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Church & Religious

Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined

Jadon Gibson

The state of Virginia acquired the Natural Tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in Scott County in 1967. In 1971 an additional 850 adjoining acreage was acquired and the Natural Tunnel State Park was opened.

Called the Eighth Wonder of the World by 4-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, Natural Tunnel has attracted thousands of visitors to the area for over a century. Natural Tunnel was thousands of years in the making as groundwater dissolved limestone and other material. Stock Creek took the path of least resistance, through the cave on its way to the Clinch River, after the tunnel was formed. Continue reading Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined

Bad Talt Hall, first hanging in Wise, VA.

Jadon Gibson

It was no secret that Bad Talt Hall was making a list of men “he wanted dealt with after his demise.” The famous author, John Fox Jr., was told he was on the list and asked Hall’s priest to suggest that he would be more honorable to include in his confession that he didn’t want any further criminal action done on his behalf.

“An ambush on us would be easy as we passed through the laurel and rhododendron,” the author wrote. Continue reading Bad Talt Hall, first hanging in Wise, VA.

Events leading up to Talt Hall’s hanging

Jadon Gibson

When Doc M. B. Taylor was returned to Wise, Virginia, to stand trial for the Ira Mullins murders he was put in a cell adjoining that of his old nemesis, Talton Hall. Hall had exhausted all of his appeals and was awaiting the hangman’s noose.

The Fox feared Talt Hall and offered to shake hands to heal old wounds. Hall responded by cursing and striking at him with his manacles.

“I ain’t shakin’ hands with no one that kills women and children,” Talt Continue reading Events leading up to Talt Hall’s hanging

Gov. Bevin Invites Kentuckians to Play a Part in ‘Reclaiming Our Communities’

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin yesterday met with more than 400 faith leaders and concerned citizens at Louisville’s Western Middle School to address the epidemic of violence that is gripping the heart of Kentucky’s largest city.

He invited churches and other community groups to commit to “adopt” an inner-city neighborhood block to visit 2-3 times per week over the course of the next year—respectfully walking the perimeter in teams of 3-10 Continue reading Gov. Bevin Invites Kentuckians to Play a Part in ‘Reclaiming Our Communities’