Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 6, 2013

‘Sisters’ become friends

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Some people think Britney Neal and Emily Certain are sisters, but they aren’t, or at least not biologically.

Still, they call each other “Sissy,” and are probably as close as any real sisters could be.

“Sometimes people tell us we look alike and think we’re real sisters, so that’s kind of cool,” Emily, who is 18, said.

Certain volunteers as a “big sister” through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky’s community-based mentoring program. She was matched with Neal, who is 8, by John Botts, outreach coordinator for the organization.

“They were matched during Emily’s senior year. Britney just took to her like nothing I had ever seen,” Botts said. “They just created a close bond the first day they were together and it just kept getting closer.”

Britney’s father, James Neal, wanted his daughter to be involved with the organization because he thought it would be a good experience for his daughter.

“Her mom died when she was 6 years old. She’s not really had a mom since then, except for my girlfriend, Joetta, [who] takes good care of her, too,” he said.

As a single father, Neal, knew his daughter needed another positive female role model in her life. Even though he is close to his daughter, he sometimes found it awkward trying to do girl-type things with her.

Read the full report in Thursday's print or e-edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.


A fundraiser to benefit the mentoring programs offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will take place Saturday from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. at Ralphie’s Fun Center on Happy Valley Road. Teams of five are needed in order to bowl.

Teams can still register to participate by visiting the organization’s website at, or by calling Botts at 651-7601.