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August 20, 2014

Upcoming Events


7 Davis, Mann, Minton, Durbin Reunion
The Davis, Mann, Minton, Durbin Reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at the Fleming-Mason Energy Pavilion in Flemingsburg. Potluck served at 12 Noon. Please bring your favorite foods. Catching up and looking back. Hope to see you this year.

8 Industrial Development Authority Meeting
The Carlisle-Nicholas County Industrial Development Center holds its regular monthly meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00 pm at its office on Concrete Road. The public is invited to attend.

8 City Council Meeting
The Carlisle City Council holds its regular monthly meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Council Chamber in City Hall.

9 Rep. Barr's Travelling Office Hours
Congressman Andy Barr holds travelling office in Nicholas County the 2nd Tuesday of every month for 3:00-4:00 pm in the small courtroom on the main floor of the courthouse. This is your opportunity to meet directly with his staff and to inform him of your concerns and how he can best serve your needs.

9 Fiscal Court Meeting
Instead of its regular monthly meeting on the 2nd Friday, the Nicholas County Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the small courtroom.

11 Republican Party Meeting
The Republican Party of Nicholas County meets at 7:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month in the Adult Education Center beneath the Nicholas County Public Library. All members of the public are invited, regardless of political affiliation.

12 NC Sanitation District #2 Board Meeting
The Nicholas Co. Sanitation District #2 Board meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 2:00 P.M. at the Nicholas County Health Department.

12 Dougherty Lodge #65 F.A.M.
Dougherty Lodge #65 meets the second Friday at 7:30 p.m. above the Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home.

15 School Board Meeting
The Nicholas County School Board holds its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month at the district office.

16 Tuesday Night Jam Session
Tuesday Night Jam Session will be open stage, bluegrass, country, gospel and more. The third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. Inquire at the Lodge Desk. Contact Paul Tierney at 859-289-5507 ext. 2012

Morning Canoe Trips
Looking for something to do this summer? Do you have summer guests who might enjoy something unique? How about a 2½ hour leisurely-paced canoe trip down the Licking River, guided by Blue Licks State Park recreation staff. Trips available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings through Labor Day, starting at 9:30. Reservations and pre-payment limited to 7 days in advance. Call (859) 289-5507 to reserve or for more information.

Blue Grass Cowboy Church
Biblical based worship, with great local musical talent and fellowship with people that come as you are. Boots and hats are welcome but not required! We meet every Tuesday at 7 PM.

Moorefield Christian Church
Everyone at the Moorefield Christian Church – Disciples of Christ invites you to join them for service every Sunday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Kimberly Brown

Ruddles Mills Christian Church
3804 Ruddles Mills – Millersburg Rd., Paris, KY 40361. 859-987-7384. Services are as follows: Sunday School – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM, AM Service 11:00 AM, PM Service – 6:00 PM, Youth (Jr. High & High School age) activities – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday – 7:00 PM Bible Study.

Nicholas County Fix
Bluegrass Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Paul Pack, at 11 East Main, Paris is honored to be participating in the Nicholas County Fix spay/neuter Program. The program is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted or homeless puppies and kittens born every year. Sign up is at the Nicholas County Public Library.

Free Blood Pressure Checks
Wedco/Nicholas County Home Health will be sponsoring free blood pressure screening for the general public on the second Tuesday of each month from 3-4 p.m. at the Public Library.

N.C. Adult Learning Center News
The Adult Learning Center offers a flexible schedule and personalized instruction to help students successfully complete their GED. The center offers students the opportunity to study at their own pace and on their own schedule. Interested persons may stop by anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays , and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information on the other programs that are available please call 289-6861 today.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous will be meeting every Tuesday night from 8-9 p.m. at the Nicholas County Health Department

Carlisle Rotary Club
The Carlisle Rotary Club meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at The Railroad Depot.

Beginning in April, the Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series will meet each Wednesday night (moved from Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Sparks room of the Nicholas County Health Department. Anyone interested is welcome to attend!

Parks and Recreation Board
Park and Recreation board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the courthouse. Public is welcome to attend. Call Keith Campbell, Facility Director at 859-753-0550 to schedule events or Jeff Randolph at 859-808-0028 for any concerns.

Lifeline Meeting
The Lifeline meetings are held each Sunday Mornings at 9:45 am at the New Beginnings Christian Church on Concrete Road. For more info call Greg Spivey 859-227-1319 or Toni Spivey 859-473-0899.

