News Briefs: Dec. 9, 2009

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By The Staff

 Ag packages headed to Afghanistan

Members of the Kentucky's agricultural community will gather together in support of one of the National Guard's most unique wartime missions. The Guard's Agribusiness Development Team in receiving more than $6,000 worth of gifts, supplies and other items to be sent to troops overseas in time for the holidays. The event will take place 2 p.m., Thursday, at the Emergency Operations Center, Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

Put together by members of the Future Farmers of America and other Kentucky agricultural professionals, the packages include winter clothing items and candy for Afghan children and their families as well as Kentucky-produced food products and gifts for the troops.

There are currently more than 60 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in Afghanistan as part of Kentucky's first agribusiness mission. The team members possess a variety of agriculture-related skills and backgrounds which they are sharing with Afghan farmers with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and stability.

Welcome House grand reopening Thursday

The members of Seven Counties’ Welcome House will have a grand reopening of its clubhouse facility and is annual Christmas Bazaar at 10 a.m. Thursday. The event will be held at Seven Counties Services at 250 Alpine Drive in Shelbyville, next door to the Shelby County Fire Station. There will be a ceremony marking the remodeling and expansion of the clubhouse. The Christmas Bazaar will run from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. All are welcome.

Welcome House is a psychiatric rehabilitation program for people who have a serious mental illness.  Proceeds from the bazaar will be used to support year-round programming.

Simpsonville SBDM meeting

Simpsonville Elementary will have a special called meeting of its Site-Based Decision-Making Council at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the school’s library.  

Mothers of Preschoolers

Shelby Christian MOPS meets 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Shelby Christian Church for the December Cookie Exchange. Bring three dozen cookies; take an assortment of two dozen home. Childcare and food provided. Christmas Caroling at the Masonic Home is Dec. 15.


Bears at Citizens Union Bank

Stuffed bears are being collected at Citizens Union Bank and its branch offices. These bears go to children who are guests at Christmas at Claudia's on Dec. 20, children who are ill or in need, some go to police to keep in their cruisers, some are taken to nursing homes, the small ones go to the soldiers in Iraq (they keep them in the tanks), and any torn or dirty ones go to the animal shelters.


Grayson hires political director

Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that he has hired Fleming County native Jeremy Hughes to serve as Political Director for his U.S. Senate campaign.  As Political Director, Hughes will lead Grayson’s efforts at grassroots organization, coalitions building and voter turnout.