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New Year’s Eve celebrations planned

No plans for New Year’s Eve? Some area churches and government entities can help with offerings that range from festive to faith-filled.

The annual New Year’s Eve party and ball drop, sponsored by the City of Ashland Recreation Department, begins at 9 p.m. at the Park Place building on Central Avenue across from the Ashland-Boyd County Public Library in Ashland, Ky.

The party will include light refreshments, soft drinks, door prizes and entertainment. The party will end at 11:40 p.m. and the revelry will then transfer to Judd Plaza for the ball drop.

The event is billed as free and family-friendly.

Several area churches have special services planned to ring in the New Year.

Royersville Missionary Baptist Church will have its New Year’s Eve service at 8 p.m. and will include sermons by the Rev. Mark Holderby and the Rev. John Hankins. There will be special singing.

Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church will have its New Year’s Eve Watch Night service at 8 p.m. Mark Roach and Eddie Neel will preach. The group Clear Voice will sing.

Lucinda United Baptist Church will have a New Year’s Eve service starting at 7 p.m. Windsor Church singers will join the service. Jack Rankins and Eddie Salmons will preach.

The New Year’s Eve service at Decatur Missionary Baptist Church will begin at 8 p.m. Brother Brian Phillips and Brother Dale Knipp will preach.