Posts Tagged ‘future’

Crunch time near for Paint Lick

February 11, 2011

Highway 52 expansion hitting home

We weren’t sure how long it would take-maybe another 5-10 years. We knew eventually the proposed extension of KY 52 from Lancaster to I-75 would eventually mean some changes for our village. It was possible, we reasoned, with the State and Federal budgets crunch that it could be delayed indefinitely.

A.O. Calico gets the bad news: he will lose his home.

Now we know that it is much closer than we realized. Our village has 2-3 years to embrace the changes and do all we can to insure a positive transition into the future with all its possibilities and opportunities. But it will mean some painful emotions for many and not just the old timers.

The realization that progress soon will sweep away personal history was stark for A.O. Calico, a retired farmer who used to work at the Tobacco Warehouse. Calico was largely silent as his neighbor, Jeff Hume, showed him on a map how the right-of-way for the new highway cuts through the middle of his home, where he has lived for the past 40-plus years. Calico previously believed the road would cut close to his home but not so close that he would have to move.
“It makes me kind of half sick,” Calico said quietly, then remained in front of the map, looking for a while.
Hume, who lives across the street from Calico, said the swath of land that will be purchased by the government for the new road barely missed his own property.
“It’s coming right up on my back door,” he said.
Hume said while it’s an unappetizing process right now, he would rather see it be done than not at this point. Semi-trucks travel Paint Lick’s tiny highway all the time, expecting the entire stretch to be as wide and flat as the western portion near Lancaster.

Read entire article at The Danville Advocate-Messenger

Have you seen the new courthouse recently?

October 22, 2010

Update on October 20th

Judge John Wilson wants to take us on a tour of the construction via this slide show.

Front view of new courthouse

Click here to go to the slide show.

To see where this will be and what it will look like-see the video

Who says we’re not ‘leaning forward’ in Garrard County?

Paint Lick:Don’t count us out!

September 9, 2009

After the Fire what?

So you’ve heard about the fire we had the other night in downtown Paint Lick? Saw it on the Lexington news, huh? Well it really has created a lot of interest around here too. Seems we just take things for granted when all of a sudden we wake up one day and its all gone.

KY52 Bridge entering the village. Friends building on left.

KY52 Bridge entering the village. Friends building on left.

Rather going on about the community’s loss of one of the centers of social life and the largest employer in town (6) and about our concern for those who owned and operated the restaurant, I thought we would high-light the spirit of mutual concern and sense of feeling drawn together to face the future in hope.

That’s what true friends do. And we found just the article from the Lexington Herald in May of 2006, that will get us started-if y’all will just go over there and read it.

Looking north, fire was in the 1st building beyond fire station w/red doors

Looking north, fire was in the 1st building beyond fire station w/red doors

Don’t Count Paint Lick out 

 (Lexington Herald)- photo by Gerald Tudor

Meanwhile you can be sure that the Friends of Paint Lick will all be pitchin in and doing everything we can to help everyone who needs a little TLC and maybe even fix a little extra coffee.