For one business owner every day is filled with ‘Blessings’

Times Staffwriter


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Every room in the FHA house is filled to the brim with flowers and trinkets of all different types and colors ready to be sold for various occasions. This is how Melinda Nolan Moore makes her living.

The chime of a doorbell announces the presence of every customer, and they are greeted with the sight and smell of flowers as they enter the shop called Blessings Floral Designs.

Blessings was started up by Nolan five years ago, and has been at its current location for about a year and a half, but the product remained the same.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Nolan said.

Nolan was a deputy clerk at the Powell County Circuit Clerk Office for several years. She quit her job five years ago to peruse her goal of owning a flower shop.

“I’ve had so much encouragement from family and friends and people in the community,” Nolan said. “They have really stood behind me and beside me, I couldn’t do it without that.”

Nolan said her favorite part of the job is seeing the faces of people light up when they receive flowers. She said whether they are 8 or 80 years old it’s a good feeling to see that joy.

Blessings provides flowers for all occasions including funerals. Nolan said when someone trusts you with the last thing they can give their loved one it’s a very humbling experience.

When she began the business Nolan said, she was comfortable doing silk arrangements but she had no experience with fresh flowers. She said it was a learning curve.

The flowers come from all over the world depending on the season. They come from places like Ecuador, Hawaii, Mexico and California. They are packaged tightly in cardboard and shipped to the store overnight and stored in Nolan’s freezer.

“That was the biggest shock for me,” Nolan said. “When they come there all scrunched in together, and their packed tight, and bound.”

Though it was a learning curve in the beginning Nolan is now comfortably making bouquets and vase arrangements using fresh flowers. Nolan said she plans to continue selling flowers as long as her family and the community supports her, and as long as her health will allow. In 2002, Nolan said, she fell down her basement steps and broke both of her arms.

The doctors told her that she would have trouble doing something as simple as writing her name. But she said that has not stopped her from doing what she loves.

Blessings got its name from Nolan trying to combine the names of her two children, Josh Nolan and Chelsea Nolan. She said blessings is what they decided on. Even the small lady bug stamp she uses came from a nickname given to her daughter.

Nolan said her loved ones come to help her around the shop when they can. She said she feels very blessed to have the shop and the support she gets from her family, friends and the community.

“This place,” Nolan said. “Lives up to its name.”

Rugged Red Half Marathon is challenging and helps county

Times Staffwriter

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Runners are gearing up for their chance to be ran ragged at the Rugged Red this weekend. It is the event’s second year and it is expected to be grueling and there may be a lot more participants this year.

The Rugged Red Trail Half Marathon was started by Joe Bowen last year. He said it is an event that has brought runners from as far away as Los Angeles, Arizona and Florida.

Bowen said last year the race brought in $200,000 to the community economically for the two day event. He said it will bring in about 300,000 economically this year.

“It brings them here and they stay for hopefully two nights and parts of three days,” Bowen said. “And they have to use the local motels, cabins, campgrounds, and they eat here and hopefully they buy some gasoline.”

Bowen said about two thirds of the half marathon will be ran on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. He said racers will meet at the Natural Bridge Road Campsite in the morning.

They will be dropped off at the start line by a bus. After they have ran the 13.1 mile marathon they will be picked up by the bus at the Gladie Visitor Center and taken back to the camp.

Four water stops will be provided throughout the race. There will also be energy treats in the form of candies and bars.

All the racers and volunteers helping will be given a T-shirt with the Rugged Red logo and Big Turtle Trail on it. All the runners who complete the half marathon will receive a gold finishing metal that is in the shape of a turtle.

Bowen said after the race he will feed all the racers and volunteers.

“They could have gone to a dozen other places this particular weekend they could have gone somewhere else but they chose to come here and participate in something with us,” Bowen said. “And we want to go out of our way to show them that we appreciate them for doing this.”

