Apathy could end some cave city Kentucky events

Cave City Proud Days 2014


By GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com 9 hrs ago

CAVE CITY — Fewer than 10 people attended what was supposed to be a town hall meeting Thursday night at city hall in Cave City.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss upcoming events, including a summer concert series and the Proud Days Festival, but what those who turned out for the meeting ended up talking about was growing apathy among townspeople, the Cave City Chamber of Commerce and the Cave City Convention Center.

Over time, fewer and fewer people volunteer to help with events, and those who have been involved say they need more assistance.

“I don’t understand how or why they expect us to do everything,” said Robert Smith, city code enforcement officer.

Smith continued he would like to see more Cave City citizens, as well as members of the local chamber of commerce and others get involved and help with events, because if they don’t, the events may have to be canceled.

Mayor Dwayne Hatcher agreed with Smith and said, “Everything you said is true.”

“The apathy is just getting worse and worse,” said Cave City councilman Seaborn Ellzey.

The group discussed making some changes, such as the location of the summer concert series. Instead of holding it downtown, there was discussion of it taking place closer to hotels so tourists can walk to the concerts, or possibly having a concert at the ballpark off Mammoth Cave Street.

After meeting for 30 minutes, the group decided to meet again in two weeks at 6 p.m. on March 31 to provide a chance for more people to attend and get involved in making plans for upcoming events.


Following a unanimous vote Monday night by City Council members, Cave City accepted a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center



On December 16th, it was announced via WBKO Television News that the Gaunce family had donated a piece of land adjacent to the Cave City Convention Center, to be used for an Industrial Park for the City.

The land was valued at $650,000, a price Smith said the city never would have been able to afford on their own.

Cave City did purchase a small section of land that joined the portion the Gaunce family gave them in hopes of building a nice  entrance to the industrial park, as well as fulfilling some requirements set by the State Highway Department.

Robert Smith stated in that article that, “Cave City has always been known as a tourist town and up until this point that’s been really good for us; however, tourism industry has changed. We need an everyday tax base for us, we need jobs that people can go to without having to travel so far,”

I would beg to differ with that argument because everywhere I look I see “help wanted” signs around the area.  There seems to be plenty of employment opportunities available for that type of work.  They do seem to be having a hard time filling those positions judging from the signs and advertisements that are all over the road and in the media as well.  One of the reasons for that is that every job is requiring a “drug test” be submitted before employment which, we all know, is biased against anyone who smokes Cannabis for any reason.

So why do we need an Industrial Park sitting in the main area which is the “entrance” to the town of “Cave City”?  A place which has always been a tourist town and the place to go to see small town life and Nature as well?  A place that can’t fill all of the industrial type of jobs that it currently has, let alone more?  Doe’s anyone living in the Cave City area see a reason to build this Industrial Park for more jobs?  We need small shop owners and café’s to reopen in the area, as well as some types of agribusinesses, not factories or other monstrous businesses. 

Per the report,  in a unanimous vote on December 14th, by the City Council members, Cave City chose to accept a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center.  This gift was donated by the Gaunce family, who, incidentally , SOLD Cave City a small parcel of land adjacent to this property to be used for the “Entrance”.

The City Council includes the following six members, according to the Cave City official website: Gary Hogan, Seaborn Ellzey, Gary Minor, Kevin Houchens, Denny Doyle and
Steve Pedigo.  The Cave City Council Meeting is the second Monday of the Month, so the next meeting will be January 11th, 2016*. 

The Glasgow Times reported that the property is actually owned by Wayne Gaunce, according to his son, Patrick. 

“I guess if anything that should be said it should be that Cave City has been good to our family, and this is a small way that we can be good to Cave City,” said Patrick Gaunce.

Additionally in the Glasgow Times,  Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said, “The main purpose I feel of government is to provide for the needs of the citizens,” said Mayor Dwayne Hatcher. “I feel like we have done that. Have we done everything that needs to be done?  No, but I think we have made progress and will continue to do so.”

According to the same article in the Glasgow Times, in February, the city received a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County to use for the purpose of acquiring property and developing it into an industrial park.

Why couldn’t the Gaunce family donate this land to Cave City ‘just because’?  In other words, why must it be used for an Industrial Park in the middle of a Tourist town?  Why does everything have to ‘progress’ to industrial?  How about we use the donated land and grant money to plant and promote ‘industrial Hemp farming’ on that property?  And the unoccupied property at the corner of 101 Broadway can be turned into a ‘Cannabis Café’ and by Spring of 2017 we will have a boom town in Kentucky with plenty of jobs for all of the people…even the ones that occasionally smoke Marijuana!

