People & Places

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2018 class of Leadership Bowling Green.

The nine-month leadership development program is designed for professionals from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a positive impact on the community. Participants gain knowledge that enable them to address a variety of complex issues facing our growing region. Topics include economic development, education, and government.

Kaleigh Averdick, Western Kentucky University; Robert Boone, South Central Workforce Development Board; Sterling Borders, Med Center Health; Tiffany Bosse, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Liz Bradley, Lulu’s Fine Home Furnishings & Consignments; Sharon Carter, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union; Jessie Cox, Franklin Bank & Trust Company; Katie Davenport, Hilton Garden Inn Bowling Green; Magen Estep, VIP Bowling Green; Natalie Feldman, Kerrick Bachert PSC; April Flowers, Village Manor/Christian Care Communities; Amy Gearlds, Graves-Gilbert Clinic; David Glisson, Irving Materials, Inc.; Heather Hawkins, Farmers National Bank; Tori Henninger, Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc.; Lance Hester, NASCO; Kristin Hildabrand, Warren County Cooperative Extension Service; Taylor Howard, NCM Motorsports Park; Scarlet Jent, American Bank & Trust Company, Inc.; Caitlin Moore, Hancock Bank & Trust Company; Leah Morrison, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP; Jennifer Oaks, Liberty Imaging; Jennifer O’Connor, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC; Tracey Pharris, BB&T; Christopher Royse, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College; Ashlyn Smith, Hyatt Place Bowling Green; Amanda Sowell, Harlin Parker Attorneys at Law; Brooke Vinson, Coldwell Banker-Legacy Real Estate Group; Melissa Whitley, Hope Harbor A Sexual Trauma Recovery Center; Kim Wilson, Wilson Counseling, LLC; Savannah York, First State Bank; Mark Yurchisin, Amy Milliken, Warren County Attorney.

About Leadership Bowling Green:
Leadership Bowling Green is a leadership development program coordinated by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. The program, which began in 1985, involves nine sessions, beginning with a retreat in April and ending with a graduation in November.

From applications submitted, 25 to 32 individuals are chosen each year to participate in Leadership Bowling Green. During the nine sessions, the class studies the community’s strengths and challenges through lectures, discussions, tours and role-playing activities. The goal is to gain a wide knowledge about Bowling Green through an overview of a variety of community functions.

About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.


Fourth Annual Courageous Kids 6K Run and Fun Walk Happens May 19

Scottsville, KY (March 19, 2018) -- The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Courageous Kids 6K Run and Fun Walk presented by Edmonton State Bank, Hyatt Place Bowling Green, and Staybridge Suites Bowling Green on Saturday, May 19, at Covington Woods Park. 

The event has welcomed over 250 runners and walkers from across South Central Kentucky, Tennessee, and as far away as West Virginia annually. Participants will enjoy the beautiful course that takes runners and walkers through the Covington Woods neighborhood. The 6K course is 3.72 miles and the Fun Walk is a short mile loop.  The event is a great opportunity for businesses, school running clubs of all ages, college Greek organizations, avid competitive runners, and the community at large the chance to fully participate.

All proceeds from this event will benefit The Center for Courageous Kids, a medical camp in Scottsville, Kentucky that has served over 29,000 children and families from 45 states and 10 foreign countries, many of which have come from South Central Kentucky and the surrounding areas. Since 2008, CCK has led the charge in inspiring, empowering, and enhancing the lives of seriously ill children, and has held true to its mission and values by providing year-round camping opportunities to children and families at no cost. Operating solely on donations, the camp relies heavily on the support from our community.

The Courageous Kids 6K Run and Fun Walk will help send more children with serious illnesses and various medical conditions to camp, along with helping the camp fund programs that are not only fun, but also build a child’s self-esteem, provide education, and will impact the child’s life after they leave camp.

Event Info:
Where: Covington Woods Park
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: Race day registration is at 7:00 a.m.
Run/Walk begins at 8:00 a.m.


Med Center Health Welcomes Dan Davis, M.D.

Med Center Health is proud to welcome Dan Davis, M.D., FACS to our team of general surgeons. Dr. Davis is affiliated with The Medical Center at Bowling Green, The Medical Center at Franklin and The Medical Center at Scottsville where he performs general, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and vascular surgery, as well as wound and trauma care and other surgical procedures. Dr. Davis brings 20 years of surgical experience to people in urban and rural Southcentral Kentucky. His expertise in acid reflux, thyroid disease, wound care and minimally invasive procedures is helping elevate care for people throughout our region.

