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Dana Beasley Brown was elected to the City Commission in November 2018. Commissioner
Beasley-Brown works at Bowling Green Junior High in the Youth Services Center where she
spends each day supporting kids and their dreams.


Commissioner Beasley-Brown first came to Bowling Green almost 20 years ago as a freshman
at Western Kentucky University. After visiting the Hill and the Corvette Museum, she knew then
that Bowling Green was her home.

Commissioner Beasley-Brown is excited about the opportunity to serve her community as a City
Commissioner. She is committed not only to stewarding the city’s current growth, but ensuring a
legacy for generations to come. Commissioner Beasley-Brown will listen to our community and,
with citizens and stakeholders, work toward a shared vision for our city. As a City Commissioner,
Beasley-Brown is appointed to the Barren River Health District Board and the Economic
Development Incentive Program Committee.


Commissioner Beasley-Brown is married to Jason Brown, an Executive Minister at Broadway
United Methodist Church. She has two children: Stockton, age eleven, and Evangeline, age
eight. Together, they love cheering on our Hilltoppers, having fun at the soccer fields and
watching the Great British Bake-off.

CHRONOLOGY OF CITY COMMISSIONERS
(Beginning January 1, 1968)
January 1, 1968 to December 31, 1969
Spero Kereiakes
C. A. Porter
Jack D. Sublett
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1970 to December 31, 1971
Henry M. (Hank) Brosche
Spero Kereiakes
Glen Lange
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1972 to December 31, 1973
Glen Lange
James D. Shanahan
B.L. (Bernie) Steen
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1974 to December 31, 1975
James D. Shanahan
B.L. (Bernie) Steen
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.
Glen Lange (Resigned Oct. 1, 1975. No one was appointed to fill his
position as his term was due to expire Dec. 31, 1975.)

January 1, 1976 to December 31, 1977
Harold Asher Miller
James D. Shanahan
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.
Charles Ray Woosley

January 1, 1978 to December 31, 1979
Harold Asher Miller
Patsy T. Sloan
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.
Charles Ray Woosley

January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1981
Alan W. Palmer
Clyde Payne
Patsy T. Sloan
B.L. (Bernie) Steen

January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1983
Alan W. Palmer
Patsy T. Sloan
B.L. (Bernie) Steen
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1984 to December 31, 1985
Elwood Janes
Harold Asher Miller
Alan W. Palmer
Patsy T. Sloan

January 1, 1986 to December 31, 1987
Elwood Janes
Alan W. Palmer
Patsy T. Sloan
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1988 to December 31, 1989
Carol J. McIvor
Alan W. Palmer
B.L. (Bernie) Steen
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1991
Carol J. McIvor
Alan W. Palmer
B.L. (Bernie) Steen
Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

January 1, 1992 to December 31, 1993
Robbie E. Bond
Joe W. Denning
Carol J. McIvor
John O. Oldham

January 1, 1994 to December 1996*
Robbie E. Bond
Joe W. Denning
Diane Howerton (8/1/95 to 12/96 – appointed by Mayor Webb to fill vacancy
left by resignation of C. McIvor)
Carol J. McIvor (Resigned 6/30/95)
John O. Oldham

January 1, 1997 to December 1998
Jim Breece
Joe W. Denning
Diane Howerton
John O. Oldham

January 1, 1999 to December 2000
Jim Bullington
Joe W. Denning
Dan Hall
Sandy Jones

January 1, 2001 to December 2002
Jim Bullington (appointed Feb. 20, 2001)
Mark. O. Black (died in office)
Joe W. Denning
Dan Hall
Alan W. Palmer

January 1, 2003 to December 2004
Jim Bullington
Joe W. Denning
Dan Hall
Alan W. Palmer

January 1, 2005 to December 2006
Mark Alcott
Brian “Slim” Nash
Delane Simpson
Brian Strow

January 1, 2007 to December 2008
Joe W. Denning
Brian “Slim” Nash
Brian Strow
Bruce Wilkerson

January 1, 2009 to December 2010
Joe W. Denning
Catherine Hamilton
Brian “Slim” Nash
Bruce Wilkerson