There will also be an After the Rugged Red event pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept, 13 at the Land of the Arches Campground. The event will include bowling, ping pong, air hockey, corn-hole and other games.

Each breakfast will cost $10, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Search and Rescue Teams of the Red River Gorge.

The Rugged Red Half Marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 12. Bowen said there will be about 800 to 1.000 runners this year.

“I keep getting to do something different,” Bowen said. “And this is definitely different, I’ve met a lot of incredible people by doing this.”

2015 Powell County Fair kicks off this weekend

It is time once again.

As September rolls into Powell County so does the Powell County Agricultural and School Fair. The event is always kicked off with the Miss Powell County Pageant. That will take place this Saturday night at the Powell County High School as 13 lovely young ladies will go after the coveted crown and try to become the 53rd Miss Powell County. The admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 5 are free.

The fair itself will begin on Monday, Sept. 14 and run through next Saturday, Sept. 19.

The fair schedule looks to play out like this. On Monday the exhibit hall at the Powell County Lions Club Park will open up so exhibits can be entered from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. the carnival will open and at 6:30 p.m. judging the exhibits will start.

At 7 p.m. the fun Coca-Cola Talent Contest will kickoff. It is a good chance to see a lot of really talented young people perform for some prize money and a chance to compete at next year’s state fair. Admission on Monday is free.

On Tuesday the action is split. The exhibit hall will open for spectators at 5 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. The carnival will open up at 6 p.m. as it does every night. The Beef Cattle, Goat and Market Hog Show will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Show Ring. The Kiddie Car Races will begin at 7 p.m. as well. Admission is $5 per carload.

At the high school cafeteria on Tuesday the Declamations will be held. It is an event that is not much heralded, but has a lot of heart and soul, as well as talent, on display.

Wednesday night is one of the top three nights of the fair. The Baby Show will begin registration at 5 p.m. and the contests begin at 6 p.m. There will also be a Costume Contest for the babies, as well as the ever fun Mom-Daughter and Father-Son Look-A-Like Contest. Admission to the fair will be $5 per carload.

Thursday is another big night. The annual Greasy Pig Contest, which is so popular it is aired on local radio, will begin at 8 p.m. But before that is held there will be the Youth Open Poultry and Rabbit Show at 6:30 p.m. The admission on Thursday is $5 per adult, $3 per student and children under 5 will be admitted for free.

Friday is a big day of fair activities. The Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Stanton. The theme this year for the parade is “Dream Vacation.” Floats, teams and even a few candidates will be on hand for the county’s biggest parade of the year.

The Grand Marshal this year is Dr. Charles Noss. Dr. Noss has served Powell County residents for over 50 years and is semi-retired, which means he is still serving this community. Dr. Noss is one-of-a-kind and is highly loved and respected in Powell County.

The fair grounds, including the exhibit hall and the carnival, will open at 11 a.m. The exhibit hall will close at 1 p.m., and the carnival will close down at 3 p.m. School will be out so many of the kids in the county will be there enjoying the fair and admission during the day is free.

The exhibit hall will reopen from 2-5 p.m. so items can be removed.

Meanwhile at the high school the Field Day Athletic Events will be held. It is a chance for all the grades to display their athletic proweness. That will begin at 11:45 a.m.

The Truck and Tractor Pull will take center stage on Friday night at 7 p.m. and the carnival will be open again that evening. The admission will be $5 per adult, $3 per student and children under 5 will be free.

The fair will close out on Saturday night with the ever popular, and sometimes very eventful, Demolition Derby. That will begin at 7 p.m. Once again admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 5 will be free.

Come on out and enjoy the 2015 Powell County Agricultural and School Fair!

