As Monday turned to Tuesday this week, Matt Bevin officially handed the keys to the governor's office to Andy Beshear.
During his finals days in office, The Register was able to talk with Gov. Bevin about his four years and get his thoughts on several things.
It was nice to hear Bevin say all he wants to see is Kentucky succeed. To be honest, that's what we all should want.
Bevin was an interesting leader. No one can deny he had a way with words.
We can all look back on our leaders and question their decisions. We can do that with Bevin. We'll be able to do the same when Gov. Beshear leaves the office in the future.
While we didn't always agree with his tactics, policies or word choices, there are areas where all of us can agree Gov. Bevin succeeded. The biggest is in foster care reform.
"Foster care was one of the things that motivated us to get into the political arena," he said on the Kentucky Y'all Podcast with editor Jonathan Greene.
There are more than 1,000 more foster care families than four years ago. This will create opportunities to get more children in good homes, Bevin said.
There were 37% more adoptions last year out of the foster care system than the previous year.
"I'm truly grateful we made progress there," he said.
So are we.
As for the rest of his time in office, time will tell how Kentuckians view Bevin's four years in the governor's office.
Unique holiday drive
Often during the holidays, many places host drives to bring in toys, coats and more for those in need.
At the Richmond Battlefield, the staff is hosting one of the most unique drives in the county -- Project Warm Feet.
Project Warm Feet encourages people to help the disadvantaged by donating new, prepackaged athletic socks for men, women and children.
The project first began in 2014, and the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center has since collected almost 6,000 pairs of socks. In 2018, the center collected almost 2,000 in a three-weak period prior to Christmas.
It's a fitting project for the battlefield too.
Throughout the American Civil War, soldiers in both blue and gray uniforms faced a shortage of common clothing items that we often take for granted: socks. This, according to Battlefield Superintendent Phillip Seyfrit, is why the group thought to collect socks.
The collection runs through Dec. 19 and can be dropped off at the facility located at 101 Battlefield Memorial Highways (U.S. 25 and 421 split) just south of Richmond. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.