Sunday April 19, Friday April 24, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday April 26, 2009

This Kentucky Writer's Day is dedicated in memory of our dear friend Terry Ward who passed away on August 1, 2008.  He was a very Special Friend to Dawn, Dava and Jeanne, and to Penn's Store.  Terry emceed the very first Kentucky Writers Day Celebration and continued every year afterwards.  He wrote the lovely poem about Dava just after her passing that he read each year at the beginning of the Kentucky Writers� Day Celebration weekend.  Terry touched the lives of so many.  He was a journalist, historian, poet, author, scholar, teacher and friend.    We cherish all the memories, smiles, and laughs and were blessed by having shared time with him on this earth.

For a schedule of the 2009 weekend events, click here.


For those overnight visitors to the 2009 Kentucky Writers Day, Best Western/Danville Inn is offering a room discount price of $49.99 for anyone who lets them know they are attending Penn's Store Kentucky Writers Day.  Just tell the clerk at the desk this is "Alan's Discount."
Call 859-236-5525 for reservations. 
The web site for the hotel is http://www.bestwesternkentucky.com/danville-hotels

E-mail: bwdanville@bellsouth.net


Another hotel offering discounts for overnight guests is the:

Hampton Inn Lebanon
1125 Loretto Rd
Lebanon, KY 40033
fax 270-699-4019

The Hampton Inn in Lebanon is offering a 10% discount on rooms between April 24-26, 2009 for guests attending the Kentucky Writers Day events.



You will enjoy Kentucky Writers' Day at Penn's Store and we look forward to your being part of it.  Bring you original writings/songs and let us hear what you have created.

Dr. H. R. Stoneback and the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society from New York will be joining us again this year.  Dr. Stoneback is a Distinguished Professor of English at State University of New York at New Paltz.  He is the recipient of the state of New York 2004 Distinguished Writer Award and author of eight books.


                                                     Dr. H.R. Stoneback


KY Writer's Day Show - performances by Dawn Lane Osborn, and other Kentucky Writers' Day Musicians.  Dawn is a poet, song writer, and musician and performs professionally.



Dawn Lane Osborn



 Emcees for Kentucky Writers Day

Sunday, APRIL 19:  JAMES POPE (See Bio Below)

Friday Night, APRIL 24:   JEREMY " Breakfast Boy" BOWMAN 

Saturday, APRIL 25:   HERSHEL MCKINLEY (See Bio Below)

Saturday Night, APRIL 25:   BOB SYMON 

Sunday, APRIL 26:   LINDA PRATHER (See Bio Below)

List of Other Writers and Performers

Ruth Ann Johnson Fogle is a native of Marion County, Kentucky.  She was born in Riley and raised in Lebanon.  She now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ruth Ann is a Conference lecturer, motivational speaker, Dramatist, Christian Comedian and a new author.  She writes for the Lebanon Enterprises' Faith Page, lectures and performs for the Marion County School System.  She travels throughout the United States, performing her solo performances inspiring, lifting spirits with her comedy and teaching Black History in an unforgettable manner.  She recently performed for the Marion County Annual Women of Color Black History Event, with a play she wrote, "No Slaves at the Table."   Her venues consist of Churches, schools, theatres, AARP, Retirement/Nursing Homes, hospitals and prisons.  Where ever she goes smiles and an uplifted heart follows.  She states it all started with the book, about an old Kentucky woman who says she is 115 years old, who is stubborn, outspoken, sanctified and has lived long enough to "know how it was, now she is telling it like it is." The book entitled "I Ain't Changing My Clothes", other works include inspirational CD's,"Seven Past Midnight",  "Just Talking About Jesus", "Can You Be A Sister If it's not your Night in the Tent?" and last but not least the DVD, "The Storm Is Coming" filmed in Lebanon, Riley and Gravel Switch, KY.  To reach her, view her web site http://www.ruthannfogle.com.


A Warren County, Kentucky native, reared in Louisville, AMY BECKWITH currently resides in Daytona Beach,  Florida and is an exhibited folk artist (several public and private gallery exhibits).   She was highly influenced through the poetry and music of her father, Donnie Charles Watson and the artistic talents of her mother, Florence Lynne May Sikora.  Beckwith is a DAR member, mother of 3, historic preservationist and related to half of the Forkland area (several times over) including the owners of Historic Penn's Store.

For more about Amy and her father,
click here.


