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.


Photos by Keegan Rogers

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Photos by Keegan Rogers

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Photos by Keegan Rogers

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Photos by Keegan Rogers

Photos by Keegan Rogers

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 april.wilhoit@cancer.org.

Lacy appointed as new police chief; city looks to help employees

Times Editor

This month’s Stanton City Council meeting was quite a bit shorter in length compared to last month’s. In the July meeting there was a lot of discussion about a Fairness ordinance. But in the meting held last Thursday, the longest discussion was actually a presentation from a company who wants to help the city employees.

Stanton City Council members listen to and review documents they received from Todd Goodwin (standing) as he explains a new medical reimbursement plan for city employees. Photo by James Cook

Stanton City Council members listen to and review documents they received from Todd Goodwin (standing) as he explains a new medical reimbursement plan for city employees. Photo by James Cook

But there was also some other important news for employes.

Stanton Mayor Dale Allen informed the council that he had appointed Lt. Arthur Lacy to be the new chief of police. Former Chief Kevin Neal retired at the end of July after 22 years with the department, 11 of those years as chief. Lacy has been with the Stanton Police Department since 1994 and has worked with the Kentucky State Police and Clay City Police Departments.

“We took applications and I appointed Arthur to the position of chief,” Allen told the council. In the past the department has tried to always promote from within their own ranks. The council agreed with the appointment with a 5-0 vote. Councilman Paul Mallory was not present for the meeting.

Allen also promoted Sgt. Charlie Crabtree to the position of lieutenant to take Lacy’s place. Crabtree joined the department in 2000 and is one of the departments certified firearms instructors.

The council voted to raise both of their pay to reflect the change in rank as well.

The council also followed a recommendation by Allen to give each city employee a three percent across the board pay increase. That pay increase will be evident on the next pay check for the employees.

The good news for city workers continued when Todd Goodwin of Voluntary Market Solutions made a presentation. Goodwin offered a program that would allow employees to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement of any covered medical out of pocket expense. The plan would also, using a loan system much like the reverse mortgage system, use a pre-tax procedure that could enable most if not all of the employees to actually take home more pay.

“All Stanton employees, with exception to Dale (Allen),” Goodwin told the council, “are paying more taxes than they have to.”

The plan is provided through a company, Total Financial, which uses banks. Those banks purchase a loan and when an employee signs up for the program the life insurance they sign to cover the loan pays for the program. There could be no cost to the employees for the program.

The top out of pocket cost would be $5,000 and if that total was reached, under the 75 percent reimbursement for recognized coverage, the actual total paid would be $1,250. Single employees could end up being reimbursed up to $12,000 a year and families up to $19,200 per year. But the medical situation has to be accepted by the insurance plan for the employee. It will recognize both in network and out of network costs.

The plan does not cover pharmaceuticals or those who are currently on maternity. Employees would send the total they need to pay out of pocket to Total Financial who would then issue a check within two weeks to 30 days in most cases.

Goodwin said that at least 70 percent of the city’s 12 employees would have to sign up before the program could be implemented.

The council voted to go ahead with polling the employees to see if they were interested.

As for the rest of the meeting, one resident asked Allen why there is a minimum amount of water residents have to pay for instead of just paying for what they use. Allen explained that many surrounding communities follow the same platform.

The same resident then asked about the continued saga of the Railroad Street project. He questioned why it has taken three years and that the road would not be wide enough for two buses. He stated that weather should not have been a factor as Walker has been working on a much larger project in Winchester through the wet summer. He also challenged several city officials to come out and watch the Railroad Street traffic between 7:30-8 a.m.

Allen explained that the project was mainly a sidewalk project and that the street should be wide enough for two buses or two cars, according to average widths of those types of vehicles.

The question about a possible curfew being enforced came back up. Council woman Dixie Lockard said that the Park-N-Ride has been  “quite a mess with all the trash” left behind by those who park there late at night just to hang out.

Whitaker Bank has had similar problems in recent months, though it has got better. But broken bottles, paint balls and so much trash that it took almost an hour each morning to clean up concerned bank officials. There has also been property damage at the bank parking lot.

Lacy suggested possibly writing city citations to try to curb the problems.

“They have to pay a fine and court costs and maybe then that would put a stop to a lot of it,” Lacy said.

