News briefs, April 10

Published 8:43 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gladys Project volunteer training tonight

Training for volunteers with the Gladys Project it 6 p.m. tonight, (Tuesday) at The Gladys Project office, located at 456 Crescent St. in Danville. As a growing agency that is mostly volunteer-based, every volunteer who joins enables the organization to better serve each client. Volunteers read to the client children. Based on age level, they work interactively to ensure that the child is engaged and learning age appropriate material. The over all goal is school readiness. The Gladys Project prefers volunteers with teaching experience or with experience working with children, however, since all volunteers are trained, anyone who is interested in helping is invited to attend the meeting. All volunteers must pass a background check. The cost is covered by The Gladys Project. 

Free health screenings on April 28

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Ephraim McDowell Health is sponsoring a free health screening on April 28 at UK-Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service, located at 99 Corporate Drive.  The free screenings will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Health screenings that will be offered are cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, stroke risk and take-home colorectal cancer screening kits (over age 50).

Participants should not eat 12 hours prior to their screening if they would like to have the blood test that gives them a full lipid panel. This gives the participant detailed information including their HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Medications except for diabetic medications may be taken with water.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, please call (859) 236-4484, Monday through Friday. The screenings are open to the public for anyone 18 years and older.

Wildflower walk at Boyle wildlife refuge

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge will host the first of two spring wildflower walks on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. Dr. Anne Lubbers, professor of biology at Centre College will lead this walk.

This easy walk will traverse the Martha Clay Wildflower Trail located off Carpenter Creek Road in southwestern Boyle County.  Parking is available near the trail entrance. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is a 500-acre nature preserve located in southwestern Boyle County.  The refuge is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. There are 10 walking trails, a bird blind and the Cheek Nature Center available for visitor use.

CKWR is a private non-profit funded by membership dues and donations. For more information on joining or visiting, visit or find Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge on Facebook.

CASA Derby Eve Gala May 4

The Danville CASA Derby Eve Gala supporting CASA of the Bluegrass will be 7 p.m. May 4 at the Danville Country Club. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at

The evening will include classic Kentucky fare, dancing to the Black Widow Band from Nashville and a silent auction.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a private, non-profit organization that provides advocacy services for abused, neglected and dependent children under the protection of the family court. The CASA Derby Eve Gala is a major fundraiser for CASA of the Bluegrass, which serves Anderson, Boyle, Franklin and Mercer Counties.


Boyle County Fiscal Court — 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 in room 106 at the Boyle County Courthouse. Items on the agenda include: Earth Day Proclamation; presentations from Comprehensive Care and Senior Citizens; archaeologist services for the trails project; consider part-time hires for EMS and animal control office; receive asphalt and rock and stone bids.

Junction City Council — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Agenda includes a request to use the softball fields.

Urban Renewal and Community Development — 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 at 116 East Main St, suite B.