■ Stoll Keenon Ogden attorney Palmer Gene Vance II has been honored by the American Bar Association with the 2013 Difference Makers Award for his commitment to community service. Vance, a business litigation attorney with SKO since 1995, chairs the firm's pro bono committee and is the president of the Fayette County Bar Association. The Difference Makers Award is presented annually by the ABA's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.
■ The Russell School Project, the Russell School Apartments, located at 211 West Fifth Street in Lexington, has been named the National Housing and Rehabilitation Award winner for the Best Historic Rehab Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (between $5-$10 million). The project's developer is Fayette County Local Development Corp./Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County. The architecture firm in charge of design was REB Architects, Nicholasville. Twenty-seven affordable one-bedroom apartments were created from the renovation of a portion of this vacant former elementary school built in 1954. The old classrooms, cafeteria, and gym were reconfigured to create the apartments. The units are currently rented to seniors making 50 percent or less of the median income.
■ The Kentucky Association of Realtors has presented several awards to Realtors across the state during the 91st Annual KAR Convention in Louisville. The 2013 Realtor of the Year is Jim Broadwater, an agent with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty in Lexington and member of the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors.
The 2013 KAR Distinguished Service Award was presented to Linda Moore, a member of LBAR. She is currently a Broker-Associate with Rector-Hayden Realtors. Mike Gooch, a broker and auctioneer in Lexington and an instructor and designer of various real estate courses, was given the 2013 Nat Sanders Education Award. The 2013 Community Service Award in the large category was given to LBAR for its book donation project which provides more than 1,000 books to more than 100 elementary schools in the Central Kentucky region. LBAR also supplies donations to food banks throughout the state each month and helps with home repairs through their Realtor-Community Housing Foundation. In the medium category, the Realtor Association of Southern Kentucky won. And the Murray Calloway County Board of Realtors took the award in the small category.
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■ Kendall and Dana Barnes from Winchester have been named the top consigners to the 2013 Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. The award is presented to the consigner of the top three bucks in the test. The Barnes shared this year's award with John Weber from Illinois.
The Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test was initiated in 2006 at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research and Education Center. The purpose of the test is to evaluate the performance of meat goat bucklings on a pasture-only diet, with natural exposure to internal parasites (worms). The test is open to goat producers from any state.
The meat goat industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Kentucky is one of the top-goat producing states in the nation.
The Barnes' are one of the long-time consigners to the test. In 2012, they received a plaque for having consigned to the test for five years. They were also top consigners in 2008. The Barnes raise Kiko goats. The Kiko is a meat goat that was developed in New Zealand.
For more information about the test, go to the Mdgoattest.blogspot.com.
■ Professor Subba Reddy Palli, a University of Kentucky insect physiologist, has been honored by his peers for his cutting-edge research involving gene expression in insects. Palli is the recipient of the Entomological Society of America's Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology. He will receive the award during the society's annual meeting Nov. 10-14 in Austin, Texas. Palli joined the faculty in the UK Department of Entomology in 2002 and has published 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters and has co-edited a book. He also has four issued patents and nine pending patent applications.
■ Richard Sanchez, a recruiter in the school district's Migrant Education Program, has been selected a 2013 LYPA Rising Star by the Lexington Young Professionals Association.
In his work with Fayette County Public Schools, Sanchez connects migrant families and students with community and educational services. He networks extensively with apartment complexes, local grocers and resource centers. He also received Lexington Public Library's Superior Performance Award in 2009 and Insight Para Ti's Community Excellence Award in 2013. Sanchez moved to the United States from Lima, Peru, in 2002 after attending college in Puebla, Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree in digital arts and electronic media from Kentucky State University, and he joined FCPS in 2011.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo