Fayette County: Toyota employees help spruce up Waveland

Adam Donaldson

Waveland State Historic Site was selected for this year's Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky National Public Lands Day event on Sept. 11. This year's activity commemorated not only Public Lands Day but National Day of Service, which provides volunteers an opportunity to improve a state historic site and to remember and honor Sept. 11 through outdoor service.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance U.S. public lands. Last year, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted 1.6 million trees.

"Our team members appreciate their communities, and I'm extremely proud of them for participating in this event to help preserve and maintain our beautiful country," said Wil James, president of Toyota Kentucky.

Volunteers performed general maintenance, trail cleaning, mulching and light repair work including bridge repair and bench construction along the park's trails.

Toyota Motor Sales Inc. has sponsored the National Public Lands Day program for the past 11 years. For more than a decade, Toyota also has encouraged its employees to get involved in Public Lands Day activities by helping to care for parks, forests, rivers, beaches, shorelines and other public lands.

Year's first mayoral debate

The Lexington Forum will present the first mayoral debate of the season, featuring Jim Newberry and Jim Gray, at its monthly meeting at Keeneland on Oct. 7. Coffee and networking begin at 7:15 a.m.; breakfast and the program begin at 7:30.

You can submit questions by Thursday to

String project marks a decade

The University of Kentucky String Project is celebrating a decade of providing low-cost instrument instruction to students in the Bluegrass region who wish to study the violin, viola, cello or bass.

Children ages 8 and older may enroll in courses through Oct. 2.

Classes are every Saturday during the school year at the UK Fine Arts Building on Rose Street. Courses will culminate with String Project fall and spring concerts.

The String Project offers courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels during both semesters. Beginner classes are 9 to 10 a.m. The cost is $110 a semester. No previous musical experience is necessary.

Intermediate and advanced courses are 10 a.m. to noon and cost $135 a semester. Intermediate levels require one to two years of musical experience, and advanced-level courses require two or more years of experience.

Scholarships are available for children who participate in free- and reduced-lunch programs. For enrollment forms, go to

Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact UKSP at (859) 257-9683 or

Aspiring actors honored

A group of aspiring actors and models from Images Model & Talent Agency recently returned from New York City, where they attended the International Modeling & Talent Association Convention.

More than 3,000 contestants from around the world competed for trophies, awards and contracts.

Joseph "Jo Jo" Jones, 20, a University of Kentucky engineering student, was named young male actor of the year. He also received two acting scholarships in Los Angeles, where he recently moved.

Madison Burns, 5, the daughter of Tina and Jack Burns of Lexington, was a finalist for child actress and child model of the year. Madison was third runner-up for most sought-after model.

Adam Donaldson, 18, the son of Dr. Elvis and Geneva Donaldson of Lexington, was a finalist for young male actor of the year.

Kailyn Rucci, 15, the daughter of Amy and Raymond Rucci Jr. of Bardstown, was a finalist for young female actress of the year.

Images' Team Dance received the third runner-up award, with choreography by Kate Williams of Irvine. Images' Team Fashion was third runner-up under the direction of Janie Olmstead, Images' owner.

God's Pantry gets $20,000 donation

Rent-A-Center has donated $20,000 to God's Pantry Food Bank to help fight hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

RAC is donating $250,000 to food banks across the country in September, which is national Hunger Action Month. The donation is part of the national Rent-A-Center Soup to Nuts campaign, designed to help food pantries across the nation meet the increasing demand for their services.