Civil War re-enactment on 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Richmond, KY

The Civil War will again invade the rolling hills of Madison County in late August.
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Commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the battle, the annual Battle of Richmond Re-enactment will be held on August 29 – 30, at Richmond Battlefield Park off of US 421 south of Richmond (1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway). Hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, with battles scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, located at the intersection of US 25 and 421 just north of the park, is the perfect place to start your visit. Hours for that weekend will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Children are highly encouraged to attend, but please leave your four-legged friends at home. There will be numerous events scheduled throughout the day.

There will be a small fee for parking. All funds will go back into battlefield preservation and interpretation. The event is sponsored by the Battle of Richmond Association, in cooperation with the Madison County Fiscal Court’s Dept. of Historic Properties.

The Battle of Richmond Association will also be seeking donations for a cannon and other equipment to be placed on the grounds of the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center. The association has a goal of $20,000, and as of August 1 was nearly half way there.

Mt. Zion Christian Church, located just 1/2 mile north of Richmond Battlefield Park, will be conducting a period worship service at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The service will feature J.W. Binion as a Confederate chaplain. The church served as a hospital during and after the fight.

The Battle of Richmond, fought on August 29 and 30, 1862, was an integral part of an advance into Kentucky by the Confederacy in hopes of winning Kentucky for the south. This campaign culminated with the Battle of Perryville in early October 1862.

The Battle of Richmond pitted Union Major General William “Bull” Nelson’s forces against Confederate Major General Edmund Kirby Smith’s troops. The battle, fought in basically three phases, climaxed with the Federal forces being routed after a fight in the Richmond Cemetery. The remnants of this shattered Union force were captured in masse north of Richmond on the Lexington Road. The Battle of Richmond was a resounding Confederate victory.

Since 2001, the Battle of Richmond Association has help save over 500 acres of pivotal battlefield land in and around Richmond, as well as providing high quality educational and recreational events. The association relies entirely on donations and memberships for funding.

For more information, log on at battleofrichmond.org or write the Battle of Richmond Association, 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond, Ky 40475, or call 859-248-1974 or 859-624-0013.

Appeals Court rules in favor of suboxone clinic

By JAMES COOK
Times Editor

Renewed You

The battle over whether or not a suboxone clinic can remain open in Stanton seems to have come to an end. At least for now.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled on July 17 that the Powell Circuit Court properly to allow the Renewed You Clinic to operate in the old Dr. Sam Cecil’s office. Dr. Cecil passed away in 2009. The court’s reasoning was simple, the property was grandfathered in as a “nonconforming use” property when zoning was put into place in Stanton. The court further stated that since the owner and partner to the suboxone clinic, Ann Cecil, had maintained the property and kept utilities paid up. The appeals court also ruled that Cecil seemed to be actively seeking another medical use for the building, and despite it being empty for nearly two years the property was indeed still allowed to be used for a medical office.

The battle has been a heated one at times and one that has divided some residents. The clinic, according to some residents, political leaders and law enforcement officials, used false statements to open the clinic.

The clinic opened last February. They received a conditional use permit under the company’s official name, Family Business, LLC. That company is managed by Allen Sperry and Dr. William Crowe. They leased the property off of Cecil. The city’s board of adjustments required them to make some changes to the property, including a large privacy fence. The company stated in court documents they spent $90,000 to make those changes.

The clinic has since also opened a counseling center on Main Street in the Elkins Building. The purpose of the clinic was to help get people who were addicted to narcotics, especially pain pills, off of those medications. Suboxone apparently helps that process. But law enforcement officials have stated that giving someone suboxone is just trading one drug for another. They have noted several drug arrests in which suboxone has been found on people who do not have a prescription. Residents say large lines form outside of the counseling center at times and a Lexington television station has done an investigative story on how suboxone clinics and the drug is considered as a problem for communities.

The city filed a suit against their own zoning board of adjustments in February after a conditional use permit was granted for the clinic. The city still contended that their own zoning ordinances, which have been in place for more than 20 years, does not allow the property to be used as a clinic again. The clinic owners argue that the property owner has kept the zoning classification despite not actually conforming to the zoning ordinance.

