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2- November 30, 2017 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox When I was about ll-years-old I used to go with my late father on his forays out into the wild blue yonder while hunting, fish- ing and trapp'mg. We lived along Fleming Creek, at Martha Mills, in central Fleming County, the same place my father and his before him lived, and many of our trips were within a five mile radius of our home. I've been intensifying my research into one of Flem- ing County's founders: Michael Cassidy, and have written several columns about his adventures, from coming to America as a stow-away on a ship from Ireland, to his gallantry in N the American Revolution-an aged member of their about two miles from Mar- Dad gigged the fish using looking completely inno- ary War and his further tribe that had succumbed tha Mills, well, I remember our only flashlight and I cent but probably wonder- heroics after coming to to his illness, it as a beautiful, magical staggered around blindly ing at what point I would Kentucky in1782. He returned to Captainand enchanting place of my on the creek bank with the blurt something out or The first time Michael John Strode's Station, near youth. I know it was also fish in a feed sack. come stomping down the Cassidy was in the land present-day Winchester, one of my father's favorite We always operated bank with that illegal bag which would one day be Ky., after being gone two fishing spots and in the under the standards ofoffish in my hands. Fleming County was in weeks. The inhabitantsspring of 1974, he decided 'extreme noise discipline' But I didn't. I just started 1782 at Battle Run when he had given him up for dead to take me fish gigging when I accompanied my getting low amongst the and others fought a deadly and greeted him warmly, there, and that's illegal all father. There were hand weeds. skirmish in which five The next week he coaxed year long! signals for communication ' (ou know Mr. Mattox of Cassidy's companions his Mends Mathias Spahr Dad was a self-pro- but no talking. If you had a you can't gig red horses or were killed but Captain and Joshua Bennett to tray- claimed "straight arrow" scratchy throat and needed suckers this early," one of John Fleming was saved el back to that same small when it came to obeying to cough, you had to just them said. by Cassidy's valiant charge spring and stream and sur- the law-except for fish and choke it back down. If you "I know," dad replied. through the enemy to save vey the land so he could game laws. He never wast- fell, you fell quietly! "That's why I don't have a his wounded friend, claim it as his own for ser- ed game but did take fish So, dad's gliding through gig or any fish. I was just In 1785 he traveled fur- vice in the Revolutionary and game out of seasonthe water, and when hescouting." ther into Fleming County, War. But the trio was am- if the fridge was getting gigs a fish we meet at the I just laid there, quiet~ following an ancient Native bushed by five Shawneeempty, edge of the water, the fish hoping none of those two- American path called the warriors as they traveled to I was his accomplice on goes into the feed sack and or three-pound bass start- Warrior's Trail. He spent their destination. Bennett many of these "illegal for- we repeat the process,ed flopping! a week reconnoitering and Spahr were killed and ays" and the one night in All of the sudden, dadIf dad got a ticket, there the land just south of the Cassidy was nearly beaten the spring of 74 was a prime tossed the gig deep into the was no way that would be present Fleming County to death before makingexample. It wasn't season weeds on the opposite side anything but bad news for High School, a beautiful his escape. He would be yet to take red horse suck- of the creek and walked me. section of land character- six weeks recovering after ers by gig (They spawnfurther away from me. Well, the game wardens ized by rolling hills and many thought for sure he every spring and lay their A light beam from highnever found me, the fish small streams. There was would die. But he didn't eggs on the riffles along on the creek bank hit the or the gig, and the incident an ancient natural fresh die. He did later return to streams in creeks and water in front of me. remained a little happy water spring there where the location, claim it, sur- streams). That didn't mat- "How ya doin' this eve- secret, one of dozens that Cassidy watched over vey it and in 1787 he built ter to dad, he was gigging ning?" A voice called from dad and I kept and which 300 Miami and Shawnee a fortified blockhouse and bass anyway, the darkness, still brings me joy all these hunters in their camp. He small stockade station, or So it's dark; dad's wading "Fine," dad answered as years later. I think of that would later tell his friends fort there, near that small upCassidyCreekjustafewhis light found two game and other adventures we the men of the group were spring, and stream. The feet from where it empties wardens at the top of the had along Cassidy Creek engaged in a "ball game" stream retains the name into Fleming Creek. Hebank. "How are you-alland I think about the man which they enjoyed im- Cassidy Creek to this very has a flashlight in one hand doin'?" that creek was named for, mensely. He also watched day and where the stream and the gig in his other. Dad was standing therejust as often. from hiding as they buried flows into Fleming Creek, We worked as a team. empty-handed in the water, By Cecil Lawson MAKING AMERICA TWEET AGAIN What is the "news" in this day and age? What cOunts as adequate coverage of the day's rel- turned into "news" that is = ant events? ........ ! ' :ithen :passed along to our: lnose quesuons: nave, reading public stayed with me evers ce of" the some- I was a young, idealistic what slower pace of life student taking government and political science classes at Morehead State Univer- sity and first witnessed the growing influence of the internet on American life just a few years after gradu- ation. As a child of the 1980s, I grew up aware of the poten- tial of networked computers but never foresaw how they would become central to the lives of billions of peo- ple three decades later. Today we are saturated in a sea of minute by minute following the election of The differences in "nat- to negotiate the main- information being thrown Donald Trump as Presi-rative" have served, atleast stream media's narratives. at us through our social dent. for me, to highlight the dif- The mistake Ithink many media news feeds and His supporters and ferences between people people make in wanting to through more traditional staff are very conscious in what exactly counts as a criticize the mainstream outlets such as television, that their version of real- news today, media and its narratives is radio, and yes, even print ity, their often-"alternative Since the end of the Cold that they assume this nar- newspapers, facts," are at odds with War, the end of George H. rative, the "story," is some- I think working at a ru- what mainstream media W. Bush administration in how fixed and unchanging. ral, weekly newspaper at sources are reporting, and 1992, and the election of When I attend a fiscal this time has given me a their constant criticism of Bill Clinton as President, court meeting, or talk to a unique perspective on the those sources highlights conservative voices have coach, or interview some- process of how the events those differences as a dif- actively developed alterna- one in the community, I am I witness each day get ference in the "narrative." tire media outlets and pro- entering different contexts Our own Governor Matt Bevin has als6 been critical of how larger media sourc- es in the state have cov- ered his own administra- tion, and he has dealt with it by limiting his availability to reporters for interviews, by singling out the Louis- ville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader for criticism, and by going directly to Facebook to speak to the public. And of course, President Trump carries on his daily, sometimes hourly battle with CNN and the Wash- ington Post through his posts on the social media platform Twitter. The NewHope Clinic in Owingsville is holding a raf- fle for a hand-made "hood- ed" cradle, shown above. All proceeds will go to help support the mission of NewHope Clinic, which continues to serve the un- insured and under insured across this region. Raffle tickets are avail- able at the following loca- tions: NewHope Clinic, Peo- ples Bank, Bath Hometown Pharmacy, Small Town Charm Boutique and Gifts and Christian Social Ser- vices. Tickets are $3 each or four for $10. The drawing will be done live at NewHope Clinic on Saturday, December 9th at noon. The winner will be called and cradle will be de- livered. Please help support this worthy local cause! here, there aren't as many things going as in nearby Lexington, which makes it easier to encapsulate the news in a weekly narrative form for readers. It also shows me how other media such as radio and occasionally television portray our local communi- ty from a news perspective. The key word I just used, "narrative," has been thrown around a great deal in the last few years, espe- at the national level Realty Phone:859-234-0888 r~ Cell: 859-588-6906 .... =~"~ Fax: 859-234-3220 Email: allisonsconcrete@hotmail.com i When an apple a day isn't enough, call the Physician Referral Line Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty. Terms: Cash or Check with Proper ID Da of Sale Call today-- the service is free! e e meted them by saying that that already exist - I don't mainstream media outlets i create them: have a"liberalbias " . It is my job to high- In 2017 that has become fight that context, to raise a truism among most awareness of how the im- Americans who identify as mediate event - whether conservative, and they now it's the county's increasing have access to a wide vail- jail bill, or a drug arrest, or ety of media outlets that the latest sports team's win cater to those values. The or loss, or this or that orga- internet has become a ten- nizations latest fundraiser tral part of that effort. - fits into things that have And nowadays it is often already happened, and fits social media itself that is into things that happening part of the news, as with at the same time. Trnmp's reliance on Twit- It is my job to point out ter and Governor Bevin's to my readers that things occasional turns to Face- don't happen in isolation book to speak directly to from one another but are the public without having part of the bigger commu- uity. I also know, as I cover things, that I don't always have all the information available to me at that time. Reporters try to be thorough, but we are also aware that stories continue to unfold, and the rest of the story may have to be told later. In many ways, I feel fortunate to work at an old school weekly print newspaper, because I have the opportunity to watCh events unfold at a slower, more natural pace than in the 24 hour news cycle that characterizes the main- stream media environment today. In the end, social media and the rise of "alterna- five" narratives are just two more pieces of the greater historical narrative that each diligent journalist contributes to each day. We write for today, to be sure, but we also try to keep the facts straight for future generations as well. 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