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.

Beacon Ladies Hoops: January 31, 2023

Beacon Ladies Hoops: January 31, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon

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   Ashland went 3-1 this week with wins over Russell, Fairview and Morgan County and a loss to Boyd County.

   Ashland came from behind for a 65-63 win over Russell. Ella Sellars had 23 in the win. Kenleigh Woods had 15. Jaidyn Gulley added 11.

   Gulley led the Tomcats with 10 in their 59-3 win over Fairview.

   Ashland defeated Morgan County, 67-53. No stats were reported in the win.

   Ashland fell to Boyd County, 64-62. Sellars and Woods led the way with 22 points each. Gulley added 11.

   Ashland travels to Paintsville Tuesday and Elliott County Thursday.


   Boyd County went 1-1 this week with a district win over Ashland and a loss to Ryle.

   Boyd County fell 57-50 to Ryle. Jasmine Jordan led the Lions with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Audrey Biggs netted 11 in her return from ACL surgery during volleyball season in 2022.  Emilee Neese also added 11. Taylor Bartrum netted nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

   Jordan led the Lions with 23 points and 17 rebounds in their 64-62 win over Ashland. Biggs added 17.

   Boyd County visits Russell Monday, Greenup County on Thursday and Fairview on Friday.


   Fairview fell in all three games this week, losing to Grace Christian, 49-8, Ashland, 59-3 and a forfeit loss to Cordia.

   Fairview is scheduled to visit East Carter Monday, welcomes Boyd County Thursday and will meet Bellevue, Dayton and Newport on Friday and Saturday in the NBD Invitational.



   Russell went 1-1 this week with a win over Ryle and a loss to Ashland.

   Shaelynn Steele paced the Devils with 22 points in their 65-63 loss to Ashland. Kennedy Darnell added 14. Bella Quinn had 11.

   Steele led the Devils with a game-high 32 points in their 63-48 win over Ryle. Quinn and Darnell each had 10.

   Russell welcomes Boyd County Monday and visits Menifee County Thursday.


   Raceland went 1-1 this week with a win over West Carter and a loss to Elliott County.

   Nim Maynard had 18 points to lead the Rams to a 64-60 win over the Comets. Kennedy Taylor tossed in 17 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Mikenna Lacks had 11.

   Raceland fell 57-52 to Elliott County. No stats were reported in the loss.

   Raceland visits Paintsville Monday and welcomes Lewis County Saturday.


   Greenup County went 1-1 this week with a win over Nitro and a loss to Portsmouth West.

   Rachel Bush led the Musketeers with 25 points and 15 rebounds in their win over Nitro, 49-41. Emily Maynard had 15.

   Greenup County fell to Portsmouth West, 52-45. Bush and Maynard each had 16 points and nine rebounds.

   Greenup County visits West Carter Monday and welcomes Boyd County Wednesday.

Paranormal Fantasy Writer Signing at Broadway Books

Paranormal Fantasy Writer Signing at Broadway Books

By Pamela Hall

Ashland Beacon

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Broadway Books, located at 1537 Winchester Avenue, opened in August is the largest independent bookstore in Ashland. They offer a variety of books in all genres, in addition to gift items and local artisan items. They also host various events, such as group discussions and book signings. 

Broadway Books will host a book signing by author Michele Savaunah Zirkle on Saturday, January 28. The event will be from 2 – 4 p.m. and Michele will have several books available.

Michele Savaunah Zirkle is originally from Mason County, WV and currently lives in Columbus, OH. She taught school for 27 years before becoming an author. She mainly writes in the paranormal fantasy genre. In addition to writing books, she contributes to several journals, magazines, and anthologies. She is also a life coach and holistic healing practitioner.

Michele’s first novel, Rain No Evil, came out in 2016. It is a story of self-discovery and enlightenment that came about as the result of real-life paranormal activity that began occurring in her house years ago. She kept a diary of the events that took place and wrote the book several years later.

“It’s eerie in a way,” Michele observed, “but it’s also upbeat and transformative.”

