and support other musicians. My dad was always helpful to many local musicians back in the day. If I’m thought of in that way, instead of my music, then I’m good with that. My dad would be proud.” Family and music go hand in hand in many genres, especially with small town, local artists. There is a sense of pride that goes along with carrying on a family tradition that comes with a melody.

Potter, who was the host of Callihan’s Acoustic Jam Session for 10 years, always encouraged artists to write their own music. He gave this advice, “It’s one thing to perform covers really well, but it’s another to write an incredible song and capture someone’s attention when you play it. Be professional and be yourself.” Everyone can agree with those words, because we’ve all been in a situation where a song has captured our heart and we remember that artist because of it. Even Potter was given advice that stayed with him. “Don’t suck. In other words, don’t fake it. Be original, be professional, and show people you’re having a good time. Don’t suck.” A trail blazer, in any genre of music, must first be true to themselves, their craft, and their audience.

Want to hear music from Rick Potter? He has videos on Facebook, and most importantly a brand new album set to release on all streaming services on February 10. Excited about the new album, Potter invitingly stated “I’m having an album release party on February 11 at 8p.m. at Riverbend Pub and Grill in Vanceburg, KY. It’s very small, but a great place to listen to live music. The people there love this growing independent music scene.”

King’s Daughters Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Karri Berlin, APRN

King’s Daughters Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Karri Berlin, APRN

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   King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome nurse practitioner Karri Berlin, APRN, to King’s Daughters Gastroenterology, the practice of Cheryl Bascom, M.D., Liege Diaz, M.D., Arthur Gaing, M.D., Garfield Grandison, M.D., Gabie Ong, M.D., and Diane Settles, M.D.

   Berlin previously worked at King’s Daughters as a registered nurse from 2013 to 2019, returning in 2021.

   She earned her master of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn., and her associate of science in nursing from Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland, Ky. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

   King’s Daughters Gastroenterology specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. They help with issues including acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, trouble with swallowing, gallstones, polyps and gastrointestinal cancers.

   King’s Daughters Gastroenterology is located at Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St., Suite 440, Ashland. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 606.408.8200. A provider referral is not required.

Beacon Hoops: January 31, 2023

Beacon Hoops: January 31, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon

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   Ashland went 1-1 this week with a district win over Fairview and a loss to Region 9 power-house Covington Catholic.

   The Tomcats had four players in double figures in their 77-55 win over Fairview. Rheyce Deboard led the way with 18 points. Zander Carter added 17. Asher Adkins tossed in 16 and Tucker Conway had 15 and went 5 of 10 from downtown.

   Ashland fell 83-57 to Covington Catholic. Carter led the Tomcats with 17. Conway had 14. Deboard added 10. 

   Ashland visits Bath County Monday, George Washington Tuesday, welcomes Boyd County Friday and Ironton on Saturday.

BOYD 15-4

   Boyd County went 2-0 this week with wins over Johnson Central and West Carter.

   Jacob Spurlock set a Boyd County record with 10 three-pointers in the Lions 87-61 win over Johnson Central. Spurlock led the Lions with 40 points. Alex Martin had 12. Cole Hicks and Jason Ellis each had 10.

   Boyd County hammered West Carter, 101-50 as the Lions eclipsed the century mark for the fourth time this season. Spurlock paced the Lions with 23 points and drained six 3s. Hicks tossed in 15 points. Drew Smith added 13. Trey Holbrook had 11. Griffin Taylor kicked in 10.

   Boyd County welcomes Russell Tuesday, visits Fairview Thursday, Ashland Friday and welcomes Letcher County Central Saturday.


   Fairview fell in all three contests this week including an overtime thriller at Greenup County.

   Fairview came up short against Ashland, 77-55. Tanner Johnson led the Eagles with 23 points. Steven Day tossed in 16. Izaac Johnson had 10.

   Fairview fell in overtime, 86-85 to Greenup County. Tanner Johnson netted a game-high 44 points while draining seven 3s. Day added 14 points. Izaac Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

   Fairview fell to Menifee County, 74-64. No stats were reported but Tanner Johnson scored his 1,000th point in the losing effort.

   Fairview visits Lawrence County Tuesday, welcomes Boyd County Thursday and travels to Coal Grove on Saturday.


   Rose Hill fell in all three contests this week, losing to Portsmouth, 75-43, Huntington St. Joe, 59-38 and Berea 82-50. No stats were reported.

   Rose Hill welcomes Tolsia Monday, Hannan, WV Tuesday and West Carter Thursday.



   A pair of wins this week pushed the Devils winning streak to 14 games while all but clinching the top spot in the upcoming 63rd District Tournament.

   Russell defeated Lawrence County, 73-60. Damon Charles led the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Caleb Rimmer added 16 points. Carson Blum tossed in 14 points.

   Russell outlasted Lewis County, 53-49. Gavin Carter led the Devils with 22 points. Rimmer had 12. Charles grabbed 11 rebounds.

   Russell visits Boyd County Tuesday and Raceland Friday.


   Raceland went 1-1 this week with a win over West Carter before falling to University Heights in the opening round of the All “A” State Tournament.

   Connor Thacker paced the Rams with 15 points in their 62-58 win over the Comets. Landyn Newman, Parker Ison and Jacob Gauze each had 11.

   Raceland fell to University Heights, 69-35. Newman led the way with 12 points. Christian Large had 10.

   Raceland visits Greenup County Monday, East Carter Tuesday, welcomes Russell Friday and visits Nicholas County Saturday.


   Greenup County went 1-1 this week with an overtime win over Fairview and a last second loss at Morgan County.

   Eli Adkins led the Musketeers to an 85-85 overtime win over Fairview. Adkins had 24 points. Kason Gammon added 21 and went a perfect 5 of 5 from downtown. Cohen Underwood had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

   Greenup County fell to Morgan County, 57-55. No stats were reported.

   Greenup County welcomes Raceland in a key 63rd District tilt on Monday, welcomes Rowan County on Tuesday and Lewis County on Friday.