Chamber celebrates change

By Matt Lasley -

The Grayson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated change during its membership luncheon on Thursday, May 12, the last luncheon until August.

The May membership luncheon was the final luncheon of Becky Escue’s tenure as Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, as well as Greg Bernard’s term as Chamber of Commerce President.

Escue’s last official day as Executive Director will be Monday, May 30; however, new Chamber Executive Director April Spalding has already begun and is working with Escue.

Escue, who is contracted with the Chamber until September, said during the luncheon that she hopes Spalding will take the Chamber in a new direction, and she is excited for her new career opportunity working with her family.

Bernard, of Mid-Park, Inc., also took the opportunity to speak during the luncheon, expressing his gratitude for Escue’s work and excitement for the changes coming to the Chamber this summer.

“She’s absolutely leaving [the Chamber] in a better position than it was when she found it the second time,” Bernard said of Escue.

Bernard also welcomed Spalding and Chamber President-Elect Jennifer Newton, owner of Whoop-De-Do Design, whose one-year term will begin in June.

“It’s a time of change,” said Bernard, whose term as Chamber President will conclude on June 1.

Bernard said he is pleased to pass the position of Chamber President on to Newton, whom will be one of only a few women to fill the position.

Also during the luncheon:

*April Bowman, of the Grayson County Business Boosters (GCBB), discussed the group, which sponsored the May luncheon.

The GCBB formed about five years ago with the goal to help promote local businesses and strengthen the network among local business representatives.

GCBB members Chris Geary, Leitchfield Postmaster, and Carla Stivers, owner of Snap Fitness provided testimonials to the benefits of joining the GCBB, as well.

The GCBB meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the basement of the Leitchfield Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. branch.

*Leitchfield City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson reminded attendees that the fourth annual Art in the Park, sponsored by the Grayson County Alliance, will be held Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

Depending on the weather, the Grayson County Alliance (GCA) was expected to make a decision this week on whether to keep Art in the Park in its original location at James D. Beville City Park or move it to the Grayson County Middle School gym.

For updates on Art in the Park’s location, visit the GCA Art in the Park Facebook page or

Stevenson also said that the Grayson County Historical Society is celebrating Leitchfield’s 150th birthday and is in need of city memorabilia for a display in the Jack Thomas House.

*Steven Smith, of The Cecilian Bank, said the merger of Leitchfield Deposit Bank with The Cecilian Bank will take place the weekend of May 21, and the new merged bank will begin business on Monday, May 23.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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