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Church & Religious

Beware of Micajah and Wiley Harpes

Jadon Gibson

If Micajah and Wiley Harpes were alive today and relived their exploits of the late 1700’s, their names and pictures would be plastered in post offices and bannered on television newscasts across the nation. Some call them America’s first serial killers. If someone is bent on killing, why not do in themselves first?

Micajah was born in North Carolina in 1768 and Wiley was born about two years later. Their father fought for the British in the early years of the war before changing coats when it appeared it would prove beneficial. Those who knew the senior Harpes turned him in and he was forced to flee with his life. Micajah and Wiley stayed Continue reading Beware of Micajah and Wiley Harpes

Gov. Bevin Joins in Filing Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Key Religious Liberty Case

Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is joining with West Virginia and 20 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of North Carolina’s writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Rowan County v. Lund.

The Bevin Administration along with the states of West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin are petitioning the Court to uphold well-established precedents protecting the freedom of prayer before public meetings.

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A matter of honor, between attorneys no less

Jadon Gibson

Robert Triplett’s neighbor in Owensboro, KY, couldn’t understand Triplett’s preoccupation with death at-first. Triplett was wealthy and in robust health, yet the 33-year old Virginia-born lawyer drew up his will and proceeded to make other final arrangements.

His neighbor understood when Triplett confided that he would soon be involved in a duel with fellow Owensboro attorney Phillip Thompson. Continue reading A matter of honor, between attorneys no less

Log-rafting on the Clinch and Powell rivers

Jadon Gibson

For over 200 years the Appalachian Mountain range prevented western expansion beyond the vast forestland that was found by early long-hunters and settlers.

The giant white oak, walnut, yellow poplar, chestnut, ash, maple and other trees were widespread throughout the area. They were a Godsend as early settlers built log cabins and used wood for fuel. Gardens were planted on the cleared land and part was used for pastureland. The trees had never been harvested so they were much larger than those found today. Continue reading Log-rafting on the Clinch and Powell rivers

Westward to Kaintuck in 1777

Jadon Gibson

The Virginia legislature commissioned Col. George Rogers Clark to assemble an army of men and travel to the Falls of the Ohio, present-day Louisville, at the beginning of the winter of 1777. Historians have written Clark had secret orders to prepare and help capture the French-held fort of Kaskaskia in Illinois and to thwart the British in creating outposts in the region.

Most of the men left before Christmas but a group of eight followed in late January to join them. A youthful Daniel Trabue was among Continue reading Westward to Kaintuck in 1777