reported in small Kentucky town
spot near Springfield, Kentucky, has been in the news intermittently for
the past 10 years. Some residents claim miracles are occurring in an area
known as Valley Hill.
Hazel Spalding, a local resident, has no doubt that the place holds special
powers. "I had my rosary in my hand and it turned gold," she said.
"I smelled roses but there was no rose bush."
In April 1995, seven young girls and their Catholic education teacher reported
seeing spots of gold and apparitions of angels and the Virgin Mary. The
occurrence was profiled on the television programme "Unsolved Mysteries".
Even though an "Unsolved Mysteries" expert debunked the visions
and photographs, those at the centre of the mystery stood by their story.
The visiting crowds grew large. But in the intervening years the crowds
Amanda Terrell said of her experiences: "A lot of people don't believe
me. I tell them the story and they just think you're crazy." But Amanda
believes, and what she saw remains the keystone of her faith. "It gave
me a more spiritual background," she said. "It made me feel like
I was closer to
Many of those who were at Valley Hill in the spring of 1995 still make a
pilgrimage to the area. They remain steadfast in what they saw and how it
has changed their lives. "We saw spots all over each other," Mandy
Mattingly said. "The sun was just pulsating. It was a miracle. It was
"I know what happened," Phyllis Filiatreau said. "I know
what I got out of it, and I know what my daughter got out of it. It will
stay with us both for the rest of our lives."
The woman who owns the land at Valley Hill says the miracles are most likely
to be seen on the 2nd and 23rd of every month.
(Source: Wave 3 Television, USA)
from: Share International July/August 2003
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