Mollie Watson, 14, an eighth-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, was the winner of an essay contest sponsored by Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear.
The contest, "Kentucky Forward — How I Can Help," was open to all Kentucky middle schoolers. The concept was to suggest how a young student could help move Kentucky forward, which fit in with the 59th inaugural theme, "Kentucky Tomorrow."
Part of Mollie's essay, "Moving Kentucky Forward," was read during Gov. Steve Beshear's inauguration and swearing-in on Dec. 13 in Frankfort on the steps of the Capitol.
Mollie is the daughter of Bud and Leslie Watson. Her essay focused on how education is the key to Kentucky's success.
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Donations are sought for Angel Cat Tree
Donations for the Angel Cat Tree to benefit Lexington Humane Society will be taken through Dec. 31 at the Lexington Hospital for Cats, 271 Southland Drive.
Record numbers of abandoned cats, coupled with declining animal adoption rates, have created an unprecedented need for cat supplies at the Lexington Humane Society.
To help meet the needs of the homeless cats, the employees of Lexington Hospital for Cats have decorated a Christmas tree with Cat Angel ornaments.
On the back of each ornament is a request for an item needed by the sheltered cats. Anyone who selects a cat angel ornament is asked to buy the item and return it to Lexington Hospital for Cats to place under the Angel Cat Tree.
Last year, more than 350 pounds of cat food, 600 pounds of cat litter, and bowls, beds, blankets, collars, litter boxes and toys were donated, along with nearly $800 in cash. This year, the need is even greater.
"In tight economic times, it is easy to forget our cats. Cats are not self-sufficient and need to know that they are loved," said Alice Mills, veterinarian at Lexington Hospital for Cats. "If you can't adopt a cat right now, this is the next best way to show them how much you care."
Donations can be dropped off at The Lexington Hospital for Cats, 271 Southland Drive. Business hours are 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
It's flu-shot time
It's not too late to get a flu vaccination, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The number of flu cases in Kentucky traditionally hits its peak in January and February.
Flu shots are available at the Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots cost $25, and Medicaid, Medicare B, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurance plans are accepted.
The Public Health Clinic North is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
The seasonal flu shot, which also provides protection against H1N1, is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older.
Last year, Lexington had 305 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided 5,526 flu vaccinations throughout the season.
For more information find the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook or at Twitter.com/lfchd or go to Lexflucrew.com.