Coming from a large city I have seen first hand the damage an industrialized zone does to residential areas.  It is not a pretty site to see.   The pollution is not wanted or needed here, (we get enough of Louisville’s already),  and even if the ‘business’ produces little to even no pollution of it’s own (which is doubtful), the extra exhaust from the traffic will be noticeable to say the least.  We need to protect the environment, the agricultural heritage and the people of Cave City. 

Put some cow’s and Hemp on that land…. and keep the Industry out!

Also of note,

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:52 pm

By JAMES BROWN / Glasgow Daily Times

The IDEA board entered closed session to discuss property. The Infrastructure Committee of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce has identified property that could be developed for industrial needs. The committee members were on hand to give a presentation of those properties in closed session. LINK



*Anyone interested in attending the Cave City Council Meeting on January 11th, 2016 please email me at shereekrider@usmjparty.com or contact me thru Facebook at THIS LINK.



Information obtained from these links:

A year to remember for Cave City

Donation sets Cave City on track for new Industrial Park

Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County

Glasgow/Barren Co. IDEA

Incentive Programs

Floyd Collins, Wayne Gaunce are inducted into Hall of Fame

Gaunce Management Inc.

Houchens Industries Inc.

Barren County Property Valuation Administrator

Cave City receives $100K grant

Hunters Killed 20 Bears in Kentucky During Season


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters in Kentucky claimed 20 black bears during the season that ended in December.

It was the first season with a new expanded bear hunting zone and an archery and crossbow season.

Hunters can now hunt bears in 16 Kentucky counties, up from four counties in 2012.

In the recent season, hunters harvested eight male and two female bears during the firearms season. They took six males and four females during the archery and crossbow season.

Seven were killed in Letcher County, and three bears each were taken in Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.

Modern-day bear hunting in Kentucky began in 2009.


Hemp farmer contends harassment at justice center

Sergeant discussed issue with deputies, considers matter closed


A Bowling Green hemp advocate and business owner claims he was ordered to leave a baseball cap with a hemp leaf logo on it with court security personnel as he entered the Warren County Justice Center on Thursday.

Chad Wilson, who owns Modern Farm Concepts and is vice president of sales and marketing for hemp products company Green Remedy, said he accompanied his son to the justice center to get his driver’s license.

After passing through the metal detectors in the front lobby of the justice center, Wilson, who was wearing a T-shirt and hat promoting Green Remedy, said a deputy told Wilson he would have to leave the hemp-logo hat with court security or else he would have to leave.

Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis plant genus, but hemp is genetically different and generally has negligible amounts of THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

Kentucky and several other states have legalized the cultivation and research of industrial hemp, which can be used in the making of paper, fabrics, cosmetics and several other products. Hemp growers, however, must get permission from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to raise the crop.

Green Remedy is one of 167 registered participants in this year’s Kentucky Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

Wilson attempted to explain what was on his hat and that he was a licensed grower, but court security officers said that Wilson’s hat promoted marijuana, Wilson said Friday.

“I was told basically that I had no right to come into a government building that my taxes paid for,” Wilson said. “I didn’t want to make a scene because I was trying to be a good dad, but I should have stood for my rights.”

Wilson said he gave the hat to court security officers, who stored it in a lock box until he left the justice center. As he left, Wilson recorded a video of himself in which he gave an account of the incident and posted it to his Facebook page.

Later on Thursday, Wilson said he went to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to complain about how he was treated and that Chief Deputy Maj. Tommy Smith apologized.

The court security officers are a division of the sheriff’s office.

Sgt. Andy McDowell said he was apprised of the situation after Wilson went to the sheriff’s office and he met with the court security officers on duty to discuss the incident.


Kentucky Legislative Update



Legislative Update

Submitted by Senator Reginald Thomas

Now that the 2016 Legislative Session is behind us, I would like to update you on some of the accomplishments made by the Kentucky General Assembly over the past several months. 

Most importantly, we fulfilled our constitutional mandate by approving an executive, legislative and judicial budget. (I shared some of the budget highlights with you last week.) We also passed a transportation plan to help keep the bridges and roads of Kentucky maintained and safe. 

Below is a summary of some of the legislation passed during the 2016 Session:

· Autism. Senate Bill 185 made permanent the Advisory Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders (established in 2013) and the state Office of Autism (created in 2014). The bodies will continue to ensure there are not gaps in providing services to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

· Booking photos. House Bill 132 makes posting jail booking photos to a website or including the booking photos in a publication illegal when the person is required to pay to remove them from public view. Damages start at $100 a day for each separate offense, along with attorney fees.

