Three youth programs share #036;20,000 from YETT

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Three area youth programs will share $20,000, the last of the money accumulated by the Youth Education Today and Tomorrow, Inc. (YETT)

from its anti drug air shows of yesteryear.

YETT, Inc. trustee Bill Nenni said YETT does not plan to have air shows in the future, and after the dispersal of this money, will change its mission. In the future, YETT will serve the needs of the Ashland Regional Pilots Association.

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In 1986, the first-ever Lawrence County Anti-Drug Air show was staged at the Lawrence County Airpark. Eventually the air show was moved to the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va., and its named changed to the Tri-State Anti Drug Air Show. During its lifetime, Nenni said the air show was quite successful.

"We supported 46 programs with more than $300,000," Nenni said. He said the $20,000 given away Tuesday was being held as seed money for future air shows. Since there will not be another air show and the mission of YETT is being changed, the money was donated.

RADAR, a drug education organization that serves both Scioto and Lawrence Counties; St. Lawrence Catholic Church's Youth Fund and the Buckeye Southern Quarter Horse Association Show Committee will split the $20,000. The horse association will in turn give its money to Ohio University Southern to construct a covered horse arena at the Ohio Horse Park in Franklin Furnace.

St. Lawrence associate pastor, the Rev. Wayne Morris, said part of the money will pay for local participation in the "Training Christian Leaders" program in Cincinnati this summer. The rest of the money will go to pay for the cost of an annual youth retreat for St. Joseph High School students.

Larry Mullins, who represented the horse association, said the covered arena, that is planned for the horse park, will be used for horse shows.

Former Lawrence County Sheriff Dan Hieronimus, who began the RADAR program, said the Minford Community Church in Scioto County will oversee

use of the money given to that organization.

The pilots association will have its annual "Wings and Wheels" event Saturday at the Ashland Regional Airport in Worthington. It will feature various aircraft as well as automobiles and motorcycles.