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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Conscious Connect, Waddle, Lowrey duo named Clark County Luminaries

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (June 20, 2019) – Three local citizens and a non-profit organization have been designated Luminaries by the Board of Clark County Commissioners for their efforts in shining a positive light on the community.

The Clark County Luminaries – non-profit organization The Conscious Connect, South Charleston resident Steve Waddle and New Carlisle residents Mike and April Lowrey – will be honored at the June 25 Champion City Kings game in Springfield.

The Luminaries program was created by commissioners in 2018 to celebrate people making a difference in their community.

The Conscious Connect is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end urban book deserts throughout the country. It was founded by Wittenberg University graduates Karlos Marshall and Moses B. Mbeseha in 2015. Since that time, the organization has placed more than 30,000 free books in little libraries, barbershops, schools and churches throughout Ohio, including four community reading parks.

“Karlos and Moses are filling an important need in the community,” said Commissioner Rick Lohnes. “They’re showing the children of Springfield and Clark County the importance of literacy and how it will affect their lives in the future.”

Waddle, a South Charleston resident and farmer, is the man behind the legendary Clark County Fair pork chop. It started in the mid-1970s as a fundraiser for the Clark County Pork Producers’ and has been a staple at the fair for decades. Over the years, the lines got longer, the legend grew larger and the man organizing and managing the food planning and preparation remained the same. Three generations of the Waddle family continue to support the fair booth and take the show on the road to the South Vienna Corn Festival.

 “What people see, smell and taste is the famous Clark County Fair pork chops that Steve Waddle has spent years perfecting,” said Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt. “But that is just the most recognizable part of Steve’s lifelong efforts to promote the pork industry in Clark County. The Clark County Pork Producers trailer raises funds with the food sales, and uses those dollars to support 4-H and FFA youth, and promote the growth of commercial swine production and pork as a healthy protein source. That’s why Clark County continues to be one of Ohio’s leading pork producing counties.”

Mike and April Lowrey work tirelessly to make the New Carlisle community a better place. The duo volunteers their time annually to organize several events, including the Heritage of Flight Festival and the New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. They also have a played a key role in operating the New Carlisle Pool. Mike Lowrey is the Mayor of New Carlisle.

“They’re both outstanding individuals who’ve greatly improved the quality of life in both New Carlisle and Clark County and they’ve been doing it for years,” said Commissioner Lowell McGlothin.

The Luminaries will be honored before the Champion City Kings game at 6:30 p.m. June 25 at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield.

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Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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