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CATCH A STAR B1 Your Community Recorder newspaper serving the communities of southern Campbell County Bill Loos Volume 5, Number 24 © 2010 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Find your online community Find your community’s Web site by visiting and looking for “Community News” near the top of the page. You’ll find local news, sports, photos and events, tailored to where you live. You can even submit your own articles and photos using Share, our online submission tool. Planning a trip? Planning a trip with family or friends this summer? Take your Recorder with you. Snap a photo with the newspaper on your vacation and send it to to be featured in a future edition. Photos can also be shared online at Candidate forum A candidate forum for the county commission race and debate for judge-executive hopefuls in Campbell County will be held April 28 at the Southgate Community Center, 301 W. Walnut St. in Southgate. The commission forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the judgeexecutive debate from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The forums are sponsored by the Community Recorder Newspapers, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Legacy, The Kentucky Enquirer, the Recorders and There is no admission charge for the event. T h u r s d a y, A p r i l 8, 2010 RECORDER Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S First Baptist Church marks 190 years By Chris Mayhew Celebration service Celebrating its 190th birthday April 18, First Baptist Church of Alexandria is one of the city’s oldest institutions. The congregation first met April 17, 1820, and still meets in a Washington Street church that dates back to 1860. Previously a Southern Baptist church, it’s now independent. At one point, the oldest part of the church building was picked up and moved back about 40 feet from where it originally was fronting Washington Street, said Pastor Ron Duty. Then an addition was built onto the front of the church. Before 1946 the church’s congregation had fewer than 50 people attending each Sunday service, then Pastor J.K. Gardner arrived, Duty said. Under Gardner’s ministry, the church’s congregation exploded to about 250 people per week and that’s when the baptistery tank, offices and a new facade was added to the church, he said. “He was here seven years, and when he left the church shrank back down; he just had a very charismatic personality,” Duty said of Gardner. Carl Morton was pastor of the church for 27 years since 1969 before Duty. First Baptist Church of Alexandria’s 190th anniversary celebration service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 18. There will be memorabilia including Sunday School buttons from the 1930s and 1940s, hand written records dating back to the 1860s, and photos on display for the day. Dan Stewart, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, and former member of First Baptist, will be a guest speaker. The church is located at 104 Washington St., Alexandria. CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF First Baptist Church of Alexandria Pastor Ron Duty is preparing to celebrate the church’s 190th anniversary with the congregation and any visitors during an April 18 anniversary celebration. Over the generations the church has changed socially to meet the times though, said Duty’s wife Lisa, a member since she was a child in 1960. “A lady was excommunicated from the church in the late 1880s,” Lisa said. “They were in buggies, and she got out and showed her ankles and they excommunicated her.” Some of the church’s traditions includes giving away free hot dogs and drinks during the annual Alexandria Fair parade, and an Easter Egg hunt and Breakfast with Santa, Lisa said. The church has a vibrant choir that is led by Josh Huff, a choir director and teacher at Dixie Heights High School, Lisa said. Lisa’s father, Doyle Hale, the former choir director, is still a member of the choir with her, Lisa said. “This church has always been known for its choir, and it is still,” she said. The congregation’s typical Sun- day service crowd now is about 120 people. Duty, in his 11th year as pastor, said he has put more emphasis on being family focused. The regular Wednesday evening service was dropped, opting instead for small group meetings arranged by age group, ranging from teens and seniors to young adults in private homes. Meeting in homes allows for parents with busy schedules to meet without having to arrange for child care, Duty said. The Sunday evening service was also moved to 5 p.m. so parents could get their children home and into bed, he said. “We started noticing that our town is getting younger,” Duty said. “And this year we’re trying to push a focus of connecting with people who are not familiar with church.” ‘Friends’ make big difference at library By Amanda Joering Alley One group of friends make up a big part of the Campbell County Public Library. The Friends of the Campbell County Public Library are a group of library patrons who work in various ways to improve and support the library. From running book sales to sponsoring the Let’s Talk About It book discussion series, the Friends serve the community and library in many ways. “It’s really quite remarkable all the things the Friends provide to support the library,” said Kiki Dreyer Burke, the library’s public relations manager. “They are really an incredible organization.” Sue Crouch, current president of the Friends, has been a member of the group for about six years. “I feel like we do a service to the community as well as the library,” Crouch said. “We try to keep people reading and keep them active in the library.” One way the group supports Election deadline the library is by funding the Children’s Summer Reading Program, which costs $15,000 a year. Joyce Maegley, who has been part of the group for 15 years, said encouraging children to read is important to her. “When I was a child, the library was very important to me,” said Maegley, who volunteers with her husband Gene. “I hope we can continue to support the library and offer kids a summer reading program over the summer.” Maegley said she is also very proud of the group’s staff scholarships, which give three staff members $1,500 scholarship for school each year. The group also funds many aesthetic improvements at the libraries, including the murals at the Newport branch and outside benches at the Cold Spring and Fort Thomas branches. Membership costs $10 person or $15 per family for a year. More information about becoming a member can be found at any of the library’s branches. Businesses quiz candidates The deadline for all letters or guest column submissions concerning the May 18 primary is noon Thursday, May 6. The limit for letters is 200 words; for guest columns, 500 words. Guest columns must include a color head shot. E-mail letters and columns to, or mail to Alexandria Recorder, 228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY, 41017. E-mail is preferred. We will post all letters and columns that we can confirm at, and print as many as space allows in the Alexandria Recorder. By Chris Mayhew What a ‘drag’ CHRIS MAYHEW/STAFF Bill Loos, 78, of Alexandria, uses a homemade wood “drag” he built to level the baseball field at Campbell County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3205 in Alexandria where he has volunteered as a field caretaker for the past 22 years. See more on B1. To place an ad, call 283-7290. 50¢ YOU DESERVE A JOB AND A HIGH-FIVE. The Alexandria Community Business Association is preparing to ask primary candidates seeking local office a few questions through the group’s Web site. The association has sponsored candidate forums and debates in previous years, but this year the group is asking candidates questions online. With the May 18 primary coming up soon the idea was to give candidates about a week to answer some questions through the association’s Web site, said Nick Reitman, president of the ACBA and a member of the familyrun Reitman Auto Parts shop in Camp Springs. “It’s kind of late in the game to have an open meeting and have all the candidates come before the primary,” Reitman said. The questions will be about issues concerning businesses, he said. When the candidates log onto the Web site, they can answer the questions from business owners themselves, Reitman said. “So, it would kind of be an informal forum,” he said. Reitman said there’s no set timetable for the online questions and that Shari Hennekes, a coowner of City Brew Coffee in Alexandria and an ACBA member, is working on arrangements and notifying the candidates. The ACBA is still considering the idea of having the candidates come to an open forum before the November general election, Reitman said. The ACBA Web site lists the about 30 members of the organization. START BUILDING © 2009 CareerBuilder, LLC. All rights reserved.


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