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Walter York

Walter York

South Central Bank names Walter York as newest board member

Chair Ruthie Bale, on behalf of South Central Bank, Inc., is excited to announce the bank’s newest board member, Walter York. Mr. York is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky where he attended Warren Central High School. While in high school he participated in the football, basketball and track programs. He then attended Western Kentucky University on a full football scholarship and served as the team’s captain in 1983. Mr. York is no stranger to hard work, obtaining his first job when he was just 12 years old. After graduating from WKU, he worked for BGMU for over 10 years. Mr. York is now a partner in Miller and York Rentals based in Bowling Green and is a well-known member of the community. He has a great support system with his wife, Debbie, daughter Brittany, son Bradley and his wife, Renae, and three grandchildren, Gavin Gunner and Garett.

South Central Bank, Inc. is a growing institution with 29 offices across Kentucky and Tennessee and is proud to add such a distinguished member of the community to its board of directors. He joins current board members: Ruthie Bale, Ellen Bale, William Bale, William Bucher, Brian Clemmons, James Cook, Kenneth Crandall, Bill Feltner, Brandon Fogle, David Fort, Woody Gardner, Larry Glass, Dorsey Hall, Michael “Doc” Halliday, Matthew Hayden, Dr. Gary Inman, George Kauffeld, Charles Key, Owen Lambert, David Mann, Dan McIvor, Tim McMillen, Nancy Miles, Patrick Padden, Al Pedigo, Ronnie Pence, Ben Quinn, Ed Riney, Tommy Ross, Richie Sanders, Nobert Skees, Joe Stephens, John Wright, Bob Anderson (Director Emeritus) and George Warren (Director Emeritus).

United Way’s Plans for Day of Caring

United Way of Southern Kentucky announced details for its ninth annual Day of Caring scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

The United Way Day of Caring is a structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a peek at volunteering across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties. As part of the Day of Caring, businesses and organizations make a commitment to offer their employees a chance to “step away from their desks” to provide hands-on, volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects.

At the Press Conference, it was announced that projects are now available for volunteers to select the project of their choice at Projects are available on a first come-first served basis, so volunteers are encouraged to log on soon for the best chance of securing their favorite project. Following in line with United Way’s Community Impact focus, all projects impact issues in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net.

Project Proposal Applications can still be submitted through June and are available for download at All non-profits, not-for-profits, and 501(c)(3) status organizations in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties are invited to submit a Project Proposal for the 2017 Day of Caring.

At the Press Conference U.S. Bank announced details of their Day of Caring project in partnership with WKU Athletics which includes hosting a series of activities on WKU’s South Lawn focusing on the science of flight. The activities will feature hot air balloons and a multitude of rotating stations for local kids to visit and engage in educational demonstrations. WKU student athletes will also volunteer to assist with the activities, sign autographs, and serve as role models. Thus far, children from Camp Big Red, Community Education’s Camp Extreme, the Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, and Family Enrichment Center’s Lil Bobcats/ Wee Care/ Parenting Classes will be attending the U.S. Bank project.

Craig Browning, Regional President of U.S. Bank says, “U.S. Bank is proud to be a corporate partner with United Way of Southern Kentucky because of all the good work they do in our community.  To support the effort, U.S. Bank has strongly embraced UWSK’s kindergarten readiness initiative as a sponsor. Additionally, we’re excited to once again join other members of the regional business, industry, and manufacturing communities as volunteers come together to produce the most positive and impactful, single day of the year through the Day of Caring. We encourage employers all across the region to pick a project and join in the fun. Collectively, we will make a difference!”

“We are proud to partner with the United Way of Southern Kentucky for the annual Day of Caring for the seventh consecutive year,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “Our athletic staff and student-athletes look forward to contributing their time and energy on the Day of Caring to elevate our commitment to the Bowling Green and Warren County community. Annually, WKU Athletics averages over 3,000 hours of community service through our Hilltoppers with Heart program, and the Day of Caring is a large and very important part of that initiative.”

