The Centennial

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THE CENTENNIAL 2019 ears Y 0 0 1 g n i t Celebra ity n u m m o C g of Buildin


Celebrating 30 Years As

Danville’s Dealmaker


1989 – 2019

Kathy and Bob Allen

Bob Allen Motor Mall: 725 Maple Avenue Danville 859-236-3217 or Toll-Free: 1-877-773-3217

Bob Allen Used Car Superstore: Perryville Rd at US 127 By-Pass Danville 859-236-9115 or Toll-Free: 1-877-325-9115

Bob Allen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat: 925 Versailles Road • Frankfort 502-695-0166 or Toll-Free: 1-866-695-8166

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DANVILLE-BOYLE COUNTY CHAMBER 5 FROM THE DIRECTOR It pays to be a member 6 CHALLENGING THE NEXT GENERATION Chamber nonprofit prepares youth for future

WHERE TO SHOP 46 SHOPPING FOR EXPERIENCE Maple Tree Gallery serves community for 40 years HEALTH & WELLNESS

10 HISTORICALLY BOLD Timeline reflects 100 years of chamber activity

51 HEALTH DONE DIFFERENTLY Plank on Main continues to carve unique niche

12 A CENTURY OF SERVICE Chamber at the heart of Boyle County since 1919

53 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Fizzy Ramsey weighs in on chamber membership

16 CHEERS TO 100 YEARS Chamber celebrates centennial with a bash 21 A STORIED PAST Looking back on Boyle County’s history 82 THE LAST WORD Chairman looks forward to next 100 years

EDUCATION 57 200 YEARS OF CENTRE College using bicentennial to plan for future 62 EDUCATION OVERVIEW Danville, Boyle County bold in academics 63 AT A GLANCE Boyle County education by the numbers

TOURISM & ATTRACTIONS 26 A HUB FOR ALL THINGS CREATIVE CAC an integral piece of Danville’s culture 27 OUTSIDERS SAY... Danville, Boyle County recognized for tourism

63 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Erin Tipton shares experience with chamber


30 SIX THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO A countdown of must-sees in Boyle County

64 GROWTH ON THE HORIZON A peek at what is next for Boyle County

32 ‘HAPPY TO SEE YOU’ Stanford offers friendly, warm ‘down-home’ feel

65 A SPIRITED FUTURE Bourbon industry building momentum

34 A HISTORIC HIDDEN GEM Perryville takes visitors on a journey to the past

66 HEALTHY GROWTH AHEAD Medical services continue to propel forward

FOOD & BEVERAGE 38 PAYING IT FORWARD AT GRACE CAFE Danville restaurant combats food insecurity WHERE TO STAY 41 ALMOST HOME Holiday Inn Express & Suites paving path of excellence

68 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Joey Harris shares an employer’s perspective PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 69 LOTS OF LOVE Wilderness Trace provides special care 70 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT John Funkhouser is a champion for the chamber

CHAMBER STAFF Jeff Jewel, Executive Director Treina Miller, Administrative Assistant Norma Taggart, Centre College Intern BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rick Waldon, CPS, LLC, Chairman Dalton Southerland, Farmers National Bank, Vice Chairman Hagen Williams, Treasurer Lisa Knetsche, The Spine Center of Central Kentucky, Past Chair Rhonda Doss, Doss and Horky Winfield Frankel, Helton, Walter and Associates Logan Goggin, Boyle County farmer Brian Hutzley, Centre College John Learned, First Southern National Bank Heath Martin, Robinson, Hughes & Christopher David Phelps, Inter County Energy A Touchstone Energy Cooperative Lynn Taylor Tye, Blue Moon Insurance Agency Carol Webb-Marshall, Health First Chiropractic CONTACT US Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Constitution Square State Historic Site Fisher’s Row 2 105 East Walnut Danville KY 40422 Phone: 859-236-2361 ext 120 Email: Challenge foundation website: CONTRIBUTORS Michael Caldwell Bobbie Curd Robin Hart Ben Kleppinger Nick Lacey Abigail Whitehouse ADVERTISING Carrie Shields Melanie Tackett Lee Smith This Centennial Anniversary Edition of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber Directory was produced in partnership with


It pays to be

a member The Danville-Boyle Chamber of Commerce has been a prominent organization in our community for more than 100 years. In this time, we have expanded our membership, our community outreach and our engagement with businesses large and small. If you are searching for the opportunity to integrate your business into the community and become an industry leader, look no further. Membership with the Chamber of Commerce offers numerous benefits as it allows business owners to remain on top of important issues and trends within their community.


MARKET YOUR BUSINESS As a new member of the Chamber of Commerce, you will be listed in the Chamber e-newsletter, on our Facebook and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other Chamber publications. This free publicity and marketing will help increase positive perception of your business among consumers and other business owners. Our newsletters also provide members with articles about the local community and details about upcoming chamber events, among other things. You also can grow your business by advertising with the Chamber and sponsoring events. Chamber events and programs provide members with excellent opportunities to expand their business network and reach new client bases. We pride ourselves on this ability to create essential networking opportunities for small business owners as Chamber events are innovative and lively ways to help members meet potential

customers, clients and vendors. The Chamber of Commerce initiates business-to-business commerce and allows you to gain life-long business contacts with local professionals. Free Chamber Marketing Packages and Business Plans are also available which include online business directory listings on our website, your event listings on our events calendar and advertisements in city or county maps. We can help you develop your online presence and increase your brand awareness through promotions across various networks. Update your business plan to adapt to an ever-changing market with us and feel confident in all your future endeavors.


NETWORK WITH OTHERS We can help introduce you to the community by promoting your grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony and assisting with any public relations efforts. Participating in events such as Business After Hours, Lunch and Learn and Business over Coffee helps members develop invaluable professional skills and meet new contacts in a relaxed, social setting. Our Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet also provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for business excellence and as outstanding members of our community with Chamber Awards. These in turn increase your visibility and brand awareness among peers in the local business community. The Danville-Boyle Chamber of

Commerce has successfully grown many projects into independent organizations that we collaborate with on a daily basis such as the Great American Brass Band Festival and Heart of Danville, The Economic Development Partnership and the BoyleCounty Industrial Foundation. By serving on a chamber board committee you will be able to gain networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. You can build your business while in turn promoting developments of interest to local businesses and the community at large.


SAVE MONEY By joining the Chamber, business owners can access exclusive members-only discounts and services. The Chamber provides cost-cutting programs for all members that include benefits such as tax-deductible membership dues, an access loan program, free business mentoring opportunities and a free notary service. We are proud to offer all members, including sole proprietors, access to cost saving health care and life insurance programs. These cost-saving programs removes a potential financial burden from your business and allows you to focus on other aspects of commercial growth.


DEVELOP YOUR TEAM As a Chamber, we aim to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in our community. We achieve this by running programs such as Youth Leadership Boyle County, Youth Entrepreneurship, Teacher Academy and the Challenge

Foundation that help us advance educational attainment and workforce development in our community. Through these outlets, we gain insight into the needs of our community and serve as a conduit for financial support for area schools. Each program emphasizes applicable skills including leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Our programs enable students to make the transition into the world of work through career exploration and the development of essential skills. It is important to us that we are active in fostering and promoting volunteerism and community advocacy among students in the area. That being said, our community advocacy efforts are not limited to students only as members are also given a chance to gain a voice in government and participate in local advocacy projects. Your local chamber takes on tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes and costs directed at local businesses. We host meet-and-greet sessions with political decision makers such as the Secretary of Agriculture and have just recently, along with local nonprofits, advocated for clarification and repeal of the tax bill (House Bill 354) that would tax money coming into nonprofits and affect countless others businesses such as the costs of spay and neuter clinics. The Chamber campaigned on the frontline for a repeal and was successful in achieving this as the repealed tax bill was passed. When you invest in the Chamber, you invest in Danville, Boyle County and our region. Become a member today!



Brandon Dorn, 2018 winner of Youth Entrepreneurship competition

Challenging the next generation Chamber offers number of programs to bolster area youth


he Challenge Foundation is the Chamber of Commerce’s nonprofit that aims to advance educational attainment and workforce development in our community by being a conduit for financial support and collaboration with area schools and other agencies with similar missions. The Danville-Boyle County Challenge Foundation improves the quality of life in Central Kentucky by educating our youth, our neighbors, and our community agencies on the importance of workforce



and individual professional development. Since the success and growth of businesses depend upon an adequate number of capable employees, the Challenge Foundation supports activities and initiatives to develop in-demand skills in the local and regional workforce. We emphasis applicable skills including leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. We achieve these goals through inclusive, cooperative programs with both individuals and organizations.

Our Youth Entrepreneurship program enables students to make the transition into the world of work through career exploration and the development of essential skills. Through the Teacher Academy, we increase awareness among educators of career opportunities and promotes collaborative relationships among school systems and the business community. We work to foster and promote volunteerism and community advocacy through our Youth Leadership program.



Farmers National Bank celebrates 140 years


Same name. Same bank. Since 1879

s the 9th oldest bank in Kentucky, and the oldest operating business on Main Street, in Danville, Kentucky, the history of Farmers National Bank is deep-rooted and significant. Started by businessmen and local farmers in 1879, the community-focused bank has become one of the most trusted and respected institutions in the state. The name Farmers National Bank was chosen by the stockholders during a meeting on January 8, 1879. On February 10, 1879, the bank received official word from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, that the bank was authorized to begin business. Farmers National started out with no home of its own. It used rented quarters in a house on Main Street. Eight years later, the bank acquired and occupied for a period of 50 years the older brick Whitley building, on the south side of Main Street. In 1937, a new larger bank was built on the same property. The bank began expanding in the 1940s. It bought the old Boyle National Bank in 1943, and in 1950, the bank building on the south side of Main Street was enlarged and remodeled. As Danville has been hailed “The City of Firsts,” Farmers


ADDRESS 304 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (866) 888-0220 WEBSITE Visit for more locations. National Bank has been a banking innovator in Central Kentucky. In 1959, Farmers National Bank provided the first drive-in facility on Walnut Street — the property located behind the Whitley Building. An automated, 24-hour teller machine was installed in 1978, the first of its kind in the area, located on the corner of Third Street and Main Street. During the 1990s, the bank acquired additional space on Main Street. The front of the building was restored to current day Victorian architectural style. The Masonic Lodge building on the South Third Street side of the building was also purchased for future use by the bank. Farmers National Bank acquired Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Burgin, Kentucky, its first venture outside of Boyle County. The bank added locations in Perryville, Junction City, Harrodsburg, Stanford and Lancaster along with four

drive-thru locations within Boyle County. In 2017, Farmers National Bank opened its newest branch — Garland Drive, at the intersection of Hustonville Road and the Danville ByPass. This futuristic style of banking boasts a high-tech delivery system, including three ITM’s (Interactive Teller Machines) called Teller on Demand, the first of their kind in this part of the state. The bank’s mission is to be the best provider of financial services in the region. With more than 180 dedicated employees, Farmers National Bank is a leader in community service. During the past year, Farmers National Bank and its employees contributed time, talents and financial support to more than 200 organizations, with education and economic development being a key focus. Farmers National Bank’s trust division was formed in 1909 and rebranded in

HOURS Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 24-Hour ATM Available 2013 as WealthSouth. This division provides financial advice, trust, investment and retirement planning benefits to customers. WealthSouth has offices in Danville, Bowling Green and Lexington. Thanks to strong, local relationships, Farmers National Bank has been “Your Lifetime Bank” for 140 years. Because of the trust and confidence of those the bank serves; Farmers National Bank is No. 1 in deposit share within its four-county market. By consistently adhering to its primary mission, Farmers National Bank contributes greatly to the economic growth of Boyle County and the surrounding areas. Member FDIC – Equal Housing Lender – – DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM




30 years of great service


he Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce is not the only local business celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2019. The Bob Allen Motor Mall, which opened its doors in early 1989, is currently celebrating 30 years of serving Danville, Boyle County, and the Central Kentucky community. Today, Bob Allen has three dealership locations: The Bob Allen Motor Mall, located on Maple Avenue in Danville; The Bob Allen Used Car Superstore, located at 950 Ben Ali Drive in Danville; and Bob Allen Of Frankfort, located on U.S. 60 in our state capitol. Bob Allen proudly offers sales and service on 10 automotive lines including RAM, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat,



ADDRESS 711 N. Maple Ave. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 236-3217 WEBSITE Nissan, Cadillac, GMC, Buick, and Chevrolet. Visit any convenient location, or shop online at, where you’ll find more than 1,000 cars, trucks, vans, and SUV’s all “Dealmaker” priced. Plus, Bob Allen has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. At Bob Allen, you’ll find the best prices, the best service,


and the best people. So, why go anywhere else? Should your vehicle ever be in need of expert repair, visit Bob Allen’s state of the art collision center on Whirlaway Drive in Danville. Bob Allen’s certified technicians perform work on all makes and models. Bob Allen is also a proud supporter of Centre College, Pioneer Playhouse,

HOURS Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Closed The Great American Brass Band Festival, The Kentucky Barbecue Festival, local area churches, schools, and much more. Bob and Kathy Allen sincerely thank the thousands of customers who have supported “Danville’s Dealmaker” since 1989, and look forward to the next 30 years!



Making a difference in the lives of Kentuckians


ort Knox Federal Credit Union has been helping Kentuckians improve their financial lives since 1950. As the largest memberowned financial institution in Kentucky, the credit union is deeply rooted in the communities it serves and driven to share its strength and knowledge to empower others. That’s why Fort Knox Federal is one of several lead credit union sponsors providing the financial support to fund a new, statemandated financial literacy program that will be required

for Kentucky high school students beginning in 2020. The Kentucky credit unions supporting the financial literacy effort will provide the program to area high schools — at no cost. “Credit unions in the state are stepping up to ensure that any high school in need of financial literacy funding is covered, so that they can focus on implementing the program and educating their students,” said Springsteen. State Treasurer Allison Ball announced credit union support of the financial literacy program during an

early 2019 press conference that discussed House Bill 139, the Financial Empowerment Commission bill introduced to provide support to educators teaching financial literacy through private donations. In addition to supporting such state-wide initiatives, Fort Knox Federal offers a number of financial literacy programs in elementary schools, for veterans and for adults. “Through our Vault program in elementary schools, our Veterans to Entrepreneurs program for


ADDRESS 312 Skywatch Dr. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (800) 285-5669 WEBSITE HOURS Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed military and our Know Your Numbers wellness program for adults, Fort Knox Federal works to make a difference in the lives of Kentuckians,” says Becky Ates, Executive Vice President of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union.


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Feb. 7: Organizational meeting. $10 membership. 76 charter members.

2019 100 Years Celebrating ommunity C of Building


June 23: Guy Jones & Chamber establish “Flying Field”

Historically Bold




Mission: The Danville-Boyle County Chamber exists to advance the prosperity and well-being of the business community, particularly its members, with a goal of improving the quality of life in our community.

March 11: First banquet at the Gilcher Hotel


Chamber supports Cattle Breeders’ Association


Chamber starts the Leadership Boyle County program



Industrial Foundation formed. John Hill Bailey was head of the Industrial Foundation for 15 years.


Tourist commission formed — now the Convention and Visitors Bureau


1980s 1986

Heart of Danville created. Mary Breeding was the first director.


“Without the generous support of sponsors like you, the festival would never have happened.” — Festival Chairman George Foreman





Chamber created a committee to recruit employees for the Goodall Plant expansion

Jan. 31: The Junior Chamber of Commerce forms for “younger men”


Chamber & Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsor the 2nd season of Pioneer Playhouse



Chamber purchases land for new airport, Gooddall Field


Filming Raintree County in Danville Chamber presented a Key to the City to Eva Marie Saint


1950s 1948



Chamber pushes for second set of tobacco graders and buyers

Sept. 16: Junior Chamber ensures Fire Protect District is formed and has first fire truck.



June 15: Chamber works to help Centre with endowment

April 19: Chamber works to lower unemployment during the Great Depression


In line to buy train tickets to the opening of Raintree County in Louisville








Chair Sharon Howell of Farmer’s National Bank and sponsored by Chamber

Chamber sponsors candidate forums


Chamber sponsors Teacher’s Academy



Chamber at theheart of Boyle County business since


Story by Robin Hart Photos and clippings provided by Mary Girard with the Boyle County Public Library




he Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce was organized as a replacement of the old Commercial Club in 1919. According to Advocate-Messenger archives, several of Danville’s most progressive business men met in the parlor of the Gilcher Hotel on a Friday evening in February and decided to organize and incorporate the Chamber of Commerce of Danville, Kentucky. Sen. Jay Harlan presided at the meeting, which was attended by a small, but enthusiastic crowd. Harlan, along with P.N. Foley and J.C. Alcock were appointed to have the articles of incorporation approved for seven men to make up the board of directors who would have complete control of the organization. The chamber announced that a banquet would take place on Tuesday, March 11, when the business men’s organization would be completed and officers elected. Banquet tickets were $1 and could have been purchased at Danville Laundry, Spoonamore’s Drug Store, Foley’s Grocery and the newspaper office. Articles of incorporation had already been filed in Frankfort. On the night of the banquet, 114 “of Danville’s most progressive citizens” gathered to complete the chamber’s organization. The menu consisted of bouillon, sweet pickles, Queen olives, roast turkey with oyster dressing, potatoes, peas in cream, candied yams, lettuce with Thousand Island dressing and cherry pie a la mode. Cigars and cigarettes were also given out.

