Hubert “Huck” Francis, 93, of Osgood passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Blue Ash Care Center in Cincinnati. He was born at Carbon Glow in Letcher, County, Kentucky on May 9, 1923 the son of Harrison and Raney Blair Frances. He was married to Gertrude Dunbar on July 18, 1948 and she preceded him in death on August 12, 2013. Survivors include four daughters Gail (John) Bosley of Raleigh, North Carolina, Diana (Dan) Rimstidt of Loveland, Ohio, Cheryl (Ronald) Elff of Fishers, and Joy (Rich) Clark of St. Johns, Florida; 5 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother Harrison Francis, Jr. of Swayzee; one sister Dale Bell of Versailles. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Betty Francis and Donna Disney, and his brothers Coy, Hastel, and Hobart Francis. Mr. Francis was a 1941 graduate of Carr Creek High School in Carr Creek, Kentucky. On May 15, 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Philippines during WWII. For his service Mr. Francis received the WWII Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. In civilian life he worked for Seagrams Distillery at Lawrenceburg retiring in 1982. Huck was a member of the Greensburg Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His favorite past times included following the Cincinnati Reds, University of Kentucky basketball, his grandchildren, and especially taking in nature which included daily drives to the Versailles State Park with Gertie. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Ron Kappeler officiating. Burial will be in the Mud Pike Cemetery at Osgood with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Greensburg Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Hospice of Cincinnati in care of the funeral home.
Also over the weekend, there were wins for Ballina, Silvermines and Portroe in the North…while Killenaule and JK Brackens came out on top in their County Senior Hurling Championship games. County Champions Thurles Sarsfields had a convincing win over Moyne Templetouhy last evening in the Mid competition, the final scoreline was 1-15 to 10 points. Several of the Tipperary senior players took part in the clash, including Denis Maher and Michael Cahill…although Padraig Maher and Lar Corbett didn’t play. Elsewhere, in the West Tipp championship, Clonoulty Rossmore had a good win over Cappawhite…it finished 5-28 to 0-6.
Jamaica, still on a high after knocking Trinidad and Tobago from the top of the table, with a 19-run victory on Wednesday, are also eyeing one of the two spots in the final. The Jamaicans, led by the experienced Stafanie Taylor, are the favourites to beat lowly ranked Guyana when the two teams meet at Gilbert Park. While Jamaica need to win against Guyana, their entry into the finals will also depend on the outcome of the clash between Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The third match features South Windwards against North Windwards at Caldrac. COUVA, Trinidad (CMC): The battle for supremacy in the WICB Regional Women’s Super-50 tournament reaches a crucial point with the fifth and final round of matches to be contested in Trinidad today. The three teams at the top of the table heading into the final round are in a tussle to secure their place in the final of the competition to be contested on Sunday. Barbados on 16 points, Trinidad and Tobago on 12 and Jamaica on 11 are the major contenders for the final, with Guyana, South Windward and North Windward no longer in contention. Two of the teams who fancy their chances of playing in the finals, front runners Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, clash at the National Cricket Centre in an eagerly anticipated fixture. The Barbadians will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run and seal their spot in Sunday’s grand finale while the homeside, with two wins and a defeat, need a clear victory to increase their chances of appearing in the finals. On Wednesday, Barbados demolished North Windwards by 181 runs at Macaulay Park to move to the top of the table, while Trinidad and Tobago relinquished their lead after losing to Jamaica by 19 runs at The National Cricket Centre. still on a high
The former President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate in the 52nd Legislature, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, has described as regretful and disappointing some media statements that he does not believe in the existence of Ebola in Liberia.Speaking to our reporter Wednesday, the retiring Grand Kru County Senior Senator said: “I really would not have dignified the misconstruction of a statement that came out of the Senate discussion on the subject of Ebola; it was misconstrued and it is regretful and disappointing for a report to come out that Senator Wotorson doesn’t believe in Ebola.”The Chairman of Senate Committee on Lands, Mines and Energy said he believes and knows that Ebola is real and that it kills, and destroys an unprotected environment and unprotected people. He urged that the public not to harbor the mistake that Ebola is not real.“Considering my background, I am a natural scientist, my brother is a surgeon, my daughter is a nurse practitioner, another is a doctor; and my nieces are in sociology. For me to doubt that a virus such as Ebola that occurred in Central Africa that devastated lives of people entered our country and to make a joke that it is not serious, that is very disappointing, and that statement is a lie; it was never said by me.”As a manifestation of his belief in the existence of Ebola in Liberia, Senator Wotorson recalled that he voted for every motion proffered during plenary that was intended to fight the virus, including approval of a budget, closure of borders and declaration of a state of emergency.He then wondered how someone who doesn’t believe in the existence of Ebola can play such an active role in the full glare of Senate sessions.“I think people wanted to sensationalize, but that is their job and the public knows that is not true, and unfortunately some well-meaning people that I respect have made that the lynchpins of their discussions.”Senator Wotorson who is Liberia’s only geophysicist, further stated: “I know Ebola is real and it kills, it destroys an unprotected environment and unprotected people; so nobody should make a mistake that Ebola is not real. I am saying this for the benefit of my fellow Liberians who do not seem to follow the instructions that are ordered by our President and the Anti-Ebola Task Force.”He then thanked his Unity Party partisan President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the urgent action she took in trying to design a strategy with Task Force for a containment program for the Ebola virus.He also extended thanks and appreciation to the international partners as well as Liberia’s partner African countries, and Liberians who have participated and continue to give their full support to the President.Sen. Wotorson agreed that the”misconstrued statement” might have done some damage, but was emphatic that it did not come from him.The Ebola virus, he emphasized, doesn’t tell a Legislature from an ordinary person. “Death doesn’t discriminate; all we have to do is protect ourselves and pray to God,” a prayerful Senator Wotorson noted. He congratulated health workers and nurses for what they are going through and empathized with their condition.“I just came through an ailment for which I was in intensive care for seven days; and some people pronounced me dead. So I know what it means when situations are challenging to the medical people. So we should stop criticism or blames; this not the time for the blame game, for it does not help and but only serves as a distraction. So let us support our leader who is co-chairing daily meetings.”He disclosed for the past several days, he has been carrying on a sensitization and awareness campaign among residents of the Parker Corner Community in Brewerville where he resides. “Right now I am in the process of distributing buckets to residents in my community to help us keep good hygiene; because if you don’t do that and you contract Ebola, you will die.”“So I am appealing to my fellow Liberians to please work with the President and the Task Force, cooperate with the implementers so that our country can come back to what it was before, so that we can move safely and stop the fear in this country that discourages investors and development.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)