Imogene

AUGUSTA -- Imogene Shepherd has been named the grand marshal for the Augusta White Christmas parade.

Shepherd owns the Augusta General Store restaurant and lives on a farm in Bracken County, with her husband, James Shepherd.

"We just love Bracken County," she said. "We've lived here about 50 years. We were living in Campbell County and was looking for a place to buy that was out in the country. We've lived on this farm for several years."

Shepherd said she owned the Shepherd's Place restaurant in Brooksville, which is now Donna's Place, before running the Augusta General Store.

"I own the restaurant here and manage the gift shop," she said. "I used to own Shepherd's Place in Brooksville-for about 10 years. I've owned this restaurant for almost 16 years. I love this area and I don't regret a thing."

Shepherd said she was surprised, but happy, about being chosen as the grand marshal of the parade.

"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I couldn't figure out why they chose me, but I'm honored and taken aback. I truly appreciate it."

The parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 9. The parade lineup will begin at 4 p.m. at the Augusta Independent School with the parade beginning at 5:30 p.m.

During the parade, there will also be a winter coat drive, according to Augusta City Council Member Jackie Hopkins.

Hopkins is asking for people to drop off coats to the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department building from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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"Please help people that could use a little help this holiday season. A nice warm coat can really make a difference in someone's life," she said. "Be that person who makes a difference."

There are several other events planned for the day.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., special Augusta holiday shirts will be available at Amy's Blue Daisy, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Santa will be at the US Bank, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the will be a train display at Small Town Gift shop, free cookies will be available at the itchy dog antiques, free beans and cornbread will be available at Moore for Less, the Rosemary Clooney museum will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., free refreshments will be available at Rosie's Emporium, Nick Clooney will have a book signing from noon to 2 p.m. at Nina's, the Moore and Parker House will be open from 3-5 p.m. and a tree lighting ceremony will be held at the Campbell park at 4 p.m.

There will also be special music during the parade by David Tucker and Rachel Blackwell.

Free trolley rides will also be available after the parade and Santa Claus will be at the Augusta VFD, where children will receive a free gift.

More information can be found on the Augusta Kentucky Historic District Facebook page.

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