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September 24, 2014

Upcoming Events


5 McConnell-Bradley Family Reunion
The annual McConnell-Bradley family reunion and pot-luck will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Mt. Olivet at the Robertson Co. Community Center located just off US 62 behind the Robertson Co. Nursing Home. Doors open by 11:30 a.m. and meal served at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends invited!

10 Fiscal Court Meeting
The Nicholas County Fiscal Court will hold its regular monthly meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the small courtroom.

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

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

11 Republican Party Meeting
The Republican Party of Nicholas County meets at 7:30 pm on the second Saturday of every month at Darlene's Country Market. All members of the public are invited, regardless of political affiliation.

12 Woosley Family Reunion and Potluck
The Woosley Family reunion and potluck will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 pm at the Carlisle Depot, 101 Market St. Hosted by the descendants of George Woosley and Susie Powell. Contact Becky Woosley at (859) 749-7398.

13 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.

13 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.

14 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.

18 Blue Licks Assembly of God Kids Rally
Blue Licks Assembly of God is holding a Kids Rally, “Being Transformed: Let God Change You” on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at the Church at 167 Redbud Road (Just off of Hwy 68 past Blue Licks Park). Music, scripture, puppets, games, and of course, God’s word. 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Pre-school to age 12. For more information callo (606) 564-5450.

19 Sunday Night Live
The Carlisle United Methodist Church sponsors Sunday Night Live, and evening of music and worship, on the third Sunday of each month, 6-7 pm at the church located at 102 W Chestnut Street in Carlisle. The events are free and open to the entire public.

20 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.

21 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

21 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, Oct. 21 in the basement of the Library. Everyone is urged to attend. The Nicholas County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting immediately afterwards at 7:00 pm.

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:


Real Estate For Sale
Thinking about selling your home or farm? Looking to purchase a home or land? Call Kelly Crawford, Marketing and Sales Associate at 859-473-2144 or 859-289-5594. She can show you any listing available in the area!
Vince Wells
Real Estate & Auction
110 S. Broadway
Carlisle, KY 40311


HOUSE FOR RENT – Nice 3 br, 2 ba, single story house in good neighborhood. $500/mo, $500 deposit. 10/22

MOBILE HOME for rent – 3 miles out of town on Concord Rd. 3 Br. $450/mo rent, $450 deposit. Need reference, no pets. Call (859) 749-8638 for more information. 10/8

FOR RENT - 1 1/2 bedroom house, Refrigerator, Stove, Washer, Dryer located on Hwy. 32 in Cowan, Ky. Call 606-748-5253. 10/8


WILL DO: Sewing, Altera-tions, Mendings, & More. Contact Elsie Earlywine, (859) 473-3336. 10/29

All breed dog grooming, pet sitting/farm watch and pet boarding. Located near Carlisle. Call or text for info. (859) 707-0922 TFN

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

QUALITY INSURANCE for your auto's and home. We represent top of the line companies such as Safeco, The Hartford, AAA Insurance, Travelers, and many more. Contact us today at 859-289-5594 for your consultation and quote.
Vince Wells Insurance
110 S. Broadway
Carlisle, KY 40311



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Top News

Marijuana crop destroyed

by Stephen Scalf
Nicholas County Sheriff Jeff Sidles shows five large marijuana plants that were seized last Wednesday.
Acting on a tip from a local farmer, Nicholas County Sheriff went to a farm in Moorefield last Wednesday and seized five mature marijuana plants.

The plants had already began budding and producing seeds - meaning they were found just in time to prevent them from being harvested.

"This was the same field where we found eight plants earlier this year," Sheriff Sidles told The Courier. "The marijuana is being planted along the edge of hay fields or corn fields to try to prevent its detection.

According to local law enforcement, there are no solid leads at this time into who might be responsible for cultivating the Schedule I controlled substance.

A humorous post on the Internet stated:

"The Nicholas County Sheriff found these lost plants this morning. If the owner of these plants would like to claim them, please call the sheriff's office or the Carlisle Police Department. We will be happy to come see you."

Joking aside, anyone with information concerning the plants is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office at (859) 289-3740.

Project Grad to host Movie Night

by Ross Haney
This upcoming Friday, Sept. 26, NCHS Project Graduation will host their first annual “Family Night Under the Stars,” to help raise funds for this year’s Project Graduation.
The movie night will feature Sherwood Pictures’ “Courageous,” the story of four policemen tackling fatherhood, and finding the help they need from their religious faith. This film is the fourth in the moviemaking ministries of the Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia.
Moviegoers at Project Grad’s family night will enjoy a few hours of family bonding, while enjoying the film on a large blowup projector screen on the NCHS football field.
Spectators will be seated on the football field, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Admission will be $5 for those 13 and over and $2 for children 12 and under. The price of admittance includes free container of popcorn, and children 12 and under will also receive a free drink. Other concessions will also be available.
The gates will open at 7:30pm, and the movie will start at 8:30pm. All the proceeds gathered from the event will go to Project Graduation. They welcome you and your family to join in a night of fun to be had by all!

Tropical Paradise: Found in the most surprising of places

by Stephen Scalf

It’s a beautiful day. You look around and find yourself on a closely cropped lawn surrounded by luscious vegetation. The sky is crystal blue with only the occasional wisp of a cloud present. You feel refreshed by the soft, warm breeze as you relax under the shade of enormous banana trees and other tropical plants.

Except you’re not really in Hawaii, you’re on Morning Glory Road in Nicholas County, just this side of the Harrison County line.

The Liver family has transformed their home into a tropical paradise with plants you’d never really expect to find in Kentucky, such a 9-10 ft. banana plants – and this year, they are even producing bananas!

Years ago, Ann Liver received a single banana plant from her mother, who got her banana plants from her mother, before her. Each year, Ann transplants the banana in the rich, Kentucky soil around her house and lets nature take its course. As the cool weather sets in, she cuts the plant down, just below the lowest leaf, and digs up the root bulb to put in the garage for the winter. And each year, each plant produces as many as three or four offshoots which she separates out, creating a new plant.

The banana plants are remarkably hearty, Ann told The Carlisle Courier. “I’ll cut them back and the next morning, there will be new growth, about two to three inches overnight. I’ll store them inside through the winter, watering them about three times. They remain dormant until I plant them again in the spring.”

And it’s not just bananas. Tropical elephant ear plants are also growing in rich abundance.

The tropical plants thrive so well here in Kentucky, not only do the Livers have plants surrounding their home and in other locations on their property, there have been plenty of new plants for friends and neighbors.
The banana plants have occasionally grown small fruit in the past, but the Livers have never seen bananas like the plants are producing this year.

“It must be the amount of rainfall and the warm weather we’ve seen this year,” Ann said. “They’ve never been big enough to eat before, but this year we might actually have some real bananas!”

Although the plants are thriving in Kentucky, Ann admits that it requires a tremendous amount of work every spring and fall. The root bulbs are remarkably heavy and it is a project the generally requires the entire extended family’s help.

But as far as the Livers are concerned, the results are well worth the annual effort. Not only does it surround their home with luscious, tropical beauty, it is something that is truly unique.

After all, who ever heard of growing bananas right here in Kentucky?

And beneath it all is the underlying sense of connection to family history, the plants serving as a daily reminder that every one of the plants came from her grandmother. It provides a sense of peaceful pride – a physical representation of the tie that binds her to her ancestors.

We’d like to thank the Livers for sharing their remarkable hobby with the county. It serves as an inspiration that just about anything is possible if you’re willing to put enough effort into it.

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