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On behalf of National Historic Preservation month in May 2017, the Downtown Beattyville Alliance and the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission partnered together to create and publish a video highlighting some historic buildings and businesses in Beattyville, KY. The video was liked, shared, and viewed so many times that it was picked up by regional media outlets who showed clips of the video on evening news. The two organizations knew they wanted to do more videos and so after working on more filming and editing, we released the second "This Place Matters Part 2" video today which highlights buildings, businesses, and organizations. View the two videos below and enjoy. We hope you will visit our small town this summer and definitely plan a trip this fall!
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Each year, the community comes together to celebrate Independence Day on Happy Top Park in Beattyville, KY. This year the 4th falls on a Tuesday which shuffles around celebrations schedules for some communities but Beattyville always has the fireworks on the night of 4th of July no matter what day of the week it falls on. The firework show is extravagant and last 40 to 45 minutes while the DJ blast patriotic music to coincide with the lights and booms. There are also many family fun activities to do before dark on Happy Top Park. The Lee County Fiscal Court sponsors inflatables for children to play on, the Downtown Beattyville Alliance invites classic cars to park in the safety of the baseball field on display, and the Three Forks Historical Center handles the concessions. Happy Top Park has a softball field, baseball field, basketball court, skate park, walking trail, splash park, and a lot of flat land for frisbee, volleyball, or water balloon fun!
The 4th of July is also an opportunity to hit our 50 mile long yard sale that travels though Madison, Estill, Lee, and Breathitt Counties. Just cruise along HWY 52 on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st to pick though yard sale after yard sale. You will never know what your going to find! Hot spot areas in Lee County are in the Bear Track Park, Downtown District, St. Helens, and the Kincaid Farm near the Breathitt County line.
Be sure to come to downtown Beattyville on Friday night, June 30th to catch the Downtown Beattyville Alliance's Classic Car Cruise-in. They occur the last Friday night of each month May-September. The theme at this upcoming event is "Remember When in the 1970s" so dig in your closet for your bell bottoms and join in on the costume contest.
So, if you are visiting the Red River Gorge for the week or want to get out of the big city away from the crowd then drive down to Beattyville and join us for our small town Independence Day Celebrations!
On Thursday, June 8, 2017 the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism commission voted to enter into a lease agreement with Jack and Fonda Gross for one acre of river front property located on River Drive behind the IGA and the Lee County Health Center in Beattyville, KY. The property will be use as public access for launching canoes and kayaks.
The tourism commission plans to install an informational kiosk with river trail maps and local information. The kiosks were built by the students of the Lee County Area Technology Center. There are also plans for additional development for a kayak ramp into the river, parking lot, picnic area, and slack line park, which is fun for rock climbers. Maps of river trails along Three Forks area of Beattyville area available online at visitleeountyky.com/fishingcanoing.
Next to the public launch is a larger piece of property where Mr. Gross is developing an RV Park and campground. The park offers riverfront views long with boating and fishing opportunities for campers. There are also improved RV spots with electric, water, and sewer hookups. More information will be available online soon at www.beattyvillervpark.com.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017 a group of volunteers gathered at the new Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch for a community paddle and picked up trash along the Kentucky River. This was the first of several paddle events scheduled this summer by the tourism commission, who received a Brushy Fork Flex E Grant in April for KY River Development and Beautification.
The river had just cleared up from recent rains and the event was from 10am-12pm in an attempt to avoid the afternoon heat. The group launched canoes from a temporary dock made from pallets that was installed along the bank.
“There is something swimming in the water!” said 9 year old Dylan Mainous. He pointed to a creature with a rat-like tale swimming across the river then up Crystal Creek toward Main Street. The group decided that it must have been river muskrat. Dylan and his dad Tyler said they had a fun time as they paddled up South Fork to the bridge then turned around and paddled up North Fork to the bridge then back down to the Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch.
Water and snacks were provided by the Lee County Diabetes Coalition, who will be partnering on all the paddle events scheduled this summer.
“This is my first time on the river and in a canoe,” said Vivian Smith, Lee County Health Center Coordinator and member of the Lee County Diabetes Coalition. “This great exercise and it is peaceful being on the water.”
T-shirts and trash bags were provided by the Kentucky River Authority. The clean up events are a part of a larger state wide initiative to clean up the river and advocate for water recreational activities. Sue Elliston along with Jack Stickney and his family were in attendance representing the KRA.
“I just love coming to Beattyville and this property is a great location for paddlers to use,” said Sue Elliston.
Canoes will be available for the community to use on future events scheduled for Saturday, July 8th and on August 12th. Call (606) 464-5038 to reserve your canoe. Locals who own personal kayaks or canoes are invited to participate in the events. Anyone interested in starting a Beattyville Paddle Club, contact the tourism office or message tourism on Facebook. wwwfacebook.com/beattyvilleleecountytoursim.
The Downtown Beattyville Alliance and its members will be hosting era themed "Remember When" Classic Car Cruise-In events on Main Street in Beattyville once a month May-September. The first one is 1960s themed and it will occur this Friday night, May 26th starting at 7:00pm. The events are free registration, live music, and good family fun. Check out the flyer for more details.
