Busy summer includes video message to troops

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By state Rep. Kim King

Summer, 2012 has been hot, dry... and a lot of fun.  Thank you for the many invitations to join you as you celebrate, educate and recreate.  New Providence Presbyterian Church pastor, James Byrd, invited me to join the congregation and community in a time of prayer for our state and nation on Sunday, July 1.  It was an honor to pray for local, state and national leaders as we face many difficulties.  Thank you, New Providence, for including me in your inspiring service.
On Wednesday, July 4, it was exciting to send a video message to our Kentucky National Guard Agriculture team serving in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.  My contact, Mark Arnold, told me they expect to be home in December.  I appreciate the many sacrifices of our military personnel, and their families, to protect our freedom and security.  Thanks again, KYADT IV; come home safely!
What a fun time we had with our granddaughters at the Arts Council of Mercer County’s Arts n’ Eats festival.  The girls created “flower power” art with director, Joy Mosko, at the ACMC gallery.  We also enjoyed visiting Main Street businesses and drinking root beer floats.
On Tuesday, July 10, I joined the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming an organ donation speaker at the Senior Citizens Center during our quarterly luncheon.  Following that informative discussion, I joined the governor and other legislators who co-sponsored 2nd Amendment legislation for a bill-signing ceremony at your Capitol.
That same evening, it was a pleasure to visit the Harrodsburg Historical Society as Professor Ernest Tucker shared his expertise in Early-American tools and Kentucky history.  Professor Tucker brought many examples of period tools and fabrics.  Our forefathers were creative and didn’t waste anything; we could learn a few lessons from them.
The Interim Agriculture Committee met at the Oswley County High School on Wednesday, July 11.  We received a thorough briefing on their Farm-to-School program and Community Garden Initiative from project co-ordinator, Luke McAnally.  Strategically placed on ten acres by a creekbed, this pilot project continues to produce fresh food for the school system, farmers’ market, local individuals and civic groups.  I look forward to working with Mr. McAnally on a project we discussed that afternoon.
From there, we went to Pikeville for a Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.  We received an in-depth report from the regional director, a tour of the facility and watched rescue equipment demonstrations.
I was also invited to attend the Mine Rescue Training and Competition event at Bob Amos Park.  Fifty-five teams from eight states competed to determine which team could follow correct rescue protocol in the least amount of time.  I’m thankful these brave heroes are ready at a moment’s notice to rescue their fellow miners, if needed.  
As you probably know, my former seat mate, Dewayne Bunch, died Wednesday, July 11.  Dewayne was injured while breaking up a fight last year at Whitley County High School.  His memorial service was like him: patriotic, respectful and demonstrated a strong Christian faith.  Whitley County residents, law enforcement, EMS and firefighters lined the streets during the procession to the cemetery.
Please remember Regina, their daughters and precious grandchildren in your prayers.
Don’t hesitate to call me at home, 859-734-2173; I can also be reached at Kim.King@LRC.KY.gov.

Kim King represents Anderson County as part of the 55 legislative district.