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News Outlook Heaven Is. A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox The cold February rain stung George Stockton’s tattooed face, but he was oblivious to it. He cradled the blood- covered hound dog just as he had his 15-year-old, first-born—son Robert ear— lier that miserable day. They buried Robert near the small stream and gen- tle meadow, near the very spot where Shawnee war- riors had taken his life. He had never felt such despair and he was a man who had struggled with mental turmoil and despair his entire life. ‘ Captured by Native American members of the Seneca Tribe and raised by a widowed Seneca clan widow, when he was a child of nine years of age, George Stockton grew into adulthood, first as a child slave and later as a vener- ated Seneca warrior. As a young adult, he became fluent in several Native languages and vari- ous dialects of the tribes and clans around Niagara Falls. He was later employed as an interpreter for a French trader at Detroit because of his knowledge of languages and terrain from Detroit to Montreal. Shortly after this he yearned to see his natu- ral white parents and re- turned to Virginia Where he was embraced as a fam- ily member back from the dead. Still later, he served as a crafty, forage-master, dur- ing the Revolutionary War. Major George Stock- ton was indeed a complex man. A beautiful Maryland debutante, Rachel Dorsey,- caught his eye a few years before the Revolutionary War. They fell in love and married in September 1772. Their first born, Robert, was born the next year. Rachel was pregnant with their third child, George Junior, when the Major came to Kentucky in 1776, to make improve- ments and build cabins, as part of the claim-staking and land-acquisition pro- Your Hometown Newspaper ’ OPINIONS The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGrOup. STOCKTON’S CREEK cess practiced at that time. He brought his family with him on one of his fre- quent visits in 1787, and they moved into his wilder— ness fortress, Stockton’s Station (present day Flem- ingsburg), after an ex- tended stay with his friend, Simon Kenton, at Kenton’s Station, near Washington, Mason County. And not long after mov— ing into his wilderness fortress, Robert had been killed. They found Robert’s body just where his com- panion, Beechum Rhodes, said he had last seen it. Rhodes had been wound- ed in the thigh during the same night-attack that killed Robert Stockton. With no horse, and being unable to walk, he began crawling the long 16 miles back to Stockton’s Station. Samuel Reed, had found the unconscious body of Beechum near Stockton’s wilderness fortress and carried him back to the fortress gates. The first indication of trouble for many ,of them came when they heard the blast of the conch shell blown by Aunt Ruby, an elder female servant of the Stockton family It was the standard alarm signal and was meant to let all in hearing distance know trouble was about and they should come im- mediately to the fort The two young men, re- ally not much more than teenage boys, had ridden out of Stockton Station almost two weeks earlier with two of the Major’s fine hunting dogs. After establishing a base camp, near present-day Belle Grove, in eastern Fleming County, they had a successful hunt That night they were attacked in their sleep by two, perhaps three, Shawnee warriors who fired their muskets into the sleeping pair of young frontiersmen. Robert Stockton was killed instantly. Rhodes was struck twice in the thigh but dove into a near- by stream and hid. The Shawnee entered the camp, eager to take to the scalps and other plun- der, but the dogs attacked with such ferocity, that it drove them away. Rhodes dragged himself into camp, he was half- frozen from his plunge into the stream and sought heat from the campfire, but one of the dogs was ly- ing on Robert’s body and was fiercely protecting him and would not allow Beechum to get close or even retrieve his musket And so Beechum Rhodes did the only thing someone half-frozen and miles from home with two heavy lead slugs in their thigh could do. He began the painful, slow crawl back toward Stockton’s Station. In seven days he crawled- 15 miles, and was within one mile of the fort, but was too weak to attempt swimming Fleming Creek. Samuel Reed found him and carried him across the creek and to the station. The next day, George Stockton led a group of men to the hallowed camp- site, They found Robert Stockton where he had fallen. The faithful dog, still lay astride its master. From the carcasses of wolves and smaller vermin lying in a circle around the boy’s body, and the amount of blood and torn earth, it was evident to all that the Severely injured dog had valiantly defended his master’s body from several groups of ravaging predators. Even 4 as the men ap- proached, the dog would not let them near Robert’s body. It was only after the Major came forward that the dog relinquished. Major Stockton wrapped March 04, 2021 - 7 his son in fine linen and placed him in the ground before singing an ancient Seneca death song over him while he had cradled the wounded dog and the men stacked stones from the creek nearby to make a sarcophagus. Ninevdays after Robert met his death and one day after his burial, Rachel Stockton gave birth to Leaken Dorsey Stockton. And 20 months later, on Nov. 15, 1790, George and Rachel Stockton became parents of Robert the Sec- ond, their ninth child. Dorsey Stockton, their tenth child was born in 1792. If you make your way east, along Ky. 32 from Flemingsburg, toward Morehead, and turn left at D.A. Watson’s Country Store, on Ky. 1013, and then take the next right onto Stockton Road, you’ll be real close to the stone sarcophagus that marks the resting place of a young man named Robert Stockton. His grave is near the beautiful small Creek where he perished in Feb. 1789, when he was ap- proaching his 16th birth- day. That small creek, which flows into nearby Fox Creek, continues to be called Stockton’s Creek. By Cecil Lawson I’m pretty sure most peo- ple at some point in'their lives have needed some time in a quiet place to col- lect their thoughts before they can return to deal with the “real world”. I’m one of those people who need it more often than most. If I’m around large num- bers of people for too long at a time, I feel something akin to my internal “bat- teries” draining, and I find myself getting mentally ex- hausted. ' , ' I don’t consider that a weakness or character flaw (nor should you, if you have to deal with it, too), . but