Keeney to head God's Food Pantry
God’s Food Pantry, a local charity organization in downtown Somerset, announced yesterday local businessman Jack Keeney has been selected as the new executive director.
After being selected as the interim director and working at the pantry since mid June, Keeney applied for the position permanently.
“This place grows on you, and it touched me right in the heart after working here only a few days,” Keeney stated through a press release to the Commonwealth Journal. “I love the mission of helping others, especially those in our community who have fallen on hard times.”
Verlan Owens, chair of the board of directors for the pantry, said Keeney was a welcome applicant, given his previous experience as the former executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce.
“We are glad to have a permanent director on the board, and are pleased we have a person with Jack’s experience,” Owens said.
Keeney said he believes in the mission of God’s Food Pantry, and with the help of the board, employees and volunteers giving time to the pantry, they can make the organization all they want it to be.
The pantry is a collective organization made up of churches, businesses and individuals who donate time, supplies and money. The pantry distributes food to local members of the community affected by hard times.
Return to the Glory Years
A planned $2 million renovation of one of Somerset’s historical structures will enhance the southern part of the downtown area.
Facade of The Hotel Beecher, now The Beecher House at 203 South Main Street, will be restored to its original appearance and its once-fabulous Crystal Ballroom will be recreated on a smaller scale, according to Gib Gosser, executive director of Downtown Somerset Development Corporation.
Gosser made the announcement of the grandiose plans during a recent meeting of Somerset City Council for Bill Denney and Sons, current owners of the property. To encourage the project, city council granted a tax moratorium on the property for five years; in other words, freezing the tax assessment for that period.
The renovated building will remain Section 8 housing, a federal program authorizing payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of low-income households. Renovation will reduce the current 62 units to 58, Gosser said.
Pulaski County Fair Days are here again!
It’s time once again for the Pulaski County Fair, located at the fairgrounds off of West Ky 80. Rides, shows and more are available all week, but keep a look out for these special events happening in the next couple days as well.
Tonight at 6 p.m., people can gather at the fairgrounds expo center to hear the music stylings of Cuzin Earl. Stick around the Expo Center at 7 to take part in square dancing, or head to the main arena to watch the Spur’s S Rodeo.
Wednesday at 6p.m. the Coca-Cola Talent Contest is taking place in the showcase place, followed by the demolition derby at 8.
Admission is $10 a person and covers all rides and shows. Those wanting to ride the rides must be at least 36 inches or taller.
CJ Advertising staff wins KPA General Excellence Honors
The Commonwealth Journal has again won Kentucky Press Association's coveted first place 2012 General Excellence Award for Advertising.
In addition to General Excellence, the CJ swept almost all classes of the competition with a total of 35 other awards which helped it capture the Kentucky Press Association's (KPA) highest advertising honor.
"I am proud, pleased and gratified with the effort of our advertising staff during the year," said Commonwealth Journal Publisher Rob McCullough who noted that due to the Commonwealth Journal's high circulation, it competes in KPA's Daily Class 1 Division against some of the commonwealth's larger newspapers including the Ashland Independent and the Murray Ledger & Times,
McCullough's sentiments were echoed by CJ Advertising Director Mike Hornback who lead his department to victory.
"Winning KPA’s General Excellence Award is a testimony to the professionalism of our dedicated staff. I congratulate all of our staff members for their contributions during the past year, and look forward to another successful year at he end of 2012.”
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