The contestants for this year’s Miss Powell County are:

Tiffany Burton

Tiffany Burton

• Tiffany Lee Burton, daughter of Trish and the late Michael Burton, sponsor, Hearne Funeral Home;





Kalei Farthing

Kalei Farthing

• Kalei Alexa Farthing, daughter of Andrea Ledford-Farthing and Johnny Farthing, sponsor, Tanner Dodge;





Kelsey Farthing

Kelsey Farthing

• Kelsey Farthing, daughter of Andrea Ledford-Farthing and Johnny Farthing, sponsor, Tanner Dodge;





McKenzie Faulkner

McKenzie Faulkner

• McKenzie Deanne Paige Faulkner, daughter of Mary & Albert Faulkner, sponsor Audi of Lexington;





 Erin Fox

Erin Fox

• Erin Jace Fox, daughter of Melissa Barnes and Steve Fox, sponsor, Rogers Hardware;






Gracie Hall

Gracie Hall

•  Gracie Kayne Hall, daughter of Kim & Keith Hall, sponsor, Ray Rogers Insurance Agency;





Savanna Hamilton

Savanna Hamilton

• Savanna Hamilton, daughter of Neal & Mandi Hamilton, sponsor, Mountain Park Dragway;






Felicia Ledford

Felicia Ledford

• Felicia Ledford, daughter Jansen Leford & Alena Means, sponsor, Stanton Dairy Queen;





Shayla Lindon

Shayla Lindon

• Shayla Lindon, daughter of Mike & Tonya Lindon, sponsor, Adams Buick GMC & James Davis and Associates Attorney at Law;





Alyssa Pennington

Alyssa Pennington

•  Alyssa D’joy Pennington, daughter of Beth and the late Darren Pennington, sponsor, Richardson’s Towing;





Ashtynn Potts

Ashtynn Potts

• Ashtynn Renee Potts, daughter of Rob & Melissa Potts, sponsor, Mann’s Auto;






Kayla Sparks

Kayla Sparks

• Kayla Sharaye Sparks, daughter of Patricia & Michael Sparks, sponsor, Davis & Davis Funeral Home;





 Brooklyn Tipton

Brooklyn Tipton

• Brooklyn DeShae Tipton, daughter of Briana Potts, sponsor, Superior Tool & Dye.

Music in the Park is a great way to hear great music and talent

Times Staffwriter

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Music fills the air at the Stanton City Park on Thursday nights.

Music at the Park is an opportunity for anyone who wants to come out and play music. It occurs every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June through October.

The Music at the Park program was started last summer by the Powell County Tourism Commission and Jeff Browning. It has been hosted by Browning ever since.

Last Thursday the music was provided by Jim Thorpe, Gordon Parks, Browning and Tony Bush. Browning said though they mostly play blues and music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, they welcome all types of genres.

“We encourage any and all genres of music to the stage,” Browning said. “So pretty much anyone is welcome.”

Ovie Hollon, a member of the Powell County Tourism Board, attended this Thursday night’s performance. He said the crowds vary from week to week some being bigger than others.

Hollon said on average they can have 20 to 50 people attending.

“In a small community it’s hard to get a lot of people out,” Hollon said.

The crowd contained people of all ages. Some of them newcomers like Crystal Newcomb who heard about the event on Facebook, and Browning’s neighbor Betty Tipton who’s attended almost every show.

Hollon and Browning said they encourage anyone who loves music, and wants to play, to come out to the park on Thursday night. Instruments are not provided so those interested in playing must bring their own.

“Anyone who has a burning desire to share their music can come out,” Hollon said. “And play by themselves or with others.”

Powell Search & Rescue: Helping find the lost, literally

Times Staffwriter

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They assemble in hopes of finding those lost or in need of help in the vast Red River Gorge area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Many times they get to take part in happy endings. Occasionally they do not.

The Powell County Search and Rescue team in conjunction with the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team found a body belonging to a Wolfe County man who had been missing since last Monday.

The body of George Neace, 50, was found in an area between where he was last seen and his home. Search and rescue members said it was likely Neace fell about 40 feet.

Since it began, the team has only experienced two fatalities both occurring in Wolfe County.