“Listening and taking time with patients helps me do what’s best for them,” Dr. Davis says. He is an advocate for his patients, working to educate them and resolve their concerns.

Dr. Davis earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his residency in General Surgery at the Chicago Medical School at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In his spare time, he is a Boy Scout leader, gardener, and soccer coach.

Med Center Health offers General Surgery services in Albany, Bowling Green, Franklin, Horse Cave and Scottsville. To learn more about Dr. Davis and our general surgery services, call 270-780-2690 or visit MCHSurgery.com.


Mrs. Kentucky United States 2018

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, Sloan Reid competed alongside several incredible women in the state for the coveted title of Mrs. Kentucky United States held in Bowling Green, Kentucky where her family and close friends were there to cheer her on.

The Bowling Green resident is a proud wife to her loving and supportive husband, Drew Reid, a devoted mom to her adorable son, Ryder Reid, owner of her own health and wellness business, and is the founder of several organizations, including the GLOW Getter Project.

Sloan believes, “The most impactful leaders inspire and empower other leaders.”

Through the GLOW Getter Project, Sloan hosts a weekly YouTube channel where new videos are posted every Monday. Each episode is dedicated to helping leaders remove negative patterns, commit to healthier leadership practices, and enable them to dream again by inspiring new vision. This fall she will be hosting, the GLOW Getter Gala, honoring women leaders in our community and the various causes they advocate for. Nominations will be open later this month on her website www.glowgetterproject.com.

After an extensive interview process, swimwear and evening gown competition, and on- stage question, Sloan was crowned OUR Mrs. Kentucky United States 2018. In addition to serving our community throughout the year, she will be representing our incredible state this summer at Mrs. United States 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to follow her journey on her Facebook page, Mrs. Kentucky United States.

The final results of the Mrs. Kentucky United States were as follows: Winner: Sloan Reid, Mrs. Kentucky United States 2018 1st runner up: Christina Lee, Mrs. Northern Kentucky 2nd runner up: Erica Spillman, Mrs. Glasgow

3rd runner up: Catherine Kung, Mrs. Jefferson County

During her reign, Sloan will continue to empower and inspire the community through her platform and raise awareness for local charities and nonprofits via her organization, the Spark Change Initiative, and through the Mrs. Kentucky United States system.

If you would like book Sloan Reid, Mrs. Kentucky United States 2018 for appearances, please contact: Katy Cusick at direc New Mrs Kentucy United States 2018.docxtor@misskentuckyus.com.


United Way Of Southern Kentucky Collects More Than 100,000 Items To Help “Feed The Need” Of Local Food Banks

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) has collected more than 100,000 items to date (as of March 20th) in a region wide food drive titled “Feed the Need” across Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties. This brings the ten year total of collected items as a result of “Feed the Need” efforts to more than 675,000 items. In its first year of inception (2009), Feed the Need collected a little more than 43,000 items.

“Feed the Need” was originally created ten years ago in response to the increased need in our communities for access to basic needs including food. After speaking with the local food pantries that have benefited from the drives in previous years, it was made clear that assistance in providing a Safety Net of services like access to food was greatly needed once again this year.

This year, more than 70 companies and organizations in Allen, Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties participated by holding internal food drives February 1st – March 16th. Individual county totals included:

Allen County: (1,033 items) U.S. Bank (Main Street, White Plains), Halton Company; The J.M. Smucker Company - not included in number of items collected; will report at end of week

Barren County: (3,796 items) Federal Mogul, U.S. Bank (Cave City, S. Green Street, Wall Street)

Butler County: (11,450 items) Beechtree News, Butler County Water District, North Butler Elementary School, Morgantown Elementary School, Morgantown Bank & Trust, WRECC

Hart County: (1,184 items) Kentucky Chrome Works

Logan County: (7,979 items) Auburn Banking Company, Berea Christian Church, Logan Aluminum, Electric Plant Board, Logan Memorial Hospital, U.S. Bank (Auburn, Russellville), Ventra Plastics

Simpson County: (3,214 items) Crocker Animal Hospital, Faith Baptist Academy, Franklin Precision Industry, Harman International, Simpson County Water District, Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Health Fair, Tractor Supply Company, U.S. Bank

Warren County: (more than 72,000 items) American Bank & Trust, Atmos Energy, BB&T (Fountain Square, Hartland, Lost River), Bendix Spicer, BGMU, BKD LLP, Bell Orr Ayers & Moore, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Charles M Moore Insurance, City of Bowling Green, Connected Nation, DCBS, ELPO, First State Bank, Fruit of the Loom, Georgia Pacific – Dixie, Graves Gilbert Clinic, GRECC, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Holiday Inn – University Plaza, LORD Corporation, Lowes, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Oakland Mt. Zion Church, SKYCTC, South Central Bank, Stewart Richey, Sumitomo, Trace Die Cast, U.S. Bank (Ashley Circle, Campbell Lane, Cave Mill, Lain Ave, Main Street, Northgate), Warren County Public Schools, Warren County Water District, WBKO, Wells Fargo – Ridley Group, WKU DPT Program, WKU Potter Hall, WRECC.

