News Briefs for Dec. 17

December 17, 2004

Children's choir to present holiday concert

The Danville Children's Choir will present its 15th annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of First Christian Church, Lexington Road.

The 30-voice choir will present carols from around the world as well as a selection from Handel's "Messiah." The choir is made up of select singers representing 17 schools from across central Kentucky. It is under the direction of the choir's founder, Bruce Richardson, and accompanied by Elizabeth Wolfe.

The concert is free.

Holiday blood drive in Harrodsburg

HARRODSBURG - A blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lions Park Community Center, 450 East Factory St. Donors are asked to bring a picture identification.


Holiday hero pins, T-shirts and calendar/planners will be given to donors. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

For more information, call (502) 540-7000 or visit the Web site

Casey student recognized

LIBERTY - A Casey County student was recognized Monday by the county Board of Education for his perfect score on a state test.

Howard Clements was recognized for being the only Casey County student to receive a perfect score on the math section of the state CATS test.

Dale Wilson, director of pupil personnel, also presented third month attendance awards to the following: students, Phelps Elementary School; certified staff, Garrett Elementary School; and classified staff ,Casey County Middle School. Recognition is given each month to three schools in the district that have worked hard to improve attendance.

Domestic violence service makes changes

LEXINGTON - Leaders of the Bluegrass Region have announced changes in the leadership and direction of domestic violence services in the 17-county region, including Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.

After the state Domestic Violence Association announced in June that it would move the services from the YMCA Abuse Center in Lexington, concern centered around how and where victims of domestic violence in the region would be served. The association has provided interim services and shelter to families who have been victims of domestic violence.

The state association, United Way and community leaders have created a the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, which will oversee a new domestic violence shelter and services for the Bluegrass Area Development District.

Kathy Scott of Woodford County has been named board chairwoman of the new program and is in the process of recruiting a regional board, which will oversee operations, programming, and capital projects.

Darlene Thomas, who has more than 14 years of years experience in domestic violence services, is the new executive director.

Funding for the program will come from the state association and local United Way organizations. The grassroots fundraisng efforts of 100 Women, founded by J.D. Lester and Abigail Billings, has raised more than $132,000 earmarked specifically for a new domestic violence shelter.

Church to have live Nativity scene

A live Nativity scene will be held 6-9 p.m. Dec. 23 at Hustonville Baptist Church.

Karaoke planned at American Legion post

Perryville American Legion will have karaoke 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday.


Danville City Commission - 4 p.m. today at city hall to discuss whether to accept Tommy Owens proposal to finish work on the fire station property, located on the Danville bypass across from Applebee's. Commissioners gave him seven days to decide if he could finish work on the land. He is 100 days past schedule. Commissioners will then decide if they will accept a bid for construction of a fire station.

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