More than 150 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony at St. Athanasius Orthodox Church's new property at the corners of Village Parkway, Lime Lane and Peachtree Street in Nicholasville.
"This event has been a long time in coming," said Justin Patterson, pastor of St. Athanasius.
For the past 11 years St. Athanasius has met in a storefront in the Lily Springs Shopping Center in south Nicholasville.
State Rep. Bob Damron, Nicholasville Mayor Russ Meyer and Nicholasville City Commissioner Pete Sutherland attended the ceremony. His Grace, Bishop Mark (Maymon) of Baltimore presided at the service, which ended with the burning of the mortgage on the property, which is now paid in full.
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The building committee and parish council worked with Lexington architect Tom Smith to develop plans that could be implemented in phases to meet the church's growth needs for the next 25 years.
The first phase of construction will be an 8,000-square-foot building with a walk-out basement. Final general contractor selection will take place in September. Construction is expected to begin in October. Metrognomes to close concert series
The Metrognomes big band will close out the Stonebridge Concert Series with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Downtown Green in Wilmore. The final free show of the year is traditionally referred to as "The Picnic Under the Stars" and offers optional catered dining at 6:30 p.m. Tables and chairs are provided. The evening will also feature an art show by the Creative Art League. The Downtown Green is located off East Main Street and can be accessed by Rice Street. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Wilmore/High Bridge Community Center outreach or dog/cat food for the Jessamine County Save Center. Rain location is Confrontation Point Ministries at 709 East Main Street. More information at Wilmore.org.Library to teach Internet basics
The Jessamine County Public Library will offer Internet 101 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A at 600 South Main Street in Nicholasville. Students will learn how to cruise the information super highway and learn Web-browsing basics, including Web searching, Web address formatting and Internet safety. Laptop computers are provided. Patrons must know how to use a keyboard and mouse. Register at Jesspublib.org or call (859) 885-3523.