The first slogan adopted for the Chamber was “A Bigger and Better Danville,” and members decided to hold regular weekly meetings every Monday night at the

Elk’s Club. It didn’t take long for members of the Chamber to become involved in city issues. During its first year, the chamber took on many projects. In March 1919, the chamber began to “work in earnest for the good of the town.” Committees were appointed to address the town’s issues of transportation and railroads; roads and streets; factories and industries; public utilities; revenue and taxation; public health and morals; agriculture; public welfare; and improvements to education, just to name a few. Some members questioned if the chamber and the Elk’s Club

should merge. Also in March, the chamber decided to contact Centre College President Dr. Ganfield and offered its services during the college’s centennial by helping to raise an endowment fund. In August, the chamber passed a resolution in favor of Danville purchasing a motorcycle for the police department to use when “going after automobile speeders within the city limits.” In September 1919, chamber officers met with a number of prominent black citizens who were also interested in the proposed bond issues for the city of Danville to improve the fire department, sewerage system and streets. Among the black citizens present for the meeting were Dr. B.F. Jones, councilman William Duncan, Joe Bright, Vic Cheatham, Nash Raum and Ashby Jackson. A special meeting was called in December in order for the chamber to consider the question of if the town wanted a federal highway to run through Boyle County. The state road department had given the city a limited amount of time to consider the proposal. “A magnanimous spirit was manifested by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Boyle Fiscal Court at a recent meeting when a resolution was adopted to the effect that if the federal highway could not be routed through Danville, that it be run from Perryville to Harrodsburg, leaving this city off. However, an effort will be made to have the road run from Perryville to Danville, then through Garrard and Jessamine counties.” Over the next 100 years, the chamber continued to promote business, industry and tourism throughout Boyle County. The chamber promoted dozens of contests, interacted with county and city officials for the betterment of this community and sponsored festivals and political forums. The following are just a few more samples of the many activities the chamber participated in over the past 10 decades. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM



1919-1920s “Elks Club,” 424 West Main • 1923: The chamber sponsored a slogan contest for a sign to be placed on roads leading into town. Hundreds of slogans were submitted. The one selected was “Stop, Look, Locate,” which was suggested by E.T. Kemper of Junction City. Second place went to Centre College professor Henry Meier with “Welcome again.” Other entries included, “Centre College Center”; “Lives! Loves! and Leads!”; “The Dam Town”; “City of Great Things”; “The Live Wire City”; “Friend of all Good”; “Look and Admire”; and “Come on, Be One of Us.” • April 8, 1925: In an editorial, The Advocate-Messenger urged more people to become members of the Chamber of Commerce. Some of the chamber’s accomplishments included getting a Coca-Cola bottling plant, tobacco redrying plant, Swiss Sanitary Creamery, and Boyle County Stockyards to locate in town. The organization also participated in getting better streets, working to retain railroad division headquarters here; and advertised the city for its ideal homes, good schools and best colleges, good water, low taxes and “freedom from the evils of the big cities, and helping to attract industries and businesses.” • January 1939: The chamber pledged $12,500 to immediately begin work on improving the old Constitution Square Park to become a state park. Since the chamber pledged such a large amount, and state officials also pledged financial support to raise $50,000 to complete the project, the WPA officials were agreeable for government money to be used for the project. • 1946: The chamber reorganized in 1946 and launched an extensive campaign



1930s-1945 305 West Main Late 1940s 326 West Main

with a 19-point program with many objectives and hired a full-time manager. Chamber President James M. Norvell said the town was falling behind in several areas. He said the chamber planned to work on agriculture, civic affairs, fire prevention, industrial development, membership, finance, national affairs, taxation, freight rates, legislation, public health, sanitation and safety, public schools, Centre College, public utilities, publicity and public relations, recreation, retail and merchants, roads and highways, statistics and research, tobacco, tourism and conventions, visitors and newcomers. • March 1949: The 30th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet was held and 320 members and guests attended. The speaker, P.H. Noland, president of B.F. Avery & Sons of Louisville declared that industrialists and agriculturists in the area must cooperate “and come to definite

1950-53 301 West Main

understandings of the mutual interests and goals” for the betterment of the community. “By combining your farmers and businessmen into one group, you have one powerful, progressive force in your community,” Nolan said. • October 1954: The Danville Chamber of Commerce, the Danville Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Danville Band Parents Club joined together and held a jamboree to raise money for for the local high school band. The band needed new instruments, repairs on old instruments and uniforms. The benefit raised $100. • January 1964: The Danville Chamber of Commerce sent out ballots to members asking them to rank the top 10 community needs. Of those who voted, No. 1 on the list was the need for a Danville bypass. The No. 2 need was for the city to have municipally-owned offstreet parking. In descending order, other important

1953-1976 Main Street, near courthouse 1976-1993 Goldsmith House needs that chamber members thought necessary were the expansion of the airport, improved labor management relations, mercury vapor street lighting, the synchronization of traffic lights, Main Street storefront remodeling and the development of Henry Jackson (North Sixth Street) City Park. At the bottom of the list was the expansion of Danville-Centre College relations, because voters felt that the relationship was already satisfactory. • November 1976: The chamber moved from its office in a tiny brick building located on the corner in front of the Boyle County Courthouse where it had been for the past 24 years. The chamber built its building on the foundation of a former White Castle hamburger stand by the chamber in 1952 under the presidency of Raleigh Crook. Previously, the chamber had been meeting in the Elk’s Club building which had been located on the corner of Main and Fourth streets, which was then occupied by Central Kentucky Federal Savings and Loan Association. The chamber’s new office space was the Goldsmith House, located on the southwest corner of the enlarged Constitution Square. The chamber signed a 99-year rent free lease with the Department of Parks of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The chamber planned on distributing information about Constitution Square and other state parks in the area, just has it had on Main Street. Chamber Executive Vice President Norvel Colbert, Secretary Shirley Clark and Denise Berry had offices in the Goldsmith House. • January 1985: The chamber released

1993-2013 McClure Barbec House

its annual report from the previous year. In 1984, the chamber proposed that a Kentucky State Police sub-post be located in Danville; it worked with the DOT on the South Fourth Street project; chamber members attended several legislative sessions and kept in close contact with legislators and continued to monitor city commission, fiscal court and planning and zoning meetings; elected officials were invited to all chamber board meetings; and participated in revamping of the land use plan by the planning and zoning comprehensive committee. On behalf of economic development in Boyle County, the chamber worked in cooperation with the Boyle County Industrial Foundation in regard to industrial prospect inquiries. The chamber helped with the passage of a transient room tax ordinance by local government bodies; honored local industries during Industry Appreciation Week; sponsored the farmer’s market at Constitution Square; greeted visitors to the area; was a liaison with the Danville Business Association; sponsored a very successful 5th annual Constitution Square Festival; and produced a community information booklet for promoting the area. The chamber also completed its first year of the Leadership Danville program by graduating 17 participants. • 1990: Danville native Robert Lewis was named president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Also in that year, under the leadership of President Shirley Clark, the chamber membership reached 400. • January 1997: During the annual Boyle County Chamber banquet, Gov. Paul

Present Fisher Row House

Patton announced that Caterpillar Inc. would be locating a new manufacturing facility in Boyle County. The banquet was held at Grow Hall at Kentucky School for the Deaf. Following the governor’s announcement, plant manager Bill Aten said that company officials were impressed by the “esprit de corps” of community officials, including the Chamber of Commerce and Boyle County Industrial Foundation. • May 2016: Former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paula Fowler wrote an opinion column in The Advocate-Messenger explaining why the chamber did not support the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline repurposing project. She stated the chamber’s board of directors decision “came down to the project’s potential negative impact on economic development in our community, county and region, should even one accident occur.” • June 2018: The Boyle County Chamber of Commerce began taking steps to redefine its purpose. Because the business climate had shifted from large manufacturing to smaller businesses, the chamber began developing and promoting more specialized programs to better support its small business members. Advocacy for business, whether for a specific issue or one that impacts the entire business community, is something the chamber wanted to focus on in the future. Chamber board chair Rick Waldon said the chamber’s transformation will “be an evolving work ... as it should be. We have to change as our community changes.”





Cheers to

100 years Danville-Boyle County Chamber celebrates centennial with birthday bash


Photos by Robin Hart

pirits were high as the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce reflected on a century of developments. The event, hosted at Chowan Hall on March 8, celebrated accomplishments from the past and present in Danville-Boyle County. The awards program, emceed by Charlie Perry, included a new category this year: the Historically Bold Award, presented to both Main Street Perryville and Ambrabev. Other awards included: • Community Impact Award — Ben Kleppinger, The Advocate-Messenger • Board of Directors Award — Joey Harris and Hugh Hines • Directors Award — David Phelps, Inter-County Energy; Carol Webb-Marshall, Danville Rotary Club; and Impressions: The Salon and Spa • Outstanding Ambassador — Denise Henderson, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center • Bruce Montgomery Leadership Boyle County Alumni Award — Erin Tipton, Bluegrass Community and Technical College • Outstanding Volunteer — Angela Frisby, Famers National Bank • Rising Star — Dalton Southerland, Farmers National Bank • Outstanding Small Business — Johnson & Pohlmann Insurance • Outstanding Large Business — Denyo • Outstanding Business Person — Lisa Knetsche, The Spine Center • Outstanding Citizen Award — Richard Trollinger DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM






Compassionate care when you need it most


tith Funeral Home is Boyle County’s oldest family owned and operated business in downtown Danville. J. A. Stith began the business in 1926 on Main Street and in 1938 built the building on Broadway. In 2006 Mary, Robert, Marcia and AnnYager opened the second location in Junction City. Mary took over the business in 1981 after the sudden death of her father Jack B. Stith. Her goal was to help families and after the death of her father, she understood exactly how important it was to make good decisions to help yourself grieve. Her passion for almost 40 years has been helping families grieve well. To remember their loved ones — just as they


318 W Broadway St. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 236-2113 WEBSITE lived. Whether that meant bib overalls and a tractor parked in front of the funeral home, a celebration of life with ragtime music, or explaining death to children. Mary Stith Hamlin set a new precedent for how a death is handled. The mission and passion at Stith Funeral Home is helping families remember and

celebrate their loved ones. By listening to a family, the funeral directors at Stith Funeral Home are able to help facilitate service to help a family through the grieving process. Respecting traditions while blending in contemporary options has become a specialty at Stith Funeral Home. • Personalized casket and urn options • Local venues as options for Life Celebrations • Eco-friendly or green burials are a passion of Mary’s daughter AnnYager McCrosky. • Mary and AnnYager have also become experts on talking to children about death. Being there as a resource for parents who are grieving themselves. • Horse drawn hearse funerals

• An active after-care program to help families the first year after a death • A resource library for the community • Veterans burial package, including honors The staff at Stith Funeral Home is highly knowledgeable and urges everyone to know their options to make good decisions. Pre-planning is one of the best options to be able to leave suggestions or instructions for your family. To be able to care for your family even after you are gone is one of the greatest gifts ever. Stith Funeral Home will celebrate their 93rd anniversary this year of providing caring and compassion when needed most.





There for you ‘til the cows come home


oyle County Farm Bureau is a member organization that offers many great member services. Our premier member service is our excellent insurance. Farm Bureau can insure your home, farm, vehicles and business — and we offer life insurance. We also offer member services that include discounts on hotels, rental cars, computers, paint, ID Theft & Restoration, credit monitoring, equipment and tools, prescriptions, Theft Reward, hearing and vision products, propane gas, home



ADDRESS 446 N. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 236-4081 WEBSITE HOURS Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

security and emergency flight memberships. In Boyle County we have an active board of


directors and volunteers, including our women’s committee and Young Farmers. We offer scholarships and programs to increase agriculture awareness and knowledge. We have agriculture education materials for teachers and students. We work to help our community understand that our food, fiber and shelter start with our farmers in Boyle County, Kentucky and the United States.



‘Historically bold’ Boyle County built on passion, grit

Story by Brenda S. Edwards


oyle County became the 94th Kentucky county Feb. 15, 1842, after what had become “a long, arduous, and obstinate struggle” between Danville and Mercer County politicians. People in Danville began in 1834 to petition the state legislature to create a new county for their area so they could manage their own affairs. The story of the creation of Boyle involves a clash between three Mississippi men and a Louisville tailor over a new suit of clothing he made for a wedding, a murder trial and an attorney. The state hired Ben Hardin, a colorful Bardstown lawyer, to assist with the prosecution of three Mississippi men accused of murder because of a brawl in December 1838, in a bar of

Louisville’s Galt House. Brothers Attorney Edward Wilkinson, and Dr. Benjamin Wilkinson, along with their friend, John Durmragh, all of Mississippi, traveled to Louisville for the upcoming wedding of Edward Wilkinson’s marriage to Eliza Crozier, a young woman who belonged to “one of the oldest and best families in Bardstown.” While in town, Dr. Wilkinson ordered a new suit from a tailor named Redding who had a shop near the hotel. The two brothers scorned the finished garment, calling it unfashionable and poorly made. They returned the suit and refused to pay for it.



FIRST COURTHOUSE The first courthouse was built in Kentucky was in 1783 in Boyle County. It was made of log. It had a courtroom on one end and two jury rooms on the other side. The lower floor had a prison of hewn logs not less than nine inches thick. The log structure was torn down about 1883. The second courthouse was first used in 1844. It was built of bricks burned at the lot at Fourth and Main streets. The tavern nearby was used while the courthouse was under construction. The final finishes were added to the new building and finally completed in April 20. 1846. The cost was less than $8,000. No photos exist of the second courthouse, which burned in 1860. In the interim, court was held in the Sneed House. Shortly after construction on the new brick courthouse was complete in the summer of 1862, disaster struck again. Civil War commenced and the U.S. Army took over the courthouse in January of 1863 for a hospital for the sick and wounded. The court was moved to the C.W.Mitchell building on Main Street. It was two years before the courthouse was was repaired and ready for occupancy by the court. The courthouse still stands facing Main Street and has been renovated a few times.



Harsh words were exchanged and Edward Wilkinson hit the tailor with a poker. Several of Redding’s friends urged him to demand satisfaction from the Wilkinsons, who had armed themselves in the meantime. A fight that followed left Redding’s brother-in-law mortally wounded with a stab wound in the back. Another of Redding’s friends named Meeks also was killed. Edward Wilkinson was charged with the murders. The brawl aroused so much illfeeling among Louisville’s working class that in February 1839 the state legislature ordered a change of venue to Mercer County Court in Harrodsburg. The Wilkinsons brought Sgt. S. Prentiss, a Mississippi congressman, to lead the defense with four lawyers from Mercer Court and three from other parts of Kentucky to assist him. Edward J. Bullock, Kentucky commonwealth’s attorney in charge of the case, hired Ben Hardin to

make the case for the prosecution of the accused trio. The trial attracted statewide attention by spectators because of the famous lawyers involved. One account of the trial declared that on the fifth day, “there could not have been less than two hundred ladies in the gallery, and upwards of a thousand men in the arena” as Ben Hardin continued his case for the prosecution. He pleaded for a guilty verdict against the “bowie-knife gentry” as a warning to others prone to settle disputes with knives, clubs or guns as was the custom in Kentucky in that time. Prentiss’ speech for the defense was called “one of the happiest forensic efforts of one of the most brilliant orators that has lived in any age.” He said the men from Mississippi acted in self-defense against a conspiracy designed to kill them, and a conspiracy organized by Redding and his rowdy Louisville friends.


Boyle is younger and the smallest of its surrounding counties — Mercer, Marion, Lincoln, Casey and Garrard. It includes 182 square miles or nearly 150 thousand acres of land that includes rolling hills or “knobs” as the locals call them. It has three rivers — Dix, Chaplin and Salt — with many branches, creeks and forks that run throughout the county. Danville, the county seat, established in 1784, is one of the oldest towns in Kentucky. It is the place where the first state constitution was written. Perryville, one of the oldest towns in Boyle County, was formed in 1817 and followed by Parksville, Mitchellsburg and Shelby City. In the years that followed, more people began moving into the county where two

railroad companies, Louisville & Nashville and Southern Railway, provided better and faster ways of travel. The L&N Railway ceased operation in the 1980s. The county was the location of one of the worst battles in Kentucky during the Civil War. The population has grown from a few hundred in the mid-1800s to 28,432, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Prentiss said “red-blooded men had the right to protect themselves and that explained the Wilkinsons’ actions at the Galt House. The jury deliberated 15 minutes, then found the Mississippians not guilty of the charges. Throughout the trial, Harrodsburg residents showed sympathy for the Wilkinsons, and, according to a later judgment, “that sympathy deprived Hardin of those courteous attentions which his age and reputation entitled him to expect.” To celebrate the verdict, a crowd gathered at the Old Stone Tavern, where Hardin had been stating. It was there the discussion on the development of a new county took place. Hardin was aware that Danville leaders wanted to break away from Mercer County and establish a new one for Danville, however, Harrodsburg’s residents were opposed. Hardin had two influential sons -inlaw in the state legislature — John Helm and a Dr. Palmer. Reining up his horse as Hardin prepared to head home, he shouted to the jeering crowd, “I will see to it that my sons-in-law run a stake-and rideredfence between here and Danville.” Hardin’s sons-in-laws and a nephew were in the state legislature that in 1842 severed Mercer and added a piece of Lincoln to create Boyle County. This is one theory of how the new county was formed. The other is in 1834, when Danville began to petition the legislature to create the new county, so it could manage its own affairs. The people accused the Mercer County Court of permitting taxation without representation, conducting fraudulent elections. There also were political differences with the majority of Danville favoring the Whig Party, with voters in Harrodsburg and North Mercer supported Jacksonian Democrats. Evidence also shows Boyle became a county with several others along the way,

 The county got its name from John Boyle, a congressman and jurist, who served for many years as chief justice of Kentucky. He was born October 28, 1774, on the Clinch River in Botetourt County, Virginia. He came to Kentucky in 1779, settling in Whitley’s Station near Boonesborough and then in Garrard County before he came to Mercer County. He had no formal education, learning basic subjects from a minister and law from a local lawyer. He began practicing law in 1797 in Lancaster. He was elected the U.S. House of Representatives in 1803, and served three terms until 1809. Later, he accepted an appointment to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. In 1881, he became chief justice and held the

accomplished only with a favorable vote of 18 to 17 in the Senate and 48 to 44 in the Assembly. Gov. Robert P. Letcher, a Whig and an attorney in Lancaster, signed the bill Feb. 15, 1842, creating the new county. The county was organized “after a struggle of the legislature for 30 years,” according to Lewis Collins’ “History of Kentucky. Maria T. Daviess said the vote to create Boyle County came after “a long, arduous, and obstinate struggle” in her book of the “History of Mercer and

position until 1826. He also served as a U.S. District Court judge under President John Quincy Adams and was an instructor of law at Transylvania University. History does not tell us why Boyle was chosen as the name for the 94th county. His two and half story brick house sat on the Boyle-Mercer county line and his farm was divided by the line. It was about the same distance between the two counties. Boyle got the house from his brotherin-law Robert Tilford in 1815. After he died it went back to Robert who lived there until his death in 1872. The house was razed recently. Boyle as married to Elizabeth Tilford, daughter of Jeremiah Tilford. She died in 1833, and John died in 1834. Both are buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.

