Many Logan Countians got out this past weekend to help one another after a brutal winter storm buried most of Kentucky under several inches of snow mixed with ice. From state and county road departments, to farmers and even the Amish braved the elements to assure citizens of this community could get out of their homes for either work, doctor’s appointments, or getting to the grocery for needed supplies.
One photo in particular of an Amish man plowing the streets in Auburn with their horse drawn plow went “viral,” drawing hundreds of likes and numerous comments. The photograph was taken by Eric Tisdale of Green Hills, Tenn., formerly of Logan County. Even Channel 5 News out of Nashville, Tenn. picked up the photo.
Some of the comments on the Channel 5 report included one from Tracy Day. “What wonderful people,” said Day. “A shame not more of the world is like them, it would surely be a much nice place. Another from Ashley Bedwell reads, “They do this every year. They have cleared my driveway & my road every time there’s a snow storm. They don’t ask for anything in return (tho we do insist on paying them). This is why we love this little town. In times like these, everyone helps each other.”
Tisdale has set up a “Go Fund Me” site to collect money to give the Amish for their generosity.
Controversy has surrounded the Amish that live in and around the City of Auburn over the past few years. First was the fight over the orange triangle the state requires slow moving vehicles to have. The Amish that travel through Auburn refused to put the sign on their buggies citing it was against their religious beliefs. The group beat the odds and the law was changed to include reflective tape as an option.
The most recent controversy has not been so quickly squelched, as the City of Auburn amended its animal ordinance in 2013 to include a collection device on all large animals traveling through the city. Two Amish have been arrested and served jail time for refusing to pay fines and court costs associated with being found guilty of violating the ordinance in a court of law. However, one Amish man recently was found not guilty for the same infraction when he took his case to a jury.
“I would like to thank everyone in Auburn for their patience during this extremely large snow event,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “As everyone knows, we are not accustomed to this much snow in south central Kentucky. Most of the main streets and roads are graded, but the residential streets are not so good. Thanks to all of our kind neighbors for helping keep our streets clear. Also, we would like to thank the county and state workers, as well as the farmers and Amish who have been out clearing our streets.”
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