Under the zoning ordinance if a property which has been given a non-conformity permit does not perform that same use for over a year, then the property would revert back to an R-1 residential status, if it is in such a zone. The clinic is in fact in a residential area.

The building used to house the offices of Dr. Sam Cecil until his death in 2009. The clinic owners had stated that the property was grandfathered in as a business. They claim that another clinic was there after Dr. Cecil’s death and that Ms. Cecil has operated a charitable organization in the building. Cecil has not been questioned or cross-examined in any court hearing about the property, but has filed a deposition, according to city attorney Scott Graham.

But the city had countered in a new motion that the zoning ordinance is clear and that the other medical provider only used the clinic for part of 2010. There is no record of a clinic or medical facility being licensed in that building for over three years.

Powell Circuit Judge Frank Fletcher sided with the Renewed You Clinic, the owners and the property owner where the clinic is located in  a decision passed down in June 2014. Using some federal court decisions, Fletcher ruled that those who are patients there could fall under the American with Disabilities Act. Those previous court decision in essence stated that people addicted to drugs and seeking assistance form such clinics could be considered as having a disability and covered by the protections provided by the ADA.

Fletcher also ruled also ruled that other businesses were close to the area, which the city has stated is a residential area. The summary judgement stated that the property owner, a partner with the new clinic, Cecil, worked in “good faith” to keep the utilities paid on the property. She also used “good faith” as she sought to find another doctor or clinic to use her late husband’s building.

At the second of two special meetings held within a week in July 2014, Graham advised the council that an appeal would be difficult. “My job is to advise you honestly and this is an uphill battle. It will not be easy to overcome,” he said. “But I am fine with whatever you want to do.”

“There was a meeting back in January (2014) where county officials, myself, our police chief and even Denny Frazier, a candidate for sheriff, was present and none us were in favor of this clinic even though we were told that other elected officials were,” councilman Linville Bellamy stated. “We are elected to represent the people of Stanton and several have told me their not in favor of it. So I think we need to appeal this decision.”

The city actually filed suit against their own board of adjustments, asking the court to send the case back to the board. The city claimed that the owners gave false and misleading information to the board of adjustments about the clinic and the drug suboxone.

Four of the members of the board of adjustments was on hand at last week’s meeting. They did not seem happy about the information they had been given by the clinic owners.

“When they came before us I had always known that building as being a doctor’s office or a clinic, so I didn’t think about it. It is sad it had to come down to the board of adjustments,” board of adjustment member Chris Allen said. “There should be a federal or state regulation to monitor these clinics.”

He continued, “I hat how it has been represented to the community that we would want it (suboxone clinic) in. We were given bad information and lied to several times,” Allen added. As for the court’s decision, Allen said that some of the decisions made by courts have “blown his mind several times.”

“We all feel we’ve been led down the wrong trail and misled,” Mayor Dale Allen stated. “They have told people that me and other elected officials here were for it. Never said that.”

Kevin Morton, who presides over the board of adjustments also spoke up. “I think the council should appeal,” he said. “I feel we were lied to.”

Allen quickly stated, “You were if they told you I was for it.”

The Court of Appeals sided with the clinic, allowing the clinic to remain open The clinic and counseling center has reportedly been operating without a business license. But Sperry, who operates the clinic has informed the Times that the city will not issue him one.

In an email after the Times requested information about the new location on Main Street back in March, Sperry stated, “The clinic has not moved. We are still operating our medical practice at 225 Washington Street. We opened a counseling center on Main Street inside the old comp care building, which is twice as much area than Ms. Cecil’s place,” Sperry wrote. “Comp care was doing counseling there for 14 years. We took over the lease two months after they left. We only provide counseling on Main Street. It is state licensed as a Behavioral Health Service Organization.”

As for the business license issue. “The city is harassing us again about a business license, which they have refused to give us, and zoning permits,” he added.

Sperry said in the email that the clinic  may be filing a federal lawsuit for “harassment, discrimination, and abuse of power that the city and county leadership has continued to show towards my business and clients.”

He also stated that his medical director is the President for Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine, the Kentucky chapter of ASAM. “She will also be using her contacts to bring this to national news,” he added. “The last thing I am going to do is bring a full investigation into the corruption of Powell and Stanton government. In the year I have operated our clinic, we have come to learn many things about our local city and county government…..”

