Business briefs, March 7

Published 10:56 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jane Barleycorn’s founder Spoonamore joins AMBRAbev as culinary director

Nationally recognized for her restaurant and bar featuring an exhaustive collection of bourbons, Mary Robin Spoonamore founded Jane Barleycorn’s on Fourth Street in Danville in June of 2010. Although her ownership of Jane Barleycorn’s restaurant and bar will continue, she has assumed the new position at AMBRAbev (American-Brazilian Beverage) as their new distillery on the Danville Bypass completes construction. 

“The Baeker family committed to the construction of a highly versatile commercial kitchen and my first duties will involve supervision of construction and installation of equipment,” said Spoonamore. “This new opportunity is a dream come true. The more I talked to Zach and Tom Baeker, the more I became inspired. I saw what they wanted as the culinary arm of AMBRAbev and that it could open a whole new world that I’m free to explore.”

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“The tastes of the world spring from the diversity of Brazil,” said Zach Baeker. “Enabling us to build a culinary experience where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The new menu is expected to offer small plates and tapas with a variety of tastes, most costing $10 or less,” he said.

“Jane Barleycorn’s customers can expect the same conviviality and relaxing atmosphere, along with a world class collection of Bourbons and fine wines, as we return to our roots with a simple menu, excellent cheeses, charcuterie boards, and specialties from around the world.”

Spoonamore expects to transition to her new post at AMBRAbev in late spring or early summer.

Boyle Landmark Trust recognizes Farmers National Bank for Historical Preservation


News release 

Several members of the Boyle Landmark Trust recently presented Farmers National Bank, 304 West Main Street, a historical plaque for the bank’s efforts in historical preservation. The property that the bank currently sits on today was formerly the Old Whitley, Old Moore Building, Spoonamore Drugstore and Masonic Lodge Building. 

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From left, George Coomer, Barbara Hulette, Greg Caudill, Jacob Pankey, Sharon Howell, Marty Gibson and Kathy Milby stand with the plaque presented from Boyle Landmark Trust to representatives from Farmers National Bank.

Jacob Pankey, chair of the Boyle Landmark Trust, along with board members George Coomer, Barbara Hulette and Kathy Milby, presented the plaque to Farmers National Bank representatives Greg Caudill, CEO, Marty Gibson, president and Sharon Howell, vice president, director of marketing.

The program recognized the property as being at least 100 years old; there is recorded and documented history of the property; and, Farmers National Bank’s support of architectural historic preservation within Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Boyle Landmark Trust, which was founded in 1971, works to assure that architectural history is respected, protected, and preserved for future generations. Farmers National Bank, a community owned bank since 1879, has banking facilities in Danville, Burgin, Harrodsburg, Junction City, Lancaster, Perryville and Stanford.

Cancer Center nurses recognized for extraordinary service


News release 

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Registered nurses receiving The Daisy Award are, from left: front row, Debbie Allen, Cathy Logsdon, Mara Meredith and Kim Coulter. Back row, Ashley Murphy, Kelly Ramos, Jessie Cocanougher, Jada Brady, Darla Dalton, Colleen Wheat and Heather Musick. Not pictured is Doriska Austin.

Nurses at Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center were recently honored with The DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.  The DAISY Team Award is for nurse-led teams of two or more who come together to solve a specific situation by going above and beyond.  Nursing teams may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Ephraim McDowell Health to receive The DAISY Team Award. The DAISY Team Award is presented once each year at a surprise presentation.  Each member of the nursing team receives a certificate commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference your teamwork makes in the lives of so many people.”  The team also receives a specially engraved plaque with the name of the Team. 

The Cancer Center nurses were nominated by a patient who said, “I have been a patient at the Cancer Center since 2010, after a diagnosis of breast cancer. I have always been very impressed with my care at the Cancer Center. But, an August 2016 diagnosis of advanced cancer has allowed me to notice an exemplary commitment by my team to make sure my quality of life is good. They address any issues or concerns with my well-being as the focus.  I am not treated as a case or file number. They care about me. I can’t think of anything anyone in my shoes would appreciate more.  Quality, personal treatment.”

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Sally Davenport, president and CEO of Ephraim McDowell Health. “Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

Nomination forms for the DAISY Award are available at various locations throughout Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital. 

Kiwanis speaker

DA CAPO proposal: Veteran music educator and administrator Dr. Camille Towns shared a proposal for a start-up charter school to the Kiwanis Club of Danville on Feb. 22. The Danville Academy for Creative Accelerated Performing Opportunities (DA CAPO) is slated to be a fine arts academy utilizing an inversion model of teaching in which core content is taught through fine arts disciplines. Upon approval, DA CAPO would serve students from the districts of Danville Independent as well as Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer Counties with future goals of replicating the academy through additional campuses across the state. To learn more about the Danville Academy for Creative Accelerated Performing Opportunities (DA CAPO), or provide any support or suggestions, visit, email or call (606) 706-0137.

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Rotary news

New members: During the March 2 Rotary luncheon, District 6710 Assistant District Governor Allan Crain introduced two new members to the Danville Rotary Club members. They are, from left, Dr. Chuck Keiser (sponsor), Gary Chidester (business owner), Hilary Long (United Way) and Denise VanSteenlandt (sponsor).

Student winners: Emma Merryman, from left, Danville High School; Adriana Crockett, Boyle County High School; Kelsy Steber, DHS; and Alexis Sosh, BCHS, placed first through fourth, respectively, in the Danville Rotary Club’s speech contest, held March 2. Six sectional speech contests will be held in mid-March to mid-April. The prizes at the sectional level are $400 for first; $200 for second; $100 for third. On June 1-2, the sectional winners will compete for the district finals awards. The prizes are $1,000 for first place; and $500 each for second and third.