Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

November 8, 2013

Easy money?

Visitors bureau starts unique holiday fundraiser

ASHLAND — Money doesn’t grow on trees, unless that tree is at the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bureau director Sue Dowdy found a small, wiry Christmas tree at an after-the-holidays sale last year. She and Mary Ann York, who also works at the AACVB, were the only ones who liked the green tree with dangling, metallic medallions.

“Everyone else thought it was ugly,” Dowdy said. The dangling items on the tree reminded Dowdy of coins, so she and York tried to spruce it up with money. At first, they used play money, but then Dowdy got a better idea.

“We’re collecting real money,” she said. “We’re going to give it to The Needy Families Fund.”

The Independent started The Needy Families Fund more than 20 years ago in an effort to raise money to help Community Assistance and Referral Service (CAReS) fund several local charities that help provide Christmas gifts and meals for needy children and their families.

Dowdy said the office will take money for the tree until the middle of December. So far, she said they have collected about $40, but the tree has a total of 124 loops and she said she hopes they all end up full of paper money.

“We’ve got mostly ones but there are a few fives in there,” she said, noting she hopes area residents will stop by the office to donate even larger denominations during regular office hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0728bank5.jpg Historic building being razed

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • Local counties see drop in unemployment

    Boyd County was one of 117 counties that saw a decrease in its unemployment rate between June 2013 and June 2014.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726bigboy.JPG Big Boy to open Aug. 11

    The long-awaited Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant will open Aug. 11, and when it does it will be business as usual from day one: the eatery will open its doors to the early breakfast crowd at 6:30.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOAR meeting at MSU Aug. 6

    Morehead State University and St. Claire Regional Medical Center will present Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers as part of a "Health Impact Series" under the new Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

    July 27, 2014

  • MSU moving business admin. program online

    Morehead State University’s School of Business Administration has announced its bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems has moved totally online beginning the fall 2014 semester.

    July 27, 2014

  • Thefts, fraud reported to APD

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:

    July 27, 2014

  • Raceland couple join Peace Corps

    A couple from Raceland will travel to the Republic of Botswana on Aug. 10 to begin training as volunteers in the Peace Corps.

    July 27, 2014

  • Missing Boyd inmate returns to jail

    The Boyd County inmate who walked away from a work detail on Saturday turned himself back in to the Boyd County Detention Center on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0728MoreheadMusic_1457.jpg Hills alive with Old Time Music

    The hills surrounding Morehead were alive again this weekend with the sounds of fiddles, banjos and deep Appalachian voices that help keep old time mountain music alive in a modern world.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bill Clinton coming to eastern Kentucky to stump for Grimes

    CNHI News Service

    GLASGOW — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 27, 2014