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Barnes named Dean’s Scholar

Catessa Tomas Barnes, daughter of Tracy Barnes and granddaughter of Tommy and Jan Barnes of Frankfort, has been named a Dean’s Scholar for the fall semester at the University of Louisville. For the last three semesters, beginning in the fall of 2012, she received a 4.0, 3.9 and 3.9 on a 4.0 grading scale.

She is a senior in the Kent School of Social Work and is currently doing her practicum with Jefferson County Crimes Against Children. She is the chair of U of L’s Relay for Life, a Louisville Lady and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.

Two named Roads Scholars

Larry Raglin and Brandon McClain, both with the City of Frankfort Road Department, were among 124 who have completed the 2013 Kentucky Roads Scholars/Road Masters Training Program.
 They were honored Dec. 11, along with 120 Road Masters, at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Falls of Rough.

There are 2,326 Roads Scholars and 1,660 Road Masters who have already completed the program.

The Roads Scholar/Road Master Training Program consists of nine and seven full-day courses, respectively. The combined programs total 96 training hours and serves individuals from local and state transportation agencies as well as private businesses.

The Roads Scholar and Road Master Training Programs, as well as a broad selection of other training courses related to transportation, are offered throughout the year by the Technology Transfer Program of the Kentucky Transportation Center, located at the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering.

Lynn receives degree

Joshua Lynn, of Frankfort, graduated cum laude Dec. 14 with a bachelor of science degree in marine science from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.

Semones passes bar exam

Robert Alan Semones, of Frankfort, recently passed the California bar exam. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of California at Davis Law School.

While at UC Davis, Semones was honored with the 2013 Patrick J. Hopkins Memorial Writing Award. The award recognizes the best note or comment by a UC Davis Law Review editor. Semones was the Senior Articles Editor.

Semones’s note, “A Parade of Horribles: Uncharged Relevant Conduct, the Federal Prosecutorial Loophole, Tails Wagging Dogs in Federal Sentencing Law, and United States v. Fitch” was published in the UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 46, Issue 1, and is online at

Semones is a 2003 graduate of Frankfort High School and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Kentucky Honors Program with bachelor of science degrees in Spanish, political science and classics. He is the son of Robert T. Semones and Sophia Semones, both of Frankfort.

Mid-Continent graduates

The following students from Franklin County received degrees in December graduation ceremonies at Mid-Continent University, Mayfield.

Bachelor of Science: Rebecca Long, Tina Slone and Joy F. Spice. Associate of Science: Allison Nicole Harrod, magna cum laude 

Paden in Chamber Singers

Erin Paden, of Lawrenceburg, is a member of the 2013-14 Harding University Chamber Singers. The vocal performance group consists of 18 highly-qualified members. The group sings Renaissance and contemporary music. Members may also sing in the Concert Choir or Chorus.

The Chamber Singers rehearse twice a week and give three to four concerts on campus each year. They travel occasionally and perform under the direction of Dr. Kelly Neill, assistant professor of music. Harding University is in Searcy, Ark.

Elks visit VA residents

Members of Frankfort Elks Lodge 530 provided breakfast one morning during the Christmas holiday for some 75 veterans and staff members at the Veterans Administration Center on Leestown Road in Lexington.

Also, the lodge members donated $1,800 in Lextran Bus passes to center residents. Bill Moore, Lodge Exalted Ruler and his wife, Sandy, hand-delivered Christmas cards made by students at Peaks Mill Elementary School to 60 veterans, each containing a $10 bill.

Toastmasters get advanced awards

Two members of Frankfort Capital City Toastmasters recently earned advanced communication awards from Toastmasters International.

Cynthia Brandt earned the Advanced Communicator Bronze. To achieve that level, she had to complete 20 speech projects, 10 from a basic manual and 10 from advanced manuals.

Steve Lanham earned the Advanced Communicator Silver, which requires the completion of 30 speech projects plus two presentations from Toastmasters “Better Speaker Series” or “Successful Club Series.”

Brandt works as a case consultant for the state Disability Determination Services department, while Lanham works as an information technology contractor for Pomeroy IT Solutions.

Reaves performs in plays

Dylan Reaves, of Lawrenceburg, a student at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, recently performed in two productions at the school.

He performed the role of Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew,” which was performed in October at the college’s Burke Black Box Theatre and had a role in “Shakespeare’s Comedic Couples,” which was part of the Theatre’s Fall Festival.

Hopkins gets scholarship

Ian Hopkins, of Frankfort, is one of seven Eastern Kentucky University students who recently received a 2013-14 Patterson Scholarship, awarded to students in EKU’s Department of Management, Marketing and International Business.

Each student will be awarded $1,000 per semester for two semesters. Requirements for the scholarship are a minimum 24 ACT score and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students submit three letters of reference and consideration is given to evidence of leadership and work-related activities.

Hopkins is a senior management major at EKU.

The scholarship is made possible by a bequest from former Eastern faculty members Kermit and Opal Patterson.

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