Bob Blythe was elected the Mayor of Richmond, Kentucky and Jennie Hammond was elected the Madison County Kentucky Attorney in the 2018 November general election. Both are currently serving on the Kiwanis Club of Richmond Board of Directors.
Blythe won the election with 4,661 votes to his opponent's 4,000 votes (54% of the total votes cast.) He will be inaugurated at 6 pm on Friday, December 28 at the Richmond City Hall. We are invited to the inauguration ceremony. Blythe will be the first African American to serve as mayor of the seventh largest city in Kentucky. He is a long-time pastor and is a retired Eastern Kentucky University professor. He has also served on the Richmond City Commission.
Hammond won the election with 18,471 votes to her opponent's 15,301 votes (57% of the total votes cast.) "I just want to say thank you to all of the voters who made this happen," Haymond said. "It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling. My opponent ran a good campaign from the start."
Brandon Sears was named the 2017 recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond sponsored Jack Taylor Award for Agriculture Education at the annual Farm-City Banquet at the Extension Center on Monday evening. Pictured here is Joan Kleine, the 2017-18 president of the local Kiwanis club.
Sears, who has served as the Madison County Agriculture Agent for the past eleven years, was presented the award based on his exceptional work in informing the community about the significant contributions of agriculture to the life and economy of Madison County.
Sears serves as a writer of a weekly article for the Richmond Register and he also serves as an editor of the monthly publication Plowing Ahead which is distributed to 1140 homes.
He teaches and organizes courses in Beef Quality Assurance, Pesticide Safety, the Master Cattlemen Course, the Master Grazer Course, the Welding School for farmers, and the Beginning Beef Program. He also organizes On Farm Demonstrations and workshops and provides agricultural instruction at the 4-H Farm Days and the 4-H Environmental Field Days.
The Jack Taylor Award for Agriculture Education has been given in the past to high school, college and university agriculture teachers and administrators as well as extension leaders who devote a significant part of their life teaching about agriculture. This award was named for Jack Taylor, a member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years who served as a county agriculture agent and as a farm manager both at Berea College and at the EKU Stateland Farm.
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