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If you ever wondered what is happening in Webster County, KY…here’s a list of just a few activities involving TRUE BLUE!

Webster County KY-ASAP

True Blue Drug Free Communities

Webster County True Blue is a partnership between Webster County Schools and Webster County Ky-Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) and is a 5-year grant funded initially in 2017. The True Blue concept is around the notion that youth must be more “True Blue” to themselves, school, community related to risky behavior. The 6 Pillars of Character Counts, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship are taught throughout the school district and the community.  KY-ASAP encourages WC residents to share the “True Blue” message by wearing blue on the 1st day of each month.

True Blue Accomplishments

  • True Blue Day the 1st of each month
    • WC Judge Executive Proclamation
    • Community participation
    • School participation
  • Data Tools Implemented/Utilized
    • Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP)
    • Annual Parent Enrollment Survey
    • Youth Focus Groups
    • Parent Focus Groups
  • Character Counts
    • Two Guidance Counselors attended National Training
    • Guidance Counselors trained teachers
    • Each school implemented Character Counts Initiative (in each classroom K-12)
    • Faith-based initiative
    • Quarterly training meetings with Drake University CC Trainers
    • Utilization of the Character Counts App for teachers (coming soon)
    • APEX afterschool CC programs
    • Capstone afterschool CC programs
  • Initiated True Blue Crews
    • Faith-based
    • Parent
    • Legal
    • Youth (in each school)
      • Training provided 2 times per year
      • Monthly Meetings
      • Community Service Projects throughout each year
      • True Blue Camp
  • Community/Health Fairs/Festivals
    • Senior Citizens Health Fair
    • Health First Health Fair
    • Webster County Health Coalition Health Fair
    • Readyfest
    • Clay Days
    • Onton Hay Days
    • Providence 4th of July Celebration
    • Dixon Ducky Days
    • Sebree Firecracker Run
  • National Education Campaigns
    • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
    • True Blue Week (Red Ribbon Week)
    • Take-down Tobacco Day/Kick Butts Day
    • National Prevention Week
    • Great American Smoke-out
    • Substance Abuse Awareness Month
    • A Dose of Prevention
  • KY-ASAP/True Blue Professional Development
    • Graduated from the National Coalition Academy
    • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-year Institute
    • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Forum
    • KY-ASAP Coalition Annual Board Summit
    • Kentucky Prevention Network Conference
    • Rx Summit
    • Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
    • ONDCP/CADCA Drug Free Communities National Research Study Participants
  • Community Trainings:
    • The Impact of Drugs on Communities – Monte Stiles (former federal prosecutor)
    • Healthy Seniors
    • The Impact of Human Trafficking on Communities
    • Narcan Administration
    • Trending Drugs
    • Misuse of Prescription drugs (March 27th)
    • The Youth E-Cig Epidemic
    • Town Hall Meetings  
    • Community Conversations
  • WC KY-ASAP/True Blue Supported Programs
    • Truth and Consequences
    • Mini Teen Leadership Conference
    • Regional Teen Leadership Conference
    • 5th Grade Health Fair
    • Hello WCMS
    • 5th Quarters
    • Project Graduation
    • Project Northland/Slick Tracy
    • Too Good for Drugs
    • Motivating Mentors
    • Class Act
    • Sources of Strength
    • Senior Exit Interviews
    • WCHS College and Career Fair
    • Reality Store
    • WC Gifted and Talented Leadership Camp
    • WC Schools Open Houses
    • Parent/Teacher Conference
    • TRUST (state tobacco youth program)
    • Green Dot
    • 2 Hour Tour
    • True Blue Camps
    • Medicine take-back box Locations:
      • Clay Drug Store
      • Dixon Drug Store
      • Bell’s Drug Store (Sebree)
      • Thrifty Pharmacy (Providence)
      • Providence Police Department
      • WC Sheriff’s Office
  • Public Relations
    • Website: wctrueblue.org
    • “Chatter 4 Change” Podcast Platforms:
      • Podbean
      • Spotify
      • Google Podcast
      • Amazon Music/Audible
      • Apple Podcasts (coming soon)
      • Pandora (coming soon)

Other Community Partners/Collaborations

City of Dixon

Green River District Health Department

(Regional Health Council)

