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Honor Flights Do More Than Honor Veterans

Jeff Rubin

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a friend of mine named Mike. He had called to ask me if I would pass along some information regarding “Honor Flights.” There are two, in fact.  One takes off September 6th and the other on October 14th. As I was unfamiliar with the term, let alone the program, I inquired further.  What I learned about Honor Flights has been inspirational to me and nothing short of a life affirming, personally rewarding, and moving experience for all who have benefited from its mission. I further discovered however, that the nature of these flights added a sense of urgency to an objective that was becoming more and more critical every day. Continue reading Honor Flights Do More Than Honor Veterans

KentuckyOne Health Offers Free Heart Health Screenings

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and KentuckyOne Health is working to raise awareness among community members.

To help educate men and women on the importance of heart health, staff from KentuckyOne Health Heart & Vascular Imaging will offer free screenings on Thursday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The screenings will be offered at KentuckyOne Health Heart & Vascular Imaging, located at 1042 Center Drive in Richmond. No appointments are necessary for the screenings. Continue reading KentuckyOne Health Offers Free Heart Health Screenings

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 4

Jadon Gibson

Jezebel Goad, daughter of the Carroll County Clerk, ran to the courtroom when she heard gunfire soon after 8 a.m. on March 14, 1912. The courthouse is in Hillsville, Virginia. She saw her father and recognized immediately that he was in extreme danger. She grabbed his arm and attempted to pull him from the room but he pushed her away and continued shooting.

Jezebel noticed someone was holding the door and preventing members of the jury and others from getting away. She grabbed the individual by the arm and pulled him from the door. Several jurymen quickly scampered through the doorway and escaped. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 4

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout Part 3

Jadon Gibson

Floyd Allen went on trial March 13, 1912, for interfering with Carroll County deputies Pinky Samuels and Peter Easter in the performance of their duties.

 Floyd hired David W. Bolen and Walt Tipton to defend him in court. Bolen was a former judge. The two men who he considered his greatest enemies, Commonwealth Attorney William M. Foster and Court Clerk Dexter Goad, were involved in his prosecution. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout Part 3

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 2

Jadon Gibson

Sid and Wesley Edwards were indicted by the Carroll County Virginia Grand Jury for disturbing public worship, a misdemeanor, outside Rev. Garland Allen’s church in May of 1911.They were both in their early twenties. Rev. Allen was their uncle.

The two young men went to the home of their uncle Floyd Allen who had been like a father to them after the death of their own father. Mr. Allen could readily and easily pay the moderate fine but he wanted to look into the matter because the other youths who participated in the ruckus were not charged. He advised Sid and Wesley to cross over into North Carolina.  Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 2

The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout

Jadon Gibson

Sid and Wesley Edwards were both in their early twenties as they sat near the back of the school house on a Sunday morning in 1911. Their uncle Garland Allen, a Baptist minister, was preaching in rural Hillsville, Virginia.

Sid and Wesley were singing along with the congregation before the preaching commenced. Sid instinctively looked back when he heard someone at the door soon after hearing horses arrive. His eyes met those of a young man by the name of Thomas. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout

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

How to Start a Business After a Career Setback

Photo By William Stitt

Sometimes in life, the best thing that has ever happened to you is disguised as the worst. Getting passed over for a promotion at work or getting laid off unexpectedly can be devastating blows. But what if you look at these setbacks as an opportunity to pursue what you are really meant to do? If you’ve ever thought about starting a business, this is your time to make it happen! Being your own boss is hard work, but there is also a multitude of benefits. Here are some reasons why you should become an entrepreneur, Continue reading How to Start a Business After a Career Setback

A slaughter at Killing Rock and Bad Talt Hall on trial for his life

Jadon Gibson

May 14 of 1892 was a court day in Gladeville, Virginia, and U. S. Marshal M. B. Taylor was noticeably absent from his duties at the murder trial of his archrival Talt Hall. Gladeville was the name of Wise before it was changed in 1924.

Doc Taylor, also known as The Red Fox, had arose early that morning and headed up Pine Mountain for a clandestine meeting with two desperate characters, Cal and Henan Fleming. Doc had information that “Bad Ira” Mullins would be bringing a substantial amount of illicit liquor Continue reading A slaughter at Killing Rock and Bad Talt Hall on trial for his life

Talt Hall Found Guilty and Doc Taylor goes on the run

Jadon Gibson

The famed author John Fox Jr. wrote that Dr. “Doc” M. B Taylor stood by Bad Talt Hall’s side ‘with a huge pistol in each hand and a peculiar smile on his face’ when they met the infuriated crowd at the Norton Depot upon their arrival from Memphis.

The smile was because the prospects were good that he would soon be rid of one of his two worst enemies. The second, Bad Ira Mullins, was under surveillance by some of Doc’s cronies at the same time Continue reading Talt Hall Found Guilty and Doc Taylor goes on the run