Tee on the Team

North Oldham High School honored their senior boys basketball manager by starting him in the last home game of the regular season. Tee Salinas has been the Mustang's manager since he was in the sixth grade and finished out his career at NOHS by scoring the first two points in the game. Tee's special night was covered by nearly every Louisville media outlet and Tee's fellow students got Tee on sports center by tweeting #GetTeeOnSportsCenter. Tee has always been a sports fan and medaled in the Special Olympics last golf season. The gym was full of people who were eager to give back to Tee, it was an amazing thing to witness. 

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Tiny Voices

Karen Eldridge and Bobbi Kelly peek out of Karen's Book Barn in downtown La Grange to see kindergardeners from La Grange Elementary singing Christmas carols.

Karen Eldridge and Bobbi Kelly peek out of Karen's Book Barn in downtown La Grange to see kindergardeners from La Grange Elementary singing Christmas carols.

Update

Hi there friend,

 Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog, it really means a lot to me. I just wanted to give a quick update on what has been going on here in La Grange. 

 Last weekend I was fortunate enough to win first place in the Kentucky News Photographers Association's annual competition in the multimedia category with At the heart of it, the piece on the coal mining Wilson family. I am so thankful for this opportunity and encourage you to check out the amazing work that was featured in this years competition at www.knpa.org.

 Also, I have been shooting a lot of sports. Now for those of you who know my work, you know that sports isn't my strong suit, so I am so very excited to get to work on my skills! With three high schools in the county I know that I will have my plate full but I honestly could not be happier.


My "trophy" was a mini Louisville Slugger!

My "trophy" was a mini Louisville Slugger!

I hope you're having an amazing day!

All my love,

Alix



Twice as nice

Oldham County's Brady Emerson, left,, and his twin brother, Max, will enter this years state wrestling duals with winning records. Brady, who competes in the 126-pound weight class, is 32-3 while Max is 33-2 in the 170-pound weight class.

Oldham County's Brady Emerson, left,, and his twin brother, Max, will enter this years state wrestling duals with winning records. Brady, who competes in the 126-pound weight class, is 32-3 while Max is 33-2 in the 170-pound weight class.

A Community Thanksgiving

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   Wanda Christian serves gravy to community members during the annual Thanksgiving diner that was held at the La Grange Community Center on Saturday. The dinner is free to everyone and is hosted  by local churches. "The denominations come together to feed the people, thats the greatest thing," said Tom Baughman of Beauland Baptist.

Wanda Christian serves gravy to community members during the annual Thanksgiving diner that was held at the La Grange Community Center on Saturday. The dinner is free to everyone and is hosted  by local churches. "The denominations come together to feed the people, thats the greatest thing," said Tom Baughman of Beauland Baptist.

Listening Tour

Congressman Thomas Massie, right, is introduced by State Senator Ernie Harris as the Goshen General Store. Massie was conducting a listening tour around his district in which he updated constituents on what he has been doing and fielded questions.

Congressman Thomas Massie, right, is introduced by State Senator Ernie Harris as the Goshen General Store. Massie was conducting a listening tour around his district in which he updated constituents on what he has been doing and fielded questions.

Fostering Love

Debbie Lance offers a snack to one of the four children she and her husband are currently fostering. The Lance's have been foster parents since 2008 and have thirteen children, four foster children and nine grandchildren.

Debbie Lance offers a snack to one of the four children she and her husband are currently fostering. The Lance's have been foster parents since 2008 and have thirteen children, four foster children and nine grandchildren.

With eight kids in the house, Debbie Lance needs two calendars to keep track of every appointment.

 

Foster parents Debbie and Roger Lance currently have seventeen kids in their life. Between the ten biological children from previous marriages, the three adopted children and the four they are currently fostering, the Lance household is always busy.

 

Debbie has always known she wanted to be a foster mother. Before her marriage to Roger Lance in 2005, she gave him an ultimatum.

 

"I knew this was something I was going to do and if we were going to be married he had to be on board," Debbie said.

 

Three years into their marriage Debbie quit her job at a local preschool to make sure her family would be financially stable on one salary.

 

Six months later, the Lance's signed up with the state's oldest child welfare agency, Maryhurst. After being accepted as a suitable home, the Lance's received their first child. Shortly after beginning their foster parent journey, both Debbie and Roger were diagnosed with cancer within six months of each other.

 

After making a full recovery the Lance's opened up their home again. Through the fostering process, they came to their first adoption, a teenager named Sarah.

 

"We fell in love with her right away and knew we wanted to adopt," Debbie said.

 

The couple was then asked to watch a set of three-year-old twins so another foster family could have a break. The twins had fetal alcohol syndrome, which led to a weekend of sleepless nights for the Lance's. 

 

"After they left we said we could never do that again," Debbie said.

 

 Little did Debbie know she would soon become their mother.

 

A few months after providing respite care for the twins, the Lance's received a call asking if they would care for the twins full time. The couple agreed and ended up adopting them. Now in second grade, the twins are doing well.

 

Currently, the Lance's are fostering four brothers and sisters that range in age from three months to four years old.

 

The next move for the Lance family is a new vehicle. Currently, the whole family cannot fit into one vehicle, so an upgrade is in order. A 12-passenger van will soon be gracing the driveway of the Lance household.

 

For those who wish to follow the Lance's story or join their foster and adoption community, a Facebook page called "Lance's Lot" has been created. Debbie hopes that other families will like the page and become part of the foster community in Oldham County.

 

"To me, it doesn't make sense why people don't foster," Debbie said. "If they have the room in their home and a heart for children, they can do it. There are so many children in Kentucky who need a home."

 

East PRIDE

Air Force veteran Chester Fust, of La Grange, Ky., was one of the approximately  63 veterans invited to East Oldham Middle School for their celebration of the Armed Forces. The event was held November 13, as part of the schools monthly initiative to build school and community pride.

Air Force veteran Chester Fust, of La Grange, Ky., was one of the approximately  63 veterans invited to East Oldham Middle School for their celebration of the Armed Forces. The event was held November 13, as part of the schools monthly initiative to build school and community pride.

Eighth grade ambassadors Tristan Henson,left, Madelyn Burgess, Lauren Hardesy, and Ashley Spillman speaks with Navy retiree Orville Bryant about his uniform. 

Eighth grade ambassadors Tristan Henson,left, Madelyn Burgess, Lauren Hardesy, and Ashley Spillman speaks with Navy retiree Orville Bryant about his uniform.