In April 2017, the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission received a $3,500 ARC Flex-E Grant for a Kentucky River Trailhead Development and Stewardship Project. With over 30 miles of river in Lee County, there are a few public access points for motorized boats and paddlers to launch from and these access points need improved. Further development in the form of informational signage and beautification will greatly increase the quality of experience for local and tourist river adventurers.
The first part of the grant was to purchase materials for the construction three signage trailhead kiosks. In May, these kiosk were constructed by the students at the Lee County Area Technology Center. The next step is to get the community together to help install the kiosks in the parking areas of three public launch sites along the Kentucky River near Beattyville. Maps of the river trails, emergency contact numbers, local event flyers, historical information about the river and photos will be included on the kiosks.
A second part of this grant is for the tourism commission to host three river clean up events and family canoe/kayak paddle trips this summer. Trash bags, and t-shirts, water and sacks will be available at each event. The grant covers the cost of canoe rentals, so there will be 10 canoes available for public use at each event. All participants must sign a waver and fill out a volunteer time sheet. Volunteers who own their own kayaks and canoes are encouraged to bring their rafts and join in on the clean ups and paddle trips!
The first installation and river clean up day will be Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the new Three Forks Canoe/Kayak Launch site located on River Drive in Beattyville behind Jack’s IGA. This beautiful river front property is owned by Mr. Jack Gross and leased to the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission for the purpose of creating a public access location for canoe and kayak launching. The next day, Saturday, June 10th at 10:00am the public is invited back to this location for the first Family Paddle Trip event.
The second installation and river clean up day will be Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the Beattyville Boat Ramp located on Water Street in Beattyville off East Main Street near the Lee County Care and Rehab Center. The following day, Saturday, July 8th is the second Family Paddle Trip starting at 10:00am from the Beattyville Boat Ramp.
The third installation and river clean up day will be Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 5:00pm from the Sharp Rock Boat Ramp located three miles upstream of Beattyville off HWY 52 E toward Jackson, KY. The following day, Saturday, August 12th will be the final Family Paddle Trip of the summer starting at 10:00am from the Sharp Rock Boat Ramp.
Please contact the Tourism Office at (606) 464-5038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a community partner/volunteer for this grant cycle May-September 2017. If you do not have a canoe or kayak and wish to reserve a canoe for any of these event dates, please call the office to make this reservation. Partnering agencies include the KY River Authority, the Lee County Diabetes Coalition, People Encouraging People, Lee County Area Technology Center, and the Lee County HOSA Club. Follow the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Facebook page for more detailed event information as the event date gets closer!
The Lee County Area Technology Center was one of three technology schools in the state of Kentucky to receive $15,000 grants from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for the purpose of constructing a tiny house prototype. The final product was set up at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, KY on April 12, 2017 for exhibition followed by an online auction. he Auction will be live though June 10, 2017! All funding from the auction will go toward next year's tiny house prototype project. There is no better learning than hands on work and the students at the Lee County Area Technology Center worked hard on this awesome project. Contracting, Electrical, Welding, Plumbing and other technical skills using energy efficient methods were used in the construction of the tiny house! They also received a grant from the Jackson Energy Cooperative Company so they could purchase and install the Heating/Air Mini Split unit!
About the Tiny House!
NOAH Certified (National Organization of Alternative Housing)
Dimensions: Gator made 20 foot trailer, gross weight 14,000 pounds and Roger's windows with argon gas. 160 square foot main floor and 40 foot square foot loft.
Exterior: 2x4 wood construction, outside security lights and outlets.
Interior: Gray wood finish laminate floors, bead board wall finish, recessed lights, ceiling fan.
Loft: Laminate flooring and aluminum ladder.
Bathroom: Full size commode, shower, ceramic tile and vented light fixture with heat.
Kitchen: Laminate countertops, on-demand water heater, refrigerator, convection/microwave oven, sink and portable induction 2 burner stove top.
Insulation: R 21-Ceiling, R 24-Floor and R 15-Walls.
HVAC Unit 12,000 BTU 17 Seer rating
Optional Features: Black futon, table with chairs, side table, curtains with rods and bathroom shelving.
Check out the online auction website at www.theholler.org/auctions/lee. Check out the Facebook page for a video walkthrough of the tiny house. www.facebook.com/tinyhouseATC. The Auction will be live though June 10, 2017!
Jan. 9, 2017 - Press Release from the Kentucky Association for Economic Development
New right-to-work law positions Kentucky as a top choice for businesses looking to grow and succeed
With right-to-work legislation passed and signed into law, Kentucky further distinguished itself as a top choice for new-business location and expansion. Governor Matt Bevin, who championed the pro-business legislation as a top priority of his 2015 campaign, signed House Bill 1 as a measure to help grow the economy, continue improving Kentucky's business climate and provide better jobs and wages for the state's residents.
By preventing union membership from being used as a condition of employment, the law gives employees at unionized workplaces the choice of whether or not to join and financially support collective-bargaining organizations.
Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, said the law puts Kentucky in the running for many more new-location projects and existing-business expansions.
"Right to work gives Kentucky another key advantage in attracting new jobs to the state," Sec. Gill said. "Site selection is a competitive process and without this law we've been passed over too often. Thanks to leadership and vision from the Governor and members of the General Assembly, we now enter a new era of economic opportunity."
Hal B. Goode, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, called the new law a great step forward for Kentucky.
"Site selection consultants have told our KentuckyUnited partners that many projects are multi-market multi-state searches. These companies look for reasons to eliminate communities or states from their search list and right to work can play a significant role in their decision whether or not to consider a particular state," Goode said. "This step by Gov. Bevin and our legislators will improve Kentucky's ability to compete for projects."
In combination with its right-to-work status, Kentucky's cost of low housing, innovative workforce-training initiatives, industrial electricity prices nearly 20 percent lower than the national average, progressive financial incentive programs, and its ideal location within 600 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population all make it a top choice for new business locations and expansions. Kentucky's location, as a gateway between the American South and Midwest and with easy access to the Northeast and Atlantic Seaboard, makes it an ideal place for establishing and growing a business.
The commonwealth's logistics and infrastructure advantages include 20 interstates and major highways, rail networks, barge traffic on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, six commercial airports and dozens of regional airports. The state's transportation network can move products easily and efficiently by air, rail, road and water to all points globally.
Kentucky ranks third nationally in air-cargo shipment volume, thanks to the UPS Worldport air hub and Centennial ground hub in Louisville, DHL Americas hub in Northern Kentucky and several large FedEx ground hubs throughout the state. This strong presence by the world's most prestigious logistics companies means products manufactured in Kentucky can get anywhere in the world virtually overnight.
The members of KentuckyUnited promote the many advantages of doing business across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If your company or client is considering a new location or expansion, we encourage you to take a look at what Kentucky has to offer. Our highly qualified economic development team at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development can be your single point of contact for the duration of the site selection or expansion process. Begin your search with us today, and let Kentucky make your next location or expansion decision an easy one. Learn more at ThinkKentucky.com, by calling 1-800-626-2930 or emailing email@example.com.
KentuckyUnited e-mailed this press release today to over 2000 site selection consultants with whom they have shared the advantages of locating to Kentucky.
As you decide where to shop for gifts for friends and family this holiday season, why should you consider purchasing gifts locally from small businesses, when the big box retailers have spent so much advertising dollars competing for your attention? They are counting down to Black Friday and Cyber Monday events, but the best thing you can do for your community is participate in Small Business Saturday and shop locally at home instead of traveling a hour away from home to shop at the commercial chain stores. The fact is, local business generate 70 percent more local economic activity than big box retail and chain businesses. Small Business Saturday will be on November 26th, 2016. It is a movement with the purpose of supporting small and local businesses in a effort to boost the local economy by shopping where you live, eating where you live and building community bonds where you live!
On Saturday, November 26th and Saturday, December 3rd consider shopping locally in downtown Beattyville for that special holiday gift item. While you are shopping, look for the “Shop Local Blue Boxes” at participating businesses to enter the Shop Small Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250 cash. There are a few businesses who have holiday specials such as “no sales tax day” at Rose Brother’s Dept Store, 35% off all watches at Dunahoo Furniture, and order a medium pizza made anyway for only $10 at Hilltop Pizza. You have missed out if you have not yet seen the antiques and crafted items at Uncle Bill’s Trading Post and Gray’s Antiques. There are also a few businesses having special events such as the Indoor Yard Sale at the Lee County Recreational Center and Customer Appreciation day at Congleton Brother’s on December 3rd.
Buying local is also a chance to meet talented artisans and small business owners who take great pride in their work, experience handmade, one-of-a-kind and meaningful gifts and support your community. Be sure to stop by The Art Factory Coffeehouse and the showroom at Don Begley Auto Sales to support at-home businesses and local talented artists who will be set up. There will be jewelry, monogram custom items, painted gourds, handmade soaps, fire-forged tools, and more.
Plan to shop locally this holiday season. Drop your information into the blue box at participating businesses on November 26th and December 3rd for chances to win $250 cash. While you are at Don Begley’s Auto Sales, purchase few tickets from the Beattyville/Lee County Chamber of Commerce for a chance win a 32 inch Visio flat screen TV. Both drawing will occur on Friday, December 9th at 5:30pm during the Christmas Spirit Program at the Lee County Courthouse.
This year’s Christmas Spirit Program on December 9th will start at 5:30pm with a parade down Main Street to the Lee County Courthouse. The Beattyville Kiwanis Club will have a treat giveaway and Mount Eagle Photography will be there to take family photos with Santa. Civic organizations, school and church groups are welcome to participate in the Christmas Spirit Parade and set up around the courthouse block to give away hot chocolate, orchestrate sing-a-longs, play reindeer games and more to help spread the Christmas Cheer! Contact Tourism at (606) 464-5038 if you would like to participate.
The list of participating businesses can also be found below, online at the Lee County Tourism Facebook Page and online at the Small Business Saturday Beattyville Website.