· Budget.  House Bill 303 will guide state spending over the next two fiscal years.  The two-year state budget plan is aimed at creating savings in many areas and using more money to stabilize the public pension systems.  It includes $1.28 billion for the state pension systems.  The budget makes no cuts to K-12 education and increases pre-school eligibility.

· Children locked in cars. Senate Bill 16 protects prospective rescuers from being sued for property damage caused by saving the life of a child left in a locked vehicle.

· Child safety. House Bill 148 allows child daycare centers to receive prescriptions for EpiPen injectors to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.  The bill also gives parents up to 30 days to legally surrender their newborn at a state-approved safe place under the state’s safe harbor laws.

· CPR in schools. Senate Bill 33 requires high school students be taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by an emergency medical professional. The life-saving measure is to be taught as part of the students’ physical education or health class, or as part of ROTC training.

· Disability-related expenses. Senate Bill 179 allows individuals with disabilities to set up an ABLE account to save money for disability-related expenses without it being taxed. Money saved in the account also does not count against Medicaid and other federal means-based benefits.

· Dog fighting. House Bill 428 makes it a felony to possess, breed, sell or otherwise handle dogs for the purpose of dog fighting.

· DUI.  Senate Bill 56 allows law enforcement to look back 10 years to determine prior DUI convictions for penalty purposes instead of five years.   

· Felony expungement.  Under House Bill 40, Kentuckians convicted of low-level non-violent felonies can ask the court to permanently expunge their records 5 years after they have completed their sentence or probation.  Sex crimes and crimes against children cannot be expunged. 

· Harassing telecommunications. House Bill 162 adds electronic communications to those acts that can be harassment, if it’s done with intent to intimidate, harass, annoy or alarm another person. Harassment is a Class B misdemeanor.

· Noah’s Law. Senate Bill 193, also known as “Noah’s Law” after a 9-year-old Pike County boy, extends health insurance coverage to include expensive amino acid-based elemental formula needed by some children with gastric disorders and food allergies.

· Off-duty conceal and carry. House Bill 314 allows current and retired peace officers to carry concealed firearms at any location where current, on-duty officers can carry guns.

· Outdoor recreation. House Bill 38 directs the state to set standards for the use and operation of zip lines and canopy tours.

· Public private partnerships. House Bill 309 allows government and private entities to enter into public-private partnerships – known as P3s – to fund Kentucky’s major infrastructure needs, including transportation projects.

· Sexual assault kits. Aimed at eliminating a backlog of sexual assault examination kits, Senate Bill 63 establishes new policies and procedures for handling evidence. SB 63 requires police to pick up sexual assault kits from hospitals within five days and submit the kit to the state crime lab within 30 days.   The bill also prohibits the destruction of any kits and notify victims of the progress and results of the tests.

· Vulnerable victims. Senate Bill 60 creates a new section of KRS Chapter 501, defining an “offense against a vulnerable victim” and creating a mechanism for charging someone with the commission of an offense against a victim who is under the age of 14, has an intellectual disability, or is physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.

The legislation passed this session will have a positive impact on the lives of all Kentuckians.  We took steps to protect our most vulnerable citizens, maintain our roads and bridges, and invest in education, public safety and job creation across the Commonwealth.

Unless a bill declared an emergency or contains a special effective date, the bills passed by the Kentucky General Assembly will take effect on July 15, 2016.

Thank you for your continued input during this process and helping us move Kentucky forward.  As always, you are welcome to contact me at any time if I can be of any assistance. You can email me directly at reginald.thomas@lrc.ky.gov.

Above, the championship Dunbar basketball team visited us in the final days of session.


23rd District Kentucky: Freddie Joe Wilkerson (State Representative – Republican)

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1. Why are you seeking office?

I do not like the direction our county is heading. I am concerned about the future of the Commonwealth and our children. Our government has continued to separate from the “people” and put us at risk. I want to be the voice of “all” people of the 23rd District.  

2. What are your top five spending priorities and why?

Education of our children. We must continue to ensure our children get the best possible education opportunities. I do think we need to take a look at where these dollars are being spent and ensure it is going to education/classroom and not other areas that do not directly impact our children’s learning opportunities.

Restoring the state retirement pension, We have a duty to ensure the retirement system is replenished to ensure people that paid in are getting the full benefit promised.

