The "City Of Hope" Receives Money

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

It's now called the city of hope and Manchester officials just unveiled new signs leading into the city with its new name.

Governor Fletcher brought more than three million dollars to Manchester and Clay County giving residents even more to look forward to.

Excitement has been building in Manchester and residents say major changes have taken place since their anti-drug march in 2004..

Now with Manchester's newly adopted name, "The City of Hope" some say more people are taking part in newly formed city committees to take responsibility for bringing more change home.

“It's not about economics; it's about the change of heart of the people who live here,” Governor Fletcher said.

John Becknell presented the idea for the city's name change and he says after seeing hearts change as well there is more hope for better economic development.

With Governor Fletcher's first visit, since the town had been renamed, he brought more than three million dollars for the city and county.

“One of the things they've take is the challenge of drugs and turned it into the challenge of opportunity,” Governor Fletcher said.

Two million dollars were presented to build a new city water plant, as well as extension lines for the city and county.

More money was presented for a new veterans' memorial and 750-thousand dollars will help finish the new Clay County Health Department.

“One of the challenges we have besides drugs in east Kentucky is our health and changing our habits,” Governor Fletcher said.

Local legislators say the good news doesn't stop here.

“I think possibly the most important is yet to come, that being the new expanded EKU Center,” Senator Robert Stivers said.

The groundbreaking could be later this spring.


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