Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

October 19, 2013

Recovery Rally in Flatwoods park today

FLATWOODS — Timmy Kilburn admits he has made a lot of mistakes in life through bad choices with drugs and alcohol.

Kilburn, a recovering addict, wanted to give something back to the community and thus was born today’s Life’s Second Chance Recovery Rally at Flatwoods City Park.

The day-long festival will go from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with special testimonies, music and free food.

“Good clean fun,” Kilburn said.

Kilburn is one of the 16 male residents at the Life’s Second Chance recovery home on Daniels Fork. He has been there since April 1 and is grateful for being given that second chance.

“I’ve been in and out of prisons and jails all over the state of Kentucky,” he said. “Life’s Second Chance has given me an actual second chance at living.”

He said he was relaxing in bed one day when the idea of having the rally came to him.

“It was something that had been on my heart for about a week,” he said. “It was the first thing that came to my mind.”

Kilburn along with Chad Hall, Chad Withrow, Chase Adkins and Jesse Lewis have been the motor behind the rally, doing everything from gaining sponsors and door prizes to making sure all the speakers and musicians have been notified.

There will be inflatables for children and free chicken, pizza, hamburgers and other goodies for anybody who comes.

He is expecting an audience from across the Tri-State area to attend. “I was worried for awhile about not having many there but now I’m worried if the park will even hold it.”

His keynote speaker will be Amy Compston, the marathon runner from Ashland who spearheads the Amy for Africa mission that has raised $32,000 since May. She will be running a 50-mile ultra-marathon on Nov. 2 in Nashville. Compston’s story includes 14 years of alcohol and drug abuse before she turned over her addictions to God.

“My favorite, Amy of Amy for Africa,” Kilburn said. “I have known Amy’s sister Amanda (Evans) and Tracy (Vazquez) for 20 years. I’ve known Amy, too. She has a powerful testimony. Anybody who comes and listens to her story is in for a real treat. She is definitely something else.

“God is using her as a mouthpiece and He has done a real great work on molding her.”

Compston is scheduled to speak at 4:30. The rally begins at 2 p.m.

Brand New Day (Bobby Nelson and Glenda Neace) will be playing after Compston speaks and King Thursday follows them. There will also be several soloists, Kilburn said. Bikers for Christ will also be speaking and Mike Donta is leading a 9 p.m. candlelight vigil. Donta’s son, Mike, was a victim of drug and alcohol addiction that led to his death.

“Life’s Second Chance has given me a second chance at living,” said Kilburn, who said he has spent 87 months in jail after being a successful student and athlete at Greenup County High School after growing up in a well-structured home.

“I moved to Portsmouth and then Columbus and got in with the wrong crowd and made some wrong choices.”

Kilburn said he has a son who is 15 and another who is six months. “I’ve got sponsors to transition me back into society,” he said.

Life’s Second Chance Recovery Home has been ongoing for six or seven years, Kilburn said.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

Text Only
Local News
  • Boyd Democrats take floor at Elks

    Boyd County Democrats met at the Elks Lodge for a matchup between candidates for two of the hottest primary races in Boyd County: sheriff and judge-executive.
    The candidates, sponsored by the Boyd County Democratic Women’s Club, each took to the podium to face the crowd Tuesday night and discuss the candidacy and platforms for the race that is still over a month away.

    April 15, 2014

  • Shay receives 38 years for fatal shooting

    Casey R. Shay, 27, of Morehead, was sentenced Monday to 38 years in prison for the fatal shooting last year of Cassandra M. “Cassie” Owens, 21.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416homegarden.jpg Space not problem with home garden

    Growing your own dinner is not a concept lost on Kenny Imel.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greenup court jumpstarts road repairs

    As part of the Greenup County Fiscal Court’s annual expenses, the court approved the first reading of an ordinance that allots up to $1.5 million for blacktopping damaged county roads.

    April 15, 2014

  • Nursing home reports drug theft to APD

    Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility, 1820 Oakview Road, on Monday reported the theft of 30 hydrocodone tablets from a secured area within the nursing home.

    April 15, 2014

  • Devices left from previous construction discovered

    All four lanes of U.S. 23 were shut down for nearly two hours Tuesday following the discovery of old explosives on a hillside rock cut.
    The devices apparently were left over from a previous construction project and were discovered by a crew working on the new Ironton-Russell Bridge, Russell Police Chief Tim Wilson said.

    April 15, 2014

  • Boyd walk to raise awareness of autism

    The differences in the nine children in Carla Malone’s classroom are striking.
    A few can talk, but some won’t make a sound and others jabber apparent nonsense sounds.
    There are playful children and those who keep to themselves. Some of the children can read and do other academic tasks. Schoolwork for others means matching pictures and doing exercises to develop fine motor skills, like learning to hold a pencil.

    April 15, 2014

  • Grimes outpaces McConnell in first quarter

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has again outpaced her likely Republican general election opponent, incumbent Mitch McConnell, in fundraising during the first quarter — but she remains well behind McConnell in total fundraising and cash on hand.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416explosives0166 copy.jpg UPDATE: U.S. 23 reopened; explosives eliminated

    More information on the U.S. 23 closure from the the Kentucky Department of Highways.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • BREAKING: Explosives find shuts down U.S. 23

    All four lanes of U.S. 23 have been shut down to the discovery of undetonated explosives on a hillside, authorities said.

    April 15, 2014