“When you have to tell family members and friends that this person didn’t make it,” Sparks said. “It’s probably one of the toughest calls that anyone can actually make, and it takes a toll on the whole team.”

Just this past Sunday morning another call for help was answered. This time it was Pilot Knob.

A fun outing in the woods can turn into a dangerous situation very quickly. For that reason the Powell County Search and Rescue was created.

The Powell County Search and Rescue is a nonprofit organization created by Mike Sparks and a few team members in January of 2013. The need for a search and rescue team became apparent after Don Fig, a Forest Ranger, who had been conducting most of the rescues retired. A lot of the rescue calls fell back on the local fire departments and search and rescue teams in other counties.

“We were having quite a bit of lost hikers and falls in the Gorge,” Sparks said. “We didn’t really have that much personnel to actually take care of it, and we saw the need for providing the search and rescue team.”

Depending on the season, Powell County Search and Rescue receives about 5 to 10 calls a month, each one varying in severity. Sparks says the most common calls are hikers getting lost and needing assistance. When this happens, on average it takes 4 hours to find the hiker and get them to safety.

Since it began the team has only experienced one fatality in Wolf County in February  of this year.

When it began, the organization faced the obstacle of many people wanting to be members, but ending up not having the time for it and becoming inactive.

“It’s hard to get volunteer members anymore,” Sparks said. “There’s so much going on, they’ve got to support their families, it’s hard to get anybody to volunteer without paying them.”

The Powell County Search and Rescue team currently consists of about 50 active and inactive members. Sparks said they are always looking for new people who are dedicated and love the gorge. He said they are also looking for auxiliary members to only do fundraising for the organization.

He said search and rescue is a very close team, they enjoy doing things together such as going on hikes, having cookouts and doing fundraisers.

“As a fellowship team we are a family,” Sparks said.

For those interested in becoming a member of Powell County Search and Rescue can either contact Mike Sparks or there is an application available on the Powell Search-Rescue Facebook page.

Once voted in to the organization, members will complete a Basic Search and Rescue class that is approximately 20 hours long. Sparks said team members should be CPR certified, so if they are not when they get voted in they will need to take the class. Members must also pass a background check.

Background checks and the required training for the Powell County Search and Rescue are free. The state of Kentucky also provides team members with workman’s comp.

“It’s so much fun yet it’s something were doing for the community,” Sparks said. “And were having fun doing it.”

The Powell County Search and Rescue is a non-profit organization, meaning they do not charge for their services and the teams consists of volunteers who do not get paid.

“We have no building for storage or a vehicle to actually call our own,” Sparks said.

If the Powell County Search and Rescue did get a building, Sparks said they would like to use it not just for storage, but also for giving back to the community.

Sparks said they would like to open it at different parts of the year, to teach the community about different search and rescue activities like reading a compass, finding you way out of the woods, and tying knots.

Every Monday at 6 p.m. the search and rescue team works the concession stand during Bingo at the AmVets Post 67 at 710 Lake View Drive in Clay City. Sparks said the money they get from the stand goes to buying the equipment they need.

Search and Rescue also accepts money donations. Sparks said if someone donates money, the organization can give them a receipt so they can write the donation off on their taxes.

Businesses, as well as people in the community, have also donated things such as food and water.

Sparks said Whitaker Bank helped the team buy T-Shirts and the fire chief’s wife donated two quilts. He said Middle Fork Fire Department also helped out by opening their fire house to the organization when they needed it for events such as meetings and team member outings.

“It shows you how as a community we can all stick together and support each other for a good cause,” Sparks said. “Giving back to the community is really what we’re looking at.”

News from the Red River Museum

We have many examples of animals, fish and fowl here at the museum. When you enter the main building, you will be met by several varieties of these.  First you will see a cow skull (with long horns) and a couple of fox horns (made from cow horns – the length determines the tone of the horns) displayed on the wall. Next, you will find a canoe suspended from the ceiling, in which there is a mounted bass. Below the canoe, is a Muskie which was caught in Red River.

