Steve Towler

Steve Towler

ASHLAND Lifelong Boyd County resident Steve Towler will be the 45th honoree for the Elks Sports Day to be held on Saturday.

The Ashland Lodge BPOE No. 350 announced Steve Towler as the honoree for this year’s event, held at the Ashland Elks Lodge at 900 Carter Ave.

“I’ve known a lot of the honorees,” Towler said. “There have been so many worthy recipients, I was very pleased when I found out. I was just elated.”

Towler served as the Boyd County Judge Executive from 2015 – 2018 and United Way of Northeast Kentucky’s executive director from 1999 to 2013. Towler is a graduate of Boyd County High School class of 1963 and also served as superintendent of five school districts in Kentucky, including Ashland Independent Schools from 1979 to 1982.

Towler had a successful basketball career before moving into coaching, then pursuing his career in education.

“I had a very enjoyable career in basketball in high school,” Towler said. “I was able to help with my education with a scholarship. I coached a few years at Russell after.”

Towler attributed his successes in life to his mother and his family.

“My mother was a real driving force,” Towler said. “She was my motivator.”

There will be a reception in honor of Towler at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and banquet at 7 p.m., organizers said in a press release. The speaker for this year’s event will be Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore.

The tickets for the event are $30 and available for purchase at the Ashland Elks Lodge, The Frame Up Gallery, located at 1436 Winchester Ave., Trophy House, located at 2007 Carter Ave., Desco Federal Credit Union, located at 455 Armco Road, Mike’s Sporting Goods, located at 224 9th St., and Kentucky Farmers Bank, on U.S. 60.

For more information, call Dicky Martin at (606) 571-9292 or The Elks Lodge at (606) 324-5720.

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