Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

In praise of Sheriff Danny Webb

Last Friday was without a doubt one of the lowest points of my life. I signed the papers to sell my West Virginia farm.

Do I need the money? Probably not, but I can use the extra cash. I love my farm, but if you can’t be there 100 percent of the time you are going to get robbed. It just happened to me at my house in Irvine, Ky., because I can’t be everywhere all the time. So I’m selling my farm so that I can spend more time at my house. I learned the hard way not to trust strangers.

When I hired a neighbor to mow my lawn in Irvine, he broke into my garage and stole thousands of dollars worth of my hunting equipment. I recently saw an FBI report that said there is a break-in of someone’s house or property every 14 seconds. How can we go on like this?

Unlike Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb’s department, the Estill County Sheriff’s Department is missing in action. They only have three deputies, and they are just a step above part-time. The day I called about my burglary, the sheriff ’s department told me to call Kentucky State Police. They got to me in about three hours, but they were working three other cases in Estill County. Of course I wasn’t in any hurry, as the damage was already done. So I’ll pull in my wings, sell my farm, and start staying home more.

The police have recovered some of my items, but I feel raped. Someone went onto my property, stole from me, and at the same time was getting a paycheck from me. Wouldn’t you feel the same way?

When you see our sheriff, Danny Webb, thank him for running a class department. Are we as citizens going to have to resort to self-help to protect our families, lives, and property from these druggies? I still remember the days when all that stood between someone entering your home was a screen door. Now we need to arm ourselves, stay at home, and keep watch all night. What a shame.

On even a sadder note, this could be the last year for the Letcher County Kids Day events. The Committee has always relied on the good people of Letcher County to fund these projects, but because of the economy the money is drying up. People who gave $250 last year gave $100 this year. Sponsors who gave $500 last year gave $400 this year. Well, you get the picture.

Although most sponsors have stayed on board, their money may not be enough to keep Kids Days afloat for next year. But don’t panic. The committee is still in the black for this year, and everything will go on as planned. See you at Kids Day/ Back to School Bash at the Whitesburg City Park on July 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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