Workforce development. We must ensure Kentucky has a skilled labor force to compete for industry in this district and the Commonwealth. These funds should be spent directly toward the work force development and not wasted on buildings etc.. that does not impact the workforce development immediately.

Veterans. Taking care of our Veterans should always be a priority. We talk a good game but we are not ensuring our Veterans receive the care they need or deserve. I support a Veterans nursing home in this area to help Veterans of South Central Kentucky.

Agriculture Development, We must ensure our Farmers are able to sustain life on the farm. Funding research and development of opportunities such as hemp and medical marijuana would help our farmers and it would provide a better quality of life for those suffering illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana.

3. Would you support a so-called “Freedom of Religion” bill similar to what other states have passed? Why or why not?

I would support a bill that ensures freedom to all. The government forcing adults to participate in an activity they deem against their belief to accommodate others simply does not ensure freedom to all.

4. Who is someone you admire politically, or someone whose leadership style you value? Why?

Former President Ronald Reagan. He had genuine care for people and he loved the United States of America and was not afraid to show it.

5. Do you support continuing kynect, or do you believe Kentucky should rely on the federal exchange for mandated health insurance coverage?

I support governor Bevin’s plan to convert kynect to the federal program. Saving money for Kentucky is critical and if it can be done without jeopardizing the health care we need to do it.


Party: Republican 

Age: 52

EDUCATION: Bachelor of General Studies with emphasis in Business/Western Kentucky University 

Career experience: 

• Served in the Kentucky National Guard for 24 and 1/2 years. Worked full-time from June 1987 to March 2009

• Real Estate agent with Mr. Bill Reality and Big South Realty from January 2009 to present 

• Small business owner: RADIT Properties Rental(residential), RADIT Log Homes and Barren River Log Condos Vacation Rentals 

• JROTC Instructor at Barren County High School October 2010 to April 2016 

• President of the South Central Landlord Association October 2014 to present


Eric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized. "From homebodies to activists – couple continues fight for medical marijuana" (in Kentucky)

  • MARLA TONCRAY marla.toncray@lee.net
  • Apr 5, 2016



    ORANGEBURGEric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized.

    They have traveled across the state to speak at town hall meetings on the subject; they attended the Fancy Farm (political) Picnic in August; and they try to get to Frankfort when the General Assembly is in session at least once a week, if Eric’s health permits. 

    The expenses, as Michelle pointed out Tuesday during an interview at their Mason County home, are all paid for with Eric’s money.

    In 2014, the couple aligned themselves with Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana to have medical marijuana legalized in Kentucky. Their efforts to date have resulted in the Cannabis Compassion Bill, being sent to the Licensing and Occupations committee. In the 2016 General Assembly session, Senate Bill 263 was introduced on the last day of the session, with no action taken.

    “It’s not about Eric anymore, there’s so many people that can benefit,” said Michelle. “The bill allows people to access marijuana, to grow it with a limit on the number of plants and to provide licenses to cultivate it and develop jobs.”

    Eric is a quadriplegic — his spine was injured in a 1994 car accident when he was 22 years old. He and Michelle met when he was in Cardinal Hill for rehabilitation. Since then, they have been inseparable, with Michelle devoting her life to Eric as his mate, caregiver and champion of his needs. 

    The couple kept their lives as private as possible, until September 2013, when a set of extenuating circumstances put their lives into the court system. It was then they decided to go public and fight for Eric’s right to have relief from his health problems through medical marijuana.

    “We are fighting for whole plant medical cannabis,” Michelle said Tuesday, stressing the fact they are not trying to have recreational marijuana legalized.

    In January 2014, Eric was taking 16 prescriptions for a wide variety of ailments: pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, optical uveitis, antibiotics to stave off urinary tract infections, auto-immune disorder, acid reflux and eye drops for glaucoma, just to name a few.

    Since they started their campaign, they have educated themselves on the benefits of medical cannabis.  Eric can tell you people are born with what are called CBD1 (nervous system) and CBD2 (organs) receptors, which are stimulated by the right type of cannabis. According to Eric, there are two strains of medical marijuana, Indica and Sativa, one helps a person sleep, the other helps them stay awake.

    “People who need cannabis know which strain they need. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, one has THC and one doesn’t,” Eric said.

    Legal CBD hemp oils, several of which are produced in Kentucky, are examples of products that can be used to offset the pain and spasms Eric has. The couple didn’t know that before, but now have supplies at home; one oil is made specifically for the popular electronic cigarettes.

