By LARRY VAUGHT
Boyle County artist Kristan Paynter was one of five finalists in the Breeders’ Cup artist contest and actually won the online voting but the Breeders’ Cup art committee elected to go with Tyler Robertson as the official 2018 artist. His work will appear on all 2018 Breeders’ Cup Championship material from posters to brochures to room keys.
Still, what an honor for Paynter to be one of the finalists and she’ll join me on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) Thursday at 9 a.m. to talk about the experience.
“I am so thankful for the exposure this opportunity provided me. This has been a wonderful experience that I feel very positive about and it has motivated me to continue working hard on my art,” Paynter posted on her Facebook page. “My heart is full with the amount of support I received throughout the process. Thank you again to those who voted for me, shared my posts, and supported me through this journey. Words cannot express my overwhelming gratitude.”
The Boyle County High School graduate is a talented artist with some terrific Kentucky-themed art and hopefully some exposure from just being a finalist in this contest will lead to more opportunities for her.
Following her on the show will be Danville Police Chief Tony Gray to not only talk about police work but also a new job he has involving high school sports officiating.
My final guest will be retiring Danville-Boyle County Parks & Recreation director John Drake, a man who gave his life to his passion for providing parks and recreation for all ages first in Somerset and then in Danville for the last 21 years. We’ll focus on how he helped develop Millennium Park and how he always valued “participation over competition and sportsmanship over championships.”
I was lucky enough to attend a retirement ceremony at Millennium Park for Drake Tuesday night and wish some who have been criticizing and second guessing about parks and recreation here could have heard what former Boyle County judge-executive Tony Wilder had to say about the job Drake has done. He’s a man of integrity and how he’s survived all the stones thrown at him the last couple of years is beyond me.
But Thursday we’ll celebrate all the great memories he takes with him and let him know most of us truly appreciate what he has done.
WPBK-FM Thursday Show Schedule
At 7:15 a.m. Thursday I’ll join Tim Estes on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) for our regular show.
After briefly talking UK sports, Susan Phillips — director of marketing for Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari — will join us about 7:20. I got to take the night safari last week with my four grandchildren and it was a memory-making three hours. I thought I knew what to expect, but I was still overwhelmed and my grandchildren are still talking about holding baby tigers, feeding the elephant, playing with monkeys and much, much more.
Around 7:35 a.m. Stanford’s Jessica Cornelius will join us for another update on the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship coming to Jessamine County in mid-July. Cornelius, a former Women’s State Amateur champion, is one of the key volunteers for the event — she even talked Estes into working as a marshal on the course — and will update what lies ahead.