Round-up: Ghost and toast

Published 7:35 pm Thursday, December 9, 2021

Round-up of all things Clark County…

Tuesday morning, a transformer blew in town around 7ish or so. Parts of town, including several schools experienced power loss. And I tell you that it was very dark inside the offices at the Winchester Sun that morning while power was being restored. As I sat alone in the dark, the ghost that is reputed to haunt the newspaper office late came tap-tapping at my chamber door to ask me when the power was going to be restored.

Fortunately within about 10 minutes, East Kentucky Power handled the situation and quickly reestablished power. Ghost and I went back to work to publish the newspaper.

In other news, Winchester Sun wants its readers to know that the newspaper is well aware that local and state law enforcement swarmed a local business establishment in town in November. We are withholding the business’s name until we know more information from the proper authorities.

Local law enforcement agencies have referred us to the Kentucky State Police who, despite our repeated attempts to learn more, have been mum on what, if anything, is under investigation.

Other day, I met with Winchester Chief of Police Kevin Palmer and Captain James Hall. My sense is that they are both outstanding officers. I spent many, many years writing stories about courts and cops; always had good relationships with law enforcement.

Reliable rumor has it that the Winchester Fire Department was called to the courthouse the other day when the fire alarms sounded after a county employee burned some toast. Eh, better safe than sorry. Don’t want that historic courthouse to burn down.

Moving on, I’m still looking for a place to stay, an apartment or house, perhaps even a garage apartment. My daughter is very intent on attending GRC High School in January. Disclosure — she wants to move to Winchester but only if she gets to keep her miniature dachshund. So if anybody has a lead on a pet friendly apartment, please contact me at miles.layton@winchestersun.com

Other morning, I met Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Banks. Very cheerful sort. I like that. As I told her, the newspaper will work with chamber to promote town and county. A local newspaper plays various roles in the community including that of cheerleader/community booster. If a new business or family seeking to move here sees good news, they are more likely to relocate to Clark County.

In other news, Winchester Old Fashioned Christmas parade will take place starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 and has been organized by a private group led by Lauren Frazer of Clark County Farm Bureau.Those interested in attending are invited to line the area from Main St, starting at Hickman Ave., to Depot Street. Attendees are advised to spread out in order to follow social distancing guidelines. The parade will be continuous with no stops.

After its conclusion all invited to Deport St. to view the floats and meet up with Santa.

City Hall Deputy Clerk Dianna Layne reports that it was a record year for the GoodGiving Challenge. More on that in a future edition.
ARK Mercy will host as Share the Warmth event between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at 240 Winn Ave., Winchester. Folks will be handing out free blankets, coats and sleeping bags.

There will be Nativity/Creche Display between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at Salem Church in Pine Grove, 312 Combs Ferry Road. Refreshments are welcome!

Forest Grove Christian Church of 4733 Old Boonesboro Road will host a candlelight service between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22.

A local woman told me her beloved dog passed away the other day. When I learned the news, I was sad. Dogs are more than just pets, but an important part of anyone’s family. I suspect all dogs and cats go to heaven.

Lastly, Operation Happiness makes coats available to each person who receives an Operation Happiness box, and that takes a lot of coats. Please donate those jackets hats and gloves. And don’t forget, money is always a good way to share. Donations can be mailed to Operation Happiness at PO Box 574, Winchester, KY 40392 or dropped off at 30 Taylor Ave, Winchester, KY 40391.
Other drop off locations include:
• Winchester First United Methodist
• Winchester First Church of God
• Central Baptist Church
• Calvary Christian
• First Christian
• Grace Baptist
• First Baptist
• Cross Fit
• Clark Regional
• Clark County Library
• Pilot View Grocery
• Parks & Rec – College Park
• Dr. Catron & Keally Dentistry
• State Farm – Tim Green
• First Presbyterian
• Winchester Farms Dairy
• Winchester Chiropractic (Perry W.)
• East Ky Power
• Boonesboro Trail Senior Living
• WMU