Ballard students witness Gov. Steve Beshear sign Conner’s Law during Frankfort trip

On March 25, 26 Ballard County Middle School students from this year’s sixth grade Junior Leadership class accompanied members of the Ballard Memorial High School 4H Student Ambassadors on a trip to Frankfort.

According to Ballard County Schools, the group toured both the current and old capitols and had lunch with Sen. Danny Carroll and his wife. The students also visited the Kentucky History Center and the state’s Vietnam Memorial. 

BMHS students Meghan Walker and Brandt Marinelli were invited to witness Gov. Steve Beshear signing Conner’s Law. The law imposes stricter penalties in child abuse cases that result in the victim’s death. 

The Junior Leadership program, which includes class tune and day trips to the Ballard courthouse and community agencies in LaCenter, has been organized by the 4H Extension program for more than a decade. 

Ballard County Community Education assists with planning and chaperoning the trips. Sponsors this year include Ballard Telephone Cooperative, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Mid-Western Commercial Roofing, Fluor, First Community Bank of the Heartland, River Valley Ag Credit, Life Care of La Center, New Page, Ballard County Extension Homemakers, Unlimited Graphics, Ballard County Co-op, Anita Campbell, Faye Haney, Delores Hatler and Peggy Meriedeth. 

Cindy’s Flowers and Gifts, River Valley Ag Credit, Rudy’s Farm Center, Coffee Memorial Animal Clinic, and others donated items to a silent auction at a recent Chamber dinner. 

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