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March 6, 2012

Centennial Celebration set for Monday

At 100, McCreary is Kentucky’s youngest county

WHITLEY CITY —  The event McCreary Countians have been waiting 100 years for is finally less than a week away.

    Come Monday, several state and federal dignitaries will be on hand to help celebrate McCreary County’s Centennial.

    The last county of the commonwealth to be formed, McCreary was signed into being on March 12, 1912 by then Governor James B. McCreary. The legislation had been introduced by Representative William B. Creekmore, a Pine Knot businessman who spearheaded the effort to carve a new county from portions of Wayne, Pulaski and Whitley counties.

    The festivities begin at 10 a.m. at the McCreary County Courthouse. The McCreary County Performing Arts Council will present local playwright Sam Perry’s interpretation of Governor McCreary’s first visit to his namesake in 1914.

    While enjoying a piece of birthday cake, the public can take in a number of historical displays, including one in honor of the Daniel Boone National Forest which marked its 75th anniversary on February 23.

    Following a luncheon at the McCreary County Public Library, there will be a brief respite before McCreary County Fiscal Court convenes its regular March meeting at 4:30 p.m. In addition to a special proclamation from Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, the court plans to unveil updated portraits of all past county judges.

    Perhaps no one group is more excited to be a part of the Centennial Celebration than the McCreary County Girl Scouts. The national youth organization is celebrating its own 100th anniversary on the same day and local troops will mark both occassions with a tree planting on the courthouse lawn at 6 p.m.

    Centennial organizers continue to plan for more events throughout the year. For more information, contact Kay Morrow at the McCreary County Public Library, 376-8738 or Amy Combs at the McCreary County Museum, 376-5730.

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