    “Your brain already has CBD1 and CBD2 receptors, CBDs (hemp oils) affect the receptors,” Eric said.

    He said the affect from these products isn’t a “high” that most people associate with marijuana. 

    It should be noted Eric is now off most of his medications, and he dislikes taking prescribed pain killers.

    The couple is frustrated that action hasn’t been taken in Frankfort to legalize medical marijuana.  They feel the citizens of Mason County have been betrayed by legislators because there has been no acknowledgement in Frankfort of Mason County Resolution 14-2, approved in January 2014 by the fiscal court, supporting then Senate Bill 43 to legalize medical marijuana. That same bill is now SB 263, introduced this session and co-sponsored by State Senator Steve West, who represents Mason County.

    The couple also says they are afraid of law enforcement.

    “I’m scared of the law,” Eric said. The couple said they are constantly considering the idea of moving out-of-state so Eric can have medical marijuana, but they don’t want to leaver their home, family and friends.

    “I’m mad as hell … I’ve heard so many times “we’re going to do something” (from legislators). You walk out of the office, and you never hear from them again,” Eric said.

    The couple expressed frustration with State Senator John Schickel (R-Boone County), because he is a co-chair of the Licensing and Occupations interim committee and sits on the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations session committee.

    “This is the third year the bill has been sent to Sen. Schickel’s office, and it hasn’t been heard,” Eric said.  “It dies every year in the L&O.”

    Schickel was contacted for this story and immediately returned a call placed to his senate office Wednesday.

    Schickel said he had two marijuana bills presented to his committee this year, one for recreational and one for medical marijuana. He said the medical marijuana bill came to his office too late in the session to have it put before the L&O committee.

    “I told the sponsor we couldn’t have a hearing that late. I’ve always been open to medical marijuana,” he said. 

    He noted he was the first representative to sponsor the hemp bill before its passage.

    He also said he has committed to holding an interim hearing on the medical marijuana issue in either July or August. He said the purpose is to hear more of the science behind marijuana.

    “With a bill that important and that big, we have to proceed thoughtfully and carefully.  I want to hear from both sides of the issue,” Schickel said.

    He said in the past, the votes haven’t been there (at committee level) to pass the bill forward to the full Senate, noting “some people don’t think it’s a good thing,” and the American Medical Association doesn’t think the science (on the matter) is there.

    “I’m open to it. I’m not against it. I’ve given it a commitment…I will hold a hearing. It’s important. If the votes are there, we’ll pass it,” he said, adding he will encourage the sponsors to pre-file the bill for next year’s General Assembly.

    Calls to State Senator Steve West, the co-sponsor of SB 263, were not returned to The Ledger Independent.

    The Crawfords say there is enough documented science to support legalizing medical marijuana.

    “It’s not because High Times or pot smokers say it,” Michelle said.

    “Sick people should have a choice, I don’t want to go blind.  There’s no such thing as a safe drug, but there is a safer choice,” Eric said.


  • Senate approves REAL ID legislation

    For Immediate Release

    March 22, 2016

    Senate approves REAL ID legislation

    FRANKFORT—The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would bring Kentucky’s state ID program into compliance with a federal standard that has a fast-approaching deadline. Senate Bill 245, passed by a 26-12 vote, would make REAL ID-compliant state-issued identification available to Kentuckians. 

    REAL ID is a federal program adopted in 2005 that would come close to establishing a national proof-of-identity program. The Homeland Security program set minimum standards for new, voluntary “enhanced” photo ID cards to include more personal information and anti-counterfeit facets. Participating states are also required to store photos and information, where it could be accessed by law enforcement or other governmental agencies with the proper authorization.

    So far, only 23 states have complied with the act, and enforcement has been delayed. Kentucky is one of 27 states to receive an extension as it works to gain compliance.

    Initially, the security provisions of REAL ID were to take effect in January. Though access to high-security facilities like military bases and nuclear power plants has already been limited to those without the new ID, other restrictions are still a few years away.

    By 2018, flyers from states that are not REAL ID compliant nor have an extension – or those individuals who do not choose to obtain an enhanced ID – will need a second form of identification to fly domestically. By 2020, all flyers will require enhanced identification.

    Sponsor Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, reviewed the provisions of SB 245, though he said he felt it was hardly needed for a bill that was so well-hashed.

    “This is a bill that’s been out there. It’s been discussed for a while,” he said.