Lacy had told the Times previously that if a business did not complain then police would not step in. But if one did have a problem then those parking there would have to leave. He said that many businesses do not really mind parkers until they start doing some damage or making large messes.

City attorney Scott Graham did not seem too enthused about a ticket program.

“We would have to make sure each business had something in writing about who could park there after hours so we don’t get into a situation where it an employees spouse or some thing like that,” he stated.

There was also some question about the added responsibility and issues it could create for the city office personnel.

Graham said that the curfew currently in place would have to be reviewed as the state supreme court has indicated that curfews need to be structured in ways that are easy to enforce, but do not infringe upon some rights.

The council agreed to look at the curfew ordinance and try to come up with a solution to the problem. Many of those who are in the parking lots are no longer minors and that is an issue that will also have to be reviewed.

The council opened two bids for two Durangos for the police department. The bids were from Freedom Dodge in Lexington and Tanner Dodge in Stanton. Tanner’s bid was slightly higher, by about $200. But the lowest bid does not automatically win so the council decided to go with the local business and purchase the vehicles from Tanner Dodge. Lockard made the motion to go with Tanner Dodge and council woman Margarita Arnett seconded. The vote was 5-0.

The council also voted to keep the motor vehicle and watercraft tax the same. In fact it has been the same since Allen took office nine years ago. The rate will be 17.9 cents per $100 assessed value.

The council voted to donate $250 to the AmVets to help with the costs of the fireworks at the Patriot Day Celebration last month.

The next meeting will be held in the Powell County Courthouse Main Courtroom on Sept. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Animal Shelter houses more than just cats and dogs

Times Staffwriter


About a week ago stories about a pig following a dog began swirling around Stanton. The notorious pig was caught on July 28, and now resides at the Powell County Animal Shelter.

Bacon was the name given to the pig by Abigail Crigger, a volunteer who works at the shelter. It took Randall Martin, the director of the shelter, about a week to find him and about an hour to catch him. He is now up for grabs to anyone who wishes to adopt him.

“It loves dogs,” Martin said. “Wherever that dog went that pig went, that’s how I caught it.”

Bacon is not alone in his new home. He currently shares it with 34 dogs and 42 cats. Some they have had brought in and some they have found.

“Our biggest problem is people dumping animals on the side of the road,” Martin said.

The KRS 525.130, prohibits animals from being dumped on the side of the road, so it is against the law to do so.

The shelter has taken so many cats in 13 out of 14 of their spaces were filled. Jamie Alexander, the dog warden assistant said for this time of year it’s not normal to have that many cats.

“We usually get at least a litter of cats every week.” Alexander said. “It’s terrible.”

Alexander has been with the shelter for about a year and has helped take some of the load of running the whole place off of Martin who has been in the business for about nine years.

Thanks to efforts from those at the shelter, volunteers, rescuers and the community most of their animals have either been rescued, reclaimed or found new homes.

The Powell County Animal Shelter currently works with three groups of rescuers, Brianna’s Sanctuary in Powell County, Friends of Powell County Pets and Clark County Lab Rescue.

Martin said the rescuers play a big role in taking the animals to foster homes and to other places who don’t have the overpopulation Kentucky has.

“That’s why rescuers are so important,” Martin said. “Because they can make contact with other places who need animals.”

Taking care of so many animals can get expensive, the shelter needs things like old blankets and towels, cat litter, hand soap, peroxide, Neosporin and pretty much any cleaning supplies.

“Donations are always welcome,” Martin said.

Martin said he would like to see the shelter become a no kill shelter, but at the moment it’s not. It is very important that these animals be adopted or fostered as soon as possible.

“I don’t like having to have them euthanized,” Martin said.

The euthanizing process includes sedation and a trip to the vet to be humanly euthanized by a trained veterinarian. In order for a dog to be euthanized it must have major issues such as aggression, injured or extremely ill.

To adopt a dog there is a $75 adoption fee, this includes rabies shots, spay and neuter and a dog license.

“Spaying and neutering is the most important thing a responsible pet owner can do,” Alexander said. “The overpopulation problem is unreal.”

Every animal that leaves the shelter is spayed and neutered. If anyone needs help they can call the shelter. Alexander said they cannot stress enough to the community how important spaying and neutering is.

