September 3, 2014

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Volunteers behind Bethel Church and Cemetery restoration project receive preservation award

Charlie Pyles, Obie Fardo, Billie Newman and Frank Hussung were presented with an Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Grassroots Preservation Award by Alice Willett Heaton and Betty Matthews on Thursday, May 23 in Frankfort for the rehabilitation of Bethel Church and Cemetery.

When the awards selection committee met a few weeks ago to sort through nominations for this year’s Ida Lee Willis Awards, they were happy that many great projects and individuals had been nominated. But narrowing down the choices was going to be tough!

It became clear that a couple of the nominations stood out, for the extraordinary passion the nominees had for the historic sites they were working to preserve, and for the very personal commitment of time and resources these individuals had invested to ensure these places were preserved for future generations.