A hot air balloon was inflated onsite at the Press Conference in promotion of the U.S. Bank Day of Caring project and offered the children present who were attending The Foundry’s “Fun Day Camp” the opportunity to learn more about the science behind the flight of the hot air balloon.
As part of U.S. Bank’s commitment to Early Childhood Education, after the Press Conference U.S. Bank volunteers engaged in activities with the children present in The Foundry classrooms centered around the call to action to READ, PLAY, and COUNT. Tours were provided to attendees to witness the activities in action. The Foundry’s mission is to develop leaders among the children and young people of the West End of Bowling Green through education, health and fitness, and spiritual development. Children that attend The Foundry are of lower income status or enduring difficult family situations and would not have otherwise have access to the services provided.

Thanks to a generous donation from Fruit of the Loom and Logan Aluminum, all Day of Caring volunteers will receive a FREE Day of Caring t-shirt. Children participating in the U.S. Bank Day of Caring project will receive t-shirts compliments of Fruit of the Loom and U.S. Bank.
“Fruit of the Loom proudly supports United Way of Southern Kentucky and the Day of Caring,” says Kirby Jordan, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Fruit of the Loom. “It fosters such a great sense of goodwill among our employees when we commit to multiple projects and are able to dedicate time away from the office to volunteer in these efforts that have a lasting impact on our local community.”

In 2016, more than 75 projects were completed by more than 1,000 volunteers as part of the Day of Caring. Throughout the last nine years, local nonprofits have come to rely on the volunteer assistance they receive through the Day of Caring. “We honor our caring communities for what they have accomplished in the past 8 years for Day of Caring…with more than 7,000 volunteers completing 627 projects for nonprofits in our area – projects that truly mattered and made a difference for those organizations,” says Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “And we are incredibly excited to be launching our 9th Day of Caring. This year’s event is certain to be our most impactful yet.” For more information about the Day of Caring, visit or call 270.843.3205.

Ingram Insurance Celebrates Grand Opening

Ingram Insurance celebrated its grand opening at the new location at 3251 Spring Hollow Ave. Ingram Insurance is an independent insurance agency, offering insurance lines from auto, home, life, health, business and more. Ingram Insurance helps customers find the best rates with the top-rated insurance carriers while still providing top quality customer service. To contact, call 270-842-3322.

Southern Kentucky Smiles Grand Opening

Southern Kentucky Smiles celebrated its grand opening on June 23 at 940 US 31 Bypass W. Offering the latest in dental technology and techniques, Southern Kentucky Smiles is proud to provide painless, stress-free dentistry for people of all ages. They claim to be the dental office where comfort meets care. Dr. Travelsted, a WKU alum, offers a variety of services to his patients including but not limited to fillings, crowns and bridges, ZOOM whitening, treating children, treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, and restoring dental implants. To contact call 270-288-0580.


Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College New Complex

In labs, board rooms, hospitals, restaurants and manufacturing facilities across our region, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is at work in our community. The alumni legacy has been one of productive careers and ensuring the economic development fabric supports a strong industrial and service foundation.

The paramount challenge facing SKYCTC is meeting the demands for a complex, well-trained workforce with limited space. Of the College’s six campuses, the largest and fastest growing student population is located on the Main Campus, 1845 Loop Drive in Bowling Green.
In order to ensure the College’s continuing legacy of learning, it was critical for SKYCTC to address the need for a new state-of-the-art instructional complex focused on science and medicine. In response, the College launched the BuildSmart campaign to raise $5.5 million in community support toward the project. This statewide initiative requires that 25 percent of the total scope of the project be raised by the local college before agency bonds are issued for the remaining 75 percent. The total scope of the SKYCTC Main Campus project is $22 million.
“This is an opportunity that we have as businesses, as a community, to make this college a showpiece”, says Trace Die Cast founder and BuildSmart Campaign Chairman, Lowell Guthrie. “As a result we will have better workers, a better community, and everyone will benefit”.
The new 75,000 square foot complex will house nursing and health science classrooms, and engineering and chemistry labs that will utilize the latest technology and flexibility to create a learning environment that meets the demands of students today and in the future. A café and outdoor courtyard, in addition to a new Welcome Center, Career and Academic Planning Center, library and learning commons, will enrich the campus experience for students and open up a number of possibilities for the community. The project is designed by Stengel Hill Architects and constructed by Codell. The structure will feature products aimed at saving energy, conserving resources and reducing environmental impact.

