Boone element added to county

Following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone could prove to be profitable for the Bell County Tourism Commission as they plan to add signage for the Boone Trace Driving Trail.

During Tuesday’s Bell County Tourism Commission meeting, Director Judy Barton announced plans to add signs along Highway 25E to identify the historic trail. The signage will be constructed and set by the state, and span several counties to end at Fort Boonesborough.

“We’re realistic about this, but it will be a good thing and draw people here and it’ll be nice to have. It is part of our history and we need to show it,” said Barton.

The plans were discussed at length during a recent Boone Trace Society meeting in June.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park recently received a rough draft of their new lighted sign and distributed a mock-up drawing during the tourism meeting.

“The pictures we have now won’t do this justice, but it’s just an idea of what they’re planning to do. This will be easy to see and should draw people in to special stuff we’ve got going on at the park,” said Edmondson.

The sign, costing nearly $100,000, will be ground level and will include a sturdy, rocky base to match the park’s natural look. Park events, updates and specials will be advertised on the sign.

Planning for the new signage has spanned months and is funded, in part, by the tourism board.

The park will be holding a Hawaiian luau themed golf scramble and meal on Aug. 29. For more information about this event, visit

Renovations at the Bell Theater are in full swing, however plans have changed. There will be no first-run movies and they have canceled plans to purchase a projector.

Instead, Main Street Pineville and the City of Pineville will be focusing on showing specialty, Kentucky-themed or based movies and highlighting musical acts.

They are considering moving the concession stand to a side office area. The marquee lights are now up and running.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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