Hometown Hero: Donna Suttle

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Ashland Tomcat football team will move into a brand new stadium this upcoming season.

And thanks to an emotional connection from a local businesswoman, this stadium is not going to look like any other local high school field.

Putnam Stadium has seen plenty of glory teams for Ashland Paul Blazer High School since 1937, but the old place began to fall apart. Now, the demolition team has finished the job.

"I just can't imagine Ashland without Putnam Stadium," said Donna Suttle, WSAZ.com's latest Hometown Hero. "It's been here all of our lives, and I want to see it done."

Suttle is taking the old bricks and creating a keepsake that will, in turn, build an elite stadium for the Ashland players and fans of the future.

The old field is named for her Suttle's late brother, Doug, and the new field will be, as well.

"She does it because she loves Ashland and she loves the Tomcats," said Dickie Martin, the voice of the Tomcats. "I think her main purpose for doing this was her brother Doug who took care of the field for many, many years. And we lost an awful good person when we lost Doug. "

It is Donna Suttle's motivation to raise $3 million to make this a monument to Doug, one that also will make everyone in Ashland proud.


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