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They don't belong Editor, The Sun: Surprise, surprise! Brown-Forman wants another industrial revenue bond deal with the county so it can build another 12 warehouses on another piece of agricultural property without having to pay property taxes and be granted another conditional use permit for the agricultural zoning so that it doesn't have to deal with the public hearing that is required prior to a zoning change. Why bother with having agricultural zoning at all, if an industry can obtain a conditional use permit and build a multi-million-dollar industrial complex in the midst of an agricultural community? Apparently, the decision to grant the conditional use permit for the McCracken site was based on the fact that the warehouses would be storing an agriculture-based (grain) product. How creative. There is absolutely nothing agricultural about that massive, imposing industrial complex. For those of us who have chosen to live in an agricultural area, the fact that it is even possible to blatantly disregard that zoning designation is disconcerting, to say the least. If we wanted to have industrial buildings and businesses in our community, we would not be living out in a rural, agricultural area. Industrial complexes negatively impact the atmosphere, the physical surroundings and the natural beauty of rural agricultural communities. And what does it say about landowners' rights when a decision as important as allowing industrial construction in an agricultural area is made without any public hearing? It would not surprise us to hear that Brown-Forman has additional plans beyond this one. Unless changes are made in the process for granting conditional use permits, those beautiful drives through scenic farmland and wide-open spaces will be replaced with more and more industrial structures. For those, especially in Midway, who haven't seen the existing "industrial complex" on McCracken Pike, just head west. You can't miss it. Bob and Deb Pekny Woodford County Sparking vision Editor, The Sun: My name is Ellie Bullen and I am a senior enrolled in the Woodford County High School Community Activism class. I am very honored to express my appreciation on behalf of the class to the Bluegrass Community Foundation. This program was the one of the first to support the vision of our class towards a better, more connected and interactive community. The BCF provided the very first grant for the 2015 Spark Versailles festival, which sparked the dream into a reality. Since then, many more associations have joined the movement to create a local activism within the community. Without these sponsors, not only would the Spark festival be lost, but the concept of bringing the general public together would be as well. The Community Activism class gives students an opportunity to bring about change while becoming more involved with this community. While learning more about local issues and events, students are able to envision a way of bringing change and new ideas to Versailles. Thanks to the BCF and our other involved sponsors, these ideas and visions are now a reality. Community Activism has been one of my most educational classes with great opportunities within the real world, and I could not be more grateful for all those who made this available. The idea that a high school class has the chance to become involved with the current issues and matters within their local community is unlike any curriculum other classes offer. It sparks concern and care within students about the town in which we live and what goes on here. It has given us the opportunity to bring people to and focus attention on downtown Versailles and Woodford County as a whole. I truly believe this will greatly benefit the appeal of this region and bring more businesses, ideas, and events to this area. Youth involvement is the first step to ensuring a commendable future, and I am proud to recognize our teacher, Kyle Fannin, and the Woodford County Community Trust Fund for taking the first step to make these actions possible. The 2016 Spark Festival looks very promising, and we hope to see you there. Ellie Bullen Versailles Great (Home) place Editor, The Sun: We, the residents of Assisted Living at The Homeplace at Midway were disappointed that a recent article on assisted living neglected to highlight our wonderful home. The reporter of the article printed in brackets: "A spokeswoman from The Homeplace did not return calls from The Sun for this article." Unfortunately, the request for information came with very short notice and the executive director was unable to return the call until that afternoon, at which time the reporter declined to speak with her regarding the article. Because The Homeplace is a tremendous resource to the citizens of Woodford County, we would hope you have another reporter who might consider an article affording The Homeplace an opportunity to share information about the options and services available. We, the residents, think it's a fabulous facility. Julia Maupin Midway (Editor's note: this letter was also signed by six other residents.)

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