rather, just a part of my character. \ Thankfully I grew up near the woods, and most of the time I could get away and “recharge” those bat- teries. I’ve never had just one place I needed to go, only Moore's Ferry Pay Lake Under new ownership / o and away from the crowd. There used to be one place I would journey, across the woods and fields to an isolated spot overlooking the Licking River and the surrounding hills. I found that spot to be special, something to do with the view and the iso- lation and the gentle rise above the rest of the land- scape. It gave a unique perspective. That place has been changed in recent years and is no longer accessible First Thursday Of March the lake will be stocked. WillOpen March 25th , By Mark Thomas The family of Wanda Buckner would like to say thank you to family, friends, and the community for your outpouring of support during Nan's sudden illness and passing. Your many cards, texts, gifts, flowers, food, and donations to the church were very much appreciated and will forever be remembered. We would like to say a special thank you to Ethel Carpenter at Ridgeway Nursing-Home for being such a sweet and special friend to my grandma. we would also like to say a special thank you to Mike and Andrew and the staff at Michael R. Gray Funeral “Home for the wonderful service you provided. A special thank you also to Lowell Rice and Billy HarmOn for be- ing with us through this entire difficult process, and the wonderful remembrance you gave during Nan's service. We are so blessed with such wonderful family, friends, 1 church family, and community. Thank you all. Sincerely, Rhonda and Alison Copher to me, QUIET PLACES t w 1e. being able to visit there, I fortunately have more than one quiet place I can go when I need to quiet my mind. , The important lesson I’ve learned, over time, has been to learn to sit quietly and take a break from my own thoughts and the rest of the world, no matter InlSS w ere am. me . IS meditation, but my own way is lot less structured and formal than that I don’t have a mantra I need to repeat, I don’t count breaths, and I don’t need to close my eyes. That’s one important way that I’ve also learned to deal with anxiety attacks that plagued me during INOTICE v New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, d/b/a AT&T Mobility and Uniti Towers LLC, a Delaware limited liability com- pany have filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission ("PSC") to construct a new wireless communications facility on a site located on 635 Ramey Road, Sharpsburg, KY 40374 (E-911) / 695 Ramey Road, Sharpsburg, KY 40374 (PARCEL) (38° 12’ 39.34" North latitude, 83° 56' 02.64" West longitude). You may contact the PSC for additional information concerning this matter at: Kentucky Public Service Commission, Executive Director, 211 Sower Boulevard, PO. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602. Please refer to docket number 2021-00092 in any correspondence sent in connection with this matter. Published in the Bath County News Outlook 03.04.21 Try our Pancake Platter Shrimp is BACK! Try in a basket or individual Blizzard Of the Month Mint Oreo Blizzard Don’t fOrget to get you a COOL LARGE DRINK in our LARGE $1.00 Styrofoam Cup , At Owingsville and both Morehead locations NOW" HIRING * my s. ‘ underlying emotion, fear, are just that — feelings, and they are not separate from my thoughts. If you can learn to take a step back from them, your mind can rest Think Of it as letting o of the ti er’s tail for a short time. Being outdoors, away from others, also helps. There are no immediate claims on your attention (in my experience, there is very little in the woods that’s going to kill you, at least not right now), so you are just left with your body and your thoughts, to deal with on your own. The air is fresh, and the natural setting, I’ve always believed, is automatically soothing. As the weather warms up, and the buds begin to grow into leaves on the trees, and the flood waters calm down in creeks and rivers, I encourage you to take a little time, even just fifteen minutes, to let your mind rest, soak up nature, and feel refreshed. Ithink you’llbe glad you did. PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR BID PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that the Bath Co. Fiscal Court along with the Bath County Project Development Board is soliciting bid proposals from par- ties interested in purchasing and removing 4 mobile homes (individually) located on Water Street in Owingsville, KY. 1.) 2000 Clay E5P 16 x 60 ten color 2.) 1986 Redmon 16 x 80 single wide, 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath. 3.) 12 x 56 single wide 4.) 12 x 60 single wide Any questions, please contact Bath Co. Judge Executive Bobby C. Rogers at 606-674-6346. Bid proposals must be sealed and delivered to the Bath Co. Judge Executive's Office, 19 East Main St, P.O. Box 39, Owingsville, KY 40360 by 4:00 pm. Wednesday, March 10, 2021. We reserve the right to reject any or all bids or any part thereof and make awards in a manner deemed to be in the best interest of Bath Co. The Bath Co. Fiscal Court is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability. “This advertisement was paid for bythe Bath County Fiscal Court using taxpayer dollars in the amount of $56." Published in the Bath County News Outlook on 02.25 03.04 of 2021 Invitation to Bid Annual Bids Menifee County Board of Education will accept sealed bids for the following for the 2021/2022 school year. 1.Auto/Bus Parts filters, hoses, oil, belts, fuel pumps, etc. 2. Auto/Bus Tools wrenches, sockets, screw drivers, etc. ‘ etc. 3. Miscellaneous Items WD—40, lube, clamps, zip ties, connectors, wires. (This bid may include a % discount instead of a per item price.) 4. Concession Items Soft Drinks and Related Items 5. School Pictures and Yearbooks See menifee.kyschools.us for pertinent information regarding- bid requirements. , All bids must be received by the Menifee County Board of Education no later than Thursday, April 1, 2021, by 2:00 pm. Bids will be openedimmedl- ater following deadline at 202 Back Street, Frenchburg, KY 40322. ‘ Bids should be mailed to the Menifee County Board of Education‘at PO Box 110, Frenchburg, KY 40322. All bids must indicate on the outside of the envelope that it is a sealed bid. The Menifee County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids. “This advertisement was paid for by the Menifee County School Board using taxpayer dollars in the amount of $64." Published in the Menifee County News Outlook on 03.03.21