Jessamine County received the Bluegrass Tomorrow Regional Vision Award for its new Merged Comprehensive Plan. The precedent-setting plan was the culmination of the Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission and the Nicholasville Planning Commission agreeing to create one unified comprehensive plan that each commission would use as its primary planning document.
Two planning commissions, three governments and various at-large members worked for two years to draft a plan that both planning commissions could support. A combined plan was necessary because the county's unprecedented and frenzied growth in the past decade found the established regulations confusing and often contradictory.
Charity auction, tree-lighting set for Dec. 3
The 10th annual Circle of Giving Silent Auction will take place again this year, providing Jessamine County residents with help during the holiday season.
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Hand-crafted wreaths that have been created and donated by individuals, companies and organizations will be displayed at the Jessamine County Courthouse. Bidding on the wreaths begins Nov. 29 and will end at 8 p.m. Dec. 3.
All proceeds will benefit Helping Hands and Holiday Central, organizations that provide food and toys for families in Jessamine County.
Also on Dec. 3, Jessamine County will have its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. During the evening, light refreshments will be served inside the courthouse; afterward, participants will be invited to gather outside to sing Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate while waiting for the arrival of Santa. Free photos of Santa will be included in the festivities.
For information, call 859-885-4500 or visit Jessamineco.com.
Civil War-era Christmas at Olde Hall Church
The Olde Hall Church in Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Jessamine County will celebrate a Christmas reminiscent of the 1800s from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5.
Hall Church was built in the late 1800s by African-American Union soldiers and was restored by Jessamine County Fiscal Court in 2005.
The event will be hosted by a re-enactor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned orator, writer and statesman who was a leader of the abolitionist movement. Douglass will be portrayed by actor and historical re-enactor Michael E. Crutcher, a resident of Jessamine County and the great-great-grandson of Daniel Gilchrist, a member of the 13th U.S. Colored Troops Heavy Artillery stationed at Camp Nelson during the Civil War.
The program will include light refreshments and choir performances by local African-American church choirs, including the Bethel Church Choir from Jessamine County and the Seventh Street Christian Choir from Paris.
There is no charge.
For information, call 859-885-4500, or visit Jessamineco.com.
Armenian principals visit high school
A group of 10 Armenian high school principals visited East Jessamine High School on Nov. 9 to learn about high school administration, educational reform in Kentucky and educational strategies in the United States. The trip was designed to equip the principals with knowledge and understanding for effective set-up of 150 high schools that are to be established in Armenia by 2012.