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After Friendly Wager, Pikeville Officials to Visit Ft. Mitchell on Friday

Back in November, ahead of the Beechwood-Pikeville game in the Kentucky Class A state football championship, the mayors of Pikeville and Ft. Mitchell placed a friendly bet.

The mayor whose hometown team lost in the high school football final would visit the city of the winning team.

Beechwood eked out a win, and the title, over Pikeville, 21-20.

Now, Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter is making good on his promise.

He and city and school officials from Pikeville will visit Beechwood's home city of Ft. Mitchell on Friday to meet with Mayor Jude Hehman and his team, as well as school officials.

“I look forward to hosting Mayor Carter and his team to show him our city and discuss issues that both our communities are facing,” said Hehman. “We promised them the best fried chicken in the state from Greyhound Tavern followed by a trip to Graeter’s and that is what we will do, and of course we will try not to show off our win in the state championship too much.”

The mayors are expected to discuss pension as well as infrastructure issues that are affecting communities across the state in addition to other issues to learn from each other’s experience.

“We are looking forward to the visit to Fort Mitchell,” said Mayor Carter. “I’m disappointed that the Fort Mitchell team is not coming to Pikeville but it’s always a win when we can share strategies and ideas!”

The long post-season rivalry between Pikeville and Beechwood will likely be off for some time as the Tigers claimed their final state championship before moving up to Class 2A next season.

-Staff report