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FT. GAY, WVA -- The 5th Annual 2017 Fun Day was held in Fort Gay, WV on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in front of the old Fort Gay High School. It is an event that is completely free for all participants from the food to the activities. There were a host of games, live music, bouncy houses, information booth and hots dogs for all to enjoy.


The big event is the bicycle give-away. This year 33 new bikes will be given away to children who attend. This is only possible through the many donations given to the community.

Organizer Christina Wellman, President of the Fort Gay Neighborhood Association  


"...Today is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to give back to the community. Bicycles are given as door prizes. We were able to spend about $1,200. this year on the bikes and some of them are donated. It is only possible through donations from churches, civic groups and local businesses. This is a great day for our community."

"...The sponsors for today's events are too numerous to name in the fear of leaving someone out. Suffice to say, without them there is no Fun Day."

The new Mayor of the City of Fort Gay, Joetta Hatfield helped the participants register for the bike give-away and was thrilled at today's turnout.

"Last year we had over 300 attend and we are hoping with this great weather for another big day," the mayor said.


Our 43rd spotlight in the FACES OF HOPE: WE DO RECOVER series will focus on Brandon Porter’s story, My Past, My Regret, His Future, His Hope.


I have experienced a lot of loss in my lifetime. The loss of my father in my early childhood, my sister, niece and my step father, as well as the recent loss of a nephew, left me feeling lost and displaced many times. I have dealt with a lot of emotional pain, as well as

depression and anxiety. I didn’t know how to handle myself. I didn’t know or even understand how to deal with what was going on in my life. I always compared myself and what was going on in my life to a rollercoaster.

Although I had a lot to deal with growing up, I can say that I lived a good life. I had a good family and a good mother who did her best to raise me and my sisters. I was raised in church and knew who God was and knew exactly of what he could do. My problems with addiction didn’t start until my late 20’s.

I was an honest and true worker who lived a normal life. I was married to a wonderful, beautiful woman who I had 3 beautiful children with. I worked hard in the coal mines to provide my family with everything they needed. I did my very best to be very successful in life, but God had other plans for me. Around March 2013, I was injured and off from work. I had multiple operations on my hand and wrist that introduced me to Percocet.

After being on prescription pain killers for a few months one thing lead to the next and this is where my life became unmanageable, miserable and very discontent. I had already put my wife and kids through so much in life, so much emotional pain. It took a lot of pain, emotionally and physically, and even divorce and separation from my wife and kids, before I came to the realization that my life was unmanageable and that I needed help with my life and my problem with addiction. I didn’t even know how or what to do or who to even turn to for help. All I knew at this point was that if I didn’t get help now and fast I was going to end up dead.

Somehow I came in contact with Matt Brown, explaining my situation and asking for some guidance and direction. It’s crazy how God places the right people in our paths at the very right time. On July 2, 2016, I was on my way to Belle Grove Springs. I was an emotional wreck. I felt as if I had been beaten with a baseball bat from the devil himself, and even dragged through hell and back, but I was ready to start something new in my life. I wanted what I saw in other people who were in recovery and who was making the right choices in life. I wanted to be happy again without having to use a pill to help me. I am eternally thankful today for Belle Grove Springs and all the staff that showed me that there was a better life, and that there was Hope in my future.

Even though I have relapsed as part of my story, it does not mean that I can’t continue to make the right decisions and continue to pick myself up daily and continue to do the next right thing, and continue to live a happy and healthy sober life. It took an overdose to heroin and returning back to Belle Grove Springs for me to realize that I cannot do this on my own, and that I had to fully surrender my life over to God and let him have full control of my life. I had to trust in him and let his will be done.

I can say today I am a different person. I think differently, and I act differently. I had to let God completely into my heart and soul in order for me to do a total transformation of my life, because I knew that if I wanted to live a happy and sober life I had to completely change the way I thought about things. I had to let God help me reprogram from the way I thought, and even how I acted from negative to making all things positive. I had to be willing and completely open minded to the suggestions from others in recovery in order for my life to change. I can honestly say that I am very happy with my life today. There are things happening in my life today that I thought were nearly impossible, but God takes the impossible and makes them possible. So with God in my life today, I have regained a great relationship with my kids and my family, a good job, happiness and peace. All made possible because I gave my all to God and trusted in him.

God has poured out his blessings on me and he continues to do so daily. I am very thankful that I am able to share my story with others, especially to those who are in recovery and those who still suffer. I pray every day for God to lead me and guide me the way he wants me to go, for him to give me the strength and courage to carry on in sobriety, and to be able to carry the message to others.

