Features http://www.hclocal.com/features/todaysfeatures en American Beauties winner http://www.hclocal.com/content/american-beauties-winner <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/laura_boughton_american_beauties.jpg" alt="Laura Broughton of Pleasureville was crowned the 2015 American Beauties Plus Miss Queen in Atlanta, Ga., at the pageant’s 10th anniversary, according to a news release from pageant organizers. Broughton competed with contestants from across the United States earning top scores in her division during the three-day event. Broughton is a 2005 graduate of Henry County High School where she graduated valedictorian before earning a bachelor of arts in music and Spanish from Transylvania University in 2009. She graduated in May 2016 with a master of public health in health behavior from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and will graduate in May 2017 with her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Broughton’s platform is Forget-Me-Not: Alzheimer’s Research. During the remainder of her 2015 reign, she hopes to raise awareness for the growing concern of Alzheimer’s nationwide. “I started my platform in 2012 as at the time, both of my maternal grandparents had Alzheimer’s Disease and having to say the ‘long goodbye’ to them was difficult. I started a benefit concert series from the ground up in my hometown called Forget-Me-Not: An Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert that has since raised over $5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research. It’s my hope that someday no one will have to watch someone they love die in spirit and not in body, becoming a shell of the vibrant person they used to be — spending years saying goodbye. And with the baby boomer population beginning to really cross that threshold, we’re only going to see a spike in diagnoses so now is the time to try to make a difference.” Broughton hopes to host a pageant and carnival to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association this fall in Central Kentucky." title="Laura Broughton of Pleasureville was crowned the 2015 American Beauties Plus Miss Queen in Atlanta, Ga., at the pageant’s 10th anniversary, according to a news release from pageant organizers. Broughton competed with contestants from across the United States earning top scores in her division during the three-day event. Broughton is a 2005 graduate of Henry County High School where she graduated valedictorian before earning a bachelor of arts in music and Spanish from Transylvania University in 2009. She graduated in May 2016 with a master of public health in health behavior from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and will graduate in May 2017 with her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Broughton’s platform is Forget-Me-Not: Alzheimer’s Research. During the remainder of her 2015 reign, she hopes to raise awareness for the growing concern of Alzheimer’s nationwide. “I started my platform in 2012 as at the time, both of my maternal grandparents had Alzheimer’s Disease and having to say the ‘long goodbye’ to them was difficult. I started a benefit concert series from the ground up in my hometown called Forget-Me-Not: An Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert that has since raised over $5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research. It’s my hope that someday no one will have to watch someone they love die in spirit and not in body, becoming a shell of the vibrant person they used to be — spending years saying goodbye. And with the baby boomer population beginning to really cross that threshold, we’re only going to see a spike in diagnoses so now is the time to try to make a difference.” Broughton hopes to host a pageant and carnival to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association this fall in Central Kentucky." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The cast for ‘Steel Magnolias’ http://www.hclocal.com/content/cast-%E2%80%98steel-magnolias%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/steel_magnolias_cast.jpg" alt="The Theatre Downstream recently announced its cast for their upcoming summer show, “Steel Magnolias.” The show will be co-directed by James Russell Cooper* and Kevin Whitt. Pictured are, from left, Teresa Wentzel as Clairee, Jill Barnes-Moore as Ouiser, Joy Willoughby as Truvy, Ashley Raymer-Brown as Shelby, Laura Adams as M’Lynn and Rachael Yeager as Annelle. Performances will take place for one weekend only Aug. 11 through 14 at the John W. Smith Auditorium, located at the Henry County High School. The Thursday through Saturday performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. Theatre Downstream recently received recognition for prior productions including its production of “Beauty and the Beast,” as winner of the Best Musical Award from Broadway World Louisville Awards 2015, as well as best set design. Downstream Theatre member James Russell Cooper also recently received an honorable mention by the Tony Excellence in Theatre Education Award Committee for his work with the Henry County Public Schools Drama program. For more about the performance company, go to www.thetheatredownstream.com." title="The Theatre Downstream recently announced its cast for their upcoming summer show, “Steel Magnolias.” The show will be co-directed by James Russell Cooper* and Kevin Whitt. Pictured are, from left, Teresa Wentzel as Clairee, Jill Barnes-Moore as Ouiser, Joy Willoughby as Truvy, Ashley Raymer-Brown as Shelby, Laura Adams as M’Lynn and Rachael Yeager as Annelle. Performances will take place for one weekend only Aug. 11 through 14 at the John W. Smith Auditorium, located at the Henry County High School. The Thursday through Saturday performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. Theatre Downstream recently received recognition for prior productions including its production of “Beauty and the Beast,” as winner of the Best Musical Award from Broadway World Louisville Awards 2015, as well as best set design. Downstream Theatre member James Russell Cooper also recently received an honorable mention by the Tony Excellence in Theatre Education Award Committee for his work with the Henry County Public Schools Drama program. For more about the performance company, go to www.thetheatredownstream.com." