Carlisle-Nicholas County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber awards $500 prize in advertisement contest

Printed in The Carlisle Courier on Dec. 22, 2010

Lacy Neal awarded $500 in ad contest

Earlier this month, the Carlisle-Nicholas County Chamber of Commerce concluded its advertising contest to help generate ideas for an advertisement to help promote industry, as well as private individuals re-locating to Nicholas County.
The deadline for the contest was Dec. 1, and five judges consisting of bankers and realtors selected the winning entry, which was submitted by Nicholas County resident Lacy Neal. The Chamber of Commerce invited Mr. Neal to their December meeting and presented him with a check for $500.
Mr. Neal moved to Nicholas County just over two years ago, but his history in the county extends back much farther. “I’m a fisherman,” said Mr. Neal, “I’ve been fishing for 40-something years. I’ve been to different lakes all over the state and Lake Carnico is the prettiest lake I’ve been to.”
“Then one time I came out here fishing with a buddy of mine and we saw those signs saying lots were for sale,” explained Mr. Neal, “So we checked into it and called the number. The people who owned the lot, Paul and Janice McCarty, lived in Lexington at the time so we met with them and ended up buying the lot.”
That was 22 years ago. Mr. Neal purchased the lot with the intent of building a house on the property and retiring there.
“I grew up in a small town and wanted to retire in a small town,” Mr. Neal explained, “Whenever I was down here fishing, everyone I met was real friendly and I liked that.”
Mr. Neal recently retired from the Lexington Herald-Leader where he worked since he was 19 years old, for a total of 41 years. He worked in the free press department, working on photos, making the plates for the presses, and laying out ads. “Then, two years ago they were offering buy-outs so I took an early retirement.”
Even before retiring, Mr. Neal and his wife, Patti, would come to Nicholas County on the weekends, camp out on the property and work on constructing the house.
“Since moving here, I learned about Blue Lick, Daniel Boone’s Cabin…” Mr. Neal continued, “I love stuff like that, so the things that appealed to me as I learned about Nicholas County show up in the advertisement.
According to Mr. Neal, Nicholas County has a lot to offer. “I was able to build a place large enough for my kids to come visit, or for friends from Lexington to stay with us. Between land costs and property taxes, I would never be able to afford a place like I have anywhere near Lexington. And then, there are things around here we can get out and do.”

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