News briefs for March 9

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Council provides disaster relief for horse owners

LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Horse Council is providing coordination for the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners affected by this past week's tornadoes. KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses Fund.

“In the past, we have supported many victims of flooding and disasters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy,”¿said Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council president. “The U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from this disaster.”

The council has been contacting officials in those areas most affected by the tornadoes to assess the impact of the extensive tornado damage on horse owners.

Donations to the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund can be made at


Blood drive set for Saturday

Kentucky Blood Center will hold a blood drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the bloodmobile parked at Walmart in Danville. This month, the blood center invites donors to be part of the madness and receive a “Bleed Blue in the Bayou” T-shirt after donating blood. 


PRIDE provides $6,250 for Casey cleanup

LIBERTY — The Kentucky PRIDE fund will reimburse Casey County and Liberty up to $6,250 for leading the local PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.

Casey County is eligible for $6,000, and $250 is available to Liberty. The funding levels are based on the number of road miles in the county and city.

The PRIDE funds will offset costs to the county and city for removing litter and dumps and for offering free trash drop-off events.

PRIDE also will give the county and city T-shirts and cleanup supplies to distribute to spring cleanup volunteers.

“Volunteers have such a good time cleaning their community together, and they are really successful at picking up litter,” said Tammie Wilson of PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that organizes the annual spring cleanup campaign in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

 “Disposing of the trash volunteers collect costs money, and that’s where the spring cleanup funds come in,” Wilson continued. “The funds also help local governments pay contractors to remove dumps that are too big or dangerous for volunteers.”

 To volunteer to pick up litter during PRIDE spring cleanup month, call your local PRIDE Coordinator. PRIDE coordinators’ names and phone numbers are available by calling PRIDE, toll free, at (888) 577-4339 or by visiting


Danville ping pong tournament cancelled

A ping pong tournament planned for Saturday at Danville High School has been cancelled due to a lack of registered participants. The National Honor Society had planned to hold the event to raise money for Hal’s Haven and Harvesting Hope.


Liberty commodity distribution Wednesday

LIBERTY — Commodities will be distributed to income-eligible Casey County residents 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Recycling Center, 1175 Campbellsville St. Recipients are asked to bring their own containers.


BBQ festival dates set

The 2012 Kentucky State BBQ Festival will be held Sept. 8 and 9 in Constitution Square Park in Downtown Danville.

“Danville made the celebrity Pitmasters from last year feel so welcome, they are all excited to return. This year will see the event grow and spill into downtown,” Festival co-Coordinator Brad Simmons said.

Heart of Danville is a sponsor for the event. For more information about the festival, visit


Woodlawn kindergarten registration March 19

Woodlawn Elementary School will have kindergarten registration and screening for the 2012-13 school year on March 19. Parents or guardians will need two forms of proof of residency (electric bill, water bill, etc.) and a copy of the child’s birth certificate and Kentucky immunization form. The school principal and guidance counselor will be available to answer questions about the school. To schedule a screening, call Jessica Carter at (859) 236-7688.


Danville forensics qualifies 19 for tournament

Danville High School’s forensics team qualified 19 students — a school record — to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League’s Star Spangled National Tournament to be held over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore. The contest, open to all schools public and private, is held each year in diocese around the country.  Kentucky’s contest was March 5 in Hodgenville. 

DHS has won the Kentucky speech contest 16 years in a row and took first place in three of the six speech events: dramatic performance (Drew Lane); duo interpretation (Isabelle Ballard and Dylan Crow); and oratory (Nate Johnson). Henry Clay High was named debate champion in the team sweepstakes.

Also qualifying for nationals from DHS are Austin Barringer (congressional debate); Emma Jackson and Sue Cook (declamation); Waylon Duff (dramatic performance); Jack Graham, Sarabeth Marlowe, John Thompson and Tyler Whitehouse (duo interpretation); Phoebe Ross, Calvin Steber  and Joe Weston (extemporaneous speaking); Taylor Hesselbach and Laurel Payne (oral interpretation); and Marc Manheim and Madeline Salinas (oratory). 

 DHS had three of the first alternates to nationals: Sydney Lewis in declamation; the duo interpretation team of Molly Anderson and Mary Thompson; and Dylan Mullins in oral interpretation.

 The DHS Forensics team will next compete at the Kentucky National Forensic League district tournament March 16 and 17 at Centre College, followed by the Kentucky High School Speech League’s state speech and debate tournaments March 22-24 at University of Kentucky.



Boyle County Fire Protection District Board of Trustees — 7 p.m. March 20 at Station 1/Headquarters, 1500 Lebanon Road.


Boyle County Republicans — 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 158 N. Third Str. to organize by precinct. At 10 a.m., an election of officers will be held and delegates will be selected for district and state conventions. For more information, call (859) 238-3061.

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