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.|
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.
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 RatesThe 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 PurcahseMagistrate 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 RefusalThe 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 ScalfThe 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:
Other non-partisan races include:
City of Carlisle Mayor
Danny Barnett, Jr.
Board of Education
Chuck Ring Adam Tubbs
Soil Conservation Board
These candidates will not appear on the ballot.
Family Court Judge
Sam Arnold, III
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:
Mike Pryor (D)
Jeri Villaflor (R)
Magistrate District #1
Mike Webb (D)
Brett Hartman (R)
Jimmy Wells (R)
Matt Hughes (D)
Outside the County
Mitch McConnell (R)
Alison Lundergan-Grimes (D)
Andy Barr (R)
Elizabeth Jensen (D)
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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