Keepsakes, March 14

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Split and Closson to wed

Dr. James F. and Martha Buckless Split of Green Bay, Wisconsin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Moran Split to Dr. Charles Frederick “Fred” Closson, son of Spencer and Lynda Williams Closson of Stanford.

Split is a 2005 graduate of Holland High School in Holland, Michigan and a 2012 graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is employed by the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

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Closson is a 1999 graduate of Boyle County High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in bio-technology; he has a master’s degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in bio-medical policy and advocacy, and a M.D. from the University of Kentucky Medical School. He is a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

A summer wedding is planned at the Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington. 

DAR Meeting

Kentucky women: St. Asaph Chapter DAR members Barbara Hulette, from left, Judy Sieweke (Vice Regent of St. Asaph Chapter DAR), guest speaker Melissa McEuen and Nancy Ketelhohn (Regent of St. Asaph Chapter DAR) pose together during a recent monthly meeting at the Danville Country Club. DAR nominated Hulette, of Danville, in this year’s NSDAR’s National Historic Preservationist of the Year Award competition. She was awarded the honor over many worthy applications from all over the country. She will be recognized at the NSDAR Continental Congress In Washington DC this summer. Members also welcomed speaker  McEuen, a professor of history at Transylvania University since 1995, who wrote a book titled “Kentucky Women.” 

Kiwanis speaker

Volunteering to share: Renee Knies, volunteer services coordinator with Heritage Hospice Inc. in Danville, shared information about the organization with Kiwanis Club of Danville on March 8. She spoke about assisting Hospice as a volunteer in any of the four counties they serve: Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer. Volunteers help in many ways, such as through simple companionship, sharing skills such as music, offering respite for caregivers, providing bereavement with family members, administrative work, celebration of life events, fundraising and special events. For more information, call Knies or Wendy Hellard at (859) 236-2425.  For more about Kiwanis, email or

Little Miss to compete in Orlando 

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Aleah Stigall after winning Little Miss Kentucky United States.

Aleah Stigall, of Danville, won Little Miss Kentucky United States on Feb. 25 in Bowling Green. She is the daughter of John and Dana Stigall.

Stigall will represent the state of Kentucky at the Little Miss United States pageant in Orlando in June. She competed in the categories of private interview, sportswear, evening gown and onstage question. Her platform of community service is foster care and adoption.

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Morning Pointe

Singing CNA: Morning Pointe of Danville associate Debbie Willoughby has been a certified nursing assistant for 24 years. In August 2016, she joined the Morning Pointe family, where she not only demonstrates exceptional care, but also her talent for music. Willoughby — who loves singing anything Loretta Lynn — gets a kick out of karaoke, and shares her gift with the residents at the personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care community. “Debbie exemplifies dedication but also talent by doing karaoke with the residents,” says Nicole Walton, life enrichment director. “She is a fun and loving aide, and we are so thankful to have her here.”