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Three attend sheriffs’ ranch http://www.hclocal.com/content/three-attend-sheriffs%E2%80%99-ranch <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sheriffs_ranch_campers.jpg" alt="Campers attending the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch participate in a program designed to build their self-esteem while teaching them respect for themselves, others and law enforcement professionals. The camp is free through support from Kentucky sheriffs, members and contributors. Those attending from Henry County this year included front, from left, Randy Northern, Gabriel Syatt and Jordan Clift. Also pictured are Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens with daughter Macey and ranch assistant head counselor Anden Quarles. Activities at the camp included a drug awareness education program, arts and crafts, nature, sports, swimming, fishing, archery and more." title="Campers attending the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch participate in a program designed to build their self-esteem while teaching them respect for themselves, others and law enforcement professionals. The camp is free through support from Kentucky sheriffs, members and contributors. Those attending from Henry County this year included front, from left, Randy Northern, Gabriel Syatt and Jordan Clift. Also pictured are Henry County Sheriff Danny Cravens with daughter Macey and ranch assistant head counselor Anden Quarles. Activities at the camp included a drug awareness education program, arts and crafts, nature, sports, swimming, fishing, archery and more." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Pleasureville high holds reunion http://www.hclocal.com/content/pleasureville-high-holds-reunion <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pleasureville_60th_high_school_reunion.jpg" alt="The 1956 graduate class of Pleasureville High School held their 60th reunion Saturday, June 18, at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Present were, front row, from left: Billie Quisenberry Morgan, Aline Raisor Baugh and Ruby Fink Willhite; and back row: Margie Hoskins Wade, Wanda and Marlyn Browning, Gerald Spear, Kathleen Roberts, Jimmy Hall, Vaden Hardin, Alva Robinson and Paul McKee." title="The 1956 graduate class of Pleasureville High School held their 60th reunion Saturday, June 18, at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Present were, front row, from left: Billie Quisenberry Morgan, Aline Raisor Baugh and Ruby Fink Willhite; and back row: Margie Hoskins Wade, Wanda and Marlyn Browning, Gerald Spear, Kathleen Roberts, Jimmy Hall, Vaden Hardin, Alva Robinson and Paul McKee." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The 1956 graduate class of Pleasureville High School held their 60th reunion Saturday, June 18, at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Present were, front row, from left: Billie Quisenberry Morgan, Aline Raisor Baugh and Ruby Fink Willhite; and back row: Margie Hoskins Wade, Wanda and Marlyn Browning, Gerald Spear, Kathleen Roberts, Jimmy Hall, Vaden Hardin, Alva Robinson and Paul McKee.</p> Aldridges celebrate 50 years http://www.hclocal.com/content/aldridges-celebrate-50-years <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aldridge1966_anniversary.jpg" alt="1966" title="1966" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Darrell and Linda Aldridge of Bagdad, owners of All the Way Shoppe catering, were married on June 30, 1966.<br /> They are the parents of Tony Aldridge (Meghan) of Bagdad, Keith Aldridge (Sheila) of Melbourne, Fla., Brian Aldridge (Sara) of Simpsonville; grandparents of Dara Barker (Josh) of Piedmont, S.C., Abbey Aldridge, Cooper Aldridge, Ethan Aldridge, Ellen Aldridge, Autumn Aldridge, Arron Aldridge, Alex Aldridge; great-grandparents of Tristan Rowlette and Jackson Barker.<br /> Ruckers recognized http://www.hclocal.com/content/ruckers-recognized <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grand_marshals.jpg" alt="Campbellsburg Mayor Rex Morgan named Rev. Carl and Joann Rucker as Campbellsburg Day’s grand marshals for the community celebration June 18. To further recognize them, Morgan also presented the Ruckers with this plaque, saying he wanted to honor them for their many years of contributions and service to the city and surrounding community." title="Campbellsburg Mayor Rex Morgan named Rev. Carl and Joann Rucker as Campbellsburg Day’s grand marshals for the community celebration June 18. To further recognize them, Morgan also presented the Ruckers with this plaque, saying he wanted to honor them for their many years of contributions and service to the city and surrounding community." align="left" hspace="6" width="104" height="85" /><p> Campbellsburg Mayor Rex Morgan named Rev. Carl and Joann Rucker as Campbellsburg Day&rsquo;s grand marshals for the community celebration June 18. To further recognize them, Morgan also presented the Ruckers with this plaque, saying he wanted to honor them for their&nbsp;&nbsp; many years of contributions and service to the city and surrounding community.</p> Napiers celebrate 50-year anniversary http://www.hclocal.com/content/napiers-celebrate-50-year-anniversary <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/50_year_anniversary.jpg" alt="The Napiers" title="The Napiers" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> Brown-Beverly engagement http://www.hclocal.com/content/brown-beverly-engagement <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beverly_and_brown_engagement.jpg" alt="James Beverly and Candice Brown" title="James Beverly and Candice Brown" align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> James Beverly and Candice Brown recently announced their engagement and plans to be married in Crestwood this fall.<br /> James Beverly is the son of Wesley Sr. and Karen Beverly of Port Royal, a 12-year member of the Campbellsburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue and a graduate of Henry County High School.<br /> Candice Brown is the daughter of Gregory Sr. and Carolynn Brown of La Grange. She is an Army Reserve veteran and is studying for a bachelors degree in business management. She graduated from Oldham County High School.</p>