RICHARD MOORE -  Artisan, Craftsman, Musician / Songwriter presently resides in Ashville, North Carolina.   His grandfather gets the credit for teaching him to play guitar and Johnny Cash for the inspiration to start writing songs at the age of fifteen.  Being reared in a military family, he gathered influences from all over the country; mainly the southeast.  Moore was introduced to Penn's Store when he accompanied buddy and Hall of Fame inductee Billy Edd Wheeler at the 2007 "GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT".

The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society will be part of the events, in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in Springfield.


Tony Cooper is a resident of Casey County, Kentucky.  He works as a para-professional in the county school system.  He enjoys writing songs and playing music any time he can.  While he likes many types and genres of music, his favorites are the old time tearjerkers.

Gregg Neikirk is a professor of English at Westfield State College (Massachusetts) where he teaches writing and literature, including seminars in Songwriting for the English and Music departments. A Danville native and Centre graduate with a Ph.D from the University of Kentucky, he has written songs since his school days in Nashville during the 1970's. He is the president of the Elizabeth Madox Roberts literary society, and is co-directing this year's scholarly conference and the society's Kentucky Writer's Day events at Harrodsburg, Penn's Store, and Springfield. Both his twin sons, Adam and Lee, are guitar majors at Westfield State. Neikirk is married to Nancy White Neikirk, also a Danville native.


Sandy Gladfelter is a widely publish author with credits ranging from International publications to local and regional magazines and newspapers.  Her International credits are included in The International Dictionary of University Histories, published in 1989 by Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers of Chicago, IL & London, England and A visit to the Yucatan, published by Evangelical Times of London, England in 1999.

She was a feature writer from 1987 � 91 for Bluegrass Magazine.  Additionally, she wrote a monthly column, as well as, feature and contributing articles in the Danville Advocate Messenger, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, the Garrard County News and the Garrard County Historical Society, and Kentucky Families Today. Numerous feature articles appeared in Back Home in Kentucky. She earned an �Award of Merit Certificate, Honorable Mention�, for her poem �Shells� by World of Poetry in Sacramento, CA.

Sandy writes full-time and lives with her husband and two cats on a private lake in central Kentucky.

Dr. Ray Hornback, native Kentuckian, grew up in Louisville.  He earned degrees from both the University of Kentucky and  Indiana University.  He served as Vice President at Morehead State University for 15 years) and spent 15 years at the University of Kentucky as Vice President for University Relations.  He has served as President of United Way of the Bluegrass and as President of the United Way of Kentucky.  More recently, he served three terms as Vice Chair of the Board of the American Chestnut Foundation and is now on the board of the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation as well as on the board of the Kentucky State Parks Foundation.  Over the years, he has served as an officer and on the boards of 50 or so organizations, locally, statewide and on the national scene.  He has authored pieces in several books and national publications.

He has written a weekly column for Farmers National Bank in Lebanon for some 14 plus years when Gene Spragens asked him to do something unique for his fine bank.  Together they came up with the idea to do a human interest vignette each week about people, places and things, always with a light and friendly approach.  These have been very well received over the years and Dr. Hornback is still doing this under the leadership of Gene's son George.


Maurice Manning's third book of poetry, Bucolics, has just been released in paperback.  His first book, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, was selected for the 2000 Yale Series of Younger Poets.  Manning is from Kentucky, where he lives part of the year.  He teaches at Indiana University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Beth Dotson Brown is an award winning freelance writer and editor who lives in Lancaster, KY. She is the author of Yes! I Am Catholic and contributor to A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors. Besides writing for a number of magazines and newspapers, Beth also writes for nonprofit organizations. Her short stories have been published in Quality Women�s Fiction, Kudzu, St. Anthony Messenger, Branchwood Journal and aired on the BBC World Service Short Story Programme.  Beth�s compilation of three one-act plays called Mothers, Daughters and the Space in Between, available from www.heartlandplays.com, all originated as short stories. In addition, she enjoys teaching young writers and leading workshops. You can reach her at www.bethdotsonbrown.net.

Andy Rice, a native of Pulaski County, Kentucky currently resides in Boyle County with his wife Jane.  Andy's musical inspiration comes from his uncle, who would bring his guitar to family gatherings and perform for the family.  Andy's mother Geneva Rice was also an inspiration as she also played the guitar and sang.  Andy has written two songs, "Which Way to Pray" and "Slipped and Fell in Love".  Andy also played guitar and sang solo in a country band named "Andy and the Dandy's" in the early 1980s.  In the '80s and '90s he played with "The Kings Mt. Bluegrass Boys."

