Olen Pennington, age 82, died on July 23, 2020 in the Waters of Dillsboro Nursing Home.He was born in Krypton, Kentucky.Life partner of Sallie Dezarn.Preceded in death by parents, Kelly Pennington and Ella Mae Owens (Campbell) and was the brother of Wayne Pennington, Dean Pennington (Gertie), Clella Goforth (Robert), half brother Roger (Donna) Pennington of Brown County, half-sisters Patty Martin, Kay (Rick) Haven and Lisa Gray (Jack) of Scottsburg, Indiana. Loving father of Kimberly Campbell (Dan), Olen “Buddy” Pennington, Jr. (Donna), Melissa Westrich (Leroy) and Ray Pennington (Donna). Grandfather of Michael Fehr, Kristen Fehr, Tara Mappes, Samantha Tossey, Brandon Pennington, Olivia Westrich, Ryan Westrich, Emma Pennington, Elle Pennington and Evan Pennington and numerous great grandchildren.Olen operated his own business, Pennington Heating and Air Conditioning for over 20 years and worked on houseboat heating and cooling systems until he retired.He lived in Monticello, Kentucky and loved to boat, ski, fish and mow his neighbors’ lawns in Lake Cumberland. He never met a person he didn’t like and always loved having his family around for parties and get-togethers. He loved UK basketball, dogs, stray cats, hummingbirds, country and blue grass music and enjoyed going to flea markets. The family will host a Celebration of Life at Dearborn Country Club on August 8, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Monticello, Kentucky, 42633. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.visit: www.rullmans.com
Brian Chin | Daily TrojanHere to stay · Sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright drives the ball from the top of the key against a defender. After months spent on the sidelines due to injuries, Boatwright returned to the rotation last week.After the unexpected departures of guard Julian Jacobs and forward Nikola Jovanovic to the NBA draft at the end of last season, head coach Andy Enfield knew that looking forward he would have to rely heavily on young talent. At least, co-captain sophomore Bennie Boatwright would return after starting 32 of 34 games, averaging double-digit scoring, and tying a team-high 60 3-point shots made one year ago.A 6-foot-10-inch big man who stretches the floor and makes shots from upwards of 23 feet, Boatwright causes a match-up problem for all opposition. In the preseason he was named one of 20 players nationally to watch for the 2017 Karl Malone Award for the best power forward in Division I men’s basketball. However, two injuries have kept him off the court for most of this season. First, he missed two games as he nursed a hamstring injury that pestered his offseason.“It was tough working back,” Boatwright said before his mid-November debut. “But I feel like I’m a better player because of it.”At the time, Boatwright had no idea that he would play only four full games before an MCL sprain last November would have him sidelined for another two months.Boatwright finally returned this weekend, several weeks later than his initial prognosis suggested. His time away from the game not only pained him, but it also provided him an opportunity for growth. He’s been itching to return to action for weeks.“I’ve never been through something like that. I really love the game of basketball. I eat, sleep and live basketball,” Boatwright said after Monday’s practice. “I’ve learned a lot about patience these past weeks.”Yet, even in his absence, Boatwright has remained a presence on the team by serving as a mentor to the freshmen.“Just keep fighting” was his motto for the younger players — all of whom are always eager to listen and work hard, he claims.“He’s really helped us a lot,” freshman guard De’Anthony Melton said, “but not having him was huge for our development … especially having to play crunchtime minutes without him.”Although Boatwright has returned, Melton has retained his starting role — one he might not have earned this season had the sophomore remained healthy.“It’s nice to have these freshman develop quickly,” Enfield said. “With Bennie in the lineup, they probably would not have played as many minutes, but they did a good job taking advantage of the opportunity.”Boatwright, of course, made a tremendous impact in his return last weekend, tying his career-high 23 points at Washington, despite not feeling at his best with “heavy legs.”Enfield believes USC looks like a different team with his top-scorer in the lineup. In seven games with Boatwright, the Trojans have averaged 82.5 points, five more than in the 17 games without him.Known for his 3-point prowess, Boatwright adds a lot to this team on both ends of the court. In fact, with Boatwright’s 6-foot-10 frame in the post, Enfield can effectively mix up his defensive schemes.Lately, he’s been mostly limited to zone because of the team’s diminutive size in the post with junior Elijah Stewart, listed at 6-foot-5, starting at thefour-position. Last weekend, however, USC played a lot of man-to-man with Boatwright on the court and zone defense with him on the bench.“I try to guard bigger guys and stay in front of smaller guys,” Boatwright said. “I just try to work hard.”He also passes incredibly well to both his big and small teammates. He had seven assists in his weekend return including a couple alley-oop lobs to fellow big man, sophomore Chimezie Metu.“It’s really fun to be playing with him again,” Metu said. “We’re clicking. We’re rolling right now.”Boatwright and Metu have synergy. “[Metu’s] my boy,” Boatwright laughed. “I’ll throw it up to him. He’ll kick it out to me. We got that two-man game.” Although they have not played much together this season, Metu and Boatwright played all summer long on the same Drew League team. They immediately fell back in stride this past weekend, combining for 80 points, 25 rebounds and 12 assists. Chimezie and Bennie add energy to the whole team, junior co-captain Jordan Mclaughlin said. “They know where each other is going to be on the floor at all times, and they’re both great passers,” McLaughlin said. “They get everyone going.”This week, the Trojans get going with their second round of Pac-12 opponents. They have faced every team once, and now they will face seven teams once more. This time with Bennie Boatwright. With the postseason looming one month away from Wednesday, Boatwright returned not a moment too soon. While the freshmen have developed more than Enfield anticipated, Boatwright must be the star if USC makes a run in March.
The Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive will on Tuesday, February 11, witness activities marking this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration.The event marks the 57th anniversary of the day, and 106th year of existence of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL); it dates back to 1908.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, has been selected by the Ministry of National Defence (MOD) to serve as keynote speaker.The day’s activities will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Capabilities of the AFL to Meet Contemporary Challenges;” it will also be marked by other activities that are intended to make the program a memorable one.A change of command ceremony will also be held, with the passing of an outgoing commander to an in-coming one; the presentation of the national colors will be involved.In her recent Annual Message, the Commander-In-Chief, (C-I-C) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, mentioned that come February 11, the AFL will be placed in the hands of Liberians, who will serve as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff respectively.The expected COS takes over from a veteran Nigerian commanding officer-in-charge, Major-General Suraj A. Abdurrahman. Meanwhile, agencies of government expected to participate alongside the AFL in the celebration on Tuesday, February 11, will include the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia National Fire Service, members of the Executive Protection Service, the Drugs Enforcement Agency, National Scouts Association and other privately-owned security apparatus. Pre-celebration activities for the occasion will begin on Thursday, February 6, with a symposium at the Monrovia City Hall. “Interagency Cooperation: Fundamental Necessity for the Security of Liberia.” The symposium will also be addressed by Dr. Sawyer.On Friday, February 7, the army will hold a Jummat Service (a Moslem religious service) at the Gurley Street Mosque; it will be followed on Saturday with a clean-up campaign exercise and a medical outreach in the Township of West Point.The West Point activities will accordingly be climaxed with an all-female sporting fiesta between the AFL and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN). In addition, there will a mini knockout Olympic at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, bringing face-to-face four football teams including the AFL, the Liberia Broadcasting System, the Liberia National Police, and the Police force of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).These activities will climax on Sunday, February 9, with a thanksgiving and intercessory prayer service at the Philadelphia Central Church on Tubman Boulevard in Cong Town.AFL’s Historical HighlightsAn Act of Legislature, passed February 6, 1908, established the Liberian Army under the name “Liberian Frontier Police Force.” A year later, the Act was amended and the army was renamed the Liberian Frontier Force with a total strength of only 600 officers and enlisted men, who wore short khaki trousers, red waistband, and caps, but no shoes. They were then commanded by foreigners, particularly British and Sierra Leonean officers.However, like the Constitution of Liberia itself, the idea to celebrate the Armed Forces Day was again borrowed from the United States of America (USA), where the then Secretary of Defence, Louise Johnson announced the creation of the day.Also, in 1954, Colonel Francis M. Dean (Liberian), then Assistant Chief of Staff responsible for intelligence (G-2), conceived the idea and recommended in his annual message that a single-day be set aside each year to be celebrated as the Armed Forces Day.It was based on this that on January 26, 1957, the Liberian Legislature passed an Act, setting aside February 11 each year as Armed Forces Day; it did so in recognition of the “bravery and meritorious” service of troops that brought down the so-called, army mutiny on February 11, 1909.This Act further provides that past and present members of the Army, Navy (Coast Guard), and Air Force be also honoured on this day. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)