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Prices Creek: Stopping by a hay field on a sunny June day
If you have a question about the history of the Prices Creek region and the families who got their starts there, Mike Sexton likely has answers. In this brief story - no effort is made to 'cover' the story of the community, but to start - that will need to come in a book Mike Sexton has been asked to write about Prices Creek, and on visits we and others make on many planned return visits. Call 270-250-2730 to offer suggestions.
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By Ed & Linda Waggener
Mike Sexton was interrupted Saturday, June 3, 2017 to consider giving permission for photographs of the picturesque fields he was working. He was organizing large round hay bales made earlier by a friend who needed some help in this hundred-acre field in the Prices Creek region of Adair County, KY.
He shared a bit about Western Adair County near the Metcalfe County line where his family roots run deep.
If you have a question about the history of the region and the families who got their starts there, Mike Sexton likely has answers.
He is one of six children who grew up nearby and counts over 50 cousins who also grew up in that area of Adair County and either settled in the region or moved on but come home fairly regularly to Prices Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where his brother, Danny, is pastor, and Sunday morning services are at 11amCT, on the first and third Sundays.
There are so many people in the area who have become highly successful, including in his own family and two family members who were featured last week on CM when they attended Congressman Jamie Comer's forum.
Tammy Sexton is one of the top radio personalities in South Central Kentucky. She's a morning anchor on radio station WAVE, FM 92.7.
Most recently, Eric, was elected to head the Barren River Area Development District, a powerful post heading one of 16 Kentucky ADD's - this one serving Barren, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, Allen, Butler, Edmonson, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
Mike and his wife Sheila, who just retired from teaching, live just above Gradyville in a house he built on land purchased from the Clark family in what locals still call the "Union" Community.
Their son Matt now lives in Metcalfe County and has a career in the farm credit industry. He was Salutatorian of his graduating class at Adair County High School.
Their daughter Melanie is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Adair County and is employed in the healthcare field.
Among other large families, in addition to the Sextons, who started out in the area are the Bragg, Wilson, Dickson, and Barnes families. (Reader additions are welcome for more inclusions here, just click 'comment' below).
Prices Creek community is just a short walk, as the crow flies, from "Barnes Ridge," an area usually reached by W. Judd Road of KY 80, which was, at one time, home to a large Barnes family related distantly, if at all, to the Columbia Barneses. "I've talked with Charles (Columbia Realtor Charles Barnes) and he said he does not know of any connection," Mike said.
It's a community of large families, at least of his generation. "If everyone still living who came back here did so," he said, "There'd barely be enough land to hold them." As it is, he says. And for years, he said, everyone made an effort to come back to the community on special occasions, such as Memorial Day, and many maintained ties through the Prices Creek Baptist Church. "We can still have as many as 250 on a First Sunday," he said.
Mike Sexton says that strong families and love of the land, anchored by their Christian faith and the church, is what makes the community so special.
He's a builder by trade. And a farmer by tradition. He's been able to put together over four hundred acres at "home" in Prices Creek. That, with acreage owned by his family, which he tends, totals up to over 600 acres, very close to Midwestern Prairie State proportions, a "section," which, as any FFA student can tell you, is 640 acres.
That First Sunday tradition comes from years earlier, when Prices Creek was one of four nearby Missionary Baptist Churches around the Adair/Metcalfe County line. Services were rotated among them, with Prices Creek's turn coming the first Sunday.
He said that back before his time, there had once been a store in the neighborhood run by Tom Shirley. Today, "the store" for him is in Gradyville, where he still maintains membership.
This story was posted on 2017-06-04 05:02:37
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