Boyle counties.” People in Danville began in 1834 to petition the state legislature to create a new county of their area so they could manage their own affairs. Information for this article was taken from “A History of Danville and Boyle County, Kentucky, 1772-1992” by Richard C. Brown; “History of Kentucky” by Lewis Collins’; “History of Mercer and Boyle counties” by Maria T. Daviess; a d “Historic Homers of Boyle County,Kentucky and the Three Courthouses” by Fackler.







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creative Community Arts Center an integral piece of Danville’s identity

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he Community Arts Center began with a modest vision of providing a venue for local artists to showcase their work, but over time that vision has transformed into what is now a hub for all things creative in Danville. For the first 10 years, the organization’s focus was largely on figuring out what role the arts center should play in the community and how to fund it, according to Kate Snyder, the art center’s director of marketing and development. 26


But in the last few years, that early vision has evolved and the center has evolved with it. “When it started, the arts center’s vision really was pretty modest: a local gallery space where local artists could sell their work,” Synder said. “And then, more opportunities just presented themselves.” Art classes weren’t part of that early vision, she said, but as the interest in those kinds of activities grew, the center began offering a few classes here and there.

“Classes and educational programming have really become kind of at the core of what the Arts Center is known for now,” she said. “We have wonderful involvement. We have about 24,000 visitors a year that come through and well over 1,000 people participate in classes every year.” Snyder said the center itself focuses much of its attention on visual arts, but it also serves as a space for several other art fields, including music and dance. “We offer some programming in


OUTSIDERS SAY... DANVILLE ranked Downtown Danville as one of the 30 Most Charming College Town Main Streets in 2017-18. named Danville as one of 11 “perfectly picturesque small towns in Kentucky” on Feb. 22, 2016. ranked Danville as one of 12 Small Towns with Big Southern Charm in October 2016. CNN/Money Magazine ranked Danville among the “25 Best Places to Retire” in the United States for two years in a row, 2011 and 2012. other fields ... but our meat and night and 75 percent of the people in potatoes — the bones — is a lot of the the class are from outside of Boyle County,” she said. visual arts,” she said. Participants are driving from as far Ceramics is one of several popular visual arts programs offered at the as Springfield, Richmond, Berea and beyond to participate in the pottery center. programs. “We have this full “We’re always trying to ceramic studio in the SO YOU KNOW look and see where there basement, which is really The Community Arts are the unmet needs in one of the best outfitted Center is located at 401 the community,” Snyder studios that you’re going W. Main St. in Danville. It said. to find in the region, in is open Tuesday through That’s how the terms of the number of Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 weekly home-school art wheels that we have, the a.m. to 5 p.m. programs got started, tools that we have, the To contact the center, she said. The center capabilities we have,” call 859-236-4054 or email offers a variety of classes she said. “In addition info@communityartscenter. and programs during to the classes there, net. More information, including a list of programs we also have a studio the day to home-school offered, can be found membership program families, from mixed online at communitywhere people just pay a media and drawing to monthly fee in order to ceramics and abstract be able to come in and painting. use the wheels and use The center’s field trip the glazes and just have access.” program is one of which Snyder is When it comes to attracting people particularly proud, she said, as it brings from outside of Boyle County to the more than 1,000 kids through the Arts arts center, Snyder said the ceramic Center with their teachers each year. The field trip program focuses on studio and pottery programs stand out students in second and third grades, as among the rest. “We just started a class on Tuesday well as students with disabilities.

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TOURISM & ATTRACTIONS “The arts center actually holds a contract with the (John F.) Kennedy Center, which is a federal program,” Snyder said. “They have a thing called ‘Museum Access for Kids’ and the arts center is actually the only organization in the state of Kentucky that holds this contract.” The contract includes funding to allow the center to provide accessible art and educational experiences for students with disabilities. Snyder said while Lexington and Louisville aren’t terribly far away from Boyle County, for many it’s just far enough away that they won’t make the trips regularly to take advantage of cultural programs offered there. “We recognize that, really, the arts center may be the only museum experience that kids have when they’re growing up in this region,” she said. “That was kind of a powerful awakening for us, to recognize that and the importance of the programming that we offer.” The field trip program aims to provide students with both high quality exhibits and hands-on activities each time they visit, she said. “We want them to see the art and then make art that is inspired by what they see in the show, to help them form 28


that connection between what they see and what they can do themselves,” Snyder said. The Community Arts Center’s list of programs aren’t just for kids, though, she said. The center also offers a plethora of classes and programs for adults and retirees, including an Arts Appreciation Lecture Series and Lunch with the Arts program. “We have our Lunch with the Arts program, like yesterday, we had Bruce Richardson from Elmwood in talking about the connections between art and tea,” Snyder said. “We have about 40 to 50 people come out for those type of events.” For those in the community looking to expand their artistic and cultural

experiences beyond Boyle County, Snyder said the center has recently started taking “art trips” to large cities such as Louisville and Chicago. This year, the center is planning a trip to New York City in August. The trips include visits to museums, murals and other cultural exhibits. “We have a group of about 20 people who have signed up so far,” she said. “I like this opportunity to form connections. The arts center’s mission is to connect people to art cultural and creativity and so this idea of making these connections from Kentucky to other parts of the country and other experiences, I really like that role that the arts center can play. We see ourselves as a catalyst for these opportunities.” Whether it’s through local exhibits, educational programs or classes, Snyder said the art center’s role in the community is an important one. “The number of people we have that come in and tell us that, when they were considering moving to Danville, the arts center was a factor in their decision...I totally appreciate that, as someone who moved to Danville,” she said. “If a town has an organization like the arts center, it says something about that town.”


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here are lots of good reasons to visit and live in Boyle County. There are also some quintessentially Boyle County things that you just can’t do anywhere else. We’ve listed six things you have to do before you can say you’ve truly experienced Boyle County. Go ahead — see how many you’ve already done, and then if there are any you’ve missed, go check them off your list.


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BBQ it up

While the Brass Band Festival kicks off summer in Boyle County, the Kentucky State BBQ Festival serves as a final, delicious sendoff before things cool down. The festival is held at Wilderness Trail Distillery, one of the most innovative and forwardthinking businesses in Boyle County, if not the state, which


Get down to brass

The Great American Brass Band Festival is the largest single draw event for Boyle County year after year. Tens of thousands from around the globe travel to downtown Danville and stroll Centre College’s campus every June to hear the best brass musicians in the world play their hearts out. Fan favorites of the four-day fest include a New Orleansstyle street party, a hot-air balloon race, a high-styling picnic competition and, of course, the festival’s parade down Main Street. This year, the festival is scheduled for June 6-9. More info is available at

operates on beautiful rolling farmland in central Boyle County. Festival-goers can eat more ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork than they should; shop a wide variety of vendors; and party to lively music all festival long. The party starts this year on Sept. 6 and goes through Sept. 8. More info is available at



Have your breath taken away

Every year, the Norton Center for the Arts brings some of the world’s biggest acts and attractions to Centre College’s campus in Danville. From huge musical artists to hit Broadway plays to highflying circuses to superstar children’s characters, the theater never ceases to impress and amaze. You can see the theater’s upcoming performances and buy tickets at

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See a show under the stars

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater, is celebrating its 70th year in operation this summer. That’s seven decades worth of hilarious shows enjoyed during Kentucky summer evenings by tens of thousands of people. The theater offers a home-cooked dinner beforehand, giving Danville one of the best dinner-and-a-show options in the state. For a schedule of this summer’s five plays and ticket information, visit

Discover miniature worlds

The Great American Dollhouse Museum is Danville’s No. 1 tourism attraction on TripAdvisor, and for good reason — it’s a fascinating and truly unique experience. You’d have to leave the country to find anything similar and even then, none of the other dollhouse museums scattered across the world feature historically accurate scenes of life in Kentucky like this one. The museum features interconnected displays that let you travel through time, explore life in a massive dollhouse-scale city, visit an Appalachian coal-mining community and escape to a magical fantasy land. More information is available at


Discover our shared history

Perryville Battlefield is the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Perryville, which marked a significant turning point in the war. The rolling farmland nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass state was as far north as Confederate forces ever advanced. The state historic site features an educational museum and miles of trails, with native wildflowers planted prominently, fence lines restored as they would have been in the Civil War era and educational signs that help you travel back in time to understand what happened and why. Historic Perryville and its recently restored Merchant’s Row offers a beautiful place to stop on the banks of the Chaplin River while you’re in the area. For more information about special events and hours, visit





A historic hidden gem Perryville takes visitors on a journey to the past Story by Robin Hart Photo by Ben Kleppinger


f you are interested in American history, Perryville is the place to visit. The small town sits quietly on the western edge of Boyle County, surrounded by gently rolling hills, grazing cattle and lots of Civil War history. Perryville was settled in the late 1700s and officially established as a town in 1817. It’s named after Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. By the 1840s the population had grown and the business district expanded into shops built along the west bank of the Chaplin River called “Merchant’s Row.” Nearly 180 years later, Merchant’s Row is one of the only remaining intact business districts in America of that era. According to Main Street Perryville Executive Director Vicki Goode, “The buildings are now owned by the city of Perryville and are being preserved to allow visitors a glimpse into the history of a small rural community.” And several of them continue to house businesses such as Chaplin River Antiques in the old Latimer’s Store; My Nana’s Place in the original Parks Store; Bluegrass Boutique in the old Green’s Drug Store; United Country Realty and Auction in Burton’s store; Flowers by EJ is located in the Carriage shop; and Laura Leigh Photograph is in the historical Ware House. Other shopping venues in the town include S&A Furniture, Perryville Furniture, Wilder Flower Basket and Charlie’s Boutique.



To learn about the area’s history, visitors are welcome to stop by the Johnson Britton House Visitors Center where they can peruse through the museum or do research in the genealogical library. Walking tour booklets are also available to guide visitors around a 1.5mile tour highlighting 35 homes showcasing a variety of architectural styles. Strolling along Buell Street, you’ll see Chaplin River meandering through town. It was the source of water used by Union and Confederate soldiers when the Battle of Perryville broke out in October, 1862. Today, visitors can bring a picnic to Baril Park, located behind Merchant’s Row, and enjoy the serenity of the stream and feed ducks that are paddling around. Just down the road, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is more than 700 acres of pristine battlefield farmland that has been preserved just as it was during the Battle of Perryville in 1862. It was the site of one of the bloodiest, and most important battles fought in Kentucky during the Civil War. Visitors can hike through the park and visit the museum and gift shop. If you prefer music and entertainment, the Perryville Jamboree opens on Saturday nights at 5:30 for dinner and shows begin at 7 p.m. In the spring, a new Airbnb, The Mud House, will open its doors for overnight lodging and a deli is set to begin serving hungry visitors. Goode said, “There are exciting things going on in Perryville.”

CHAMBER MEMBERS ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT Community Arts Center 117 S. Third St., Suite 209 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4054

Norton Center for the Arts 600 W. Walnut Danville, KY 40422 877-HIT SHOW Perryville Jamboree 303 N. Bragg St. Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 332-2161 Windjammer Fun Center 3846 S. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8808 FESTIVALS Kentucky State BBQ Festival, LLC 460 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 319-5000 The Great American Brass Band Festival P.O. Box 429 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 319-8426



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ilderness Trail Distillery, founded in 2012 by Shane Baker and Dr. Pat Heist, is the 14th largest Bourbon distillery in the United States. The distillery’s 44-acre campus on Lebanon Road in Danville began producing one barrel of Bourbon a day in 2013 and now makes more than 220 barrels a day and operates three shifts. The distillery hosted 56,000 visitors in 2018 and shared with them the unique process that imparts the distinct flavor to its Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys. The Kentucky Proud distillery

works with Caverndale Farms, located three miles away, and two other Kentucky farms to source rye, wheat and corn. Wilderness Trail makes two types of Kentucky Straight Bourbon including a wheated, single barrel, bottled in bond and a small batch bottled in bond with a rye small grain. The distillery also makes a rye whiskey. Wilderness Trail also produces Blue Heron Vodka, made with the same grain recipe as its wheated Bourbon, and Bourbon barrel-aged Harvest Rum, which is made from Kentucky-grown sweet sorghum molasses and aged in

used Wilderness Trail Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Another thing that makes Wilderness Trail unique is its use of the sweet mash process and all of its products are bottled unfiltered to maximize flavor. The distillery’s sister business, Ferm Solutions, which began in 2006, houses one of the world’s largest repositories of distillers’ yeast strains. As fermentation experts with more than 20 years of experience in the production of alcohol, Wilderness Trail’s founders are committed to making world-class whiskeys. Wilderness Trail spirits are


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‘Happy to see you’ Stanford offers friendly, warm ‘down-home’ feel Story by Bobbie Curd Photos Abigail Whitehouse


tanford’s downtown is often compared to Mayberry, says Andrea Miller, Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s director. She says the most visited places on the town’s quaint Main Street are probably Kentucky Soaps and Such, Bluebird Cafe and Coleman’s Drugstore. “Stanford is a good day trip. It’s a step back in time into a small town with good food, friendly people and good shopping,” Miller says. Downtown Stanford offers handmade gifts, home decor, antiques and farm-to-table dining. Morgan’s on Main is a great retailer to check out women’s clothing and jewelry. A new eatery that recently opened is Mama DelVecchio’s Pizzeria, creating signature and specialty pies, salads and desserts. Kentucky Soaps and Such is a mainstay, offering goats milk products. The shop also sells Kentucky-made artisan foods and handcrafted pottery and jewelry. Coleman’s Drug Store has been serving Stanford and Lincoln County for four generations, since 1881. Aside from a pharmacy, the store also has a deli, with an old fashioned soda fountain and a gift shop. The Bluebird Cafe was opened in order to have an emphasis on local foods. The cafe makes its own desserts and dressings, focusing on fresh food made from scratch.



Miller says many may be surprised to know that the Lincoln County Courthouse is actually a great destination. “We have quite an extensive collection of historic records,” she says. Lincoln was one of the three original counties in the state, and its archives are some of the oldest, dating back to 1779. The collection includes property records for land owned by Daniel Boone and records written on sheepskin. One of the best kept secrets of the area, Miller says, is Cedar Creek Lake. It was created out of 784 acres of the 14,000-acre Cedar Creek Watershed. It’s average depth may only be 22 feet — with its deepest at 60 — but it’s known as one of the best bass fishing waters around. “Its got a lot of shoreline and really good fishing,” Miller says. It is ranked 30th in the nation for bass fishing by “Field and Stream” magazine; and it’s the second largest controlled lake in the state. The lake, along with Dix River are known as great venues for kayaking and canoeing, too. “What will visitors find when they come to Stanford? They’ll find friendly, warm people and a down-home feel. It’s always been described as kind of ‘Mayberry-ish,’ Miller says. “People are helpful; they’re the kind of folks who are happy to see you.”

MUSEUMS The Great American Dollhouse Museum 344 Swope Dr. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1883 McDowell House Museum 125 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2804 RECREATION Lexington Ice Center 560 Eureka Springs Dr. Lexington, KY 40517 (859) 269-5686 THEATERS Pioneer Playhouse of Danville 840 Stanford Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2747 West T. Hill Community Theatre P.O. Box 841 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8607 TOURISM Convention & Visitors Bureau 105 E. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2361 Wilderness Trail Distillery 4095 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 402-8707


A shared vision


he Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, Inc., is an alliance of the Boyle County Industrial Foundation, Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heart of Danville Main Street Program, Main Street Perryville, and the local governments of Boyle County, Kentucky, and Cities of Danville, Junction City, and Perryville. Develop Danville, Inc., is a marketing identity utilized by the Partnership to promote the Danville-Boyle County community’s attributes to our national and global business clients. WHAT WE DO The Partnership communicates, collaborates, and coordinates the Partners’ interdependent economic development missions, resources, and initiatives to grow the economy of Boyle County. As a unified team, the Partners provide Boyle County, its communities, and its citizens with a cost-effective array of community and economic development services in the areas of business development, business services, downtown development, and tourism development. OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Partnership’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of active community leaders from both public and private sectors. Our governing board is composed of three Directors appointed by the Boyle County Fiscal Court; three Directors appointed by the Danville City Commission; three Directors

PAID CONTENT OUR BOARD Boyle County • David L. Maynard, Market President, Community Trust Bank • David Williams, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Burkmann Nutrition • Hon. Howard P. Hunt III, JudgeExecutive City of Danville • Hon. Denise Terry, City Commissioner • Ron Scott, City Manager • Hon. Mike Perros, Mayor City of Junction City • Steve Knight, Owner, Cool Jazz Web Design

appointed by the Boyle County Industrial Foundation; three Directors appointed by our Private Sector Investors that invest at least $25,000.00 annually; three Directors at Large elected by the board who represent the community and economic interests of Boyle County, Kentucky; and one Director appointed by each of the Cities of Junction City and Perryville. The Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heart of Danville, and Main Street Perryville are currently Advisory Partners that may each appoint one non-voting representative to the board. MAKING AN IMPACT The March 2019 edition of SITE Selection magazine ranked the Danville Micropolitan Area (Boyle and Lincoln Counties) #10 among 536 micro communities in the United States and #1 in Kentucky for new and expanding business projects in 2018. This is the third year in a row that Danville has been ranked in the top ten micropolitan communities nationally, and the first that Danville has reached the top spot in Kentucky. Since 2009, Danville has been recognized among the

27 top-performing micros in the country! For 2018, the Partnership reported announcements of $45,887,210.00 in total capital investment and 89 new jobs in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Since 2008, the Partnership has worked with both new and existing businesses to make a net total of $297,458,567.00 in capital investment and a net creation of 1,463 jobs to grow our local economy. Continue to gauge the Partnership’s work to grow the economy of Danville-Boyle County by going online to view our Economic Health Index and supporting data at www. LEARN MORE ABOUT US Learn more about our Partnership by viewing our website at If you are interested in investing in our community, please contact our President/CEO, Jody Lassiter, at or (859) 236-2361 +130. We invite you to visit us at our headquarters campus located at Danville’s historic Constitution Square.