January 1, 2011 to December 2012
Joe W. Denning (appointed Mayor February 15, 2011 to fill the unexpired term
following the resignation of Mayor Elaine Walker; appointed
Commissioner November 15, 2011 to fill the vacancy created by Bruce
Wilkerson who was elected as Mayor)
Melinda Hill (appointed March 3, 2011 to fill the vacancy created by Joe W.
Denning appointed as Mayor due to Elaine Walker being appointed as
Secretary of State)
Brian “Slim” Nash
Bill Waltrip

January 1, 2013 to December 2014
Joe W. Denning
Melinda M. Hill
Bill Waltrip
Rick Williams

January 1, 2015 to December 2016
Joe Denning
Melinda M. Hill
Sue Parrigin
Rick Williams

January 1, 2017 to December 2018
Joe Denning
Brian “Slim” Nash
Sue Parrigin
Rick Williams

January 1, 2019 to December 2020
Dana Beasley-Brown
Joe Denning
Brian “Slim” Nash
Sue Parrigin

*In 1991, voters amended the State Constitution providing for local elections to be held in
even-numbered years. As a result, the Commissioners elected to serve in 1994 served a three year
term beginning in January 1994 and ending in December 1996.

BGPR Fitness Facility!

Looking to get in shape for the New Year?  Wanting to make resolutions to improve your health? Trying to lose those extra “Holiday” pounds that are so easy to gain?  Then check out Bowling Green Parks and Rec Fitness Facility.  B.G.P.R. Fitness is a fitness center that offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

Do you like to workout at your own pace?  Then Individual Weight Lifting may be just the thing for you.  Come in on YOUR schedule and work out in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, offering the latest, top notch equipment to help you lose weight, tone, firm, or build your body.

Needing a little more direction and motivation with your work outs?  Then check out our Instructional Training Sessions, designed to provide you the know-how, personalization and one on one training to assist you in achieving your goals.

Prefer a “group” atmosphere when it comes to exercising?  Then B.G.P.R. Fitness is the right place for you!  We offer a variety of group exercise classes such as Yoga, Spinning, Zumba, Boot Camp, Total Abs, Sculpting, Pro Fit and many more.

Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them all at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Work out with others, at your own pace, in our SilverSneakers Fitness Program or enjoy a game of wallyball with friends. You will find all this and more at B.G.P.R. Fitness.  Come enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you, with no contracts, initiation or enrollment fees.  Student rates and senior citizen discounts are available along with a variety of fitness plan rates to fit your specific needs.

Visit http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness/index.php for more information on rates and what BGPR has to offer.

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!  

225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

270-393-3582

www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

 

#AdventureswithMillie

The Bowling Green Fire Department’s newest member doesn’t say much, can’t drive a firetruck or pull a hose line, but she’s already proving her worth.

Millie, a two year old black Labrador Retriever, is an Accelerant Detection Canine. Millie and her handler, Fire Investigator Captain Michael Cornwell, both graduated December 7, 2018 from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Accelerant Detection Canine (ADC) Handling School in Virginia. Cornwell applied for the school several months in advance and was selected by the ATF to attend. After the first week of training, Millie was placed with Cornwell based on their personalities and she officially began to live with him at his hotel. The training itself was six weeks long, seven days a week.

Accelerant Detection Canines have a sense of smell that is 100,000 times more acute than a humans, they are completely unbiased and free of judgment, they are able detect an accelerant on clothing, shoes or a body in a crowd, and they can usually cover an entire scene in 30 minutes saving hours if not days in time.

Over the course of the six week ADC school, Cornwell and Millie learned to work together to identify evidence at fire scenes, resulting in a more accurate and credible detection resource than devices that are currently available. Cornwell was also instructed on how to keep Millie healthy and safe. In order to prevent their training from being compromised, Millie will live with Cornwell and will have to work to be fed, either through rigorous daily testing or while at an investigation.

Millie will not only be working at fire scenes but will also eventually be involved in helping to teach fire safety to local groups. We are excited for Millie to be a part of our team both for investigations and educating the public.

