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August 13, 2014

Upcoming Events


24 Guy Jackson Family Reunion
The Guy Jackson Family Reunion will be held on Aug. 24, 2014 at Blue Licks State Park in the shelter by the miniature golf course. For more information call (606) 584-9026.

25 Nicholas County Democrat Women’s Club
The NC Democrat Women’s Club will hold their monthly meeting (fourth Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 25 in the small courtroom at the Courthouse. Everyone is urged to attend. The Nicholas County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting immediately afterwards at 7:00 pm.


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:



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Top News

Physical Therapy to return to Nicholas County

by Stephen Scalf

Dr. Villaflor's office building will be the home of a Physical/Occupational Therapy practice, also offering Speech Therapy and Phlebotomy.
One of the primary reasons for Nicholas County Hospital closed in May of this year was because there weren’t enough patients to offset the cost of operating the hospital.

While this may have been true for most of the hospital, one clinic was clearly an exception – the Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy department. The week the hospital closed, the clinic was supposed to receive 18 new patients.

Fortunately for Nicholas County, plans are in place and may now be announced that the clinic plans to return to Nicholas County in the near future – with the same familiar staff: Betsy Kelley providing physical therapy with support from Brenda Letcher, and Tony Smith providing occupational therapy.

After Nicholas County Hospital’s closure, Betsy Kelley began working with Harrison Memorial Hospital. Recently, an offer was made and accepted for the purchase of Dr. Villaflor’s office building on Concrete Road, which will be converted into a Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy practice.

“I enjoy working with Harrison Memorial Hospital,” Ms. Kelley told The Carlisle Courier, “But I am really looking forward to returning to Nicholas County.”

The group hopes to have the clinic operational by the end of October.

“We also plan to expand our services to include Speech Therapy and Phlebotomy,” Ms. Kelley explained. “We will offer blood draws in the mornings, five days a week. The lab work will be processed by Harrison Memorial Hospital.”

Although the closure of the hospital has been a hard blow to the county, the return of these services to the community is a hopeful development.

County first to sign Bluegrass ADD agreement

by Stephen Scalf

During this past Friday's regular monthly meeting of the Nicholas County Fiscal Court, Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner visited to present the fiscal court with the final draft of an inter-local agreement between the 16 counties and Fayette County/Lexington represented by the Bluegrass Area Development District. This agreement deals specifically with the configuration and the duties and responsibilities of the Workforce Investment board which determines how federal funds received by the Bluegrass ADD will be distributed.

"The purpose of this board was to help eradicate unemployment throughout the Bluegrass Region," Mr. Burtner told the magistrates. "There has been a perception that Lexington/Fayette County have had a greater say about where that money goes. This latest draft gives all counties an equal voice."

Mayor Burtner explained that the original agreement placed great amount of authority - too much, in his opinion - in the hands of just a few individuals, including himself. He felt this latest draft did a very good job eliminating those problems by shifting the responsibility and dispersing it between the judge/executives of the member counties.

Although federal workforce investment funds are most frequently used for job creation, they can also be used for job training. Mayor Burtner cited a situation of how the workforce investment board brought in high school teachers to consult them about what could be done to better prepare high school students for specific jobs. The program took juniors and seniors and placed them in a vocational setting and - within the limits of the law - trained them to operate specific pieces of equipment and provided them with unique skill sets for a specific industry.

Judge/Executive Mike Pryor reminded the fiscal court how quickly this board had responded when Nicholas County Hospital closed in May. In less than a week, the board brought in specialists to help provide hospital employees about programs and funds available to them to assist them find new jobs, and to help take care of their homes and their families until they could find new jobs.

Because the board had only approved the draft the night before the fiscal court meeting, Nicholas County was the first county within Bluegrass ADD to consider the inter-local agreement.

After reviewing the document, with county attorney Dawn Letcher pointing out specific details, the fiscal court unanimously voted to accept the agreement and authorized Judge Pryor to sign it.

YMCA coming to Nicholas County

by Jessica Curran
Last week the YMCA board of directors approved plans to open a facility in Carlisle.

After preliminary discussions for a potential Nicholas County branch began around March 2014, Cathy Boone has been persistently working to finalize plans for a fitness center location in Carlisle. Mrs. Boone is the Executive Director of the Paris-Bourbon County location.

"Things have happened fairly quickly, however there is no established opening date right now. It all hinges on reconstruction and renovation of the building," said Mrs. Boone.

The Nicholas County YMCA location will be at 120 East Main Street, in the eastern-most bay of the Frey Building, directly across from the courthouse.

Late in 2013 the Frey Building was acquired by Carlisle Restoration, LLC, a private group of individuals working to Carlisle's historic buildings. The group has sealed the roof to prevent further water damage and is now in the process of rehabilitating the bays for commercial use.

Although not a definite time line, the new facility is expected to open sometime this fall.

"Right now we are in the process of ordering things and getting it going," Mrs. Boone explained. "We plan to have fitness, cardio, and strengthening equipment. As well as group exercise classes."

The type of classes that will be available is undetermined at this point. Yoga, zumba, and circuit training are all talked-about possibilities.

Mrs. Boone stated that memberships to the Nicholas County YMCA will be affordable. However, fee structures for the Nicholas County branch are currently being decided upon.

Group classes will be included in the monthly fee for members. If space allows, non-members can attend on a per class basis. “Nicholas County doesn’t have these types of services so we are excited to offer this and help the community," Mrs. Boone said. "The YMCA is much more than just a gym, our mission is to strengthen communities."

Kentucky has the 9th highest adult obesity rate in the United States. Currently 31.3 percent of adults in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Adults need a minimum of 30 minutes of physical exercise daily. According to research, 29.4 percent of adults live a lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity.

“It is our passion to serve and improve the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle. Expanding our service area to Nicholas County was part of our strategic plan,” said Mrs. Boone.

Diabetes prevention will also be accessible at the Carlisle location.

According to the YMCA website, the Diabetes Prevention Program helps to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

Unfortunately, due to spacing dilemmas, this facility will be strictly an adult facility.

Meaning, there will not be child care offered while members attend classes or use equipment. “We wish we could accommodate children but at this point there just isn’t enough room,” said Mrs. Boone.

More details regarding this opportunity will be published once they are made available.

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