City of Perryville • Brian R. Caldwell, Mayor Boyle County Industrial Foundation • Cindy Brenner Ellsworth, Business Development Representative (retired), Atmos Energy Corporation • John C. Albright, President, Caldwell Stone Company (SECRETARY) • Alan R. Turbyfill, President/CEO, Kentucky Trust Company (TREASURER) Private Investors • Marty Gibson, President, Farmers National Bank (VICE CHAIR) • Brian G. Hutzley, Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer, Centre College • Dan McKay, President/CEO, Ephraim McDowell Health Community at Large • Ben Nelson, Co-Owner, Maple Tree Gallery (CHAIR) • Ennis L. Tillman, Manager of Product Cost Development (retired), Panasonic Appliances Company of America • Kathy L. Miles, Coordinator, Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Partners • Chamber of Commerce: Jeff Jewel, Executive Director • Convention & Visitors Bureau: Jennifer Kirchner, Executive Director • Heart of Danville: Dustin Duvall, Interim Executive Director • Main Street Perryville: Robby Mayes, Chairman





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veryone’s property is special to them — so your property deserves nothing less than exceptional representation — wouldn’t you agree? Bluegrass Team is truly the ‘glue’ that makes and keeps deals together — they never put up road blocks — they understand back and forth negotiation and leverage that to your benefit.” Hunter Simmons, Realtor® The Bluegrass Team’s full-time staff and full-time Realtors have the ability to bring each property to a global audience with high-end, cutting-edge marketing that provides proven, exceptional results. After all, everyone



ADDRESS 460 S. 4th St. Suite 3 Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 494-5521 WEBSITE knows a local buyer. The hard part is finding the larger pool of out of area buyers. “We simply do things differently — and we consistently get better results”, Kerri Wastell, Executive Transaction Coordinator.


“With a full-time staff of specialists and over 80+ years of cumulative real estate experience, chances are we’ve worked some of the most unique, complex and creative transactions and situations — and in your neighborhood.” Cindy Simmons, Logistics Coordinator “You want somebody who knows what they are doing – you don’t want someone who’s mind is everywhere. I think that is what’s really incredible that Ken Garcia has done, is taken the parts of a property transaction and given those parts to specialists who will work specifically on just one portion of the

transaction, with the big picture in mind — that gives you 100% dedication.” Brad Simmons, Marketing Engine. Bluegrass Team is uniquely positioned and has the experience to cover real estate in all areas and price points of the Bluegrass region. “We look forward to building a partnership that exceeds your expectations and goals — every time.” Ken Garcia, Team Leader, SFR, Realtor®. Ken and his team look forward to introducing you to the Bluegrass State and the friendly, comfortable lifestyle of our Bluegrass Region.


Grace Café Paying it forward at

Danville restaurant combats food insecurity, inspires giving Story by Bobbie Curd Photos by Nick Lacey


ochelle Bayless says one of the outcomes of creating and working the mission of Grace Café, a pay-what-you-can restaurant, surprised her. “I guess I’m surprised just how much I, and the staff, truly enjoy the work,” she says. Bayless opened the nonprofit café in July 2015. Since then, Grace Café has served 65,983 meals (through February), has 10 people on its staff, nine board members and two interns from Centre College. Bayless says in 2018, 368 unduplicated volunteers worked for a total of 4,005 hours. The café’s mission is to end hunger in Danville and Boyle County by providing “healthy and delicious food security to all who walk through our door.” It welcomes and serves it patrons in a respectful and dignified manner, regardless of their ability to pay. Grace Café serves local, organic (when possible) and unprocessed, fresh food. Bayless chose to do this not only to promote good health and support farmers, but to promote environmental sustainability. “Sure, it’s hard, and often frustrating work to keep the café funded, open and running everyday,” Bayless says. “But when folks tell us what a difference we’ve made in their lives, how good our food is, and how comfortable they are, we know we’re on the right track.” DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM



The Café’s aim is also to eliminate waste in the food industry, and to provide living wages for employees and job-training skills. Each day, selections include a choice of two soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees, with desserts and breads sourced from local bakers. There are no sodas offered; instead, water infused with fruit, vegetables and herbs is available, iced tea and locallyroasted coffee. Customers are able to Grace Café is choose their located at 219 own portion S. Fourth St. in size in order to Danville. It offers eliminate food lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. waste, as well weekdays, breakfast as give people from 9 a.m. to noon a greater sense Saturdays, and an 11 of control over a.m-2 p.m. brunch what and how on Sundays. they eat. A n o t h e r surprise, Bayless says, is the depth of relationships they’ve built with their r e g u l a r customers, hearing their stories. And some of them are inspirational stories, she says. “There are so many. Every single day, we see people helping others — by paying it forward for a neighbor in need, offering a kind word or an invitation to eat together,” she says. Aside from paying what you can, the café also invites customers to pay it forward, by paying over the recommended price, to offer someone in need a meal. Clients can also work shifts to pay for their meals. In 2018, Bayless says 177 unduplicated volunteers worked a 38


total of 762 hours in exchange for a meal. “That is a 42 percent increase in the number of people working for a meal since 2017,” she says. Bayless says people here are so generous, but there is also so much need. “A need not only for accessible and healthy food, but also for a safe and familiar place where people from all walks of life can gather and truly enjoy each other’s company.” Coming up July 13, Grace Café will celebrate its fourth anniversary with its annual Gratitude Block Party.

“And, Chef Ouita Michel will be a guest chef for a fundraising event we are planning for September,” Bayless says about the Kentucky restaurateur. “That’s super exciting!” For many customers, Bayless says, the café is a second home. “And we look forward to seeing them and hearing their latest news,” she says. Bayless says she hopes Grace Café will be “right here in Danville, doing the exact same work for many years to come.” However, she does have a small wish list. “I’d really love to have a large community garden and a food truck, so that we can reach more people with more local food.”



Great steak is just the beginning



ADDRESS 3795 S. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422


hat began as a single concept by two guys who loved to cook and truly enjoyed delivering great food to friends and neighbors in the Shelbyville area has blossomed into a Kentucky favorite for many. Cattleman’s Roadhouse is a locally owned, Kentucky Proud restaurant and we are not a chain, but we do have soon to be eight locations in the Kentucky. We are just a couple of Kentucky boys serving great steaks and we pride ourselves in local buying and suppliers as much as possible. When we opened our first restaurant, we scoured the state to find the best quality foods possible. Our Cattleman’s Gold Certified brand Black Angus

PHONE (859) 209-2694

Beef feature steaks that are aged 28 days, hand-cut, and are second to none when it comes to tenderness and flavor. Our salad bar is one of the largest selections of fresh vegetables, fruits, toppings and dressings you’ll see anywhere in the region. In fact, for many of our regular customers this fantastic and plentiful salad

bar is what keeps them coming back to Cattleman’s. From our locally sourced produce to our delicious desserts, we strive to serve better quality foods than other casual restaurants. We are a family steak house and Our Goal is not to be the cheapest, but to serve great quality and great service. Cattleman’s Roadhouse has locations in Shelbyville,

WEBSITE HOURS Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Shepherdsville, Frankfort, Georgetown, Mt. Sterling, Danville, Louisville and soon to open, LaGrange. Cattleman’s Roadhouse — Where a great steak is just the beginning!





FOOD & BEVERAGE BAKERIES Bluegrass & Buttercream 115 N. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2423 Burkes Bakery 121 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5661

Wilderness Trail Distillery 4095 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 402-8707

Sweets By Cindy 776 W. Shelby St. Junction City, KY 40440 (859) 374-5005

FOOD SPECIALTIES Dry Stack Coffee Company PO Box 1644 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 509-3912

CATERERS Atoka LLC 5066 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4591

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas & Benjamin Press 135 N. Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6641

Lee’s Famous Recipe 610 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8777

GROCERS Danville Save A Lot 1085 E. Lexington Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7677

Sodexo 600 W. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2744 Southern Plate Catering 126 Church St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 319-3444 COFFEE HOUSES The Hub Coffee House 236 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-0001


DISTILLED SPIRITS Ambrabev, LLC P.O. Box 718 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-6457


NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Grace Café P.O. Box 2384 Danville, KY 40422 (860) 416-9307 RESTAURANTS Baskin Robbins 464 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4175

Bluebird Café 202 Main St. Stanford, KY 40484 (606) 365-1010 Cattleman’s Roadhouse 3795 South Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2694 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen 2150 US 127 South Danville, KY 40422 (859) 374-4021 Danielle’s Drive Away Cafe 1318 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 613-3303 Hardee’s 100 Shelby St. Junction City, KY 40440 (859) 854-0444 Harvey’s 120 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-7879 Lee’s Famous Recipe 610 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8777

Little Caesar’s Pizza 1500 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1122 Melton’s Deli 247 E. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9874 O’Charley’s #413 1560 Hustonville Road, Suite 420 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-8040 Plank on Main 219 W. Main Danville, KY 40422 Tut’s LLC 415 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-4731 Zaxby’s 304 Skywatch Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9133

Almost home

Holiday Inn Express & Suites blazing path of excellence Story by Michael Caldwell Photos provided



artha Johnson’s original career path may not have included going into the hospitality business but her passion and commitment has helped make Danville’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites one of the best in the country. Born and raised in Springfield, Johnson made a career at UPS Air. After almost 30 years away, she took an early retirement to care for her mother. She wasn’t even planning on a career change, but Johnson joined the Holiday Inn team in November 2016 during the construction phase, about a month before the Dec. 9 grand opening of the 76-room hotel located at 200 Shannon Way.

Martha Johnson, left, is operations manager of Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Danville. William Walker is general manager.



WHERE TO STAY As operations manager, Johnson can often be found behind the sleek front desk in the lobby, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a hotel that has shined from the beginning. “We are an award-winning hotel the first two years we have been open because we have an excellent staff that makes it a priority to service our guests,” Johnson said. “We are also ranked the No. 1 Holiday Inn Express in Kentucky and No. 14 out of the 2,294 Holiday Inn Expresses overall.” On its website, the Danville hotel has garnered an impressive 4.9 rating from nearly 500 visitor reviews. The facility features all the amenities travelers have come to expect such as free high-speed internet, a business center, meeting rooms and complimentary breakfast. Some of the extra touches include Keurig coffee makers, mini-fridges, microwaves, ergonomic desk chairs and 50-inch flat-screen televisions in every room. For those who want some amenities outside their abode, the hotel includes an indoor saltwater pool and a 24hour fitness center with up-to-date 42


equipment, including a treadmill, elliptical machines, free weights and a stationary bicycle. Johnson hopes everyone visiting the community will consider spending the night. “People should stay at our awardwinning hotel to experience the home-away-from-home atmosphere, accompanied with the friendly service of our staff, complimentary deluxe breakfast, and the nice comfortable sleep in our new beds,” she said. And, as far as she is concerned, there are plenty of reasons to visit Danville to see first-hand how special it is. “I really appreciate the Danville community because it is enriched with history and local business support. It has so much potential to continue thriving as the best small town in Kentucky,” Johnson said. “The people are wonderful, whether I am shopping in the local grocery store or attending a chamber event. (There is) always a very welcoming spirit that defines the Danville community, which the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is privileged to be a part of.”

CHAMBER MEMBERS WHERE TO STAY Wilderness Road Guest Houses & Rooms 207 W. Main St. Stanford, KY 40484

Hampton Inn 100 Montgomery Way Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6200 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 200 Shannon Way Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2928 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 3501 Lexington Road Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (800) 734-5611



A one-stop shop for relaxation



ADDRESS 207 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 Visit for more locations. PHONE (606) 879-0555 WEBSITE know where your meal came from, but you will also feel good about eating it. Brand-new Mama DeVechio’s Pizzeria features

an eclectic blend of Italian tradition and modern American cuisine. From our hand-crafted dough to our delicious toppings, it’s a difference you can taste in every bite of our pizza and salads. At the Bluebird, you can grab breakfast, lunch or weekend dinners that feature fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, highlighted by Marksbury Farm meats. Relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at Esther’s Wellhouse. This boutique spa environment offers facials, body scrubs,

far-infrared sauna therapy and massage therapy. Shop for handcrafted soap and natural body products at Kentucky Soaps & Such or tour their goat milk soap making facility. Browse their selection of Kentucky products including Tater Knob Pottery, Baxter’s Coffee, Mother Mills Southern Food Mixes, handcrafted jewelry, books, and more. Regardless of what you choose, our variety of options guarantee your experience will be one-of-akind.

SMALL-TOWN CHARM. BIG-TIME EXPERIENCE. The Wilderness Road Guest Houses and Rooms in historic Stanford, Kentucky offer big-city amenities in a small-town setting. Enjoy a relaxing massage at Esther’s Wellhouse, experience delicious local dining with a farm-to-table meal at the Bluebird or stone hearth oven fired pizza at Mama DeVechio’s Pizzeria. You can also tour the goat milk soap making facility at Kentucky Soaps & Such. Our variety of options guarantee your stay will be one-of-a-kind.




tay, eat, shop and relax with us in historic Stanford, Kentucky. With a variety of lodging options available including guest houses, cottages or petite rooms; Wilderness Road Guest Houses and Rooms offer big-city amenities in a small-town setting. Our accommodations provide the comfort and charm of home, with luxurious features throughout the five guesthouses and eight petite rooms. Dine in our two restaurants where you will not only



Sunrise offers ray of hope for youth


t Sunrise Children’s Services, our heart beats for children and our mission is clear. We provide care and hope for hurting families and children through Christcentered ministries. Formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, Sunrise has become this state’s premier child care organization, providing a full continuum of services to at-risk individuals through its 501c3 nonprofit ministry. Sunrise remains committed to caring for children who have been


ADDRESS 400 Cunningham Way Danville, KY 40422 PHONE Foster care: (859) 936-3513 Residential treatment: (859) 936-3545 Family services: (859) 936-3492 WEBSITE abused and neglected — children whose lives have been scarred by unspeakable physical, sexual, and emotional abuse — and who

Helping Children in Crisis Shine for 150 Years. Sunrise Children’s Services thanks the Danville community for your gracious and valuable support throughout our journey.

400 Cunningham Way, Danville, KY 40422 I Foster Care I 859.936.3513 Residential Treatment I 859.936.3545 Family Services I 859.936.3492



have been removed from their homes. We also shine a light of hope on families who need help dealing with an immediate crisis, a troubling experience, or a long-term problem. Sunrise, with God’s help, has been changing the lives of hurting children since 1869. The longstanding organization was founded by a group of ladies from Walnut Street Baptist Church as an orphanage to help children in Louisville suffering effects from the Civil War. Death, sickness, and the poverty that

followed left many children with no one to care for them. Fast forward to now. Sunrise’s programs have evolved over time to meet the present-day needs of orphans of the living. These are children whose parents are unable to care for them in a safe, loving home. Sunrise not only meets their basic needs but also provides trauma-informed therapy coupled with the unconditional love they need in order to heal and become whole again. Sunrise is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Congratulations to the

Danville Boyle County Chamber of Commerce on your

100th Anniversary! From the team at the American Greetings Danville Distribution Center




Shopping for


Maple Tree Gallery has been serving community for 40 years Story and photos by Robin Hart


aple Tree Gallery has been in business nearly 41 years, with 36 of those years thriving in historic downtown Danville. The original numbered prints and custom framing business was started by Sue Davis and Beverly Jordon in June of 1978. Maple Tree’s name was derived from the large maple trees growing in the front yard of the business that was located on Lebanon Road. Harold and Sonia McKinney purchased Maple Tree Gallery in 1981 and moved it to a storefront on Fourth St., where Harvey’s



restaurant is now operating. They added gift items, stationary and candles and soon branched into custom lamp creation and repairs and sold lamp shades. According to Harold McKinney, some of the employees at the time were Ed Nichols, Larry Halcomb, Barbara Reynierson, Liz Orndorff and Jimmy Johnson (father of Carol Senn, who owns Carol’s Bridal and Gifts.) In April of 1995, the gallery changed ownership to Angela Arnold Murphy, and within a year, she moved Maple Tree Gallery to 225 W. Main St., where it’s still a popular store in downtown. According to current owner Julie Nelson,

Angela “continued the tradition of custom framing, selling numbered prints, lamp creation and repair, along with expanding the gift line.” Nelson said Angela’s mother and step-father, Ruth and Charles Porterfield, worked at Maple Tree with Angela and her mom working on the retail side and Charles doing all the lamp work. In May of 2006, Julie and Ben Nelson purchased Maple Tree Gallery after relocating to Danville from Texas in 2001 where they had lived for 16 years. (Ben is originally from Lexington, while Julie is a Danville girl.)