There is an ordinance in Powell County that requires dogs to be licensed at four months of age. For anyone interested in licensing their dog all that is needed is the dog’s health certificate stating that it has had its rabies shots and a $5 fee.

The shelter is no longer in the building with the blue roof, it is now located on 121 Echo Hollow Road in Clay City. It has been at its new location since September 2013.

Martin said the whole operation wouldn’t work without volunteers and rescuers. Taking care of the animals in the area is a community effort.

“Were wanting to save as many animals as we can,” Martin said.


Sparks Family Reunion

The Sparks Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 pm at the Lil Abner Motel.

Bring a dish and enjoy the day!


Hughes Reunion

All descendants, family and friends of Floyd and Hattie Hughes will be having a reunion on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Darlene Hughes home located at 6285 Campton Road, Stanton (Bowen). Bring your music and spend the day. Dinner will be around 5 p.m. Chicken, drinks and rolls will be furnished. Need any information call 606-663-2404.


Tharp/Thorpe Reunion

The Tharp/Thorpe Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 6th at the Lion’s Club Park. Doors open at 11 am

And dinner will be 1-1:30. Please bring a dish and your own drinks. Also, those of you who play, please bring your instruments for entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there.


Welcome Home Veterans Rally set for this weekend

Times Staffwriter

Sometimes you want to get a glimpse of what others have gone through to better understand them. This weekend, visitors to the “Welcome Home Veterans Rally” can do just that.

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More than 2,000 items, including uniforms, weaponry and pictures will be open for the public to view in the “Through the Eyes” display at Clay City Park beginning from 3 p.m. on Aug. 7 through 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

The display is part of the Welcome Home Veterans Rally. It is a Vietnam-era exhibit that is housed in four tents. It is meant to honor the men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

The “Through the Eyes” display has visited 46 of our states and was created by John Hosier, a Vietnam Veteran. Sponsors of this display include Task Force Omega of Kentucky, Inc. and AmVets Riders Post 67 Clay City.

The Rally will include guest speakers such as U.S. Representative Andy Barr, Former Miss America and Kentucky Veterans Affairs Commissioner, Heather French Henry, State Senator Albert Robinson, John Mustane and Vietnam Veteran Danny “Greasy” Belcher.

On Saturday there will be an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. at the AmVets Post. There will also be a bike show from 12 to 2 p.m., judging for the show begins at 4 p.m.

There will be a silent auction from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and live music featuring Matt Enik, Nashville recording artist at 6 p.m.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday there will be a tribute to our Armed forces inside AmVets Post 67. Then at 8:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight ceremony outside the “Through the Eyes” display.

There will be a church service on Sunday at 11 a.m. and the “Through the Eyes” display will close at 3 p.m.

26th Annual Corn Festival was filled with fun, entertainment and lots of winners

Times Staffwriter

Many people from all walks of life followed the yellow corn road to the fun and festivities at the 26th Annual Corn Festival last weekend.

Brayden Brooks, 7, Shayne Riddell, 8, and Sierra Riddell, 14, enjoyed some of the fun activities at this year’s Corn Festival. Photo by Renato Virto

Brayden Brooks, 7, Shayne Riddell, 8, and Sierra Riddell, 14, enjoyed some of the fun activities at this year’s Corn Festival. Photo by Renato Virto

On Friday the stars shone brightly on the stage in the big pavilion at the A “MAIZE” ING Talent Contest.

Taylor Dye took first place for the 19 and over age group. Autumn and Madeline Murry took second place.

Dakara Cooper came in first place for the 11 to 18 age category. Rachel Stow took second place and Sam Stowe came in third.

Keeley Overbee took first place for the 10 and under age category and Madeline Murry came in second.

Dakara Cooper was the overall winner out of all the first place winners in the talent contest. All the first place winners got $50 and the overall winner received $200 total. All the prize money was donated by Grayson’s Funeral Home, owned and operated by Tim and Amiee Grayson.

Saturday began as a day of beauty with all the contestants of the Corn Festival Beauty Pageant competing for multiple titles. Judge Sara Combs was the official of the contest. Combs read aloud all the names and the information about the contestants to the audience.