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On the wall you will meet Fred, the buffalo that was raised by Forest Meadows here in Powell County.  He guards the museum 24 hours a day. In the showcase where you can look but not touch, you will encounter two deer fawns, a fox squirrel, a penguin from the South Pole, a pheasant, a timber rattlesnake with 10 rattles and a button, and an opossum with five babies on her back.  On top of the showcase is a sharpshin hawk.

On the wall, you will find a crouching Mountain Lion waiting to pounce.  A majestic elk, with 8 pt. antlers surveys his domain. Bucky the beaver welcomes all to the museum while a golden eagle, a red tail hawk and a bobcat look down on us.  Above the old bank vault, are a wild turkey and a black bear cub. We also have a bear skin and a buffalo hide.

If you or your children have never seen some of these wildlife examples, come on down and see these.  It’s not as good as going to a zoo but it is a lot closer and a lot cheaper and you don’t have to feed the animals.

We would like to thank The Clay City Times for running our news from the museum and we hope you enjoy reading this column.  If you have ideas or information you would like for us to write about, please let us know.  Remember we are open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from May through October.

There’s more to Miguel’s than just world renowned pizza

Times Staffwriter

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Sometimes an idea or dream can change. That change and that idea can become well known and famous. What began as an ice cream shop called the Rainbow Door in 1984 blossomed into a pizza and rock climbing shop called Miguel’s Pizza. Since then the popular pizza place has expanded into two buildings instead of one. Anyone who has been to Miguel’s in the past has seen the signature Miguel’s T-Shirts with rock climbing equipment lining the walls and ceilings of the store. T-Shirts of various colors, posters and paintings are the only thing covering the walls these days. “We needed more room to expand,” Dario Ventura, the owner, Miguel’s son, said. The rock climbing equipment such as shoes, ropes and harnesses along with basic camping gear and clothes, has been moved to Miguel’s Rock Climbing shop. The rock climbing shop is to the right of Miguel’s Pizza right before you get to the Natural Bridge State Park. Ventura said the expansion began last fall and took about six months to finish. The new store was once his grandfather’s basement. It now has walls covered in rock climbing gear and camping supplies as well as shelves lined with shoes. The shelves are made from the pine and popular trees behind Miguel’s Pizza. The shops hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then on Friday and Saturday they are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The rock climbing shop is not the only amenity Miguel’s offers. Behind Miguel’s Pizza there is a camp ground specifically for climbers. “We have showers and laundry facilities,” Ventura said. “That comes with the camp ground.” Miguel’s also offers cabin rentals and weddings through a web site called Red River Gorge Retreats. The gorge, as well as Miguel’s Pizza, has been known to attract people from various places out of state and even out of the country. Ventura said probably 60 percent of their guests are from out of state and they come from places as far as Australia. Ventura said he doesn’t know how much more they will expand and improve but he hopes for a busy season. “Were doing the cover pavilion and hopefully that will free up space for our campers,” Ventura said. “We’re expecting a busy fall if the weather holds out.”

2015 Powell County Relay for Life

With the theme of this year’s Relay for Life being about the 8o’s style, of course the dances performed by the Bluegrass Tumble & Dance and Montana’s Goodtiming Cloggers, took on that overtone as well. Both groups performed excellently for the crowd.

This year’s Relay for Life coordinator, Amy Knox, said that as of Monday morning the event has raised roughly $23,000 and some teams are still bringing money in.

The goal for this year was $20,000 and the support of the community, which Knox and everyone involved with the fight against cancer really appreciates, helped the six teams exceed the goal.


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Campton man lost in Red River Gorge 11 days found alive


Those some were concerned that the end result would not be a good one, the mother of a man lost in the Red River Gorge for 11 days believed otherwise. Her beliefs were correct.

Chris Halsey (left) and his father, Ronnie (right) found Joshua Adkins (center) walking down the road last Wednesday. He had been mising for 11 days in the Gorge.