Julie is managing co-owner of Maple Tree Gallery. But when she first came on board, she knew nothing about how to run a retail business and frame shop, she said. Even though she had a business degree from Transylvania University, she had been a stay-at-home mom for 18 years and was fortunate that the Porterfields stayed on to help her “learn the ropes.” Then in 2012, the couple moved out of town. Mary Cosby, who joined the Maple Tree staff in 1997, also remained to help guide Julie along. And Mary continues to be her “right hand woman,” Julie said. Julie feels that today’s Maple Tree Gallery began with a “wonderful foundation. ... Everybody added a little bit more.” Julie and Ben have expanded their merchandise to include baby gifts, special kitchen wares, unique bar supplies, and interesting home and fashion accessories. They also enjoy supporting local artists, Julie said. Several area and regional artists sell their work on

consignment, including Andrea Akers, Jack Cochran, David Farmer, Ron Bower and Kathy York. They continue making and repairing lamps (which is a dying art) Julie said. And they custom fit the perfect shade to compliment any lamp. Mary is the expert custom framer, Julie said. If someone thinks custom framing is too expensive, she will work with them to find out what they want. “We will play with your piece until we all feel good about it and make sure it’s within your price range,” Julie said. Over the years, Maple Tree has “changed with the times and revamped their ‘high end’ accessories,” Julie said. It’s important to her that Maple Tree Gallery be a comfortable place to shop.

“I don’t want it to be intimidating.” She wants a customer to be able to find a unique $10 gift and be happy about it, Julie said. And every gift, no matter the cost, can be gift wrapped and decorated with a handmade bow. “If you’re on your way to the party, there it is,” Julie said. In this day of huge stores that only offer common items and long checkout lines, “We offer something else — an experience,” Julie said. “Whether it’s taking time to browse, stopping for a chat, picking out the perfect gift or frame or visiting with Rosebud, our boxer who meets all the customers, we strive to make each person who walks in our door feel special.” DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM


CHAMBER MEMBERS WHERE TO SHOP ACCESSORIES & PURSES A&L Accessories 326 W. Main St., Suite 100 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7411 AGRIBUSINESS & PETS Burkmann Nutrition 1111 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0400 ANTIQUES Not Just Antiques in Danville 1000 E. Lexington Ave. Ste. 36 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-0088


AUTOMOBILE DEALERS Auto Connection Used Trucks & Cars LLC 231 Margus Drive Junction City, KY 40440 (859) 854-0505 Bob Allen Motor Mall 725 Maple Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3217 Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda 225 S. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8917 BICYCLES Danville Bike & Footwear 417 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7669 CHILDREN’S APPAREL & GIFTS Kid’s Alley 506 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5437



CLOTHING Lee Stephens 350 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0237

Perryville Furniture Outlet 303 N. Bragg St. Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 332-2161

Posh Apparel 235 West Main St., Suite 100 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2595

HARDWARE — APPLIANCES Danville Ace Hardware & Appliances, Inc. 975 Hustonville Road, Suite 27 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5774

CONVENIENCE STORES Fivestar #3000 465 Denmark Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6301

RETAIL Anderson’s LLC 1000 E. Lexington Ave. Suite 33 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2421

DISCOUNT STORES Walmart 100 Walton Avenue Danville, KY 40422

Dan’s Discount Jewelry & Pawn 810 S 4th St Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3267

FLORISTS A Lasting Impression 215 Stanford Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7118

TRIPLE CROWN GOLF CARS INC. 103 Armory Place Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 885-4143

Danville Florist LLC 1015 Hustonville Road Suite 2 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-4305

SHOE STORES Shoe Sensation, Inc. 1560 Hustonville Road, Suite 229 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4287

FRAMING SPECIALTY STORES Maple Tree Gallery 225 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0909 FURNITURE Aaron’s Sales & Lease 1404 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7565 B&E Furniture 1204 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6904

SPECIALTY STORES Kentucky Soaps and Such 203 W. Main St. Stanford, KY 40484 (606) 365-0808 Salvation Army Thrift Store 519 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-0457



A heritage of excellence T he Powell family has been devoted to serving the automotive needs of generations of families in Boyle County and the surrounding communities since 1919. In 1949, Stuart Powell got his start in the car business at his father’s Chevrolet dealership in Perryville, in Boyle County. Stuart became a Ford dealer in 1960, when he opened Powell Motors, in Lancaster. After decades of working in the auto industry, Stuart then went on to build the current Ford dealership on the bypass in Danville in 1982. Stuart’s daughter, Patti Powell, joined the dealership in 1989, and continues today as

the President of Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln-Mazda. “When Stuart Powell started in the car business in 1949, he did so with the basic principles of providing good products and services at fair prices to our customers. Those principles continue

today,” Patti explained. “Working with dad for so many years was the greatest and most rewarding experience of all.” In addition to automotive sales and leasing, Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln-Mazda remains a leader in servicing vehicles - all makes and models.

Stuart Powell offers the latest specialized technology and precise analysis from trained technicians who undergo regular, frequent training so they’re always up-to-date on every component of your vehicle. “As we look to the future, we’re proud to offer our friends, family and neighbors the highest quality new and pre-owned vehicles, service, parts, accessories and the best trained technicians in our Collision Center,” she said. “In celebrating the centennial of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, we join them in moving forward toward a strong, successful future.”



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Plank on Main continues to carve unique niche


ninformed visitors stepping through the door at Plank on Main don’t know what they are getting into. The blond hardwood runs just about the length of the 5,000-square-foot building that has stood in downtown Danville for more than 100 years. On closer inspection the tables — surrounded by plush gray chairs that would be at home in someone’s sitting room — are actually reclaimed wooden doors, given legs and covered in glass. They perfectly complement the long granite bar with rustic stools that runs the right side of the main space.

On a cold March day, bold splashes of color literally leap off the canvases that line the left wall. A half dozen abstract works by local artist Robert Lackney are on display through a partnership with the Community Arts Center. Unassuming square black cards serve as each table’s centerpiece. The words in white lettering set the tone for everything they are trying to accomplish at Plank. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama “Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.” — Jane Porter “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” — Winston Churchill

“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” — Mark Twain “Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.” — Richard Bach Plank’s offerings may just be as diverse as these quotes or the recipes of the healthy dishes the lifestyle business serves up. Take one part café, add a dash of a craft alcohol bar with a sprinkle of retail products. Then serve it all up on the foundation of a diverse fitness studio — and that still might not fully encapsulate the essence of Plank, which even owner Wendy White admits can be mercurial. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM



“Anybody who hasn’t been here wellness interests. She got certifications sometimes thinks, ‘I don’t get it. I don’t in culinary arts, fitness, health coaching see it.’ However, the people who come and more. do get it,” she said. “They will come do a The seeds of a business had been class, have a smoothie and planted. go. On Saturday afternoons “We just saw a need,” SO YOU KNOW people do cycling and they Wendy said. “A lot of things, ADDRESS sit down and have a bloody I was practicing elsewhere.” Plank on Main Mary. There is really a wide Wendy was going to hot 219 W. Main St. variety of people who come yoga and reformer Pilates Danville, KY 40422 in.” in Lexington. She was CONTACT Plank is a business making fresh-pressed juice Phone: (859) 209-2013 that grew out of Wendy’s and smoothies at home or Email: inquires@ passion and personal having to go elsewhere to interests more than from a buy them. structured business model. Initially, Wendy thought HOURS Wendy and her husband, they would have one yoga Open Monday Chris, came to Kentucky studio and a counter for to Saturday about 20 years ago to work smoothies. At most it at Lexmark. They were partwould be one employee time Danville residents for and a couple of fitness 14 years, starting out at Herrington Lake instructors. but splitting time in Georgetown. The vision continued to grow and gain Wendy left the corporate world about clarity. nine years ago to focus on her health and The couple bought the downtown



brownstone in late 2015. They gutted the building, rehabbed it with a flair for history and architecture, outfitted the space, hired fitness instructors and developed their own recipes. They committed to the details like installing recycled cork flooring in the yoga studio because it is anti-microbial, using specialized infrared heating panels for hot yoga and offering easy check-in with digital kiosks. Barely six months after signing the paperwork, in June 2016, Plank on Main opened its doors. “The goal was on just bringing high-quality, healthy products to the community. The focus, first and foremost, was on the quality of the fitness classes and the foods that we deliver,” Wendy said. “… We got better response than we had anticipated. Honestly it was just a passion project. We knew we wanted to be in Danville and we knew that was what we were passionate about bringing, so that is what we did.”


Employer: CHI-Saint Joseph Health Internal Medicine; Danville-Boyle County Humane Society Years of chamber involvement: 3

too. In fact, most of the people who join us don’t necessarily come in for that. They enjoy the food and the drink and the stuff we offer and then leave feeling, ‘OK, that was actually good for me.’” Plank has developed a network in the community of people who want to try different things. The ideas of being welcoming to everyone and making everyone feel comfortable have been embraced, Wendy said. “Danville has a small-town feel and a big-city feel because there are people who have lived here their whole lives but then there are also people who chose to be in Danville, who have no roots even here in Kentucky,” she said. “There are people with very diverse backgrounds, very diverse beliefs, but they work well

Q: What makes Danville-Boyle County special? A: I was fortunate to go away to school and become immersed in other towns during my education, but nothing quite matched the genuine hospitality of our area. Our medical community was the first to draw me back, introducing me to a plethora of talented physicians and goodnatured patients. I later became acquainted with a multitude of brilliant business leaders, elected officials, retirees and educators realizing our community has immense potential for business growth without disrupting our roots provided a congenial government and revitalized relationships. Q: What volunteer efforts and civic groups do you participate in? A: I have served on advisory committees for both McDowell Wellness Center and McDowell Place of Danville. I currently serve on the Advisory Board for Southern Kentucky Area Health Education

together in this community, apart from any other community I have been to. It feels like a bigger place than it actually is because the breadth of different types of people.” As the three-year anniversary looms, Wendy admits it has been a lot harder than they thought, but that it has also been extremely rewarding. Exciting things are on the horizon as the business and its model remain fluid, she said. “We are still evolving. We are still adding things. We are still looking to improve,” she said, looking at dinner options while still sourcing more healthy, local choices. “Just adding in some more options to bring in more of the community and become a hub for fun and healthy stuff.”

Center. I am a volunteer preceptor for University of Kentucky and Marietta College Physician Assistant Students and provide internships for Centre College students looking to enter the healthcare field. But the mission most near and dear to my heart is that of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society where I serve as President for the Board of Directors. Q: What are your goals or aspirations for 2019? A: 2019 will be a year of matching vision with action as we continue a productive partnership with Boyle County Animal Control. DBCHS has the goal of eliminating euthanasia of cats as means of population control through improved shelter practices and proactive spay and neuter programs. We have succeeded in making this happen for dogs, but cats have the unique ability to live independently outdoors and reproduce at lightning speed. With the help of grant funding we can make a huge impact by utilizing Happy Paws


Plank offers a variety of classes for everyone from the beginner to the advanced health enthusiast. These include traditional yoga, hot yoga, barre, Pilates, indoor cycling and a number of mashup classes combining a host of programs. The café started small with freshpressed juice, smoothies and graband-go healthy snacks that include a wide selection of coffees, teas, juices, smoothies, breakfast items and healthy dishes. Alcohol and an outdoor patio were added in 2018. A fresh daily salad bar came a few months ago. And don’t forget the retail, which is mostly geared toward the type of products their customers need, including exercise clothing, essential oils, yoga mats and the like. The business has grown to 10 to 12 café/bar employees and just as many expert fitness instructors. It is open to the public about 80 hours a week. For Wendy, part of the mission was about being healthy without sacrificing good taste. “Our house-blend smoothie is very nutrient dense. It has a whole cup of organic berries and kale. It is really healthy for you,” Wendy said. “They don’t necessarily buy it because it is healthy. They buy it because it tastes good and, oh by the way, it is healthy,

and generous area veterinarians to pick up the pace in altering cats. We also look to provide more resources to pet owners and potential alternatives for those looking to surrender. Animal shelters are often places many can’t bring themselves to visit, but we pride ourselves on the clean and friendly environment we have created with the help of Boyle County Animal Control. Q: Why is membership in the chamber important? A: Our community has no shortage of accomplished business leaders and membership allows you the unique ability to network via business-to-business and business-to-public opportunities. The chamber is here to help organizations achieve their goals and shape the business community to make Danville-Boyle County an even better place to live, learn, work and play. They have been nothing short of amazing to us.



CHAMBER MEMBERS HEALTH & WELLNESS CHIROPRACTORS Bluegrass Chiro 434 W. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-0022 Health First Chiropractic 3998 S. Danville Bypass, Suite 102 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5129 DENTAL SURGEONS Danville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 400 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1130 DENTISTS Danville Pediatric Dentistry, PSC 1080 Ben Ali Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6900 Dental Associates 1000 E. Lexington Ave., Suite 9 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9277


Gentle Dental Care 412 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6181 WebSuiter Orthodontics, PSC 359-B S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1912 FITNESS McDowell Wellness Center 1107 Ben Ali Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-9355 GYMNASTICS KC’s Gymnastics 124 Letton Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7175



HEALTH FOOD Plank on Main 219 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2013

Selfrefind 461 S Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (866) 755-4258

HEALTH CARE A Brighter Choice, LLC 215 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422

HEALTH CARE — BLOOD CENTERS Kentucky Blood Center 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 276-2534

Access Med 642 E. Lexington Ave. Danville, KY 40422 859-209-2269 Air Evac LifeTeam 418 Airport Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 854-0081 Caretenders Home Health 101 Ponder Court, Suite A Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8956 Central Kentucky Hemp 116 North First St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 516-1497 Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation 642 N. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3972

HEARING AIDS Beltone Hearing Aid Center 244 E. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-0070 HOSPITALS Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center 217 S. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-1000 MASSAGE THERAPY Essential Kneads 469 Denmark Drive Danville, KY 4042 MEDICAL — OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER Central Kentucky Surgery Center 230 W. Walnut, Suite 400 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-2600

Ephraim McDowell Health 217 S. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-1000

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT REPAIR & SALES Bluegrass IT Services, Inc. 363 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7045

Heritage Hospice 120 Enterprise Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2425

OPHTHALMOLOGY Eye Associates of Danville, PSC 440 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6055

CHAMBER MEMBERS OPTOMETRISTS Barry Kowalik, O.D., PSC 100 Walton Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8093 Danville Eye Center 104 Smoky Way, Suite 100 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8644 ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS Scott Scutchfield 1591 Lexington Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0641 PHARMACIES AND HOME HEALTH CARE Bluegrass Drug Store 150 War Admiral Suite 1 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3535 Good Neighbor Pharmacy 60 Cassady Ave., Suite 3 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-1222

Commonwealth Cancer Center 520 Techwood Drive, Suite 100 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2203 Danville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, P.S.C. 333 S. Third St., Suite B Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8730 Danville Surgical Associates 210 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0712 Family Medicine Clinic of Danville 640 E. Lexington Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1250 Forrest Kuhn, MD 3900 Dupont Square South Louisville, KY 40207 (502) 896-2131

One Way Gynecology 126 B Daniel Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2967 The Spine Center of Central Kentucky 236 W. Main St., Suite 200-203 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7746 PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS — MEDICARE SERVICES Fresenius Kidney Care 100 Woodlawn Way Danville, KY 40422 (859) 755-4757 SENIOR LIVING, MEDICAL Morning Pointe of Danville 1375 Perryville Road Danville, KY, 40422 (859) 965-1008 SERVICES Boyle County Health Department 448 S. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2053


The Medicine Shoppe 900 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-0002

PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS Central Ky Surgeons, PSC 130 Daniel Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2222





Community college growing to serve you


luegrass Community & Technical College’s Danville Campus is located on 30 acres of beautiful rolling hills in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park. At this campus, technical programs are offered along with numerous general education courses that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Top programs include Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Practical Nursing, Industrial Maintenance and Welding Technology. Known regionally as an education hub, Danville’s BCTC



ADDRESS 59 Corporate Dr. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 239-7030 WEBSITE campus serves students from Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer, Garrard and Marion counties. BCTC Danville provides excellent workforce training for companies in Boyle and surrounding counties. Through Work Ready Skills


Initiative funding provided by the State of Kentucky and local support, BCTC Danville will soon break ground on a state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center. This new center will create both classroom and laboratory space to house the newly implemented Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, as well as the Electrical and Industrial Maintenance programs. With an expected increase of program graduates from 38 to 76, BCTC graduates will be at the forefront of filling the gaps for industries that need skilled

technicians. The Practical Nursing program is part of a proud tradition training the best and brightest for a career in a high-demand medical field, and we are pleased to say our graduates have excellent National Council Licensure Exam pass rates year after year. We’ve recently added a new Licensed Practical Nurse program that can be completed in less than one year, once pre-requisites are met. The future for BCTC Danville is bright, and we will continue to play an important role as Danville’s community college.

200 After years of planning, Centre College is set for the year of its bicentennial and ready to surge on for another

Story by Bobbie Curd Photos provided

BACK TO THE BEGINNING “Most colleges founded in the 19th Century did not survive,” says Milton Reigelman, Cowan Professor of English Emeritus and former acting college president. However, many may not even be aware that the school almost

didn’t make it. “Centre’s not always been real strong. It almost folded because it didn’t have any money a few years after it was founded,” he says. “Had the Presbyterians not come to our rescue … They rescued us very early.” Centre has become “stronger and stronger,” Reigelman says. “We’re at a point now where we can look forward with some real optimism for the next 100 years. But it hasn’t always been that way.” Although the college was actually founded by Presbyterian leaders in 1818, it wasn’t officially chartered by the Kentucky legislature until Jan. 21, 1819 — thus, making this year its big bicentennial. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM



or a school that started out with two faculty members and five students, Centre College has certainly come a long way. And this year, the college has quite a bit to celebrate — its 200th anniversary, culminating in a year-long celebration. The planning and execution of the bicentennial celebrations are a collective effort of not only faculty, staff and students, but alumni, retirees and community members, says Patrick Noltemeyer. As chief planning officer and special assistant to the president for institutional research and special events, he’s been involved in the process since

its beginning. “We worked hard to plan opportunities that would educate and celebrate, build community, honor the past and get people excited about the future,” Noltemeyer says. “The events we’ve selected include musical celebrations, lectures, meals and opportunities for campus and community members to come together in celebration.”