Based on an internet search, the state director of the American Society of Addiction Medicine is Dr. Molly Rutherford of Crestwood. Renewed You Clinics are located in Stanton, Beattyville, Lexington and Crestwood. The clinic is listed as a Behavioral Health Service Organization with the state.

There has been no word from city officials as to the Court of Appeals decision.

‘Will work for food’ Jail garden is one way to cut costs

By TOSHA BAKER
Times Staffwriter

The Powell County Jail’s new motto is “We will work for food” and they mean it. The jail has started a five acre garden for the prisoners to not only eat from, but work in as well.

The idea to start the garden for the jail came from a collaboration between Powell County Jailer, Travis Crabtree and Chad Rice with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

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The Powell County Jail has been raising a garden on about five acres this spring and summer. The idea is to help provide some food for the jail to cut down on costs for vegetables. Photo by Tosha Baker

This five acre garden was planted in March of this year. It now has 125 heads of cabbage, five different types of tomatoes, 300 pounds of seed potatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, watermelons, cantaloupe, two different types of beans, two different types of corn and one wild summer squash that invited itself into the garden.

“I’d like to see the food cost drive down for the county’s sake,” Jailer Travis Crabtree said.

The food from the garden goes through Kellwell Food Services, it is purchased by the pound at different cost depending on the type of fruit or vegetable. All of the gardens produce goes into the jail’s kitchen.

If weather permits, at least four inmates are there every day working and weeding the garden. There can be up to eight inmates there at a time, and each day four inmates are rotated out.

“I love it, I have a blast out there,” an inmate who works in the garden, Brian Harris said. “The best thing about it is my boss works just as hard as I do.”

The requirement to work in the garden is the inmates must be a community custody level one. Community custody level one is a classification issued through the state saying that inmates are minimum security and able to work outside of the jail.

“Most of these inmates are going to be back in the community within less than a year,” Crabtree said. “So I know all the work ethic we can put into them is going to benefit them and it’s going to benefit the community.”

The Powell County Jail has been raising a garden on about five acres this spring and summer. The idea is to help provide some food for the jail to cut down on costs for vegetables. Photo by Tosha Baker

The Powell County Jail has been raising a garden on about five acres this spring and summer. The idea is to help provide some food for the jail to cut down on costs for vegetables. Photo by Tosha Baker

All of the garden is funded by the jail through a commissary labeled special inmate program. They bought all the plants, materials and equipment used, so the garden has not been a cost to the county.  Crabtree said he hopes to see the size of the garden double to ten acres next year.

“We get to go out there and work and we have fun doing it,” an inmate who works in the garden, Rodney Ward said.

Crabtree, along with Powell County Judge Executive James Anderson and the Powell County Fiscal Court plan to make contact with the FFA at the Powell County High school to try to start buying plants from their agriculture department for next year’s garden.

“It would be a way that the FFA at the high school can gain revenue for their program,” Crabtree said. “To send them on school functions, field trips and farm machinery shows.”

Storm Damage

Monday afternoon’s storms took out a lot of trees in Powell County. The top pictures show trees down on Upper Paint Creek Road, while the bottom right was in a yard in Clay City and the bottom center was in Stanton. Meanwhile winds blew down some beams in what looks like a garage, damaging a car on Winchester Road. More rains, storms and high winds are expected this week.

 

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Fairness ordinance dominates council meeting

By JAMES COOK
Times Editor

Times Photo by James Cook Members of the audience listened intently at the discussion about the Fairness Ordinance at the Stanton City Council meeting last Thursday.

Times Photo by James Cook
Members of the audience listened intently at the discussion about the Fairness Ordinance at the Stanton City Council meeting last Thursday.

It was a little contentious at times, but overall the Stanton City Council meting last Thursday was quite civil. Both sides of the Fairness Ordinance issue spoke out, freely, about why or why not an ordinance would be needed in the city. While another idea also emerged on how to handle the issue.

Last month Michael Frazier, a resident of Powell County, approached the council with a proposed Fairness ordinance. The ordinance provides protections and methods of recourse for any group which feels they have been discriminated against. Though the ordinance does include disabled persons, those who are pregnant and even those with a possibility of being predisposed though genetics to certain diseases, the ordinance usually is associated with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups.