Growing up on Sugar Hill Farm, Vanessa Baker Ruda enjoyed a unique and fascinating childhood that provides the setting for many entertaining stories.  These experiences have now become The Adventures of Johnathon Peter, her latest book.  Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agriculture, as well as one in Vocational Education.  She is a teacher at the Danville Christian Academy, a tutor, and assists her husband in the family business, Ruda Family Chiropractic.

Christina Lovin is the author of What We Burned for Warmth and Little Fires.  A two-time Pushcart nominee, her writing has appeared in Harvard Summer Review, Triplopia, Diner, Hunger Mountain, Poet Lore, The Lyric, and many other journals and anthologies.  The Southern Women Writers' Conference awarded Lovin the 2007 Emerging Poet Award.  Her poetry has been  named finalist for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Rita Dove Poetry Award and the 7th Juried Reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.  She has received the Judson Jerome Scholarship from Antioch Writers� Workshop, the Baron Wormser Scholarship for the Stone Coast Writers' Conference, and, most recently, was awarded the 2008 AWP WC&C Poetry Scholarship. Lovin has served as Writer-in-Residence at Devil's Tower National Monument and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Central Oregon.  She has been a resident fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Footpaths House in the Azores. Her work has been generously supported on several occasions with grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council, including the 2007 Al Smith Fellowship.

Born and raised on a small farm near Gracey, Kentucky, Lacy Thomas learned to read at age 3 and became a committed wordsmith, as well as infatuated with the stars.  He read enough to design and launch a solid fuel rocket at age 13 (which roared out of sight and was never retrieved.)  Voracious is a good descriptor of his appetite for the written word.  While other students had a library index card, Lacy had his own index card file box.  He joined the Navy hoping to become an astronaut, but flunked out of Annapolis; he did time as a radar man and ship's photographer.  Upon discharge he enrolled at the University of Kentucky and worked in college as a DJ, taxi driver, graphic artist (at WKYT-TV) and staff photographer at the Lexington Herald Leader.  He spent his time off hiking and taking pictures in the Red River Gorge area.

He graduated with a degree in accounting and spent most of his life in private industry.  He also found enough spare time to become a fair woodsman and pretty good amateur astronomer.  Lacy is the KY (at-large) contact for The Sidewalk Astronomers, an international organization dedicated to sharing astronomy with the public.  (www.sidewalkastronomers.us/) "GET OUT, LOOK UP, MARVEL!"

He has spent nearly all of his professional career out of Kentucky but returned in 2002 and hopefully, will never leave.  He loves this beautiful state and the many outdoor recreational opportunities it affords.  Lacy and his wife Brenda are members of a U S Forest Service volunteer group (the Red River Gorge Trail Crew) that meets monthly in the gorge to maintain the 50+ miles of trails.  (www.gorgecrew.com). It is a very well-read group and the discussions around the evening camp fire are always most interesting.

Though Lacy is currently employed by the state, he strives to find time to pursue astronomy, hiking, cooking, reading/listening to books and playing with wood.  He makes unique bluebird houses, faerie houses, gnome homes and other strange objects from branches, pods, shells and other objects "discarded" by Mother nature.  Occasionally he finds time to pen his observations of people and nature.

Chris Hamilton is director of Lebanon & Marion County Tourism.  He is the former sports editor, former news editor and former editor of The Lebanon Enterprise.

A veteran of both the U.S. military and Corporate America, Blain Staat escaped from Orlando, Florida in 2005 on a quest to find a better quality of life for his family.  He now happily resides in Liberty, Kentucky, where he owns and operates Linear Wave Publishing and directs the day-to-day operations of the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce.

Blaine has authored three books to date: Clash of the Figments, a silly and obnoxious satire of hard-boiled detective mysteries; Finding Liberty, a retrospective collection of stories and essays; and What So Proudly We Hail, a disturbing speculative novel about life in a nightmarish American future. 

The column He Said, She Said, written by Blaine and his lovely wife Catherine, can be seen monthly in the Casey County News.

