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Church & Religious

Gov. Bevin Applauds Ruling by Federal Court Upholding Right to Prayer at Public Meetings

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin applauded a federal court ruling last week that upholds the Constitutional right to prayer during public meetings.

The Bevin Administration had filed an amicus brief in the case of Bormuth v. County of Jackson (Michigan), which was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At issue was County’s practice of opening their monthly Board of Commissioners meetings in prayer.

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A focus on Simon Girty, the white savage

Jadon Gibson

Simon Girty was one of the most hated men in early America, disliked more than the warring Indians. In the mid 1700’s he became a white leader of Indians, a traitor to his own white race. He was a liaison between the British and the Native American tribes during the American Revolution.

In author Stephen Vincent Benet’s fictitious work “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and in the movie with the same name, Simon Girty is said to be “the renegade who saw white men burned at the stake and whooped with the Indians.” In the story he was a member of Satan’s jury, comprised supposedly of the worst characters in American history. Continue reading A focus on Simon Girty, the white savage

Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Jadon Gibson

Alfred A. “Alf” Taylor and Robert L. Taylor were brothers from Happy Valley in eastern Tennessee. Growing up they loved hunting, fishing and fiddling. As young men their interests turned to debating.

The similarities ended there as Alf became a republican and Robert a democrat. Alf Taylor was chosen in 1886 as the republican candidate for governor of Tennessee. Continue reading Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen was overwrought, half crying and half praying, as he limped to the death chamber where he was to be electrocuted on March 28, 1913.

He and his son Claude received the death penalty for their part in the Hillsville Courthouse shootout that left several court officials dead and 32 fatherless children. Claude’s cell was in the immediate area. He would also face the electric chair as soon as the commonwealth was finished with his father. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, conclusion

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 8

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen blamed his problems on politics, saying that Dexter Goad and others conspired against the Allens because of their work for the democratic party.

Judge Robert Jackson, of Roanoke, VA, who presided over the circuit court of Carroll County prior to his retirement, had known the Allens for years and he wrote a letter to Virginia Governor William Hodges Mann of his recollections. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 8

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 7

Jadon Gibson

The authorities confiscated Sidna Allen’s home, farm and store after the shootout at the Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville, VA, March 13, 1912. His family had to move and took up residence in Hillsville. Although they had lived in the area their entire lives they found life very difficult.

Meanwhile Sid Allen and Wes Edwards were hiding in the hills. After five weeks they decided to leave the area and go west. Although wanted posters offered a reward for their capture they passed through Mount Airy and proceeded to Winston Salem, NC, traveling at night and sleeping during the day. They were wearing the same clothing, bullet holes and all, that they had worn on the morning of the courthouse shootout. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 7

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 6

Jadon Gibson

Virginia Gov. William H. Mann reacted immediately to the dire situation following the shooting, March 14, 1912, on court day in the Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville in southwest Virginia.

“Save the honor of Virginia and bring the desperadoes to justice,” Gov. Mann directed to Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Felts. “Put as many men in the field as you need. We can help with up to three thousand additional troops. Hunt every suspected culprit until they’re accounted for. Virginia will back your efforts as long as there is at least one penny in the Treasury.” Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, part 6