Last month the council had just received the proposal and postponed any decision. So last week, with about 40 residents and some from other counties in the gallery, the council listened to the public comments.

City attorney started the conversation by advising the council they could pass such an ordinance if they so desires. However, he also stated that he believed more along the lines of less government being better government.

“It could be overreaching . . . telling us what to do or not to do,” Graham stated. “I would say check with your constituents and see what they think.”

Graham said several people and business owners in the community were concerned about the ordinance.

“I feel like there are protections provided under state and federal laws so why put in an ordinance if we are not having any problems,” Mayor Dale Allen said. “I personally don’t see a need for it.”

The greater issue of the night became treating people fairly. Both sides said they believed in people being treaded fairly. While those advocating against the ordinance stated that legislating that would not be fair to some, the other side wanting the ordinance said that it was needed to insure fairness.

But the discussion got off to a rocky start. Greg Rogers told the council to “scope it out” before deciding. “It’s a scary law, what they want to pass. It’s unAmerican,” Rogers added. “It involves freedom of speech, thought and expression. I should be able to have my own opinion.”

Rogers also said he understood about discrimination as he has a special needs child and has seen it first hand.

But a proponent for the ordinance, Ryan Mosley from Knott County, answered. “This is about treating people right. Everyone has a right to be treated fairly,” he said. “I don’t think that’s unAmerican.”

Michael Cox, who has experience as an engineer and is involved in construction around the country, spoke up against the ordinance.

“I’ve seen it everywhere. When you pass a law, it costs money to put it in effect and to enforce,” Cox side. “I’ve seen it when women came into our line of work. We did it, no problem, but it costs money to make the accommodations. Same with disabled persons in the business, we had to make accommodations and did it too, no problem. Laws cost money and it can run some people right out of business.”

Cox said the state’s GDP had not improved in years and he challenged anyone from the other side to show where passing the ordinance actually helped to generate more funds or revenue solely based on it passing.

Some in the crowd feared that religious beliefs would be in danger if the ordinance passed.

One unidentified proponent for the ordinance told the crowd that in other cities that have passed the ordinance, there were safeguards in place to make sure that religious organizations were exempt from the ordinance. When asked by Graham what constitutes a “religious organization,” the speaker stated that a state law as passed two or three years ago which spelled that out.

‘In Danville, where it passed, the Sonshine Children’s Center, a religious based organization, is exempt from the ordinance,” the speaker said. “The ordinance just makes sure everyone is treated fairly and that if they are not there is path they can take to make sure they are treated fairly.”

Powell County Ministerial Association President Anthony Molihan spoke up as well. “I have received calls, messages, been discriminated against, called narrow minded and no one knew where I stood on this until last Sunday. I know about discrimination. My wife worked for a lesbian and people left my church because she did,” he said. “I believe we have a pretty diverse community, pretty accepting. Maybe, and the ministerial association has discussed this, we can sit down and come up with an ordinance that takes care of all the issues at hand. A Good Samaritan Ordinance, to make sure everyone is included.”

The idea of what the Times Editor James Cook wrote about in his column last week about treating everyone fairly, was discussed and both sides wished the world was like that. But both sides also agreed it is not. But they disagreed on whether legislation was needed to enforce fairness.

Bill Pelfrey, a member of the ministerial association, added that he did not want to see people choose sides. He acknowledged that he may not condone other’s actions but that he would like to be able to sit down, with all parties involved and come up with an ordinance that met everyone’s concerns.

“I’d rather not be the ninth city to sign this one, but the first one in the state to come up with a plan that gets everyone involved and really works on the issues,” Pelfrey said.

The issue about needed ing the ordinance came up again. Powell County Circuit Clerk Darlene Drake said she, in a very emotional plea,  thought that laws and ordinances were needed to clear up problems. “As far as I know, I’ve never heard of any, there is no problem here,” Drake said. “I know I don’t live in the city limits and can’t vote for city issues. But I do love my county, this is my home and I love everyone in this community.”

But Janice Lee Odom, a volunteer for several local organizations and DJ on WSKV, disagreed saying there are problems.

