News briefs for Jan. 23, 2020

Published 11:15 am Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Whodunit mystery at JCPL

The Jessamine County Public Library will host “1980s Prom Whodunit,” a master event, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Participants in groups of 10 will roam around the 80s high-school themed library to question suspects and examine clues to solve the case. Each participant will be given a small notebook to record their insights during the investigation. Afterward, teams must put their minds together and guess who they believe committed the crime. Registration is required to attend this event and can be done on the library’s website at All playing team members must register individually for this event. All ages are welcome to participate.

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‘Jemima Boone: Life on the Frontier’ at JCPL

Betsy Smith of Cynthiana will portray Jemima Boone, the daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, who was destined to live a life beyond the borders of civilization. The portrayal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Jessamine County Public Library, 600 S. Main St.

The Boones followed the pattern of many settlers of the time, emigrating from place to place, traveling in large parties made up of family and friends, and enduring heartbreak and hardships unimaginable to modern Americans along the way. One of the most well-known stories from Kentucky’s pioneer days involved the kidnapping by Indians and eventual rescue by her father of Jemima and two friends. 

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will last about an hour, including an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to Betsy in the character of Jemima Boone.

Alternatives Counseling/DUI offers classes for substance abuse

Alternatives Counseling / DUI assists with court-ordered DUI or substance abuse issues. The organization offers services at affordable prices with seven class times per week in Jessamine County. For more information call 859-881-1908 or 859-797-3399.

Square dance lessons offered

Down Under Squares is offering square dance lessons on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Big Blue Building at the Jessamine County Fairgrounds.

The first two lessons are free. After that, the cost will be $60 for 24 lessons.

Come join the fun, light exercise and friendship. All ages welcome including singles, couples and families. Casual Attire. For information, call 859-780-2745 or email

Jessamine DUI offers education program

The Jessamine DUI and Substance Abuse Program offers a 20-hour education program weekly from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An out-patient program is offered Mondays at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Assessments are by appointment only.

Attendees must have a court AOC form, citation and conviction date prior to appointment. For more information, call 859-213-2283.

Jessamine Piece Quilters host weekly meetings

The Jessamine Piece Quilters meets every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Nicholasville Christian Church, located at 104 S. Second St. Enter through the back door. Meetings consist of talking about quilts, planning activities and outings and bringing the latest project for show and tell. For more information, visit

Barr has office hours on second Tuesdays

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s field staff will have office hours from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Office hours are held at the fiscal court chambers of the Jessamine County Courthouse, 101 N. Main St.