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Homeowners Awarded for Taking Pride in Their Properties
By Emily Parrino, KY New Era Features Editor - Published July 25, 2008

You might have recognized these details from the front porch of Eddie and Debbie Cannon’s Virginia Street home, July winner of the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission’s Yard of the Month award for Ward 12.

Kelly Jackson, beautification commission chair, said the new contest was set in motion to honor those who put time and effort into making their front yard stand out.

“I’ve said this a couple of times; we’re working on beautifying Hopkinsville one yard at a time,” Jackson said. “There’s a lot of people already doing good things.”

This month, the commission awarded many for the good things they’ve done in front of their homes.

Hopkinsville Beautification Commission July Yard of the Month recipients were James and Faith Watkins of 110 Lindwood Drive, Landis and Charlene Groves of 210 Adams Avenue, Jane Hall of 1701 Woodson Dive, Bill and Wanda Stevenson of 205 Blane Drive, Wade and Elizabeth (Bib) Northington of 205 Lewis Bridge Way, Leonard and Patsy Ezell of 2930 Cox Mill Road, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Stratton of 204 Marietta Drive, James and Carol Young of 400 E. Parkview Drive, Carolyn Price of 2302 South Main Street, Hoy and Delores Cox of 921 Rose Drive and Eddie and Debbie Cannon of 1800 South Virginia Street.

Ward representatives are responsible for picking their winner from those nominated either by the homeowner or someone else, based on attractiveness of the front lawn, landscaping and structures like fences and porches.

Extra consideration might be given to yards with accessories such as sculptures, birdbaths, potted plants or furniture. Most of all the yard should tell passerbys that the owner takes pride in his or her landscape and property. Only the part of the yard that can be seen from the street will be judged.

A home can only be selected once per year, but homes that are nominated can be picked for the award any of the months — April through October — when the commission will be awarding the title.

“If you call in a name, they’re still in the running for future months even if they don’t get picked the month they’re nominated,” Jackson explained.

The commission hopes to highlight the beauty in the city and even spur some competition among homeowners to have the best yards in town.

The horticulture specialist sited a study done by the Chamber of Commerce that showed visitors to Hopkinsville have a higher opinion of the town than the people who live here.

“There are a lot of people who already take pride in their property and we need to recognize that,” he said.

Winners will receive a specially designed “Yard of the Month” sign placed in their front yard for month, a certificate of recognition signed by Mayor Dan Kemp, and recognition on the City of Hopkinsville Web site.

To nominate a yard, contact the Hopkinsville Beautification Commision at 270-890-0200 or

Beautification in Bloom:Yard of the Month Awards Could Start Early This Summer

By Melanie George, New Era staff writer - Published April 8, 2008

The Hopkinsville Beautification Commission has its plate full of ideas and is raring to go after the commission’s second meeting Monday night.

Within the next couple of months, the newly established commission’s projects include Yard of the Month, hanging flower baskets downtown, the elementary students’ Cleanup Walk, the Adopt-a-Spot Program and establishing a mission statement for the Beautification Commission.

“I think we can get the Yard of the Month program started by June very easily,” said Anne Casey, Mayor Dan Kemp’s administrative assistant who chaired the meeting, because Chairman Kelly Jackson was absent due to a family funeral.

The commissioners agreed that each ward should have a Yard of the Month recognized with a small sign by the Beautification Commission.

Commissioners will be the judges for Yard of the Month.

“Commissioners should rotate wards,” said Councilman Pam Neely, who sat in on the meeting.

Another agenda item the commissioners discussed is hanging flower baskets downtown.

“Flowers make you feel welcomed to the town,” said Mike Perry, the city grounds maintenance superintendent.

He said the hanging basket project will go before Long Range Planning on Friday for approval.

Terry Rudd, Hopkinsville’s street superintendent, encouraged the commissioners to get involved with the Partners Against Litter Cleanup Walk on May 9.

“This is a very exciting day for elementary school kids — they think that it is grand,” Rudd said.

He said last year 1,000 kids participated.

“It is important because it teaches kids about reducing trash,” Rudd said.

Community efforts to keep the city beautified such as, the Adopt-a-Spot program will continue, Casey announced.

She said there are 19 Adopt-a-Spots, as of Monday.

In other business, the commission discussed adopting a mission statement.

Casey said she and Jackson liked the East Providence, R.I., Beautification Mission Statement.

Its statement is: “To encourage projects and efforts which help to rejuvenate and beautify open spaces and properties throughout East Providence.”

Commissioners Bruce Bader, Sylvester Moore and Richard Smith volunteered to work on a mission statement and present it to the commission at the next meeting May 5.

Smith was also appointed by the commission to serve as the Beautification Commission vice chair.