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La Center - While the focus of the recent Ballard Chamber of Commerce Breakfast was that of the future of displaced workers caused by layoffs at the closing Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as discussed by Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard, the topic of Cemetery Preservation was also highlighted.

Betty Johnson, President of the Ballard County Cemetery Board, spoke at the Breakfast in which she provided updates to the work the Board has been doing.   She said the group calls itself the Ballard County Family Cemetery Preservation Group.  Johnson acknowledged the great job community service workers have done and also promoted others volunteering in the cemetery. 

Johnson expressed why volunteering, especially with the preservation of family histories, is important. “This is your heritage.  There’s someone in your family that has done a genealogical study and you know who your ancestors are; you need to be proud and respectful and honor them,” said Johnson.  She also said people who come into this county are proud and impressed to see that the residents take care of their cemeteries.  “It’s a very impressive thing that we care enough to take care of our cemeteries,” said Johnson.

Johnson showed gratitude to Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard  and the Fiscal Court for allowing the Cemetery Board to start their projects.  She also passed around pictures of what some of the projects on which the Cemetery is working or has completed.  “This is a county, cultural resource.  It is an Open –air museum,” said Johnson.  She then encouraged everyone to visit one of the cemeteries in hopes that it may help more people become interested in becoming involved with cemetery clean-up and preservation in the county.

In Chamber business, Jenny Mallory, with Ballard Telephone Cooperative said the Telephone Cooperative is starting to offer advertising on Ch. 1 at a minimal charge.  She aid the ad would run once an hour on a 24/7 basis.  “It’s an inexpensive way to get your business out to the customers you’re trying to reach,” said Mallory.  Those interested should contact Ballard Telephone Cooperative.

Greg Godfry, owner of Greg’s Market, was also at the Chamber Breakfast wherein he thanked the community for their support. “I appreciate how well the community has responded and supported us in all the changes we’ve made,” said Godfry. It spoke about the positives of the changes, which have included many improvements with more variety offered.  He has added eight employees and is expecting to add more.  In addition, Godfry spoke about the favorable response to the extended hours.  He encouraged those who have not been in the store to come to see all of the changes.

Pam Sloan, who recently opened a counseling service, thanked everyone for the support and well wishes.  She also encouraged churches or organizations to inquire about specialized counseling services.

In closing, Superintendent of Ballard County Schools Casey Allen invited everyone to the next Chamber Breakfast to be held at the High School cafeteria. The students will be hosting the breakfast on Tuesday, September 10th

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