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Harrodsburg First looks for new board members

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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The Harrodsburg First Main Street Program is looking for new members of the board of directors.

Their meeting, held last Thursday, had been postponed twice because they did not have a quorum.

The group's treasurer, Jim Sprague, has resigned, citing health problems. A native of Anderson, Indiana, Sprague's family relocated to Arizona when he was still a child because of his asthma. Sprague and his wife, Shirley, visited Kentucky in 1976 and fell in love with the area. After relocating, he tried hog farming for a while before getting a job teaching with the Boyle County School System, where he worked for 33 years before retiring. The couple own Beehive Gifts on Main Street. Sprague has served with Harrodsburg First since 1999, as well as numerous other boards in both Boyle and Mercer Counties.

While Sprague will no longer be treasurer, he will still serve on the board. However, there are still two open seats that have not been filled, according to Executive Director Julie Wagner.

Chairman Greg Souder selected secretary Krystina Coslow-Lewis and design committee chair Leslie Bosse to serve on the nomination committee. Souder also asked board member Joan Huffman, a former chair of the board of directors, to serve as interim treasurer until someone could fill the position at the first of the year.

In other action, the board:

Set a date for their annual meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The location has yet to be determined.

Heard from Drew Hardgrove, chair of the Harrodsburg First committee for economic vitality — formerly the economic restructuring committee — about the progress made by the Citizens for Economic Growth, a local group who are gathering signatures for a petition calling for a special election in March to decide if Harrodsburg would go fully wet.

Hardgrove said the group has collected enough signatures to qualify for the election, but they want three times that number. While the citizens group uses the boardroom at Diamond Point for meetings, Hardgrove said his committee's assistance was over, but they "fully endorsed" the citizens' efforts.

He said his committee was offering advice on nonprofit funding and organization to the Arts Council of Mercer County (ACMC).

"We are concerned about the ACMC's longevity," Hardgrove said. "We think the gallery is an important draw for Main Street."

Hardgrove said it was vital to local artists to have an affordable outlet in town. He said the ACMC needs a long term business plan, and his committee is prepared to offer any assistance

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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