“I’ve lived here nine years and to say there is no problem, well, let’s just be honest with ourselves,” Odom spoke with an emotional tone of bitterness. Odom said she helped bring a speaker to the first Nada Fest and the speaker, who was a black woman who worked with the UN at one time and was teaching Nada children about the world. Odom said she caught “a lot of flack for bringing her in” and that “we were not very hospitable.”

Odom went on to say that her daughter, who is gay, has been made fun and called names, plus her employers at the Chinese restaurant are made fun with racial slurs as well.

“I lost my job as a youth minister when my daughter came out, so I know about discrimination,” Odom said. “The slurs are unacceptable. The way my daughter is treated is unacceptable. If you say no to this then I hope you can look into the eye of all the people who need this and say we can’t protect them.”

It was brought up that the youth of the county not only leave here because there are no jobs or nothing to do, but also because they do not feel comfortable being who they are here.

Molihan added that, “Emotions will not work. In the end it is love for one another and compassion that should direct us on how to make Powell County a better place to live.”

The writer of the ordinance, Frazier, said he knew of a few people in Powell County who were afraid to come forward or “come out” because the “would lose their job tomorrow.”

“it is scary to cgo into a town where you do not know anyone to discuss this issue. It is even scarier to come back home to do it,” Frazier said. “But it s hard for anyone to come in here and say they have been discriminated against, especially when tya are already considered a second class citizen. The recent Supreme Court decision (same-sex marriages) was OK, but still things need to be dealt with constitutionally.”

Frazier went on, “Many of you here have made the argument for this ordinance because you say you ant fairness. The ordinance is a “Love Thy Neighbor” ordinance. We have problems, we have them within ourselves.”

But then Frazier, possibly taking a cue from the ministerial association idea and the passion about the subject that was shown, asked the council for a favor.

“I urge you to give people more time to read this (ordinance) and I am more than willing to work with the council, the ministerial association and anyone who wants to,” Frazier said. “In my opinion, many people will look at this, the language that is used and like it reads, it is an ‘ordinance of equal protection.’”

Another exchange between two of the crowd members had Mayor Allen step in and suggest that a cooling of period be used to study this more. After discussions with Graham, the city council agreed to have a 90 cooling off period and revisit the issue then. Both sides sides seemed to in agreement.

During the whole discussion period, no council members spoke up.

Josh Nolan plans to play, sing ‘till the words run out’

By TOSHA BAKER
Times Staffwriter

Josh Nolan’s journey toward a musical career went from his first gig playing at a 16 year old’s birthday party were he only got to do three songs, to playing with Dwight Yoakam this past weekend.

Photo by Chelsea Nolan Powell’s own Josh Nolan performed at the Masters Musicians Festival in Somerset last weekend.

Photo by Chelsea Nolan
Powell’s own Josh Nolan performed at the Masters Musicians Festival in Somerset last weekend.

Nolan said his passion for playing guitar began about 15 years ago. Nolan’s dad picked up playing guitar after listening to bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pink Floyd. Nolan said he thought his dad was cool, so he began playing guitar too.

“It started as a hobby and then quickly became a passion.” Nolan said.

Nolan said he has been influenced by multiple bands such as, Tom Waits, Wilco, Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, and The Band.

After his second time in college at Eastern Nolan discovered song writing. He described it as an ever changing process. He said it is both mechanical and spiritual. Some songs he writes makes the cut while others may never be seen or heard.

“You have to allow yourself to write, even when it’s not that good,” Nolan said.

Nolan said when he is performing, all the songs are his favorite, but the one that sticks out to him the most is “Till the words run out” He said he wrote most of the song in one sitting then 2 years later he wrote the last few lines and finished it.

Nolan’s previous band was called Fair City Lights, though his new band is called Josh Nolan, the name of his Album is Fair City Lights. Nolan said most of the songs on the album were written while with the previous band.

Nolan said one of his favorite memories occurred when he was with his former band. He said they were playing at battle of the bands, and had advanced to the finals and about 500 people were watching. There was a break in one of the songs they were playing, during that break the crowed got loud.

“I was like shhh, and all 500 people shut up,” Nolan said. “That was a really cool moment.”