Joberta Wells is a self-proclaimed writing imposter.  After graduation from college (UK, of course), she became a blood banker and worked in hospitals in Lexington, Cincinnati, New Orleans, and then spent 21 years at Central Kentucky Blood Center in Lexington.  In 1994 she returned to Casey County, her home, and worked two more years in hospitals in Somerset and Liberty.  She retired at a tender age and pursued a part-time career in house cleaning, banking, blood banking consulting, marketing, and trying not to get on any more boards.

Joberta was a technical writer during her career as a blood banker but it was never for fun.  In 1998 Donna Carman, the new editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, asked her to write a monthly opinion column called It�s A Hoot.  Over the subsequent years the column has appeared more frequently than monthly and she has done other writing for the paper.  All of her writing has been for fun and she says, �I don�t do murder, rape and pillaging, beauty pageants, or turkey- and deer-shooting stories.  Let the pros do those.�

Joberta lives on a farm in Yosemite where she feeds a flock of turkeys, a herd of deer, a passel of  'possums, a community of 'coons, a family of foxes, a quartet of cattle, and a cat or two.   "God, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth." 

Betty Pace has taught school, served as a guidance counselor and Director of Federal Programs in Kentucky and Ohio public and private schools.  She was Director of a Title One Program that won national acclaim toward excellence in education for the state and U.S. Department of Education.  Betty is the author of Chris Gets Ear Tubes, Donald�s Dump Truck, I Miss My Dad, Donna�s Christmas Birthday, Abraham Lincoln and Clippety-Clop, Clippety-Clop.  She has published more than a hundred articles and poems and works as a full time writer and makes school visits.

Linda S. Prather was born in Kentucky and is a resident of Lexington.  Her greatest desire as a writer is to write characters that readers love, hate, laugh and cry with.  She loves learning -- period.  She received an associate degree in metaphysics in 1992 and has become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.  Her first novel, The Gifts, incorporated metaphysics into fiction.

Jon Nesbitt, a Pennsylvania native, has had one desire in life -- to be a successful musician and songwriter.  At the age of 14 he started playing guitar and writing songs. He soon realized that the more instruments he could play, the easier it would be to get into a band.

At the age of 17 he learned to play drums and bass guitar. The piano soon followed.  Jon was being influenced by musicians such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan and the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrex. He loved the showmanship  of Kiss. The list goes on and on.

Jon realized that a true musician should be open to different styles of music from rock and blues to folk and country.  This line of thought has helped him develop his own style.  Over the years he has worked with many of Central Kentucky's top country and rock variety bands. He has also preformed as a solo act.

Jon doesn't want to be classified as a "one style writer".  He wants to be known as a true musician, songwriter and performer.  With his love for music and a God given talent, Jon has the ability to succeed.

Originally from the Lakes Region of southwestern Maine, Terry Swett and his wife Sandy moved to Stanford, Kentucky in the summer of 2008.  In his young adult years, he traveled extensively around the United States, painting signs and sometimes singing for his supper.  Those days inspired his first real song writing.  He refers to his early originals as a "Travelogue of Folkish Ditties."  Thirty years later Terry still makes signs for a living and still writes.  His songs may be about bartenders, pool shootin', home towns, love or God.

Classic Harmonies is a family group performing Christian, folk and country music. Our Christian music is comprised of beautiful songs ranging from gospel to old hymns to contemporary. Our folk and country numbers include hits from the 1960's through the 1980's. We strive to remind our listeners of the classic sounds from that era that we want to keep alive.

One of the members of The Blue Age is Paul "Apaullo" Childers, 14, who took up guitar at an early age; his vocal styling is heavily influenced by John Mayer. Childers got his start in public performing at events such as the Heart of Kentucky Arts Festival as a solo act. He opened for American Idol finalist Josh Gracin in 2008.  Vaughn Alexander Hamilton, 17, plays acoustic/electric guitar, keyboards and tenor sax but mainly lays down the bass line for The Blue Age. Formerly with the rock band The Naked Horsemen, Hamilton's first loves are blues and jazz. His influences are The Jimmy Hendrix Experience and any significant bass players over the past two centuries.  Jordan "Purple" Hayes, 19, was drawn to percussion in high school then joined The Blue Age in 2009.  The Blue Age has opened for 32 Below and New Deal in 2009.  Christopher Hamilton rips the alto sax on several of the group's songs, but will not be available during the Kentucky Writers Day Celebration Kickoff.

