C’ville Hometown Hero parade, pageant planned


By Matt Lasley - [email protected]



Details are being finalized for the inaugural Caneyville Hometown Hero Pageant and Parade, which will be held over Memorial Day weekend in May.

Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Mahkayla Saling, a Caneyville resident, addressed the Caneyville City Commission on Monday, March 13 to provide an update on the planned Hometown Hero Pageant and Parade.

The pageant will be held in the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center (old Caneyville School) on the Saturday before Memorial Day (Saturday, May 27) beginning at 2:00 p.m., and registration for the pageant begins at 1:00 p.m. that day.

Additionally, the Hometown Hero Parade, featuring local veterans, will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29) at 1:00 p.m., beginning at Caneyville Baptist Church and ending behind the Community Center.

Saling said she is trying to recruit as many local veterans as possible to participate in the parade, so that the community may honor their service.

Saling, whose goal is to join the Air Force, requested to hold these Hometown Heroes events last month as a way to give back to her community and honor active and past military service men and women.

Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Spalding confirmed that neither of these events will conflict with the county’s Memorial Day Ceremony, which will be held on the morning of May 27.

For more information about the Hometown Hero Pageant and Parade, call 270-320-0870.

In other business:

*Spalding presented a proposal from The Marketing Co. about developing a strategic plan for the future of Grayson County, as well as leading a kick-off meeting for strategic planning on Tuesday, April 25.

The Chamber has requested financial assistance from county and city governments to hire The Marketing Co, and, so far, the Grayson County Fiscal Court has pledged $2,600 and the Clarkson City Commission has pledged $1,000 to the project.

Spalding requested $2,600 from the Leitchfield City Council, and, during this past Monday’s meeting, $1,000 from the Caneyville City Commission.

Neither the Leitchfield City Council nor the Caneyville City Commission has committed financially to the project; however, Caneyville Mayor James Embry said Caneyville does want to participate in the Chamber’s activities.

*Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman presented a check for $850.00 to the city for the restoration of the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center.

The money was raised from the Saturday, March 11 Caneyville Market Day.

Additionally, Templeman said the next Caneyville Market Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 24, the same day as the second annual Caneyville Day.

*The City Commission directed Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootee to prepare ordinances concerning the number of yard sales Caneyville residents may have per year, as well as animal control.

The Commission was supportive of allowing citizens to hold 10 yard sales per year, with each day of a yard sale counting as one yard sale.

Additionally, the Commission is looking to set restrictions on the ownership of fowl, livestock, horses/donkeys, etc. within the city limits.

Commissioners reported receiving numerous complaints concerning both of these topics.

First readings of these ordinances are expected to be held at the next City Commission meeting.

*The City Commission voted to spend up to $3,500 to repair and paint one of the walls in the Community Center gym.

*The City Commission voted to purchase three more tables at the cost of $35 each for the Purple Flash Community Center.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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