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Program 1506

1. The Legend of the Little Green Men
2. Our Town—Hell for Certain
3. Ghost Hunter Patti Starr
4. Bourbon Red Turkeys at STAR Farm
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Christian County

For more information:
• Geraldine Sutton Stith has a website,, that includes a radio interview where she describes what her father told her about the incident.
• A skeptical look at the incident is offered on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Web site. Just go to the Search box and type in “Kelly, Kentucky.”

Producer/Videographer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Graphics: Carl Coakley

The Legend of the Little Green Men

Keep Watching the Skies!

The events of Aug. 21, 1955, have left a lasting mark on the small town of Kelly outside Hopkinsville. What did Elmer Sutton see outside his home that drew the attention of the Air Force and many paranormal researchers? His daughter Geraldine Sutton Stith talks about her father’s experience.

Geraldine says her father, who was about 24 at the time, was home on the weekend with a friend. When his friend went to fetch water from the well, he saw a silver disk in the sky. Elmer went outside and saw a small, glowing figure coming out of the woods. More showed up, and the men got their shotguns and began firing.

The family finally drove to Hopkinsville to seek help. Law enforcement arrived on the scene, but nothing was found. For weeks afterward, though, UFO enthusiasts visited the farm—even camping out in hopes for a return visit from the aliens.

As far as we know, they haven’t been back. But the legend lives on.

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Leslie County

For more information:
A good resource for the origins of unusual names is From Red Hot to Monkey’s Eyebrow: Unusual Kentucky Place Names by Robert M. Rennick.

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Dave Dampier
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Hell for Certain

Whether this community is really “Hell for Certain” is debatable. Located on Hell for Certain Creek in Leslie County, the name is also seen as Hell-Fer-Sartin, although that is not actually used by residents, according to the Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer.

The community is only sparsely populated and is actually an unincorporated area seven miles north of Hyden.

As you might imagine, many people are quite taken with the name. Geologists used the name for a carboniferous volcanic ash found in the Eastern United States. A beer company in Louisville named one of its brews Hell for Certain. Writers who enjoy collecting unusual or evil-sounding place names never miss Hell for Certain.

Come with us as we explore this unlikely Hades on Earth.

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Nelson County

For more information:
• Patti Starr’s website:

Producer: Mary Ann Carpenter
Videographers: Frank Simkonis, John Schroering
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Editor: Jim Piston

Patti Starr and the Paranormal

The Ghost Gambol

Take a walk on the spooky side as we accompany ghost hunter Patti Starr on the Bardstown Ghost Trek.

You might think of ghosts only during the month of Halloween, but in Bardstown, the ghost hunting begins in June and runs every Saturday night through Halloween, Oct. 31. The hunt begins at the Old Stable Restaurant and includes the Jailer’s Inn, Pioneer Cemetery, and the Talbott Tavern. People are encouraged to bring cameras, audio recorders and video cameras to “collect evidence.”

Starr, the author of Ghost Hunting in Kentucky and Beyond: Experience the Unexplained, makes her home in Lexington, where she operates the Ghost Hunter Shop. She says she has no absolute proof that ghosts exist, but enough evidence to support the possibility. She asks skeptics to keep an open mind and a camera handy. Who knows what is lurking in the mist?

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Hart County

For more information:
Bourbon Red Turkeys at STAR Farm, 624 R.W. Handy Road, Hardyville, Ky. 42746, (270) 528-5843

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: John Schroering, Brandon Wickey
Audio: Brent Abshear

Bourbon Red Turkeys at STAR Farm

Return of the Red

Let’s shake off the cobwebs and start thinking about Thanksgiving. In this segment, we visit STAR Farm in Hardyville, home of the Bourbon Red turkey. Once a popular turkey, the Bourbon Red was gradually displaced over the years by the broad-breasted varieties. However, a renewed interest in the foods of long ago is allowing the bird to make a comeback.

These chestnut-colored Kentucky gobblers were named, as you might expect, for Bourbon County, their place of origin. The turkeys at STAR Farms in Hart County are free range, roaming freely instead of being confined. Scott and Kathy Wheeler sell the turkeys, processed, USDA-inspected, and ready to cook (frozen on request). You can pick up your turkey or have it shipped.

Mark Williams, chef at Brown-Forman—and the founder and leader of Slow Food Bluegrass—shows us how to cook one of these gobblers at Woodford Reserve in Woodford County.

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