Michele’s second book, The Emerald Island Elixir, came out in 2018. It is the story of a man who drinks a magic bottle of beer, which causes him to time travel into the future.

“This is a story of redemption through reincarnation,” Michele said.

In her latest book, Michele totally switches gears with a children’s picture book. Snowie the Squareman came out in November. It is a book that teaches diversity and acceptance and assures children that being different is okay.

As you can see, Michele Zirkle writes in a variety of styles. She also had a short story titled “Candlewick Cove: Love at the B & B” in an anthology, Love on the Edge. She is currently working on a self-help book that she hopes will be available this spring. For more information, go to Michele’s website,

“I’m very excited to be coming to be coming to Broadway Books in Ashland,” Michele said. “I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.”

“We love to host book signings,” said Jill Geyer Donta who co-owns Broadway Books with Nancy Miller. “We can’t wait to host Michele Zirkle on Saturday.”

Stop in to Broadway Books on Saturday at 2:00 to meet Michele Savaunah Zirkle. Pick up one of her books, and shop the unique items that Broadway Books offers.

Cole Chaney Living a Musician’s Dream

Cole Chaney Living a Musician’s Dream


Pamela Hall

 Ashland Beacon

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Eastern Kentucky has always had an abundance of people with musical talent with many going on to enjoy professional careers. The newest sensation from Boyd County is Cole Chaney from Catlettsburg.

Chaney will be performing at the Paramount Arts Center on Friday, January 27, as the opening act for John Anderson.

Chaney is a 2018 graduate of Boyd County High School. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. As a teenager, he began playing and singing in public, often performing at Open Mic nights at a former local restaurant in Cannonsburg. He also performed at the Guitar Bar inside the Delta Marriott Hotel in Ashland.

“I’d play at the Delta for three hours for a $50 bar tab that I wasn’t even old enough to use,” Chaney said with a laugh.

After graduation, Chaney went to welding school and went to work for Marathon. Later, he moved to Wisconsin for a welding job there. While in Wisconsin, he began writing songs.

“That’s when things got put into perspective for me,” Chaney said, referring to his music. He decided to pursue a music career more earnestly.

After fulfilling his employment contract in Wisconsin, Chaney returned home to Catlettsburg. During the pandemic, he moved to Lexington, where doors began to open for him to perform. Places that had booked bands were getting cancellations due to Covid, and Chaney was available to fill in. He began to gain notoriety and perform at more venues and was a guest on the popular Red Barn Radio.

After moving back to Catlettsburg, he released an album in 2021. The album has 12 songs that he has written. The title cut, “Mercy”, was written after the closing of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, where his mother worked. He also has a four song EP available, recorded through Ourvinyl.  Both the album and the EP are available on his website, along with other merchandise.

Chaney’s popularity has skyrocketed since the release of his album and EP. He is gaining a loyal fan base that is ever growing due in part to his music style. His music is a celebration of life in Eastern Kentucky.

“It’s been an incredibly vertical climb that’s been a lot of fun,” Chaney remarked.

His rise in popularity led to him being the opening act for John Anderson at the Paramount. This is a dream come true for Chaney.

“He’s a living legend,” Chaney said about Anderson. “I’m very excited to be opening for him, and I’m really looking forward to it. I never thought I’d be opening for him.”

Don’t miss Cole Chaney and John Anderson at the Paramount Arts Center on Friday, January 27. Tickets are available at the Paramount Box Office or online at

2023 Advice Through the Generations

2023 Advice Through the Generations

Deidra Bowling-Meade

Ashland Beacon

   It’s hard to believe that we are almost through the first month of 2023!  I’m sure resolutions were started for the new year with some still being kept and others being broken.  As we continue through 2023, let’s take a look at some local words of wisdom and well wishes from different generational perspectives.  The words of the wise from young children through adults in their nineties are definitely worth implementing in 2023.

Advice from Kids

Mack Meade, age 6

“Listen to God.  Help people, and don’t just stand there staring at them.”

Oliver Womack, age 7

“Keep trying!”

