MCVEIGH, Ky. – Operation UNITE and the Pike County Detention Center (PCDC) teamed up on September 17 to host “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” outing at Grant’s Branch Park.
Around 85 kids along with parents, grandparents and other family members came out to enjoy the day and all the activities offered.
Refreshments including pizza and cake was provided for everyone in attendance.
District 6 Magistrate Bobby Varney, State Representative Chris Harris, Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott, several members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Fish and Wildlife Officer Robbie Spears were also on hand for the event.
Copper, the Pike County Detention Center’s K9 dog and his handle were also there.
Pike County Jailer Freddie Lewis said, “If we take time out for the kids, do things with them, it may save the next generation.”
An overall winner was was chosen in the male and female divisions with Derick Stanley chosen in the male division and Thalia Rojas in the female division, both contestants were presented with a trophy and a new rod and reel.
Plans are in the works to continue these types of outings regularly with the next event already scheduled for October 8 at the Pikeville Park.
“We hope to get kids in our county interested in outdoor activities and good clean fun.” Said Lewis.
Lewis went on to say, “A child’s ear is often closed to advice, but their eyes are open to examples.”
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.