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Weather doesn’t stop Radcliff Mayor’s Breakfast

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Duvall hosts final meal as city's leader

By Gina Clear

Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall was pleased at the attendance of his fourth and final Mayor’s Breakfast Saturday despite the weather.

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The breakfast, at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff, had an estimated 200 in attendance, Duvall said, even though the area received snow overnight.

“We had a great crowd considering the weather,” he said. “It was very nice. I’m very happy with the community participation.”

For the last three years, Ramona Craig has attended with her family and said the snow wasn’t going to keep them from the event.

“We’re not afraid to drive in the snow. Bad weather never keeps me in,” she said. “We enjoy getting the kids out, the fellowship and meeting all the people. We turn it into a family event every year.”

Russell McQueary said what brought him to the breakfast with neighbor Fred Campbell was four-wheel drive, which brought a chuckle from those at his table, but Albert Combs added the food also was a factor.

“Everything is always good,” he said. “There are a lot of good cooks who prepared the food and good citizen contribution.”

Linda Dixon came to “support the mayor” and appreciated the work of North Middle School’s Junior Leadership Corps members serving at the event.

“I enjoyed seeing them come out and working to make the breakfast a success,” she said.

Neal Gibbs, JLC instructor, said civic duty is part of the program’s curriculum and by partnering with the Optimist Club of Radcliff, he is able to provide these opportunities to his students.

“One of the things to teach them is to give back to the community,” he said. “Half of the kids didn’t know who the mayor was. It’s important for them to know who their elected officials are.”

JLC members DaVia Daniel and Lauren Rollerson said they enjoyed helping others carry their plates and find seats at the breakfast.

“People complimented us on how hard we worked,” Lauren said. “It is important to help out the community. It makes you feel good to help others.”

Part of the success of the event, Duvall said, was participation from area businesses and civic organizations that volunteered to make food for or serve at the event.

Pattey Hobbs from Alpha Kappa Alpha, who served various sausages at the breakfast, said it was important for her organization to participate to fulfill its mission.

“Our mission is ‘Service to all mankind,’” she said. “We already made a commitment to be here.”

“People were already out,” Renne Wingate added. “We prepared for this, so we came.”

The breakfast was “bittersweet” for Duvall because it was his final as mayor – he is running for county judge-executive – but he said he hopes the next mayor continues the tradition.

“It helps bring the people together to socialize,” he said. “It’s a good family event.”

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.