Clark County notes: Feb. 4

Clark Middle School's Rip and Run 5K will be at 9 a.m. March 1 at Calvary Christian's Walking Trail on Boonesboro Road in Winchester. This event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels.

Participants can pre-register at Clark Middle School and on the day of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is open through Feb. 28 for $25. On-site registration the day of the event is $30. Participants will receive a CMS Rip and Run 5K T-shirt.

All of the proceeds will be used to purchase technological resources for the school.

Four community colleges honored

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has selected four Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges as among the nation's 150 best community colleges. They are: Hazard Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community College, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The colleges were chosen from nearly 1,000 community colleges nationwide based on performance and improvement in the following areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. The colleges will now compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize by demonstrating high standards for learning, college completion without delay and proving to be excellent training grounds for jobs that pay competitive wages, following a year-long research process. Ten finalists will be named in the fall. A jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2015.

For a list of the eligible community colleges for 2015 Aspen Prize, visit

Wine About Winter Thursday

Downtown Winchester's Wine About Winter event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Participating merchants will offer refreshments and special sales.

Civil War talk planned at museum

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum will host a presentation by Kevin Palmer who will discuss the effects of the Civil War on the city of Winchester. The free event will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the museum, 217 South Main Street. For more information, call (859) 745-1358.