As a Kentucky writer, and poet, we often survey the geographical locations of our lives.  This journey is composed of physical and spiritual beginnings for all of us. As a writer and elementary teacher, James Pope has been part of this landscape as a poet, educator, journalist, and editor.

Pope, who has traveled many times to West Africa, is the author of two chap books: For the Love of Pure Water and Alone in a Dark House. Alone in a Dark House is his latest work that he wrote with his daughter, Claire Pope, who helped illustrate the book.  Christina Lovin, a distinguished Kentucky poet wrote about Pope's work, "These are poems of experience and memory in the mature voice of someone who understands the cyclical nature of existence and has found an acceptance of life with no cruel illusions."

"The musty space," "the muted darkness," "the memory of distant seasons," and "the distant feeling of something giving way" are all lines from Pope's poems that often explain the physical, geographical, and religious locations of his work.

Pope, who presently teaches 4th grade at Crab Orchard Elementary School, is the father of Claire Pope, an art history professor at Kentucky's Lindsey Wilson College and Justin James Pope, who is completing his PhD in Colonial History at George Washington University.

Tony Sexton has a new book called Scraps coming out in June 2009.

A native of Mercer County, Kentucky, Tony Sexton lives on a small farm and is retired from The Kentucky Utilities Company after 31 years of service. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in creative writing and a minor in psychology.  When not gardening, his time is spent writing.  When asked about his poetry, his reply is, "I want to write in such a way that if I drop a copy of one of my poems on Main Street and someone comes along and picks it up, they could read and understand it. Where Walt Whitman may have failed, I want to succeed as being a poet for the common man."

 His writing credits include:

  • Short stories and poetry published in nationally distributed publications, including Good Old Days Magazine

  • In depth interviews with Kentucky Authors, published in The Journal for Kentucky Studies from the Northern Kentucky University

  • Four years as a columnist for The Danville Advocate Messenger  [The columns were nostalgic, humor or opinion.]

  • Four years as a contributing columnist for The Mercer Magazine, a monthly publication of The Harrodsburg Herald. He was instrumental in helping create this magazine and wrote various columns including a humor column, a column relating to country stores and others about local history.


Sexton also developed and directed a festival for writers, which was held in Harrodsburg. The festival was called "Celebrate Kentucky Writers" and brought together both seasoned and aspiring writers for a 3-day workshop. Three of those festivals had anthologies published with writing of all the participants, including the seasoned writers.  One of his poems was included in the opening day publication for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. Only 13 writers from the state were included in this publication.


He has conducted many writing workshops through the years and presently leads two for the Mercer County Public Library.  He has also been editor and contributor to several newsletters over the years and is presently developing one for local writers.  He has just completed his first novel in a series of novels about a private investigator in Lexington, Kentucky. The title for the book is Blood in the Bluegrass.  He has had poetry published in JAR, a publication of the honors program for the University of Kentucky.


Hershel McKinley is probably best known for his many years on Danville radio stations WKLO, WHIR, and WMGE-FM, as News Director, public affairs broadcaster and morning air personality.  He is also one of the Main Stage Emcees for the Great American Brass Band Festival held each June in Danville.  In what Hershel describes as �long ago and far away� he wrote, produced, directed and appeared in many films for the State of Kentucky in The Department of Public Information.  Hershel has worked in the Lexington and northern Ohio radio and television markets and is a graduate of Kent State University.

Born in Southern Kentucky, Hershel called Danville home for many years, but now lives on a farm in northern Mercer County with his wife Shirley, who is a Labor/Delivery RN at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.  Hershel and Shirley have two married children, Jason and Mary Beth McKinley, Rachel and Preston Correll and two grandchildren, Gus and Annie Correll.

Calling himself a lifelong fledgling novice in creative writing Hershel is a member of Speaking Out and Nomadic Ink writing groups in Mercer County. 

Hershel currently does freelance voice work and script writing.  He has been heard throughout the South in radio and television commercials, industrial video voiceovers, audio book readings, and political radio advertisements.  For the last few years he has also been the sound engineer for the Forkland Festival Bean Supper Play.

He and Shirley, and their children, have had the opportunity to travel or work in many parts of the world including East Africa, Central America, England, the Caribbean, and India.

Photography is a long time hobby of Hershel�s and one of his photos was recently used in an advertisement on the back cover of a national equine magazine.