CHAMBER MEMBERS Bluegrass Community & Technical College 59 Corporate Dr. Danville, KY 40422 Boyle County Extension 99 Corporate Dr. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4484


Today, the school is one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, nestled in the small town of Danville, with a nationally acclaimed study abroad program, receiving kudos year after year, like being ranked as one of the 50 top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Centre hosted the vice-presidential debate in 2000, between Sen. Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney, making history as the smallest institution ever to do so, and again in 2012, between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan. The generous donations the school garners, also year after year, from its alumni and other financial backers is proof of exactly what Centre means its community. CENTER OF THE WORLD Centre was named for its location — geographically centered in the state. British spellings were more common at the time of its founding. Reigelman talks of the Civil War, how the campus was taken over by both Union and Confederate soldiers and used as a 58


hospital. Then, he says, in World War II, the college lost almost all the men to the war. “We’ve survived,” Reigelman says, then pauses for a moment, and says it makes him think of line from a William Butler Yeats poem. “‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,’ a line written 100 years after Centre was founded, by Yeats. He was thinking about the end of the era. Things have fallen apart from time to time at Centre, but we’ve always been rescued.” Professor of Economics Bruce Johnson, who co-chairs the school’s bicentennial planning committee, says people are proud of the institution, and it shows. “They are ambitious for it and are committed to its mission,” he says. “We’ve had a lot of support from visionary leaders in the beginning, to generous backers all along the way, to an incredibly loyal alumni body.” And the bicentennial celebration is a way to showcase not only the college’s ongoing success, but — as Reigelman puts it — “a way to look back and consider our history, our journey. Our odyssey, our

Boyle County Schools 101 Citation Dr., Suite C Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6634 Centre College 600 W. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-5200 Conover Center of Campbellsville University 1150 Danville Road Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 605-1389 Danville Christian Academy 2170 Shakertown Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2177 Danville Independent School District 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-1300

story behind it. Who is Mr. Crounse, and what he did for the college.” Johnson says the bicentennial committee began planning this year’s extravaganza three years ago with some preliminary discussions. “One of the things the bicentennial committee has always been committed to — we’d do the celebration, but at the end we’d have tangible products that would live on after. A lot of that is uncovering the history of Centre, making sure it’s not forgotten. The stories will live on.” A TIME OF REFLECTION Reigelman says it’s a wonderful time to “kind of pause a little. And take stock of where we’ve come from and where we are. Anniversaries are like that. Certain milestones make you look back … consider where you’ve come from, where you are and where you want to go.” Which relates quite a bit to Centre’s mission. “Students believe in this place because of the mission. We prepare them for lives of learning, leadership and service. It’s not the way we’ve always said it, but that’s the mission,” Johnson says. He believes that those who come to Centre have their lives changed. “We want to celebrate that. But, we want to get the story out that we’ll be here for another 200 years, too,”

Johnson says. It’s exciting to him to teach young, maturing adults who are ready to step out into the world and take charge. “Whether in neighborhoods, cities, states … Sometimes that means running for office or leading a major corporation.” Johnson says that’s how the college has lasted 200 years. “And how we’ve come to this place where we’re poised for another 200 years … It’s worth celebrating.” Noltemeyer says that Centre’s history is Danville’s history; they’ve been partners in the development of young people for 200 years. “I am proud that the College continues to build on this partnership, seeking new opportunities to collaborate and contribute to the local area,” he says. “I am also proud that the board of trustees and the college administration continue to seek ways to make Centre affordable for students and families from every corner of the Commonwealth and across the world, ensuring this outstanding educational experience is within reach for high performing applicants.”


saga. This is a chance to be both humble and proud of where we are today,” but mostly proud, he says. He describes an exhibit in the Norton Centre for the Arts, filled with old photographs that librarian Stan Campbell and archivist Beth Morgan found. “The anniversary has caused people to go back and find things, to look and see what we have … Most people have never seen these photographs,” Reigeman says, which date back to the 19th Century. The exhibit will hang through the summer. Reigelman talks about an hour-long documentary made by KET producer Tom Thurman, how he worked with students to make it. “One of the things they discovered was some old movie film taken in 1930. We had no idea this existed — they found it in an old, cardboard box in the bottom of the library somewhere,” he says. The documentary will be shown at Centre and open to the public. “The bicentennial gave us the opportunity to look and see what we have, both in photographs and movie film. It’s fascinating, these images — the very earliest pictures taken of Centre and of students, and one of the earliest movie films.” Informative luncheons are planned, such as one focusing on the women of Centre and what it was like to be a female on staff or as faculty, back when the school didn’t have a lot of them. Others will be held focusing on student life for the past 50 years. Johnson’s wife, Diane, is Centre’s alumni magazine’s editor. He says long before the bicentennial started, she began doing pieces on the school’s history. For the celebration, “She’s doing something called the Centre 200.” It will focus on 200 people and events everyone should know in reference to the college, include staff members and alumni. Diane Johnson will also complete a series of stories about each Centre building name, Johnson said. “Who (these people) are and how did they come to have a building named for them,” he says. “So when you walk into Crounse Hall, the building the library is in, you’ll see the

The vast majority of events celebrating Centre College’s bicentennial anniversary will be free and open to the public. The complete listing can be found at centre/edu/ bicentennial/events. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM


Congratulations to the Danville–Boyle County Chamber of Commerce on 100 years of building community!



BICENTENNIAL 1819 • 2019

A Community Partner for Two Centuries #CENTRE200



Danville-Boyle County is bold in education Story by Ben Kleppinger Photo Robin Hart



oyle County is blessed with many strong educational institutions. There are two public school districts — Boyle County Schools and Danville Schools. The Danville district has a diverse student body that is about 40 percent minority (Hispanic, Latino, Native American, Asian and African-American) and almost 60-percent white. Approximately 65 percent of the district’s students come from economically disadvantaged homes; as a result, the district provides free breakfast and lunch every day to all students. “At DISD, we provide a wide range of educational opportunities for all of our students. We are committed to strong innovative instruction in all core areas,” said district Communications Coordinator Tiffany Seppenfield. “We continually strive to provide innovative teaching strategies that challenge, motivate and engage all students. In the past few years, the district has implemented one-to-one technology with Chromebooks for students from second grade through 12th grade and provided many hours of technology-related professional development for staff. “DISD has a long history of strong visual and performing arts instruction and our athletic programs are of the highest quality.” Almost 9 percent of the Boyle County school district’s students are minorities; 91.2 percent are white. Just under 50 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. Boyle County High School students 62



Boyle County Schools More than 2,800 students at five Boyle County schools. Three elementary schools serve students from preschool through fifth grade. • Woodlawn Elementary: 535 students • Perryville Elementary: 220 students • Junction Elementary: More than 300 • Boyle County Middle School: More than 640 sixth- through eighth-graders • Boyle County High School: Close to 900 ninth- through 12th-graders Danville Schools Danville Schools serve more than 1,900 students from preschool through high school at four schools: • G. Hogsett Primary: 360 students from preschool to first grade • Edna L. Toliver Intermediate: 600 students in second through fifth grade • John W. Bate Middle School: 450 sixththrough eighth-graders • Danville High School: 535 ninth- through 12th-graders

exceed the state average for proficiency in reading, mathematics, writing and science. The average composite ACT score at the school has been at least 22 for two years in a row and almost one in five students score a 28 or higher. Boyle County is also home to the private Danville Christian Academy, which serves students from age 3 through 12th grade and maintains ana average student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1. DCA high-school students have scored an average ACT composite of more than 21 for four straight years and the school’s elementary- and middle-school students rank in the top 20 percent nationwide on

the Terra Nova Achievement Test. The Danville-Boyle Early Childhood Alliance consists of volunteers from the health care, business and education fields, along with members of the local faith community, representatives of local government and community members. This diverse group is working to grow Boyle County’s child care options and increase the educational benefits of existing childcare providers. There are many no-cost services available for children who are being cared for at home in Boyle County, including: • HANDS, a weekly home visitation program from the health department; • Cradle School from Families First in the Danville Independent School District, which helps teach parents how to improve their children’s kindergarten readiness; and • The Gladys Project, an early intervention literacy program that helps parents develop their children’s preliteracy skills. For those looking to get technical training and certifications needed for many high-paying jobs in industry, there’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College, which has a campus in the Boyle County industrial park. BCTC just recently completed a fundraising campaign for a new advanced manufacturing center, which will double its output of graduates in several industrial programs that are in high demand at area employers. The community, local governments and area industries contributed $1 million in matching funds to secure millions more in state grants and make the center a reality.


Graduation rate and 5-year average: 97.8% AP course completion rate: 92.2% (345 of 374 students)


Graduation rate and 5-year average: 96.4% AP course completion rate: 90.8% (366 of 403 students) Data from for 2017-2018 school year

Of an estimated 4,002 young adults (ages 18-24):


obtained a high school degree or equivalent degree

Among residents 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree:


degrees in science and engineering or a related field


degrees in arts and humanities or “other” fields

49.9% 25.1%

attended some college or received an associate’s degree

degrees in education

ACS data December 2018


business degrees

ACS data December 2018

Award-winning education

Boyle County School District ranked #9 in 2012, #10 in 2013, #6 in 2014, #6 in 2015 and #4 in 2016 among 173 Kentucky K-12 school districts in K-PREP state accountability results, earning a District of Distinction designation for five years in a row. Data from

Supporting the arts

The Danville Independent School District Board of Education received the 31st annual Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National School Boards Association Award. Only one $10,000 prize is awarded each year. Information provided by Danville Independent School District

Q: What makes Danville-Boyle County special? A: The citizens of Danville-Boyle County make it a special place to live. There is a strong sense of generosity among our citizens for initiatives that will advance our community. We are very fortunate to have great education systems at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Erin Tipton

Employer: Bluegrass Community and Technical College Years of chamber membership: 15

Q: What volunteer efforts and civic groups do you participate in? A: I have been a past Chamber Board of Director, past-president and board member for the Family Services Association, former board member for the Danville-Boyle County Arts Commission, current member of the Boyle County Industrial Foundation Board of Directors and current Co-chair of the Economic Development Partnership’s Workforce Development Committee. Q: What are your goals or aspirations for 2019?

Q: Why is membership in the chamber important? A: BCTC’s membership in the Chamber is vital to the mission of our college. The Chamber keeps the college connected to so many initiatives in our community. The Chamber continues to support our efforts through various avenues such as supporting community awareness of BCTC through its Leadership Boyle County and Teacher Academy Programs. Many successful partnerships established at BCTC have been a direct result of the Chamber’s programming. Q: What is the most valuable benefit of chamber membership?

A: The greatest benefit of our Chamber membership is networking, networking, networking! Over the years, the Chamber has been an invaluable resource in helping us make connections. They have accomplished this through promoting the education and training opportunities of BCTC to our local businesses and citizens, helping us secure “teaching talent” among retirees relocating to our community and introducing us to our new businesses through their member spotlights.



A: My primary goal is see the groundbreaking and construction begin for the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Danville Campus. Both will occur this year (2019).

Q: If someone is wondering if they should join the chamber, what would you tell them? A: The Chamber is very involved in what is taking place in our community. They serve as a great support to their members through constant advocacy, communication and connection. The membership return for any business/organization is well worth the annual investment in being a member.



Photo by Ben Kleppinger

Growth on the horizon for Danville-Boyle County Story by Ben Kleppinger



oyle County has long been a bustling center of activity in south central Kentucky. While the county has about 30,000 residents, there are more than twice that number who travel into the county regularly, for work and play, meaning around 100,000 actually make Boyle County part of their everyday lives. “I think we’re well-positioned for the future because we’ve always been a regional center or ‘hub’ — since that’s a term that’s famous in Danville — and we will continue to be so,” said Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of



Develop Danville, which heads up economic development efforts in Boyle County and leads regional efforts, as well. “I think that will actually only increase ... through 2040, there’s going to be considerable population loss in the counties south of Boyle. We’re going to have a population increase. “With population growth and housing growth, we’re going to be more in that Lexington sphere than ever before, which will be good for us. But we’ll be far enough to have an identity of our own in marketing ourselves as a community, and we’re not going to be a suburb by any means.” What makes Danville-Boyle County

a regional powerhouse? There is no one answer. The Danville-Boyle County Airport, one of the best general aviation airports in the state, provides a valuable travel connection to the area for businesses. Ephraim McDowell Health, the county’s largest employer, provides health care services throughout the region. Centre College, regularly ranked among Kentucky’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, calls Danville home but attracts students from around the globe. Bluegrass Community and Technical

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to offer ... but from the standpoint of raising my family and commuting to work and having an excellent educational system with a very safe environment in regards to crime, these are the communities in my opinion that are primed for the future of the world, much less the United States and Kentucky.” DANVILLE ON THE MOVE In order to fully realize its future potential, Boyle County’s connectedness to the rest of the world will have to grow: Developing strong broadband internet connections will be vital, Lassiter said. In the Boyle County of the future, many more people may be living here but working from home or in remote locations. “Robots and computers will not control our world; it’s going to be skilled individuals who are trained on how to direct, maintain and repair those robots and computers,” Lassiter said.

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College’s Danville campus provides valuable training and certifications to industry workers in Boyle and many surrounding counties. The commercial developments along Danville’s bypass see the most traffic on a daily basis of anywhere in all the surrounding counties. Constitution Square — the birthplace of Kentucky — and Perryville Battlefield — the site of a significant turning point in the Civil War — hold enormous historical significance for the state and nation. Two main St. programs — Heart of Danville and Main St. Perryville — work to ensure local downtowns stay vibrant and grow. “This will be, I think, a location that will attract the future population,” Lassiter said. “So many young professionals want to have that metropolitan environment after they leave college, to enjoy all that a metropolitan community has

Another boon to Boyle County’s future is its bourgeoning bourbon industry. Wilderness Trail Distillery opened in downtown Danville in 2012, marking the arrival of the current global “bourbon boom” in Boyle County. WTD has since expanded exponentially, relocating to former farmland along Lebanon Road. WTD began with three employees who would hold meetings in the hallway; now there are 40 employees, 28 of which support the distillery’s production of 220 barrels per day. The distillery hosted 56,000 visitors in 2018 and is now the 14th-largest distilling operation in the country. Two more bourbon distillery projects have also arrived — IJW Whiskey, which is building rickhouses on property adjacent to WTD; and Luca Mariano Distillery, which has plans to spend between $20 million and $50 million on a 240acre farm in east Danville. According to Lassiter, IJW’s project is ahead of schedule and already seeking more land for additional growth. Lassiter said he has done a lot of thinking about the question, “If we’re in the bourbon boom, will there be a bourbon bust?” He doesn’t think there will be, and points to the maturation of the craft beer industry as proof. “Forty years ago, it was just the major brewing companies — Budweiser, Coors, Miller,” he said. Then came the “huge blossoming” of craft beers. “I’ve never seen a bust in that,” he said. “When you go to Kroger or any other place in town and look at the beer cooler, you’ve got all these choices. So that’s been able to be sustained. And I think bourbon, because it’s perception has been turned globally ... I think it will sustain.”



In many ways, the future is already here in health care. Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center already offers services well beyond what might be expected in a community this size, said Dan McKay, Ephraim McDowell Health’s CEO. “We have a lot of specialty services available that lot of communities this size don’t have. I think that makes us unique,” he said. “The community may not be aware they don’t have to drive to the larger cities for specialty services.” The Danville hospital has a surgery robot that allows surgeons to complete operations with smaller incisions, allowing for quicker recovery times. “We do a lot of procedures,” McKay said. “We are close to becoming a center of excellence in robotic general surgery. That would make us one of only a few in the whole state of Kentucky.”

