The Leader-News asked local leaders about their favorite things about Christmas and this festive time of year. As well, we wanted to know about their outlooks for
2020 as Muhlenberg County takes new challenges head-on.

Jessica Browning, President GMCOC

What is your favorite Christmas memory? When I was little we would spend all day Christmas Eve visiting family. We would gather at my grandparents’ home for breakfast, lunch at my other set of grandparents, and the evening at both of my great-grandparents’ homes. Christmas to me is all about family, and that’s a tradition we try to continue with our children.

What is your favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year? I love Christmas music! My children and I are involved in choirs at our church (First Baptist in Greenville), and we always look forward to those practices and performances. We also love to attend other churches’ Christmas plays and cantatas.
 
What are you looking forward to, whether it be professionally or personally in the coming year? My family has a couple of trips planned that I am looking forward to. Brady is 8 and Bailey is 6 and sometimes it seems like they change overnight- I am excited to watch them grow this year. Professionally, I am looking forward to growing in my role at the hospital and within the community. I think 2020 is going to be a great year!

Freddie Mayes, Central City Tourism

What is your favorite Christmas memory? There are many of those. The first Christmas after our oldest child was old enough to get excited about it would be my favorite. One of our neighbors dressed up like Santa Claus one night and came over and knocked on our door. It’s something I won’t forget.

What is your favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year? The Christmas Eve church service at First Baptist Church in Central City. is something I look forward to It’s a candlelight service that is so meaningful.

What are you looking forward to, whether it be professionally or personally in the coming year? Planning the schedule of events for tourism in 2020 next year is something I’m really excited about. Personally, I’m looking forward to playing more golf.

Jan Yonts, Greenville Mayor

What is your favorite Christmas memory? Going to my grandparent’s house in Illinois. I remember going as a child and being with family. What made it so special because all my family was from here, but they all moved away. I was an only child, so getting to spend time with family during the holidays made it very special.

What is your favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year? I think my favorite thing to do is drive through town and look at the Christmas lights and see how festive everything is. I love to go home to my fully decorated house and see it all lit up. My husband decorated it and I didn’t have anything to do with it.

What are you looking forward to, whether it be professionally or personally this coming year? I’m anxious to see what type of growth we are going to have in Greenville and Muhlenberg County. I feel that it’s going to be a great year for our city and our county.

State Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty

What is your favorite Christmas memory? My favorite Christmas memory is a collective one. We worked with the youth in our church for many years and it never seemed like Christmas until we went Christmas caroling to the shut-ins of our church. Our church is in Central City. However, we have church members that live all over the county. It was always wonderful to me to travel as a group all over the county singing to our church family and then celebrating together afterwards.

What is your favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year? My favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year is to visit live Nativity scenes put on by our churches, particularly with our grandchildren and talk about the real meaning of Christmas and have it come to life!

What are you looking forward to, whether it be professionally or personally this coming year? Professionally, truing to serve the people of the 15th District as well as stand for the common good for all Kentuckians. Personally, spending as much time as I can with our grandchildren and family when time allows.

Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee

What is your favorite Christmas memory? Probably, as a child my favorite Christmas memory is getting an aquarium. I asked for a goldfish bowl one year. We grew up in the country and my family didn’t have a lot of extra money. But I was pleasantly surprised to receive an aquarium that year. As I grew up and as I became an adult, I’ve almost always had an aquarium.

What is your favorite thing to do in Muhlenberg County this time of year? It would be hard to focus on only one thing. I enjoy looking at the Christmas lights. Being with family and friends is my most enjoyable thing to do.

What are you looking forward to, whether it be professionally or personally in the coming year? From a professional perspective, I’m looking forward to continuing my education and working diligently as a Judge-Executive continuing attempting to recruit new businesses. Personally, I’m looking forward to becoming a healthier person in general—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

*For more stories, see the 12-23 edition of the Leader-News.

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