Brad Lanham, born and raised in Gravel Switch Kentucky, is founder and president of the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians whose mission is "Bringing Musicians Together."  "There are a lot of musicians around, but they don't seem to know each other or their shared love for music. Giving those folks an avenue to meet and arena to play in is our goal."

Raised on Country & Bluegrass, rebelled with Rock, redeemed by Contemporary Christian Rock, and in the middle of Blues & Jazz, Lanham claims to be a lover of all genera of music. "If it's music, I want to be in the middle of it."

Jim Brown is a musician, storyteller, carpenter, gardener and all-around Renaissance man from Marion County who now lives in Garrard County. He enjoys telling stories about the big holler where he grew up. Although he enjoys a wide variety of music, he's especially fond of Bluegrass music and formerly played banjo with a local band.


Brenda L. Murphy
, a lifetime Kentucky resident loves the art of expression. Whether it is through lyrics of a song, the adventurous insight on the lives of characters in short stories, or the ever moving words of inspiration found in a breath taking poem; BL has found that writing is her form of expressing the road that we call life.

At only 26 years of age, BL has been compiling a portfolio filled with moving pieces that come straight from her heart to paper. Some of these writings include but are not limited to; "From Cutter to Cutting Edge" (a work of inspirational writings to help families and victims of the ever growing addiction of "cutting"), "Life's little Picnic" (a book of poems written by BL which is set to be released through independent publishing in the near future.), and the poem,"My Kentucky", a piece that illustrates the greatness of the state through the use of many of its trademarks and symbols. Recently BL Murphy received a letter from Kentucky State Gov. Steven L. Beshear, expressing his appreciation and liking for "My Kentucky." The governor said, "Thank you for sending me a copy of your poem, 'My Kentucky'. It is a charming piece with colorful imagery and creative use of the state symbols. I appreciate your sharing this with me, and send best wishes for your continued success."

BL aspires to leave her mark as a nationwide writer/speaker and aspires to motivate young people from all around the state of Kentucky, and the world to find their own voice and to allow writing and knowledge to be the weapon that fuels the up and coming generations.

Jack Forman, 51, lives with his wife Patricia in Lee County, Kentucky, where they are working to establish a quiet Homestead.  This desire for a simpler life stems from years of working maintenance in various factories across Central and Eastern Kentucky most of his adult life.  An aspiring writer and organic farmer, Jacks inspirations for writing stem from his families roots in farm life in Kentucky and memories of his Grandparents' homestead during his childhood.  In addition, events of the homestead he and Patricia are building, as well as section hikes on the Appalachian Trail, combine to create what he hopes are writings of a quiet desire for peace and possibility.

The Shady Creek Band has been together since late January, 2009.  They have played many nursing homes and some Senior Citizens Centers, just so the band can make the Senior Citizens' day go by in a nicer way.  Everywhere they go people like their hard-driven bluegrass music. The band members are Dan Malone from Lebanon Kentucky, Phillip Crowe from Perryville, Kentucky, Mark Lanham from Gravel switch Kentucky, and Donnie Crowe from Maxey Valley, just outside of Hustonville, Kentucky.

Mike Hill

Don Littrell

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Ed Hays

Joseph Ross

Steve Shepperson

Bob Symon was born in New Orleans and the family moved to Connecticut and then Los Angeles before settling in Houston.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a degree in Journalism.  He then became a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch in Houston.  He returned to school to the Florida State University where he earned a degree in Meteorology with a minor in Physics.  For the past 20 years, he has been a television meteorologist with the past 11 being in Louisville.  While in Louisville, Bob earned a Masters degree in History from the University of Louisville, where his work was recognized with the Deans Citation for Academic Excellence.  Recently, Bob had the cover feature article published in the Ohio Valley History academic journal.  In December, Bob's employer's stock dropped about 95% and that was a bad time for a contract to be expiring.  He is now unemployed and would be glad to entertain any job offers.  In his new found free time, Bob has been making public speaking engagements and doing volunteer work.  He and his wife Cassie enjoy sculling on the Ohio River, taking walks, studying the bible and finding odd places to visit.  This week is was their fourth anniversary.  For their honeymoon, Bob took his wife by train to Glacier National Park in Montana where she was afraid of Grizzly Bears and then to Mt. St. Helens, where she was afraid of a volcanic eruption.  His mother says it sounded like one of Bob's Boy Scout Camping Trips instead of a honeymoon.  Cassie has since changed her mind and vows to return to the mountains of Montana.

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