NAACP banquet June 23
Several local individuals and students will be honored with awards and scholarships at the NAACP Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet June 23 at Capital Plaza Hotel.
Ron Banks and Irma Johnson, both of Kentucky State University, will receive the Outstanding Man of the Year and Outstanding Woman of the Year awards, respectively. Kay Scott, Kings Center volunteer and program coordinator for City of Angels, will receive this year’s President’s Award.
The Outstanding Citizen Award will go to Rich Crowe, superintendent of Frankfort Independent Schools, and Franklin County Women’s Shelter will receive the Outstanding Community Service award.
Scholarships will be awarded to Magen Renee Copher (Frankfort High School), Kristen Alexandra Fields (Franklin County High School) and Latavia A. Walker (Western Hills High School).
The banquet’s keynote speaker will be Renee Shaw of Kentucky Educational Television.
The banquet is being hosted by the Frankfort-Franklin County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. For tickets, ads or questions, contact Bill and Virginia Cofield at 875-3997 or Sherron Jackson at 223-8488.
Coin show canceled
The National Coin Show, scheduled Tuesday-Saturday at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 40 Chenault Drive, has been canceled.
Humane Society food drive today
The Franklin County Humane Society will have a food/supply drive at Walmart today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Honchel speaking at Alzheimer’s meeting
Tammy Honchel, from Caretenders, will speak at the Monday Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at The Lantern at 5:30 p.m.
New tourism chief appointed
Michael Mangeot, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, has been appointed commissioner of the state Department of Travel and Tourism.
Mangeot, 45, will head the department that promotes and markets Kentucky to visitors and media, runs eight welcome centers and supports the local tourism industry.
He’ll also develop new travel opportunities in the state, oversee marketing and promotion of state tourism and manage the cabinet’s tourism development programs and film incentives, according to a press release announcing Mangeot’s appointment.
“Mike’s sound background and excellent reputation in tourism marketing and economic development makes him the right choice at the right time to take on this expanded role,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow.
“He has developed strong, individual relationships with leaders in many communities, and that is vital to our success. Since tourism adds jobs in every county of Kentucky, it is a valuable form of economic development that we must continue to grow.”
Mangeot formerly served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Travel from 2002 to 2004. He’s the husband of Franklin District Judge Kathy Mangeot.
“The staff in the Department of Travel and Tourism has been doing a terrific job implementing Kentucky’s ‘There’s Only One’ marketing campaign,” Mangeot said. “I’m proud to be joining them and look forward to new opportunities that will create even more travel-related jobs in the commonwealth.”
Paralegal appointed to corrections commission
Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Mickey Goff, a Frankfort paralegal at Marvin Coles Law Office, to the Kentucky State Corrections Commission for a term ending Feb. 17, 2014.
Beshear announced Goff’s appointment Friday along with others recently made to various boards and commissions in the state. She replaces Melanie Dawn Watts-Hinkle, whose term expired.
School shooting safety plan in the works
The Franklin County Board of Education will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at Central Office, 916 E. Main St.
Agenda items include approval of an active shooter emergency plan and equipment, mentors for National Board Certification candidates, a technology update and internet safety presentation, vendor renewals for 2012-2013, and a revised 2011-2012 school calendar.
Historic grants available
The Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting applications for grants to assist with historic preservation projects.
The applications are due to Martha Moore by July 1. The board will meet July 12 at 5 p.m. in the fifth-floor conference room at the Whitaker Bank on Main Street in Frankfort.
Please plan on attending the meeting if you apply for a grant. For more information, contact Martha Moore at 502-223-0803.
Training offered to jobless vets
Unemployed veterans may qualify for up to 12 months of job training through the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.
The program, which is being offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor, starts July 1.
To qualify, a veteran must be 35-60 years old, be unemployed, not be dishonorably discharged, not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, not be in receipt of VA compensation for unemployment and not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
Participants also must be enrolled in an education program approved for VA benefits at a community college or technical school, and the program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate, and provide training towards a high-demand occupation
Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program, which is currently $1,473 a month.
Spots are limited. For more information and to fill out an application, visit benefits.va.gov/vow.
