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AUG 2015

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 53 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 53 A pamphlet ofers guidance. On Factory Drive, ask for "God to awaken the mindset of the people from that of poverty and la- ziness." On Wilbur Avenue, pray for "God to shine the light of the gospel in the hearts of those that live with deep depression, anxiety, fear and many demonic strong- holds." Manchester, Kentucky, inspired the walk. Known as the "Pain Killer Capital" of the nation in 2004, churches united, staging a march of thousands of concerned citizens. Te message to drug dealers: repent or go to jail. Improvements fol- lowed. Faith-based drug-recovery programs popped up and local politicians helped secure federal money for a residential treat- ment center. Manchester now calls itself the "City of Hope." A trembling string of notes rings — "yo lo lo lo lo lo" — as a man prays in tongues. Te shofar will blow again, indicating time to walk to the next prayer stop. Christian music will play from speakers propped in an infant stroller. But before the proces- sion, a fnal plea. A blond, middle-aged woman lifts her head to the sky. Tears streak her cheeks. "Why in this county, God? Why?" S cott County's history reads like in- dustrious Midwestern fare. A group of Kentucky Baptists were among the frst white settlers in the early 1800s. Other pioneers followed, mostly from the South. Hard-drinking Irishmen built the railroad and Austin's town center bustled. By 1870, Austin boasted four doctors. Today there is one. Te story goes that veterans of the Mexi- can-American War named Austin in honor of Austin, Texas, where many of them were stationed. By the early 1900s, advances in technology led some young entrepreneurs to start the canning plant that is now Mor- gan Foods. Mostly, they canned the region's abundant tomato crop. Te frst and second world wars brought such great de- mand for canned food, a joint factory that has since moved its operations supplied the cans to Morgan and Austin became known as the "Canning Capital" of Indiana. One afternoon, at a park across from Morgan Foods, I meet a jovial, burly grandpa feeding ducks with his two-year- old grandson. Te man colors Austin's history diferently than the library books. "Austin's always been rough," he says. "Back in the '70s, they called it 'Pistol City.'" People took the law into their own hands. Part of that was the culture brought here straight from Appalachia, he says. In the Above: Debbie Ousley in front of the Oasis of Hope Missions, located on Austin's north side. Left: Half a strip of Suboxone, a drug that helps curb cravings for Opana.

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