Preteen Miss: Keeley Brooke Willoughby

Preteen Miss: Keeley Brooke Willoughby

Jordyn Elizabeth Kinser was crowned 2015 Tiny Miss Corn Silk. Runner ups for the title included Bella Rose Willoughby and Zoey McMillan.

Ava Rose was crowned 2015 Little Miss Corn Silk. Bentley Marie West was runner up for the title.

Hayden Ray Burgher was crowned 2015 Little Kernel. Runner ups for the title included Brantley Keith Townsend and Sawyer Olinger.

Jaelyn Paige Osborne was crowned 2015 Junior Preteen Miss Corn Festival. Runner ups for the title included Katherine Alise Frazier, Riley Stuart and Analyse Day.

Keeley Brooke Willoughby was crowned 2015 Preteen Miss Corn Festival. Runner ups for the title included Melanie Jade Hood and Sierra Gayle Melvinia Townsend.

Gracie Hall was crowned 2015 Junior Miss Corn Festival. Runner ups for the title include Channing Mae Taulbee, Courtney Howard and Alexandra Harrison.

Miss Corn Festival: McKenzie Faulkner

Miss Corn Festival: McKenzie Faulkner

McKenzie Faulkner was crowned 2015 Miss Corn Festival. Abbigale Harrison was runner up for the title.

Courtney Willoughby, 2014 Miss Corn Festival, presented the trophies, sashes, and crowns to all the winners of the contest.

Judges for the contest included Lucy Spicer from Wolf County, Former Miss Estill County Debbie Sparks from Lexington and John Hatfield, who owns an art gallery in Irvine.

Olivia Powers provided the entertainment for the crowd by singing while the judges deliberated between each division.

“Were really proud of the beauty contest,” Evelyn Faulkner, owner of The Corn Festival said. “I think it was a successful day.”

Later on in the day there was a Corn Eating Contest for kids and adults hosted by Mayor Dale Allen.

Winners for the contest included Gracie Hamilton, 4, for the ages 6 years and under category, Wyatt Ballou, 10, for ages 10 to 12 category and Beau Bond, 15, for ages 13 to 17 category. In the adult category it was six guys versus six girls. Jeremy Crabtree, 19, took the win, with 9 and a half ears of corn eaten.

Corn Eating Contest Winner: Gracie Hamilton

Corn Eating Contest Winner: Gracie Hamilton

Also in the contest was a few members of the group Team Rock, a rock climbing team from New York. They said this is their fourth year coming to Kentucky and their second time attending the corn festival.

“We planned the trip around the corn festival,” Meghan McDonald, a member of the group said. “This is our rest day fun day.”

The team also said they intend on coming back to the festival next year.

Winner of Corn Eating Contest: Wyatt Ballou

Winner of Corn Eating Contest: Wyatt Ballou

The festivities on Saturday also included the Shriner’s train, water balls, plenty of booths to choose from, clogging, lots of singing and much more.

Junior Miss: Gracie Hall

Junior Miss: Gracie Hall

“I love the fact that it brings the whole town together,” Kerstin Crabtree said. “The music is wonderful.”

On Sunday the corn-hole tournament took place under the big pavilion. After doing the blind draw the teams got right to tossing their bean bags at the corn painted platforms.

The winning team of the corn-hole contest was Tony Wyinn and Blake Elliott.

Many came to the Corn Festival for their own reasons. Like the Bourbon Street Cruisers who came for the car show, or Marissa, Maranda and Sandy Manns who came from Breathitt County for the roasted corn, apple pies and the themed festival. Some came for the music.

“I like the taste of local talent and a chance to sit back and relax on the weekend and listen to some good music,” Zebadiah Faulkner said.

Whether it be the food, the talent, the people or just plain good old fun, the 26th Annual Stanton City Corn Festival was a hit.

“I’m grateful for everyone who came out and enjoyed the festival,” Faulkner said. “We do all this for them.”

Tiny Miss Corn Silk: Jordyn Elizabeth Kinser

Tiny Miss Corn Silk: Jordyn Elizabeth Kinser

Little Kernel: Hayden Ray Burgher

Little Kernel: Hayden Ray Burgher

Junior Preteen: Jaeylyn Paige Osborne

Junior Preteen: Jaeylyn Paige Osborne

Little Miss Corn Silk: Ava Rose

Little Miss Corn Silk: Ava Rose

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

Times Editor

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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.