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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Gorby, McKee, Templeton named Clark County Luminaries

SPRINGFIELD, OH (Dec. 12, 2018) – Three local citizens have been designated Luminaries by the Board of Clark County Commissioners for their efforts in shining a positive light on the community.

The three Clark County Luminaries – Enon resident Marshall Gorby, South Charleston resident Jennifer McKee and Kenton Ridge High School band director Jim Templeton – will be honored at the Dec. 19 commission meeting.

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

Gorby is a western Clark County resident who serves on multiple boards and committees, including the Heritage of Flight Festival, the New Carlisle Christmas Parade and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. He has also served as a youth sports coach for multiple organizations in New Carlisle. Last summer, Gorby and others created the Mile of Food drive as part of the Heritage of Flight Festival that brought in more nearly 3,000 pounds of food for local pantries. Gorby is also an award-winning photographer and videographer at Cox Media Group Ohio, where he works for WHIO-TV, the Springfield News-Sun and the Dayton Daily News. He’s mentored countless journalists over the years.

“Marshall Gorby works tirelessly to improve the quality of life of residents in Clark County,” said Commissioner Lowell McGlothin. “He cares deeply for his neighbors and his community. He’s always willing to help and he always does it with a smile.”

McKee serves on multiple boards in South Charleston, including the Heritage Festival and the South Charleston Community Club. Recently, she served as the chair of Christmas in South Charleston. She also recently purchased two historic buildings in downtown South Charleston, which has spurred economic development in the city. She owns Village Chic and Village Cup, a clothing boutique and coffee shop in downtown. It also hosts several weekly events, including an Open Mic night, a Comedy Night and painting workshops. Jennifer has been a Kenra hair designer for most of her professional career. In the late 1990s, McKee moved away from South Charleston to live and work in Columbus and Cincinnati and returned "home" four years ago with her late husband, Donnie.

“Jennifer McKee is one of those people whose spirit for the community is infectious,” said Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt. “She has been enthusiastically involved in creating, planning and volunteering for South Charleston Heritage Days Festival and Christmas in South Charleston since their inception. She tirelessly advocates for other entrepreneurs and their businesses in the Village and mentors young business owners.”

Templeton has served as band director at Kenton Ridge High School since 1999. At that time, the band had less than 30 members. A few years later, the school’s marching band grew to more than 100 members under Templeton’s leadership. The marching band had nearly 140 members in 2018. It has played at several major events across the country, including Mardi Gras and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It often plays at other local events, including the recent grand opening of the Kroger store on Derr Road and Wittenberg University football games.

“The Kenton Ridge marching band is beloved in Clark County,” said Commissioner Rick Lohnes. “Jim Templeton is a great example of a leader with a vision. The program is a testament to what can be accomplished through great leadership, dedication and hard work, as well as great cooperation with both the community and the administration.”

The six 2018 Luminaries – including previous honorees Bill Berry, Chris Chilton and Paula Crew – will be honored at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Board of Clark County Commissioners formal meeting.


Media contact:

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