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Your Help Urgently Needed

Posted in In The News, National Stories, Winchester Sun, WKYT with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2013 by Joan Graves

The mission of Stand Up Clark County has always been that of good and that has never been more true than today. A community is known by it’s backbone and our backbone is strong in both giving and receiving through STRIDE. For those that don’t know STRIDE serves individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing them the opportunity to serve the community by volunteering and by being better educated in order to live independently. STRIDE participants learn social skills, how to take care of themselves and participate in Special Olympics. But the greatest thing STRIDE gives to those in the program is what we all take for granted – friendship. This video shows that.

Today STRIDE has the opportunity to win a much needed van from the Toyota 100 Cars For Good program but it can’t be done without you. Please go to and vote for STRIDE. This is the only day of voting so don’t hesitate a moment longer. On behalf of all of STRIDE participants, thank you for Standing Up and being a friend.


Our Answers Only Hours Away

Posted in Elaine Farris, Encouragement, Herald-Leader, In The News, Lawsuit, Point of View, Winchester Sun, WKYT with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by Joan Graves

2012 teacher of yr Rebecca Mieliwoki

For over a year the citizens of Clark County have searched for answers for what has been described as burning questions. Yet, we have been repeatedly denied what we believe is our right to know. Despite a rigorous legal campaign launched by Elaine Farris to avoid giving a deposition in the lawsuit she filed, that deposition will take place in a little over 12 hours. At long last many questions that have echoed in our minds will now be asked and In a peculiar twist it’s Elaine that we can thank for our impending revelations.

The lawsuit Farris filed against the Columbias and me was ambiguous at best. Though rich in shock-value adjectives, the suit provides not a single shred of evidence or specific allegations.  It basically says we said things about her she doesn’t like so she is suing. Only in a civil case could someone have others hauled into court with a list of baseless allegations and not even a smidgen of circumstantial evidence. The only requirement for a civil lawsuit is money for an attorney. It’s a shocking revelation of American “justice” of which, I could have lived my entire life without knowing,  It’s an an insult to the integrity our forefathers thought they were creating in America and disgusting waste of tax-payer money that could be invested in our schools.

In her deposition Farris will either defend herself and her actions or she will be as evasive as she’s been in the past. I am expecting the latter but Farris’s supporters are excitedly spreading  word that Elaine will rigorously defend herself in great detail. . According to them, Elaine will provide evidence and details that will be a logical explanation for everything and prove us to be liars. And I’m saying that’s not even possible. But one thing is for absolute certain, this time tomorrow we can all stop speculating.

To be fair, we should note that after Farris’s deposition the Columbias and I will also give a deposition. Don’t expect any new information from us. Lord, knows we’ve not only been an open book but we’ve provided sketches, maps and Cliff Notes. But regardless of whether you are interested in information from Farris, the Columbias or me you will have it tomorrow.

Having never gone through the process before, I am uncertain how long it will take tomorrow. But I will provide an update to this blog as soon as possible. It’s impossible to face tomorrow and not thank all of you. It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve my community in this fashion. Thank you for your overwhelming support, perseverance and grace to correct any mistakes I have made. Together we are marching toward truth and justice.

Stand Up Clark County – our time is at hand.

My Email To WKYT General Manager Wayne Martin Regarding Lawsuit Report

Posted in Emails, Herald-Leader, In The News, Winchester Sun, WKYT, WKYT on November 16, 2012 by Joan Graves

Dear Mr. Martin;

It has come to my attention that your news station WKYT and/or Fox 56 aired a story regarding a lawsuit filed against me by the superintendent of Clark County Schools, Elaine Farris. Statements in that report have led viewers to believe that I was in hiding, which reflects poorly upon my character, when in actuality WKYT made no attempt to contact me.
I have contacted WKYT numerous times regarding the issues in Clark County but failed to get a response. A few weeks ago a Fayette County Public Schools employee, who is the niece of Elaine Farris, was charged with harassment. She lives in Lexington and was served on her job but WKYT did not report on it. Yet, you report nearly the same charges filed against me in Clark County by Elaine Farris when I have never been served documents supporting your report. And you did so only a week after your executive administrative assistant, Deanna Wolfe, lost her board seat to a candidate backed by Stand Up Clark County.
Given these circumstances, I am sure an intelligent man, such as yourself, can understand why viewers may be questioning the integrity of WKYT. I am equally certain, that you would want to correct that perception and restore the good reputation of WKYT and its parent company Gray Television.Therefore, to create balance I am requesting a one on one interview in which I am allowed to present my facts. It will of course be without disruption or input by Elaine Farris as she has already had her side presented.
Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to the interview and swift resolution of this matter so we may all move forward and enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday .
Joan Graves