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Looking further ahead, Ephraim McDowell Health’s main goal is recruiting more primary care physicians. “We have a base of doctors, but we need more doctors. In particular, we need more family practice doctors,” he said, noting that four new primary care physicians have already been added this year and that number is expected

One of the ways downtown Danville may be able to tap into that future is through the creation of an “incubator space” that gives startups place to grow for their first year or two, said Nick Wade, former executive director of the Heart of Danville. Such a space is a goal of the Heart; it would provide robust internet access and co-working spaces where employees who are not tied to a specific work location could share a common office space, Wade explained. As Danville works to attract the businesses of the future, leaders are also continuing to develop the city’s downtown to attract the residents of the future, Wade said. “Walkability is the way of the future for downtowns,” he said. “In order to have a vibrant downtown, where people want to live, they want to come enjoy and they want to work, it has to be a walkable environment.” The Danville community is still in the process of defining what “walkability” means for itself, but Wade said there are many examples from around the nation of ways in which Danville’s downtown could further improve. 66


to grow to six by the end of 2019. It will be a three- to five-year project for the hospital to fully develop the number of doctors needed for the region’s population. “I think the hospital plays a central role in how this community develops,” McKay said. “... We’re all about this community. We don’t have a corporate office in Lexington, Louisville or

Finding office space for non-retail, non-restaurant businesses away from the Main St. storefronts could have big benefits for the city. Downtown Danville has exceedingly high occupancy rates for its commercial properties, but many businesses aren’t the kinds of shops and restaurants that attract customers and make people want to live in the area, Wade explained. Food trucks and pop-up shops are two ways that potential businesses can give downtown Danville a “trial run” and see if they’d be a good fit for a permanent location. There’s also a growing national trend of small-scale manufacturing businesses moving into vibrant downtowns. “They’re actively making things that they can sell on-site,” Wade said. “That is something that is a trend nationally and will eventually hit Danville. I hope it’s sooner rather than later because it’s a pretty cool trend and it really creates some of that vibrancy.” ZONED FOR SUCCESS In Boyle County’s two smaller cities, Perryville and Junction City, local residents have helped lead efforts to

Nashville. This hospital is all about this community. If the community grows, we will definitely grow with the community.” Ephraim McDowell Health has around 2,000 employees. “Besides just providing health care services, the hospital being the largest employer in the city and the county, we provide jobs,” McKay said. “Our payroll is almost $10 million a month. So we do have an economic benefit to the community.” It’s estimated Ephraim McDowell Health makes around $25 million in local purchases every year, and its employees spend another $18 million, he said. The hospital generates $7 million in state and local taxes annually, and last year, it also provided about $16 million in “uncompensated care.” “We’re about serving this community and part of that commitment is some people can’t afford care and we still provide that care to them,” he said.

change and update planning and zoning regulations, setting both towns up for growth in the future. Just last year, a committee of Perryville officials and residents completed a citywide overhaul of the city’s future land-use map, paving the way for targeted business development and flexible future uses in the downtown area. “In a historic town like Perryville, what it hopes to do is keep the established core of the city and allow adaptive reuse,” said Steve Hunter, Danville-Boyle P&Z director, last year, as Perryville was adopting its new map. “Where the old map pretty much just labeled everything hit-or-miss, ‘this is residential, this is commercial,’ this now shows a desire that we want this whole part of downtown, on both sides of the river, to stay mixed-use residential, which (encourages) flexible uses, which hopefully puts reinvestment in the existing building stock, especially in a historic town like Perryville.” Main St. Perryville has been enormously successful in recent years at completing renovations to the buildings on the city’s historic Merchant’s Row.

The main St. program has moved its offices into one of the renovated buildings, the Johnson-Britton House, and economic development reinvestment in the city is happening at an amazing clip: In 2018, there was just under $1.8 million in reinvestment in the city, according to Main St. Perryville. “What Main St. Perryville is doing for Perryville is amazing,” said Ben Nelson, chair of Develop Danville’s Board of Directors. “If you haven’t been to their new visitors center, it’s amazing. The CVB is helping fund a part-time visitors center attendant, so there’s some really cool stuff ... going on there.” Main St. Perryville “has over the past 11 years kept their head down and worked hard and have almost every building restored and/or filled with active businesses,” Lassiter said. The next step for the city is attracting a “destination restaurant” and other options that would attract more people to visit Perryville when they come to visit Perryville Battlefield.

“We know they’re going to visit Danville,” Lassiter said. “We’ve got to continue to do the work to make sure there are services there to capture the visitors, so they don’t just go to the battlefield, walk down Merchant’s Row and leave.” Junction City rejoined the local Planning and Zoning Commission this year, opening up new opportunities to guide development and attract business. Junction City officials have expressed interest in overhauling their future landuse map in much the same way Perryville did, with an eye to developing along the bustling U.S. 127 corridor that runs through town. Junction City’s future is in many ways tied to both Danville to the north, which it already shares a retail market with, and the airport to the east, which is the “front door of Boyle County,” Lassiter said. As Boyle continues to grow, one dream is to extend both of the airport’s runways to more than 5,000 feet in length, allowing larger jets to approach from any

direction in any weather conditions. That would “grow the airport such that it could be an engine for economic activity for the entire region,” Lassiter said. “That’s going to have a huge impact for Junction City. We could have aviation-related businesses that grow there. We could have ... maybe an airport industrial park, in which Boyle and Lincoln (counties) are partners together.” The road realignment that would be necessary to allow runway expansions could potentially also make it possible to provide “boulevard access” to the airport directly from U.S. 127, further strengthening the airport’s position as an economic driver. Perhaps there’s even the possibility of a regular direct flight from the Boyle airport to an airline hub such as Cincinnati, Atlanta or Chicago, Lassiter said. “I’d love to see that kind of interconnectivity in the future and I think it’s feasible.”

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DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSING United Warehousing Co., LLC 1800 Kate Ave. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-0773 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Boyle County Industrial Foundation 105 E. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2361 Develop Danville 105 E. Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2361 INDUSTRIES Dana Corporation 500 Techwood Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3960 Denyo Manufacturing 1450 Minor Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3405



Joey Harris

Employer: Denyo Manufacturing Corporation (Plant Manager/Director) and A&L Accessories (Co-owner with wife Ann Clay Harris) Years of chamber membership: Denyo, 24 years; A&L, nine years


Hobart 58 Corporate Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7023

Wilderness Trace Solar, Inc. 70 Stewarts Lane North Danville, KY 40422 (859) 439-0620

Pioneer Vocational 150 Corporate Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8413

PAPER PRODUCTS American Greetings 2601 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7200

The Timberland Company, Inc. 50 Service Lane Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1351 MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION Concrete Materials Company, LLC 106 Industry Road Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 236-2657 Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems KY 190 Corporate Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-4600

Q: What makes Danville-Boyle County special? A: I have lived in Boyle County my entire life so obviously I am biased. During my career at Denyo, I have had the opportunity to visit many beautiful parts of the United States, as well as Japan. But I have to say, I am always glad to return home. We are blessed. We have the perfect combination of what it takes to be happy and successful in business and in life. This a great place to live and raise a family. We are in a perfect location geographically. We have a strong infrastructure that has been built over the past years by many unsung heroes who have had a bold way of thinking. This has created a special village type community with a caring culture among citizens in Boyle County. You will not find anything that equals that anywhere else. Q: What volunteer efforts and civic groups do you participate in? A: In the past year I have served as vice-chairman of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, as chairman of the Danville-Boyle County Challenge Foundation, and as chairman of the Industrial Council, a monthly roundtable meeting of leaders from area manufacturing companies.


SPORTING GOODS Pitman Creek Wholesale 20 Gose Pike Danville, KY 40422 (859) 439-2003 STONE Caldwell Stone P.O. Box 727 Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-6829

I serve on the Danville/Boyle County Industrial Foundation Board of Directors. I have served on the Pioneer Vocational Services Board of Directors. I am a past board member for AIK (Associated Industries of Kentucky), which is now known as KAM — the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. I was appointed by the Governor to represent all Kentucky industries on the board of directors of the Kentucky Center for Pollution Prevention. Q: What are your goals or aspirations for 2019? A: I am very blessed to work for Denyo Manufacturing Corporation. It is so enjoyable to work for a respectable company that builds a premium product with great people. My primary goal for 2019 is to continue helping Denyo’s business to grow. Each business is like a living organism. You are either growing, or you are dying. You can’t simply stay the same. But at the same time, I want to preserve the culture inside our most important asset, our Denyo family. We grew very slowly during our first 22 years. We were able to keep a small family-type culture among everyone. Fortunately for us, we have grown tremendously over the past year and a half. When a

company takes on a rapid growth spurt, I believe that it’s important to cultivate an environment that allows the same small-family culture. I also believe it’s important to always remember that’s what got you there in the first place. No matter how much we invest and grow, our Denyo family will always be our most important asset. Q: Why is membership in the chamber important? A: For me, I have two views on why it’s important to be a member of the Chamber. 1. As a small company owner, A&L Accessories has been assisted since before we opened. The chamber’s “Jump Start” program helped us open our doors just 21 days after we found the location. In one short meeting with all agencies involved, we were able to get a plan for every requirement we needed. 2. As Plant Manager of Denyo Manufacturing Corporation, I have seen the same from a large business view. Over the last seven years, Denyo has completed three major expansions. These expansions combined have invested $20 million and added many new jobs for Boyle County. The chamber’s “Jump Start” program also helped streamline these projects.


Lots of love Wilderness Trace Child Development Center offers special care Story and photos by Robin Hart


ilderness Trace Child Development Center is a hidden gem in Boyle

County. “I’m not sure we are on the radar of a family unless they experience a child that may have special needs,” said Libby Suttles, executive director of the center. In some ways Wilderness Trace appears to be a “regular” preschool with little tables and chairs, wooden blocks, Legos, baby dolls, simple puzzles and

stuffed animals strewn around the room. But the room lighting is soft compared to most classrooms, which normally are bright with harsh, fluorescent lighting. Suttles said many of the children have sensory issues and the dimmer light is more soothing for them. Preschool teachers at the school have master’s degrees in special education and though it may seem they are playing with the children, they are really teaching them about the sensory world around them.

Wilderness Trace is a special preschool that is open four days a week during the school year for children ages 2 to 6 who need an environment where they can learn and be safely exposed to sights, sounds, textures and even light in some cases. “It’s amazing there is a place for a child who is in a wheelchair, that there’s a place that’s safe for them to go and experience life,” Suttles said. Wilderness Trace combines speech, occupational and physical therapies with each child’s individual education plan under one roof, Suttles explained. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM



Children at the school have been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Angelman syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome. Others have hearing and visual disabilities and a some young ones cannot control their movements, Suttles said. The center also provides several types of therapies to other children from birth to age 7. For example, “We do a lot of feeding therapies for infants who can’t quite learn how to swallow,” Suttles said. Wilderness Trace therapists also visit a few children for therapy when they can’t physically leave their homes, Suttles said. “A few weeks ago it dawned on me, what’s so beautiful about the center is that these children have a place to show us what they’re capable of. That they love, they show you — they can’t speak — they do courageous hard work and they have stories to tell,” Suttles said. “They have love to give, and jokes. And we get smiles and hugs and high fives. But all this time I’ve been thinking what this center has to offer for them. But what they are giving to me ...” her voice trailed off. “They have so much more to give ... It made me realize how deeply we have to advocate for them.”


John A Funkhouser, CIC, CWCA

Employer: JohnsonPohlmann Years of Chamber membership: As long as I can remember


Q: What makes Danville-Boyle County special? A: First and foremost, Danville is home. I was born and raised here. Danville-Boyle County has always had a great pride in the community. The people here come out and support everything from out great academic and athletic teams, the arts and many special events that are held throughout the year. The long running Brass Band Festival and KY State BBQ Festival are just two examples. Q: What volunteer efforts and civic groups do you participate in? A: President of the Heart of Kentucky United Way; president of Home-Builders Association of the Bluegrass; volunteer for the


KY State BBQ Festival; elder at First Christian Church of Danville. Q: What are your goals or aspirations for 2019? A: To get the message out for HKUW that “Because of YOU.” Because of YOU is the tag line that HKUW is using for marketing this year. Because of You, Sally can read on grade level. Because of You, Susie has a safe place to go. For the chamber to help retain and grow their membership through the help of the group health plan. Q: Why is membership in the chamber important?

A: The list is long. Member-only discounts. Awareness of your business. Leadership programs. Networking. Advocacy. Q: What is the most valuable benefit of chamber membership? A: I think that is different for each member. The group health plan that I was able to help bring has been a great benefit for both current and new members. Q: If someone is wondering if they should join the chamber, what would you tell them? A: If you want to help make sure your business succeeds, then join the chamber and get involved.


123 years of great service I t’s hard to imagine what life would be like without cars, calculators, and computers. However, when Monticello Banking Company first opened in 1895, we did our bookkeeping by hand. Our transportation to work was on horseback, and no one had ever heard of air-conditioning. Today, more than 123 years later, Monticello Bank has seen a lot of things come and go. In fact, we were one of the few banks inKentucky

that survived the Great Depression. The same dedication to superior service that made us successful in 1895 is still with us today. Our long service record stands as a testimony of our ability to adapt and respond to the ever changing needs of the communities we serve. We currently serve nine counties, with eighteen offices across Kentucky. You’ll find us in Barren, Boyle, Casey, Clinton, Harlan, Pulaski, Russell, Warren, and Wayne County.

“MBC is proud to be a part of such a vibrant and progressive community,” stated Rodney Weaver, Regional Executive Officer of Monticello Bank. “We look forward to being a financial partner to families and businesses alike.” We invite you to stop by one of our offices and give us a chance to earn your business. You’ll find we offer competitive rates and a large variety of checking, savings, and loan products for both personal and business customers.


ADDRESS 113 Smoky Way Danville, KY 40422

314 E. Second St. Perryville, KY 40468 PHONE Danville: (859) 238-0556 Perryville: (859) 349-9006 WEBSITE HOURS Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon






CHAMBER MEMBERS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ACCOUNTANTS Kerbaugh, Rodes & Butler PLLC 132 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-3924 Melissa Erwin Noe EA 110 Lexington Rd Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 792-8700 ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS 1Better, LLC 124 Osseso Avenue North St. Cloud, MN 56303 (877) 723-8837 The Idea Farm 464 W. Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-2852 AGRIBUSINESS Pro Ag Sales and Service, LLC 410 Vaksdahl Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1445 AGRICULTURE Inmon Farms, LLC 270 Jane Trail Danville, KY 40422 APARTMENTS Rice Rentals Post Office Box 614 Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 621-1699 ATTORNEYS Chris Herron, Attorney 1005 Stonehill Court Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-377



Helton, Walter & Associates 432 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4520 Hurst & Hurst, PLLC 311 West Main St., Suite 200 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2101 McClure, McClure & Bailey, PLLC 326 West Main St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-4214 Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little & Dexter, P.S.C. 114 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-4469 AUCTIONS - AUCTIONEERS VIP Auction Company 317 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1852 AUTOMOTIVE Mark Brown Autobody 315 Dillehay St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2299 Allen’s Towing & Services/ Lockout Services 1133 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6654

204 $41,501,989 BOLD IN BUSINESS

new industry jobs announced or voluntarily reported to EDP (not a total) SOURCE: 2017 SITE Selection Report

in new investments

BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank 340 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4181 Chase 237 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-4702 Community Trust Bank 462 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9200 Farmers National Bank 304 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2926 Fort Knox Federal Credit Union 312 Skywatch Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2153

Kentucky Trust Co. 218 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9000 Monticello Banking Company 113 Smoky Way Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-0556 PBK Bank 120 Frontier Blvd. Stanford, KY 40484 (859) 238-2265 US Bank 111 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5418 BEAUTY SALONS/SPAS Southern Roots Salon 218 West Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-2100 BUILDING CONTRACTORS Middleton Construction Services 527 Kennedy Bridge Road Harrodsburg, Ky 40330 (859) 319-7493



Working together to build a better future


ur mission statement contains the philosophy which guides us each and every day: “We are committed to increasing shareholder value by operating our community banking model with the core values of fairness, respect, and integrity.” Community Trust Bank believes in helping our communities grow and prosper, and we are dedicated to helping make this possible. Our staff is actively involved in our market area which includes the Boyle and Mercer County communities. We dedicate our resources, both human and financial, to help make the places where we live and work thrive. This is evidenced by our support of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. Our involvement, past and present, with the chamber has included serving in many capacities such as Ambassadors, board of directors, chamber officer, and the Total Resource Campaign Chair. We have also participated in events such as the Annual Chamber Celebration, Annual Golf Tournament, Teachers Academy, Leadership Boyle County,


462 W Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9200 1560 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9460 WEBSITE HOURS Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lobby) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (drive-thru) Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lobby) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (drive-thru) Saturday (1560 Hustonville Road only) 9 a.m. to noon (drive-thru)

Steel Shoot, and Business After Hours to name a few. Why? Because we believe that by working together we can build a better future. Community Trust Bank is pleased to provide our communities with a “community banking” level of service. We are dedicated to offering competitive financial products, services, and delivery channels to meet the needs of

Member FDIC our customers in a fastchanging technological environment. We continue to work to ensure that these services are efficient, fast, and secure. As a community bank, we offer our customers the convenience of branch offices that they may visit. Community Trust Bank currently has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, and three banking locations in Tennessee. Stop by your local Community Trust Bank branch offices in Danville or Harrodsburg and meet our friendly, local staff. Community Trust Bank also offers consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing clients, as well as offering a variety of financial solutions to individuals and businesses including the acceptance of time and demand deposits, providing cash management services to corporate and

individual customers, issuing letters of credit, renting safe deposit boxes, and providing electronic banking and funds transfer services. Through its subsidiaries, Community Trust also offers trust and wealth management services and brokerage services. Community Trust Bank, Inc. was honored earlier this year with the “Gold Lender Award” by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) as Kentucky’s top community bank SBA 7a lender in 2017 – 2018. This is the 10th consecutive year that Community Trust Bank has received this award from the SBA. Community Trust Bank, Inc. has been originating loans for 115 years. We have been an active participant in the government’s SBA programs for many years. So why do we give so much of our time and resources? Because as we have said before, by working together we can build a better future. DANVILLEBOYLECHAMBER.COM





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CABINETRY & COUNTERTOPS Kentucky Solid Surface 200 Davco Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-2107 CAR WASHES CAR Express 306 Skywatch Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2002

Garrard County Chamber of Commerce Post Office Box 462 Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 792-2282

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Timothy R Montgomery CPA Inc. 209 West Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2442

Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce 201 E. Main St. Stanford, KY 40484 (606) 365-4118

Ruth & Shearer, CPA LLC 475 W. Main St., Ste 108 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4630 CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce 105 East Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2361, ext 120


employed but living outside of Boyle County living and working in Boyle County

Info from U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap, 2015

CARPET CLEANING Super Clean Carpets 409 N. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4061

Robinson, Hughes & Christopher PSC 459 W. M. L. King Blvd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6628

total employed in Boyle County

Mercer County Chamber of Commrce 1150 Danville Road, Suite 100 Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 734-2365 CIVIC CLUBS Kiwanis PO Box 746 Danville, KY 40423 CLEANING SERVICES Simply Clean Corners 630 East Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 379-2156 CONSTRUCTION Branscum Construction Company, Inc. 90 Key Village Road Russell Springs, KY 42642 (270) 866-5107


