Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza


History was made Monday night at the inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in downtown London. The rain ended just in time and the temperature was about 60 as thousands of people watched a ball drop from 100 feet to ring in 2019.

Everyone had a great time thanks to the entertainment from DJ Larry Lee and Radio 80, along with food and beverages from a variety of vendors.

The event was sponsored by London Downtown, City of London Tourism and Wildcat-Harley Davidson. Organizers made notes about how to make the extravaganza bigger and better next year.

Blue Star Memorial Marker

A dedication was held Saturday for a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Whitley Branch Veterans Park.

The marker is a tribute to the Armed Forces who have defended the United States of America, and has been used to salute veterans since World War II.

The Lady’s Slippers Garden Club of London procured the marker for the Veterans Park.

Optimist Club gets money for new gym floor

Replacing the gym floor has been on the wish list for the Laurel-London Optimist Club for some time. The cork-based floor was installed in 2001 and is deteriorating under heavy play at the gym on West Ky. 80.

City of London Tourism decided to step in and help with a $58,000 check presented Wednesday that will pay for a new sports floor made of durable plastic over a foam foundation. The tourism commission has been investing funds in the Optimist Club and Little League programs after an outside study said it should focus on improving existing sports facilities.

The Optimist Club provides a variety of sports and other programs for about 4,000 youths a year.

Pictured, from left, are Lawrence Foister and Plinio Tuta of the Optimist Club, London Mayor Troy Rudder and tourism chairman Bill Dezarn.

City donates to Shop With A Cop program

The City of London donated $2,500 to the Cumberland Valley Fraternal Order of Police Shop With a Cop, Inc. in honor of Don Wattenbarger who was instrumental in the program. London Mayor Troy Rudder and London Police Chief Derek House presented the check to Virginia Wattenbarger and Jamie Harrison, with Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. This December will be the 23rd year Shop With A Cop has provided Christmas cheer for children in need in Laurel County. Donations are accepted at the London Police Department year-round.

Mayor Troy Rudder elected Kentucky League of Cities Second Vice President

LEXINGTON–Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell has been elected president of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) by its membership with Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf as first vice president and London Mayor Troy Rudder as second vice president.

Mayor Rudder said he looks forward to the opportunities the statewide leadership position will provide for his city.

“I am very humbled to even be considered for any position at KLC. I was honored that my city became a member of such a fine organization.” he said.

“Since 1927, KLC has been all about cities and is our ‘go to’ organization – our sounding board for legal information or anything dealing with cities,” said Mayor Rudder. “KLC provides one-stop shopping.”

The officers were sworn in on Wednesday, September 19, during the Kentucky League of Cities Conference & Expo President’s Banquet in Louisville.

“KLC is fortunate to have an engaged and diverse Board representing cities of all sizes across the commonwealth,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC executive director/CEO.

KLC is an association with more than 370 municipal members that provides services for cities including advocacy, training, legal and other services, as well as successful insurance and finance programs.

Mayor Rudder has been active with the League for several years. The mayor has served on numerous KLC and affiliated boards including the KLC Board of Directors, KLC Executive Board, KLC Insurance Services Board, KLC Insurance Agency Board and KLC Premium Finance Board.

“Mayor Rudder is a great ambassador for all cities and has a tremendous knowledge about or organization.” said Steiner.

“I hope to be able to explain to every city that is not currently associated with all of KLC’s services, just what the League can do for them,” said Rudder.

He said, “Kentucky’s motto does say it all, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.'”

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Community Cleanup Day Success

About 150 volunteers worked in the bright sunshine this morning to help rid London of trash during Community Cleanup Day. Several truckloads of unsightly garbage were removed from city streets and parks.

Cleanup crews assembled downtown at the Tourism & Parks office at 9:00 a.m. They picked up safety vests, gloves, tongs and garbage bags and set out to clean assigned areas.

For their efforts, volunteers received a free climbing pass to Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park when they reconvened at noon.

2018 World Chicken Festival Chicken Invasion

In the spirit of The World Chicken Festival, London Downtown, Inc. is now accepting entries for the “Chicken Invasion”. The invasion is organized by London Downtown, Inc. to benefit local schools. This year’s theme will be “Welcome To The Barnyard”.

To sponsor a chicken for the “Chicken Invasion”, send the entry form along with your $100 check (payable to London Downtown) to London Downtown, Inc. 501 South Main Street London, KY 40741 or can be dropped off at the London Community Center.

As a sponsor, you will be provided a 36” chicken that is two dimensional. The chickens will be available for pick up at the London Community Center on September 7th. Chickens can be painted and embellished on either side (both sides preferred). As participants, you are encouraged to be creative. Here are some ideas to get you started: Banks – could incorporate play money or maybe a visor like in the past, Flower Shops – could use a glue gun and silk flowers, Beauty Shops – could use a smock with scissors, Schools – use school supplies along with books, Restaurants – could use cooking utensils, chef hat, and apron.

Chickens will need to be turned in on September 19th at the London Community Center.

Download the Chicken Invasion Entry Form

Downtown Beautification

London Mayor Troy Rudder, community center director Tish Rudder and tourism executive director Chris Robinson were among city employees and volunteers who assembled the flower pots that are hung on Main Street and other areas in downtown London.

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