Dogs Available for Adoption
Nicholas County Animal Welfare Society has dogs available for adoption. 473-2714.

If there are any upcoming events relating to Nicholas County that you would like to place in the Upcoming Events, contact The Carlisle Courier at (859) 289-8899 or email to:



REDUCED – House for sale on 518 E Main St. in Carlisle. Lots of improvements. Reduced to $45,000. Call (859) 289-2883. 8/13

5213 Moorefield Rd - 3 bedroom, 1 bath spacious home for sale. Asking $28,500. Please contact Rick Szaks, Lincoln Real Estate, Inc. @ 859-273-2222 or 859-255-7777. 8/20

Real Estate For Sale
3860 KY Hwy 36, Harrison Co. - REDUCED! 2br, 1 ba. mobile on prime 1.99 ac. lot. Close to Cynthiana. $46,000
221 E. North St. Carlisle - 2br, 1ba frame home with LR, small foyer and bonus room. $26,000
3076 Mudlick Rd., Harrison Co. - 22+/- acres, 3br home, barn ,creek, rural setting. $125,000
Vince Wells
Real Estate & Auction
110 S. Broadway
Carlisle, KY 40311


FURNITURE REPAIR and refinishing. Rick’s Antique Refinishing. 859-749-8192. TFN

INSURANCE for your motorcycle, camper, autos, home and more. Stop by or call your local independent agency for convenient and courteous customer service.
Vince Wells Insurance
110 S. Broadway
Carlisle, KY 40311



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Top News

Blue Licks Battle Reenactment

by Stephen Scalf

Spectators remain spellbound as the Kentucky long rifles thunder amid the whoops and cries of Native American warriors.
This past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park became the destination for visitors from near and far - one as far as Hawaii - to experience the 232nd Battle Renactment Commemoration.

The weekend began early, with the first interpretive walk of the battlefield starting at 8:00 a.m., with visitors able to meander through the Pioneer Encampment and see living history as participants in period costume came out of their tents and cooked their breakfast over open fires.

There was a feeling of an old-time, country fair as vendors sold hand-crafted jewelry, other crafted items, fresh fruit, and of course, coonskin caps, Indian feathers, toy long rifles and tomahawks.

Throughout the day on the main stage, under an awning set up on the Pioneer Museum Parking lot, were events and live entertainment, including hands-on pottery, live 18th-century music, and programs on primitve weapons of the 18th century, Native American technology, and textiles during the 18th century.

For those willing to venture out, there was a "Leaves of Lore Nature Walk" explaining native plants and their uses. But it was the battle reenactment itself that drew the crowds as the events of the battle were narrated, explaining how the American forces walked right into the British/Native American ambush. After the reenactment, the spectators were invited onto the battlefield to talk to and to photograph the participants, and to learn about the Native American custom of the running of the gauntlet - a favorite of the children.

If you have not been fortunate enough to experience a reenactment of the Blue Licks Battle - perhaps the last battle of the Revolutionary War - mark your calendars for August 15 and 16 of next year.

Fiscal court reviews Mathers Fund applications

by Stephen Scalf

The Nicholas County Fiscal Court met in special session on Monday afternoon, Aug. 18 with the first item on the agenda the review and approval of Mathers Fund applications.

According to the report presented by Dana Price and Wanda Dotson, the two women appointed by the fiscal court to manage the application process, there were 240 total applicants this year, down from 279 children last year. Only three of the applications were denied - all three because the students either had not lived in the county or been enrolled in Nicholas County Schools for the required le ngth of time.

This year, the fund generated approximately $63,000 which with the carry-over of nearly $30,000 from last year left the fiscal court with approximately $90,000 they could distribute. Magistrate Steve Hamilton made the motion to increase the amount this year to $100 per child, with a maximum of $500 per household. Magistrate Jimmy Wells seconded the motion which was approved unanimously.

According to the will that established the fund, the proceeds may only be used to foster the education of needy children in Nicholas County. It was decided long ago - and was confirmed by a judge's ruling last year - that it is appropriate to allow less-fortunate families to use the funds to purchase school clothing for their children. Each year, the fund managers issue out vouchers in the amount approved by the fiscal court for the children whose applications were approved.

Those whose applications are not approved are notified in writing of the reason for the disapproval. Because the will provides that the fiscal court is ultimately responsible for distributing the fund, provisions exist for families in special circumstances to request a waiver, which can be approved by a majority vote by the fiscal court.