    Aside from adding the new IDs, SB 245 would also set new procedures for issuing licenses, reaffirming the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as the issuing body, and would change renewal periods. Kentuckians would only have to renew their licenses every eight years, instead of the current four-year requirement.

    Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, lodged one of the votes against SB 245, calling it “a reach.”

    “It’s not exactly protecting my security,” she said, but the federal requirement of enhanced IDs “certainly will adversely affect my right to travel, so I vote no.”

    The bill is now on its way for consideration in the House.


    Bevin names new KSP chief

    FRANKFORT – Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders will be the new Kentucky State Police commissioner.

    Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced the appointment Monday in a news release. An eight-person committee, which included three current and two retired state police officers, unanimously recommended Sanders after interviewing 16 other candidates. Bevin also appointed Alexander Payne as deputy commissioner. Payne, like Sanders, also works for the Jeffersontown Police Department.

    “After a long, thoughtful process, we are pleased that Chief Sanders and Major Payne will lead the men and women who make up the ‘Thin Gray Line,'” Bevin said in a news release.

    Sanders has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, mostly with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was a pilot based in Miami in the late 1980s before being promoted to various leadership roles including special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Division and administrator in the DEA’s Washington headquarters overseeing investigative technology and forensic sciences.

    Since 2007 Sanders has been chief in Jeffersontown, where the governor’s office noted his reforms led to seizing more than $1.5 million from drug traffickers.

    “I am honored to be selected by Governor Bevin and Secretary Tilley to lead such a prestigious law enforcement agency,” Sanders said in a news release from the governor’s office.


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    WKU-PBS show tells the story of the people displaced by Mammoth Cave National Park

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    Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home is the poignant story of people moved from their homes and communities to make way for the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.  This moving tale comes to life with the WKU-PBS premiere of the 30-minute documentary on March 11 at 7 p.m. CT.  Community partners, Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU-PBS have come together to create this documentary chronicling the struggles to create a national park during one of the toughest periods in American History – The Great Depression.

     Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park. Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.

    “This program comes during 2016, an important anniversary year for Mammoth Cave National Park,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  “It folds together layers of history – the families who gave up their land, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the infancy of a national park.  There are moving personal interviews, family photos…

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    Cave City celebrates 150 years as a town

    Cave City celebrates 150 years as a town


    JUSTIN STORY jstory@bgdailynews.com

  • Mar 12, 2016

    Cave City is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, marking the occasion with several events over the next several months.

    Incorporated as a city in 1866, Cave City was envisioned as a resort town when the site was acquired in 1853 by the Knob City Land Co. 

    An essay by historical researcher Thomas Lera said Cave City’s development in the 1860s included the opening of a hotel, a school, two drugstores, three saloons, three dry goods stores, two blacksmith shops, a tobacco warehouse, a depot and a telegraph office. Two doctors and two lawyers also established themselves in Cave City during that time.

    The city’s proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park has attracted many tourists, and many historical people and events will be celebrated this year.

    “We’re trying to do something big every quarter instead of having one big blowout event,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of Cave City Tourism and Convention Center.

    The celebration began in December with a 150th anniversary dinner at the convention center.

    Cave City’s sesquicentennial coincides with Mammoth Cave’s celebration of 200 years since tours began being offered there, and Tabor said several events throughout the year are being held that tie together the two anniversaries.

    On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Cave City Convention Center is hosting a free screening of “A Place Called Home,” a 30-minute documentary created by WKU-PBS that chronicles the creation of the national park and the communities that were there before the park opened.

    The convention center will host An Evening of Jazz at 6:30 p.m. March 26, with a dinner and music by jazz pianist Beegie Adair and the WKU Faculty Jazz Trio.

    “We’re working on a couple other concerts for later this year,” Tabor said.

    Starting in April, the convention center will have a Floyd Collins Exhibit to commemorate the life of the man who died in 1925 while exploring Sand Cave. Efforts to rescue Collins after he became trapped in the cave brought worldwide attention to the area.

    Floyd Collins Week will be held in July, with screening at Mammoth Cave’s amphitheater of two movies related to his life.

    The convention center and the Cave City Welcome Center are hosting a historic photo exhibit featuring pictures on loan from the Kentucky Library Special Collections at Western Kentucky University.

    A genealogy symposium and cemetery tours are scheduled to take place later in the summer, but one of the biggest events is set to occur in September.

    The annual Cave City Proud Days festival, which began a few years ago, usually takes place in the fourth weekend of September.

    “We’re taking … events and making them bigger,” Tabor said.

    — Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter at twitter.com/jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.