Each year as part of United Way’s “Feed the Need” Food Drive, volunteers are recruited to assist with passing out flyers and collecting donations at local participating grocery stores to supplement the collected items from organization drives. This year, approximately 300 volunteers assisted with the in store drives across the 7 participating counties.  

All donations benefit food banks in the county in which the donations were collected. The benefiting food banks include Barren River Area Safe Space, Community Action of Southern Kentucky (Hart, Allen, Butler, & Warren), Concerned Citizens of Logan County, St. Vincent DePaul, Good Samaritan of Logan and Simpson Counties, and The Salvation Army. Volunteers are continuing to add to the total number of items collected in each county as more donations continue to come in.

For more information on how you can help assist with providing access to basic needs, call the United Way office at 270-843-3205 or log onto the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.


Meet Dr. Andrew Ebelhar

Med Center Health is proud to introduce the newest member of our ear, nose and throat team at ENT Bowling Green, Andrew Ebelhar, M.D. The addition of Dr. Ebelhar helps ensure the people of Southcentral Kentucky will continue to receive the best care. One of Dr. Ebelhar’s main areas of interest is cochlear implants, which help provide a sense of sound to profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing people.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Ebelhar stayed in Kentucky to go to medical school at the University of Louisville and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky. A longtime musician, Dr. Ebelhar plays piano and guitar, and has participated in music ministry at various churches over the years. He is also an avid golfer. But his favorite activity is spending time with his wife and playing with his four children.

Dr. Ebelhar works closely with his patients, making decisions about their healthcare right alongside them. “I take care of my patients the way I would want my family to be treated,” he says. His goal is to work with patients on treatment plans they feel good about.

ENT Bowling Green is located at 340 New Towne Drive in Bowling Green. Learn more about Dr. Ebelhar and our ear, nose and throat services. Call 270-782-7768 or visit entbg.net.


T.J. Regional Health welcomes Paula West, APRN

Please welcome Paula West, APRN, to the T.J. Regional Health team. Paula specializes in primary care for adults, and she is located in Pod C at the T.J. Health Pavilion. Paula said, “What I enjoy most about primary care is being able to build relationships with my patients, provide education and help them become healthier. I want to help them achieve their goals and make informed decisions about their healthcare.”

Paula earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Board Certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2001 and has enjoyed a long career practicing in South Central Kentucky.
Paula and her husband, Shane, have five children ranging in ages from 14 to 22 years old. Her family has deep ties to this community. Shane was raised in Barren County and is now retired from law enforcement after 22 years of service.

In their spare time, the Wests enjoy traveling, hiking, motorcycle riding and spending time with family and friends. Paula is excited to be joining the T.J. team and says it a great privilege to be able to return to the community.

T.J. Regional Health is proud to be adding such a talented new provider to our organization. Welcome, Paula! We are happy to have you join our team!

To schedule an appointment with Paula West, APRN, please call 270.659.5888.


Service One CU Named New President/CEO

Service One Credit Union, Bowling Green, KY announces the appointment of Rebecca Stone as President/CEO.  Previous EVP and Chief Operating Officer, of the credit union, Rebecca Stone assumed her position on January 1, 2018. Stone filled the position vacated by Garth Griese who retired on December 31, 2017.

Rebecca Stone relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2015 from Corpus Christi Texas where she was EVP-Chief Funding Officer of Kleberg Bank. She has over 25 years of financial institution experience in operations, product development and service delivery. Stone has also taught in a community college setting and has knowledge of Mortgage, Retail and Business Management. Rebecca believes in the delivery of consistent superior service and offering the best financial solutions to members of Service One.

Service One Credit Union was founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit financial cooperative to assist Western Kentucky University faculty and staff attain their financial goals.  Service One now serves a greater field of membership, welcoming those who live, work or worship in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) area.  www.socu.com

Service One Credit Union was organized in 1963 in Bowling Green, KY as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, and serves those who live or work in South Central Kentucky.  Service One’s mission is to help members realize their financial dreams. For more information on Service One and its community involvement activities, visit www.socu.com or call (270) 796-8500.

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