News briefs: 10-9-13

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By The Staff

VFW and Auxiliary offer prize money in student essay contest
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4075 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring two contests for youth in the community, according to a press release.
The “Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition” is open to students in grades 9-12. It is a three- to five-minute audio-essay on the subject “Why I’m Optimistic about our Nation’s Future.”
First and second place winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively, and be eligible for district, state and national scholarships.
The second contest is the “Patriots Pen Youth Essay Writing Contest” for students in grades 6-8. The theme is “What Patriotism Means to Me.” The student must write a 300-400 word essay on this patriotic theme. First and second place winners will receive $100 and $50, respectively, and be eligible for district, state and national scholarships.
The deadline to enter both contests is Nov. 1, 2013. Contest organizers ask teachers to please submit a typed list of students’ names who enter the contests.
For more information about either contest or to participate, contact Larry Montgomery at 502-330-7520 or contact the counselor at your school.

Sheriff elected to serve
 on Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association
The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association elected Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young to serve as the 2014 1st vice president of the association, according to a news release.
“Sheriff Young is most deserving and has always represented Kentucky sheriffs in a positive manner,” Jerry Wagner, executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association, said in the release. “I feel sure he will continue to stand for Kentucky sheriffs, along with the citizens of Anderson County and the commonwealth, during his tenure.”
The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association recently held is 84th annual conference in Bowling Green in the beginning of September, with more than 150 sheriffs and deputies participating in training.

Lanham earns Distinguished
Toastmaster rank
Lawrenceburg resident Stephen Lanham recently earned the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster, the top educational award offered by Toastmasters  
hnnored in a Sept. 30 ceremony at the Capital City Toastmasters club in Frankfort.
To achieve this designation, Lanham completed two educational tracks: communication and leadership.
On the communication track, he delivered 40 original speeches, presented two modules from about club best practices from Toastmasters, facilitated a one and a half hour workshop on the topic of his choice (parliamentary procedure), and mentored a new member.
On the leadership side, Lanham completed 10 projects in the basic leadership manual, served terms as club vice president of education and as area governor, presented two modules about club leadership, led a project requiring coordination among several people, and coached a struggling club in Richmond back to distinguished status.
Lanham currently serves as the vice president of public relations for Capital City Toastmasters and also as Bluegrass Division E governor over 11 clubs in central Kentucky. He works for Pomeroy IT Solutions as a contract business analyst for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Capital City Toastmasters meets every Monday at noon in the John C. Watts Federal Building next to the YMCA in downtown Frankfort. Toastmasters