Sophie Griffith, age 9

“Just keep doing what you're doing, and you'll make something great out of it.”

Brock Cumpton, age 10

“Work hard on whatever you’re doing and don’t give up. Push through the hard work and it’ll all pay off.”

Delaney Calhoun, age 11

“Join a team sport. You can make new friends and learn a lot about cooperation. You also get to experience winning and losing together.”

Isaac Calhoun, age 11

“Be creative in 2023. Try a new craft. Give art a try. If you don’t write very often, give it a shot. Experience creating music for the first time. The sky is the limit to your creativity.”

Brandon Bush, age 12

“You have one decision to make every day–will you choose to be happy or will you choose to live life in sadness and fear?  Happiness is a choice…choose to smile each day.”

Advice From Teens

Dylan Todd, age 16

“Greatness comes from a collection of habits. It’s not a singular trait. It’s not something you’re born with, but what you do over and over again, day after day.”

Chloe Hayes, age 17

“Focus on yourself, and do what makes you happy without worrying what people think.”

“Kylie Thompson, age 17

“Cherish each moment, and never take anything for granted.”

Ethan Parsons, age 18

“Make the most of the one life you have.”

Advice from Those

in Their Twenties

Austin Cumpton

“Respond to negativity with positivity.”

Zoe Gallegos

“Take three seconds to just breathe if you’re stressed or anxious.”

Autumn Murphy

“Even when life gets hectic and people are continuously asking you out to do things, make sure that you take some time for yourself.  Care about your mental and physical health. Sometimes that means saying no to people.”

Oliva Parsons

“Pick one thing that you’ve always wanted to do/learn and do it. You’re never too old to try something new.”

Advice from Those

in Their Thirties

Ryan Bonner

“Always look to seek out knowledge from those wiser than you. Look for answers from people you know have been through or worked through the same adversity you may be facing. Be humble enough to know that you don't have all the answers, but there is certainly help out there!”

Brittany Hall

“Everyday is a new opportunity to be a better version of who you are than you were the day before - don’t take that lightly. Stay in your lane. Getting distracted by comparing yourself to others will take you nowhere. Laugh and laugh often. It is spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally necessary. Laugh everyday.”

Maranda Prevatt

“Resolve to live each day from a place of compassion for others’ experiences.

Many of our pains with day to day circumstances and frustrations with others can be conquered with empathy.  Allowing yourself to see a moment through the lense of someone else, can result in all involved walking away with contentment.”

Ali Wilcox

“Do something for yourself everyday no matter how small. It could be getting in a quick workout, reading a chapter of a book, or taking a hot bath. We often get so caught up in our work lives and helping others that we forget to take care of ourselves. If you aren’t taking care of yourself and your mental health, you won’t be able to give your best to everything else.”

Advice From Those

in Their Forties

Meredith Calhoun

“Take care of your mental and physical health. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you and understand your desire to ‘be better.’ These steps will also help you be more attentive and empathetic towards others’ physical and mental needs.”

Jason Cook

Your character means everything. Do what you say. Show up on time. Give your all anytime you can. Personal accomplishments come from others trusting you to do the job.

Tami Cook

Accept your shortcomings. I spent a lot of years thinking I had to be perfect at everything, which caused me to have anxiety and self-doubt. I’ve come to realize that there are things I’m just never going to excel at and that’s ok. I focus on what I do well and ask for help in the areas I struggle.

Amy Cumpton

Buy in bulk–saves gas and time in the long run.

Brandi Cumpton

“Be kind, generous and helpful to others without expectations of it being returned.”

Lora Parsons

Just love people.  They’re worthy of that despite what they say or do.  Look beyond the surface, dig deep if you have to, and just sincerely, thoroughly love people.

Trey Parsons

“Take things a step at a time. Be good to yourself if you don’t get it.”

Erin Womack

“Be kinder and more sympathetic to each other. Try to see the best in others instead of faults or flaws. Give more than you did the year before–give of your time, give of your talents, give of your heart!”

Travis Womack

“Always wear sunscreen!”

   Check back next week for advice from those in their fifties and up.