Bald Knob's Christmas beacon

By Philip Case State Journal Columnist Published:

Bald Knob residents call it the "Hope Tree."

Those who see it for the first time think it's "inspiring."

And at this season of the year, especially on this night and tomorrow, the words "hope" and "inspiring" are often heard.

The "Hope Tree" is a 25- or 30-foot ash on Ed and Belinda Henson's farm about seven miles out the Bald Knob Road. You can't see it driving out from town, but if you'll go out to Wright's Grocery, turn right toward Bald Knob School or left out Dry Ridge Road, stop and then look back toward town ... after dark, or course ... you'll know why the tree elicits hope and provides inspiration.

"We put it up several years ago for the kids," said Belinda. "We had no idea how it would touch other people."

Many times that's the way it is: Something done for a personal reason has far-reaching impact.

The Hensons have two grown daughters. Sarah is 26 and works in Frankfort while Allison, 20, is a student at Northern Kentucky University.

"Actually the name (Hope Tree) came from Mary and Marvin Whisman," said Belinda. "They'd be driving into town and Mary would say 'I hope that tree's up.'"

When Lane Lewis called to tell me about the Hensons' tree she said the Bald Knob area needs some hope.

"We've had a tough year," said Lewis, a resident of Harp Pike. "There was the big flood in August that caused so much pain, this is the last year for our school, and we've had other challenges as well. Ed and Belinda's tree just kind of gives us some hope."

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