sue bennett college
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acropolis

Somerset, KY

#1 Jan 1, 2011
folks, as progressive as london is why cant we get together and put a college or some higher education center at this campus?

lets do something classy with a little culture
we dont need any more flea markets etc.
im not an educated person just high school
but i know that something needs to be done or it
will go the way of the pennington house.

any comments...no negative ones...weve had enough of those from people who know better. a theological seminary ...maybe asbury would put a campus here. lets have some educated feed back
instead of the typical childish selfish finger pointing that londonians are so very good at.
i say a graduate school
Agree

Somerset, KY

#2 Jan 1, 2011
I think the campus is beautiful. Is anything located there now?
WillyP

Clarksville, TN

#3 Jan 1, 2011
Couldn't agree more. It's a shame Sue Bennett closed, but I guess it had to be. I graduated from there in 1975 and thought it was a good school compared to others I've attended since then. I'd like to see a UK, UL, or EKU 4-year satellite campus put there.
green dragon

Mount Vernon, KY

#4 Jan 1, 2011
i went there early 70s
dr hays was president and a good one
had dr shepard she was tough but made you learn
miss watson, ms brown, ms wintingham, mr wilson
i know when i went on to university i had very good foundation. they had class back then when dr hays retired they went down hill
he could have been president at major university
he saw potential in everyone.
he helped many struggling students from london who have went far ...outdoing those who went to transy and centre.

maybe something good will happen i believe it will
hail to thee our alma mater hail sue bennett hail.
memory lane

London, KY

#5 Jan 1, 2011
green dragon is right sue bennett was a good school some of the upper crust always wanted to make fun of it. look where they are today.
i think them big shots didnt learn enough in high school economics to realize the financial impact
its closing would have.

they are still trying to figure out where their main street businesses have went to.
they were more interested in getting their tickets to lex ball games than trying to help the town where they made their fortunes.
thoughts

Paris, KY

#6 Jan 2, 2011
i think it should be a new community center, i know they had a nice stage area where people could put on plays,they have plenty of room so that the laurel county co-op extension could have classes there on crafts or how to do other things, i know they do a lot of little events. or i think it would be nice if someone had the money to make it a private school, something like all saints but a lot better
Old Man

Greenbrier, AR

#7 Jan 2, 2011
Looks like some of you loving alumni would get organized and make some of these dreams come true. I know you want positive input and this is about as positive as I can get without being negative. It won't be an easy task, buildings are old, a fortune would have to be spent on them to get them up to code, but the most difficult task will be finding the people that want to do it. People just don't stick together to accomplish something like this unless they can benefit by it. Watch what happens, unless the community takes the bull by the horns all these building will fall into deep disrepair and eventully be leveled. Then everyone will be crying because no one did anything. Again I apologize if this came off negatively. Just wanted to state some facts and put it in a real prospective..

Since: Mar 09

Eubank, KY

#8 Jan 2, 2011
The campus is owned by the Methodist Church. They are slowly working on restoring some of the buildings. I believe they had volunteers working this past summer. Union college does have some class there and the Library did use one of the newer buildings for children's programs. For a while they were offering to let artists use some of the space for their studios, not sure if that is still going on. I think they are preserving the College Library too. According to the website they are running a few ministry operations from there and are looking for volunteers. Unfortunately, you have to agree to follow their religion to do so...sigh...

Here is the site:

http://www.bennettcenter.org/index.htm

And the ministry programs:

http://www.bennettcenter.org/ministry_program...
Polly

London, KY

#9 Jan 2, 2011
Country Bumpkin2 wrote:
The campus is owned by the Methodist Church. They are slowly working on restoring some of the buildings. I believe they had volunteers working this past summer. Union college does have some class there and the Library did use one of the newer buildings for children's programs. For a while they were offering to let artists use some of the space for their studios, not sure if that is still going on. I think they are preserving the College Library too. According to the website they are running a few ministry operations from there and are looking for volunteers. Unfortunately, you have to agree to follow their religion to do so...sigh...
Here is the site:
http://www.bennettcenter.org/index.htm
And the ministry programs:
http://www.bennettcenter.org/ministry_program...
I don't think this has been updated in a while. Didn't the New Life Center close some time ago? And the calander on here is from 2004.

