Jessamine County: Asbury University names online programs director

Sara Porter
Sara Porter

Sara Porter has been hired as director of online programs at Asbury University in Wilmore. Porter, an aluma of the Asbury media communications program, has almost 10 years of experience with technology and media in educational settings. Before coming to Asbury, Porter worked as an instructional designer and quality-assurance coordinator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Versailles. She also has served as an instructional media teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky and as a teacher and media assistant at Lexington Christian Academy's high school. She holds a master of science degree in instructional systems design from UK.

Participants sought for chamber trip to Ohio

The Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce has selected Wooster, Ohio, as the destination for the 2012 Leaders' Bus Trip from April 25 to 27. Wooster is a mid-size community that mirrors Nicholasville in many respects and was recently named one of Ohio's Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine. The focus of the trip will be observing and learning from Wooster's government, business and education programs. Participants and sponsors are being sought for the trip. To register or to learn more, email Myrna at or call (859) 887-4351.

Learn about heirloom tomato plants

Heirloom gardener Julie Maruskin will demonstrate how to start tomato plants from seed, save your own seeds for next year's garden and transplant your own tomato seedlings at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jessamine County Public Library, 600 South Main Street, Nicholasville. Heirloom tomato plants are commonly considered to bear a superior-tasting fruit and have the added benefit of preserving Appalachian family heritage. Participants will receive a packet of heirloom seeds. Registration is required at, or call (859) 885-3523.