A new year, and a new decade, began Wednesday. Nonetheless, it's worthwhile to review 2019 one last time in Caldwell County.
Here are the top 10 local stories of 2019 covered in The Times Leader.
• Jan. 19, 2019: Siemer Milling Company donated $1 million to local UK center revitalization.
Siemer Milling Company donated $1 million to the University of Kentucky Research Center's new facility in Princeton.
The gift was made in five annual installments of $200,000 each to support the Siemer Milling Company Wheat Production Program Fund, which was used for programming, equipment, outreach, and faculty and student support. The conference center at the research center was named the Siemer Milling Company Conference Center.
• Feb. 23, 2019: Ogden Memorial Methodist Church members visit the Holy Land.
A group of 21 Ogden church members traveled to Israel and visited a multitude of sites that played key roles in Christian history. The trip was sponsored by the church and conducted through Educational Opportunities.
"We were blessed by this experience," former Ogden pastor Rev. Shannon Blosser, who organized the trip, said upon the group's return. "This was one of the highlights of my ministry, to be able to take this group to Israel. Their lives will never be the same, and neither will mine."
• June 5, 2019: Lyon-Caldwell Relay for Life raises over $30,000
2019's Relay for Life was held in honor of longtime Relay volunteer Anne Webber, who died May 24 from cancer. Each survivor in attendance was presented with a medal before they took to the pavement for the first official lap of the Relay along with local caregivers. Other events that took place included a talent show -- which was won by the Lyon County Line Dancers -- and silent and live auctions. The event raised $30,156 total.
• June 26, 2019: Dr. Buddy Cash retired after decades of service to Caldwell County.
After 40 years of service, Dr. Ralph Cash Jr. retired from the Cash Family Practice. A reception was held for him June 20 in the Princeton Tourism Center. Colleagues, friends, family and loved ones gathered to honor and thank Dr. Cash and the Cash family for all they have done for the community.
• July 24, 2019: Goodwin Funeral Home welcomed into the community.
The Princeton/Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly opened Goodwin Funeral Home, which opened its doors in May. It is located at 1032 W. Main St., Princeton.
• July 31, 2019: Princeton community gathers for 10th annual Summer Slam.
HR Ministries hosted its 10th annual Summer Slam on July 27. The day began with a 5K run and a car cruise-in. The Butler lawn was littered with games and food for attendees to enjoy. The event ended with a concert featuring The Color, American Idol contestant Colton Dixon and Tauren Wells. Caleb Freeman also gave his testimony during the event. He was in a life-altering car crash.
• Oct. 26, 2019: George Coon Public Library celebrated its 90th anniversary.
The public library in Princeton celebrated 90 years of service Oct. 24 in the library's auditorium. Community members and local library attendees gathered to honor the importance of the institution. Library directors from past and present were honored for the acts they have done for the library to keep it running through the years.
• Oct. 30, 2019: Local baker competes on Food Network's Holiday Wars
Cathy Lewis, local baker and owner of Cathy's Confections Inc, announced that she and a team of three others were to compete on Cake Wars in December. She was contacted by the casting company of Food Network in July and after sending in information, she was chosen. She and her team ended up making it to the final round.
• Nov. 23, 2019: Caldwell County Middle School teacher assists in wreck involving a baby.
When Alisa Parrish, CCMS teacher from Russellville, witnessed a car accident happen right before her eyes, her only thoughts were to stop and help in any way she could. She and two other motorists stopped and soothed the baby and driver of the car while help arrived. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
• Dec. 7, 2019: New orthopedic clinic opens in Princeton.
Caldwell Medical Center opened a new orthopedic clinic for residents in Caldwell County on Dec. 1. This allowed community members to receive the services they need without traveling far. The clinic has gotten several new patients since its opening.