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2 - August 29, 2013 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook OPINIONS II CHII00TMAS SEASON 00q20 DOWNTOWN CARLISLE, KENTUCKY Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox 'We three kings of Or ent are bearing giftswe tra- verse afar. Field and fow-un-tain, moor and mow-un- tain Following yonder star The children made their way across the lawn of the court- house mingling with the crowd as easily as the snowflakes that fell to the ground around them. The smell of fresh candy and baked goods of every description floated across the court- house square and along the shops that lined the streets of downtown Carlisle. L.D. Young sat with friends on the court- house steps, quietly listening to the little angelic voices and tak- ing in the view of Main Street, and its bustling sidewalks that were filled with local friends and their families. He was 70-years-old and was happy to see Christmas come again. Life was filled with won- times than he had ever liked giving serious thought too 0 Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light Lieut. Lot Dudley Young was born in Nicholas County, Ken- tucky in 1842. At the age of twenty he joined a band of citizen sol- diers known as the "Flat Rock Grays," a Ken- tucky militia unit that would eventually be- come Company H of the Fourth Kentucky Infan- try Battalion, First Ken- tucky Infantry Brigade, Confederate States of America, known across the annals of time sim- ply as The Orphan Bri- gade, Born a King on Beth- lehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign A snowball was thrown in his midst and it smacked against the courthouse wall scat- tering snow all over him. The cackling of children as they rushed by gave him and his old friend's reason to stand and shout at the little tykes as they raced and slipped and slid across the frozen ground drous awe, especially around the court- forL.D., a manwh0hai, house. LD and the oth- cheated death's, more, ers laughed and shook ................ ........................ their head. He enjoyed seeing the children, enjoyed seeing their glows with the prom- ise of presents in their home this Christmas and their genuine ex- citement at Christmas. He was glad most of the boys had made it home from Europe at the end of World War One. 0 Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy per- fect light He knew some of the WW I veterans were having trouble adjust- ing to civilian life again, he knew all about that, the sleepless nights and those wretched nightmares when sleep finally came. He wasn't sure which was worse. Fie tried not to dwell on those things and he tried not to dwell on the foolish commanders he and his fellow Orphans had been forced to serve. None compared to that the despicable imp known as General Braxton Bragg, who was commanding of- ricer of the Army of Tennessee, which the Orphan Brigade fought with, had dealt the Or- phans so many tragic blows due his vile in- eptness and hatred of Kentucky. Fie had even ordered the execution of one of the Orphans Asa Lewis, the day after Christmas in 1863. That had been one of many lows for the Orphans. And most considered their commanding Gen- eral Bragg as a greater enemy than any Yankee they had met on any field of battle. Frankincense to offer have I Incense owns a Deity nigh Prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high The reason the Bri- gade would become known as The Orphan Brigade wag that they never returned home to Kentucky once hos- tilities commenced and also due to the fact that their leaders perished frequently in battle, thus orphaning them. The Battle of Jones- boro in late August of 1864 marked the end of hostilities for Young and many of the few re- maining Orphans who had survived the war up to that point. Young had survived the previous carnage of Shiloh, Lookout Moun- tain, Vicksburg, Utoy Creek, Dallas, Resaca, Ringgold Gap, Chatta- . nooga, Chickamauga, and dozens of lesser known locations of con- flict that had tried to lay him low, as it had so many of his comrades. He was nearly killed at Jonesboro, but fared luckier than his dearest friends who perished in that horrific battle. He had written a book about his exploits dur- ing the war, calling it "Reminiscences of a Soldier of the orphan Brigade." 0 Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy per- fect light When he left for the American Civil war he left the woman he so dearly loved in Carlisle. When he returned she had long been gone; married to another. LDs heart had been broken but he eventually shook off his melancholy gloom and married Belle Davis, of Middle- town. The couple had five children. Myrrh is mine, its bit- ter perfume Breathes of life of gath- ering gloom Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone- cold tomb All things must end and LD knew he had lived a long and pros- perous life. He had been a frequent fea- tured speaker at vari- ous political rallies and Confederate soldier Re- unions held across the Bluegrass. His advice was sought by many, near and far for his wisdom was great and his truth- ful nature was beyond question. He enjoyed his life in Nicholas County. He enjoyed his visits to Carlisle and his friendly town. He had lived a full life. 0 Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy per- fect light And so it came to pass that not long after that day, LD sat down with quill and paper and wrote his final wish to be followed as instruct- ed by his survivors when death came for him. "I have deemed to proper and appropriate and it is my earnest de- sire and request, after long and mature de- liberation, that my re- mains should be buried in the manner-as near as possible that they would have been, had I fallen in battle when a soldier," he wrote. He asked to be buried in a plain pine or cy- press coffin which was put together with the old-fashioned square nails with the lid fas- tened with screws. He wanted to wear the uni- form of his rank with the confederate flag in his left hand and the Stars and Stripes in his right. Both Confeder- ate and Union veterans were asked to serve as pall bearers. Young died April 3, 1926 being buried in Carlisle, Kentucky. His final wishes were fol- lowed to the letter. Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice Hallelujah, Hallelu- Jah Earth to heaven re- plies, By Cecil Lawson Well, I wait around t train station Waitin" for that train Waitin' for the train, yeah Take me honie, yeah From this lonesome place Well, now a while lotta people put me down a lot- ta changes My girl had called me a disgrace... - Jimi Hendrix, "Hear My Train A-Comin" This week I had just finished writing an ar- ticle for our sibling publi- cations on the passing of Nicholasville construc- tion and railroad entre- preneur R. J. Corman, and it got me to thinking about Bath County's own railroad history and its history in general. Growing up and at- tending school at Salt Lick Elementary, I had the privilege of watching the C&O engines and cars pass through the V0000,IHAT REMAINS OF THE town on a regular basis until the company was merged out of existence beginning in 1982. As a child I can re- member hearing the train whistle as far away as Moore's Ferry when it rolled through, almost five miles away. There is something in- herently nostalgic, even romantic, about trains. The romance, the lore, of the "iron horse" has been a part of modern America history. But economic realities have always carried the day, and now the rail- road, which originally had depots in Stepstone, Preston, Olympia, and Salt Lick, around which those towns grew, has now become a fading memory. The tracks were pulled up right before my very eyes, and the land re- verted back to the local owners. Except for most obvious traces, which have become roads and ATV trails, landmarks of the railroad are all gone. The depot stations exist now only in photographs. This has happened with so many of Bath County's historical plac- LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with Chapter 65 and 424 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes the Financial Statement and supporting data for the fiscal year 7/01/2012 to 6/30/2013 may be inspected by the general public at the Bath County Memorial Library, 24 W. Main St, Owingsville, Kentucky, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Director: Brenda Vance, P.O. Box 380, Owingsville, KY 40360 Board of Trustees: Treasurer: Connie Hunt PO Box 691 Owingsville, KY 40360 Member: Sharyn Norman 13 Hunter Drive Salt Lick, KY 40371 Published in the Bath County News- Outlook 08.29.13 i i iii ii ii ii i i i i President/Chair: Wendell Moore PO Box 384 Owingsville, KY 4036o Vice President: James P. Rawlings, Jr. 814 Ridge Road Owingadlle, KY 40360 Secretary: Sottle Hicks 4224 E. Hwy. 36 Owtngsvtlle, KY 40360 es in my own lifetime. Whether through van- dalism or neglect, many buildings and sites have faded from our eyes. Take a drive around any part of the county, and sooner or later you will come upon aban- doned farmhouses or barns. Many of our most historic sites, like the old Stone Fort near Bethel, or the Poor House Farm near Owingsville, or Knobs Lick in Polksville, or the original site of the first Bath County Court- house in Flat Creek, all lie on private land. South Sherburne today is near- ly inaccessible due to debris and glass on the road. This list goes on. In the last twenty-five or so years, as More- head and Mt. Sterling have grown into bustling regional cities, older, es- tablished towns like Ow- ingsville, Carlisle, and Frenchburg have been "squeezed" both geo- graphically and economi- cally. The willingness of people to travel longer distances to buy cheaper items at big box stores has done much to make small town America ir- relevant. Now that Bath County has been firmly estab- lished as a bedroom community for the last 15 years or so, it sad- dens me deeply to see so many of downtown build- ings and older historic sites crumble. But what can you do to stop, slow down, or re- route the gigantic diesel- powered engine of eco- nomic progress? We live a contradiction - we all want the small town life that we grew up with, that we knew so well as children, and yet, we unwittingly destroy that life by not shopping locally and supporting local businesses. We first did this because of convenience - a certain big box store carries this or that tool, this or that CD, while our local store I Congratulations For completing PaRis Island Boot Camp and becoming a U. S. Marine on August 23, 2013 Love, Uncle Jim, Aunt Trish, Nora and Jane I III i i i I iii ii iii i i i iiii i RAILS .,.,: might have had to order it - and we continue to do so out of necessity, once the local business is gone. With the loss of busi- ness goes community life. How many of our local community orga- nizations have dwindled in numbers and sup- port because residents no longer work or live in this area? How many adult softball or basket- ball leagues do we have? How many local festivals and events do we attend? W leep here, we send our,;kMs to school here, we..att.end church here on.Sandays, but what re- mains of community life in Bath County? The train we might have been waiting to ar- rive, whose whistle we heard so well in the dis- tant past, seems to have disappeared into thin air before it ever arrived. The Bath County Board of education will hold a public hearing in the Bath County Board annex on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 9 a.m. to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 44.0 cents on real prop- erty and 44.0 cents on personal property. The General Fund tax levied in fiscal year 2013 was 36.8 cents on real property and 36.8 cents on personal property and produced revenue of $1,342,667.11. The proposed General Fund tax rate of 44.0 cents on real property and 44.0 cents on personal property is expected to produce $1,590,724.66. Of this amount $250,956.82 is from new and personal property. The compensating tax for 2014 is 37.1 cents on real property and 37.1 cents on personal property and is expected to produce $1,341,270.11. The general areas to which revenue of $248,057.66 above 2013 revenue is to be al- located as follows: Cost of collections, $0.00; building fund $198,840.66; instruc- tion $49,217.00; transportation, $0.00, and maintenance of plant, $0.00. The General Assembly has required publication of this advertisement and infor- mation contained herein. Published in the Bath County News-Outlook 08.29.13. In Loving Memory of Ricky Dean "Smokey" Crawford and David Wayne "Little Man" Crawford From your friends in Bath County II I I I II I