Memorial ride to be held this weekend

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

VANCEBURG — Labor Day weekend will provide kids clean fun at the James Ellis Carver Memorial ride this weekend in Lewis County.

Becky Zornes, with the help of her family and community will be having a memorial ATV/four wheeler ride in honor of her son, James Ellis Carver II starting Sept. 1-2. Money will be raised to benefit Lewis County High School.

According to Zornes, her son James Ellis Carver II died at the age of 23 on Aug. 8, 2016, of asphyxiation, with the case still under investigation. Zornes said this ATV ride is a way to keep her son’s memory alive as well as cope with her loss.

Zornes said this event will be the third annual memorial ride, which raises money for the James Ellis Carver Scholarship fund for Lewis County High School seniors. Last year, Zornes said, the event raised $6,000 for students.

The focus of the scholarships, Zornes said is the ‘blue collar kids,’ like Carter, who wish to go to college or a trade school but don’t have the money or funds to do so.

“I didn’t have money to send (Carver) to heavy equipment school like he wanted,” Zornes said.

With such a focus on students, the Lewis County School District is doing its part in providing for the event. Zornes said the high school’s welding class made two pieces of art that will go up for auction for the event.

Along with the auction, there will also be a corn hole tournament, with the high school carpentry class providing the boards, a horseshoe tournament, music as well as an ATV scavenger hunt among several other activities.

The community has been incredibly supportive, Zornes said, mentioning how several people proactively give donations for the event. Zones said she hopes to see a bigger turnout than last year.

Zornes said the memorial event will take place in the Briery Creek Road area of Kentucky 377 in Lewis County, near the area where the Turkey Run used to be held.

Jonathan Wright

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