January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood and platelet donors across the United States for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country. National Blood Donor Month began in 1970 as a Presidential proclamation by President Richard Nixon.
Claire Higginbotham, the 6-year-old daughter of Adam and Amanda Higginbotham of Lexington, was the winner of the Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library’s “Name the Crocodile” contest. There were 86 entries to name the mascot of the library’s reading program. Claire’s suggestion, “Ticky,” won. She received a special note from the library, a stuffed crocodile and a “Lile the Crocodile” storybook collection. She is the granddaughter of Bud and Linda Ireland and great-granddaughter of Marie Parker, all of Hodgenville.