News Briefs for 10-3 through 10-10

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Ag Tag Nets $900

In February, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer asked farmers across the Commonwealth to step-up and make the “Ag Tag” donation.

For the second time, the proceeds from voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust fund would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud. Farmers had the option to donate $10 when they renewed their license plates in March.

 The 4-H Foundation is excited to announce that the 4-H share for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 was $160,895.06.

 Oldham County received $927.00 based upon the amount donated by those who renewed their farm license plates in March.
SOFD Sprinkler Demo

The South Oldham Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 stipend from the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to increase its home fire sprinkler education locally by conducting a live fire and sprinkler side-by-side educational demonstration.

The demonstration will include two similarly furnished rooms — one protected with fire sprinklers and the other not.  People who attend the demonstration will be able to experience firsthand how quickly a fire can become deadly.

The event is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5,  2013 at 1 p.m.  at SOFD

Celebration of Women
The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Celebration of Women Event Friday at Harmony Landing Country Club 13201 Reading Road, in Goshen. It is presented by PNC Bank, 10 a.m. - Noon
This year’s celebration will feature a powerhouse panel discussion with local business and community women leaders including:
Candyce Clifft, News Anchor with Fox 41 WDRB
Courtney Baxter,  Ky. Commonwealth Attorney
Andrea Essenpreis,  Owner and Operator of Q& A Sweet Treats in LaGrange.
The panel discussion is facilitated by Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development. These prominent women are expected to talk about success, family, friends, and the sisterhood of women leaders.  They’ll also share some of the hurdles along the way and inspire other women to forge ahead.
Each year, the event recognizes women leaders who have made a difference in Oldham County.  This year, the award has been renamed the “Tony Cotten Woman of Distinction Award” and will be given to Andrea Essenpreis, owner and operator of Q&A Sweet Treats in LaGrange.

 The Celebration of Women event is a two-day event.  Tickets are available by contacting the Chamber office at www.oldhamcountychamber.com

State Wildfire Season

The fall wildfire hazard season starts Tuesday and runs through Dec. 15. During the wildfire hazard season outdoor burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
Residents should call the Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN-LAW to learn about other specific regulations before burning anything.

Kenney joins staff

Nicholas Kenney, MD, orthopedic surgery, has joined Baptist Northeast Orthopedics, part of Baptist Surgical Associates. He will see patients at 1023 New Moody Lane, Suite 102, La Grange; and 2400 Eastpoint Pkwy., Suite 110, at Baptist Health Eastpoint near Anchorage.

Kenney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2012. Dr. Kenney recently completed an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky.

Haselton appointed

Gov. Beshear has appointed the following members to the Education Commission of the States to serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
  W. Blake Haselton, of LaGrange, is dean of the College of Education at the University of Louisville. The appointment replaces Bonnie L. Freeman.

Walker earns award

On September 11, the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors awarded Colleen E. Walker the prestigious President’s Award.   Past president Paul Ogden and Kentucky Real Estate Commissioner Linda Gibson Cecil presented the award which “honors an individual that she feels has been truly outstanding in his/her contributions to the Association.”  

“Walker successfully assisted with the conversion of retail and office areas at GLAR headquarters to an Internet Café serving members and clients,” Ogden said. “She is being recognized for her contributions to the assocation.”  
Walker has been recognized on numerous occasions since becoming a licensed realtor in December 1997.   A resident of Oldham County, Walker was elected for a three-year term to the MSI Board of Directors and is currently the Chair for the MSI Improvement Committee.

NOHS Teacher Selected as Emerging Leader

Natalie S. Immings, a teacher at North Oldham High School in   Goshen, Ky., has been named a PDK Emerging Leader for her work as an education thought leader and advocate.

Immings earned this distinction because of her commitment to making U.S.   government come alive in her classroom through creative lesson planning. She has spent the last two years teaching high school government and other social studies courses   at North Oldham High School as well as co-advising the Young Republicans, Debate Team and Y Club.

“I love exposing students to real world situations in my government classes,” Immings said. “My greatest joy is helping students learn about their own educational processes. I’m not in the classroom simply to take a snapshot that puts a grade label on a student. I’m in the classroom to help students develop critical thinking skills.”

PDK International, the education association that has recognized Immings as an up-and-coming leader in the K-12 profession, will host Immings and 25 other education change agents at a weekend networking event this December. The PDK Emerging Leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., meet with federal education policymakers, and share best practices with each other.

Beyerle chosen for GSP

Thomas Beyerle of Pewee Valley, a senior at Trinity High School, was selected to participate in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program this summer and completed his five week program at Bellarmine University.   In addition, he has recently been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program as a semi-finalist.

Local teachers nominated

The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2014 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.

Among the winners were: Craig Grimm, North Oldham High and Gina Weber, Crestwood Elementary.

All 24 teachers will be honored at a ceremony in Frankfort on October 16 in the State Capitol Building. Governor Steve Beshear, Education and Workforce Secretary Thomas Zawacki, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Ashland’s Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien will be present to honor the teachers and to recognize the Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year. From this group of three finalists, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be named and will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Students named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars

Eighty students from Oldham County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for outstanding academic performance in high school. Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. Their awards may be renewed each year of college if they continue to earn high grades, making the total value of their KEES worth $10,000.

Local students who earned this prestigious designation are:
North Oldham High School: Hallie Coatney, Elizabeth Demuth, Shelby Foote, Brian Hasl, Amanda Jack, Tyler Kilambi, Devon Lowe, Taylor McGuire, Emily Mundt, Natalie Newman, Madeline Plumley, Kassidy Price, August Rakutt, Anna Rauh, Anne Scherer, Kathryn Stinebruner, Lindsey Wattley, Alex Wesley, Madeline Zentner.

Oldham County High School: Cade Barlow, Emily Daley, James Ensor, Hannah Grau, Calvin Horner, Emily Houk, Emily Huber, Daniel Kemper, Rachel Kopecky, Channing Neikirk, Rachael Roup, Katharine Shroyer, Christian Taylor, Kellie Upton, Logan Weihe, Kari Woods.

South Oldham High School: Kaitlyn Adkisson, Emily Allen, Caitlyn Brown, Natalie Brown, Angela Day, Leonard Faul, Emma Fields, Olivia Fields, April Fowler, Chandler Garland, Rachel Girdler, Miranda Hileman, Felicia Houchens, Cody Jenkins, Yvonne Johnson, Torin Kalberg, Micah LeMaster, Hunter Lewis, Nathanial Long, Emily McOmber, Howard Menser, Kayla Mullins, Julia Niemann, Larissa Pack, Mikaela Pfeifer, Joshua Reeves, Corinne Sanford, Jessica Schmidt, Jackson Sherry, Megan Sherwood, Natalie Thompson, Rachel Thompson, Anna Townsend, Chloe Vorseth, Savannah Walker, Katherine Whitworth, Andrew Wilbourn.

Assumption High School: McKenzie Dirr, Haley Ellis.

Gatton Academy of Math and Science: Thomas Seibold.

Kentucky Country Day: Rohat Bhimani.

Sacred Heart Academy: Mary Farber.

St. Xavier High School: Reed Oliver, Cole Pospisil, William Sack.