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Challenge House Incorporated
P.O. Box 462
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241
United States

 
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The Kentucky New Era
www.kentuckynewera.com, 15 Nov 2004 [cached]
Wally Bryan honored by Modern Woodmen
From staff reports editor@kentuckynewera.com
HOPKINSVILLE -- Former mayor Wally Bryan has been awarded a Modern Woodmen of America "Hometown Heroes Award" by local members of the fraternal service organization last month.
According to a news release, Bryan was honored for his work with the YMCA and Local Development Corporation in trying to improve innercity neighborhoods and bring a Boys and Girls Club of America to the city.
In recognition of his efforts, members of Modern Woodmen's Hopkinsville camp presented Bryan a certificate and awarded a $100 grant to the local YMCA.
"Improving the quality of life of our members and their communities is Modern Woodmen's mission, and Bryan's volunteer service efforts do just that," said Jim Pleasant, local Modern Woodmen camp secretary.
Kentucky New Era Online -- News Article: Former mayor moves to innercity
www.kentuckynewera.com, 8 June 2004 [cached]
Wally BryanKentucky New Era Online -- News Article: Former mayor moves to innercity
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HOPKINSVILLE -- When former mayor Wally Bryan left his house on Alumni Avenue last week and moved to a small apartment at the corner of East 18th and McKee streets, he didn't have to travel far.
By car, the distance is 1.3 miles.
But what separates the two neighborhoods -- race, culture, economics and history -- is much greater.And that is why Bryan moved to Hopkinsville's innercity.
"I should have done this a long time ago," said Bryan, 57, who was mayor from 1990 through 1998."This is my dream.This is my life now."
Bryan sold his house to one of his sons and moved to the apartment after months of planning.He is beginning a personal mission that mirrors many of the improvements sought during his tenure as mayor.
Early in his administration, Bryan launched the HIT Squad, or Hopkinsville Innercity Transition Squad, which concentrated mainly on removing abandoned and dilapidated houses.The HIT Squad, which received an Award of Excellence from the Kentucky League of Cities in 1991, also encouraged residents to take more responsibility for their neighborhoods.
In his new project as a private citizen, Bryan is working with two organizations -- the Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA and the Local Development Corp. (LDC).
Bryan said he is not preparing to run for political office again.After a brief stint as a political science and economics teacher at Hopkinsville and Christian County high schools, he said he now intends to devote himself full time to the innercity.
Bryan said he plans to eventually buy a house in the innercity and wants to work with various government agencies, businesses and churches to spur economic, spiritual and lifestyle improvements in the city's oldest and poorest neighborhoods.
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James Victor, a board member for LDC, said his agency supports Bryan as well.
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Initially, Bryan said he is concerned that expectations for results will be too great too soon.It will take months and years to see results, he said.His goal in the early stages is to listen to residents and build trust and credibility among his new neighbors.
"I think it's endless.The potential is endless.The challenge is huge," he said.
In many cases, Bryan could be working to break down a racial barrier.He is among a small number of whites living in the Durrett Avenue neighborhood.
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Bryan is encouraging local residents to get involved in his work.
YMCA Hopkinsville-Christian County, KY - History
www.hopkinsvilleymca.org, 17 Dec 2011 [cached]
Mark contacted Wally Bryan who was the Mayor of Hopkinsville to see if there was interest in bringing a YMCA to the community.
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Several attempts to establish a Y in the past failed to produce any results but there was promise due to the determination of Wally Bryan.
Challenge House :: Contact
www.challengehouse.org, 29 June 2013 [cached]
Wally Bryan w/Bicycle
Phone:(270) 886-8887
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Wally Bryan
P.O. Box 462
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
Challenge House :: Coffee Connection
www.challengehouse.org, 29 June 2013 [cached]
Wally Bryan w/ Tarsha Watkins
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Wally Bryan w/ Tarsha Watkins
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Wally Bryan w/ Tarsha Watkins
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Wally Bryan w/ Tarsha Watkins
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Wally Bryan w/Bicycle
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