Though Nolan has come a long way since he began, it has not been without obstacles. Nolan said the hardest part is transitioning from a hobby to a passion then to a profession. He said keeping up with the social media aspect of it has also been challenging.

Nolan said there is a high you get from performing and it’s very euphoric. He said coming down from this euphoria back to everyday activities is almost like shock.

“For an hour and a half three nights a week you’re on this rush,” Nolan said. “And then your back down and you’re mowing your yard, feeding the dogs, and delivering flowers to the funeral home.”

When he’s not playing for a crowd Nolan said he works with is mother at her business, Blessing Floral Design Inc. He said he mostly delivers flowers but also helps out around the shop.

Nolan’s new band includes four members. Chris Brown on bass, Josh Anglin on Drums, Andrew Holcomb on Guitar, and Nolan who sings and plays a variety of instruments. He also mentioned Cory Nolan who has helped him write songs in the past.

With his band Nolan said he hopes to make this a full blown career.

“I want to make a lifestyle out of it,” Nolan said

Nolan said he hopes to travel with his band more often and go to more places. He said by this time next year he hopes to be on the road at least three days every week, or a few weeks out of each month.

“If I’m not showing substantial progress by the time I’m thirty or so, I guess I’ll hang up the dream,” Nolan said. “But I don’t intend to let that happen.”

Nolan’s songs can be found on pretty much any music streaming site such as, Spotify, ITunes, Amazon Play, and Google Play.

For anyone interested in seeing Nolan and his band live they will be playing at Well Crafted—Brews + Bands, at noon, Aug. 8, at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg Ky.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person, this fee includes complimentary pint glass, as well as admission to the Village, which grants you access to The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve, with a full day of self-guided and staff-led tours, talks, demonstrations, activities, farm experiences and more.

Flash flooding hits Powell, Clay City hard

By JAMES COOK
Times Editor

When it rains it pours. At least that is the way the old saying goes. But in early hours of last Friday it was very much a true statement in western Powell County. With a radar estimate of nearly three inches falling in an hour, flash flooding became a nightmare for many sleeping residents. A second round of one inch rainfall in an hour on Friday afternoon led to some rescues.

The deluge began just after 2 a.m. Within an hour creeks were on the rise and when the storm seemed to take its time moving along, the downpour made matters worse. A Flash Flood Warning was issued by the National Weather Service Office in Jackson at 4 a.m.

It did not take long for the Red River and creeks in the Clay City area all the way to Paint Creek, just north of Stanton, to start rising. Main Street in Clay City between the Family Dollar Store and Dairy Queen was shut down due to high water. Adams Ridge was blocked off again and the waters rushed across the Mountain Parkway at Exit 16, leaving behind a slick and muddy reminder of the event.

Roads around Clay City were shut down. There was a report of part of Echo Hollow Road being washed away along with a culvert. But that may have involved another road in that area.

Powell County Emergency Management Assistant Director Mike Sparks told the Times that part of the pavement on Paint Creek Road near Shepherd’s Printing was “bubbling up” and that one lane “sounded hollow” when they stomped it. A truck was found along a creek behind a home on Highway 213 as well, but there was no one inside. The state and county road crews were out clearing debris and checking road conditions throughout the morning.
The waters rose so fast for one Clay City man he barely escaped as his trailer was washed away by the raging Brush Creek.

Lester Robinson lost everything he had, except for the clothes on his back and his dog, Feisty. It was Feisty that may have saved his life.

“I had come in after getting off work at 2 a.m. and sat down, drank an Ale-8, then went on to bed,” Robinson said as he watched his home and belongings rush down Brush Creek. “The water wasn’t up when I came in. My dog kept acting weird, so the last time it jumped out of bed I took a look and the water was up to the trailer. I got my things and my dog and as I tried to step out the stairs were gone.”

Robinson said he and Feisty got out, waded through the raging water just in time.

“About the time we got out, the trailer started shifting and floating,” he said.

“The trailer ended up floating about 200 feet, maybe a little more, before it became jammed against a bridge. The call came in to dispatch that the trailer was shifting and people were trapped on the other side. Fire and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene to find the trailer’s roof had ripped partially off and was on top of the bridge, while the trailer itself was underneath.