Health First Community Health Center

Independence bank

Journal Enterprise

Kentucky Department for Child Based Services

Murray State University

National Faith-Based Prevention Alliance

New Beginnings

Planters Bank

River Valley Behavior Health

River Valley Prevention Center

Sebree Banner

United Community Bank

Webster County Bar Association

Webster County Community Education

Webster County Drug Court

Webster County Extension Services

Webster County Family Resource/Youth Service Centers

Webster County Fiscal Court

Webster County Food Services

Webster County Gifted and Talented

Webster County Guardian Angel Project

Webster County Health Coalition

Webster County Senior Citizens

Webster County 21st Century Programs

West KY Teen Challenge

Board Members/Sector Representatives

Health – Samantha Winebarger

Business/Parent – Wade Raymer (Dixon Elementary)

School – Rachel Gooch (Providence and Clay FRYSC)

Youth Serving Agency – Courtney Menser (YES Youth Service Center)

Natalie Green (Webster County Extension Office)

Law Enforcement – Todd Jones (Providence Police Chief/Retired KSP)

William Braden (Sebree Police Chief/Retired KSP)

Youth – Lily Martin (WCHS True Blue Crew), Tyler Kuykendall, Raygan Ranes

State/Local Government Agency Substance Abuse – Dianne McFarling, Brook Arnold (RVBH-RPC)

Media – Regina Catlett (Sebree Banner)

Religious/Fraternal Organization – Jody Hughes (Lakeview Baptist Church)

Cameron Edwards (Webb Memorial UMC)

Civic/Volunteer – Heather Roy (Murray State University and Motivating Mentors)

Other Organization for Reducing Substance Abuse – Gary Hall, Ethan Martin (Tobacco Control Specialist)

Caroline Denham (West KY Teen Challenge)

FRYSC – Melissa Wolfe (Connections FRYSC)

Local Government – Leesa Russell (The Office of Webster County Judge Executive)

Krista Massey (Webster County Drug Court)

Officers:

Melea Ramin, Chairperson

Wade Raymer, Vice Chairperson

Melissa Wolfe, Co-Secretary

Carolyn Sholar, DFC Director/District Contact, Co-Secretary

Donna Bumpus, DFC Coordinator

The mission of WC True Blue is to bring together all sectors of the community to prevent substance misuse, especially among youth.

Celebrate FREE!

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition developed the Celebrate FREE campaign in 2019 to encourage youth and their families to enjoy their accomplishments substance-free. Prom, Senior Night, Graduation are milestone events that should be celebrated safely. Parents, monitor gatherings to assure your youth are free of unhealthy and illegal substances. The Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities program would like to remind adults that alcohol possession and/or consumption is illegal for anyone under the age of 21.

The 2021 Celebrate FREE campaign is sponsored by United Community Bank.

Take-back day — EVERY day in WC!

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In Webster County, prescription medications may be taken to the following permanent locations:

Dixon Drug Store – Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Clay Drug Store – Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday, 9:00-12:00

Bell’s Drug Store (Sebree) – Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00

Thrifty Pharmacy (Providence) – Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturday 8:30-12:00

Providence Police Department – Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Webster County Sheriff’s Department

Don’t let others misuse unused prescription medications from your home!

TRUE BLUE Day

The first day of each month is TRUE BLUE Day when we encourage all Webster County residents to wear royal blue in support of a drug free community.

Some background information — Webster County KY-ASAP was funded in 2002 through the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. The key concept for KY-ASAP is changing policy around substance misuse. True Blue Drug Free Communities is in year 4 of the 5 year federal grant that promotes substance free living for all youth. The True Blue concept is around the notion that if youth are true to their family, faith, school, community, and/or future they will be less likely to experiment with substances. True Blue implemented Character Counts curriculum in all Webster County schools grades K-12 to better equip students to make positive choices and to be of good character.

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities funds substance prevention and education programs in the local schools and community such as: Mini Teen Leadership Conference for 6th grade students, 5th grade Health Fair, Truth and Consequences for 8th grade students, Project Northland Slick Tracy for 6th graders, Community Town Hall meetings, various trainings/Lunch and Learns, supports law enforcement, supports treatment, hosts Chatter 4 Change podcast, and supports the True Blue Youth Crews in grades 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, and early college.

To learn more about the Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities Coalition contact our coordinator at donna.bumpus@webster.kyschools.us.