Road Funds

In other business, the fiscal court passed a resolution accepting $300,000 in additional road funds from the state. According to the memorandum of agreement also approved during the meeting with authorization for the judge to sign on behalf of the county, the funds will be used for certain portions and lengths of the following roads: Saltwell Road .6 miles Saltwell-Headquarters Road - 1 mile Stoney Creek Road 1 mile and .34 miles (two sections) Pleasant Spring Road 1 mile Dixie Highway 2.9 miles Lake Carnico Boat Ramp .12 miles Kalmia Dr. .1 miles The fiscal court also voted unanimously to advertise for bids for paving with Kentucky Road Funds, and at the same time advertise for paving bids for previously identified County Road Fund projects, with bids to be opened at the special Sept. 9 meeting of the fiscal court.

Tax Rates

The tax rates for 2015 were briefly discussed, with the magistrates provided with figures for comparison. To assist the magistrates, Judge/Executive Mike Pryor provided the following: "For property valued at $100,000 at the current rate of 13.4 cents per $100 of value, the owner paid $134 in property taxes. The state-established compensating rate for 2015 is 13.6 cents, which would be $136 for the same property, an increase of just $2 for the year. "I'm not making any recommendations," Judge Pryor stated. "I am simply providing this for your information." The matter was tabled until the Sept. 9 meeting to allow the court more time to carefully consider the information before making any decisions.

Trailer Purcahse

Magistrate Jeff "Rudy" Randolph then informed the fiscal court that a tandem-axle tag-along trailer had been located that would be suitable for hauling the county's roller (used in paving).
The trailer, owned by Mr. Hopkins of 8700 Maysville Road, is selling for $1,500. Mr. Randolph and Mike Watkins had both viewed the trailer and recommended its purchase, which the fiscal court approved unanimously.

First Right of Refusal

The final matter of business involved the pending sale of Dr. Villaflor's office. When Dr. Villaflor acquired the property from the county, a clause was included in the deed giving the county first right of refusal should the property ever be re-sold. Discussion indicated that none of the fiscal court members were interested in acquiring the building or in any way hindering the sale; however, Judge Pryor stated that additional information was still coming in about the right of refusal, so the matter was tabled until the Sept. 9 meeting.

Candidate deadline passes with surprising results

by Stephen Scalf
The deadline for non-partisan candidates to file to run for public office was 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12. In past election years, there has been a flood of candidate applications for city council just prior to the deadline and the expectation was that this year would be no different. However, by the time County Clerk Martha Moss announced the deadline had passed, only six candidates had filed for the six city council positions. Technically, candidates have until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 (the last Friday in October) to declare their intent to be a write-in candidate; however, at present it would appear that Carlisle's governing body has essentially been decided by default. The six individuals who filed for city council are:

City Council

Debbie Ecton
Doug Garrett
Chris Allison
Alice Hughes
Sandy Ritchie
Timmy Jefferson

Other non-partisan races include:

City of Carlisle Mayor

Danny Barnett, Jr.
Larry Jolly
Ronnie Clark

Board of Education

District #2

Annette Flora

District #3

Mona Vice

District #4

Chuck Ring Adam Tubbs

Soil Conservation Board

Randy Warner
Steve Vice
Kevin Watkins

These candidates will not appear on the ballot.

Family Court Judge
Sam Arnold, III
Heather Fryman

This year, there are multiple artisan races with candidates from both the Democrat and Republican primaries that will be decided in the November generalmn election. They are as follows:

County Judge/Executive

Mike Pryor (D)
Jeri Villaflor (R)

Magistrate District #1

Mike Webb (D)
Brett Hartman (R)

District #2

Jimmy Wells (R)
Matt Hughes (D)

Outside the County

U.S. Senate

Mitch McConnell (R)
Alison Lundergan-Grimes (D)

U.S. Representative

Andy Barr (R)
Elizabeth Jensen (D)

State Representative
Sannie Overly (D)

Dwaine Curran (R)

If State Senator Walter "Doc" Blevins, Jr. (D) is successful in his candidacy for Rowan County Judge/Executive, a special election will need to be held to select a replacement. Senator Blevins is not up for reelection for two more years. Likewise, if Rep. Sannie Overly is reelected as a representative, and is then elected to Lt. Governor in 2015, a special election will be required to fill that vacancy, as well.

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