Denham-Blythe Company, Inc. 100 Trade St. Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 255-7405 Doss and Horky, Inc 108 Gose Pike Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2690 Oberman Enterprises 693 Swope Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 326-1391 Team Construction 434 Atlas Drive Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 781-2096 The Allen Co. 1680 Lancaster Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2310 Tim McCoy Construction Co., Inc. 101 Thoroughbred Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4804 Joedy Sharpe Construction Company 385 Spears Lane Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-1479

CONSULTANTS Liberty Mining Consultants, Inc. 1231 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-5588 CONTRACTORS Designed Electrical Integrators, Inc. 45 Pine Crest Road Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 548-3676 McGlone Construction Co., Inc. 836 N. College St. Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 734-5176 Triple O Electric 3430 Lancaster Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7628 Wiley Electrical Contractor, LLC 347 KY Hwy 2141 Stanford, KY 40484 (859) 854-0167-Office COSMETICS & SKIN CARE Connie Snider, Mary Kay Independent Sales Director 310 Brookside Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9237 COUNSELORS Danville Counseling Center, LLC 117 S. 3rd St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 374-0238


CHAMBER MEMBERS COUNTRY CLUBS Danville Country Club 1486 Lexington Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-7197 CREDIT CARD PROCESSING Infintech 15350 Cemetery Road Evansville, IN 47725 (812) 867-3516 DENTAL MANUFACTURERS Anodia Systems 109 Larrimore Lane Danville, KY 40422 (866) 246-2548 DRY CLEANERS & UNIFORM RENTALS Rainbow Cleaners 504 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4274 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS & ENGINNERS Contrologic, Inc. 428 Roy Arnold Blvd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7535

EMBROIDERY & SCREEN PRINTING The 10th Planet, LLC 204 George Martin Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4488 ENGINEERING PEDCO Engineers & Architects, Inc. 937 Mitchell Lane Danville, KY 40422 (859) 516-8539 Vantage Engineering 2038 Danville Road Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 734-0560 EVENT, PARTY & VENUE SERVICES Hey Mista DJ 282 Guinn Island Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-2035 Perryville Party Rentals 218 E. Second St. Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 319-7169 Warrenwood Manor 3044 Hwy 127 South Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-3953

FINANCIAL - LOANS Central Kentucky Ag Credit 485 N. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6570

FLOORING Howard Carpenter Floor Covering Inc. 461 N. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1872

Farm Credit Mid-America/ Rural 1st 101 Citation Drive STE B Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1113

Major’s Floor Covering 940 Stanford Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-9784

First Financial Credit 101 Citation Drive, Suite D Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0076 FINANCIAL PLANNING Encompass Financial Advisors 301 West Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2339 Tye Financial Group 141 N. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8793 FINANCIAL SOFTWARE ASIO Capital, LLC 220 Lexington Green Circle Suite 420 Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 319-0420

FUELS WHOLESALE/RETAIL Little Oil Dist. Post Office Box 202 Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-6463 FUNERAL HOMES Stith Funeral Home 318 W. Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2113 Walden Funeral Home 207 South Bragg Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 332-4321 GARAGE DOOR SERVICE E-Z Open Garage Door Service PO Box 253 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9090

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CHAMBER MEMBERS GOVERNMENT Boyle County Fiscal Court 321 W. Main St., Room 111 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-1100

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE Growing Pains Lawn Service 660 Elk Cave Road Gravel Swithch, KY 40328 (859) 332-4231

Boyle County PVA 321 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-1104

HAIR SALONS Impressions the Salon & Spa 100 A Baughman Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6819

City of Danville 445 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 238-1200

HEATING-COOLING AccuTemp Mechanical, LLC 101 Iron Liege Danville, KY 40422 (859) 814-3430

Cortney Shewmaker 321 West Main St., Suite 240 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-7442

Campbell’s HVAC, Inc. 2150 Goggin Lane Danville, KY 40422 (859) 806-8776

Housing Authority of Danville 1014 Rosemont Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6116

Custom Air, Inc. 106 Thoroughbred Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5417

Junction City Post Office Box 326 Junction City, KY 40440 (859) 854-3900

Feistritzer Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 105 Man O War Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0850

HEATING-COOLING PLUMBING Inner City Trades 374 Grundy Road Somerset, KY 42501 (606) 678-9663 HOME CARE - SITTERS Caregivers by Linda 215 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7611 INSURANCE Blue Moon Insurance Agency 141 N. Third St., Ste 5 Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-2770 Boyle County Farm Bureau & Insurance Services 446 N. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4081 Chris Cornelius State Farm 400 Carrigon Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-1166 Johnson & Pohlmann 129 South Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5922 76

DANVILLE-BOYLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Northwestern Mutual 121 E. Main St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-7468 Rightmyer Insurance Agency, Inc. 129 N Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4860 Shelter Insurance 501 S. 4th St. #3 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-2163 State Farm Insurance Bob Miller, Agent 1000 E. Lexington Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4201 INTERIOR DESIGN Cottage Interiors 103 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-0990 Innovative Interiors 127 East Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-5502

Martin Durr Caldwell 901 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2262 Nancy McMurry Interiors, LLC 526 N. Maple Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9174 INTERPRETERS Central KY Interpreter Referral Inc. 201 W. Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9888 INVESTMENTS Edward Jones Heidi Crutchfield, Financial Advisor 439 W. Walnut, Suite 103 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7420 Edward Jones Mack Kersey, Financial Advisor 104 Smoky Way Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4110 Hilliard Lyons 328 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3636 JANITORIAL SUPPLIES Industrial Park Distributors 1236 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-0068 LANDSCAPING Custom Creations Landscaping 1400 Pope Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-7412


Devine Creations, Lawn & Landscapes 752 Maple Avenue Harrodsburg, KY 40330 (859) 797-7292 McAfee Mowing & Landscaping 114 N. Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6969 LAWN EQUIPMENT SALES & SERVICE D & C Small Engine LLC 1125 Stanford Avenue Danville, Ky 40422 (859) 516-4870 LEGAL SERVICES DelCotto Law Group PLLC 475 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 231-5800 LIBRARIES Boyle County Public Library 307 W. Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7323 MACHINERY REPAIR Meade Machinery & Industrial Services, LLC 6900 Ky Hwy 1194 Stanford, KY 40484 (606) 271-6085 MARKETING CONSULTANTS Holly Lewis RevLocal 118 Green Sentinel Drive Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 608-0810 MEDIA The Advocate-Messenger 330 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-2551



net new jobs 12-month change in employment from March 2017-March 2018

Data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW)

Hometown Radio Network 2063 Shakertown Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2711 WKYB FM and WPBK FM 409 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-1075 MORTGAGE COMPANIES Republic State Mortgage 1031 Hustonville Rd Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-2769 MOWING T&K Mowing & Contracting Services LLC 530 Redrier Lane Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-4305 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, Inc. 111 Professional Court Frankfort, KY 40601 502-695-4290 1351 Newtown Pike Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 253-1686 Boyle Landmark Trust Post Office Box 1693 Danville, KY 40423 (859) 239-0038

Camp Horsin Around 1159 Claunch Road Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 332-0001 CASA Of The Bluegrass 473 West Walnut Danville, KY 40422 (859) 936-3510 Danville Boyle Co. Senior Citizens, Inc. 569 Jean Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2070 Danville Boyle County Humane Society 778 N Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-1117 Danville Schools Education Foundation and Alumni Association 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 227-3663 Haven Care Center 464 South Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-9282 Heart of Danville 105 East Walnut St. Danville, KY 40422 236-2361





A personalized approach to success


elFlex Staffing Network is a family-owned business with deep roots in Central Kentucky. It recently opened a Danville branch, joining the group of Kentucky offices in Florence, Louisville and Lebanon. Located at 1560 Hustonville Road, Suite 357, the BelFlex Danville branch is focused on connecting employers with skilled workers in a range of industries including manufacturing, logistics and transportation. There are several qualities that set BelFlex apart from other staffing firms. One is the company’s commitment to its mission of “Succeeding Together” – using workforce


ADDRESS 156 Hustonville Road, Suite 357 Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 287-1002 WEBSITE solutions to help people, organizations and communities succeed. To achieve this mission, the company focuses on its three core values: • Do the right thing • Create success • People matter BelFlex’s use of technology

in the recruiting process is another distinguishing factor. Digitizing the process and eliminating paper has delivered tremendous benefits that streamline the application and onboarding processes. For clients, this means jobs are not only filled quickly and efficiently, but the employees showing up for work are more effectively matched with the skills needed for the position. For candidates, the ability to complete their paperwork from a mobile phone or home computer provides simplicity and convenience. And, those who prefer to work face-to-face with a recruiter can still visit the Danville office where iPads

and computers are available to complete applications and submit resumes online. A focus on building relationships and developing partnerships with its clients and candidates is a driving force at BelFlex. In Danville, the team takes its time to understand each customer’s individual challenges and each candidate’s unique skill sets. By using this collaborative approach, the company is able to develop innovative workforce solutions and alternative approaches that more closely align talent with opportunity. To learn more about how BelFlex is different, contact us at 859-287-1002 or staffdanville@

(859) 287-1002 156 Hustonville Rd. Suite 357 Danville, KY 40422

Providing flexible workforce solutions – creating opportunity and delivering results to those we serve




Heart of Kentucky United Way 118 N. Third St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-6986 Holland-Farm, Inc. 20 Spears Lane Danville, KY 40422 (859) 516-8739 Isaiah House 2084 Main St. Willisburg, KY 40078 (859) 375-9200 Sunrise Children’s Services 1151 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5507 The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County 105 East Walnut Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2361 ext. 111 Wilderness Trace Community Foundation 514 Maple Ave. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-6300 OFFICE EQUIPMENT Danville Office Equipment, Inc 233 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40423 (859) 236-6618 PAINTING CONTRACTORS Patrick Cooper Painting Contractor Inc. 3516 Webster Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 332-4934




$43,076 median income Data from U.S. Census Bureau 2013-2017

$749 average weekly wage Source: BLS QCEW, total covered, March 2018

PLUMBING APEX Plumbing Solutions, Inc. 605 South Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-7294 McElroy Plumbing, LLC 208 Hartland Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 326-7431 PRINTING Minuteman Press 198 West Ridge Dr. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4655 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES Approval Payment Solutions 2780 Waterworks Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 396-1996 PROPERTY LEASING & MANAGEMENT 5T Properties, LLC 125 Old Bridge Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 319-9937

REAL ESTATE Central KY Association of Realtors 1714 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3497 Century 21 Advantage Realty 1100 Hustonville Rd. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-2119 Coldwell Banker VIP Realty Robert L. Hignite, Realtor 413 Valleybrook Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5450 Coldwell Banker VIP Realty Inc, Nina Kirkland 317 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5450 Coldwell Banker VIP Realty Inc., Amanda England 317 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5450

Coldwell Banker VIP Realty Inc., Tammy Carr 317 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-6461 Economic Alliance, LLC 460 South 4th St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 319-5000 EXP Bluegrass Team 460 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 379-5263 George Coomer 240 North Second St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 209-5114 Guerrant Real Estate 448 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6680 McAnly Commercial Properties 1000 E. Lexington Road, Ste 2 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6363 Re/Max Creative Realty 2308 Palumbo Drive Suite 100 Lexington, KY 40509 (606) 282-3821 Serendipity Sisters, LLC Post Office Box 313 Danville, Ky 40423 (859) 583-4321 REAL ESTATE INSURANCE Dexter Real Estate/Insurance 116 East Main St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6686





REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Irvin & Irvin 31 Public Square Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 792-2521 RENTAL PROPERTIES COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL R. Brown Properties 7732 Perryville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 583-1165 RENTALS Equipment Sales & Rentals, LLC 2390 S. Danville By-pass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-3847 RENTALS - WELDING Weldquip 531 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 239-9353 RENTAL-SPECIAL EVENTS M&H Tent Rentals 25 Twin Eagles Lane Lebanon, KY 40033 (270) 402-7962 Perryville Party Rentals 218 E. Second St. Perryville, KY 40468 (859) 319-7169 RESTORATION Servpro of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville & Harrodsburg 231 Red Mile Road Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 887-1123 ROOFING Langham & Sons Roofing 1821 E. Lexington Danville, KY 40422 (859) 247-0308




Danville: $6,571,431.35 Boyle County: $4,126,016.66 Gross receipts. 2017 calendar year. Source: Boyle County Treasurer.

SANITATION Republic Services 451 Conway Court Lexington, 40511 (859) 936-1600 SCREEN PRINTING Xtreme Style Signs and Screen Printing LLC 600 Stanford Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 544-9718 SIGN MANUFACTURING, INSTALLATION & SERVICE USA Signs, LLC 196 Westridge Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6811 SIGNS City Art Signs 210 Stanford Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8219 Little Sign Shoppe 818 S. Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7391 SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CPS, LLC P.O. Box 137 Junction City, KY 40440 (859) 854-3438 STAFFING INDUSTRY BelFlex Staffing Network 1560 Hustonville Road, Suite 357 Danville, KY 40422 (859) 287-1002


STORAGE Storage Rentals of America 185 Westridge Drive Danville, KY 40422 (800) 457-5678 The Lock Box 387 Whirlaway Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2611 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CONSULTANT Quest Consulting Engineering PLLC 359 South Fourth St. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 449-3699 TELECOMMUNICATIONS AT&T 116 Skywatch Drive, Suite B Danville, KY 40422 (502) 875-3508 Kentucky Wimax 1235 Lebanon Rd Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-8503 TRANSPORTATION Chris Nelson Trucking LLC 555 Slate Branch Road Crab Orchard, KY 40419 (606) 355-0251 UTILITIES Atmos Energy 449 Whirlaway Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-2300 Inter-County Energy A Touchstone Energy Cooperative 1009 Hustonville Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4561

Kentucky Utilities 198 W. Broadway Danville, KY 40422 (800) 981-0600 VETERINARIANS Animal Hospital of Danville 3880 S. Danville Bypass Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-2201 Nash, Cleveland & Godfrey 3260 Harrodsburg Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-5062 Town & Country Animal Clinic 933 Ben Ali Drive Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6020 VETERINARIANS PET GROOMING Heartland Veterinary Hospital 1324 Lebanon Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 238-7500 WASTE MANAGEMENT Rumpke Waste & Recycling 275 Hanging Fork Rd. Lancaster, KY 40444 (859) 227-5927 WHOLESALE Woodford Oil Company 650 David Avenue Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-6071 Safety Effects, LLC 3657 Fisher Ford Road Danville, KY 40422 (859) 548-9119



Built to serve you I n 1885 a group of civic leaders came together to organize a building and loan association to help the working class of Danville and Boyle County achieve the dream of home ownership. The Kentucky General Assembly granted a charter in May 1886 and on May 7, 1887, a Saturday, Central Kentucky Building and Loan Association opened for business at a desk in the lobby of the Boyle Bank & Trust building from 7 to 9 p.m. A humble beginning to be certain. By January 1925, the Danville Daily Messenger announced that “the association for the past 40 years has rendered

a great service to the home builders of this community and during that long period of time has only had one foreclosure and a loss of only one hundred dollars, according to President Charles N. Smith. A remarkable record and one of which officers and directors are justly proud.” The article went on to say that “during the last few days there has been talk of the Chamber of Commerce helping the association to sell more installment stock and to assist in every possible way to meet loan demand. While the Central Kentucky Building and Loan Association has for many years, and is still supplying

the needs of the people, there is a need for enlargement of the service of this wonderful association.” Our founders set forth a goal of growth and prosperity for the association and for the community that still rings true today. Our specialty is still home lending, our loan officers are still on-site decision makers and we do not sell our customer’s loan servicing rights. Nearly 133 years later, Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank is still here serving our friends and neighbors and is still a member of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.

FIND IT HERE 340 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422 PHONE (859) 236-4181 WEBSITE HOURS Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: Closed 120 Skywatch Dr. Danville, KY 40422 (859) 236-4277 HOURS Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - noon Sunday: Closed MORE LOCATIONS AT



THE LAST WORD: Rick Waldon, Chairman

Looking forward

to the future On March 17, 1919 a banquet was held to celebrate the formation of the Chamber of Commerce of Danville. The Chamber’s slogan then: “A Bigger Better Danville.” One hundred years later we realize the numerous significant accomplishments the chamber has made in this community throughout the years which has helped define our current slogan: “Historically Bold.” The chamber has built a network of community partnerships, with a dedicated team of volunteers and civic leaders that have an exceptional vision for our community. To quote Ronald Regan, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do, if you don’t care who gets the credit.” I strongly urge you to get involved 82


and take advantage of the numerous benefits the chamber has to offer its members. My vision for the chamber’s legacy is to emulate the past, changing to reflect the needs of its membership and to continue as the voice of business through strong public advocacy. This chamber is your organization — its vision, commitment and engagement will help determine what Danville becomes over the next 100 years. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the chairman of this organization on its 100th anniversary. I want to

thank all our ambassadors, volunteers, board of directors and staff for the time they invest to make this a vibrant and vital organization. We especially want to say thank you to our sponsors and members who make all this financially feasible. Without all of you, there would be no Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. They had it right in 1919 and it remains true today, “If it isn’t broken – don’t fix it.” Here’s to the next 100 years and a “Bigger and Better Danville-Boyle County.”





Centre College founded—Forbes 2016 listing of “America’s Top Colleges” ranks it #5 among liberal arts colleges in the South and #18 of all Southern colleges and universities.

1883 1925

The Queen & Crescent rail line from Cincinnati to New Orleans is completed through Danville. Today, that line is the largest terminal of Norfolk-Southern’s line between Cincinnati and Chattanooga.

Dix River Dam formed Kentucky’s deepest lake, Herrington Lake. This ensures the Danville area is “drought-proof.” Today we have a new, 12 MGD water treatment plant.

Danville’s bold history, means a bold future. Wilderness Trail Distillery mixes 21st century science with old fashioned craft to produce great Kentucky bourbon. When they needed a new location, with a historic feel that could house progressive science, they came to us. Learn at 84 more DANVILLE-BOYLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE or call (859) 236-2361.

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