Since: Mar 09

Eubank, KY

#10 Jan 2, 2011
Polly wrote:
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I don't think this has been updated in a while. Didn't the New Life Center close some time ago? And the calander on here is from 2004.
Yeah, the website info is dated so it is hard to tell what is going on. I did find where volunteers stayed there this summer and did some work on the campus too.

http://www.sentinel-echo.com/features/x183625...

The Art Council has met there:

http://www.sentinel-echo.com/features/x784115...

They also had the Folk Life Festival:

http://thetimestribune.com/features/x19014952...

It looks like the New Life Center did close which...sadly:

http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry...

I also read somewhere that the Main Street group was showing interest in the way things look up there.

I wish they would update the site. I check it every now and again to see what is going on in the community!
usaf

Elizabethtown, KY

#11 Jan 3, 2011
maybe they would lease it for a military school.
Cool Breeze

Elizabethtown, KY

#12 Jan 4, 2011
Maybe it can be torn down like the Pennington house. Great idea don't you think? Let's don't stop there, tear down every thing in town that is old and historical. Let's see...there is the Federal Building, the First Christian Church, there is a few old homes here and there, might as well get them, too.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#13 Jan 5, 2011
I agree that the old SBC campus should be revitalized as a community center or educational entity. The campus library is an unofficial extension of the Laurel County Public Library as a location for "religious books" and other ephemera that would not be appropriate at the main library. More needs to be done, however, as this is a significant educational landmark in Eastern KY. It is an absolute shame what Paul Bunnell and the various administrative powers-that-be (including the nincompoop board, IMO) cooked the books and screwed the college and the Methodist Church over.
Ruby

Erie, PA

#14 Feb 23, 2011
I used to work at the Bennett Center until the end of 2003 when I moved back to PA. I loved it! And- not all of us were Methodist - I wasn't. We just agreed to help the community. I have participated in the theater programs and at the New Life Center. I was their office manager by day and "volunteer" by night. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, we had great difficulty in attracting people to the theater productions. It wasn't worth the Center keeping the lights on - the ticket sales were not there. I used to handle the bills for the Center and I can honestly tell you it costs a lot of money to keep the buildings open. The Red Bird Conference operates the Center now. They will be able to provide info to those interested.
info

Science Hill, KY

#15 Feb 24, 2011
Cool Breeze wrote:
Maybe it can be torn down like the Pennington house. Great idea don't you think? Let's don't stop there, tear down every thing in town that is old and historical. Let's see...there is the Federal Building, the First Christian Church, there is a few old homes here and there, might as well get them, too.
don't give them any ideas
info

Science Hill, KY

#16 Feb 24, 2011
an arts center for SMALL children offering dance ,art classes acting , charm school=cause GOD knows kids need it these days. music.build a BIG indoor pool.a arts center for active senior citizens interaction between young kids and older people is good for both kids can learn alot from seniors.it would be a good place for a little snack shop cafe' -with something different and simple.an art shop that sells kids art and seniors art.ice cream shop just a little village of sorts give it a theme... people will come.
!!!!

United States

#17 Feb 24, 2011
If this is were I think it is they still have class there and use the campus. Just a few of the buildings are not in use right now I got to the building they use for the adult learning center right now for GED classes.
sookiegirl

Greenbrier, AR

#18 Mar 20, 2012
Have been trying to get some info on Dr. Cohenour. He taught there in Chemistry in the late 80s. Cant find a thing......Any links or info would be appreciated. Thank you.
Bill Williams

Hamilton, OH

#19 Oct 14, 2012
who was the music teacher?
what degrees were offered?
corbin area

Corbin, KY

#20 Oct 14, 2012
Mr. Eversole was a great calculus teacher...his enthusiasm and ability to make the difficult really understood fueled my future mathematics degrees.
Mr. Smith in Physics...too many good people to mention.

But, the then Governor and his UK President buddy got their way and SBC went the way of the dinosaur.

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