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A tribute to late council member from Jenkins

Letter to the editor

To the Editor:

I would be remiss if I did not comment on the passing of Rebecca Terrill Amburgey; best known as Becky to those who knew her. I have known her since the 1960s when she was a student of mine at Jenkins High School. I also taught her brothers Johnny and Stanley.

One of Becky’s strengths was her ability to look at a problem and offer a compromise. Her attitude was always positive and who can forget her beautiful smile.

She loved Jenkins and spent most of her life there. Not only did Becky love Jenkins but she served on the Jenkins City Council since 1998. She also served on the Jenkins Festival Committee. She was very often involved in any parade the City of Jenkins held; organizing, announcing, etc.

In 2007 I was elected as the Mayor of Jenkins. The council that was elected along with me were: Terry Braddock, Chuck Anderson, Carol Ann Litts, Linda Baldwin, Todd Depriest and Becky Amburgey. I had taught most of these people at Jenkins High School and was proud that they must have listened to me in Government Class about serving their community.

One of the big problems faced by the council and me was the city water lines that had to be replaced. To solve the problem the water rates had to be raised. This was a tough decision by all concerned. But the person who spoke up for raising the water bill was Becky. There was a tie on the vote (about raising water bills) which allowed Mayor Dixon to cast the deciding vote. Because the vote to raise the water rates passed, most of the water lines have been repaired.

Jenkins is one of the few places in eastern Kentucky that has good water, and for that we can thank Becky Amburgey.


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