A backhoe was brought in by Robbie Richardson and he cleared the roof, from the bridge that let the rest of the trailer and Robinson’s already destroyed belongings float down the creek. The bridge reportedly seemed to be intact and operational.

Powell County, like most of Kentucky, has been hit with day-after-day of rainfall for over a week. Many of those rainfalls have come from fast moving, but hard falling rains. The ground is saturated and with more rain expected until late this week, any heavy rains could cause some flooding issues.

As for Robinson, he said he would be staying with his sister for the time being. “I didn’t have much, but it was mine,” he said, “I’m just glad this little rascal woke me up.” Robinson gave his buddy Feisty a good hug.

Sparks said that the Red Cross would be notified to see if they could help Robinson.

The second round came quick and hard. Fast rising water shut down Black Creek Road (Highway 11) north of Clay City, as the torrential rainfall hit. The roadway was shut down as several inches of water rolled across at several points. Some residents were stuck in homes on the other side of the creek for a short time.

Meanwhile a call for help came in from the Little Buch Creek and Pilot Knob areas. As Brush Creek began to rise again, some hikers were trapped by the water. Fire crews were able to rescue the hikers, according to reports.

A church located behind the reservoir was knocked off its foundation by the swift currents as the flash flooding hit hard. A large section of Popular Bluff Road was also washed out by the rains and flooding. Many driveways, especially those that have bridges across creeks, were hit hard. A calmer weekend helped, as county officials were still assessing the damages.

New plaque unveiled at John D. Morton Memorial

Memorial-Plaque

What began as an Eagle Scout project for Trevor Faw in 2011, has blossomed into what this memorial and picnic area is today. It consists of six octagon picnic tables built

by Faw and his dad, a sign donated by the city, and now a new plaque that was purchased with money donated by numerous sources. Faw is not finished yet. The plaque honoring Powell County native, Sgt. First Class John D. Morton, and his ultimate sacrifice was unveiled Sunday, May 24. This plaque was only phase one in a four phase expansion plan for the memorial. Friends, family, and supporters packed the bleachers and chairs at the memorial picnic area and garden in the Stanton City Park. Under the shade of trees surrounded by freshly placed mulch and flowers stood a small stone base and a white cloth covering the anticipated plaque.This plaque was co-designedand approved byTrevor Faw, 18, UK student and Executive Director of the John D. Morton Memorial Foundation. It was sculpted by Raymond Graf in Louisville.

The plaque was created to honor SFC John D. Morton, 31, who was killed while on patrol in Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, on Dec. 15, 2005. The ceremony began with the folding of the American flag by the American Legion Post 305. During the folding, former army veteran and paratrooper, Richard Fain, educated the audience on what each of the 13 folds means as each one was happening.

“There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have a deep meaning,” Fain  said. “In the future you’ll see the flag folded and now you may know why.”

The next guest speaker, Joe Bowen, read the last letter John Morton wrote to his mom and dad. In the letter Morton thanked his parents for a book and some candy they sent him. He told them Merry Christmas and showed hope for success in their next mission. Bowen then described how Morton lost his life during a mission, trying to fix an antenna ensuring that communication would not be lost.

“We can never forget what John David Morton, and all those others before and after, did for us and our great nation.” Bowen said.

After Bowen speaking, the small white cloth that had been concealing the plaque was removed. The crowd rose to their feet for the new memorial containing some of the names of those who donated, a picture of John D. Morton, and a description about Morton. “This may be a small token of our gratitude for John David Morton and his family,” Faw said. “Though it is a small one and it is a small step, in comparison to his sacrifice, it is a step none the less.”

David Hale, 74th District State Representative, took the podium next to discuss his thoughts on Memorial Day traditions, and how Morton, along with many others, gave their lives for millions of people they will never know.

“We’ll never be able to repay them, how can we,” Hale said.

“There is no greater love, than for a person to give their life for their friends.” Kentucky Court of Appeals Justice, Judge Sarah Combs, also shared her feelings on Memorial Day and the John D. Morton memorial.

“Your loved one is not forgotten,”

Combs said. “He lives on in this memorial and he is being celebrated by association across this entire country, as we also celebrate the lives of other soldiers today.”

