Deadline to vote for ‘nicest place’ is Sunday

Published 9:59 am Thursday, July 18, 2019

There is still time to vote for Reader’s Digest to feature Winchester on its cover.

Voting for finalists of the Reader’s Digest 50 “Nicest Places in America” ends Sunday.

Reader’s Digest announced Winchester as Kentucky’s finalist on the list of its 50 “Nicest Places in America” in June.

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The magazine also opened voting to the public to determine who it will feature in its November issue.

One finalist will get a cover story, and nine other finalists will get features inside the magazine.

To determine the final 10 and the winner, Reader’s Digest editors will consider the voting tally along with the input of a panel of judges. The panel includes David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America and Sarah Friar, CEO of NextDoor, according to a news release.

The list, which started in 2017, was a result of a national crowdsourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect, according to a news release.

Clark Countian Lori Moore made Winchester’s nomination, telling the story of how a friendly town gets into an unfriendly battle with polluters and wins.

Moore also wrote of town efforts to save a stray cat named Bob.

Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley said in the release Reader’s Digest collected a record number of submissions — a final tally of 1,077 stories.

“In doing so, we learned something amazing, which is that no matter what’s going on in the news or social media, the truth is that there’s goodness all around us,” Kelley said. “We hope these stories lift spirits and inspire all of us to be better neighbors, friends and family.”

For more information or to read complete stories of the finalists, visit