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News briefs, March 12

Blood drive planned March 20 

In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.

A local donation opportunity will be held 2-6 p.m. March 20 at Lafayette Engineering Inc., 2405 Lebanon Road in Danville, and 4-8 p.m. March 22 at Gravel Switch Community Center, 640 Gravel Switch Road. 

 Benefit basketball tournament planned March 17

A three-on-three basketball tournament will be held at Lincoln County Middle School on Saturday, March 17  to raise money for Tracy Brown, who is fighting breast cancer.

Cost is $45 per team, open only to those 16 or older; anyone under 18 must have a guardian’s signature.

Registration opens at 9 a.m., with games beginning at 10 a.m. Games are restricted to 20 minutes or 13 points, by one point baskets.

Food and drinks will be sold at the family-friendly event. For more information, visit, www.facebook.com/events/427737750988401/

Woodlawn kindergarten registration begins in April 

Woodlawn Elementary School will conduct its screening for new kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year on April 10 and 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:45-2:30 p.m. (New this year – entry age is five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2018). During the screening, parents will pre-register for the 2018 school year, but will still need to register at our summer registration evenings in July. For the screening, please bring: •two forms of verification of proof of residency (electric bill, water bill, etc.); • copy of birth certificate and social security card; •copy of Kentucky immunization form, physical exam form, eye exam form and dental screening. Call Lisa Coffman at (859) 236-7688 to schedule your screening appointment. Mrs. Bates, principal and Mrs. Gnann school counselor, will be available to answer any questions you may have about Woodlawn.

Equine health event  offered by horse group on March 17

HARRODSBURG — Horse owners can prepare for the upcoming riding season during Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen’s (FHBCH) annual health clinic, scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at Big Red Stables, Harrodsburg. Equine dentist Jon Jazdzewski will float teeth for $60 and veterinarian Justin Murray D.V.M. will offer the following vaccines and services: Vetera Gold vaccine; rabies; strangles; Coggins and health certificate; sheath cleaning; fecal exam with video observation, comprehensive panel and CBC; trace mineral analysis via hair sample; and microchip.

Horse owners must schedule an appointment with Lois Short at (859) 612-1624 or lshort9655@gmail.com and Short will provide an appointment time.

“Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen’s health clinic is an easy way for horse owners to keep their animals healthy by providing vaccines, dental care and other services the horses need,” said Emily Dennis, FHBCH president. “We will try to accommodate as many horses as possible.”

Horse owners should arrive 15 minutes before their appointment. FHBCH will hold a trail ride after the clinic, with the ride beginning about 2 p.m. (weather permitting). Big Red Stables is located at 1605 Jackson Pike, Harrodsburg 40330. For more information, call (859) 812-0041.

Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen serves members from Mercer and surrounding counties, including Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Woodford. For more information about FHBCH, call (606) 365- 8393.