Education Notes: Sept. 18

September 18, 2013 

Warren Beeler, left, head of Agriculture Policy at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, was inducted into UK's Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall. At right is department chair Robert Harmon.

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Awards/honors

Fayette County Public Schools received several awards from the Kentucky Music Educators Association's District 7 fall meeting Sept. 9. Elementary School Teacher of the Year — Andrea Marcum, music teacher at Arlington Elementary; Middle School Teacher of the Year — Gay Begley, band director Tates Creek Middle School; High School Teacher of the Year — Rebecca Goff, orchestra director at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; Outstanding Administrator — Lester Diaz, principal at Bryan Station Middle School; Citation for Service — John Davis, retired music teacher.

These District 7 honorees will be nominated for KMEA statewide awards, which will be presented at the annual professional development conference Feb. 5-8 in Louisville.

Warren Beeler, director of Agriculture Policy at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has been inducted into the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Beeler has served the KDA for 15 years in livestock marketing and show and fair promotion. Along with advising Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on agricultural issues, Beeler speaks on behalf of the KDA at agriculture conferences and workshops.

Beeler is a former president of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association and a Hall of Fame member, Western Kentucky University agriculture alumnus of the year, a member of the Middle Tennessee State University Animal Science Hall of Fame, recipient of the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association Service Award, and winner of the Kentucky FFA Distinguished Service Award. Regarded as the most experienced livestock judge in the country, Beeler has judged livestock shows for 35 years in 42 states. He manages his family farm in Caneyville with his wife, Dee Dee, and their five children.

Reunions

■ The Lafayette Alumni Association will hold its 11th Annual Potluck Picnic at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the David Bach Party Barn, Redd Road. Meat and beverages will be provided; attendees may bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. Reservations are due today and all alumni are invited to attend.

Memberships will be taken at the picnic and any donations to the LAA scholarship fund will be accepted. For more info and directions call (859) 278-1489.

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