If God can transform me from what I use to be to what I am today, he can definitely transform anyone. You just have to let go and let God. I am also grateful that God has placed in my life, selfless Godly men who have helped me along my journey in recovery and showed me that it was possible to overcome the struggles of my life and my addiction.

Describe your AHA moment

My AHA moment came to me while laying in an ER room after my overdose. I can remember the feelings of hopelessness and a lot of guilt and shame. I knew God did not want me to live the life that I had been living, and I knew I was created to be so much more that what I was feeling at that time.


Describe the feelings and emotions while in active addiction

I can remember always being very angry and miserable with my life. I always felt as if I was worth nothing and that all I was a lowlife piece of crap who didn’t even deserve to be living on this earth.

What is the driving force that keeps you going when times get tough?

Whenever I feel down and out I know I have good friends who I can turn to for support. I am reminded daily of my old life through seeing people out on the street and seeing how miserable of a life they are living. I have so much positive in my life today, I don’t want my old life back its dead and gone. I have been born again through Jesus Christ with a new life.

What obstacles or roadblocks have you encountered along your recovery journey?

The recent loss of my nephew Kenneth Ray left me feeling as if things were going to fall apart at any moment. I felt the depression and guilt coming back very strong while trying to process the loss, but I knew I couldn’t give up I had to give it up to God.

What is something you want people who have never struggled with addiction to know? 

Something I want people who have never struggled with addiction to know is to not hate the addict instead hate the addiction. Luke 6:27-36: But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who curse you, Pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

What advice do you have for the family members of a person in active addiction? 

If you have someone struggling with addiction, please make the call to Addiction Recovery Care. People who truly care and who want to help they know exactly what we go through.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call Addiction Recovery Care at 606.638.0938 or visit them on the web at


There is hope. There is help.


LOUISA, Ky. -- The Louisa Utility Board met June 20, 2017 at 6pm. Those in attendance were Mayor Harold Slone, Mitch Castle Council, Sam Lester Member, Heath Preston Member, Jeff Kinser Member, Steve Lycans Member and Eldred Adams City Attorney. After the opening pledge and prayer the meeting was called to order.

Bob Martin reviewing the city sewer system with the BoardBob Martin reviewing the city sewer system with the Board

The first item on the agenda was to hear from customers experiencing problems.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carter of Greenbriar were there to ask for a reimbursement of over $2,000 from the Water/Sewer Department for payment of sewer services that they did not receive. They have 2 houses that have septic tanks and never received the services they were charged for, they said.

The Carters were offered credit on their water bills and said they would review the matter and let the city know of their decision. Motion made by Mitch Castle, second by Heath Preston to reimburse the monies to them.

A second customer paid for a sewer tap in the amount of $500. a few years ago when the system was being installed and never received it.

John Brown John Brown of 79 Silver Fox Dr. stated that he had been told by the water company and by many others that the grant money ran out for this project back then. The installation of the project terminated in his yard and the city has an easement off of his property.John Brown John Brown of 79 Silver Fox Dr. stated that he had been told by the water company and by many others that the grant money ran out for this project back then. The installation of the project terminated in his yard and the city has an easement off of his property.John Brown of 79 Silver Fox Dr. stated that he had been told by the water company and by many others that the grant money ran out for this project back then.

The installation of the project terminated in his yard and the city has an easement on his property. The Board agreed to investigate his concerns and find the paperwork on the project before making a decision.

The water clerk, Jason Helton did show where he (Brown) had paid the tap fee of $500. The matter was then tabled until next month.

P and A Engineers updated the Board on the Sewer I and I project. Bob Martin (pictured above) explained in detail the kinds of problems encountered during the camera process designed to see what problems exist using a small camera.

Martin said the first priority area would be from the Fire Station #1 down Lock Ave. He detailed that the sanitary sewer and the storm water drainage system would have to be addressed as a part of the remedy.

Another area of concern was Pike St. Some things encountered were bricks, grass/sticks and cracks in old pipes.

The new development area on 644 and 2565 needs water and sewer service to the area. It is believed to be a part of a new medical facility for King's Daughters Medical Center.

Motion made by Heath Preston, second by Mitch Castle to approve the minutes of the May meeting.

The Water/Sewer Department's financials were reviewed as well as the Water Loss Calculation for April. This month the figure was up again to 50% but the city is on track to find and fix problems with their new software program.

The Board then discussed the acquisition of the County Sewer system. It has been determined that a written agreement is needed between the County and the City for the take-over. The City will assume the County's loan and payment for the next 3 years until paid for. The City will assume all liabilities of the system. This was suggested instead of applying for a new loan, application etc. with KIA.

The meeting was then adjourned.