‘Cable 101’ class will be Tuesday
The Frankfort Plant Board is holding a free class called “Cable 101, an Introduction to Video on Demand (VOD)” on Tuesday, 5 p.m. at the FPB Clubhouse, Tanglewood Drive. The class is designed to help customers navigate their way through, what is for many, today’s confusing world of television.
The class is free but space is limited so sign up by calling 234-5678. Door prizes and snacks will be provided.
Customers can get hands-on instruction from FPB staffers, learn the ins and outs of FPB Cable TV from the pros and get the scoop on the newest feature, VOD.
Riverbank cleanup set for June 16
The Frankfort Boat Club and the Kentucky River Authority are sponsoring a river sweep on June 16. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the river between the Julian M. Carroll Bridge (KY 676/East-West Connector) downstream to Lock 4.
Volunteers should meet at the Frankfort Boat Dock at 10 a.m. Trash bags will be supplied and a cookout lunch will be provided for all participants at 1 p.m. at the dock. High water/rain date is June 23. Call 502-229-0857 for more information.
Hospice honored for service to veterans
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has announced that Hospice of the Bluegrass has been awarded the We Honor Veterans Level Four Partner, the highest recognition offered by NHPCO for service to veterans. Hospice of the Bluegrass is the only hospice in Kentucky and one of only 25 in the nation to achieve this designation.
“One out of every four dying Americans is a veteran,” says Turner West, Hospice of the Bluegrass Director of Volunteers.
“Our team of professionals uses a Military History Checklist to understand the scope and duration of a veteran’s service in order to provide better care to the patient and better support to the patient’s family.”
Hospice of the Bluegrass is working with the NHPCO and Department of Veteran Affairs to improve outreach to veterans and increase availability and utilization of high quality hospice and palliative care with a particular emphasis on veterans who are homeless or living in rural areas.
For more information regarding the program, contact Turner West at (859) 887-2696.
Workshop on Melungeon history is Saturday
Author and historian Wayne Winkler will present two sessions on Melungeon history and culture Saturday in Frankfort as part of the Kentucky Genealogical Society/Kentucky Historical Society “Second Saturday” family-history workshop series.
Winkler, himself of Melungeon heritage, is author of “Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia.” His sessions will trace the history of this population, challenge the validity of some long-held assumptions, and trace changes in attitude about the people and the term “melungeon” itself. He will also explore theories and recent DNA findings about Melungeon origins.
The workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway. A light lunch will be available for $6 payable at the door when requested in advance. To register, phone the center’s library reference desk at (502) 564-1792, ext. 4460, or send an e-mail to KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.
Visit history.ky.gov/sub for more information on this and future Second Saturday family-history workshops.
Farmdale plans VBS June 24-28
Vacation Bible School is set for June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Farmdale Baptist Church, 5610 US 127 South. The theme is “Space Quest – John 14:6.”
Feed the Children food distribution
Families in need of groceries can sign up this week to receive 50 pounds of groceries and personal care items from Feed the Children and the Kentucky Speedway Children’s Charities.
Sign-ups are being held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, located at 73 C. Michael Davenport Blvd #1. After signing up, a family member will receive a voucher redeemable only for June 21, when food will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeview Park.
BGCAP and the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County are hosting the event. Those interested in volunteering for the June 21 distribution can call 502-695-5615 or 502-848-4049.
Prayer and nature walk today
Healing Hearts Ministry of First Christian Church is sponsoring a prayer and nature walk today from 2:30-4 p.m. at Cove Spring Park.
Affirmations for prayer and meditation will be distributed for the walk that culminates at the waterfall with communion.
Although Healing Hearts ministry is a group of people who provide consolation to those who’ve experienced a loss, the walk is open to everyone.
For more information, call the church office at 223-2346.
EPA public hearing Tuesday
Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 is holding a public hearing Tuesday regarding the EPA’s specific objections to 36 Kentucky mine-related discharge permits.
After consideration of all oral and written comments, data and the requirements of the Clean Water Act and applicable regulations, EPA will reaffirm, modify the terms of or withdraw each of the objections.
The hearing is 7-11 p.m. Tuesday at the convention center. Those wishing to speak can register in advance online at www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/index.html or by calling 703-577-4953. On-site registration will begin 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Additional hearings will be noon to 4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Thursday at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
For more information on the permits and EPA’s specific objection letters, visit www.epa.gov/region4/kycoalminehearings/index.html.