“I have always had a deep love of animals and the idea of working with canines has peaked my interest for many years, really ever since the first time I observed a working service dog,” said Cornwell. “Millie is a very friendly and hardworking dog. She is very calm for a 2 ½ year old Lab and has a great temperament with people. It’s fun to watch her get excited when it’s time to work. You can see a noticeable change in her when I put the food pouch on my belt.  This “food pouch” is what indicates to her that it’s time to work.”

We can’t wait for the coming years of #adventureswithMillie!

 

 

 

Scam Tips

So, let me tell you a story.  A teenager makes a phone call to his grandmother and says “Grandma, this is Johnny, I’ve gotten into trouble.  Me and one of my friends went to Mexico for the weekend and got in a car accident.  My friend had some marijuana on him and we both got arrested.  I need money for bail.  Please don’t tell mom and dad because they don’t know I’m gone.”

Frightening words, right?  What would you do?  We all want to help our family as much as we can and would do anything to get them out of a bind.  You see, as this story unfolds, Grandma wires money to a person who calls later and says they need more money for the court costs.  When Grandma gets suspicious and calls her daughter to ask about Lil’ Johnny only to find out Lil’ Johnny is at work.   After all is said and done, Grandma could be out a thousand or more dollars because of this scam.

Scams have become a way of life.  We are bombarded with scams over the phone, email, texts and even the mail.  We find them on auction sites, trading sites and for sale by owner sites.  We all love the “too good to be true deal.”  I know a percentage of our population grew up in a different time; a time we didn’t say “no” to our neighbors or friends.  We offered help wherever we could.  Times have changed.  The scammers who call us are not our friends.  These scammers could care less what happens to you when you lose your hard-earned money.

I want to share some scams with you.  The best advice I can give is “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”   Here are a few to watch for:

IRS Scam – Someone posing as an IRS agent calls and says you owe money to the IRS.  If you don’t pay, a warrant will be issued and you will be taken to jail.  Folks, our government can’t and doesn’t work this way.  Firstly, you will receive a letter from the IRS if you owe money, not a phone call.  After a few correspondences with the IRS, they will work out a payment plan or something similar.  The first phone call you have with the real IRS will not include a conversation about you going to jail.  HANG UP immediately.

Warrant Scam – Someone posing as a police officer calls and says you have a warrant but if you take care of this over the phone, you won’t be arrested.  In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a police officer will not call you and tell you there is a warrant for your arrest.  Your first notification will generally be a knock on the door.  HANG UP immediately.

You’ve won the Nigerian Lottery – An email comes to you notifying you of a winning lottery number in a foreign country.  If you pay so much money the taxes will be covered and you can claim your winnings!  Did you play the lottery in another country?  It does not seem like a very good deal if you have to pay for something you “won.”  DELETE and empty your recycle bin.

Mystery Shopper Scam – You receive a check in the mail with instructions to deposit the check, keep a certain dollar amount and send the rest back to the company.  Your instructions are to shop at a particular store and fill out some paperwork as to your experience in the store and mail everything back to your “employer” along with the extra cash.  The problem is, the check is a fake and you have to cover the money.  Several scams are designed this way, meaning, you cash a check and send money to someone else, work from home, etc…. SHRED!

The greatest of scams comes in the form of Phishing.  Your personal identity can be compromised in a number of ways.  In the past, someone would go through your trash or a dumpster and take documents with personal information.  Now, the computer is the fastest for identity theft.  Your computer can be “hacked” and you are completely unaware.  Don’t open an attachment in an email form anyone you don’t know.  Make sure your virus software is up-to-date and your email is protected.  There are local computer repair companies who can educate you on the best way to protect your information in your computer.  Computers are a way of life but we need to take steps to protect ourselves.

If you become the victim of a scam, file a report with the police department.  For more information and ways to protect yourself, go to https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds

 

The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

While you are celebrating the holidays this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

 

For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/407.  Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!  For more information on live Christmas trees, please visit http://www.bgky.org/announcements/408.

And seriously, if you decide to fry a turkey over the Christmas break – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Expect a slightly different twist to our open house this year as we partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

While residents of all ages are still encouraged to attend the open house to meet elected officials and the staff who work for the City of Bowling Green, this year will offer so much more. Mission Catering will provide a variety of holiday treats including shrimp and grits, prime rib sliders, holiday cake pops and more. Free keepsake holiday ornaments will be provided to the first 500 visitors and the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar will also be offered free of charge.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, BG Gov To Go and so much more.


Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides?

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Snow and Inclement Weather

It seems as though we skipped fall this year and moved straight into the colder temperatures of winter. We all know that winter weather and snow can make the roads hazardous, but the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department always works hard to clear and de-ice our streets in order to keep the City up and running.

There are many factors that play into how and why our streets get plowed. Plowing will only begin when snowfall reaches two inches unless the forecast predicts considerable snowfall. There are 271 miles of City streets broken up into 10 zones that are maintained by our Crews. These roads are broken down into A (129 miles); B (32 miles); C (45 miles); and D (65 miles) routes. “A” routes consist of roads traveled most often by emergency services, school routes and major thoroughfares. These roads are required to be cleared first. Often times, neighborhoods and especially cul-de-sacs are “D” routes which are cleared last.

When large scale snow events happen, crews begin working in 8 hour shifts 24 hours a day. The City has 8 large trucks and 2 small trucks for plowing. The crew rotation is continued 24 hours per day until the event is over and streets are in good condition.

The City has approximately 2,000 tons of deicer that is designed to last throughout a winter season. In addition, there is about 5,800 gallons of salt brine in stock.  Salt brine is applied to the streets prior to a snow event which helps keep the snow from adhering to the asphalt and aids in the plowing process. Deicer (rock salt with magnesium chloride) is also used to aide in the melting of ice and snow. The average snowfall for Bowling Green is 9 inches per year and deicer and salt brine is purchased based off those averages.

Three separate weather forecasts are monitored during the winter months and the Operations Division of the Public Works Department heads out into the elements when light to moderate snowfall or ice is predicted.  All Operations personnel are subject to recall 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, including holidays, in order to keep the roadways safe for the residents of Bowling Green.

Please also remember that City crews clear only City streets. It is not uncommon to see a City/County/State truck out on the roads without their plows down. These vehicles must travel through each other’s roads in order to get to the appropriate streets. All agencies do their best to work together during major events for the safety of our residents.

Thanks to all of our hard working staff who brave the cold, wind, snow and ice in order to keep us moving throughout the City! For more information about snow, routes and what zone/route you are in, visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/snow-routes.

 

Toys For Tots 2018

 

It may be hard to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day.  For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

 

The reality is that right here in our city, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with BGFD and BGPD to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

This year, Bowling Green Firefighters and Police Officers will be collecting toys at Walmart on Campbell Lane on Saturday, November 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys may be purchased on this day and handed to a local first responder or toys may be dropped off at any of the six Bowling Green Fire Stations or the Fire Administrative building through December 20th. Please keep in mind that all toys need to be new, unused and unwrapped to be accepted.

This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community.  Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station.  For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

 

Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Expect a slightly different twist to our open house this year as we partner with the The District and multiple Downtown Businesses to combine the City Hall Christmas Open House and the Downtown Lights Up Event.

While residents of all ages are still encouraged to attend the open house to meet elected officials and the staff who work for the City of Bowling Green, this year will offer so much more. Mission Catering will provide a variety of holiday treats including shrimp and grits, prime rib sliders, holiday cake pops and more. Free keepsake holiday ornaments will be provided to the first 500 visitors and the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar will also be offered free of charge.

In addition to holiday cheer, ornaments and great food, we will have special visitors from the North Pole and the City of Arendelle (think Disney), a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, a holiday photo booth, BG Gov To Go and so much more.

Oh – and did we mention FREE carriage rides sponsored by the City of Bowling Green and Morris Jewelry?


Alex Slitz/Daily News

After you have toured City Hall, grabbed a bite to eat, ridden in a horse drawn carriage, and picked up your holiday gifts, make sure to head down to Fountain Square Park where we will be officially lighting the Square just after 5:30 p.m.!

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2018/2019 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year, in the month of November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight some of the amazing ‘We are Bowling Green’ photos from our 2018 contest.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, City Hall, and all other public city buildings. An entire list of all locations will be posted when the calendars arrive. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 7th, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive yours.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

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