The project became a reality with lead gifts pledged by The Medical Center, Franklin Bank & Trust Company, the Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation, Warren County Fiscal Court and a number of other corporate donors. Faculty, staff, students, retirees and board members have also pledged their support to help make this project a reality.

Ground was broken for the new building in June last year with plans for the grand opening in early 2018. Students will begin the spring 2018 school semester in the new instructional complex.

For more information on supporting the new complex, contact SKYCTC Foundation Executive Director, Heather Rogers at 270/901-1116 or

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The Medical Center hosts Groundbreaking for UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus

Groundbreaking for the UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus took place Tuesday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. This four-year, regional campus medical school is the first of its kind in Kentucky and is a partnership between The Medical Center, the University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University.

“Through this investment in education, we are continuing to increase access to quality health care—and ensuring that we have the physicians available to take care of generations to come,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “We have always had a commitment to bringing the best in health care to our communities. This medical school is going to raise the bar even higher as we increase opportunities for research and technology, and adhere to the latest in evidence-based practice.”

The UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus will be a fully functioning campus, utilizing the exact same curriculum and assessments as UK’s Lexington campus. On-site faculty will have UK College of Medicine appointments and teach in small groups and provide simulation/standardized patient experiences with lectures delivered on-site from Lexington utilizing educational technology. Additionally, clinical experiences will occur at The Medical Center at Bowling Green and surrounding community practices.

“At the University of Kentucky,” UK President Eli Capilouto said, “we know that working together—across disciplines and across the Commonwealth—is the best way to ensure real, positive change for those we serve. This collaboration will allow us to effectively and efficiently utilize existing resources throughout the state to meet this important need for more physicians and greater access to health care.”

“This partnership helps ensure our state will remain competitive as the landscape of health care changes,” said Dr. Robert DiPaola, Dean of the UK College of Medicine. “It also signals a new beginning in the efforts to train more physicians in Kentucky, for Kentucky, and especially a new beginning for our future students as they embark on this journey and career in medicine. It is an honor to celebrate this milestone with our partners in developing the UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus.”

Barbara Stewart Interiors Receives 2017 Retail Star Award

Barbara Stewart Interiors recently received the 2017 Retail Star for Creative Excellence from Home Accents Today. The award highlighted the outstanding entrepreneurship and innovative approaches to marketing, merchandising and community impact. Owned by Susan Hoechner, Barbara Stewart Interiors has long raised the bar on retailing in Bowling Green. The store is located at 444 E. Main Street in Downtown Bowling Green. To contact, call 270-782-1747 or visit

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Once Upon A Child Opens in Bowling Green

Once Upon A Child opened on June 8 at 2945 Scottsville Road in Bowling Green. Once Upon A Child is part of a unique national recycling retail chain that specializes in merchandise for infants to pre-teens. The store buys and sells quality, gently-used children’s apparel, shoes, books, baby equipment and furniture, and more.

“Our store fills a distinct niche in the retail market,” said Kelsey Long who owns the new Once Upon A Child with her husband, Eric. “I understand how expensive it is to raise children today and want to offer an affordable option for local families. By purchasing merchandise directly from consumers, we’re able to offer them lower prices and a great opportunity to receive cash on the spot for items they may have otherwise simply given away.”

Unlike a typical consignment store, Once Upon A Child does not require appointments and pays on the spot for items it purchases from consumers. At Once Upon A Child families are able to buy necessities for their children at great values, and turn their gently-used items into cash.

In addition, Once Upon A Child ensures that all products purchased and sold meet mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Staff members stay up-to-date on current recalled items, immediately pulling all recalled products from shelves and making sure all items purchased are safety-checked to meet current standards.

For questions on the buying process or store hours, the new Once Upon A Child can be reached at (270)-904-4089 or

Dr. Greer’s Oral Surgery Grand Opening

Dr. Greer’s Oral Surgery celebrated its grand opening on June 22 at 560 Lover’s Lane. Dr. Brandon Greer is a board certified, dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon. Dr Greer is a native of Glasgow Kentucky and completed all of his training in the great state of Kentucky.

Dr. Greer’s six-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery included advanced specialized training in dental extractions, dental implants, bone grafting, trauma and reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, and dental pathology.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, The American Dental Association, The Kentucky Dental Association, and American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons are some of the professional organizations that Dr. Greer serves as a member. To contact, call 270-599-0334.