Bert T. Combs Symposium held at EKU Manchester
The Manchester Regional Campus hosted the sixth annual Bert T. Combs Symposium on Friday, September 2. A crowd of nearly 150 community and state leaders gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of Governor Bert T Combs’ birth. Combs was the 50th Governor of Kentucky, and was from Clay County. A panel of speakers, there to commemorate his memory included his widow, Judge Sara Combs; his daughter, Lois Combs-Weinberg; friend and colleague, Fontaine Banks; Lexington Herald-Leader journalist, Joe Gravis; and Al Smith. “He was the most important Governor in the 20th Century, grown from a humble beginning,” said Smith. “He did things for the roads, universities, schools, and education that no one had ever done before…”
In addition to the panel discussion, the symposium included performances by the Clay County High School and the Chad’s Hope Choir, a debate by the Clay County High School debate team on federal government entitlement programs, and the presentation of the Bert T. Combs scholarship to students from Clay County High School and Oneida Baptist Institute. The day concluded with the symposium’s famous "Critter Dinner".
Those in attendance included State Senate Majority Leader, Senator Robert Stivers; Senate President, David Williams; State Treasurer, Todd Hollenback; City of Manchester Mayor, George Saylor; and Clay County Judge Executive, Joe Asher.
Published on September 02, 2011