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By MARIANNE HALE
VINE GROVE — They might not be strolling down the red carpet at Vine Grove City Hall, or draping themselves in designer duds, but Vine Grove residents will gather for an evening including awards at the city’s semiannual town hall meeting tonight at 6:30.
Officials will honor those who helped the city’s residents during the January ice storm, said Donna Broadway, events coordinator and grant writer for the city. Three Hometown Hero awards will be announced at tonight’s meeting, too.
Also, there will be an auction to raise money for festivals, such as Autumn Daze and Dickens of a Christmas, and recreational programs, Broadway said.
Cary Broussard, city clerk and treasurer, said city council members and representatives for local baseball, softball and soccer programs will probably confer on how the money raised for recreational programs could be best spent.
Broadway said Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, will hand out awards to city employees and the police department to thank them for their help during the ice storm.
The city had a special meeting last month to give awards to people who helped during the storm, but not everyone could attend, Mayor Donovan Smith said.
Smith said he’ll give awards to those who couldn’t be at the last meeting.
During the ice storm, fire department members and their families helped deliver water from trucks to Vine Grove, a city left without running water in the wake of the storm, Broadway said. They made lines through the streets and formed “bucket brigades” to flush toilets.
“Every two feet was another fire department person or their family — sons, daughters, wives,” she said. “It was just impressive.”
Smith said it’s important to give out these awards to people who deserve them.
“I think when people go above and beyond, they need to be awarded,” he said.
Marianne Hale can be reached at (270) 505-1740.