The Harlan County UNITE Coalition is attempting to unite the community in regards to the education and prevention of drug abuse through the program, “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.”
Starting today, UNITE will be hosting events throughout the spring, summer and fall to give children a fun alternative to drug use.
“We are trying to give kids a reason to stay off drugs,” said Greg Adams, chief of police in Lynch.
“We are trying to show them a more positive outlook for being outdoors,” Adams said. “We need more volunteers and we try to reward the kids who participate. It is a good event - we teach the kids to tie fishing lines, how to cast and how to fish.”
Betty Back, with the Evarts Fish and Game Club, said she would like to see the community get involved. She said organizations or churches may donate “food, poles or anything of this nature.”
“It is a real good program and it gives kids something to do,” she said.
Harlan County UNITE will have spring fish-off events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evarts Fish and Game Club at Louellen Lake and at Kingdom Come State Park's lower shelter and lake area in Cumberland.
A fishing event will also be held at Martin's Fork Lake on April 8 after the spring cleanup, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the event after lunch at 1 p.m.
For more information on the events or how to make a contribution, contact Henry Hughes, coalition treasurer, at (606) 589-4246; Greg Adams, coalition member, at (606) 848-2873; Betty Back, of the Evarts Fish and Game Club, at (606) 837-3731; or Janet White, coalition chair, at (606) 573-3006.