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Owners want former Ichthus grounds removed from city limits

Students from Highlawn Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington, W. Va., listened to Refrain and Rescue open The Redemption.
Students from Highlawn Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington, W. Va., listened to Refrain and Rescue open The Redemption. Lexington Herald-Leader

The owners of Servant Heart Farms, the former Ichthus Christian music festival grounds, want their land removed from Wilmore’s city limits. Joe and Cheryl Lycan told city council last week they think zoning and city ordinances get in the way of using their land. They also don’t feel they receive enough services to justify paying city property taxes.

Joe Lycan said since they bought the land in 2013, he and his wife have tried to create events that attract people back to the farm, but have encountered poor attendance and found little community support.

Cheryl Lycan said it has proven so hard to attract successful events to the property, she’s interested in turning it back into a working farm. “At this point, I’m serious, I want to hit a reset button and I want to do some farming,” she said.

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