BRIEFS: Morton student awarded Scouts medal; Leftover T-shirts turned into food; and more

David Carruthers

David Carruthers, 13, a Morton Middle School eighth-grader, has been awarded the Boy Scouts of America Heroism Award.

The BSA National Court of Honor recommended the award, which includes a medal and certificate, for "demonstrating heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at minimum risk to self."

In November 2011, David flagged down a truck and removed a small child from its path. The award is the first one in memory to a Scout in his troop. David is a member of Troop No. 41 in Lexington.

David is the son of J.D. and Patsy Carruthers of Lexington. Scouting runs in the Carruthers family. David's father, grandfather (Thomas Carruthers of Murray), and great-grandfather (the late David H. Lyons Carruthers) are all Eagle Scouts.

Volunteers needed

The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center is in need of volunteers in the 17 Central Kentucky counties it covers.

The BRCC will offer fall volunteer training at the following times:

5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 22

BRCC exists to support, provide information and counseling to victims of sexual abuse. The BRCC provides a full range of services that are free and confidential, including a 24-hour crisis line, medical advocacy and crisis counseling. Volunteers are an essential component to assisting with these services to victims of sexual assault.

Call the BRCC's business line (859) 253-2615 for the office location.

Volunteers should be at least 20 years old, have access to a telephone, have transportation, make a 6-month commitment, and apply for free training.

For more information, visit

Gifts turned into food

When nearly 1,500 blood donors gave blood in July, some opted not to take their Kentucky Blood Center thank-you gift. KBC, in turn, donated the value of those items to God's Pantry Food Bank. The gift totaled $6,935.50.

The value of a KBC T-shirt, for instance, can feed someone for nearly four days.

"This was a great opportunity for KBC and our donors. Besides saving lives, our donors gave even more, and Kentucky patients and hungry families in our region both benefited," said KBC president and CEO Bill Reed.

First African open house

The First African Foundation will have an open house from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to share plans and information about the renovation of the First African Meeting House at Short and Deweese streets.

The open house is part of the 2012 Roots and Heritage Festival and will feature an exhibit celebrating Constitution Elementary School and the works of sculptor Ed Hamilton.

For more information or to contribute materials for the exhibit, call William Thomas at (859) 317-8683.

Horses4Heroes in town

Horses4Heroes, an equestrian military support group, will be in Lexington from 1-4 p.m. Saturday with an open house for law enforcement officers, fire fighters/EMTs, military personnel, veterans and their families.

The event, Hero Appreciation Day 2012, is being held at Stable Meadows, 2590 Jacks Creek Pike.

Stable Meadows owner Angela Spiers said, "This is a great opportunity for our local heroes and their families to come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of horseback riding, demonstrations, refreshments, games and special surprises."

The event is free. For more information or to sign up for the event, call Spiers at (859) 948-8644.

Based in Las Vegas, Horses4Heroes is a non-profit that makes horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, the heroes and their families in communities from coast to coast.

For more information about the program, visit

'Lincoln's Lexington' tours

"Lincoln's Lexington" downtown walking tours will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and 26 and Oct. 10 and 24. The 2.5 mile walking tour will begin at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, 578 West Main Street. The walking tour includes locations relevant to Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood, Lexington history and African-American history.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will also offer Lexington Cemetery Civil War walking tours at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Oct. 7 and 21 at The Lexington Cemetery, 833 West Main Street. The 11/2 hour tour features Civil War era monuments and graves, including the Todd family plot.

The cost for each tour is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required. Contact Gwen at (859) 233-9999 or visit for more information.

Advocating for children

CASA of Lexington, a non-profit agency that provides services for abused and neglected children, has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National CASA Association. The money will be used to expand advocacy services for abused and neglected children of Fayette County.

Last year, CASA of Lexington volunteer advocates provided thousands of service hours toward advocating for 120 abused and neglected Lexington children who were removed from their homes.

However, according to CASA Director Debra King, there were several hundred more children who needed the services. This grant will help CASA build its volunteer advocate pool to serve more children.

For more information, call (859) 246-4313 or visit

CASA of Lexington is located at 1155 Red Mile Place.

Alzheimer's issues

The Alzheimer's Association will present a free program for families facing legal and financial decisions regarding loved ones with dementia from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Alzheimer's Association, 465 East High Street, Suite 100.

Professionals will address issues such as making plans that fit the need, insurance coverage, power of attorney and other family issues.

Registration is required. Call 1-800-272-3900 or email