WINCHESTER — A Central Kentucky man has left $500,000 in his will to the Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve, which has long ties to his family.
Richard S. "Dick" Shely Jr., who died in Clark County in August, bequeathed the money to the Clark County Community Foundation to be used strictly to benefit Lower Howard's Creek.
Shely's great-grandfather, Hubbard L. Stevens, was the last owner and operator of the Jonathan Bush Mill in the valley of the preserve, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Preserve manager Clare Sipple said she was surprised to find out that Shely left the money to the preserve.
Foundation director Will Hodgkin told The Winchester Sun that the donation will go toward operating expenses of the preserve.