The ceremony ended with a moment of silence for the death of another Powell County native who may not have served but was recently lost, Tyler Brewer. Following the ceremony was food, drinks, and friendship.

With phase one being completed, the other phases are now in motion. Phase two is to rip out the existing concrete and replace it with an octagon slab to make the memorial more easily accessible, and then adding a 30 foot flag pole.

Phase three entails five six foot tall granite walls representing each of the military branches. The walls will encompass brass name plates for veterans and fallen soldiers placed in their correct military branch. Each plate will be personalized for the individual service member.

Phase four will be the completion of the memorial with a life size statue of a battle cross and kneeling soldier in the middle of the octagon.

For the rest of the phases the cost is about $200,000, any donations for the finishing of this project would be appreciated.

“This memorial project is a model, for something that we want to take state wide,” Faw said. “We want to break it down and say this individual made this sacrifice.”

Faw wants to take this model to surrounding areas, who cannot afford to memorialize their soldiers. Not all the surrounding areas memorials would look just like this one.

“We want to memorialize their soldiers in a way that is specific to that county.” Faw said.

For now Faw plans to focus on this specific John D. Morton memorial in the Stanton City park.

On Memorial Day, May 24, phase one of Faw’s vision became a reality, with the help of friends, family, and others in the community.

“I’m extremely proud of it,” Faw said. “It’s been a long time coming, a lot of money, a lot of donators, a lot of people graciously funded for this, and I’m sure a lot of other people will graciously fund for our expansion.”

For anyone who is interested in donating, you can contact Trevor Faw, the Executive Director of the non-profit organization the John D Morton Memorial Foundation. His cell phone number is (606) 481-4401 and his email is FawTrevor1234@gmail.com.

Morton Memorial to be upgraded, a new plaque unveiling Sunday

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In the great history of this country many men and women have given their lives to protect our freedoms, and the freedom of others around the world. The ultimate sacrifice is one that brings great sorrow and yet great honor to a family and a community.

Back on Dec. 15, 2005 Powell County lost a native son. SFC John D. Morton, while on patrol in Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, was killed by Taliban gunfire. He was part of the U.S. armed forces taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom. His family, friends and this community were devastated. A memorial picnic area and garden was built in the Stanton City Park.

Ten years later, as Memorial Day 2015 approaches, the John D. Morton Foundation, a group of community leaders and an Eagle Scout who helped to take care of the memorial, will honor Morton again. This Sunday, May 24, from 2 pm. to 3 p.m., the foundation will be unveiling a new plaque to honor Morton and his ultimate sacrifice.

The ceremony will include the beauty and sentimental feelings of the raising and lowering of the U.S. flag. Then the silence of the ceremony will be changed as the resonated sound of the prolific 21 gun salute will be competed.

“We are going to take this opportunity to not only unveil a new bronze plague to honor John David Morton for his sacrifice,” Trevor Faw, the Eagle Scout who is now a UK student and a member of the foundation, said as he helped to prepare for the ceremony. “We are also going to unveil new plans for a new memorial that we hope will not only honor Morton, but all Powell County veterans and fallen soldiers.”

Faw said that the foundation is also raising funds to help not only a memorial here in Powell County. “We would like to put together a great one here, but also help out other counties that don’t have one for their soldiers,” Faw said.

But for now the only thing on Faw and the foundation’s mind is honoring Powell County’s fallen hero. “We hope the community will come out, listen to the guest speaker (State Representative David hale) and honor John David Morton,” Faw added.

After the ceremony there will be a reception with drinks and food until 4 p.m. You can find out more about this ceremony and the foundation at www.facebook.com/johnmortonmemorialfoundation

And the winner is…

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You have seen them at nearly every school and public event selling tickets for a chance to win a new Dodge Ram truck. Last Friday the drawing for the state was held at Tanner Dodge. The FFA groups sold over 13,000 tickets raising over $70,000 for the foundation. Chasity Rowland  sold the most tickets, over 300, and drew the winner, Roy Thompson from the Southwestern FFA area. Representatives from Dodge corporate headquarters in Detroit were on hand, as was Artie White, a CPA from Richmond to verify the draw. Darrell Billings, of Tanner Dodge, sponsors FFA groups in Powell, Clark, Montgomery and Owsley counties.