Chris Halsey (left) and his father, Ronnie (right) found Joshua Adkins (center) walking down the road last Wednesday. He had been mising for 11 days in the Gorge.

Kentucky State Police say that Joshua Adkins was found walking on Highway 15 near the Mountain Parkway in the Pine Ridge Community of Wolfe County on Aug. 12. Adkins had been reported missing on Aug. 1 when he wondered away from a campsite.

Adkins, 31, from Campton, had been camping at the Koomer Ridge Campgrounds. Search crews from the Wolfe County and Powell County Search & Rescue squads spent countless hours day and night looking for Adkins. At one point they had to take a break and regroup. Several rescuers were injured with some having to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. More than 100 rescuers from 25 different agencies across the commonwealth worked tirelessly on the search.

Adkins was found by two men, according to press reports. A father and son duo, Ronnie and Chris Halsey, told reporters they recognized him from press reports. However, it looked like he had lost a lot of weight. Adkins told state police that he survived by eating some corn and apples he found in a field. He also told officers he drank creek water for several days.

Adkins, who officials and other media outlets reported suffered from a slight form of mental illness, was in good condition. He was returned to his family the same day.

Relay for Life event set for this weekend

Times Editor

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Once again it is time for the community to come together to celebrate, to honor and to fight so others can live. That means it is time for the annual Powell County Relay for Life Event. This year’s event is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 22 beginning at 4 p.m. and running through 11 p.m. And just like last year it will be held at the Stanton City Park.

The rally actually began last weekend with the “Paint the Town Purple” campaign. Local businesses and homes decorated their structures and yards with purple, raising awareness about the fight against cancer. Powell’s County’s Relay for Life has become one of the more successful when it comes to raising money and awareness of the dreaded disease.

The chairperson this year, Amy Knox, has set a goal of raising $20,000 to help research, battle and help those who suffer from the dreaded disease. Last year the rally raised approximately $17,000.

The teams that will be taking part in fundraising and relay events this year are: Whitaker Bank, The Rack Pack, Red River Healthcare, Kroger Pharmily, Cat Creek Church of Christ and Hospice East.

The day of activities begins at noon with each team setting up campsites and the judging for each campsite will be held at 3 p.m. There will be registration for survivors beginning at 2:30 p.m. and a dinner for them at 3:45 p.m.

The event will host opening ceremonies at 4 p.m., which will consist of prayer, presentation of the flasg, the national Anthem and then will lead into the Survivor Ceremony. That part of the opening events is quite special as family members and caregivers will join cancer survivors for a walk around the track.

The teams will set up booths and try to raise money during the seven hour event. Teams will be serving food all day long and there will be live auctions. During at least three time frames there will be what is called a Theme lap. The first will happen at between 5 and 6 p.m. and is called the “I Love the 80’s/Big Hair” lap. At 8 p.m. the next theme will be “Walk Like an Egyptian” and at 9 p.m. there will be “Moonwalk.”

Of course anyone can purchase luminaries throughout the event, up until 9 p.m. There will also be a corn-hole tournament and games all day.

There will be entertainment as well. Bluegrass Tumble & Dance will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Montana’s Goodtiming Cloggers will follow at 7 p.m.

The most moving time of the event will happen at 10 p.m. with the Luminary Ceremony. The ceremony utilizes lit candles to honor those who fought the disease, but have passed on and honor those who have survived. It is a way to remember them and remember why this event is so important.

The money raised helps the American Cancer Society to provide funding for research and other benefits for those suffering from cancer and their families. In 2014 the ACS reported that they provided 249 free nights lodging for nine cancer patients from Powell County at the Hope Lodge in Lexington, That helped to save, according to the ACS, $28,000 for those patients.

Handicap parking will be available in the parking lot located beside the Little League Field, just past the main entrance to the city park. For more information, please contact April Wilhoit at 606-776-1504 or e-mail