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The Lawrence County Community Foundation would like to remind area non-profit organizations that grant applications are still available at the Community Foundation office for their Open Grant Cycle.  The application is also available online at www.cfpartner.org/lccfgrants.htm.

Over $70,000 is available for charitable programs and projects that serve the residents of Lawrence County; additional funds are available for specific areas of need.  Local non-profit organizations classified under IRS section 501(c)(3), educational institutions, and governmental entities are encouraged to apply.

Lawrence County Community Foundation is located in the old post office building at 1324 K Street, Suite 150, Bedford.  Completed grant applications must be received by the Community Foundation by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to be considered for funding.


St. Vincent provider Becky Leigh Allmon, DO, Named ‘Matthew 25 Award’ Winner

Volunteerism and serving the community in need are qualities that make up the St. Vincent Medical Group Matthew 25 Award.

Congratulations to Becky Leigh Allmon, DO, winner of this year’s Matthew 25 Award.  This annual award is given to a St. Vincent provider who has, through their actions, displayed a spirit of service to their community and to vulnerable populations.

The award is named after chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew and recognizes care providers, who through their compassionate service, exemplify Jesus Christ’s ministry to those in need. The award also represents the Mission and Values of St. Vincent by practicing the importance creativity, stewardship, wisdom and caring for the poor and vulnerable.

“I am humbled and surprised to have received this award,” said Dr. Allmon. “It is quite an honor, and I feel blessed to be a part of this great organization.”

According to her nomination, Dr. Allmon see patients from the Bedford area at the local community health and wellness clinic. She works with the elderly and most vulnerable, patients released from jail and prison, and patients impacted by the opioid crisis. She volunteers to work most holidays so other providers can spend time with their families.

Dr. Allmon also founded a clinic in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricanes in an effort to provide free medical care to the local community. She unselfishly volunteers her time, services and money to care for those still impacted by the hurricanes.

Thank you Dr. Allmon for your generous service and contributions to our community.


Applications now available for the Lawrence County Community Foundation 2019 Open Grant Cycle.

Applications are now available for the Lawrence County Community Foundation 2019 Open Grant Cycle.  Over $70,000 will be available for charitable programs and projects that serve the residents of Lawrence County.  Additional funding is available for specific causes such as parks, disadvantaged children, and senior citizens.

The 2018 Open Grant Cycle awarded almost $59,000 to twenty-nine Lawrence County groups and agencies including White River Humane Society, Springville Community Association, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Becky’s Place, Mitchell Parks & Recreation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County.  The 2019 cycle is funded by the David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Dollens Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, and the Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund.

The 2019 grant application is available online at http://www.cfpartner.org/lccfgrants.htm   Application packets are also available at the Community Foundation office located in the old Bedford post office building at 1324 K Street, Suite 150, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.    Non-profit organizations recognized by the IRS as having 501(c)(3) status, educational institutions, and governmental entities are eligible to apply.

Completed applications must be received by the Community Foundation by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to be considered for funding.


Howard Scott Announces Candidacy for Bedford City Council District 3

As a citizen of Lawrence County for 59 years and a resident of District 3 for 15 years I can relate to the needs of my neighbors.  At the age of 69, I have noticed all the changes that have happened, and my experience as an Engineer should give me insight into those issues.  The city is involved in construction issues and the Stellar Project.  The financing and physical concerns of these issues will be areas where I will be able to help the City.  The same goes for sewer waste, aging drainage pipes, aging city buildings, potholes etc.  In District 3 there are several roads that need repair.  Please lend me your support and vote for a councilman who will work for the city of Bedford.

For those who would like some information on my background, lets start with my graduation from Bedford High School in 1967.  From there I went to Purdue University, while working as co-op student at Naval Weapons Station at Crane.  In 1972 I married Sherri Priddy from Oolitic and we have 3 children, two live in Lawrence County.  After Graduation as an Engineer we lived in several locations around the Country and we returned to work at Naval Weapons Station, Crane.  While working at Crane we supplemented our income doing taxes, selling real estate, and buying rentals.  Sherri worked as a LPN and an employee of Visteon.   I obtained an MBA at Ball State and an MSE at Purdue.  I was licensed as Professional Engineer.  Before retiring from Crane I received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

Since retiring I have continued selling Real Estate and worked 3 years as a Manager at Tri Star Engineering.  Being a grandfather and great grandfather has also taken a large portion of my time.

Hawkins Enters Mayoral Contest

Michael Hawkins has entered the upcoming race for Bedford Mayor.  A 1983 BNL graduate, Hawkins continued his education at Vincennes University and Cincinnati Christian University.   His professional resume includes an extensive background in Marketing, with a focus on logistics in the consumables industry.  “Keeping independent retailers’ shelves stocked with fresh produce, groceries, meats, and sweets has evolved from my early days of working with my family at the old Hamilton Harris wholesale company that was here in Bedford for many years.”

“That early work experience down on H Street led to the opportunity to service and supply customers nationally and internationally.  I’ve always found that whether I’m negotiating with a chain of 700 plus retail outlets in Kentucky or a mom and pop shop in Southern Indiana, the needs of the customer are always the same.  Local business is a part of the fabric of the community, and serves a purpose much greater than what many see on the surface.  And in Bedford, our existing large and small businesses are a crucial part of our culture and future.”

Some of the key components of Hawkins’ professional resume include:  Managing Human Resources, assimilating teams for the organization, developing and executing multi-million dollar budgets, while building relationships with large and small corporations establishing negotiations that led to long term supply agreements, significantly impacting the company’s employment numbers.

Hawkins is entering his 7th year of serving as the Minister at 39th Street Christian Church in Bedford.  “Working with the youth in the areas around our church really opened my eyes to some unmet needs in our community.  We live with neighbors who have so much to offer, and we are blessed with so many resources that can and should make a difference in the quality of life for our citizens.”

He owns and operates Heartland North, LLC, a Real Estate and Auction company.  Hawkins is a member of American Patriot Lodge 750 and serves on the Hoosier Hills Emmaus Board.  Michael and wife Stephanie have 3 children and one grandchild.  Email Michael at HawkinsforBedford@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.